Charlie Thomas Lambert

Charlie Thomas Lambert

Suffolk, VA
01.22.1929 - 10.13.2020
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Charles T. Lambert, 91, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020. He was the son of late R.D. Lambert and Ethel Winfrey Lambert. He is predeceased by his son, Charles Lambert, Jr.

Charlie was born in Pocahontas, MS, on January 22, 1929.  His father was in construction, so he lived all over the south during the depression years.  The family ended up in Norfolk where Charlie graduated from Norview High School, class of 1947; he attended North Carolina State University where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and graduated in 1951, then later became a member of Phi Kappa Phi.  In 1988, he received the Meritorious Service Award from N.C. State.  After graduation he married Betty Swain, then went on to serve his country in the US Army during the Korean War and received a Bronze Star for his service. After leaving the Army, he worked for the Army Corp of Engineers.  He then joined the family business, R.D. Lambert and Son, then spent many years running the business. He was named Construction Man of the Year 1981 by the AGC of Virginia. He is a past president of The Builders and Contractors Exchange, the AGC of Virginia and the Alumni Association of N.C. State. He served on the board of directors at People’s Bank of Chesapeake, the National AGC, Star Builders, Hunter House Foundation and numerous other boards. He was a former President of Norfolk-Princess Anne Kiwanis club.  He was a long-time member at Coleman Place Presbyterian Church and attended Lake Prince Chapel after moving to Lake Prince Woods. He served on the UCHF Board of Trustees and the Worship Committee at Lake Prince Woods; he also served as the President of the Residence association.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 68 years, Betty Lambert, whom he married on October 21, 1951; children, Lorraine E. Lambert Calautti (Nick) of Wylie, TX, and Laura A. Lambert Harrell (David) of Chesapeake, VA; grandchildren, Susanne Eberhardt (Wade) of Virginia Beach, VA, and Michelle Tuggle (Jacob) of Chesapeake, VA, and his great grandchildren, Sophia Pope, Charlie Eberhardt (his namesake), and Harrison Tuggle.

A private graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Benevolence Fund at Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way Suffolk, VA 23434, or to Hunter House Foundation, 240 W. Freemason St. Norfolk, VA 23510. Condolences may be registered at



I loved this gentleman very much, and all of his family. It breaks my heart to say good bye......But I know he is smiling and WALKING in the sunshine with Charlie jr. May god bless and guide his family in the days and weeks to come.

Tracey Doxie

What a fine gentleman Charlie was! I spent my first night away from home at Charlie and Betty's on Chatham Circle when I was four years old. What a treat! I am heart-broken at this news, but I know Charlie was a man of deep faith and held a love for mankind. May his family know that God is wrapping His loving arms around you all, and offering you Peace. I love you all.

Sue Kowalski

Our condolences to all the family on Charlie’s passing. He was in that category known as the finest of men. My thanks for his employing me forty some years ago right out of college.

David Pratt

My heart was saddened when I got a call that Charlie had died. He was a kind soul. My dad, Bryce Younts considered him a good friend. Our parents always had a grand time together at NCSU functions - games, traveling and just gathering. Hold your memories tight. Please give your mom a hug.

Malinda Younts-Stallings

Charlie Lambert is a rare soul who is full of kindness and integrity. I am sending the family love and prayers. I am holding the entire family in the light. My memories of Charlie Lambert are of his willingness to help anyone. His good works glorify God. I never heard him speak of ill word of anyone. I thank God for him. I thank God for the warmth he shared he shared with me.
Jeanne Miles

Jeanne Miles

Ruth Ann and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We treasure our memories of NCSU alumni events with you and Charlie in Hampton Roads. You will be in our prayers.
Chuck Steenburgh

Chuck Steenburgh

Sorry to hear of Charlie's passing Ms. Betty. God be with you and blessings to all of you and your family.

Carey Copeland

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