SAN ANGELO James Thomas "J.T." Lambert left this life to be with his Lord on Friday May 3, 2013, after a long struggle with COPD. J.T. was born on May 5, 1927, but celebrated his birthday May 12. His loving wife, Louise Wyatt Lambert, preceded him in death. J.T. was born to Ollie Gertrude Knight Lambert and William Dewey Lambert who also preceded him in death. J.T. was the fourth born of seven children. J.T. additionally was preceded in death by brothers Jack Lambert and William "Bill" Lambert Jr. and his wife, Maureen; sisters Imogene Lambert, Aileen Hulsey Barnes and Elsie Scott; son James "David" Lambert; daughter Judy Franklin; grandsons E.H. Schwertner and Justin Noah; niece Teddy Lambert; and nephew Guy Lambert. He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Lambert of Aledo, Texas; and his sister-in-law Joyce Lambert of Midland, Texas. Other survivors include his children and stepchildren, Janella Ivy, Darla Lambert and boyfriend Don Ross, Michael and wife Nikki Lambert, Deneen and husband Billy Noah, Monte Beauchamp and girlfriend Shannon Long, Denise and husband Charlie Green and Mark Beauchamp; his grandchildren, Amanda Lambert, James Perry, Carissa and husband Justin Marlowe, Cameron Lambert, Courtney and husband Henry Jones, Marcus and wife Jennifer Schwertner, Bobby Schwertner, Anthony and wife Becka Noah, Bobby and wife Kayla Noah, Kali Valdez and Brian Neighbors, Destiny Beauchamp, Tina Threadgill, Laura Guthrie and James Guthrie; his great-grandchildren, Devon Lambert and Aidan Thomas Odell, Bryson Neighbors, Kenzlie Neighbors, Ashlea Hudec, Breana Hudec, Erin Hudec and Kaylee Hudec, Joya Noah, Zara Noah, Blaze Noah, Bobbie Dee Noah, Sarah Schwertner, Tyler Schwertner, Wyatt Schwertner, Cooper Schwertner and Jaxson Schwertner; nieces and nephews Bobby Jo and husband Dick Spurger, Tony Hulsey, Warren Lambert; and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Additionally, the family wishes to acknowledge J.T.'s best friend, Ricky Englehart. J.T. Lambert learned at an early age that hard work was a necessary part of life and he was definitely a hard worker all of his life. His work history included being a cotton picker on his family's farm, serving a short stint in the U.S. Navy
and working as a professional truck driver for Acme Brick, Terrill Manufacturing and Rainbow Oil. His C.B. handle was "Boxcar or Boxcar Baby." When he retired he began mowing lawns for people because he just had to be doing something. He loved growing his own vegetables in his garden, he loved playing the harmonica outside with his brothers playing guitars while the family and children played along or listened. He loved his black coffee to cook outside and to fish. He loved watching old westerns and was a huge John Wayne fan. He loved dancing and old time country music. He loved staying in touch with as much of his family as he could and he raised many of them. He was always taking care of family. He was very loved, quite a character who really had a big heart! He will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank Hospice of San Angelo and all the nurses who assisted J.T. during this tough journey. A memorial service and reception were held Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Apostolic House of Worship, 1202 Preusser St., San Angelo, Texas. Pastor Tim Wood officiated. Arrangements were by Johnson's Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com
until June 8, 2013.