Steven Charles Lambert
Aug. 22, 1947 – Oct. 7, 2019
A Life of Hard Work and Service to Others.
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee — Steven Charles Lambert died Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at the age of 72, in Natchez.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. An informal visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Steve was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, to loving parents Charles and Janet Lambert. He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1965 and then Duke University in 1969. At Duke, he played clarinet in the pep band, rooted for the basketball team, and always had a fun time with his Kappa Sigma Phi fraternity brothers. Steve served in the Army from 1970 to 1972. He went on to graduate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974, clerked for Judge Arnold Wilson Cowen on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and then began an illustrious career in the practice of law in Washington DC.
Steve was a partner with law firm of Hopkins & Sutter and then Foley & Lardner until 2013. Steve represented clients in complex civil cases involving property valuation, taxation and government contract issues. Throughout his career, Steve was an active member of the Bar Association of the United States Court of Federal Claims, serving on its Advisory Council and as its President. He also participated in firm leadership by chairing both firms’ Finance Committees and passionately serving as co-chair of Foley & Lardner’s Pro Bono Committee.
After retiring from private practice, Steve offered his talents to the United Methodist Church, working as the denomination’s General Counsel in Nashville, Tennessee. This role capped decades of service to the Methodist Church, including service for many years as a board member and chairman of the board of Wesley Theological Seminary and the board of Ferrum College.
Steve was thoughtful, kind, and service oriented. He lived out the Wesleyan principles of faith, hard work, and putting others ahead of himself. He led many Disciple classes at church, and was a devoted son, brother, father, and grandfather. He greatly enjoyed playing games and spending time with his family and never missed an opportunity to buy his grandsons a good book or cheer loudly for the Duke Blue Devils.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Lambert of Kingsport.
Steve is survived by his father Charles Lambert of Kingsport; one sister, Deborah Hudson of Natchez; one son, Charles Lambert of Herndon, Virginia; one daughter, Shelley Carter and husband, Cason, of Hinsdale, Illinois; and three grandsons, Luke Carter, Henry Carter and Jake Carter, to whom he was a beloved “Pop Pop.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Scholarship Fund at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, D.C. 20016 or online at wesleyseminary.edu/support/give-now/.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.