May 8, 2003

Raymond Lambert Sr.

Raymond Paul Lambert Sr., age 96, died of cardiac arrest at his home on Tuesday, May 6, 2003.

He was born Feb. 14, 1907 in Maryville, Tenn.

He was the last survivor of 15 children. He learned the value of hard work at a young age, working for the family sawmill. He and his brothers founded Lambert Brothers Inc., quarrying rock by hand and mule-drawn wagons, to construct such projects as the Blue Ridge Parkway, St. Lawrence Seaway, Norris Dam and the Oak Ridge project.

In the 1930s, he invented and patented the Lambert Automatic Skip now known as the "Dempster Dumpster." He proudly served in the European theater of World War II as a 310th combat engineer, known as "Pop" by many young soldiers. He returned to Lambert Brothers relocating to the Stockbridge quarry in Henry County, Georgia.

Lambert Brothers Inc. eventually merged into Vulcan Materials Company, a Fortune 500 company, in 1957 from which he retired in the 1970s.

Mr. Lambert was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, a 32nd degree Mason, Young Harris College Board of Trustees, Capital City Club and former director of Trust Company Bank of Henry County and the President's Council of Oglethorpe University.

Surviving are his loving wife, Lorraine Inman Lambert, daughter and son-in-law, Deanne and Perry Ellison of Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Mary Lynn Lambert and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1;30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Allison Williams and the Rev. William Schotanus officiating. Interment will be in Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Young Harris College P.O. Box 275 Young Harris, Ga. or Shepherd Spinal Center 2020 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta, Ga. 30309.

H.M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill, 1020 Spring St. N.W. Atlanta, Ga. 30309 is in charge of arrangements. (404) 876-1022.