Lambert lived for county

Published 12:16 pm Friday, July 7, 2017

This week, Lawrence County bid farewell to former County Commissioner Don Lambert, who died Saturday at age 86.

His life was one of service to the community, whether through work in government or through his business activities.

In addition to serving on the commission for eight years during the 1980s, Lambert was a member of Rock Hill’s board of education in his twenties, served on the Lawrence County Board of Education, the Lawrence General Hospital Board and was a Lawrence County Central Committeeman for 30 years.

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As the owner Lambert’s Market for four decades, he was known for his generosity to the community, sponsoring clubs and organizations like Little League in the Kitts Hill area.

But his biggest passion was the Lawrence County Fair, in which he was involved for decades, beginning with sponsoring his children, who now serve on the fair board, and continuing as generations of his family took up the cause.

Lambert was instrumental, as a local businessman, in founding and organizing the annual livestock sale at the fair, the proceeds of which go directly to the 4-H members taking part.

These funds are of vital importance to aspiring farmers and help them to stay involved.

Lawrence County was privileged to have a leader like Lambert, working his entire life to make his community a better place.

We encourage everyone to celebrate his legacy by attending the fair he loved so much, which kicks off this weekend for another year of events.

And our thoughts go out to his family in their time as mourning, as we salute a life well lived.