Phyllis Jane Haywood Lambert, age 66 of Robbins, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 of pancreatic cancer.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Robbins First Baptist Church, where she was a member, with the Reverend  Danny Meetze officiating, burial will follow in the Pine Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Lambert was born on June 18, 1950 at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina, the youngest daughter of Wilbur Floyd and Cleo Chason Haywood of Candor.  Her sisters were Martha Chason Haywood and Janice Elizabeth Haywood.

She graduated from East Montgomery High School, Biscoe in 1968.  She received her formal education from Greensboro College, where she graduated in 1972.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Intermediate Education with a specialty in Language Arts.  Greensboro College remained dear to her heart and the Alumni Association awarded her the Alumni Excellence Award in 2006. She received her second Master’s Degree from UNCP in 2014.

She married Charles Richard Lambert from Robbins in 1972 and they began their life together as teachers in Moore County Schools.  They both received their Master’s Degrees from Appalachian State University in 1976.  Phyllis became a career guidance counselor and Charles became a career principal in Moore County Schools.

The Lambert’s first child, Charles Haywood Lambert was born on July 17, 1982.  Their second child David Austin Lambert was born December 15, 1987.

Mrs. Lambert became a National Certified Counselor in 1984 and a National Certified School Counselor in 2005.

In 1990, Mrs. Lambert published her first book “Turning Every Stone Autism With Love” about coming to grips with a diagnosis of autism for a beloved son.

Phyllis published a second book in 2005, “Peaches and Cream, A Historical fiction Novel,” based on stories her beloved grandfather, William David Haywood of Candor recounted to her of his life.  Her short stories were published in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout NC including those published by the Arts Council of Moore County. She enjoyed encouraging children via the Young Authors Program.

When Mrs. Lambert was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2014, she slowed her pace, but continued practicing counseling and supervising LPCAs until the end of her life.  She continued to study psychology via Capella University as a candidate for Ph D in Psychology.

Mrs. Lambert was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Gamma Sigma chapter in Moore County and Southern Dames of America, Pinehurst chapter until her death.

Phyllis was an active member of First Baptist Church of Robbins where she gave and received much support from dear friends.

Phyllis resided with her husband Charles, a member of the Moore County Board of Education in Robbins for over forty years.  She was active in community affairs and a supporter of the arts.  She enjoyed playing bridge, entertaining her friends and traveling throughout the world.

Mrs. Lambert was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Cleo Haywood of Candor.  She is survived by her husband, Charles R. Lambert, her sons, Charles H. Lambert and David A Lambert & wife, Desiree, two precious grandsons, Liam and Sawyer Lambert of Robbins, sister Martha H. Hanford of Lexington Park, Maryland, husband, R. Billy Hanford, nieces Beth H. Schlosser of Lexington Park, Maryland and Melissa S. Cruz and husband Gerardo, of Mooresville, NC, sister Janice Haywood of Candor and 100 year old aunt, Dorothy McDonald Haywood Corey & husband Roger from Westwood, Massachusetts,  She is survived by many dear and lifelong friends, cousins, and clients.

The family will receive friends  from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Kennedy Funeral Home and at other time at the home.

Memorial can be made to the Town of Robbins “Dollars for Depot”, P O Box 296, Robbins, NC 27325 or  Robbins First Baptist Church, P O Box 400, Robbins, NC 27325.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Lambert Family.

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  1. Phyllis Lambert was such a dear sweet lady while I was interim music teacher at Robbins Elementary School and Elise Middle School. She was so kind and compassionate to everyone! She will definitely be missed by so many people whose lives she touched and c

  2. Charles and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Phyllis. Please know you are in my prayers.

    Rhonda Lasssiter Vitagliano

  3. Dear David,

    I just wanted to let you know how deeply sorry I am to hear of your mother’s passing. Although I didn’t know her, she sounds like an amazing woman! I pray God will give your family peace beyond measure and grace above anything you

  4. We did not know Phyllis as long as many others as we have not lived ‘back home’ that long.. Saw her at church many times and in working for restoring the Depot..She was an outstanding lady in so many ways and a great asset to our community…We thank God

  5. Dear Charles and family,

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis. She was a kind, caring person that always had a smile for everyone. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember…memories last fore

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis while working at Robbins Elementary School. She was a dedicated teacher and a proud mother. I remember her telling stories to the students with such excitement. Please accept my condolences to the family…I know she

  7. Please accept or heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    George & Faye Kecatos

  8. With Heart-Felt Sympathy and Prayers for all the family.

    ‘As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.’

  9. Charles, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during these days of grief and loss. I did not know Phyllis had been struggling with cancer. She was a fine lady. I remember her well, and I understand the sorrow you are experiencing at this ti

  10. To the family of Phyllis Lambert….Our prayers are with you all during this time of grief, which was a mother, wife, sister / brother and a friend to many…

  11. So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the words spoken at Revelation 21:3,4

    (3) ‘With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God

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