May 2, 2017
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.
Condolences may be made on line at pinesfunerals.com