Lambert Peterson Jr.
VIENNA — Lambert “Bubble” Peterson Jr., 78, of Vienna, went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by family on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Lambert was born March 13, 1938, in Luverne, Ala., to the union of the late Lambert and Zonie Mae Peterson Sr.
He attended the Crenshaw County Training School in Luverne. He was united in marriage on Aug. 31, 1963, to the former Mae Etta Rodgers and celebrated 50 years of marriage by renewing their vows three years ago. A dedicated, hard worker and strong provider for his family, he was employed by AP O’Horo Construction for almost 40 years, as a foreman. Not content with retirement, he worked for an additional 12 years at NEOCAP as a driver and was promoted to a resident supervisor, where he was respectfully known as Mr. P.
Eventually retiring from there, he decided to work and play at two local golf courses, Old Dutch Mill and Avalon South. He was also employed by Sibley-Murray Funeral Home, now Murray-Wellington Funeral Home.
Lambert was a proud 50-year gold card member of the International HOD Local 935 Laborers Union.
Lambert accepted Christ at an early age in Alabama at Little Branch Baptist Church. He later moved to Warren and became a faithful and committed member of Triedstone Baptist Church for over 45 years, where he served in several ministries; he was an usher, nurse and in the choir, where he could be heard singing his favorite songs, “Learning to Lean” and “The Old Ship of Zion.” He was also on the deacon board for 40 years, where he served as the Chairman. He was also a gifted Sunday school teacher and loved teaching the word of God. Lambert believed that having an intimate relationship with God required reading, studying and listening to the word of God.
Lambert believed in “Each one reaches one,” and believed in witnessing to folks no matter where he was or who it was. He could be found on many occasions along with the late Deacon Roosevelt White, sharing God’s word.
Committed to his community, he was a driver for Meals on Wheels. He was also active with the youth in the community, having served as the first black little league baseball coach in Leavittsburg. His motivational coaching style led to the parent and children wanting to play for his teams. During this time of coaching, he was responsible for leading his team to several championships. Over the past 45 years, players have sought Lambert out to say thank you for teaching them the game of both baseball and life. All four of his boys have followed in his footsteps of both coaching and coaching style.
Bubble enjoyed fishing, golfing and was an avid gardener. He was a dedicated Pittsburgh Steelers fan and made sure to let everyone know it. He loved golf and became one of an elite group of golfers when he celebrated “a hole-in-one” at Tamer Wynn.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 53 years, Mae Etta; three sons from this union, Pastor Vincent (Evelyn) Peterson I, Michael (Julie) Peterson and Minister Ronald Andre (Wanda) Peterson I; and an “adopted” son he helped to raise, African (Stacy) Grant; two children from a prior relationship, Betty Anne Thornton and Dwayne Davis; his sisters, Minnie Parks and Lennie Richardson; and an uncle, John (Sonny Boy) Peterson; a special brother-in-law, Leonard Rodgers; 12 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Stella Mae Williams, Bonnie Mae Peterson, Fannie Richardson and Odessa Peterson; a favorite brother-in-law and work partner, Isaiah Richardson. A grandson also passed on Thursday.
Funeral services will be noon Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at the Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave., Warren. Friends may call between 10 a.m. and noon, with services immediately following. Interment will be at Pineview Memorial Park on Youngstown Road in Warren. Guests will be received at 210 Southwind Drive in Howland.