Rev. Dr. Jack Lamb served 58 years in active ministry
The Rev. Dr. William Jackson Lamb died March 8, at the age of 95.
He was born on Cascade Road, Atlanta, on Feb. 1, 1917, son of Hattie Ethel Wilson and Thomas Jackson Lamb. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia, (Atlanta Division), BS, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, M.Div., and was awarded a D.D. from World Bible College. Rev. Lamb was a member of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
During his 54 years of active ministry, he served 16 churches and was honored as Pastor Emeritus of Toccoa First United Methodist Church. After formal retirement, he served at Confidence United Methodist Church for eight years, ending his pastoral service in 2010 at Carroll’s Chapel in Franklin County. His wife of 68 years, Marie Jackson Lamb, died in 2007 and is buried in Toccoa.
He was the author of his autobiography, “A Boy and His Vision,” and two books of devotions, “Living in the 21st Century”, and “By the Grace of God”. Jack and Marie were inveterate travelers, having visited each of the 50 states, leading 11 tours to the Holy Land, making seven trips to Europe and travelling to South America on a preaching mission. He spent time with his Bible every day, having read it through by his estimate, more than 100 times. He explained his many years in the ministry, saying, “The Lord called me to preach at the age of 15, but He never told me to quit.”
He is survived by his daughters, Jackie Peabody and Rebecca Vandiver, three grandsons, Hitch Peabody, Dan Peabody and Jonathan Vandiver, a great-granddaughter, Ava Peabody, his sister Mary Frances Heaton and several nieces and nephews.
Contributions in his memory can be made to The Carter Center, One Copenhill, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307, or “The Avarium Fund” at Coventry Place Retirement Home, 2806 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033.