Jimmy Irvin Lambeth, 77, of Kaufman, TX went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2020 in Kaufman, Texas. Jimmy was born on October 27, 1942 to Roddy Irvin Lambeth and Imogene (Jean) Wimpee Lambeth in Dallas, TX. He spent his childhood years in Pleasant Grove and moved to his parents’ hometown of Kaufman, Texas when he was in High School. Jimmy married Virginia (Gina) Davis Lambeth on July 27, 1962. They spent a loving 58 years together living in Kaufman, Texas.
Jimmy graduated from Kaufman High School where he was active in sports including football and basketball. He attended Henderson County Jr. College (currently Trinity Valley Community College) where he spent the first semester playing football. He returned to Kaufman during his freshman year of college partly because of his passion for ranching and farming, but mostly because of his love for his high school sweetheart.
Jimmy worked for the Mesquite Fire Department for 27 years. In this position he developed friendships that lasted his entire life. The family suspects that these friendships were initially fostered because of Jimmy’s sharp sense of humor but grew because of his ability to bake pies with the tallest meringue in the firehouse. He was known as one of the best firehouse cooks around. He was forced to retire in 1989 after he sustained an injury while fighting a residential house fire.
Firefighting was a means to support his family, and while he was honored to be a firefighter, Jimmy’s childhood dream was to be a rancher and farmer. Firefighting allowed him to support his family while fulfilling this dream. Jimmy raised quality beef cattle, American Quarter horses with lineage to the famous King Ranch, and worked for years as a custom Ferrier who designed his own horseshoes. Not only did Jimmy raise horses, he also enjoyed competing in Ranch Rodeos.
Jimmy faithfully attended ReChurch (Life Church) in Kaufman, Texas where he became a father and grandfather figure to many. He also served as an alderman for the City of Post Oak Bend.
Jimmy’s core being was his family. He dedicated his life providing for, molding, setting an example, and relentlessly teasing his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The greatest lesson that he left was the 58 years of faithful love and dedication to his wife, Gina.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Roddy Irvin Lambeth and Imogene “Jean” Wimpee Lambeth. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Virginia “Gina” Davis Lambeth of Kaufman, TX; daughter, Lisa Lambeth and wife Tucker Branham of Charleston, SC; son, Jim Lambeth and wife Shauna of Tyler, TX; son, Brady Lambeth and wife Olga of Kaufman, TX; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kent Lambeth and wife Kacie of Tyler, TX; Lauren Lambeth and husband Salvador of Tyler, TX; Julia Scott and husband Harrison of Temple, TX; M.J. Sanchez of Garland, TX; Roddy Lambeth of Kemp, TX; Krista Lambeth of Stephenville, TX; Diego Salazar of Garland, TX; Jimmy Wade Lambeth of Kaufman, TX; Anthony Montez of Kaufman, TX; Charlotte Lambeth of Tyler, TX; Bowman Lambeth of Charleston, SC; Preston Lambeth of Tyler, TX; and Emilia Escobar of Tyler, TX; and numerous extended family and friends.
The viewing will be Friday, September 18, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, 2217 S. Washington St, Kaufman, TX 75142. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the front door.
The funeral service will be Saturday, September 19, 2020 starting at 10:00 AM at Rose Hill Cemetery, 7301 County Rd. 273, Terrell, TX 75160. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to:
Life Church in Kaufman, TX
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