Harwell Lambert, of Ironton, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the age of 77 years, three months and 17 days. He was born on April 25, 1940, in Cardwell, Mo., to the late Dexter "Deck" and Clara (Crow) Lambert.
On Aug. 20, 1960, Harwell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Amy Beth Summitt, who survives. To this beautiful union, three even more beautiful children were born; Sue Helen McHaffey of Ironton, Bradley Lambert and wife Amy of Ironton, and Amy Norton and husband David of Chesterfield, Mo., all who survive.
Also surviving Harwell, in addition to his wife and children, are a sister, Sue Jackson of Memphis; nine grandchildren, Betsy, Clabe, Katee, Thomas, Timmy, David, Christian, Lainee and Ellie; two great-grandchildren, Karter and Steel; hundreds of students whose live's he touched, and many other loving family members and friends.
Harwell earned his Bachelor's Degree in education, with a major in biology and a double minor in chemistry and physics, from Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro, in 1962 where he was also a member of the marching band. He earned his Master's Degree in counseling from Ole Miss in 1967, and then his Specialist Degree in administration from Southeast Missouri University 1982.
Harwell was an extremely devoted educator for many years. He taught and administered testing for the State of Missouri Department of Education. From 1962 to 1963 he taught Biology for the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Mo.; from 1963 to 1967 he taught Biology, Physics and Chemistry for the Southland School District in Arbyrd, Mo.; from 1967 to 1990, he had several positions with the Arcadia Valley School District; first as the Junior High Principal while teaching Biology and helping with the bus routes, then as the High School Principal while teaching Physics, Chemistry and Biology. He later went on to become the Assistant Superintendent and continued to teach Physics. On Jan. 31, 1990, he became the Superintendent for the Caledonia School District and taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics until he retired in June 1995. And, from 1997 to 1998 he served as the Superintendent for the Piggott School District, in Piggott, Ark., where he once again retired in 1998. He truly was a devoted educator.
Harwell was a member of the Arcadia Valley Church of Christ where he lead singing, taught Sunday School classes and helped preach the Word when needed; all from 1962 to 2014.
A Life Celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Cole Family Funeral Home of Ironton. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home.
A second Life Celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Senath, Mo. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Cardwell Cemetery, Cardwell, Mo.