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Donald Lamb

May 8, 1947 — January 12, 2021

Born in Rector, AR on May 8, 1947 Departed on January 12, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN
Donald Wayne Lamb

Born in Rector, AR on May 8, 1947

Departed on January 12, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Donald Wayne Lamb, 73, of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed away on January 12, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. He will be remembered by all for his steady leadership, constant service, and faith in Jesus Christ.

Don was born on May 8, 1947 in Rector, Arkansas to Donald Lamb and Dorothy Polk Lamb. After graduating from Rector High School in 1965, he began a degree in business at Arkansas State University. In 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn. After completing his degree in 1969, he was commissioned as an Army Officer at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The majority of his career was with the United States Postal service, serving 38 years as Postmaster in Gallatin, TN.

But beyond his professional accolades, he is revered by his wife and children. He served his community, his church, and his neighbors. He modeled the Christian faith at all times. And he finished his life with dignity and respect. The stories his family is receiving about him have a common theme: "Don was one of the greatest men I ever knew..."

Don was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Thomas Lamb; his children, Jennifer (Michael) Garcia, Jill (Jason) Freeman and Mark (Courtney) Lamb; his grandchildren, Mary Carolyn Garcia, Ben Garcia, William Garcia, Emma Garcia, Lauren Freeman, Andrew Freeman, John Thomas Freeman, Elijah Lamb, Smith Lamb and Henley Lamb; and his stepfather, Ernie Chittick.

He is being honored and remembered in a private family gathering.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

28 Comments Jim Purcell January 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm - Reply

I only had the pleasure and honor of being around Mr. Lamb a couple of times. There was such a pleasing and pleasant feeling talking to him and watching him interact with his family. And, it's obvious that he was a great man and father as I've heard the stories through his son. I sincerely love Mark, and Mr. and Mrs. Lamb were very successful in honoring God through raising him the way they did. He's truly a "chip off the ol' block". I'm sure Mr. Lamb heard an emphatic "Well Done!"

Cathy Crow Henderson January 14, 2021 at 5:29 pm - Reply

I am so sorry to hear about Donnie. I have so many good memories of growing up in Rector together. He was truly one of the good guys. He will be missed.
Cathy Crow Henderson

Sandra Champion January 14, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

Don and his wife Carolyn have been a beacon of light and wonderful example of love. He was a gentle and soft spoken man but when he spoke everyone listened. His walk with his savior Jesus Christ was obvious in his words and his actions. I will miss his presence in our connect class at church. He had a funny side and could tell some hilarious stories. I know he is with Jesus now and we will see him again. So no goodbyes Don, I'll see you when I graduate to Heaven.

Kerri Wynn January 14, 2021 at 6:23 pm - Reply

I have had the privilege of knowing Mr. Don Lamb since 2002, when I started working at Hendersonville Medical Center with his daughter, Jill Lamb Freeman. He was such a soft spoken, kind hearted, loving, funny man. He loved to bug me about my love for the UT Vols! He would ask me when I was going to start liking a real football team, instead of losers. I missed his phone calls when Jill took a job elsewhere. I would still see him on occasion. Rest well, Daddy Lamb. Heaven has gained a great angel!

Kelly Coley January 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm - Reply

What a difference Don made in so many lives. He had a quick wit and a true giving heart. I enjoyed the times at Rotary catching up on the events around us and it never failed; if there was an event or a need, Don was there. A good, Christian man that I can honestly say made a difference. He will be missed! God bless

Nancy Sack January 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm - Reply

Mrs. Lamb, Jennifer, Jill and Mark ,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you husband and dad. He was a true Christian and a soft spoken man. I have many memories of him and your family living on Lakeshore Drive in Gallatin. May he rest in peace and join the angels in heaven that have gone before him. Much Love, Nancy Daigler Sack and family

Garvin and Theresa Gatewood January 14, 2021 at 10:35 pm - Reply

We are so sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. He was one of our oldest and dearest friends. May all of your wonderful memories be a comfort in the days ahead. Garvin and Theresa Gatewood

Diane Bucy Freeman January 14, 2021 at 10:41 pm - Reply

I’m am so sad to hear of Donnie’s passing. We were such close friends growing up and I have always had the greatest respect for him. My prayers are with Carolyn and his family. ❤️ߙϢݤ️ߙ

Doris and Jerry Fojtik January 14, 2021 at 10:50 pm - Reply

Jerry and I so sorry for the passing of Don. We met Don and Carolyn at Sunday School. Don was kind and could be very funny too, you always loved to hear what he had to say. He loved Carolyn, his children and his grandchildren so much. You can tell Don was a Godly man by his examples of how he lived his life. I know his family are going to deeply miss him and his friends will miss him too.

David Smith January 14, 2021 at 11:22 pm - Reply

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Don. He hired me into the Postal Service many years ago. He was always professional in his position as Postmaster. Even after he retired, we would see each other out somewhere. He would always take the time to ask how my family and I were doing. May the Lord give comfort to his family during this time and the days to come.

Lloyd Merrell January 14, 2021 at 11:28 pm - Reply

Donnie's Mother and Dad allowed me to stay at their home on days when there was a basketball game. Donnie was just a special person as the comments coming in says. RIP my friend.

Paul Lamb, Postmaster Retired, Smyrna January 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm - Reply

Sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He was a great southern gentleman.

Ralph Seay January 15, 2021 at 12:42 am - Reply

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don and I were friends way back during high school days and dorm roommates his first semester at A-State. He and Carolyn were good, solid folks! I regret we didn’t remain close friends in more recent years. Please know that Connie and I are praying for all of your family during these difficult days. RIP Don!

Rosemarie Polk January 16, 2021 at 5:53 pm - Reply

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Heaven does get sweeter every day.He was my husband’s second cousin and we had the privilege of being with him and Ernie (his step-dad)when his mother was ushered into heaven. We are praying for Carolyn,and family.

C Venable January 15, 2021 at 2:01 am - Reply

I had the privilege of meeting Don at the Post Office. He was always willing to help. He was such a nice and honorable man. Prayers for his family and friends during this difficult time.

Paul January 15, 2021 at 3:19 am - Reply

So sorry to hear Mr. Lamb was a very good Christian Man he will be missed

Jason Rue January 15, 2021 at 3:40 am - Reply

Wow! Just read everyone's thoughtful words. Thank you!
What a testimony of a life well-lived and a legacy of difference-making through a family that loves and serves others – in the name of Jesus!
Praise God for Mr. Lamb and his family.

Judy Hurst Huneycutt January 15, 2021 at 4:42 am - Reply

I was so sorry to hear about Donnie passing away. My prayers are with you Carolyn and your family. It is wonderful you and Donnie had 53 years together and such a beautiful family! He will be missed by so many people!

Debbie (Janes) Work January 15, 2021 at 5:32 am - Reply

I have fond memories of Don as a kind and fun-loving person. I didn’t know him as an adult but I am sure that he stayed the same. My condolences to the family.

Sherry Legge January 15, 2021 at 7:00 am - Reply

Buzz and I (Legge) will miss our friend Don. He was kind and special to everyone he met. Don never said an unkind word to anyone or about anyone. Carolyn and the three children have so many great memories in their hearts. We all are comforted knowing he is with Jesus. May God bless each and every one of you.

Cathy Young January 15, 2021 at 1:34 pm - Reply

So sorry to hear about the loss of Don. Such a nice man. We were neighbors for many years and always chatted about our families. We will miss you at church.Prayers for your dear family.

Jackie Taylor January 15, 2021 at 4:14 pm - Reply

Always a kind, caring person. Always had his priorities straight.

Lance Hampton January 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm - Reply

I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Lamb was a very kind and thoughtful man. He will be missed, but he is with the Lord and you will see him again in a better place. Prayers for your family.

Gail BURNS January 16, 2021 at 5:53 pm - Reply

Carolyn and Family.
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Donnie. I know how difficult it is to loose the love of your life and the father of your children. Sometimes I didnt think I was able to put one foot in front of the other but you manage with God’s help and the good memories I am sure you have. He was a special person. I am so sorry and if you ever need to talk just contact me. God bless you.

Ron Stahl January 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm - Reply

Carolyn, I am so sorry about Donnie. You guys made a terrific love story and an inspiring life. I wish you peace as you remember his life.

Olivia ( Piburn) Davis from Lakeshore Drive January 19, 2021 at 2:08 pm - Reply

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know your family and still have very fond memories of playing with Mark when we were little kids. I even tell my children about trading baseball cards with him. Even though I was only a child when you lived next door, my parents and grandmother always spoke very highly of Mr Lamb. I will be praying for you all.
Mark, know that you have given me funny stories to share with my kids. Like the time you convinced me to lick the bottom of your roller blades. Thanks for being the older kid who took time to entertain the little annoying girl across the street. I will be praying for you and your wife and children. All of you. Remember that Jesus is close.

Buddy Vantrease January 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm - Reply

Carolyn and family,
It was a pleasure working with Don for the years we worked together at the post office. He was instrumental in helping me when it was time for me to retire. It is a funny story I hope to share with you sometime. There was a time when the two of us were the young kids working at the Gallatin post office. I will always remember him as a good Christian man and a wonderful friend. Prayers for you and your family.

Jerry Black January 21, 2021 at 11:34 pm - Reply

Sorry for your loss. He was always the gentleman to everybody. He worked with some of my family they thought highly of him . He always asked about them when he saw me.

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