Father Lambeth was born in 1948 in Dallas, Tex., to Gloria and Irby Nolen Lambeth. He served four years in the U.S. Navy making four tours of duty in the Vietnam War on the Naval Destroyer Ozbourn DD846. After Vietnam, he went to work in new-store construction management for Neiman Marcus in Dallas and later for Lane Bryant in New York City.
Father Lambeth’s educational background included studies at Eastfield College in Dallas. In 1987 he began studies for the priesthood in St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology. He was ordained a priest May 21, 1994, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop John C. Reiss.
As parochial vicar, Father Lambeth served in St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, and Epiphany Parish, Brick. Father Lambeth’s first pastorate was Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, followed by his assignment as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Trenton.
In 2008, he was named administrator of St. Theresa’s Parish and then pastor. Father Lambeth retired from active ministry in 2019 but continued to serve St. Theresa Parish, assisting with Masses and the celebration of Sacraments until a few weeks before his death. His diocesan appointments included serving on the building commission; council of priests, and for eight years as director of vocations.
Father Mick was predeceased by his parents Irby and Gloria Spradley and brother Richard P. Lambeth. He is survived by his loving sister Deborah Ryan and husband Tom of Garland, TX, brothers Ronald Lambeth and wife Sandy of Houston, TX and Christopher Lambeth of Ft. Worth, TX, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his beloved dog “Buddy”.
Viewing hours will be held on Thursday June 2, 2022 from 4 to 8pm at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church 450 Radio Road Little Egg Harbor NJ 08087. A Funeral Mass will be on Friday June 3, 2022 at 11am at St. Theresa followed by burial at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt.
Donations is Father Mick’s memory can be made to St. Theresa Church.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
4:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)
Friday, June 3, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)