He graduated with honors from Castlewood High School, Class of 1974, and earned a Bachelor's degree in business from Clinch Valley College in 1978 as a first generation college graduate. Developing the nickname "Bert" while at CVC, he embraced it and went by that name throughout his professional career as he worked for Cody Equipment, Shelton-Witt, Norton Petroleum, Commercial Petroleum, and Buck Oil, all in Wise County.
Filled with an entrepreneurial spirit and a growing network of contacts, Bert founded Little Acorn Oil Company in Duffield, Va. in 1992. Blessed with the success from his hard work, other locations and a family of companies were established thereafter. Bert was still active as CEO and President of those companies upon his death. He was a generous man and always made a very conscious effort to take special care of his employees, in addition to his customers and vendors. Many lives were positively influenced and impressions made as he built and developed relationships both personally and professionally throughout his life. He had a willingness to help others anonymously, without credit nor hesitation. He had a dedication and love for the Cincinnati Reds that was unparalleled. Of all his many accomplishments in life, he was most proud of his family and devoted to their wellbeing and future.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Wells; and niece, Cindy White.
He is survived by his son, Dustin Lambert and wife, Sarah of Big Stone Gap, Va.; two grandchildren, Braden Silas and Oaklyn Alcoa; sister, Sandra White of Evergreen, Co.; brother-in-law Randy Hammonds and wife, Joyce of Villa Hills, Ky.; niece, Tiffany White and husband, Johnathan Coppin of Evergreen, Co.; nephew, Wesley Wells; honorary brother and mentor, Joe Savilla of Nitro, Wv.; special friend, Mandy Ingram of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; and special cousins, Gail Hautau and Steve Minton.
Family will receive friends from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Combs – Hess Funeral Service in Lebanon, Va. Funeral Services will immediately follow with Pastor Cuba Porter and Pastor Darrell Fletcher officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 2pm Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Temple Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum. Those wishing to attend should meet at the cemetery by 1:45pm.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dustin Lambert, Rodney Dotson, Tim Gadd, Jay Johnson, Cuba Porter, and Harry Sutherland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael "Bert" Lambert Business Scholarship. c/o UVA-Wise Foundation, 1 College Ave, Wise, VA 24293.
Expressions of sympathy can be made on our Combs-Hess Funeral Service Facebook page. Combs-Hess Funeral Service, 291 Hwy 71 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Lambert family.