Roy Franklin Lambertson, III

November 4, 1951November 2, 2020

Born on November 4, 1951 in Tampa, FL, Roy was raised in a Navy family that moved between Florida, California, and Virginia throughout his childhood. His brother, Michael, was born a couple of years later and Roy took his responsibility as a big brother very seriously. Still, that didn’t stop Roy from putting his little brother through a lot of antics. With his family, Roy enjoyed camping and being in the outdoors, a hobby that stayed with him throughout is life. Roy found great joy and peace being in nature.

In 1985 and 1987, Roy received two of the greatest blessings in his life – his daughter, Sarah, and son, Kerry. Being a father was a sacred trust for Roy and, with the flaws of all parents, he loved them and tried to pave a path for them. He was unendingly proud of the people his children have become and cherished all the time he spent with them.

After a few years at VCU, Roy settled in Richmond, where he had a carpentry company and construction business. After 30 years in construction, Roy and his wife, Susan, worked with seniors and their families through their moving and consignment company. In recent years, Roy worked as a marketing director for a creative and branding company.

Roy was one of the founding members of the James River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society and made many wonderful friends. Whenever possible, they went into the fields with their dogs and came home tired and with an occasional bird or two. Roy was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. He had been a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and was very active in the church when he was younger.

With a deep love of his Lord and an affinity for gospel songs, Roy took his blessed heart out into the world and made friends everywhere. He always wanted to help people and solve problems and he will be remembered for his giving nature. Roy is survived by his wife, Susan Campbell; two children, Sarah Lambertson and Kerry Lambertson; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Lambertson; niece, Katherine Lambertson; nephew, Armand Lambertson, sisters-in-law, Alice Campbell and Jean Beal; and his dear companion, Brodie.

A memorial service for Roy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23229. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

The James River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society have renamed their conservation fund the “Roy Lambertson Conservation Fund” and plan to establish an annual shooting event called the “Roy Lambertson Memorial Shoot.”

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6



  • Roy is survived by his wife, Susan Campbell; two children, Sarah Lambertson and Kerry Lambertson; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Lambertson; niece, Katherine Lambertson; nephew, Armand Lambertson, sisters-in-law, Alice Campbell and Jean Beal; and his dear companion, Brodie.

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November 24, 2020

I met Roy when I was relatively new to the area and knew few people. In our second or third meeting, the conversation turned to fishing. Roy quickly said, "We've got a small group going fishing on the Bay in a week or two - you want to come?" He knew so little about me, but was so willing to include me in this outing with his friends.

On the day of the outing, my vision of a 'charter boat' with captain's chairs and a catered lunch was quickly dashed by a boat with NO chairs and brown bag lunches -- these guys were actual FISHERMEN!

We spent the day out on the Bay...I don't think we caught anything...but I remember Roy's wit and good humor throughout.

Carmen Munford

November 22, 2020

My heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. Roy had such an easygoing personality, pleasant and kind, with GREAT stories to tell. He was always willing to help any way that he could. You two were so great together. He will be sorely missed.
May God pour out his Grace, mercy and peace that passes all understanding on you now, holding you in His arms for comfort. Roy is at peace, healthy and whole.

Michele and I send you our love ❤️

Bill and Lori Hummel

November 21, 2020

Roy was our neighbor and will be greatly missed by all who lived near him in Forest Hills. Whenever we walked our dog we looked forward to passing by Roy's house and chatting with him over the fence. We always had interesting conversations and always enjoyed our time with him. His passing is such a loss to our neighborhood and he will be missed. Susan, we are always here for you and Brodie.

Bill & Lori

Christy Ellis

November 21, 2020

What a beautiful testimony of a life that was spent doing our Creator's work and loved by so many. His memory will live on through all that he touched with his giving spirit and love. I am so grateful that the service was available online. Dennis and I are here for you Susan. Please let us know if you need absolutely anything!

Much love and light

Dennis and Christy Ellis

John Pine

November 21, 2020

Offering our deepest condolences and thanks for making Roy's service available online. We're here for you, Susan, should you need anything at all. God bless you and your family.

Dawn and John Pine

Kenneth Lambertson

November 21, 2020

My dad and I will be watching the memorial. So sorry for your loss. Luanne (Lambertson) King and Kenneth Lambertson

Sherry Wells

November 21, 2020

Susan, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you move through this next step in Roy’s passing.

Turner Johnson

November 21, 2020

I remember Roy’s smile, his enthusiasm and love of outdoors, fishing and being with Brodie. He will be missed by all.

Milton Lambertson

November 21, 2020

Roy's father was one of my older brothers so there are a lot of lifetime memories. Because his father "Frank" was in the Navy we saw each other "sometimes". But they were always great times when I got to see Roy (& Mike). I can still hear him call me "Uncle Milton" in his somewhat of a drawl accent. Also a factor in our not getting to see one another often is my being a minister and serving both the U.S. & Canada. The last time we were able to see each other face to face was after I had gone through extensive cancer treatment in 2016. Little did I know that he would go home to be with his Lord before me...I look forward to seeing him again someday. Please know that my prayers go to Susan and all family members in the loss of this dear one....from "Uncle" Milton Lambertson & wife "Aunt" Joyce ...note Milt & Roy by the "Swanee" River

Tony Sakowski

November 21, 2020

Roy was a gift to our James River Chapter of the RGS. Roy was always one of the first to volunteer for whatever task was before us; organizer, cook, participant, and aways, “we can do this”.

We spent many days walking the mountains, and Piedmont of Virginia, admiring the purity of those landscapes, and especially, our dogs. Brodie was a centerpiece of Roy’s existence, a cherished friend.
We will all miss Roy’s smile, his always present willingness to help, and the many conversations that were enjoyed by whomever would listen. R.I.P. my friend.

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