Lester Lamberth, Jr.
Years after coaching him in a heart-breaking state championship game, Hendersonville High School baseball coach Andy Gilley still recalls the way Lester Lamberth, Jr., made others laugh.
"He brought a smile to everyone's face every single day," said Gilley. "He was just always a good person to be around."
Lamberth's body was recovered Sunday in Old Hickory Lake behind a home on Cumberland Drive. Police say they were called to the area at around 12:44 p.m. by a home owner who said his house appeared to have been broken into. Shortly after police arrived, Lamberth's body was found floating in the lake, according to HPD Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn.
Vaughn said that Lamberth was operating a small in-board motor boat and struck a retainer wall on the lake's shoreline. The 32-year-old made his way to a home on Cumberland Drive and entered through a plate glass window, according to Vaughn. However, nothing was taken from the home, and it doesn't appear as if Lamberth was breaking into the home, according to the detective. It's not clear how or why Lamberth's body ended up in the lake or how he died.
Police are awaiting autopsy results and the TWRA is investigating the boat crash, Vaughn added.
A 2003 graduate of Hendersonville High School who police say was currently living in Mt. Juliet, Lamberth was well liked and a talented ball player in high school, according to Gilley. The first baseman helped lead the team to a 2003 state championship game against Farragut High in which the Commandos lost 9 to 10. Gilley also recalls that Lamberth was one of the state leaders in home runs that year, scoring 14.