Iconic Cherokee Chief Henry has died

Full story: Asheville Citizen-Times

Henry "Chief Henry" Lambert, who became the iconic image of the Cherokee Indian during five decades posing for photographs with tourists at his roadside teepee, has died, his family said today.
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Crystal Caldwell

Myrtle Beach, SC

#1 Nov 20, 2007
Sad news,very sad news...Chief Henry will always be sadly missed.
Rab

Columbia, MO

#2 Nov 20, 2007
My condolences and prayers to the family of Henry Lambert. He will be greatly missed.
Shirley Catt Iron Shell

Custer, SD

#3 Nov 20, 2007
My prayers are with the family at this time. Many times I have came home (if only in my dreams) and Chief Henry was always there, talking, and giving people from far and a memory in a photograph, He will be missed.
Shirley Catt Iron Shell

Custer, SD

#4 Nov 20, 2007
My prayers are with the family at this time. Many times I have came home (if only in my dreams) and Chief Henry was always there, talking, and giving people from far and wide a memory in a photograph, He will be missed.

“Dont be bashful its Asheville”

Since: Nov 07

Asheville

#5 Nov 20, 2007
He will be missed. I have photos of two generations of our family with Chief Henry.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#6 Nov 20, 2007
How sad, I'm sure there are pics of me with him as well as my kids. Going to Cherokee is a big part of my life since I was a child myself. We'd go there to Frontier Land and finish up walking the strips and taking pics posing with the Indians. Amazing how a simple career can touch so many people.
theresa

AOL

#7 Nov 20, 2007
i can't believe he's gone. oh the joy he brought to cherokee each summer.
Wolftown

United States

#8 Nov 20, 2007
I remember having my picture taken with Chief Henry and my mother always stopped to talk to Chief Henry. He was a great man who will live in our hearts. My prayers are with his family
Chief henry touch so many lives and made us all smile.
Native Girl

Raleigh, NC

#9 Nov 20, 2007
Cannot believe he has left us so soon ... he looked good and was witty as ever just a few months ago. Cherokee will never be the same without "Chief Henry" -- one of a kind!
S Knight VeroBeachFL

AOL

#10 Nov 20, 2007
I just got down the family album from 1969 an cryed at the wonderful photo of myself sitting on Chief Henrys lap. What a wonderful man and family friend to myself and my parents William (Retired US Chief Deputy Marshal )and Dianne Ward.
Brian Bentley -Augusta

Charlotte, NC

#11 Nov 21, 2007
We will surely return to Cherokee again. The Oconaluftee will still be there...so too will Unto These Hills, the bears at Saunooke Village, the DQ by the river, the wonderful boiled peanuts, the innumerable souvenir shops and the innocense that is Cherokee. There will even be a "Chief" out by the road. But it will not be THE CHIEF. Chief Henry was the icon....the living, breathing personification that tied the whole experience together for many of us. We honestly did not really care how geniune the whole deal was...Henry Lambert did what he loved,lived the American dream and everybody who came into contact with him picked up on that. Cherokee has lost a legend. Rest in peace Chief.
Alissa Libby

United States

#12 Nov 21, 2007
I will miss my Pappy, as I called him! He loved what he did and was never ashamed of who he was and that has taught me a lot. Cherokee will not be the same without him.
My husband, Christopher has created a website in honor of him...please feel free to visit it.... www.numberonechief.com
the site is still in the process of being fully created...please keep checking back for more!

Love,
Chief Henry's 5th Grandaughter
Proud to be Cherokee

United States

#13 Nov 22, 2007
I love you Daddy and I will miss you. Rest easy now and go fishing all you want to. I know you are and will always be with us. Love, Henrietta
Beautybringer

AOL

#14 Nov 22, 2007
He will be missed, thanks for the wonderful article
Judy-Proud to be CHEROKEE

Mcminnville, TN

#15 Nov 23, 2007
I will miss him terribly but he now has peace and pain free. I have had close to 50 years of memories with my visits to Cherokee. I am so honored that he is my cousin and my friend.My heart is broken and I send all my thoughts,prayers,and love to his family.Rest easy and you will always hold a very special place in my heart,my mom's and my children and grandchildrens. YOU ARE THE #1 CHIEF-I love you-Judy
Pete and Sherry Crabtree

Rainsville, AL

#16 Nov 24, 2007
Miss Patsy,Henrietta,DeeDee,Patrick ,Angela,Edmina
All Grandchildern, and Greatgrandchildern.
Thank You for allowing us in your home the day Chief came home from the hospital for the last time.
Cherokee will never be the same now. We came up every few weeks where He and Sherry could "fuss" at each other and they loved it. To have seen him Smile that Friday when we were there ment everything to us. Thank you for sharing him with us and the World for a life time. He made me proud to be CHEROKEE

Since: Nov 07

Grove Oak , Alabama

#17 Nov 24, 2007
Sorry Patricia did not mean to leave you out from above. Chief had a great family and loved each one.
Love and prayers to each of you.
Doris and Ollie Williams

Danville, AL

#18 Nov 24, 2007
he may be gone but never forgotten,Chief Henry was a second dad to me,and he meant the world to us both.his family is very precious and dear to us, each and every one.They will always be a part of our lives that gives us fond memories.Mrs. Patsy Lambert, like Chief Henry,you are a precious Jewel,and we love you.
Doris and O.G. Williams
Trudy

Chatsworth, GA

#19 Nov 29, 2007
I can remember as a small child and on up through my adulthood the first time that I met and saw Chief Henry----that has always been one of my greatest memory plus having my picture made with him.
He will be so truely missed and what a great loss we all will suffer due to his passing but I know that he is with the Great Spirit and Creator now and will be smiling for the angels now and maybe even taking pictures with them too.
Serbrina

Burlington, NC

#20 Dec 2, 2007
Alissa Libby wrote:
I will miss my Pappy, as I called him! He loved what he did and was never ashamed of who he was and that has taught me a lot. Cherokee will not be the same without him.
My husband, Christopher has created a website in honor of him...please feel free to visit it.... www.numberonechief.com
the site is still in the process of being fully created...please keep checking back for more!
Love,
Chief Henry's 5th Grandaughter
You Grandfather was the greatest man I have even met. He saved my life. I am so sad and hurt right now..I told him In July I would see him again in December. I did not know of his passing until I went to look for him. Even though we cry for him and miss him deeply, he is in a better place now and I hope to meet him again one day!!

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