On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, God, in his infinite wisdom, called our brother, John Robert Kellam, home to his final resting place. “Johnny” or “John Boy”, as he was called by family and friends, was born on April 18, 1951 in Nelsonia, Virginia. He was the seventh child and fifth son of the late Floyd M. and Clarissa L. Finney Kellam.
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Johnny was educated in the Accomack County Public school system and later acquired technical training in the Job Corp. To emulate his big brother, Johnny joined the United States Navy to realize his dream to be a sailor and travel the world. At the end of his military service, Johnny returned to the Eastern Shore. He worked in several local industries before his retirement from Sharp Energy.
Left to cherish his memories are: a son, Thomas J. (LaShammia) Kellam of Scott Air Force Base, IL; and two grandsons, Thomas J. Kellam, Jr. and Jordon Williams. His son, Robert Erwin Kellam, preceded him in death in 2003. Johnny and his late wife, Sharon, raised two of their nieces, Brittney and Bernadette, from toddlers to adults.
Left to cherish his memories fondly are his eight siblings, James I. Kellam, Jacksonville, FL;, Joan K. Johnson, Atlanta, GA, Lawrence D. (Marie) Kellam, Irvington, NJ, Jean K. (Larry) Baugh, Jacksonville, FL, George A. Kellam, Milledgeville, GA, Joy K. (Jon) Tyler, Tasley, VA, Alvin K. Kellam, New Church, VA, and Jacqueline E. Dennis, Parksley, VA. Johnny will be sorely missed by a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and his friend and dedicated caretaker, Ida.
Our brother possessed many talents and skills. Most remembered was his passion for American history, geography, and politics. Our nieces, nephews, and cousins fondly recount the car trips and the geography lessons during their many excursions. His sisters will miss the intense and passionate political discussions with “John Boy.”
We thank everyone who assisted our brother during his illness. A very special “shout out” to cousins, Howard and Bertha Northam and Darnell Fleming, for their patience, perseverance, and love!