John Richard “Dick” Kellam was a caring son, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who left this world on June 9 2022 at the age of 93. He was born May 5 1929 in High Point NC, the son of Olga Armstrong and Marshall Clark Kellam. He attended High Point City schools and graduated with a degree in textiles from NC State University. Richard served in the U S Army as a Lieutenant during the Korean War 1952-1954. He married Betty Jo Snider on February 14 1952; and they were happily married for 67 years until her death in 2019. They raised two boys – Mark R Kellam (Liz) and David C Kellam (Lisa). He also has four wonderful grandchildren – Laura Chandler (Jonathon); David C Kellam Jr (Kate), Emily Waters (Adam) and John Kellam (Michelle) and two great grandchildren, Reagan Elizabeth Chandler and Caison Elizabeth Kellam. Richard was raised as a Presbyterian, but joined Wesley Memorial Methodist Church upon his marriage to Betty Jo. They were homeowners on Figure 8 Island for 45 years where many wonderful family memories were made. In 2002, they moved to River Landing Retirement At Sandy Ridge until his death. Richard was known for his positive view on life, and never met a stranger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to River Landing Employee Fund, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, NC 27235-4500. The Kellam’s would like to express their deep gratitude to all the River Landing family.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Richard “Dick” Kellam will be held 2:00 pm Friday June 24, 2022 in the Multipurpose Room at River Landing with the Reverend Ken Massey officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.