Lula Belle Kellam, 84

Funeral services for Lula Belle Kellam, 84 of Kite, were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in the chapel of Chapman Funeral Home with Reverends Burton Dixon and Lamar Kersey officiating. Interment followed at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery near Kite. The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home. In compliance with the guidelines set by the CDC, the 6’ rule was enforced during the visitation and service. She passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro following a brief illness.

Ms. Lula Belle Kellam was born September 15, 1936 in Kite to the late Ben Radford and Myrtice Kight Radford. Also known as “Lulu,” she grew up in Kite. In her younger years, she worked in the fields around her hometown. She attended and graduated from Kite High School. She was a loving and dedicated member of Kite First Baptist Church for 50+ years, and she loved the Lord. She later worked at Swainsboro Sportswear for 25+ years. In the early 1980s, Ms. Kellam began her entrepreneurship of many sorts selling different merchandise at many flea markets. In 1993, Ms. Kellam opened her business, Kellam’s Variety Store, in Wrightsville. She continued her journey for many years and moved her store several times. In 1996, she settled her business on South Green street in Swainsboro next to The Boneyard, where she had been for the past 25 years. With the help of her loving family, her business blossomed. Her customers soon realized she was more than just a sales woman; she was a mother to them as well. Customers from all over would refer to her as “Mama Kellam,” just “Ma,” or “Ms. Kelly.” She loved her Kellams family, and that is what kept her going for many years. Her family was also a big part of her life. She cherished every moment she had with each of them. She was a woman who was rooted in her faith, and it showed through her everyday life. Ms. Kellam was a highly respected and beloved member of this community. She will always be remembered for her heart of gold and her compassion for each and every person who was blessed to have met her. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Debra Braswell; sisters, Dorothy Dailey and Mary Newsome Tapley; and brothers, Lee Radford and Ernest “Frog” Radford.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary E. Duffy of Swainsboro; sisters, Eloise Jackson of Wrightsville and Lois (Larry) Marsh of Sandersville; grandchildren, Joe Duffy of Swainsboro, Nicole “Nikki” Braswell of Swainsboro, and Cole (Amy) Braswell of Griffin; great-grandchildren, Caty Cheatham of Ackworth, Sabrina Duffy of Savannah, Avery Duffy of Kennesaw, and Laylah Braswell and Elijah Braswell, both of Twin City; special nephew, Austin Hood of Kite; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Screws, Cody Usry, Trinton Thigpen, Kelly Thigpen, Cameren Joiner, and Michael Daley. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Newsome, Albert Smith, Harry Winfrey, Leland Tapley, Larry Marsh, Lloyd Slater, John Spivey Rountree, and Michale “Kahuna” Hall.

Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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