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Offered February 16, 2005
On the death of William P. Kellam.

Patrons-- Stolle, Blevins and Wagner; Delegates: McDonnell, Purkey, Suit, Tata, Wardrup and Welch

WHEREAS, William P. Kellam, the last surviving son of a political family that was instrumental in the formation of Virginia Beach and a former member of the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia, died on February 6, 2005; and

WHEREAS, William Kellam was born in Princess Anne County, attended Kempsville High School and Norfolk Business College, and served as a captain in the United States Army during World War II; and

WHEREAS, William Kellam was the last of 16 children born to Able E. and Clara Kellam, and his brother, the late Sidney S. Kellam, was among the leaders in the successful effort in the early 1960s to establish the City of Virginia Beach; and

WHEREAS, in the mid-1960s, William Kellam served the citizens of South Hampton Roads in both the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, William Kellam was a cofounder of the Kellam-Eaton Insurance Company and a founding director of the Bank of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, a former Virginia State Commander of the American Legion, William Kellam later served as a director of Tidewater Professional Sports and a member of the Princess Anne Ruritan and Virginia Beach Kiwanis Clubs; and

WHEREAS, well-known and widely respected by the citizens of Virginia Beach, William Kellam earned an enviable reputation for honesty, integrity, and devotion to his family, his church, and his community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of an outstanding citizen of Virginia Beach, William P. Kellam; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of William P. Kellam as an expression of the esteem in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly.

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