TRINITY — Luther Wayne Kellum, 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Wayne was born on March 12, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland, the first-born son of the late Luther and Ruth Clarke Kellum. He was educated in the New Hanover County School System, later graduating college from UNC Wilmington, with a bachelor’s degree in History. Wayne and his wife, Lynn, have been faithful members of Gospel Baptist Church in Archdale, for nearly 40 years. At Gospel Baptist, Wayne served as a Deacon, and enjoyed teaching the Adult Sunday school class. Wayne became a licensed “Preacher of the Gospel” by Gospel Baptist Church under the Direction and Pastorate of the Rev. Frank Gribble.
Wayne’s work career spanned nearly 63 years. He was an entrepreneur starting his own successful Business, named Piedmont Reprographics. Wayne closed his business in 2012 and pursued Christian Service, as the High School History Teacher and The Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach of Fayetteville Street Christian School. In his leisure time, Wayne enjoyed reading and writing, often signing his letters with the moniker, “The Kellum Ilk”. Wayne took several opportunities to travel around the world, visiting Countries on both the continents of Europe and the Middle East. He also delighted in taking trips with his entire family to the North Carolina beaches and Tennessee mountains. His true love and passion was spending time with his family; particularly his grandchildren, who lovingly refer to him as “Papaw”.
He loved his Lord, his family, and his church. His legacy of love will forever live on inside of his family and friends. His success in life can be measured by the fact that those who knew him best respected him most.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 49 years, Lynn Childress Kellum; his oldest son, Brad Kellum and his wife, Nicole, and their children, Ethan, Wesley, and Emma; and his younger son, Brent Kellum and his wife, Amanda, and their children, Holden, Bella, Beckett and Tinley. Wayne is also survived by his brother, Bobby Kellum and his wife, Debra, as well as his sister, Linda McCall and her husband, Dennis.
A service to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held on Friday morning, May 14, at 11 a.m., at Gospel Baptist Church, with Pastor Steve Hill, Reverend Kenneth Reeves and Pastor Brad Kellum officiating. The committal service will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery in High Point.
In lieu of flowers, the Kellum family has requested that donations be made in honor of Wayne’s memory to The Hospice of the Piedmont located at 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, North Carolina, 27262.
Online condolences may be made on Wayne’s tribute page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Services are in the care of Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.