Eleanor Shropshire Kallam

September 26, 1933November 23, 2018

Eleanor Shropshire Kallam September 26, 1933 – November 23, 2018

Eleanor Shropshire Kallam, 85, of Ridgeway, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 23, 2018. She was born on September 26, 1933 to the late James Lee (Tommy) Shropshire and Rachel Sheppard Shropshire. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Stewart Kallam; 2 sons, James Dewey (J.D.) Kallam and Paul Sheppard Kallam; 2 brothers, Howard Lee Shropshire and Joe Canie Shropshire.

Eleanor was employed by Henry County Public Schools for 51 years as a bus driver. She was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Ridgeway where she played the organ for over 55 years. She was a 1951 graduate of Ridgeway High School where she played on the basketball team that won the championship in 1950-51. She was very active in the 4-H club and because of her participation and achievements was 1 of 4 selected to attend National 4-H Camp in Washington, DC.

She loved her family, her church, her many years of driving the school bus and her cat. She was very dedicated to these.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy K. Stanley of Ridgeway, a son, Stewart Lee Kallam and wife, Myrna of LaGrange, GA; 3 grandchildren, Casey Daniel Stanley, Lamenda Carol Kallam and Amelia Lynn Kallam; a sister, Mary Ruth Hardin (Dave) of Danville; 2 sisters-in-law, Jean Shropshire and Ann Shropshire; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends Monday, November 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Ridgeway and other times at the home of Jean Shropshire, Church Street in Ridgeway.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 27th at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Ridgeway with interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Pastor Lewis Harris will officiate.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Ridgeway Music Department, P. O. Box 715, Ridgeway, VA 24148 or the SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy., Martinsville, VA 24112.



  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018


  • Receiving of Friends

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Carole Webb

December 23, 2018

Just finding out about Ms. Kallam's death. So sorry. She was bus driver for my granddaughters. I always knew they were safe when they were on her bus. They loved her so much.

Jane & Link Thomas

November 28, 2018

A very loyal and dedicated lady who I was honored to have as a friend. The sound of beautiful organ music she brought to every church service is now quiet but, Eleanor and her God given gift will live on in our hearts.
Thank you for sharing your friendship and your music for so many years and thank God for allowing you to be with us until he called you home.
Until we all meet again in heaven, may the good Lord grant me the pleasure of hearing organ music drift dawn from heaven above.

Michael Weaver

November 26, 2018

What more can you say about a person who loved children, and her cat? The loss for us, the living, is that so often we miss the rich stories that lie behind each of God's children. Miss Eleanor could not tell me on my one visit with her the stories of her half-century driving a school bus, her role on the 1951 championship basketball team, or her love of animals. That conversation will have to wait for another day.

"Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your master." (Matthew 25)

Michael Weaver, Chaplain
Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care
18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy
Stuart VA 24171

Vicki (Hardie) Stroupe

November 25, 2018

Stewart and family. Mrs. Kallam was a remarkable lady and everyone of us who grew up in Ridgeway knew her and loved her. I know you all will miss her but take comfort in knowing she is now at peace 🙏🙏 Love and prayers, Vicki (Hardie )Stroupe

Steve Bateman

November 24, 2018

Nancy and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother! Me and my family hold your family in our thoughts and prayers and hope you find peace during this time of loss! Mrs. Kallam was most of me and my 9 siblings bus driver for many years and I truly loved your mom! She was a truly great woman and the feelings I share for your mom are the same as shared by many in our community that she touched and delivered us safely to and from school each day. A loss for earth but a gain for heaven is this angel your mom is! We mourn her passing but rejoice in her new life in the kingdom of heaven! May God lay his blessing hand on your shoulders to help give strength in the coming days so that loving memories take the place of a sorrowful loss!

Steve, Nikki, & Bryson Bateman as well as the entire Bateman family!