Travis Abbott, age 74, of Hot Springs, died Sunday, August 17, 2003 at a local hospital. He was called to Heaven after singing his rendition of the song “Don’t Overlook Salvation”.
He was born on January 22, 1929 at Bismarck the son of Wylie Fletcher Abbott and Mattie Davenport Abbott. He was married on September 12, 1949 to Alene Pogue. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Roy Abbott, who was killed in action in France, Calvin Abbott of Malvern and Vernon Abbott of Hot Springs.
He was a charter member and elder for the Cowboy Church in Hot Springs. In 2003, he became the first inductee into the Cowboy Church Hall of Fame. He was a four-year United States Army Veteran and served in Korea. His musical talents and love of music lead him to a career at the Bath House Show, which was founded in 1987, where Travis was known as the “King of Country”.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alene Abbott of Hot Springs; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Brett and Amber Abbott, and Alan Abbott, all of Hot Springs; one daughter, Lori Abbott of Hot Springs; four grandchildren, Kayla, Jessica, Jeffery and Koty; two great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ed and Gene Abbott of Malvern and Jack and Sally Abbott of Hot Springs; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Lola Pope of Hot Springs and Martha and Ray McCaslin of Royal; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 20, 2003 in the Mountain Valley Baptist Church with Bro. Harvey Perdue officiating.
Interment will be in the Mountain Valley Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Pallbearers will be Ed Watson, Chris Harvey, Bill Anderson, Don Harrier, Benny Bennett and Mike Crenshaw.
Guest registry at www.davissmithfuneralhome.com