James A. "Jim" Travis

James A. "Jim" Travis

James A. "Jim" Travis, 77, of Alexandria died peacefully at Grace Home on November 10th. Memorial services were held at Horseshoe Drive UMC on November 12, officiated by Rev. Tracy MacKenzie. Graveside services were held with full military honors provided by the USAF Honor Guard, with representation by the Louisiana Patriot Guard Riders.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandsons Benjamin and Patrick Cowen.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Clarice Travis, daughter Michelle and husband Paul Spears, daughter Jamie Griffin, granddaughter Emily Rice, great grandson Drew Cowen, brother Hewitt Travis, and many loved step-grand and great grandchildren.

Jim was born December 12, 1934, in Ahoskie, NC, attended Ahoskie High School, Fork Union Military Academy and NC State University.

He was a veteran, patriot, and proud American and served his country in the US Army and US Air Force for 23 years, retiring in 1979 as Commandant of the NCO Leadership Academy at England Air Force Base.

Following his retirement, he worked for many years at John Ward Ace Hardware, where he is fondly remembered as the "guy in the yellow yardstick suspenders". In his later years, Jim was devoted to providing a loving home to any cat that came his way.

Memorial gifts may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT, 84741, or Horseshoe Drive UMC.

Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 14, 2012