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Travis L. Williams

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Travis L. Williams, loving husband, dedicated father and grandfather, business man, and community leader passed away on July 10, 2008 at the age of 83. He was born in Frankston, TX on September 7, 1924. At age 4, Travis moved to Phoenix. In 1943 he entered the US Army and served in Okinawa, Japan during WWII. He attained the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1946. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees from ASU. After graduating he was one of the founders of Williams and Jones Construction Company which built homes primarily in South Phoenix. From 1964-1989 he worked for the City of Phoenix where he retired as the head of the Human Resources Department. He was a member of several service and civic organizations including the NAACP and Southminster Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Hazel; sons Travis Jr., Robert (Corrina), Cody (Jeri), daughter Marlena (Kenneth) Vincent, sisters Leatha Jones and Ima Davis, a brother Dr. Bernard Black (Lillian), and grandchildren Alanna (Dominic) Faussette, Tiara Williams, Brittani Williams, Brianna Vincent, Chase Williams, Alan Williams, Cody Williams, Bryan Vincent, Trina Mixon, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family. Visitation will be held Friday, July 18, 2008 from 5-8pm at South Phoenix Missionary Baptist, 2006 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, Az. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 10:00 am with a one hour viewing prior to service at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Az. Services entrusted to Universal Memorial Center/South Mountain Mortuary, 602-252-6011.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 17, 2008
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