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Robert L. Travis Jr.


1939 - 2018
Robert L. Travis Jr. Obituary
Robert L Travis

Tallahassee - Robert Lee Travis 78, of Tallahassee died Monday, March 19. Born October 9, 1939 on a farm located 5 miles outside of Vidalia in Toombs County Georgia. He was the son of the late Robert and Sarah Cook Phillips Travis. Robert "Bob" attended Blanche Ely High School, Clark University, Atlanta, Georgia and received his Bachelor of Arts, 1962. While still at Clark University he participated in the sit-in in Atlanta and went to Jail for the first time where he shared a cell with A.D. King, the brother of Martin Luther King. After graduating from college Bob volunteered for the Peace Corps where he served in Ethiopia and then served with the First Calvary Division, Air Mobile, in South Vietnam. Following his discharge he then attended law school at Howard University School of Law.

In 1964, he met Freida through a law school classmate. They were married in June of 1968 and moved to Tallahassee in 1972. He served as the first statewide director of Florida Legal Services; also was the Executive Director and Founder of Florida Rural Legal Services; was the Executive Director (appointed by Gov Rubin Askew) of the Division of Community Services, Florida Department of Community Affairs. He was member of many professional associations and served them all in various capacities and positions and was the recipient of numerous awards.

He has had an outstanding career, including: his private practice in Quincy, Legal Services of North Florida; Professional Experience Horizon Communities in Prison; Inside Coordinator; Knowles Marks & Randolph P.A. He currently was the President of the Leon County of the NAACP and was working as a paralegal.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Felton Phillips. Edward Phillips, Jim L. Travis and two sisters, Jennie Ruth Herring and Catherin Lampkin. He leaves to cherish his memories Frieda and his daughter Natasha and Son Eric and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Friends may visit Friday (3/23) from 5 PM until 8 PM at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Timberlane Road. Funeral services will be Saturday, (3/24) at 1:00 PM in the Bethel Baptist Church. Full obituary: www.culleysmeadowwood.com
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 22, 2018
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