James Stuart Travis, 86, of Plainview, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at CHI St. Vincent Regional Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center in Russellville, Arkansas. A committal service & interment of cremains will be held at Fort Smith National Cemetery at a later date.
James was born May 21, 1936, in Keller, Texas, to John Stuart Travis and Grace (Dewberry) Travis. He married Janie Gertrude (Windham) Travis on January 27, 1959, in Allen County Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Janie, his wife of 64 years; two daughters: Vicki Elaine Russell of Plainview, and Sherry Long; a son, Paul Travis (Wendy) of Benton, Arkansas; six grandchildren; his brother, Tom Travis; and his sister, Joyce Williams.
James graduated from Azle High School in Azle, Texas, in 1955. He immediately enlisted in four branches of the U.S. military, serving the Navy for one year, the Air Force for six years, the Marines for three years and the Army for three years. During his 13-year military career, James excelled in electronic avionics receiving two good conduct medals, the National Defense Service Medal, and honorable discharges from all four. He was inducted into the Mystic Order of the Golden Dragon by Lewis C. Kasch (USMC), Captain of the USNS Marine Phoenix on December 20, 1954.
Following his military career, James continued his education receiving applied technology and electronic diplomas from Texas Christian University, the University of Texas, Pardue University and Devry Institute. He worked for a number of companies in electronics engineering & laboratory & research development with Convair Aerospace of Fort Worth, Texas; LTV Aerospace of Grand Prairie, Texas; Bell Helicopter of Arlington, Texas; and General Dynamics of Fort Worth.
James loved the Lord Jesus, treasured His Bible, and worship with the church family at Plainview Church of Christ until his declining health kept him homebound. He loved his family and worked hard to provide for their health and happiness.
The internet obituary and online guestbook for James can be found at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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