OBITUARY

Travis R. Strahan

December 25, 1930April 12, 2018
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Travis R. Strahan, 87, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 12, 2018, in a Winchester, Tennessee health care facility.

He was the son of the late Raymond Strahan and Clara Davis and was preceded in death by a sister, Melba Oliver and brother, Jerry Ward.

He retired from the United States Army as Sergeant First Class and served with pride in Vietnam. Travis was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Alhambra Shrine, Quitman Masonic Lodge and the Ringgold Chapter Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Past Patron.

He was a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church, Friendship Sunday School Class and sang in the choir.

Travis was a well-known gunsmith. He traveled the world with the U.S. All Army Pistol Team. He served local law enforcement with their handguns in Catoosa and surrounding counties.

He designed the Accu-Lock Combat firearm as an improvement of a handgun first designed in 1911. He had been building match pistols for many years, beginning with his assignment to the U.S. Army's Advanced Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. He began improving on the 1911 edition after his retirement from the Army. He set out to design a modification that would do away with the brushing mechanism entirely.

With the newly designed pistol, Travis could not build the new model fast enough for all the match shooters who wanted it, despite a price of over $5,000. The improved version was called "the most significant improvement since John Browning designed the original pistol."

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Strahan, of Ringgold, GA, three children, Lynn (Darlene) Strahan, of Fayetteville, TX, Travis (Robin) Strahan, of Jasper, TN, Shari (David) Anderson, of Chattanooga, TN, six grandchildren, Jeremy, Lindsey, Nathan, Melisa, Brian and Leanne, five great grandchildren, four sisters, Charlotte Gibson, New Caney, TX, Wanda (Luke) Ward, Fairfield, TX, Mickey (Gene) Stephens, of Livingston, TX, Kathy (Jack) Jordan, of Canton, TX, several nieces and nephews and a beloved friend, John Norris, of Marietta, GA.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, in the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Owens officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military rites and Masonic rites being conducted at the cemetery. Members of the Friendship Sunday School Class and OES will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 12-1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Children’s Bus Unit, 1000 Alhambra Shrine Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerChapel.com

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, June 1, 2018
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Sheila Clark

April 18, 2018

My thoughts and prayers to the Strahan family. I had the opportunity to care for Travis & Dorothy for about 12 years with their primary care physician. Such a sweet man. Never knew about his history! What a great man. Much love to the Strahan family thru this difficult time.

Shari Anderson

April 17, 2018

I love you Daddy. I am and will always be your"Blahhhh".

Danette and Tim Umlor

April 17, 2018


Shari, Thinking of you all, as you celebrate you're dads remarkable life. Keeping you in my prayers. Danette, Tim and Ellen.

Skip Elrod

April 13, 2018

Travis was a true American and Patriot. I am glad that I got to meet him and spend some quality time with him. His knowledge of guns fascinated me and I learned so much from him. I was lucky to have the opportunity to sit and talk with him for many hours. He will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks to him I got to meet some of his family and friends. Dorothy is such a treasure and a wonderful wife and mother. My heart goes out to her and I send my love. Rest in peace my friend. Heaven has a great new addition.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Daddy's 87th birthday. 12/25/18
Pictured, standing L to R:
Dorothy Strahan, Shari Strahan Anderson
Front Row L to R: Leanne Hartline Smith, Travis Strahan, Brian Hartline, Mason Smith 2 yrs. old.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Daddy receiving his 50 year Masonic Apron

FROM THE FAMILY

63 Anniversary 3/3/18

Biography

Travis R. Strahan, 87, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 12, 2018, in a Winchester, Tennessee health care facility.

He was the son of the late Raymond Strahan and Clara Davis and was preceded in death by a sister, Melba Oliver and brother, Jerry Ward.

He retired from the United States Army as Sergeant First Class and served with pride in Vietnam. Travis was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Alhambra Shrine, Quitman Masonic Lodge and the Ringgold Chapter Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Past Patron.

He was a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church, Friendship Sunday School Class and sang in the choir.

Travis was a well-known gunsmith. He traveled the world with the U.S. All Army Pistol Team. He served local law enforcement with their handguns in Catoosa and surrounding counties.

He designed the Accu-Lock Combat firearm as an improvement of a handgun first designed in 1911. He had been building match pistols for many years, beginning with his assignment to the U.S. Army's Advanced Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. He began improving on the 1911 edition after his retirement from the Army. He set out to design a modification that would do away with the brushing mechanism entirely.

With the newly designed pistol, Travis could not build the new model fast enough for all the match shooters who wanted it, despite a price of over $5,000. The improved version was called "the most significant improvement since John Browning designed the original pistol."

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Strahan, of Ringgold, GA, three children, Lynn (Darlene) Strahan, of Fayetteville, TX, Travis (Robin) Strahan, of Jasper, TN, Shari (David) Anderson, of Chattanooga, TN, six grandchildren, Jeremy, Lindsey, Nathan, Melisa, Brian and Leanne, five great grandchildren, four sisters, Charlotte Gibson, New Caney, TX, Wanda (Luke) Ward, Fairfield, TX, Mickey (Gene) Stephens, of Livingston, TX, Kathy (Jack) Jordan, of Canton, TX, several nieces and nephews and a beloved friend, John Norris, of Marietta, GA.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, in the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Owens officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military rites and Masonic rites being conducted at the cemetery. Members of the Friendship Sunday School Class and OES will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 12-1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Children’s Bus Unit, 1000 Alhambra Shrine Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerChapel.com

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.