Travis M Calhoun

July 16, 1937June 10, 2021

Travis M. Calhoun was born July 16, 1937 in Relfs Bluff, AR, the 9th of 12 living children of Travis & Alva Calhoun. He grew up farming. He went to college at what is now University of Arkansas at Monticello, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

He worked for Kirby Lumber Company in Kountze & Silsbee before being transferred to a city-desk job in Houston. He found St. Philip Presbyterian Church and quickly became part of the young singles class where he met his soon to be wife, Doris Jean Tinney. He soon discovered he did not like sitting at a desk.

He went to work at the Tinney family produce company, The Commission House. He later worked at Schoenmann Produce and then First Quality Produce. Travis was an avid sports fan. His current favorite team was the one(s) his grandkids or great-grandkids were currently on. Otherwise, Arkansas Razorbacks baseball & football, Houston Astros, Houston Oilers, Houston Rockets and the Houston Texans. We watched in person, on TV or listened so we could “talk sports.”

After moving to Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, Travis broadened his horizons and came to lovingly be known as “The Puzzlemeister” He could be found daily in the lounge, working on the current of two jigsaw puzzles. “Finish one, start the next one.” He was also active and willing to play bridge. Whether the St. Philip Bridge Group, the Ladies Bridge Group (him and seven ladies) or the Men’s Bridge Group. Travis fought a hard battle this year with one medical issue after another. He was exhausted. God took him home June 10, 2021, about 9:30 pm. Be at Peace Dad. We love you! Travis was preceded in death by his wife Doris Jean and his siblings Harlan Calhoun, Mildred Millen, Shelby Calhoun, Eleanor Lockert, Mary Lou Lawson and Arnell Morgan.

Travis is survived by children John (Raquel) Calhoun and Pam (Frank) Keever; grandchildren Meredith (Kevin) Helm, Travis (Susan) Keever, Tyler (Anné) Keever, Kinsey Brod, and Berklee Brod; great-grandchildren Jack Carbo, Brady Helm, Bennett Helm, Blakely Helm, Ava Keever, Evelyn Keever; siblings Laverne Carter, Anne Woolley, Joye Robertson, Treavor Calhoun, Sue Chambliss; In-laws Karlene Calhoun, Jeanette Wennenweser, Max Wennenweser, Jim Tinney & Phyllis Tinney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as Pallbearers: Mark Tinney, Doug Tinney, Bob Eberling, Chris Hoyle, Joel Irick and Rick Davis. Honorary Pallbearers: Mark Vollmering, Max Wennenweser and Jim Tinney.

Services will be streamed Saturday, June 19th, at 1pm from St. Philip Presbyterian Church ( There is limited in person capacity. Please contact the church office (713) 622-4807. Donations can be made to St. Philip Kids Meals or Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor's Assistance Fund.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 19, 2021


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Kami Heussner

June 16, 2021

Dear Pam, Frank, Tyler, John,

Rick and I were about Tyler’s age back in 1988 when we moved into our first home on Mimosa Street and met your mom and dad across the street. Not only were they kind and welcoming, but securely rooted in their faith and Christian lifestyle. They looked out for us from the start, introducing us around, keeping us informed, and watching the house when we were gone. I say, “they” because your mom and dad were truly partners, with complementary roles. What one did, the other supported. When we had Richie, your mom and I spent many a beautiful afternoon together, sitting on the driveway chatting away and laughing at Tyler and Richie as they swapped push toys, and later, chased each other around in circles. Your dad would pull in after a long day at work, but they weren’t the type to rush off or rush around, and your dad really got a kick out of the boys’ antics! When I had pre-term labor with Holly, they introduced us to St. Phillip CDI, so I could rest and Richie could start “school” with his best buddy, and then they helped with transportation. You already know these things, and there’s more, but what I mean to say is that Travis and Doris Jean showed us, a young couple, what it looked like to love your neighbor as yourself, and we loved them as well. I still remember how hard it was to say good-bye when we moved, as they’d (y’all’d) become our dear friends. While we’re sad for you guys, we’re also thankful they are surely, and finally, together with their Lord in heaven.

Jacqueline Pontello

June 14, 2021

Pam and John,

Our hearts ache alongside yours at the passing of such a good man. I have such strong memories of Travis standing off in the corner at a Easter picnic with my dad, debating the Oilers' draft options or dissecting the season just completed.

Travis was the living embodiment of "salt of the earth," namely a hardworking, God-fearing family man with a heart of gold. May he rest in a well-earned peace, in the loving arms of God.

We pray that you, too, find peace in memories, in each other and in the thought that he is finally reunited with his beloved Doris Jean.

Jacqueline Pontello, for myself and Carol Ann Pontello