Travis Allen Tilley

August 5, 1981July 6, 2018
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Funeral services for Travis Allen Tilley 36, of Harker Heights will be on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 2 PM in the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Chapel in Killeen. He was born August 5, 1981 in Tacoma, WA and passed away in Harker Heights on July 6, 2018. He is survived by his wife Stephanie Tilley, a daughter Carolyn Tilley, his parents Wiley and Linda Tilley and a sister Tracie Castleman. Arrangements entrusted to Crawford-Bowers Funeral of Killeen


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2018

Travis Allen Tilley

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Paul Carter

July 31, 2018

Although I didn't know Travis a long time I was struck at how competent and professional he was. I considered my self lucky to get to work and know him. He was a good man which is the highest complement available during my time in service. My condolences to his wife, daughter, family and friends.
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Paul Carter, US Army retired

Bill Noel

July 19, 2018

Wally, Linda,
I never knew your son Travis, but he was a fine looking young man. It is a sad thing when we lose one of our own. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. Wish I were there with you to give you both a big hug and to support you in this time of great sorrow.

Sharon Howard

July 17, 2018

Swimming at the Tilleys with Travis jumping in the pool splashing all of us. Travis was such a funny kid, he made everyone laugh and feel comfortable.



To Travis Allen Tilley, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Travis, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Travis really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Travis was born on August 5, 1981 at Mardigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were Wiley and Linda Tilley. Travis was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Even as a child, Travis had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

Always a good playmate, Travis was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Travis managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Travis was raised with his older sister, Tracie.

All of Travis's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Travis experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in baseball. In his spare time he liked comic books and baseball cards.

Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Travis was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Travis simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Travis, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Travis's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Travis graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 2000.
Travis reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was viewed by many of his classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Travis was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Travis, life was not a case of all play and no work. Travis relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned an Associates of General Study at Central Texas College and then went on to study at the University of Louisville.

Travis never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Travis to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Travis delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Travis was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Travis utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, he became friends with Jeff Ireland, David Guyette, Curtis Sigourney, Dillon Hileski,Mike Hagberg, and Josh Eagles. Travis loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Travis very easy to approach. On October 10, 2002 Travis exchanged wedding vows with Stephanie Cuellar at Justice of the Peace of Dallas, Texas. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Travis related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Travis was blessed with one child, a daughter, Carolyn. Travis had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Travis's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play.

At work, as in life, Travis was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Travis liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Travis was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Travis's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Travis as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was in the Army as an EOD Tech. He was employed in the military for 17 years.

Travis was in the Army for 17 years. He was in the C 1/58 at Fort Campbell initially 31u (commo) but changed his MOS to EOD. Travis saw action for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received several awards including a Good Conduct medal, one Army Achievment medal, Over Sea Service ribbon,Joint Service Achievment, NATO, GWATT, Air Assault badge, BARCOM, Army Master EOD badge, and the Combat Action badge.

Travis enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Travis liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were spending time with his family (especially his daughter) and spending time on his boat. Travis was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Travis felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Travis loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Travis relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Travis never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Travis was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Top on his list was football.

A generous person who often wore his heart on his sleeve, Travis often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. He was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made him a natural volunteer. Politically, Travis was a Republican.

Living life in the fast lane suited Travis just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included cross country road trips, Italy, and Destin Florida.

Travis was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Travis's favorites was Two German Sheppards, Titan and TJ. They were best friends for 5 and 7 years. His family was rounded out by his Sheltie, Max and Buddy the Chihuahua.

Travis passed away on July 6, 2018in Harker Heights, Texas. He is survived by his daughter Carolyn and wife Stephanie Tilley. Services were held at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas.

Travis brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Travis Allen Tilley lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.