OBITUARY

Travis Dewberry

July 16, 1952November 6, 2018

Travis Leon Dewberry was born July 16, 1952 in Sylacauga, Alabama where he grew up running barefoot in the dirt, exploring outhouses with his cousin, and standing in as a dress-up doll for his older sisters. He attended high school in Leeds, Alabama where he played center on the football team and threw rocks at the girl around the block to get her attention. After high school graduation, he studied electronics and joined the Air Force which took him to such exotic places as California and North Dakota. The rock throwing worked and he married Renee Melton on July 15, 1972. They have two daughters – Wendy Dewberry and Vanessa McCay. Travis holds the Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and Psychology from Samford University and the Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He had a passion for educating children and served churches in Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Alabama to that purpose. Travis loved his family, hiking, Legos, Alabama football, and cheesy movies – not ironically. Travis is preceded in death by his father, Lee Austin Dewberry, and his mother, Murrell Castleberry Dewberry. He is survived by his wife, Renee Melton Dewberry; his daughters, Wendy Dewberry (David Hale) and Vanessa McCay (Michael McCay); sisters, Jackie Boartfied and Reba Stewart (Joe Stewart); granddaughter, Eugenie Hale; grandsons, Jack and Teddy Brock, and Ian McCay who continue to carry his spirit of commitment, love and joy into the world. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 09, 2018 at 12:30PM at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL. Visit online at www.kilgroefuneralhome.com Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directing.

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REMEMBERING

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Jo Cunningham Adams

November 9, 2018

So many good memories of Travis. We were neighbors and he was my friend and classmate at Leeds High School. Sending prayers to Renee, who was also a neighbor and Jackie and Reba.

Linda Harris Glidewell

November 9, 2018

I will always remember Travis as a fellow classmate at LHS Class of 1970. He was always so very sweet. RIP my friend🙏🏻

Brenda Stewart Weaver

November 8, 2018

Have many memories of growing up with Travis, Reba and Jackie. Sometimes I could have wrung his neck and others times loved him to death. Great times growing up on Linden Street and the old City Park, school, playing spoons in the summer. Oh how did we all laugh. Will miss him and all the fun we had as kids. My heart goes out to his wife, children, Jackie, Reba and all loved ones.

Judy Friend

November 8, 2018

Renee, Wendy and Vanessa
I am so sorry to hear of Travis' passing. I remember meeting him for the first time on the Sunday we joined First Baptis Church Winter Park. His love of children meant a lot to us because we had two girls in the children's department. God bless you and your families as you grieve.

Ellen (Goss)

November 8, 2018

Travis was a dear - always kind and so funny! My prayers are with you, he will be missed!

Nancy Escobar Launer

November 8, 2018

Renee and family, please accept my prayers and condolences on the loss of Travis. He was always one of my favorite bosses in the Children's Ministry at First Baptist Winter Park, FL. He had such a Godly spirit and a love for the kids, plus a great sense of humor. I was shocked to hear he's gone at such a young age! 😔