Travis Wise

January 30, 1951January 9, 2019
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Travis Wise, age 67, of Whitesburg, TN, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church in Morristown, TN. He owned Ericson Automation in Whitesburg, TN. Travis was a very devoted and loving husband and father. He was adored by his nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He took time to invest in people. There was not a project he couldn’t tackle or anyone he wasn’t willing to help. Preceding him in death were his parents, Gus and Iona Wise; and sister, Sheila Serber. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Gail Wise; daughter, Laura Barker; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Melissa Wise; sisters, Carol Hatton, Arlene “A” and Tom Wilson; four grandsons; four granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at Morningside Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Kenny Boling officiating. Family and friends will meet in Hamblen Memory Gardens on Sunday at 3:45 p.m. for a 4:00 p.m. graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Morningside Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Eric Wise

January 13, 2019

Dad had a dog named Cody. He was a large, chocolate lab. Dad called me saying he needed help because Cody was suffering badly and he wanted Cody put down. Dad said he couldn't do it himself. I arranged for Cody to be put to sleep at my vet in Greenville. The vet was so kind. It was one of the few times I saw my dad weep. My strong, capable father had such a tender heart. It made me love him all the more.

Dad, I love you with all my heart. You are my hero. I will cherish your memory always.

Terry (TC) Clark

January 12, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Travis's passing. Travis was a very nice guy. I worked with Travis at Greeneville Oil Company in the late 1980's, we worked in different departments but when Travis saw you he would always come by and speak to you. May God uplift the Family and give them the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Nancy Haney

January 11, 2019

Travis was indeed one of the most special men I have ever met . He always had the sweetest smile and if you were down just being around him would lift your spirit. He always appeared to be so calm and in control. He was an awesome husband and it did not take one long to know the love and adoration he held for his wife Gail. He will indeed be missed by so many of us. Heaven certainly gained a precious one.

Gregory (BUTCH Gilbert

January 10, 2019

Travis was like a brother to me. Any time he needed help he would call me. It always made me feel good to be able to help him. I will miss him dearly. He was a man that always cared about others. My son Jason loved Travis. Travis was always on Jason mind. I pray for the family ,they had a wonderful Husband , A great dad, and a great granddad. go rest my brother. Buch Gilbert And Family.

Darlene Brown

January 10, 2019

Travis always seemed to have a smile and he took great care of Gail. Travis will be missed at church and I will be praying for the family.

Caitlin Wise

January 10, 2019

My papaw was one of the most hard working, caring, kindest, loving person ever. He meant the world to me. No one could ever take his place. He was also one of funniest people to ever be around. He always laughed and made me laugh and smile. I am so proud of the person he was and all the life lessons he taught me. He was an amazing papaw. I will always cherish the memories I have made with you and hold them near and dear to my heart.



It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Travis was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Travis would set about immediately to create it.

      Travis was born on January 30, 1951 at John Graves Memorial Hospital, in Georgetown, Kentucky. His parents were Gus and Iona Wise. Travis was raised in Stomping Ground. Travis was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Even at a young age, Travis was credited with having a positive influence on those around him.

      The positive atmosphere that Travis generated spread to his family. Travis was raised with three siblings. He had three sisters, Carol, Sheila, and Arlene. Travis served as a catalyst within the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Travis was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

      Travis's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. In his spare time he liked baseball cards. Travis' memorable achievements included.

      When it came to academics and school, Travis's organizational skills reaped dividends. Travis was able to create a system for getting his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from Scott County High School in 1969. He enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was agriculture and the FFA.

      The work habits and approaches to studying that Travis utilized in high school also served him well in college. Travis always seemed on a quest for knowledge. He was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for his classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. Travis was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. He attended the University of Kentucky. His favorite courses were agricultural services.

      In a group of friends and acquaintances, Travis was typically the first person to take the initiative to go up and greet someone new. That quality made him very approachable by others throughout his life. This same quality brought Travis the reward of many friends. Maintaining loyalty to those friends was a trait that came naturally to Travis. He believed that he should treat others in a fair manner, in the same way he wanted to be treated. Travis also showed a great deal of appreciation for the accomplishments of his friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Guy and Gerald Tackett. Later in life, he became friends with Mike Marshall and Ralph Faltner.

      As Travis knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On December 30, 1995 Travis exchanged wedding vows with Phyllis Gail Jackson at Arrow Hill church of Morristown, Tennessee. Gail was a significant part of his life, and it wasn’t necessary for Travis to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Travis's secret to success was that he always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to Travis, even if he didn’t always show it. Travis was blessed with Travis had two children that he treated as his own and was an amazing father, one son, Eric Wise, and a daughter, Laura Barker. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Sarah, Caitlin, Carter, Jacob, Cameron, Alex, bryce, and Erissa. Travis was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at work. Travis rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

      At work Travis was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Travis was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Travis might have been described by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. His primary occupation was industrial automation and a business owner. He was employed for Ericson Automation as owner and operator.

      Not only did Travis find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies, he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. His favorite pursuits were Target Practice, music, farming, outdoors, traveling, animals, helping people, history, learning new things, exploring, adventures, news and TV.

      No matter what the activity was, Travis had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports, too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list wereUniversity of Kentucky ballgames.

      Travis's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made him a valuable asset to the organizations to which he contributed during his lifetime. Travis was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, Travis had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. In high school, Travis was a member of the FFA and track team.

      Travis was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. When he became active in community affairs, he did so in the same determined and forthright manner that he applied to other aspects of his life, serving on committees for thechurch by driving the church bus. Politically, Travis was a strong conservative supporter of the Republican Party and a member of the NRA.

      Travis lived his life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. His faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church. During that time, he drove the church bus and enjoyed growing as a Christian.

      Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Travis to apply his exceptional leadership and organizational skills. He liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. He had real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included Montana, South Dakota, Washington . D. C. And Florida. He wanted to spend lots more time traveling.

      Travis was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Travis's favorites was He had too many pets to name, but his most recent were Able Danger, a Yorkshire Terrier, and Tango, his orange cat, and his mischevious pal, Jet.

      Travis passed away on January 9, 2019 in his kitchen at his home in Whitesburg, Tennessee. Travis had dealt with a heart condition for several years. He is survived by his wife, Gail, his children Eric and laura, eight grandchildren, thre sisters, and nieces and nephews. Services were held at Morningside Baptist Church. Travis was laid to rest in Hamblen Memory Gardens in the Garen of Everlasing Life.

       He could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Travis was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.