Decatur ~ Travis R. Roberts, 84, died peacefully in Decatur, Texas on January 8, 2020.
Funeral is 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Rev. Kevin Casey and Cassie Wade will officiate.
Travis was born on September 12, 1935 to Benjamine Franklin and Modena (Lovejoy) Roberts in Chico, Texas. He was united in marriage to Marguarette Alice Dukes on August 18, 1983 in Corpus Christie, Texas. Travis lived in Decatur until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served 2 years stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and was Honorably discharged in 1960. Travis operated 3 Chevron gas stations until 1970 when he accepted a job with James A. Cardwell and Gilbert “Rip” Russell. Together they owned a corporation that operated a Chevron truck terminal. The corporation experienced growth and expanded into ownership of Arrow Building Corp, C&R Distributing, El Paso Thermo King, El Paso Truck Center, a chain of Piggy Bank Gas Stations in 2 states, Royal Crown Auto Car Washes, and C&R Unattended Auto Fuels. In 1975 a completely new concept of travel centers was designed and the first one was built in El Paso. It became the crown jewel of all auto truck facilities. Today Petro Travel Centers are a chain that serves the United States coast to coast. Travis retired in 2002 as Vice President and moved back home to Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jerry Don Roberts.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 36 years, Marguarette Roberts of Decatur; his daughters, Lisa Hicks of El Paso, Lori Prouse and husband Richard of Tillamook, OR, Deborah Whitaker of Seattle, Washington, Tamara Carthel and husband Mitch of Amarillo, Texas, and Sonja Scanlan of El Paso; his grandchildren, Tiffany Prouse, Nicole Prouse, Richard Prouse, Jr., Corey Hicks, Justin Scanlan, and Madeline Grall; his sisters, Doris Brown, Sue Jones, Wanda Cox, Betty Kenon, Mary Myers, and Shirley Stewart; his brothers, Ben Roberts, Kenneth Roberts, Charles Roberts, and James Roberts; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Military honors provided by the Wise County Veterans Group.
Hawkins Funeral Home Decatur