GLEN RAY TRAVIS
United Pentecostal Church International
1938 ~ 2009
Glen Ray ''G.R.'' Travis was born in Walthall County, near Tylertown, Mississippi, on August 8, 1938, to Tom J. and Lena Dillon Travis. He was the youngest son and had four sisters and five brothers.
His family attended Stateline United Pentecostal Church, Tylertown, Mississippi, pastored by the late Reverend Earl Carney. It was in this church that Glen Ray received the Holy Ghost on June 22, 1952, under the ministry of the late Reverend Arlie Holmes.
In 1955, at the age of seventeen, Brother Travis heard the call of God to preach the gospel.
On February 1, 1958, Brother Travis married the love of his life, Delilah Keene. They were blessed with three daughters and ten grandchildren:
In September 1958, shortly after his twentieth birthday, he was elected to his first pastorate at the Second United Pentecostal Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana.
Being a Mississippian at heart, Brother Travis returned to his home state in February 1960, where he assumed the pastorate of Powell�s Grove United Pentecostal Church, Jayess, Mississippi, pastoring there until November 1963.
In June 1968, he became pastor of Pleasant Hill United Pentecostal Church and served there until April 1971. In April 1971, Brother Travis assumed the pastorate of First United Pentecostal Church of Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he remained for 18 years, resigning in August 1989, to serve full-time as Mississippi District Superintendent.
In November 1981, Brother Lee J. Edwards resigned as District Superintendent, and Bro. Travis was elected to fill the unexpired term. At the end of that term, he was re-elected District Superintendent and served for a total of twenty one and one-half years. In May 2003, he retired as District Superintendent and was later asked to serve as pastor at Heritage Apostolic Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he stayed from 2005 until 2007.
After his retirement as Mississippi District Superintendent, the honor of becoming an Honorary Member was bestowed upon him by both the Mississippi District Board and the UPCI General Board. He was a member of the Mississippi District Board for a total of 34 years and the UPCI General Board for approximately 28 years.
Brother Travis did not limit himself to ministry related service. He served on the Board of Nursing under Governor Cliff Finch, and was honored on several occasions to bring the invocation at the legislative opening sessions and for Governor Kirk Fordice�s inaugural day prayer service.
Brother and Sister Travis traveled extensively across the nation, as well as to other countries. He loved people, regardless of their social status, and wanted to share his ministry with all who were in need.
On the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, based on his life experience, Brother Fred Foster presented him with a Doctorate of Theology from Twin Cities University of West Monroe.
On September 7, 2009, after a four-month battle with metastatic cancer, Brother Travis completed his work on earth and moved into the heavenly realm where he met the one Lord and Savior he loved so much.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour stated, ''Mississippi has lost a great Christian leader''.
In the words of Mississippi District Superintendent, David Tipton, who considered Brother Travis to be his mentor, ''Passion was what made him a leader. There was no insincerity in him at all. He was real. He never put his family on the back shelf; they were on his calendar before anyone else.''
His wife, the one who loved him the most, knew him the best, and lived with him for over 51 years, said, ''He was truly a man of velvet and steel; strong, but never harsh. He was always kind and fair to me and to everyone else.''
He was a leader of leaders, a man of impeccable character, known for his wit and wisdom, but first of all, a Christian in the truest sense of the word. As the epitaph inscribed on his monument reads, ''He served his generation well.'' On September 7, 2009 Brother Travis went to his eternal reward.