Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 11, 2014

OUR VIEW: Travis left lasting mark on Glasgow community

GLASGOW — The death this week of longtime community advocate Bobby Travis was a blow to the Glasgow-Barren County community, and it leaves a void that we hope others are willing to fill.

Travis, 76, was known to many people for many things. He was a Vietnam War veteran, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, a businessman and a tireless leader and supporter of local charitable and veterans’ causes. His community involvement was fueled not by a desire for attention, but rather a love for his hometown. He earned a reputation as a man who could be trusted with the responsibility of serving his community.

“Bobby was the type of person, if you asking him to do something, it was going to be done the right way,” former Glasgow Mayor Darrell Pickett told the Daily Times this week. “He did an excellent job. He was good at what he did.”

Glasgow and Barren County owes Travis a debt of gratitude for his lifetime of service, and perhaps the best way to repay it is to pay it forward. We should follow Travis’ example and seek ways to better our community. We shouldn’t shy away from calls to serve, and we should devote time and energy to strengthening our bonds as neighbors and citizens.

Glasgow will miss Travis because men and women like him don’t come along often. But if Travis’ legacy inspires future generations to become community leaders, we think he’d be proud to see service become the norm rather than the exception.

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