Celia Bryan Travis, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 20, 2008.

She was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Lumberton, N.C., the daughter of Cleveland and Ola Fleming Bryan.

She worked for the Southern Bell Telephone Company in Lumberton.

In 1943 she met Norman M. Travis while he was stationed at Maxton Air Force Base. They were married on July 27, 1944, in Dillon, S.C. She stayed and continued working at the phone company until 1945, when Norman returned from overseas. They moved to Prosser where Norman engaged in farming with his father on Horse Heaven. Norman died in April 1982.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Prosser. She loved her church and friends, but her family was also dear to her.

She is survived by her three sons, Joe Travis (Carol), and Irv Travis (Lawana), both of Prosser, and Lovell Travis (Mary) of Reno, Nev.; two grandchildren, JoAnn O'Bara (Stan) of Terrace Heights, and Gary Travis of Bristow, Va.; two step grandchildren, Andrew and Janelle of Portland, Ore.; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Velma Davis (Bailey) of Lumberton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; three brothers, Luther, Grover and Coleman; and a sister, Mary Roberts.

The family also wishes to thank the caregivers at Long Term Care for all the support and love given to her the last three months.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Prosser, with burial to follow at the East Prosser Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made in her name to the First Baptist Church.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Celia's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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