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Travis Etheridge

Graveside services for Travis Etheridge, Col. USAF Ret., age 83, of Reese are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Reese Cemetery with full military honors.

Services are under direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Mr. Etheridge passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Jacksonville.

He was born May 21, 1929, in Reese. After attending Texas A&M University, he enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after its inception in August 1948. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in March 1950. He served as a pilot in the Korean War, flying 100 missions in F-80s. He served in Vietnam in 1970 as an inspector general at Mac V Headquarters, Saigon. He retired from the Air Force as a full colonel in 1979.

After retiring from the Air Force, Travis was a rancher. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Lee Ether-idge and Molly Jewel Reed Ether-idge.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Georgia Bossart Etheridge of Reese; sons, Mark Etheridge and wife Claire of Murphy, Gregory Etheridge and wife Peggy of Richardson, Lee Etheridge and wife Ginger of Rosharon, Joseph Etheridge and wife Vickie of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Patricia Spenla and husband Michael of Reese; sisters, Margaret Tankersley and Peggy Joy Long, both of Jacksonville; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home in Jackson-ville.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, 79174-0001; Reese Cem-etery Association, 123 Dogwood Lakes Circle, Bullard, 75757; or charity of donor's choice.


Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 20, 2013
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