Travis Ray Duffey, a 60- year-old, Pipeline Welding Inspector from West Monroe, Louisiana, was born October 1, 1952 in Monroe, La. and died September 4, 2013 at home in West Monroe, La. after a lengthy illness. A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at Paron Baptist Church, 676 Highway 2, Sterlington, Louisiana at 11 a.m. on September 21, 2013, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Rev. Jarrod Hawthorne and Rev. Milton Pray will officiate.
Survivors are his wife, Carlene Anne Pikkarainen Duffey and her son, Johnathan Pressey, of West Monroe, La. He also had three daughters from a previous marriage: Michaela S. Duffey Low, Melissa J. Duffey Cadman, Melynda J. Duffey and grandchildren Beth Duffey, Clara and Edward Low, all residing in England. His siblings are Barbara S. Sharp (John) of Sterlington, La. and Kathy J. Smith (David) of Spearsville, La., half brothers Joey Duffey and Jeffrey Duffey and half-sister Susie Ann Collins, and step-mother Janice Watson Duffey residing in Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his beloved younger brother, Robert Lynn Duffey, father Joseph Claude “J. C.” Duffey and mother Nellie Lou Fowler Duffey McCoy. Travis was named after his maternal grandfather, Travis Ammon “T. A.” Fowler and was nicknamed “Traveler” as a child.
Travis attended Farmerville High School until the fall of 1970 and joined the Air Force in March of 1971, serving 12 years and left active duty as a Navigation Aids Equipment Technician in November 1983, at which time he became employed with the Federal Civil Service. On December 2, 1991 he received a certificate in recognition of 20 years of service in the Government of the USA. He was a lifetime member of Amvets Post 66 and enjoyed their social activities when his health allowed.
Staff Sgt. Travis Duffey received many commendations while serving his country: Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, Air Force Professional Military Education Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon.
Travis travelled extensively overseas and in the U. S. during his military career and continued travelling working as a pipeliner, a craft he first learned while working with his father the summer of 1970 in San Marcos, Texas.
Anyone who knew Travis knew that one of his great loves was for motorcycles, especially Harley Davidsons; he also enjoyed watching car races and westerns on TV. He was skilled in drawing cartoon figures and “doodled” every chance he had; if he was not drawing, he was reading a book. He was proud of his extensive collection of hot sauce, loved spicy food and sweets.
On October 30, 1960, at the age of eight, Travis made a profession of faith at College Place Baptist Church while a Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home resident. He moved his letter to Holmesville Baptist Church in Downsville on April 21, 1970. As his health declined, he commented many times he was ready to go. The last few months of his life Louisiana Hospice attended to his needs at home as he battled cirrhosis of the liver. The nurses, CNAs, hospice pastor and all involved were top-notch professional caring individuals who helped him live with respect and dignity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts from all the family.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Paron Baptist Church in memory of Travis Duffey, P. O. Box 221, Sterlington, LA 71280, or to a charity of your choice. To live on in the hearts of those we love is not to die.