Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 20, 2013

Col. Travis Etheridge, USAF, Ret.

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Graveside services for Travis Etheridge, Col. USAF Ret., age 83, of Reese, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Fri., Feb. 22, at the Reese Cemetery with full military honors.

Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

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

He was born May 21, 1929 in Reese, Texas. After attending Texas A&M University, he enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after its enception 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 is preceded in death by his parents, Lester Lee Etheridge and Molly Jewel Reed Etheridge.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Georgia Bossart Etheridge of Reese; sons Mark Etheridge and wife Claire of Murphy, Texas; Gregory Etheridge and wife Peggy of Richardson; Lee Etheridge and wife Ginger of Rosharon, Texas; 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; sixteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 5 -7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 21, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX  79174-0001; Reese Cemetery Association, 123 Dogwood Lakes Circle, Bullard TX  75757; or charity of donor's choice.