In Full Color

It’s been 48 hours.

I expected the pain and sorrow to become more enveloping as the news continued to set in.  And it has.  But there is something I didn’t expect.

I didn’t expect the laughter to come so soon. And it has…

I guess because how do you remember, talk about, and honor someone who lived his life in full color and not have the laughter come?  The laughter is sometimes followed by tears. Sometimes silence.  Sometimes stifled giggles.  But the laughter is coming and, because of who Travis was and how he lived his life in full color, there really can be no other way.

Facebook has literally been taken over by #TravsArmy. Picture after picture of Travis has been posted. Some of the most amazing comments and stories have been shared about him.  The impact Travis’ life has had on so many is sobering.

On Wednesday we will honor him collectively. A celebration of a life lived in full color will be held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA at 11 AM.  There will be a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall of Johnson Ferry Baptist and then a processional to Arlington Cemetery. A processional that will make Trav proud and have him smiling down from heaven.  Whether you knew him simply through his blog, or if he was one of your closest friends, please join us in this celebration so we can fill the room with color.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to CancerKicks, an organization setup in Travis’ honor for those who are walking the same  journey he was forced to walk.  CancerKicks is dual purpose organization.  First, to provide financial assistance for cancer patients and their families because people fighting cancer are 2.5 times more likely to go bankrupt.  Travis wanted to give the patient and their families the peace of mind they need so they can focus on fighting the cancer – not on paying their bills.  Second, to give critical funding for rare cancer research.  As Travis met with different doctors one thing became clear: Cholangiocarcinoma is deadly because the research going into it is underfunded. If Cholangiocarcinoma, and other rare cancers, had the kind of funding more common cancers have then the cure rates would sky rocket.  Therefore, CancerKicks has an initial goal of donating $1 million to a world-class cancer center. You can make donations online by visiting

And finally, as you come to honor Travis we hope you will also honor one last request that he had.

No black at his funeral.

Travis wanted a colorful funeral.  He was known for his flamboyant style and colorful dress and he wanted his funeral to reflect that.  So please attend in the brightest attire you can to celebrate a life taken far to early but one that was lived…

in full color.


7 responses to “In Full Color

  • Molly

    David and I continue to pray for you all. What an amazing guy and what an impact he has had on this Earth.

  • Robin Parten

    I never met him, but I will be there. He made a huge impression on me, through this blog, and I want to honor his memory. Thank you!

  • Vicki and Walt Gansser

    God bless the Roberts family. Travis was obviously surrounded by so much love through his courageous battle. May you find peace knowing he doesn’t have to fight any longer and that he now sits in God’s glorious kingdom. Sending you prayers and much love. Vicki and Walt Gansser

  • Anonymous

    I will be with you all in spirit from Tampa. I wish I could be there to share in the laughter that will occur from celebrating Travis’ life. I know the amalgamation of colors that will appear will make Travis laugh as he watches from above. I will donate to cancer kicks in his honor and encourage my friends here to do so too. I know it will be amemorable service about a memorable man. Carrie I continue to pray for you and your immediate and extended family. God’s peace continue to be with you. I am so glad to be able to see some of the impact that Travis had on so many. Sending love from Tampa

    Honey Wayton

  • Matt Peck

    You will be missed Travis. Enjoyed working with you and arguing with you about change orders, even though you always seemed to win. I will never forget our SEC championship game excursion, even though Bama kicked our Dawgs ass. You were a good man, a fun person. May you now feel no pain. Rest easy brother.

  • Anne

    Hearts speak when there are no words. Many prayers have gone up to the throne of grace for your family over the past 15 months . . . and many prayers will continue as you take one day at a time – one moment at a time – and step by step adjust to a new normal for your sweet family. Praying for His continued peace in the coming days. Hang onto the promise that you will never need more grace than He can supply.

  • wendy

    I’ve followed this blog from the beginning and know only too well the heartache you are suffering as a family. I live in Belfast Northern Ireland and my story is exactly like yours. how can someone look and feel so well with this cancer. My husband had pain which when examined at a and e turned out to be kidney stones. ct scan showed metastised cholangiocarcinoma stage 4. Our treatment is standard and tumours are resistant to chemo. My husband died 4 months later. I have two children who are heartbroken and we miss him dearly. i would like to set up something in Northern Ireland as they don’t know much about this cancer.The treatment is more advanced in America but there is still no cure. i will say prayers for you and your family and maybe along the way we could develop links between America and Northern Ireland to stamp out this devastating disease. God Bless
    wendy locke

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