John Travis CFSP, Director
Travis Funeral Home began as a dream of mine when I attended my aunt’s funeral when I was eight years old, in a small town in Indiana where there was only one African-American Funeral Director, Mr. Paul Patterson. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. I noticed how the people respected him and his work. I decided that I wanted to be a funeral director also. I went on to high School at DeLaSalle Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where I met a classmate who also wanted to become a funeral director. We became roommates when we enrolled at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After completing an apprenticeship with the A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home, I received my license as a funeral director and embalmer in 1985.
In 1991 I went to work for the Gatling’s Chapel. I stayed there until 1998 when I was offered a position with the Lowen Group as the only African American Funeral Director in the Chicago market. When I was given the opportunity to start a business of my own, I did just that. Travis Funeral Service started in 1999, and in 2005 God’s favor showed up again and Rhonda and I were able to purchase a funeral home (from the Lowen Group) and Travis Funeral Home, LLC became a dream realized. Glory to God!
Rhonda Travis Assistant to the Director
Rochelle Speller Assistant to the Director
William Pearson Transportation Manager