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Travis Albert Lillard, of Midland, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Levelland, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Big Spring. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring.
A native Texan, Travis was the youngest of three born to William â€śGlenâ€ť and Beulah Lillard on March 31, 1939, in Ackerly. He was a graduate of Flower Grove School and had attended Howard College. Wanderlust struck him at an early age and he couldnâ€™t wait to â€śget off the farm and see the world.â€ť
He was blessed with an announcerâ€™s voice and got a job as a DJ with the radio station in Lamesa in the late 1950s. From there, he moved into network news and his travels began. Besides Texas, he had lived in Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
While pursuing his secular career, a higher calling needed to be answered. He was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister and had churches in Seminole, Texas, Las Cruces, N.M., and Lamesa, Texas. The Rev. Lillard was also a pastoral counselor while living in Oklahoma City. His greatest satisfaction came from knowing that his words had been a comfort or provided guidance to someone.
He also made sure that the open road was always available by obtaining his CDL and driving for several trucking companies. Prior to retirement in 2007, Travis was the maintenance records supervisor for Dawson Geophysical.
Travis was a kind hearted, hard-working man who inspired and was loved by those who knew him. He will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ernest, and brother-in-law, Bill Schafer.
Travis is survived by his wife, Heather Lillard, of Midland, Texas; sons, Van Lillard and Danny Lillard and daughter and son-in-law, Janice and David Carr, all of Oklahoma City; a sister, Audrey Schafer of El Paso, Texas; a sister-in-law, Dolores Lillard of Big Spring, Texas; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; step-sons, Stephen Larin of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Philip Larin of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Also surviving are three nieces and one nephew, numerous cousins and extended family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland and Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com