Faith & Family - Cullman, Alabama Spring 2020 - Page 18

Cliff Huxtable, played by Frank Travis, dances with Rudy Huxtable, played Frank’s granddaughter Jariya Travis, during the Poke Sallet Follies presentation, “Times of Our Lives.” Faith helped Athens councilman overcome injury By Jean Cole “There are so many others out there who are suffering who don’t understand what comes from loving God. It’s all mental.” 18 T he night of Sept. 12, 2019, was a typical one for most of us. But for Frank and Sharon Travis, it was a fight for their lives. The couple were struck by a car driven by their 33-year-old son, Sean, in the driveway of their home in Athens. The impact damaged Frank’s right leg so badly, doctors at Huntsville Hospital had to amputate his leg above the right knee. The Athens City Councilman, well-known for his ebullient personality, spent two weeks in intensive care recovering from the loss of his lower leg and many more weeks in rehabilitation trying to regain his ability to walk and move about. Less than a month after his injury, Frank attended his first city council meeting since the attack. In typical form, Frank put his fellow councilmen and other city officials at the meeting at ease. Throughout the ordeal, Frank turned to his faith in God to not only make it through, but to Faith & Family | April 2020