Faith & Family - Cullman, Alabama Spring 2020 - Page 20

Dressed like the Cat in the Hat, Frank Travis reads the book of the same name to school children. “He has children and grandchildren, and yet he comes to my appointments, listens to what the therapist tells me and makes sure I’m doing it,” Frank said. “Our friends, they still bring food to me and my wife, even now. It’s unreal.” He said knowing God has blessed him with such wonderful friends makes it hard to be negative about anything. He believes his love of God and his take on life make him able to feel love and pass it on. “There are so many others out there who are suffering who don’t understand what comes from loving God,” he said. “It’s all mental. ... If you want to change, it has to come from you. Your whole situation changes if you look at it differently.” Family Frank said his father, Benjamin Harrison Franklin Travis, and his mother, Earnestine, were very spiritual people and raised him that way. The Travises were raising a 20 Faith & Family | April 2020 family in the 1950s and 1960s, when there was great racial tension in their community in Big Sandy, Tennessee. He said it was a place where it was OK to be out during the day but not at night. “We recognized there were times that were challenging and stressful,” Frank said. “But my father was such a good man, we never experienced any racial tension. People who knew my father were so encouraged by him and loved him so much, we just never felt any racial tension, and a lot of people did. He treated everyone the way he wanted to be treated; he didn’t see color, and he tried to relate to their hearts. He looked past it and taught us to do that, then people would see your heart. It makes the world so much better.” He told Frank and his siblings that even if they turned out to be robbers or murderers, he would love them regardless. He encouraged his children to be as good as they could be so other people could see what he saw in them.