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Travis Weston Batchelor

February 28, 1926 ~ October 11, 2011

Travis Weston "Tab" Batchelor, 85, of Lake Charles went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 in his son's residence in LeBleu Settlement.


Mr. Batchelor was born on February 28, 1926 in Haleyville, AL. He fought in the Philippine Theatre during World War II, receiving decorations for his valiant service there. Mr. Batchelor worked at Cities Service Oil Refinery for 38 years as an operator. He was a local businessman, being the founder and owner of Tab's Texaco, Tab's Gulf and Tab's Wrecker Service. Mr. Batchelor was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Iowa Masonic Lodge #451.


Travis was a hard-working man who had a deep love for his family and country. Always having a heart for the down-trodden and unfortunate, he helped many people work their way through difficulties and hardships. He was an American patriot, always insistent upon purchasing American-made products.


A great amount of appreciation is expressed by the family to all the love-filled care givers who dedicated their time and efforts toward making his last days as comfortable as possible.


Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Janet Larene Shell; five sons, Travis Ronald, Rev. Ricky James, Jerry Michael, Randy Wayne, and Mark Weston Batchelor; fifteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Francis Craig and Charlene Batchelor Smith; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Nila June Mays Batchelor; his parents, John Wesley and Eva Weehunt Batchelor; two sisters, Helen Batchelor Workman and Marie Batchelor Garner; and two brothers, Jimmy and Eugene Batchelor.


Funeral services along with a Masonic Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. His son, Rev. Ricky J. Batchelor will officiate. Burial will follow in Prien Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Saturday at 9:00 AM until the start of the service.

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  1. For years I just called him Pop. I think he liked it. He made me feel like he thought of me almost as one of his own sons, and I loved him and respected him like I would my own dad. For a season or so of life a few years ago, we spent a lot of time – practically every day all day together, and so had lots of long talks about all kinds of things like family, love, business, politics and world affairs, music, bygone memories…I enjoy thinking back on all those conversations, but I think my favorite ones were when we talked about the things of God, which we did often. Pop is with the Lord now, and I feel real grief for missing him, but my heart is joyful at the thought of him face to face with our Lord Jesus, smiling into the light of glory, reunited with Momma June, and waiting for us there! My love to all of Pop's family. May God's awesome peace sustain you through this time of grief. Ronnie Fruge


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