Travis Lee Bryson, 45, of El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday evening, Nov. 9, 2019. Travis was born Jan. 16, 1974, in Rolla. He was the son of Steve Bryson and Doris (Nivens) Brown.

As a young man, Travis was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Salem. Travis attended school in Salem where he graduated high school in 1992. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Drafting and Design and a Minor in Engineering.

Travis married Kelly Carter on July 29, 2001. To this union three children were born. They lived in Willard and El Dorado Springs. Travis worked at MODOT for six years. He was a youth leader at the Willard Community Christian Church. They moved to El Dorado Springs in 2006, where he was the youth minister at Park Street Christian Church. In the fall of 2007, Travis began working at the El Dorado Christian School. Over the last twelve years, he taught many classes at ECS including Bible, 8th grade math, pre-algebra, Drafting and wood working.  Travis worked maintenance and coached volleyball with his wife, as well as cross country. He currently served as a teacher and Athletic Director of ECS.

His skills as a carpenter, plumber, electrician and so much more were appreciated by many in the community. He was an avid hunter and loved being outdoors. Travis was an exceptional man who loved his family, community, church, co-workers, students and God. Travis whole heartedly served the Lord faithfully in the community, and on short-term missions trips to Haiti, Canada and Mexico. He and his family attend Milford Christian Church in Milford.

Preceding Travis in death were his grandparents, Freddie and Cleone Nivens, John and Beulah Bryson, and two-year-old niece, Lanie Watkins.

Survivors include his wife of the home, Kelly Bryson, of El Dorado Springs and three daughters: Isabelle Rose, Olivia Mae, and Sophia Grace; step-grandma, Freda Brown; father, Steve Bryson, of Salem; mother, Doris Brown, and step-father, Ron Brown of Salem; one sister, Amanda Horton, and her husband, Mike Horton, and their children: Lauren, Noah, Kaylee, and Carter of Brainerd, MN; and many more uncles, aunts, cousins,nieces and nephews.

Services for Travis Bryson will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Cliff Hazard and Darrell Doss officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Church of God (Holiness). Burial will follow the service at the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are: Brad Nivens, Brandon Watkins, Mike Horton, Rusty Pittsenbarger, Justin LeeMasters, Scott Rice, Chuck Wolfe, Charles Watkins, Clark Wood and GerradSteuck.  Honorary pallbearers are: Albert Stebbins, Tommy Nivens, Gary Brown, Ethan Pittsenbarger, Noah Horton, Trey Pittsenbarger, Carter Horton and Carter Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help the family with expenses and left at the funeral home.

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