Travis L. Kirby (Sign Guestbook)

Travis Logan Kirby, of Knoxville, was a brilliant, devoted and loving son whose life ended far too soon on December 23, 2017, just 2 days short of his 35th birthday. Travis loved the outdoors, fishing, camping and sharing those pursuits with his closest friends, and while he really enjoyed the beach, nowhere was more special to him than his Tennessee Mountains. Travis loved all things Irish, and his most cherished experience was the trip he and his mother made to Ireland to explore his Irish heritage. A graduate of Bearden High, he achieved national ranking in Science Olympiad and many other honors, including being a National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar. Travis then graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Business Management and a Collateral in International Finance. All who knew Travis described him as a loyal friend with a good and kind heart, fantastic wit and a ready smile. He made friends wherever he went.

Travis was preceded in death by his beloved sister Taylor Blair Kirby, and adored and adoring grandparents, Sarah and Arthur W Kirby. He will be deeply missed and is survived by his mother Carolyn Kirby of Knoxville, and his extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins, best friend Matt, and even his pets, all of whom he loved dearly. His family was the most important thing in his life.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 30th from 2-3pm at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel with a Memorial Service to follow conducted by Rev. Tim Addis, pastor of Friendship Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Travis’ name to “Friends of the Smokies,” as the Smoky Mountains were his favorite place and where he will rest. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Kirby family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook at


18 guestbook entries for “Travis L. Kirby”:

  1. Diana Boulware says:

    My dear Carolyn,
    I am with you in spirit. My boys and I have fond memories of Travis – sending our deepest sympathies and love.

  2. Becky Mariles says:

    Carolyn i will always cherish the many memories and times I had with Travis. His quick wit, his laughter. The fires he would build for us while we would cajole him when really he was the master at building a fire for us to enjoy! I loved how he would make fun of me for watching my hallmark movies but would sit with me and kinda pay attention. I loved listening to him and Lisa and their intelligent debates on everything and so much more. I will miss him so very much. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know i am here for you. I love you. Becky Mariles

  3. Georgann Foster says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Deepest sympathy,
    Georgann Foster

  4. Paula Griffin says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤

  5. Kim Craddock says:

    Dear Caroline, I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. My heart aches for you. There is a special relationship between a mother and son. I know you don’t know me but I’m a friend of Angel. I lost my only son in June of this year. It’s so hard to understand why. My family and I will be praying for you in the coming months. May Gods peace be with you and know you are not alone.💙💙

  6. Tracy Grose says:

    I have to say Travis was one of the sweetest, funniest, kind hearted souls I ever had the Joy of knowing. I still can not believe he is gone but God had other plans. Carolyn always remember the good times….I know I always will. Love n Huggs to you girl. I am always a phone call away…. I pray that God will get you through this. Keep your faith, He is always here when you need him most.



  7. Chris Rutledge says:

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.Your family will be in our prayers. Sincerely, The Rutledge Family

  8. Rick Thiele says:

    May God bless you and comfort you in this difficult time. I am very sorry for your loss.

  9. Ann Emmons says:

    I am so very sorry to learn about your loss, Carolyn. Your son will always remain by your side and will be forever young. May he rest in peace.

  10. Rev. Barbara Clark says:

    Dear Carolyn,
    You have my deepest sympathy! I am so sad to hear of your loss. You were a devoted and loving mother to Travis, and he loved you devotedly. I will always remember his kind and helpful spirit. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless you.

  11. Rebecca Starrett says:

    We met during training at Travelers, and you were instantly one of my favorite coworkers. You had such a dark, quick sense of humor, and were friendly to everyone there. When tragedy struck your life, you were a model of how to keep going on, and showed me that it’s ok to put your own health and sanity before a job. I honestly think that seeing how you put yourself first helped spur me into getting healthier.

    I remember on the first payday of training, we went to lunch with a couple other coworkers for sushi, and you and I joked about grabbing a beer while on lunch as our drink if no one would tell on us.

  12. Brenda Strevel says:

    Though I didn’t know Travis well, each time I saw him he seemed to genuinely care about how my day was going and had a bright smile for me. I’ll miss that smile. I’m sending you a virtual hug & praying that God will wrap His arms around you as well.

  13. Amy Noe says:

    Wanted to let you know I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how special Travis was to you and I am praying for you to find strength & peace.
    Much love,
    Amy Noe

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    I’ve been thinking a lot about Travis these last few days. Travis was funny, smart, witty. Every minute on the patio by the fire was time well spent. I will never forget the plan to make a special return for Becky. We were literally laughing until we all cried. I haven’t stopped thinking about you and praying for you Carolyn. Travis will be missed and was loved by so many.

  15. Lovada Hughes says:

    Miss Carolyn,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Travis always had a friendly smile and kinds words to say to me. Such a nice young man. He will be greatly missed.

    Love and Prayers

  16. Deb Milam says:

    Carolyn, my heart is breaking for you. I’m praying for strength, comfort and peace for you and your family. I love you !! Deb

  17. Shawn Masters says:

    Carolyn, I am deeply saddened for your loss. Please know that your Travelers family loves you very much. I am praying for you during this difficult time.

  18. Mike Metcalf says:

    Oh my goodness Carolyn. I am just devastated to learn of Travis’s untimely passing. I’ve thought about you and the children so often over the years. You were and are all very special to me.

    I just can’t bring myself to realize what a loss this is to you personally. I send to you my deepest condolences and if there’s anything I can do, please call on me.

    All of my love and sympathy to you and your family.


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