BLUEFIELD — Travis Michael Wirt, 34 of Bluefield, WV passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at his home from heart failure.
Born February 21, 1982 in Radford, VA he was the loving son of Rena Mae Lilly Farley and Charles Farley of Pipestem, WV and Mike Wirt of Woodlawn, VA.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Roscoe and Lucille Lilly and his paternal grandmother, Bernice Wirt Marshall.
Besides his parents, survivors include a brother, Charles Ray Farley, II and wife Heather of Princeton, WV, a sister, Rebecca Ann Reed and husband David of Beckley, WV. Two nephews, Hunter Thomas Farley and Colton Blake Reed. Uncles and Aunts, Donnie and Rosemary Winebarger of Atkins, VA, and Sam and Betty Farley of Simpsonville, SC. Paternal grandparents, Ezra and Midge Wirt of Galax, VA. Also left to cherish his memory are his closest friend and roommate Sean Alliston of Bluefield, WV, and Travis' baby, a 7 year old purebred Siberian Husky, Lily Mae. He spoiled her rotten and loved her "more than some people".
Travis was an honor graduate of Summers County High School class of 2000. While in high school he was active in the band. Travis was a 2005 graduate of Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL earning a BA Degree in Pastoral Ministry and a minor in Missions. While at Pensacola, Travis was active in the Truth Alive evangelist program, a traveling ministry bringing Vacation Bible Schools to churches across the country. He was also program director and counselor for Camp Good News in Westfield, Indiana, a camp designed for underprivileged, inner city children and recovering addicts. He was a 2015 graduate of Liberty University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies.
He was currently enrolled at Capella University, pursing a masters degree in children's psychology. Travis was a 10 year employee of Presbyterian Children's Home in Wytheville, VA, the past 5 of those years as Program Director. Being a thyroid cancer survivor, Travis reflected in an article published by the Children's Home, "I am constantly humbled, encouraged and strengthened by the love that you have given. Cancer is not a word that I expected to hear concerning my own health, but I must admit that this has been an incredible journey. My faith, family and friends have given me much joy and encouragement along the way and I have learned to recognize and appreciate life's large and small blessings more and more."
Travis was a born again Christian and was a member of Johnston's Chapel Baptist Church in Princeton. Being raised in Cooks Chapel Baptist Church at Pipestem, he was involved in youth services and drove the church van.
Travis was known for his beautiful smile and was always striving to better himself and help others. His entire life was devoted to these pursuits and he was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services to celebrate Travis' life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday February 5, 2017 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastors Jim Simmons and Roy Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly Family Cemetery at Pipestem. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Family members and Travis' friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-expenses-for-travis-wirt
Online condolences at www.pivontfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.
Published on February 3, 2017