Edana Hope Travis turns 100 on Nov. 23, 2020. She was born a coal miner’s daughter and married Virgil Travis on July 22, 1939, he also was a coal miner. She was reared in Rensford, West Virginia, survived the Great Depression and both World Wars, other wars, and pandemics.
In 1929-1933 she and her brother, Jimmy Hope, delivered the Charleston Gazette to 102 customers via bicycle, and finished in time to catch the 8 a.m. train to school. Extra newspapers were used to cover the holes in their shoes. They earned 25 cents each, bi-weekly.
Travis retired from Kanawha County Schools as a cook and later a teacher aid. She has traveled extensively over the USA and abroad. She is the oldest member of the Coal Fork United Methodist Church and is a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Ripley.
Mr. and Mrs. Travis had five children: Carol Blake (Charles – deceased), Dreama (deceased), Suetta Longpre (Terry), Rodney Travis (Josie), and Gregory Travis. Grandchildren: Candi Yvetta Blake (deceased), Dr. Cara Blake Lott (James), Christen Hull (Rick), Kami Barber (Raymond), Brandi Dickie (Bob), and Travis Longpre (Jessica). In addition are 13 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to hank the Epworth United Methodist Church for the 100th birthday parade and all the birthday videos.