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Travis Gary Fitts, the son of a Deke, was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 1933 and died on May 28, 2022. Although himself a Gamma Deke, most of the other Fitts boys were proud Psi Dekes. The long legacy line includes Gary’s great-grandfather Philip Augustus Fitts, Psi 1857; his father, James Harris Fitts III, Psi 1923; his son, Travis Gary Fitts, Jr., Psi 1981; his second son, Joseph David Fitts, Psi 1982; and his grandson, Travis Garrett Fitts, Psi 2016.


Gary was a true gentleman in every sense, he placed the welfare of others ahead of his own. He believed in giving back to his community and served in leadership posts in many civic organizations. Gary was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. He was a skilled craftsman and a tennis player throughout his life.


Upon graduating he was commissioned as 2nd Lt. USMC and attended flight school in Pensacola, Fla., the start of a 30-year-plus career as a naval aviator. Later, he joined his Father, Jim Fitts Jr., in the family insurance business. Under his leadership, Fitts Agency Inc. flourished and upon Gary’s retirement was one of the largest independent insurance agencies in western Alabama.