Travis Earl Long was born March 6, 1972 in Newport News, Virginia to Oliver Earl and Geraldine Livingston Long. He departed this earthly life May 12, 2018.
From an early age Travis was introspective yet inquisitive, exploring topics far and wide. He played the trombone in the band and developed a lifelong love of music and football while attending Gold Sand Elementary School and Gold Sand Middle School. In 1987 his family suffered a major tragedy with the loss of his beloved father. Despite this, Travis persevered and excelled in life, graduating from Louisburg High School in 1990, welcoming his son, Jamelle Ruffin into his life, and attending North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Travis was a proud Aggie, graduating from NC A&T with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences Education in 1994. After college he joined the faculty of the LEAP Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina teaching Social Studies and English while coaching seventh and eighth grade students in football. Realizing a love for encouraging others, Travis decided to focus on impacting the lives of young people through counseling and therapy. He earned a Master of Science in Counselor Education in 2000 from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Arts in School Administration in 2006 from Gardner-Webb University. He became a nationally certified counselor and counseled at Atkins Middle School in Winston-Salem, NC. He then served as a school counselor for many years in various schools in Mecklenburg County including West Charlotte High School, Piedmont Open IB Middle School, and Wilson Middle School. Travis also served as Program Director at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina and as a counselor and therapist at Genesis Project One in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Travis met his love, Vanessa Grice while living in Charlotte, North Carolina. On May 5, 2012 the couple exchanged vows in a ceremony by the sea. During their six years of marriage the pair celebrated life by traveling, taking classes, and caring for their beloved dogs Brutus and Princess.
While not your typical social butterfly, Travis loved people, counseling, helping others, and developing genuine friendships. He was quick to send a friend an encouraging message and loved a lively political debate. Therefore, it was no surprise that he joined the Prince Hall Masons in Greensboro, North Carolina and in 2009 he joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. He was a proud “Que” and, ironically, earned the name “Heart AttaQue” when he crossed the burning sands. Travis pursued his passion for community involvement through membership in several organizations. His dedication will truly be missed.
Travis was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Earl Long, paternal grandparents, David and Ester K. Solomon, and maternal grandparents, Rayford and Elzona Livingston.
Those left to cherish his memories are: his mother, Geraldine L. Long of Louisburg, NC; his wife, Vanessa Grice Long of the home; son Jamelle Ruffin (Pamela Cunningham) of Raleigh, NC; stepdaughter, Naysa Campbell; stepsons, Dominique Fergerson and Michael Campbell, Jr.; grandchildren, Jayda Ruffin, Jayden Ruffin, Jamielle Ruffin and Christian Ruffin; his sister, Dr. Terri A. Long (Larry Brantley) of Garner, NC; nieces, Olivia Brantley and Ava Brantley; sister-in-law, Michelle Grice; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, many other loved ones, and friends.