Rev. Travis Lee DeLoach

November 14, 1950 ~ December 11, 2020 (age 70)


Rev. Travis Lee DeLoach, 70, of Greenbackville, VA passed away on December 11, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Danville, VA on November 14, 1950 to the late James and Juanita (Starnes) DeLoach.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church on Chincoteague Island, VA where he was the Pastor for sixteen years. He was very active in the Emmaus Community. He was a graduate of Duke Divinity School.

Rev. DeLoach was ordained in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1984 and served churches on the Danville District (Concord & Chatham Heights-Granbery) before being appointed to the Eastern Shore where he served the Guilford Charge from 1993-2001 and Christ UMC on Chincoteague from 2001-2017. In all of Rev. DeLoach’s ministerial settings he was known for his warm, authentic presence, his deep love of God and God’s people, and his collegial support for others. He played guitar in praise bands, participated in mission trips, and served as a spiritual director on Walk to Emmaus weekends at Camp Occohannock on the Bay, usually sporting his favored tie-dye shirts. He also mentored numerous men and women on their journey into ministry and served with distinction on the Eastern Shore District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

Travis is survived by his loving spouse of 47 years, Deborah DeLoach of Greenbackville, VA; three daughters, Jenny Bare of Horntown, VA, Emily Melnitchouk and her husband Wally of Newport News, VA, Barbara Bowden and her husband Chris of Chincoteague Island, VA; son, Matthew DeLoach of Greenbackville, VA; three grandsons, Austin Bare of Colorado Springs, CO, Christopher Bowden, Jr. of Chincoteague Island, VA, Travis James DeLoach of Taneytown, MD; six granddaughters, Amanda Bare of Horntown, VA, Sierra Bowden of Chincoteague Island, VA, Grace Bowden of Chincoteague Island, VA, Olivia Melnitchouk of Newport News, VA, Lily Melnitchouk of Newport News, VA, Brooke DeLoach of Taneytown, MD; Sister, Ruth Oakes and her husband James of Danville, VA; Brother, Clyde DeLoach and his wife Lela of Stewart, VA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Brenda Young.

Due the COVID 19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church 6253 Church Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336, Camp Occohannock on the Bay, 9403 Camp Lane, Belle Haven, VA 23306, or Eastern Shore Emmaus Scholarship Fund PO Box 91, Franktown, VA 23354. Services entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home, Inc. on Chincoteague Island, VA. Condolences may be made online at

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