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|Services Friday for Travis Gore|
Travis Gore, a longtime banker and business leader in Concordia Parish, passed away this morning (Wednesday) at the age of 90.
The former president and chief executive officer of Concordia Bank & Trust spent 59 years in the banking industry earning recognition statewide.
"We are going to miss him number one," said Pat Biglane, President and CEO of Concordia Bank & Trust. "He was a mentor to me and a true friend."
"He was a great leader and a recognized leader in the community banking industry in the state. He leaves a legacy that anyone would be proud of," Biglane continued. "He was the true definition of a community banker. Mr. Gore loved dealing with the customers and the people he worked with."
When Gore arrived at Concordia Bank in 1959, the bank had $6 million in assets. Upon his retirement, the bank had more than $300 million in assets.
In 1994, he was named Louisiana's Community Banker of the Year.
In 2002, after being honored by the Louisiana Bankers Association, Gore said about his lengthy banking career, "I had a knack for getting good people. If you have the best people, you'll have the best bank. I employed fewer people, but paid them more and expected more."
Born in the rural community of Pistol Thicket in Caldwell Parish, the second son of Hilry (Bud) and Oneida Gore, he earned a degree in education at Northwestern in Natchitoches.
Before entering the banking field, he taught elementary school in Caldwell Parish, worked for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad as a station master and served in the 727th Railway Battalion in the U. S. Army. He served overseas with the battalion during World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.
Gore arrived in Vidalia in 1959. He came to the Concordia Bank from the Citizens Progressive Bank in Columbia where he began his career in 1946.
He moved up the Concordia Bank ladder becoming bank president in 1979. His last day at the bank was December 31, 1998, after serving two years as President Emeritus.
Gore, an avid domino player, spent retirement years with his wife Nigel, who is better known as "Girl." He is also survived by his two sons, Lyman Gore and wife, Janice, Brent Gore and wife, JoLynn; one daughter, Kay Savant and husband, Robbie; five grandchildren, Michael Gore, Jason Gore, Lori Gore, Carol Loy, Josh Loy, Heath Savant and Amber Savant; and one great-grandchild, Emily Carol Loy.
Gore was a deacon at First Baptist Church Vidalia where he was involved in mission work and a food ministry. He was also a member of the Vidalia Lions Club and Natchez Homebuilders Association.
Funeral services will be held Friday at First Baptist Church in Vidalia at 3 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.
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