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Randy Travis Makes a Stop in Denison on His Road to Recovery

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- It's been quite a while since anyone has seen country music singer Randy Travis in public. Travis suffered a stroke last July and has been on the long road to recovery ever since.

Tonight, however, he made a stop in Denison for the Four Rivers Outreach banquet. The 55-year-old Cooke County resident reunited with his friend who he performed with last year, but unlike last year where he gave a 40-minute performance, this time he was not scheduled to sing.

Randy Travis walked into a hangar at North Texas Regional Airport around 7 p.m. Thursday for the Four Rivers Outreach banquet.

While he's been up and about, Travis's fiancee Mary Davis says they've still got a long way to go on his road to recovery.
 
"Every day we go to speech therapy and physical therapy and occupational therapy," says Davis. "We're learning words and phrases, learning to sing, of course, the music and the songs come easy for him, just the enunciation of words. But he's working on it! He's got the heart of a warrior and he doesn't stop."

Davis says Travis can talk a little and has been working hard since a stroke last July.

"He knows that the road ahead of us is is long and tedious, but he's up for the challenge and he's never never shied away from it. Never asked why me," says Davis.

"I have not seen randy since last year when we were here," says singer and friend Larry Gatlin, who later went over to chat with Travis. "I really feel bad about what has happened to him."

Four Rivers Outreach says last year's performance by Travis helped them raise big money, and that's why they're glad he's able to make it back.

"The second year we raised $105,000, and then last year we raised $169,000," says executive director Arthur Horn. "Just being able to be here is a big improvement because he couldn't even get out of the hospital and travel for a long time."

"I hope that some day he can regain his strength and ability," says attendee Susie Clement.

"He's done very well in probation," says county Community Supervision and Corrections Department director Alan Brown.

Travis was sentenced to 2 years probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a 2012 DWI with .21 blood alcohol content near Tioga.

But he's only performed last year's Four Rivers benefit. Brown, the county's probation director, says under agreement with the court, he had planned to do more performances until health issues sidelined him.

"If Four Rivers were to have to pay him to come and do a performance it would be a pretty astronomical fee," says Brown. "If you broke that down into an hourly wage, then he's more than fulfilled his requirements as far as his community service, if you looked at it that way."

So when will Travis be able to sing?  "We're working on that. We're hoping to. That's his goal is to get back on stage again doing what he loves to do," says Davis.

Brown says Travis has complied with all his probation conditions and they have done home visits. The probation term expires in January and they expect the case will then be closed. Horn says their goal for the benefit this year is $200,000.