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UPDATE Jan. 14, 2020: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Buddy Travis (Travis Johnson III). He passed away January 7, 2020 as a result of an unexpected massive heart attack while driving home alone from church. His Memorial Service was held on Jan. 23, 2020 at West Angeles Church of God in Christ (North Campus), 3045 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA 90016. To view Buddy's Memorial slideshow, please click here

Travis Johnson III was born in Houston, Texas. Early in his life, Buddy mesmerized audiences with his beautiful voice, singing in the choir at Calvary Baptist Church in the community of Studewood. As he matured, so did his fascination for lyrics and music. He listened passionately to blues, jazz, country and western, gospel, and rhythm & blues. All played an important role in his life.

Graduating from Phyllis Wheatley High School, Buddy moved to San Diego, California to his mother and family, who had relocated a few years earlier. The beauty of Southern California ignited his love for nature’s bountiful glory and led him to study horticulture while attending college in San Diego. However, his desire to sing continued and he left school to pursue that dream. Buddy moved to Northern California and while attending night school at Stanford University Buddy met a man who would become his singing partner and best friend, Leroy “Stacy” Johnson Jr. Travis Johnson III & Leroy Johnson Jr. formed a song and dance duo The Soul Deuce. They toured all of Northern California with B.B. King and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. After touring Northern California, the act opened for The Little Richard review. While touring with The Little Richard review, he changed the name of the duo to Buddy & Stacy.

Buddy & Stacy became one of the hottest song and dance acts on the circuit. They performed with Jr. Walker and The All Stars, Pattie Bell and The Blue Bells, Johnny Taylor, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Jay and The Americans, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, The Supremes and many other entertainers. Their syncopated, dynamic dance routines, eye appeal and soulful voices placed them above other duos of the time. Their amazing talent may be seen on repeats of MTV’s documentary of Jimi Hendrix, whose electrifying band played for Buddy & Stacy’s performances before launching his own meteoric career. 1965 video here and here

After Stacy’s untimely death in 1973, Buddy continued singing, joining “The Ballads”, a Northern California singing group, that recorded such hits as “God Bless Our Love” “Good Night My Love” “Can’t See Your Love” & “Confessing a Feeling”. Buddy also appeared in many of Norman Lear’s TV sitcoms. Buddy was also one of the principle operators of the original Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N’ Waffles Restaurant, located in Hollywood, California. Buddy also wrote and recorded the Chicken ‘N’ Waffles song and TV commercials.

After many years on the road in show business, Buddy, reconfirmed his Christian faith and joined West Angeles Church of God In Christ in Los Angeles, California. Buddy’s wife Kim Johnson helped Buddy to discover that he was to articulate Christianity through his lyrics, music and life style. Buddy attended Antelope Valley Christian Center Life Changing Course and was licensed in the Ministry while an associate Minister at Faith In The Word Christian Center in Quartz Hills, California.

Buddy currently lives in Arizona and is available for ministering and singing anywhere, just give him a call. Buddy is currently a member of Heart of Promises Ministries in San Tan Valley, Arizona under Apostle Keith and Pastor Sylvia Beatty.

Minister Buddy Travis is the founder of Vision Missionary Ministry.

We invite you to experience Minister Buddy Travis current CD “Jesus Is The Way”.

Mission Statement

The mission of Vision Missionary Ministry is to assist individuals who have lost hope. The ministries vision is to help improve the life of others through Spiritual enrichment and Biblical principal. Vision Missionary Ministry believes that the Word of God, heals, restore, repairs and rejuvenates the soul and Spirit of Man. Through the restoration powers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ., the Ministry reach’s out to people who do not attend organized churches.

Vision Missionary Ministry outreach program include, churches, middle and high schools, young groups, residential, treatment facilities, and other organizations of its kind, throughout the country. We at Vision Missionary Ministry under the leadership of Minister (Buddy) Travis Johnson 111, Ministering to all  bringing Joy and Love to all in need. His leadership ability to reach out to our youth is uncanny and you must be there to believe it. Parents find themselves being enlightened on issues dealing with everyday life as well.

The power of love is truly a blessing to share, and this is what the ministry does for the people it comes in contact with. Hope is the nourishment in which acts on, for people without hope, faith will wither. Hope, Faith, Grace and the Love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are the corner stone of Vision Missionary Ministry.

Proverbs 29:18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

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