KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- When Wade Travis passed away a little more than ten years ago, he wanted to make a gift that would have a lasting impact on the community where he and his brothers ran several Shoney's Big Boy franchises, in honor of the restaurant and its employees.
On Tuesday, a part of that wish came true when the trustees of his estate donated $1 million dollars to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Travis took a special interest in children and highly respected the efforts of the Children's Hospital to treat them, a hospital spokesperson said. He had made several donations during his life.
Two of the trustees, Richard Warren, Jr., and Thomas Baker, were on hand for the check presentation, as was Bill Bough President and CEO of Shoney's of Knoxville. They took a tour of the hospital afterwards.
The third trustee, Barbara Kimmins, was unable to be there.
Travis and his brothers Leon and Hilliard were the original Shoney's Big Boy franchisee owners for Knoxville and its surrounding counties.