Minnie Luttrell Travis, 83, Former government employe and sports reporter who was active in church organizations, died of a chronic brain syndrome Thursday at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home in Washington.

Miss Travis had been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Washington for nearly 60 years. She helped organize and managed the church's first women's basketball team, was a co-organizer of the Wigs and Cues drama group at the church, taught in the Sunday School, and was a member of the first Chorus Choir. She also had belonged to the Circles of the First Baptist Women's Society.

She had been a senior clerk with the Treasury Department from about 1940 to 1945. Prior to that she had worked for about eight years in the mail section of the White House. She had contributed a column on women's sports events to the old Washington Times-Herald in the 1920s.

Miss Travis was born in Bristol, Tenn., and reared in Bristol, Va.She was a graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. She taught in Savannah, Ga., before coming to Washington in 1920.

Survivors include a sister, Louise T. Williams of St. Michaels, Md., and a brother, Henry C. Travis of Orlando, Fla.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church.