Robert Barth "Bob" Gulley, 78, passed away on January 23, 2008, peacefully at home after a long illness, with all his family by his side. Bob was a wonderful, strong and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Life with him was always exciting, fun and adventurous. Bob was born October 13, 1929 at Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Noble Walter and Florence Smith Gulley. After a family vacation here, in 1937, Bob's family decided to move to Corpus Christi. They moved to a trailer park on the north end of the city where the Museums now stand, and soon after opened Gulley's Bike and Key Shop, first on Mesquite then permanently at 333 S. Water Street. Bob attended David Hirsch, and Menger Elementary, Northside Jr. High and Corpus Christi High School, then at Del Mar College and Sul Ross University. Bob then went to work at what was Pontiac Refinery and in 1951 married Sylvia Hewlett and they had three children. In addition to his refinery job, Bob was a pioneer scuba diver and with his brother Bill, started Gulley's Diving Service in 1953. With Sylvia they taught the first scuba diving class at the YWCA in 1956. In 1961 he bought Gulley's Trailer Ranch from his father. In 1975 Bob served as President of the Texas Mobile Home Association and was inducted into the Nat'l Mobile Home and R.V. Park Hall of Fame. Bob served three terms on the Corpus Christi City Council, 1975-1977, 1977-1979, 1981-1983, as well as Mayor Pro Tem in 1978. He was a member of the Rotary Club and other civic organizations. Bob loved hunting, fishing, racquetball, golf, collecting antique tools, but mostly traveling. During his life he visited all 50 states, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Russia during the cold war where he had meetings with the mayors of Moscow and Leningrad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Noble W. and Florence Gulley and his brother, Bill Gulley. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia; son, Dr. Bryan Gulley (Shannon) and children, Savannah, Taylor, Carson, and Mallory Gulley of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Barbara Winters (Randy) and children, Bryce Winters (Karissa) of Nacogdoches, Madelyn and Kelsey Winters of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, Dean Gulley of Corpus Christi, Texas and children, Gretchen Jones (Taylor) of Austin, Texas, Gwen Hanson and Victoria Perez of Corpus Christi, Texas; and great grandson, Tyler Jones; also his sister, Edith Crittendon (Jim) of Yantis, Texas; and sister in law, Patty Derrick of Houston, Texas; and special family, Nora and Jose "Beto" Martinez; and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family thanks the very special people who took such devoted and loving care of him, Irma Reyes, Ileana Balle, Cathy Rodriquez, Katy De Leon, Lupita Perez and John Tijerina and special thanks to the staff of Del Cielo Home Health and Vista Care Hospice. A Memorial service has been planned for Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 3:00 PM. at Sawyer George Funeral Home.
Published by Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Jan. 31, 2008.