Robert Barth "Bob" Gulley, 78, died Jan. 23, 2008, at home after a long illness, with all his family by his side.

Bob was born Oct. 13, 1929, at Okmulgee, Okla., 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 St.

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.

He enjoyed 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; 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; daughter, Barbara Winters (Randy) and children, Bryce Winters (Karissa) of Nacogdoches, Madelyn and Kelsey Winters of Corpus Christi; son, Dean Gulley and children, Gretchen Jones (Taylor) of Austin, Gwen Hanson and Victoria Perez of Corpus Christi; and great grandson, Tyler Jones; his sister, Edith Crittendon (Jim) of Yantis; sister-in-law, Patty Derrick of Houston; special family, Nora and Jose "Beto" Martinez; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service has been planned for Saturday, Feb 2, at 3 p.m. at Sawyer George Funeral Home.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home