Robert Wallace Halliday, 66, died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep on July 25, 2017 in Marietta, Georgia on the day following hip surgery. Bob was born on June 30, 1951 in Spring Field, Missouri. In 1955 his family moved to Marietta, where he attended East Valley Elementary and East Cobb Junior High School, After his family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1965, he attended McClellan High School and the University of Arkansas, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art.
Bob relocated to New Orleans after graduation to pursue a career in the skin diving business. There he owned Vineyards Dive Shop. In 1986 he married Laurel Koll Bell. After selling his dive shop, Bob worked as a sales representative for several companies in the diving industry. At the same time, he began to pursue a passion for restoring old gas pumps and coke machines and other 50's memorabilia, and started a new business, Bob’s Garage.
When Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home and business in 2005, Bob moved back to Marietta and reopened Bob’s Garage. As the business grew, he began providing gas station props for movies, as welll as continuing to sell his restorations. In 2016, Bob’s Garage was featured on the History Channel’s American Restoration.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert Gordon Halliday and Edna Hyde Halliday, and his sister Nancy Halliday McCarty. He is survived by his wife Laurel Koll Bell Halliday; son Scott Stewart and his wife Teresa of Bryant, Arkansas; stepchildren Christopher Osborn Bell of Greenwood, Arkansas and Mariele Salaun Bell of Sharpsburg, Georgia; grandchildren Nicholas and Kathleen Stewart of Bryant, Arkansas; and sister Susan Halliday Connelly of Acworth, Georgia, and, of course, “the kitties,” Hidey and Baby.