Robert Edward Ewell
August 12, 1949 - September 2, 2022
Robert Edward Ewell was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 12, 1949, to Robert Hershell Ewell and Julia Horak Ewell. He was called from this earthly life on September 2, 2022, just weeks after his 73rd birthday. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, Geraldine and Herman Carter, and brother-in-law Mike Benefield. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Carolyn Carter Ewell and adoring daughter, Angie Ewell; Oliver Billingsley; sister Cindy Ewell Benefield; brother and sister-in-law John and Kim Ewell, plus a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Bob attended Dallas schools, graduating from W. W. Samuell in 1967. One spring evening his senior year, a teenage Carolyn noticed a hot young dude walking across the Dairy Queen parking lot with his "Jesus" sandals in his hands. As he approached her vehicle, she asked where he was headed - to which he replied, he was heading down to "Bruton Valley" to street race, and asked if she wanted to come watch. From that moment, they were inseparable, dating for two years before marrying on August 28, 1969. She was the love of his life and he was hers; together they built a strong and loving family. In 1970, Bob joined the US Army Reserves, where he served stateside on active duty.
In October 1972, Bob and Carolyn welcomed their only child, a beautiful daughter, Angela Denise. Inspired by his dad who was also a member of the racing community, Bob developed his life-long love of racing. He raced a variety of small cars as a child and pre-teen, before graduating to a love of flat track motorcycle racing. He achieved success as a flat track racer attaining his National Number. It was during this period that a flat track announcer dubbed him "Bullet Bob", a nick-name that followed him throughout his career. His next move was to car racing where he raced a variety of cars starting with a super-modified, and eventually a champ dirt car and sprint car at local tracks, especially the Devil's Bowl Speedway. He became more competitive, eventually racing in Oklahoma on a weekly basis. His first major sponsor was Larry Witt, driving the Ryson Oil "Crude Dude." This partnership resulted in a deep and enduring friendship for over 40 years. Bob achieved great success in auto racing, as well, winning many track championships and NCRA championships before finally retiring from racing in November 2010.
In 1973 Bob became a licensed insurance adjuster and opened Insurance Adjustment Company (IAC), handling motorcycle appraisals, eventually moving on to automotive and marine. He was well known in his field for being professional and knowledgeable, maintaining his easygoing nature and engaging personality. He took a genuine interest in everyone he met, becoming a mentor to so many throughout his racing and professional careers.
In 1993 Longhorn Urethane was established and he handed his adjusting business into the capable hands of his daughter, Angie, to focus on urethane spray foam roofing and insulation, where he enjoyed success for many years. Known as "Mr. Bob" to his crew, he became a father figure and truly enjoyed working alongside them daily. Working hard was his passion and he enjoyed bragging that he could keep up with his crew, most of whom were half his age. Bob left a legacy of professionalism, generosity and service in Longhorn Enterprises which continues to thrive. In 2018, Longhorn Secured Storage was added to his business interests which consists of both covered and uncovered RV/Boat Storage.
Bob would blush to hear himself described as having a servant's heart but that was who he was. Learning much from his dad about basic repairs and being self-taught in most trades, he was always willing to lend a hand to family, friends, friends of family, neighbors or people he barely knew. He was there to help a neighbor with a fuse for their trailer light, rescue a sister with a flat tire, repair a plumbing leak or even tear out and rebuild an old deck. Angie's friends knew they could count on Bob to troubleshoot and repair most of their car issues - at no charge, of course. For Bob, these were opportunities to visit, share stories and grow relationships. It gave him great personal joy to help someone and get them back on the road.
Bob has been described as bigger than life - "Bullet Bob" - our rock - the Energizer Bunny, running circles around the young guys - but for those who knew and loved him well, he was a loving and devoted son, husband, dad, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend who always made time for his loved ones and friends. Bob Ewell blessed all those who knew him with his humility, generosity and kindness and he will be forever missed and loved.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert Edward Ewell will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, 3 p.m. at Lakepointe Church - Forney, 1851 FM741, Forney, TX 75126. The family will receive visitors at 2 p.m., also at Lakepointe Church - Forney.
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