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WELLINGTON — And just like that, they are gone. Mike and Patty Gulley headed back to Georgia on Saturday, May 30 from their condo on the south side of the square in Wellington.
Residents of the county since December 2015, the Gulleys purchased the former Hartman apartment which they transformed into a fabulous modern designer home, but with the rustic touch of repurposed ladders, weathered barn wood and second hand plus some new galvanized tin. But they didn’t’ stop there.
After purchasing the building next door to the condo at 907 9th St., the additional property evolved into a 1950s retro diner complete with red and white checkered tablecloths, Coca-Cola décor and Elvis memorabilia.
In 2017, Mike and Patty Gulley opened their condo for the first HUGS (Hearts United Give Support) home tour cancer fundraiser, and the diner for tour guest to visit and enjoy refreshments.
In 2018 and 2019, HUGS home tour visitors again gathered at the diner for refreshments. Mike Gulley hosted Dodson classmates here while Patty Gulley conducted Chamber meetings in the convenient space.
As chamber president, Patty Gulley headed the 2019 Wild & Free on 83 events in Wellington meticulously organized with committees and co-workers by her side.
As time elapsed, the couple added to the diner “playhouse” a kitchen with guest quarters, craft room, storage space and a shop. Both buildings allow for a landscaped area in the back with a picket fence between, deck with the condo and the metal privacy fence along the alley.
A Collingsworth County native and 1967 graduate of Dodson High School, Mike Gulley commuted back and forth to Georgia to work after their move to Texas until July 2018.
Since then he’s “had fun” helping his brother and nephew, Pat and Scooter Gulley.
Patty Gulley grew up in Arkansas and she met Mike working in the meat industry.
She enjoyed many hours of painting and sewing with her Art-A-While group of Wellington friends.
The Gulleys along with Tony Carter and assistance from Carroll Daves made decorating downtown store fronts around the square with historic memorabilia a mission.
In their almost 24 years of marriage, Mike and Patty Gulley have lived in Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia and now Texas. For the first six to eight years of their marriage, they relocated every 18 months.
With kids and grandkids in Georgia, the couple announced in mid-April their intentions to make the move back to that area. As the COVID-19 crisis proceeded, they decided to simply sell both properties and make Georgia their permanent home once again.
Collingsworth County is a better place to have had such fine folks as Mike and Patty Gulley as residents, even for a short time. May God continue to be with them in their new adventures.