A Word About The Author
a young man of 14, Bob Hataway worked on the big rigs in Center,
Texas. His uncle had three
trucks that he ran from East Texas to the west coast. It was Bob's job to service the units
arrived early in the morning and taught himself to drive by starting
and stopping until he worked out the gear/rpm ratio and was able to
smoothly shift the gears. Those
of you, who have ever tried, know what I mean.
love for trucks and the open road developed at a young age. He longed for the time when he could
be an over the road driver instead of servicing the units.
took longer than he planned, however, as his parents had other ideas –
like finishing high school and college.
1965, Bob started his own company manufacturing pallets in Houston,
TX. He got married and started
his family. He and Carol have 3
children – two boys and a girl.
wife, Carol, had other ideas about his going on the road. But finally he was able to satisfy
everyone. His company grew and
needed its own tractor and trailer.
purchased his first tractor in 1973.
It was a COE International with a 335 Cummins engine. It had a Jake Brake, chrome stacks
(no mufflers), and a 13-speed transmission along with a 42' flatbed
was proud of his tractor and trailer.
He would not let anyone drive it.
responsibilities as the head of his company soon required him in the
office. As much as the tractor
and trailer were his pride and joy, he still remembers the day when
finally someone else did have to leave the yard as the driver.
1974, Bob moved his pallet company to East Texas. The company continued to grow;
however, he found the need for his tractor was not as prevalent as
keep his tractor busy, he began to add reefer units (refrigerated
trailers) for a local poultry processor. He pulled poultry loads between his
time, things reversed. He began pulling more and more poultry for the
processor. He needed more
tractors. He even had to
contract his lumber loads.
acquired 15 tractors and trailers to keep up with the growth. As he moved further into the
transportation industry, Bob bought his uncle’s trucking company.
life took some interesting turns in 1973. He accepted the call into full time
ministry and set about to finish his education. He completed the degree everyone
accomplish this, he turned the reigns of the company over to his right
hand man and went to school in Fort Worth, TX. It was during this time that God
began to lay on his heart a ministry for truckers nationwide.
encountered the ministry needs of the transportation industry while in
seminary. Joe Traylor, a driver,
had an accident on I-35. See the
Page for the events that changed his life.
1984, firmly convinced there was a need to minister to drivers, Bob left
the leadership of his company and started TransAlive USA Inc.
he oversees the activity of 100,000 volunteers who have worked in over
1100 cities in the 48 contiguous states and Canada. The ministry has reached over 250,000
has written 3 books including this book “Provoked by an
Angel”. His first book
entitled “The Memo”
is a fiction work dealing with public trust.
second book entitled “After
That…” is nonfiction work recounting their ministry working with
drivers who served during the recovery stage of 911.
is both a historical account and an inspirational account to help those
who have suffered serious tragic losses in their families.