David Allen "DAR" Roberson

David Allen "DAR" Roberson, 65, of Haleyville, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021. David was born on July 25, 1956, in Mobile to Malcom and Wilma Roberson. David is immediately survived by Rita Nix Roberson, his wife; Dr. Jon Heath, his son; Kari Heath, Jon’s wife; Terry Roberson, his son; Rachel Roberson, his daughter; Erica Sawyer, his daughter; and Spencer Sawyer, Erica’s husband. Grandchildren include Katelyn Roberson, Grayson Goddard, Emma Heath and Carter Roberson. Siblings include brothers, Richard Roberson and Richard’s wife, Karen and Jerry Roberson. Nephews and nieces include Zachary Roberson, his wife, Brandi, Jody Nix, his wife, Amy Nix, Adam Nix, Emma Mace, her husband, Brandt Mace, and Charlie Mack Roberson. He also left behind great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts and a host of cousins.

David was a member of First Baptist Church in Double Springs and served as a Sunday School teacher for 17+ years.  He was the chairman of the financial committee for 19+ years, a member of the choir (he thought he could sing very well), and he was a member of the insurance and audit committees.

David’s professional achievements were many and far reaching. He established and founded RCG, INC., in 2008. RCG is a consulting firm focused on solving construction and design problems in residential housing. Clients included 17 manufacturing companies that operate 30 facilities across the U.S. Also included on the client’s list were FEMA, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and T. L. Wallace Construction, Inc. During his tenure at RCG, David positively contributed to the design and construction of tens of thousands of homes and prefabricated buildings.

Prior to the formation of RCG, David was a founding shareholder (1984) and the chief financial ffficer of Cavalier Homes, Inc, until 1996 when he became the president and chief executive officer. At the time of taking the helm, Cavalier was the 4th largest producer of manufactured homes and modular homes in the nation, building over 250,000 homes in the last 25 years. Cavalier operated as many as 24 manufacturing plants with 5,500 employees, 5 supply operations and a captive retail finance arm. The
company has operated facilities in 7 states and sold and serviced homes in 31 states.

As a hands-on manager during his career, David gained extensive experience in the bidding and fulfillment of government contracts, building over 4,000 homes for FEMA, MEMA, and other agencies. These contracts included both residential and commercial structures, requiring strict adherence to building codes and large-scale field coordination of delivery installation, service and maintenance of residential homes.

Additionally, as a part of the fulfillment of a contract for the State of Mississippi, David worked with the FEMA Joint Housing Study Group to provide insight and information to FEMA related to the Alternative Housing Pilot Program.

David also reorganized field operations to service, install, and finish homes in a multi-state area utilizing over 300 employees and contractors. Reorganization of field services included automation of data and case management systems to insure quick response time, proper procurement of materials, the coordination of employee and contractor services and reduction of callbacks.

David also worked with Florida Solar Energy, the Department of Energy, and other service providers to develop both “in-plant” and “in-field” industry best practice strategies to maximize energy efficiency, eliminate mold and condensation related issues and improve indoor air quality.

He also established formal training programs on a company-wide basis for all employees in areas of building code compliance, field repair methodologies, lean manufacturing technologies and professional conduct and leadership. Many of the initial training programs were taught by Mr. Roberson with a focus on “train the trainer” to facilitate a learning environment throughout the company.

David also previously served as the secretary of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission, the state oversight authority for the industry.

His family will be receiving friends on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 12:30 - 3:30 at First Baptist Church in Double Springs, with his Celebration of Life service to follow at 3:30 p.m. at the church. Speaking at the service will be Bro. Phillip Twilley, Bro. Eric Hixon, Bro. George Whitten, Jonathan Gibbs and Jay Wilson.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS:  Make contributions to Making U Disciples Ministry (M.U.D.), P.O. Box 398, Oneonta, AL. 35121 and Gideons International Winston County Camp of Alabama, P.O. 1074, Double Springs, AL. 35553

You may leave online condolences at www.pinkardfh.com.

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