OBITUARY

Roger Lewis Davidson

December 28, 1949December 1, 2018

Roger Lewis Davidson was born on December 28, 1949 and passed away on December 1, 2018

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Roger Lewis Davidson

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Kenneth (Rob) Spohn

December 8, 2018

I've had the working as Roger's "Number 2" in Driver's Ed over the past 8 years--through that time, we developed a bond, and I got to know him very well.

Roger was old-school; he exemplified and taught accountability and work ethic--and I truly admire that he never wavered in this philosophy. He dedicated over 45 years to teaching and coaching, and thousands of young people are better because of his positive influence. Roger will live on through all of these examples and memories.

Through Roger's tough exterior, it was plain to see that he genuinely cared about his students, players, and colleagues. Every time we concluded a day of Driver's Ed, he would make sure to tell us how much we appreciate our efforts--he never took anything for granted and ALWAYS gave his all, even when he was sick. Though his illness and treatments weakened his body, he never let it show and never complained. Roger maintained a positive attitude and consistently though of others during his tough times--another example of his selflessness and generosity.

As I conclude this brief memory, I can think of so many other things I could say... Roger was a great man, and he will be sorely missed--not a day of Driver's Ed will go by where you won't be in my thoughts, Coach.

Roger, rest easy... we're thinking about you... your influence has made us all better people--you will live on in all of us. We are... ROLL TIDE!

Love you brother,
Rob

Karva Roubonneau

December 8, 2018

I was a student of Coach Davidson, he was my co-P.E teacher, as well as my drivers ed instructor. He taught me how to drive very well and administered my official drivers test to get my license. He was a kind man and was very sweet. He even took care of me when I got injured in p.e class. Even though he was sick, you can tell his passion and ambition kept him going. I will be using the skills he taught me to drive myself to his funeral. Thanks for everything, Coach Davidson.

Roy Allen

December 7, 2018

I hired Roger as my offensive line coach at Deerfield Beach in 1988. Years later I called him when I was hired at Sebring HS. He was a solid line coach and I asked him for something I could do to help an 0-10 team turn into a winner. He told me about an offensive line coach that put hand pads painted the color of the opponent jersey on his offensive line. It wasn't a violation so I did it & we had 5 consecutive 1000 yard tailbacks & went 28-24. Thanks Roger! I would see him years later at the Driver Education seminar in Palm Beach. Roger was a good man, great role model and damn good football & baseball coach. God give his family comfort and R. I. P. Coach. Roy Allen; Avon Park, FL

Pat McQuaid

December 7, 2018

Roger,

A real Southern Gentlemen ROLL TIDE.
A man is measured by how he serves his fellow man. Roger chose teaching and coaching as his gift, he had a passion to help young people reach their potential and chase their dreams. He did this with a style that was compassionate and caring. I had the pleasure to coach against Roger's teams for many years, they were always prepared and played the game the right way with sportsmanship and class.
The hardest part of any friendship is when it's time to say goodbye.
Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal but life leaves us with memories that no one can steal. Love and memories last forever.
Every time I see the beauty of the red clay and green grass I want to remember a good friend and have his memory inspire me to have a great day.
Your friend
Coach Pat McQuaid

Jerry Crowder

December 7, 2018

I had the pleasure of coaching football and baseball with Roger(Sheep) at Christiansburg High School in Va. Roger was an outstanding coach, mentor, and friend. We had so many fun times. Roger called me recently to talk a little while. I am so glad he did. I really miss all the great times we had and all the fond memories I have. Roger I know you will make a great addition to the heavenly baseball team. Rest in peace my friend. I truly miss you.

Jimmy Clark

December 6, 2018

Roger (Sheep) and I lived in the same neighborhood for several years. We played a lot of baseball together beside his home on Taylor Street and in the Rec. League. Roger was an awesome player and an all around nice guy. You knew he was going to be successful at his calling. He was truly "Mr. Baseball". If you ever played ball with him, you feared his "Submarine Pitch" along with his bat and if you were ever around his pet ground hog you feared it's bite. lol I have many fond memories of those days. Rest in Peace my friend and may your family find comfort in all the fond memories you shared.

Ken Farmer

December 6, 2018

I played baseball with Roger from the time we were 6 or 7 years old through high school. He was a great guy and very serious about his game. Recently, we had our 50 year reunion and one of our classmates gave me Roger’s phone number. He had asked that a few of us give him a call. I’m so glad I made that call. Roger was on his way to a treatment and very positive about the future. We talked about old times and his main message was to always believe in yourself. It’s obvious that Roger touched many lives during his time on earth. May he Rest In Peace but I imagine he’s busy helping whoever he can in heaven.

David Linkous

December 5, 2018

The best baseball coach I ever knew. He taught me so much about being a catcher. And was one of my dads best friends. When he moved to florida he would always send my dad and I a hat for the school he was coaching. Brad I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are going up for you and your family.

Ross Blount

December 5, 2018

Coach Davidson coached me in the mid and late 80s in Virginia. He was always full of himself. A lot of fond memories. RIP Big Roger

Veronica Giles

December 5, 2018

Roger was a wonderful neighbor for 28 years. He was a true southern gentleman. God bless his wife and family during this great time time of loss.