70 years ago Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes was started by Roy T. Boyd who everyone called Uncle Roy. The company started with travel trailers and new and used cars however in 1974 when H.U.D. got involved in the construction of what we know today as mobile homes, Uncle Roy changed his focus to what he saw as the most affordable, most needed and best valued product he had ever seen. At this point, Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes became a landmark in Ocala and this new emerging industry and quickly became the largest single retail store in the country….
Uncle Roy’s mission was and remains to provide the best mobile home buying experience possible. This experience starts with your ability to tour the homes at our location, the overall buying experience, financing of your home, the delivery and set up and what became his trade mark “KING OF SERVICE”. After Roy’s passing, his son Thad R. Boyd took over the day-to-day operations running the family business along with his sisters Mina and Vicky and their spouses.
In 1976, I was fresh out of school when I was introduced to Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes by a good friend Bill Gifford. Accepting employment, I hit the ground running, “what a great business”. In about 1984 Thad offered and I accepted the positon of manager. I love my life, family and my job….
Thad Boyd Jr. expanded his interests into Mark III Vans which he grew into the largest van conversion company in the country. Thad Boyd fell in love with the Van business which quickly consumed more and more of his time which created a dilemma of, what to do with Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes? After a couple failed attempts to pass it on to upper management, he called on his sister Mina and her husband Jeff Bloodworth to take over Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes and Circle B Mobile Homes. This is when I met two of the finest people I had ever met in Jeff and Mina and to this day are two of my closest friends.
In the early 90’s hurricane Andrew ripped through South Florida and the mobile home industry making the future of the industry very uncertain. In November 1993 the Bloodworth’s decided to look for a buyer in order to retire.
Here’s the rest of the story: For the second time in my life, another great person would merge into my path. In November 1993 and with the financial backing of Wayne Frier I was able to purchase Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes and Circle B Mobile Homes from Jeff and Mina Bloodworth.
Through the years I have had the privilege of meeting many great individuals who have made Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes the great landmark both in the industry and our local Ocala, FL community that it is. I’m not exactly sure but if I had to guess, more than 20,000 homes have been purchased through Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes and Circle B Homes through the years and the tradition continues as my son has followed in my footsteps. Every day myself, my son, and my wonderful wife work hard to make sure your buying experience as good as it can possible be. I try to be involved with each and every purchase to ensure that you experience my long-time commitment to the best buying experience possible. Buy your next home from Uncle Roy’s Mobile Homes and I will make sure it the best decision you have ever made. Give me a call and give us a chance to prove it…..
Rick Bolling Sr.