James Clifton "Cliff" Dozier Jr.
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Asheville - James Clifton "Cliff" Dozier Jr., 88, of Asheville went to be with our Lord peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
A lifetime resident of Asheville, he was born April 19, 1925. He was employed at Sears Auto Center for 38 years until his retirement in 1992.
He was educated in Asheville at the Asheville-Biltmore Jr. College. During high school at the age of 18, he served our country as Private First Class in the 559th Quartermaster Railhead Company. His first duty of action was on D-Day. He stepped onto Omaha Beach in Normandy 3 hours after D-Day had begun. He received an EAME Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars; A Good Conduct Medal; and a World War 2 Victory Medal for his heroic achievements in connection with military operations against the enemy in Normandy and Northern France. He was granted an Honorable Discharge from the US Army on February 16, 1946. He was privileged to able to attend the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. He also enjoyed traveling to Jerusalem, Egypt and other locations with Bob Terrell and friends.
He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church - of which he attended every week - and the YMCA of Asheville - where he enjoyed going almost every day.
He was preceded in death by his parents James Clifton Dozier and Edith Smathers Dozier. Cliff is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley, and his children, Tammy Jones (husband, Randy), Rhonda D. Roberts (husband, Steve) and James C. Dozier III (wife, Christine). He is also survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
There will be a private Memorial Service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VA Medical Hospice Center or The Humane Society.
Cliff was a truly kind, humble gracious person and will be deeply missed.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2013