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John Thomas Dozier

Richmond, VA

John Thomas Dozier, 89, passed away on February 17, 2017, at the Bon Secours Community Hospice House in Richmond, Virginia. Born in Amory, Mississippi to Luke Oren and Ethel Burch Dozier, he lived most of his life in Memphis, Tennessee.

Blessed with a bigger-than-life personality, "Big John" was a passionate man who enjoyed a wide range of experiences. In the midst of World War II when he was 17 years old, John joined the U.S. Merchant Marines. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard, he served in the U.S. Army's 35th Infantry Occupation Forces in Japan. From 1957-1959, John was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives where he spearheaded legislation to raise teachers' salaries. His long career in real estate culminated in his position as Asset Manager for Belz Enterprises where he worked for 20 years and received the 2008 Employee of the Year Award. An avid fisherman, golfer, devout Christian, and loving husband and father, John served as a deacon in the First Baptist Church in Memphis for more than six decades.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Martha Shackelford Dozier, and daughter, Marcia Frame, of Pensacola, Florida; by brothers Elford and William; and by sisters Frances Nesbitt, Sue Burson, and Nelle Wimbs. John is survived by his son, Mark Dozier (wife Terry) of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren Rachel McRady of London, England; Jeff and Scott Frame and Laura Valade of Pensacola, Florida; and great grandchildren Caleb and Linus Frame, Rory Frame, and Ross and Hunter Valade.

Visitation will be at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, at First Baptist Church at Poplar and Parkway, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Memphis.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 22, 2017
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