Dr. Craig Lanier Dozier, age 98, of Brevard, passed away under the care of his family and hospice on March 30, 2019.
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Long time Greensboro, NC resident, Craig was a loving, generous, and kind man. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Dozier Neely whom he lovingly cared for the final years of her life.
Survivors include two sons, John Dozier of Hendersonville and David Dozier of Cleveland, SC, grandchildren, Mayah Dozier-Lineberger and Miles Dozier, and great-grandchildren Kadin, Greyson, and Ava Lineberger.
Craig was respected as a scholar and a trustworthy man of the highest ethics and morals. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University after attending USC, University of Maryland, and University of Wisconsin. He taught at Rolins College and Louisiana Tech prior to becoming head of the Geography Department at UNCG for most of his 25year career. He also wrote with several publications. His primary research interests were in Latin America where he lived, studied, and traveled. Dr. Dozier also lived in Italy and Honduras in addition to traveling most of Europe as well as Central America. He was a great humanitarian, helping all in need. His volunteer work included delivering mobile meals to the elderly and needy. He often made generous charitable contributions including being a sponsor to a Hispanic boy in need. When his country and allies were in peril from the threats of a hostile German nation under Hilter and from Japan in WWII, he eagerly came to the aid of his country as an aviation cadet and 2nd arrangement officer serving in the naval force of the army from 1942-1943.
His interests were varied from gardening to reading about the nature of the universe and reading extensively in physics and astronomy. He will be missed by his family and friends, but his memory lives on as does his spirit.
Graveside services were private.
A celebration of his life will be held 4pm, with spiritual music played by Martha Bassett at 5pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1614 N College Park Drive, Greensboro, NC.
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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory are caring for the family.