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James Hewlette Rozier, Jr.

James Hewlette Rozier, Jr.
  • October 2, 1941 - February 6, 2019
  • Moncks Corner, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust
    223 E. Main Street
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • or:
  • Mepkin Abbey
    1098 Mepkin Abbey Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • or:
  • Moncks Corner United Methodist Church
    200 N. Live Oak Drive
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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“I was very sorry to hear about Mr Jim's passing. Know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers and that God's loving arms will keep, comfort...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Patrice Gibbs - Atlanta, GA

“I am very sad to learn of James' recent passing. We were friends at Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner many years ago. I was a year ahead of him...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Tootsie Dennis Kline - Columbia, SC

“Jim was a hardworking advocate for the Lowcountry and served Berkeley County with distinction. He will be greatly missed.Tom Masi ”
3 of 30 | Posted by: Tom Masi - Charleston, SC

“Kathy, I can't tell you how much I respected and admired Jim. He was such a good friend. He was one of the best communicators I've ever met. He could...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Ron Patton - Lexington, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you! We will miss Jim!Jim and Nancy Rowan ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy Rowan - Hanahan, SC

“The Charleston region has lost an iconic advocate for growing the industrial base of the region. I had the pleasure of serving with Jim while he was...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: John M. Rivers, Jr. - Charleston, SC

“We will always remember the two trips via Amtrak to the Orange Bowl @ Miami Gardens, Fla. What great trips to see"our Tiger" play and win! Jim was...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Larry Gabe - Salem, SC

“Kathy and family,We were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. You all have been a blessing to our family and to many others for decades. Jim was...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Gene Kodama - Summerville, SC

9 of 30 | Posted by: Delores Johnson - Cross, SC

“Fran and I will certainly miss Jim at the Clemson games. He and Kathy sat with us for over 40 years. He was a barrel of fun with my kids. he always...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Paul Pye - Walterboro, SC

“DianeWe are very sorry for the loss of your father. We send our deepest condolencesJean and Lenny Singer ”
11 of 30 | Posted by: Jean and Len Sionger - SC

“It was my pleasure to meet you in our Real Estate class. You were a true southern gentleman and it was fun to spend time in class with you. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Jo Ellen Patrick - Summerville, SC

“I first met Jim years ago when he was running for Berkeley County Supervisor. It was my pleasure to hit the road and help with gathering votes for...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Martha Brazier - Pineville, SC

“So sorry to hear about Jim. I know you, Samand will will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
14 of 30 | Posted by: Bill and Carolyn Coleman

Roziers and Freitas in Rio de Janeiro “Jim, Kathy Rozier, and their kids (Will, Samantha and Diane) welcomed me to their life in 1988 as an exchange student and hosted me at their home...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Fabio Freitas - Moncks Corner, SC

“Jim and I will sorely miss our porch times with Papa Bear. We will continue to support Kathy and the family and will hope to have many more...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Lisa Rabon - Daniel Island, SC

“Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loved one. Your family is in our thoughts and in our prayers. Mayor Christie Rainwater...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Mayor Rainwater and Hanahan City Council - SC

“Thank you for your service and the few but very good talks we had , most of them in the Goose Creek Walmart parking lot . To the family sorry for...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: David Brown - Summerville, SC

“You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing him with the lowcountry and the entire state. We have a better place because of Jim's...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. Each time I saw him at an event with Will and Teresa, he greeted me warmly and struck up an easy conversation....Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Emily Lamb - Greer, SC

“We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember the great times we had watching the tigers play, as well as watching our children grow and now...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Paul and Fran Pye - Walterboro, SC

“I regret I cannot come in person to offer my condolences, but I am ill. Kathy, I cannot forget our time together when will was in my class, you were...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Christine Saunders - SC

“I am so sorry to hear about my friend Jim. He was a great man and a great friend of mine . We both love our Clemson tiger. I am going to miss seeing...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Steven Dunning - St.Stephen, SC

“Kathy and family. I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We are praying for and thinking of all of you but know that you will be forever comforted...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Claire Freeman

“So sorry to hear about Jim passing. He has done so much for Berkeley County. Will always remember him announcing the Berkeley Football game. He...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Bob & Judy Jones - Manning, SC

“Dear KathyThank you for sharing your man with our community. While we only worked together for a few years, he made those turbulent times at the B.E...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Madeleine McGee - SC - Friend

“Jim became my neighbor as the newly elected county supervisor many years ago. Early during his first term I called and spoke with him. I explained...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: jean solomon - Moncks Corner

“Hugs to each of you. Jim was a very special person to me and my family for a lifetime. He taught me so much during the short time I worked with him...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Debbie Gilson Flood - Campobello, SC

“A man of the people for the people. What an amazing life he had. God Bless his family. ”

“Got to know Jim when his daughter Sam & husband Nate moved in next door. Though we only new him and Kathy for a few years, once you spend some time...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Byron & Linda Wosel - Fulshear, TX

James Hewlette Rozier, Jr., 77, of Moncks Corner, SC, husband of Katherin Best Rozier, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. His Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, 106 Church St. at 10:00 am. Inurnment will be held at Mepkin Abbey Columbarium at a later date. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road. To help celebrate his life, Jim's wishes were for those in attendance to proudly wear their team colors to both services.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Moncks Corner, SC; son, Will Strait, Jr. (Teresa) of Greenville, SC; two daughters, Diane T. Rozier of Daniel Island, SC and Samantha Rozier Rich (Nate) of Katy, TX; brother, Bobby Rozier of Strawberry, SC; four grandchildren, Sidney and Jude Strait, Vivian and Maxwell Rich, and granddog Guggenheim.

His family was the most important part of his life. He enjoyed announcing the Berkeley Stags High School football games, attending Clemson football games, traveling, fishing and talking. He was passionate about Mepkin Abbey and conserving Berkeley County. Jim was well known for his friendliness, generosity, sense of humor, memorable storytelling, diplomatic nature, charisma and positivity.

Jim was born October 2, 1941 in Charleston, SC, the oldest of two children of the late James Hewlette Rozier, Sr. and Agnes Virginia Jaudon. He was a graduate of Berkeley High School and studied at Clemson University. He served as Berkeley County Supervisor for 16 years from 1990 - 2006. As Supervisor, he was the Chief Executive Officer for all County government operations and served as Chairman of County Council. While supervisor he led the County through an era of significant economic growth, attracting more than eight and one half billion dollars of industrial investment, creating more than 43,000 total jobs. Prior to becoming the Berkeley County Supervisor, he spent 30 years in national and international corporate management and operating of his own small businesses; these included Whispering Pines Memorial Gardens and Pet Rest Cemetery and Cremation Services, for which he was awarded the Small Businessman of the Year award in 1988 by the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Chairman. He was instrumental in helping Mepkin Abbey develop their columbarium. Most recently he was a business consultant with his company The Rozier Group, LLC.

He served on the following Boards and Commissions: Board of Trustees for Trident Medical Center, Board of Directors of both the Berkeley County and Charleston Metro Chambers of Commerce, Board of Directors of the South Carolina Association of Counties, President of the State Administrators and Supervisors Association, President of the State County Council Coalition, Chairman of Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Regional Transportation Authority, Past President of the State Regional Council of Governments, Chairman of the Governor's Rural Summit, Clemson University Board of Visitors, National Commission on Globalization of all U.S. Counties, the BEST Committee, Chairman of the BEST Personnel and Finance Committee, Second Vice President, First Vice President and President of the South Carolina Association of Counties, Chairman of the BCD Council of Governments and Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties' Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, Farmers & Merchants Bank Board of Directors, Clemson University's Board of Advisors for Public Service and Agriculture, the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors, the Advisory Board for the Jim Self Center on the Future of Clemson University and SCDOT 1st Congressional District Highway Commissioner 2012 - 2016. He was elected Chairman of SCDOT in 2015. He was a member and President of Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust. He was active in Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees. He also served many roles within his community and various charitable organizations.

Memorials may be made to Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, 223 E. Main Street, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 and Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, 200 N. Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

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