Born on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1931, Ed Minary Dozier was the only son of Edd and Mary Alice Walker Dozier of Versailles. On Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, Ed continued his life journey home, this was but a bend in the road. He has joined his wife, Marion Alice Fulton Dozier; his parents; his four sisters, Margaret Josephine Wilson, Edna Marie Gumm, Mattie Mae McHatton and Geneva Lee Karsner; and many dear friends.
Graduating from Versailles High School, he would forgo a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky to play football and instead enlist in the United States Marine Corp Reserve. The Korean War was heating up and he was activated. Ed served in the 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, Dog Company, 3rd Platoon, until wounded near Chuncheon, Korea, April 10, 1951, and was sent stateside. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Cold War Victory Ribbon and Medal, and Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal.
After recovering from his wound, he was stationed at The Naval Gun Factory in Washington, D.C. Duty called but he still had time to make the acquaintance of Marion, who was to be his whole life, while on a trolley returning from a dance at Glen Echo Park. Their life together lasted 57 years but was almost derailed when their first date was called off because he pulled duty for the state visit of Winston Churchill, with whom he had the honor of shaking hands aboard the President’s yacht, USS Williamsburg.
After marrying our mother in 1952, they returned to Versailles, where he had his own plumbing, heating and air conditioning business, as well as owned the Versailles Dry Cleaners. There they raised their first four children before moving to Hagerstown, Maryland in 1962, where the youngest two children were born. He continued his business until he went to work as plant engineer for Potomac Dye and Finishing. As Potomac Dye was phasing out, Rust-Oleum Corporation was establishing itself in Williamsport and Ed was their plant engineer until he retired.
Along the way, he was active in the Versailles Fire Department, one of the co-founders and first president of the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Department, an active member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, on the board of Northwood Swim Club, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Martha Layne Collins.
Having had six children, Julia Lynne Anderson, fiancé, Michael Mastin; Edward Michael Dozier, wife, Sally Sensenbaugh; Andrea Jean Dozier, wife, Lesley Jean Gourley; Angela Kay and Michael Gregory Marschner; Valinda Alice and Patrick Joseph Dattilio; Lucinda Irene and Charles Randal Mullett; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, he said there never was a dull moment. Ed is survived by his children; brother-in-law, Chester E. Wilson; nephew, Jack Bailey Whitacre; and a niece, Brenda Josephine Wilson.
Ed was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for his loved ones. We are blessed with the legacy of a man that loved God and his family, never complained and felt that it was a very good life, indeed.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Holly Place Senior Living Alternative, Inc., 268 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, Attn: Melanie Davis, Executive Director.
Online condolences are accepted at www.douglasfiery.com .
“The end of the road is but a bend in the road.” Helen Steiner Rice