|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 2005|
William Joseph "Buzz" Dozier III, 77, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2005, at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Robbins and the Rev. Tom Parrish officiating. Burial will follow in Rosemound Cemetery.
William Joseph was born in Waco, Texas, to the late William Joseph Dozier, Jr. and Jane (Hall) Dozier. William quickly became known in life as "Buzz". A gifted athlete in both baseball and football at Waco High School, Buzz not only played on the Tigers State Co-Championship team of 1945 and the State Quarter Finalist team of 1946, but his pitching prowess for the Tigers baseball team also earned him the honor of being named to the All State Nine. Catching the attention of several major league scouts, Buzz chose not to accept a football/baseball scholarship to TCU, but rather, signed a big league baseball contract with the Washington Senators of the American League. In August of 1947, at the age of 18, he became a member of the same team as his boyhood hero, Sid Hudson. A few days later, Buzz stood on the pitcher's mound in Yankee Stadium facing the legendary Joe DiMaggio. Returning to Waco in 1948 after his first full season, Buzz met his future wife, Janet Joyce Albritton, in the registration line at Baylor University. They were married January 1, 1949. A son, William Joseph Dozier, IV, was born to them Feb. 1, 1950, and a daughter, Cynthia Caroln Dozier, followed July 21, 1954.
After his baseball career, Buzz enjoyed 37 years as a Manufacturer's Representative in the clothing industry. A member of the Southwestern Men's and Boys Apparel Club for many years. Buzz was also a charter showroom representative at the Dallas Apparel Mart. Buzz retired from Donmoor, Inc. in 1991 at the age of 63. Honored to be a member of the Major League Basebal Players Alumni Assn., Buzz was also a long time member of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church and the Forum Sunday School class. An avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and sports fan, Buzz greatly enjoyed the company of his good friends, Jack Van Zandt, of Waco and James Higgins of Hereford. Buzz also held a special love for his farms and his close companion, "Happy GoodDog", a beautiful Australian Shepherd.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Joseph Dozier, IV; his grandparents, Dr. J.O. Hall and Monte (Jackson) Hall; and brother, James Hall Dozier.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Janet; daughter, Cynthia Lambert and husband, Paul; grandsons, William Benjamin and Peter Joseph, all of South Hadley, MA; sister-in-law, Phyllis Dozier, of College Station; and Clay Dozier, also of College Station; and niece, Kelly Jane Dozier, of Spring, TX.
Waco Tribune-Herald: 11/29/2005...B
William Joseph Dozier (1900 - 1966)
Jane Hall Dozier (1903 - 1991)
Janet Joyce Albritton Dozier (1930 - 2012)*
William Joseph Dozier (1950 - 1988)*
Plot: N 300
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Dec 17, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12711974