James Hewlette Rozier, Jr.

  • Born: October 2, 1941
  • Died: February 6, 2019
  • Location: Moncks Corner, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Jim by adding your memories and photos.

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.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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 and guide you during this time. Love and blessings to you all.

Posted by Patrice Gibbs - Atlanta, GA - Family Friend   February 20, 2019

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 in high school. I would see him from time to time over the years after we graduated and always enjoyed catching up with him and hearing about his family. I remember James as being smart and very proud of the work he was doing in promoting Berkeley County. He definitely provided great leadership during his career. Berkeley County is fortunate to have had James working for its economic success.

My sincere sympathies to his family.

Tootsie Dennis Kline
Columbia, SC

Posted by Tootsie Dennis Kline - Columbia, SC - Friend   February 12, 2019

Jim was a hardworking advocate for the Lowcountry and served Berkeley County with distinction. He will be greatly missed.

Tom Masi

Posted by Tom Masi - Charleston, SC   February 09, 2019

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 bring an angry crowd together in seconds with his wit and charm.

He also really loved his Tigers! I was lucky enough to spend some time with you and Jim in Tampa when we beat Alabama for the National Title. I will never forget all the photos and texts we were sending to you and Jim during the game with Alabama last month.

Most of all, I want you to know how much my friendship with Jim meant to me. I will miss him terribly, but I am so grateful to have met him. His impact on Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester County will be felt for a long, long time!

God Bless!

Posted by Ron Patton - Lexington, SC   February 08, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you! We will miss Jim!
Jim and Nancy Rowan

Posted by Nancy Rowan - Hanahan, SC - Friend   February 08, 2019

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 involved in the initial stages of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Nobody was better at building consensus and selling the positive aspects of the region than Jim. My deepest sympathy to the family in your time of bereavement.


Posted by John M. Rivers, Jr. - Charleston, SC - Friend   February 08, 2019

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 always upbeat and a pleasure to be around. WE will miss him greatly!

Larry And Jane Gabe

Posted by Larry Gabe - Salem, SC   February 08, 2019

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 bigger than life and left his positive mark in innumerable places. He was an icon and an incredible representative of "All things good" in many ways, from the Strawberry Community, to all of Berkeley County and the Tri-county area, to state levels and beyond. He was a fantastic example of our country's "Greatest Generation", always thinking and acting with concern for not only his family and society's immediate needs but also for the future and those to come. I am sure that he is in Heaven now with our deceased ancestors, and we will join them there when our time comes.

We pray that God will continue to bless your family in this time of earthly loss and a celebration of Jim's life.


Gene and Karen Kodama

Posted by Gene Kodama - Summerville, SC - Family Friend   February 08, 2019


Posted by Delores Johnson - Cross, SC   February 08, 2019

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 had his yellow penalty flag he would wave when the refs missed a call. He and Kathy were always a joy to be around and he will be missed by my family very much. God bless you Kathy and you and your family are in our prayers...

Posted by Paul Pye - Walterboro, SC - Friend   February 08, 2019


We are very sorry for the loss of your father. We send our deepest condolences

Jean and Lenny Singer

Posted by Jean and Len Sionger - Summerville, SC - Friend   February 08, 2019

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.

Posted by Jo Ellen Patrick - Summerville, SC   February 07, 2019

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 him and I must say it was well worth the hard work because he was one of the best, if not the best, Supervisor our county has ever had, My prayers are with all of his family and friends. He was a great guy and he will be missed by many.

Posted by Martha Brazier - Pineville, SC   February 07, 2019

So sorry to hear about Jim. I know you, Samand will will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by Bill and Carolyn Coleman - West Columbia   February 07, 2019

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 for 6 months. This experience would transform a then 18 year old boy in many great ways for the rest of my life, creating a friendship and a bond between our families that are ever lasting. In him and his family I saw solid examples of joy, kindness, fairness, family dedication, friendship and community work that I still try to follow. Jim will be missed dearly, but his legacy and the Clemsom Tiger Paws that he once gave me will always be treasured by my family. Our friendship with the Roziers will continue for many generations to come and so will our love to the land he called home and worked so much for it: his lovely Berkely County.
I appologize for not being able to be there in this moment, but Kathy, Samantha, Will, Diane and Bob please do feel hugged and supported by our prayers. We love you all. RIP, Jim, our dear friend!

Posted by Fabio Freitas - Moncks Corner, SC - Family Friend   February 07, 2019

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 gatherings with them in Jim's honor.

Jim and Lisa Rabon
Daniel Island,SC

Posted by Lisa Rabon - Daniel Island, SC - Friend   February 07, 2019

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 and Hanahan City Council: Dan Owens, Jeff Chandler, Joel Hodges, Kevin Hedgpeth, Mike Dyson and Michael Sally.

Posted by Mayor Rainwater and Hanahan City Council - SC   February 07, 2019

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 your loss Mr. Rozier was a man among men .GOD Bless .

Posted by David Brown - Summerville, SC   February 07, 2019

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 service and commitment. God's peace to you.

Posted by Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC   February 07, 2019

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. What a charismatic man. Sending love to you all.

Posted by Emily Lamb - Greer, SC   February 07, 2019

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 their children. Thoughts and prayers for all during this difficult time.

Posted by Paul and Fran Pye - Walterboro, SC - Friend   February 07, 2019

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 such a support when Tru died the summer after 5th grade. Will, you were such a sweet 5th grader. Jim was a very good man and did great work for our county. So, I offer you my condolences and ask God to provide comfort and healing as you go through life remembering the good times together. It is not easy, but it is the good times that make the mourning process easier. God bless you and support you in the next week, as you lay Jim to rest.

Posted by Christine Saunders - Moncks Corner, SC   February 07, 2019

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 him at the Berkeley football game on Friday night. He love our stags and he was great as the voice of the Berkeley stags. We will see our friend again one day in heaven

Posted by Steven Dunning - St.Stephen, SC   February 07, 2019

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 by many wonderful and sweet memories.

Posted by Claire Freeman    February 07, 2019

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 always did a great job. He was the 13th man for Berkeley. He will be missed. Kathy & he were never to busy to visit. Always went out of there way. Please know that y'all are in our prayers.
Bob & Judy Jones

Posted by Bob & Judy Jones - Manning, SC - Friend   February 07, 2019

Dear Kathy

Thank 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.S.T Committee doable. His leadership and sense of humor were so instrumental to the organization's success. Hugs

Posted by Madeleine McGee - Sullivans Island, SC - Friend   February 07, 2019

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 that I wanted to welcome him to our neighborhood and that to be good neighbors a privacy fence needed to be built between his parking lot and my backyard because of elevation issues (land had been built up to accommodate parking lot and buildings). Jim told me that he would look into my request/concerns. Within a week there was a privacy fence built which still remains standing. Thank you, Jim for your attention to small details and people.

Posted by jean solomon - Moncks Corner - Neighbor   February 07, 2019

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 at Whispering Pines. Thank you, Jim, for the memories and all the training you gave me... which I still use much of it today. RIP, my friend. I love you.

Posted by Debbie Gilson Flood - Campobello, SC - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

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

Posted by THOMAS HAMILTON - MONCKS CORNER, SC   February 06, 2019

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 with him (and Kathy) you feel like you had known him (them) all your life. A better man will not be found. A big Crown Royal and Ginger Ale toast to you. GO TIGERS

Thoughts and Prayers always
Byron & Linda

Posted by Byron & Linda Wosel - Fulshear, TX - Friend   February 06, 2019

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Jim at 2014 Orange Bowl! Will always remember the train trip and time we spent cheering for our Clemson Tigers!

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