Graham Pinson Dozier, III
WINSTON -SALEM-Graham Pinson Dozier, III of Winston-Salem passed away peacefully during the evening of February 12, 2014. He was 81. He was born in Atlanta, GA on March 26, 1932, the oldest son of Julia Clayton Efird and Graham Pinson Dozier, Jr. and spent his youth in Albany, Georgia where he graduated from Albany High School. He attended Emory University on a tennis scholarship where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Economics, where he was a football cheerleader. He later graduated from the Rutgers University School of Banking and the Executive Program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
After completing his studies at Auburn he spent two years in the U.S. Air Force where he was an Air Cadet and flew the T-6 Texan, receiving an honorary discharge as a First Lieutenant. He began his business career in Atlanta with IBM selling computers for banking operations. In 1961 he joined Wachovia Bank holding various management positions within the Operations Group including three years as manager of the Raleigh, NC computer center. He established Wachovia Services, a company that offered data processing services to financial institutions and other businesses including student loan servicing and in 1965 was named head of Operations. From 1972 until his retirement in 1992 he was the Comptroller and Executive Vice President in charge of the Control Group. He was a long-time member of the Financial Executives Institute and served as President of the North Carolina Chapter in 1973.
Graham served on various boards in the state and local community including Hospice & Palliative Center, Senior Services, Crisis Control Ministries, Old Salem, the Beaufort Historical Society, and the North Carolina Aquarium Society. He devoted much time to raising funds for charities he believed in and used his business contacts across the state to entice his vast network of friends to give. In 2007 he was recognized as the outstanding volunteer fundraiser by the Triad Association of Fundraising Professionals.
In retirement Graham spent lazy days in Beaufort, N.C. boating and fishing and traveled extensively. He loved to play golf, cook and watch ACC basketball, especially the UNC Tarheels. Despite various health issues in his later years, Graham could still be the life of the party with his wit, charm and boundless energy. His enthusiasm for the people and causes he loved was infectious and he’d want to be remembered as a man who loved his community. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem and the Dune’s Club in Atlantic Beach.
Surviving are his wife, Ashley Holland Dozier of the home; three daughters: Lane Dozier Holt (Dawson) of Atlanta, Ann Dozier Turnicky (Ron) of Brownsburg, Virginia, and Sally Dozier Roy (Jon), of Atlanta; and four grandchildren: Caroline Julian Roy, Graham Thomas Roy, Walter Cullen Holt and William Dawson Holt, Jr., all of Atlanta. He was preceded in death by his parents, his only brother, Milton “Tony” Efird Dozier and a nephew, Tad Dozier.
While achieving success in the business world was important, Graham’s life is characterized by his adoration for his three daughters, his four grandchildren and his wife of 56 years. His love for his family will continue to shine on despite his physical absence here on Earth. The family would like to thank Felix Hairston and Antonio Hannah for their loving care and support these past few months and also Tom Goodson, an angel in disguise. These men have been a gift to Graham and the family. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to some of his favorite charities: Hospice & Palliative Center, Winston-Salem Senior Services or the Bethesda Center.
The family will receive visitors on Monday, February 17th from 5 to 7 pm at Salem Funeral Home, 120 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem at 1 pm. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
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