BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – A big part of Berkeley County is now gone. Jim Rozier passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 77.
Rozier meant a lot to the county. People described him as a ‘giant of a man,’ and when you take a look at the various areas he impacts, that description truly makes sense.
He served for 16 years as the supervisor of Berkeley County from 1990 until 2006 before going on to chair the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
He was also the founder and president of the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, an organization that has helped preserve some 40,000 acres of Berkeley County land over the years.
Rozier chaired the Berkeley County accommodations tax advisory committee and helped form the Charleston Regional Development Alliance as the Navy Shipyard was shut down.
In his spare time, he was the stadium voice of Berkeley Stag football games for nearly 30 years.
“The Lord only makes a few folks like that, and they come few and far between – but Jim was ours,” said Barry Jurs, Berkeley County Director of Economic Development. “He was a dynamic presence here for Berkeley County. Working with Jim was a real pleasure. He was a gentleman with a great amount of energy.”
Jurs went on to say, “He had a very clear vision of what he wanted to see for Berkeley County and he barred no effort from trying to get Berkeley County to accomplish that vision.”
Councilman Josh Whitley said, “Jim Rozier was a lifelong salesman by profession, and when he became supervisor for 16 years, he became the number on salesman for Berkeley County. He sold Berkeley County to literally the rest of the world.”
Current Berkeley County supervisor, Johnny Cribb has this to say about Rozier: “Jim just did an outstanding job – 16 years – I just finished up my first month and I started thinking he did 192 of those. So, I know how big of a job that is. He did not only his absolute best effort, he has not stopped working for Berkeley County ever since.”
Rozier’s family is asking that you make a donation to either the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, Mepken Abbey or the Moncks Corner United Methodists Church instead of buying or sending flowers.
He leaves behind his wife, Cathy and their children and grandchildren.