It was with great astonishment and sadness that I learned of Art Rozier's preciptious departure from our earthbound ranks. It's times like this that one realizes how fickle life can be.
When Art first took over from Larry Hoff, I had some concerns, as those were some pretty big shoes to fill, but those concerns were unfounded. Art definitely stepped up to the plate, and left his own mark on the AFJROTC program, the Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation, and within our community. He, like Larry Hoff, was a precious resource whom I will miss, both professionally and personally.
The late Larry Hoff is directly responsible for pushing me to create the Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation, and the memorial to our Fallen Military and First Responders located at the new Walton County Veterans Memorial. Art stepped right in bringing with him his own ideas, and provided me with opportunities to become more involved with the cadets. He created the AFJROTC Team Challenge, a separate competition within the Flat Joe 5k. Participants of the race of the winning school were eligible to apply for a $1,000.00 scholarship. He, along with Tom Davis, then created the annual Lt. Helton Memorial Pistol Championship which takes place in April. This is a three-day event the Foundation is able to work with the cadets. A portion of the profits have been presented to the Foundation the past two years. And last but most precious, he also allowed me to share with his high-achieving cadets, denoted as the JH Flight, dance lessons after which they performed for the cadets and guests at the AFJROTC spring Military Ball.
Although most of the time Art walked around wearing a smile that made you smile back, he always made clear his expectations. To the students in his class he often filled many roles. He was a teacher, a mentor, a parent, and sometimes even a friend, all the while commanding their respect: something that is all too often not asked of our youth of today. He has been a great sounding board for me, as we worked towards the end goal that Larry Hoff had set. Larry put me on the course, and Art took me across the finish line.
Graveside Services will be held in his home town of Umberton, North Carolina this Saturday, January 19th. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Monroe on Sunday, January 27th.
The Rozier family has asked that, In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation. Should you desire to do so, we thank you for your generosity, and ask that you please leave a message in the "comment" section of the donation page to ensure the information is forwarded to the family.
Saturday January 19, 2019
Gardens of Faith
5190 North Fayetteville Road
Lumberton, NC 28360
Sunday January 27, 2019
Grace Baptist Church – Monroe
1025 East Spring Street
Monroe, GA, 30655
For those who have not seen the video of the construction of the park, here is the link Note: it's about 15 minutes long.
Click here, you will be re-directed to YouTube> Over time construction of the Walton County Veterans Memorial
With deepest regard and heartfelt sympathy, we will miss you Art, until we meet again.
Jiffy Helton Sarver