Funeral Set for Rev. Jauzell LaHona Dozier of St. Phillip’s in Bridgeton


Photo of Jauzell LaHona Dozier courtesy of Freitag Funeral Home.

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BRIDGETON — The funeral for the late Rev. Jauzell LaHona Dozier, the pastor at St. Phillip’s Missionary Baptist Church in Bridgeton since 2021, will be Monday (May 6) after passing unexpectedly last week. He was 60.

His obituary said that Dozier suffered an aneurysm on April 20 and was transported to Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden where he died on April 27.

A viewing for Dozier will be held at St. Phillip’s Missionary Baptist Church, 275 Richardson Avenue in Bridgeton beginning Sunday afternoon May 5 from 4-6 p.m.

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His funeral will be held at Union Baptist Temple, 29 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Bridgeton on Monday (May 6) at 11 a.m. The burial will follow at Laurel Lawn Cemetery in Upper Deerfield Township.

Dozier had led St. Phillip’s since 2021, served as a commissioner of the Bridgeton Housing Authority and was a shop union steward at Shoprite UFCW Local No. 152, where he worked for 23 years. He worked as the head chef at the Bridgeton Shoprite.

Culinary Skills From God

His obituary said Dozier took great pride in his cooking skills, especially how his food was presented. He also did some catering and provided food ministry to the homeless and those who were homebound during the Christmas season. He had a food ministry while he was in Whitesboro as well.

Dozier was born in Cape May Court House to Julius and Bette (Davis) Dozier Sr. He received an associate degree in business and attended Philadelphia Bible College.

“Throughout his life he worked in numerous jobs, including insurance sales with MetLife and several car dealerships,” his obituary from Freitag Funeral Home said. “His focus was always on helping others. Jauzell worked with God is the Answer Ministries in Vineland under Rev. Panzino.

“He received training for counseling through the Assemblies of God Church where he later worked as a substance abuse counselor at The Barnabas House Ministries in Wildwood. In 1987 he became licensed to preach by First Baptist Church, Whitesboro and was ordained in July 1990 through the Bethany Baptist Association.”

Dozier was a member of the Woodbury Ministers Conference and was the founder of Outreach Ministries of South Jersey. He was also a member of Gospel Bound Missions which enabled him to travel and serve as a missionary, taking two trips to Uganda.

Two Stints at St. Phillip’s Missionary

Dozier made two stints at St. Phillip’s. He served as associated pastor to Rev. Dr. Levi Lockamy from 2007 to 2019 when he became pastor at First Baptist Church in Whitesboro for two years. He returned to St. Phillip’s as pastor in 2021.

“During his time at St. Phillip’s, he conducted Bible study and the Men’s Ministry,” his obituary said. “In addition, Rev. Dozier has used his culinary skills to assist the Culinary Ministry. He has served as a mentor to many young people. He has sponsored annual meals in the community, not only feeding those in need but sharing his talents to the glory of God with other churches that are in need of a minister/servant.”

He worked at Shoprite in Bridgeton for 23 years, including time as head chef. He was a shop steward for his union, UFCW Local #152. He had been serving as one of the vice presidents of the union for the Bottino Shoprite stores.


Dozier is survived by his wife of 23 and a half years, Cynthia E. Dozier, a “bonus son,” Kerry W. W. Brown (Maricella) of Lakeland, Fla., three grandchildren, Gail Ashley, Brianna and Kerry W. W. Jr. and a great grandson, Marcus. Dozier is survived by sisters, Julia Wise of Whitesboro, Susan Singleton (Herb) of Atlanta, and Denise Dozier of Vineland, brothers, Julius Lamar Dozier of Edison, Joel K. Dozier of Cape May, Jule Dozier (Jeanette) of Millville, Jerald Dozier of Huntsville, Ala. and Jason Dozier (Mary) of Woodbine. He is also survived by, Gerald Saunders, who was raised as a brother to him, two aunts, Sarah Davis and Cheryl Davis and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Additional survivors include sisters-in-law, Elnora Moore, Helen Petty, Vivian Witherspoon Brown, Hazel Brown, Juanita Brown and Betty Ruth Brooks.

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