Longtime citizen of Commerce Dr. Robert C. Cozart Sr. passed away at 4:52 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, due to health complications. He was 90 years old at his death.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924, to Charles L. and Lona Kate Cozart in Point, Texas. Robert served in the United States Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kathleen; his sister, Martha Hesse and husband Dean of Canton and their three sons, David, Charles and Michael Hesse; his daughter, Trish King and husband Mike and their daughters, Katy King of Commerce and Kris Ann Clark and husband Daniel and children McClaine and Brooks of Commerce; his son, Robert Cozart Jr. and wife Alice of Commerce and their sons, Will Cozart of Prosper and Rob Cozart and wife Sarah and their son, Adler of Celina; and his son, Edward Cozart and wife Barbara of Canton and their daughters, Jessica of Madison, Wis., and Julie of Dallas.
Dr. Cozart owned and operated a dental practice in Commerce from 1948 to 1996 when his son Robert took over after practicing with his father for 20 years. The dental practice owned by the Cozarts from 1948 to 2013 was one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Commerce.
Dr. Cozart was very civic minded, holding many offices in the community. At various times he was president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Jaycees, president of the Commerce ISD School Board, president of the Lions Club (he had recently received his 65-year membership award), on the Board of Directors at Commerce Federal Savings and Loan, active in the Masonic Lodge, Sulphur Springs Chapter and Council, Greenville Commandary, and Dallas Hella Temple. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 1, Commerce. He was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Commerce serving as deacon, elder, and elder emeritus. His membership spanned from 1958 to present.
His hobbies were fishing, camping, boating, antique clock collecting and just being a wonderful husband, great father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Commerce. Interment will be at Memoryland Memorial Park in Greenville, with full military honors by the Hunt County Military Coalition. Committal by Mason Lodge 439, Commerce.
Pallbearers will be Rob Cozart, Will Cozart, Daniel Clark, David Hesse, Charles Hesse and Michael Hesse.
Honorary pallbearers will be Neal Walker, Douglas Lane, Joe Garza, Buddy Gregg, Charles McGough, Kent Holbert, Bill Thompson, Jimmy White, Bill Husbands and members of the Commerce Lions Club.
Online condolences may be made at www.joneswalkerandson.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  September 3, 2015