The Very Reverend Father Dimitri Cozby, 71 most recently of Victoria, fell asleep in the Lord, Thursday, May 30th in Houston. Father Dimitri, suffered a stroke nine days prior. The funeral service will be held at 10:00AM Tuesday, June 4th at All Saints Orthodox Church, 8394 Nursery Drive in Victoria. A Panikhida Service will be held at 10:00AM Wednesday, June 5th at St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church, 103 Carolina Street in San Antonio. Colleague and longtime friend Father Leo Poore will be officiating both services. Burial will follow at Holy Archangels Monastery in Kendalia, Texas.
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Father Dimitri was born, James “Jim” Arthur Cozby, Jr., October 22nd, 1947 in Lewisville, Texas to the late James Arthur, Sr. and Vivian Tannahill Cozby. After graduating high school, Jim attended American University in Washington where he achieved his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Jim married his love, Susan Mary Ramsay, June 6th, 1971. Jim looked to further his education seeking a Masters in Divinity, at Holy Cross Greek Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated as Valedictorian in 1972. Jim was ordained to the priesthood in the Orthodox Church, February 24, 1973 and became, Father Dimitri Cozby. Father Dimitri went on to earn his PhD. from Duke University in 1984. Father Dimitri could speak 12 languages and could read 5 others. Over the years he has served as priest in Chicago, IL; Clayton, WI; Raleigh, NC; San Antonio, TX; and Victoria, TX. Father Dimitri served on numerous committees over the years, mostly dealing with Ethics and was passionate about his volunteer work with CASA. Father Dimitri was well known voice and resource of the Orthodox Church, his knowledge and leadership will be deeply missed. When not serving the church, Father Dimitri's passion were his two grandchildren and his family.
Father Dimitri is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Susan Cozby; son, John Anthony Cozby; daughter, Chrysa Cozby Hefty and her husband, Briton; son, David Andrew Cozby; his two grandchildren, William Luke Hefty and Elizabeth Robin Hefty; along with many faithful parishioners and friends.