Antonio R. Dozier, a cherished son, beloved brother, father, and grandfather, passed away on February 9, 2024, in his hometown of Cincinnati, OH. Born on November 9, 1970, to JoAna Dozier and Clifford Davis Jr., Antonio’s life was a testament to the joy, light and kindness he provided to everyone that knew him.
From the time he was little, Antonio was outgoing and adventurous. His curiosity led him to take apart toys and eventually cars, earning him the reputation as “everyone’s favorite car mechanic”. Antonio’s 30-year career as a car mechanic was just one of the many ways, he touched the lives of those around him, offering not just his skills but his time and friendship freely. His career was highlighted by his time as a mechanic with the Indiana Hoosier Hundred race car team, where his skills and dedication shone brightly.
A graduate of Woodward High School, his passion for life extended beyond his work. He had a love for music, especially old school R&B and reggae. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Antonio “Ozone” found a second family in his motorcycle club, the Flames and later the Buccaneers, sharing countless miles and memories with his honorary brothers and sisters. Under the guidance of his gun instructor, Doug Cooper, Antonio became a respected gun enthusiast and instructor, he imparted his knowledge and respect for firearms to many.
Antonio’s home life was filled with love and laughter, shared with his devoted partner Rita Garr, and his beloved dog “Snoop”. He was a grill master at cookouts and in the kitchen had a love for cooking, often preparing big dinners.
Above all, Antonio’s greatest joy was his family. A loving father to Antonio Alante (Kaylee), Javonte, Chaney, and McKinsey Rae Dozier, his legacy lives on through them and his young grandson, Kyriee, with whom he looked forward to creating lasting memories.
Remembered by his daughter McKinsey for his playful and protective nature, Antonio was a beacon of strength, support, and love. His unique ability to transform ordinary moments into treasured memories, and his knack for being there when needed most, will be deeply missed.
Antonio’s life was a beautiful mosaic of love, friendship, and service. As we gather to remember him, let us hold dear the laughter and joy he brought into our lives, keeping his spirit alive in our hearts forever.
Antonio’s memory is also fondly cherished by his mother JoAna Dozier, brothers Frank Brown, Demetrius Dozier, sisters Qiana Ross (Kenneth), Kristen Patrick, niece Norah Ross, uncle Jerry Dozier, dear cousins Lesa Baker (Steven), Jackie Cooley, Gerrie Dozier, Everheart Dozier III, alongside family member Adrienne Miller, and a host of relatives and friends.
Antonio was preceded in death by his father Clifford Davis, Jr., grandparents, including his loving granny Edna Bratton, and uncle Everheart Dozier Jr.
To remember and honor Antonio, in lieu of flowers, his family welcomes charitable donations to the American Heart Association, in his memory.
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