James “Earl” Cozart, 76, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away Monday afternoon, February 5, 2018 at his home in Williston, North Dakota.
James “Earl” Cozart was born at Hartford Gen, Alabama on October 20, 1941, to James “Howard” Cozart and Cumi Judah Cozart. He graduated from high school at Childersburg, Alabama and right away joined the Air Force at the age of 17. He was 20 years 1 ½ weeks in the service to his country when he retired.
Earl was stationed at Fortuna AFB when he met his future wife, Joanne Cotton in May of 1962. They married in May of 1963. He fathered three daughters and was Dad to many “foster kids”. After retirement from the Air Force he worked for Quadco Oil Field Services until they closed. Earl then went back to college in 1983 for diesel mechanic. After graduation he went to work for Getter Trucking, then local sugar beet farmers until he returned to college again in 1990 for accounting and business management. It was during this time he became interested in being a computer tech. After graduation from Minot state Earl went to work for the State of North Dakota in their computer tech department working in Minot, Bismarck and Jamestown.
He retired for health reasons and moved back home to Williston. There he became active in the Fort Union Muzzleloaders. Earl enjoyed fishing, leatherwork, crossword puzzles and Sudoku (the harder the better).
He is survived by his wife, of 54 ½ years, Joanne; his daughters, Cumi (Randy) Everson, Sandy Steinberg and her special friend, Tom Walters and Carla (Tad) Dennis all of Williston; two grandsons; one granddaughter-in-law; one great-grandson, all of Williston; he is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and “foster kids and grandkids”.