Claude Henry Sinclair Sr.

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LANCASTER – Mr. Claude Henry Sinclair Sr., 89, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Lancaster, a son of the late Herbert Clyde Sinclair and Joyce Doster Sinclair and was the husband of Marcene Crenshaw Sinclair.
Mr. Sinclair was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He taught machine shop class at the Lancaster Vocational School, sharing his knowledge with students. He earned his pilot's license and was listed in Who's Who of America. He was very industrious and always working in his machine shop. Mr. Sinclair played guitar and sang. Some of his favorite things were visiting the beach, the mountains and fishing. He always had a smile, enjoyed life and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He loved Jesus Christ and lived life to the fullest.
Mr. Sinclair is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marcene Crenshaw Sinclair; his children that he truly loved, Claude Sinclair Jr. and wife, Martha Jo, of Lancaster, Tommy Sinclair and wife, Melinda, of Pawley's Island, Steve Sinclair and wife, Paula, of Lancaster, Janice Sinclair Ainsworth of Lancaster, Rhea Sinclair Plemmons and husband, Michael, of Whitmire and Patty Sinclair Penegar of Lancaster; a brother, Fred Sinclair of Lancaster; 18 grandchildren, Travis Sinclair, Alyson Sinclair, Drew Sinclair, Caylan Sinclair, Jaren Starnes, Jason Starnes, Justin Ainsworth, Jordan Ainsworth, Jonathan Chandler, Derek Chandler, Amber P. Epps, Faith P. Cesario, Cory S. Legg, Ashley S. Wall, Dylan Sinclair, Brooke Sinclair Penegar, Heather S. Faulkenberry and Allison Winn Trull; and many great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sinclair was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy Sinclair; a son-in-law, Wylie Penegar Sr.; and two grandchildren, Gina M. Starnes and Wylie Penegar Jr.
The celebration of life funeral service for Mr. Sinclair will be 3 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the chapel of Burgess Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Howard Penegar. Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour before the service, from 2-3 p.m. at Burgess Funeral Home and suggest memorial contributions be made to the College Fund for Brooke Penegar at Founders Federal Credit Union.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at
Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, is caring for the family of Mr. Sinclair.
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Published in The Lancaster News on Mar. 7, 2018
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