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Obit – Mr. Robert “Butch” Sinclair

Mr. Robert Sinclair of the Four Way Inn Community, affectionately known as Butch, departed this life peacefully at 9:08 a.m. Friday morning January 26, 2024 at the Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon at the age of 76 following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Sinclair was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday morning January 31st with Mr. Sinclair’s nephew, Bro. Steve Brown and Bro. Mark Miller officiating at the 11 a.m. funeral services. Interment followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at the Smith County Memorial Gardens where the poignant sound of bagpipes were played to serve as a final farewell providing a tribute fitting of his love for the song “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes paying homage to his ancestry.

Military Chapel services were conducted by American Legion Post #57 of Carthage.

Born Robert Allen Sinclair in Beardstown in Carr County, Illinois on July 27, 1947, he was the son of the late Donald Alfred Joseph Sinclair and Florence Grace Moore Sinclair and he was the eldest of their six children.

Reared in Hugo, Oklahoma, he was a 1965 graduate of Hugo High School where he distinguished himself as a tri-athlete lettering in basketball, football and track.

After graduation he continued his education at Eastern Oklahoma State College, showcasing his skills on the football field.

His life journey took a different turn when he was drafted into the United States Air Force on October 17, 1966 in Dallas Texas and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant at McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, New Jersey on May 25, 1970. Two years, eight months and twenty four days of his three years, seven months and nine days of military was spent in Foreign Service during the Vietnam War where he was a telecommunications specialist.

For his meritorious service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Medal 900-3, an AFOUA medal, and a SOGB 308 medal.

He enjoyed sharing captivating stories of his time stationed in Libya and Japan.

Following military service he returned to the states and eventually relocated to Brownsville, Tennessee where he continued his college education at Jackson State Community College where he obtained his Associates Degree in engineering.

It was there he met the love of his life, the former Martha Dale Brown at the Wells-Lamont Glove Factory, where his father was a supervisor and both he and Dale were employed.

At the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Bells, Tennessee, he and Dale were united in marriage on June 2, 1973 and the ceremony was officiated by Brother Earl Wells.

God then directed their path to Pensacola, Florida where their daughter Tammy was born. Following her birth the family returned to Tennessee moving to Goodlettsville, where their first son and second child Michael was born.

About a year later, a move to Carthage marked the beginning of Butch’s career with the United States Corps of Engineers. It was here their second son and third child, Mark, was born.

Mr. Sinclair dedicated almost three decades of his civilian life to Cordell Hull Dam, retiring in June 2005 as an operator. He was known to all of his colleagues as “Dino.” Beyond his work, he embraced his passion for woodworking, of which he had a God-given talent. He also enjoyed coaching baseball, and actively supporting youths in local sports at Crump Paris Park. He coached the Smith County High School Lady Owls during the 1993 season, coached his sons, Michael and Mark during their baseball time at Crump Paris, and served as President of the Babe Ruth and Senior Babe Ruth programs at Crump Paris.

An avid supporter of Tennessee Volunteer football, Butch also enjoyed researching his ancestry. collecting baseball cards, and creating cherished memories with his family at Nashville Sounds games at the old Greer Stadium. His love extended to his grandchildren, whom he adored, sharing his wisdom about woodworking, history, sports, and stories from his time overseas. He loved to attend their events and go out to eat Chinese or Acapulco until his health failed him.

Butch was a masterful “fixer” who could tackle any challenge, be it a car issue, a leaky faucet, or restringing a baseball glove. His legacy is one of love and Butch leaves behind a void that cannot be filled, but also leaves a lifetime of treasured memories that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. 

In addition to his remarkable life journey, Robert Allen “Butch” Sinclair is survived by his loving and devoted wife of over fifty years, Martha Dale Brown Sinclair, and his three loving children, Tammy Sinclair Givens and husband Terry, two sons, Micheal Sinclair and wife Misty, Mark Sinclair and wife Candice all of Carthage. 

His legacy will continue through his four grandchildren, Cody Givens, Matthew Sinclair, Morgan Sinclair, and Autumn Sinclair.

Also surviving are Jeri Sinclair Howser and husband Robert, Ruth Sinclair Mazzare all of Hugo, Oklahoma, Karen Sinclair Hinsley of Cunningham, Kansas; brother, Jack Sinclair of Jackson, Tennessee; brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, Tommy and Pat Brown of Columbus, Mississippi and Betty Doyle of Bells, Tennessee.

These surviving family members, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends, are mourning the loss of a beloved husband, dad, pa, brother and friend.

The Sinclair family has requested memorials to either the Smith County Rescue Squad or American Legion Post # 57.


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