James Vernon Sinclair

James Vernon Sinclair
April 12, 1938 – January 10, 2022


James Vernon Sinclair was born on 12 Apr 1938 in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA a child of John Carl Sinclair and Carrie Ozella Bradley Sinclair.


James V Sinclair was counted in the census on 27 Apr 1940 in De Kalb, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA, as a 2-year-old, male, single, white, son. Also in the home was his father, John C Sinclair; his mother, C Ozela Sinclair, and his siblings; Dorothy O Sinclair, John C Sinclair, and Jerry L Sinclair.


When he was 26, he married Dorothy Gail Arnette, about 1965.


He died on 10 Jan 2022 in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA. He was buried in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

James Vernon Sinclair of Camden, South Carolina | 1938 – 2022 | Obituary

On January 10, 2022, Major James Vernon Sinclair, U.S. Army (Ret.) age 83, passed away peacefully at home with his family.

Born on April 12, 1938 in Camden, South Carolina, Jimmy was the youngest child of the late John Carl Sinclair and Carrie Ozella Bradley Sinclair. As Co-Captain of the 1956 Camden High School Bulldog football team, he was recruited by and attended Clemson University. He graduated from the University of Nebraska. 

A warrior and patriot, Jimmy joined the United States Army, completing training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and beginning his distinguished military career to become an Intelligence Officer. He married schoolteacher and wife of 57 years, Dorothy Gail Arnette of Dillon, South Carolina, and deployed to Vietnam shortly thereafter.

Serving two year-long tours (1966-1967 Bullwhip Squadron; 1969-1970,) he received the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, 2 Purple Heart ribbons, and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star.

After a distinguished 23-year military career, he was discharged with full honors in 1983 and served as Commandant at Camden Military Academy and JROTC Instructor at his wife’s alma mater, Latta High School until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church of Camden.  

He is survived by his wife, Gail; daughter Sharon Arnette Sinclair; granddaughter, Amanda Ashton Smith (Robert); sisters in law Carol Powers Sinclair, Ann Tyndall Arnette, and Lynda Lane Sinclair; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his beloved son, James Michael Sinclair; and siblings Dorothy Sinclair Richmond, John Carl Sinclair, Jr., and Jerry Lane Sinclair.

A private graveside service will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia, SC. Funeral arrangements are provided by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

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