Oran Lonnie Sinclair

9 septiembre , 193622 julio , 2020
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Oran Lonnie Sinclair passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 22, 2020.

Lonnie Sinclair was born to Adell Rudd Sinclair and Oran Bryan Sinclair on September 9, 1936. He grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from Baylor University, where he was one of the inaugural recipients of the Guittard History Fellowship in 1959. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in History at Rice University.

Lonnie was a life-long educator, starting in Texas City where he taught at Levi Fry Junior High and Texas City High School. He loved history and delighted in making it come alive for others. He taught at San Jacinto College North Campus for 25 years, where his students treasured his compassion and thoughtful advice.

Lonnie also loved music and expressing his Christian faith through song. He played the piano from childhood and sang in church choirs his whole life. He and his wife were members of South Main Baptist Church in Houston for more than 25 years and more recently of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in The Woodlands. He is remembered by all who knew him for his kindness, gentleness, soft-spoken wisdom, and commitment to right and social justice.

The Sinclairs retired to Windsor Hills, an active adult community in The Woodlands, where Lonnie was active on committees and with the Men’s Coffee and Romeos. He will be missed by friends and neighbors, who admired his perseverance in spite of physical and health challenges.

Lonnie Sinclair was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Rose Pharr Sinclair, his daughter Laura Sinclair Odelius and her husband Dwight, and grandchildren Alexander and Daniel Odelius. He is also survived by his treasured brother Larry Rudd Sinclair of Rusk, Texas, as well as Larry's wife Dianne, nephew Russell Sinclair, and niece Meredith Sinclair Goz, and their families.

Lonnie's ashes will be committed at Forest Park–The Woodlands.

A memorial celebration of life is being planned for a future date. If a memorial gift is desired, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, the San Jacinto College Foundation, South Main Baptist Church in Houston, or Lord of Life Lutheran Church in The Woodlands.


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Sheryl Harrell

18 agosto , 2020

Lonnie just kept on going even with the challenges he had and he kept on going with a smile on his face. I would always see him when I would be walking my dog, Tori, and he was always so pleasant. He participated in the many events at the Clubhouse and was always nice to be around. It was wonderful having him as a neighbor and he'll be missed.
Love, hugs and blessings to Rose and the family.

Frank Stokes

17 agosto , 2020

Lonnie, Rose, and Laura were always so special to us through the years .
The connection was "sealed" when we discovered the picture of Lonnie's dad, Oran Sinclair, playing together with my father and his brothers on a baseball team up in Kingston, Texas. Evidently, Oran, like Lonnie, was a very kind and soft spoken young man and highly regarded by his peers. What a coincidence - our fathers has been "sandlot baseball" teammates almost 90 years ago!

Fast forward to July of 2004 - My father, Curtis Pittard, had just passed away while in hospice care here in Houston. I was alone with him as others in the family had not been notified. Suddenly, there was an angelic face and sweet voice in the room - it was Laura Sinclair! Rose and Lonnie were out of state on vacation, but had seen my dad's name on the South Main prayer list. Laura had a call from her parents about my dad, so, she JUST HAPPENDED to drop by the hospital on her way home after the early worship service at South Main! A coincidence? I prefer to think of it as Divine Providence!

Much love,
Jeanette and Frank Stokes


Pat Bonner

15 agosto , 2020

With gratitude to God for his life and for the positive impact he had on so many, I am honored to extend my love and sympathies to Dr. Sinclair's family. I was fortunate to be acquainted with the Sinclair family because I taught their daughter Laura in the Vocal Music Department at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). Laura was a very gifted singer and her parents so enjoyed watching and listening to her perform. They were strong supporters of her musical and academic achievements.

I pray for comfort for the family as they remember his good deeds on earth and rejoice in his transition into the very presence of our Lord.
Thanks be to God for his mercy and grace.

Rob Miller

15 agosto , 2020

Lonnie was such an asset to the Windsor Hills community. I so enjoyed talking to Lonnie when I sat next to him at our ROMEO luncheons. Lonnie never missed our weekly Men's coffee until his health kept him away. We all enjoyed his comments and we especially appreciated Lonnie's vast knowledge of history.

As men go, they don't get much finer than Lonnie.

Susan Palmer

15 agosto , 2020

I am so sorry to read of Lonnie’s passing. I taught with him at San Jac for many years. He was a true gentleman with a genuine concern for his students.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Cecil and Linda (Leftwich) Groves

14 agosto , 2020

I grew up with Lonnie and Larry in the 50's, and the memories of the Sinclair Family are very dear and special to me. When my husband was teaching at Lon Morris College in the 60's, Lonnie did us a favor and came and taught for him one summer so he could go back to school. Even though these are 50's and 60's memories, good memories last forever. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Lonnie's family.

Debbra Gilbreth

13 agosto , 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing. He was a gentle soul, the perfect example of what a Christian should be. He was humble, loving, patient and kind and a very intelligent person who never used his intelligence to be above other people. I always looked up to him as a younger cousin and remember some good times with he and his family growing up. We will miss you.

Charles White

13 agosto , 2020

Lonnie was my "across the street" neighbor. He was a most pleasant and kind person. I truly enjoyed the times that we visited and discussed his vast knowledge of history. We will miss Lonnie.

Linda Zimmerman

30 julio , 2020

Lonnie had such a loving spirit and he was an inspiration to me with his gentle smile. It was a joy to share our faith by singing in the choir together. He will always have a special place in my heart. Lonnie and Rose were a wonderful couple.
Love and Prayers to the family,
Linda Zimmerman