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Zenobra "Nobie" Mae Hughes Sinclair

July 29, 1932 — February 12, 2023

     In the early hours of February 12, 2023, Nobie Sinclair of Aiken, SC passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of family and friends. She was preceded in death only nine months ago by her husband of 72 years, Rhett Eugene Sinclair. One of their five sons, Stephen Wesley Sinclair passed away in 2008.

     Nobie was the 6th of 8 children born to William Frederick Hughes and Beulah Mae Puckett Hughes. Her only surviving sibling is Mary Frances Dameron of Thomasville, NC.

     The lifelong love shared by Nobie and Gene produced a large, close family.  Their four surviving sons include Ronald Eugene Sinclair and his wife Marcia; Glenn Stewart Sinclair and Jayne; Rev. Kenneth Alan Sinclair and his wife Kim; and Rhett Nolan Sinclair and his wife Kim. Nobie was also grandmother to 8 grandchildren, and great grandmother to 7 great-grandchildren.

     Nobie’s love was a nurturing foundation for all who knew her.  For her family, she was a rock: always caring, always willing to do anything to help in an emergency, always willing to listen with an empathetic, compassionate ear when problems arose, and then ready to help resolve those problems. One of her grandchildren said that she lives with “Kindness and selflessness.” Another said that she "embodied both the Beatitudes and the Fruits of the Spirit."  For her sons, she seemed to never miss one of our ballgames, concerts, plays or other activities. She became PTA President, leader of the Yellow Jacket football boosters club and Gresham Park youth Baseball Association, organizer of social events, and worked behind the scenes to make certain she remained connected in our lives.  We camped as a family, went to church as a family, learned to embrace extended family, and grew to understand that there was nothing we could ever do to separate us from her unconditional love. Because of her, we understood God’s unconditional love.

     To her friends, Nobie was a fun-loving, quick-witted, steadfast companion who cherished their friendship. Many of those friendships were centered around her church family at Trinity UMC in Aiken. She loved her church, and was actively involved in her Sunday School class, Eagles group and more.

     There is a great hole left in all of our lives, but we rest in knowing that heaven has gained a beloved saint.

     Our Family would like to recognize and thank Mom and Dad’s extended Family, including all of the Employees and caregivers at The Benton House of Aiken, which was their final home.

     Visitation will be Friday February 17th at Shellhouse - Rivers Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7;00 PM, and her Funeral services will be held at Trinity UMC, 2724 Whiskey Rd. Aiken, SC on Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 AM.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity UMC, Aiken.


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Friday, February 17, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Shellhouse - Rivers Funeral Home

715 E Pine Log Rd
Aiken, SC 29803

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Trinity United Methodist Church

2724 Whiskey Rd
Aiken, SC 29803

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