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Dr. Francis "Frank" John Sincox Jr.

Dr. Francis "Frank" John Sincox Jr.

Francis John Sincox, Jr. passed away peacefully at home Tuesday June 11, 2024. He was born May 11, 1932 in Saginaw, Michigan, the only child of Francis J Sincox and Erna Hefka Sincox. His formative years were spent in New Jersey. Then the family moved to the Atlanta, GA area, where he finished high school in 1950 at Decatur Boys High School. Dr. Sincox went on to further his education at Emory University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 1954 and his Doctorate of Medicine in 1958. While in medical school, Frank entered inactive Naval Reserve and began active duty after graduating. Dr. Sincox was on active duty from 1957 to 1963, serving in Atlanta, GA, St. Albans Naval Hospital, Long Island, NY, Pensacola, FL, and Norfolk, VA. His sea duty as a flight surgeon was aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Randolph in the North Atlantic. His unit was involved in the astronaut recovery activities and the Cuban missile crisis. In June 1958, he married Frances L. Barker of Charlotte, NC and Decatur, GA. This marriage lasted 25 years, producing 2 children, Douglas John Sincox and Kathleen Sincox McCurry. In 1996 he married Joyce R. Sellers and acquired a stepson, Rick Rhea and a step daughter Kimberly. He was sadly widowed by Joyce's death in 2020. In October 1963, he left the Navy and moved to Kings Mountain where he joined the medical group, McGill Clinic with Dr. John McGill and Dr. Charles Adams, practicing for 36 years, until the office closed. As a General Practitioner, he was proud to help bring over 700 babies into the world. He continued to practice medicine in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County Health Department and in Clover, SC. Even up to age 91, he continued his medical practice providing aviation medical exams to pilots for the FAA for 60 years. He joined the Navy Reserves in 1987, serving as a "Weekend Warrior" in Charlotte, NC and with the Marines in Atlanta, GA. In October 1990, his reserve unit was called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm in the first Persian Gulf War. Frank, "Attack Quack" served with the Marines in Atlanta, GA, California, Pearl Harbor and the Philippines before arriving in Saudi Arabia and Iraq at sea aboard the USS Tripoli and the USS Janeau. He retired from the Navy in 1996 with the rank of Captain with 15 ribbons, medals and campaign medals with the highest being Combat Action Ribbon. Frank was also active in the community. He was a member of Kings Mountain Rescue Squad, Kings Mountain Police Reserves, Kiwanis Club, American Legion, Civil Air Patrol, and the Marine League as well as past president of the Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce, deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church and Chief of Medical Staff at Kings Mountain Hospital on several occasions. He felt honored to be able to serve his country in the Navy and the Marines, his profession as a caring physician, his community and his patients who placed their trust in him. Frank will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by his family, his many friends and his former patients. He is survived by his son Douglas Sincox and wife Kim of Wilmington, NC, daughter Kathleen Sincox McCurry of Kings Mountain, NC, Stepson Rick Rhea and wife Freida of Gastonia, NC, Stepdaughter Kimberly of Dallas, NC and very special, close friends Lynn and David Hendrick of Shelby, NC and Arnold and Deloris Clayton of Grover, NC.

A Memorial Service will be held by the family at First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain, NC on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 3:00 PM.


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