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Erma Linda Rozier Sinclair was born August 10th 1952, to the union of William C. and Minnie I. (King) Rozier in Saint Pauls, North Carolina. She was the third of eight siblings. She was raised by her beloved grandmother, Gracie Rozier Esters (James Esters). God called her home on November 23rd, 2023; a day of giving thanks for the good works He has done. At an early age, she became a lifelong member of the Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church.
Erma was united in matrimony to Javance Sinclair. To this union, Javance Sinclair II was born. These two were her pride and joy. You could always hear her saying, “Don’t mess with Javance I and II! “Erma and Javance were known to expand their love beyond the four walls of their home and adopted others into their immediate circle. So many people had shared the guest room that by the time Javance II came to the scene, the room had to be repainted before they could bring him home.
Erma was known for her love of her community, church, and family. She showed her love through her magnificent culinary abilities. Ms. Erma could BURN!!!! People often called her to cater a party, or events to which she would not accept payment because it was something, as she would often say “The Lord and I had done.” Other times, she would take food to others during a team of need, or just because. Cooking was her love language and legacy as she held family dinners on Sunday for over thirty years. There was never a time when you stopped by the house with the aroma of something on the stove leading the way.
Erma served in various capacities in her community. These included but are not limited to being Minister of Music (and President of the Missionary Department) for Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church; Acts Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant Meadow Missionary Baptist Church, and the Women’s Baptist Home & Foreign Missionary Auxiliary, where she served as a special worker. She served on the Board of Directors for the local United Way and Labor of Love. Notably, she has played for such gospel legends as Pastor Shirley Caesar.
Erma loved to travel and have a good time. In her later years, she looked forward to traveling to Cincinnati to spend time her son, and grand dog, Beamer. During those travels, she traveled to Detroit to visit the Motown Museum. She also enjoyed the Zoo in Cincinnati. Erma also loved to throw a good party, whether it was in her backyard, an event at the church, or a birthday party. In whatever capacity, you knew you were going to feel love, eat well, and have a great time, “HELLO SOMEBODY”! Erma had a heart of gold, from buying a stranger a set of tires, to donating time and money for causes she believed in. She NEVER met a stranger.
Erma was also a goal-oriented person. In whatever endeavor she was facing, “The Lord and she”, would devise a plan and see it through to the very end. She also furthered her education beyond Tarheel High School to earn several certifications in various sectors. Always leading by example, Erma also led her community in being a phenomenal woman of God, so that the works she’s done speaks for her.
In addition to her parents, Erma was preceded in death by her siblings: Edward Odell King, William E. (Barbara) Rozier, Terry D. Rozier, Deborah A. Rozier, and Jessie L (Shirley) Humphrey. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Javance Sinclair; one son, Javance Sinclair II, grand dog, Beamer; special sons Dimitric “Shea” (Tara) Rozier, and Diabate Roberts; special daughters Ermelle Rozier, Nancy Sinclair, Selena Sinclair. She is also survived by siblings Marie (Carlos) Ash, Rita Sinclair, and James “JC” Rozier (Shirley); Her extended family also consisted of Darlene Esters, Doris Esters, and Alton Esters (Shirley); sisters-in-laws Barbra Rozier, Tonya Rozier, Mary Sinclair, Shirley Terry, brothers-in-laws Peter Grant Sinclair, Fred Sinclair, Lukie Sinclair, aunts Ruthie K. Nelson, Lillian Stewart, Mary E. Rozier, Leana Pearl King (Jessie), special sisters, Panessa Rozier, Jackie Robinson, Sandra Jewett; special brothers, Robert Coston, Mike Roberts, James Jewett; as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends. **