Zirkle turns 95

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Joseph Zirkle, a long-time resident of Kingston, reached his milestone 95th birthday July 17.

Known as Joe to many, he was born the seventh child in the seventh month in 1917 to George and Clara Zirkle.

A graduate of Tusculum College, Zirkle and Jessie Craw were married in 1939 in New Orleans, where they lived for four years while he was employed by Aetna Insurance.

When the country entered World War II, Zirkle answered his country’s call to service and joined the U.S. Navy.

He served in both the European and South Pacific theatres.

Zirkle owned Zirkle Real Estate and built many homes and commercial properties in the area.

The Zirkles were married 69 years, until Jessie’s death in 2010.

Three daughters — Kathy Ellis of Kingston, Linda King of Knoxville and Judy Politzer of Franklin — are planning a celebration for his family and close friends.

Zirkle lives in the log house which he built in 1977, which overlooks the Clinch River.