Saturday, May 18, 2013


I got an email last night from.......Joe Kirkley's grandson!


 My grandfather, Joe Kirkley, was in the class of 1954 from Central High. I found this website and contacted you. I'd like to know more about my grandfather, since he died when I was only 7 years old (I am now almost 16), and I did not know him as well as I would have liked to.

 If it isn't too much trouble, could you tell me anything you might know about him from his high school days? Any information or pictures would be great.

 Many thanks,

Will Kirkley

Joe Kirkley  1954
Dear Will,

Your grandfather, Joe, was a very popular and highly respected member of our class  He was about your age when we first got to know him and although he "fit right in" with us kids of the 50's, there was never any doubt that Joe was going to be a big success at whatever career he eventually chose.

You have every right to be very proud that you are Joe's grandson!  In my opinion, you were blessed to have had Joe Kirkley as your grandfather!


Ed Myers   (aka Lee Shephard)

P.S.    Here are a couple of links to stories about Joe. Don't be surprised if you get more stories about him from other members of our class who also remember how special Joe was.

I asked Will to send me a recent picture of himself.  I had a feeling that it might remind us of that  young kid named Joe we used to see roaming the halls of good old CHS.

Deja Vu....all over again!


Will Kirkley  2013