Carl Kirkpatrick


Carl K. Kirkpatrick, 77, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2013, at his home. Carl was born Aug. 2, 1936 in Kingsport Tenn. He was a graduate of Vanderbilt University, received his B.A. in 1959 and in 1962 earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence. He attended the FBI sponsored, National Law Institute at Quantico, Va., and was a graduate of the Executive Prosecutor Course at the Bates School of Law at the University of Houston. Carl was the District Attorney General in the Second Judicial District of Sullivan County for 28 years. As DA, he prosecuted over 15,000 criminal cases and 700 jury cases (six resulting in the death penalty). While president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, Carl was instrumental in passing many state laws, improving the lives of Tennessee citizens. In 1993 Carl was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He served in this capacity with distinction until 2000. Throughout his life Carl was awarded numerous honors including: American Legion Distinguished Service Award, Kingsport Times News Award for Community Achievement, Optimist Clubs Law Enforcement Award, and the Tennessee Governors Highway Safety 1991 and 1992 Personal Service Award. In his leisure time, he also enjoyed tennis, motorcycling, water skiing, and snow skiing. Carl is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kirkpatrick; and stepdaughter, Stefanie Hess. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Barnes officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, 12915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934, or the Wounded Warrior Project, website: Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Kirkpatrick family.

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