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Sylvia Jo Fletcher Zirkle

East Stone Gap, Va.-Sylvia Jo Fletcher Zirkle, 85, went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at home, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Pardee, Va. and lived most of her life in East Stone Gap. She was the youngest of 14 children. She worked numerous jobs but her favorite was being a caregiver to the elderly. Sylvia enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in youth and high school sports. She was a member of the Sisters Three Gospel Trio. Sylvia attended many churches in the area, during her lifetime. She used her beautiful voice to praise the Lord as she participated in choirs.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Samuel M. Zirkle, Sr.; two infant sons, Steven and Stanley Zirkle; granddaughter Chastity Givens; her parents, James Emmitt and Pearl (Stidham) Fletcher; and six sisters and seven brothers.
Surviving are her children, Sheila Adidoost (Hassan), Fluvanna, Va., Samuel M. Zirkle, Jr. (Debra), East Stone Gap, Va., Sonia Vandergriff (Jesse), Atkins, Va., Sherry Trinkle (Stanley), Jonesville, Va. and Stanford Zirkle, East Stone Gap; eight grandchildren, Todd Zirkle (Nikki), Brook Justus (Tommy), Cody Zirkle (Katie), Crystal Evans, Misty Sunrise, Brett Trinkle (Melissa) and Brandon Trinkle (Whitney); seventeen great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of M.E.O.C. P.A.C.E.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm – 8:00pm Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Avenue, E., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00am Wednesday, August 9, 2023, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Lee Stidham officiating.
Burial will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, Sylvia would like donations be made to the MEOC Fuel Assistance Fund, P. O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.
Gilliam Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Zirkle family.
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