In Memory Of Joe M. Pirtle

Joe Pirtle

Joe M. Pirtle was born in Hazen, Arkansas and served in the United States Marine Corps for 28 months during World War II, where he saw action at Saipan, Okinawa and Nagasaki. Joe married Sherry Wingfield in 1964 and moved to Seabrook's Wildwood Subdivision later that year where they raised their family and Mrs. Pirtle still lives today. Joe and Sherry are the proud parents of two children and the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Joe worked as an Investigator General for the United States Civil Service Commission and in various capacities at the Manned Spacecraft Center, now Johnson Space Center, prior to establishing his full-time law practice in 1981. 

He passed the Arkansas Bar in 1956 and the Texas Bar in 1971, both with top scores, and in 1979 was granted a Doctor of Jurisprudence by Arkansas Law School. Joe Pirtle began his service to the City of Seabrook in 1969 as a Councilman and was subsequently elected in 1970 and 1972, after serving on City Council, Joe was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge from 1974 through 1977, and after serving as Mayor from 1978-1980, Judge Pirtle was reappointed as the Seabrook Municipal Judge in 1980, a position that he held continuously for 31 years. During his tenure, Judge Pirtle served on the Board of the Texas Municipal Courts Association for 23 years, including serving two terms as President of the Board, as board president, Judge Pirtle conceived and helped obtain passage of the Texas Municipal Courts Education Act of 1983, which provides funding for training for judges, prosecutors and court clerks throughout Texas. Judge Pirtle also had a private law practice in Seabrook and Nassau Bay for over 30 years and served as Judge in other Bay Area cities prior to retirement.


Judge Joe M. Pirtle will be greatly missed not only in Seabrook, but in all of the Bay Area. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Pirtle and their family.

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