John Thomas Head, Jr.

  • Born: June 5, 1944
  • Died: July 16, 2015
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to John by adding your memories and photos.

John Thomas Head, 71, passed away suddenly on July 16, 2015. He leaves behind his broken-hearted wife of 48 years, Carolyn Head, and his 3 children, Anne (Edward) Gutshall, John T. (Michelle) Head III and Patrick (Kathleen Kent) Head, as well as 7 grandchildren, John T. Head IV, Sam Gutshall, Shelby Head, Claire Gutshall, Joshua Head, Suzette Head and Lucy Head. Also surviving him are 2 brothers, James Head of Pittsburgh, PA and Joel Head of Mt. Pleasant, SC and 2 sisters, Judith Segal of Schaumburg, IL and Jane Turner of Upper Sandusky, OH.

John was born on June 5, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI, son of the late John Head and the late Geraldine Head. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and immediately joined the US Army where he went to Officer Candidate School and served as a 1st lieutenant in the AG Corp until July 1969. He and Carolyn were married in June of 1967. Upon leaving the Army, he joined the JC Penney Co as a management trainee. Through the years he held many positions in the company and was transferred numerous times. He served as the District Personnel Mngr. in Pittsburgh and as Regional Merchandise Manager for the Children's lines in Dallas. He also managed stores in Carlisle, PA, Utica, NY, Wayne, NJ and Rockaway, NJ. He retired to Mt. Pleasant in 2004.

John was a very outgoing, generous man. He loved his family beyond measure and was always ready to help in any way. His grandchildren gave him special pleasure and he loved teasing them. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends at Rivertowne CC especially his golf group, The Missing Links, but his favorite foursomes were made up of his sons, grandsons, son-in-law and brother-in-law. John always had a smile on his face and a joke at the ready. He loved to entertain; Sunday supper with the family was his favorite day of the week. He also loved Notre Dame and was a huge fan of every team and every endeavor of the school.

John's funeral will be held on Monday, July 20. Visitation will be held at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd. at 10:00 am to 11:30 am, followed by the Rite of Christian Burial at Christ Our King Catholic Church, 1149 Russell Dr., Mt. Pleasant at noon. Interment will follow at a later date in a private ceremony. Family and friends are invited to enjoy a luncheon at Rivertowne CC after Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 and/or to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Condolence & Memory Journal

It has been many years since we were high school classmates together, but whenever I think of John, I frequently recall these lyrics from a musical that was popular back then.

I can still hear John reciting/singing this bit: "There is trouble in River City... trouble with a capital "T" And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!"

You were a fun guy to know John... You are truly missed.

Posted by Sam Nicolosi - Kettering, OH - Classmate, Marion Catholic   October 13, 2015

I am so surprised and deeply sorry to hear of John's passing. So many memories come back regarding our time at Marion Catholic. It seems impossible to think of another one of our own leaving too soon. Photos are such a gift at times like this. May your memories soothe your grief.
Blessings to you, Carolyn, and to all your family.
Regina Izzi Peacock

Posted by Regina Peacock - Columbus, OH - H.S. Friend of John's   October 11, 2015

My condolences to the Head family I first met his son Patrick him I got along gear I'm so so sorry to hear this Mr Head was my boss

Posted by Beverly Reid - white plains, NY - employee   September 12, 2015

Mr. Head was one of my favorite mentors as I started my career at JC Penny. He taught us to work hard and play hard but with dignity and ethics. He was a real person who happened to be a great leader. He always spoke highly of his wife and his family that he adored. My deepest condolences and prayers. He will be missed.

Posted by Elerie Tepedino - Dallas, TX   July 23, 2015

Dear Head Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Head's passing. Mr. Head was my first boss. He was my mentor and in the end my friend. He was the greatest man to work for. He was the greatest man to learn from and he was the greatest friend. He taught me so much at JCPenney's. When he retired the company lost one of their last great Store Managers... There was never another manager that I worked under who taught me as much as he did or mentored me as much as he did. He was such a great man. I know how much he loved all of you. I remember coming to your house for a party one time he took great care to introduce me to you guys. The world needs more John Heads in it... I hope that you will find the peace and comfort that you need to get you through this difficult time. Know that I am praying for you up in NJ and that I am so saddened by his passing too. We talk about him all the time us Penney old timers... and we always discuss how He is probably driving the golf cart down to the course like he told us he was going to do when he retired.
I really respected him. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Tara Suplicki - Hopatcong, NJ - Friend   July 22, 2015

it is with great sadness learning of this news, John was my former boss at 2 JCpenney locations in NJ. John was a great and someone you could always have a good laugh with. He was a true mentor to many..including myself. He will be greatly missed..He is playing Golf with my dad right now and forever!!!! God Bless. my sincere condolences to the family,,especially Carol..

Posted by Irene Coleman - Sarasota, FL   July 22, 2015

may beautiful memories of a life lived to its fullest linger and the shadow of pain be lessened each passing day.

bea. blakely

Posted by beatrice blakely - norfolk, VA - mr head was my boss at jcpenney   July 21, 2015

My deepest sympathy to my friends John and Michelle and the entire head family. So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers...

Posted by Hollie Burke (Tartaglia) - Sacramento, CA   July 21, 2015

You have my deepest sympathy.Mr. head was my boss atJCPenney.What A wonderful person.

Posted by Joan smith eaton - Nutley, NJ - Friend   July 21, 2015

I was shocked and saddened to hear about John. He was such a major presence at HCSC, it won't be the same without him. He brought much energy and humor to out meetings, as well as strong leadership.

I go back a long way with the Head family. I worked with John's Dad on the McKeesport store opening and also met his Mother there. I have great respect for the whole family.

Carolyn, Kay and I send our condolences.

Posted by Bill Yeomans - Upper Saddle River, NJ 0745, NJ - JCPenney, HCSC   July 20, 2015

Please accept my sincere condolences on loss of John. As a young store manager back in 1992 he was a Mentor, and Friend. If I needed advice he was the one I would call for guidance. I always enjoyed his quick wit. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Joseph G. Bruno - Berkeley Heights, NJ - Friend   July 19, 2015



Posted by Meta Van Sicklr - Colleague   July 19, 2015

Carolyn and Family,
We heard with total shock,the passing of John.
We loved meeting you two in Florida while visiting the Wilmarths.
We will always remember his love for his fellow man, which he exuded at all times.WE appreciated his wonderful ways and kindness to all.
Michael and Barbara Tilton

Posted by mike and barbara tilton - sparta, NJ   July 19, 2015

We are profoundly saddened by the news of John's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Carolyn, and the your lovely family. Henry and Yvonne

Posted by Yvonne and Henry Dickinson - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Friend   July 19, 2015


My favorite childhood memories were of the times we would get together with the "Murray Clan" and gather all the cousins together. It was a great time and family reunion and I remember John's infectious laugh as he joked around with the aunts and uncles and cousins. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed. We are shocked by the terrible news and send our love and prayers to Carolyn and her family. We are donating to Wounded warriors in honor of John and his service.

Posted by KEVIN & DEB LIBERT and family - AUSTIN, TX - Cousin   July 19, 2015

Our prayers are with you.

Posted by M/M George Wilmarth    July 19, 2015

John was a great guy. Several times while i was playing Lake Mohawk yesterday with my son Zachary (John was his confirmation sponsor) I pointed out things that John had done/taught me when he was a member. All of the Sullivan's will miss John.

Posted by Rich Sullivan - Sparta, NJ   July 19, 2015

John always made me feel welcome in the " missing links" when I first joined several years ago. His kindness will never be forgotten. He loved working on his sons house on the Isle of Palms and the progress they made together. He certainly loved his family, he spoke proudly of all when we shared a golf cart.
He was a big man with a big heart

Posted by John Crane - Mt Pleasant, SC - Golfing friend at Rivertowne   July 19, 2015

He was truly a great boss who belived in his team. He will be missed!

Posted by Tara Gentile - Easton, PA - Former manager, Rockaway, NJ   July 19, 2015

John was the king of his castle at JCPenney in Rockaway. It was always an adventure bringing someone from the "home" office into John's store. John was always welcoming and kind to his guests and you knew that John would get his point across in a very humorous way. He was a great man and it was a pleasure to be in his company.
To the Head family, I am very sorry for your loss and John will be in my thoughts and prayers. I lit a candle this evening for John in Church.

Posted by Greg Mills - Whippany, NJ   July 18, 2015

It is with profound sadness that we learned of John's passing. Our all too brief tiimes with him and Carolyn will be greatly missed. His warmth and wit will remain with us forever. We send our heartfelt sorrow and love to Carolyn and family.

Posted by Barbara and Frank Campione - Manahawkin, NJ   July 18, 2015

John was a great home, in business, and in his community. I loved his sarcasm. Working for him is one of the highlights of my career at JCPenney.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Paul Murtha - Knoxville, TN - Friend   July 18, 2015

It is with profound sadness that we learned of John's passing. Our all too brief times we shared with him and Carolyn will be greatly missed. His warmth and wit will remain with us forever, we are consoled in the knowledge of Carolyn's and her family's faith, and we look forward to a time of inexpressive joy and reunion in Paradise,

Posted by A friend   July 18, 2015

We will miss John .... He was a dedicated JCP HCSC Group member. He served in several positions of our group and was always willing to give his all no matter what the assignment or occasion. He was a very happy person. Always with a joke ready to make people laugh, especially when you least expected it. His pride in all of his family members was evident. Especially the grandchildren. Carolyn was his compass, and he was hers .... it worked beautifully. They enjoyed life fully ..... together. We will miss you John.

Posted by Steve and Patrice Cason - Chesterfield, VA - friend & fellow JCP retiree   July 18, 2015


John was truly a "Loyal Son" of our Lady's University.
He will be sorely missed by all in the Notre Dame community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carolyn and your family.
Rick Gutowski
President Notre Dame Club of Charleston

Posted by Richard Gutowski - Mt Pleasant, SC - President ND Club of Charleston   July 17, 2015

Your " toughness" with me earned my respect. I am so proud that I was able to consider you a friend. I truly will miss you. Love and Condolences Carolyn, and Family. Don and Tina Rasile u

Posted by Don Rasile - JCPenney   July 17, 2015

Uncle John,
You were larger than life. Your passion for your family, your excitement for life and your infectious laugh will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully.

Posted by Erin McNamee - Pompano Beach, FL   July 17, 2015

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