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John Thomas Head, Jr.
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  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105

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“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...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Sam Nicolosi - Kettering, OH

“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...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Regina Peacock - Columbus, OH

“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 ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Beverly Reid - white plains, NY

“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...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Elerie Tepedino - Dallas, TX

“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...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Tara Suplicki - Hopatcong, NJ

“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...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Irene Coleman - Sarasota, FL

“may beautiful memories of a life lived to its fullest linger and the shadow of pain be lessened each passing day. bea. blakely ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: beatrice blakely - norfolk, VA

“My deepest sympathy to my friends John and Michelle and the entire head family. So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers... ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Hollie Burke (Tartaglia) - CA

“You have my deepest sympathy.Mr. head was my boss atJCPenney.What A wonderful person. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Joan smith eaton - Nutley, NJ

“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...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Bill Yeomans - NJ

“Carolyn, 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...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Joseph G. Bruno - NJ - Friend

“Hugs. Meta ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Meta Van Sicklr - Colleague

“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...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: mike and barbara tilton - sparta, NJ

“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...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Yvonne and Henry Dickinson - SC

“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...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: KEVIN & DEB LIBERT and family - TX

“Our prayers are with you. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: M/M George Wilmarth

“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...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Rich Sullivan - Sparta, NJ

“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...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: John Crane - Mt Pleasant, SC

“He was truly a great boss who belived in his team. He will be missed! ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Tara Gentile - Easton, PA

“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...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Greg Mills - Whippany, NJ

“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...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Barbara and Frank Campione

“John was a great leader...at home, in business, and in his community. I loved his sarcasm. Working for him is one of the highlights of my career at...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Paul Murtha - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Steve and Patrice Cason - VA

“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...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Gutowski - Mt Pleasant, SC

“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...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Don Rasile - JCPenney

“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...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Erin McNamee - Pompano Beach, FL


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.