Mr. Head died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born Jan. 19, 1917, in White County, he was the son of the late Lee Head and Laura Presley Head. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Beaty Head, three brothers and four sisters.
Mr. Head was of the Baptist faith and a member of Hillside Baptist Church in Cornelia.
He went to Cornelia High School and upon completion began his career as a gunsmith. He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the Ordinance Department for five years, with three of those years in North Africa and Italy. During his career he attained the rank of technical seargent.
In 1946, after an honorable discharge from the Army, he spent 62 years as sole proprietor of Modern Gun Shop. He repaired thousands of guns and heard many stories of the biggest buck ever and the “one that got away.” All counted, he spent 70 years doing what he loved. He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by one daughter, Beverly Jordan of Alpharetta; and one son, Herbert Head of Cornelia. He is also survived by a grandson, Chris Head of Gainesville, presently assigned to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, and his wife, Megan Thomas Head. He has one granddaughter, Katherine Glynn Head of Cornelia. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Dorothy Poole of Cornelia, Kathryn Farris of Tucson, Ariz., Glenda Craven of Macon, and Sarita Head of Cleveland, Ohio, along with many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. today, June 13, at the funeral home.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mchageegriffinandstewart.com
McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.
June 13, 2012
The Northeast Georgian