Joseph Head

Joseph Leroy Head, 74, son of Roy E. and Auda (Weaver) Head, was born August 15, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri. He departed this life Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was united in marriage to Carolyn Cooper on June 6, 1960 and they shared 54 years together. To this union two sons were born, Jeffrey Scott and Jay Loren.

Joe graduated from Thomasville High School with the class of 1959. He was a basketball standout in high school, receiving many athletic awards. Joe later attended Washington University in St. Louis, O’Fallon Technical College, and numerous lending schools over the years. He spent over 35 years in the lending business, including Production Credit Service, Federal Land Bank, and West Plains Bank.

He is preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Troyce Reese; and grandparents Ed and Clem Weaver.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of the family home; two sons, Jeffrey and wife, Debra, and Jay and wife, Shanna, all of West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Kayla Jo Franks and husband Matthew, Dalton Joseph Head and Lauren Beth Head; step-granddaughter, Jessica Vanderbilt and husband, Billy; three great grandchildren, McKinley Jo Franks, Hannah and Hailie Vanderbilt; and sister Charlene Sherrill of Pomona, Missouri.

Joe loved working with people. He was a member of the Mountain View Birch Tree School Board for 11 years, was the Chamber of Commerce President of Birch Tree, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Mountain View Chamber of Commerce in 2005. He attended County Line Pentecostal Church where he served as deacon for many years. Joe enjoyed farming, St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at County Line Pentecostal Church, Birch Tree with Pastor Rick Binkley and Tim Reed officiating. Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree. Condolences may be expressed at

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