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James Franklin Head, Obituary

The Springfield Sun, April 30, 1942

Rites today at Baptist Church for Mr. J. F. Head

Well Known Retired Farmer, Owner and Operator of Cannery Near This City Died Tuesday After Lingering Illness

Funeral services were held at 2:30 this afternoon at the Baptist Church for Mr. James Franklin Head, the pastor, the Rev. Bailey Davis, preaching the sermon.  Interment was on Cemetery Hill.  Members of the Springfield Masonic Lodge, of which the deceased was one of the oldest members had charge of the burial service.  The eulogy was delivered by Prof. Hibbs of Bardstown.

Honorary pallbearers were J.C. McElroy, H.E. Case, John Anderson, T.C. Tatum, F.D. Sutherland, F.D. Cheatham, H.F. Yankey, E.I. Colvin, John Holderman, J.F. Bishop and Dan McIlvoy.  Active bearers were Clarence Milburn, R.C. Christerson, N.P. Thompson, T.C. Campbell, C.W. Homan and W.H. Wharton.

Mr. Head died at 7:25 Tuesday morning, April 28, 1942, at his home on Perryville Road after a lingering illness of infirmities incident to age.  He was 82 years old.

The son of the late Peter Head and Emily Corn Head, Mr. Head was born October 30, 1859, at the old Head homestead in the Cornishville section of this county.  He received his education in the schools of the community and took a normal course, after which he taught schools in the county for a few years.  Later he engaged in photographic work and for a time operated a photographic gallery here.  Early in the year 1888 he was married to Miss Marguerite Moran, who preceded him in death in 1901.  From this union two daughters and three sons survive.  They are Mrs. Sam Wells, Lexington; Mrs. Len Brussell, Gravel Switch; James H. Head, this city; Louis Head, Louisville, and Josh Head, Samuels.

Mr. Head’s second marriage was to Miss Alma Wheatley, who survives him.  From this union is an only daughter, Mrs. Earl Carrico.  Other survivors are nineteen grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mary Ellen Wells, Nelson County.

Mr. Head retired from active farming, in which he was successfully engaged for many years, several years ago and had since owned and operated a cannery on Perryville Road, near this city, in which he also was quite successful.

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