Samuel Edward Head, 81 of Saucier, passed away Monday morning in Gulfport. He was born November 10, 1938 in Jackson, MS, the oldest of two children to Richard Knox & Mildred Aloise (Childress) Head. Sam grew up in Pearl and had an affinity for cars from an early age. He would get into racing and running "white lightning" in his early years. He graduated from Pearl High School where he was a classmate of B.J. Thomas along the way. Following high school, Sam joined the United States Air Force and got to see the world, spending time in Europe, Africa and beyond. Following his military service, Sam returned to Pearl and went to work. Sam could do just about anything really. He did some janitorial work early on cleaning buildings, but decided he wanted to go into business for himself. He owned his own radiator shop, trucking company, wrecker service and salvage yard, carpet store, hotel, package store, dance clubs and more. Sam was not the type to sit idly by. When the casinos came to town, he went to work as a dealer and slot mechanic, moved on to being a pit boss before finally retiring in security surveillance, because you couldn't slip anything by Sam. His life was filled with adventure, knowing or having encounters with a great many folks, such as Jane Mansfield, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Jerry Clower and many more through his long and storied career. His love of racing stuck with him throughout life and he was a regular around the track at Menge Avenue and others. Sam is remembered as a loving, generous father, but a man who knew how to get a "good days work" out of you. He taught his kids and those around him lots of life lessons that they will treasure always. Known affectionately as "Dada" by those closest to him, he taught them how to stand for what you believed in, because that's what is truly important in life. He was preceded by his parents, Richard & Mildred Head; his wife Sandra and their daughter, Debbie Mullins. Left to cherish his memories are: his son Ricky Head of Ridgeland and daughter Rebecca (Lee) Middleton of Saucier; his only sister, Margaret (Roger) Armstrong of Jackson with nephews Chris (Missie), John (Leslie) and Michael Armstrong. He leaves a legacy of seven grandchildren: Ricky (Beverly) Head, Jamie (Chad) Thrash, Heather Mullins, Brandy Mullins, Ashleigh (J.T.) Taylor, Jimmy Lee (Michelle) Middleton and Levi (Haley) Middleton, along with twenty great-grands, all of whom he adored. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020 beginning at 1:00 PM at Trinity Funeral Services in McHenry. A chapel service is set for 3:00 PM and afterward Sam will be laid to rest beside his wife in the old section of Finley Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Head family in their time of need and asks everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days.
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