Tracey Horton Head

9 January, 196713 June, 2021

Tracey Horton Head, 54, peacefully transitioned to her heavenly home surrounded by her loved ones at her lake house in Canton, MS, on June 13, 2021.

Tracey was born Tracey Lynn on January 9, 1967, in Jackson, MS. She was the first-born child to Shirley Horton and her late father Larry Horton. Growing up, Tracey was a light to everyone. She became a big sister at age 10 to her brother Wesley (“Wes the Mess”) and once again at age 17 to her sister Carrie (“the surprise”). Though her brother describes her as a “pizza thief,” Tracey was very nurturing to her younger siblings; she continued to serve as their role model and biggest support in every way she could, ever-present and always encouraging.

Tracey was also a very talented athlete. She grew up playing soccer and was an all-star catcher for fast-pitch softball. Tracey’s mother would describe her as a little pack of dynamite. She was petite but could score a goal from mid-field and run with the best of them. She could cover home plate like no one’s business and somehow morph into a brick wall no opposing players could get through. And they dare not try to steal second. Her biggest sporting achievement was going to the World Series. Tracey and her mom would often load up in her dad’s El Camino and drive to tournaments. Those are some of her mother’s fondest memories.

Tracey graduated high school from Forest Hill in 1984, and later received her business degree from Mississippi College. Tracey was a dedicated employee to her Kroger family for over 30 years and served in numerous capacities, from cashier to store manager then on to assistant to the District Manager and later as Customer First Representative. She always brought her smile to work and was deeply respected by all her peers. Kroger was where she met her husband, Mr. Head, where he currently serves as District Manager. For a while, when they both were store managers, they would alternate winning “Store Manager of the Year.” They leaned on each other and used one another’s talents to bring the best they could to the table. In 2004, she was named Kroger Company’s Mid-South “Woman of the Year.”

Tracey married the love of her life Charles “Chuck” Sills Head, Jr. on April 21, 1990. He describes her as “not only my wife but my best friend.” They were blessed with 2 beautiful children, Charles “Chase” Sills Head, III, 22, and Lauren Grace Head, 19. She would describe her greatest accomplishment to be her children, and though she was a working mother, she always managed to put her children in the forefront claiming, “I’m a momma first.” As a mother, Tracey showed patience and steered her children towards God. She seemed to have some sort of super power in that her children actually heeded her advice and openly communicated with her, though her son “Baby Chase” jokingly called her “the warden.” She was fun and loving and showed off her dance moves with her daughter “La” in many TikToks. Tracey had the greatest sense of humor and could sing with the sweetest angelic voice. Her niece and nephew loved getting videos of her singing their favorite Disney songs.

Tracey was a faithful servant and a walking testimony to the Lord and trusted Him to see her through anything. Tracey was no stranger to overcoming difficulty. She faced breast cancer at the young age of 35 just months after her second child was born and also the loss of her father. Through it all, she remained firm in her beliefs and trusted in God’s plan for her. She was recognized for her triumph by Kellogg in 2007 and again by Susan G Komen in 2018. She was notorious for her positive attitude and ability to see the best in any situation. Tracey’s favorite prayer was to ask God for strength, courage, and wisdom, and she would recommend everyone to do the same. Even through her second battle with cancer, she never wavered and gave the most courageous fight of her life.

Tracey is survived by her husband Chuck, son Chase, daughter Lauren, mother Shirley, brother Wes, sister Carrie, niece Crosby, and nephew Griffin. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends who will dearly miss her.

Tracey is preceded in death by her father Larry, grandparents Bea and Doyle Green and Ophelia and Guy Horton, and her cousin Chris. She is also most recently preceded by her sweet Aunt Brenda who no doubt was the first to welcome her.

Services will be held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison on Thursday, June 17th. Visitation will be from 10-12pm with funeral to follow. Graveside service will be at Parkway Memorial Cemetery off Highland Colony. One of Tracey’s requests for her celebration of life was to wear Easter colors and a smile.

Tracey and Chuck wanted to say, “thank you,” to the UMMC and MD Anderson cancer staff with special recognition to Dr. Carter Milner (UMMC) and Dr. Courtney DiNardo (MDA) for going above and beyond during this journey. Also, they give much appreciation to everyone for the cards, thoughts, prayers, food, and blood donations. Your love and support has meant the world.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the following address below. Please specify donations to leukemia research in honor of Tracey Head.

Meredith Aldridge, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Development Accounting, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216


  • Uncle Mike Rist
  • Jeff Horton
  • Matt Flanagan
  • Hunter Williams
  • Uncle Pat Peeples
  • Kevin Williams
  • Steven Peeples
  • Cole Johnston
  • Dawn Barr, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Barr, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Justin Beatty, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anthony Brownell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cedrick Chambers, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Demming, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marsha England, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Johnny Evans, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Fuller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Laura Goodwin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerod Green, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tina Green, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cindy Janos, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael McClure, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Derek McDonald, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kim Rice, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stephen Sims, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Thornton, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Williamson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matt Williamson, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021


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Lauren Head

28 September 2021

Really missing those phone calls where I’m walking across campus by myself. Miss my personal shopper ;) Miss those facetime calls. Miss your advice. Miss you!

Hal Shaw

28 June 2021

She was always smiling .. one of the Kindest persons I’ve ever worked with at Kroger .. praying for her family !!!🙏✝️❤️

Helene Gregorich

21 June 2021

I am saddened to hear the news of Tracey's passing. She and I played softball together in our younger years. She was always such a joy to be around. Her bright smile and beautiful eyes. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.
Helene Gregorich

Deco Simmons

17 June 2021

Mrs. Head is responsible for me being with Kroger today, she hired me from Brookshire’s. We will all miss your great and explosive energy. Mr. Head we will continue to pray for you and the family.

-Deco & Victoria

Charlene Manning

17 June 2021

Tommy and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to all of Tracey’s family and friends. We just heard of her passing. We have such wonderful memories of her growing up and then seeing her often at Kroger! Such a beautiful young lady that always had a wonderful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time.

Jeff and Lisa King

17 June 2021

Mr. Head,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will continue to pray for you and your family. May you find strength and comfort from GOD to get through this difficult time.

Bill McBrain

17 June 2021

Mr.Head, from my family to yours we send our heart felt condolences. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this time.

John Blann

17 June 2021

Chuck, we will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Judy Blann


17 June 2021

Chuck and family
Ken and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You and Tracey are such a bright light in our community and i know she will continue to shine thru you and your children.
Keep the faith and may God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace!
Lauren Mcgraw Magee and Ken Magee and family

Stephanie Foster

16 June 2021

I met my sweet Tracey in first grade. Anna and I have been best friends with Tracey for as long as I can remember. I can't imagine life without her. Anna and I called Tracey our "Sally Sunshine" because she always lifted us up and created love and comfort for us throughout our lives. One of the greatest privileges of my life has been to have Tracey Horton Head as my best friend. Anna and I love you, dear Tracey, and you will always be our best friend.