Holman Head

January 13, 1926December 11, 2013

Holman Head Holman Head, age 87, born on January 13, 1926, Long Island, N.Y., resident of Lyons, N.J. (1932-43) and a resident of Alabama since 1946, died December 11, 2013.

Holman was the son of Middleton Edward and Fannie Marie Holman Head and was preceded in death by his sister Frances Head Gale, Gloucester, Massachusetts and brother, M.E. Head, Jr., Westerville, OH. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Hallie Fuller Head; daughter Hallie Head Rawls and husband Bruce Alan Rawls; sons Robert Holman Head and wife Margaret White Head (all of Birmingham, Alabama) and Martin Edward Head and wife Amy Gilreath Head of Auburn; granddaughters Hallie Martin Rawls of Columbia, S.C. and Olivia Paramore Head of Washington, D.C.; grandsons Bruce Alan Rawls, Jr. and Jackson Fuller Rawls of Birmingham and Holman Edwards Head, Bennett Samford Head and Davis Martin Head (all of Auburn, Alabama). He is also survived by a sister Rose Marian Bliss, Concord, N.H.

Head served 3 years (1943-46) in the U.S. Navy in World War II and attended Dartmouth College. He received his Naval/Commission from Midshipmen’s School, Notre Dame University and served aboard LST393. He received his A.B. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Alabama and taught economics and statistics as a graduate student. An educational, business and governmental administrator, Head served on numerous volunteer civic boards and commissions. He was director of The University of Alabama Montgomery Center in the 1950’s followed by 20 years service with Blount, Inc. (and predecessor companies) as Vice President, Administration. He served as Executive Assistant for postal affairs to the Postmaster General of the U.S. 1969-71. He headed the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce 1971-74 and later the Alabama Chamber of Commerce 1980-85. He was President, Head Realty 1986-92. In 1989-90 he was Chief of Staff to the Governor of Alabama.

Head was a founding trustee of the Montgomery Academy (1959) and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee in establishing Auburn University in Montgomery (1965-67) and Chairman of AUM Land Acquisition Committee. He served on the Board of Visitors, University of Alabama College of Commerce and the Board of Governors, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges. He was General Campaign Chairman (1976) and President (1979) of The Montgomery Area United Way. A long-term Rotarian, he served on the Executive Committee, Citizen Conference of Alabama State Courts and Chairman, Governors Criminal Justice System Emergency Action Force (1992). He was President of The Blount Foundation 1974-81.

Head was a member of Christchurch. A private family committal will be held in Greenwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 13, 2013 at Christchurch with Father John Michael Van Dyke and Father Rusty DeMoss officiating. Visitation with the family will be immediately following the service. In liru of flowers the family request memorials be sent to Christchurch Building Fund, 8100 Vaughn road, Montgomery, Alabama, or to Miracle League of East Alabama, c/o Rob Cox, 709 Second Avenue, Opelika, Alabama, or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 600 Beacon Park Way West, Suite 860, Birmingham, AL 35209


  • Funeral Service Friday, December 13, 2013

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Sally Upchurch Pierce

December 15, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Aubrey Miller

December 13, 2013

Holman - on behalf of the Board and staff of JDRF, please accept our deep love and sympathy in this difficult time.
- Aubrey Miller

December 13, 2013

Hallie & Family,
We are so sorry about Holman and we are with you all in spirit and love you all dearly. Will be in touch when we get home.
With love,
Claudia, Ellen, Sam, Irvine