Toney Head Jr., 96, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, at Signature HealthCare in Elizabethtown. He was surrounded by his son, David, daughter-in-law Debbra, and members of his caring medical team.
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, on Jan. 28, 1927. Toney, the youngest of four children born to Toney and Sallie Head, spent his formative years in Monroe, but began splitting time between Monroe and living with his elder sister Lula in St. Louis, Missouri. Lula helped Toney transfer from Monroe Colored High School to Sumner High School in St. Louis, where he graduated with honors. Toney elected to enlist in the military, where he served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of major in the Army Reserves. During this time, he married Mona Brinson and out of that union they welcomed five children into their home, Anthony (1951), Stephany (1955), David (1956), Christian (1962) and Mark (1963). Funding saved from his time in the military afforded him the opportunity to work on his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, which he completed in 1960. Toney later entered graduate school at Syracuse University and obtained his Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Financial Management in 1966. His civil service career flourished, as Toney reached the grade of GS18, the highest rank attainable at that time, and was appointed to the Office of Management and Budget. His skill, business acumen, and hard work earned him a position within the Executive Office of the President of the United States under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. After retiring from civil service, he started his own highly successful consulting company, T. Head and Company, Incorporated. Upon retirement from his company, he continued his travels, seeing much of the United States while driving cross country and spending considerable time in Seattle with his sister, Lula, and family. Toney then relocated to Kentucky to enjoy his golden years with his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Debbra. Toney was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and enjoyed church attendance and activities. Time with family and lively conversation were among his favorite pastimes. He shared his wisdom and knowledge with all privileged and willing to receive. Just a month shy of his 97th birthday, Toney ended his lifes journey. His was a full and vibrant life well lived and filled with love and joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Toney and Sallie Head; his two brothers, Rufus and Arthur; and his sister, Lula.
Survivors include his five children, Anthony, Stephany, David (Debbra), Christian (Zenaida) and Mark (Stayce); and his six grandchildren, Kwame, Anthony, Raquel, Sofia, Kendall and Nathan. Toney leaves a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends to treasure his memory.
The funeral is at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Pastor Neil Janes officiating. Burial follows at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.
Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Published by The News-Enterprise from Jan. 2 to Jan. 10, 2024.