he mother of basketball legend and Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt has died. 93-year-old Hazel Head passed away Wednesday. The Pat Summitt Foundation released a statement Wednesday regarding Mrs. Head’s passing:
“Mrs. Head was a strong, kind-hearted woman of faith who leaves behind a legacy of love and caring for others, qualities which were reflected throughout the life of Pat Summitt. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Head family.”
Seventh-year Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick, who became close to Mrs. Head during a UT career that includes playing four seasons as Summitt’s point guard and serving 27 more as Summitt’s assistant and associate head coach, shared her thoughts about someone she knew well and thought of as a family member.
“When you look at the life of Ms. Hazel, it’s easy to understand the roots of Pat’s ability as a leader and her ability to connect with people. Ms. Hazel was gracious and kind but always tough and hardworking.
“Family was always first and ‘Granny’ was the foundation for the entire Head family. I would love to see when she was reunited with Richard, Pat and Pat’s brother, Kenneth, and asked them ‘who has the cards.'”
Funeral services will be held at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 5050 Pickering Road, Clarksville, Tennessee, on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Regina Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel UMC Cemetery.