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Celebrating the life of

Michael Whitehead

May 29, 1964 - May 02, 2024

Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead, 59, passed away May 2, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones in Savannah, Georgia. Originally hailing from Appleton, Wisconsin, Michael's gypsy spirit and boundless creativity drew him to Nashville, Tennessee, where he honed his skills as a Master Stylist and successful business owner. It was in Nashville where fate intertwined his path with Billy, the love of his life. Michael was so smitten, that he bought a red Jeep Wrangler to impress Billy and the rest, as they say, is history. Together, they embarked on a life of adventure.

Their journey led them to St. John in the Virgin Islands, where they cultivated deep connections and a second family. Amidst the island's beauty, Michael found purpose in not only enhancing its allure through his artistry but also in fostering profound bonds with his adoring clientele. Returning stateside, they planted roots in Savannah, fulfilling their shared dream by founding Shine Salon.

Michael's magnetic charm drew people to him effortlessly. His warm smile and sincere embrace were always at the ready, accompanied by the unforgettable flavors of his homemade meals, each infused with his boundless love and care.

Among the highlights of his life was the joyous union with Billy on the blue water of St. John, surrounded by an abundance of love. Michael leaves behind his devoted husband, William Purvis, and cherished friends and family. Beyond his affection for people, Michael's compassion extended to animals in need. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests considering a donation to the St. John Animal Care Center in Michael's honor, a cause close to his heart.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2024 at the Fox & Weeks Islands Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the following link:





I am so so sorry ! He was the best ,

- Marsha Greenstein, Nashville, Tn

Thanks for the haircuts on St. John - you and Billy were made for each other. Rest in peace dear soul.

- Vicki Brigman, Huntsville , Al

My deepest condolences to you. I love you and can only imagine your pain. Please know I will be praying for you during this hard time and in the days & months ahead. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to meet Michael. My heart aches for you. . Love you deeply, Angie

- Angie, Meridian , Mississippi

A candle has been lit!

Love you , my dear sweet cousin. Theres another star in the sky I’ll be watching and talking to and sending my love up towards.

- Barbara, Verona, WI

I am heartbroken over Micheal’s passing He was my friend and hairdresser for 10 years Billy my heart goes out to you and Michael’s family and friends He is at peace now I pray God gives you comfort Billy Live you

- Linda Brace, Savannah, Ga

Michael was a loving and thoughtful person I’m thankful I had the opportunity to visit with for most of our shared time in Savannah. He always shared stories about his love for Billy, his family, dogs, and baking. My heart is with all who knew Michael as his passing leaves this world with a missing piece. His kindness and character will be remembered fondly.

- Kristen Crawley, Savannah, GA

Our dearest Meghan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We were so sorry to hear that you uncle was taken so young and so quickly. Please accept our deepest sympathy for you, Billy and the rest of the family. Love you tons...Steve and Gail

- Steve and Gail Trask, Hollis, NH

I am so sorry to hear the loss of my dear friend for over eight years, here in Savannah. The stories, laughs, and life challenges that we shared, while I was in his chair, will always be happy memories for me. I so miss him, his big hugs/ kisses, his laugh and caring acts. Billy, I’m sending my warmest love and strength to you. And always remember the good times that you shared with Michael.

- Wendy Picone, Savannah, GA

I am so very sorry for your loss. Michael was a kind, wonderful man. He will be so missed.

- Kristi Hubner, Savannah, GA

I was shocked to hear of Michael's passing. It hit me like a punch to the stomach. The world has lost a warm and beautiful spirit. I will miss his beautiful smile, delightful laugh and engulfing hugs. There's an empty place in my heart where Michael once stood. Sherri

- Sherri Reddick, Savannah, GA

I met Michael shortly after moving to Savannah six years ago. I immediately knew that we were going to be friends for the long haul. Michael was the brother that I never had, always kind and generous. Michael and Billy welcomed Dan and me into their lives and treated us like family. We celebrated each other's birthdays and special occasions. I considered it a privilege to be part of the Shine team for a little over two years. While Michael's passing has hit us hard, we thank our lucky stars that we had a chance to have Michael and Billy in our lives.

- Dan & Jerene Milliken, Savannah, GA


- Addison deAurora, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel