Clayton ‘Sam’ Damron
April 03, 1933 ‒ July 25, 2017
Formerly of Dayton, Ohio
Clayton “Sam” Damron, age 84, of Edison, died Tuesday morning, July 25, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family following a battle with cancer.
On April 3, 1933, Clayton was born down in the hollers of Beauty, Kentucky, one of eleven children of the late J. Silas and Sadie (Hobbs) Damron. Growing up, somehow he was given the nickname of “Sam” by his many siblings, and from there it stuck.
In 1950, Sam left school early to join his fellow countrymen in the fight of the Korean War, enlisting to serve in the U.S. Army. He fired artillery during the battles he fought in in Korea.
Upon his honorable discharge, Sam made his way to Dayton, Ohio, where he fell for a young lady, Marilyn “Marty” Rowe. They were married on July 30, 1953, and have been quite the pair during their nearly 64 years of marriage. As a family, they moved to Edison, Ohio, in 1968, where they made their home.
Shortly after Sam and Marty were married, Sam hit the open road as a truck driver. He worked for himself and several other companies, spending the most time with Signal Delivery, delivering dryers for the Whirlpool Corporation. After forty years of driving, one of his happiest days was the day he retired in 1995. He was a member of the Teamster Union, Local 40. He also was a member of the Canaan United Methodist Church.
Having a green thumb, Sam loved tending to his vegetable and flower gardens every year, always growing a large crop of tomatoes, green beans, onions and cucumbers. He often canned everything himself (unless he could con his sons into helping), over an open fire. He also took pride in mowing and caring for his lawn.
One of Sam’s favorite pastimes was visiting their old homestead in Kentucky with his family, to relax and tell thousands of stories, where his family had to decide if they were the truth or fiction. He also cherished their family reunions down there in Martin County, Kentucky.
Sam always had one of his three favorite things in his hands, and quite often two of them. What were his three favorite things? Kids, dogs, and beer.
Most important of all to Sam was his family, especially his grandchildren. And with a smile on their faces, they endearingly referred to him as their cantankerous old hillbilly.
Sam will be missed dearly by his beloved wife, Marty Damron; four children: Randy (Lori) Damron Sr. of Cable, OH, Steve (Trudy) Damron of Cardington, Tim (Melissa Sherman) Damron of Mechanicsburg, OH, and Bryan (Rhonda) Damron of Marengo; eight grandchildren: Shane and Randy Damron Jr., Tricia (Donald) Carlyle, Steven (Heidi) Damron Jr., Amanda (Damron) Conley, and Bryston, Bailey, and Brooklyn Damron; two step-grandchildren: Tina (Carl) Unger and Mike (Kassie) Gall Jr.; ten great-grandchildren: Kamin, Mary, Owen and McKenzie Damron, Kayla and Lana Carlyle, Madelyn, Steven III, and Eli Damron, and Alyssa Conley; four step-great-grandchildren: Tyler and Gabrielle Unger, Kayden and Quentin Gall; three sisters: Nancy Bell Marcum, Daisy Bleau, and Maveen Caruso; oodles of nieces and nephews; and his sidekick, Buddy.
Including his parents, Sam was preceded in death by seven siblings: George, Robert, Bainbridge “Red”, Roger “Bill”, and James Damron, and Faye Ross and Dot Goble; a daughter-in-law, Mildred Damron; and a great-grandson, Cooper Damron.
His family will greet friends from 3 – 5 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will be observed there at 5 p.m., with Pastor Steve Bloomfield officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Worden Cemetery in Edison. On behalf of his family, they would like to encourage everyone to dress casually for Sam’s services, just like he would want.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338, or to the James Cancer Center, c/o Martha Moore House, www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Sam’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.