Clayton ‘Sam’ Damron

April 03, 1933 ‒ July 25, 2017

Edison, Ohio
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,

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

  • So sorry Steve and Sis death is never easy.But I know Sam is in A better place and isnt suffering anymore. Prayers for your entire family

  • Sam was an unforgettable man. A friend and neighbor to all whether he knew you or not! So many memories for our family as well as the neighbors. It’s not goodbye, but ” see you later, friend”.

  • Brian, Rhonda and family. So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers today and in the times ahead. We love you family! With our deepest sympathy, Keith & Jona Baer and family

  • so sorry to hear of Sam’s death. My thoughts and prayers to Marty and the rest of the family. I missed his hugs at church

  • Our hearts are all saddened by the loss of Sam. He was such a gentle caring soul. Know that we will be thinking of all of you and your families and especially Marty in our prayers in the weeks and months ahead that you may find comfort and peace.

    We have many memories of being around Sam through the years and remember lots of laughter and joy by him. Never a dull moment that’s for sure!! He always had a smile for everyone..

    Unfortunately at these times, our hearts are heavy, but knowing they are without pain, and much more can ease our hearts in some ways, hopefully.

    Heaven gained a wonderful man today, but your families gained a beautiful angel to watch over you for eternity…
    With all our love always,
    Tammy & Derek Rehberg, Billy Howell & Family & Charity Edwards & Family

  • Marty and family, so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Many fond memories of Sam, you, Red and Dorie as a child! May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time. Sending you big hugs and prayers. Love, Mandy (Lane)

    • Brian,Rhonda and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you.

  • Rhonda Bryan Bryston Bailey and Brookly
    So very sorry for your loss. Sam was one of the good guys for sure as every time I saw him he was smiling and loving his grandchildren. We are here if you guys need anything and know that we love you so much and you have our deepest sympathies
    Love Ronnie, Kila, Parker and Ranger

  • Dear Marty, Randy, Steve, Tim, Brian and families,
    Sam was the best of friends and neighbors that anyone could ever ask for. The fact is, all of the Damron Clan remaining still are. We are lifting you all up in prayer as you know we can’t get through this without the help of The Lord. Isaiah 43: 2-3 says
    ” When you pass through the waters I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour”. Peace and Love.

    Your Friend and Neighbor
    Jon Shipman

  • So very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. I loved that man dearly. I only lived beside you for a year but you all made such an impression on me. I will never forget you Sam. Love you all.

  • Sorry to hear about grandpa damron he will be greatly missed but will always be loved you all are in our thoughts prayers and loved

  • Marty and family, with tears in my eyes, my heart is heavy for all of you. Sam was a friend to all of us who lived in Climax. Love and blessings to you and your family.

  • So sorry to hear of Sam passing. He was a wonderful neighbor. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Marty and Family
    It broke my heart to hear about Sam. He was always such a wonderful, kind guy and a joy to be around. It always made me smile to think about him.

    love, Carole Sims

  • Bryan Rhonda and the kids sorry for your loss!! U know if u all need anything give me a call !!

  • Sam was a joy to be around he was always smiling and laughter was his trade mark.
    Sam was my double first cousin and I always enjoyed being around him and his wife
    Marty. They were very happy together.

  • Bryan, Rhonda and Family
    So sorry for your loss. Hopefully you will all find peace in knowing that he has gone to a better place. Much love to all.

  • Bryan,Rhonda, and all the families, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


    Donna ! Mitchell

  • Bobbie, Matthew, and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and let you know our prayers are with you.