John Henry Damron
THE BLANKET SIGNAL
Blanket, Brown County, Texas
Friday, 9 November 1917
Written by Rev. Zack Blanton, brother of Nancy A. Blanton, second wife of John Henry Damron.
"J. H. Damron, known by everybody as Uncle John, died just before 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at his home in Blanket, his death following a paralytic stroke which he received while out shooting birds some two weeks ago. At that time he was carried to his home in a wagon by his son, J. W. Damron, in a helpless condition, though was never unconscious, and recognized his friends until the end came. He was the victim of a paralytic stroke about two years ago. Funeral services and burial took place at Zephyr Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock under the supervision of the Masons and assisted by his pastor and friends, and attended by hundreds of citizens [ov]er this section of the country.
The deceased is survived by a wife, three sons and one daughter, and a countless number of friends.
Uncle John was a resident of this section 29 years. Was one of the bravest and truest men that ever lived. He was a charter member of the Methodist church in the Turkey Peak community where he retained his membership until his death.
In the going away of this splendid character this community loses a noble, consecrated Christian spirit that will be sadly missed, but the memory of this good man will remain in the hearts and minds of his friends and loved ones until they shall be called home when his personal association will be renewed and enjoyed forever.
Uncle John, before his death, called his life-long friend, Rev. Z. T. Blanton, to his bedside and instructed him as to funeral arrangements, requesting that the Masons have charge and that Past Master Alvin Richmond preside, and that Bro. Blanton give a biographical sketch of his life.
The following is the words of Bro. Blanton who has known and has been closely associated with the deceased for nearly 60 years:
'August 14, 1826 in Kentucky there began a life unique in its greatness despite its environments. That personality bore the name of John Henry Damron. Thrown upon his own resources, a busy brain and willing hands, he met bravely the stern forces playing as a living factor in civic righteousness. Emerging into manhood, the war with Mexico found him in Santa Fe, N.Mex. associated with Kit Carson and other like characters, where he enlisted in the U.S. service and helped to secure in that struggle the vast undeveloped riches ceded to our Republic.
'Returning home, he was married to Elizabeth Melugin, Jan 9, 1849. He came to Texas in 1852 and settled in Fannin county. He helped to down the wild spirits of those days as an executive officer. When the storm of civil war broke upon our fair sunny South, he organized Company C, Hardeman's Regiment, 24th Texas Cavalry, Gano's Brigade. He did active service in the field and as a scout. He went home after the war to his wife and children and took up the duties of a private life. His petition was carried by his friend W. A. Ruth in '56 or '57 to Constantine Lodge, No. 13, A. F. and A. M., Bonham, Texas, in which he was made Master Mason. He was exalted to the Royal Arch degree.
'His wife died Oct. 12, 1870. On Sept. 12, 1872, he married Nancy Blanton who still survives him. The children of his first union and still living are Mrs. Belle Savoy, Tom, Joe and Wesley Damron: deceased, Mrs. Rebecca Simmons and Simeon Damron. He sheltered and raised as many or more orphans than his own children. Though never wealthy, he was rich in his compassion towards the needy.
'His religious life began early and as a member of the Methodist Church, south, he became an active leader as an exhorter and maintained his Christian character to the last. He was laid way at Zephyr, Texas by his Masonic brethren and Christian friends. May we emulate his life and improve by his example. His age was 91 years, 2 mo. and 22 days.'"
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