Henry Eugene Damon (Gene)


Henry Eugene Damon (Gene) 92, of Meridian, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at his residence.
A Celebration of Life Service for Gene will be held Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of The Mediator in Meridian, Miss. with Fr. Morris Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Columbarium. A reception celebrating the life of Gene will be held in the Parish Hall following the services.
Mr. Damon is survived by his wife of over 68 years, Wilhelmine Streater Tew Damon; children, Sarah Neville Damon Darsey, Wilhelmine Tew Damon Williams (Joel), Ann Amelia Damon Haas (Troy); grandchildren, Damon Darsey (Mary Ann), Reed Darsey (Rhae), Amelia Haas Parsons (Conner), Cottrell Haas, Reynolds Williams, Margaret Haas, Franklin Williams; great-grandchildren, Allen Darsey, Robert Darsey, Edward Darsey, Helen Darsey, Emily Darsey, and Finn Darsey. He loved and supported each and every one. In addition, Gene leaves behind a host of extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.
Mr. Damon is preceded in death by his parents Henry Eugene Damon and Em Neville Cochran Damon Coons.
Gene was truly a Renaissance man, a person of many talents and areas of interest. His life was characterized by commitments to education, his profession, his community and most of all his family. Gene was born and raised in Meridian. He graduated from Meridian High School; received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. He believed in and practiced life-long learning and continued to take on new intellectual challenges his whole life.
Gene's profession was Consulting Civil Engineering. He founded and managed AES, Ltd for more than 50 years and Poling Home Inspections for over thirteen years. He served as a professional mentor and "rock" to many employees and colleagues along the way. He always guided in a low profile but profound way as he personified honesty and integrity. He spoke volumes with very few words.
Commitment to community and the world around him was apparent early on through his military service. He served over 19 years post World War II, during the Korean Conflict and later in the United States Army Reserve. Gene was a pioneer in developing the two-party political system in Mississippi and was involved in the Committee of Conscience in the 1960s whose mission was to improve race relations and social injustice. He was a long time Rotarian, enjoying lunch with the fellow members the day before his death. Gene was a founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator and would participate in services from the second pew on the left. Gene was always ready to talk about things that mattered in a way that made sense and reflected kindness and faith. As music was always a part of his life, he played the saxophone and later the clarinet. He enjoyed big band music and concerts at every opportunity and was a stalwart member of the Community Band. He was preparing for a concert this upcoming May.
"Gene and Wilhelmine" is almost a one-word phrase. They were an iconic couple exhibiting love, faithfulness, and commitment for over 62 years. They "dated" until the end and were observed recently entering the church holding each other's hand. On the dance floor, he could be seen as the "maypole" with a firm lead while Wilhelmine flea hopped around him. Each grandchild has a cherished memory of Gene wading in the water at the beach holding any given baby-each of them in turn over the years, always so tender and steady. Gene exhibited agape love and support for his family. Each member felt it and knew it. He will be greatly missed.
The family request memorials be made to The Episcopal Church of The Mediator in lieu of flowers.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com
Published on February 1, 2019
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The Mack Family
Feb 08, 2019
We will always remember The Damon Family.We found out too late,We Love Y'all
Jim and Jackie Crawford
Feb 05, 2019
So many good memories of times we all spent together. Sending our deepest sympathy to you and all the family at this sad time.
Paten and Ruby Brown
Feb 04, 2019
At this time we extend our deepest sympathy. May the love of God surround you in these days and always with His comfort, with sympathy.
Henry Granger
Feb 04, 2019
Hi Wilhelmine,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your very best friend and companion for of many years. Please know and always remember that I and so many others will always love and be there for you.
Henry (Granger)
Sharon and Charlie Busler
Feb 03, 2019
What a great man! We are so sorry for your loss. Just know, that your love and wonderful memories will keep Mr.. Damon alive forever in your hearts. May the peace of Christ be with each of you during this time of loss.
Thinking of you and saying a prayer.
Polly Covington
Feb 03, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. Gene had many skills, much wisdom and kindness, and always a broader view. His civil engineering contributed to the infrastructure of several small towns. He will be missed by many.
Palmer Brown
Feb 03, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Gene from our family get togethers. He will be greatly missed.
Sue Shoffiett
Feb 02, 2019
I am greatly saddened to hear of Gene’s death. A fellow church member since the late 70’s, I dread seeing the empty space in his pew. Gene had nothing but kind words for anybody. I joked around with him last Sunday afternoon in band practice about our both having skipped church that morning! I appreciate his work in establishing the church of my life, his gift as a clarinet player in the band, and his friendship throughout the years.
Kathryn (Kathy) Brown Cobb
Feb 02, 2019
I have fond memories of Gene from our few family reunions. Sorry for your loss. May God fill your void with gratefulness for the good memories.
JIm and Shirley Buckley
Feb 01, 2019
So sorry for your loss. A great man that will be missed by many.