William Randolph Damron
September 24, 1928 – August 3, 2018
Mr. William R. Damron, age 89 of Johns Creek, GA passed away on August 3, 2018. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marijane Tinlin Damron, in 1976. Bill was born in Kenova, West Virginia on September 24, 1928. He was the youngest of six children growing up in Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from Huntington High School where he was the salutatorian and voted Most Likely To Succeed. He then furthered his education at Bethany College in Bethany, WV. His professional career began at Houdaille-Hershey Industries in Huntington where he met his future wife Marijane Tinlin. Bill worked in the chemical industry for over 60 years, including sales positions with Monsanto Chemicals and Engelhard Chemicals. With his increasing responsibilities, his family relocated many times moving to Pearl River, NY, North Wales, PA, Sudbury, MA and Gladstone, NJ. In 1975 Bill and his family moved to Dunwoody, GA he started his own company. He created and built Damron Chemicals Company and later a sister company, Scientific Polymers Inc., which he successfully ran for over 40 years. Bill was the consummate salesman; “no” was not in his vocabulary. His annual corporate Christmas parties and golf tournaments became legendary in middle and south Georgia. He enjoyed nothing more than entertaining family, friends, and customers. We will all cherish those memorable times. Bill was an avid reader of anything historical or biographical, and his book collection was his pride and joy. We will remember Bill for his strong and generous spirit, as well as his unending work ethic. He leaves behind daughter Shari Wilkison and son-in-law Mark R. Wilkison of Alpharetta, GA, and daughter Julie Evans and son-in-law Mark G. Evans of Wilmington, NC. Bill was a wonderful Pop Pop to Kyle and Katherine Wilkison, and Papa Bill to Garrett, Mary Stewart, Blake and John Evans. He was so proud of each grandchild and their varied accomplishments. He is also survived by his twin sister Betty Damron Reeves and her daughter Lee Anne Register with whom he shared very special relationships. Additional family includes multiple nieces and nephews. The family offers heartfelt thanks to the staff of The Memory Center – Johns Creek, as well as Bridgeway Hospice for their compassionate care. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the Mikell Chapel, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. Private burial in Huntington, WV will take place at a later date. Flowers are welcome, or if you prefer, a donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank 732 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, one of Bill’s favorite charities, would be greatly appreciated.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018
William Randolph Damron
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August 6, 2018
My Uncle Bill is the greatest man I have ever known. He was the original self made man. He conquered devastating poverty, the humiliation of by being raised by a single mom in a time when that was totally unacceptable, and he defeated one hardship after another with tenacity and grace. He was the bread winner at 14 which left no time for fun or just being a kid. He was never encouraged to succeed, but he did anyway. He never complain about his upbringing, but saw it as a blessing. He used every talent and ability to take on life to the fullest. He had impeccable manners, a voracious work ethic, an unquenchable thrist for knowledge, and an untiring pursuit of excellence in everything he did.. His heart was made from the finest gold as he helped so many people in a quiet and unassuming manner, never seeking any acknowledgements or accolades.
My Uncle took the time to love me and teach me so many invaluable life lessons. He will forever live in my heart and memories for all eternity. I was and am so blessed to have had this incredible man in my life. In fact, the world is a brighter and better place because Bill Damron was born. His light will continue to shine through all the many lives he touched by simply being himself. For all who knew him, have touched GREATNESS!
I love and adore you, Uncle Bill. You are one of the greatest gifts in my life!
Your favorite niece,