Brenda Sue Ann (Johnson) Damron (2017)

October 24, 2017

Brenda Sue Ann Johnson Damron, 70, of Big Spring, Texas died Aug. 30, 2017. Sue Ann was born to Chester Allen and Freda Mae Pearl Johnson on Dec. 7, 1946, in Frederick, Maryland.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at the Coahoma Cemetery.

She enjoyed her childhood in Lander, Maryland and had many fond memories of spending time on her beloved grandfather’s farm. It was from him she learned to love history and family stories from the past. She graduated from Frederick High School in 1964. She attending the University of Maryland for a short while and then moved to Big Spring, Texas in 1966. She worked at Cosden Refinery for several years and that is where she met the “cowboy of her dreams”, John Roy “Tom” Damron. John and Sue Ann were married on June 30, 1967, and just recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She graduated from University of Texas Permian Basin in 1975 and began her teaching career. She taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School until it closed; and then was an 8th grade math teacher at Runnels Junior High School for 14 years.

She loved her country, her cats, the Dallas Cowboys, and anything to do with history and genealogy. She had many great adventures with her family and friends over the years. She enjoyed visiting her home state of Maryland every summer and had many memorable vacations with her sister, Lorraine Johnson Davis and her family. She also enjoyed going to Salt Lake City to do genealogical research at the Mormon Library. She loved spending time with her only daughter, Anne Damron Witherspoon; and her adorable grandchildren, John Aaron and Ellen Witherspoon.

She was a charter member, former Regent and current Registrar of the Daughters of the American Revolution Captain Elisha Mack Chapter. She documented 29 Revolutionary War patriot ancestors for herself and her daughter. Sue Ann was a long time executive committee member of the Permian Historical Society, serving as secretary for the past 14 years. She also served as secretary for the Howard County Historical Commission. She was a national officer of the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. She was a long time volunteer at the VA Hospital and was recognized with the West Texas VA-Legion of Honor Award and the Outstanding Woman Volunteer of the Year; and she was named the Texas Society DAR Service for Veterans Outstanding DAR Member Volunteer. She had recently been named to The Heritage Museum’s Board of Trustees.

She had a brilliant mind, a great sense of humor and was tough as nails. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, John “Tom” Damron of Big Spring; daughter Anne Damron Witherspoon; son-in-law Jonathan Witherspoon; grandson John Aaron Witherspoon; and granddaughter Ellen Witherspoon – all of Lucas, Texas; mother Freda Mae Pearl Johnson and sister Lorraine Johnson Davis, both of Frederick, Maryland; and “twin” and childhood friend, Dottie Britton of Big Spring, Texas; and many other beloved family members and friends.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to The Heritage Museum, 510 Scurry Street, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at

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