Local Republican trailblazer passes away

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A well-known and respected member of the community passed away Wednesday night.

Henry Eugene "Gene" Damon was the first Republican nominee for Meridian mayor back in 1961. He was a longtime Republican Party chairman.

Current head of the Republican Party, Tyler Norman, says Damon was instrumental during Gil Carmichael’s races for governor and Senate.

Damon, 92, also ran a successful engineering practice for many years.

He and his wife, Wilhelmine, were active in the community for decades. Damon was in attendance Wednesday at the Meridian Rotary Club meeting.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.