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George Byrom Vockroth

Known for his love of science and keen sense of fun, George Byrom Vockroth, aged 92, passed away peacefully at home on September 2, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a resident of Jackson and Terry, MS and formerly a resident of New Orleans, LA. He grew up in Richmond, VA. George attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech), where he was Commandant of the Cadet Corp, and graduated with a BS in Geology in 1949. He also graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in Geology in 1951. George served in Japan during the Korean War as a USAF Captain. Upon returning to the U.S., he lived in New Orleans with his wife and first son while working as a Geologist for Chevron Oil Co. Over the course of his career with Chevron, he moved back and forth between New Orleans and Jackson several times and had a daughter and another son. Following an early retirement from Chevron, he started his own exploration and drilling company in Jackson called Vantage Oil Company. He was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Mississippi Geological Society and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. George was also an Assistant Scoutmaster for his youngest son’s Boy Scout Troop 199. He was very involved in and proud of this volunteer work, which he had great fun doing for a number of years. He had an avid interest in the earth sciences and nature and frequently took his children to nature trails, planetariums, the beach and the mountains. He was also known for his wittiness and sense of humor. He loved to laugh, tell jokes, jest and make others laugh too. He was a lifelong member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, just like his parents, Eoline and Ewald Vockroth. George is survived by his wife, Marilyn Reynolds Vockroth; his children George Laird Vockroth, Amanda Katherine Lutz and Graham Byrom Vockroth; his sister Katherine M. Bianchi; his granddaughters Jessica Vockroth Jones and Jeanne Crowder; and great grandson Henry Samuel Jones. The family would like to especially express their gratitude to George’s long-time devoted caretaker and very special person, Anna Blackmon, and to Michelle Lowe, the manager of Comfort Keepers, and all of his other caretakers, for taking such good care of him for seven years and going above and beyond in helping him and the family through some very difficult times. A Unitarian Universalist memorial service and celebration of life, officiated by Rev. Justin McCreary, with music by Alan Black, will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home Sanctuary at 114 Burney Dr., Flowood, MS. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jackson for their building fund. All wishing to attend the service are requested to please wear facemasks and practice social distancing. Seating will be 6 feet apart, however, family members living together may sit next to each other.


George Byrom Vockroth
May 16, 1928 - September 2, 2020




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