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Walston, Jr., an international oilman and loving husband and father, passed away at home in Moulton, Texas on Wednesday, May 15th after a short battle with an aggressive cancer.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Suzanne Porter Walston and three sons: Bruce Burleson Walston of Moulton, Andrew Ellington Walston of Austin, and Robert Glenn Walston of Houston, his two sisters, Dorothy Walston Alcorn of Victoria and Sally Walston Doehring of Houston, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Virgil was born in Tyler, Texas on August 23rd, 1934 to Virgil A. Walston and Dorothy Darden Walston. His father was a civil engineer with Humble Oil Company and Virgil and his two sisters grew up in several oil-related locations, including Midland, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana; and finally Houston, Texas.
After graduating from Lamar High School in Houston, he attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He later attended Texas Tech University for graduate studies in geology. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1955-57.
A well respected international oil explorationist, Virgil began his career as a geologist for Esso in Tripoli, Libya in 1963 followed by various managerial positions with PT Stanvac in Jakarta, Indonesia, Cities Service in Singapore, Jakarta, and Houston and with Occidental Petroleum in Bakersfield, California. After retiring from Occidental Petroleum in 1985 as Manager-Middle East/Far East Operations, Virgil co-founded Alcorn International, Inc and VAALCO Energy, Inc. and served as Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Operations Officer until his retirement in 2003. In this capacity, Virgil oversaw successful operations in the Philippines with Alcorn International and in Gabon, West Africa where VAALCO still operates today.
Virgil enjoyed spending his time bird hunting and fishing at his ranches in Moulton and Goliad, Texas, among other places. Besides hunting and fishing, his passions included The University of Texas sports, golf, gardening, travelling, reading, crossword puzzles, and breeding and raising Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs.
Virgil is predeceased by his parents, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Martha and Chauncey Trout, brothers-in-law Charles William Alcorn, Jr. and Sweeney Jameson Doehring.
Virgil and his family are grateful for the care and compassion given to him by Dr. Chen, Dr. Vu and Accolade Hospice in the past weeks.
A cremation has been conducted by the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, Texas. There will be a memorial service and celebration of Virgil's life for friends and family at a later date. His nephew, Rev. Jameson Doehring will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Quail Forever may be made in Virgil's name or to the
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 22, 2013