George S. Haymans III – Mississippi’s finest community newspaper

April 8, 1950 – August 3, 2022

NATCHEZ – George S. Haymans, III died unexpectedly on August 3, 2022 of a heart attack. He was born on April 8, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA, the eldest of two children to George Stouton Haymans, Jr. and Jeanne deNobriga Haymans. He grew up in Gainesville, GA and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1968.

Haymans was a “rock hound” and has one of the finest private collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in Mississippi, which he gave to Millsaps College for students to enjoy and study. His love of stones and artifacts began in first grade in North Georgia when he found dazzling minerals and Native American artifacts while vacationing with his family. This interest eventually led him to Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1972. He recently enjoyed a meeting of Millsaps geology classmates at Millsaps.

After attending graduate school in geology at the University of Mississippi, Haymans trained as an engineer for Schlumberger Well Services in Ventura, CA in 1973. He has worked for Schlumberger in Laurel, MS, Magnolia, AR, Shreveport, LA and Natchez, MS. He has been recognized as one of the finest well log analysts in the well exploration world. His protocol review was widely sought after and respected. He has advised many Houston based drilling clients on deep, high pressure wells on both well assay and well completion.

In 1980 he worked for several oil and gas companies in Natchez before founding Petrovest, Inc. with successful oil and gas production in LA, MS, TX, ND, OK and WY and becoming President. In 1988, Haymans was vice president of exploration for Tri-Quest Resources.

Haymans was adventurous and narrowly survived a whitewater rafting expedition down Chile’s Biobio River, during which he was thrown out of a helicopter with broken ribs. Unfortunately, others on his excursion did not survive the months-long journey.

Haymans had a brilliant mathematical and scientific mind and was able to perform complex calculations without pen and paper. He collected thousands of geological drill logs and seismic data to study prospects for regional oil production. Prior to complex computer modeling systems, he developed a 3D system for identifying precise drill sites. As a secondary and tertiary recovery operator, he loved “wildcat drilling” or new exploration drilling because of the risk versus reward and the opportunity to test his scientific exploration theories. At a point in the 1980’s when the state ratio of wildcat wells producing was 1 in 14 (7.1%), he was successful in producing 13 out of 19 (68.4%) wells. Petrovest became a highly profitable company involved in exploration and BLM leasing projects nationwide.

Haymans held professional geological records in AL, AR, FL, LA, KY, MS, TN, TX and WY. He was a life member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for over 45 years. Haymans worked in the casino industry from 1994 until his retirement in 2013.

After fully retiring from the oil business, Haymans was a geological consultant and recently participated in a massive gold discovery in Alaska with a longtime friend. He did not leave the exact location of the gold or the treasure map, but his family is still looking.

He enjoyed humor, history and travel. He and his wife Shirley loved cruising and spending time in Alaska. He looked forward to hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, and teaching them how to pan for gold, play the lottery, and prepare for the future…an example of this was prewriting most of this obituary; However, his version was much more modest than this one.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. As a scientist, his faith in God was strengthened by the knowledge that the universe was created by a higher power. Later in life he shared his faith in God with his children and grandchildren and showed it in his conversations with those around him. He prayed for those who were struggling and was one of the most devoted friends one could ask for. He consistently thought of others and their needs. He loved giving gifts, especially to those he knew had less. He never failed to send a thank you note. George was loved and admired by his friends and family for his wit and humor but mostly for his loving kindness, honesty and sincerity.

He had died from his parents.

Survivors include his 34-year-old wife, Shirley Pruden Haymans; his son, George Stouton Haymans, IV (Annie) of Oxford, MS; a stepdaughter, Angela Renee Coleman Appleby (Kenny) of Lawton, OK; five grandchildren, Curtis Ryan Burnette, Christian Reaves Burnette, George Stouton Haymans, V, Hugh Hollingsworth “Worth” Haymans and Katherine Ann Haymans; his sister Elizabeth Lee Haymans Hay (Randy) of Powder Springs, GA and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The memorial services for George Stouton Haymans III will be held at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on August 9, 2022 at the Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, MS. The visit precedes the service and begins at 11 a.m

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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