On October 26, 2008, George W. Aycock flew into the arms of his Lord and savior. A life long aviator, he soloed at age 16.
He was born on February 6, 1923 in Waycross, GA to Myrtis Moore Aycock and George W. Aycock. He attended Waycross High School, graduating in 1939, then attended South Georgia College from 1939-1940 before going to work at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co. in Baltimore.
In 1943 he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, graduating as a fighter pilot at Mabry Airfield in Tallahassee, Fl. He joined the 39th Fighter Squadron in the South Pacific, flying 103 combat missions in P-47 "Jugs" and later in P-51 Mustangs in New Guinea and the Philippines. While there his group and others were taught how to double the range of their flights by Charles Lindbergh. After WWII, George spent 34 years with the Georgia Department of Labor. Still flying privately and later with Golden Isles Aviation, in all logging over 10,000 hours of flight time.
Mr. Aycock was a Master Mason and a member of the Golden Isles Masonic Lodge #107 also a past Commander and Historian of the American Legion Post #166. He was a Charter member of the VFW Post #4832 in Waycross and a Charter member of the St. Simons Jaycees. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Brunswick and a member of the Experimental Aviation Association at the airport on St. Simons Island.
He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed working in his garden at McKinnon Airport.
He was preceded is death by his father, George W. Aycock and mother, Myrtis Moore Aycock, sisters, Grace Patterson and Juanita Boyette.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marian D. Aycock of St. Simons Island, daughters, Linda A. Seltzer and Martha A. Martin (Mac) of St. Simons, son George W. "Buddy" Aycock (Carol) of Brunswick, grandchildren, Brooke Maynard (Josh Cawley), Justin Hope (Brandy), Tara Mills Simpson (Dustin), Ben and Zana Aycock, his sister Dottie Kergan (Fred) of California, great grandchildren, Zoe Maynard-Carley and Carson Hope, and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 O'Clock Thursday from the First Baptist Church of St. Simons with Dr. Felix Haynes officiating. Interment will follow at 2 O'Clock in the Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Waycross, Ga. Active pallbearers will be: Charlie Crumbliss, Terry Dickson, Mike Dunlow, Ron Eulenfeld, Ed Strickland and Scott Macarthur. Honorary pallbearers will be: "The Builders" Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church of St. Simons. Special thanks to Dr. Wright's office and Hospice of the Golden Isles. The family will receive friends in the Edo Miller and Sons Funeral from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday night. Please join us in celebrating our loved one's life by visiting our memorial at www.mem.com. (bio by: Ms. Clyde)
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Cousin George you were a great Hero to many people. -
Ann Brosnahan Added: Feb. 15, 2010
George Wheaton Aycock,Jr. was the son of George Wheaton Aycock, Sr. and Myrtis Moore.George Wheaton Aycock, Jr. was the grandson of American Civil War Soldier (NC) Pvt. Edward S. Aycock and Mary Ann Godbolt of Waycross, GA. He was the great grandson of W...(Read more) -
First Cousin/Twice Removed Ann Brosnahan Added: Feb. 15, 2010