Leslie B. Lampton, founder of Flowood-based Ergon, died Tuesday, April 17 at the age of 92.
The Ergon Board of Directors announced the death of the Chairman Emeritus Thursday. Lampton founded the energy-based company in 1954.
He was a leading authority on the oil and gas industry.
The Navy veteran served in two wars before starting the oil and gas company that would make him the wealthiest man in Mississippi, according to Forbes magazine.
"On behalf of Ergon, I would like to express our appreciation for the immeasurable contributions Mr. Lampton has made to our company, the communities in which Ergon serves, and countless charities," commented Emmitte Haddox, President and CEO. "In his 64 years at Ergon, Mr. Lampton built a diversified empire that provides jobs to over 2,600 employees in Mississippi, 29 other states, and several other countries. He was a man of honor and integrity, and his Ergon family will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Lampton's wife and family and his many friends."
Lampton and the Board had taken care over the years to ensure that the Ergon companies would be prepared to continue in his absence. There will be no changes in operation or management of the company.
The family says he died of natural causes at his home in Jackson on Tuesday and is survived by his wife of 69 years.
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