Visitation will be Tuesday for Guy Bilyeu, the executive director of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 12 noon at Chattanooga Memorial Park on Memorial Drive in the Red Bank area, known to many as the "Duck Pond." Here is obituary information from Hamilton Funeral Home:
Guy Samuel Bilyeu, 54, of Chattanooga, TN passed peacefully September 14, 2013.
Guy was born in Hopewell, VA, Feb. 25, 1959. He attended Hopewell High School and was a beloved part of the HHS Class of '77. He attended Richard Bland College and Tidewater Ballet in Virginia.
From 2003 he served as Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga. Under his leadership HES was named Animal Shelter of the Year in 2005 and inducted in Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also a founding member of Wally's Friends Clinic. In 2009, at the request of PetSmart Charities, he created a webinar on HES' "Getting to Zero" program to end euthanasia for treatable, adoptable and trainable animals and HES has not had to euphonize TAT animal since 2008. From 2006 he served asboard member of Humane Strategies, which runs the Rescue Waggin Program for PetSmart Charities and was fully involved in its development.
Prior to HES, he was a professional ballet dancer for 22 yrs and was a principal dancer with his former wife and principal ballerina Eileen Price for Nevada Dance Theatre, Sacramento Ballet, Colorado Ballet and he wasguest artist with various companies throughout US. He also performed as a professional singer and was a favorite at karaoke establishments. Concurrently, he worked to help animals e.g., initiative on the ballot to end the selling of shelter animals to research in Sacramento, CA; helped obtain video footage of orangutans being beaten, leading to a show being canceled in Las Vegas; PAWS.
He was preceded in death by his father in Hank Bilyeu.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving mother Anne Bilyeu; eternally devoted fiancé Kim Radcliffe to whom Guy shall always be her love and angel; siblings: Gary Bilyeu (Jill/Kirby/Katie), favorite sister Cherry Bilyeu-Buhl (Norman/Nicholas), Scott Bilyeu (Sharon/ Kendall), special cousins, extended family and friends that loved him more than life itself and that he loved very much. He embodied passion for lifeand he lived his dreams. His essence was love, and he strove for peace and harmony. He was sunshine with glowing sunflower eyes.
Visitation will be held at Hamilton Funeral Home, Hixson, TN, Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 2-8 p.m.
A graveside service will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Chattanooga Memorial Park with Dr. Gary Carver officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Educational Society, 212 North Highland Park Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404.
Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services; 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, Tennessee, 37347. 423-531-3975
(PREVIOUS STORY FROM SAT. SEPT. 14):
Guy Bilyeu, the executive director of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has passed away six days after a serious bicycle accident.
Friends say he died Saturday morning at 8:30 at a local hospital.
Bilyeu, who was 54, joined the organization in 2003, and was well-known for his love of animals. Under his leadership, the Humane Educational Society was honored as the Tennessee Animal Shelter of the Year in 2005, and was inducted into the state Animal Hall of Fame in 2006.
He was a 1976 graduate of Hopewell High School in Virginia, and attended the Richard Bland College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
"It is with great sorrow and much anguish that I must inform you of Guy Bilyeu's passing this morning. He served our community tirelessly as an advocate for animals. His passing leaves a great many of us to grieve our loss, but the work he has done will live on locally and nationally in the thousands of animal lives he has saved and the countless human lives he made better."
Friends tell Eyewitness News he was riding his bicycle along the Riverwalk Sunday when he fell, suffering a head injury.