Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


Robert Tyson Bilyue

June 2, 1952July 27, 2020

Robert Tyson Bilyue, 68, a loving father and grandfather passed in the early morning Monday, July 27, 2020.

Known simply as “Ty” by those who knew him well and by the many who became his friend for the night as he dined. He was born June 2, 1952 to Robert “Bob” and Marguerite Bilyue in San Diego and split his childhood between there, Alameda, CA and Japan. It was at Kinnick High School in Japan where he met Christy Mitchell whom he would marry on May 5, 1973 in San Diego before eventually moving to Richmond, VA. They would go on to welcome two daughters, Carter and Brandy, and a son Matthew. He later married Lyndi Paul on October 3, 1981 with whom he had a son, Neal.

Throughout his life he was a lover of music, dining and baseball and the pursuit of those passions always included his family. He knew no boundaries when it came to family and always insisted on including his children’s friends when they were younger and their extended families as they grew older. He would often, without asking, get the extra tickets or order the extra meals for those he hoped you would invite. At Christmastime, you knew how special you were if you got one of Ty’s famous golden ornaments. Once he became a grandfather his dedication to his family continued to grow and he would spend as much of his free time with his grandkids as possible, may it be at home as ”Gran,” pretending to be a monster, asking for moochies, or sitting in the stands as their biggest fan. However, his family always knew that his presence at any gathering could be cut short when he inevitably received a call from the “Courier Gods.” He was the owner of Tyson Courier for over 30 years and took great pride in his business and the fact that the thing that kept him so busy was the quality of his reputation.

He is preceded in death by his father Robert Franklin Bilyue and his mother Marguerite Mary Duncan.

He is survived by his daughter Carter Frantz, her husband Stephen and their children Madeline and Crosby; his daughter Brandy Vinson, her husband Ned and their children Ann Carter and Nelson; his son Matthew Bilyue; his former wife Christy Bilyue; his son Neal Bilyue, his wife Elisa and their children Bera and Edie; his former wife Lyndi Bilyue; his brother Russ Giguere; his sisters Judy Toledo and Nancy LeAlcala; along with many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held in early October, details pending. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ty’s memory to National Public Radio.


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Harrison Moncure

August 3, 2020

We extend our sincere condolences to the family. Ty's positive attitude was very uplifting. I wish we could thank Ty personally for his many years of patronage to our firm.

Alicia Scalice

August 2, 2020

I didn’t get to grow up with my uncle on a daily monthly or yearly basis. But the time I was blessed to spend with him was wonderful. It always made me think how great it would have been to have you in our lives all the time. I will cherish the memories I do have. One of my fondest memories was when I was back in Virginia for my cousins wedding. I never laughed so hard on that car ride back to his house. We had some very candid conversations that had me and my husband Nino losing it. We both love and will miss that we can’t see or hear from you again. I know your with Nana now. Give her a kiss for me and a dance. Love you uncle!

Vincent Cable

August 2, 2020

Ty was one of the first people I met when I started at American Expediting 11 years ago and right off the bat he busted my chops. Never in a mean way but to let me know there was a lot to learn and to keep humble. He may have moved to Virginia but California never left him, he had an indescribable natural coolness that many spend their whole lives trying to create. His children and grandchildren meant absolutely everything to him, I am certain they knew that but the love in his voice and pride in his eyes when he spoke of them is something we all long for. It is hard to sum up one's life in 2000 characters and more so having only bore witness through such a small window. Of my friend I can say this, he was his own man...a good man. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the Sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall softly upon your fields and until we meet again May God gold you in the palm of his hand. Farewell Tyson Me Lad

Hamid Ghavam

August 1, 2020

I first met Ty at Richmond Airport around 1996. At that time, I was delivering heavy luggage from the airlines, while he was carrying small packages of bank work to and from the banks. That's when I realized this guy is working smarter and not harder and I need to do something similar. He took me under his wing and showed me the ropes, and as time went by he gave me a little bit more to deliver each time. This went on for years, he never changed, he was the most wonderful person you ever met, always with a sense of humor. He was there to help, never an excuse. It was a joy for me and my family to have had the honor and pleasure to have shared this time with you, Ty. God bless you. I will miss you.My sympathies to the family.

Mindy Housel

July 31, 2020

I just wanted to say I had the greatest pleasure of meeting Ty last year...I cleaned his little studio apartment downtown until covid
From day one of me meeting him I instantly loved him...he just gave you that vibe from the start of knowing him. I am proud to say I received one of those precious gold ornaments from him last year for Christmas....When it goes on my tree every year I will then think of him and what a wonderful man I got the pleasure to know in such a short time. My prayers go out to the entire family!

Theresa Gail Martin

July 31, 2020

Ty was my brother-in-law; married to my sister, Christy. I believe he was 14 yrs old when I first met him in Japan. I have known him through many of his phases of life, from teenager to Grandfather. He was always the same no matter what his age. He was probably the most laid back guy I have ever known. My favorite memory with him is when he took my best friend, Cindy, and I to a big outdoor concert when I was 14. He was always my 'cool' brother-in-law. I have to confess that I am feeling a little angry that he was taken from his family too soon. He was a 'hands on' grandpa, and those kids are really going to miss their beloved 'Gran'. My deepest condolensces to his family.

Mark Breeland

July 31, 2020

Warm tributes to an unforgettable person. We shared several classes together at Nile C. Kinnick. He made friends so easily, including me, regardless of your popularity. I always admired that about Ty and Christy. It sounds as though we took a somewhat similar path once stateside. What a long strange trip it's been. Blessings and comfort to all his kith & kin.

Richard Stark

July 31, 2020

I met Ty when I was 15yrs old in 1967. I was walking home from the bus stop and bumped into Bill Logan, a friend from school. Ty was with him and introduction were made. Ty and I started hanging out. Soon John Beam and Rob Coates made a group of 4. I could fill a library with stories from our sporting days. Ty and I went to our first live concert. A.B. Skye, Muddy Waters(with Johnny Winter on guitar, and Steve Miller Blues Band with Boz Scaggs. For the next few years you could find us at Fillmore West or Winterland on weekends. Ty lived with my family during his senior year of high school and was adopted by everyone. As I think about him I can hear his laugh and the memory puts me in so many places. He was everyone's Jester. Fun, adventurous and kind. Once in a lifetime person who I will never forget.

Stefanie Gibson

July 31, 2020

I will never forget Ty. I so loved the conversations we had over the years; the music we shared; the drinks. A kind man with a kind soul.

Margaret Delgado

July 31, 2020

What an amazing soul! You will be dearly missed my fried. My condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.


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