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Gunnery Sergeant David M. Bilyeu, United States Marine Corps (Ret.), 66, of Beaufort, South Carolina and husband of Kathleen Rodriguez Bilyeu, died Monday, October 18, 2021, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

David was a son of the late Robert E. Bilyeu, Sr. and Dorothy A. Hackney, a brother of Robert Bilyeu Jr. (Brenda), Frank Bilyeu (Lynette), the late Thomas Bilyeu and sister Terry Greenwell all of Decatur, IL. David was the father of Keesha Alvis (Chris), William Ploss (Amy) and the late Krysti Ploss and the grandfather to Andrew and Aarin Alvis, and William and Austin Ploss. David also has lots of nieces and nephews and extended family.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas, and his daughter, Krysti Ploss.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, October 22, 2021, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive.

A graveside service will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, October 22, 2021, at Beaufort Memorial Gardens with United States Marine Corps honors.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Association by visiting


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  1. Joy and Rick McConnell says:

    Surely missing Dave. Had prayed during his illness and more for his family now with his passing. I was privileged no know and work with him during much of the last 20 years. Going to miss our conversations.

  2. Phillip Andes says:

    Will be missing you cuz ad till we meet up there Semper Fi brother still a Marine

  3. Terry and John Chapen says:

    We are so very so for your loss. Please tell your while they are in our thoughts. Sending you hugs and love

  4. Amy Bowman says:

    Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
    Peace and comfort to you.
    Amy Bowman & the team at State Farm

  5. Artie roges says:

    Iā€™m so sorry for your lost kathy love ya RIP Marine

  6. Vaughn Holand says:

    I met you as a young Lance Corporal in 1987. I will forever be grateful for the conversations we shared. Rest In Peace “Devil Dog”.

  7. Daniel "Woody" Woodfill says:

    Fair winds and following seas my friend. It was a pleasure working with you. I will meet you at the pearly gates.

  8. JD says:

    Dave was a true “man’s man.” A good example of an honorable Marine, loving husband, neighbor, friend; reliable, kind, funny, always willing to lend a hand. The world would be a better place if there were more like him. He was good friends with my father and was a big help to my mother after my father passed away. I have many fond memories of him and will miss him so much.

    My heart goes out to you Kathy and the rest of his loved ones. I don’t, can’t, won’t believe God has put such people in our lives to never see or be with again. I am sure he’ll let you know that he is alright when you least expect it. Stay strong. šŸ™‚

    Love, JD (aka “little John”)

  9. Margo Freeman says:

    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a good friend. We have lost to many Spartans lately. Sending love, hugs and prayers for you all.

  10. Jane Squires says:

    Already miss you on FB. Glad we got to reconnect and pray together often. Will never forget visiting our Grandma and playing baseball together.

  11. Lawrence Laxton says:

    Dave was a very fine man and a pleasure to know and work with.

    We worked together for many years after he retired from the Marines. Dave was dependable to an unusually high degree and always conducted himself impeccably.

    The world would be a better place if there were more men like Dave.

  12. Randy Workman says:

    My heartfelt prayers and sympathies go out to the family and friends of this remarkable warrior. I was a classmate at LHS class of 73. He will be missed.

  13. Deb Hodson says:

    I went to school with David at Lakeview. He was such a good guy, so genuine and real. David caught up with each other on FB and he sent me comments often on my posts. I will sure miss him. I apologize because I did not find out until today. Prayers to the family and friends.

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