It is with sadness that we report that our friend, colleague and BikeTexas Board Member George “Butch” Willingham, 68, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 3, 2012, while in Islamabad, Pakistan, on a mission trip with the Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas.
BikeTexas staff attended a memorial service and celebration of Butch’s life on June 18, 2012 in Center, TX, where Butch was laid to rest. It was moving to hear of the testimonials of many friends of his kindness and concern for others in his life.
His devotion to others was seen also in his local commitment as he served as chairman on the Traffic Safety Board for the City of Tyler and served as past president of the Tyler Bicycle Club, where he played a key role in the work of the Tyler Bicycle Club to make Tyler a bike friendly city. The Tyler Bicycle Club has made a generous donation to BikeTexas in memory of Butch. He will be greatly missed.