A memorial service celebrating the life of Amite native, Lloyd A. Pye, Jr., is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, at Blythewood Plantation in Amite. He passed away on December 9 in Destin, Florida, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will begin at noon followed by eulogies at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited and requested to RSVP to Blythewood Plantation at (985) 748-5886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pye was a 1964 honor graduate of Amite High School and a member of the Warriors’ state champion football team his senior year. He received a four-year athletic scholarship to Tulane University where he was a running back and star punter, placing in the top 10 kickers nationally. Upon graduation from Tulane in 1968 he served two years in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence specialist during the period of the Viet Nam war.
At age 31 Pye published the first of several books, entitled That Prosser Kid, a semi-autobiographical novel that drew upon his experiences as a college football player. He later published a second fiction novel dealing with Soviet espionage, Mismatch, before relocating to Hollywood for a decade developing his skill as a television screenwriter.
Returning to his Louisiana roots, he launched into a series of non-fiction articles and books that would lead his career into the field of alternative knowledge. His most notable work was entitled Everything You Know is Wrong, a well-researched book about human origins that thrust him into the spotlight of the alternative knowledge community.
As his stature rose, Pye became an international lecturer and featured speaker at conferences throughout North America and Europe, as well as Australia, Egypt, and Brazil. During the latter part of his career he became the caretaker of a 900-year old human-like relic known as the Starchild Skull, shepherding it from anonymity through more than a decade of scientific testing to determine its genetic heritage. He believed the skull was of divided origin, half-human and half-alien, and made numerous television appearances on The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel, and Animal Planet to discuss his theory. Not long before his death, Pye recorded an episode for Ancient Aliens to be aired in early 2014.
Pye is the son of the late Dr. Lloyd A. Pye, Sr. and Nina Broyles Pye. He is survived by his mother, a sister, and two brothers.