Lois Holland Nevils
Published 12:01 am Sunday, October 2, 2022
Theda Lois Holland Nevils, 96, of Lake Charles passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in the comfort of her home.
Mrs. Nevils was a native and lifelong resident of Lake Charles born Oct. 14, 1925. She was an only child, born to Jasper and Estelle LeDoux Holland, heir to John Jacob Ryan, founding father of Lake Charles. She was a 1943 graduate of LaGrange Senior High School, graduate of Vincent Business College and a successful businesswoman. She married her first love in 1944 and worked alongside him for 30 years as Co-Owner and Operator of Ed’s Radio and Repair. Together they grew the business establishing the first store from Houston to New Orleans to sell and repair televisions. Upon retirement they had grown to employee a staff of 20 or more as Ed’s Radio, TV and Appliance Center, a well-known, well-respected business of 3426 Ryan Street. Following retirement, they opened Ed’s Hardware, and she took on accounting for other businesses in the area, along with proofing tax filings from other accountants. She was equally successful with her second career as a Landowner, Property Manager, and Bookkeeper, which remains operational today. During her younger years, she enjoyed travelling by motorhome with her husband and granddaughter. Her passion was dancing! She danced countless nights away with her husband at Le Bon Temps and Tempo Dance Clubs and met her second husband who shared her love for dancing at the Singles Club of Lake Charles. She served as Treasure for the club and was an active part of its success. A lady of faith, Mrs. Nevils was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.
She will be remembered as an admirable woman, especially of her generation, independent and strong willed, with a brilliant mind and character to express her opinion and stand by what she believed.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Debrah Nevils Weeks of Lake Charles; son, Russell Edward Nevils and wife Kathryn of Vinton; two grandchildren, Tammie Weeks Hardee (Rick) of Lake Charles, and Caroline Nevils Melanson (Micah) of Vinton; and three great-grandchildren, Grayson Gage Hardee and Bryce Lee Taylor and Cruz Melanson.
She was preceded in death her husband of 39 years, James Edward Nevils and second husband, Nathan LeJeune.
Her family would like to express heartfelt thanks to her caretakers, for their care and kindness that allowed Mrs. Nevils the opportunity to live her last years at home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Monsignor Daniel Torres will officiate. Interment services will follow at Consolata Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. Visitation Wednesday will be from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.