Theodora Pillas Nicholas

August 7, 1937January 10, 2019
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Theodora “Teddy” Pillas Nicholas, 81, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with Trisagion prayers offered at 6:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia. Funeral service will be Monday, January 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201. Burial will follow in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens, Columbia.

Born August 7, 1937 in Sumter, SC, Theodora was the daughter of the late Dan and Georgia Pillas. She was a graduate of Columbia College with a teaching degree in English. After college, she worked at the Stadium Steak House which was family owned; as well as also owning Lee’s Zesto on Forest Drive and Gregory’s To Go with her husband Lee and her children. Theodora was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America, where she served as District Supervisor and later as National Secretary.

Teddy loved spending time with the “ladies” in her weekly card group, her community of friends in her neighborhood, and most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her children; daughter, Georgia Nicholas of West Columbia, son Elia (Maria) of Durham, NC; and son Gregory (Wendy) of West Columbia; sister, Ann Lempesis of Charleston; grandchildren, Greg and Staci Toppi, Noah and Isaac Walton, and Alex Nicholas, all of West Columbia, and Eleni and Demi Nicholas of Durham, NC; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her beloved husband Lee, she was preceded in death by her brother, Peter Pillas and sisters, Jean Noulles, and Marie Constantine.

The family is especially grateful to the nurses and staff of SCOA, Lexington Medical Center and Wellmore Rehab, as well as Amedisys Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 Center Point Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29210.


  • Father: Dan Peter Pillas (deceased)
    Mother: Georgia Angelakos Pillas (deceased)
    Sister: Ann Lempesis
    Sister: Jean Noulles (deceased)
    Sister: Marie Constantine (deceased)
    Brother: Peter Pillas (deceased)
    Daughter: Georgia Nicholas
    Son and Daughter-in-law: Elia and Maria Nicholas
    Son and Daughter-in-law: Gregory and Wendy
    Beloved grandchildren Greg and Staci Toppi, Noah and Isaac Walton, and Alex Nicholas, all of West Columbia, and Eleni and Demi Nicholas

  • Ben Lancaster, Active Pallbearer
  • Drew Lancaster, Active Pallbearer
  • Zachary Lee, Active Pallbearer
  • Erik Lee, Active Pallbearer
  • Dave Motes, Active Pallbearer
  • Al Toppi, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Burial Monday, January 14, 2019

Theodora Pillas Nicholas

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Debbie Poponea

January 14, 2019

Dear Georgia, Elia & Gregory,

I was so sorry to hear about Theodora's passing, she was such a wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face and had a kind heart. I always looked forward to getting together with her each time she was back in Michigan. I will keep your family in my prayers and hope you find peace in all your wonderful memories.

Debbie Poponea

Debbie and Tommy Weaver

January 12, 2019

Georgia- We’re so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

Jeffrey Pillas

January 12, 2019

My dearest cousins, Elia, Gregory and Georgia, I am so sorry and saddened for the loss of your Mom my sweet and dear first cousin. Your mom embodied everything that was good in life, especially her children and grandchildren. I have such fond memories of spending time with her when I would visit Columbia. She always went out of her way to make my visits special. She will be missed but her memory will be eternal. God bless all of you.


Stavro & Cindy Gabriel

January 12, 2019

Dear Georgia, Elia, Gregory,
Sending you our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear Mother. We have so many fond memories of both your parents and the times they were here in Michigan.
We are so grateful we got to spend. time with Teddy last summer, thank you Gregory for bringing her here.
May you all feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you in your grief. And may warm memories fill your hearts.
Memory Eternal
Our Love to all of you,
Theo Stavro and Thea Cindy