Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC


Toula P Leventis

March 19, 1932October 26, 2019

COLUMBIA - Toula Prekezes Leventis passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Toula was the wife of the late James (Jimmie) Pete Leventis. She was predeceased by her parents, Georgia and Pete Prekezes, her sister, Maria Maninos, her son James (Jim) Leventis and her grandson, James (Jamie) Leventis.

Toula was born in Karyes, Laconia Greece (Arahova) on March 19, 1932. She was an excellent student and excelled in all her classes. She married Jimmie on July 8, 1951 in Greece and they moved to Charleston, South Carolina. After a few years, they moved to Columbia, South Carolina and settled in Cayce, South Carolina where they raised their six children. Toula and Jimmie owned several restaurants before opening The Winner’s Circle restaurant at 1111 Greene Street near the University of South Carolina campus in 1971. Jimmie passed away in 1978 and Toula continued to operate the restaurant until retiring in 1989. Toula’s hard work and delicious home cooking were only surpassed by her kindness and smile that she shared with many University of South Carolina students, professors and Columbians.

Toula was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and Yiayia. Her work ethic, love, patience, thoughtfulness, and generosity were an example to all that knew her. Toula is survived by her children and their spouses: Leigh and Jenny Leventis, Nick Leventis, Elena Leventis Skipper, Gigi and Robert Lewis, and Athena Leventis; her grandchildren and their spouses: Joe Leventis, Chris Leventis, Mary Katherine Leventis, Rob Lewis, James and Mary Leith Lewis, Alexandra Lewis, Harry Lewis, Hagen Leventis, Natalie Leventis, Demi and Bobby Sudekum, Georgia and Kenny Cassidy, Will Skipper, Sarah Glenn Leventis, Pete Leventis and Hollis Leventis; her sisters Efthemia Polymenakos of Gythio, Greece and Frederika Prekezes of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. Toula will be greatly missed and her Memory will be Eternal.

The family would like to thank Jeanetta Randolph; Kristi, Brandi and Julie with Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care; and Steve, Suzanne and Sheneka with RetireEase Senior Services for their friendship and care for Toula.

The visitation will be on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 1900 Main Street in Columbia, South Carolina from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Trisagion Prayers at 6:30. The funeral will be on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 1900 Main Street in Columbia, South Carolina.

Memorials may be made to the James P. and Toula P. Leventis Endowed Law Scholarship, Office of USC Development, 1027 Barnwell St, Columbia, SC 29208, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Memorial Fund, 1931 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or a charity of one’s choice.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Trisagion Prayers Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2019


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Mike Huffstetler

November 1, 2019

Toula was like a second mother to me with the times I spent in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and at her home and “party garage” in Cayce.

Her smile and warmth and friendship will be dearly and fondly missed, but I truly believe that she is now in a much better and more peaceful place!

My condolences to the entire lovely Leventis family, especially Toula’s children and grandchildren.

Huff (or “Cuff Cuff” per Toula)

Curtis Loftis

November 1, 2019

Mrs. Leventis was a wonderful woman who has left a mark on the Midlands. From the restaurants to her amazing family to the broader community, everything was made better by her presence.

I have not seen her in years but her work thrives.

My God bless the Leventis family with the peace they deserve.

Gus Demetriades

October 31, 2019

She always called me Gussie like my Yiaya , Aunt Georgia and Aunt Tina. Always made me smile. May her memory be eternal.

Deno Chrysostom

October 30, 2019

Truly one of the kindest and genuine people I have ever known. Always smiling !

Joanna Graham

October 30, 2019

What a heart of gold Ms. Toula had! Condolences to all the Leventis family. She will be truly missed. I'll always remember our many family lunches after church at the Winner's Circle. She always had a warm smile and greeting for us. I came across this photo from my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary album from 1972, so thought I would share. May Her Memory Be Eternal!

Kathy Chakides Gaffos

October 30, 2019

Dearest Leventis families,
God didn't make them any better than Toula...I am so grateful for the many wonderful memories we have of our days at the Winner's Circle, the celebrations, and gatherings that held such laughter and warmth. She was the BEST! May each of you rest in the knowledge of how well loved and respected she was and that she will now rejoice in being reunited with loved ones in Heaven until we meet again. God bless you all and God bless Toula...such a life well lived!

Aladdin Mozingo

October 29, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. She was like a second mother to me during my last school years. She was always so kind caring and considerate . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time

Sandy Senn

October 29, 2019

Dear Mrs. Toula;

Since my early teens I have loved you and your six children. I will never forget the parties you let us throw at the garage on Jessamine and the ones you did not know we threw at the Winner’s Circle. I have always loved your laughter and your cooking, especially the Easter Bread. I also really loved that you never towed my car away from the restaurant when I was late for school and needed a quick place to park. I wish I had saved at least one of your notes written on about 25 restaurant order tickets during my three years in law school . I will try to write the contents of your notes in your accent: “Dear Saun-dee, parking ees for when you are in ze rrrrstaurant only.” Sorry Tools A/k/a Goula. You made one heck of good impression on the world while you were in it. Now enjoy a well-deserved restful sleep til you are hugged by Jim and Jamie soon!

Anne-Marie Leventis

October 29, 2019

I will always remember Toula’s lovely warm smile which welcomed family, friends, and strangers alike, inviting them to feel at home. Her children all reflect the love and untiring efforts she invested in family and work. I offer condolences and prayers from my family to yours. May her memory be eternal.

Ellen Dooley

October 29, 2019

What a wonderful life Toula had! I never met her but loved reading this about her life. My prayers to her entire family and fellow Vienna resident, Elena Skipper. God Bless You!