Eli Tom Stevens
1936 - 2020
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Eli Tom Stevens, a lifetime resident of Birmingham, Alabama and owner of the iconic Lloyd's Restaurant died Saturday after a hard fought and lengthy battle with cancer at 84. He was surrounded by his family and the loving hands of dedicated caregivers. Stevens was born on March 15, 1936 to Greek immigrants whose original surname was Papathanasiou, and that heritage was the center of his life. He grew up on Norwood Boulevard in Birmingham, where he attended Norwood Elementary School, and went on to graduate from Phillips High School, where he excelled in all sports. After high school, he attended Auburn University where he played football and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He earned a degree in business that paved the way to a long and successful career. Not long after graduating from Auburn, Stevens became the co-owner, and eventual owner, of the Domino Lounge in Homewood. Soon after that, he was called to duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961 for the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Group of Alabama's National Guard. He spent 14 months in Berlin, leaving behind his beautiful and steadfast wife, Patricia ("Pat") Miller Stevens and soon to be firstborn son, Tom Eli Stevens. Upon Stevens' return home, he went to work for his father at the Home Baking Company. He ran bread routes for all the local restaurants during the late 1960's. The route included Lloyd's Restaurant on the old Highway 280, a business he would soon buy and run for more than 50 years with Pat. Pat often waited on customers, bussed tables, and worked the register while Eli ran the kitchen. Besides Southern staples such as fried chicken and barbecue, Eli added the now-favorite Greek chicken to the Lloyd's menu. Stevens had the vision to move the restaurant in 1978 from its original location in Chelsea, Alabama to the current location on the new Highway 280. Back then, Perrin's and Way High Farms were the only other businesses on that lonely stretch of road. The restaurant has been a landmark for so many people through a half-century in business. Lloyd's became synonymous with a huge sweet tea, crispy onion rings, and the now famous barbecue, hamburger steaks and fried chicken to generations of faithful customers and family known to congregate at the big round table near the kitchen. The restaurant was his passion. Stevens truly loved the business and was happiest checking on every detail with his signature Punch cigar tucked in the corner of his mouth. Stevens was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Leadership 100 and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. If there was a football game on, Stevens was watching it, and more than occasionally, wagering on it. He was also an avid golfer who often liked to play by "Eli's Rules" to the delight, or dismay, of his partner. But seldom without a wry joke or a knowing grunt. He was also a big fan of classic movies, often flipping through channels to find Westerns like Sergio Leone's My Name Is Nobody. He often watched television with one of his many rescue dogs by his side, like his loyal-to-the-end, Thunder. He had rescued countless dogs on his trips to and from Lloyds, and looked after his pack at his farm or rental property to ensure they were safe and well. Eli is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia Miller Stevens; his son Tom Stevens, daughter-in-law Stacy, and their two children, Mary Farley and Miller; his son Father Elias Stevens (Bogue), daughter-in-law Kasandra, and their three children, Eli (Kellie), Olivia, and Anna; his daughter Mary Stevens Flach, son-in-law Pete, and their three children, Philip (Shelby), Patricia, and Crawford; his daughter Leila Stevens Morton, and two children, William and Ann Miller Morton, and son-in-law Bill Morton. Eli is also survived by his sister, Harriette (Charles) Kamburis, and two brothers, Ernest (Anne) and Tommy Stevens, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Tom Stevens; one brother, George Stevens; and his infant grandson Edgar Morton. Eli lived a very full life, surrounded by many wonderful friends and family. His biggest blessing was his wife Pat, their four children and ten grandchildren. He created a legacy at Lloyds, a true Southern icon, that will remain in the Stevens family. That is what he wanted and will always be remembered for. To Salome, Inelle, Laarchsha and Natasha you are true gifts of Godly service. Your mark on Eli and his family's lives will be eternal. John 11: 25-26 "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. May his memory be eternal. A visitation will be held Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10 AM to 11 AM at Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Shelby County Humane society, Alzheimer"s Society, and The American Cancer Society.


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Published in The Birmingham News from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2020.
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Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
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11:00 AM
Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
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November 19, 2020
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Susan Waller- Scherr
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November 18, 2020
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November 18, 2020
Always smiled at you when he talked to you. Never a frown. Always took time to visit when I went by to see him at Lloyd's. God Bless all of the family in this time of sorrow. Bogue, Tom, Mary, Leila and Mrs. Stevens, we will all miss him greatly. It was a blessing knowing Mr. Stevens for all these years.

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Robert Clark
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November 18, 2020
Thirty years of golf with laughter....thanks for the memories and love and prayers for the family.
Ray and Diane Norton
Friend
November 18, 2020
Many years ago I was an employee of Mr. Stevens at the restaurant. At the age 15 it was my 1st job. Several of my friends & I started out as busboys and eventually moved into the kitchen as cooks. We'd work mornings before the doors opened until they closed at night on the weekends. You'd think it would be hard for teenagers to give up their weekends to work. But we had so much fun working together for Mr. Stevens that most of time it didn't seem like work. When the restaurant got busy he made sure we were all about business. As it slowed back down he'd let us have our fun and sometimes joined in on it. He could be tough on you and make you mad at him sometimes. That being said Mr. Stevens was an all around good person. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Stevens, Bogue, and the rest of the family.
Christopher Youngblood
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November 17, 2020
May God’s grace and love bring you strength and comfort through this difficult time. He was a great man and an inspiration to many. God be with your family in this time of loss.
Larry Brown and family
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November 17, 2020
Agrezt man and dD and friend he was the best love u ou e
Martin henningsen
Coworker
November 17, 2020
God bless and be with the Stevens family. A great man who made this world a better place! Eli was a friend to all and was one if not the best of friends of my dad.I’ll always remember Eli behind the restaurant hitting golf balls and throwing sticks for one of his neat dogs he had through the years. Anytime you saw and talked with Eli it gave you a better outlook on things he was one of those kind of men. I’m proud to have known him! Bernie Howard JR
Bernie Howard JR
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November 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jimmy Vines
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November 16, 2020
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Meredith Kocan
November 16, 2020
What an awesome man that was always larger than life. He will certainly continue to shine through his beautiful family. My condolences and prayers to all of his family and loved ones. Love to you all.
Trey Bass
Friend
November 16, 2020
My father has known Mr.Eli and his wife for over 50 years going back to the Chelsea days with the restaurant. Dad just tonight mentioned the association of the Stevens tonight as we talked. Tom has been a blessing to my parents seeing to their needs each week as my parents eat after Sunday church there. Thank you all for seeing to the needs of my parent weekly as we lost our mom 5 years ago and dad still eats every week there.
Thank you once again from the family of Joe Brasher and many prayers for all of you.
Sharon Bailey
Acquaintance
November 16, 2020
Eli will always be remembered for his smile and warm welcome. He was - as has been mentioned so many times - an icon.....not just in the business world but as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Our love and thoughts are with the family and know "we will always remember Eli"!
- Kathy and Ed Olson
Kathy and Ed Olson
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November 16, 2020
My three children and the Stevens were in school @ Homewood and became great friends. (Bogie even dated our youngest daughter). Eli and Pat were so friendly to our family. I enjoyed talking to Eli at ballgames and at Lloyds. Great family and good Christians--thank you Lord for our relationship. RIP Eli.
Harold Payne
Friend
November 15, 2020
Mr. Eli Stevens and his entire family starting with his beloved wife Pat & all his children were a wonderful part of my life growing up & I have multiple memories with Mr. Stevens I will always treasure. His love of life & consideration of others was beyond reproach, & his greatest success among many attained in his life was the wonderful family he led. God rest his soul & what a joy & a blessing he was. Goodbye Mr. Eli Stevens,
Rusty Payne
Friend
November 15, 2020
My memories of Eli and Pat and their beautiful family are from the late 80’s when they were neighbors and dear friends of ours.
We also shared great times together on Lake Martin where we had adjacent condos. I can still hear Eli calling out “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie” to one of his sweet rescues.
Such a kind-hearted, gentle soul with a great sense of humor.
My love, prayers, and condolences are with Pat and all of you.
Charlene Roberts (Nabors)
Friend
November 14, 2020
Eli was one of the people who as we said was a friend to those who have no friends. May His Memory be Eternal
Connie Kanakis
Friend
November 14, 2020
Dear Stevens family, Your family and our community has lost a true classic gentleman. My memories and dealings with E go back to the Domino and continued through recent visits with him at Lloyd’s. I told him we could tell there was something different in the taste of things since the cigar ashes were missing. I want y’all to know that I and others had a better outlook on the rest of the day after talking and having some fun with him. My sincere condolences, Sam Nelson
Sam Nelson
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