Remembering

EVA MAE Le FEVRE

1917 - 2009


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Eva Mae Le Fevre - August 17, 1917 - May 18, 2009. Gospel Music Royalty, my friend and hero. I'll miss her calls.
The golden era of the Le Fevres with Eva Mae at the piano, Uncle Alf on accordion, Pierce, Urias, Rex Nelon and Jimmy Jones all playing instruments and singing hit after hit.
 
Eva Mae Le Fevre, the First Lady of Gospel Music
 
The original Le Fevre Trio
The Le Fevres during the war and the changes to keep the group going while serving in the arm forces.
 
 
Eva Mae with her dad who lived to be a 103 years of age with The Le Fevres.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Le Fevres; Alphus Le Fevre, Jimmy Jones, Rex Nelon, Pierce Le Fevre, Urias Le Fevre and Eva Mae Le Fevre. Featuring Rex Nelon on "I Love To Call His Name."
The Gospel Singing Caravan; Popular tour and television show; The Le Fevres, The Johnson Sisters, The Prophets, The Blue Ridge Quartet
Eva Mae Le Fevre fronting the group that was to become the Rex Nelon Singers when she retired. Janet Paschal began her career during this era pictured on front line.
 
Eva Mae Le Fevre was comfortable advertising Martha White flour for the successful television show.
 
 
 
Eva Mae with more commercials for television made the show a big hit with her winning personality.
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The Le Fevres with daughter Andrea
 
Rex Nelon with the Le Fevre's on the Grand Ole Opry.
 
 
Mylon Le Fevre's youth, talent and good looks contributed to the success of the Le Fevres and he wrote the gospel classic "Without Him," but eventually left the group for his own successful recording career.
Mylon's influence and youth in the 60's contributed to this more modern look they wore for a short time.
 
 
 
Jerry Reed invited the group to appear with him.
Burt Reynolds a big fan of gospel music invited the group to be on the television show.
Johnny Cash with the Le Fevres on his popular television show.
 
 
Finally touring buses made the difference and they often wondered how they had been able to maintain the grueling travels by automobile for many years.
The stunning Le Fevres known for a perfect look and sound.
 
The legendary Le Fevres; Eva Mae, Urias Le Fevre, Alphus Le Fevre, Pierce Le Fevre with Rex Nelon
 
 
The Le Fevres were adding youth to this already popular quartet with son's Mylon and Pierce gone on their own.
The president of the GMA congratulates the group on their success as their friend Eldridge Fox from the Kingsmen joins in.
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The last group known as the Le Fevres with Rex Nelon's purchase of the group and publishing. Once Eva Mae retired from the quartet Rex retired the name, and Canaan launched the new Rex Nelon Singers with daughter Kelly joining the group. Kelly with her family continues the legacy today as the Nelons.
The Le Fevres in that 60's look.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction for the Le Fevre's; Rex Nelon, Andrea Le Fevre, Summer Le Fevre Furler, Eva Mae with presenters Mark Lowry and Bill Gaither.
Gaither Homecoming taping in Indiana; Eva Mae Le Fevre at piano with old friend Rex Nelon on bass, son Mylon Le Fevre and daughter Kelly Nelon joining in with their legendary parents on an old favorite.
Eva Mae and Bill Gaither on the homecoming stage
Eva Mae Le Fevre with Meurice & Peggy Le Fevre at Lee University.
 
 
The Klaudt Indian Foundation honored Eva Mae Le Fevre with a Lee University scholarship fund in her name to honor their parents Mama and Dad Klaudt.
Chief Klaudt, Judy Nelon, Vernon Klaudt, Lee recipients, Raymond Klaudt
Two fabulous gospel pianists; Stan Whitmire with Eva Mae.
Eva Mae with one of her special friends; Kevin Brooks, from Mount Paran Church of God, Lee University and now Tennessee State Representative, who she mentored and was always so proud of.
 
 
Eva Mae Le Fevre and Mark Fuller
SGMA Hall of Fame James D. Vaughn Award
 
 
Jane Cox, Charlie Waller, Eva Mae
 
Arthur Rice and Eva Mae
The Peck Sisters, life long friends. Eva Mae Le Fevre loved and encouraged so many including these young sisters who would come down to the live broadcast of the weekly Le Fevre television show in Columbus, GA. She would say, "sing girls sing." Judy Nelon, Sharon Elmore and Linda Harkins
Rex Nelon spent over 40 years singing with Eva Mae, they were friends and encouraged each other. He felt he owed the Le Fevres so much since they had given him a great job in gospel music, the place he loved more than almost anything.
Eva Mae Le Fevre, always a grand lady.