Tuesday, October 8, 2019

R.I.P., Billy Neville

Billy Neville passed away today at the age of 79.  The founder of The Rogue moved on to the great haberdashery in the sky.  Godspeed, sir.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

ZZ Tops "Sharp Dressed Man" comes to mind. Great iconic establishment. RIP Sir!

Anonymous said...

Billy was a kind man as well as a brilliant merchandiser. He never met a stranger and will be missed by many.

Anonymous said...

He was truly one of a kind. The world got a little duller this week, it’s Very sad. He made lasting impressions that have rippled across the globe.

Anonymous said...

Another legend gone! What's going to become of Jackson??

Anonymous said...

While a student at Millsaps, I worked for Billy in his original store next to the Capri Theater and later at his new digs as a bartender at Scrooge's (I was a terrible bartender). I learned much from Billy about working with people and always found him to be kind, honest and genuinely caring. Later, as a student at Tulane, I ran into him at Galatoire's and had a chance to catch up; we stayed in touch off and on until recently. I'm awfully sorry to hear of his death, but living seventy-nine years is no small thing. Rest in peace Billy and thank you.

Anonymous said...

Should be noted he sold the store in 2005.

Anonymous said...

He never forgot a name, and greeted everyone with a big smile and welcome. A brilliant and friendly guy that had a wide knowledge and appreciation for clothing and marketing his merchandise. We will greatly miss you!

Anonymous said...

Thirty eight years ago this past June 26th Mr Neville dressed me for my wedding. Actually it was the week before the 26th when I was in his store. New suit, shirt, ties, shoes and belt. The suit is long gone but I still have the shoes.

In those same shoes I've buried all my grand parents, folks-in-laws, one of my children, married my other children off in them and buried both my parents in those shoes.

I'll never forget him. I walked in his store and a young guy asked what I was looking for. When I told him I needed a new suit and shoes to get married in Mr Neville stepped in and said he'd take care of me.

RIP Mr Neville.

Larry Jones said...

Billy was a special man. Incredibly talented. He had a special lve fir place and friends. He never rested snd never gave up even when faced with many adversities. He wad a blessing to all of us.

Anonymous said...

Update:
Billy's funeral will be Friday, 10/11 at St Andrews Cathedral.
Visitation at 10:00, Funeral at 11:00.
Ashes interred afterward in St Andrews Columbarium.

Anonymous said...

Fish, another student of Billy's who went on to great things in fine mens wear is Farrell Alman of S.F. Alman's in Gulfport - still going strong.

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