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Louis Joseph Vescovo

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Louis Joseph Vescovo

Memphis, TN

Louis Joseph Vescovo, age 88, died peacefully at home on June 17, 2017.

He was born in Memphis on November 25, 1928, to Italian immigrants, Pete and Emma Vescovo, who instilled in him a love of America.

A lifelong Memphian, he graduated from Memphis Catholic High School in 1946. He worked at his father's grocery store, Vescovo's Supermarket, on Old Horn Lake Road. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1952 where he learned to be a butcher, a vocation he put to good use in the grocery business. With his lifelong friend, Nick Pesce, as his partner, he started Lou's Liquors on Park Avenue in the 1960's and then in 1970 Whitehaven Liquors. Concerned about the effect of his profession on his young family, a favorite saying became "liquor is made to sell, not to drink." The store had no chairs, and he spent long hours on his feet, toiling with humility and great common sense. He worked well into his eighties until declining health intervened. His other business ventures included partnerships in Granny's Market, Farm Fresh Produce, and Snappy Sacker, all in Whitehaven.

His interests centered around his family and friends. He was a founding member of Bella Vista Country Club, a social hub for the city's Italian Americans. Sundays revolved around church and then a large family dinner where all were welcome, and great food was served. An avid horse racing fan, he visited race tracks all around the country and particularly enjoyed the Breeder's Cup. He loved attending major sporting events, including Super Bowls, Final Fours and championship fights, many times leaving Memphis without any tickets but always ending up--through moxie and luck--with prime seats.

He was known as "Weegie" to his friends from all walks of life, friends who valued his wise counsel, discretion and loyalty. He reveled in the successes of those he loved and helped those who were less fortunate.

He was a long-time communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church and then St. Louis Catholic Church.

During the last few years, he was blessed to have caring nursing aides, Nicole Davis, Yolanda Wilkins, Teresa Hudson, and Brenda Fondren, for which he and his family were very grateful.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-five years, Clara Catalina Vescovo; four sons Louis (Debbie), Steve (Susan), Barry (Jennifer) and Chris (Anna); one daughter, Melanie Bell (Jack); and nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, all of whom brought him great joy.

He is also survived by three sisters, Mary Ann Giannini, Rita Hill and Norma Britt, one brother, Raymond Vescovo, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Vescovo and Dorothy Barnes, and one brother-in-law, Terry Britt, and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Calvin Vescovo and Pete Vescovo, and two sisters, Angie Stignani and Londena Montesi.

Visitation will take place at St. Louis Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. with burial at Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Villages, Harwood Center, or the .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 20, 2017
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