Vincent Paul Venuti, Jr.

Funeral services for Vincent Paul Venuti, Jr., 63, of Leland will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012 at St. James Catholic Church, Leland. He died Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at University  Medical Center, Jackson.  Burial will be in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland. Vince was a lifelong resident of Leland and was born on May 22, 1949 to the late Vince P. Venuti, Sr. and Genelle Green Venuti.  He was a graduate of Leland High School where he excelled in football and track.  After graduating he went on to Mississippi Delta Community College where he excelled in football until returning home and joining the family business, Vince’s Wrecker Service and Service Station, which his father started in 1946.  Vince proudly served eight years in the Leland National Guard. Vince was well known for his passion for collecting Leland High School football films, gas pumps, globes, signs and coins. He was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church and was a member of the Leland Knights of Columbus and the Mississippi Towing Association. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lanetta Venuti Manning. He is survived by his wife, Dixie Ware Venuti; four daughters, Mary Gordon (Jimmy), Jennifer Touchberry, Shavon Swain (Steven), and Heather Boykin (Matt); a son, Vincent Paul Venuti III; brother, Joe Venuti; grandchildren, Zac Wilson, Zoe Gordon, Jessie Touchberry, Luke and Ella Swain, Kaylee and Will Boykin and Jacob Venuti. Active pallbearers will be Jerry Santucci, Bubba Petro, Freddie Abide, Steve Prather, Rudy Roche and Paul Abraham.  Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Milam, Danny Tillman and Michael Fratesi. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012 at St. James Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Planters Bank in Leland for his grandson, The Luke Swain Lyme Disease Fund. Vince’s family would like to thank the staff at University Medical Center, Fresenius of Greenwood (especially Ann Raymond, Jo Dillion and Suzanne Watkins), Sta-Home (Audrey Smith and Annie), and his physical therapist, Doug Fleming.