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Well-known Memphis politician Pete Aviotti dies at age 88

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Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 9:47 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A native Memphian who made his mark in the cotton business and then city politics has died at 88 years old.

Pete Aviotti was a key player at Dunavant Enterprises when Memphian Billy Dunavant became the biggest cotton merchant on earth.

After cotton, Aviotti helped start Folk’s Folly Restaurant and was a key advisor to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton for years.

Aviotti served on numerous boards including the one that built FedExForum and the Riverfront Development Commission.

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