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Motion furniture maven Jim Muffi dies at 74

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TUPELO, Miss. — James Vincent "Jim" Muffi, a longtime furniture industry executive who is often credited with creating the motion furniture category, died here Sept. 28. He was 74.

After a stint in the Air Force, Muffi worked for several Mississippi furniture manufacturers, including Futorian, Stratolounger and Action Inds., before founding PeopLoungers in Nettleton, Miss., in 1979.

At PeopLoungers, he developed motion upholstery as a standalone category and positioned the company as the first manufacturer devoted to such products.

He sold controlling interest in PeopLoungers in 1997.

He is survived by a daughter, Anna Muffi Bowen; two brothers; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His son, Mark Muffi, died in 2012.

His son-in-law, Mark Bowen, was vice president of sales at PeopLoungers, and currently is an independent sales representative whose lines include Magnussen Home, England, Dynamic Rugs and Philip Reinisch.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

 

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