Tupelo Mourns Loss of CVB Mainstay

TUPELO (WCBI) – One of the biggest symbols of the Tupelo Spirit has passed away.  Long time Tupelo CVB member and supporter Pat Rasberry has died.  Rasberry was best known for bher work in taking the Tupelo Film Festival from a fledgling group of film buffs to one of the most recognized festivals in the country.  The Tupelo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says the loss of Rasberry will be felt but her legacy will forever live.



“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Pat Rasberry. A member of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau staff for over 30 years, Pat pioneered the film commission in Tupelo, founding both the Mississippi High School Film Competition and the Tupelo Film Festival, which was named one of the top 10 small film festivals in the country by Livability. Pat did not know how to do something halfway. Her entire heart was poured into such projects as cultivating Tupelo’s live music scene, serving as the liaison to the arts organizations in town, and diligently working with the Tupelo Innkeepers Association and Tupelo Restaurant Association.


While Pat was passionate about Tupelo and the work she tirelessly did at the bureau, it was her passion for people that was truly inspirational. Her ability to connect with people of all types was a blessing to all she encountered. Pat loved her family and friends deeply and her fervor for Tupelo was exemplary. She will be greatly missed.”


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