GREENVILLE — Michael Salvadore Maranto Jr., a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept., 26, 2021.
Michael was born to Michael Salvadore Maranto Sr (Mickey) and Carol Ferretti Maranto on March 13, 1975, in Greenville. He attended the Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Michael graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in 1994 and then went on to Mississippi Delta Community College before going to work for his family’s business, Janitor’s Supply and Paper Company. He worked every day along side his father, uncles, and cousins.
Michael met the love of his life, Amy Lauren Ikerd, in the summer of 2007. They fell in love instantly and knew they would spend their lives together. They were married on Oct. 9, 2010. They welcomed a daughter, Ann Leighton, in 2011 and another daughter, Coleman Marie, in 2014. He was a kind, loving husband and an amazing, devoted father, who filled their beautiful life with love and laughter. Michael was their leader and encourager in life always supporting and navigating their way together.
Michael touched many lives with his faith, strength, leadership, positive outlook on life. He had the biggest personality that so many people loved and enjoyed. Michael never met a stranger, and he could have an entire room rolling in laughter. There was never a dull moment with his singing, dancing and storytelling. He was always the life of the party. He enjoyed hunting with his lifelong friends, spending time with his family, cooking crawfish, grilling, and working on anything that was broken down. Michael was always present in everyone’s lives, and no matter the situation, you always knew you were loved and guaranteed to be laughing. Michael will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Salvadore (Savvy) Maranto and Virginia Criddle Maranto; and his maternal grandfather, Vincent Ferretti.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, grandmother, Susie Landi Ferretti, and sister, Maury Finnegan (John), and nephews, Jack and Luke Finnegan. He is also survived by his in-laws, Gary and Pam Ikerd; sister-in-law, Searcy Pinnix (Leslie); brother-in-law, Brian Ikerd (Lauren); nieces, Madison, Meriwether, and Milam Pinnix, Amelia and Adelaide Ikerd, and nephew Hall Pinnix. He also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and dearly loved friends.
A visitation will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Greenville on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, from 9 a.m. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. A livestream of the service will be shown at Washington School in Sykes Hall. Burial will be at Greenville Cemetery.
The family would like to express their gratitude for friends and community members for the acts of service and prayers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Michael Maranto to the Neurology Clinic at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital or to the trust fund of his daughters Ann Leighton and Coleman Maranto at Planters Bank & Trust.
Pallbearers will be Leslie Pinnix, Alan Whitt, Brian Ikerd, Ashley Sansing, Ryan Hughes, Chess Rybolt, Clint Williams, John Gordan Campbell, Scott Davis, and John Finnegan. Honorary pallbearers will be Hall Pinnix, Luke Finnegan, Jack Finnegan, and Hays Sansing. Ushers will be Davis Causey, Sid Guest, Pete Weathers, Jamie Taylor, Brandon Cobianchi, Robyn Reynolds, Philip Morlino, and Andy Hughes.
Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.