Died: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Aug. 22, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 22, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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“A Tribute To A Life Well Lived”


Loretta Patricia Whitlock, affectionately known as “Rhett”, was born  November 30, 1933 to Nathanial and Lallie Hammons Bady in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and was the second oldest and only girl of 5 children. Loretta  received her formal education in the public schools of St. Louis, attending Vaschon High School. She also attended Poro Beauty School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In the late 1950’s, Loretta  moved to Indianapolis to begin her adult life. She worked at and managed the 40-minute cleaners on Clifton Avenue where she met and married the late Archie G. Johnson; that marriage was later dissolved.

Loretta   was a woman with an infectious smile that would light up a room. She never met a stranger and took pride in caring for her children, Archie, Yo-Yo, and countless others. Loretta  worked at Fairmont Glass, then realized she thrived being around people and became a waitress/bartender, working at the hottest spots in Indy including the Red Carpet Lounge, Scotty’s and the infamous Red’s, where she served others and met many lifelong friends. She was the life of the party!

She also worked part-time in beauty salons, as her curiosity for learning never seemed satisfied. While her work seemed like play to others, Loretta was a wise woman who studied and mastered her craft, with a faith and belief that one day it would pay off.

In the 1970’s she met and married James “Jimmy” Whitlock and in that union, she gained two sons-in-love, Jim-Jim and Jason. During their marriage, Loretta and Jimmy combined their knowledge of business and pursued a few  entrepreneurial endeavors, including The Triangle Club and Jimmy’s J-Bar-J.

Upon her divorce from Jimmy, she left the nightclub business and recommitted her life to the Lord, joining Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a devoted member, deaconess and usher for almost 30 years. Her professional pursuits took her to Jenn-Aire where she worked until the company relocated to Alabama. Loretta  finished out her professional career at the Indiana Blood Center, as a donor recruiter, where her purpose was evidenced daily through the  impact she made on the lives of many until her decision to retire in 2004, to care for her granddaughter Madison.

Loretta’s love was unconditional, and everyone felt welcomed in her home. She was not shy about giving her opinion, whether you wanted it or not, however, her nurturing spirit instilled confidence and gave hope and encouragement to all that crossed her path.

Loretta’s  daughter: Muriel “Spring” Bady, parents; four brothers, Raymond, Wilbur, Norvell and Harold; and grandchildren, Jacquelyn and   Curtis Johnson preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sister-in-law, Carol Bady; her children, Archie Johnson, Yolanda Smith (Kenton); her sons-in-love James Whitlock Jr. (Sherry), and Jason Whitlock; her grandchildren Jordan Johnson (Samantha), Austin Johnson, Michaela Johnson, Madison Moton, Donald  Norman Jr., Brooke Norman, Victoria Moton and Mason Moton III; her great grandchildren, Curtis Lee, Jalen, Olivia, and Addison; special daughters; Raelynn, Janice, Deidra, Damita, Gina, Mia, Lisa and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends.


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Jennifer McFarland
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
Dear Family,

Treysia and I would like to send our condolences to mama Loretta. She has always been good to us and made us feel like a part of your family! I know that she will be watching over all of you.

All our Love,
Jennifer & Treysia

Beverly Hamilton
   Posted Wed August 19, 2020

Bolivian Dish Garden was sent by Cousins Lillian .

May God give you comfort and Peace. With Love 💕 Cousins Lillian D. Hamilton & Beverly Hamilton Watson

Jerrita McClain
   Posted Thu August 20, 2020
To the Whitlock Family,
My heart broke when I saw that my dear Sis Whitlock was called home to be with the Lord. I absolutely loved her. She was more like an aunt than just a church member. Always having a sweet spirit and positive word for anyone that crossed her path. She blessed me in so many ways over the years. Her dedication to the Lord was like none other. God is definitely pleased with her. May she rest peacefully.

Brenda Bradley
   Posted Thu August 20, 2020
To Sis. Whitlock Family...My prayers are with you at this time..Love U Brenda Bradley...Messiah Baptist Church

Donald Norman
   Posted Fri August 21, 2020

Grand Pedestal Basket was sent by The Norman Family.

Ms. Loretta was a great woman who will be missed by all, heaven just gained a great one! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Dee sipe
   Posted Sat August 22, 2020
Yolanda and family, I am saddened for your loss. May you see in your daily lives the joy, love, and laughter that Loretta gifted to you. I pray that you are able to carry on these gifts to others. And I pray you seek comfort in the Lord knowing that she has entered His kingdom and now experiences eternal joy.

Elizabeth Cross
   Posted Sat August 22, 2020
From the Cross Family, David, Barrie, Liz , we express our sympathy we understand what you are going through
Prayers for you and your family strength In this time
We Love You

   Posted Sat August 22, 2020
To the Family
From David Liz Barrie
We Send Our Condolences ,We Are keeping U In Our Prayers keeping Ur Head To The Sky, We Love You Much, And God Bless You Always.

Lillie and Stacie
   Posted Sat August 22, 2020
You have our condolences. May the Lord give you strength in your time of grievance.

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