of Searcy, AR
April 17, 1963 - May 12, 2022
Lorri Elizabeth Petty, 59, of Searcy passed away at her home on May 12, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on April 17, 1963 in Santa Ana, California to Billy Carroll and Lillian Carolyn Webb Wheeler.Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Mark Petty of Searcy; her daughter, Alexandra Petty of Brooklyn, NY; her son, Brooks Petty of Searcy, AR; her parents, Bill & Carolyn Wheeler of Wynne; her sisters, Leigh Anne Wheeler and Leslie (Bert) Mosley of Wynne; niece and nephew, Carlee Smith and Wheeler (Megan) Mosley; Mark's parents, Gordon and Rachel Petty of Searcy along with other extended family members and a host of friends.Lorri worked for Roller-Citizen Funeral Home in West Memphis for five years in their office and later attended Harding University where she received an Associates Degree in Business. She worked in the insurance industry as an agent for some time and Lorri and Mark owned and operated their restaurant Whistle Stop for thirteen years. But the most important thing in her life was her family and her church. She loved each one of them and was involved in every aspect of their lives. Lorri was an active member of the College Church of Christ in Searcy.Services are scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the College Church of Christ with Visitation being at 1:00 PM with the Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Arnold Cemetery in Swifton, Arkansas.
So sorry for your loss. It's a blessing she is out of pain but know she is missed by all who know and loved her...
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Lorri rest in comfort and peace.
Prayers for the entire family. So Sorry to hear this.
We are so sad to see this about Lori, she has a special place in our hearts. we pray for comfort, for her family.
Words fall short to express our sadness of Lorri's end to her long courageous battle. Lorri and I have so many wonderful memories from church bus rides to missionary trips to Duluth Minn to school football games, cheerleading, choir and getting into a little mischief now and then ( most likely my influence). Although we always kept in touch over the years, after I moved to California when I got married, we reunited with 6 of us girls from highschool and spent a wonderful weekend at Mark and Lorri's reminiscing about the good ol' days... we laughed and cried. Lorri was such an inspiration to me and many others over the years, witnessing how she handled her long battle with such bravery, peace, faithfulness and courage will for ever be ingrained in my memory of her. While i'm so heartbroken to know I won't see her here on Earth any longer, I rejoice for her in her eternal reward for all her faithfulness. I know I will be reunited with her again one day and we will share many hugs, laughs and memories again.... until that day, you will be in my heart, my mind and prayers. I now pray for Mark, Alex, Brook, Mr & Mrs Wheeler and the rest of her family for strength and peace in the most difficult days ahead. Mr Wheeler had a huge impact during my life, I've always thought of him as a father figure with his big statue, deep voice and warm hugs which made me feel safe. He married my husband and I, baptized my husband and mentored us over the years during hard times. I sure wish I could be at Lorri's memorial to celebrate her brave life and get another warm, reassuring hug from Mr Wheeler. Lorri...Until we meet again my lifelong friend... forever friends~
To the entire family of Lorri Petty, Mark, Bill and Carolyn, Leslie and Leigh Ann .. my sincere condolences… your precious Lorri was such a warrior. Never giving up striving for successful treatments not only for herself but for others too .. trying to lead the way. She fought the good fight but now she rests victorious.. please let that comfort you in the days to come. Praying for your peace … love to each of you 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️
We send our Sincere condolences to all Lorri’s family. She was a light that shined bright. An inspiration to all who knew her. We know she fought this battle for many years but every time you saw her, she had that beautiful smile and sweet spirit!!! She was beautiful inside and out!! Our hearts hurt for you all!! We love you and are in prayer for comfort in the days ahead!!
Lorri was a person who loved. She loved others, life, Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. She was not afraid to share her personal battle with cancer to others. She gave us inspiration and hope in the midst of her physical battle. Lorri has been brave and faithful. She has been an ambassador for others who have fought and are still fighting cancer today. Thank you Lorri for your faith and love for Jesus, and the love you have shown to your family and friends.You have now received your crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Our hearts and our prayers go with each of you. May God touch all of you with His powerful love, and may He comfort you in the days ahead.
Our prayers and love are with all of you right now. I can't even imagine how much heartache all of you are feeling. Lorri was a ray of sunshine through a cloudy day and now she can certainly shine down on all of us. Many hugs and tears will certainly get you through. Knowing she is no longer in pain and you will see her again some day. Love to all of you.
So sorry to hear of this. Lorri was always very kind. Prayers for all of the family.
We just saw Lorri at Walmart... She was full of life. We talked for about 15 minutes about Brooks, living at Harding, and how she was looking forward to Mother's Day. She had a way of making your day better. We grieve with Mark, Brooks, and the family.
God rest in peace
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
No words to describe losing a child, sending love and prayers for comfort and strength.
So sorry for your loss. Lorri was a sweet young lady. Fly high in Heaven Lorri. To the family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all. Holly
What a tragedy! I’m so sorry for your terrible loss. My heart goes out to your entire family.
We're praying for the family and friends.
We shall miss our sweet neighbor and friend, Lorri! To us Lori was a model of courage and sweetness. She taught us much about facing extreme difficulties in life with a smile and a sweet spirit. Our love and prayers go with you Mark, Alexa, Brooks, Wheeler family, Petty family, and Lorri's host of special friends. Because of Christ, Lorri lives on--not only in our memories. Jesus told a believer who died with Him, "Today, you shall be with me in paradise." Thank God for our hope in Christ.
We are sad for you and your family!It is so hard to experience Your comfort of knowing she is with our Lord Will help you in the future days of griefPlease remember we have loved you All the years
John and I are saddened to hear the news of Lorrie’s passing. She fought a long and valiant battle and was a great encouragement to all of us who knew and loved her. Her positive attitude and deep devotion to her faith in her Heavenly Father was evident to all who came in contact with her. She fought the good fight and kept the faith. Now she is pain free and experiencing the joy of heaven! Love and Blessings to the entire Wheeler and Petty families! John and Donna Armstrong
Lorri, valiant servant of God and people. She will be with our Kelly, who really brought us together. She certainly fought the good fight and is an example to many. Her family is in our prayers for peace and comfort. Love, Jill & Tom 👫
Bill and Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear of Lorri's passing. I cannot begin to know what you are going through. Y'all are in our prayers. Love you all so very much.
Bill and Carolyn, I was so sorry to hear of Lorri's passing. There is no greater loss than that of your child, i lost my daughter in 2015. it is comforting to know we will see them again. My love and prayers to all of you in the days ahead. Your cousin, Sandra and family
My sincere condolences to Lorri’s family. She was a very special lady. I pray God will comfort you during this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you who loved Lorri. We would sit and visit longer than it would take me to eat my food at the Whistle Stop. We would catch up on all the Marion news we each knew about. I know she suffered for a very long time and even though we know she is no longer in pain, it’s still so difficult for family and friends to say goodbye. Alex, Brooks, Mark, The Wheeler family I pray God blesses you with little signs that she is finally free of hurt.
Mark, Bill and Carolyn,Lifting you and the rest of the family up in prayer, may God give you comfort in this time of grief.
Billy, Carolyn & family,You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that God is helping you with this sorrow. He knows the depth of your loss and is the only source of complete trust. ♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼
So sorry to hear this. I pray God’s comfort for you all.
Much love and many prayers for this wonderful family! Some people you can never forget! God bless you all. He will help you through the loss of this beautiful, sweet lady!
I am so sorry for your loss, You are in my prayers. God Bless. She was a fighter and will be remembered. Love yall, Tommy lee
I love you more than you could ever know, and YOU were The Wind Beneath MY Wings 💕 Rest in peace my precious sister.
I am praying for the Family! Wow I will forever remember all the good times I had working with and for Lorri at West Memphis Christian School!🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Love lorri. We will miss her so much Robyn and Joyce💔💔😢
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
You may have left this earth, but you are forever in my heart and mind. We will meet again sister love you