In loving memory of

Loretta J. Handley
June 3, 1938 - January 29, 2019

On Tuesday January 29, 2019, Loretta Handley, 80, of Tamarac, FL went to be with her Lord and Savior.

Loretta was born in 1938, in Salem, IN to E. Everett Williams and Mildred Hinds Gray. She is the middle of three children with an older brother Robert L. Williams (deceased) and younger sister Carolyn Williams Bennett of Greenville, NC.

Loretta received Jesus Christ as her Savior and was water baptized at the historic First Baptist Church in Salem, IN.

Raised in a military family, Loretta lived in Havelock and Wilmington, NC, Lawton, OK, the San Francisco Bay area and Scottsburg, IN. In her college years, Loretta lived in Louisville, KY where she attended Spencerian College and worked at Louisville Tin and Stove. While in Havelock, NC, she met Lewis (Buddy) Bynum at a North Carolina skating rink. They later married in 1959 and had one daughter, Tracy. The family settled in South Florida.

Loretta loved to travel and soon after their arrival in South Florida she obtained a Secretarial position with Eastern Air Lines corporate office in Miami. During her 30+ years with Eastern she made several dear friends, traveled to many exciting and exotic places and had the rare experience of flying on the Concorde. She remained with Eastern until their dissolution. For a brief period, Loretta worked for Interim Services. In 1991 she joined Republic Services at their corporate headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and remained with the Firm until her retirement around 2009. During her retirement years, Loretta enjoyed taking an annual cruise with her longtime companion, Robert, and spending time with her family in South Florida.

Remaining to celebrate her life are her daughter, Tracy Bynum Torres (Joe), two grandsons, and five great grandchildren; her companion of 24 years, Robert Hagler; her sister, Carolyn Bennett, nephew Thomas Bennett (Meg), niece Carol Anne Bennett Durham (Bryan), one great-niece, three great-nephews and life-long friends
Loretta was always the life of the party. We invite you to join us in celebrating a life well-lived by someone well-loved. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday February 10, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at Horizon Funeral & Cremation Services, 4650 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064.

A private interment service will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, IN at a later date.

The family requests that any donations in her memory be made to or to the American
Heart Association.

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Ellie Gosnell wrote on Feb 21, 2019:

"I knew Loretta through her friendship with my sister Nancy Bretas and just thought she was so warm and outgoing. I alway enjoyed seeing her. She will be missed by all and my prayers are with the family."

Eva Carruthers wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Loretta was a joy to be around and I will certainly miss our wonderful conversations while she got her hair done every month for so many years. It's hard to believe that a chapter has ended so soon, but I am certain that we will meet again in glory in due time. My deepest sympathy to all her family, and in particular to her daughter Tracy ? "

Nancy Bretas wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Loretta was a very special lady and we had many fun times together at Republic Services and outside of work. She was a dear friend and I will miss her. My deepest sympathy to Tracy, Robert and all of her family and friends. I'm sure she will keep things lively in Heaven. Miss you, Loretta. Nancy Bretas"

Norman & Barbara Blosser wrote on Feb 8, 2019:

"Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom & our dear friend Loretta. Loretta?s love & friendship enriched our lives throughout the years. We will always cherish the wonderful memories of all the trips she planned as our ?social director? and all the special occasions we spent together. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all & know that Loretta?s presence will be sorely missed. With all our love, Norman, Barbara & family"

Norman & Johann Zimmerman wrote on Feb 8, 2019:

"We so enjoyed visiting with Loretta, whether in Florida or Indiana over the years, and she will be truly missed."

Carol Crooks wrote on Feb 2, 2019:

"I?ve lost a dear friend but have gained an angel. I?ve known Loretta for close to 50 years and have never met anyone that enjoyed life like Loretta. During our years at Eastern Airlines, we did some traveling together and I can assure you, she was generally the life of the party. There is so much that I can say about her, but anyone that knew her knows what a wonderful and caring person she was. I will miss her laughter and her friendship. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. "