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Loretta Ann Medlock Penn

June 27, 1949 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Loretta Penn Obituary

Loretta Ann Penn, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, who is best known by her family and friends as an “angel here on earth” peacefully passed away on February 27, 2024. 

Loretta was born on June 26, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, to Fred and Helen Medlock, who both predeceased her, and grew up surrounded by a loving extended family.  At a very young age, it was evident that she had developed a thirst for learning which allowed her to advance to the 3rd grade within six months of beginning elementary school.  In her youth, she was also an active member of Griggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, where she served as the Sunday School Secretary.  She later graduated from James Madison High School in Dallas, Texas at the age of fifteen.

Loretta spent a year at Southern Methodist University before transferring to North Texas University where she obtained her degree in Business Education.  Despite growing up and obtaining her education in a still segregated South, Loretta overcame obstacles early in life, spending the balance of it paying her success forward as a mentor to countless professionals from all backgrounds.

On June 25, 1987, Loretta married the love of her life, The Honorable B.J.  “Buddie” Penn, in San Diego, California. Buddie and Loretta mutually and enthusiastically supported each other in their personal and professional endeavors and were true partners in life in every aspect. 

Her professional accomplishments were vast, making it impossible to scratch the surface on the numerous awards and honors she received.  Loretta worked for the IBM Corporation for ten years in sales, marketing, and executive management. She served as the President of Spherion Staffing Services, which focused on staffing and recruiting for businesses.  She later founded PECC, LLC, and devoted her talents to executive coaching and consulting C Suite level executives, helping hundreds of professionals grow and manage their careers.  She was also an Adjunct Professor for the George Washington University School of Nursing Doctoral program. She was a member of numerous Boards, including YUPRO, TECO Energy, The North Highland Company, ZRG Partners, The Global Good Fund, Toffler Associates, and Virginia Ready.  

Loretta was an active member of Antioch Baptist Church (ABC) in Fairfax Station, Virginia, where she faithfully served in numerous ministries.  She sang in several choirs and special music ensembles that included traveling to Italy on a singing mission’s trip in 2009.   Loretta attended Bible studies reinforcing her walk of faith and love for the Lord.  Most noteworthy is the stellar and selfless service she provided as a member of the ABC Provisional Leadership Committee, and Chair of the Talent Acquisition and Retention Committee.  Loretta was instrumental in leading a team of servants with HR and business backgrounds throughout the development and implementation of employee hiring and retention policies, procedures, and processes for the church.  These roles allowed her to coalesce her professional skills with her spiritual commitments.  Loretta was at peace toward the end of her life, secure in the knowledge and comfort that her heavenly reward awaited. 

Throughout her life, Loretta forged friendships with a myriad of individuals.  She became a surrogate mother and grandmother to many others as well.  Her warmth and concern for the comfort and well-being of those around her were unmatched.  She was always available, ready to listen, give sage advice and counsel, and most importantly laugh until tears were shed.  Loretta selflessly gave so much of her emotional energy to those around her yet never sought the same in return.

In her limited free time, Loretta enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, traveling, exploring museums, going on walks, studying the Bible, and enjoying a spa day or treat from Dairy Queen. 

Loretta is fondly remembered by countless professional colleagues, friends, and her family.  Her infectious smile and laugh will be sorely missed.  Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who had the privilege to cross paths with her.

Loretta is survived by her loving husband Buddie, stepdaughter Emily Grooms (Bruce), stepsons Brian and Eric, grandsons Geoffery and Jared Grooms, Aunt Lena Sparks, and devoted nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A service will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Antioch Baptist Church at 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Omega Omega ceremony will be held at 9:30 am, the viewing will begin at 10:00 am, the service will follow at 11:00 am.  A repass will immediately follow the service.  The service will be live streamed

A final service and interment will take place in Dallas, Texas on March 15, 2024, where Loretta will be eternally rejoined with her parents at Laurel Land Memorial Park, 6300 S R L Thornton, Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75232. The viewing will be held at 9:00 am, the service will begin at 10:00 am with the interment immediately following the service.  

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March 7, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Antioch Baptist Church
6531 Little Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Funeral Service
March 7, 2024

11:00 AM
Antioch Baptist Church
6531 Little Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039


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