Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to a longtime Mt. Juliet planning commissioner who recently died.
It was nearly standing-room only Saturday at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet for Lori Landry's visitation and memorial service. She was 53 years old when she died, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Her family and friends face their first Thanksgiving this week without this beloved wife, mother, businesswoman and city official.
Husband David, son Ian, brother, Larry D. Bryant of Kentucky, and her half-brother, Lawrence Bryant of Texas, survive Lori.
However, it was evident Saturday she had many non-family survivors.
Lori served with distinction on the Mt. Juliet Planning Commission for 12 years, from 2003-2015. Lori never minced words in her long tenure as a planning commissioner.
Many years the lone female on the commission, if Lori lost a vote, she always had the last word and then politely acknowledged concession.
Lori ushered and led the planning for both Providence and the Paddocks business parks. She won more votes than lost.
"Lori was a great asset to the city through her many years of service on the planning commission," Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty, who attended the service, said Sunday. "She will be missed. I am sad for her family and all of us who enjoyed her friendly and loving spirit, yet rejoice knowing she is restored and resting in the Lord's presence."
Hagerty has also served many years on the Planning Commission. Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Brian Abston sat next to Hagerty in a pew.
The service was emotional to the sea of friends and family who paid their last respects to Lori. David read a love letter he wrote to his wife of 20 years, who he first met when she was just 14, but took another "18 years to find."
It was heartbreaking, heart warming, humorous at times, and personal.
"She was a Southern Belle who stole my Yankee heart," he said to those gathered in the chapel.
Lori's sister-in-law also spoke of her love for Lori, and son Ian expressed an emotional sentiment.
Tears flowed even more when a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace."
He shared earlier to The Wilson Post it was the same bagpiper who played at their wedding. Lori played the bagpipes in her High School Band, and was awarded Pipe Major for the school year 1979-1980. She also played with the Louisville Pipe Band.
Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.