Miss Amris Bedford, aged 10, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, March 2, 2021, at her residence in Blackshear, leaving this earthly realm to dance into the arms of Jesus.
Born on March 8, 2010, in Jesup, Amris was the beloved daughter of Ross Edward and Marlee Walker Bedford. She had spent her entire life in Blackshear and was a bright 5th-grade student at Midway Elementary School. Amris excelled academically, earning a place on the Honor Roll and participating in various school clubs such as the Jr. Beta Club, Garden Club, and 4-H.
Amris actively embraced her faith as a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear. She actively participated in the GA’s, Awana Club, Children’s Choir, children’s musicals, and regularly attended the 5th Grade Sunday School Class.
Outside of school and church, Amris found joy in dance lessons at Center Stage Dance Studio, piano lessons with Cindy Callahan, and expressing her love for singing. She also enjoyed playing soccer at the Pierce County Recreation Department and found delight in playing golf.
Recognized for her positive impact on the community, Amris received the 2019 Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Community Bright Spot Award, and despite her young age, she became the youngest member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.
Amris was a cherished patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where she actively participated in school, fundraising, and Child Life programs while receiving treatment. Her presence brought hope and awareness to many families battling childhood cancer, endearing her to the staff of St. Jude and ALSAC.
Amris is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Doris “Nan” Bedford. She is survived by her loving parents, Ross and Marlee Walker Bedford; her sister, Alary Bedford; her grandparents, Alvin and Pam “Jam” Walker, Jr., and Gary Bedford; her aunts and uncles, Lori Beth Reeves (husband David), Paul Tucker (wife Star), and Trey Walker; her cousins, Bickley Reeves, J. Thomas Reeves, Brooks Wayland Tucker, Leia Avery, and Jackson Avery; as well as numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Blackshear, followed by burial at Blackshear City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 12-2 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be the students of the Midway Elementary School 5th Grade Class, and they are requested to arrive at the church by 1:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear Amris shirts or purple attire.
For those unable to attend in person, the funeral service will be livestreamed on the Blackshear First Baptist Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistblackshear/.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at stjude.org.
Expressions of sympathy can be conveyed by signing the online guestbook at www.hartfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear.
You can read some condolences for mrs bedford below;
I did not know this special little girl Amris only what I have seen on the commercial Amris may u continue to rest well sweetheart my name is Robin Jarvis and I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania it just breaks my heart to see anyone go thru this I am a cancer survivor and I am truly blessed so hang in there Amris parents and may God bless yall.
Amris, a gentle soul, now resides in the loving embrace of God. Though sorrow weighs heavy on your hearts, take comfort in the knowledge that you will be reunited with her one day. Until then, let her radiant smile light your path through life. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
I too, had to search Amris when I saw the piece from St.Jude. I am truly sorry for your loss. I give monthly to St.Jude because no child should have to endure all the pain and treatments that cancer brings. It is a horrible diagnose to have to battle for adults never mind precious, innocent children. I have a friend that worked at St. JUDE for 37 years. I can’t imagine what you, her parents have gone through. She will always be in your hearts. Erase the suffering and only remember her beautiful smile and the happiness she brought to your family. God bless you. AMRIS is being taken care of!!
What a gorgeous soul your Amris is. I can see the light within her shine through and has touched me for one, greatly. I am a St Jude donator and am honored to hear your dear daughters story. May God give you continued strength and blessings to come. She is truly a hero am ing us.