Miss Amris Elese Bedford, age 10, of Blackshear, danced into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday afternoon (3/2/21) at her residence.
Born March 8, 2010 in Jesup, she was a daughter of Ross Edward and Marlee Walker Bedford. She had lived all of her life in Blackshear and was in the 5th grade at Midway Elementary School. At school, she was an Honor Roll student and a member of the Jr. Beta Club, Garden Club, and 4-H.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear and was active in the GA’s, Awana Club, the Children’s Choir, all of the children’s musicals, and attended the 5th Grade Sunday School Class.
Amris enjoyed taking dance lessons at Center Stage Dance Studio, piano lessons from Cindy Callahan, and she loved to sing. She also played soccer at the Pierce County Recreation Department and enjoyed playing golf.
She was the 2019 Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Community Bright Spot Award recipient and was the youngest member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.
Amris was a loved and cherished patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She participated in school, fundraising, and Child Life programs while receiving treatment at St Jude. Amris was adored by the staff of St Jude and ALSAC, and she helped bring awareness and hope to many families dealing with the misfortune of childhood cancer.
Preceding her in death was her paternal grandmother, Doris “Nan” Bedford.
Survivors include her parents, Ross and Marlee Walker Bedford of Blackshear; sister, Alary Bedford of Blackshear; grandparents, Alvin and Pam “Jam” Walker, Jr. of Blackshear and Gary Bedford of Junction City, GA; aunts and uncles, Lori Beth Reeves (husband David) of Thomaston, GA, Paul Tucker (wife Star) of Zebulon, GA, and Trey Walker of Blackshear; cousins, Bickley Reeves, J. Thomas Reeves, Brooks Wayland Tucker, Leia Avery, and Jackson Avery; and many great aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.
A funeral service will take place Saturday (3/6/21) at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Blackshear. Burial will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 12-2 p.m.
The family requests the students in the Midway Elementary School 5th Grade Class to serve as honorary pallbearers. Please be at the church by 1:30 p.m. Please feel free to wear your Amris shirts or a purple shirt.
The service on Saturday will be livestreamed through the Blackshear First Baptist Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistblackshear/
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at stjude.org.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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