Amris Elese Bedford

Amris Elese Bedford, 10, of Blackshear, danced into the arms of Jesus Tuesday afternoon, March 2, 2021, 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 fifth grade at Midway Elementary School. At school, she was an honor roll student and a member of the Junior 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 Fifth Grade Sunday School Class.  

She 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.

She 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, Blackshear; sister, Alary Bedford, Blackshear; grandparents, Alvin Jr. and Pam “Jam” Walker, Blackshear and Gary Bedford, Junction City; aunts and uncles, Lori Beth Reeves (husband David), Thomaston, Paul Tucker (wife Star), Zebulon and Trey Walker, Blackshear; cousins, Bickley Reeves, J. Thomas Reeves, Brooks Wayland Tucker, Leia Avery and Jackson Avery and many great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and other relatives.  

Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the First Baptist Church of Blackshear.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.  Saturday, March 6, from the First Baptist Church in Blackshear.

Interment will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.

The family requests the students in the Midway Elementary School Fifth Grade Class to serve as honorary pallbearers. Please be at the church by 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Please feel free to wear your Amris shirts or a purple shirt.  

The service will be livestreamed through the Blackshear First Baptist Church Facebook page at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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