Amaya Kiamni Woodard of Monticello was born on February 5, 2003, to YaVonda Johnson and Ra’Shun Woodard.
Affectionally known as “Mya Pooh”, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in Jesus’ name at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Pastor Alford Branch.
She attended Kid’s First in Warren until the age of 5. She attended Drew Central Consortium until her senior year of high school. She was a 2021 graduate of Monticello High School. Amaya loved spending time with her family and going on vacations. She was a bright and loving person.
On December 2, 2021, Amaya entered a land that knows no sunset or dawning. A land that knows no suffering, no pain, no sorrow, or cares. Among the great clouds of witnesses to meet her there will be her great grandmother, Alice Johnson; her great grandparents, Curtis and Norma Jean Woodard; and her great grandfather Robert Brooks.
She leaves to cherish her memories her loving mother, YaVonda Johnson and her father, Ra’Shun Woodard; sister, Alycia Vincent; two brothers, Ra’Shun and Ryder Woodard; grandparents Wayne (Ruby) Brooks of Pine Bluff, Debbie (Terry) Binns of Wilmar, Linda Woodard of Monticello and Ray Vincent of Monticello; great grandmothers, Bernice Brooks and Willie Mae Vincent of Monticello; three aunts, Jasmine (Robbie) Turner of Hot Springs, Larinda Woodard of Monticello and Sharre Brooks of Little Rock; two uncles, Wyvette Broughton of New Edinburg and Brandon Vincent of Monticello; a special aunt and caregiver, Linda Kay Johnson of Monticello; godparents, Stella Watkins, Freda Calloway and Chris Collins. A special bonus dad Thomas Lee. Three special teachers/friends Pamela Lambert, Melody Johnson and Kasey Smith; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 10, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 11, at 1:30 p.m. at 527 Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, East McCloy Street in Monticello.