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OBITUARY

Tracy Renee Amason Blaylock

July 21, 1967November 26, 2019

Surrounded by her family, Tracy Amason Blaylock went home to her heavenly Father on November 26, 2019. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 30 at Hillview Baptist Church, 800 Heflin Ave E, Birmingham, Alabama. Rev. Mark Barber and Rev. Gene Carver will officiate. Interment will be at Freewill Baptist Cemetery. Her family will be receiving from 10:30 to 1:00 at Hillview Baptist Church. Hillview Baptist Church, 800 Heflin Ave E, Birmingham, Alabama, is in charge of the arrangements. Tracy was born to Larry and Sue Amason in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 21, 1967. She spent her childhood in Birmingham, attending Hillview Elementary School, Bottenfield Junior High and Minor High School, graduating in 1985. While a student Bottenfield Junior High and Minor High School, Tracy began her lifelong love of music, joining the band and learning to play the trumpet under the direction of Dr. Johnny Jacobs, Mr. David Brewer, Mr. Harry McAfee and Mr. Mike Holmes. Early on, Tracy demonstrated her talent on the trumpet and had the opportunity to play at band, church, and community performances. Tracy attended The University of North Alabama where she was a member of the UNA Pride of Dixie band under the direction of Dr. Edd Jones. After graduating from college in 1990, Tracy accepted her first teaching job as a band director at South Lamar High School in Millport, Alabama. Tracy also served as a band director at Hunt Middle School and Columbus High School in Columbus, Mississippi, as well as Pickens County High School in Reform, Alabama. For the past 17 years Tracy was Director of Bands at New Hope High School in Columbus, Mississippi, assisted by Ms. Erica Shirley. Under her direction, New Hope High School, received numerous superior ratings in both marching and concert festivals. Tracy was very proud of all her band students; many of them continued their band careers, participating in college bands including her beloved alma mater, the University of North Alabama. In 2012 Tracy earned her Master’s in Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Tracy was honored with the 2019 teacher of the year award at New Hope High School, voted on by her fellow teachers. Tracy was preceded in death by her grandfather Norman Malone, grandparents John and Mildred Tyler Barker, Gilbert and Paro Sanford Amason, and her uncle Harold Malone. Tracy is survived by her parents Larry and Sue Amason, her sister Kelly Amason Noles and her husband Daryl of Morris, Alabama, her niece Brenna Noles Tenney and her Husband Patrick of Pinson, Alabama, and her nephew Bryant Noles of Morris, Alabama, and her beloved British Labrador Kane. Tracy is also survived by a host of cousins. She is survived by her band students at New Hope Middle School and New Hope High School as well as a host of New Hope High School Band Alumni. Tracy also leaves behind her very special friends of the Monday Night Bible Study: Vicki Baker Clay of Monticello, Mississippi, Hope Hardin DeVenney, Sondra Robertson Dowdle, Carla Brown Guyton, Karen West Vickers, all of Columbus, Mississippi, and the late Marilyn Sesser Bowen of Eupora, Mississippi. Pallbearers will be Marc DeVenney, Adam DeVenney, Thomas Richardson, Brian Lindsey, Lee Majors and Todd Smith. Memorial gifts may be made to the University of North Alabama Pride of Dixie Marching Band, UNA Box 5240, Florence, Alabama 35632

A celebration of life service for Tracy will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Hillview Baptist Church, 800 Heflin Ave E, Birmingham, AL 35214. A celebration of life visitation will occur Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 800 Heflin Ave E, Birmingham, AL 35214. A burial will follow at Freewill Baptist Cemetery in West Jefferson, Alabama.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridoutsgardendalechapel.com for the Amason family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 30, 2019

Memories

Tracy Renee Amason Blaylock

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angel nevin

December 2, 2019

I was in the new hope middle school band with Mrs.Blaylock she was an amazing band teacher yeah she was hard on us but it was because she wanted us to be our best at our concerts and she was amazing overall and I'm praying for her family as this is a really hard time for them.

Cindy Morris

November 29, 2019

Ms. Blaylock was an inspiration to many. When I moved to Mississippi, I was told I had to choose between the three electives I wanted to do. I chose band, and I’m so glad I did. Ms. Blaylock always believed in me, even when I had my doubts. She is one of the reasons I became a music educator, and I am beyond grateful for all that she taught me. I’ll never forget the day she called me her “colleague” during my first year of teaching. It still means the world to me.

Ms. Blaylock, thank you for all you did for us. You cared about your students far beyond their musicianship. You showed us how to be good people and good musicians. That’s my goal for my students as well, and for me as a teacher. You will be forever missed.

Steve Stringer

November 28, 2019

I knew Miss Blaylock through her job at New Hope High School. As a director myself I always admired the way she worked with her students. She was no nonsense but had so much patience. Now, she we all know that she was not afraid to set students straight and "gently" correct them if they were not living up to their potential.... I believe every student she ever had would agree with that.

I respected this lady so much. She was so genuine. You could always tell that she was shooting you straight. I always enjoyed visiting with her and catching up.

She will be missed by all that knew her. But, I believe that she would want for us all, and especially her students, to always live up to their potential and be an example of excellence.

So, Rest In Heaven my friend. We will all see you one day and again catch up and laugh and delight in each other's company while we spend eternity in the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Shelia Fondren

November 28, 2019

So thankful to know Tracy. She was such a fun and funny person to enjoy college band with. What a wonderful person!! Clinging to great memories and praying for all who love her and miss her. Because of Jesus, we can live in the true hope that we will see her again.

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

Balasha Parker

November 27, 2019

I will truly miss Ms.Blaylock I have been with her many years since I was in elementary (because my auntie was in band) she was like a friend and mother to many of her band students including me 💙 my heart aches so much when I got the news and I prayed many nights for her but she’s in a better place she will be truly missed

Megan Coleff

November 27, 2019

When I first moved to New Hope, band was my safe haven as the new kid. And she gave me a safe haven even after I graduated high school. She allowed me the opportunity to mentor the beginning band members when I said I wanted to be a music teacher. Whenever Ms. Blaylock was around, the band hall was home. The impact she had on mine and my classmate’s lives will continue for generations to come. Rest easy Ms. Blaylock and know that what you did teach us, did stick.

Shorty Yearby

November 26, 2019

My son Matthew Yearby has been in band for seven years and in that seven years my family has gotten to know Tracy and her passion for teaching music. Her students were more than just students to her, they were her children. She loved them beyond measure and poured herself into them as if they were her very own. She did more for Matthew than she would ever know. Instilling her love for music into him and molding him into the musician he is now. Tracy meant a lot to my family and will be greatly missed!

James Fisher

November 26, 2019

If was 2012 senior day at New Hope high school . My mother passed away just a year before. Ms. Blaylock came up to me and told me “ I know your mother isn’t here but I will stand beside you so your not alone.” This is the type of woman and teacher she was. She will be dearly missed and forever in all of our hearts. I just want to say thank you for all that you have taught me. And your legacy will live on. God bless you and fry high Ms.Blaylock.

Heather Inzer

November 26, 2019

You were an amazing person! Loved every minute of band because of you. You may be gone but never forgotten! We love you always class of 06!!

Matt and Cheryl Smith

November 26, 2019

The NHHS Trojan family is heartbroken at the loss of a sister, mentor, teacher, and friend. We loved Tracy and she was a warrior. Her life was lived to love and teach through musical arts and she touched countless lives over the years. She is loved and will be missed. Rest well my sister!

FROM THE FAMILY