Amanda Leigh Southern-Getts

October 28, 1987November 20, 2018
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Amanda Leigh Southern-Getts

On October, 28, 1987, Amanda began her life’s journey. She was born to Dave and Gail Southern in Atlanta, Georgia. She was their “Miracle Baby” as the doctors did not expect her to be carried to full term or survive the birth. The Lord had other plans for Amanda. She was born completely healthy and one of the happiest babies you would ever want to meet.

She had an infectious smile and giggle that could light up any room. She was a very happy little girl who loved spending time with her big brother, her “Bubba”, Michael. He affectionately named her “Manda Panda”. They shared a very special relationship. They were not just brother and sister, they were best friends.

She graduated from Covenant Christian Academy in May, 2005 as Valedictorian of her Senior Class. During Elementary and Middle School, she played Basketball. However, in Middle School, her passion turned to Cheerleading. She was a Cheerleader for Basketball and Football Games and later joined the CCA Competition Cheer Squad. Also, in High School, she was a member of the Covenant Players Drama team and Editor of her Senior Yearbook.

In the fall of 2005, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida. She began working full time and taking online courses from Florida State College in Jacksonville. She graduated from there with an Associate’s Degree. While continuing to work full-time at Wells Fargo as the Work Director for Pre-Closure, she began taking online classes from Columbia College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, from Columbia College in November 2013.

She loved spending time with her family, especially at the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas were her favorite holidays. Family and extended family were a very big part of her life. Every Christmas Eve, she would spend time with the Andersons. Those nights were filled with silly competitive games, lots of good food and lots of love and laughter. Christmas Day she would spend with her immediate family, G’Ma Flo, Aunt Ruby and Uncle Lee. Then the first Sunday after Christmas, she would go to Hiawassee to spend Christmas with her Papa, Nanny, aunts, uncles, and all her “Southern” cousins. She never wanted Christmas to end. But, amidst all the food and fun, she always wanted to be sure we remembered why we were celebrating Christmas – the birth of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She loved to travel. As a little girl, her favorite spot was Disney World. As a teenager, she went on her first Carnival Cruise and she was hooked. After that, every year was spent Cruising somewhere new and enjoying many new adventures, such as climbing the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Another passion of hers was shopping. Some would say she was a “shop-aholic.” It didn’t matter if it was going to the Mall or online shopping, she loved it all.

She loved spending time with friends for Taco Tuesday nights and Dollar Pizza Thursday nights. She loved her special “Mommy-Daughter” Days for mani-pedi’s and lunch. But, most of all, she loved her Georgia Bulldogs Football. She and her Dad would spend hours yelling at the television over the game. She was her Daddy’s baby girl.

On March 4, 2017, she married Matthew Getts. This was one of the happiest days of her life. They lived together in Jacksonville Beach and survived Hurricanes Matthew and Irma together.

On November 20, 2018, she stepped into Eternity to live forever with her Lord and Savior.

Family and friends can pay their respects at the Celebration of Life Service, officiated by Pastor Macky Pittman, on Saturday, December 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, Florida 32225. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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  • Visitation Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Emmaline McKinnon

December 1, 2018

Dear Gail, Dave and Michael,
I am at a loss of words to express how my heart is breaking with you. I loved Amanda so much, as well as, all of you. I have many fond memories of the years we spent together. Even though I’m not able to be with you today physically, I will be there in spirit- I’ll be praying for you. Praying God will flood you with His love and peace. In the days ahead reflect on all the happy memories and may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
I love you dearly!

Stacey Smajdor

December 1, 2018

I can’t describe how sad I am, you were such a amazing woman! We have shared some amazing moments that I will never forget!!! I’ll always remember you girl!!!! Love you and miss you!!!! 💙💜💙💜

Matthew Getts

November 28, 2018

Amanda I am so stunned and and in pain about this news of you my beautiful wife suddenly gone. I'm mad at myself for not being there to try and stop it. But obviously the Lord needed your beautiful soul more than us. I'll never forget the first time I met you in heron point, It was love at first sight for both of us. And I'll never forget or take for granted the time i got to spend with you, I miss you so much and will have an empty spot in my heart until i see you again, my beautiful and funny wife. I love more than anything in this world, please watch over us until i see you again! Your Hubby Matt!

Laurie Evans

November 28, 2018

Amanda was one of my favorite students of all my teaching years. She was always so eager to learn and so respectful. She loved God at all times. A little story to share was when she and another friend we’re having a quarrel but neither one was telling the whole truth. So I took them to a picture of Jesus that was on the wall and I told each of them to tell Him the story they told me. Well, through tears, the truth was told. I had to hold back my smile, knowing their hearts were just needing a little direction. Precious memories of all of the moms taking our children to Lake Lanier water park... Stone Mountain trips, vacationing in Florida together.... fun times with great kids. I so loved her sweet spirit and smile. I am glad to see her so loved as an adult. I pray for God’s healing peace to be with you.

Denise (Stephens)

November 28, 2018

My heart breaks because of the loss of a sweet soul! Many prayers for a family, both immediate and extended that grieve today. My prayer is that Amanda now knows how much she is loved.
This is the Amanda I remember, a few years ago. You are missed Amanda!

Lucy & Terry Higginbotham

November 27, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

Deborah Wiggins

November 26, 2018

Dave, Gail and Michael the words I write seem inadequate now. I picture that cute little girl I met when CCA opened, and I see her along with her brother smiling and laughing. The Office staff kids seemed to belong to all of us and we looked after them! Those were sweet days. I'm so glad I knew Amanda. You have been in my prayers and I'll continue to pray for God to hold you close. I love you.

Jeffrey Anderson

November 26, 2018

To my sweet cousin I can not believe you are gone. When I close my eyes all I can see is the little girl on Christmas Eve when we all would get together and play ping pong and just enjoy each other’s company. You ask me several time to come visit you and I took it for granted that we would have so much time to do it I was not in any hurry now I sit here knowing that now that won’t happen and I am so sorry for putting it off. Amanda I love you and I miss you and one day I will see you again.

Debbie Cohran

November 26, 2018

My sweet Amanda,
I have so many memories of all of the fun times that we shared going to basketball games with you standing up in the sunroof of my car singing at the top of your lungs and laughing that infectious laugh that you had. I loved watching the enthusiasm that you always had when you were cheering and you were such a great Team Captain. You were truly a leader and I always knew I could depend on you. I was so proud to be your coach. My heart aches and I already miss you so much.
Gail, David and Michael, I love you and hurt for you all. Amanda always told me how much she loved each one of you .
I love you my cheerleader. Soar high! Coach C.

Dale and Pat Massingill

November 26, 2018

Gail, Dave, and Michael.......Words are so inadequate at times like this. We are and have been fervently praying for God’s peace to rest on you. He can give comfort and hold you close in His arms as only He can. Amanda was such a bubbly fun little sweetheart. Never will we forget those fun times as the kids played sports at the Tabernacle when they were so small. And then for Eric and her to be together graduating at CCA was so special. What a beautiful valedictorian she was for her class! Amanda would light up a room so easily with her spunky personality. We were so proud of her and know you were even more proud of your little girl. We love you and are here to support you 100%. Love you much, Dale and Pat