Services set for 2 p.m. Friday in Cedartown for 11-year-old found dead in Northeast Alabama last Saturday morning.

Services set for 2 p.m. Friday in Cedartown for 11-year-old found dead in Northeast Alabama last Saturday morning.

Amberly Alexis Barnett, 11, from a family social media page.


Services are set for this Friday afternoon in Cedartown for the 11-year-old girl found strangled Saturday morning around 12 hours she disappeared from a relative’s home in Northeast Alabama.  Amberly Alexis Barnett Pope will be remembered in the service set for 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedartown. Nearly 200 messages have been left on the online guest book.

Miss Amberly Alexis Barnett Pope, age 11, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019.  She was born on April 5, 2007 in Rome, Georgia.

Amberly is survived by her mother, Jonie Barnett (Josh Hackney); father, Brian Pope; brothers, Bralin Pope, Caiden Pope and Kristain Pope; sisters, Madison Hackney and Faith Hackney; paternal grandparents, Mary “Mimi” Pope and Benny Pope; maternal grandfather, John Wayne Barnett; aunts, Savannah Nix, KC Barnett (Jesse Crane), and Erica Barnett; uncles, Haden Pope, Philip Barnett, and Clarence Calhoun, Jr.; and several extended family members also survive.

Amberly is preceded in death by grandmother, Tammy Barnett; and great-grandmothers, Rebecca Caldwell and Ester McRay.

The funeral arrangements for Miss Amberly Alexis Barnett Pope will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedartown with Rev. Aaron Johnson, Rev. Jamie Newsome and Rev. Johnathan Blackmon officiating.  Interment will follow in the Northview Cemetery.

The family will receive family and friends on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at First Baptist Church of Cedartown.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Owen Womack, Josh Weaver, Tyler Griffith, Wayne Barber, Johnathan Mathis, Jimmy Womack and Haden Pope.

Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home.


Christopher Madison of Cedar Bluff

Statement from DeKalk County, Ala., Sheriff Nick Welden regarding Amberly Barnett case:

“We would like to announce that an arrest has been made in the case of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett’s death.

“Christopher Wayne Madison, age 33, has been arrested and charged with Capital Murder. He is being held without bond.

“Her body was found in a wooded area approximately 200 yards behind the defendant’s home.

“Due to the ongoing investigation, and in order not to jeopardize that investigation, I am not at liberty to disclose any additional information concerning this case.

“The road to justice for this sweet, innocent little girl is too important to release anything to jeopardize this investigation.

“I would like to thank our staff and all other departments that assisted on this case. This was a true joint effort, a team effort between multiple agencies who all worked tirelessly to help us get to this point.”

Listen to the media briefing from Sheriff Nick Welden courtesy of WEIS. Click here


The guest book on the partial obituary posted on the website of Olin L. Gammage & Sons Funeral Home in Cedartown has been flooded with messages of sympathy, empathy, shock and love.

The listing is for Amberly Alexis Barnett, whose remains were found in DeKalb County, Ala., on Saturday morning, a month shy of her 12th birthday. The obituary has a few details about her short life, about her parents — Brian Pope and Jonie Barnett (of Cedartown) — and that arrangements are pending.

With a click of the “view guest book entries” listing, you’ll see the comments from family and friends as well as strangers from throughout Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.

A former student at Northside Elementary in Cedartown, Amberly was living in the Mount Vernon area of DeKalb County in Northeast Alabama when she disappeared around 6 p.m. Central time. The sheriff’s office reports her body was found at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. A press conference held that afternoon didn’t reveal much more than the discovery of the child’s remains.

An online giving fund was established by classmates from Cedartown High’s Class of 2009 to help Jonie Barnett with funeral expenses. The goal was $2,000; as of Monday afternoon, more than $7,000 had been pledged by some 200 people.

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