Amy Briana Pressey

July 25, 1995 ~ September 8, 2023 (age 28) 28 Years Old


Amy Briana Pressey was born on July 25, 1995, to the union of Brian Anthony and Andrea Kimberly Amy-Pressey, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Her earthly labor was traded for heavenly rewards on Friday, September 8, 2023, in Cleveland, MS.

Amy accepted Christ and was baptized at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.  While at Mt Pleasant, Amy was active in all youth activities, including the youth choir, AWANAS, and KBS.  Amy also taught Vacation Bible School.

Amy was also active in the community.  She was an active member of Young Life – a Christian youth group.  Amy received many awards and recognitions.  She was an NAACP ACT-SO winner and represented our local NAACP on the national level.  During her high school tenure, she was a staple participant in the NAACP’s MLK Breakfast recognition as having the highest GPA of any African American student in her grade level at her high school.  After the initial recognition, Amy said that she was going to receive this recognition every year through high school, and she did just that! While at Jamestown High School, Amy was a member of the Girl’s Basketball team, Softball team, and Spring and Fall Track & Field teams, competing on Regional and State levels.  Amy attended Girl State, Latin Governor’s School, competed on the state level with the FBLA, and taught at a Latin Academy Emersion Program.

Amy graduated from Jamestown High School in 2013 and began her matriculation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Always wanting to give back, Amy became a member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity – a co-ed service organization.  She was also involved as an Orientation Leader, a UVA Student Ambassador, and a member of University Programs Council.  In her desire to give back, Amy became a Resident Advisor during her 2nd and 3rd year and as a 4th year served as a Senior Resident Advisor, responsible for an entire student dormitory.  Amy graduated from the University of Virginia with 2 bachelor’s degrees, one in Biology and the other in Anthropology.  During this summer Amy worked with the School of the New York Times in New York City with high school students in a residential program to immerse them in cultural activities.  Amy was responsible for the students as a Resident Advisor.  After graduation, she became an adjunct faculty of UVA by joining the Virginia College Advising Corp.  As a College Advisor, she was assigned to Charles City High School.  In this capacity, she encouraged college attendance and assisted students in applying to and finding resources to pay for post-secondary education.  Amy believed in giving back – "to whom much is given, much is required." Luke 12:48.  This mantra led her to seek a position with Teach for America, where she was sent to the Mississippi Delta.  In Cleveland, Mississippi, she was assigned to teach science at Parks Elementary School.  At the end of this term, Amy was awarded a grant to get a master’s degree at no cost.  She chose to remain in Cleveland and pursue a master’s in counseling at Delta State University. While in Cleveland, Amy worked with the Women’s Resource Center, which provides resources to women for single parenting and adoption.  She also volunteered with the Bridge which “bridges the gap” for food insecurities for school-aged children, the Well which provides a social outlet for Christian youth, and Students for Life of America.  Amy also tutored several students in the area.  In her continued quest to give back, Amy began working at the Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Delta where she was a program coordinator.

In Cleveland, Amy worshipped with Calvary Baptist Church and sought to help spread the good news when Calvary seeded Renovate Church, also in Cleveland.  Amy was instrumental in this branch of Zion.  Amy loved the Lord.  Amy loved his people.  Amy loved life.  As He called Amy home, we are comforted by the knowledge that she is at peace and safe in the Master’s arms. 

Amy is preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Her memory will forever be cherished by her parents, Brian Anthony and Andrea Kimberly Amy-Pressey, of Williamsburg, VA; brothers, Brian Anthony Pressey Jr. (Sidne) of Newport News, VA and Thomas Chamberlain Pressey of Williamsburg, VA; nephew, Bricen Weston Pressey; aunts, Shirley Amy Lloyd, Miranda Pressey Sadler, Janis Pressey Chisman, Karen Pressey Ruttley (Stanley), and Helen Banks Pressey; uncles, Kelvin Andrew Pressey (Sylvia) and Marvin Kennard Pressey (Doreen); cousins too numerous to name, several very close friends whom she considered sisters, other relatives, and friends.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Bethel Restoration Center, Williamsburg, VA.  Interment to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Ms. Pressey may be viewed from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

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September 18, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
4002 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

Celebration of Life
September 19, 2023

11:00 AM
Bethel Restoration Center
6205 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

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