Amari DeAndre Barr, 11, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Amari was born on January 27, 2009, in Whiteville, N.C., to Brandon and Stephanie Bonilla-Horsey. He was a student at Mooresville Intermediate School. He loved fast cars and Anime, and he wanted to travel to Japan. He was a big Philadelphia Eagles fan.

As most boys, Amari loved being outside and was an avid dancer. He was both an athlete and a nerd. He loved basketball, baseball, science and reading. He was a very gentle boy and enjoyed spending time with his family that he loved so much. Whatever he did for others, he did from his heart.

He was preceded in death by a paternal grandmother, Yvonne Horsey.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Danaya, Hailey, Samara and Marcela Bonilla-Horsey; brothers, Caesar and Roman Horsey; maternal grandmother, Robin Giles; maternal grandfather, Steve Royal, and beloved uncle and aunts, Alex and Victoria Royal and Jere Wilder; cousins, Ja’el, Aiyana and Zara Royal .

Private services will be held.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Bonilla-Horsey family. Condolences may be made to the family at

5 thoughts on “Amari DeAndre Barr

  1. Shelda Perry says:

    Amari was a student in my school about 4 years ago. He was joyful, funny, energetic and truly a delightful little boy. His smile would light up any room. He was a great big brother and he had a heart of gold. Our Lionville Elementary School Family is truly devastated to learn of his passing. Our hearts hurt and we offer our condolences and prayers to the entire family.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Amari as a kind sweet boy. My prayers and tears are with your family.

  3. Angela Butler says:

    Amari was a student in my classroom my first year at Lionville Elementary. I am devastated by this. I’ll never forget Amari’s humor and personality. He made the class more interesting and I loved getting to have him as a student. He had a beautiful soul and presence about him. You could tell how protective and kind-hearted he was by the interactions he made with the adults and students at school and the way he spoke of his little brothers, Roman and Caesar. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but please know that he was loved and adored by the people he touched at Lionville and we are grieving with you.
    -Ms. Butler

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