Amy De Witt Mahaffey

May 8, 2020

Amy Elizabeth [De Witt] Mahaffey was born in Jacksonville, Florida July 9, 1974 and was called Home to the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, May 8, 2020.

Beautiful and devoted wife of Joseph Paul “JP” Mahaffey, she was a loving and sweet Mom to William, Grace and Andrew and a true and faithful friend to countless many. Her life and legacy of selfless care for her family, friends and sweet acquaintances has forever imprinted each one with her limitless smile and unending grace and care.

Mrs. Mahaffey has been a tireless and courageous fighter for 4 1/2 years battling a rare soft cell sarcoma. Actively involved with Sarcoma efforts in Charlotte, she was a participant in the annual Sarcoma Stomp, accompanied by hundreds of friends wearing their blue “Amy’s Angel Army” shirts.

Amy’s joy was abundant for her family and all those around her as 1 John 1:4 declares “... that your joy may be full.” She was ceaseless in her care for others ... her husband, children, relatives and friends near and far. For those others going through cancer treatment, Amy not only remembered each name, she knew and affirmed their life story with the bright hope of tomorrow.

Her selflessness was identical to the prophet Isaiah ... “Here am I! Send me.” For friends, neighbors, engagements at school with children, at every chemo infusion, trial facility, blood transfusion, it was Amy who took the first step to reach out and care for another just as she always did for her family. She was an encourager to every doctor and nurse as well.

She is survived by her husband, JP Mahaffey and their three children, all at home in Charlotte, NC. She is predeceased by her grandparents Jack & Harriett De Witt of Winter Haven, FL and William and Freddie Young of Sebring, FL, Amy’s older brother Kurt Addison De Witt and her loving cousin Chuck Weir. Surviving are her parents, Rev. Richard S. De Witt and Marvel A. De Witt of Plano, TX, Uncles and Aunts Eleanor E. [De Witt] Weir and C. Frederick Weir of Sun City Center, FL and Robert F. De Witt and Gail E. De Witt of Williamsville, NY. Cousins Brent (Nicole) De Witt of East Amherst and Ann (Jerry) Gilsdorf of Spartanburg, SC.

JP and Amy were married August 18, 2001. They resided in Lynchburg, VA until Charlotte became their permanent home in January 2011.

Amy graduated from Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, NY subsequently receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio. Amy was an educator and loved all the children she had the privilege to teach in Lynchburg, VA, just as she cherished her own three children as God brought them into her life. Upon moving to Charlotte, she became very involved in her children’s school, Providence Road Elementary where she served as Secretary and Vice President of the PTA. She loved women’s ministry and was an active volunteer and participant in the Ember Gatherings.

In leu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that any donations in Amy’s honor be made to either and/or

Private family interment will be held at Forest Lawn East in Matthews, NC. We will celebrate Amy’s incredible life with services to be scheduled at a future date at Carmel Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC and at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, Charlotte, NC. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Troy Johnson

    JP, William, Grace and Andrew, Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest assured Amy is with our lord and savior.

  • Jennifer Mariner

    I knew Amy through Leesville Rd. Elem. She taught two of my sons in second grade. Since I also taught second grade in the city, she often shared her units with me. She was a wonderful teacher and person. I loved talking with her & she always talked about her “JP” and her brother with such love. I knew she had had a bout with cancer but because I am not often on FB, I did not realize she was so ill. My son texted me that she had passed away & it just upset me so much for all of you because our family also lost my husband at about the same age to a brain tumor, so I truly do know what you are going through. My heart breaks for you, your precious children & your in-laws. But you will keep going strong to take care of them & they will help you get through. Please look for God’s blessings because He will send them in many different ways. I will continue to pray for all of you.
    Jennifer Mariner

  • Jan Birchfield

    JP ~ I am so sorry for your profound loss. I think of you often.

  • Mike and Terry Genay

    To those who had the privilege of knowing Any you know you have been blessed. She was beautiful and had a the sweetest spirit. Her light will continue to shine. I am so sorry that she is no longer with us and my heart breaks for JP, Will, Grace , Andrew and all who knew and loved her. I am so sorry.

  • Wayne and Sandra Holt

    Wayne and I were saddened, JP with your loss of Amy. She was truly a warrior in her fight. Our hope for you and your children will always be that her brilliant smile and everlasting love will comfort and live in your hearts.

  • Kristin Totten

    Amy and I were friends during our time at Cedarville. We even did a spring break trip to Florida with two other friends. Amy showed such love and warmth to me that I will forever treasure her memory. She was an amazing human being who loved God and loved people in such a real way that she made you feel amazing and unconditionally loved. I miss her.

  • Rock and Lisa Schulz

    May the God of all comfort comfort you. May His peace that surpasses all understanding guard your heart and your mind. And may the strong hope of everlasting life that IS in Christ Jesus comfort and strengthen your heart and soul.

  • Deborah Kay Shelton

    Amy was just a wonderful inspiration of faith and love. Her beautiful messages to everyone showed such a strength grounded by a belief that God would and will take care of her. I met JP and Amy in Lynchburg and will always remember their joy and happiness and kindness. I will pray for your family and know you will cherish all the special memories. Amy has a new life now with no pain. I am sure she will be waiting for her family and friends to join her. I am so sorry!

  • Susanne Anderson

    Kerby and I send our sincere condolences and prayers to Amy's family and her dear parents, the De Witts. We know that Amy is now completely healed and in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amy was such an amazing person - I only had the privilege of meeting her once for a few minutes when she was visiting our Bible Study in Plano. But hearing the many stories of her life and how she reached out to everyone wherever she was is such an inspiration. God used her to touch so many lives, only eternity will tell the many lives that she touched. We are praying for all of the family that the Lord will hold each of them close during this time of such deep loss.

  • Carla Starbird

    I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter Keana was in Will’s class at LCA and I worked with Amy on many class events. She was an amazing woman that loved her family fiercely. We will be praying for you all.
    Carla Starbird

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