of Little Rock, AR
October 22, 2008 - January 7, 2018
Asher Brooklyn Ray, age 9, passed away at her home in Little Rock, surrounded by her family on Sunday, January 7th, 2018. She was born on October 22, 2008 to Justin and Susan Adamson-Ray. Nicknamed ''The Bit,'' she was a force larger than life and she fought a long hard battle against Ewing's Sarcoma. She attended The Anthony School in Little Rock, AR and was a Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant Diamond State Princess for 4 years. Her first year in the pageant she was the Children's Miracle Network Princess for Arkansas Children's Hospital. She was also the Princess for the current Miss Arkansas 2017. She was a lover of animals, reading, archery and an avid crafter of miniature things. She amazed those around her with her personality, sass and articulate vocabulary. She inspired a huge following of supporters by living her life to the fullest in light of her struggles with cancer. Her story is told on Facebook @TheBrooklynProject. She is survived by her parents; grandparents Charles (CA) Adamson, Mike and Debbie Ellis, Joe and Dixie Phillips, Jimmy and Becky Ray, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at The Anthony School located at 7700 Ohio Street in Little Rock on Sunday January 14, 2018 at 3PM. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Arkansas Children's Hospital, UAMS Radiation Oncology Center, The Anthony School, and the communities in and around Little Rock, Hot Springs, Stuttgart and DeWitt, AR and Graham and Mebane, NC for their loving care and support. We also sincerely appreciate all those who supported Asher over the years and followed her journey, showered her with love, gifts, and provided funding for the cost of her treatments. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Arkansas Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Department, 1 Childrens's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202; The Anthony School, 7700 Ohio Street, Little Rock, AR, 72227; Alex's Lemonade Stand at their website: www.alexslemonade.org; The Monkey In My Chair Program at their website: www.monkeyinmychair.org or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 320 Executive Court # 101, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements by Roller-Chenal Funeral Home.
Susan, Justin, Dixie, Joe: Thank you so much for sharing this precious girl with the world. Like many, I never met her but she was often in my thoughts and always in my prayers as were all of you. I think we know some pretty great angels who will take her in. I pray you will be cloaked in her spirit and thrive on.With Love,StephanieBrown
We are so sorry for your loss of Asher. Thank you for sharing her journey with us; her story will continue as she has touched the lives of so many.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am thankful for the time you had together and morn your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.
Much love and prayers.
It has been many years since I have seen Asher, but her bright smile and witty and courageous personality absolutely captured my heart all those many years ago on the cancer unit at ACH. When I first met her, she reminded me so much of my daughter Brooke - princess dress, high heels and long wig swishing as she strolled by. Asher wrapped her arms around my neck that day and hugged me tight..a sweet, precious gift to me. She healed my heart a little more that day...and I know since then, she has given her incredible love to thousands. Her sweet touch is forever written on my heart, and I am grateful. I am sending you, her incredible parents, much BIG LOVE from Texas, and I am holding you close to my heart and in my prayers. You are loved - Jessica and the BIG Love Cancer Care team
Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. She is such a beautiful young lady. Losing a loved one in death is an especially hard thing to come to grips with. It's even more difficult when it is your own child. Unfortunately death is no respecter of age, or anything else for that matter. That is why God's word the Bible refers to death as an "enemy" ( 1 Corinthians 15:26). However we are assured that, soon, our creator will see to it, that the enemy death is brought to nothing. In fact, the Bible says that Almighty God 'longs' or strongly desires to resurrect those who are sleeping in death (Job 14:14,15) and no resident will say "I am sick" (Isaiah 33:24). Hold on tight to these promises from God. They continue to help me cope, and I pray they will help you too. Again, please accept my sincere condolences
My love and Prayers to all the family
So very sorry continued prayers 🙏🏻
So many fond memories -my thoughts and prayers with the family and friends who have been touched by this angel on earth. Rest in peace, Bit, until we see you again.
I'm so sorry for your loss, I'm originally from Stuttgart but I have never met your sweet bit but I've followed her story on Facebook the whole time and over that time my 2 youngest daughters grew to love her energy and love for life and she taught them many things about how to love the life you are given. She touched so many lives that she didn't even know about, also you and Justin also showed the definition of unconditional love and fight that every parent should have for their child and thank you for that
My prayers continue for this family. Asher was a force to behold. She was loved by so many. God bless.
I am so very sorry for your loss, for our loss of Asher. I will always remember her sass and spunk. She was such a funny little spitfire; such a grown up in her itty bitty body. I don't think I will ever meet or care for another child quite like Bit. I thank-you for allowing me to assist in her care during her journey at ACH and I enjoyed getting to know her and your family over the last several years. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. With Love~ Whitney
So sorry for the loss of our sweet angel. I had the opportunity to meet her at st. Alban's in Stuttgart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God has an an angel with him. May God grant all of you peace! Donna haller, Conway.
We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our hearts go out to you during this trying time and may our prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones.
It was such an honor to be Asher's dance teacher. Right from the start I could tell this child had spunk and personality like no other. Every class was so much fun with her in it and I will cherish all those dance memories forever. She danced with such energy,passion and individuality, it couldn't be helped that all eyes were on her. She had fun!!! Despite getting sick!! When Asher walked into dance class you didn't see a little girl who was fighting a horrible disease, you saw ASHER!!! Cancer did not win, Asher did!! Her infectious personality and courageous spirit beat Cancer long ago. I am just jealous of the angels who get to see her now and not us here on earth. She is definitely having a dance party like no other in a place we all will be one day. I will cherish knowing Asher forever. I love you so much sweet Asher and look forward to seeing you again! You touched so many lives and mine for sure!! You are an amazing young lady and I am blessed to have been a part of your amazing life. I was truly touched by an angel!! YOU!!!Love, Miss Cari
You are in my prayers asking God to continue to strengthen and comfort you. You are an amazing family and have shown us all what faith should be.
Susan, I met Asher in Atlantic City when we were all having dinner at Nero’s with the Benton family. What a little star, spitfire, full of personality - sweet angel. She brought life to the party! I cannot imagine how your heart is breaking and pray God’s peace and grace will envelope you at this time. Much love, Iboo
Your family is in our hearts and our prayers.
Prayers and strength to The Bit’s Family.
What a beautiful blessing - Asher... We send our thoughts and prayers to her friends and family who will truly miss her smiles and laughter. We celebrated Rebekah Spader's life and love for life on August 4th 2016, a precious friend of my daughter Emma... When we heard Asher went home to Jesus... we cried.. we cried for you because we can understand the loss and pain... but be assured Rebekah was on Asher's welcoming committee, ready to show Asher all the treasures Jesus has for her... we could hear her saying "Come on! Come on! Let me show YOU!" All our LOVE - The Ambroz Family
You fought the good fight. You are now sitting right where God is holding you Asher. I feel like you were my own. What an inspiration you were. Rest on sweet angel. My prayers to your parents for comfort and peace during this time. God's blessings upon you all. Just know that God makes no mistakes and that Asher will always be remembered. Keep the memories alive.
May God bless you and give you strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sassy, funny , loving, smart as a whip , God needed her up in Heaven to add more loving humor and be in charge of tiny tiny adventures. Her Crown has been waiting. Gods Love for you all.
My heart is breaking this week. But just know she is in the hands of our Lord and Savior.Being your next door neighbors for years it was never a dull moment with Asher. She would meet me at my car after coming home from work. She would show me the art project she had been working on or showing me the pictures she had drawn on our sidewalk with colored chalk. And always wanting to know if Rudy could come out and play. Justin & Susan you were such wonderful parents, Always keeping her involved in activities. She may have only lived a short 9 years, but she lived her life to the fullest. She did more and saw more than many people saw in a long life time. She will always be in my heart. We are so sad, but we will be rejoicing when she see her again in Heaven!
May God's grace and peace be with you all.
I am so sorry for the loss of Asher. God has plans for this little angel. Fly High Baby Girl God will meet you at the pearly gates.
My condolences go to this sweet angels family. She was one of a kind and true inspiration to me and many many others. I’ve never met someone so strong and upbeat as Bit no matter the storm she was facing. Love and prayers to all.
So very sorry for the loss of this sweet little girl. Asher will live on in all of our hearts. She will never be forgotten and will truly be an ambassador to children with cancer everywhere. You are in my prayers always.
I am so sorry to hear of Bit's passing. I have prayed for her over the years. I have no doubt she is healed and completely cured now dancing on the streets of Heaven. As the Bible says, To be absence from this body is to be Present with the Lord. I will continue to pray that God gives ya'll the stength and courage to face each day together.
I'm very sorry for the loss of your awesome baby girl, Bit. She was an inspiration to all who met her. She will be missed and I know she's safe in the arms of Jesus now. Prayers and Thoughts are with your family. Rest in Love, baby girl.
So sorry for your lost! " The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
I fell in love with Asher many years ago when the Brooklyn Project was first started. Through the years my son and I have prayed mighty prayers for your Bit. I will truly miss seeing her smiling face light up my feed but I know she is in a greater place. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. With love, Heather and Blake Hendrix
I am so sorry for your loss Asher was a amazing little girl who touched many with her story on face book....
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
We were devastated to hear of Asher's passing. What an amazing girl, always full of light! We will cherish the memories of her having so much fun the lake. You are in our prayers! May God comfort your family during this difficult time.
I "met" Asher through the eyes of Maggie Benton, writing about their friendship as part of a story about Miss Arkansas. What a wonderful gift they gave each other! I am so sorry for your loss and the loss so many others will feel over the years to come. Thank you for sharing her story with us.
Justin and Susan, you were so blessed to be called this angel's Mom & Dad. These titles hold a special honor with all those praying for you and with God. How lucky you were to have Asher for these last 9 years, she was a gift and I cannot wait to meet her in my Father's house. All our love is being sent to you during this time of remembering and grieving. We love you two!!
My prayers for God's comfort for you all. I only met this precious child a couple of times when her mom came into our store. She was an absolute delight picking out the items she liked and helping her mom shop. I know her family will miss her dearly. May God cocoon you within His wings of comfort and mercy.
THIS WAS NOT THE MIRACLE WE WERE PRAYING FOR, SINCE ASHER'S DIAGNOSIS SHE HAS REMAINED ON OUR PRAYER LIST. NOW WE PRAY EARNESTLY FOR HER PARENTS & FAMILY, MAY GOD HOLD YOU CLOSE IN THE YEARS AHEAD & MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE MEMORIES OF OUR DEAR LITTLE ASHER. SINCERELY, BRITTANY HEIENS GRANDMOTHER & ASHERS PRAYER WARRIORS @FPC IN NLR
Blessings of peace now for you and family as you have endured such a journey. Asher is so loved. We have loved looking at our video and photos of dinner with you Susan, and Asher at Atlantic City. Asher made her mark more than many do in a much longer lifetime. I am so glad Maggie had her in her life and Terry and I will continue to pray for yourself family during these days. Sending love and prayers for peaceFonda Lofton Mann and Terry Mann
SO SORRY FOR A GREAT LOSS. GOD LUVS HUR TOO. WE ALL R HERE FOR A SHORT STAY THRU OUR JOURNEY CALLED LIFE. NOT A GOOD BY TILL NEXT TIME A BIG FAMILY REUNION. LUV TO ALL THE FAMILY AND COMFORT..
I followed this precious angel for years and her story. Seeing her strength helped me and others grow in Gods love. We are so sorry for your loss....God took this little Angel home. Much Love,Kathy Hahs Morrissey
Praying for your peace and comfort in your time of need!!
Prayers with you all. She touched many lives. Love you you all
I have followed Bit’s story through a prayer request. Thank you for sharing this little warrior’s story. One cannot help but be inspired by her, your family and your faith. May God’s Peace reign over you through the days ahead. My sincere sympathy and continued prayers.
Praying for comfort for your family and all those touched by Bits journey in life she mada an impact on all of us.
I am so very sorry for your loss,although we're related, I never had the chance to meet Bit, but have followed this beautiful, spunky child through her grandmother Dixie.God has eased her pain,but he left a big hole behind . Brenda and George Thompson
Prayers and peace for this family as they lay their seeet daughter toRest! Asher can spread her wings and fly like an angel in peace!
May love and light surround you all forever. Your family has touched more lives than you will ever know. The Bit’s spirit will continue to live in all the hearts who ever knew of her.
my love and prayers
I know we never met but I have followed your story and feel as though we have. We do share a lot of mutual friends from Facebook. I pray that Jesus is holding you tight & God is blessing your family and friends with uplifting Peace. Rest in Peace little one. Your Light is shining Bright.
We have been following you silently for past several years. Praying for you often and will continue to do so. Asher seemed to be bright as a shining star. Nothing I can say will turn your grief away but please know, you are not alone. And now you have that bright shining star as an angel looking over you.God bless you.Stacie Harris Reimers and family
Praying for comfort for the family . Your little angel was loved by many .. she was so brave she made us all try harder to be the best we can be. Thank you for sharing her story . She is truly an inspiration. God bless you..
Continued prayers and blessings for you during this trying time.
Prayers that God will somehow give you comfort and peace in the loss of your dear Asher! I think of your precious daughter as an angel here on earth for a short period of time who touched so many lives with her faith, love and determination that she showed to the world. I applaud her for the smile she gave us in so many photos. Heaven has to be celebrating her presence because I know she is one bright, vivacious adorable heavenly angel now that is shining there like she shined here on earth! Your prayer warriors grieve for the loss of your dear Asher! May she Rest In Peace, no longer suffering from the earthly disease that brought her so much pain. We love her and will continue to pray for her parents and family! With deepest sympathy and love, One of many of Asher’s prayer warrior
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ray family as this beautiful child was take way tosoon.
Love and prayers for the family l y on this great loss. She was a brave and loving child of God, she will be greatly missed.
Justin and Susan, words cannot express our deep deep sorrow for the loss of your sweet daughter, Asher. She will be missed. You remain in our prayers.
Continued prayers! What an amazing little girl!
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Asher was a inspiration to everyone who followed her story. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.
I have followed Asher's journey for several years, she was so brave and truly inspiring. My heart breaks for her parents, family and friends. Praying for comfort and healing during this most difficult time. God Bless you all 🙏
Dear God Please be with this family in their time of need.Amen.
Our Deepest Heartfelt Prayers.
Susan & Justin: You both gave total love to â€œBitâ€ and all of you showed the rest of us what true love looks like. God Bless.
With deepest sympathy. Tons of prayers & love throughout the days to come. God wrap your arms around the family and friends during this time.
We have followed this precious girl’s story for a while now. We are extremely saddened by the loss of this beautiful life, but we rejoice at knowing she is with her Heavenly Father for all eternity. We will continue to pray for your family.
My prayers are with you all. Heaven gained one spunky angel
From the moment I met Asher, I knew she would light up the world, and boy did she ever! Iâ€™m so grateful to have been a small part of her life... the giggly times and even the grumpy ones! Praying that God is holding you all in the palm of His hands and will continue to carry you through the days ahead. Much love to you all.
Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to heal your heart in this time of sorrow.