“America’s Got Talent” contestant Evie Clair, 13, paid tribute to her dad, Amos Abplanalp, in a heartbreaking Instagram post as he was laid to rest on Wednesday at Mesa Cemetery in Arizona.
Amos, 42, passed away last Thursday after a battle with colon cancer.
Clair shared photos from the funeral, along with the caption, “Very beautiful ceremony for my sweet Daddy. ‘God be with you 'til we meet again.’”
Her mother, Hillary, also shared a heartfelt blog post about the family’s final goodbyes. She wrote, “Today I felt calm. We got to the church and everything was handled with care and precision by our church leaders and the funeral home. There was a massive turn out that filled the entire stake center to capacity. Amos is definitely loved.”
She continued, “My love for Amos grew today and I was filled with thoughts of the wonderful day we would be reunited.”
Hillary also included the life sketch that her son Porter and nephew Nick shared at the service, including this from Nick: “This past year Amos’s fear wasn’t of dying but of not being able to provide for his family or see them accomplish their goals. He was given a tender mercy to stay long enough to baptize all of his children and witness a small piece of the great things they will do in this life.”
Porter added, “My dad was understanding, wise, patient, funny, humble, kind and loved by all who knew him.” Read the full life sketch here.
It is unknown if Evie, an aspiring singer, will return for the “AGT” finals. Simon Cowell told “Extra’s” Terri Seymour, “We reached out to the family and her and said, 'It's your choice whether you want to come on the show or not.' If she doesn't, she definitely will be welcome to come on next year.”