Eva Lee Paysinger: Feeding the Hungry

“Vernon and I decided to put our money to good use through the Foundation,” said the late Eva Lee Paysinger. “It’s our way of saying thanks to a church that has done so much for us.”  

The late Rev. Vernon Paysinger and his wife dedicated their lives to Christian ministry long ago, and it was only natural for them to leave their estate to the United Methodist Foundation. After her death, the $750,000 Vernon and Eva Lee Paysinger Endowment was established to make grants to causes that eliminate hunger.  UMFA served as Trustee of the Paysinger's revocable trust for many years, initially providing investment oversight, then assuming responsibility for household finances, and then finally overseeing in-home and later skilled nursing home health care.  

Rev. David Orr, senior pastor at First UMC, Searcy, knew Vernon and Eva Lee for nearly 40 years. “They were remarkably humble, remarkably committed and remarkably in love with Jesus Christ,” said Rev. Orr. “If they heard me say these things, they would shrug their shoulders, grin, and ask if I wanted a second slice of pie.” The Paysingers blessed my life in more ways than one. I will always be grateful for the witness they made and are making for the cause of the Kingdom of God.  

“Eva Lee and Vernon were life-long advocates for programs designed to eradicate hunger,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President. “They lived simply so that they could give to others abundantly. The income from their fund will be used each year to support hunger ministries, extending their legacy of giving far beyond their lifetimes.”  

The Paysingers and many other faithful friends planned a perpetual legacy that filled their hearts with satisfaction during their lifetime by knowing that they would be supporting the ministry of the Church forever. Learn how you can leave a last legacy.
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