Eva Lee Paysinger, 1917-2014

Eva Lee Paysinger, 96, of Batesville, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. 
She was born on Aug. 18, 1917, in Evening Shade, the daughter of Jasper and Manerva (Wilkes) Whitten.
She was united in marriage to the Rev. Vernon Paysinger on Feb. 9, 1941. Her tireless devotion to her husband and their ministry was noted by all. The Paysingers served United Methodist churches in West Memphis (Rosewood), Hoxie, Beebe, Lepanto, Prairie Ridge, Paris (Coles Chapel), Batesville (Central Avenue), Ft. Smith (Hendricks Hills) and McCrory. At her death, Paysinger was a member of Central Avenue United Methodist Church Batesville.
Survivors include her nieces, Thelma Jackson of Lubbock, Texas; Marie Wilkinson, Euna Mae Franks, Anna Lee Little and Jo Ann Cushman of Evening Shade; and Janie Gilbert of Jonesboro; and a nephew, Lehman Booher of Lufkin, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; her sisters, Elsie Jewel Whitten, Artie Thomas, Trixie Qualls and Carrie Barnett, her brothers, William (Bill) Whitten and John Henry (Doodle) Whitten; nephews William Jewel Whitten, R.J. Thomas, T.O. Whitten, J.W. Whitten and Garvie Qualls; and nieces Roxie Moss, Elsie Whitten, Dora Fay Cales and Cora Lou Davis.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 16 at Central Avenue UMC Batesville, with burial following the service at George’s Campground (north of Evening Shade). Pallbearers were Mike Cushman, Jerry Gilbert, Harlan Davis, Ricky Davis, Jeremy Weaver and Jerry Buie.
Paysinger and her husband were life-long advocates for programs designed to eradicate hunger. They planned for the creation of the Rev. Vernon and Eva Lee Paysinger Memorial Endowment Fund at the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas to express their concern for others in perpetuity. The annual income from this fund will be used to support world hunger ministries. All who knew Eva Lee Paysinger and her husband knew that they lived simply so that they could give to others abundantly. Memorial gifts may be added to this permanent fund by sending them to United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, 5300 Evergreen Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205.