In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Paul Weagley Stouffer, 91

Paul Weagley Stouffer, 1930-2021

Paul Weagley Stouffer, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among American Affinity Peoples in Brazil, died June 19, 2021, in Centerville, Tennessee. He was 91. 

Stouffer was born August 13, 1930, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Albany, Georgia where he was a chaplain’s assistant. He wrote when seeking missionary appointment that as his time there drew to a close, he began to seriously consider the future and his life’s work. “Out of earnest prayer in seeking God’s will for my life, the answer came almost as a light from heaven. … Having given my life to spread the Gospel of Christ, I found joy and peace of mind I had never known before.” 

Stouffer received the Associate of Arts from Mars Hill (North Carolina) College, the Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond (Virginia), and the Bachelor of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina.  

He met Peggy Saturday while doing summer missions in Jamaica in the summer of 1954. They were married in 1955. Five years later, the International Mission Board appointed them missionaries to South Brazil where they served for 32 years.  

Stouffer was a member at First Baptist Church of Centerville. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Peggy Stouffer, who died in 2014. He is survived by three sons, Burt (Christy), Andrew (Charlene) and Carlos (Susan); seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one sister, Faye Heckman. 

 A funeral service was held June 20, 2021, at Heritage Church, Centerville.  

Donations in his memory may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at 

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