Spokane Chronicle – Nov. 20, 1986
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This Surprise Millionaire invested completely in the auto industry, but it is not what you think!
Reverend Vertue Sharp was a Methodist minister and farmer who lived his life by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 in which we are taught that whatever we do for the “least of these” we do for him.
Reverend Sharp sought to live out this teaching by leaving his estate of $2 million to two eastern Tennessee area hospitals upon is death in 1999 at the age of 94. Reverend Sharp accumulated his wealth thanks to wise investing, frugal living, and the sale of his farm.
Thanks to Vertue Sharp and his selfless generosity, many of eastern Tennessee’s most vulnerable residents will receive the care and attention they need to live healthy and happy lives. Another Surprise Millionaire lives out their life’s mission by helping others in their community.
Birmingham Alabama resident, Bette Wilson, shocked her friends and neighbors by leaving $2.52 million to assist with the establishment of a church camp along the Cahaba River. Known to fellow parishioners as the “hat lady”, Mrs. Wilson was a fixture at her local church for over 50 years and famous for wearing many memorable hats. Imagine the surprise of everyone around her when this retiree on a “fixed income” was found to be a multi-millionaire!
Another classic! I found this news segment regarding one of my early Surprise Millionaires Loren Krueger. This story of giving and “paying it forward” resonated with so many people when I first published my post, that I wanted to bring the related video to your attention as well. It’s a very heartwarming story.
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