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Trey's Legacy:

Living. Loving. Giving.


As a natural extension of his generous spirit, Trey chose to be an organ donor and gave at least five people new life: two single mothers in their 40s, a 56-year-old mother of two who had been married for 28 years, a 36-year-old gentleman who enjoyed fishing (one of Trey's favorite pastimes), and a 62-year-old physician and father of four who had been on the transplant list for two years. According to Tennessee Donor Services (TDS), Trey renewed his driver’s license at a kiosk in Nashville on May 14, 2007, and marked “yes” to organ and tissue donation. He also had conversations with friends and family indicating his desire to “give it all.” To learn more about organ donation, please visit or


To become an organ donor, register HERE.


As written on the opening pages, The Giving Me is a children's picture book “dedicated to the family and friends of Trey Lefler, whose giving saved lives.” Inspired by Trey’s giving spirit and decision to be an organ donor, children’s book author Lydia Criss Mays,* Ph.D., wrote this story about the act of giving.


Once there was a boy...and the boy loved giving. So begins a story of the ripple effect of giving. Children understand naturally what Mother Teresa often touted: “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Kids “like” to be good and give. Building upon this inherent lifeskill, in The Giving Me, children follow a young boy and his natural acts of giving. Within each page, Readers - both young and older-ish - experience the ways giving comes full circle and ultimately saves lives. The Giving Me helps young children understand the importance of giving and empowers them to make a difference in the world.


To learn more about the book or to purchase it, please visit HERE.


*100% of all sales the author receives from The Giving Me will be donated to one of Trey's giving initiatives.


Trey was a 2004 graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, where he was captain of the basketball team, a member of the Order of Gownsmen and actively involved in outreach activities. Shortly after his death, the scholarship was established by longtime family friends Rhea F. Bowden, Class of 1976, and Nancy Sterne Bowden of Atlanta, Georgia, and added to through memorial gifts by family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to a well-rounded student of distinguished character and strong academic performance from East Tennessee who is interested in activities such as student government, athletics and community service. Awards are made on the basis of demonstrated financial need. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please visit and designate in the box/description that your gift is for the Trey Lefler Memorial Scholarship. Checks may be sent to:

Office of University Advancement
The University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN  37334


While a student at Sewanee, Trey traveled on a university outreach trip to Kingston, Jamaica, where he helped construct a community playground, worked with boys and girls at the community center in Trench Town and built a new shop for a local artist. The Trey Lefler Trench Town Camp was named in honor of Trey and offers youth in this Kingston neighborhood activities to enhance literacy and artistic ability while also focusing on relationship building. For more information about Sewanee outreach activities, please visit:

To donate, you may send a check to:

The Trey Lefler Trench Town Camp
The Outreach Program
S.P.O. 1276
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, Tennessee 37383 


When Trey moved to Nashville in 2006, he became interested in the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville  through a friend and helped organize volunteer opportunities for young professionals. To donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville in Trey’s memory, please visit HERE and enter “Trey Lefler” under “Donation Gift Recognition.”


At the time of his death, Trey was working as a state field representative on U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s 2008 reelection campaign. He had previously worked as an aide to Senator Alexander in Washington, D.C.  To honor Trey’s public service, Tennessee state Representative Jim Cobb and state Senator Randy McNally sponsored a resolution, which was passed and signed into law, naming a stretch of U.S. Highway 11 in Trey’s hometown, Loudon, TN, the “Trey Lefler Memorial Highway” to, as the resolution states, “provide for a lasting tribute to an astute, generous, and honorable Tennessean who lived a bountiful life of purpose and commitment.” The highway was dedicated on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

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