CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 16, 2013 – George Beverly Shea, 104, of
Montreat, North Carolina, soloist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
(BGEA), died this evening following a brief illness.
Since George Beverly Shea first sang for Graham in 1943 on the
Chicago radio hymn program, “Songs in the Night,” Shea has faithfully carried
the Gospel in song to every continent and every state in the Union. Graham’s
senior by ten years, Shea devotedly preceded the evangelist in song in nearly
every Crusade over the span of more than one-half
Shea was the recipient of ten Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award
in 1965, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grammy
organization in 2011. He was also a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall
of Fame (1978), and was inducted into the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame in
February 1996. Shea was also inducted into the inaugural class of the Conference
of Southern Baptist Evangelists’ “Hall of Faith” in
A Statement by Evangelist Billy Graham on the Passing of George
MONTREAT, N.C., April 17, 2013 — George Beverly Shea was one of
my closest friends for nearly seventy years, and has been one of the dearest
friends my wife, Ruth, and I have ever had. He was one of the first members of
our evangelistic team. Beginning in Chicago, we traveled the world together,
with our close friend and comrade Cliff
I’ve been listening to Bev Shea sing for more than 70 years, and
I would still rather hear him sing than anyone else I
Bev was one of the most humble and greatest Christians I have
ever known. He has set an example and has been a role model of what a Christian
ought to be. His contribution to my ministry cannot be measured in human terms.
He is the fourth member of our original team to be called to heaven – along with
Grady Wilson, George Wilson and Billie
Since our organization is like a family, we are all going to
miss Bev as one of the spiritual leaders of our Association. I have lost one of
the best friends I have ever had, but he and I look forward to seeing each other
in Heaven relatively soon.
Bev has a wonderful family who dearly loved him, and my heart
goes out to all of them. I am praying that God’s grace and strength will be more
than sufficient for Karlene, his two children – Ron and Elaine – and
SOURCE Billy Graham Evangelistic
Recording Academy®Statement: re: George Beverly Shea April
winner and Recording Academy
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient George Beverly Shea was one of the most
beloved and revered gospel music singers and composers. He began his nearly
70-year-long career singing in the church choir and became prominent in the
Youth for Christ movement of the’40s and ’50s. Subsequently, he began touring
with the Billy Graham Crusades and became best known for his rendition of “How
Great Thou Art” and for composing the popular hymn “The Wonder Of It All.” His
impact on gospel music was immense, and his legacy will continue to inspire
future generations of Christian artists. Our thoughts and prayers are with his
family, friends and the millions around the world he reached through song and
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