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Musical evangelist George Beverly Shea honored

Posted April 21, 2013

— About 1,000 family, friends and members of the public celebrated the life, music and ministry Sunday of Christian singer George Beverly Shea.

Shea, who died Tuesday at the age of 104, will be laid to rest in a private service on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on Monday.

Shea's rendition of "How Great Thou Art" was well known by a generation of Protestants who Graham evangelized.

Shea joined Graham's crusade team in 1947 and stayed until Graham's declining health ended most of his public appearances nearly 60 years later.

Graham was at Sunday's funeral service.

Ron Shea, George Shea's son, said his father will be remembered best, in part, for his voice.

"That's what dad's life was," he said. "He was simple. He loved the Lord. He loved music. He loved singing praises, and we loved him for it."

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  • 20K Apr 22, 2013

    He is singing in heaven now!!!!

  • welfarequeen Apr 22, 2013

    Why is this news? Never heard of the man.

  • Relic Apr 22, 2013

    A long and happy life lived well. Godspeed, Mr. Shea and thank you even more for the legacy of one of your greatest hymns, "I'd Rather Have Jesus".

  • baldchip Apr 22, 2013

    This man had a reserved seat in the heavenly choir!! What a life of ministry thru music.

    Did you notice how few times they showed Dr. Graham??? He looked terrible. Prayers for him as well.

  • Frizz Apr 22, 2013

    Such a kind and gentle man. He leaves a lovely legacy - "He loved the Lord. He loved music. He loved singing praises, and we loved him for it."

    Heaven just got a new baritone.