Last evening, Heaven gained one of the most notarized Gospel-singing voices on earth as George Beverly Shea passed from this life into his eternal dwelling at the age of 104.
For more than 60 years, George Beverly Shea had carried the Gospel in song to every continent and state in the Union through Billy Graham’s Crusades. As the musical mainstay in Graham’s crusades, Shea was often called “America’s Beloved Gospel Singer,” and was also considered, “the first international singing ‘star’ of the gospel world.” Through music and the proclamation of the Word, Bev Shea and Mr. Graham have shared the saving faith of Jesus Christ to millions. – georgebeverlysheamemorial.org
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has setup the “George Beverly Shea Memorial” here – georgebeverlysheamemorial.org
The world took notice of Shea’s passing and the Tweets began to flow:
Billy Graham statement on George Beverly Shea: “His contributions to my ministry cannot be measured in human terms.”bit.ly/BGBevShea
— Billy Graham (@BillyGraham) April 17, 2013
A friend of mine went home to be with the Lord yesterday.George Beverly Shea 104 years old Rest in peace my brother.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 17, 2013
My great friend George Beverly Shea has arrived on the other side. I will miss you! Dance away my friend ….and welcome home!
— Michael W. Smith (@michaelwsmith) April 17, 2013
I celebrate the life of George Beverly Shea today. He was a great man and I consider him a superhero of gospel music!
— Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) April 17, 2013
Indiana Wesleyan University faculty and alumni remember George Beverly Shea | http://www.iwuspectrum.com/laying-down-the-microphone/
Shea, who grew up in a Wesleyan parsonage and attended IWU’s Wesleyan sister institution, Houghton College, sang for more than 220 million people in his life and was a soloist at many of the Rev. Billy Graham’s evangelistic rallies. He received a standing ovation at the 2010 Grammy Awards when he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy (his second win at the Grammy Awards, at which he received ten nominations over the years). – IWU’s Spectrum post