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article imageGeorge Beverly Shea part of Graham Evangelistic Team dead at 104

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Apr 17, 2013 in World
George Beverly Shea , a part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association died April 16 following a brief illness. He was a soloist for the Billy Graham ministries.
George Beverly Shea died after a brief illness April 16, 2013 at the age of 104.
Shea was born in Winchester, Ontario on February 1, 1909. His father was the minister of a Wesleyan Methodist church. He first sang publicly in his father's church.
According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Shay won ten Grammy nominations, two Grammy Awards (1965 & 2011) and was a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame (1978.)
With his deep baritone voice he was probably one of the best known gospel singers.
The Southeast Missourian writes, "Shea's rendition of "How Great Thou Art" came to define the faith of a Protestant generation that Graham helped bring to Jesus Christ. He performed live before an estimated 200 million people at crusades over the years - taking him from North Dakota to North Korea and beyond."
Shea was also know for many other hymns and songs such as, I'd Rather Have Jesus, How Great Thou Art, and It is No Secret,
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