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    George Beverly Shea, R.I.P.


    George Beverly Shea dies; sang at Graham crusades

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. George Beverly Shea, the booming baritone who sang to millions of Christians at evangelist Billy Graham's crusades, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 104.

    Spokesman Brent Rinehart of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Shea died in Asheville after a brief illness.

    Besides his distinctive voice, Shea was known for his trademark rendition of "How Great Thou Art" and his inspirational "The Wonder of It All." He performed live before an estimated 200 million at crusades over the years and recorded more than 70 albums.

    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 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 2008.

    Shea is survived by his wife, Karlene, and his children from his first marriage, Ronald and Elaine. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Erma, who died in 1976.
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    Re: George Beverly Shea, R.I.P.

    My wife has always mentioned him as someone her parents listened to quite a bit. I think she has an old record album of his. He was considered one of the greatest gospel music singers of all time. Wow! 104. Singing gospel music must have been really good to him.
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    Re: George Beverly Shea, R.I.P.

    I got to meet him a few years ago. The amazing thing about him wasn't just the quality of his voice, but that he still sounded good at his age.
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    Re: George Beverly Shea, R.I.P.

    First Jonathan Winters, then Annette Funicello then Pat Summerall, then Thatcher, now this?!?!

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    Re: George Beverly Shea, R.I.P.

    Wow-I didn't realize he was 104. R.I.P.
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