"Bev was one of the most humble, gracious men I have ever known and one of my closest friends," Billy Graham said in a statement released by the BGEA about the death of George Beverly Shea. "I loved him as a brother. My prayer for his wife, Karlene, and his children, Ron and Elaine, is that God will strengthen them during this time."Renowned gospel soloist George Beverly Shea died April 16, 2013 following a brief illness. His death was tucked between taxes and the Boston Marathon Attack, so I didn't get the opportunity to give Shea's passing the coverage it deserved.
"I first met Bev Shea while in Chicago when he was on Moody Radio," Billy Graham said in a statement. "As a young man starting my ministry, I asked Bev if he would join me. He said yes and for over 60 years we had the privilege of ministering together across the country and around the world."
I wrote this article when he celebrated his 100th birthday Monday night, February 1, 2009. I am posting the link in memory of Shea, for a life well-lived.
Legendary Gospel Soloist George Beverly Shea Celebrates 100th Birthday
George Beverly Shea was born February 1, 1909, in Winchester, Ontario, Canada. Shea was the son of a Wesleyan Methodist Church minister. He first sang for Billy Graham in 1943 on the Chicago radio hymn program, "Songs in the Night."
Find out more at: Legendary Gospel Soloist George Beverly Shea Celebrates 100th Birthday - Yahoo! Voices