My Grandpa Could Sing Like George Beverly Shea

I remember him also and loved to hear him sing. Hundreds of thousands of folks were blessed by hearing his songs with his powerful voice. I attended a Billy Graham crusade when they came to Hawaii in 1956.

Coming East

George Beverly Shea died Tuesday at the age of 104.  Many of you have never heard of him, I’m sure, but I grew up listening to him sing gospel hymns in his booming baritone when he accompanied Billy Graham on all his crusades.  I even had the pleasure of hearing him in person when I was a teenager and attended  one of Billy’s crusades in Ohio with my cousin, Cheryl.

My grandfather loved singing hymns, too, and had the most gorgeous deep baritone, just like George Beverly Shea.  When I would tell him I thought he sounded just like Mr. Shea, his idol, my grandfather would laugh and tell me he was flattered, but he would never be able to sing like that. My grandfather was a humble man. Though he never would have bragged about his talent for singing, other people recognized it, and his church often had him…

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About Shofar

Retired Teacher/Administrator, Christian missionary. Enjoy playing ukulele and guitar, oil painting, swimming and snorkeling, travel photography. Author of 'Sounding the Shofar-Exhortations for the End Times' eBook published Jan. 2012 available at or find it in Side Bar 'From Journal and Shofar eBook.'

Posted on April 18, 2013, in Created to Praise God, Enduring Love and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was a fan of George Beverly Shea where during my teenaged years I heard him sing on the Hour of Decision programs from the Back to the Bible Broadcast out of Manila Philippines at 4pm.

    God bless his soul with eternal rest. Truly a man of God.

    • Thank you for sharing our mutual admiration for George Beverly Shea. What a wonderful testimony of God’s grace upon his life that he was used to bless so many people! May we be faithful servants of God as well!

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