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George Beverly Shea- Faithful Servant of God At Age 104!

I had this in ‘Draft’ a few weeks ago when I was reading that George Beverly Shea, faithful servant of God had celebrated his 104 birthday.  With sadness today I heard that he passed on to receive his reward.  My blogger friend Coming East wrote a nice post today.

George Beverly Shea was in ministry for 80 years, 60 years with the Billy Graham Crusades.  He is the oldest international gospel singer whose music has blessed people world-wide.  Someone said that he has blessed 220 million people with his worshipful songs. ‘The Love of God’ is one of my favorite songs.


The Love of God, is greater far

than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell;

The quilty pair, bowed down with care

God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled,

And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure

The saints’ and angels’ song.

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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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