George Beverly Shea, 104, a gospel singer and songwriter who was a featured part of the Billy Graham crusades for more than 50 years, died Tuesday, April 16, in Asheville, N.C., after a brief illness, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told the Associated Press.
"Bev" Shea, who received a lifetime-achievement award at the 2011 Grammy Awards, became the soloist for the Billy Graham Evangelical Team in 1947.
Tall and slim with a resonant baritone, Mr. Shea was known for his straightforward singing style. He rarely left a stage before delivering his version of "How Great Thou Art." He recorded more than 70 albums and won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Recording in 1965 for Southland Favorites, recorded with Anita Kerr.