Friday letters: George Shea was a treasure

April 26, 2013 

Obit George Beverly Shea

George Beverly Shea talks at his home in Montreat, N.C., in January 2009. Shea, the booming baritone who sang to millions of Christians at evangelist Billy Graham's crusades, died April 16 after a brief illness. He was 104.


I was thinking about how the world celebrates people such as Tiger Woods, Rush Limbaugh and many others who really have not left the footprint that George Beverly Shea left on this world.

He sang before millions of people. I clearly remember “A Heart of Praise,” an evening with Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea at Columbia’s First Baptist Church. His rendition of “How Great Thou Art” was so much of a blessing to me and the entire audience (one that filled the church to maximum capacity).

It’s just a shame and disgrace that this country focuses on people and things that are temporary and not on the things that are eternal. Mr. Shea sang many songs, another of which is “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” with such stirring messages.

This world has lost a treasure, but in losing we also find another treasure — the recordings of his voice and message.

I hope someday we realize who is and what is important to us.

Tom Moore


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