WHO IS GERORGE BEVERLY SHEA?Last updated(November, 2019)
George Beverly Shea was a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer.
George Beverly Shea - Early Life
HOW OLD WAS GEROGE BEVERLY SHEA BEFORE HE DIED: 104 YEARS
George Beverly Shea was born in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, on February 1, 1909, the fourth of eight children of the Rev. Adam Joseph Shea (1872–1946), a Wesleyan Methodist Church—now Wesleyan Church—minister, and his wife, Maude Mary Theodora (Whitney) Shea (1881–1971).
The Shea family served at the Wesleyan Methodist church in Winchester, Ontario, Canada; Houghton, New York (1917–1921); the Sunnyside Wesleyan Methodist church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from 1921; at the Willett Memorial Wesleyan Methodist Church at Midler Avenue, Syracuse, New York; and the Jersey City, New Jersey Wesleyan Methodist church during his youth.
George Shea himself has said that he became a Christian at the age of five or six, but made a re-dedication to Christ when he was 18."There were times when I needed to rededicate my life to the Lord Jesus. When I was 18, my dad was pastoring a church in Ottawa, and I was feeling not too spiritual. The church was having a "special effort," as they called it, for a week. I remember that on Friday night Dad came down from the pulpit and tenderly placed his hand on my shoulder. He whispered, "I think tonight might be the night, son, when you come back to the Lord." Whatever Dad did or said, I listened to him and respected him. And, yes, that was the night! " - Shea said in an interview
Shea rededicated himself to Christ at the Sunnyside Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
After leaving college, George Beverly Shea became a clerk in the medical department in the New York City offices of the Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company, where he worked for the next nine years.
George Beverly Shea - Musical Journey
George Shea was taught to play the violin by his father, and the piano and organ by his mother. Shea's bass-baritone voice brought early recognition and provided many opportunities for him to sing in his father's church. He began singing at religious meetings in the Ottawa Valley.
George Shea attended Annesley College in Ottawa, before transferring in 1928 to Houghton College (Houghton, New York), where he studied singing with Herman Baker. While studying at Houghton College, Shea sang with the Houghton College Glee Club. Financial difficulties made it necessary for him to terminate his studies in 1929.
George Beverly Shea - Marriage And Children
On 19 December 1985 Shea married Karlene Aceto, a 1972 graduate of Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina.
George Beverly Shea has two children: Ronnie and Elaine.
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