"When he begins to sing a song, he can sing it directly to you. He tried to find a single face in the audience, maybe a sympathetic gaze," Kaiser once said. "This personal quality is same thing that can be found in the gospel message."
The soloist had two children from his marriage to his first wife, Erma, who died in 1976. Shea and his second wife, Karlene, lived in Montreat.
Associated Press Writer Tom Foreman Jr. in Raleigh contributed to this report. Mike Baker can be reached on Facebook at: http://on.fb.me/HiPpEV
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