Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Eva Mae LeFevre 1917-2009
Today, the news was not good...for us. Eva Mae LeFevre passed away around
7:25 a.m. local Atlanta time. She had become a good friend and encourager of
mine. I just posted the official news release to her website,
http://www.evamae.com. It is as follows:
Eva Mae LeFevre, Home at Last
Eva Mae LeFevre passed away at 7:25 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, at age 91.
She had been hospitalized in April for pneumonia at which time doctors also
discovered a fractured hip.
Please stay tuned for service details as that information becomes available.
Known as the First Lady of Gospel Music, Eva Mae LeFevre became the first
living woman to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1978. Ten
years later, she was the first gospel music inductee into the Georgia Music
Hall of Fame. Eva Mae first began singing and playing the piano as a young
child at her father's church in South Carolina. In 1934, she married Urias
LeFevre and began a 40 year journey leading The Lefevres, which became one
of the most beloved groups in gospel music history. Eva Mae's trademark alto
voice and piano artistry became a defining influence for the LeFevres. The
group became staples on WGST radio, based out of their hometown of Atlanta,
Georgia. They later pioneered a gospel music television program, The Gospel
Singing Caravan, while touring as many as 100,000 miles a year across North
After attempting to retire years ago, Eva Mae could never walk away from her
love for gospel music. She continued to delight audiences across North
America throughout her twilight years, both through Gaither Homecoming
appearances and solo concerts. Today, she has joined her husband in
eternity. Her spirit, her dignity, that flawless alto voice and contagious
laugh, her quick sense of humor and unshakable faith in Christ was an
inspiration to us all. She will be sorely missed.