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Billy Graham's Friend and Music Director, Cliff Barrows, Passes Away at 93
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Gaither Homecoming friend Cliff Barrows has passed away at age 93 on Tuesday, November 15. He had been in hospice care in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died due to complications associated with aging, according to his son Bill. Born in Ceres, California, Barrows was the longtime music and program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. 

Barrows and Graham first met while Barrows was on his honeymoon with his first wife, Billie (deceased), in North Carolina in 1945. Barrows went on to travel the world with Graham and George Beverly Shea, leading congregational singing and choirs at Graham's evangelistic crusades. 

“I’ve had no greater joy than encouraging people to sing,” said Barrows. “Every great moving of the Spirit of God has been accompanied by great singing. I believe it will always be so!”

In recognition of his many contributions to Gospel music, Barrows was inducted into the Nashville Gospel Music Hall of Fame in April 1988, and into the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame in February 1996. He was also inducted, along with Billy Graham and soloist George Beverly Shea, into the inaugural class of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists’ “Hall of Faith” in 2008.

Barrows hosted the Hour of Decision radio program for more than 60 years and also served on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Board of Directors, beginning in 1950. In addition to singing at Franklin Graham Festivals and Will Graham Celebrations, Barrows regularly hosted Senior Celebrations and Christmas at The Cove, three-day events geared toward senior citizens at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. He also helped with BGEA’s Schools of Evangelism ministry for more than 40 years.

Barrows was married to his first wife, Billie, for nearly 50 years, and they had five children. He married his second wife, Ann, following the death of both of their spouses to cancer. He and Ann made their home together in Marvin, North Carolina.

According to WYFF News 4, Barrows will be buried near the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

Sources:, Charlotte Observer