Cliff Barrows

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Cliff Barrows
Clifford Burton Barrows

(1923-04-06)April 6, 1923
DiedNovember 15, 2016(2016-11-15) (aged 93)
OccupationMusic director, gospel music artist, evangelist,
Years active1944-2016
Spouse(s)Wilma Newell (1925-1994, her death)
Ann Prince (1995-2016, his death)
AwardsGospel Music Hall Of Fame inductee, 1988
Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, 1996

Clifford Burton Barrows (April 6, 1923 – November 15, 2016) was a longtime music and program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He had been a part of the Graham organization since 1949. Barrows was best known as the host of Graham's weekly Hour of Decision radio program, and the song leader and choir director for the crusade meetings.


Barrows was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1944, and served as an assistant pastor at Temple Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota through 1945. Barrows joined Graham at a rally in Asheville, North Carolina that year, and had remained with Graham ever since.[citation needed]

He appeared in the 1970 film His Land with British pop singer Cliff Richard. The film reviews Biblical events as both Cliffs took a pilgrimage to Israel. It was produced by Graham's production company, World Wide Pictures.[citation needed]

In 1988, Barrows was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee by the Gospel Music Association.[citation needed]

In 1996 he was also inducted into the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Religious Broadcasters. Barrows' longtime colleague, the late Canadian-born singer George Beverly Shea, is also a member of both halls of fame.[1][2]

Barrows died at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 15, 2016, at the age of 93.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Barrows was married to Wilma "Billie" Newell (1925–1994).[5] They had five children; Bonnie (born 1948), Robert (1950), Betty Ruth (1953), Clifford ("Bud") (1955), and William Burton (1962). Barrows married Ann Prince in 1995;[5] the couple resided in Marvin, North Carolina.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cliff Barrows BGEA
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2016-11-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College, Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Courier, The (August 19, 2010). "Graham Library exhibit honors Cliff Barrows". Baptist Courier.

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