By Brenda Nielson
Monday, December 13, 2010
Famous Southern Gospel Singer and Elvis Presley's favorite singer, SHERRILL (SHAUN) NIELSEN, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, December 10, 2010. His devoted wife, Brenda Hall Nielsen, was by his side and held his hand as he crossed over the River Jordan.
Services will be under the direction of Moss Funeral Services, 1901 2nd Ave, N.W., Cullman, AL. The great So. Gospel Concert and Homecoming Celebration of Sherrill's life and ministry will be held at the First Church of Nazarene, 5415 AL Hwy 157, Cullman, AL with Pastor Aaron Coffey officiating. Music, song and praise will be performed by many legends in the So. Gospel world of music.
Sherrill (Shaun) Nielsen, will be flown to the great state of Texas and buried next to Sherrill and Brenda's only child, SherRee Elicia Nielsen, in the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, in Tyler, TX.
He was born September 10, 1942, in Montgomery, AL to Virginia Evelyn Jackson and Charlie Whitaker. He graduated from Robert E. Lee in Montgomery AL and then onto Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, TN. He then proudly served his country serving in the Air Force with the Air Force Strategic Command Band, Omaha, NE.
Little did the world know what to expect when Sherrill was born. God gave him one of the most amazing tenor voices today. Sherrill started his singing career at the age of 4 singing in his local Nazarene Church in Montgomery AL, where Mom and Dad Speer attended. Sherrill started his professional music career at the tender age of 14. He won the Mr. America Youth Singer at the Coliseum in Montgomery AL. At age 15, he cut his first solo LP "A Name I Highly Treasure".