EVA MAE LeFEVRE
(1917 – 2009)
Eva Mae LeFevre was the piano player, alto voice, anchoring member of the legendary Southern Gospel group The LeFevres during their hey-day; 1934-1977.
Eva Mae LeFevre circa 1960
Eva Mae LeFevre’s place in gospel music history is such that in many circles she was known as Southern Gospel’s First Lady. By the time Eva Mae joined The LeFevres in 1934, the family group, centered on the smooth and tight harmonies of brothers Urias and Alphus, were already a popular Southern Gospel favorite. Shortly after marrying Urias, one month after her seventeenth birthday, Eva Mae became part of the threesome as a natural replacement for the sister of Urias and Alphus who had married and left the group. Eva Mae’s exceptional talent, radiant personality and overall contributions would take the group to new heights for the next 40 years. Her influence and impact on gospel music would be felt until her death in 2009 at the age of 91.
Eva Mae Whittington was born August 7, 1917 in South Carolina. Her father, Rev. H.L. Whittington, was a well-known Church of God revival and church planting preacher, so growing up in ministry and church-based surroundings was an ideal environment for Eva Mae’s talents to blossom. By the time she was a teenager her reputation as a dynamic singing piano player had spread, largely because of the ongoing exposure provided by her father’s intenerate revivals. Her charming personality and exceptional talent led to her meeting professional singer Urias, who was seven-years her senior.