Sunny Wing Chun Liu
1924 - 1987
Sunny Liu was a well-known tenor soloist in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the last half of the twentieth century. Born in Kealia, Kauai, Hawaii, Sunny was encouraged to become a gospel singer by one of his elementary school teachers. After graduating from Hawaiian Mission Academy, he attended Walla Walla College where, although he enrolled as a pre-medical student, he prepared for the ministry.
Following graduation in 1948, Liu served as a minister in the Upper Columbia Conference in the Pacific Northwest beginning in 1949 and was ordained to the ministry in 1954. Three years later he accepted a position in the New York Conference, where he worked for eight years before returning in 1965 to the Pacific Northwest. He was pastor of the Lents SDA church in Portland, Oregon, when died at age 63, following a lengthy illness.
In his lifetime he was a featured soloist at youth congresses, General Conference Sessions, and camp meetings. He gave countless concerts in the Northwest, Hawaiian Islands, and Canada, many being presented as benefit programs to help church projects, and included a song in every sermon he preached. He was also involved in radio ministry and recorded several Chapel Records.
Liu and his wife, Bernice Lee, had two sons, Charles Martin and Edward.
Sources: Obituaries in the North Pacific Union Gleaner, 15 June 1987, 11, and Adventist Review, 8 October 1987, 21; Chapel Record Liners, Sunny Liu Sings (LP 5071), The Beautiful Land (LP1205), and How Big is God; U.S. Social Security Death Index; Washington Naturalization Records, 1904-1991, 28 February 1956 (Bernice).