Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Billy Graham death: See thousands turn out to honor late evangelist

Billy Graham death: See thousands turn out to honor late evangelist

The Library was closed on Friday to make final preparations for the arrival of the motorcade Saturday that will bring Grahams' body down from Montreat to Charlotte. The procession began Saturday morning at a mountain chapel at the training center operated by his evangelistic association in Asheville and ended in the afternoon at Graham's library in Charlotte.

Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several United States presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, died aged 99 on Wednesday last week.

Graham will lie in repose in his childhood home, which was moved to Charlotte several years ago, on Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27.

Graham will lie in honor at the US Capitol rotunda beginning next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in a statement Thursday.

While there are no public events held to honor Reverend Billy Graham Sunday night, you can come out to uptown at 7 p.m.to honor the man remembered by many as "America's Pastor". In Black Mountain, a group sang "Amazing Grace".

He said, "We've had the privilege to be so close to someone who's been part of a very special movement of God in our time". "It's about the Lord, '" Ford said.

Ruby Sparks, 85, attended a Graham youth ministry meeting in 1951, when she was a college student in Greensboro, North Carolina, and met him in 1970.

After the funeral, in a private ceremony, Graham will be buried on the library grounds, at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway.

Mark Demoss, a spokesman for the organisation, said the funeral will be held in a large tent as a tribute to Graham's first Crusade in Los Angeles in 1949.

About 2,300 people are invited to the funeral, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all of the living former US presidents. His plywood casket had been built in 2006 by Angola State Prison inmates at his request.

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