Evangelist Billy Graham's body taken to his hometown in 130-mile procession

Marsha Scott
February 26, 2018

Graham, one of the more regularly heard Christian evangelists in history, died Wednesday at the age of 99.

Bush and everyday people in and around Charlotte will get a chance early this week to pay their last respects to Billy Graham, whose body will lie in repose in the home he lived in as a teenager.

Bush and his wife Laura will come to Charlotte Monday to pay their respects to Rev. Billy Graham.

A viewing will be held at the library in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday, while the private funeral service is set to be held on Friday, March 2.

An important receiving line of relatives and well wishers clearly demonstrated that Billy Graham was a man who cared about family, and those linked to him like his brother-in-law Leighton Ford found value in knowing one of america's first televangelists.

"He has never really reveled in all of the celebrity".

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Mourners line Hwy 70 through Black Mountain, N.C.as the motorcade carrying Rev. Billy Graham passes by, February 24, 2018. People took pictures with their cell phones as the procession went through Black Mountain.

Motorists lined sidewalks and medians as the motorcade rolled through Charlotte and neared the Graham library, which was closed as mourners laid flowers and awaited arrival of the evangelist's casket.

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".

Leighton Ford, the evangelist's brother-in-law, said he was thankful for the show of support and also a little sad. "He used to say, 'Don't pat me on the back too much because you'll pat me out of the ministry'".

Graham will lie in honor at the US Capitol rotunda beginning next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in a statement Thursday. A civil rights leader from Graham's native North Carolina, the Rev. William Barber, credits Graham with helping tear down segregation. Perhaps, in my next, in another lifetime.

It will be a tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that made Graham famous, said family spokesman Mark DeMoss. His plywood casket had been built in 2006 by Angola State Prison inmates at his request. The invitation-only service is scheduled to include at least 2,300 people.

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