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

26 February, 2018, 07:05 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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A motorcade on Saturday morning is traveling from Asheville to Charlotte to move the remains of Rev. Billy Graham to the Billy Graham Library, where he will later be laid to rest beside his wife Ruth.

He passed away from natural causes just before 8 a.m. Wednesday at his home in Montreat just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.

"The whole goal of the library is to do what Billy Graham has been called to do through God, and that's to tell people of God's love, that's why it exists", Executive Director Tom Phillips said.

A hearse bearing the body of Graham journeyed 130 miles from the North Carolina mountains to his hometown. His plywood casket had been built in 2006 by Angola State Prison inmates at his request. Shuttle buses will be available to and from the place, which has no public parking. He is to be buried at the Billy Graham Library March 2, but his body will first lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington next week.


Graham will also lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, on February 28 and March 1, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005. Two were U.S. Capitol police officers who died in the line of duty protecting congressmen and civilians inside the Capitol in 1998.

On Friday, President Trump eulogized Graham at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the border of D.C.

A viewing will be held at the library in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday. The invitation-only service is scheduled to include at least 2,300 people.

Live updates of the funeral will be aired on WBTV.

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