Thousands line streets to see Rev Billy Graham's coffin procession

26 February, 2018, 02:57 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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A hearse bearing the body of evangelist the Reverend Billy Graham has begun its journey from the North Carolina mountains to his home town of Charlotte.

At Graham's 95th birthday celebration in Asheville in 2013, about 800 people from across the country attended the party, including Trump.

Known as the preacher to the presidents, Graham family spokesperson Mark Demoss confirmed that President Donald Trump will be headed to Charlotte Friday as many pay their final respects.

It will then be brought to the capitol to "lie in honor" in the rotunda later next week.


Pallbearers, followed by family members, carried the coffin into the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, which will serve as a backdrop for the evangelist's funeral.

Graham's son, Franklin, also an evangelist, tweeted: "My father made me promise long ago that we would take him back to Charlotte after he died, and that's what we're in the process of doing right now". "It's about the Lord, '" Ford said. "'As a Christian", Graham said at the 9/11 service, 'I have hope, not just for this life, but for heaven and the life to come'". "I remember at his last stadium meeting here in Charlotte, the mayor of Charlotte told us he was writing out the platform of Billy, and everybody was cheering, and Billy said, 'Wait a minute".

The funeral will be held in a tent in the main parking lot of Graham's library in tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that propelled him to global fame, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said. His plywood casket had been built in 2006 by Angola State Prison inmates at his request.

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.

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