Billy Graham motorcade draws scores of admirers in North Carolina

Aaron Brown
February 26, 2018

The 130-mile journey, which included a brief stop at Graham's childhood church in Charlotte, took approximately three-and-a-half hours.

The funeral will be held in a tent in the main parking lot of Graham's library as a tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that propelled him to worldwide fame, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said. His wife died in 2007.

Graham was a counselor to several US presidents and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983 by Ronald Reagan, the AP reported. He began holding revival meetings in the 1940s and went on to become an adviser to several US presidents. "Graham said, 'I'd love to meet him, '" Hanks said.

Despite numerous hospitalizations in recent years, Graham's work remained in the public eye late into his life.

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.

Graham also apologized for making anti-Semitic remarks that were captured on the White House taping system installed by President Richard Nixon, who relied on Graham for both spiritual needs and political cover.

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Barber said Graham also eschewed the religious right movement, which many Southern evangelicals embraced on the way toward increasing their political power after the Nixon years. His body will lie in repose in a closed casket at the Billy Graham Library on Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27 for the public to pay their respects.

Dr. Billie Hanks Jr. served as an intern for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which set Hanks down his own path of ministry. His largest such gathering drew 1 million people in Seoul, South Korea, in the 1970s.

Billy Graham, preached to the Queen at Sandringham and 63,000 people at Carrow Road in Norwich in 1984, sparking the start of thousands of people's Christian commitment across Norfolk.

An office staff member said the former President and former first lady have a "longstanding scheduling commitment" on Friday, March 2 that they can not break.

More people lined the streets in Black Mountain, many of them using their cell phones to capture the moment. The motorcade rolled through Black Mountain, where he shopped and caught trains, and Montreat, where he lived.

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