The Great Smoky Mountain Journal
Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 03:11 PM
Funeral Arrangements In Place For The Late Great Billy Graham Who Passed Wednesday At Age 99
Following his death Wednesday at age 99,
tributes poured in from around the world for the Rev. Billy Graham – and
plans were announced for the funeral of the man known as “America’s
Graham’s body was moved from his home in Montreat, N.C., to Asheville, where a funeral home was handling the arrangements.
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The body will be taken from Asheville to Charlotte on Saturday in a procession expected to take 3 ˝ hours and ending at the Billy Graham Museum and Library, said Mark DeMoss, spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
It will lie in repose Monday and Tuesday in the Charlotte house where Graham grew up, which was moved from its original location to the grounds of the Graham library.
A private funeral for Graham will be held Friday, March 2, in a tent at the library site and he will be buried next to his wife there, DeMoss said. Ruth Graham, to whom the reverend was married more than 60 years, died at age 87 in 2007.
Invitations to the funeral will be extended to President Donald Trump and former presidents, DeMoss said.
The president tweeted condolences Wednesday, soon after the news of Graham’s death was reported.
“The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” the president wrote. “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”
Barack Obama said Graham "gave hope and guidance to generations of
"The Bible says," was his catchphrase.
His unquestioning belief in Scripture turned the Gospel into a "rapier"
in his hands, he said.