Billy Graham’s Motorcade Procession Draws Thousands

By   •   February 24, 2018

motorcade leaving Asheville
People lined up along the road as Billy Graham's hearse left the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C., on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning, Billy Graham’s casket left the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, and made its way toward the Billy Graham Library in his hometown of Charlotte. The motorcade took about three-and-a-half hours to make the 130-mile journey from the mountains to the city, traveling along I-40 East, U.S.-321 South and I-85 North.

Motorcade Route

Maps of Saturday’s route

OverviewBlack MountainCharlotte

Crowds of people lined the streets as the motorcade passed through Black Mountain shortly after departing from The Cove. The hearse traveled up State Street between Craigmont Road and I-40. It passed Town Hardware, formerly Black Mountain Drugstore, a place Billy and Ruth Graham used to frequent. Billy Graham often rode his horse there from his home in Montreat just a couple of miles away.

Just behind Town Hardware, Cherry Street dead-ends at the railroad tracks where the Black Mountain train station used to be. In the 1950s, Billy often boarded trains to Washington or New York at the Black Mountain train station, then flew out from one of those cities to preach internationally.

Billy Graham at the Black Mountain train station, which the motorcade passed on Saturday. He often took the train to bigger cities where he would then board a plane to make a preaching engagement.

Around 2:20 p.m., the motorcade arrived in Charlotte and went through uptown before reaching the Billy Graham Library.

The motorcade passed another notable site at the intersection of South Boulevard and West Boulevard. The vehicles paused briefly in front of Grace Covenant Church, formerly Chalmers Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which was five miles from Billy Graham’s childhood home. Billy Graham and his family were members of this church during his childhood and teen years. Church bells rang out as the hearse stopped there.

Billy Graham, second from left, graduating from the beginners department of Chalmers Memorial Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 1, 1924. The motorcade will pass what’s now known as Grace Covenant Church.

Other Memorial Events

Billy Graham will lie in repose at the Billy Graham Homeplace, on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27. He will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1.

A private funeral service will be held on Friday, March 2, in Charlotte. Billy Graham will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, in the Prayer Garden at the Billy Graham Library.

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  1. Amy LeBlanc says:

    See you soon Billy. What a crown you will be able to lay at our Lord’s feet!

  2. Robert Towler says:

    Mr. Graham was a true man of God he will be missed.

  3. Bruce Burdett says:

    Just a terrific outline of his movements and wonderful photos. Being a resident of Montreat makes this post even more special!

  4. Paul kioko says:

    Billy, you touched my heart. Rest in everlasting happiness. May the angels dance with you in Paradise. God has called you home to reward your effort in working in his vineyard. I shall never forget your teaching on how Jesus called his disciples publicly. Rest in peace.

  5. Darlene Barbee says:

    I watched Rev. Graham on TV all my life. He is home now. Can you imagine the conversations that will take place in Heaven now? A job well done, William Franklin Graham.

  6. Sunny Wenike says:

    A colossus and giant of the kingdom of God, a distinguished soldier of the Lord’s army finally goes home to receive his crown. I knew you growing up and you have imprinted heaven in my heart today as a man, your work will continue to be a source of inspiration to generations to come. Take your rest in His bosom.

  7. Evangeline B. Fuentes says:

    Thank You Lord for the Rev. Billy Graham a gift from You to the world and to me personally. may his legacy live and impact peoples’ lives mightily.

  8. Dianne Sams says:

    I am so saddened by this. He was a great man of God. He didn’t want credit for anything. He wanted all the praise and honor to his Lord and Savior. I know he is so happy now. Love you so much, Billy Graham.

  9. David Njenga from Nairobi Kenya says:

    May the soul of the most humble person on earth rest with the angels as we wait for Christ’s return.

  10. Judith Moyi says:

    My prayers are with the Graham Family at this difficult time. We celebrate the life of Billy Graham and I have been touched by the humility and love he portrayed. I’m also challenged to live a life that will honour God. God richly bless you and do you good.