First Press Conference After Billy Graham’s Death Highlights Memorial Events

By   •   February 21, 2018

Billy Graham
Billy Graham passed away early Wednesday morning.

Dozens of news outlets arrived at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, to report of Billy Graham’s passing from his home in Montreat, North Carolina, to heaven.

A home nurse, as well as Billy Graham’s longtime doctor, described it as “a very peaceful passing,” said spokesman Mark DeMoss. “He was not in any pain.”

>> Read Franklin Graham’s tribute to his father.

Born William Franklin Graham Jr. on Nov. 7, 1918, Billy Graham was 99 years old. He is survived by his sister, Jean Ford; his five children—Gigi, Anne, Ruth, Franklin and Ned; 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A motorcade will depart the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 24, making its way to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte around 3 p.m.

>> Get details on the motorcade, including recommended viewing areas along the route.

On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27, Mr. Graham will lie in repose inside the Graham Family Homeplace, located on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library. His casket will remain closed.

The lie in repose period is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. This schedule may be adjusted if necessary.

No on-site parking will be available to the public during the period of lie in repose. All public parking will be accommodated at the nearby Operation Christmas Child Processing Center at 7100 Forest Point Blvd. and at the Charlotte Business Valet, Lot 2 at 5613 Wilkinson Blvd.

Complimentary shuttles will run continually from these lots to and from the Graham Family Homeplace, with the last shuttle departing 30 minutes before the public lie in repose closes.

A private funeral service will be held for Mr. Graham in front of the Billy Graham Library on Friday, March 2. It was Mr. Graham’s explicit intent that his funeral service reflect and reinforce the Gospel message he preached for decades.

“He preached one message for more than 60 years—a very simple message of the Gospel, Jesus Christ,” spokesperson Mark DeMoss said at Wednesday’s press conference.

Following the funeral service, Mr. Graham will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Prayer Garden, on the northeast side of the Billy Graham Library. Ruth Graham died June 14, 2007, at age 87.

In an interview with CNN during a New York Crusade late in his ministry, Billy Graham was asked how he wanted to be remembered.

He answered, “That I was faithful to the message that He gave and faithful to the calling that He gave me to go into the world and preach the Gospel. That’s how I’d like to be remembered.”

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  1. Rebecca R Tatum says:

    Well done! God’s good and faithful servant.

  2. Dianna Reynolds says:

    I cannot imagine the world without our spiritual conscience. What a loss to our country.

  3. Gillian Simpson says:

    The sound of his voice and the piercing look in his eyes stays with me. I was a young woman singing in the Billy Graham Crusade choir in Sydney in 1968 when he had his 50th birthday. What a sacrifice to be far from home on his 50th birthday, preaching the Word.

  4. Bob & Sharon Gill says:

    It was an honour to lift up the name of our Lord Jesus Christ with Billy Graham many years ago at the Crusade in Calgary. Many lives were changed. Jesus was glorified.

  5. Juanita Martin says:

    Billy was a great man of God. Had the pleasure of seeing in person several times. He really touched my heart. Going to miss him, a great man of God.

  6. Robert Villanueva says:

    Billy Graham was a man who gave hope to millions by just saying “God loves you.”

  7. Noel Serrano says:

    I grew to love and admire him for his consistent message of Christ and salvation. May God grant him eternal peace.

  8. Nathaniel Lyakwo says:

    Pastor of the people Billy Graham came, saw and conquered. Till we meet to part no more.