16 lesser-known facts about Billy Graham

16 lesser-known facts about Billy Graham

"He just wore out", said Lucian Rice, Graham's longtime physician upon arriving at Graham's home Wednesday morning. The sad news was confirmed by the spokesman of Billy Graham Evangelistic association, Jeremy Blume.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a proclamation ordering a "Book of Condolences" be placed inside the Capitol rotunda, where it will be starting Friday through March 2, the day of Graham's funeral in Charlotte.

Graham will lie in repose in the Graham Family Homeplace on the library grounds from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., where the public will be allowed to pay their respects on Monday and Tuesday.

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Graham reportedly died of natural causes at his home in North Carolina.

Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor at Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, said he had met privately with Graham and grew up listening to him preach.

Franklin said his father could not hear or see very well but remained mentally alert.

Billy Graham drew 48,000 to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 1969.

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Christian evangelist minister Billy Graham died earlier this week at 99 after several decades as "America's Pastor". The association later relocated to Charlotte.

Organised by more than 200 local Protestant churches, the Graham crusade was estimated to have cost $700,000 in 1978.

Of Graham's days as a shoe salesman, the mayor said Graham once quipped he was "better able to save souls than to sell them".

Over the years, I was often asked what it was like to have been an associate of Billy, whom I first met in 1969 when I was an assistant to the US secretary of defense. Graham, and it makes his loss seem more personal.

Before the service Sunday afternoon, which drew about 30,000 people, Graham visited the city jail and prayed with four men who faced charges in connection with the bombings. It was enough to evoke emotion and bring men and women to tears.

Though most presidents have sought guidance from spiritual leaders, Graham's role at the top echelons of American politics was unique, and there's no obvious successor likely to fill his shoes as an adviser to leaders from both parties.

The pastor, whose wife Ruth was born in China as the daughter of missionaries, declared his trip was part of the process of "building bridges" between United States and China, and also between the churches of the two countries.

Graham preached Christianity to more people than anyone else in history during his 70-year career, reaching hundreds of millions of people either in person or via TV and satellite links, his ministry said.