Admirers salute Billy Graham as motorcade crosses NC

Motorcade for Rev. Billy Graham to travel 130 miles

Admirers took photos on their phones while fire trucks parked on freeway overpasses and police officers saluted as a motorcade carrying the body of the Reverend crossed the evangelist's beloved home state of North Carolina for four hours, from his mountain chapel to the Billy Graham library in Charlotte.

Ruby Sparks, 85, attended a Graham youth ministry meeting in 1951, when she was a college student in Greensboro, North Carolina, and met him in 1970. A private funeral for Graham will be held on Friday, March 2 in a tent at the library site and he will be buried next to his wife there, DeMoss said.

Trump said last week that Graham was a "great man" who had a "great family" and was "for us" - meaning Trump's campaign - from the beginning.

Rev. Graham's remains will be escorted from Asheville to Charlotte on Saturday, February 24.


The procession consisted of the hearse, eight SUV's with Graham's family and funeral staff, eight North Carolina Highway Patrol motorcycles and five other vehicles. The procession traveled 130-miles to bring the evangelist's body back to his hometown of Charlotte. Viewing will be open to the public from 8 a.m.to 10 p.m. each day.

While Congress has allowed former US presidents or leading members of Congress to lie in state, only three private citizens have ever been privileged to lie in honor in the Capitol.

"Upon the arrival of Rev Graham's casket, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take part in a bicameral service", said a House statement released on Thursday.

Making the announcement, Lee Searle, Director of Ministry, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK, said: "Throughout his ministry, Billy Graham was a pioneer in the use of technology to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means available". The invitation-only service is scheduled to include at least 2,300 people.

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