Billy Graham

View Scenes From Billy Graham's Funeral

Mar 2, 2018

As Rev. Billy Graham is laid to rest in Charlotte, thousands of people attended the funeral. Click through the slideshow above to view scenes from the event. 

The preacher and the president, seated side-by-side in the lit-for-television Capitol Rotunda, leaned a few inches closer. The Rev. Franklin Graham whispered something to President Donald Trump, who listened as he kept his eyes on the pine casket at the center of the room.

Franklin Graham speaks to the media in front of the Billy Graham Library after greeting former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush, who came to pay their respects to Billy Graham during a public viewing in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.
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As his public appearances dwindled in recent years, the Rev. Billy Graham began choosing songs, scripture and speakers for one last public opportunity to spread the Gospel — his own funeral.

Plans for Friday's service took shape in the years after his final crusade in 2005 as he huddled with confidants and loved ones in his North Carolina mountain home. Musicians who had shared Graham's stage would sing. Some of the best preachers Graham knew — his own children — would deliver personal messages.

Former President Bill Clinton, left, speaks to the media as Franklin Graham, right, listens after paying respects to Rev. Billy Graham during a public viewing at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
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Updated at 1:20 p.m., Feb. 27, 2018

Former President Bill Clinton says he came to pay his respects to the late Rev. Billy Graham more like a regular mourner than a man who once led the free world.

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Updated 3:13 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018

A family spokesman says the Rev. Billy Graham carefully planned and signed off on every detail of his funeral next week.

Franklin Graham
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North Carolina icon Billy Graham passed away Wednesday at the age of 99. As the renowned evangelist is being remembered around the world, the organization he started in 1950 begins a new era without him.

photo of Billy Graham speaking a microphone
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Evangelist Billy Graham died this morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at 99 years old. Graham was known to many as “America’s Pastor,” and it is estimated that his sermons reached more than two billion people.

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Evangelist Billy Graham, the North Carolina icon known as “America’s Pastor” who conducted more than 400 crusades and whose sermons were heard by an estimated two billion people, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Photo: The North Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Building
Jorge Valencia

From gay marriage to puppy mills, North Carolina state legislators have filed more than 1,600 bills this legislative session and they are not even halfway done.

Many bills will not make it through the General Assembly, but some are still causing a stir.

Photo: Billy Graham and his son Franklin
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The state House of Representatives voted on Thursday afternoon to send a statue of evangelist Billy Graham to the U.S. Capitol, over objections from Democrats who complained that Republicans refused to consider memorializing any other North Carolinian.

President Lyndon Johnson, President-elect Richard Nixon, Rev. Billy Graham and Vice President-elect Spiro Agnew during a prayer at swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 1969.

Newly released excerpts from H.R. Haldeman’s diary provide new insights into the relationship between Billy Graham and Richard Nixon. 

Audio journals from Nixon’s chief of staff reveal Graham’s firm grasp of political craftsmanship, and Nixon’s reliance on the televangelist for more than spiritual advice.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the audio journals and what they revealed. 

North Carolina icon and evangelist Billy Graham is 95 years old. He gathered with friends, family and celebrities Thursday in Asheville to celebrate. Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii was there and joined Eric Hodge to talk about the celebration.

ERIC HODGE: This was a big event at Asheville's Grove Park Inn.  How were Graham's guests celebrating his birthday?

Governor McCrory presented Billy Graham with a proclamation declaring him 'North Carolina’s Favorite Son.'
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It’s not every day that you’re called somebody’s favorite son, but if you’re Billy Graham, you might be accustomed to earning superlative titles. He has been voted one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” in a Gallup poll a whopping 56 times, and yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers added another one to his list: North Carolina’s favorite son.