Funeral homes invite public to help honor Rev. Billy Graham
26 February 2018, 07:10 | Isaac Mcdaniel
Billy Graham's body makes four-hour processional from Ashville to Charlotte, pictures
People lined the streets of Asheville to wish the reverend farewell. It will be a tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that made Graham famous, said family spokesman Mark DeMoss.
He is to be buried Friday on the grounds of his namesake library in Charlotte, North Carolina. At least eight black SUVs and a hearse are a part of the transport.
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is expected to read a proclamation recognizing March 2, 2018 as Billy Graham Day, according to the Charlotte City Council agenda. His coffin was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, who typically construct caskets for fellow prisoners who can not afford one. The public will be able to pay respects from 8 am to 10 pm.
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A ceremonial procession for evangelist Billy Graham moved from Asheville to Charlotte, North Carolina, as spectators snapped pictures along the route.
President Donald Trump will be attending the funeral of Rev. Billy Graham, a source with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed to Channel 9. The invitation-only service is scheduled to include at least 2,300 people.
A viewing will be held at the library in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday.
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