The late Rev Billy Graham’s remains now lie in honour at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda after spending for 2 days before burial on Friday in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The world-renowned Evangelist died on February 21, 2018 at his home after battling with cancer, Parkinson’s and pneumonia. He was 99 years old.
A private ceremony was held at the Billy Graham Family Centre at The Cove, in Asheville on Saturday.
After the private ceremony for the family, close friends and relatives, his remains were moved to a waiting hearse outside on long drive to Charlotte where North Carolina residents lined the streets and stopped along the road to give a their local religious hero respect and farewell.
The hearse followed behind by the late Rev. Graham’s son Franklin Graham vehicle and his daughters accompanied the remains to Charlotte.
The Billy Graham Training Centre was founded by the Evangelist and his late wife, Ruth Graham as a place of solace. People could come and study the Bible, worship and get closer to God.
Local residents parked their vehicles by the roadside while others stood in file outside the The Cove to give honour and respect to the local hero, spiritual leader and a Man of God on his last journey to Charlotte where he would lie in repose for 2 days, on Monday and Tuesday.
From there, his remains would be taken to the U.S. Capitol where he is expected to lie in honour at the nation’s Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday.
The late Rev. Billy Graham’s motorcade from an aerial view passing through Back Mountain, the small town where he and his wife used to frequent local stores for years. Residents lined the street as a sign of respect and a send off.
People lined the streets of downtown Black Mountain to give respect but also to take images as the motorcade passed through the town.
The late Rev’s son, Franklin Graham, twitted of the “outpouring of love” along the way from Asheville to Charlotte, saying it was was “overwhelming.” Fire trucks are seen saluting “America’s Pastor” on the overpass as the motorcade passes by.
Some of the late Rev. Billy Graham’s loyal followers and supporters hung a excepts from a a Scripture Matthew 25:21 saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant …” a biblical parable about a faithful servant.
A United State flag hovers about the overpass in honour of the late Rev. Billy Graham as the motorcade passes on its way to Charlotte where his remains will lie in repose for 2 days.
The Graham motorcade was escorted to Charlotte by a group of 8 North Carolina Highway Patrol Officers.
An Officer is seen giving a salute in honour and respect of the late Rev. Billy Graham as his motorcade passes below the overpass on its way to Charlotte.
The motorcades drives by a street in Charlotte, now a bustling city and far different from the farmlands it was 100 years ago when Rev. Billy Graham was born on 7 November 1918.
People lined the streets in Charlotte in awe at the motorcade of the man who once ran on those streets 100-years ago as a kid growing up and when it was all farmland.
Local resident rush to take pictures and videos after the motorcade briefly stopped at the late Rev. Billy Graham’s old childhood church formerly the Chalmers Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churcn now called Grace Covenant Church, in Charlotte. The Church was located 5 miles away from the Billy Graham’s family home where he grew up in.
Church bells in the area range out as the motorcade paused there for a minute.
The hearse carrying the remains of the Evangelist Billy Graham and behind it is an exit sign Billy Graham Parkway .
The coffin is carried by the late Rev. Billy Graham’s grandsons into the Billy Graham Libray in Charlotte where family members were already waiting for the hearse to arrive.
The Graham grandsons carry the coffin and remains into the inside the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte where the late Rev. Billy Graham lay in repose for 2 days on Monday and Tuesday on February 26 and 27 respectively. Although the Library was closed to the public, they were however invited to visit the property on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Wednesday the Reverend’s remain were then taken to the U.S. Capitol where he would lie in honour on Wednesday and Thursday before burial on Friday.
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