PHOTOS: BILLY GRAHAM’S BODY WAS MOVED FROM HIS MOUNTAIN CHAPEL TO HIS LIBRARY IN NORTH CAROLINA

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Admirers line streets, overpasses to see Graham's...

 

Freeway motorists pulled aside to watch the Rev. Billy Graham’s motorcade as the religious leader’s body moved across his home state of North Carolina on Saturday.

Well-wishers came to the mountain chapel at the training center operated by his evangelistic association in Asheville after he died Wednesday at his North Carolina home at age 99.

The procession from Asheville to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte began about 11 am with a ceremonial departure from The Cove, a mountain chapel at the training center operated by his evangelistic association.

The motorcade of eight SUVs and eight North Carolina State Highway Patrol vehicles proceeded under overcast skies.

Billy Graham, 92, speaks during an interview in  December 2010 at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

The path goes through the town of Black Mountain and along Interstate 40 for about 130 miles where Graham often shopped or caught trains next to the community of Montreat where he maintained his home.

Authorities in North Carolina’s largest city, where Graham grew up, were ready with designated viewing areas.

The procession is part of more than a week of mourning for “America’s Pastor,” culminating with his burial next week at his library in Charlotte.

Graham reached hundreds of millions of listeners around the world with his rallies and his pioneering use of television.

A viewing will be held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday.

Graham will also lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, on Feb. 28 and March 1, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

He will be laid to rest March 2 at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, buried in a simple prison-made plywood coffin next to his wife, Ruth, who died in 2007.

 

Read more: On the highway to Heaven: Rev. Billy Graham’s body begins an emotional journey from his chapel in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to his library ahead of a week of mourning

 

Mourners line Hwy 70 through Black Mountain, North Carolina as the motorcade carrying Rev. Billy Graham drives by

 

 

His coffin was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, who typically construct caskets for fellow prisoners who cannot afford one

 

 

 

Mementos are left by well-wishers at the entrance to the Billy Graham Library after the death of US Christian evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

 

He will be laid to rest March 2 at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, buried in a simple prison-made plywood coffin next to his wife, Ruth, who died in 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Family members are seen embracing one another. His grieving daughter Anne Graham Lotz is pictured second from the right

 

 

Family members, including Franklin Graham, right, walk to vehicles before the body of Rev. Billy Graham leaves the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Saturday, February 24, 2018 

 

 

Family members watch as pallbearers carry the body of Rev. Billy Graham to a hearse at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville

 

 

 

Rose Salazar of Cornelius, North Carolina is pictured waiting for the motorcade carrying the body of the late Rev. Billy Graham

 

 

Mourners line Hwy 70 through Black Mountain, N.C. as the motorcade carrying Rev. Billy Graham passes by, on Saturday, February 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

Residents pay their respects as a motorcade carrying the Rev. Billy Graham's body to Charlotte's Graham Library rolls through a downtown shopping district on February 24, 2018 in Black Mountain

 

 

Mourners watch as the hearse and motorcade carrying the body of Rev. Billy Graham drives through Black Mountain

 

Mourners line Hwy 70 through Black Mountain, N.C. as the motorcade carrying Rev. Billy Graham

One thought on “PHOTOS: BILLY GRAHAM’S BODY WAS MOVED FROM HIS MOUNTAIN CHAPEL TO HIS LIBRARY IN NORTH CAROLINA

    chris jensen said:
    February 25, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Billy who?

    a man whom helped set back the humanrace, fuel the war whom are distory Mrs. Nature an family..

    facedown is what i would do!

    Like

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