The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat, N.C. will lie in repose at the Graham Family Homeplace in Charlotte, North Carolina starting Monday Feb. 26th.
According to a press release, Billy Graham’s funeral events will start with a funeral motorcade that is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24th. The motorcade will start at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC and go to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, for a private viewing for the family.
Then on Monday, Rev. Graham’s body will lie in repose in a closed casket at the Graham Family Homeplace, which is scheduled to be open to the public Monday, Feb. 26, and Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Then on Friday, March 2nd at noon, a private funeral service for the Christian Evangelist will be held in a tent in the parking lot of the Billy Graham Library, followed by a private interment service in the Prayer Garden.
Throughout his life, Graham was faithful to his calling, which will be captured in the inscription to be placed on his grave marker: Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There were a few times when I thought I was dying, and I saw my whole life come before me…” said Graham at his Cincinnati Crusade on June 24, 2002. “I didn’t say to the Lord, ‘I’m a preacher, and I’ve preached to many people.’ I said, ‘Oh Lord, I’m a sinner, and I still need Your forgiveness. I still need the cross.’ And I asked the Lord to give me peace in my heart, and He did—a wonderful peace that hasn’t left me.”
Billy Graham is survived by his sister Jean Ford; daughters Gigi, Anne and Ruth; sons Franklin and Ned; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. His wife, Ruth, died June 14, 2007, at age 87, and is buried at the Billy Graham Library.