Beloved World Evangelist, Reverend Billy Graham Dies At Age 99
It’s a very sad day today sports fans.
The world learned yesterday of the death of Reverend Billy Graham who reportedly passed away alone in his sleep. Billy Graham died in his home at the age of 99. Reverend Graham once said in an interview that he would continue to reach out and preach out to the world until God told him to stop. Today Billy’s race is run. God has finally said, “Stop Billy, it’s time to come home.”
Known worldwide for his evangelical crusade to reach out to God’s children, Billy Graham tirelessly traveled the world over many times in the pursuit of God’s will as he saw it. He was well known and loved by millions. Having grown up in the time of Reverend Graham’s hay day, I know that Billy Graham will be missed and mourned very deeply by those who loved him. The message of hope that he carried around the world, of peace and salvation through love will be missed as well.
“It was described by nurse and doctor as a very peaceful passing,” said Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “He was not in any pain, and he wouldn’t have suffered any.”
“I think we can say he passed in his sleep,” DeMoss said. “Nobody would have been with him other than an attendant nurse.” *
According to reports Rev. Graham was worth an estimated $25,000,000 at the time of his passing. Sources say that Billy spent many millions of dollars to purchase and upgrade many properties for his church including schools, hospitals, clinics, churches, libraries, and museums in many nations.
funeral service’s for Reverend Graham will take place at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina starting at 12:00 noon on March 2. News sources report that Graham’s body has been taken to Asheville to the Morris Funeral Home. He will be moved to Charlotte via motorcade on Saturday.
The funeral for Reverend Graham will be by invitation only, with as many as 2,300 going out. The guest list including President Trump, and all of the former U.S. presidents still living, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
Graham will lie in repose Monday and Tuesday at the Graham Family Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library. The public can pay its respects both days, from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Reverend Graham will be moved from Morris Funeral Home in Asheville to the Billy Graham Training Center in Swannanoa at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Reverend Graham’s body will then leave the Cove at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday for Charlotte, arriving at the Billy Graham Library at around 3 p.m where he will be buried on the grounds of the library beside his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, who passed away in 2007.
The word that Billy Graham brought to the world was hope. That word has gone out of this world now but his light shall forever be a blazing beacon to those who are groping about, lost in the darkness.
Lead photo courtesy of Billy Graham, may he R.I.P.