President Trump attends funeral for Billy Graham

Pallbearers move Billy Graham's casket from a hearse to the Billy Graham Library on Thursday

View Slideshow Pallbearers move Billy Graham's casket from a hearse to the Billy Graham Library on Thursday. David Boraks WFAE

Billy Graham died February 21 aged 99, after a lifetime spent preaching and advising presidents.

The audience sang "To God Be the Glory", which was also the closing hymn at the 2007 dedication of his library in Charlotte.

Graham was a lifelong registered Democrat, and although Franklin Graham said his father had voted in the 2016 presidential election, he declined to say for whom.

Grammy-winning Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith, a personal favorite of Rev.

He said that, "the Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in the big stadium was the same Billy Graham that we saw at home". "There weren't two Billy Grahams". "No one comes to the Father except through me'".

Also, Mr. Trump emphasizes power and strength over helping the poor and the powerless, a priority for evangelical Christians and especially Graham's charity, Samaritan's Purse.

The two USA leaders made a rare double appearance for the event, but did not speak, instead leaving it to Graham's adult children - all speakers or preachers in their own right - to remember "America's Pastor".

"I think it likely that, as his father's relationship with Richard Nixon proved to be a low point in his long ministry, Franklin's relationship with President Trump will come to embarrass him", said William Martin, author of "A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story".

Graham recalled one of his father's frequent sayings that people shouldn't believe it when they hear the famous evangelist had died: "He said: 'I'll be more alive than I am now". It was also recorded by Graham's late associate and close friend George Beverly Shea.

After the song, David Bruce, Graham's longtime executive assistant, formally welcomed attendees to the service on the grounds of Graham's library in Charlotte.

Graham's grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Family freinds and staff of the Graham ministry watched a hearse arrive with his body Thursday. The casket was returning from Washington where it had been lying in honor at the Capitol
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Graham's son Franklin was moved by seeing inmates build similar ones for other prisoners who couldn't afford caskets.

After a life of traveling the world to spread the gospel, he said the Billy Graham he knew finally made the trip he's waited on for a lifetime.

Trump is on hand to pay his respects along with Vice President Mike Pence, but neither are scheduled to address the crowd.

The eulogy was preceded by memories of "America's Pastor" that were shared by Graham's sister, Jean Ford, as well as his children - Virginia "Gigi" Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, and Ned Graham.

Trump met Graham four years ago at the 95th-birthday party for the spiritual leader. Then they were escorted to their seats in the large tent where the service is being held. The younger Bush said his father couldn't make it to a memorial service. The Rev. Franklin Graham whispered something to President Trump, who listened as he kept his eyes on the pine casket at the center of the room.

The service is the culmination of a week of mourning that included Graham lying in honor at the U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington.

Trump did not speak at the ceremony honoring Graham, who died February 21 at 99.

Gifford told reporters that Graham always remained humble through his faith.

"As I got out of the auto", Graham said. While the funeral is private, WMAZ will be streaming the events beginning around 10:45 a.m. along with the service that will begin at noon. Some 2,000 people are expected to attend, including President Donald Trump.

The Rev. Billy Graham's children remembered "America's Pastor" on Friday as someone so thoroughly devoted to spreading the Gospel that he lived his life at home as he preached it in stadiums, with a personable humility and an unwavering focus on the Bible. Graham's favorite hymns. Bill and Gloria Gaither were longtime friends with Graham and performed at many of his crusades over the years. "There weren't two Billy Grahams", eldest son Franklin Graham told the funeral congregation.

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