Thousands from across the globe to say their final goodbyes to the legendary evangelist during his “last crusade” today Friday, March 2. Graham’s family members consider his funeral service to be his last crusade which will be attended by more than 2,000 guests. U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will also be attending the funeral service.
Final phase of preparations put in place as Reverend Billy Graham’s funeral and burial is scheduled to take place today Friday, March 2 at his childhood home on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library. Rev. Billy Graham’s body was brought from the Capitol to Charlotte for the final time Thursday, a day before his funeral.
U.S. leadership and other guests will be joining the Graham family in the funeral service which will be held under a 28,000-square-foot tent pitched in the parking lot at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Conducting funeral service under a tent is to remember his first crusade in 1949 in Los Angeles. Rev. Billy’s first crusade was held under two circus tents that later got the name of the “Canvas Cathedral.”
Majority of the details of this funeral service were planned by Rev Billy himself years ago. His close friend Cliff Barrows assisted him in choosing songs, scripture and speakers for his funeral- final opportunity to spread the Gospel.
Gospel singers, including Linda McCrary-Fisher, Michael W. Smith and the Gaither Vocal Band will sing during the service. Rev. Billy Graham’s own children and some of the preachers he knew would deliver personal messages during the funeral services. Rev. Billy Graham’s oldest son, Rev. Franklin Graham, will be delivering the funeral message followed by short addresses by his siblings. The funeral service is expected to last for about 90 minutes.After the service, Reverend Billy will be buried next to his wife Ruth Graham in a memorial prayer garden at the Billy Graham library.
“Do I fear death? … No. I look forward to death, with great anticipation. I am looking forward to seeing God face to face. And that could happen any day,” Reverend Billy conversed with a Newsweek reporter in 2005. Reverend Billy went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 21.
The grave marker reads:
November 7, 1918-February 21, 2018
Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ