Billy Graham remembered with songs, heartfelt messages at funeral

Rev. Billy Graham will be laid to rest in Charlotte on Friday

The setting evoked the "canvas cathedral" - two circus tents pitched together in Los Angeles in 1949 - to shelter the thousands of people who came to watch Graham preach, according to the Billy Graham Library.

Under a large white tent evoking her father's "Canvas Cathedral" revival almost seven decades ago, Anne Graham Lotz urged the Church, the world, and herself to "wake up!" as she joined her siblings and some 2,000 others at the funeral of her iconic evangelist father, Billy Graham, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday.

During an emotional ceremony that included touching tributes from family members and over 2,000 guests that included the President of the United States, the world said goodbye to Charlotte's favorite son, Reverend Billy Graham.

As most of Graham's contemporaries have died over the years, like the gospel singer George Beverly Shea, who sang at the early Graham crusades, the guest list included relatives of his children and grandchildren.

Franklin Graham, who delivered the main funeral message, said all of those qualities were part the whole.

Standing behind the same pulpit his father preached behind on many of his crusades in the 1990s, Franklin Graham delivered a powerful message eulogizing his father.

"God's work within me began in earnest with Billy's outreach", Bush wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published two days after Graham's death.

The funeral planning began a decade ago with Billy Graham himself, and grew into his family's desire to capture the feeling of the crusades that made the world's best-known Protestant preacher of his era.

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Billy Graham was born the son of a North Carolina farmer.

Anne Graham Lotz said that she believes God is sending a message by bringing Graham to Heaven.

Graham was to be laid to rest next to his late wife, Ruth, in the library's prayer garden. "But the Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in big stadiums, was the same Billy Graham we saw at home". They are all friends who sang for Graham at his home in recent years, DeMoss said.

Dr. Chip Pollard, president of John Brown University attended the service in Charlotte, N.C. The service was also attended by national leaders, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

"I liked the simple coffin with a cross on top", he said in 2006. His casket was made of pine by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. His grave marker reads: "Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ".

And on Wednesday, Graham became the first private citizen since civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington.

There are gaps between some evangelical teachings and Mr. Trump's agenda - and certainly his conduct - some scholars say, setting up several potential points of conflict between Graham and Mr. Trump.

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