Billy Graham Memorial and Events

posted by Jodi Phillips -

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Rev. Billy Graham made his way home at the age of 99. As one of the most famous North Carolinians, the entire state and surrounding are coming together to honor him and his legacy.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has arranged memorials and services so the public can pay their respects to Billy Graham while still honoring the privacy of the family.

PHOTOS: REMEMBERING BILLY GRAHAM

Motorcade

At approximately 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, a motorcade will depart the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. At 3 p.m. that day, there will be an arrival ceremony in front of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here is a map of the best place to watch the motorcade arrive in Charlotte. 

2:20 p.m.—Charlotte Details 

(Recommended viewing areas are on Tryon Street between I-277 and Stonewall Street; on Stonewall Street between Tryon Street and South Boulevard; and on South Boulevard between Stonewall Street and Remount Road; see map for details)

  • Take Exit 36 (Brookshire Boulevard) toward US-74 E 
  • Stay right to merge onto Brookshire Boulevard/W Brookshire Freeway
  • Stay left to continue on W Brookshire Freeway (I-277 S) 
  • Take Exit 3B; merge onto 11th Street
  • Turn right on N Tryon Street (continue as name changes to S Tryon Street)
  • Turn left on Stonewall Street 
  • Turn right on South Boulevard 
  • Turn right on Remount Road
  • Turn left on S Tryon Street
  • Turn right on Billy Graham Parkway
  • Turn right into the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Motorists in the Charlotte area should follow the direction of law enforcement as the processional continues to the Billy Graham Library. While there will be no extended road closures, motorists could experience temporary delays along the processional route. 

Lie in Repose

On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27, Mr. Graham will lie in repose inside the Graham Family Homeplace on the Billy Graham Library grounds. His casket will remain closed. Each day, the line will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This schedule may be adjusted if necessary for any reason.

There will be no on-site public parking during this period of lie in repose. All public parking will be accommodated at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center located at 7100 Forest Point Blvd., a few miles from the Billy Graham Library and at the Charlotte Business Valet, Lot 2 at 5613 Wilkinson Blvd. Complimentary public shuttle buses will run continually from these lots to and from the Graham Family Homeplace. The last shuttle will depart the parking lot 30 minutes before the public lie in repose closes.

Funeral

A private funeral service will be held on Friday, March 2. Mr. Graham will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Prayer Garden, on the northeast side of the Billy Graham Library.

A private funeral service for Billy Graham will be held in a tent outside the Billy Graham Library. The tent is symbolic of the "canvas cathedral" in which Graham conducted his 1949 Los Angeles Crusade that lasted eight weeks and propelled him to national prominence. Invited guests will include family, friends and dignitaries. 

The funeral message will be given by Franklin Graham. Virginia "Gigi" Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham and Ned Graham will also speak briefly. Other program participants include associate evangelists, musicians and friends who have been part of the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association around the world. 

Listen to the funeral service live on Up 98.7 beginning at Noon on Friday.

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