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1 of 100+ | Posted by: Grady Youngblood

“Wow, what an awesome God-loving family. Thank each one of you for spiritual guidance toward Lord Jesus & our Heavenly Father... Your family is a ...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Kilby - Horse Shoe, NC

3 of 100+ | Posted by: Grady Youngblood

4 of 100+ | Posted by: Grady Youngblood

“Many, many times, while watching Dr. Graham on tv, i gave my life to Christ, in tears, over and over again! (i know one profession is enough, when...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: katrina shepardson - Silver Lake, KS

“We will miss you and your ministry Billy! ”
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Dawson Perkins - Kansas City, KS

7 of 100+ | Posted by: DIANE Dorsey - LINCOLNTON, NC

“To the Entire Graham Families:To be absent from the body is to be in the present of our Lord and Savior..Much firm prayers are with you and...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Ramona Bryant-Louis - Bham, AL

9 of 100+ | Posted by: Peggykhan

“Dear Graham family my name is Tristine I'm so sorry for your loss and I will be praying for you. Love Tristine❤. ”
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Tristine Dugger - Waco, TX

“May the Lord give you and your family courage and strength to keep you going through this tough time. ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Mitchell Williams - Charlotte, NC

“I am praying for you to get through this time with the peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and that He will take care of you. ”
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Mitchell Williams - Charlotte, NC

“I didn't know slot about the reverend but he seemed to have a very positive message for people and that's a good thing. And as a believer in Jesus.....Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: eric beach - lafayette, IN

“So many came to know Christ in a personal way through his ministry. Thank you for leading the way. Christ told us in His Word that it is too late...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Sherrie Sperry - Westfield, MA

“It was a sad day when you died Billy Graham you will forever live in our hearts. I remember you coming to Jacksonville NC in the 60's & was such a...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Cotter - Greenville, NC

Thank you brother “I have watch many of Mr Graham,s preaching on TV for years he was and is a great man of God He was a real man of God. His son is Great preacher I...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: John Royer - Brownsville, MD

17 of 100+ | Posted by: ROBERT JOYNER - SNOW HILL, NC

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19 of 100+ | Posted by: SUE P BAUGUESS AN SON BRANDON Bauguess - NC

“And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“May God's holy spirit continuously comfort the Graham family, friends and relatives as you grieve the loss of your love one. ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynda Guess - Columbia, SC

“For the Rock of Ages Rev. William Graham A man who led the lost Guiding hearts and souls, In this world, so very tossed, Running...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: mary morley - Meriden, CT

23 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Morley - Meriden, CT

“To the Saints who have welcomed home one our our effective and Christ-like Disciples of Jesus, we share him with your reluctantly. However, we also...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Wes Green - Illinois

“FOR REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM, A GREAT, OLD, AMERICAN SPIRITUAL HYMN:.....Goin' home. Goin' home. I'm a-goin' home...Quiet-like some still day, I'm just...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Alan - Crown Point, IN

“During the Spring & finishing of 8th grade, my classmates - in concern for the times ahead of me - encouraged me to attend with them The Billy Graham...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael, son-song of Virginia Ruth - AL

“Through my maternal Great-Grandmother, the late Hazeline Grier Kirkpatrick of Charlotte, we are cousin to the late singer/actress Ethel Waters, who...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Edward Mathis; The E.F. Mathis, Sr; D.Div. family - SC

“When I was about 6 years old (around1960)my mom was excited to bring all 7 of her kids to a Billy Graham revival.I remember walking at least a mile...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Goorsky - Lake, IL

“good bless you all ”
29 of 100+ | Posted by: kenneth robar - brantford, ON

“at this time my prayers are with the family and all the workers I did meet billy graham at one was so nice he loved what he did and cared for...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: kenneth robar - brantford, ON

“I hope to still come to worship someday again. Then may my son and family visit too. I love to thank you in your kindness in meeting me. I am still...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Janine Howard - Cullman, AL

“I wish there will be another great man in my life to help me through the trials and prevail. I hear what he says and I finally understand. Even when...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Janine Howard - Alabama, AL

33 of 100+ | Posted by: TRISTAN+YBARRA FAMILY - HOUSTON, TX

“Save , Me A Seat On That Awesome Cruise Ship Into Heaven With My Grandpa Sir Billy Graham Thanks , A Million Brother ........ Mark 1:08 Says I ,...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Dylan Corey Fisher - Smithfield, RI

35 of 100+ | Posted by: vince harper - buford, GA

“Prayer for. The. Family. I. Enjoyed. All. His. Sermons. He. Wlll be missed by. Every. One. I. Visited. The billy. Graham. Library. It. Was....Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Todd. Gilbert. Guestbook ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“To The Family of Rev. Billy Graham,May the Lord of peace, healing give you strength and comfort as you go through this transition.Much Peace and Love ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: - CT

“Thank you dear Graham Family for lifting up the Name of JESUS during the funeral! That's amazing! He will bless you for that and will lead you...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Simon Bendel

“I remember Billy Graham from television, possibly from the 1950's. I have always admired him and his stand for God. I was raised in the church and...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen Lee Worley - Salem, OR

“Sorry For Your Loss! ”
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Thomas Widgeon - Cape Charles, VA

The Sheets Family.. Brenda,Billy, Sandra and Teresa in front.. Rest In Peace My Precious Daddy.. We Love and Miss You So Much..God Is So Good..Love In Christ.. Teresa
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa Sheets - NC - family

“There will never be another Billy Graham. I have never seen another preacher so God-sent. I thank God that I got to see Billy Graham and hear his...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: June Headley - Pinson, AL

Daddy..Me An You..You An Me..That's The Way It Will Always Be..Rest Now Daddy...I Love An Miss You..
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa Sheets - NC - daughter

“Thank You Father God for Blessing The World With Rev. Billy Graham... I Love You Father God Thank You For Your Precious Son.. JESUS CHRIST.. Thank...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa Sheets - Ashe County, NC

A Video Condolence Has Been Left
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa Sheets - West Jefferson, NC

“God Is So Good.. Thank You Father God..I Love You.. God called my beautiful grand daughter Abby to enter the Lambs Book Of Life a year after he...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa Sheets - West Jefferson, NC

Me An You Daddy.. You An Me.. That's The Way It Will Always Be.. Rest In Peace My Precious Daddy..Love Your Baby Girl Always..
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa Sheets - Ashe County, NC

49 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

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55 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

i loved billy he was a very handsome man and his wife ruth was a beautiful lady rip you're both treasures to america i'm in canada but i am american and proud of it i'm so proud of billy he was excellent and his spirit i hear it all the time!! “Billy was a very handsome sweet lovely man who devoted his passion to helping everyone else he's a pure example of the late ed mirvish who was a...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

in loving memory of my late husband rip he died of pancreatic cancer! feb 23 2016
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60 of 100+ | Posted by: EARL FEATHERS - KINGSPORT, TN

“My Uncle Grady Wilson and T.W. Wilson worked with Rev. Billy Graham. I remember Rev. Billy Graham spoke at my Uncle Calvin Christenbury funeral. I am...Read More »

“What a marvelous man - he truly was one of God's Disciples!I've known Reverend Graham since I was about 7 years old - he always made me feel so good...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Katherine Leann Ladd - Ruidoso, NM

“I had the honor of attending the Billy Graham Crudade in Okinawa, Japan in 1980. I was a member of the choir from one of the local churches. I...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: William Calmes - Pensacola, FL

“God's ambassador for the faith has finally received his mansion beyond the sky in the realm of heaven that were often preached about in his many...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“To God be all the glory! May the legacy of Rev Billy Graham be perpetuated with every gospel message given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ”
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Barbara J Campbell - Calgary, AB

“What a true and wonderful servant of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Rest in peace kind Sir. ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Sheila MacDonald - Orillia, ON

“I will always be grateful of listening to a man that was truly sent by God. May God bless your family.Mr. & Mrs. Paul A Martin ”
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Willie Martin - Williamston, SC

“My mother and father took my at the age of 8 to see Mr Graham at nelaned stateium in Knoxville Tenn I still remember the night sitting there I am so...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: - TN

“Thank you for teaching the Bible to millions around the world. My mother watched you and I watched as a child. I remember tearing up during a message...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Elizabeth Martin - Charlotte, NC

“Great service to a wonderful man,thank you to the Graham family. God bless ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenn Collier - York, PA

“Billy Graham was a true inspiration to me when I was a young lad and now. Although I am Roman Catholic, Billy played an important part of my...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Phillip J. Janowski - WI

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Dawn Johnson - Henrico, VA

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary Heath - Granite city, IL

“Well done, my good and faithful servant. ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Gwendolyn Bristo - GA

“Praise be to God for the beautiful life of Billy Graham, may the remembrance of his life continue to change the world! I am truly touched by the one...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Miranda Moore - Boise, ID

“Rev. Billy Graham will never be forgotten. His heartfelt message helped save many lives. His honest message of Christ made this world a better place....Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy Stebbins - Brookings, OR

“Rest in peace. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Tamara Boyd - CHARLOTTE, NC

“We lost a true angel today. I loved to listen to Mr. Graham preach. He was so awesome and he saved many people. We have lost a true leader but God...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Martha and Annette Catoe - Camden, SC

“Heartfelt condolences to the family of Rev. Billy Graham. He was a faithful servant of God who earned my respect when I was just a young girl. My...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Joan Hall Forbes - Mocksville, NC

“Rev. Graham will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We only pray that God will raise up another like him to save our...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Bill Easter - Martinsburg, WV

“Prayers for the Graham family. God Bless you Rev. Billy Graham in your eternal home heaven. Thank you for your witness to our family. Our son, Ethan...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Morrison - Lenoir City, TN

“I love you mr. Graham while you're in heaven please look down on me and bless me and help me get over my addiction, also bless my dog pearll she is a...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: John Porter - Kannapolis, NC

“REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM'S FINAL RESTAlthough he's in his final restYou took care of him, you did your best.He did not want for a single thingHe's...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Armstrong - Charlotte, NC

“I thought about going to The Cove a couple of years ago to get your father's input on a book I was writing. It was an in depth research on Genesis....Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Leigh Smith - Hendersonville, NC

“You have left a lasting legacy to all that followed your ministry. Rest In Peace Rev. Billy Graham. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthia Ennis - Warrenton, VA

“although i never met Mr graham personally i watched him on tv every time he was on what a great man of god the best preacher i have ever heard i...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: David Akers - Radford, VA

“I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Graham at his cabin at Montreat, NC as a radiographer in 2004. A driver led me to his cabin. It was an impressive...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Eileen Wilkerson, R.T.(R.) - NC

“Thanks be to God for loving us so much that He brought us the Reverend Billy Graham. May America's pastor Rest In Peace and enjoy the glory of heaven...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Katherine Norris - Joplin, MO

“Prayers to all the Graham family, what a lasting legacy of love, faithfulness & humility.After hearing of his passing, I had to pick up his book...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Melva Walters - Lewistown, PA

“Rest in Peace Rev. Billy Graham. Our condolences to the Graham Family and friends. King Family of Texas ”
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Annie King - Lufkin, TX

“My sympathy to all god call for him his work was over time to come home ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: rodney james - huntersville, NC

“You have been such a role model to so many. Thank you for your ministry. And you are now Home. I was blessed to work at your 1995 crusade in...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Graf - Carmichael, CA

“You will be so missed, but it was time for you to go Home. What a legacy you have left for me and so many others. You have been true to your calling...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Graf - Carmichael, CA

94 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr marvin Bonner

“May you rest in peace loved your ministry ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Marvin Bonner the father of hymns - MI

“prayer for the family and he will be miss be many ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: glenda glover - abilene, KS

“Heaven is rejoicing..admired him so much...peace be with the family.. ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenda Henderson - Wilmington, NC

98 of 100+ | Posted by: Lois Roberts - Conway, SC

“Your words profoundly affected my life: when I was younger, they honed my ultimate decision for a relationship with the Lord Jesus AND when I was in...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Jan Roestamadji - Arcanum, OH

“I was in Milwaukee at one of your crusades. What power in your words. God never leaves us. Put God first. I will be missing your crusades. ...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Joyce McCaughn - Green Bay, WI

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 21, 2018—Evangelist Billy Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99.

Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books.

Born Nov. 7, 1918, four days before the armistice ended World War I, William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. grew up during the Depression and developed a work ethic that would carry him through decades of ministry on six continents.

"I have one message: that Jesus Christ came, he died on a cross, he rose again, and he asked us to repent of our sins and receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we have forgiveness of all of our sins," said Graham at his final Crusade in June 2005 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York.

While Graham's primary focus was to take this message to the world, he also provided spiritual counsel to presidents, championed desegregation, and was a voice of hope and guidance in times of trial. In 2001, he comforted his country and the world when he spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. At three global conferences held in Amsterdam (1983, 1986, 2000), Graham gathered some 23,000 evangelists from 208 countries and territories to train them to carry the message of Jesus Christ around the world.

During the week of his 95th birthday in 2013, Graham delivered his final message via more than 480 television stations across the U.S. and Canada. More than 26,000 churches participated in this My Hope project, making it the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's largest evangelistic outreach ever in North America.

Preferred Baseball to Religion

Graham, a country boy turned world evangelist, who prayed with every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama, was raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte. Back then, "Billy Frank," as he was called, preferred baseball to religion. "I detested going to church," he said when recalling his youth.

But in 1934, that changed. At a revival led by traveling evangelist Mordecai Fowler Ham, 15-year-old Graham committed his life to serving Jesus Christ. No one was more surprised than Graham himself.

"I was opposed to evangelism," he said. "But finally, I was persuaded by a friend [to go to a meeting]…and the spirit of God began to speak to me as I went back night after night. One night, when the invitation was given to accept Jesus, I just said, 'Lord, I'm going.' I knew I was headed in a new direction."

Several years later, Graham's "new direction" led him to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida), and later, Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, where he met fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of medical missionaries in China. The couple graduated and married in the summer of 1943. Mr. and Mrs. Graham and their five children made their home in the mountains of North Carolina. They were married for 64 years before Ruth's death in 2007.

After two years of traveling as a speaker for the Youth for Christ organization, Billy Graham held his first official evangelistic Crusade in 1947; but it was his 1949 Los Angeles Crusade that captured the nation's attention. Originally scheduled to run for three weeks, the "tent meetings" were extended for a total of eight weeks as hundreds of thousands of men, women and children gathered to hear Graham's messages.

On the heels of this campaign, Graham started the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which was incorporated in 1950. Since 2000, Graham's son, Franklin, has led the Charlotte-based organization, which employs some 500 people worldwide.

Billy Graham may be best known, however, for his evangelistic missions or "Crusades." He believed God knew no borders or nationalities. Throughout his career, Graham preached to millions in locations from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Zagorsk, Russia; and from Wellington, New Zealand to the National Cathedral in Washington. In 1973, Graham addressed more than one million people crowded into Yoido Plaza in Seoul, South Korea—the largest live audience of his Crusades.

Breaking Down Barriers

Preaching in Johannesburg in 1973, Graham said, "Christ belongs to all people. He belongs to the whole world.…I reject any creed based on hate…Christianity is not a white man's religion, and don't let anybody ever tell you that it's white or black."

Graham spoke to people of all ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds. Early in his career, he denounced racism when desegregation was not popular. Before the U.S. Supreme Court banned discrimination on a racial basis, Graham held desegregated Crusades, even in the Deep South. He declined invitations to speak in South Africa for 20 years, choosing instead to wait until the meetings could be integrated. Integration occurred in 1973, and only then did Graham make the trip to South Africa.

A 1977 trip to communist-led Hungary opened doors for Graham to conduct preaching missions in virtually every country of the former Eastern Bloc (including the Soviet Union), as well as China and North Korea.

Graham authored 34 books, including his memoir, Just As I Am (Harper Collins, 1997), which remained on The New York Times best-seller list for 18 weeks.

In 1996, Graham and his wife, Ruth, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a private citizen. He was also listed by Gallup as one of the "Ten Most Admired Men" 61 times—including 55 consecutive years (except 1976, when the question was not asked). Graham was cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations and by the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith.

Throughout his life, Graham was faithful to his calling, which will be captured in the inscription to be placed on his grave marker: Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"There were a few times when I thought I was dying, and I saw my whole life come before me…" said Graham