Thousands of admirers and spectators flocked Asheville, North Carolina in the United States to watch the funeral procession and pay tribute to the late Reverend Billy Graham on Saturday. Billy Graham who was often referred to as "America's Pastor" passed away Wednesday at the age of 99. Reverand Graham's body was driven out of his Christian Training Center in Ashville and arrived this afternoon at his library in Charlotte.
Then Graham's body will be taken to Washington where it will lie in honor in the US Capitol Wednesday and Thursday, before being brought back to Charlotte.
His funeral will take place Friday in front of the Billy Graham Library. A motorcade leads the funeral procession in Asheville, North Carolina.
A spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said the motorcade made a planned stop Saturday in the town of Hildebran, 61 miles (98 kilometers) northwest of its destination at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Leighton Ford, the evangelist's brother-in-law, said the procession brought gratitude and tinge of sadness. People took pictures with their cell phones as the procession went through Black Mountain. "I remember at his last stadium meeting here in Charlotte, the mayor of Charlotte told us he was writing out the platform of Billy, and everybody was cheering, and Billy said, 'Wait a minute".
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One of the members, Steve Spencer said, "It's sad to lose such a man, but you know there was such a celebration in heaven going on".
Asked if there would ever be another force like his, she replied: "I doubt it". It's not about us. His coffin was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, who typically construct caskets for fellow prisoners who can not afford one. A viewing will be held at the library in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday.
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Graham's funeral on Friday will be attended by around 2,300 people, include Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and all living former presidents of the US.
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