Billy Graham 'would wish to be remembered as a preacher,' son says

Billy Graham, famous for evangelizing crusades around a universe and conversing U.S. presidents, always remembered his common roots, his son Franklin Graham pronounced Thursday.

“He would wish to be remembered as a preacher,” Graham pronounced in an disdainful talk on NBC’s “Today” Thursday.

“When my mom upheld away, we knew what she wanted on her tombstone, so we asked my father — so there wouldn’t be any evidence among us children — we asked him, ‘Daddy, what do we wish to be on your tombstone?’ And he suspicion about that and he said, ‘Preacher,’” Graham said.

“That’s what’s going to be on his tombstone: Preacher.”



Billy Graham died on Wednesday morning during age 99. He achieved a strech distinct any other evangelist, portion as a advisor or apportion to a dozen U.S. presidents.

Franklin Graham pronounced when he listened a news of his father’s genocide he was in disbelief, yet not out of grief.

“I kinda chuckled since my father pronounced years ago, ‘When we hear that Billy Graham is passed don’t we trust it for a second’,” Graham said. “He said: ‘I’ll be some-more alive than ever before.’”

“We glory since his pang is over and he is in God’s presence.”

He also pronounced he and his family never saw his father as a opposite person, even yet he was worshiped around a universe and preached to an estimated 215 million people in 185 countries during his life, with his summary reaching millions some-more as he confirmed a near-constant participation on radio, radio and a internet.

“The Billy Graham that a universe saw on TV or saw on a large shade was a same Billy Graham we saw during home. He wasn’t dual people,” he said.

“My father was a really common person. He never saw himself as a celebrity, he only always saw himself as a plantation child from Mecklenburg County.”



Graham’s physique will arrive during a Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville on Thursday. On Saturday, a private family request use will take place and a motorcade will ride a physique to a Billy Graham domicile in Charlotte, Graham orator Mark DeMoss said.

The physique will distortion in repose during a Graham Family Homeplace with a sealed box from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on during slightest Monday and Tuesday yet that could be extended, he said. The private wake use will be hold on Mar 2 underneath a tent in front of a Billy Graham Library.

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