Kathy Lee Gifford, Joel Osteen, Rudy Giuliani and other notables at Billy Graham's funeral
The Rev. Gerald Durley, pastor emeritus at Atlanta’s Providence Missionary Baptist Church and one of co-chairs of Graham's 1994 Atlanta Crusade, arrived hours early for the service and said he'd met visitors from Japan, India and Australia.
“The love I’m seeing shows me we really have to get back to the single message of love in this country,” Durley said. “There are people here from all over the world.”
The Rev. Henry Holley of Marietta, who worked with Graham for decades helping to organize crusades, also attended. After the service he was among the many who lined up for a moment with Graham's children including Anne Graham Lotz. A prolific author and evangelist, Lotz said during the service that her father would often ask her to read the Bible to him.
"He loved to hear God’s word," she said. "I would always end by saying, 'Daddy I love you.'"
Daughter Ruth Graham shared a powerful story. After her divorce, she drove to her parents' home and when she arrived, her father was standing in the driveway, waiting to welcome her with open arms.
"My father was not God, but he showed me what God is like that day," she said.
Graham's only surviving sister, Jean Ford, spoke early in the service.
"On Feb. 21 Heaven came down and took my brother from me," she said. "One day Heaven will come down for me. I know what he would want me to say: Heaven is coming again, and would like to take you, also."