- Shelia Poole The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has released detail on the memorial events for the famed pastor. He died early Wednesday at 99.
At 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, a motorcade will depart the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C., and is expected to arrive in Charlotte by about 2:20 p.m.
At 3 p.m. that day, there will be an arrival ceremony in front of the Billy Graham Library.
On Monday and Tuesday, Graham’s body will lie in repose inside the Graham Family homeplace on the Billy Graham Library grounds. His casket will remain closed, according to the association’s website.
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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, 7100 Forest Point Blvd., a few miles from the Billy Graham Library and at the Charlotte Business Valet, Lot 2 at 5613 Wilkinson Blvd. Free public shuttle buses will run continually from these lots to and from the Graham Family homeplace.
Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Feb. 28-March 1.
A private funeral service will be held March 2. 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.
Graham was born to Frank and Morrow Graham on a farm near Charlotte on Nov. 7, 1918. The future preacher made his own trip to the altar in a traveling revival tent at age 16 to the strains of “Almost Persuaded,” according to biographer William Martin. Legend says that earlier that year members of the Charlotte Christian Men’s Club had stood in Frank Graham’s field and prayed that God would anoint someone from Charlotte to preach the gospel to the ends of the Earth.