MONTREAT, N.C. — William “Billy” Graham Jr. passed away on Tuesday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, he was 99.
Many around the country, and the world, honored Graham after hearing the news of his passing, including some here in South Carolina.
“The world lost a true follower of Christ with the physical passing of Rev. Billy Graham. His passion and dedication to lead the world in accepting the Christian faith in Christ was unparalleled. Rev. Graham will be missed by those of us left behind, however his teachings will be remembered for a lifetime,” said Congressman Ralph Norman.
“I’m saddened to hear of Rev. Billy Graham’s passing this morning. His ministry of spreading the good news of the Gospel touched millions of people across the globe. Although his passing is a tremendous loss for our nation and the world, I know he is rejoicing with his Lord and Savior today in Heaven,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan.
“My family and I are heartbroken by the loss of Mr. Billy Graham, an inspirational Christian man who helped so many people find Jesus Christ. He meant very much to me personally, and the world is just a bit darker now that he is gone. When the House of Representatives adjourns today, we will do so in his memory,” said Rep. Rick Martin.
“Billy Graham was a pastor to presidents and a guiding light for millions of Americans for more than half a century. He will be missed on Earth, and embraced in Heaven,” Senator Tim Scott said on Twitter.
According to billygraham.org, Graham was ordained in 1939 by Peniel Baptist Church, in Palatka, Fla. In 1943 he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and married fellow student, Ruth McCue Bell.
During the Los Angeles Crusade in 1949, Graham was launched into international prominence. The Crusade was scheduled for three weeks, but the meeting was extended to more than eight weeks, with an overflow of crowds filling a tent erected downtown each night.
He has preached all over the world, in remote villages and major metropolitan areas. Graham’s counsel has been sought by multiple presidents.
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