(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE USA TODAY NEWSPAPER)
ASHEVILLE – World-renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham’s body is being brought to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of a procession drawing crowds of well-wishers.
The motorcade carrying Graham began at around 11 a.m. Saturday at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville. At least eight black SUVs and a hearse are a part of the transport.
About 250 family, friends and staffers attended a private prayer service earlier this morning. Onlookers lined the road, some with one hand holding their phones for a picture and the other hand over their heart.
Graham died Feb. 21 at his mountain home in Montreat, North Carolina. He is to be buried at the Billy Graham Library March 2, but his body will first lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington next week.