Billy Graham's motorcade draws faithful in North Carolina

Brian Hall  WFMY News 2

Crowds lined the streets as a motorcade carrying the body of the Rev Billy Graham passed through his home state of North Carolina in a running tribute to "America's Pastor".

The Bush family will visit with the Graham family and pay their respects to the evangelical leader at the Graham Family Homeplace. It will be a tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that made Graham famous, said family spokesman Mark DeMoss.

The procession consisted of the hearse, eight SUV's with Graham's family and funeral staff, eight North Carolina Highway Patrol motorcycles and five other vehicles. Graham often shopped in Black Mountain, next to the community of Montreat where he maintained his home. His coffin was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, who typically construct caskets for fellow prisoners who can not afford one. Viewing will be open to the public from 8 10 p.m. each day.

There's no checklist for acts of heroism, or criteria for services provided to the nation that permits citizens to lie in state or honor within the U.S. Capitol.

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A ceremonial procession for evangelist Billy Graham moved from Asheville to Charlotte, North Carolina, as spectators snapped pictures along the route.

On Friday, President Trump eulogized Graham at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the border of D.C. About 2,000 people are expected at the private, invitation-only funeral.

It is not known what time the former President will be at the library, but it is likely the Bush's will be allowed some private time in the room where Graham will lie in repose.

Live updates of the funeral will be aired on WBTV.

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