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Thousands say goodbye to Rev. Billy Graham at Charlotte funeral service

Rev. Blly Graham (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands were in Charlotte on Friday to say goodbye to Rev. Billy Graham.

The private funeral service was held at noon in a tent outside the Billy Graham Library. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the funeral and were escorted by Graham’s grandson, a Major in the United States Army.

Graham, known to many as America’s pastor, passed away just before 8 a.m. on Feb. 21 from natural causes at his family home in Montreat just outside of  Asheville.

The minister will be buried next to his wife, Ruth, on the property. His coffin, a plain, pine casket, was built by inmates at the Louisiana state prison.

Graham’s headstone will read: “Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

See the complete funeral program here.

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Members of the media set up for Billy Graham’s funeral. — FOX8 photojournalist Chris Weaver.

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Photos by FOX8 photojournalist Chris Weaver

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Photo by FOX8 Photojournalist Chris Weaver

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Hayworth Christian students watching Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral

Photo by FOX8’s Natalie Wilson

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Rev. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, is giving the eulogy now at http://myfox8.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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