Billy Graham’s Daughter Brings Funeral Attendees To Tears With Emotional Story About Her Father’s Forgiveness

On Friday, Reverend Billy Graham was laid to rest one week after he passed away in his North Carolina home at the age of 99.

The funeral to honor the pastor and international icon was attended by President Trump, First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence and his wife Karen, Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd, several politicians across the US, several pastors from around the world, Christian musicians and hundreds of other dignitaries.


His children spoke during the funeral, sharing emotional moments and some humorous memories.

Eldest Gigi Graham, 72 –

“I’m the eldest. I tell people that I don’t want to be called the oldest or the eldest in the family,” she said, according to WBTV. “I want to be called the one that Daddy loved the longest.”

Anne Graham Lotz, 69 –

“I believe, from Heaven’s perspective, that my father’s death is as significant as his life. And his life was very significant. But I think when he died that was something very strategic from Heaven’s point of view,” she said, according to ABC News. “I believe God is saying: ‘Wake up church! Wake up world!'”

“I will preach the word. I will do the work of an Evangelist and preach the gospel….I love you, daddy,” Lotz also said, per KFVS 12.

Ruth Graham, 67 –

Ned Graham, 60 –

Franklin Graham, 65, gave the main address of the funeral –

“My father preached on heaven, told millions how to find heaven, he wrote a book about heaven, and today he’s in heaven,” he said, per LA Times. “His journey is complete.”

And, “The Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in the big stadiums was the same Billy Graham that we saw at home. There weren’t two Billy Grahams.”

Per CNN:

“Just a few days ago, my father followed Jesus all the way to heaven,” Franklin Graham said of his father, who died February 21. “How about you, if this were your funeral, would you be in heaven?”

The noontime service, in many ways Graham’s final crusade, was streamed live online from Charlotte, North Carolina. Franklin Graham said there was “no better place” than at his father’s funeral for viewers to convert to Christianity.

“The world with all of its political correctness would lead you to believe that many roads lead to God, but that’s just not true. Jesus is the only way,” he said.

Here’s more:

Pastor Donald J. Wilton –

“He loved the Bible,” he said via CNN. “It governed how he lived, and it governed how he died.”


Billy Kim –

Ahead of the service, television host Kathie Lee Gifford spoke of Graham and her faith, via Washington Post, “It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship. I’m not a big fan of religion. I’ve seen religion do an awful lot of evil in this world. But Jesus didn’t. And Jesus did nothing but love people and teach them that God loved them just as they were and had a hope and a plan for them and a future.”

Check out the full funeral service below:

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