Billy Graham is laid to rest

Evangelist Billy Graham, who preached to millions around the world in a 70-year career, will be laid to rest on Friday in his native North Carolina following a funeral service that will draw thousands of mourners including President Donald Trump.

The service for Graham, who died on Feb. 21 at age 99, comes after he lay in honor at the U.S. Capitol in recognition of a clergyman who counseled presidents and was the first noted evangelist to take his message to the Soviet bloc.

Graham will later be buried in a pine coffin made by Louisiana prison inmates next to his late wife, Ruth, at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, organizers said.

The 90-minute funeral service is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. EST. It will be held at a library parking lot under a tent emblematic of Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles revival under canvas that marked his breakthrough as an evangelist. (Reuters)

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<p>Pastor Billy Graham speaks during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C.(Photo: John Bazemore/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Pastor Billy Graham speaks during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C.(Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

<p>The casket of The Rev. Billy Graham is moved during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

The casket of The Rev. Billy Graham is moved during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

<p>The casket is carried during the funeral service for U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Chris Keane/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

The casket is carried during the funeral service for U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Chris Keane/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, and wife Karen Pence arrive ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, and wife Karen Pence arrive ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP)

<p>Sisters of Billy Graham, Jean Ford and Virginia Graham embrace during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Sisters of Billy Graham, Jean Ford and Virginia Graham embrace during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

<p>The casket of The Rev. Billy Graham is moved during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

The casket of The Rev. Billy Graham is moved during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

<p>Into high winds, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step from Air Force One to attend the funeral of Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Into high winds, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step from Air Force One to attend the funeral of Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>An attendee holds a program while awaiting the start of funeral service for evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

An attendee holds a program while awaiting the start of funeral service for evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>A worker prepares the stage near the Billy Graham Library before the start of the funeral for evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

A worker prepares the stage near the Billy Graham Library before the start of the funeral for evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>Russian Orthodox priests father Ioann Kopeykin and father Philaret Bulekov (R), both from Moscow, arrive to attend the funeral service for U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Russian Orthodox priests father Ioann Kopeykin and father Philaret Bulekov (R), both from Moscow, arrive to attend the funeral service for U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, center speaks to mourners ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: Chuck Burton/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, center speaks to mourners ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: Chuck Burton/AP)

<p>Kathie Lee Gifford speaks to media ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: Chuck Burton/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Kathie Lee Gifford speaks to media ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: Chuck Burton/AP)

<p>Attendees await the start of funeral service for U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Attendees await the start of funeral service for U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>India and Greg Keith, family friends of the Grahams, pray before the funeral service for the late U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

India and Greg Keith, family friends of the Grahams, pray before the funeral service for the late U.S. evangelist Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>The Billy Graham Library is seen in the background as people are silhouetted as they arrive for the funeral service for the late U.S. evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

The Billy Graham Library is seen in the background as people are silhouetted as they arrive for the funeral service for the late U.S. evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>The burial site for evangelist Billy Graham lies in wait for his casket before the start of his funeral at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

The burial site for evangelist Billy Graham lies in wait for his casket before the start of his funeral at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>Police officers stand guard in front of the Billy Graham Library before the start of the funeral for evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

Police officers stand guard in front of the Billy Graham Library before the start of the funeral for evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>A program is seen ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP) </p>
Billy Graham is laid to rest

A program is seen ahead of a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

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