PHOTOS: Evangelist’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those who knew him

Millions have been influenced by the life of Billy Graham. See some of those who honored his life while attending his funeral on March 2, 2018.

Of the 2,300 guests who attended Billy Graham's funeral on Friday, March 2, many knew him personally, including Grammy award-winning Christian artist Michael W. Smith. He has been a longtime friend of Mr. Graham's and has performed at many of Franklin Graham's Festivals. In recent years, Mr. Graham talked with him a lot about heaven. In turn, he wrote a song called “Take Me Home,” inspired by Mr. Graham’s longing for eternity. The song is a conversation Mr. Graham might have had with Jesus when he went to his eternal home on Feb. 21.
Of the 2,300 guests who attended Billy Graham’s funeral on Friday, March 2, many knew him personally, including Grammy award-winning Christian artist Michael W. Smith. He has been a longtime friend of Mr. Graham’s and has performed at many of Franklin Graham’s Festivals. In recent years, Mr. Graham talked with him a lot about heaven. In turn, he wrote a song called “Take Me Home,” inspired by Mr. Graham’s longing for eternity. The song is a conversation Mr. Graham might have had with Jesus when he went to his eternal home on Feb. 21.
"He preached to millions, but he was kind to me, just one woman,” NBC Today host Kathie Lee Gifford said. "I’ll have eternal life because Billy was faithful to his calling.” At Billy Graham's 95th birthday party, she shared: "I’m grateful to God for not just allowing me to know Billy and to come to the Lord through him, but for the chance to become his friend.”
“He preached to millions, but he was kind to me, just one woman,” NBC Today host Kathie Lee Gifford said. “I’ll have eternal life because Billy was faithful to his calling.” At Billy Graham’s 95th birthday party, she shared: “I’m grateful to God for not just allowing me to know Billy and to come to the Lord through him, but for the chance to become his friend.”
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, attended the funeral to pay their respects to the Graham family in honor of the man who was often called the "Pastor to Presidents."
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, attended the funeral to pay their respects to the Graham family in honor of the man who was often called the “Pastor to Presidents.”
Dr. Don Wilton served as Mr. Graham’s pastor and was a close friend the past several years. Dr. Wilton said, "[Billy Graham] didn’t just talk about the love of God, he lived it in the very fabric of his being."
Dr. Don Wilton served as Mr. Graham’s pastor and was a close friend the past several years. Dr. Wilton said, “[Billy Graham] didn’t just talk about the love of God, he lived it in the very fabric of his being.”
All 19 of Billy and Ruth Graham's grandchildren remember the well-known evangelist as their beloved grandfather.
All 19 of Billy and Ruth Graham’s grandchildren remember the well-known evangelist as their beloved grandfather.
Franklin Graham talks with His Grace Archbishop Mar Aprim Khamis and His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of All America (middle) and Canada Archbishop of Washington, Orthodox Church in America (right).
Franklin Graham talks with His Grace Archbishop Mar Aprim Khamis and His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of All America (middle) and Canada Archbishop of Washington, Orthodox Church in America (right).
Vice President Mike Pence expresses his condolences to Franklin Graham.
Vice President Mike Pence expresses his condolences to Franklin Graham.
Longtime Crusade pianist John Innes played a medley of worship songs before the funeral.
Longtime Crusade pianist John Innes played a medley of worship songs before the funeral.
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias shares how his ministry started due to Billy Graham requesting him to speak at a BGEA conference. “It opened up the globe to me. … He changed my life," Ravi said. "The fact of the matter is he wanted this to be beyond one person because the message is greater than the instrument—the message of Christ."
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias shares how his ministry started due to Billy Graham requesting him to speak at a BGEA conference. “It opened up the globe to me. … He changed my life,” Ravi said. “The fact of the matter is he wanted this to be beyond one person because the message is greater than the instrument—the message of Christ.”
Ricky Skaggs shares some of his last memories of Mr. Graham. During their final visit, the American country and bluegrass singer was asked to read Scripture instead of sing. Mr. Graham lit up when Skaggs began to read and said, “Praise the Lord.”
Ricky Skaggs shares some of his last memories of Mr. Graham. During their final visit, the American country and bluegrass singer was asked to read Scripture instead of sing. Mr. Graham lit up when Skaggs began to read and said, “Praise the Lord.”
“It’s so wonderful to see how he develops his every message around the cross," Jordan missionary Aileen Coleman said. "And we know without the cross, we’ve got nothing to offer people.”
“It’s so wonderful to see how he develops his every message around the cross,” Jordan missionary Aileen Coleman said. “And we know without the cross, we’ve got nothing to offer people.”
Dr. Don Wilton and Michael W. Smith, who participated in Mr. Graham's funeral and interment service, have both enjoyed the friendship of Billy Graham. Dr. Wilton said at Mr. Graham's interment service: "Thank you, Mr. Graham. Thank you for teaching us. Thank you for showing us. Thank you for living this life out for us. Thank you for loving us."
Dr. Don Wilton and Michael W. Smith, who participated in Mr. Graham’s funeral and interment service, have both enjoyed the friendship of Billy Graham. Dr. Wilton said at Mr. Graham’s interment service: “Thank you, Mr. Graham. Thank you for teaching us. Thank you for showing us. Thank you for living this life out for us. Thank you for loving us.”