PHOTOS: Memories of former president George H.W. Bush with the Grahams

Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday at his home in Houston, Texas. During his presidency, Billy Graham counseled him and they became friends.

The nation mourns at news of former President George H.W. Bush’s passing Friday night at his home in Houston, Texas. The 41st President of the United States was 94. In this photo, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter join Billy Graham and Franklin Graham at the dedication service of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 31, 2007.

George H.W. Bush, former president of the United States and a good friend of the Graham family, has passed away just seven months after Barbara, his beloved wife of 73 years. President Bush was 94 years old.

The Graham and Bush families became close friends over the years, and President Bush’s son George W. Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States, credits Billy Graham with leading him to Christ.

Franklin Graham posted this message on Saturday morning:

“Our deepest condolences to the family of George H.W. Bush who passed away late yesterday at the age of 94. President and Mrs. Bush were very close friends of my parents and our family through the years. He represented the presidency when politics in our country was more civil. He was a man of character who served our nation during war and led our nation during peace. He was a man of many accomplishments, but one of the greatest was his family—two sons to serve as governors and one to follow as president of our nation. Our prayers are with the entire Bush family.”

In 1991, Billy Graham was called upon to join George H.W. Bush and his wife the day the Gulf War began. Mr. Graham offered to pray with the Bushes before President Bush shared the news of the war in a speech to the American people. The next day, at President Bush’s request, Mr. Graham agreed to hold a prayer service for the cabinet, some of the congressional leaders and several hundred Marines at Fort Myer.

Billy Graham reflected on this event and the strong faith of President Bush in his book Just As I Am:

“The next morning, after his sternly uncompromising television announcement the night before, the president of the United States knelt before the Lord in a chapel at Fort Myer.”

Please keep the Bush family in your prayers during this time of mourning.

Billy Graham talks with then Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1986. Every U.S. president since World War II has met with Billy Graham.
When President George H.W. Bush was inaugurated on January 20, 1989, Billy Graham delivered the prayer.
Close family friends, Billy and Ruth Graham visited with President Bush and first lady Barbara Bush, with President Bush’s mother, Dorothy, at Kennebunkport, Maine, in the early 1990s.
President George H.W. Bush speaks at the dedication service of the Billy Graham Library. The 41st president had a deep faith in Jesus Christ. In the book Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador, Billy Graham says of the president: “He says straight out that he has received Christ as his Savior, that he is a born-again believer, and that he reads the Bible daily.”
Billy Graham, Franklin Graham and President George H.W. Bush at the Metroplex Mission with Billy Graham in Dallas, Texas, on October 17, 2002.
The Bush and Graham families often vacationed together. Here, Billy Graham rides with President George H.W. Bush in his boat off the coast of Maine in 1989. The two men enjoyed fishing together.
Franklin Graham greets former President Bush in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the day of the dedication service of the Billy Graham Library on May 31, 2007.
Billy Graham and Franklin Graham visiting with Vice President George H.W. Bush at Mr. Bush’s home in 1986.
Billy and Ruth Graham greeting President George H.W. Bush with Secretary of State Jim Baker in 1989.
Former President George H.W. Bush (right) joins Billy Graham and Franklin Graham at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two families became close friends over the years as Bush was in the White House from 1981-1993, serving as vice president to President Ronald Reagan the first eight years before serving a single term as president.
Franklin Graham guides former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush on The Journey of Faith tour at the Billy Graham Library in 2007. Please be in prayer for the Bush family.