Billy Graham’s Motorcade Procession Draws Thousands

By   •   February 24, 2018

motorcade leaving Asheville
People lined up along the road as Billy Graham's hearse left the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C., on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning, Billy Graham’s casket left the in Asheville, North Carolina, and made its way toward the in his hometown of Charlotte. The motorcade took about three-and-a-half hours to make the 130-mile journey from the mountains to the city, traveling along I-40 East, U.S.-321 South and I-85 North.

Motorcade Route

Maps of Saturday’s route

OverviewBlack MountainCharlotte

Crowds of people lined the streets as the motorcade passed through Black Mountain shortly after departing from The Cove. The hearse traveled up State Street between Craigmont Road and I-40. It passed Town Hardware, formerly Black Mountain Drugstore, a place Billy and Ruth Graham used to frequent. Billy Graham often rode his horse there from his home in Montreat just a couple of miles away.

Just behind Town Hardware, Cherry Street dead-ends at the railroad tracks where the Black Mountain train station used to be. In the 1950s, Billy often boarded trains to Washington or New York at the Black Mountain train station, then flew out from one of those cities to preach internationally.

Billy Graham at the Black Mountain train station, which the motorcade passed on Saturday. He often took the train to bigger cities where he would then board a plane to make a preaching engagement.

Around 2:20 p.m., the motorcade arrived in Charlotte and went through uptown before reaching the Billy Graham Library.

The motorcade passed another notable site at the intersection of South Boulevard and West Boulevard. The vehicles paused briefly in front of Grace Covenant Church, formerly Chalmers Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which was five miles from Billy Graham’s childhood home. Billy Graham and his family were members of this church during his childhood and teen years. Church bells rang out as the hearse stopped there.

Billy Graham, second from left, graduating from the beginners department of Chalmers Memorial Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 1, 1924. The motorcade will pass what’s now known as Grace Covenant Church.

Other Memorial Events

Billy Graham will lie in repose at the Billy Graham Homeplace, on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27. He will at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1.

A private funeral service will be held on Friday, March 2, in Charlotte. Billy Graham will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, in the Prayer Garden at the Billy Graham Library.

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  1. Gloria Okwuosa says:

    Thank you, sir, for leaving the world better than you met it. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord Jesus, Whom you loved and served.

  2. Shirley Arrowood says:

    I read where Rev. Billy only wanted one word on his tombstone, “Preacher.” My one word would be “faithful.”

    1. Corinna says:

      “Faithful Preacher” 🙂

  3. sherry says:

    I have been praying for the family. Praise God that Billy Graham is now home with Jesus. Amen.

  4. Jeanet Towne says:

    He will be greatly missed.

  5. Tracy Zentz says:

    There is no greater solace than knowing our loved one is in the presence of The Lord. Thank you, Billy Graham and family, for your steadfast service and Love for the Lord. God is calling His people home.

  6. Sandra Crumpton says:

    Rev. Graham was a very important part of my life. Just to hear Rev. Graham say, “God loves you” would make me smile. I enjoyed his sermons and grew from them in my life. Rev. Graham is a true and faithful servant of God. I sure am glad I got to share in his work for God. Peace and blessings to the Graham family. I loved Rev. Graham.

  7. Deborah Gustafson says:

    Prayers for God’s comfort as Mr. Graham’s family mourns their loss, but rejoices he is home with his Savior Jesus.

  8. Robin Jennings says:

    I’ve never known any man of God who preached of God’s love, forgiveness and acceptance. I hear in my conscious mind, “Jesus loves you,” in his voice. I praise God for calling Dr. Graham, and I love him for answering the call.

  9. Darlene Hylton says:

    My family loved Billy Graham’s life! I think he was the greatest preacher in my life of 67 years!

  10. Kay Vardaro says:

    Your preachings and teachings have guided and inspired me my entire life. When watching your events on television I would always sing Just As I am along with your choir. Your love for Jesus was real and pure. HE chose you and you served HIM well.