The late Reverend Billy Graham, spearhead of an evangelical Christian movement that touched millions worldwide and who provided spiritual counsel to several United States presidents, returned to his North Carolina home for good on Friday.
The 90-minute funeral was scheduled to also include remarks from Graham's five adult children and pastors from the South and around the world. The service was streamed live online.
"My father would not be comfortable with all of the attention in the Rotunda today", Franklin Graham, 65, tweeted after the rare salute this week from political leaders to a religious one.
Graham also has said he can separate the conduct of the thrice-married Mr. Trump before he was president from the Mr. Trump who now occupies the White House.
Trump said Wednesday that as a boy he saw Graham preach one of a series of sermons at Yankee Stadium in 1957, the closing rally of the New York Crusade.
"The private ceremony and interment will be held after the funeral service, at the foot of the cross-shaped Prayer Garden on the northeast side of the Billy Graham Library", the release said. The elder Graham died last week at age 99.
His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of the Reverend Billy Graham, and he offers heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.
Famed southern gospel group the Gaither Vocal Band sang the traditional Christian hymn "Because He Lives", one of Rev. But I think when he died that was something very strategic from Heaven's point of view", said his daughter Anne Graham Lotz, later adding: "I believe God is saying: 'Wake up church!
Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived shortly after 11 am EST Friday.
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Graham's sister Jean Ford, 85, eulogized her brother shortly after a private meeting with the Trumps and Pences at the Billy Graham Library, where Graham will be buried.
Bob Zook said what he valued most about Graham was â€œthe unbridled joy he had, the joy he had in delivering the Word.â€.
"The Billy Graham that the world saw on TV, and in the big stadiums, is the same Billy Graham we saw at home".
Among the statements issued by former presidents, one from George H.W. Bush noted Graham's role as an adviser not only to presidents but also to their families.
The casket was a simple wooden box that was constructed by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Still, loved ones said Graham saw himself as a humble preacher who would have been embarrassed by such fanfare.
Trump eulogized Graham earlier this week during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, where Graham's body lay in honor in the Rotunda.
The world-renowned evangelist is credited with inspiring more than 3 million people to commit their lives to Christ in a ministry that spanned 185 of the world's 195 countries, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.