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And most of all, to Graham, Friday's goodbye marks an end only to his earthly journey.

Graham will be buried next to his wife in a memorial prayer garden at the library, with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

The funeral planning began a decade ago with Billy Graham himself.

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"Amazing Grace" played by bagpipes concluded the service.

The eulogy was preceded by memories of "America's Pastor" that were shared by Graham's sister, Jean Ford, as well as his children - Virginia "Gigi" Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, and Ned Graham. Both directions of the parkway are shut down between South Tryon Street and Tyvola Road.

"The Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in the big stadiums, was the same Billy Graham that we saw at home", Franklin said.

Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 26-27 - Public visitation was held at The Graham Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

The friendship, encouragement, counsel and support that Wilton offered as pastor was one of the ways Graham modeled what he believed it meant to live a Christian life.

Pastor Fanklin Graham delivers a sermon during a. "I am looking forward to seeing God face to face". It was followed by a rendition of the gospel song "Until Then", and a welcome message from one of Graham's confidants.

Nixon and Graham were personal friends, but Graham did not visit in the past year of his presidency.

The setting evoked the "canvas cathedral" - two circus tents pitched together in Los Angeles in 1949 - to shelter the thousands of people who came to watch Graham preach, according to the Billy Graham Library. Dr. Donald Wilton and Dr. David Bruce will speak during Graham's interment.

The Rev. Billy Graham's casket has been brought into a tent filled with mourners to start his funeral service. His pine plywood casket was made by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

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Other esteemed guests at Rev. Ruth Graham's funeral in 2007 also included a bagpipe recessional. "You don't want to embarrass your father, but you really don't want to embarrass Billy Graham".

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence confirmed their attendance, along with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, former Governor Pat McCrory, and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. While neither Trump nor Pence spoke at the service, they met privately with the family beforehand. The tent is so large that trees had to be removed in the parking lot where it was erected to make room for it in front of the library.

But as time went on, their meetings took on more of an intimate talk about matters spiritual, but also personal.

The late Evangelical Reverend Billy Graham will be laid to rest Friday afternoon at a private funeral service.

Rev. Graham was brought home to Charlotte Thursday after he lay in honor inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Wednesday.

The elder Graham died last week at age 99.

Famous mourners from the world of music, television and evangelism are arriving ahead of the funeral for the Rev. Billy Graham in North Carolina.

Gifford told reporters that Graham always remained humble through his faith. The Grahams made their home in Montreat, N.C., about 20 miles east of Asheville. At 10 a.m., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will begin a live stream leading up to the service.

He spread the Gospel to more people than has ever been recorded.

He was the only one of six living presidents to attend the ceremony, although all of them issued statements honoring the late reverend.

Standing behind the same pulpit his father preached behind on many of his crusades in the 1990s, Franklin Graham delivered a powerful message eulogizing his father.

Although Trump attended a 2013 birthday celebration for the then-95-year-old Graham, by the time Trump took office, Graham was keeping a lower profile, reports The Associated Press, and it is his son, William Franklin Graham III, who has the closer relationship with the president.