Evangelist Billy Graham brought his crusade to Tyler in 1953

Evangelist Billy Graham preaching the gospel during the Upper Midwest Crusade in St. Paul Minn. on July 13,1973

He got the nickname, "America's Pastor" because of his service to United States presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

"Billy Graham was America's pastor".

He made a rare public appearance in 2010 for the re-dedication event of the renovated Billy Graham Library despite significant vision and hearing loss.

"I was privileged to have him as a personal friend", Bush said in a statement. His love for Christ and his gentle soul helped open hearts to the Word, including mine. As an adviser to presidents from Henry Truman to George W. Bush, Graham goes down as the Lincoln Bedroom's most frequent occupant, according to Grant Wacker, a Duke University historian and author of, "America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation".

Graham died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, aged 99, a spokesperson for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.

His son Franklin Graham, the president of his father's namesake association, posted on Twitter that his father had "departed this world into eternal life".

The Rev. Billy Graham is shown preaching to 24,000 people in Tacoma's New Dome Stadium on May 16, 1983, in Tacoma, Wash. "He had an enormous influence on my own spiritual life, and I was pleased to count Reverend Graham among my advisors and friends".

"She nearly has a crush on him, at one point telling Prince Philip, 'I think he's rather handsome, ' the rare moment she can make her husband jealous", Halleman writes. "This morning, as he arrived at the heavenly shores, I'm sure he heard, 'Welcome home, Billy'". He will be missed by Christians and all religions. "While we mourn, I am convinced he very much looked forward to this day when he finally met his Savior face to face".

In 2002 Graham apologized after the release of secretly recorded tapes from 1972 in which he and President Richard Nixon agreed that liberal Jews dominated the USA news media. We join our prayers to those of so many Louisianans for the family of Rev.

Graham had a spiritual awakening in 1934 that changed the course of his life. "Almost every occasion I have been with her has been in a warm, informal setting, such as a luncheon or dinner, either alone or with a few family members or other close friends".

Franklin Graham stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign, but did join Trump at a post-election rally, telling the crowd he believed God had intervened in the election to ensure a Trump victory. "But they don't know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country". Through his Crusades, he introduced Jesus Christ to vast numbers of people who otherwise would have no knowledge of the Christian faith.

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