Billy Graham has died at age 99

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Former NC Gov. Pat McCrory tweeted, "Rev. Billy Graham was a role model, not just for presidents, kings and governors, but for the common man and woman throughout our community, state and world". Graham went on to hold revival meetings in the 1940s. He served as minister or counselor to several US presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush, earning him the moniker "America's Pastor".

In his own country, Dr Graham was said to be an unofficial spiritual adviser to Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and preached at the latter's funeral.

Wilton said he was traveling to Montreat, North Carolina on Wednesday to have lunch with Graham when he found out Graham had passed away at his home that morning.

"From that time on, my life has been one that I really wanted to live for the Lord", Hudsonville resident Grace Leathead told 24 Hour News 8.

Billy Graham also supported civil rights movement and firmly stood against segregation.

Trump was one of the more than 800 guests who attended Graham's 95th birthday celebration in 2013 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Before long, Graham set his sights on the rest of the world, and took his "crusades" to Europe, Africa, India, the Far East.

His son, Franklin Graham, took over his ministries, while Graham returned to a quiet life in North Carolina - not far from the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

And at the time, Pastor Gary Wiggins of the Evangel Temple Assembly of God was quoted as saying that Graham's message resonates because, "There is more that unites us than divides us".

Evangelist Billy Graham, a confidant to presidents, a guiding light to generations of American evangelicals and a globetrotting preacher who converted millions to Christianity, died Wednesday at the age of 99, his spokesman confirmed to CNN. I know the human race is not going to be suddenly converted to Christ but that does not keep me from preaching him.

Graham said: "Deep inside we need something else".

Two of Billy Graham's grandchildren, Basyle and Aram Tchividjian, thought more people would want a chance to share thanks. "His love for Christ and his gentle soul helped open hearts to the Word, including mine", the 43rd president said.

"Many years ago, I first heard Billy Graham in person when I was a college student in Nashville, Tennessee".

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