Billy Graham: A Life in Pictures

By Shannon Henderson Published on February 21, 2018

Early Wednesday morning, Rev. Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99.

As tributes pour in from around the world, we take a look back at the remarkable life of the humble man being called by some “the most important evangelist since the apostle Paul.” 

 

Billy Graham points upward as he preaches, early 1950s.

Billy Graham points heavenward as he preaches, early 1950s.

 

1955 Billy Graham Addressing Stadium Full of People - 900

 

Billy Graham of Montreat, N.C. says goodbye to his wife Ruth and their five children Jan. 15, 1958 before departing on a crusade tour that will take him to eight Latin American countries. The children are from left: Nelson, four days old, Franklin, 5, Ruth, 7, Virginia, 12, and Anne, 9.

Billy Graham says goodbye to his wife Ruth and their five children Jan. 15, 1958 before departing on a crusade tour that would take him to eight Latin American countries. The children are from left: Nelson, four days old, Franklin, 5, Ruth, 7, Virginia, 12, and Anne, 9.

 

Billy Graham is shown with children during a visit to a village in Ghana, Jan. 1960.

Billy Graham is shown with children during a visit to a village in Ghana, Jan. 1960.

 

US President John F. Kennedy sits with Christian evangelist Billy Graham at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington DC, February 9, 1961.

US President John F. Kennedy sits with Billy Graham at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington DC, February 9, 1961.

 

American evangelist Billy Graham and US President Lyndon B Johnson talk together at the Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Washington DC, February 5, 1964.

Billy Graham talks with President Lyndon B Johnson at the Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Washington DC, February 5, 1964.

 

Billy Graham shaking hands with admirers in 1966.

Billy Graham shaking hands with admirers in 1966.

 

Billy Graham talking to a group of children during a visit to Brixton Parish Church, London, June 12th 1966.

Billy Graham talking to a group of children during a visit to Brixton Parish Church, London, June 12th 1966.

 

Billy Graham speaks a crowd of more than 5,000 U.S. troops at Long Binh, Vietnam, December 23, 1966.

Billy Graham speaks a crowd of more than 5,000 U.S. troops at Long Binh, Vietnam, December 23, 1966.

 

The Reverend Billy Graham talks with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan at the White House July 18, 1981.

The Reverend Billy Graham talks with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan at the White House July 18, 1981.

 

APR 19 1987: Billy Graham in the back yard of his home in Montreat North Carolina. His home was made from two old log cabins.

APR 19 1987: Billy Graham in the backyard of his home in Montreat, North Carolina. His home was made from two old log cabins.

 

1987: Billy Graham introduced his son Franklin Graham Billy said that his son was the only member of his family that was on the board of the Crusade.

Billy Graham with son Franklin in 1987. 

 

19 April 1988 HUAIYIN, CHINA: Billy Graham and his wife Ruth smile as they meet Chinese inhabitants of Ruth's birthplace in Huaiyin, Jiangsu province, China.

Billy Graham and his wife Ruth smile as they meet Chinese inhabitants of Ruth’s birthplace in Huaiyin, Jiangsu province, China in April, 1988.

 

Billy Graham poses in front of the Brandenburg Gate, March 8, 1990. Graham stayed in Berlin for a rally he held by the Berlin Wall in front of the Reichstag.

Billy Graham poses in front of the Brandenburg Gate, March 8, 1990. Graham stayed in Berlin for a rally he held by the Berlin Wall in front of the Reichstag.

 

President George Bush Stands With Billy Graham January 19, 1991 At The White House Shortly After Graham Made A Speech In Washington, DC.

Billy Graham and President George H. W. Bush at the White House, January 19, 1991.

 

 Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan and Reverend Billy Graham embrace during the gala dedication of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 05 May in Washinghton, DC.

A hug for former first lady Nancy Reagan during the gala dedication of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

 

US President Bill Clinton bows his head as Reverend Billy Graham gives the invocation at the beginning of the inaugural ceremony 20 January on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

President Bill Clinton bows his head as Rev. Graham gives the invocation at Clinton’s second inaugural ceremony on January 20, 1997 at the U.S. Capitol Building.

 

Republican Presidential candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush and his wife Laura stand beside the Rev. Billy Graham as Graham announces his support for Bush on November 5, 2000 in a hotel suite in Jacksonville, Florida.

Republican Presidential candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush and his wife Laura stand beside the Rev. Graham as Graham announces his support for Bush on November 5, 2000.

 

British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer presents Evangelist Dr. Billy Graham with an honorary knighthood 06 December, 2001 in recognition of his services to civic and religious life in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer presents Evangelist Dr. Billy Graham with an honorary knighthood 06 December, 2001 in recognition of his services to civic and religious life in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

 

Billy Graham preaches during his New York Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park on June 24, 2005 in Queens, New York.

Billy Graham preaches during his New York Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park on June 24, 2005 in Queens, New York.

 

Billy Graham preaches during the Metro Maryland 2006 Festival on July 9, 2006 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, led the three-day-program filled with music, prayers and gospel messages.

Billy Graham preaches during the Metro Maryland 2006 Festival on July 9, 2006 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Son Franklin Graham led the three-day-program filled with music, prayers and gospel messages.

 

Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, and former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton bow their heads in prayer during the Billy Graham Library Dedication Service on May 31, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, and former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton bow their heads in prayer during the Billy Graham Library Dedication Service on May 31, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday, April 25, 2010.

President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday, April 25, 2010.

 

Stream founder James Robison and his wife Betty visiting with their longtime friend in 2009.

Stream founder James Robison and his wife Betty visiting with their longtime friend in 2009.

 

Billy Graham at his home in the mountains of Montreat, July 25, 2006 near Asheville, North Carolina. Billy and Ruth Graham see out their days reading, watching the latest news and playing with their dogs, Paula, China and Theo at the Little Piney Cove homestead, where the Blue Ridge meets the Black Mountain range east of Asheville.

 

Please share your own memories below, and/or express your condolences at the “Remembering Billy Graham” web page set up by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • jgmusgrove

    My parents took me to the Billy Graham Crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957; the place was packed.

  • suzeebee03

    I watched him on TV as a young girl in Canada while this faithful man of God preached to crowds of people in his revivals. Such a humble servant, he was.

  • Gary Alan King

    He should continue to be a role model for us all. Although we will miss him dearly, the Good Lord’s ministry through what Billy began isn’t over by any means. Thanks for sharing all the memories! May the Lord bless you and keep you close always,

  • lighthouseseeker

    Rejoicing for him, he’s with Jesus and his beautiful wife Ruth. And reunited also with all those people who have gone ahead who came to Christ through his ministry. Wonder how that works, one to one, couple thousand to one in organized groups, waiting their turn? Amazing, What a day, what and eternity!!!

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