Press Release

McHenry on the Passing of the Reverend Billy Graham

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Washington, February 21, 2018 | comments
Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) has released the following statement on the passing of the Reverend Billy Graham, who resided in the Tenth District town of Montreat:

"Giulia and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of North Carolina's finest sons, the Reverend Billy Graham. Since he rose to prominence with his famous eight-week Los Angeles Crusade in 1949, Reverend Graham has served as a guiding light for people all over the world. Reverend Graham has taken the gospel to every corner of the globe, preaching to nearly 215 million people in over 185 countries since first being ordained as a minister in 1939. Commonly referred to as 'America's Pastor', Reverend Graham has long served as a moral compass for the nation, serving as a spiritual adviser to every U.S. President since Eisenhower."   

"One of the finest moments of my career was having the opportunity to represent Reverend Graham when his Montreat home was placed in the 10th district. The personal kindness and hospitality Reverend Graham showed when inviting me into his home is something I will never forget.

"Giulia and I extend our deepest condolences to Virginia, Anne, Ruth, Franklin, and Nelson on the passing of their father and to the entire family on the loss of a grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and friend. We are forever indebted to Reverend Graham and his death is a tremendous loss for our state, our nation, and our world. We find solace in his passing with the knowledge that Reverend Graham has gone peacefully to be reunited with his beloved wife of 63 years, Ruth, in the kingdom he preached about for so many years."
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