Gov. McMaster, others remembering the Rev. Billy Graham

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's governor says the Rev. Billy Graham is rejoicing with his Savior right now.

Gov. Henry McMaster posted a tweet about the passing of the 99-year-old Graham, who earned the nickname "America's Pastor" after seven decades of preaching.

Sen. Lindsey Graham called him "one of the greatest messengers of Christ."

Sen. Tim Scott called him "a guiding light for millions of Americans."

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted statements about Graham's passing Wednesday morning.

William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr., born on Nov. 7, 1918, near Charlotte, delivered countless sermons and speeches, daily newspaper columns and wrote 32 books including his 1997 best-selling autobiography, "Just As I Am."

"My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ," Graham said.

Graham died Wednesday at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

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