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'America's Pastor:' Life, legacy of the Rev. Billy Graham celebrated

The Rev. Billy Graham visited the Charleston area after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. (Source: Live 5) The Rev. Billy Graham visited the Charleston area after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. (Source: Live 5)
Mourners are leaving flowers at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte after news that the evangelist died Wednesday at 99. (Source: Live 5) Mourners are leaving flowers at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte after news that the evangelist died Wednesday at 99. (Source: Live 5)
The Rev. Billy Graham attended the dedication of the Charleston Southern library in 1970. (Source: CSU) The Rev. Billy Graham attended the dedication of the Charleston Southern library in 1970. (Source: CSU)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WCSC/WIS/WBTV) -

People from all over the world are converging in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Billy Graham Library to celebrate the late evangelist's life and legacy.

Visitors are visibly moved being at the Graham library, some of whom say they felt his presence just inside the library and his hands on them. They 

“He just helped me be a better Christian and a better person just by not being judgmental and taking every person for who they are,” Patricia Leraway, a New York resident, said.

Graham died Wednesday morning in his home in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville, after a life of service as a leading evangelist. He preached the Gospel to presidents, kings, prime ministers and touched the hearts of those who made the trip to the library. People who arrived expressed bittersweet feelings of his passing.

Some said they are sad to lose such a leader while others are glad to celebrate what they feel is his homecoming to heaven.

They spent time in the prayer garden and dropped flowers as a memorial to Graham.

People are inspired by his messages to give their lives to God, to forgive, to love their neighbor.

“His legacy that he left is tremendous, in that he wanted to make an impact on the world for Christ…I do also,” visitor Lew Tibbits said. 

The buses continued to drop people at the library to pay their respects and spend some time in the prayer garden. People have come from near and far, one from as far away as Egypt.

“He was a legacy. He a real evangelist," Magdi Gendi, who visited the library from Egypt, said. "Simple message, deep concern, love the Lord and love his people. So, he will be missed.”

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