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Public paying respects to Billy Graham, who died at age 99

By The Associated Press
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people stood in line during a light rain Monday to pay their respect to the late Rev. Billy Graham at his restored boyhood home in North Carolina.

Graham's body, in a closed casket made by prison inmates, was lying in repose Monday in the parlor of the relocated home his father built in 1927 on their Charlotte dairy farm. The body will also be in the home on the grounds of the Billy Graham library Tuesday.

People using wheelchairs and walkers, young children, people dressed in suits and ties and some in T-shirts arrived at the library when the gates opened at 8 a.m. Monday.

Cecily Turner of Queens, New York, flew to Charlotte on Sunday to make sure she thanked the man she said saved her mother's soul.

The 72-year-old grandmother of four says Graham's 1957 New York crusade means her soul is saved, as well as the souls of her five children.

"His legacy and his example was passed on to my mother at that crusade, then it came down to me, our daughter and my four other children and my great-grandchildren," Turner said. "That's an amazing thing."

She said she knows there are hundreds of thousands of similar stories about Graham.

Graham died Feb. 21 at age 99 at his mountain home in western North Carolina.

His body will be at the U.S. Capitol in Washington to lie in honor Wednesday and Thursday before it is returned to Charlotte for Friday's invitation-only funeral.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura planned to visit Charlotte on Monday because they had a scheduling conflict Friday.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the funeral.

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