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Public Pays Its Respect To Billy Graham

The Billy Graham Library.
Jeff Cravotta
The Billy Graham Library.

Hundreds of people have begun paying respect to the late Rev. Billy Graham at his restored boyhood in North Carolina.

Graham's body, in a casket made by prison inmates, was in the parlor of the home Monday and will be there Tuesday. People of all ages and races arrived as light rain fell at Graham's library when the gates opened.

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 crusade at New York's Madison Square Garden means her soul is saved, as well as the souls of her five children.

Graham died Feb. 21. His body will be at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday and Thursday before Friday's funeral in Charlotte.

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.