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Franklin Graham: 'There weren't two Billy Grahams'

Franklin Graham spoke at his father's funeral outside the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, Friday, March 2, 2018.
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Franklin Graham spoke at his father's funeral outside the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, Friday, March 2, 2018.

Franklin Graham can't remember his father without thinking of his mother, Ruth, who died in 2007. 

Graham, speaking at his father's funeral today, said his father loved his mother deeply and had a hole in his heart when she died. 

He also said that Billy Graham was authentic to his larger-than-life persona. 

"The Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in big stadiums, was the same Billy Graham we saw at home," he said. "There weren't two Billy Grahams."

Franklin Graham, along with his siblings Virginia "Gigi" Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, and Nelson "Ned" Graham, offered remarks at their father's funeral in remembrance of the revered evangelist. Virginia Graham also noted that her father would now be reunited with their mother.

"I am grateful that God has brought them back together again for all eternity," she said.

Franklin Graham, who carries on his father's legacy as the president and chief executive of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Samaritan's Purse, said his father would offer him words of encouragement and words of caution.

"There were quite a few of those," he said. 

Franklin Graham added, "If [my father] could speak to you today, he would ask, will you be making this journey to heaven someday?"