• NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTO/CORY SPIERS This memorial for the late evangelist Billy Graham is on display at Webb Funeral Home.
    NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTO/CORY SPIERS This memorial for the late evangelist Billy Graham is on display at Webb Funeral Home.

Webb pays tribute to Billy Graham

SPRUCE PINE – Webb Funeral Home is paying tribute to the late evangelist Billy Graham.

Graham died this past week in his home in Montreat of natural causes at 99 years old. The North Carolina native counseled multiple former United States Presidents and preached the Gospel to millions.

Webb Funeral Home’s lobby features a homage to Graham displaying an old Bible, white lilies, three candles, a photo of Graham preaching and one of his books, Living in God’s Love.

Webb Funeral Home Owner and Manager Chris Pitman said each object has deep symbolism.

The old Bible is likely much like Graham’s, Pitman said.

“I’m sure his Bible was old,” Pitman said. “I’m sure the pages were tattered.”

Pitman displayed white lilies because Graham’s casket will be adorned with the same flowers Friday at his funeral.

There are three candles, representing the holy trinity. The candles will stay lit until Graham’s funeral is complete, Pitman added.

During business hours, when no funeral services are in progress, Webb Funeral Home will play Graham’s final sermon.

There is a guestbook on the table on which the tribute is displayed. Pitman said anyone is invited to sign the book and leave a personal message.

After the display is taken down, Pitman said he will send the items to the Graham family and they will be displayed in the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

“He impacted so many lives,” Pitman said. “This is a nice gesture.”

The MItchell News

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