"It was his passion to memorize it, to saturate his heart and mind with it".
Darrell B. Harrison tweeted, "Thinking back on the life and legacy of Billy Graham, who lived to be nearly 100 years old, and that many people today pass out at the sight of a gray hair or facial wrinkle, who want to live long but not get old".
Graham, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was regularly listed in polls as one of the "Ten Most Admired Men in the World".
"We rejoice because his suffering is over and he is in God's presence".
"I was privileged to have him as a personal friend", Bush added.
When tapes from Nixon's White House were released in 2002, Graham was heard telling the president that Jews "don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country". "But even as Dr". Graham rolled with it, replying, "I am when I'm not playing with the president of the United States".
Graham kept a lower profile later in life, but still kept in touch with presidents.
Some 77million saw him preach in person while almost 215million more watched his crusades on television or through satellite link-ups, a Graham spokeswoman said. Among the many public figures who celebrated his legacy was the Aussie synth-pop band Empire of the Sun-on Instagram, at least. "His influence on all Christianity is beyond words". He was a one of a kind. I was in my bedroom, and I gave my life to Christ off of the message he preached that night.
In September 1957, with the Little Rock desegregation crisis unfolding, Graham offered to visit the city if religious leaders believed it would help to lower tensions.
Ford recalls the early days of Graham's crusades being like "a breath of fresh wind". Fire Chief Gann Nalley's station wagon also was damaged by dynamite.
'Billy Graham, the man, the preacher, for former farmer's son, who helped change the world is a spiritual gift to all of us.
Graham met the Queen several times, including in 1984 when he preached at Sandringham Parish Church.
Participating in a 1989 crusade in Little Rock was Ken Hatfield, who was the Razorbacks football coach at the time. "Like he said, 'Christ is in heaven, and Ruth is in heaven, ' and he said, 'One day, I'm going to be in heaven'".
While he preached to a long line of U.S. presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, according to his biographers Graham found only Carter to match him in dedication to his faith. "Everyone stood up", Sprinkle said.
"Yet now he is face to face with Jesus Christ, his saviour and ours". "We're not supposed to divide people".
They were called crusades, and the images of him standing on a podium in the African plains, people stretched as far as the eye could see, are both iconic and illustrative of his power.
Barger remembers Graham being "down-to-earth". Oh take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn. "From everywhere in the stadium, people were coming down to the altar".
Bailey served more than 20 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, including as crusade director of the 2005 NY crusade and, prior to that, as director of counseling. He would go on to serve as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Thousands took to social media Wednesday, reacting to the reverend's death.