Billy Graham, who returned to the U.S. after a 14- week South American crusade, relaxes in Miami Oct. 29, 1962, with his wife, Ruth. He planned to take advantage of the Florida sunshine and rid himself of a chest cold before starting a new crusade Nov. 11, in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Times Archives
Billy Graham, who returned to the U.S. after a 14- week South American crusade, relaxes in Miami Oct. 29, 1962, with his wife, Ruth. He planned to take advantage of the Florida sunshine and rid himself of a chest cold before starting a new crusade Nov. 11, in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Times Archives
The Rev. Billy Graham speaks at the Polo Grounds in New York. The New York Times 1957
The Rev. Billy Graham speaks at the Polo Grounds in New York. The New York Times 1957


The Grahams in 1958, shortly after the the birth of their fifth child. From left: Nelson, Franklin, Ruth, Virginia and Anne. Charlotte Observer/TNS
The Grahams in 1958, shortly after the the birth of their fifth child. From left: Nelson, Franklin, Ruth, Virginia and Anne. Charlotte Observer/TNS
Late 1930, Rev. Billy Graham ís in front of the homemade sign he made while preaching at a small Florida church Photo Credit: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Late 1930, Rev. Billy Graham ís in front of the homemade sign he made while preaching at a small Florida church Photo Credit: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The original Penial Baptist Church in Palatka Fl. It was the church that Billy Graham was baptized by and ordained an evangelist in by the Rev. Cecil Underwood who conducted both services. Times Archive 1998
The original Penial Baptist Church in Palatka Fl. It was the church that Billy Graham was baptized by and ordained an evangelist in by the Rev. Cecil Underwood who conducted both services. Times Archive 1998
Billy Graham visiting injured troops during his trip to Vietnam. Graham was an early supporter of U.S. involvement in the war. Graham archive/TNS 1966
Billy Graham visiting injured troops during his trip to Vietnam. Graham was an early supporter of U.S. involvement in the war. Graham archive/TNS 1966
President and Mrs. Nixon today attended a prayer breakfast, and annual Washington affair since 1952. With them at left is evangelist Billy Graham. 1969
President and Mrs. Nixon today attended a prayer breakfast, and annual Washington affair since 1952. With them at left is evangelist Billy Graham. 1969
Billy Graham with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Graham archive/TNS
Billy Graham with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Graham archive/TNS
Billy Graham and President John F. Kennedy. Charlotte Observer/TNS 1966
Billy Graham and President John F. Kennedy. Charlotte Observer/TNS 1966
Billy Graham with President Lyndon B. Johnson. Graham archive/TNS
Billy Graham with President Lyndon B. Johnson. Graham archive/TNS
President Ronald Reagan gives the Medal of Freedom to Billy Graham at the White House. Times Archives 1983
President Ronald Reagan gives the Medal of Freedom to Billy Graham at the White House. Times Archives 1983
Billy Graham with President Gerald R. Ford. Graham archive/TNS
Billy Graham with President Gerald R. Ford. Graham archive/TNS
Rev Billy Graham speaks with Former President George Bush on the stage during Michael W. Smith's concert portion of the crusade in Tampa Bay. Times Archives 1998
Rev Billy Graham speaks with Former President George Bush on the stage during Michael W. Smith's concert portion of the crusade in Tampa Bay. Times Archives 1998
Billy Graham and President Bill Clinton talk before Graham's address on May 2, 1996. Charlotte Observer/TNS
Billy Graham and President Bill Clinton talk before Graham's address on May 2, 1996. Charlotte Observer/TNS
Evangelist Billy Graham and his wife Ruth receive the Congressional Gold Medal from House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Graham urged Americans to seek God's help or face the self-destruction of their society. REUTERS 1996
Evangelist Billy Graham and his wife Ruth receive the Congressional Gold Medal from House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Graham urged Americans to seek God's help or face the self-destruction of their society. REUTERS 1996
New Port Richey. Country singer Johnny Cash, evangelist Billy Graham and their wives spend a few days in a stilt house in Pasco County. Pictured are from left, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Cash, Cash and Graham. Times Archives 1976
New Port Richey. Country singer Johnny Cash, evangelist Billy Graham and their wives spend a few days in a stilt house in Pasco County. Pictured are from left, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Cash, Cash and Graham. Times Archives 1976
A woman prays as Rev. Blly Graham preaches at the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Queens borough of New York. The three day crusade ending today will most likely be Graham's last mass event in the United States. Getty Images 2005
A woman prays as Rev. Blly Graham preaches at the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Queens borough of New York. The three day crusade ending today will most likely be Graham's last mass event in the United States. Getty Images 2005
Rev. Blly Graham shares fellowship with children during his 17-day tour of China. Graham Archive/TNS 1988
Rev. Blly Graham shares fellowship with children during his 17-day tour of China. Graham Archive/TNS 1988
In Temple Terrace a plaque commemorating the spot where evangelist Billy Graham felt the call to the ministry sets the record straight on what became of his college. Photos provided by Grant Rimbey
In Temple Terrace a plaque commemorating the spot where evangelist Billy Graham felt the call to the ministry sets the record straight on what became of his college. Photos provided by Grant Rimbey
Billy Graham preaches at Corona Park at Flushing Meadows in New York City during the Billy Graham Crusade. KRT 2005
Billy Graham preaches at Corona Park at Flushing Meadows in New York City during the Billy Graham Crusade. KRT 2005
Hundreds of visitors line up to view the lights and live nativity scene at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Observer/MCT 2008
Hundreds of visitors line up to view the lights and live nativity scene at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Observer/MCT 2008
US evangelist Billy Graham addresses a crowd of football supporters at Stamford Bridge, London, during half-time at the match between Chelsea and Newcastle United. Getty Images
US evangelist Billy Graham addresses a crowd of football supporters at Stamford Bridge, London, during half-time at the match between Chelsea and Newcastle United. Getty Images