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Western North Carolina residents remember Rev. Billy Graham

Reverend Billy Graham passed away at his home in Montreat Wednesday morning just before 8 a.m. He was 99 years old. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Reverend Billy Graham passed away at his home in Montreat Wednesday morning just before 8 a.m. He was 99 years old.

Reverend Graham touched millions of lives with his crusades, preaching to more than 200 million people during his lifetime.

He was born on a farm in Charlotte, but he lived much of his life here in Western North Carolina.

In his final crusade in 2005, he told a crowd he was looking forward to Heaven.

Reverend Graham touched many lives around the world, including those in our local community.

One woman our News 13 crews spoke with was tearful as she described her last memory of Reverend Graham, seeing him in a parade. She and so many others are thinking about his legacy and family today. Lisa Hutchins, Black Mountain resident, “they have blessed so many people. I know this is going to be really hard for the family, but they'll carry on their dad's work like they have."

Reverend Graham lived to be 99 years old. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Many will remember him for always being humble

Reverend Graham was known for ending many of his messages by closing with a simple and direct, “God loves you.”

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