On Saturday, Billy Graham turns 97.
When he was born in 1918, on a dairy farm near what is now the Park Road Shopping Center, Democrat Woodrow Wilson was America’s president and World War I was just days away from ending.
The Charlotte-born evangelist now lives in Montreat, in a mountaintop home where he’s expected to spend a quiet birthday with family and friends.
Other than that, son Franklin Graham told reporters Thursday, “I’m not quite sure what his plans are. I think he’ll just be happy to wake up.”
On his birthday last year, his son said, Graham got 15 birthday cakes from family, friends and well-wishers. “And I can tell you this: He took one bite out of every one of those cakes.”
Franklin Graham reported that his father’s mind is still sharp, but he does have physical challenges with failing eyesight and poor hearing. “We got some new devices that can help him understand,” the younger Graham said. “We’re just so grateful that he’s still with us.”
Billy Graham’s biggest issue as he marks another year is that he misses his late wife, Ruth, who died in 2007.
SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer – Tim Funk
North Carolina’s favorite son, Billy Graham, is celebrating his 97th birthday Saturday.
The Billy Graham Library in southwest Charlotte spent the week honoring him and the big day. All week, people have been able to leave a birthday message for Graham on a special banner.
Channel 9 spoke to one visitor, Ann Roberson, after she signed the banner Friday, and she said she started following Graham after seeing one of his crusades.
“I want to thank him for faithfully serving the Lord all of these years,” she said. “And I just know he’s served well.”
The special banner will be on display through Saturday and the library will also have a special birthday cake for guests.
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SOURCE: WSOC TV