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Remembering Billy Graham

Billy Graham breathed his last earthly breath on February 21, 2018. He was 99 years old. He was a man that I, and millions of others, looked up to. He never disappointed me. God was with him.

In 1956 I was hired, as a teenager of 16, to work at the Eskimo Inn, a restaurant in Winona Lake, Indiana. I had taken the train from Des Moines, Iowa, where my family lived at the time, to work for the summer. This is a town, near Warsaw, where there were many Christian conventions and retreats held. My own denomination, Free Methodist, had it’s headquarters in Winona Lake, Indiana.

I was living, along with all the other employee girls, up in the 3rd floor of the Winona Hotel. I remember how hot it was up there, every day and night!!!

So, on this day, I was on my way to my room. As I approached the hotel I saw Billy Graham come out the door! Yes, he was staying in the same hotel I was living in! I’m assuming he had the best room in the hotel, maybe even had air conditioning! It was a very hot summer! As I approached he spoke to me! He was so gracious and polite! Somehow I managed to ask if I could take his picture! He very kindly obliged!

Billy Graham (2)                         I love his shoes!

So many well known evangelists have fallen morally. I remember reading that Billy Graham, Cliff Barrows, and George Beverly Shay had an agreement, or more of a pact between them, that they would never meet with a woman, for any reason, alone. Someone would have to be in the room with them. There is just so much to admire about Billy Graham. God blessed him.

When our children were young a special meeting with Billy Graham and his team was scheduled to be in the Silver Dome! My brother, Bill, and his family were visiting us so we all piled in the station wagon and drove to Pontiac to attend the Billy Graham crusade! That was before seat belts! There were twelve of us in our ’66 Pontiac station wagon! It was an unforgettable trip and experience!

There is so much to write about Billy Graham I hardly know what to write! Do any of you, my readers, have an experience to share about Billy Graham? Please write about it in a comment! I would love to read your experiences!



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  1. Yes, indeed, Anita. When I moved to Charlotte, NC for a teaching job, I shared a home with a young lady, Anne, who worked for BGEA and her boyfriend did research for Billy Graham’s brother-in-law, Leighton Ford. I became engaged that year, and Anne arranged for a bridal shower in my honor at Billy’s mother’s home, the farmhouse you see in photos. Also, during our wedding weekend, my aunt Ruthie and Grandma Fannie were invited to stay in the Graham home when his mother, Morrow, was still alive.

    On our honeymoon, we stayed in Asheville but went to church near Montreat. Lo, and behold, Billy and Ruth were worshipping there and we got to meet him, on a rare Sunday he was not in a crusade. I was so flummoxed, I didn’t think to ask for a photo. We felt honored though, and will always remember this encounter fondly. Your photo is priceless!

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    • Thank you for your wonderful comment! How exciting for you! Your bridal shower in his parents home! Then to meet him and Ruth worshiping! Wow! Billy Graham was truly a man of God. Thanks for sharing this with me!


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