CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials are remembering the work of Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at his North Carolina home.
Graham packed stadiums and venue with his revivals. He stopped in Charleston in 1994 for an event at the Charleston Civic Center in which his son, Franklin, preached for the first time. The two were later given keys to the city.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a press release his devotion served as “a pillar in the lives of millions across the world.”
“For decades, his spiritual counsel has served as a guiding inspiration, and I know that legacy will carry on – through the countless hearts he touched, and the immeasurable good he inspired,” he said.
Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., said on Twitter that Graham’s “compassion, humility & faith” will continue to inspire.
State Sen. Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha, spoke on the Senate floor about Graham’s impact.
“A spiritual advisor to many presidents, an influencer of probably a billion people worldwide,” he said. “An incredible human being and one worthy of our honor today.”
Graham was 99 years old.