Billy Graham, who rarely leaves his mountaintop home in Montreat any more, will turn 99 years old on Nov. 7. Though he can’t see or hear well, and doesn’t talk much, reports son Franklin, “his mind is good ... (and) his health is stable.”
“As a family, we are so grateful that he is still with us,” the younger Graham said in a statement released this week. Billy Graham was born four days before the end of World War I.
Franklin Graham said his Charlotte-born father, who became famous as a globe-trotting evangelist and a pastor to U.S. presidents, will spend his birthday with family. And he’ll be served his favorite dessert – a lemon cake with lard icing.
“He loves those cakes,” Graham said. “But it has to have the lard icing.”
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Charlotte’s 10-year-old Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, will also have a celebration that day and offer birthday cake to everyone who stops by.
As the elder Graham enters his 100th year, the library plans to honor his eight decades of ministry by highlighting a different event or aspect of his evangelism each month. For example, the library plans to spotlight his 16-week crusade in New York City in 1957, his impact on evangelism around the world and testimonies of people whose lives were changed by attending one of his crusades.
Also over the next year, the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will post additional content about Graham and his career at billygraham.org and in Decision magazine.
“I know my father is grateful for all the prayers for him, and birthday wishes on this special occasion,” said Franklin Graham, who’s also an evangelist and now leads the BGEA.