Billy Graham's body makes four-hour processional from Ashville to Charlotte, pictures

He will be laid to rest March 2 at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, buried in a simple prison-made plywood coffin next to his wife, Ruth, who died in 2007. A motorcade leads the funeral procession in Asheville, North Carolina.

The funeral will be held in a tent in the main parking lot of Graham's library as a tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that propelled him to global fame, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said.

Trump said last week that Graham was a "great man" who had a "great family" and was "for us" - meaning Trump's campaign - from the beginning.

The procession reached the Billy Graham Library literally four hours after it left the training center to head for Charlotte, where the evangelist was born.

"The whole goal of the library is to do what Billy Graham has been called to do through God, and that's to tell people of God's love, that's why it exists", Executive Director Tom Phillips said. The public will be able to pay respects from 8 am to 10 pm. Two were U.S. Capitol police officers who died in the line of duty protecting congressmen and civilians inside the Capitol in 1998.

"Upon the arrival of Rev Graham's casket, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take part in a bicameral service", said a House statement released on Thursday.

A ceremonial procession for evangelist Billy Graham moved from Asheville to Charlotte, North Carolina, as spectators snapped pictures along the route.

Former President George W Bush says famed evangelist Billy Graham ended up saving his life by getting him to stop drinking. About 2,000 people are expected at the private, invitation-only funeral.