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US evangelist Billy Graham, who preached to millions around the world in a 70-year career, will be laid to rest on Friday in his native North Carolina following a funeral service that will draw thousands of mourners including President Donald Trump.

Friday's funeral for the man who came to be known as America's Pastor was private, but many people were thought to have watched online, said the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

And evoking the "Canvas Cathedral" revivals that helped launch his ministry seven decades ago, mourners would gather under a tent to pay their final respects.

Graham while he lay in repose at the Billy Graham Library on Monday and Tuesday of this week. "My daddy, by his example, taught me to think about what I read", she said.

A departure ceremony was held Thursday morning as Graham's casket was removed from the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to return to Charlotte for Friday's services.

Exit polls showed that about 80 percent of white evangelical voters voted for the Trump-Pence ticket - the largest vote for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, when such voters overwhelmingly chose President George W. Bush by a margin of 78 percent to 21 percent.

"Going to will be very impactful and meaningful on a personal level, due to their history and past", White said of Trump attending Graham's funeral. He had spoken briefly Wednesday at a ceremony for Graham at the Capitol, where the preacher's body lay in honor.

The funeral message was delivered by Rev. Franklin Graham, one of Billy Graham's sons, who also serves as president and CEO of the BGEA and Samaritan's Purse.

The president said that Graham shared his message of faith with everyone who he met.

Other notable guests included television host Kathie Lee Gifford, musician Ricky Skaggs, evangelist Rick Warren and politician Rudy Giuliani.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived shortly after 11 a.m. EST Friday. Billy's humility and integrity went hand-in-hand and they gave him the authority to share Christ so powerfully to so many. "He would always bring it back to his message that God loves everybody, and there is a hope for you". "Fred Trump was my father", Mr. Trump said.

The Rotunda entrances were draped with black fabric, and Graham's casket rested on a black-draped catafalque beneath the soaring ceiling and its painting, the "Apotheosis of Washington".

In 2008, as Graham turned 90 and became increasingly frail and confined to his home, he chose to switch his formal membership from First Baptist Church in Dallas which he rarely, if ever, attended to Spartanburg.

"We certainly believe that we need to follow the legacy of Billy Graham", Senior Pastor Kim Sam-whan told CNN.

The homestead was built on the family's dairy farm in 1927 on Park Road and later moved to the grounds of the Billy Graham Library.

"Daddy, I won't see you on this earth again, but I will see you again". Graham was just the fourth private citizen and first in over a decade to receive the honor.

Graham brought a private message from President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and explained in detail to Kim Il Sung and other high-ranking officials the U.S. position on North Korea's nuclear program. Graham's casket and family were escorted out of the tent and into the Billy Graham Library to the tune of "Amazing Grace" being played by Pipe Major William Boetticher.

Graham was being buried next to his wife Ruth in the prayer garden.

Graham never did preach to a full stadium in Pyongyang, or realize his dream of bringing Christianity to the North Korean masses.

USA officials warned Graham of the dangers of traveling to North Korea - words that ring as eerily true then as they do today.