Statement of Rep. John Lewis on the Passing of Rev. Billy Graham
ATLANTA—Representative John Lewis made the following remarks upon hearing of the death of Reverend Billy Graham:
“Billy Graham was a noble man — a true servant of God; he had the ability to speak truth to power. He was like a shepherd looking over the flock of humankind. He was a man of hope, a man of faith—a man of love, and he will be sorely missed.
“Many years ago, I first heard Billy Graham in person when I was a college student in Nashville, Tennessee. He was so inspiring. He taught us how to live and how to serve.
“A few short years ago I had the opportunity to visit him at his beautiful home in the North Carolina mountains. He was so warm and uplifting. You knew by being in his presence that he was a man of faith and patience. I will never forget the meeting I had with him.
“Billy Graham must be looked upon as a saint among humankind. I wish his family my deepest condolences during this period of mourning.”