CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Rev. Billy Graham turned 99 years old on Tuesday. As one of North Carolina’s most prominent figures nears the century mark, Rev. Franklin Graham said his father is still in good health.
"Nov. 7 will be a big milestone for my father as he turns 99 and enters his 100th year. As a family, we are just so very grateful that he is still with us. His mind is good but he's quieter these days. He can't see or hear well, but his health is stable," Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said in a statement.
Billy Graham was born in Charlotte in 1918 and has been called “America’s pastor.” He has served as a spiritual advisor to several presidents.
"Also as my father enters his 100th year, for the year leading up to his 100th birthday, we are going to honor what God has done through him by highlighting significant moments of his life and some eight decades of ministry. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is moving strong into the future, but it's also important to celebrate the past, so each month we will focus on a particular decade and highlight significant things like his 16-week evangelistic crusade in New York City, his impact on worldwide evangelism and personal testimonies of people whose lives were forever changed at one of my father's crusades," Franklin Graham said.
The Billy Graham Library plans to hold a celebration in his honor Tuesday morning. The celebration will be free to the public.
"At the Billy Graham Library we'll have a special celebration that day, as this year is also the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library. We'll have birthday cake for everyone who comes by," Franklin Graham said.