Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.

In Memory of Rev. Billy Graham

(Nov. 7, 1918 -- Feb. 21, 2018)

From the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

"On February 21, 2018, God called Billy Graham home at age 99. Mr. Graham once said, "When we reach the end of our earthly journey, we will have just begun." Now, he is in the presence of the Lord. Watch and share this tribute to his life and legacy. You can also follow updates at Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."

Billy Graham
was admired by my Father as a Christian who preached the Word, "plus and minus nothing else," as Dad would say.  After I entered full-time ministry, he always encouraged me to "give a Billy Graham invitation;" in other words, one that was not weak or watered down. Dad worked with him during one of his early "Youth for Christ" crusades in Portsmouth, Virginia, before becoming pastor of South Norfolk Baptist Church, and I had one occasion to meet him personally after a Duke University chapel service.  Every year at South Norfolk, Dad would invite the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to come and screen one of their current Christian films, at no cost to the church.  Many times we would watch Rev. Graham preach at one of his crusades on television.  I remember one occasion that, while the hymn of invitation was being sung, Mother began to cry.  She told me she was crying tears of joy at seeing so many folks come forward to accept Christ as their Saviour.  In her prayer life, she would always pray, that Dad would "have souls for his hire."  In other words, it was an old way of saying, that Dad would be used of the Holy Spirit, to lead folks to Jesus in his work for the Lord; that salary had nothing to do with his dedication to Him. I know that he never asked for a raise in all the years he was at South Norfolk Baptist. 
We need more preachers today who will preach the Word without adding or subtracting from it.
-Rev. Joe Hughes
This announcement appeared in the Sunday bulletin for August 14, 1963:
Several of Billy Graham's sermons are provided below:
It has come to my attention, that in the last year or so, several individuals have posted false information on websites stating that Billy Graham denied Jesus as the only way to heaven.  That is not true, and I have included the following video that clearly refutes that:

One Man. One Purpose. One Message.

(Courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)