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Billy Graham to celebrate 96th birthday with family, friends

Posted November 7, 2014

Forget about another big birthday blowout for the Rev. Billy Graham.

Graham plans to celebrate his 96th birthday Friday with family and friends. Last year, 900 people attended a two-hour party for the North Carolina-born evangelist at an Asheville hotel.

His son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, said Wednesday that his father is in good spirits, he's eating well, and his mind is still sharp.

Two weeks after last year's party, Graham was hospitalized for two days for observation and lung tests. Graham uses a wheelchair and has been hospitalized for several health-related issues over the past few years.

Franklin Graham commented on his father's birthday following a news conference announcing that his international charity, Samaritan's Purse, was sending 90 tons of supplies to battle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


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  • Rob Creekmore Nov 7, 2014
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    I'm glad he lived to see gay marriage legalized in NC.

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Nov 7, 2014
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    GREAT man of God... happy birthday!

  • 678devilish Nov 7, 2014

    Happy Birthday Rev. Billy Graham. Its a special blessing to reach 96. You most likely will see 100. God is good.

  • fifefan4life Nov 7, 2014

    Happy Birthday Billy Graham! God bless you!

  • Jeff Cates Nov 7, 2014
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    Happy Birthday Rev Graham!!

  • Naysayer Nov 7, 2014

    True American Icon!

  • Kathy Sanders Nov 7, 2014
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    Give him a break, he was 94. I'm not that old yet, but I suspect most of us, if we live that long, may have some thought changes. I am not a fan of his political choice. I hope his family and close friends will celebrate with him and not make this a political event.