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Here are the participants scheduled for Billy Graham's funeral
Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush visit with Franklin and Jane Graham at the Graham Family Homeplace in Charlotte February 26, 2018. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
CHARLOTTE — Nineteen participants, including Grammy Award-winning Christian artists and international pastors, will offer remarks at the Rev. Billy Graham's funeral in Charlotte.
More than 2,000 attendees and some 400 news media representatives will be at the Billy Graham Library on Friday, where a two-hour service planned by Graham himself will be held in a 28,000-square-foot tent. The tent is a nod to his 1949 crusade in Los Angeles, which last eight weeks and propelled him to national prominence.
The pulpit used during the ceremony is the same one used by Graham during his crusades in the 1990s.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are expected to attend. They will be escorted to their front-row seats by Graham's grandson, Maj. Edward Bell Graham.
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Trump is not expected to speak, BGEA spokesman Mark DeMoss said Thursday night.
More than 100 international dignitaries from 50 countries will attend the service.
"Members of the Graham family and friends and team members here are looking at tomorrow's funeral service as Billy Graham's last crusade," DeMoss said.
Along with Graham's sister, Jean Ford, and his five children, here is who is scheduled to participate in the funeral:
Following the seating of Graham's family and the Trumps and the Pences, McCrary-Fisher will perform "Until Then" by Stuart Hamblen. The gospel singer has been involved with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association events since 2002, and sang for Graham at his home in Montreat in recent years. She also sang at the 2007 dedication of the Billy Graham Library.
Bruce, Graham's executive assistant for 23 years, will welcome guests Friday. The North Carolina native is a BGEA board member and has served on its staff for 31 years.
Wilton, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will conduct the Scripture reading and offer the invocation. Graham watched televised services of Wilton's messages after no longer being able to attend church in person, and officially became a member of his church in 2008. Wilton visited Graham in Montreat almost weekly in recent years, and traveled with the family to Washington this week.
The choir director for Billy Graham Crusades and Franklin Graham Festivals, Bledsoe will lead the congregational singing during the funeral service. He has been with the BGEA for more than 30 years.
Michael W. Smith
Smith, a three-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums, will perform at the service. He first met Graham at a crusade in the 1980s and was a musical guest on the last day of Billy Graham's final crusade in 2005 in New York.
Dagher is the founding pastor of the Karantina Alliance Church founder of the Christian Alliance Institute of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. He first heard Graham in 1971 and has served as a keynote speaker for several BGEA conferences.
Kim served as Graham's interpreter in Seoul, South Korea, and remained a good friend until Graham's death. He is pastor emeritus of the Suwon Central Baptist Church and was the first Asian to be named president of the Baptist World Alliance. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Gaither Vocal Band
The band will perform what was said to be one of Graham's favorite hymns, "Because He Lives." It first sang at Graham's Charlotte crusade in 1996 and his final crusade in 2005 in New York. Founder and bass singer Bill Gaither and his wife, Gloria, have performed for Graham at his home.
With 35 years as an associate evangelist for the BGEA, Cunville will offer a prayer of thanksgiving during the service. He has been president of the United Bible Societies since 2010.
Boetticher will provide a bagpipe escort for the Graham family at the end of the service. He has been a professional bagpiper for some 30 years in California.
Innes wil provide the piano prelude, postlude and accompaniment at the service. He began serving as a BGEA staff musician since 1965 and has been a pianist and organist at Graham's crusades worldwide.
Hamm, BGEA's vice president of crusades, he previously worked with the ministry as an associate evangelist in Europe in 1992.