Cleveland, Tennessee officials and representatives of Lee
University gathered on Billy Graham Avenue Wednesday to speak about the famed
evangelist and pray a prayer of thanksgiving for his ministry and long life.
From left, Dr. Mark Williams, pastor at North Cleveland Church Of God, Mayor
Tom Rowland, Phil Cook, vice presidential for enrollment at Lee and Bethany
McCoy, assistant director of community relations at Lee.
Rev. Billy Graham began his higher education as a 19 year
old student on the campus when it was Bob Jones College.
In 2012, the city named a portion of a street through
campus Billy Graham Avenue. On Nov. 7, 2017, on Rev. Graham’s 99th birthday,
Billy Graham Avenue was extended the remaining distance across the campus.
Wednesday, in the wake of the news of Rev. Graham’s
death, the street signs were draped in black and flowers were attached to the
sign posts. Wreaths of white flowers were placed on the doors at Medlin Hall,
the dormitory were the young Billy Graham lived while at Lee.