In a recent post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, Graham's son, Franklin, said his father is alive and well.
“He doesn’t think anybody remembers who he is,” Franklin Graham told the BGEA in a July 6 article. "So he’ll say, ‘If you meet anybody who remembers me, tell ’em hello.'"
Of course, plenty of people remember Billy Graham, who preached to more than a billion people in a career that spanned more than six decades. Graham, who lives in Montreat, suffers from the common maladies of old age, including poor hearing and vision.
“He’s 97 years old,” Franklin Graham said. “When he was 90, he told all of us he was gonna live to 95. When he approached 95, he moved the goalpost. He said, ‘I’m now gonna live to be a hundred.’ … I hope he does.”
In a recent letter to friends and supporters of the BGEA, Franklin Graham wrote:
"Many ask about my father. He is still in his own home and often eats meals at the kitchen table, as he has always done. Approaching age 98, he lives with limitations typical of old age — his eyesight is very poor, his hearing is not good, and he uses a wheelchair. Someone is with him in the house at all times.
One of the things he enjoys is sitting on the front porch and looking out over the mountains on days when the weather is good and he feels up to it. He watches news with the help of a large-screen TV. His ministry now is praying, and he looks forward to reports of what God is doing around the world. He always responds by saying 'Praise the Lord,' as he points upward."