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Will Graham Shares Memories of Billy & Ruth Graham’s 50th Anniversary

Will Graham stopped by the Billy Graham Library this week to share memories of his grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary – complete with the witty humor of his grandmother, Ruth Bell Graham.

Watch as Will recounts the celebration.

Will also shared memories of his grandmother recently. Watch “Remembering Ruth Bell Graham” and more: Blog Videos.

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58 Comments

  1. LISA JONES says:

    That was a beautiful story.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Teres says:

      That‘s awesome video. They both are truly Christian mentors. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Debbie Boyd says:

      Love that story! Loved both of them! I grew up on Billy Grahams crusades! Love that his family is continuing on with God’s word! God Bless You All!

      1. Viola Mack says:

        If there ever was a couple that I admire, it’s Billy and Ruth Graham. I know with out a doubt that God put those two together. Thank u so much for sharing the story. I treasure every moment when I come to the library. Blessings to all.

    3. Danette Cousin says:

      What an awesome, sweet love story🤗…so special…I pray to receive the love of my life…was truly a blessed and highly favored couple…God is love❣

  2. Dalynn Boggs says:

    thank you😊

    1. Sarah says:

      This is special to me! We honor them and thank you and your dad for the work you are doing. God bless you!

  3. Sheryl Fulkerson says:

    Thank you, Will, for sharing such a touching and humorous story from a grandson’s perspective! Your grandparents’ love for each other and for the Lord and for others touched millions! It still continues to this day!
    Love goes on forever!

  4. jane roberts says:

    Will . That was the most beautiful story that left me in tears! I loved your Dad and Mom in this world and I can not wait to be with them in heaven ! Thank you and God bless you and your family , Jane

    1. Holly Anne Villella says:

      How very sweet! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story. Such beautiful smiles!

  5. Greta Biegel says:

    Such a sweet story Will of their 5oth Anniversary!

    1. Alice Shreve says:

      Thank you for this beautiful video of your grandparents. We love to go to the Library and have taken many visitors, and also had the privilege of attending your father’s funeral.

      Honoring the old is wonderful. My husband was born in China in 1941 and understands the reverence in saying ‘old lady’.

  6. Maria Fischer says:

    Such a beautiful story. It’s a reminder as a wife to stay so strong in your faith and support your husband with loving grace. God bless you

  7. Laurie says:

    Thanks for sharing this sweet family story. You are a wonderful storyteller! I felt like I was sitting on the couch in the living room and we were old friends. Heartwarming!

  8. Sukirti Lal says:

    What a beautiful recollection and narration of a historic true love of one of my favourite Evangelists Dr Billy Graham narrated by his grandson. Though this is the age of technology and more modern outlook, how his grandson has reflected 50 years back taken us to that era. I love to read just anything about Dr Billy Graham & his family just like the way I used to take interest reading about the Royal Family in UK or the Kennedy family years ago when I was in Fiji. Now I live in CA my perspectives have changed and my interest is more on Biblical readings and on all those servants of God who made difference in the lives of people in not only USA but all over the world.

  9. Helen Namauu says:

    Thank you for sharing your grandparents’ love story. It is a fantastic one! The love of Jesus has cemented their love for each other for 77 years and in the great beyond!

  10. Mary A HOWARD says:

    What a blessing that was to witness. Thrills my heart to know that there are truly some marriages so full of Love as well they should be.
    God Bless you and Thank you for sharing..

  11. Brenda Turnbough says:

    Beautiful story ♥️😊

  12. Janet Martin says:

    Thank you Will for sharing the 50th Anniversary of your Grandparents. Their lives live on with you and the entire Graham Family. God Bless

  13. Dayle Q Pruitt says:

    Their lives are such an inspiration to us all and an example of God’s love.

  14. Jacque Jensen says:

    Thank you for sharing the story of your Grandmother’s wedding dress. A beautiful story for your family to share for generations to come. A testimony of your Grandfather’s deep love for his sweet spouse. A shining example to all on the importance of the bonds of marriage, a love that takes your breath away.

    I have visited the Library in Charlotte once when visiting Rock Hill, SC to see my kids when they lived there. I cannot wait to come back one day. I told the kids they need to hurry and move back so I can volunteer on the Library’s welcoming team! You have such a wonderful team there.

    God Bless you all and keep you safe. Jacque J

  15. Alva Yandle says:

    Sweet story, thanks for sharing Will. I never met either of your grandparents but I count it a great privilege to have volunteered at the Billy Graham Library since it opened. I look forward to meeting them one day in heaven and thank them in person for their life of open and private service to the Lord Jesus. They have inspired millions and I am one of them.

  16. MaryB Hunt says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.
    Enjoying reading 📖 from spiritual leader library , visiting Montreat, and BG Library!

  17. Jim Daniels says:

    What a beautiful story!! We just happened to be at the Montreat College Chapel a couple of years ago and to our surprise we found out Dr. and Mrs. Graham were married in that chapel!! Now we see pictures of their wedding, we can say we were there in the same chapel!! Thank you for sharing that story of Mrs Graham’s wedding dress.

  18. Jeannie Olson says:

    Was privileged to visit the Billy Graham Library a few years ago and saw the beautiful dress Mrs. Graham made. Great story!

  19. Mrs. Tina Hilden says:

    What a beautiful story. I love to watch Billy Graham on TV, even if it is a replay. We have been watching him for many years, even when I was still at home. We grew up Catholic and my parents(both gone now) would watch Billy Graham Crusade. I am married and a Christian. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  20. Betty Paul says:

    This was just lovely. We pray for you and your family. Love you and your wonderful work.keep it up.
    God bless you.
    Betty Paul and Dorothy Taylor

  21. Shelly Rosenoff says:

    Beautiful story! How blessed you were to share that special day with your grandparents! I have been blessed over the years to have the input of your grandfather in spiritual matters, and I so enjoy The Attic portion of Decision Magazine! We are blessed to have your father and you continuing God’s work that He began with your grandfather. What a joyful reunion it will be when you join them in Heaven, and I will be looking for them when I go home!!
    God bless you and your family, and thanks for sharing!!
    Shelly Rosenoff

  22. Tammy Schlotter says:

    This was so beautiful. If you could sum up the whole Bible in 1 word it would be Love. There love was so evident. Truely this was a blessing to me today. God Bless more marriages with this type of Love. Godly Love straight from the heart.❤

  23. Patricia Howry says:

    What a blessing they were to each other and millions of others like me. I pray God’s protection over your dad’s ministry as he helps lead others to the Lord. My favorite mission to help with is the Christmas Shoe boxes. It blesses my heart every year to lead our church in getting their boxes ready and then taking them to be shipped out with other boxes all over the world. God bless you all.

  24. Diane says:

    Thank you for the beautiful story. Their togetherness was awesomely God ordained. Your family is so blessed.

    Gratefully,

    Diane Zehnder

  25. Joyce Dieda says:

    I too, am teary eyed and loved this story told by Will! Through the years of reading books by Ruth, and praying for the crusades and the Graham family, I have felt like I know the family! We were blessed to meet Roy at a dinner we were invited to in Newport Beach, California, I think last year. We are grateful for this family who are such a light for Jesus and so transparent that we can relate to them and to what it is like to be a true believer. Thank you to every member for your unwavering faith and for sharing it with us! En Agape, Joyce Dieda

  26. Tom McClain says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. It brought tears to my eyes. My wife Joyce McClain and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary this August 29th. I had special plans to celebrate our anniversary. I had a river cruise down the Danube river booked and the virus hit and all flights and cruises were cancelled. We are disappointed but made plans to fly from North Carolina to California where all our children and family live to have a nice dinner with everyone. I developed a bronchial problem which was after 4 months of doctors and finally seeing a specialist diagnosed as asthma. I was given a new prescription and it is controlling my asthma but the doctor said I should not fly at this time. So I had to cancel our flight to California.

  27. Gail L. Sensebe says:

    Will, You have blessed so many by sharing the wedding dress story of your grandmother. Ruth and Billy Graham’s marriage was truly one made in Heaven. They both remain as an inspiration to couples planning to marry and those who have already married.

  28. Janet Lynn Cooper says:

    What a Wonderful story ! We came to the library the year your grandfather passed and I got to walk through the cross! I always remember his saying the only way to Jesus is through the cross and I had chills when I walked through! I will remember it all my life and I hope to come back someday. The Library is a wonderful experience. I wish Ruth’s closet was on line to purchase more items the shop there is has so many wonderful items! God Bless to you all.

  29. Jo Ann Belaski says:

    That was a beautiful story. Your family is a blessing to the world. Thank you all. I listen to your grandfather on the radio and on dvd. I’m really happy you and your dad continue the good fight. Many people do not believe in God. That is sad. Thank you for never giving up. Bless you all.Your grand parents are truly proud of each and everyone of his beautiful family. I appreciate all you do. Keep up the good work. Bless you all.

  30. shirlee fragel says:

    Thank you for this special post. Wow What a lady. Thanks

  31. Sharon Rasg says:

    Love this such a Blessing 🥰🥰🙏🙏

  32. Nancy says:

    I heard this story when we visited the Library last year. Such a sweet story I love to hear over and over. It is truly a special love story. Thank you for sharing ~

  33. Michelle Spencer says:

    I visited the library when the dress was on a special display (not in the China room). This story makes me love this couple even more. Thanks for sharing

  34. John Carr says:

    Thanks Will for Sharing these Precious moments with us.
    I was in tears, as you were telling the story of their Love that reminded me of my Dear Donna Sue’s Love who is Now in Heaven after almost 59 years of marriage.
    LND(Love Never Dies),
    Donna Sue&John Carr

  35. Janice Hinkle says:

    So sweet, thank you for sharing. Billy Graham is the greatest preacher in this Centuty.
    Ruth helped him so much to work for the Lord.

  36. Mark J Bushey says:

    A beautiful loving story. I only got to see my wife ,of 35 years, in her wedding dress one time before she joined our Father in Heaven. I would have given anything here on Earth to see her standing in front of me one more time in that dress with all her beauty. May God Bless you all as he has your Grandpa and Grandma…

  37. Ned Jones says:

    Outstanding video by grandson Will about 50th wedding anniversary dress of Ruth Graham and family gathering. God bless all of you.

  38. toni lapierre says:

    beautiful story

  39. Gale Finley says:

    Wow! What a blessing in that story. I never cease to be amazed by how God uses the Graham family. It thrills my soul to see where they will be serving or what they will be doing next for our Lord. Look how long this has been happening. God has raised up this entire family and it started with the wedding dress.

  40. Ronald Clifford Williams Sr says:

    Thank you Will Graham for sharing the story of your grandmother Ruth Graham in her wedding dress.
    And thank you for completing the family dinner story about your grandfather Billy Graham praying to thank the Lord for the dinner but could not complete the prayer due to being overcome with his love for Ruth and his whole family at dinner time.
    Billy and Ruth Graham has greatly influenced the Christian Church and the lost and left a legacy that has never been blemished.
    I personally went to Dr Billy Graham’s Los Angeles Crusade and went forward and rededicated my life to the Lord.
    I have met your father Franklin Graham many times at the Anchorage Baptist Temple .
    I do what I can to support Billy Graham ministry even though I’m unemployed.

  41. Bonnie Leavy says:

    I love this story. They will forever be an inspiration to the testament of God.

  42. Sally Harris says:

    Very touching and beautiful. What a life Billy and Ruth Graham have lived! They have truly left a legacy. As a child growing up in the Caribbean I grew up listening to Mr. Graham. I was fortunate to visit the Billy Graham library a few years ago with my children. Now that my kids are older I would love to visit again. Will, thank you for sharing that beautiful touching story of your grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. I can’t think of many men and women of God who have lived a simple and inspiring God fearing life as Billy and Ruth. Even in death their lives continue to touch and inspire. I wish someone would make a movie about their lives so that the next generation could see a life well lived.

  43. Ify Emmanuel says:

    Thank you so much Lord Jesus for giving us Billy and Ruth Graham. To you alone be all the glory amen .

  44. Allen & Cathy Maddox says:

    Wonderful story about a great love story!

  45. Bob Georgia says:

    Dear Graham Family,

    This was a heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Georgia

  46. Billy Hahn says:

    Beautiful. I serve at the BG Library and am also amazed that she
    did her own wedding dress. She must have been an amazing
    lady to have done that. But I am also amazed that she raised
    the kids by herself as Billy was gone so much and that she never
    complained. By her wanting to be a missionary I am sure that she knew that she was also involved in the Lords work by supporting Bill like she did. We also have a ministry at the Library as we interact with people that come. I am sure that
    God is pleased with the Library and all that goes on there. I
    feel that Franklin is doing a great job for the Lord. We are only
    here to determine whether we go up or down.

  47. Mildred Leone says:

    I have admired both Billy & Ruth for years! The way that both Billy & Ruth followed & listened to the Lord 🙏 & the Holy Spirit as they were directed in the way they would go! What a blessing they were to each other.

  48. Mildred Leone says:

    I have admired both Billy & Ruth for years! The way that both Billy & Ruth followed & listened to the Lord 🙏 & the Holy Spirit as they were directed in the way they would go! What a blessing they were to each other and to the Lord.

  49. Abe and Connie says:

    This was AWESOME !! Thank you for sharing 🙂 🙂

  50. Jim Eckburg says:

    A marriage made in heaven for sure …just like Eva and I. We love your ministry especially at the cove. We miss you Will!
    Jim and Eva

  51. Richard Kiernan says:

    What a beautiful story!
    Thank you Will Graham for sharing!!

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