MONTREAT, BUNCOMBE COUNTY - Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) met with the Reverend Billy Graham on Friday, at Graham's home in Montreat, near Asheville.
"He is such an inspiration and has been for generations," Gov. McCrory said of Rev. Graham. "At the end of our meeting, we prayed together: for me, my family, but most importantly for the state."
Rev. Graham turned 94 years old on Nov. 7. The Evangelist had been in and out of the hospital in the past year, getting treated for bronchitis and pneumonia.
Graham is well-known for offering spiritual guidance to several sitting presidents, including Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. In 2010, President Barack Obama visited Rev. Graham at his home for a prayer.
Gov. McCrory's visit to Rev. Graham was just one of several stops in his trip to western North Carolina.
The governor was scheduled to read a Dr. Seuss book to students at an elementary school in Flat Rock on Friday. The late author's birthday is Saturday, and the reading coincides with what's called national "Read Across America Day."
The governor was also scheduled to visit a hardware store in Black Mountain, the next stop in what's being called his "Main Street" tours. He's said he wants to work to revitalize small towns.