By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
Jackie Tucker was a student when Graham came to Louisiana College for the 1951 revival. Even though she doesn’t remember the particulars of his message, Tucker recalls the campus was abuzz with excitement about the fact the popular evangelist was preaching at the school.
“We knew that this was a very, very special man,” Tucker recalled. “I can still picture him coming down that hill, with everyone thrilled he was there. Billy Graham’s main theme then was as it was right up to his death – that he wanted people to know Jesus loved them and wanted them to trust in Him so they could join Him in Heaven one day.”
Tucker said she is thankful for the legacy Graham left behind and the lessons of integrity he taught during his ministry.
“He’s one person that they haven’t found anything that is scandalous,” Tucker said. “When so many celebrities have fallen because of mistakes, you couldn’t find anything to mar his reputation. He was a real gentleman and we were very proud he took the time to come to LC.”