LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP)--Jerry Falwell, who impacted American culture with his larger-than-life persona, impacted his local culture in death. Lynchburg's small,
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metropolitan airport accommodated a swarm of private jets, public schools closed early and hundreds of police and other city personnel directed traffic and managed the 10,000-plus people who thronged to the facilities of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University for Falwell's May 22 memorial service.
More than 33,000 people viewed Falwell's body as it lay in repose the weekend before his funeral.
People began gathering outside the church as early as 3:30 a.m. for the 1 p.m. service, which drew preachers, politicians and a panoply of evangelical figures from across the country.
When the church's auditorium was full, thousands more were directed to overflow seating at the school's football stadium and basketball arena, where the service was viewed via closed-circuit television.
Evangelical leaders eulogized him as "friend." Read More