Funeral service for Aretha Franklin in Detroit on August 31

31 August, 2018, 22:58 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the funeral service for the late singer Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple

Her family wanted to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin - though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks - but worked to provide the singer's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens said.

Her body arrived at the Greater Grace Temple in a white hearse and gold-plated casket, reports The Associated Press, dressed in a sparkling gold gown and sequined heels.

Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson are among the speakers.

The week of tribute events in Detroit, which have included several concerts and a widely attended public viewing, culminate Friday with Franklin's star-studded funeral, expected to draw dignitaries, musicians and other high-profile figures from around the world.

Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show.

Ben Gabbe via Getty Images
Ben Gabbe via Getty Images

Faith Hill gave the opening musical performance, singing her own rendition of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", while Ariana Grande - a last-minute addition to the program - performed the song "Natural Woman".

The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart. The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love".

"The display is being organized by Crisette Ellis, whose husband, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, serves as pastor at the Greater Grace Temple, where the funeral will be held", the report noted. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go".

Her grandchildren and an obituary reading by her niece Sabrina Owens are also planned for Friday.

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said.

Michelle and I express our heartfelt sympathies for all of those who gathered in Detroit and we join you in remembering and celebrating the life of the queen of soul.

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