Funeral Underway For The Legendary Aretha Franklin

Lawrence Kim
September 1, 2018

The event is being held at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, the singer's hometown. "Even when we would fuss".

The country star took the stage behind Franklin's shining gold casket to perform in front of hundreds gathered to remember Aretha, who passed away of pancreatic cancer on August 16 at the age of 76.

Who's speaking: Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers. Yet the Queen of Soul's final send-off certainly will encompass many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.

What do you think of this tribute to Aretha Franklin? The Clark Sisters, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder were scheduled to perform.

Franklin's hairdresser of 35 years, Carlton Northern, was responsible for the "Natural Woman" singer's final beauty look, a short crop of curls.

Jackson, who has Parkinson's disease and is in his late 70s, spoke slowly as he stood in front of the gathered mourners on Friday.

But Bishop Charles Ellis III, of Detroit's Greater Grace, said the funeral will be a respectful service rather than a pomp ceremony.

"In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation, while the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect". This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production. "All lives do matter".

"It took a little time to get in here, but I believe the queen wouldn't have had it any other way", Ellis said. "When you hear the drums and bass on my records, that's where it comes from". But they would want us to celebrate their lives because they transitioned from this life to a better one'. Robinson also didn't share what he will say, but that's for a different reason.

The words were in response to Trump's comment that Franklin had "worked" for him on "numerous occasions".

Trump added that her legacy would "thrive and inspire many generations to come" and noted that "people loved Aretha".

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) reminisced about Franklin calling to congratulate her after she was elected mayor of Southfield, Michigan.

The cars are a reference to her song, "Freeway of Love", in which she sings: "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac".

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