Aretha Franklin's body has arrived at a Detroit church where her funeral is being held Friday.
Others noted that Hill wasn't as out of place at Greater Grace Temple as some may have believed, as she was raised a devout Baptist and, like Franklin, launched her singing career in the church. It is the objective of the survivors of any deceased, whether it be Aretha Franklin or John Smith, to handle affairs as simply and quickly as you can.
On Friday, Detroit's Greater Grace Temple hosted a funeral fit for a queen, attended by friends, family and fans. Since Franklin's August 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"
Opening the ceremony, Bishop Charles H Ellis III, joked that numerous funeral programmes will end up on eBay.
"I have no idea if it was true", he said, but Franklin wanted the audience "to sit back and feel good and not worry about how long she was gonna live".
A viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday provided the public another opportunity to pay their respects to the late Queen of Soul.
"There are some girls who haven't been born yet ... who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.
"To actually see her faith in day-to-day things was always incredible and refreshing because she truly believe in God, and believe in the church".
Franklin's father and other family members are buried there, along with other influential Detroiters like Parks, Edsel Ford, department store magnate J.L. Hudson, plus former Detroit Mayors Hazen Pingree and Albert Cobo. "It just didn't seem to be something she got around to".
US President Bill Clinton (R) along with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton award singer Aretha Franklin (C) with the 1999 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award 29 September, 1999, at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
"I'm so proud of you, I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven and I promise to carry our family legacy with pride", said Franklin's very emotional grandson Jordan, tearing up. "And hopefully, a lot of people here with money and fame and influence and friends and notoriety and wealth, hopefully they will think of their mortality and say there is something bigger than fame, there is something bigger than Hollywood, something bigger than being a recording artist and selling gold albums or what have you". "She sang for 45 straight minutes". "I had a client who had a $70 million real estate portfolio who had had end-stage diabetes".
According to papers filed in Michigan's Oakland County court, the singer was unwed at the time of her death and survived by her four sons - Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Franklin and Ted White Jr. - who are between the ages of 48 and 63.
Flowers said: "She had a strong faith, a deep love for God".
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