Aretha Franklin to be remembered, mourned at funeral service in Detroit

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The Queen of Soul, who died on August 16 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, is being honored for more than six hours with 18 performers and more than 15 speakers.

Her invitation-only funeral is taking place at Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city.

According to the official program obtained by WDIV4, the funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m., and is scheduled to end at 3 p.m... though we wouldn't be surprised if it runs longer.

Franklin will also be honored Thursday night at "A People's Tribute to the Queen" concert at Chene Park featuring at least 22 musical performances, including the Four Tops, Johnny Gill and Ron Isley.

Grande will be among entertainers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. "I don't think he'd come, but it would be appropriate if they did come".

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And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss. " Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family". Richard Brevard Russell, whom the Senate building is now named for, was a segregationist who was opposed the Civil Rights Act.

Among those honouring Franklin Friday are about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday. She'll then be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here".

Even in her afterlife, the Queen of Soul is managing to make wardrobe changes.

The concert followed three days of public viewings of her open, golden casket that drew thousands at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, and the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History.

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