Aretha Franklin Funeral: Details of Service, Including Superstar Guest List, Revealed


According to the Detroit Free Press, the pink cars are part of Franklin's funeral procession being held at the Greater Grace Temple.

Aretha Franklin's public memorial has officially come to a close.

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As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, her funeral is set to be a star-studded event with performances from the likes of Stevie Wonder and remarks from former President Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and music legend Smokey Robinson. Through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions inspiring and empowering the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love.

The streets outside the Motor City church were filled with dozens of pink Cadillacs, a nod to Franklin's 1985 hit "Freeway of Love".

Isiah Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons player and a friend of Franklin's, told CNN he could hardly believe the day had arrived to say goodbye. "Let us all stand and thank them for sharing her with us".

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The Queen of Soul will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in her hometown of Detroit-the same place her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and her nephew, Thomas Garrett, were buried. She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.

This celebration will end a week-long tribute to the singer, which included droves of fans descending on Detroit to see her lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go".

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?"

While most of the funeral plans have been for public benefit as of yet, Owens said Friday's funeral is more a chance for Franklin's family to grieve privately.

Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away".