Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

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It was a celebration - a daylong tribute, full of stories sharing how Aretha Franklin's life touched her Detroit community and the world.

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for the service that may well exceed five hours. I grew very fond of what has become my favorite Aretha Franklin's song to date.

Franklin's grandchildren spoke and a delegation represented the South African government.

Some fans were admitted into the church to sit behind Franklin's family. "No, she used to perform for you". She also owned several properties in the Detroit area with an estimated market value of about $4 million, according to the AP.

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a lovely, faithful rendition.

"In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation", Obama wrote.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park".

"I love her and I respect who she was and who she is and all of those kinds of things", Knight added.

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Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father.

Gladys Knight gave us a scare when she said she suffered from the "same disease" the late Aretha Franklin recently succumbed to.

"She was blessed to have the powerful gift of singing, perhaps the most remarkable voice, and most unique, the world has ever heard".

Barrino's tribute to Franklin clearly had a strong personal meaning for her, if a tweet she posted on August 16, the day of Franklin's death, was any indication.

"I just loved her", he said. An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces".

Some heirs, like Franklin's son Clarence, may need more than others, and that can be a hard and touchy decision for a parent, Zwicker said.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush didn't attend but they sent messages to honor the Queen of Soul.

The speakers at Friday's invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. She entertained for presidents, royalty and eulogized fallen icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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