Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

LeBron James to Sit Front Row at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

LeBron James to Sit Front Row at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha Franklin's son, Edward Franklin. The church also hosted Rosa Parks' funeral in 2005, at which Franklin sang.

The singer has returned to the church where her father was once the pastor, and where she first began singing in the gospel choir, before she began her road to stardom aged 14.

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.

Just more than two weeks after the world lost one the greatest singing voices ever to be heard, the opulent funeral planned to send off Aretha Franklin to her final resting place was set to be held Friday morning in the Queen of Soul's longtime hometown of Detroit.

More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church. Songs will be offered by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. Their performances are expected to honor Franklin's strong gospel roots.

Greater Grace's Bishop Charles Ellis III says he wants all - even the famous - to leave with a "spiritual awakening".

Aretha was said to have been dressed in a rose gold dress and gold sequinned heels for the final day, with huge bunches of flowers surrounding her and her gold casket.

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?'

The world will get one last time to bid the Queen of Soul farewell.

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