Aretha Franklin given costume change as gold casket returns to star's church

Aretha Franklin given costume change as gold casket returns to star's church

Aretha Franklin given costume change as gold casket returns to star's church

According to USA Today, the player has a front row pew at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple for Franklin's final service on August 31.

Those selected to speak at the funeral include Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, actress Cicely Tyson, record mogul Clive Davis, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande are to lead musical tributes.

The funeral for the "Queen of Soul", who died earlier this month at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, will take place at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. The formal part of the service is to begin at 1400 GMT (10 am local time) in her MI hometown. The funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to last at least six hours.

Owens told CNN the funeral service itself will pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of church.

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The singer was surrounded by her loved ones when at the time of her death.

Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha Franklin's son, Edward Franklin. "Her unrivaled singing voice helped her create timeless hits like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" on her way to being rightfully crowned as the Queen of Soul. She called the Motor City home for most of her life. "I don't think he'd come, but it would be appropriate if they did come". Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit.

Workers carefully moved Franklin's polished bronze casket from the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and loaded it in to a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.

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