Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Funeral plans announced for the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Funeral plans announced for the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul lost her battle with advanced pancreatic cancer on Thursday (16Aug18), aged 76, and now her relatives have outlined plans for a four-day celebration of her life.

"She went on a 11-city tour with Harry Belafonte and gave all the money to Dr. King", Jackson told the church.

"Right now, the gospel choir in heaven has a lead singer".

Inside, New Bethel pastor Robert Smith Jr. opened the service. "Aretha is gone from our eyesight and the reach of our hand" but it's a happy day because she is in heaven.

Fagaly even gave his own saxophone solo to the song "Respect" while Franklin came out one last time to take her final bows. Franklin was able to move President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and the entire audience, and millions of viewers tuning in at home.

Her coffin is to be "entombed" along with the remains of her father, the Reverend C L Franklin, and her brother, Cecil Franklin, and sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin. At her last public performance, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York City in November, she looked frail, and whispers about her health grew louder.

The Reverand Jesse Jackson spoke about the presidential inaugurations which featured Franklin - saying that she would have performed at most recent inauguration had things turned out differently.

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His eulogy had worshippers on their feet. Many notable musicians and politicians have posted on Twitter about Franklin and how much she influenced them, including Diana Ross, another iconic black woman in the music industry.

"It was lovely and it spoke to all of us", said Denise Redmon, a 57-year-old IN bus driver on a weekend coach trip to Detroit.

A lifelong friend and musical compatriot, Motown great Smokey Robinson, recalled in a Reuters TV interview that he met Franklin when she was just 5 or 6 years old, and heard her sing and play the piano "almost like she did as an adult". "She belongs to us".

"She's Detroit's queen - she's our queen", McCall added.

Franklin's drive for civil rights didn't fade away with the passage of time, a point Ralph Godbee, the former Detroit police chief and current police chief for Detroit Public Schools Community District, made.

The possibility of a movie on the Queen of Soul has been percolating for many years.

He said the revival of the Motor City - the home of the U.S. auto industry that has turned a corner after years of economic depression and high crime - was "on the back of the spirit of the Queen of Soul".

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