Aretha Franklin funeral in Detroit: What to expect

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DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — The pink Cadillacs have arrived as Michigan gets ready to say goodbye to the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin died Aug. 16 at the age of 76, after battling pancreatic cancer.

After a week of tributes to Franklin, which included concerts and three days of public viewings in Motown, her polished bronze casket was moved to Greater Grace Temple in Detroit for Friday’s funeral.

Rev. Marvin Sapp of Grand Rapids is among the people expected to speak at Franklin’s five-hour service.  Former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson are also on the list.

Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and others are expected to perform.

The program is as follows: 

  • 9:30-9:50 a.m.: Musical Prelude: Aretha Franklin Orchestra
  • 9:50-10:00 a.m.: Lighting of Candles: Swanson Funeral Home, Inc.
  • 10:00-10:20 a.m.: Processional: Clergy, Ministers and Family
  • 10:20-10:25 a.m.: Prayer of Comfort: Dr. E.L. Branch, Pastor, Third New Hope Church
  • 10:25-10:40 a.m.: Scripture of Comfort: 
    • 10:25 a.m.: Old Testament: Bishop T.D. Jakes, Potter’s House, Dallas, TX
    • 10:30 a.m.: New Testament: Pastor Solomon Kinloch, Triumph Church
    • 10:35 a.m.: The Psalm: Bishop P.A. Brooks, Pastor, New St. Paul Tabernacle Church
  • 10:40-10:45 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
  • 10:45-10:49 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Faith Hill
  • 10:49-11:03 a.m.: Remarks: 
    • 10:49 a.m.: Brenda Jones, City Council President
    • 10:51 a.m.: JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council
    • 10:53 a.m.: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
    • 10:57 a.m.: Governor Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
  • 11:03-11:08 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Ariana Grande
  • 1108-11:13 a.m.: Musical Tribute: The Clark Sisters
  • 11:13-11:18 a.m: Acknowledgements and Condolences: Barbara Sampson
  • 11:18-11:23 a.m.: Musical Tribute: The Williams Brothers & Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  • 11:23-11:40 a.m.: Family Reflections: Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie & Jordan Franklin
  • 11:40-11:45 a.m.: Family Musical Tribute: Edward Franklin
  • 11:45-11:50 a.m.: Obituary: Sabrina Owens
  • 11:50-11:55 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Alice McAllister Tillman
  • 11:55-12:00 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Audrey DuBois Harris
  • 12:00-12:15 p.m.: Personal Remarks: 
    • 12:00 p.m.: Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General
    • 12:10 p.m.: Former President, William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton
  • 12:15-12:19 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Pastor Shirley Caesar and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard
  • 12:19-12:36 p.m.: Personal Reflections: 
    • 12:19 p.m.: Greg Mathis, Retired Judge, 36th District Court, Detroit, MI
    • 12:23 p.m.: Brenda Lawrence, State Representative, 14th Congressional District
    • 12:27 p.m.: Rev. Donald L. Parsons, Logos Assembly Church, Chicago, IL
    • 12:31 p.m.: Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network
  • 12:36-12:41 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Chaka Khan
  • 12:41-12:51 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Ron Isley
  • 12:51 p.m.: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder/President Rainbow P.U.S.H. Coalition
  • 1:00 p.m.: Dr. William J. Barber, II, Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsborough N.C
  • 1:05 p.m.: Rev. James Holley, Retired Pastor, New Light Missionary Baptist Church
  • 1:10-1:15 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Fantasia Barrino-Taylor
  • 1:15-1:30 p.m: Personal Reflections: 
    • 1:15 p.m.: Tyler Perry
    • 1:17 p.m.: Cicely Tyson, Actress
    • 1:20 p.m.: Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music
    • 1:25 p.m.: Smokey Robinson, Recording Artist
  • 1:30-1:34 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Bishop Paul Morton and Yolanda Adams
  • 1:34-1:53 p.m.: Personal Reflections: 
    •  1:34 p.m.: Mildred Gaddis, Radio Personality
    • 1:38 p.m.: Isaiah Thomas, Former NBA Player, Detroit Pistons
    • 1:42 p.m.: Ron Moten, Personal Friend, Franchise Owner, McDonald’s Restaurants
    • 1:48 p.m.: Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
  • 1:53-2:00 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Bishop Marvin Sapp and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
  • 2:00-2:05 p.m.: Sermonic Selection: Jennifer Hudson
  • 2:05-2:35 p.m.: Eulogy: Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Atlanta GA
  • 2:35-2:45 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Stevie Wonder joined by National Artists
  • 2:45-3:00 p.m.: Recessional: Jennifer Holliday and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir

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