Just a little bit? Total respect at fans' farewell to Aretha Franklin

31 August, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans pay their last to Aretha Franklin

The adoring public came from far and wide to glimpse Franklin, resplendent in a red gown and red pumps and with cherry red lipstick on a placid smile, lying in a gold coffin surrounded by flowers.

Yesterday, fans strolled by the casket, some in tears; one woman blew a kiss to Franklin, who was surrounded by massive arrangements of roses of different hues.

On Thursday, a public viewing will take place at Aretha Franklin's hometown church of New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood, where her father was a former pastor.

Right at the front of the queue was Gale Smith, 56, a nurse who had helped to care for the singer in hospital.

The "I Say a Little Prayer" songstress still had on her red lipstick and red nails - which ran with the red dress she wore Tuesday. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. I'm just a big fan", she told us.

Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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A funeral for Franklin will be held on Friday, according to Rolling Stone, and will be broadcast live, at least in part by WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV, and WXYZ-TV, all of them local Detroit TV stations.

"During the '70s, anything she made during that time, we were just dancing to and enjoying it", amusing said. She's not sure what overcame him, since they had seen Franklin perform many times before, but "I guess it was something special", she said. You can count on a wardrobe change.

Ellis believes there won't be an empty seat at his temple Friday-some 4,000 seats filled with invited family and friends.

Taylor Swift asked for a moment of silence in honor of Aretha Franklin Tuesday night in Detroit.

"It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away", Owens added.

Owens said it's all come together with a bit of divine assistance. "Guided by God and by Aretha Franklin".

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