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Aretha Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall on February 18, 2012, in NY.
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In the moments before Aretha Franklin's funeral, dignitaries filled Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.
The service capped a weeklong send-off that drew lines of fans, paying their respect to the legendary singer who died of pancreatic cancer on August 16 at age 76.
The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., the pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., will deliver the eulogy, Franklin's publicist added.
"She gave us pride and she gave us a regal bar to reach".
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Friday morning, Franklin's open casket was placed at the front of the church as mourners streamed by in advance of the service. The memorial concert, titled "A People's Tribute to the Queen", will take place in Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit .
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Her body arrived in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.
"I hope God will forgive me but I was so glad when I got here, and I hope you will forgive me, when the casket was still open because I said I wonder what my friend's got on today", he said to laughter. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. He remembered her turning up at a tribute to him in a tutu. "I know that my love for you will never end, will never end", Robinson sang. "Even when we would fuss".
Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holliday and Ron Isley also performed.
As her four sons and other family members move on from Friday's funeral in Detroit, they're left with the potentially tall task of finding out how many millions she was worth, and divvying it up, a process that could take years and is likely to play out in public. "When Aretha Franklin sang, it felt like the voice of Detroit". The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video. It chronicles Aretha's life from when she was born and how the church on Hastings street, Detroit Michigan became the place where her career started.
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The six-hour funeral, which begins at 14:00 BST, will feature performances from Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, and Chaka Khan.
Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for the service that may well exceed five hours.