Skip to content

Tune In: The Queen Of Soul Laid To Rest In Hometown Ceremony

Tune In: The Queen Of Soul Laid To Rest In Hometown Ceremony

Thousands have gathered in Detroit, Michigan today to pay their final respects to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. 

Franklin's star-studded funeral service is set to be a six-hour celebration of her life, music, and the incredible legacy that she left behind. Pastor Shirley Caesar, Stevie Wonder, Cicely Tyson, Smokey Robinson, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are among the speakers and performers who will honor one of the greatest singers of all time. 

Check out the tentative schedule for Franklin's homegoing celebration below.

- 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 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 and 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 

Rest in power to the forever Queen of Soul.