Whitney Houston Funeral Televised Time

February 18, 2012 by staff 

Whitney Houston Funeral Televised Time, A close friend of Whitney Houston’s family may have said it best: They would have loved her, even if she couldn’t sing.

But how she could sing. Houston, the six-time Grammy Award winner and only artist to consecutively chart seven No. 1 hits, will be remembered Saturday in the Newark, New Jersey, church where she performed as a child in front of her family and community.

In addition to her family, those expected to celebrate Houston’s life at New Hope Baptist Church will include entertainment mogul Tyler Perry; “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin; Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder; and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

The fact that Houston’s funeral will bring a coterie of “A-listers” together is hardly surprising. After all, she had worked for nearly 30 years with the best in the business.

But it isn’t her fame that will be most celebrated at the invitation-only funeral beginning at noon, said family friend and Pastor Marvin Winans.

Instead, the message to the 1,500 mourners expected to fill the red-brick church — and the millions more watching on television or online — will be reminiscent of words from Paul the Apostle.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

For a few hours Saturday, the story won’t be about Houston’s reported drinking days before she died or about the prescription pills being tested as investigators seek a cause of her still-unexplained death a week ago at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

In Newark, 2,700 miles away from Los Angeles, they will remember the 11-year-old girl nicknamed “Nippy,” who followed in the footsteps of her mother, Cissy, by singing in the junior gospel choir. They will remember Houston the superstar, returning for Easter Sunday services, never losing her roots after making it big.

They will remember, through tears and joy, that incredible voice.

Houston’s family will be comforted by neighbors and fellow church members in what the family is calling a “home going” service, according to the funeral invitation that features a photo of a smiling Houston.

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