Several speakers will attend the Whitney Houston funeral in Newark, New Jersey before she is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield on Saturday. Many celebrities have already been named to speak at Houston’s services, such as Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, and other family members. Her family has let the public know they do not want her memorial to be “a parade,” but to have an intimate feel.
Whitney was loved by a multitude of singers, actors, and other famous individuals. They will all take time to express their thoughts and admiration for the pop sensation that died so suddenly.
The following list is a detailed outline of the Whitney Houston funeral schedule of speakers that TMZ just released.
Rev. Joe A. Carter – Scripture, Rev. Donnie McClurken – Selection, Tyler Perry – Expressions, Rev. T.D. Jakes – Expressions, Rev. Kim Burrell – Selection, Kevin Costner – Expressions, Aretha Franklin – Selection, Clive Davis – Expressions, Ray Watson – Expressions, Stevie Wonder – Selection, Ricky Minor – Remarks, Alicia Keyes – Selection, R. Kelly – Selection, Patricia Houston – Family Remarks, Dionne Warwick – Family Remarks, CeCe Winans – Selection, Rev. Marvin Winans – Eulogy, Recessional
Live coverage of Whitney’s funeral will be televised all morning and into the afternoon. Networks such as CNN, BET, E!, and HLN will air coverage of the events happening at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark on up to where she will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery. Services begin at 12:00 p.m., ET/9:00 a.m., PT.
Whitney’s family is calling the service a “Home Going” event for her. All week speculation has revolved around who will or will not be attending the services. Bobby Brown was believed not to be welcome at Whitney’s services, but her family extended an official invite.
Whether there will be any bad blood seen between Bobby Brown and Whitney’s family is unknown. Given the somber mood, they will likely come together in remembering one of the greatest singers that ever lived.