"In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today's ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything".
Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show.
Franklin's funeral service was invite-only, but the first 1,000 fans were allowed in for the historic event.
Shepherded in through a long line of pink Cadillacs _ the vehicle she sung about in the song "Freeway of Love" _ parked along the road near the church, Franklin's body arrived about 7:30 a.m.in a white 1940 LaSalle hearse.
Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary. "She would ride the streets of Detroit, taking note of people who have special needs, quietly dispensing donations", Watson said.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park". I could not sing that well neither could my mum, but it was hard to find her not singing in the kitchen or in the bathroom.
Though the Queen of Soul's worth was estimated to be approximately $80 million, she didn't leave a will.
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"There are often people who are marginalized or cut out - maybe they're family members, maybe they're friends, maybe they're anybody who might feel that 'Well, I deserve a share of her estate.' There could be litigation even if she had an estate plan in place", Shaheen Imami, a shareholder at Prince Law Firm in MI, told People. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful".
At the time of her death on August 16, Franklin was 76.
"Everybody just point over there and tell her, "We got your back!'" said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, which the audience shouted in Waters" direction. I'll miss you, my buddy.
Moore's arrangement included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces".
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush didn't attend but they sent messages to honor the Queen of Soul. Franklin sang for Nelson Mandela in Detroit after he was released from prison.
The forecourt fell silent as former president Bill Clinton began to speak.
The Wright Museum is the second-largest black museum in the USA, and it hosted a viewing in 2005 for civil rights activist Rosa Parks.