After some fighting between members of her own family about the location, Whitney Houston’s funeral has been confirmed for noon on Saturday (February 18) at the New Hope Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey.
There had been speculation that a public funeral service would be held at the Prudential Center, with seating for over 18,000 people. But that now looks unlikely.
The singer’s family, including mom Cissy and her cousin, Dione Warwick, wanted her to be buried in Atlanta. They believe that is the place that Whitney loved most of all and where she would want to be buried.
However, other family members argued she should be buried in Newark, where she sang in church as a child. This was where she was discovered as a singing talent.
They believe (perhaps strangely) that the public will associate Whitney Houston more closely with Newark.
The funeral service will be an intimate affair. It has to be, as the New Hope Baptist Church only holds around 300 people. And we are told that attendance at the service will be by invitation only.
Houston’s body was flown to Newark, New Jersey last night and was taken to a funeral home close to the New Hope Baptist Church.Cissy Houston led the church’s music program for many years, where both Whitney and her cousin Dionne Warwick performed in the choir.