Whitney Houston’s funeral to be aired?

    While Whitney Houston’s fans may not be able to attend her funeral in person, there’s a chance that they can watch it on TV.

    Whitney’s funeral, set for Saturday at 12 noon EST, will be a very private ceremony. Only a handful of guests will fill New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. S2S found out that some of the famous faces lucky enough to get an invite to the service include BeBe and CeCe Winans, Kelly Price, Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan.

    It’s been reported by USA Today that Marvin Winans will provide the eulogy for the  ceremony at the request of Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mom. A source told People.com that Kevin Costner, Whitney’s co-star from The Bodyguard, will also say a few words.

    Sister 2 Sister has also learned that Aretha Franklin, and possibly Kim Burrell, will perform at the funeral.

    New Hope Baptist Church only fits about 300 people, so the funeral will be reserved for her nearest and dearest. Fans may not be completely left out, though, as Billboard.com reports that the service will be streamed live over the internet by the Associated Press. You can watch it here. The video feed will also be available for TV broadcast.

    Viewers may recognize Bobby Brown among mourners at the church, despite earlier reports that he was banned from the funeral. A source close the singer told E! News on Wednesday that he would be at the service to support his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

    Before this, there had been word that Bobby would not be welcome at the ceremony because many of Whitney’s family members blame him for her struggle with substance abuse. Supposedly they also believe that he’ll make some kind of attempt to get some money from her estate.

    After the funeral, Whitney will be laid to rest at the Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. According to her death certificate, this is also where her father was buried back in 2003.



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