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Aretha Franklin funeral: Tyler Perry, Isaiah Thomas, Smokey Robinson offering personal reflections

Here's the full list of speakers, performers slated to appear

Smokey Robinson (Getty)
Smokey Robinson (Getty) (Getty Images)

DETROIT – The long list of speakers and performers for Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday in Detroit includes high-profile actors, musicians and professional athletes. 

Tyler Perry, Smokey Robinson and Isaiah Thomas are among the names. They will offer personal reflections during Friday's services at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

There will be plenty of musical tributes throughout the day, not the least of which will be one from Stevie Wonder. His is set to close out the celebration of life. 

The full program for Franklin's funeral service on Friday, Aug. 31 is below. 

Local 4 plans to carry the funeral live on-air and on ClickOnDetroit.com. Coverage begins at 9 a.m.

Here's a look at the full list of speakers and performers:

Related: Aretha Franklin funeral in Detroit on Aug. 31: What you need to know

  • 9:30-9:50 a.m.: Musical Prelude: Aretha Franklin Orchestra
  • 9:50-10:00 a.m.: Lighting of Candles: Swanson Funeral Home, Inc.
  • 10:00-10:20 a.m.: Processional: Clergy, Ministers and Family
  • 10:20-10:25 a.m.: Prayer of Comfort: Dr. E.L. Branch, Pastor, Third New Hope Church
  • 10:25-10:40 a.m.: Scripture of Comfort:
    • 10:25 a.m.: Old Testament: Bishop T.D. Jakes, Potter’s House, Dallas, TX
    • 10:30 a.m.: New Testament: Pastor Solomon Kinloch, Triumph Church
    • 10:35 a.m.: The Psalm: Bishop P.A. Brooks, Pastor, New St. Paul Tabernacle Church
  • 10:40-10:45 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
  • 10:45-10:49 a.m. : Musical Tribute: Faith Hill
  • 10:49-11:03 a.m. : Remarks:
    • 10:49 a.m.: Brenda Jones, City Council President
    • 10:51 a.m. : JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council
    • 10:53 a.m.: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
    • 10:57 a.m.: Governor Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
  • 11:03-11:08 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Ariana Grande
  • 1108-11:13 a.m.: Musical Tribute: The Clark Sisters
  • 11:13-11:18 a.m: Acknowledgements and Condolences: Barbara Sampson
  • 11:18-11:23 a.m. : Musical Tribute: The Williams Brothers & Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  • 11:23-11:40 a.m.: Family Reflections: Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie & Jordan Franklin
  • 11:40-11:45 a.m.: Family Musical Tribute: Edward Franklin
  • 11:45-11:50 a.m.: Obituary: Sabrina Owens
  • 11:50-11:55 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Alice McAllister Tillman
  • 11:55-12:00 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Audrey DuBois Harris
  • 12:00-12:15 p.m. : Personal Remarks:
    • 12:00 p.m.: Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General
    • 12:05 p.m.: Senator Gary Peters, State of Michigan
    • 12:10 p.m.: Former President, William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton
  • 12:15-12:19 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Pastor Shirley Caesar and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard
  • 12:19-12:36 p.m.: Personal Reflections :
    • 12:19 p.m.: Greg Mathis, Retired Judge, 36th District Court, Detroit, MI
    • 12:23 p.m.: Brenda Lawrence, State Representative, 14th Congressional District
    • 12:27 p.m.: Rev. Donald L. Parsons, Logos Assembly Church, Chicago, IL
    • 12:31 p.m.: Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network
  • 12:36-12:41 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Chaka Khan
  • 12:41-12:51 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Ron Isley
  • 12:51 p.m.: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder/President Rainbow P.U.S.H. Coalition
  • 1:00 p.m.: Dr. William J. Barber, II, Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsborough N.C
  • 1:05 p.m.: Rev. James Holley, Retired Pastor, New Light Missionary Baptist Church
  • 1:10-1:15 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Fantasia Barrino-Taylor
  • 1:15-1:30 p.m: Personal Reflections :
    • 1:15 p.m. : Tyler Perry
    • 1:17 p.m.: Cicely Tyson, Actress
    • 1:20 p.m. : Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music
    • 1:25 p.m.: Smokey Robinson, Recording Artist
  • 1:30-1:34 p.m. : Musical Tribute: Bishop Paul Morton and Yolanda Adams
  • 1:34-1:53 p.m.: Personal Reflections :
    • 1:34 p.m.: Mildred Gaddis, Radio Personality
    • 1:38 p.m.: Isaiah Thomas, Former NBA Player, Detroit Pistons
    • 1:42 p.m.: Ron Moten, Personal Friend, Franchise Owner, McDonald’s Restaurants
    • 1:48 p.m.: Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
  • 1:53-2:00 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Bishop Marvin Sapp and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
  • 2:00-2:05 p.m.: Sermonic Selection: Jennifer Hudson
  • 2:05-2:35 p.m.: Eulogy: Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Atlanta GA
  • 2:35-2:45 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Stevie Wonder joined by National Artists
  • 2:45-3:00 p.m.: Recessional: Jennifer Holliday and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir

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