NJ hometown to reclaim Whitney Houston at funeral

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Whitney Houston, who once told an AP interviewer she just wanted to be recognized for her music, will be remembered for that and much more at her funeral Saturday.

The service is being held at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church,
where she sang with the choir as a young girl. Houston died last
weekend in Beverly Hills, Calif., the day before the Grammys.

The church, which seats about 300 people, will be filled with
friends, family members and some of her famous connections. Among many others, Kevin Costner, her co-star in the movie blockbuster "The Bodyguard," is scheduled to speak, as is Clive Davis, the music mogul responsible for launching and guiding her career.

Houston is scheduled to be buried beside her father, John
Russell Houston, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, near where she
grew up.

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