The service is for family and friends only, meaning that members of the public will have to watch online or on a giant screen reportedly being erected near the church. "I think it's going to be a very jubilant experience".
"There will be some laughing, some tears, some joy, some sorrow", Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, who will serve as officiant for Frankin's funeral told ET earlier this week.
The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video. She will be buried in Woodland Cemetery alongside her father and siblings.
Thomas first became friends with Franklin, a life-long Detroit resident, after he joined the Pistons in the 1980s.
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Who's performing: An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday morning. "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin. The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program.
"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". 'We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go'.
A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour. It was the third outfit she has been given since her open coffin has been on display, with a red dress and matching heels on Tuesday and a blue outfit on Wednesday.