Etta “Miss Peaches” James’ Viewing and Funeral Plans Announced
For all you gospel lovers…she got her start in church, after all.
Again, sorry that I haven’t been on this death and that of Johnny Otis as well only a few days later last week. Johnny Otis helped to give Etta her start. But I have a lot on my plate at this moment.
A public viewing will be held Friday in Inglewood for R&B legend Etta James, with a private memorial service Saturday, a family representative has announced. James died last week at age 73.The viewing will be held at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Manchester Chapel.
The Rev. Al Sharpton will preside at Saturday’s funeral for Etta James, the legendary singer’s family said Tuesday.
James died Friday of complications of leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and sons Donto and Sametto James by her side.
A public viewing is set for Friday evening at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California, the family said.
The funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena “is private for immediate family and friends,” according to spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger. Plans are being made for “limited media access.”
The family has requested donations be sent to The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
Who else is gonna be there? It promises to be big, that’s for sure. And Sharpton will be in top form. Imagine when Aretha makes her transition. There will probably be three preachers there officiating.
Chicago Detroit will have to have at least three days of mourning declared. However, this is Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley and Orange County. LA-LA Land. Things are just a bit more casual here, although the amount of flowers (which the family also encourages) will probably take up space all the way up to the altar and even in the foyer. I just wish that the family would consent to the proceedings being shown with a live streaming and given to certain websites.
According to reports, the funeral will include celebrity performances, but the lineup is currently being kept under wraps.
Although the funeral will be a private affair, the public is invited to the viewing on Friday. The chapel itself can seat up to 200 people, but Nancy Ellington, a receptionist at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, tells E! News that the number of attendees they’re expecting is “undetermined” at the moment.
“We’re just going to do our best to accommodate everyone who comes in for her viewing,” she says. “Huge is putting it mildly.”
The outpouring of love for the late “At Last” songbird has been massive. Adele wrote on her website yesterday, “What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original. Her voice was breathtaking and her songs are reflections we all recognise in some way or another.”
- Etta James funeral planned; Al Sharpton to eulogize (thegrio.com)
- Etta James Funeral Details (huffingtonpost.com)
- A Political Obituary of Etta James (alternet.org)
- Remembering Etta James and Johnny Otis (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)