Whitney Houston to Be Buried Sunday

Aretha Franklin confirms she'll sing.

ByABC News
February 17, 2012, 10:29 AM

Feb. 17, 2012 — -- Whitney Houston will be buried Sunday in Westfield N.J.'s Fairview Cemetery, a law enforcement source told ABC News today. She will be laid to rest next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003. Media will be able to start setting up at 6 a.m. and arrangements for street closures have been made.

The singer's burial will be one day after her Saturday funeral at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church. TMZ released a photo of the invitation to the service today; the invitation stipulates that the event will be a "going home service" which is more upbeat than a traditional funeral.

Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown is expected to attend. Brown performed in Maryland Thursday night and is scheduled to perform in Connecticut following her Saturday funeral. He was by the side of his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, for much of this week. She was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after Houston's Saturday death.

"My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better," Brown said in an email statement to ABCNews.com Tuesday. "We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother's death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected."

One of Houston's family members told ABC News that while many people in the family don't want Brown to attend the funeral, they can't stop him because of his connection with Bobbi Kristina.

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Aretha Franklin confirmed today that she will attend and sing at the funeral. "It's so sad," she said on NBC News this morning. "Whitney lost her way along the way, somewhere."

Franklin and Brown are two of many celebrities expected to attend Saturday's services. Kevin Costner, Houston's "Bodyguard" co-star, will speak, People magazine reported Thursday. Representatives for Houston and Costner did not respond to ABCNews.com's requests for comment.

Stevie Wonder will sing at the service, and Houston's record producer from the start of her career, Clive Davis, will also speak. N.J.'s Star-Ledger newspaper reported Thursday that Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby will attend, along with the Revs. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Others confirmed on the guest list are Chaka Khan, Bebe and CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Brandy and Ray J, the singer Houston was rumored to be in a relationship with before her death on Saturday.

The singer's mother, Cissy Houston, eschewed a big, public memorial at New Jersey's Prudential Center for a faith-focused funeral in the church that launched her daughter's career.

A source close to the family told ABCNews.com that "things changed rapidly" after initial reports that the Houstons were considering putting together a memorial to rival the Staples Center tribute that followed Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

The source said, "This is now a family situation."

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said earlier this week that the city won't be orchestrating a memorial either "in compliance with the family's wishes."

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