Close friends and family will mourn Whitney Houston at a private funeral, led by a pastor who has known her for decades, at a church where she honed her vocal skills as a child.
Gospel singer Marvin Winans will give the eulogy at the funeral Saturday at the request of Houston's mother, according to a leader of the church where it will be held.
Winans officiated Houston's 1992 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown, said Pastor Joe Carter of New Hope Baptist Church. Houston and Brown divorced in 2007.
Houston, 48, died Saturday after a member of her staff found her unconscious in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel as preparations were under way for the Grammy Awards. Emergency crews were unable to revive her.FULL STORY