The late Whitney Houston's private, star-studded home going ceremony was held on February 18, 2012 at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. The service was blessed with musical tributes and heart-felt memory speeches from some of her closest celebrity friends. The Reverend Marvin Winans left Houston's family and friends with the subject of “priortizing” before concluding the three-hour-long service for the pop star legend. The message within Winans eulogy was focused on the importance of life.
“Prioritize simply means to arrange in order of importance,” he said. “In other words, setting up your life on things that really matter…. Take no fault for your life what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body for what ye shall put on. Is not the life, more than meat, and the body more than raiment? (Luke 12:23).”
Looking deeper, “Your existence on earth has significance,” said Rev. Winans. “Look at somebody and say: I AM SIGNIFICANT.” Everyone has a purpose here on earth. God has a purpose and a plan for you. Live according to his plan.
Celebrities in attendance of Houston's final farewell included Angela Bassett, Â…Mary J. Blige, Cory Booker, Â…Brandy, Bobby Brown, Kim Burrell, Mariah Carey, Â…Gov. Chris Christie, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, Lauren Eisley, Missy Elliott, Â…Roberta Flack, Â…Vivica A. Fox, M.C. Hammer, Jennifer Hudson, Â…Ray J, Â…Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Star Jones, R. Kelly, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Spike Lee, Darlene Love, Donnie McClurkin, Melba Moore, Â…Tyler Perry, Â…Kelly Price, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Â…Rev. Al Sharpton, Susan Taylor, Â…Cicely Tyson, Diane Warren, Â…Dionne Warwick, Â…Forest Whitaker, Angie Winans, Â…Debbie Winans, Â…BeBe Winans, Carvin Winans, CeCe Winans, Â…Rev. Marvin Winans, Â…Marvin Winans Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and Stevie Wonder.
Houston's body will officially be laid to rest today (Feb. 19) next to her biological father in Westfield, N.J. Shown on this page are the front and back pages of Houston's official orbituary. CLICK HERE to view the inside pages.