Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

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WORD Network, the largest African American religious network in the world, will also air the celebration of life service for Aretha Franklin in its entirety.

On Thursday, a public viewing will take place at Aretha Franklin's hometown church of New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood, where her father was a former pastor.

The "I Say a Little Prayer" songstress still had on her red lipstick and red nails - which ran with the red dress she wore Tuesday.

The singer's gold-plated open coffin was placed on display for hundreds of grief-stricken fans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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Lauren Mills, 74, said her late husband proposed to her at a Detroit-area Franklin concert in 1977.

The funeral is planned as a star-studded musical tribute, with Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson all scheduled to perform at the ceremony, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Peggie Funny and her friend Mary A. Wilson, of Columbia, South Carolina, both born in 1954, came to Detroit for one day only on a whim because they wanted to pay their respects. I was able to visit with her a few times there at the apartment and to hold her hand and to YouTube my dad singing Joy Bells. The interior is finished with champagne velvet with her tittle "Queen of Soul" and name "Aretha Franklin" embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

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"Everybody is just so thrilled when they go in and come out", said Evelyn Couch, 65, a retired social worker who is handicapped, and who traveled 60 kilometers with her family.

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".

Museum board member Kelly Green said that her body had been dressed in red from head-to-toe to be "reflective" of the powerful woman she was.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by George W. Bush and tops Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

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