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Whitney Houston's Funeral

At Childhood Church

... by Invite Only

2/14/2012 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Whitney Houston's funeral service will take place in the very same New Jersey church where Houston used to sing as a child ... and TMZ has learned there WILL be a guest list. 

The service will take place Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark ... where Whitney honed her skills singing with her mother Cissy Houston and her cousin Dionne Warwick.

Sources tell TMZ ... the family wants to keep the event super-private ... as in invite only.

We're told the church only seats around 300 people -- it's unclear who will make the cut.

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1.

OooooNooo!    

This endless coverage makes me long for Charlie Sheen up dates.

953 days ago
2.

Marilyn    

Rest In Peace beautiful voice songbird!

953 days ago
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shaheem    

This is the most press this woman got in years.

953 days ago
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HumanNature    

R.I.P WHITNEY

953 days ago
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memchee    

I don't blame them with all the negative coverage, speculation and someone close to the situation selling information.

At this point, Whitney herself is prob screaming to have a private funeral!

953 days ago
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Jay W.     

Well... this seems a most appropriate place. Best memories for many, I am certain, are at this church.

953 days ago
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Carl    

Yeah, but other reports are saying they are renting out a sports stadium. It is probably like Michael Jackson. There will be a private funeral and a big public memorial.

953 days ago
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get real    

Will Whitneys Entourage and BODYGUARDS be in the front row?If So, The Hangers-on wont be gettin paid any more. Will they try to wake The poor girl up for the Payroll check?

953 days ago
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stu    

i hope Cissy gets a decent wig by then.

953 days ago
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Scott    

Family is probably not respecting her wishes. Heck, she probably didn't have a will and didn't mention anything about a funeral I think there should be a public memorial in addition to the private funeral. Come on Houston family! Don't be selfish!!! She wasn't just another singer, she was an ICON with MILLIONS of fan who want to say goodbye, properly!

953 days ago
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Kathryn    

Who the h*ll would want to go and see oodles of nappy-headed folks wailing like dying chickens. im sure they'll all be wailing at the mere thought of having to get a job and eat that gub'ment cheese again. seriously. i have NO sympathy for this crack head and the hangers-on in her family. this biatch did this to herself.

953 days ago
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get real    

BodyGuards (2)...... Entourage aka Hangers-on... Ya didnt do a very good job of protecting her now did You? The payroll ends here.

953 days ago
13.

Rob    

My question is will Bobby Brown be invited to the funeral he was married to her for 14 years and for support for Bobby Kristina.

953 days ago
14.

georgiafriend    

Where will she be buried? I've heard that she'll be interred in Atlanta but don't know what cemetery.

953 days ago
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george    

Good bury that druggy and let be done with it.

953 days ago
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