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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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31.

HRH Prince Michael    

My sincere condolences, for the Family, Friends, Loved-ones,
and millions of Fans, of Whitney Houston.


For those who have already begun to make heartless and mean-spirited comments, please remember: "But, for The Grace of GOD, there go I..."


May The True and Living YAHWEH, rest the soul of Whitney Houston.

879 days ago
32.

Truth    

"INVITE ONLY???" SMART F*CKING MOVE... THAT MEANS RAY J WONT BE INVITED TO SHOW UP, THAT'S FOR SURE. NO DOUBT DIONNE AND CISSY DISLIKE THAT LEECHING S*** BAG. NO PR SHOTS W/WHITNEY... POOR RAY GAY. GUESS HE MIGHT HAVE TO BANG KIM K AGAIN FOR MORE PUBLICITY! #TRUTH!!

879 days ago
33.

Regina    

I don't blame them at all!!!! Especially after Micheal Jackson died, look how many funerals and memorials there were. Seeing how the death was sudden and tragic, they may wait until another time to have a public memorial.

879 days ago
34.

Zorch    

I'll bet Al Sharpton will be there.

879 days ago
35.

Cooley    

This is a terrible decision that will anger a lot of fans and industry associates.

The family should have a public, televised funeral like Michael Jackson so that everyone who loved Whitney can view share in it. Terrible mistake.

879 days ago
36.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

They wanna keep it small, complimentary crack hits get expensive. ;)

879 days ago
37.

Kathryn    

LMAO into NEXT Tuesday. All the news shows are saying, "She was filled w/the Holy Spirit." RIGHT, guess the HOLY SPIRIT told her to go disrespect the BODY and LIFE he gave her by smoking crack, snorting coke, smoking marijuana, pill pooping and washing those pills down/drinking til pigs fly, and being a HORRIBLE/VULGAR person to everyone and a BAD mother, eh? I'm SURE the Holy Spirit is having a lil'talk w/her about now about HER OWN choices. lmao.

879 days ago
38.

leslie    

I will never understand why people attack the dead who can't defend themselves. It is s***my.
The press has tore her apart for years and now everyone loves her. It is bogus. They just like TMZ want ratings and internet hits. People who attack her charater must live in glass castles. They think they are perfect. Everyone has baggage in life. I swear, I think sometimes the people at TMZ are writing these crappy comments about dead celebrities. Its like a bunch of hyenas attacking a dead carcass. The whitney bashing will end soon and they will move onto some other unfortunate soul who dared to achieve fame and died.

879 days ago
39.

Joan K    

I bet TMZ won't be invited but one of their losers will come up with some phony pictures of her . I hope if one of you from TMZ gets in for some reason that you get your azz kicked out to the curb. That is the picture I would like to see.

879 days ago
40.

Alex Salvador     

We all now that knowing, marrying and having Bobby brown in her life is what killed her in the long run. A cautionary tale for women, the wrong man will eventually kill you. Just another in a long line.

879 days ago
41.

Sunnie    

Who cares? When it comes to having to have a "guest list" for a funeral, the I think it's gone to far. Whitney was an addict who was obviously not clean. Yes, it's sad that she died, but for crying out loud, she died as she lived. I just think that the public and paparazi are giving this far more attention than it deserves. Our service men and women deserve more attention than this.

879 days ago
42.

Mel    

I have your first album on vinyl Whitney. You will always reign. We will miss you.

879 days ago
43.

vicky7    

WOW-you folks have absolutely no respect and no class whatsoever.....really doesn't matter if she was a crack head or bum in the street-it's a tragic loss because she is someone's daughter and someones' mother-We as Americans -please learn to have respect-freedom of speech is killing us all

879 days ago
44.

Leah    

To assure that Whitney's accomplishments are not weighed down by her struggles, it would be better if there were some type of public memorial service for her. Even if it is post-funeral and burial.

879 days ago
45.

PORFAVORDEJADEHACERMEESTO    

PUTO NEGRO DE MIERDA DILE A TUS INFILTRADOS QUE QUITEN LAS PUTAS CAMARAS DE MI CASA, CERDO DE MIERDA. MUERETE, ME OYES??? DESAPAECE DE UNA PUTA VEZ,, BOLA AASQUEROSA DE BOTOX, MIERDA INSULSA, VEJESTORIO FREAKY VOMITIVO, MUERETE CERDO.

879 days ago
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