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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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61.

Veleita Cox    

It is a burning Shame for some people to leave terrible comment about Whitney please if you do not have good comment for the family and fans at this time do not say anything. We have all sin and come short of the glory of God.show some respect. rest in peace Whitney you had the voice of an angel and you will be miss.................

891 days ago
62.

lakitaayers     

I understand the family needs a private funeral but with seating only fit for 300 someone in the family and/or someone in the industry that she has worked with, and consider family is going to be left out. I ask the Houston family to please consider a 2part funeral, one for fam and the other for her extended family that she has adopted thru out her career. RIP Whitney we all Love U!

890 days ago
63.

roshawn crawford    

I SEND my deepest condolences to them it should be about the young lady right now who has lost her mom

890 days ago
64.

MINDY SPEARS    

I pray that Cissy Houston and family members will allow Bobby Brown to attend the private funeral service. Bobbi Kristina needs her father during this time of need. The family needs to put their personal differences aside in memory of Whitney Houston, and pull together to give each other strength to endure this unfortunate loss. Bobby Brown is grieving as well, for he loved her dearly inspite of them being now divorced. He shared a long marriage of ups and downs, but loved her dearly just the same. It's not for us or the family to understand their volatile relationship, but to just focus on the fact that she loved him very much. She would want him to be with their daughter Bobbi Kristina during this time, for he IS her father...like it or not!

890 days ago
65.

lienen    

I regeret her death but I think of many fans who want her in good memory. I feel sad about her daughter. She should not be in hospital, only when she has taken drugs also. She needs a time to be sad and to cope with it. Afterwards it would be nice when she is finding her way in doing things liek working or going to school. Her mother would be proud and desevered it. Good luck to her.

890 days ago
66.

sam    

Message to B.Brown : Whitney will RIP (Rest In Peace) BUT & for sure people like you will RIH (Rest in Hell) Bobby Brown . Stay away from your daughter because you will destroy her like what you did to her mother.

890 days ago
67.

Wiz    

The church seats 1,500 people.

http://www.app.com/article/20120214/NJENT01/302140060.../Houston-s-funeral-set-Saturday-Newark?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

890 days ago
68.

NJM    

the church seats about 1500. It is more than enough room for the family.

890 days ago
69.

debbewise    

I am all for the hype over one of the worlds super-stars passing, however, hte MEDIA hounded that poor woman and embarassed her whenever they could. Ex: There is Whitney cracked out again- there is Whitney in drunkeness, IS Whitney on Cocaine. We should immortalize out greatest stars in life, not after they pass away. Wish there would have been someone to help her before this happened

889 days ago
70.

TRINA    

RIP WHITNEY WE MISS YOU....

888 days ago
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Ms.Princess Robinson wallace jones marsalis     

I to new ms whiteny houston as a child and all over new york city one of her fisrt place she live over the art place also for familys, she was a very nice person at this time i cant's tell you now clot we all was .i new she wen to wash.d.c to get closer to me and she was hoping that i would move to wash d.cd from cleveland oh. i will miss you so very much. god will take good care of you that he will do.i'm so hurt rigth now.4 mos ago we talk about me doing a short solo song for my day view.she was a freind all my family will miss you with love .Ms.Princess Marsalis

887 days ago
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