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Funeral home pays tribute to Whitney Houston

Community invited to sign memory book

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In response to the sudden death of legendary singer and actress, Whitney Houston, Lemon Funeral Home will give the community a chance to share their sentiments with her family.

Special Photo In response to the sudden death of legendary singer and actress, Whitney Houston, Lemon Funeral Home will give the community a chance to share their sentiments with her family.

A McDonough funeral home is providing a memorial book for fans who want to pay tribute, or share reflections, with the family of the late Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

The sudden death of the recording artist, actress, producer, and model, has produced a large outpouring of condolences. “Her life meant so much to so many people here in Georgia and around the world, and people need the opportunity to share that impact,” said Dana Lemon, director of the W.D. Lemon and Sons Funeral Home.

“Traditionally, something like this is done during the funeral services, but because her service will be held Saturday, in New Jersey, this will allow people to remember Whitney Houston,” added Lemon.

The funeral home is located at 300 Griffin Street, in McDonough. The memorial book will be available for signings in the funeral home’s chapel Wednesday, and Thursday, from 10 a.m., until 6 p.m. Songs recorded by Houston will be played.

Lemon said the memorial book will be forwarded to the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N. J., for presentation to the family.

The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home, in New Jersey, has announced that there will be a private, invitation-only funeral service at noon, on Saturday, at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church. The 1,500-seat church is where Houston’s singing talents were initially showcased. Detroit pastor and gospel singer, Marvin Winans, a long-time family friend, has been chosen to give the eulogy, according to officials at Whigham.

Lemon said her family funeral home did not participate when Michael Jackson died, “but, we know that the community grieves when we lose renown international entertainers,” said Lemon. “We just want to support the community, and give them a chance to honor Ms. Houston.

“I grew up listening to Whitney Houston. She was my contemporary, and the songs that she sang spoke as much about my life, as they did hers.”