|The body of Whitney Houston arrives at Whigham Funeral Home, in Newark, N.J., late Monday|
Pop star Whitney Houston’s funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday in the New Jersey church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.
The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark says Houston’s funeral would be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
A hearse arrived late Monday at a funeral home that officials said was handling the arrangements for the late pop star.
It arrived under heavy police escort from Teterboro Airport, where officials had told The Associated Press Houston’s body would arrive Monday night on a flight from the Los Angeles area.
Several officials familiar with funeral planning said arrangements were being made by Newark’s Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston’s father. They spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak for Houston’s family.
Houston was found Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California by a member of her staff about 3:30 p.m., just hours before she was supposed to appear at a pre-Grammy Awards gala. She was 48.