*Despite a bit of drama, the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown was filled with family, music and spirituality.
According to Entertainment Tonight, about 250 to 300 guests attended the service, which took place Saturday (Aug. 1) at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Among those on hand for the funeral were Bobbi Kristina’s uncle Tommy Brown and aunt Pat Houston, who sat near her father Bobby Brown.
An emotional tribute was given to Bobbi Kristina by her two best friends as well as Bobby Brown, who stood at the end of the service with his hand resting on the closed casket. ET notes that the casket was draped in pink, white and red flowers.
Musically, Bobbi Kristina’s funeral included her grandmother Cissy Houston bringing the crowd to their feet during the service with a performance of “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” singer Monica’s rendition of “I Love the Lord” and CeCe Winans singing “His Strength Is Perfect.”
In addition to the music, the Rev. Dr. Toni Luck reflected on baptizing Bobbi Kristina in the River Jordan and voiced how thankful everyone was for Tyler Perry, who helped plan the memorial and has been involved in matters pertaining to the 22-year-old since she was hospitalized after nearly drowning in a bathtub at her home in January.
The entertainment mogul joined the list of people who spoke at the funeral with mentioning that he felt it necessary to look after Bobbi Kristina after her mother Whitney Houston’s death in February 2012. Bobbi Kristina died on July 26.
Perry’s presence at the service was also felt as he helped diffuse a bit of family drama by removing Bobbi Kristina’s aunt Leolah Brown after she interrupted planned remarks from Pat Houston. While the outburst shook things up, overall, the Brown and Houston families seemed to get along during the service, ET noted, adding that despite this, the families left the church via separate aisles.
Whitney Houston was heard at the end of the service as the late singer’s version of “Jesus Loves Me” played during the recessional. Houston’s hit song, “I Will Always Love You” was referenced in a full page in the program for the service that featured a smiling picture of Bobbi Kristina, with the caption “I also will always love you. Love, Daddy.”
While family and friends turned out for Bobbi Kristina’s funeral, one person who was not present was her boyfriend Nick Gordon, who sent an email to Bobby Brown and Pat Houston, pleading to attend Saturday’s memorial.
Bobbi Kristina is set to be buried next to her mother in New Jersey today, Monday (Aug. 3). To see ET’s coverage of Bobbi Kristina’s funeral, check out the video below: