Aretha Franklin
1942 - 2018
BORN
1942
DIED
2018
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E. H. Ford Mortuary - MEMPHIS
3390 ELVIS PRESLEY BLVD
Memphis, TN
Aretha Franklin

Memphis, TN

March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018

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Aretha Franklin was my Grandmothers niece the late mazie Beverly Franklin Sulton
Charmayne Harrell
Family
August 2, 2021
Aretha and Rev. C. L. Franklin were related to my Grand Mom Addie Smith who married Ike Turner Uncle Tommie Turner. Rev. C.L. Franklin moved from the Mississippi Delta to Memphis, TN. (James Lyas)
James E. Tyson Anderson Lyas
Family
June 14, 2021
I liked When aretha franklin performed america the beautiful at wrestle mania lll . She is truly the queen of soul. Dennis Winship Lynn Massachusetts
Dennis Winship
Friend
May 16, 2021
MAN this lady right here always the best. Much love MS Franklin rest easy.
Alexis gore
Acquaintance
April 25, 2021
Surely an heavenly angel looking over the world. Her legacy shall live on
Clara Johnson
Classmate
March 29, 2021
Like many people on this Earth, I never personally knew Ms. Aretha, but her music touched me deeply, with her soulful voice and fierce personality, she was more than just a singer. She was both a women's and a human rights activist, fighting for things a simple singer or pianist might not even care about. She was so strong but being a gal from the fifties I guess she had to be. That passion filled her life, from the moment she recorded her first gospel album, to all her many accomplishments that inspired millions. The life of Aretha Louise Franklin deeply affected everyone not just musicians or even soul enthusiasts, but the entire world. She might be gone, but the title "Queen of Soul" is a permanent, everlasting title, that can only be filled by Ms. Franklin's wails.
Dean Edolas
February 23, 2021
From the very first time I heard you perform, I loved you then and I love you still. Your singing to and with the angels now and you've blessed us here on earth forever with you're angelic voice to remember you by. But we'll all meet with you again, until then - love and rest in peace.
Denise Cook
Friend
February 16, 2021
DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ARETHA'S FAMILY. SHE WAS MY FAVORITE ARTIST.
GERTRUDE EDWARDS
WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY
February 14, 2021
Blessings to the family of Ms.Aretha Franklin,May the Lord grant you peace and may the Holy Spirit comfort and keep you! Let the words of Psalm 23 be your guide.She was a great Woman of God!
Ginger Laureen Hunter
Teacher
November 3, 2020
WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH ARETHA! YOUR MUSIC WILL LAST FOREVER, AND MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!
Cyndi Powell
June 16, 2020
I LOVED AND ADMIRED YOU SO MUCH, FROM A TEENAGER INTO MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE, ARETHA MY QUEEN OF SOUL. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU. NO MATTER WHAT YOU SANG, GOSPEL OR R & B, THE WORDS OF YOUR SONGS AND THE PASSION YOU SANG WITH MOVED MY VERY SOUL. YOU WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER AND I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET HOME. REST WELL WITH THE KING OF KINGS MY QUEEN!!!!!
DEBRA KING
Friend
June 5, 2020
I know the words and sing along to her music - J&B as well as gospel. It felt like she was singing to the soul of people to hear her live! She was wonderful in life and will always be missed. But her music will be here forever for the world to enjoy - "It will Never Grow Old" RIP Aretha!
Patricia Starks
May 17, 2020
In memory of my soul sister,you will always be in my ❤ RIP..Your MUSIC Also..
Odessa Perry
Friend
May 14, 2020
May God continue to bless, comfort, keep, and strengthen the entire Franklin family!!!
Denise Gary
Friend
March 15, 2020
I danced to her music until I got to old to really dance, like I did in my younger days. Knowing shes the standout in Gods Heavenly Choir, Ill look forward to seeing her as the most wonderful of Gods Angels.....With My Utmost Respect, Jean L Aziz-Gardner-Holzer
Jean Holzer
Acquaintance
March 9, 2020
It was a wonderful experience, playing music with Aretha, on her early Atlantic records.
spooner oldham
Friend
February 19, 2020
RIP
Jessica
February 11, 2020
Mr carroll abdul
I miss you you were the best my lady may GOD keep you we did't know
Carroll Barriere
Friend
February 9, 2020
How can you say goodbye to someone who has always been a part of your life? You can't. Ms. Aretha, you will live in my heart forevermore. Thank you for all of the music, magic and good memories. Rest well.
Jacqui Greene
February 3, 2020
Thanks for the joy I got from your voice and songs. Memories...
Phyllis Williams
February 2, 2020
My prayers and thoughts are continuous for your family and friends who miss you. May God's comfort be their strength to move forward.
Phyllis Berry
December 30, 2019
Aretha was a beautiful dream in many hearts!Her songs gave meaning to the world and will truly be remembered and greatly missed.May her family be comfort by the God she loved so much and strength them in the days and months to come.
Betty Jean.
November 25, 2019
Ms. Aretha was loved by so many. They loved her beautiful voice & she was a lovely person. R.I.P. dear lady. God bless your family & loved ones. Another lovely angel with a magnificent voice.
Diana Turner
Friend
November 23, 2019
I love you Aretha for all your beautiful music.
Jackie Reddick
November 21, 2019
Aretha her songs always their to lift you up when you are down, never be forgotten, may the family and friends find peace and comfort from the God of all comfort.
October 21, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Aretha, I loved you.
amber lemieux
October 15, 2019
We will miss you
Lisa Southall
Acquaintance
September 30, 2019
Your music was the soundtrack to my Mother's life (R.I.P.), thank you for making her happy. You will also be truly missed.
Yvette McAdams
September 16, 2019
TO THE THE AND FRIENDS OF MRS. A.L. FRANKLIN. YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY.. MRS. FRANKLIN WHEN VISITING RICHMOND, VA. AS AN YOUTH. PLAYED WITH MY MOM& HER SISTER AND BROTHER'S. IN THE MID 50 AND 60s.. MY HER SOUL. REST IN PIECE.. AMEN!! GOD BLESS!! ALWAYS AMEN!! WALK BY YOUR FAITH!! ALWAYS
Veronica C Williams
Friend
August 28, 2019
Ms Aretha Franklin, you will truely be missed forever in many days to Come R.I.P!
August 16, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person.We love you and miss you always.
Ruby Cooper
Friend
August 15, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Dayne Low
Friend
August 14, 2019
Rest in peace we love you but God loves you best. Feel no more pain.
Cinder littlejohn
August 11, 2019
Rest in Peace
Lois L Fields
August 5, 2019
May the GOD of comfort be with you PS 83:18
Terri Chgo
June 28, 2019
Magnolia Louis
Student
June 17, 2019
Condolences for the Queen of all Queens! There will NEVER be another.
Cynthia Samuel
June 13, 2019
Ms. Aretha Franklin had a great message for her generation, that inspired a loving group of people to love again.
Love Always,
Aquila Chamberlain
Acquaintance
May 26, 2019
U are truly missed
jada anderson
May 14, 2019
Our loving Heavenly Father gave us those little black dots called music one of the gifts which man can render praise and thanksgiving to his Creator and to give expressions to his emotions, his sorrows and joys. Singing has always been prominent in the worship of God. Mark 14:26. Mrs.Franklin your music legacy will be missed.
Leia Mandeville
May 12, 2019
Peniel Duncan
May 10, 2019
Ms. Aretha Franklin is my favorite Female vocalist. Is and Always will Be. I Love this very Strong Women. I will never forget her Beautiful Voice either for as long as l shall Live. "Peace be still" my Friend Ms. Aretha Franklin...
Ms. Carolyn Hooks
Friend
May 9, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Mary Lawrence
Friend
May 2, 2019
Rest In Peace,Queen of Soul
Gwendolyn Saddler
Friend
April 30, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cedric Chandler
Significant_other
April 28, 2019
Miss you Aretha!
Connie Green
Friend
April 16, 2019
Aretha i have beenb a fan since i was 6 years old now im 60 and your like family,R.I.P. i'll see u wheni get there.
Jerry Talton
Family
April 11, 2019
She was my first vocal mentor and I was this.... close to match her perfection and never got a chance to tell her... Rest in Paradise Aretha... I will always try to reach your Mastery of Music!!!!
Love Always,
Tia Danette aka 1Jazzylady!!!!Chi-town Finest "2019"
Tia Randolph
Student
April 10, 2019
May the Lord continue to bless her family and the lives she touched :)
Linda Lacy-Carson
April 5, 2019
Gertrude Mays miss you love all your songs.
Gertrude Mays
March 29, 2019
Hey Thats
Friend
March 29, 2019
To the family of Ms Franklin, You wer blessed to have a precious jewel from God! She had a tremendous voice, and my all time favorite singer. She partially shared my mother's first name which was Retha and almost shared the same birthdate. My mother's was March 29th. May God watch over yall until you see her in heaven!
Cheryl Burt
March 28, 2019
Rest In Peace,Queen of Soul Happy Birthday you fly above you have your wings you are miss you will live on through the music thank,you for the music sleep in heavenly peace.
Corletta Hardy
March 27, 2019
Thank you for all the joy you gave us. For sharing your life !
Julianne
March 27, 2019
My deepest sympathy for the family. She was definitely the Queen of Soul! I will always love you and your singing.
Runette Turner
March 27, 2019
You are still with us, Black Queen!
Franck Talk II
March 27, 2019
THANKYOU MY DEAR FOR ALL YOUR GLORY.I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.I CAN HERE YOU NOW SINGING FOR GOD.THANK YOU SPECIAL ONE.
DANIEL Brentjt
Friend
March 27, 2019
You will always be alive as your music is so powerful. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do, you will never be forgotten. Rest in harmony and eternal peace xxx
Sharon
March 27, 2019
Happy Blessed Birthday In Heaven, Aretha Franklin and God Bless you and we will miss you in spirit !!
Edna M Freeman
Friend
March 26, 2019
Thank you for great performances to us, You will be Greatly Miraculous missed, not forgotten and your voice and your songs are soooo beautiful and God Bless you Ms. Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul and we will miss you in spirit. God Bless you all of you in Heaven.
Edna M Freeman
Friend
March 26, 2019
I GREW UP LISTING TO ARETHA, A VERY DISTINCT VOICE HAT STOOD OUT. LOVED HER MUSIC.
Savannah Boyce
March 25, 2019
A few months ago, I saw Tracee Ellis Ross dancing to Respect at the American Music Awards. I thought I had never heard it before, but when I heard it at the awards, I thought it sounded familiar. 2 months later, I realized that I heard it at my elementary school. They used different songs on the announcements to teach us about types of character, and when they taught about respect, they played that song. I remember one day in second grade, my table mate got up and danced to that song. I love you my queen. Youll never get to see your Grammy tribute, or see Jennifer Hudson play you in the movie about you. Just know she took over your throne when you died. Thank you for everything you left on earth. #77inHeaven
Earth Angel
March 25, 2019
Happy birthday to the deceased Queen of Soul. She was not just a singer, but a storyteller. When Aretha sang, it made people feel so good inside because she was a natural woman. Her performances left everyone speechless. Sometimes people fainted after hearing her voice. It was a power in the world. Without Aretha Franklin, there would be no Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah, Jennifer Hudson, Brandy, Anita Baker, Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, etc. She was the sweet sound of Amazing Grace. She wasnt a Motown artist, but she was the most important singer in Detroit, Michigan. She one 18 Grammy Awards in her life. When she died on August 16, 2018, it was a turning point in the world. She reshaped not just black history, but American history. Cont.
March 25, 2019
Your music show it to millions of people. May your family find joy in remembering the love she showed to you and may you find peace in the promise made at John 6:40.
March 22, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
faye moore
March 14, 2019
May God be with you all during this time of sorrow
Joyce A fisher
March 11, 2019
we will all miss you !! Your memory will be forever
Stevie Cowles
March 3, 2019
To the Family of Aretha Franklin,
So sorry for your loss and pray that each of your are comforted by the God of all Comfort.
Music will never be the same without the Queen of Soul. There will never be a replacement. Respect is what we all need and she gave it to us! Oh! What a voice!
May she stay alive in the hearts of each of you. What a wonderful Woman!

She inspired so many people!

May God Bless You.

Sincerely,
GP and EJW from Tampa, Fl.
February 15, 2019
Keep the faith!
Connie Green
Friend
February 8, 2019
My heart was deeply sadden when I learned of her passing. She was like an Auntie in my life even though I've never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. I did attend the viewing in Detroit.
Nene Wilson
Family
February 8, 2019
My condolences to the family and will remember to respect Aretha's contribution and
love having variety in her selection of music! 1Cor 15:21
February 7, 2019
MY NAME IS VALARIE BELL AND I TOO HAVE LOST ONE OF MY IDOLS. I SANG MY FIRST SOLO AT THE AGE OF 6 YEARS OLD, AS I GREW UP MY FATHER WOULD PLAY HER SONGS, SONGS BY PATTI LABELLE, AND GLADYS KNIGHT THEY SOON BECAME MY IDOLS. TODAY, I HURT WITH YOU, I CRY WITH YOU, BUT MOST OF ALL I PRAY FOR YOU. SHE WILL TRULY BE MISSED BUT SHE AS WELL AS HER MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. JUST LOOK TO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMETH YOUR HELP, IT COMES FROM THE LORD WHICH MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.
Valerie Bell
Friend
February 5, 2019
Aretha was the best female singer of all time, and I have mostly all of her records. I love you queen, R.I.H.
Lessie Dancy
Significant_other
January 29, 2019
I hope the best for y'all and heaven has an angel coming rip aretha Franklin
Jiri Holmes
Neighbor
January 27, 2019
God has bless your family , with so many wonderful memories of your loved one. Please accept my sincere condolences Ms. Aretha Franklin will truly be missed. May God help you through this difficult time
tina
January 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Queen of Soul. Your legacy will continue to live on.
Billy & Ann Porter
Friend
January 10, 2019
I am praying for the Late Queen of Soul Ms.Aretha L. Franklins Family Be strong children,God will take care of yaall. I miss her also and her singing and her present.
Pauletta Coates
Significant_other
January 8, 2019
She is the Best!
Linda Rallies
Friend
January 8, 2019
You have been a treasured, honorary member of my family my entire life. Your voice in my household was as prevalent as my grandfather's/pastor's voice. You were my first musical influence. You are loved and will be missed as long as music exists.
Doris Andrews
Acquaintance
January 3, 2019
ARETHA FRANKLIN WAS ONE OF KIND ICON, SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO HEARD HER SONGS, I TRULY REMEMBER WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH ON THE RADIO, MY HEART WAS BROKE ALONG THAT WAS NICE THEY PLAYED RESPECT. SHE MADE A CAMEO IN THEY MOVIE IN THE BLUE BROTHER'S AS A WAITERESS, PLUS SHE DID A NUMBER YOU BETTER THINK. I SAW EPISODE ON MURPHY BROWN THAT SHE WAS POST TO INTERVIEW THE QUEEN OF SOUL BUT WAS SHE STUCK IN TRAFFICE JAM AND WHEN EVERYONE LEFT SHE SHOULD UP THEY TALK, DID A NUMBER OF COURSE NATURAL WOMEN ALONG MURPHY SING WITH HER, ALSO, IN SOME EPISODES WE COULD SEE HER SING ALONG WITH ARETHA FRANKLIN MUSIC OR DANCING OF COURSE SHE GOT CAUGHT BY HER PAINTER. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, YOUR MUSIC WILL STILL LEAVE ON PLAYING .. RESPECT KEEP ON SING ARETHA..
JENNIFER BARIBAULT
December 31, 2018
What an Icon, we have lost . She will forever be etched in the hearts of Many, Many Fans. Her music will
most definitely live on!! GOD BLESS the FAMILY..
Eyvonne Woodford
Acquaintance
December 28, 2018
Flew to Detroit to Pay Respect to QUEEN ArethaR.I.P. Queen Elizabeth Bryant
Queen Elizabeth Bryant
Friend
December 28, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
patricia Chatman
Family
December 28, 2018
I will miss her music and the wonderful songs she sang. She would not sing a song unless it was something she would sing from her heart. No other than Aretha Franklint had the gift of song and put meaning to it. She will always be The Queen of Soul.
Linda Mason
Acquaintance
December 27, 2018
Sorry for your loss and to the family. May you rest in peace! Now you can sing and dance with all the angels in Heaven! Aretha you will be missed,but your music will live on!
Robin Jones
Friend
December 27, 2018
I can still see you singing, your words of praise only bring me closer to Jesus where I can feel his presence reigning down on my soul. Your voice takes me into the presence of God cleansing my soul for preparation of the return of Jesus Christ. As long as I can hear your music with your voice I know I can make this Christian journey. I play your music to go to sleep, I play it when I wake up, and it Carrie's me on my daily walk in life. It is as if you never left. I didn't know you personally but I knew you through your music since I was 7 years old. I pray myself over bridges with trouble water because God will see me through. I hope I can sing with you in the heavenly choir but until then REST IN JESUS ARMS because I know you made it home.
Tara Ashford
Friend
December 26, 2018

A.UTHENTIC
R.ADIANT
E.XCEPTIONAL
T.ALENTED
H.ONORABLE
A.WESOME

F.ABULOUS
R.ESPECTED
A.MAZING
N.OBLE
K.INDRED SPIRIT
L.OVING
I.RREPLACEABLE
N.EVER GONE, NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN


REST IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS DEAR ONE.
Lisa Murrey Ransom
December 23, 2018
A.UTHENTIC
R.ADIANT
E.XCEPTIONAL
T.ALENTED
H.ONORABLE
A.WESOME

F.ABULOUS
R.ESPECTED
A.MAZING
N.OBLE
K.INDRED SPIRIT
L.OVING
I.RREPLACEABLE
N.EVER GONE, NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN


REST IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS DEAR ONE.
December 23, 2018
Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in your time of need. 2 Cor 1:3
December 21, 2018
We wish to express our condolences to the family, friends and, fans. May you have the peace that comes from our Creator at this difficult time.
December 17, 2018
" It's been four months since you passed - and still I cry...., it feels like someone punched me in my gut !" That's how much you mean to me. Just bought your Xmas CD ' This Christmas ' it's a joy to hear you speak - on the 1st track !! Farewell Dear Queen [ Crying in Philly ]
Linda Dawson
Friend
December 14, 2018
I guess you're singing in your heavenly home. I like your music and will continue to listen to it. Hopefully, your fans will do the same. I hope your music will never die. You're were a Queen here,especially after you risen above all your obstacles as a young women. I know you will be missed dearly.....MS. Memphis and not MS. Detroit. You can't get rid of your birth place. But, I know you loved Detroit. Thanks for you contribute to music. Something that I love.... Farewell,
One of your fan.
December 10, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. R.I.P
Camella Ford
December 6, 2018
Grew up on your music and it NEVER gets old. Thanks for the memories that your music invokes.
terry
December 5, 2018
You didnt die of cancer. You died because of your relationship with God as you sang in the church for many years. As you sang for him during the last days of your life, he wanted to pull you up, closer to him so he could listen to you more clearly, just to be mesmerized by the message of your soul.
Janice Butcher
November 28, 2018
I'm so sorry for your lost but I will miss Aretha dearly she had got me though the hardest times in my life by her music
Jameire Brock
Significant_other
November 24, 2018
really don't know much about you but your voice was beautiful and music was soul touching

nikkie
janique mcdowell
November 19, 2018
A voice. An idol. You were the light of the soul. When you died, it broke my soul. I was shaking in shock and at a loss for words. I prayed a little, but it didnt work . You were the queen of MUSIC. I hop you reunited with your parents, siblings and Whitney Houston in Heaven. ❤
Jenny Fisher-Hicks
November 12, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. See you very soon
November 1, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. May the hope found in God's Word the Bible at Isa 26:19 help to comfort your family and friends. I will keep you in my prayers
October 31, 2018
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