The lyrics include such lines as, "For the rest of my life, I'm gonna be thinking about you".
"I'm so proud of you, I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven and I promise to carry our family legacy with pride", said Franklin's grandson Jordan, tearing up.
Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano. Backed by the orchestra and choir, Hill delivered an enthusiastic version of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Franklin also sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. Franklin's name and the title "Queen of Soul" are embroidered into the champagne-colored velvet lining the interior. Aretha was a woman of achievement with a deep character and loving heart.
Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations.
Following Franklin's death on August 16 at the age of 76, Trump paid tribute by saying, "She worked for me on numerous occasions".
While Twitter users think the icon looked obvious and unprepared, others are commending her for the clever idea (if she did have ulterior motives with her statement accessory).
"Aretha never took orders from nobody but God", Sharpton said.
The words were in response to Trump's comment that Franklin had "worked" for him on "numerous occasions".
Franklin was dressed in a different outfit for each of three days of public viewings, visited by thousands in her MI hometown.
In this photo from November 9, 2005, U.S. president George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, to singer Aretha Franklin (L) as actor Andy Griffith (R) watches at the White House.