Jennifer Hudson Kissed Mother Goodbye, Fantasia Barrino Sang at the Private Service

November 04, 2008 05:13:52 GMT

In a three hour private funeral service, Jennifer Hudson bid her mother, brother and nephew farewell, while Fantasia Barrino provided one emotional moment with her rendition of gospel classic.

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On Monday, November 3, Jennifer Hudson finally said goodbye to her slain mother, brother and nephew as a private funeral service took place at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. Of the heartfelt service, Chicago Tribune reported that the 27-year-old singer/actress spent a few moments at each of the caskets, before gently touching her mother's body and leaning forward to kiss her.

Nearing the end of the three-hour service, Hudson's fellow season three "American Idol" alum, Fantasia Barrino, took the stage and sang a rendition of gospel classic, "Your Grace and Mercy". During the performance, she walked into the aisle to take Hudson's hand and sang directly to her. Apart from Barrino, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Rev. Jesse Jackson were also among those who spoke at the service. After the service, a horse-drawn carriage led the procession to the cemetery at Oak Woods Cemetery on the South Side of Chicago.

The private service was held exactly a day after the public memorial service on Sunday, November 2. Attended by nearly 100 friends and relatives, the public service was done at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. During the Sunday ceremony, relatives took turns in reminiscing about the three victims.

Hudson's mother and brother, Darnell Donerson and Jason, were found dead of gun wound in their family home on Friday, October 24. Three days after, on Monday, October 27, the body of Hudson's nephew, 7-year-old Julian, was discovered in an SUV on Chicago's West Side. No one has been held responsible for the tragedy, but William Balfour, the stepfather of Julian, remains in police custody as the police sees him as a "person of interest".


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posted by lasvegasdottie@aol.c on Mar 13, 2009
Jennifer and family: My heart has been aching for all of you. I pray that God holds you close to his heart and has mercy on the lost soul who has committed this heinous act. I know that you will never forget your loved ones; but, time will lessen the pain. Love you much. Dorothy Barnes
posted by line on Nov 10, 2008
hi gen. I am praying for you. When things seem strange and imcomprehensible we look up to God for answer. Look to Him make Him your friend and you will be at peace. He is the creator of all living creatures. May God be with you.
posted by mrs.ivory on Nov 04, 2008
Now from what I read about the kind of person your mom was 1st a God fearing woman and she loved church and actually brought the family up in church, she was very ginuine and loving and I know she is now smiling down on you as well as she will watch over you and your big brother,and your nephew is that Angel that will shine on you to brighten your day when seems as if it's gettin dem.I also know that they would want you to continue your dream,of course at your own time and pace but I know your mom would not want you to let your dream die but grow stronger in the names of your beloved ones.I don't know about you much about the type of person that you are but from what I have seen you can't be to far away from the characters you play and I mean the determination and will power that they hold in the movies,that strong woman will strive for success and keep going.So honey move forward in the Lord and do your thing.I love you and praying you and your family prosperity in Christ....
posted by mrs.ivory on Nov 04, 2008
Hey,Jen and family if you do get a chance to see this which i hope you do and it can be some encouragment to your hurting hearts and souls.I know alot of things are better said then done especially for some 1 who have not experienced this kind of tragedy,but I know a man called our father Jesus Chrsit and know that you can talk to him anytime of the day or night and I know him to be a caring,loving,sensitive but most of all an on time father definately in the time of need.He said he will never leave us nor forsake us,He also tells us to look to the hills which cometh our help for all our help comes from him,He will be there before the next tear drop falls,He also tells us that he would not put more on us than we can bare so honey as hard as it is I know you can make it this is just a test of your faith and he will bring you out.May God cover you and build you up through this rough time,always praying for you and your family......
posted by CQ on Nov 04, 2008
very sad, i hope that she will cope and get stronger in the process especially if she was close with her mother
posted by brown gril on Nov 04, 2008
Jan my prayers go out to you and your family here in the Bahamas we are praying for you. keep strong Jan. We love you!
posted by strength on Nov 04, 2008
To the family, I pray for you and your family to regain strength. I know what it is to loose a family member especially a brother,and a mother. I didn't know off you before hand but there reading the internet and news reports have made me feel like I've known you forever. I pray that you will look to the hills from whence cometh your help because your help comes from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
posted by kiky on Nov 04, 2008
nice story!!!!!!!!!

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