Fans Remember The Queen Of Soul

Fans of Aretha Franklin are saying thank-you.

Thousands gathered outside of Greater Grace Temple on Seven Mile in Detroit to remember the Queen of Soul.

Many fans were decked out in Aretha t-shirts, they were also holding signs, wearing pink and singing and dancing in the street.

Ra Chester was outside the church since six Friday morning and says Franklin was a legend.

"Her music, everything that she experienced, everything that she went through and everything that we went through, she put it in her music, you can feel it, it was the feeling," says Chester.

11-year-old Simone Simmons was watching the funeral service on a large screen at a gas station next to the church.

She says she liked Franklin's attitude, personality and music.

"She was such a big role and I'm not really sad that she's gone, yeah it hurts but I'm not sad that she's gone, yeah it hurts but I'm not sad that she's gone because her spirit's still here even though she's not physically here, her spirit's still here," says Simmons.

The crowd outside erupted after Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Chene Park will be renamed Aretha Franklin Park.