Rev. Al Sharpton helps Brown's family plan funeral

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December 27, 2006

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---The private funeral for James Brown's family will be held Friday in North Augusta at the Carpentersville Baptist Church. The service starts at 1 p.m. Brown's longtime friend Rev. Al Sharpton spent much of the day planning the funeral with the family.

Sharpton was scheduled to host a radio show this afternoon honoring James Brown, but he got tied up planning the funeral with the family. He did talk to us today, and told us Mr. Brown's children are strong but still very saddened.

He was with Brown's daughters today as they picked out the different outfits Mr. Brown will wear for each memorial service. We've also learned Mr. Brown's band will play at his funeral Saturday at the James Brown Arena. Rev. Sharpton will give the eulogy at all three services.

Sharpton spoke at the funerals for James Brown's mother and wife Adrianne, but he says he never thought he'd give this eulogy.

"I guess I always thought James Brown couldn't die," he said. "I said this morning to Deanna and Yama, two of his daughters, 'I guess I believed he was immortal.' It never occurred to me when he said 'this is what I want you to do at my funeral' it was any more than him just talking. I never thought James Brown could really die."

Rev. Sharpton told us picking out those outfits was very emotional because each of them brought back a very special memory.