James Brown's body was placed in a crypt [Don't even go there. - - Fresh] Saturday at the Beech Island home of one his daughters, family and friends of the soul singer said. White balloons were released and Brown's adult children and other family members and friends sang and prayed over the singer's body, said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who presided over the noon ceremony.
Also at the service were Brown's partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, and the couple's young son, who led the procession. "This is what James wanted, for the family to come together. Everyone really felt like James was there with us," Hynie told The Associated Press by phone.
The private service at the home of Deanna Brown Thomas, about three miles from Brown's Beech Island home, was in sharp contrast to elaborate funerals for the Godfather of Soul held after his death in New York and Augusta, Ga. (source)