Exclusive: Pastor Reflects On Whitney Houston’s Funeral, Burial

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Pastor Joe Carter presided over Whitney Houston’s funeral Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. After attending her private burial Sunday, he spoke exclusively with CBS 2, sharing his thoughts on the emotional weekend.

“Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you were not just good enough, you were great,” said Kevin Costner, Houston’s co-star in “The Bodyguard.”

“I was overwhelmed. There was a point I thought this was the eulogy. He spoke with such emotion,” Carter told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano. “It was very powerful, just very sincere.”

During this difficult time, he said, it is Houston’s mother Cissy who is the strongest.

“She was actually strengthening me by her profound faith. She kept saying how the Lord was going to bring her through this and that made yesterday just a little bit easier,” Carter said.

It was the sight of Cissy walking behind her daughter’s silver casket as Whitney’s unforgettable voice could be heard throughout the church image that he says will be the most enduring from this time of sorrow.

“No one’s ever going to forget that. I knew that was a moment that would be pressed on everyone’s mind,” he told Mercogliano. “Singing to us, it was like she was actually here.”

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  1. deb phill says:

    It is so shameful to see people on here who think they are sinless. This woman was gracious, humble, had a wonderful voice who entertained us for years and all you can do is bash her. I am so glad all you bashers are perfect and have no skeletons in your closet. Shame on you!!!!

  2. Fed Up With The Whitney Houston PITY PARTY!! says:

    NYSEWER YOU ARE SO RIGHT. WHAT KIND OF PARENT TURNS THEIR KID ON TO DRUGS? LADY GAGA IS ANOTHER MESS ON HER WAY OUT TOO. THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION.

  3. NYSEWER says:

    This crack hoe was not really that great of a singer its just the liberal media pumping up her memory.I hope Lady Gaga dies next another wonderful roll model.Houston daughter will be dead in 24 months where was her mother to raise her?

  4. Fun And Games At Charlie Sheen's Crack Hotel says:

    LIN-SANE YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WITH COMMON SENSE HERE. THE MORONS WHO CELEBRATE HER LIKE MOTHER THERESA WHEN SHE WAS JUST A CRACKHEAD DRUNK WHO TURNED HER DAUGHTER INTO ONE, MUST BE CRACK HEAD DRUNKS THEMSELVES. GO BACK TO YOUR CRACK HOUSE PEOPLE.

  5. Sailor Boy says:

    Why can yall all get along!

  6. Dakotahgeo, Pastor says:

    You really have no respect for yourself, do you? We have all fallen and come up short. The mere fact that you have to desecrate a human being’s name by using it yourself shows how low YOU have sunk. What have YOU done in YOUR life to inspire and support people? Precious little, I’d say!

    1. Dakotahgeo, Pastor says:

      Sorry about the double post. This was meant for the Amy Wtnehouse jerk below. Reposted under his fake name!

    2. Lin-sane says:

      Can we Stop with all this Whitney BS.We worship this junkie more then our true heros.Her legacy is turning her daughter into a junkie too.It is a shame she lost her career and she was a bad mother.Her own daughter tried to stab her in 2008 Just do ur google and read for yourself.Only one I feel bad for is the peoplewho made her career the fans they were treated like garbage by Cissy but then again she only feels bad because now the money train stops unless she steals from granddaughter.

  7. Dakotahgeo, Pastor says:

    AMEN!!

  8. Barry says:

    To Amy Winehouse: GIN, JUICE AND CRACK!!!!

    Society keeps sinking lower in the mud by day as evidenced by your comments on a dead Icon who inspired millions and left . You, what have you inspired? Hate speech against someone who has never done anything to hurt you. I want you to name 10 people who look up to you as a role model? At least she had many, who don’t care what you think.
    And please don’t read articles on her if they upset you, go to another page. Whitney, we will always love you.

    1. Lin-sane says:

      If you look up to her as role model you have problems.She always had drug issues I guess it was family problem.But role model you have to be kidding me.Celebrity’sare not role models.Where was all these so called fans when her last CD bombed I guess you were to busy to buy Cd that day.

  9. Amy Winehouse: GIN, JUICE AND CRACK!!!! says:

    HOW LONG IS THE PRESS GOING TO MILK THIS STORY AND PRESENT THIS WOMAN LIKE SHE FOUND THE CURE FOR CANCER, WHEN IN REALITY SHE WAS A CRACK AND OTHER DRUG ADDICTED DRUNK WHO WAS ABOUT 15 YEARS PAST HER PRIME? SOCIETY KEEPS SINKING LOWER IN THE MUD BY THE DAY!

    1. Dakotahgeo, Pastor says:

      You really have no respect for yourself, do you? We have all fallen and come up short. The mere fact that you have to desecrate a human being’s name by using it yourself shows how low YOU have sunk. What have YOU done in YOUR life to inspire and support people? Precious little, I’d say!

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