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Little Richard funeral services in Huntsville: Remembered by loved ones, band, religious leaders

A private service for close family and friends was held Wednesday in Huntsville, Alabama. Little Richard, a giant in the music industry, is laid to rest.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The music world is saying goodbye to a legend. But, communities are saying goodbye to a beloved and spiritual man as Little Richard is laid to rest.  

A private service for close family and friends was held Wednesday in Huntsville, Alabama. Little Richard, a giant in the music industry, is laid to rest.

WATCH: FINAL FAREWELL TO LITTLE RICHARD

A man of many communities, Richard Wayne Penniman-- a family man, god-fearing servant and beloved leader of the "Little Richard Band" is celebrated.

Band members tell our reporter, "He gifted this whole world full of magic, full of energy, full of music…”

Another band mate agrees and says they know Little Richard would love that his closest friends and family were in attendance for his funeral services. The band member says,, "He also would rather it be a small crowd --like this-- of his real people. As opposed to just a big thing because everyone's just trying to do their thing right?... He was always like that." 

His body is to be buried in Oakwood University Memorial Gardens near the campus of his beloved Oakwood University, where Little Richard enrolled as a theology student in 1957.

A place with more meaning than meets the eye.

We spoke to Oakwood University President Leslie Pollard. He says,  "Right over my shoulder we actually have a historic slave cemetery. So, Richard is being laid to rest in the same place that many of his ancestors are resting." 

A band mate of the Little Richard Band says, "To be buried at a slave cemetery-- I mean, Richard is always teaching. He's always teaching." 

Those who knew him most can't say enough about Richard's faith.

During the funeral services, one speaker says, "Work hard? Yes. Shine? Yes. But, before becoming a star, the light that shines before men began in the church." 

Another preacher during the service says, "Sometimes we would reflect on how good and merciful God had been to the both of us." 

Those who love him say they'll keep lifting their voices in his memory.

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