By Sandra Rose  | 

Pallbearers carry the casket of the late, great singer/actress Lena Horne into The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City today.

Actress/singer Vanessa Williams attends the services for Lena Horne today

Director and granddaugter of Lena Horne Jenny Lumet waits to enter the funeral service of the late, great singer/actress Lena Horne at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola today in New York City.

Singer/actress Dionne Warwick

Opera singer Jessye Norman

Photos: Getty Images

  • Nika405

    R.I.P to a Legend.

  • ryand91

    RIP to a legend.

  • pointhimout

    on their shoulders? think this is the same place that held aaliya's homegoing also. i think.

  • KaraZ

    Rest in Peace Ms. Horne

  • free

    no dionne. :nono:

  • pointhimout

    and another thing, i always thought funeral homes/directors 'should' provide the pallbearers, but apparently that's not the case in everyday life.

  • gypsyeyes

    I have never seen anyone hold a casket like that in my life.

  • SugarPieHoneybunn

    Yes @ poinhimout. I agree. I think its rather trifling to ask family memebers to be pallbearers while they are grieving unless they actually would like to. I had a hard time being a flower girl the last time I attended a funeral.

    Also, I have never seen the "on the shoulders" thing either.

  • CivilEngineer

    I would hate for that casket to slip off!

    @Point...that makes sense to me but apparently you have to find some cousins-by-marriage to act as pallbearers down here... :shrug:

  • Mother Jefferson

    Ive never seen on the shoulders either :shrug:

    Dead @ Dionne with the bitties out. Gurl bye. :kona:


    No Dionne did not have them dusty ass....nevermind! So is this the grandaughterof Sidney Lumet also???? I thought usually family cousins were pall beareres and then immediate family members or close friends were listed as honorary pall bearers

  • RemieBaby

    RIP Lena Horne
    Never seen the shoulder carrying either.
    Dude on the left does not look stable AT ALL


    nevermind just found out she was Sidney Lumet's daughter

  • Man, I just don’t care™


    Just fugg it huh. Just goin grab yesterday's summer-dress-that-you-wore-out-shopping-that-people-gave-you-compliments-on and chit.

    You know what, I ain't even mad at you.

  • CivilEngineer

    Dionne's boobs look like pecs up there :-o


    LMAO @ Civil

  • RemieBaby


    ewww they do :nono:

  • Ms. Thickness


  • Sandra Rose

    I see the "on the shoulders" thing a lot in NY funerals. Especially during the funerals of high profile Italian mafia figures. Click to see example. It's a macho mafia thing.

  • KrayZKat

    RIP Ms. Lena.

  • Val

    RIP to Lena! unmatchable talent
    whats the donation for? anyone? :waiting:

  • Anna

    Sandra Rose says:

    I see the “on the shoulders” thing a lot in NY funerals. Especially during the funerals of high profile Italian mafia figures. Click to see example. It’s a macho mafia thing.
    You see the casket lifting like this for Military and Civil Service(Police Officer, Fire Fighter).

  • ontaya brooks

    I think that hairstyle looks good on Dionne. RIP Miss. Horne and yes I believe.

  • Val

    my brother ( rest his soul) had his funeral services about 10 years ago- his friends where Pallbearers and my other brothers where honorary pallbearers

    @ my grandma's funeral about 5 years ago- the men of the church were active pallbearers and my dad and uncles were honorary..thats usually they way it is in cali

  • 2thick4u

    RIP Lena Horne. You have touched and changed many lives for the will be missed!!

  • ggouch

    A Legend earns her WINGS!! REST IN PEACEFUL ARMS Ms. LENA

  • Sandra Rose

    Wow. Jenny Lumet is only 43? :blink:

  • BlackDiamond

    R.I.P Lena Horne
    She seemed to a beautiful person inside and out.
    Always carried herself as a classy lady!

  • crzasallgetout

    I thought the family or friends were always the pallbearers.

  • pointhimout

    yeah SR, i peeped that too when I looked her up on google. Time for a much needed lift to remove some of the crack in her black. uh uh ma. now that i realize who you are and the money line from which you come, you've got to do better.

  • mirsmommy

    RIP Lena Horne.

    I've seen pallbearers carry the casket on their shoulders before, but it's not common. Years ago, in my hometown, a very well known funeral director passed, his sons carried his casket down the street on their shoulders.

  • Val

    read this on line.... :pc:
    The practice of "shouldering the casket" is not common. The bearers carry the casket on their shoulders to the front of church and place it on a bier.

    Professional Pallbearers

    When relatives and friends are not available to act as active pallbearers, the funeral home is prepared to hire professional pallbearers who will carry the casket as is necessary. They are paid a fee and will meet the funeral at a local cemetery when requested, but usually the cemetery personel help move the casket at the cemetery.

  • STLVixen

    RIP Lena. May your body of work live on as your legacy.

  • Patrick

    She will be surely missed.

  • attorneymom

    RIP Ms. Horne!!

  • Dhoward1913

    R.I.P. to my Soror. Yes, Ms. Horne was a Delta. Thank you for crossing color lines not yet touched.