The family of Coretta Scott King announced her funeral arrangements today. In a final twist of irony, Mrs. King’s funeral service will be held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia at noon on Tuesday. New Birth is pastored by Bishop Eddie Long, who led a controversial march from the King Center against the civil rights of gays and lesbians. King herself was an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, but King’s youngest child, Bernice, a minister at New Birth, has been an opponent. New Birth seats 10,000 people, making it one of the biggest churches in the area.
The 78-year-old King died Tuesday in Rosarito, Mexico, where she was seeking treatment for advanced ovarian cancer. She suffered a heart attack and stroke in August. Medical officials listed her cause of death as respiratory failure. After her body was released by the Mexican government, Bishop Long offered to fly the body to Atlanta on his private jet. The funeral is being handled by Willie Watkins Funeral Home in southwest Atlanta.