Aretha’s Eulogist, Jasper Williams Feels Overwhelmed By Assignment

Harold Michael Harvey and Rev. Jasper William Eulogist for Aretha Franklin Photo Credits: ©2018 Cascade Publishing House

On a sultry dog day in August thirty-four years ago, Rev. Jasper Williams received a telephone call from Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul and his friend, at that time of 41 years. The two had met when Williams was 16 and Franklin was 17 years of age.

Franklin called to inform Williams that her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, a renowned…