orthia barnes-kennerly
*(Via Detroit Free Press) – Funeral arrangements have been set for Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly, the R&B-jazz singer who became a Detroit community activist, entrepreneur and ordained minister, who died Friday. She was 70.

A public viewing is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, from 4-8 p.m. and Monday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home on 14751 W. McNichols Rd. in Detroit.

The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, at noon at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on 18700 James Couzens in Detroit. A family hour is scheduled for 11 a.m. the same day.

Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Barnes-Kennerly was in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a performance and died early Friday morning of congestive heart failure, said longtime friend and bass player Ralphe Armstrong. The singer had recovered from at least two strokes in recent years, Armstrong said.

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