Wonder makes musical tribute to Motown's Edwards

August 31, 2011 - 12:55 PM
Edwards Public Viewing

This Oct. 1988 photo shows Esther Gordy Edwards at Hitsville USA in Detroit. Edwards died last week at age 91. A visitation is being held Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 at James H. Cole Northwest Chapel. She's the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Steven R. Nickerson)

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds are saying a final goodbye to Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. who helped him build the company and led efforts to preserve the original Detroit headquarters.

Edwards died last week at age 91.

Berry Gordy clasped hands with Smokey Robinson as they entered the Bethel AME Church in Detroit Wednesday morning.

Stevie Wonder, who also signed to Motown, spoke before performing one of Edwards' favorite hymns, "His Eye is on the Sparrow." He said he was "giving all the praise to God for what she did in my life and the many lives she touched."

Edwards stayed behind when Motown Records moved to California. She preserved the old Detroit headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A., turning it into a museum that opened in 1985.