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Funeral arrangements for Joe Frazier

FILE - In this April 2, 2009, file photo, Joe Frazier poses for a portrait in New York. The former heavyweight champion has died after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a release confirming the boxer's death on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

November 14, 2011 6:48:52 AM PST
Family release statement on Joe Frazier's funeral:

"The Family of Boxing Great, Smokin' Joe Frazier has finalized plans for his Home Going Service, which will take place on Monday, November 14, 2011 at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller is the Senior Pastor. From 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. guests are welcome to offer silent prayers and sit in the church sanctuary. From 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. guests are welcome to offer silent prayers and sit in the church sanctuary. The casket will be closed. The Home Going service will start at 11:00 a.m.

Prior to the service on Monday, this Friday, November 11, 2011, 10am-5pm, and on Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 10am-1pm, the body of Joe Frazier will lay in state at the Wells Fargo Center at 3601 South Broad Street. This will be an opportunity for his many fans, supporters and boxing lovers from around the world to pay their final respects to Joe Frazier.

The Family of Joe Frazier continues to stress that they want everyone to know that Joe Frazier was a man of God and a man who loved all of his family. Smokin' Joe's Family also wants the world to know that he transitioned from this life as "One of God's Men." The family thanks everyone for their prayers for their Father, and vast outpouring of love and support. In lieu of flowers, the Frazier family asks you to send donations to The American Cancer Society. Make checks payable to ACS, Inc., 8400 Silver Crossing, Oklahoma City, Ok, 73132. Please include in your memo on the check: In memory of Joe Frazier."

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