The cemetery confirmed that Houston's father, John Russell Houston, is buried at Fairview.
Publicists and entertainers as of Thursday had confirmed a dozen celebrities and personalities will be in some of the 1,500 coveted, "invitation-only" seats.
Among those on the guest list are singer Chaka Khan, actress Angela Bassett, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio "L.A." Reid, hip hop artist Ray J and singer Brandy.
Chaka Khan was a close friend of Houston. Reid produced many of Houston's songs and Jakes co-produced Houston's last film, "Sparkle," which is scheduled to be released this summer. Houston and Jakes are listed as producers.
Jakes will also be speaking at the funeral. He said Thursday, "I think the major focus is to comfort the family and not to try to provide answers for which there are no answers.
"People often try to reconcile in their own minds why did this happen, and I think, sometimes, over the years, I've learned that when you really try to over-answer and speak on behalf of God, you get yourself in trouble."
He said he wants to encourage Houston's family to "use their faith as a catalyst to continue on their journey, to learn life lessons from the gift of Whitney Houston. Both her strengths and weaknesses teach us something about life and cause us to reflect on ourselves."
Houston was "a very resilient person who, in spite of personal difficulties and tragedies, was resilient and strong-willed and able to rise above the fray. I think there are lessons to be learned from that."
Ray J and Houston dated off and on after she was divorced from Brown.
New Hope Pastor Joe Carter said Thursday the service will be personal and dignified.
Asked how Houston's family is doing, Carter said, "They're holding strong."
A steady stream of people drove by the church Thursday, some slowing down to snap pictures and others getting out of their cars to pose in front of memorials.