Motown Bids “Farewell” To Levi Stubbs
Mourners from across the country converged on Greater Grace Temple in Detroit Monday to say their final goodbyes and pay their respects to Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs. Stubbs, 72, died in his sleep Friday, October 17, 2008.
The church was packed with Motown celebrities, city dignitaries, friends and Detroiters alike who came together to remember the life and legacy of Levi Stubbs. Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. reminisced that Stubbs “made us walk in his shoes, felt what he felt and loved what he loved. He not only sang the song, he was the song.”
Smokey Robinson eulogized Levi Stubbs this way:
“He will always be here. You’re going to turn on the radio and hear him tomorrow. He made his mark on the world. All of the world, you’ll be able to hear Levi Stubbs forever!”
Duke Fakir, the last remaining original group member, gave those in attendence heart-warming expressions of love for his friend and then emotionally moved, thanked “each and every one of you out there, for anyone who ever did anything for the Tops.”
Levi Stubbs leaves a wife, Clineice, of 48 years, five children, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grand children.