Family members including wife, Vanessa (right), sons Jared and Eric and daughter Taylor, are shown during the Home-going services for Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Bishop Long died January 15th, after a long-time fight with cancer. He was 63 years old.

Pastor John  Gray, associate pastor to Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church in Houston, speaks at Eddie Long’s funeral. Jewel Wicker

Bishop T.D. Jakes sent a video tribute to Eddie Long’s funeral. Jewel Wicker

T. D. Jakes delivers a tribute to Long via video.

“He will be greatly missed and greatly remembered,” he says. “If there is one silver lining that hovers in this dark cloud today, I’m glad that this suffering is over.”

Jakes says he tried “feverishly” to rearrange his schedule in order to attend the funeral, but was unsuccessful.

Jakes says Long “was one of the first people to put boots on the ground to welcome [him] to Atlanta.

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