Details about a memorial service for Braxton Family Values star Traci Braxton have been released. The singer and reality television star died at the age of 50 following a private year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Unfortunately, Traci’s husband of nearly 30 years, Kevin Surratt Sr., and her famous family are not on the same page.
A public memorial is scheduled with reserved seats for fans
In an Instagram post from Traci’s verified account, memorial service plans were announced. “First, we’d like to Thank Everyone for the Outpouring of Love and Prayers! As we realize the loss of our beloved Traci was not only our loss we will open the official memorial services to a limited amount of Traci’s fans to attend in person, we know how much she adored, loved, and appreciated everyone,” the post began.
It continued: “A registration [is] required, limited seating [for the] memorial [is] for special guests, friends, family, and fans will be held in honor of Traci Renee Braxton-Surratt on Thursday, March 31st from 10-1pm. A memorial viewing link will be provided for those who can not attend. Please visit: www.tracibraxton.com to retrieve the link. Thank you in advance for understanding that although we would love to accommodate everyone seating is extremely limited and registration will close at midnight or until all seats have been registered whichever comes 1st.”
This was reportedly the second viewing Traci’s husband and management team put together. A private memorial was reportedly held last week.
The Braxton family and Kevin Sr. are at odds
According to reports, Traci’s sisters and parents are not happy about the memorial service planned by Surratt and her management team. They allegedly feel that Kevin Sr. and co are exploiting her death.
“Traci did not want a funeral or wake. She did not want people looking all over her body. She specifically requested to be immediately cremated…There was a Zoom meeting that made it clear about what she wanted, and now her husband is trying to cash in on her name,” a Braxton insider told Page Six.
There was a larger service reportedly in the works with gospel artists Kim Burrell and Byron Cage to perform at that service. However, the source revealed that “they pulled out when they realized the sisters weren’t involved.”
“A barcode is required for entry. It’s a whole production,” they added. But Surratt denies such. He says he had several conversations with Traci about her wishes.
“I was with my wife…more than anybody in this world,” he told the media outlet. “I know my wife, and when she got cancer, we really started to communicate about funeral plans and I was still trying to find treatments for her. I went to every single one of her doctor appointments throughout our entire marriage. That’s how we were, and now they’re treating me like a [deadbeat] husband.”
Toni Braxton revealed the family’s memorial service plans in a recent interview
While the Braxton family did not attend the private memorial service arranged by Surratt, with the exception of Traci’s father and brother, as well as choosing not to attend the public memorial service, they are holding their own. Toni revealed in a recent appearance on The Tamron Hall Show that the family will gather and commemorate Traci on what would have been her 51st birthday on April 2. Kevin Sr. says he was not invited.