Family and friends wept openly Friday as they as walked past a line of small pink and blue caskets holding the remains of five small children.
The children's lives ended in a house fire Monday in Yazoo City while authorities say their mothers were at a nightclub. A sixth child was rescued.
The Rev. Anthony Brown told the gathering that while tears were understandable, they must remain strong for those who survived.
Some 300 mourners attended the service at the L.T. Community Center. Among the mourners were sisters Clara Bell and Eugenia Bell, the mothers of the children, who have both been charged with manslaughter and child neglect in the children's deaths.
Clara Bell had to be supported as she walked to the caskets of her four children. She cried openly during the service that included choir songs, prayers and preaching.
Atop the caskets were photos of the children, 10-year-old Devunte Bell; three-year-old Takiesha Bell; one-and-half-year-old William Bell; seven-year-old Kayla Williams; and four-year-old Tytianna Bell.