PRESIDENT George W Bush and former US presidents Bill Clinton, GEORGE HW BUSH and Jimmy Carter joined celebrities including STEVE WONDER to pay their final respects to Coretta Scott King at a funeral service in Atlanta, Georgia this morning (07FEB06).

The funeral was held at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where the civil rights champion's daughter, BERNICE, is a minister.

King, the widow of assassinated Dr Martin Luther King Jr, died on 30 January after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 78.

Oprah Winfrey and Gladys Knight were among those offering eulogies and tributes to King at a memorial service yesterday (06FEB06), held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.