Brown's body moved to tomb
The soul singer died on Christmas and his partner and children have been disputing his estate. However, they all, along with other close friends, took part in a ceremony on Saturday in South Carolina.
His body has been kept at his home since his death and it could be moved again to a public mausoleum which is being planned.
The procession was led by Brown's partner Tomi Rae Hynie. She commented: "James would have been very proud and happy to see that all of the family was together, and it was just beautiful."
The Reverend Al Sharpton, who presided over the ceremony, explained the situation, saying Brown's adult children, from other relationships, wanted to lay him to rest. They "wanted their father entombed with dignity".
He added that Brown left "a substantial estate and substantial holdings... which are currently being disputed in court".