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After funeral, Ruffin pallbearer arrested

Singer Eddie Kendricks was arrested after the funeral of former fellow Temptation David Ruffin and charged with non-payment of child support, authorities said Tuesday. Kendricks, a member of the original Temptations, was a pallbearer in Monday's service at New Bethel Baptist Church.

He was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and was being held on $10,000 bond.

The singer was notified before the funeral that sheriff's deputies had a warrant for his arrest for alleged non-payment of $26,000, said Nancy Mouradian, Wayne County sheriff's department spokeswoman.

Kendricks and his former wife, Patricia, divorced in 1975 in Detroit. He was ordered to pay her $25,000 plus child support for their son. In 1982, he paid her $5,000 after a judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail unless he paid.

Earlier at the funeral, Ruffin's partners in the Temptations got a tearful standing ovation with a three-man rendition of the group's first No. 1 hit, My Girl.

Ruffin, the group's original lead singer, died of a crack overdose June 1 at age 50.

Thousands more filled the streets to pay tribute to Ruffin and to catch a glimpse of the celebrities who came to bid him farewell.

Stevie Wonder brought the audience to its feet with a rendition of his song I Love You, and Aretha Franklin rocked them with the gospel song He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs.

Several people collapsed inside the sweltering church and had to be carried out.

Flowers decorating the church included bouquets from Michael Jackson, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Diana Ross, the Spinners, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

The card on a bouquet from British singer Rod Stewart and his wife read, "You were a great influence on me. Rest peacefully."