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Remembering those who; are connected to Elvis Presley and have (sadly) passed away

The holidays are upon us but those who have passed, along with their families, you will always remain in our; hearts, minds, thoughts, and soul.

Pertaining to Elvis Presley, and those in which he loved – befriended – worked with, we acknowledge you with:


Our heartfelt thanks, prayers, and thoughts (eternally) go out to the loved ones, friends, and family members as well.  May God bless you in every way.

In no specific order we remember now;      

Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977),

Vernon Elvis Presley (Elvis’ Father) April 10, 1916 – June 16, 1979,    

Gladys Love Presley (Elvis’ beloved Mother) April 25, 1912 – August 14, 1958,       

Minnie Mae Presley (aka: Dodger Elvis Grandmother and Vernon’s’ Mother) June 17, 1890 – May 8, 1980,  

Jessie Garon Presley (Elvis’ twin brother born before Elvis as a “stillborn child “January 8, 1935 – January 8, 1935 ),

Charlie Hodge (died March 63, 2006). Elvis’ friend and his onstage “right hand man who gave Elvis his water and his scarfs”) as well as decades of dedication and laughter.

JD Sumner (died November 16, 1998). Elvis loved his deep voice and is credited with hitting the “lowest note” ever recorded who also sang back up with Elvis onstage for years via JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet).

Myrna Smith  died on December 25, 2014. Myrna was an integral park of Elvis’ concert appearances, in the 1970s and in may Elvis Presley records (45, 33, 77, extended). Elvis and Myrna had a professional and playful relationship. They both resected each other’ singing abilities and Myrna enjoyed being around Elvis. She always had an “open door policy” to allow Elvis or Lisa Marie Presley to visit with.


Lamar Fike (who passed away January 22, 2011 at the age of 75) who was Elvis’ beloved friend of (approx.) twenty years and was Elvis’ “lighting manager” for Elvis’ Concerts and a source/recipient of Elvis’ humor.


Janelle McComb (who passed away July 25, 2005 at the age of 84). From EPE – Janelle McComb died on July 25 in Tupelo due to a congestive heart failure. Janelle was a friend of the Presley family since Elvis was four years old and remained close to Priscilla and Lisa Marie. As far as know, Janelle was 84 years old and was the driving force behind the Tupelo Youth Center, the renovation of the birthplace, the construction of the museum and the Elvis memorial Chapel. Janelle possessed a treasure of letters, notes and pictures from Elvis, which were never made public. Few fans know that Janelle was a gifted writer herself. For Lisa’s 4th birthday, she wrote a poem, called The Priceless Gift. Elvis was so touched by it, that tears filled his eyes. In fact, he was so impressed that he commissioned a second poem in 1976, this time as a Christmas gift for his father. One year later, shortly after Elvis had passed away, it was Vernon’s turn to call on Janelle, and ask her if she could write a poem for the gravestone. Janelle did, and it’s that poem that millions of fans all over the world have read in the Meditation Garden. Later, when the Eternal Flame was installed.

Patti Parry (i.e. Thursday October 27, 2011) died. Patti was a beloved, and trusted, trusted friend to Elvis for 17 years. Patti, like so many unique and talented people associated with Elvis will be (forever); missed, mourned, celebrated for their lives, and loved.

 John Wilkinson died, on January 11, 2013 at age 67, after battling cancer. John was a remarkably talented musician and played with Elvis for nine years and up to Elvis’ death in August of 1977.

Todd Morgan (of EPE) who passed away at the age of 45 on March 1, 2008.

 Al Wertheimer died on October 20, 214. Mr. Wertheimer was a professional photographer who captured exceptional photographs of Elvis in 1956. In this photo he is holding his most famous Elvis photograph entitled “the kiss”.

They, individually and collectively, will never forgotten as they remain forever in each of our hearts and we miss them  (in countless ways) all our lives.

We continue to have the family members, friends, and loved ones of each of these individuals in our thoughts and prayers. May God allow you the time to heal and may your pain be gradually replaced with fond memories now…and each day hereafter. May there come a day when all of us will be reunited on the “other side” and what a glorious day that will be.


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