Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Sad Anniversary

On August 16, 1977 we lost a great talent. I was always fascinated by Elvis. I, of course, am not saying I have velvet Elvis pictures, but he has always had a special place in my life. My daddy brought me a pencil holder with a picture of Elvis on it when I was around 6. He had heard he was a new popular singer. As the years marched on my husband and I were based at Ft. Hood, in Killeen, Texas where Elvis had been based a few years before. We went outside the house he had rented while he was there. I used to dream I was married to him. Now that's a hoot!

The year before he died he was coming to our local auditorium for a concert. The tickets were going on sale starting Saturday morning. My husband came home from work Friday and that night the factory he was managing burned to the ground. I knew I shouldn't be going to a concert with my husband losing his job. So I didn't. That would have been my last opportunity to see him. I suppose it wasn't meant to be.

I pray he was at peace with the Lord. I feel his death had such a tremendously sad impact on Lisa. I lost my daddy as a little girl and I know you always wonder what your life could have been like if he would have lived.

When I was at a conference with my job in the mid-90's I met the man that embalmed Elvis. All the crazy stories about people thinking they have seen him all over the country in K-marts and various places was just their imagination.

May Elvis rest in peace!


steviewren said...

I forgot today was the anniversary of Elvis' death. I was in the car talking my boys to the pediatrician when I heard the news on the radio.

Did you know Margaret Mitchell died on August the 16th as well?

Maggie May said...

I was not a huge Elvis fan, but I can remember the shock when it was announced on the media.
I was more upset about Buddy holly I think, as that was when I first got into *pop* music and everyone at school was crying! well the girls.......!

Anonymous said...

RIP Elvis.

willow said...

I remember hearing the shocking news. It was four days before our wedding.

Interesting that you met his embalmer. Guess I'll have to stop looking for him! ;^)

GG said...

My mother-in-law loves Elvis. Magnets, cards, pictures all over her house. She really adored him...