The more I delve into the world of Elvis I find that it is very small. No matter where I go, or who I meet there is always an Elvis tale to be told.

For instance, my friend Judy George found out what a big Elvis fan I was and she told me that our friend, June Walden was a big Elvis fan, too. She even elaborated and told me about June attending Elvis’ funeral on that hot August day in 1977.

Ms. June was as tiny then as she is now and in the midst of the heat, humidity, and events surrounding the day, she told her friend Ted Ledbetter that she felt as though she was going to faint. And faint she did. She had to be carried, by a police officer into Graceland to get water and cool off.

The reason I am telling you all this is because she was seen the world over because she was recorded on the news being carried by the police officer into the gates and up the driveway. While watching the five-hour-long documentary of the Memphis Mafia I saw a tall thin lady who resembled Ms. June! I re-watched the video and found this particular scene and took a photo and sent it to her. When she received it she called me immediately and told me, “That’s me!!!” the emotion in her voice of that photo was amazing. She now has a video to commemorate that day. I was amazed she never knew of this video.

It still amazes me the friends I have made, because of my love for Elvis. I know, I know, its truly an obsession, but God has used that obsession to allow me to make amazing friends.

Many are not aware of the interesting life she has lived.

Billy “Spa Guy” Stallings calls it “divine providence”. I agree with him.

I am so thankful for the honor of knowing and meeting new people in the Elvis community.

Sadly this week the Elvis community is again in mourning. Elvis’ only grandson Benjamin passed from this life on Sunday, July 12 at the young age of 27.

I can’t begin to fathom what his mother, father, grandmother and siblings must be feeling. My sadness is magnified for them because they are again thrown into the public eye to grieve. Every move will be scrutinized. Questions will be asked that should remain private. I hope we all agree the family needs our prayers more than our questions.

The world as a whole is mourning due to COVID, but it’s days like this when I can share an Elvis story and bring a smile to someone’s face. It reminds me that life is short and I am not here for my own enjoyment. If I can make others happy then my life has purpose. To find life’s purpose, work to make someone else happy. Their smile, or enjoyment can make you forget your own problems for a while!

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