The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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From the Collection of Dixie Locke Emmons

Gladys Presley was always the number one woman in Elvis’ life, and when he lost his beloved mother on August 14, 1958, it was a truly devastating day for Elvis. He was granted emergency leave from his Army service to return home for his mother’s burial and service. At the funeral, Elvis was inconsolable as Gladys’ favorite gospel group, The Blackwood Brothers, performed. Vernon and Elvis had asked Pastor James Hamill from the First Assembly of God church in Memphis to conduct Gladys’ funeral services, as he was loved and well respected by the family. The Presleys were members of the congregation at this church, where Elvis had met his former young love Dixie Locke, who would remain his close friend for many years. 

Offered are the original clergy notes used by Pastor Hamill at the funeral service, which include the Clergyman’s Record form listing typed details of Gladys’ birth and death dates and her surviving relatives, and the typed notes used by Pastor Hamill on that fateful day. The pastor’s notes have three sections: “Words about Mrs. Presley” describes her with statements such as “Whole nation knows of her devotion to her husband and son” and “Fortune and fame did not change her perspective of life… almost the same whether entertaining distinguished guests or talking with the gardener”; in the second, Pastor Hamill shares his thoughts about “Life to Come” and life beyond the grave; while the last section provides “Words of Comfort,” quoting two bible verses. These incredible touching documents come with two original black-and-white snapshots; one of Elvis and Pastor Hamill and the other picturing Elvis with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet (including James Blackwood, Jackie Marshall, J.D. Sumner). Both documents and the accompanying photos emanate directly from Dixie Locke and come with a letter from Dixie. Pastor Hamill’s notes measure 8 1/2 by 5 1/3 inches (21.59 x 13.53 cm), the clergy record measures 8 by 5 inches (20.32 x 12.7 cm), and each snapshot measures 3 1/4 by 4 9/16 inches (8.25 x 11.58 cm). This historic original collection from one of Elvis’ darkest moments is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The funeral notes are in excellent condition with discoloration from age, a horizontal fold in the center and glue residue on the reverse. The clergy records contain a horizontal crease in the center, glue residue on the reverse and are in very good condition overall. The snapshots are in very good condition with glue residue on the reverse.
Gladys Presley Funeral Notes and Clergyman’s Record with Two Original Snapshots of Elvis Presley with the Pastor and with the Blackwood Brothers*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,750.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 30
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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