On Aug. 18, 1977, Elvis Presley's funeral was held at his Memphis estate, G…
Written by megarock on August 19, 2018
On Aug. 18, 1977, Elvis Presley's funeral was held at his Memphis estate, Graceland, where 150 mourners attend, including such luminaries as Ann-Margret, James Brown, and actor George Hamilton. (Everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Farrah Fawcett to Burt Reynolds to John Wayne were rumored to attend, but did not.) Held in Graceland's living room, It lasted from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and was led by Woodale Church of Christ pastor C.W. Bradley. Televangelist Rex Humbard gave a short sermon, followed by a testimonial from comedian Jackie Kahane, who often opened Elvis' shows. Other Elvis tour vets — J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, the Statesmen, and Kathy Westmoreland — performed some of Elvis' favorite hymns including "Heavenly Father." Outside, 75,000 fans mourn, so many that President Jimmy Carter has ordered the National Guard in to maintain order.
Elvis' burial began with a long procession down the street that bears his name, a white hearse and seventeen white limousines behind, ending at Forest Hill Cemetery. The 900-pound copper coffin is carried by pallbearers Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar Fike, Billy Smith, Charlie Hodges, Gene Smith, and Dr. George Nichopoulous. A small service is then held in the mausoleum, followed by the paying of respects from family and friends. Elvis' father, Vernon, is the last to pay respects, kissing the coffin and repeating "Daddy will be with you soon." Elvis is interred at 4:30 pm CST.