Elvis Presley : August 14, 1958 : The Death of Gladys Love Presley
August 8, All though the summer Gladys has been feeling ill.
As her condition worsens Elvis insists that she do something about it, putting his parents on a train to memphis so that she can see her personal physician, Dr. Charles Clarke.
August 9, Responding to an 11.30am emergency call, an ambulance transports Mrs. Presley from Graceland to Methodist Hospital, where her condition is listed as grave. Elvis completes Advanced Tank Training.
August 11, Elvis commences his Basic unit Training.
August 12, After more effort than it would take for any ordinary soldier, including calls from Gladys' Doctor to military personnel in Washington and Elvis' desperate threat to go AWAOL, Elvis is finally granted emergency leave, flying from Fort Worth to Texas with Lamar Fike and going straight to the hospital.
August 13, Vernon remains at his wife's side throughout the night, while Elvis after spending the evening at home, returns in the morning and again in the afternoon, not leaving until close to midnight.
August 14, At approximately 3.15am, with her husband at her side Gladys Love Presley dies.
Gladys Love Presley was 46. Both Elvis and Vernon are inconsolable.
In the early afternoon with hundreds of fans at the gates, Gladys is brought home to Graceland. Elvis wants the funeral conducted at the house but the Colonel convinces Elvis that security will not be able to be effectively maintained and arrangements are made to have the service at The Memphis Funeral Home.
August 15, Gladys funeral is held at 3:30pm. Elvis sobbed hysterically while Gladys' favourite gospel group, the Blackwood Brothers, performed at the service in the Memphis Funeral Home, and he was equally inconsolable at her Forest Hill Cemetery grave site, crying out, 'Oh God, everything I have is gone'. Elvis leans over the grave, crying out, inconsolably, 'Goodbye, darling, goodbye. I love you so much. You know how much I lived my whole life just for you'. The mourning continued through the next few days as Elvis was granted extended leave. Evidently his fans were grieving too -- they sent him more than 100,000 cards and letters, around 500 telegrams, and more than 200 floral arrangements to express their sympathy for his loss.
Still, even though it would never be the same, life had to carry on.
Vernon and Elvis Presley : August 14, 1958.
August 16, Elvis insists upon attending the funeral of Red West's Father who died the previous day. later in the afternoon Elvis insists on visiting his mothers grave.
August 18, Elvis' seven-day leave is extended for five more days, during which the Memphis Highway Patrol tries to cheer Elvis up by giving him helicopter rides over Graceland and the city.
The Memphis Highway Patrol tries to cheer Elvis up with helicopter rides over Graceland
August 24, Elvis returns to Fort Hood, leaving instructions that nothing is to be altered in his mothers room.
September 11, Elvis is assigned to the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division in what was then known as West Germany. September 19, Elvis leaves Fort Hood on a troop train bound for the Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York. September 22, The troop train arrives in Brooklyn at 9.00am.
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