Marty Lacker says about Lamar: "I have the unfortunate task of officially sadly announcing the passing of Lamar Fike as authorized by his cousin Tommy McDonald who was very close to Lamar and was with him daily in his hospital room in Arlington,Texas. Lamar passed away very peacefully, Friday, January 21.
Lamar had been hospitalized since last October 14th and then transferred to the physical therapy wing of the hospital. Unfortunately he did not improve and was sent back to the hospital about a month ago. Outside of Red West, Lamar was with Elvis the longest and he remained close to him until Elvis' passing. Lamar was also very close to Elvis' mother.
Lamar's wishes to be cremated will be carried out and the Brown, Owen, Brumley Funeral Home, Ft. Worth are handling his funeral. A memorial service will be held in Mart, Texas, one of Lamar's boyhood homes at a date to be announced. He was born in Cleveland,Mississippi on November 11,1935. Those of us in the Memphis Mafia who remained his friend are greatly saddened by the loss of yet another member of our close group. May God Bless his Soul and may he Rest In Peace. Marty"
Its so sad.. That in the last few months we have lost Myrna Smith, Sean (Shaun) Neilsen, and now Lamar Fike. Like Elvis, they will live on in our hearts, by memory, video, and audio, forever.
GEORGE (GK) : amen to that . Always El.
I'm thankful that we have so much video of Lamar thanks to the Memphis Mafia videos from 1997. His humor and bluntness always made for interesting story telling. Gonna miss him...
Sincere condolences to family and friends. Thanks, Lamar. For the Heart!
Great story teller, probably the best of the bunch. RIP and thanks for the memories.
I for one do not forget the crap that Lamar stated about his "Friend", being an employee of Elvis Presley made them famous, not the other way around!
Man, I am getting scared: it seems that Elvis wants them all up there, ASAP.....!?!?
In 1957 already, Lamar jumped the Graceland walls to stay with Elvis....all of his life !! Will Prizscilla or LisaMarie or EPE Inc. pick up the funeral bills this time ??? I feel EPE should send a belated check of 50-thousand dollars to the other who have vanished last year....that's "loyalty" and appreciation in my book.
Why on earth should EPE be obliged to pay for Lamar Fike's funeral? These occasions are private matters for family members to make their own arrangements.
Fortis - Get a grip. What on earth does EPE have to do with Elvis' friends and why should they even care? It's a business, enterprise for goodness sakes. Man, the posts I read here are sometimes out of left field.