Janelle McComb died on july 25 in Tupelo due to a congestive heart failure. Janelle was a friend of the Presley family since Elvis was four years old and remained close to Priscilla and Lisa Marie. As far as know, Janelle was 84 years old and was the driving force behind the Tupelo Youth Center, the renovation of the birthplace, the construction of the museum and the Elvis memorial Chapel. Janelle possessed a treasure of letters, notes and pictures from Elvis, which were never made public.
Few fans know that Janelle was a gifted writer herself. For Lisa’s 4th birthday, she wrote a poem, called “The Priceless Gift”. Elvis was so touched by it, that tears filled his eyes. In fact, he was so impressed that he commissioned a second poem in 1976, this time as a Christmas gift for his father. One year later, shortly after Elvis had passed away, it was Vernon’s turn to call on Janelle, and ask her if she could write a poem for the gravestone. Janelle did, and it’s that poem that millions of fans all over the world have read in the Meditation Garden. Later, when the Eternal Flame was installed, Janelle wrote another poem.
Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to:
The McComb Family
c/o Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38116
Visitation & Funeral
W. E. Pegues Funeral Home
535 Jefferson St.
Phone: (662) 842-4872
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, July 28
Friday, July 29
Source: Various / Updated: Jul 28, 2005