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Janelle McComb..........R.I.P

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:01 pm

I got this info in my e-mail this morning that Elvis's friend, Janelle McComb, passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack early Monday evening............but that's all the info I could find.

They're slipping away from us one by one..........

(BTW, I didn't know where this belongs so if it needs to be moved, someone can move it to the appropriate section)

Take Care,
Tony T.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:04 pm

R.I.P Janelle.

A real fan.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:19 pm

R.I.P. Janelle.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:24 pm

Rest in peace Janelle. My condolenses to her family.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:28 pm

Rest in peace...

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:58 pm

A very nice lady,always had time to chat.

God bless.


Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:08 pm

February '72 ?
Date ?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:27 pm

Condolences to the family...had the pleasure of meeting Janelle.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:03 pm

I didn´t know her but may she rest in condolences too..

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:04 pm

We met Janelle in Tupelo August 9th 2003. She was very nice to us. An Elvis lady. RIP.

Re: Janelle McComb..........R.I.P

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:13 pm

Tony Trout wrote:I got this info in my e-mail this morning that Elvis's friend, Janelle McComb, passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack early Monday evening............but that's all the info I could find.

They're slipping away from us one by one..........

(BTW, I didn't know where this belongs so if it needs to be moved, someone can move it to the appropriate section)

Take Care,
Tony T.

Well said, Tony.
Pretty soon, the personal recollections will come to an end, and we'll lose that intimate part of the Elvis experience.

RIP, Janelle.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:40 pm

Don't forget that she was the one that Elvis' often commissioned to write poems for him... her writing spoke to his heart. There are 2 beautiful poems that she wrote for Elvis, one that he gave to Lisa Marie, and one to his father. In return Vernon had her write the epitaph that is on Elvis' grave maker that is so touching.

He was a precious gift from God

Rest in Peace... may God bless you.

Elvis fan

Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:52 pm

Rest in peace Janelle.

Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:08 pm

Janelle explains about the poem she did for Elvis in 'Elvis Preley's Graceland' dvd 1985
Very touching

Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:15 pm

Janelle McComb was a very dear lady and a true friend, not only to me, but all Elvis fans. She was a class act, who never, ever tried to profit from her relationship with the man. I am certain that Elvis welcomed her with open arms. She will be missed and leaves a void that cannot be filled. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.


Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:08 pm

I would like to add my condolences too.

I met Janelle a couple or three years ago, and didn't realise it!

Tom explained to me who she is/was, in a thread from a while ago.

If I had known, I would have loved to talk her in greater depth, as it was I thought she was a knowledgable tour-guide.

This was a modest and humble person who didn't push her friendship with Elvis on just anybody. A loss to the Elvis world, her family and friends.

It is my regret I didn't get to know her when I had the chance.



Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:23 am

R.I.P Janelle. I didnt know her but the poems she wrote were beautiful. So sad to see another of Elvis' contemporaries pass away.

Wed Jul 27, 2005 2:23 am

Rest In Peace.

My condolences to her family.


Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:30 am

Wonder if Priscilla and Lisa will attend the funeral as Priscilla stated she was a close friend of Ms. McCombs but could not get her name right on Larry King. :roll:

An evening with Janelle McComb!

Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:45 am

Hello Elvis friends,

Janelle was the best. My girlfriend & I were in Tupelo in 2000.
We went to the birthplace & they told us where she lived.
8pm at night we pull up at her house, she does not know us at all.
She not only lets us in she lets me video tape her while she tells
stories for over 30 minutes. She also pulled out some of her
rare items Elvis had given her. It was a memorable night.

She really made my Tupelo experience exciting.

Thanks Janelle for a wonderful memory.


Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:09 pm

For those who have not heard the story:

Janelle McComb of Tupelo, Mississippi was a good friend to Elvis and his family for many years. On several occasions Elvis asked her to lend her unique talents to record his feelings in verse. “The Priceless Gift”, a birthday poem for his daughter Lisa, was one of those occasions. Lisa’s copy is displayed at Graceland. Here, from its author is the story of how the poem was created:

In the latter part of ‘71, I was visiting Graceland. Lisa was pushing her baby buggy through the hall, and I said to Elvis, “Can you imagine? She is soon going to be four years old. What are you going to give her for her birthday?”

Elvis paused and said “I don’t know - she’s all we have - she is our most prized possession. I want Lisa to know what the important things in life are. Money is not important - it is fleeting and all this is just vanity.” He said “A lot has happened through the years. Do you remember, when we left Tupelo, all we had was a little trunk on top of the car.”

We talked and laughed for an hour or more reminiscing about his childhood, about his mother cooking, about how his grandmother wore an apron, and about the song “Precious Memories”, which was sung at his mother’s funeral. He said “Those early values that my parents taught me are still my values, and I want my child to know them.”

“Mrs. McComb,” Elvis said, (he always addressed me as “Mrs. McComb” when he was talking to me, but always autographed things to me as “Janelle”.) “do you think you could take your pen and write something for me to give my little girl to tell her what the real values of life are, because I may not always be around.”

“In other words,” I said, “you want to give her ‘the priceless gift’.”

He said “That’s right, and be sure to sign it ‘Daddy’.”

I said “Well, Elvis, I’ll try.”

I went home and wrote the poem. When I brought it back to Elvis at Graceland, he was so touched and pleased when he read it, he ran up the stairs two at a time to hide it until Lisa’s birthday. When he came back down crying, I asked him to sign my copy of the poem. He signed it, then with his elbow attempted to wipe the tears off the paper and smeared his signature. He said “Oh, Mrs. McComb, I’ve ruined your copy.”

“No,” I said, “someday those teardrops will be just as priceless as this poem is to you.”

The Priceless Gift

Birthdays are always special
as your fourth one comes to you
and I wondered what I’d give you
Just anything wouldn’t do.

I thought of childish treasures
to hang upon your wall
Yet nothing seemed appropriate
or none I could recall.

Money seemed so cold and fleeting
Bought treasures go so fast
And I wanted a gift to please you
And one that would also last.

You know you’re sort of special
You are really all we’ve got
You’re Mama’s bit of heaven
And Daddy’s tiny tot.

I closed my eyes - the years rolled by
And I slowly found my way
To a shadowed corner in the attic
T’was a link to my yesterday.

I raised the lid to a frayed old trunk
And there a priceless treasure lay
A tattered apron with strings still tied
And I knew I heard her say -

“Son, I’m now just a precious memory
But don’t ever forget one thing
I always tried to guide your life
With these worn out apron strings.

They guided a man named Lincoln
As he steered the ship of State
It’s the only gift I gave you
That will never go out of date.

Apron strings changed the course of
History as great men felt their tug
They followed sons onto battle fields
Without the slightest shrug.

They guided both kings and beggars
Through harmony and strife
Son, you surely must have felt their tug
For how God has blessed your life.

I bowed my head and said a prayer
For I knew God had surely touched
A tattered old trunk so tucked away
And an apron that had meant so much.

So Lisa, I give you the “Priceless Gift”
That surpasses all other things
A whole lifetime of love for you
She tied in her apron strings.

©1971 Janelle McComb


Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:34 pm

Thanks for posting that Tom, it is so beautiful to see how Elvis felt in his heart about Lisa Marie. It was almost like he knew he wasn't long for this world and he wanted to give her a priceless gift for life. Something for those that ponder, that just want to bash her.

Here is the other one I found:
Elvis commissioned family friend Janelle McComb to write something special for him to give his father Vernon for Christmas 1976. I was presented nicely framed. This is the text:

I not only live for today but for the day
after today. I have pursued my vision and
reached the mountain top. But the peak of
a mountain can be a lonely place. I want to
thank you for understanding. I learned
early in life that only by filling my
existence with an aim, could I find an
inner peace.

I want to thank you for giving me
intangible gifts. You gave me gifts from
your heart - understanding, tolerance and
concern. You gave me gifts of your mind -
purpose, ideas and projects. You gave me
gifts of your words - encouragement, empathy
and solace.

Respect is avid; it wants to contain
everything and to retain everything. To you
my father - my friend - my confidante, I have
and avid respect.

Thanks for always being near the top
of the mountain when I needed you.

Your son,

1976, Janelle McComb

This poem had to have comforted Vernon the last 2 years of his life.

Elvis fan

Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:16 pm

Janelle is remembered in the local Tupelo newspaper. ... 1&div=News

Thu Jul 28, 2005 4:54 am

Very sorry to hear of this. I have been to several Tribute Weeks, and I will be going again this year, but I have never visited Tupelo. I am making a point of travelling there this year, and I was hoping Janelle might have been around. Damn. Sorry to have heard this news. :cry:

Thu Jul 28, 2005 10:05 am