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Charlie Hodge Funeral Details: anyone?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:06 pm

Has anyone heard any details of Charlie Hodges funeral, such as if either Prisilla or Lisa Marie (or both) attended or at least appeared at the visitation?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:14 pm

Sonny West was the only one of the group that actually showed up to pay respects. A few others sent floral tributes. http://charliehodgefanclub.blogspot.com/

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:38 pm

The description of the funeral as posted by Mr. and Mrs. David and Charmaine Voisine on that site was actually written by someone else and not them. The lady that wrote it is VERY p***ed off because David and Charmaine didn't give this lady that wrote it the proper credit and basically stole it out from under her and they are trying to pass it off as something that they wrote....

Cheap shot...if you ask me....

Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:39 pm

CHARLIE HODGE’S FUNERAL

March 7, 2006



The funeral was very nice, good speakers, some laughs and a full chapel. I got there about 12:30 before too many were there, went up to say goodbye to Charlie and looked at the newly added flower arrangements. The largest one I have ever seen (about the size of three sprays combined) was of red roses with a huge black musical note attached was from the Sam Phillips family. There was a new lovely yellow arrangement from Dick Grob and family and one from The Backwoods. NOTHING from EPE!!!



I have to say right off that I am very upset that Sonny West was the only one of the MM guys to show up. I realize people are busy and have things to do, and at least Sonny took the time to attend. One person I was really impressed over being there from Memphis was Kim Davis, Richard’s widow. Others attending were Jimmy Velvet, Patsy Anderson and Jerry Presley. There were many from Sevierville – the lady who owns the Memories Theater, of course Lou Vuto and his family, Jimmy Stiles, possibly ... Miles (I did not recognize him), and several friends of Charlie and Jennifer's.



There were several 8x10 photos mostly of Elvis and Charlie sitting in strategic locations near the casket and between the flower arrangements. At the entrance of the chapel were also a couple of photo albums that consisted mostly of his career with Elvis. (I was thrilled to see several from the Huntsville concerts of May-June 1975). Elvis-Legend Lives-Forever group flowers were placed near the entrance and were very elegant.



Music began playing at 1:30 until the service began at 2:00. The preacher welcomed everyone; Lou then sang “Peace in the Valley;” then Sonny talked for several minutes reading comments from Red West, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike, Patty Perry and Billy Smith, and told a few delightful stories about when Sonny and Charlie lived w/Elvis in LA... Lou then sang “He Touched Me,” then a delightful young man – Oliver (close friend of Charlie and Jennifer's, and the son of who Jennifer had worked for for about 18 years) - spoke and read comments from Sam Thompson, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Darwin Lamm and Priscilla. The next speaker was a guitar player in their band at Memories who shared some funny stories about the many times Charlie played jokes on him and harassed him for messing up on songs, etc. The last song Lou sang was, of course, “How Great Thou Art,” then the pastor spoke again and it ended.



The chapel was full and as we sat there; the funeral home people began moving flowers and then closed the casket – right there in front of all of us. I was stunned because normally the coffin is closed before the service begins and certainly not while the family and guests are watching (just IMHO).



Charlie was buried at the Baptist Church Cemetery where I think he grew up in; it and located about 17 miles from the funeral home (in Priceville) and took a while to get there even w/the police escort. The procession had at least 50-60 cars in it and someone said they thought it was at least a mile long. Many of the people who were at the funeral also went to the cemetery, which is not always the case.



I want to share my personal opinion about everything. Sonny West was terrific, I was so proud of him and I sincerely applaud him. He handled himself so eloquently and a couple of times it was very tough for him. He took 2 days out of his schedule to come to Decatur and be a part of the funeral. Some of these people had been in Decatur since early afternoon on Monday and more than likely left this morning. NO OTHER person from the MM or friends from Charlie's life w/Elvis bothered to attend; e.g., GK, et al. There were a few ladies there from Memphis who were friends w/Angie Simpson and used to hang out w/Charlie at the Hickory Log many years ago. I realize people are busy but Memphis is only a 3 1/2 hr drive; Nashville is l l/2 hrs; and Sevierville is at least 6 hrs (and there were many from there). The person my heart went out to was Kim Davis - she was visibly upset throughout the funeral as well as the burial. Plus the fact she came along, but she cared enough to make the trip. I know that Jennifer had gone through a lot w/Charlie and obviously was still in shock - she just went through the motions of what had to be done.



Another thing that bothered me very much was that the funeral was swayed more in the last 15 years of Charlie's life in Sevierville and not the 16 years he spent w/Elvis. You may or may not know this – at Sam Phillips funeral, Elvis songs were played throughout visitation and were also played an hour before the funeral. There was only regular instrumental music played at Charlie's. Again, had it not been for Sonny (and for the quotes Oliver read), there would have hardly been any mention of Charlie's life with Elvis. I didn't like that a bit!!! Of course, I realize that Jennifer's life w/Charlie was only of the past 12'ish years of him in Sevierville. Please understand that I am not being derogatory at all - I am just disappointed b/c, IMHO, the years w/Elvis were significantly more important in Charlie's life than was the last 15 at Pigeon Forge/Memories Theater with ETAs.



I honestly didn't mean to write a book, but I wanted to give you the intimate details since you weren't able to be there. Forgive me if I have been judgmental in any way - hopefully, you understand my feelings.



Pretty sad but Charlie was Elvis' true friend. Dovey

Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:26 pm

Dovey,

That was a wonderful recap of the funeral, and something I was very eager to read. Any more thoughts, observations, etc. would be most-welcome.

Perhaps you can answer this...Do you know Terry Mike Jeffrey? He is a marvelous Elvis tribute artist--not an impersonator--and was a good friend of Charlie's for many years. I was wondering if he attended the funeral.

It is rather sad to learn of so few of the MM being there. As you said, people are busy and such, but people usually find a way around their busy lives to say goodbye to a friend. Having said that, I am not surprised in the least to learn of Sonny's involvement.

Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:36 pm

Not to turn this into something nasty but the funeral info that David and Charmaine Voisine posted on their blog is actually Jennie Carpenter's (from Huntsville, AL) information. They're trying to pass it off as something they wrote....which is despicable.


Oh, and KHoots.....that's Jennie Carpenter's info about the funeral that Dovey posted...that's what this whole David and Charmaine Voisine mess is about. They're trying to claim that they are the ones who are responsible for the info. Jennie is pretty PO'd at David and Charmaine right now. She's asked them numerous times to credit her as being the one who provided the info, but they haven't done so.


Sorry for the thread hi-jack........*crawls into hole*

Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:23 am

Tony Trout wrote:Not to turn this into something nasty but the funeral info that David and Charmaine Voisine posted on their blog is actually Jennie Carpenter's (from Huntsville, AL) information. They're trying to pass it off as something they wrote....which is despicable.


Oh, and KHoots.....that's Jennie Carpenter's info about the funeral that Dovey posted...that's what this whole David and Charmaine Voisine mess is about. They're trying to claim that they are the ones who are responsible for the info. Jennie is pretty PO'd at David and Charmaine right now. She's asked them numerous times to credit her as being the one who provided the info, but they haven't done so.


Sorry for the thread hi-jack........*crawls into hole*


Gotcha, Tony. Thanks for the clarification.

Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:27 am

Anyone else bothered by the fact that an Elvis "Tribute Artist" performed at Charlie's funeral. I mean, I know that he and Lou were friends and worked together and all, but still. Maybe it is just me.

Tom

Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:35 am

Tom in North Carolina wrote:Anyone else bothered by the fact that an Elvis "Tribute Artist" performed at Charlie's funeral. I mean, I know that he and Lou were friends and worked together and all, but still. Maybe it is just me.

Tom



No, it's not just you. I thought it was very, very tacky to have an Elvis tribute artist sing at Charlie's funeral. They should have played Elvis's original music at his funeral.

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:25 am

I didn't get offended by it because I'm sure Lou was not trying to be Elvis at the funeral service. I have a feeling that Charlie asked him to do so. Even if he did not, the two were very close friends and I'm sure Charlie wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

If it was Charlie's wish, which I'm sure it was, who are we to say whether or not we like it?

Don't let it bother you.

Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:42 pm

TINC wrote:
Anyone else bothered by the fact that an Elvis "Tribute Artist" performed at Charlie's funeral. I mean, I know that he and Lou were friends and worked together and all, but still. Maybe it is just me.


It's not just you...I've wondered for a long time what Charlie was doing night after night with an "ETA". I find it very sad that he missed Elvis to the point where he felt it necessary to perform with Vuto.

With that said, and as much as I abhor ETA's, Charlie obviously considered Vuto a friend and I'm pretty much okay with someone getting sent off the way they wanted.

Hmmm...a thought just occurred to me... You don't suppose Lou Vuto is on the lookout now for a Charlie Hodge impersonator, do you?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:38 pm

EagleUSA wrote:TINC wrote:

Hmmm...a thought just occurred to me... You don't suppose Lou Vuto is on the lookout now for a Charlie Hodge impersonator, do you?



Black humour, but damn funny. 8)

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:44 pm

EagleUSA wrote: Hmmm...a thought just occurred to me... You don't suppose Lou Vuto is on the lookout now for a Charlie Hodge impersonator, do you?


Perhaps Ger could apply. He would great for the job. Just cut the hair and you have a Charlie clone.

Re: Charlie Hodge Funeral Details: anyone?

Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:49 pm

Big Boss Man wrote:Has anyone heard any details of Charlie Hodges funeral, such as if either Prisilla or Lisa Marie (or both) attended or at least appeared at the visitation?


You must be joking.

Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:37 pm

Tony Trout wrote:
Tom in North Carolina wrote:Anyone else bothered by the fact that an Elvis "Tribute Artist" performed at Charlie's funeral. I mean, I know that he and Lou were friends and worked together and all, but still. Maybe it is just me.

Tom



No, it's not just you. I thought it was very, very tacky to have an Elvis tribute artist sing at Charlie's funeral. They should have played Elvis's original music at his funeral.


come on...it was CHARLIE'S funeral for cryin' out loud...the guy was a close friend of Charlie's for years...

Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:22 pm

yes hillbilly as much as i love elvis it was charlies not elvis funeral, if the guy was his freind who has the right to to say he shouldnt sing or whatever, someone said play elvis songs? ok fine if thats what charlie wanted, ever thought lou sung in his regular voice or not in elvis style.