Robert Kendall was Elvis’ funeral director of the Memphis
Funeral home who arranged all the procedures for the burial of
Having arranged the funeral service for Gladys Love Presley,
Elvis’ mother, 19 years previously Kendall thought is only
appropriate that Elvis should be buried in an identical $8,000
casket as his mother.
The copper lined casket also provided a
two by 4-inch stainless steel cylinder for identification
purposes in the event the remains, in the future are exhumed.
Such ID vials included the information on chemically treat
paper that list information of the deceased. Elvis’ cylinder
Priscilla and Lisa Marie attend Elvis FuneralUsually, Robert Kendall discourages family to place valuables
inside the coffin for the most obvious of reasons and made that clear to Vernon Presley, however, this time against his
better judgment he allowed a small token from Lisa Marie who was only nine years old at the time.
During the first day of private viewing Lisa Marie approached Kendall while still holding
her mother’s hand and asked, “Mister Kendall can I give this
to my daddy?” With that she held out her other hand to display
a thin metal bracelet. In this case being only a child Kendall could deduce that Lisa
Marie was terrified to touch her beloved father’s body.
Instead of taking the bracelet from Lisa Marie,
Kendall took her hand walked her to her daddy’s bier.
Lisa Marie Presley
holding the bracelet approached the casket. She did not look at the father’s body when
Kendall asked her to point to which wrist she wanted Kendall to put it on. Instead
of pointing to her daddy’s wrist she pointed to her own right wrist.
Kendall realised then that already in her tender innocence Lisa has an innate aversion to
touching the corpse of a person she loved so very dearly. Thus
it was left to Kendall who gently lifted her father’s right
forearm just enough to slip the trinket into place. Lisa Marie
looked down at the floor throughout the whole procedure.
"Thank you, sir..." whispered Lisa Marie while walking hand in
hand with Kendall until she reached her mother in the hallway. Just before she turned to walk away,
Lisa Marie questioned Kendall... "Will it stay there
always?.." Kendall assured her that it
would be there forever.
As Lisa Marie headed for the front door, Priscilla Presley
asked if Kendall would cover the bracelet with the shirt cuff so it couldn’t be seen. Although
she did not offer any reason Kendall suspected that it was
so that it would remain safe without temptation to be taken as
a final memento.
"Son, Daddy will be with
you soon. Daddy will be with you soon," cried Vernon Presley. Two years later
26 June 1979 Vernon Presley died of a broken heart.
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