Linda Thompson wore Lavender and Kathy Westmoreland wore white, because that was how each felt Elvis would have wanted her to look.
Nearly everyone else arrived garbed in one form or another dressed in black.
Only Col. Tom Parker stood out in characteristically adamant exception. ' You never wore a tie for Elvis when he was alive' His admonished promoter Tom Hulett told him as they left their hotel, so Col.
Tom changed clothes and wore a baseball cap, seersuckers pants, and a blue short sleeved shirt, fiercely unrepentant for any pain he might give to others.
The two hundred invited guests quietly filed into the living room and waited for the service to start.
Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton and Chat Atkins had arrived from Nashville, Ann Margaret and her husband, Roger Smith had flown in from Las Vegas with Dr. Ghanem, and there was a substantial representation of the Colonel's associates and RCA executives....but it was mostly family and close friends who filled up the wooden folding chairs and spilling over into the hallway, where Col. Tom Parker remained leaning up against a wall peering in at the ceremony from time to time.