It was natural for Janelle McComb's association with Elvis Presley to continue after his death on Aug. 16, 1977.
The Whynot native met Elvis when he was a baby and became a family friend. After the Presleys moved to Memphis, McComb sent them newspaper clippings about the goings-on in Tupelo.
Elvis kept her in his world after he became world famous. When he died, McComb devoted herself to his memory and served as chairwoman of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation for 23 years.
McComb, who died in 2005, had a personal connection that some may have envied. She also understood why fans responded so well to the baby who grew up to be King.
"When he sang 'The Impossible Dream,'" McComb said in a June 2000 interview, "the secretary became the office manager, the intern became the chief of staff."
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