- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

GRAY, Ga. (AP) - Elaine Greene visits the E.R. several times a day.

It is the first door on the left as you walk down her hallway. In the house on a hill overlooking Gray Highway, Elvis is always in the building.

The E.R. is the Elvis Room, where a king can live forever. The decor is All Things Presley. Elvis leaps across the floor, up the walls and over the top.

Elaine Greene is no ordinary Elvis fan. She is an Elvis fan with capital letters and exclamation points. Passionate is a keyword in her thesaurus. Even the diehards don’t all have a room fit for a king.

Whatever you do, don’t step on her Greene-suede shoes.

There are moments forever frozen in our memories. For Elaine, one of them is Aug. 16, 1977. The baby sitter called. Had she heard the news?

Elvis is dead.

She cried.

In the Elvis Room, she has been keeping him on life support.

Elaine has hundreds of Elvis books, post cards, soda bottles, 29-cent stamps, posters, pillows, coffee mugs, a blanket and a Monopoly board game.

On one side of the room is a bust of Elvis. It was left on her doorstep one night by a friend, Jane Russell. Across the room is an Elvis slot machine. Drop in a coin and, if three Elvis heads pop up, it starts playing an Elvis song.

Among her favorite items is a red cap covered with 53 Elvis pins.

“It weighs a ton on my head,” she said. “I can only wear it for 15 minutes.”

She has a school desk from Humes High School in Memphis, where Presley graduated in 1953. She and her friend, Beth Davidson, an Elvis fan on equal footing, talked the janitor into letting them have three. (To show their appreciation, they made a donation to the library.)

There is no proof Elvis actually sat in any of the desks. His initials aren’t carved in the wood grain. But at least the desk was in the company of a king. And that is enough.

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