HOLLY SPRING, Miss. (AP) - The public reopening of Graceland Too, a candlelight vigil and a midnight showing of a documentary about Graceland Too operator Paul MacLeod will highlight a daylong celebration Aug. 12 of the man dubbed the World’s Number One Elvis fan.
The activities are included in the just-released schedule for Paul MacLeod Day in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on Aug. 12. The day is designed to honor MacLeod, who died July 17 at age 70. He was found dead of apparent natural causes in a chair on the porch of his home, which housed an eclectic lifelong collection of Elvis memorabilia that people would come from far and wide to see.
Meanwhile, Holly Springs attorney Phillip Knecht, who represented MacLeod, said Sunday that MacLeod’s body has been cremated even though autopsy results are not complete. He said a burial plot has been secured in Holly Springs’ historic Hillcrest Cemetery, and plans call for erecting a monument there that will be built according to MacLeod’s specifications.
Knecht also said a grand jury hearing is still expected Oct. 1 into the shooting death of Dwight Taylor, a 28-year-old who was shot to death at Graceland Too two days before MacLeod died. Knecht said MacLeod shot Taylor in self-defense after Taylor, who knew MacLeod, tried to force his way into the house.
Marshall County District Attorney Ben Creekmore stopped short of confirming the case will be given to the grand jury at its next term Oct. 1, but said it’s likely. Holly Springs police did not file charges in the shooting.
The complete schedule of activities related to the Aug. 12 event, being called “Graceland Too Forever: A Celebration of Paul MacLeod,” includes:
- A pre-event Open House at Graceland Too from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday. The house will be open for an admission of $5, which is what MacLeod charged to everyone except “lifetime members,” a status earned after three visits which brought free lifetime admission. For now, lifetime memberships have been suspended.
- On Aug. 12, events will begin with a private funeral for family and friends in the early afternoon.
From noon to 7 p.m., Graceland Too will open for tours conducted by family and friends.
At 8 p.m., family, friends and Graceland Too lifetime members will share memories and stories of MacLeod at an event to be held at the Holly Springs Multi-Purpose Building. A special musical presentation will be offered by Annie Moffitt, a lifelong friend of MacLeod.
At 10 p.m., Graceland Too will again reopen to visitors until midnight, or later if there is a demand.
A candlelight vigil will take place at 10:30 p.m., led by Rev. Bruce McMillan, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs.
At midnight, activities will conclude with a showing of “West of Elvis,” one of the last documentaries made about MacLeod.
During all events on Aug. 12, collections will be accepted to go toward funeral and estate expenses for MacLeod.