Graceland Too tours, MacLeod memorial to be Aug 12

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 7:43 am •  Published: July 21, 2014
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HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Holly Springs mansion that became a popular Elvis Presley museum will reopen to the public during Elvis Presley week with a memorial for owner Paul MacLeod.

MacLeod was found dead Thursday on his front porch. He was 71.

MacLeod's family, friends and lifetime members will lead tours of Graceland Too on Aug. 12 to raise money for MacLeod's funeral and estate expenses, attorney Phillip K. Knecht and the city of Holly Springs said in a news release.

The day will end with a midnight candlelight vigil.

MacLeod's funeral cannot be scheduled yet. A backlog at the state medical examiner's office could hold up his autopsy for months, Coroner James Anderson said Sunday.

"Might begin with a month to six months," he said.

The office's three pathologists handle autopsies from much of Mississippi.

"The docs told me they're not putting a rush on anything, regardless of how important or breaking it is," Anderson said.

MacLeod's family wants him cremated but he apparently wanted an elaborate Elvis-themed burial, Knecht wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

He said the Aug. 12 fundraiser may start with a "low-key, religious ceremony" officiated by the Rev. Bruce McMillan, an Episcopal priest.

"Paul wasn't very religious but Bruce was a good friend," Knecht wrote.

He planned to spend part of Sunday searching for a will in the antebellum mansion between Graceland and Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo.

"A lot of people have various documents but we're not sure any of those would hold up as a will under Mississippi law," Knecht told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1sBxWCW ).

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