Elvis Presley 's Parents Wedding June 17, 1933 the 21 year old Gladys Love Smith and 17 year old Vernon Elvis Presley made the long trip to Pontotoc, Mississippi to get a marriage license. They could not get the license in Tupelo because of Vernon's age. Their friends Marshall & Vona Mae Brown(Vernon's first cousin) were witness. The Presleys were married by the Verona Justice of the Peace, Robert Emmit Kelly. Gladys & Vernon spent the first few days of their marriage at Marshall Brown's house in Verona, Mississippi. Julian Riley owns the old Verona Town Hall and is restoring the 140 year old building.
They have opened the building to all Elvis fans who would like to visit where the Presleys were married. Some couples hold hands and re-play their wedding vows at the same place Gladys and Vernon said theirs.
Vernon Presley's first cousin, died in Itawamba County, Mississippi
Basil Presley, (Son of Walter Presley) Vernon Presley's first cousin, died in Itawamba County, Mississippi at the age of 84 on March 29th 2008. Walter Presley was born in Itawamba County, Mississippi in December 1880 and was the oldest son of Rosie (Rosella) Presley who was born in Mississippi in 1862.
Jessie D. McClowell Presley, born Itawamba County Mississippi April 1896, was Vernon Presley's father and Elvis Presley's grandfather. He was a brother of Walter Presley and the 4th child born to Rosie Presley, Elvis Presley's paternal Great grandmother. Basil Presley's sons, James Presley & Jerry Presley are 2nd cousins of Elvis Presley.
Basil Presley, 84, died Saturday March 29 at the Care Center in Red Bay, Ala. He was born Nov. 21, 1923 in Itawamba County to Walter and Samantha Brown Presley. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He worked at Air Cap Tupelo before working at Dura-Crates in Fulton and in his later years he worked at PCA Sawmill. He raised chickens & hogs and enjoyed hunting, fishing & gardening
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary Zell Presley, of Golden; two sons James Presley (Linda) of Alabama and Jerry K Presley; 2 sisters Myrtle Roberts of Fairview and Dimple Young of Fulton; 4 grandchildren, Dania Westbrook, Jamie Presley of Alabama, Joshua Presley of Falkner and Michael Presley of Fulton; 6 great grandchildren, Jordan Franks, Tristan Quinn, Samatha Quinn, Gage Presley, Candace Presley and Jessica Earnest.
He was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Presley, 3 brothers, Carrel Presley, Paul Presley & Clarence Presley; 2 sisters Madie Hayes & Mable Lentz; and his parents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in
Fulton with Rev. James Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery
The Verona Town Hall where Elvis' parents were married to be restored to its former glory
Keith and Chrisy Boswell have been restoring this building for the past 4 months which is located at 202 Main St. Verona, Mississippi. It is first and foremost a working Museum and scheduled to open January 2012. Located only 3 miles south of Elvis birthplace in Tupelo, The Historical Blue Moon museum is certainly a must see landmark for all serious Elvis fans. The building is where it all began, and by faithfully recreating the facade and interior to the it historical era
Interior of the Blue Moon Museum
It might be argued that Rock and Roll also had its roots in Verona, Mississippi.
Owner, Julian Riley of the the Vernon Town Hall, Mississippi plans to restore the site