Elvis impersonators come and go, and they all leave an impression on their audiences. Elvis Leroy came to the McMinnville Warren County Senior Center recently and certainly made a favorable impression on the guests. Introductions were made and welcomes extended by Senior Center director Connie Smith.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s attendance, and especially to Elvis Leroy,” said Smith. “The center greatly appreciates support from McMinnville and the residents.”
Leroy has been in the music industry for almost 35 years, but actually started entertaining while he was in the U.S. Navy.
“I just love music and entertaining folks,” said Leroy. “While I was in the Navy, I would start playing my guitar and singing, and the men just loved it.”
Leroy has appeared twice at the center, and has developed a following of fans. Last time he visited, he had the opportunity to dance and sing “Happy Birthday” to Lois Hennessee. This year, she was in the audience again, and was celebrating her 98th birthday.
Of course he included her in the show, once again dancing and singing to her. Ninety-four-year-old Dot Snodgrass was also a birthday celebrant, and was recognized with a dance.
“I really enjoy the seniors, and entertaining them,” said Leroy. “They just brighten up and you can see the happiness in their faces when I sing.”
He realizes there has only been one Elvis, and he can never live up to his entertainment quality. Attendees at the center may have another opinion, as they thoroughly enjoyed his singing and interaction with the audience. Many got up and danced and even sang with him during the show.
“I care about the singing, and I always have,” said Leroy. “I enjoy giving back, and certainly enjoy visiting this community, where I always feel welcome.”