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Should Alabama Man Be Allowed to Keep Late Wife Buried in His Front Yard?

News 2012/08/19 19:06:11
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A controversy is brewing in Stevenson, Alabama over a husband's front yard grave for his late wife. According to the Associated Press, James Davis is fighting for what he believes is his right to maintain his late wife's grave, which has been on his property since 2009. The local government however, believes this could set an unhealthy precedent for the community.

"We're not talking about a homestead, we're not talking about someone who is out in the country on 40 acres of land," said Stevenson city attorney Parker Edmiston. "Mr. Davis lives in downtown Stevenson." One can imagine having a neighbor with a front lawn graveyard, no matter how sentimental the reason, would freak out some folks.

In response to the city's request, the "Let Patsy Rest in Peace" campaign has been created to let Mr. Davis keep his late wife's remains buried in the front yard. It may seem odd to some, but Davis has said it was his wife's wish to be buried on the property. Stevenson officials are probably worried about the home's resale value should it become vacated, but Davis claims if they get their wish and remove the grave, it will be when he's joined his wife.

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  • richard.maloney.7 2012/08/19 19:39:34
    Yes
    richard.maloney.7
    +12
    shes dead, and its not like hes gonna dig her up on special occations and trot her out for tea... when your dead your dead... you dont worry abut it so why should the living

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  • Grammar... towanda 2012/08/22 12:42:32
    Grammar Freak
    Yup. You can.
    ...& many of the man's neighbors do.
  • sammanilla 2012/08/19 19:26:00
    Yes
    sammanilla
    +5
    There's a family that gardens their front yard on a route I drive. Who's to say they don't have Grandma in there? What's the big deal?
  • Grammar... sammanilla 2012/08/22 12:44:47
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    This man's neighbors have graves on their property & his application was approved by the county health department. It was the city council that denied his application because his property is on the main road through town.
    Hypocrisy at its finest.
  • sammanilla Grammar... 2012/08/22 18:31:58
    sammanilla
    Two brief newspaper reports and one TV mention and I never saw or heard that in local media.
  • Grammar... sammanilla 2012/08/23 10:26:26
    Grammar Freak
    That's why gawd created the Internet.
  • sammanilla Grammar... 2012/08/23 17:04:15
    sammanilla
    Gore is God?
  • Grammar... sammanilla 2012/08/23 21:52:12
    Grammar Freak
    I'm sure he thinks so sometimes.
  • sammanilla Grammar... 2012/08/24 16:22:18
    sammanilla
    Well Gore invented the internet, not gawd.
  • Grammar... sammanilla 2012/08/24 16:29:54
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    Yeah, he & a whole boat load of technical engineers.
    He said that in an interview. But he was not actually there. He just assisted with governmental funding issues. That's all.

    Gore means well. I truly believe that. His great, big, bleeding heart is definitely in the right place. But he, like all politicians, has an ego the size of Tennessee. What politician hasn't made some gaff in his/her life?

    If one were a believer, one would believe that all things ultimately were made by gawd. You see, I have no problem jumping in mud puddles with my good duds on... cuz that's why gawd made washing machines.
    ;-)
  • sammanilla Grammar... 2012/08/24 16:59:30
    sammanilla
    "I have no problem jumping in mud puddles with my good duds on... cuz that's why gawd made washing machines."

    That's only right if you wash your own clothes.

    I must inform you that Gore doesn't mean well. He's pulling in massive money on his global warming scam and in cahoots with nasty NWO blokes.
  • W W Woodward 2012/08/19 19:23:59
    Yes
    W W Woodward
    +6
    His property, His wife, His shovel, and His business, Leave the man alone.
    [W3]
  • Tim Eldred 2012/08/19 19:23:13 (edited)
    Yes
    Tim Eldred
    +6
    If there's no law against it, people aren't complaining, it's not causing legitimate problems or health issues, and the only people b1tching about it are the ones who make the rules, then the ones making those rules should shift focus to something useful. Like adequate funding for schools. Can't leave a lady alone, even after she's been dead for a few years? What the crap?
  • lightflow 2012/08/19 19:16:14
    No
    lightflow
    +4
    There are health reasons you don't want a body buried in someone's front yard, besides the fact that other people (his neighbors) may not want property value affected like this. There's no mention about whether she was buried with all the health precautions. I for one would not want my sewer lines and possibly water lines running under or even around a decaying body.
  • trishhere lightflow 2012/08/19 19:34:23
    trishhere
    +4
    Are you for real what a joke. I don't see grass or trees dying where 100s of people are buried ..Health reasons? They don't just set a body in a garbage bag..Educate yourself before making yourself look as stupid as you did here!
  • Grammar... lightflow 2012/08/22 12:51:29 (edited)
  • darcy.flannery 2012/08/19 19:10:41
    Yes
    darcy.flannery
    +3
    I think it is just a cultural thing..

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