Front-yard grave exhumed in Alabama as family watches

Alabama woman buried in front yard to be exhumed and cremated after court orders.
Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES,   |   Nov. 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities Friday exhumed the casket of an Alabama woman, whose husband fought for four years to keep her buried in their front yard according to her last wishes.

Jim Davis said Wednesday he'd give up his legal fight to honor his late wife's last wishes to remain at their Stevenson, Ala., home after she died in 2009. He paid a local funeral home $2,000 to dig up his wife and remove her from his property.

He buried his wife of 48 years, Patsy Davis, in the front yard, and though there was no city ordinance against it, city attorney Parker Edmiston said it wasn't needed.

“There was a lot said about not having a city ordinance but really, the crucial issue in the case was he failed to follow the state law which sets out a framework for establishing a private cemetery,” Edmiston said.

Patsy Davis' family members gathered, Bibles in hand, Friday morning as the casket and vault was dug up.

Jim Davis said he plans to have his wife's remains cremated so she can remain on the property.


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