STEVENSON, Ala. — As relatives wept, the remains of an Alabama woman whose wish was to be buried in her front yard was removed Friday, after her husband lost a lengthy court fight to keep her there.
James Davis said he promised his wife, Patsy, that he would bury her outside their two-story log home in the northeast part of the state. After her death in April 2009, the Stevenson City Council rejected his request for a cemetery permit for his yard, but he buried her a few feet from the front porch anyway.
The city sued and he eventually lost his legal battle. A judge this week approved a plan to remove the body.
Davis, 74, who had been married to his wife for 48 years, said he plans to cremate her remains and keep them in the house.