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Alabama woman's body removed from front yard grave

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.

Alabama woman's body removed from front yard grave 11/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 10:44pm]
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