Posted: 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
By Rick Couri
It’s an odd sight just driving down the road and seeing a tombstone and grave in the front yard of a house.
But since 2009 that’s been the case in Stevenson, Alabama.
Before Patsy Davis died she told her husband James she wanted to be laid to rest right in front of their porch.
He did exactly as his wife of 48 years asked.
The city of Stevenson took immediate offense and has been trying to force James to move her remains away from the front lawn but he had steadfastly refused.
But after losing his case in court Davis says he will have Patsy’s remains cremated, something she had told him she was afraid of.
"If she saw herself as she is now, I know she would not mind," James told the New York Times.
But the fight isn’t over yet. James says as soon as he gets her ashes he’s going to put them right back in the front yard.
"The court's order is for the remains to be removed, but Mr. Davis does not intend to remove the headstone or the cement vault and the casket will remain," Mr. Davis’s attorney told the Huntsville Times.