Heartbroken Husband Wants to Keep Dead Wife Buried in Their Front Yard

cemeteryA grieving husband in Alabama has been told he needs to dig up his dead wife and move her body to a new burial place. But James Davis says likes having Patsy Ruth in their front yard. Can you really blame him?

He can visit her every day and change out the flowers on her grave. Not to mention the front yard of their home was where Patsy Ruth Davis said she wanted to be buried, close to the man she loved and the house he built them 30 years ago.




OK, so it's unconventional. But the sap in me can't exactly see the harm here. An old man gets to visit his late wife every day and care lovingly for her tombstone. I live near a cemetery, and let me tell you: you don't see that kind of care for many of the tombstones --  if any of them.

Of course the city of Stevenson doesn't exactly agree. They've been fighting Mr. Davis' burial decision since Patsy Ruth died in 2009, and they convinced a judge that the womans remains should have to be moved. He's appealing on the grounds that family burial plots are not regulated in the State of Alabama.

Still, I'm not exactly seeing the problem here. If Davis broke a clear law, it would be one thing, but that's still up in the air. The only other thing I can think of is a bunch of cranky neighbors concerned about property values. But if anyone really has to worry about devalued property it's the Davis family. I'm not sure I'd want to buy a house with a stranger buried in the front yard. Can you imagine how that would hinder life? "Sorry Susie, you can't play ball there, you'd be standing on top of Mrs. Davis!?"

The Davises are OK with what this burial plot could do to the potential sales of their lot. Mrs. Davis has one of the best kept burial sites in the country. And a grieving widower is comforted. I'm pretty OK with all of this. How about you?

Do you think Mr. Davis should have to move his wife's remains?


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