The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 11, 2013

State Supreme Court rejects appeal of Stevenson man with wife buried in yard


Associated Press

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Supreme Court is rejecting the appeal of an elderly Jackson County man who filed to suit to keep the grave of his late wife in the front yard of the home they shared for decades.

The justices issued a brief order Friday denying the appeal of James Davis, who buried wife Patsy Davis in their front yard in Stevenson following her death in 2009.

City attorney Parker Edmiston says work to remove the body could begin next week. He says the remains will be placed in a proper cemetery.

Davis says he was abiding by his wife's wishes when he buried her outside their home in 2009, yet the city sued to move the body.

A county judge ordered Davis to disinter his wife, and appeals courts agreed.