Judge orders man to move grave from f...

Judge orders man to move grave from front yard

There are 33 comments on the WSFA-TV Montgomery story from Apr 2, 2012, titled Judge orders man to move grave from front yard. In it, WSFA-TV Montgomery reports that:

The Daily Sentinel of Scottsboro reports that James E. Davis buried his wife Patsy in their front yard in Stevenson after she died in 2009.

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Six Lakes, MI

#22 Apr 18, 2012
mrs davis was a very good person and loved very much with her illness she still pushed to always b there for her familey,freinds and her town anyone in need she was always there never asking anything for herself even through all her pain and discomfort so after years of meds and pain she new the lord was calling her home the one thing she did ask for herself was to be layed at rest at home please understand with all that i have just told u looking in her tired loving eyes before she went home to the lord we new there was no other place for her to be .. rest in peace momma we love u so much

United States

#23 Apr 19, 2012
Move her! He must obey the law as everyone else has to around here. If my last dying wish was to take away stoplights, you think that would happen? No! So, obey & move her!!

Jasper, TN

#25 Apr 24, 2012
Who was responsible for digging the grave & setting the vault? If the city really had it together they would require a permit to dig a grave. Just because the city "says" so doesn't mean a thing.

Clover, SC

#26 Apr 25, 2012
You want fact and laws here you go the state law gives the town the right to approve or disprove by making ordinances the city of Stevenson has no ordinances so the city of Stevenson has no legal right say or do anything it will all be fixed in state court.....
And just a little food for thought if this was a community with rules like a home owners association and you knew that going in that's different this is a small town with no ordinances !

United States

#27 Apr 26, 2012
Mr. Davis is a dear family friend, and for you people to bash him and his wifes wish offends me. My family has reviewed Stevensons laws and see that he is doing NOTHING wrong. There is no law against it, the council did not tell him no, he pays his taxes and has worked hard all his life. Justice will be served.
Stevenson woman

Macon, GA

#28 Apr 29, 2012
My question is if he's allowed to leave her there then anyone who owns their property can bury someone there. That means alot of graveyards. Think about it. If he's allowed to break the law then we all are right?
Stevenson woman

Macon, GA

#29 Apr 29, 2012
law wrote:
Move her! He must obey the law as everyone else has to around here. If my last dying wish was to take away stoplights, you think that would happen? No! So, obey & move her!!
I agree!

United States

#30 Apr 29, 2012
One thing that may be of concern is all the cemetaries in the area losing money if they start allowing home burials. I honestly hope they leave this lady buried where she is because it sort of seems like desecrating a grave to me. It seems disrespectful.

United States

#31 May 10, 2012
WTF wrote:
This man was told not to bury his wife in the front yard by the city councel but he did it anyway. Get your facts straight before you go bashing the city of Stevenson. He did it anyway and now he needs to obey the law and move her to a cemetery.
I looked up the law in the code of alabama and found that the city council did have the right to deny his application for a cemetery within the city limits, Alabama code 22-20-4 But I also looked up the defination of cemetery in The Code of Alabama, code 8-30-1. What Mr. James E. Davis has is a family burial plot and those are not regulated by the state in anyway. He met the standards required by the state and county and had their approval for an actual cemetery but the city denied it on the grounds of concerns for property values, citizens complaints and furture liabilities the city may incur. Yet no evidience was presented at the trial. If the council is concerned about these things maybe they should drive around Stevenson and look at all the abandoned and unkept properties or the trash piled up outside some of the dwellings, and the junkyards scattered throughout the city.

United States

#32 May 10, 2012
Stevenson woman wrote:
My question is if he's allowed to leave her there then anyone who owns their property can bury someone there. That means alot of graveyards. Think about it. If he's allowed to break the law then we all are right?
no. He will get away with it and they will get their crap together to pass whatever they need to to make sure this doesnt happen again. So, anyone else with the same plans wont be able to do as he did. In my opinion, if they allow this to stay the way it is, they should allow everyone to do so. If they pass a law forbidding anyone else to do the same, she should be moved. It probably wouldnt be as big of a stink if it was out in the country somewhere, but right off a main street? I can see the news crews and ripley's believe it or not standing out snapping pictures of this grave. Wonder if they'll be upset when it becomes a tourist attraction? I hope it doesnt go that far, but chances are they will. But i guess they considered all this when they buried her.

United States

#33 May 10, 2012
i wonder if the family ever stopped to think about their family on down the line. What if they choose to sell the place...children far down the line may not feel as personal about it as the current generation.. No one will want to buy it with bodies in the front yard. And did they ever think about their neighbors? Just curious because i know if i owned property beside them, i'd be upset. But im sure they talked it over with their neighbors since theyre such good people

Chattanooga, TN

#34 Jul 9, 2012
Agree with lookedupthelaw. Drive around town(not the main highway) and you will find that one of the few things in the town/area kept clean is/was this grave. Excuse me maybe the new baseball fields that bring in mega bucks for the city(really) are kept clean....Flush it. Stevenson is dead and the local politicans don't care. A dead town of worthless musesums and soon to be monument. Erect a big tombstone at the city limits.
To Each His-Her Own

Hartselle, AL

#35 Jul 9, 2012
I come from a small town in North Central Alabama (which shall remain nameless) and there is a family "plot" at a residence within the city limits of that town. There are two gravesites, complete with monumental headstones right beside what was once the "carport." For as long as I can remember those graves have been there. The house has now passed through two different owners- of which only one was family of the deceased-(three if you count those buried there) and not once has anyone complained of "keeping up the sites." The city leaders and community members respect this house and these people enough to not sue to move the graves-- even with a cemetery in visual distant of the home.
I think this ends up a problem of control and "nosing" into others' business... It seems that not only do we now need to be concerned with Big Brother, but Second Cousin Twice Removed...*everyone* is watching and waiting to stir the pot.

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