Alabama man fights city hall over wif...

Alabama man fights city hall over wife's grave in front yard

There are 84 comments on the LA Daily News story from Aug 19, 2012, titled Alabama man fights city hall over wife's grave in front yard. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo, James Davis, 73, stands over the grave of his wife, Patsy, in the front yard of the home they shared in Stevenson, Ala.

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Kayra J

Scottsboro, AL

#62 Sep 30, 2012
Miss Ella you mispelled despute correct spelling is dispute. So see we ane not all perfect
Ella

Jasper, TN

#63 Sep 30, 2012
Kayra J wrote:
Miss Ella you mispelled despute correct spelling is dispute. So see we ane not all perfect
If this is true, it was a type-o due to my touch screen, I know how dispute is spelled. I didn't say I was perfect for the last time but I can spell. ;)
Ella

Jasper, TN

#64 Sep 30, 2012
Kayra J wrote:
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Reply: You honestly don't get it. All I simply had to do is prove I could make you loose you temper and resort to name calling and get off the topic. All you have to do is read what you just wrote and you should be a believer. OH by the way you still sound bitter. Sorry you got played but life sucks sometimes all for the greater good, and your opinion of me does'nt matter at all God Bless You!!!
Haha I'm not even going to ask what you're talking about, you make no sense. I'm not bitter, I'm quite happy. I'm not the one making up multiple personalities. At least make one of them coherent!
Kayra J

Scottsboro, AL

#65 Oct 3, 2012
Ella wrote:
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Haha I'm not even going to ask what you're talking about, you make no sense. I'm not bitter, I'm quite happy. I'm not the one making up multiple personalities. At least make one of them coherent!
Ha Ha you can't spell or see HA HA HA Ha!!!!!!!!!!
Kayra J

Scottsboro, AL

#66 Oct 3, 2012
I see you used the word y'all in one of your responsed. Did you know that it is a plural second person pronoun and I have no partner. To whom were you referring. Did you know that word originated in the south. your use of the word was also grammaticly incorrect where you used it. Also you used the word falseties there is no such word you probably meant fallacies it measn incorrect arguement of logic. In summing up i think your grammer is worse than mine. Now we could claim it on your touch screen oh but you did the touching.
Kayra J

Scottsboro, AL

#69 Oct 9, 2012
Ella I know you have read this comment. now how I know because i know the type person you are. Please don't get mad and go all silent on me now.
Ella

Jasper, TN

#70 Oct 9, 2012
I assure you I'm not mad.
Kayra J

Scottsboro, AL

#71 Oct 12, 2012
Ella wrote:
I assure you I'm not mad.
Reply: Good I was just checking. I got a 96 on my paper thanks to you. Have a good day.
CRICKET

Cleveland, TN

#72 Oct 27, 2012
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING. I KNOW THIS MAN AND HAVE FOR LOTS OF YEARS. I ALSO KNEW HIS WIFE, AS FOR AS CHECKING EVERYTHING OUT ABOUT BURYING HER IN THE YARD, HE DID.
HOW DOYOU THINK HE KNEW WHT SPECS. HE HAD TO DIG THE GRAVE BY. AND HE DID NOT BURY HER AFTER DARK, SHE WAS BURIED IN THE MORNING. I KNOW BECAUSE I TOO LIVE IN STEVENSON AND ATTENDED THE BURIAL.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO POST SOMETHING ON HERE, HOW ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT INSTEAD OF POSTING ALL YOUR LIES REGARDLESS OF WHO IT HURTS.
Curious

Scottsboro, AL

#73 Oct 31, 2012
CRICKET wrote:
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING. I KNOW THIS MAN AND HAVE FOR LOTS OF YEARS. I ALSO KNEW HIS WIFE, AS FOR AS CHECKING EVERYTHING OUT ABOUT BURYING HER IN THE YARD, HE DID.
HOW DOYOU THINK HE KNEW WHT SPECS. HE HAD TO DIG THE GRAVE BY. AND HE DID NOT BURY HER AFTER DARK, SHE WAS BURIED IN THE MORNING. I KNOW BECAUSE I TOO LIVE IN STEVENSON AND ATTENDED THE BURIAL.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO POST SOMETHING ON HERE, HOW ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT INSTEAD OF POSTING ALL YOUR LIES REGARDLESS OF WHO IT HURTS.
Reply: Well any idiot knows the grave has to be the size of the casket. and you seem to know nothing but what you have read on here. So to sum it up i would shut up and stay off the subject you know nothing about. How about taking your own advice it sounds like a winner. After all we know now it was'nt checked out cause it is illeagle or it would not be in court.
phat gurl

Albertville, AL

#75 Nov 12, 2012
i know mr. davis. he had this approved by the city before he had his wife put there. if the city didn't want this then why did they approve it! you can't expect someone to go through all the paperwork and hassle that he had to so that he could carry out his wifes wishes to then just have to dig her up and move her. that just isn't right! i can understand why ppl are upset about this, but he did everything by the book...it's the city that everyone should be upset with!!!
Julie

Scottsboro, AL

#76 Nov 14, 2012
phat gurl wrote:
i know mr. davis. he had this approved by the city before he had his wife put there. if the city didn't want this then why did they approve it! you can't expect someone to go through all the paperwork and hassle that he had to so that he could carry out his wifes wishes to then just have to dig her up and move her. that just isn't right! i can understand why ppl are upset about this, but he did everything by the book...it's the city that everyone should be upset with!!!
Reply: The Health Dept. is the one that fell down on the job. They are the one that gave the permit go figure all they wanted was the fee.
homey

Jasper, TN

#77 Nov 15, 2012
Its just wrong to plant her in the front yard. She should be moved
Lulu

Scottsboro, AL

#78 Nov 19, 2012
I believe if Mr Davis is able to set up an escro account and deed the front yard as a Grave yard and the money in escro would take care of the maint. of the cemetery. She should be left there it would only cost abour 25 to 50 thousand dollard that's what we did at our cemetery and it will be maintained for ever off the interest of the account.
Brenda

Pikeville, TN

#80 Aug 24, 2013
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Our daddy is not alone we are always there for him he is proud person and chooses to stay at his house with momma but know matter where we are one of his my 3sisters and my brother are always checking in on him and as far as taking his stuff we will always keep aevery thing that mom and daddy worked there whole lives for will always be kept in the family to care for the house we grew happy in and the yard we played in and had countless birthday parties in will now be a place for our kids to play and grow mom and dads resting place will be beautiful just like dad keeps it now we don't know your family and it's very clear u know nothing about ours
Cindy

Spartanburg, SC

#82 Aug 25, 2013
Drama, and who really cares. All of you are a bunch of tards
norush3

United States

#83 Jan 20, 2014
Johnson wrote:
He wasn't thinking about his neighbors thoughts and feelings! How about the restaurant that is a few feet away, no I doubt he informed them of his plans. I bet he is not your neighbor is he Amber. Well Stevenson you are now on the national news, hope you're proud. One other thing, if he can pull this off, get away with it, everyone will start to do it too, including YOUR NEIGHBORS!!
You couldn't see the family burial plot from the restaurant. It was more than a few feet away, across the road and behind his house. Words mean things and anyone not familiar with the site would be misinformed by your misinformation. Wonder if the patrons of the restaurant could smell the manure from the yard with the horses not far from there? Did the mayor inform the neighbors around that white dilapidated house that he was moving 3 trailers in? Doesn't he own that? Seems like he owns a lot of property in Stevenson. Can you recall the last time someone buried a loved one on their property in Stevenson? Calm down. As far as being in the national news....stay tuned. ;)
norush3

United States

#84 Jan 20, 2014
Curious wrote:
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Reply: Well any idiot knows the grave has to be the size of the casket. and you seem to know nothing but what you have read on here. So to sum it up i would shut up and stay off the subject you know nothing about. How about taking your own advice it sounds like a winner. After all we know now it was'nt checked out cause it is illeagle or it would not be in court.
Let me correct you, albeit late. The grave would have to be larger than the casket otherwise it wouldn't fit. The site was inspected by Mr. Cotton, the JCHD supervisor and the State supervisor, who drove up from Montgomery. Just because this judge ruled against him, and the appeals court had no opinion, doesn't make it against the law. The supreme court voted 5 to 3 not to hear the case, which allowed the ruling to stand. The chief justice was one of the three who wanted to hear it. The state of Alabama has allowed family burial plots since it became a state. A church cemetery is also not regulated by the state or any county or municipality. A cemetery that is 'organized under the laws of the state', as in a commercial site where you would sell lots or caskets, etc. Unless a city has an ordinance controlling non-commercial cemeteries, such as a church, fraternal, or family burial plot, then Mr. Davis was within his rights, even within the city limits of Stevenson. He tried to "tell" the judge this but it was after her order and the plaintiff's attorney, who is now the city judge(suprize! suprize!)said a family burial plot was an area inside a cemetery for family members. That's not unreasonable to assume but it is not the definition within the Code of Alabama and everyone connected to this case knew it. Now, before you hand down judgement ask yourself, why can horses be allowed to be situated within the city limits to draw flies from their manure. Look the health risks of that one up! Or trailers set up in yards? Because Stevenson has no ordinances. Ask the nearly 100 citizens who signed a petition to address this issue..."you can have 5 big hogs in your yard...we ain't got no ordinances!" Your last statement really says it all about you. There is a difference in being stupid and ignorant. Which are you? I wish I could have gotten to you sooner to help you. Too late.
weknow

Maggie Valley, NC

#85 Jan 23, 2014
norush3 wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me correct you, albeit late. The grave would have to be larger than the casket otherwise it wouldn't fit. The site was inspected by Mr. Cotton, the JCHD supervisor and the State supervisor, who drove up from Montgomery. Just because this judge ruled against him, and the appeals court had no opinion, doesn't make it against the law. The supreme court voted 5 to 3 not to hear the case, which allowed the ruling to stand. The chief justice was one of the three who wanted to hear it. The state of Alabama has allowed family burial plots since it became a state. A church cemetery is also not regulated by the state or any county or municipality. A cemetery that is 'organized under the laws of the state', as in a commercial site where you would sell lots or caskets, etc. Unless a city has an ordinance controlling non-commercial cemeteries, such as a church, fraternal, or family burial plot, then Mr. Davis was within his rights, even within the city limits of Stevenson. He tried to "tell" the judge this but it was after her order and the plaintiff's attorney, who is now the city judge(suprize! suprize!)said a family burial plot was an area inside a cemetery for family members. That's not unreasonable to assume but it is not the definition within the Code of Alabama and everyone connected to this case knew it. Now, before you hand down judgement ask yourself, why can horses be allowed to be situated within the city limits to draw flies from their manure. Look the health risks of that one up! Or trailers set up in yards? Because Stevenson has no ordinances. Ask the nearly 100 citizens who signed a petition to address this issue..."you can have 5 big hogs in your yard...we ain't got no ordinances!" Your last statement really says it all about you. There is a difference in being stupid and ignorant. Which are you? I wish I could have gotten to you sooner to help you. Too late.
Ordinances won't affect churches, family burial plots, etc... because the city can only regulate what the Alabama Code gives them the authority to regulate and Church cemeteries, family burial plot, etc as excluded from the definition of cemeteries in Code 8-30-1 (4) are then not included in Code 8-30-2 which begins "All cemeteries organized under the laws of this state..." so Church cemeteries and /or family burial plots and the rest are organized without regulation by the state and since the mayor and city council are granted power by the state they had no jurisdiction over the gravesite except to refuse to grant him a license to sell lots which was not his desire anyway. But the judge was incorrect in him order to move her. Who was his attorney? Forrest Gump... or was he the judge.
weknow

Maggie Valley, NC

#86 Jan 23, 2014
norush3 wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me correct you, albeit late. The grave would have to be larger than the casket otherwise it wouldn't fit. The site was inspected by Mr. Cotton, the JCHD supervisor and the State supervisor, who drove up from Montgomery. Just because this judge ruled against him, and the appeals court had no opinion, doesn't make it against the law. The supreme court voted 5 to 3 not to hear the case, which allowed the ruling to stand. The chief justice was one of the three who wanted to hear it. The state of Alabama has allowed family burial plots since it became a state. A church cemetery is also not regulated by the state or any county or municipality. A cemetery that is 'organized under the laws of the state', as in a commercial site where you would sell lots or caskets, etc. Unless a city has an ordinance controlling non-commercial cemeteries, such as a church, fraternal, or family burial plot, then Mr. Davis was within his rights, even within the city limits of Stevenson. He tried to "tell" the judge this but it was after her order and the plaintiff's attorney, who is now the city judge(suprize! suprize!)said a family burial plot was an area inside a cemetery for family members. That's not unreasonable to assume but it is not the definition within the Code of Alabama and everyone connected to this case knew it. Now, before you hand down judgement ask yourself, why can horses be allowed to be situated within the city limits to draw flies from their manure. Look the health risks of that one up! Or trailers set up in yards? Because Stevenson has no ordinances. Ask the nearly 100 citizens who signed a petition to address this issue..."you can have 5 big hogs in your yard...we ain't got no ordinances!" Your last statement really says it all about you. There is a difference in being stupid and ignorant. Which are you? I wish I could have gotten to you sooner to help you. Too late.
Her order to have him move her. correction to previous comment.

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