Woman Exhumed From Grave in Front Yard
Alabama family loses court fight to keep her there
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 15, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Daughter Rita Webb and sons Matthew and Nathaniel Webb watch as Patsy Davis' body is exhumed in Stevenson, Ala.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

(Newser) – The body of an Alabama woman was removed from her front-yard grave today after a lengthy court fight. Widower James Davis, who kept a promise to bury his wife at their log cabin home in Stevenson, says he now plans to cremate her remains and keep them in the house. Patsy Davis died in 2009. After her burial, the city sued and won, and a judge this week approved a plan to remove the body. One of her daughters burst into tears as the vault came out of the ground this morning.

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Nov 18, 2013 10:32 PM CST
There are laws about where civilized people live together they agree to certain norms. This old guy deeply loved his wife and did not want to be detached from her. If it was nefarious he would have buried her in a cemetery and nobody would ever mentioned it again. He will now have her ashes, and do whatever he will. I know this man will never get over the loss of his wife. You should have been following this on the news.
Nov 18, 2013 12:40 AM CST
Wonder how she died . Seems hubby is trying to keep her close , now , trying to hurry in cremating her ............. they may need to do a little testing before he do .
Nov 16, 2013 11:14 PM CST
the home owner wasn't using his head .he did not have to bury the woman body in the front yard to still bury the woman there . as he said he is planning to have his wife cremated so why not just plant a bush or tree and bury the ashes with it with a plack that way they both what they want it is not sanitary to keep a corp in a yard but ashes are a different thing.