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

(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.

Daughter Rita Webb and sons Matthew and Nathaniel Webb watch as Patsy Davis' body is exhumed in Stevenson, Ala.
Daughter Rita Webb and sons Matthew and Nathaniel Webb watch as Patsy Davis' body is exhumed in Stevenson, Ala.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
James Davis watches as his wife Patsy's body is exhumed.
James Davis watches as his wife Patsy's body is exhumed.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
James Davis, center, and relatives watch as his wife Patsy's body is exhumed.
James Davis, center, and relatives watch as his wife Patsy's body is exhumed.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Linda Peacock and April Peacock watch as their mother and grandmother Patsy's body is exhumed.
Linda Peacock and April Peacock watch as their mother and grandmother Patsy's body is exhumed.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
James Davis, right,  and relatives watch as his wife Patsy's body is exhumed from his front yard  Friday in Stevenson,  Ala.
James Davis, right, and relatives watch as his wife Patsy's body is exhumed from his front yard Friday in Stevenson, Ala.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
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