• #5
    "After his wife died on April 18, 2009, the City Council rejected Davis' request for a cemetery permit. The decision came even though the county health department signed off on the residential burial, saying it wouldn't cause any sanitation problems."

    "city officials worry about the precedent set by allowing a grave on a residential lot on one of the main streets through town...and have cited concerns about long-term care, appearance, property values and the complaints of some neighbors."

    In other words, there is absolutely no valid reason or compelling public interest why they are giving this man a hard time, except that they want to control every aspect of people's lives.
  • #8
    This is that nosy neighbor thing again. It's all comes down to appearance. Anything that makes use uncomfortable must be hidden or outlawed. People have no appreciation of the sentiment behind why he wants her buried there. The most important part to remember he has no rights over his own land and I mean none. It shows me where we are in this country and where were going. Leave the man alone.
  • #59
    Well I would say...anyone of the people on this site who have supported this old guy....My guess is...(since he is up in age)...that many of the supporting posters on here are making plans to fly to Alabama to buy & live in this property...But there is one catch...The supporters here all insist that since his wife is in the front yard, they want him to be planted in the back yard....(they don't want to break up a set)...
  • #45
    I'm on the side of Mr. Davis simply because property rights are uder assault by our government and I'm not in the mood to give any ground... But I do see the point that the city has.

    This guy has a small patch of a front yard in the middle of this town. If he had a lot of land and wanted to do this, it should be no one's business but his. However, we make certain concessions when we live closer together like in a neighborhood.

    When we get down to the local level of government we accept certain collective restrictions that are completely unnecessary when we are more spread out. We accept things like zoning law, noise ordinances, and all of the other things that city folk put up with that country folk never have to think about. There is a long history of communities setting aside space for burial of the dead that predates history.

    So ultimately, if the city wins this in court, they will have sounds reasons for winning... unlike Kelo v New London.

    That was the Supreme Court case that declared that "public use" could mean "new corporate tax base."
  • #32
    Darn. I feel bad for this guy. Death of a loved one is the hardest thing in life anyone will ever have to cope with.
    I really can't see how it could be a good thing to bury a loved one right outside your door. It would depress me to no end. An every day reminder of a huge loss. Not that you don't think about your loved one daily. How would you get past that chapter of your life with that kind of reminder?

    I have to agree, it's not like he's living on a ranch. He's down town with a tiny yard. A cemetery would be a better idea, mentally, physically and emotionally for this man to heal. Nothing wrong with planting flowers in his yard with a memorial stone in her honnor, but really...I have to agree with meme, she needs to be in a cemetery.
  • #34
    hey mimi hes got a nice big lawn from what i see of the pic,maybe they didn,t get along and he wants to watch the grave and make sure she don't get out
  • #53
    @MongoAPillager ~ Nothing surprises me anymore...I say if he's that
    "attached", kinda like Norman in Psycho, he should have her stuffed and hung on the wall, then he could see her beautiful face every morning and give her a kiss, or if they didn't get along use her as a dart board. Make sense? I didn't think so... lmao
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  • #52
    It's very close to the downtown area. Many people do not want graves
    in peoples front's weird! I'd never buy a home with a body buried on the front lawn, I don't care if their buried 20 feet under. It may
    be different if he lived in Wyoming or some other state where there are
    hundreds of miles of open areas, but not in a residential area, The man is a nut and he's wearing "farmer jeans" !!! lmao
  • #57
    @mimi57 ---Yeah, I think you are right. I think this guy is probably playing with "half a deck". My question is: does he have a family nearby. If he does they should be helping him at this time...A family member should, for example, pull him aside and say..."pop, maybe we should think about this for a moment"...And if its about money to put her in a cemetary, they should be likewise be helping him...But how about a "compromise"...if he must have his deceased wife near him...then what's wrong with cremation and keeping the ashes inside his house...That's what most sane people would do....I think this guy has "lost it" mentally...and that's understandable---he is up in age, and has lost his wife....So someone close to him should tell him...."no, you can't bury dead people in your front lawn"....
  • #58
    @Sonny~ I work with mentally ill people. Schizophrenics, people
    who are severely bi-polar, borderline personality disorders, etc.
    So...ya kinda know it when ya see it! LOL... It is sad, and you're
    right, he should have a family member or good friend to help him
    make a decision as to what he should do with her remains. He may be seeking attention,but give the woman a decent burial in an appropriate place, or have her cremated and put her ashes on
    the mantle. Burying people in the yard is just sooo wrong! And the decorations are terrible he could use some advice on that too!
  • #21
    Why didn't he just take her to the taxidermy and have her stuffed,
    then he could have her mounted on the wall or use her as a
  • #24
    ...Well at least she would be "inside" of his house and not rotting outside in his front yard.....So I agree with you.
  • #27
    I'm waiting or someone to say that it is his "right" to not embalm her and let her stink up the neighborhood! lmao
  • #13
    Oh this is SOOOO Silly...Come-on...Who would want to live next door to a house with a dead person buried in the front yard...Sometimes I just don't understand people?!?!? I know that burying his wife in his front yard might mean a lot to HIM...But what about others who live in the community....Believe it or not..there are some limits to our "freedoms"...
  • #17
    Meh......who wants to live next to a cemetary? Who wants to live next to yappy dogs? If it's his property,(and at 73 his property was probably grandfathered in around newer city statutes) he has every right to do with it what he wishes.

    Besides, the funeral home/mortuary/cemetary business is a scam.
  • #20
    @CanisCanemEdit ---Lets just disagree on this one, and leave it at that...I just don't see how (like you said) anyone would want to live next door to a cemetary. As always an individuals "rights" have to weighed in the balance with someone else's rights as well....This is one of those instances...So lets just agree to disagree on this one...fair enough?
  • #28
    like the article says,it is not the 18th century anymore,so why be afraid of a grave next door,lots of people live next to cemetery in the city.and if that is an accurate picture of his lot,it is probably 100 ft or so to his neighbor
  • #36
    @CanisCanemEdit ---LOL...Well, CCE...this guy won't need to settle for no"stinkin'" "decorations...He has the REAL thing!!...Complete with a real life (pardon the pun) rotting corpse..!!!
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  • #7
    If the person was renting then maybe the landlord might have some awkward questions. But if he owns the property, then what of it?
  • #3
    It' going to make the house a little hard to sell, but it's his house. Grandma is buried in the family plot on the ranch. I think it's just fine.
  • #30
    My thoughts too.
    Not only does it make it harder to sell, but what happens to the grave when it DOES sell?
    Either part of the agreement of the sale is that the grave be undisturbed, making it a difficult sell, as you say.
    Or the new owner may just have her dug up or paved over. Even if the house is passed down within the family, sooner or later, the grave will be disturbed or covered.
    Heck, even cemeteries aren't sacred anymore. Real estate people often acquire grave yards and "relocate" the graves.
  • #63
    I know where some people are buried or their ashes are buried on private property, including back yards so it can't be that unusual. Suer it makes the house harder to sell, but you can't sell houses anyway since the bankers screwed up the market.
  • #62
    How many more freedoms will be revoked before people realize we have no control over our lives? It's pretty sad when you can't even bury your deceased loved ones in your own yard.
  • #55
    I'm not upset about it, but I wouldn't buy that house or any neighboring house because of it. I know it's his right, but when his actions are affecting the price and sale of the homes around him is it still in his right to do it? I'm not sure
  • #49
    Eventually we as a race will have to face the fact we are quickly running out of places to bury people. Something will have to be done and ground will have to be given (ha!) on the issue about how to deal with our remains.
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