Continuing our theme of burial sites, there’s one in a small Alabama town that’s making national news.
Patty Davis knew just where she wanted to be buried – just off his front porch, and that’s just what her devoted husband of 48 years did. Trouble is, he asked permission (his first mistake), was turned down, and did it anyway. After a four-year legal battle that he lost at the Alabama Supreme Court, he’s being ordered to dig her up and move her to a regular cemetery. But he’s refusing, and Patty remains in the front yard, along with an outhouse and a large sign demanding that his wife be allowed to rest in peace.
According to the story in the Times, the neighbors don’t seem to mind and have gotten used to the grave site: “It’s his wife,” said Margaret Garner, 56. “He’s got the right.”
But that’s a small town in Southern Appalachia, where landscaping norms may be different from the ones in your neighborhood or mine. How would YOU react if you were a neighbor? (The outhouse would be the deal-breaker for me, not the gravesite.) And what happens when the house is eventually sold?