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Ala. man fights to keep wife buried in front yard
Associated Press ^ | August. 19, 2012 | JAY REEVES

Posted on 08/19/2012 12:06:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) -- James Davis is fighting to keep the remains of his late wife right where he dug her grave: In the front yard of his home, just a few feet from the porch.

Davis said he was only abiding by Patsy Ruth Davis' wishes when he buried her outside their log home in 2009, yet the city sued to move the body elsewhere.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: propertyrights

1 posted on 08/19/2012 12:06:42 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The problem I see...is that the property will eventually slip into someone else’s hands. This becomes an issue eventually for someone to deal with. I grew up in a rural area where there were two graves laid out on a property around 1900, with a big stone put up for the man and his wife. The field had gone through five owners, and by the 1980s...the eventual owner simply dragged off the tombstones and plowed over the field. There was something not right about this, but it was a done deal before anyone realized what he’d done. Either you put folks in a properly recognized graveyard, or you sprinkle their ashes in some river...but that’s about the only acceptable ways of handle this.


2 posted on 08/19/2012 12:12:23 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does that headline evoke an ‘interesting’ mental picture for anyone else - or am I just having one of those ‘strange mental condition’ Sundays??


3 posted on 08/19/2012 12:14:58 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There are laws for this sort of thing. I know a rancher who buried his parents on his land but had to have a road built for access just as if it were a public cemetery. The land will be in the family for generations but still...


4 posted on 08/19/2012 12:18:07 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF YOU GET ONE CHOICE CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

While a nice story the devil is in the family details - after he’s dead and planted beside his wife.

All it takes is one angry family member and the property could be forced into a sale - and then the family has to move both or let the new owner deal with it.


5 posted on 08/19/2012 12:19:14 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Time is the only solution to this problem and the city will be around much longer than the old man,


6 posted on 08/19/2012 12:21:22 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He didn’t plant a tree over her?


7 posted on 08/19/2012 12:23:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Uncle Ike

Went back and re-read it. i see what you mean.


8 posted on 08/19/2012 12:24:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I used to Love Her

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXIuAz7aryo


9 posted on 08/19/2012 12:25:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t think you should be able to bury anyone without their consent, front yard or not.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 12:25:54 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: pepsionice

Hope no one digs up my 2 dogs...I will haunt them if they do


11 posted on 08/19/2012 12:31:08 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Are necrophilia jokes out of play?

I got yelled at the other day for not treating a thread with the proper decorum...


12 posted on 08/19/2012 12:33:34 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: goat granny

There are probably 8 billion dogs buried in America.


13 posted on 08/19/2012 12:34:21 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: goat granny

>>Hope no one digs up my 2 dogs...I will haunt them if they do<<

They are waiting for you GGranny — God made them better than most humans for a reason.

We have to wait and eventually leave our others until the big Bye and Bye. For them, it is tail-wag away :)


14 posted on 08/19/2012 12:36:39 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: pepsionice

Here in Pa, there are many old homestead family farms which have their own graveyards, with wrought-iron fencing and access roads, and which have been in the family for many generations. Local and state laws protect those properties’ sanctity, in perpetuity.


15 posted on 08/19/2012 12:36:53 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: pepsionice

:O) your probably right....but just don’t dig up my 2.LOL


16 posted on 08/19/2012 12:37:44 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: PeteB570

“All it takes is one angry family member and the property could be forced into a sale - and then the family has to move both or let the new owner deal with it.”

You just write in the offer to buy a condition to move the graves at the cost of the seller. If they don’t do it, then you don’t buy the property. Simple.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 12:39:38 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ala. man fights to keep wife buried in front yard

Exhausted man says “She keeps on digging herself out!”


18 posted on 08/19/2012 12:40:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: freedumb2003

I also have a few favorite goats I’d like to have with me also.....


19 posted on 08/19/2012 12:41:22 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope he wins. It isn’t any of the government’s business, and a legal check on zoning laws is certainly in order.


20 posted on 08/19/2012 12:43:06 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Belly laugh out loud....good one


21 posted on 08/19/2012 12:43:55 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

i don’t blame the guy. hell, if it wasn’t for politics, we would bury our loved ones ourselves, and it wouldn’t cost us 8,000 for a funeral.

‘course these laws were made in conjunction with payoffs to politicians. early settlers would bury the people where they died.

actually ecologically sound.

now we have to embalm, place in a metal casket, and even in a vault.

bad enough that a love one dies, then the government wants you to pay 6,000-8,000 just to bury. just adds to the grief.

blessings, bobo


22 posted on 08/19/2012 12:44:17 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: goat granny

>>I also have a few favorite goats I’d like to have with me also.....<<

I have not actually VISITED the rainbow Bridge (thank God and the angels He sent to keep me here) but I am doggone sure in His omnipotence He made room for some goats.

They’ll be there next to my kitties.

:)


23 posted on 08/19/2012 12:47:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: pepsionice

>>There are probably 8 billion dogs buried in America.<<

Dog billions? (like dog years?)


24 posted on 08/19/2012 12:48:55 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A lot of bodies are buried in General Lee’s front yard.


25 posted on 08/19/2012 12:56:19 PM PDT by Darth Dan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A lot of bodies are buried in General Lee’s front yard.


26 posted on 08/19/2012 12:56:48 PM PDT by Darth Dan
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To: Secret Agent Man

LOL

Gonna have to lay a slab of concrete over her to keep her in place.


27 posted on 08/19/2012 1:03:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://www.lastrights.info/DIY.html

Out of morbid curiosity, I did some internet research (above link).

What is meant by the term “traditional burial”?

A traditional burial is one performed by family members and friends. Current burial practices involving the funeral home business are relatively new. The traditional burial goes back thousands of years to the present day. Because a traditional burial does not generate any profit, however, there is no massive marketing strategy to keep it in the public eye.

How-to:

1. Contact proper authorities

2. Death Certificate must be completed

3. Death Certificate must be registered

4. Transport the body to your home (if necessary)

Resist any pressure to release the body only to a funeral home if those are not your wishes. If an offer is made to transport the body for you, the point-to-point cost of that transportation – in writing – should be obtained before accepting. A family member’s personal van, large SUV, or pickup truck are all perfectly normal means for transport at a savings which can be thousands of dollars.

5. Make arrangements for cremation or burial

The body must be “buried, embalmed, or refrigerated” within 24 hours of death. Refrigeration is a way of keeping the body below 40 degrees F. Most funeral homes have coolers. Refrigeration is also done with dry ice, and often with gel packs and regular ice (in bags to keep the water from making a mess as it melts), or simply by turning the AC (home or auto) to the coldest setting

According to a local crematory, the only State restriction on scattering cremains is that if you are going to bury or scatter ashes on private property, you must have the permission of the property owner. With regards to scattering cremains on public lands, lakes, or streams, there are no restrictions in that regard, but we were advised to do it discreetly and privately.

Funeral Facts

•Caring for a deceased loved one oneself is legal in Pennsylvania, as it is in most states.
•Embalming is not essential. Dry ice works well for preservation during a three-day home ceremony.
•The modern practice of embalming began during the Civil War, for bodies shipped long distances. By 1920 almost all bodies in the U.S. were embalmed. The practice is still rare in other countries.
•In Pennsylvania, a family member can (1) act in lieu of a funeral director to orchestrate all arrangements and carry out all decisions; (2) fill out and file end-of-life documentation; (3) transport their deceased loved one to a home, place of ceremony, crematory or cemetery.
•Casket plans for building a homemade wooden casket: $15.95. A cardboard cremation casket may be purchased for $30-$50.


28 posted on 08/19/2012 1:08:52 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: pepsionice
The problem I see...is that the property will eventually slip into someone else’s hands. This becomes an issue eventually for someone to deal with.

Not really a problem.
Just declare yourself an indian, and you can bury anyone anywhere you please. Someone else always deals with it and, who knows? You could even prevent or delay the construction of a dam or a skyscraper one day.

As a society, we are so screwed up.

The insane are not running the asylum the last 70 years. We are all the asylum now. The crazies have already been running it for at least three generations.

They just let the normals hang out for the revenue.

29 posted on 08/19/2012 1:19:41 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Darth Dan

The first few were buried in Mrs. Lee’s rose garden.


30 posted on 08/19/2012 1:26:08 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Darth Dan
A lot of bodies are buried in General Lee’s front yard.

Cute.
But w a a a a a y too subtle.

31 posted on 08/19/2012 1:27:50 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What’s the problem? My wife is buried in my back yard. Oh, wait a minute, no she’s not. Forget I even said that. She’s actually on an extended trip. Yeah, that’s the ticket. She’ll be back any day now. Really.


32 posted on 08/19/2012 1:31:17 PM PDT by suthener
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Mr. Davis lives in downtown Stevenson."

After living in Stevenson ('82-95), I am having a whole lot of trouble feeling anything but amused by this sentence. Stevenson isn't that big and people there do unusual things. A booming metropolis it is NOT.

33 posted on 08/19/2012 1:36:40 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Free ThinkerNY
And just 280 miles west in another state, the city allowed the whole famdamily of a famous entertainer to be buried in the side yard of his mansion in a pretty top drawer part of town. tsk tsk tsk.
34 posted on 08/19/2012 2:01:09 PM PDT by Tupelo (Sara Palin.............my write in vote for 2012)
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To: carriage_hill
we just buried my mom on her ranch here in Texas a few weeks ago in a new family plot we started just for her. It involved nothing more than filing a plot with the county clerk telling where the new family cemetery was.
35 posted on 08/19/2012 2:24:47 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: GenXteacher

Yeah, right . . . until a future property owner goes to plant a tree, and discovers human bones. And you pay for the cops to investigate it.


36 posted on 08/19/2012 2:31:21 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: TexasFreeper2009

My sincere condolences, TF; I just buried my Mom in May.


37 posted on 08/19/2012 2:33:12 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Jim Davis stands by the grave of his wife in the yard of their house in Stevenson, Ala., July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Tom Bassing
38 posted on 08/19/2012 2:33:42 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Poor man. It’s his property, and as long as she’s buried at the proper depth, I see nothing wrong with this.


39 posted on 08/19/2012 2:38:53 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Or the sellers just let it go on a pie crust promise.


40 posted on 08/19/2012 2:42:27 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: pepsionice

Dead people cannot own property. A cemetery association can.


41 posted on 08/19/2012 3:08:49 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: pepsionice

The problem, as I see it, is that the organization that has jurisdiction over the burial approved his plan, and the other folks ignored them. Read the article.

OS


42 posted on 08/19/2012 3:23:14 PM PDT by Old Student (Do NOT make me get out the torches and pitchforks...)
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To: goat granny

Of the 4 dogs I had as a kid growing up I know 1 is buried in a field on land still owned by some of my family and the other is buried just outside her yard in a field close to the house. Both died 35 and 25 years ago, respectively.


43 posted on 08/19/2012 3:54:43 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: 1rudeboy
Yeah, right . . . until a future property owner goes to plant a tree, and discovers human bones. And you pay for the cops to investigate it.

Finding human bones, inside a metal coffin, placed inside a concrete vault. That's some digging to plant a tree. I guess somebody stupid enough to dig through all that would likely call the police to investigate the bones.

That's a Captain Obvious FAIL!

44 posted on 08/19/2012 3:54:43 PM PDT by cayuga (The next Crusade will be a war of annihilation.)
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To: MachIV

Messed that up. Of four dogs, I know of where 2 are buried and the “her” is my mother. Brain blip there for a minute!


45 posted on 08/19/2012 4:03:07 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: 1rudeboy

“Yeah, right . . . until a future property owner goes to plant a tree, and discovers human bones. And you pay for the cops to investigate it.”

The future property owner’s problem, not that of the present owner, and not that of the government. You don’t want a grave on the land, don’t buy it. And the cops are going to get paid the same if they are investigating anything or not.


46 posted on 08/19/2012 4:35:40 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: freedumb2003

Jesus said his Father had many mansions, hope he has a few farms, I don’t want a mansion, too much work... gg


47 posted on 08/19/2012 7:46:20 PM PDT by goat granny
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