“Neighbors’ homes are ‘falling apart,’ their yards ‘littered with junk.’ How much of a difference could one or two little bitty corpses make?”

That is what “Jim Davis, who appears to be neither goth nor the creator of the popular comic strip Garfield” says about burying his wife, Patsy, in his front yard.

Sadly for Mr. Davis, an Alabama court has ordered him to remove his wife’s remains from the couple’s front yard even though that is where she has been buried for the past three years.

While the local health department approved the burial, the city council did not, citing concerns about property values.  Mr. Davis ignored the council’s decision, and buried his wife in the front yard anyway.  So, the court’s decision ordering removal is not a shocker.

Interestingly, Mr. Davis’s actions are not that bizarre; his desire to bury his loved one on his property is in keeping with a growing trend.

While I can’t relate entirely, this week I buried some fish on my property without a permit.

Source:  Gawker

Bonus Video:

Blind Lemon Jefferson – See that my grave is kept clean



~ by siouxsielaw on April 4, 2012.

3 Responses to ““Neighbors’ homes are ‘falling apart,’ their yards ‘littered with junk.’ How much of a difference could one or two little bitty corpses make?””

  1. When it comes to burial, I don’t really like DIY. I guess I could see the appeal for burying members of my family (who die of natural causes) on my property. But, I would not want to have my neighbor bury his wife next to my kids’ swing set or near my garden.

  2. Love me, feed me, never leave me.

  3. It does sound like it is something that each community needs to address and adopt standards for.

    In rural areas where the same family has lived on the land (and plan to pass it down) it would seem viable, but even then, most people have mortgages on their property and if you don’t own it free and clear, everyone is a only a few payments away from losing it and it does call into question who would want to buy the property.

    There would also be health concerns as to whether or not certain standards had been met (are they going to send someone from the Health Department to check?). If not, are any damages going to be covered by homeowners insurance or would there need to be a special rider added (I would think the latter).

    Another thing to keep in mind is whoever would buy/inherit the property after the deceased has been buried could deny others the right to visit the grave.

    Not to mention what a pain in the butt to have to mow around tombstones would be.

    However, in this case, I would think that should have been something the Health Department should have forwarded on the city to address before approving and as it is now three years later is a little late to object now. Perhaps a compromise could be that she remain there until he he passes and then the city pay to exhume her so they both can be buried elsewhere when he passes.

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