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Alabama man turns to higher power to keep wife buried in front yard

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Stevenson, Alabama -

An Alabama man says he is not stopping his fight to keep his wife of 48 years buried in his front yard. His case made its way up to Alabama Supreme Court which turned down his appeal. Now, he is looking at other legal options.

Seventy-four-year-old James Davis says it was his wife's dying wish to be buried at the Stevenson, Alabama home they shared for decades. He says he is not only turning to his attorneys for help, but also a higher power.

"She was a walking angel," says James Davis, describing his wife, Patsy.

James Davis says everyone loved his wife.

"When the little kids used to come and catch the bus, she brought them in in the winter time before the bus come and fed them breakfast and give them hot chocolate," says Davis.

He cannot understand why the city of Stevenson is so adamant about removing Patsy's grave from his front yard.

"Everybody loved my wife. Part of these city officials down here, has been to my house and been fed," says Davis.

He is not backing down.

"I've put four and half years of my life (into this) and I didn't die, the way they wanted me to."

The city says bodies can be in a graveyard, just not your yard. It worries if it looks the other way, it may set a precedent for graves in other yards around town.

"It's my gravesite that's made this city look so bad? It's a big joke," says Davis.

Davis says the county health department approved the burial and says even a state inspector looked at his land. Despite that, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled 8 to 3 in the city's favor.

"As far as the justice system, there ain't none in Alabama. Not for me," says Davis.

That is why Davis has another plan. His home may soon become the 'Stevenson Bible Church.' His website just went up this week.

"That's protected by federal law. And that'll take all the stupid bureaucrats out of it."

Plus, he says the church will help keep him in line.

"I've laid in my bed at night and thought of some pretty hairy things. And I'm ashamed of what I thought about. But sometimes you can get pushed in the wrong direction," he says.

Davis says he is just standing up for what is right.

"I'm supposed to lay down like a whipped dog and let them come in here on my property and dig my wife up and move her around and all that? But, the gravesite's going to remain," says Davis.

Davis says no matter what happens, if he has to move his wife, all of the flowers, the headstone, everything will stay right where it is. In the meantime, he is looking to file a federal restraining order, to stop the state's order to remove her body.

We reached out to the Stevenson city attorney for comment on Davis' plans for a church, but have not heard back.

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