STEVENSON, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County man is still fighting to keep his wife buried in his yard, but a plan that he says would help most likely won’t become a reality.
48 years, one month, and four days. That’s how long Jim and Patsy Davis were married. They knew each other since they were children.
Davis says he still views himself as her husband. That’s why he’s been fighting the city with everything he has. For years, he’s been trying to uphold Patsy’s dying wish: to be buried in the front yard of the house Jim built for her.
City officials denied Jim a permit for to bury her there. After the Alabama State Supreme court denied his appeal, Jim decided to carry out a dream he’s always had. “The church, I was passionate about that,” he says.
Davis wanted to start a church at his home. He says if he had his home documented as a church, it could help keep his wife buried there.
Acquaintances helped him build a website for his church. Everything was a go, for a while. “My family doesn’t agree with this, they say it will just carry this on and on and on,” Davis says.
He says his family is tired of fighting. “They just want closure on it and I think I do too now. We just want it to be over with.”
Davis says he’ll still try to fight, but if it comes down to it, he’ll have his wife cremated and put right back in the site – in the front yard.
He says that’s where she belongs.
Davis says he wants an investigation into city officials, and their handling of his situation.
WHNT News 19 reached out to city officials for comment but they were not available Wednesday.