STEVENSON, AL (CNN/WAFF) -- An Alabama man who buried his wife in his front yard will have to dig her up.
The State Court of Civil Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling Friday that she couldn't be buried along a main road. Authorities say James Davis will have to move the remains to an approved cemetery.
Davis buried his wife, patsy, in their front yard after she died in 2009. He says it was his wife's dying wish.
Davis said he asked the city council for permission. They denied the request, but he did it anyway.
Davis says the law is on his side because there are no ordinances regulating cemeteries. He says, "There's something that's not right about this thing. It stunk from the first day. It still stinks. And I think the state needs re-look at this thing because the law is certainly with me...has been."
Davis says he will ask the court of civil appeals to reconsider. If that doesn't work, he is vowing to take his fight to the Alabama Supreme Court.