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Controversy over Jackson County man buried in wrong grave

Cemetery officials want the remains of Chris Paul's father removed from the wrong grave. Cemetery officials want the remains of Chris Paul's father removed from the wrong grave.
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A cemetery mix-up involves a man's father being buried in the wrong grave in Jackson County.

The Old Sardis Cemetery in Powell is asking the court to decide if the body should stay or be moved.

Attorneys for the cemetery said it was simply human error but the family of the deceased does not want their loved one moved.

Christopher Phillips has to relive a nightmare of his father Paul's death that happened two days following last year's tornado outbreak.

After a massive stroke, Paul Phillips was buried in May 2011 but family members left behind were victimized by Mother Nature.

"When he was in the hospital that last time his trailer got hit by the tornado," said Chris Phillips.

Phillips said his father was laid to rest next to their family plots. He said there was no name on it and so they paid for that plot.

Nearly a month later Phillips said he got a call from officials with the Old Sardis Cemetery saying his father was buried in Rodger Bell's plot and needed to be moved.

"That rubbed me the wrong way because you know I believe when a person is buried they're supposed to be laid to rest and that's their final resting spot," said Phillips.

A year has passed and now cemetery officials are seeking a court ruling if Paul Phillips remains should be removed or left alone. For Phillips family, they're united in how they feel.

"I believe he's laid to rest there for a reason. He does not need to be disturbed to be moved, especially away from his family," said Phillips.

All parties are now in the process of being served. No court date has been set.

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