Samson yard sign raising eyebrows

Samson yard sign raising eyebrows

The sign says, “IN THE NAME OF JESUS LET ME BE SATAN.” But that’s not quite what the writer was going for.
Ray Alford says this home is in violation of city ordinance
Ray Alford says this home is in violation of city ordinance
A disturbing sign in a neighbor's yard in Samson has people talking but it's not exactly what you think. The sign says, “IN THE NAME OF JESUS LET ME BE SATAN.” But that’s not quite what the writer was going for.

"The sign says that I want Satan to leave me alone. That’s what the sign says. I probably could've worded it a little better," said sign writer, Freddie Lolley.

Add punctuation and the sign makes a little more sense to onlookers but many neighbors say they knew exactly what it meant.

"I don't have a dog in the fight but I know what that man's going through. I went through the same thing last year. I know exactly what's going on here and so does every other neighbor in this neighborhood," said neighbor Steve Carr.

He says his next door neighbor, Ray Alford, has made several complaints to police about various issues on the quiet cul-de-sac but Alford says that city ordinances are meant to be followed.

"All we want is the house cleaned up and the bushes cut," said Alford.

The feud has been ongoing for years.

"Freddie works hard all day seven days a week sun up to sun down. He's never home. Doesn't bother anybody. We wouldn't even know he was there. Police coming over to his home at four, five in the morning. I don't know why they'd bother the guy," said Carr.

Lolley says he didn't mean for the sign to come across the way it did.

"In my humble upbringing in the south I'm a firm believer in Jesus Christ just like most people in this town are."

Alford says he doesn't care about the sign.

"It doesn't bother me at all. It has no effect on me whatsoever," Alford said.

He says he just wants the yard to look like the others on their street.

Carolyn Brewster is a multimedia journalist at WDHN News. Follow her on Twitter @CarolynWDHN.
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