Since there was no money any longer to keep the church cemetery mowed, a preacher in North Carolina borrowed some sheep from a local sheep farmer who had family buried in the church graveyard.
"I thought we could just fence them off", stated Brother Sparadime. "There's already a good size wall around the cemetery so we left them to graze for free."
After a couple of days, it seemed to be working and the minister received several congratulations from members of the congregation.
But leaving the sheep for a couple days for a trip, Sparadime returned to a disaster.
"Those stupid sheep ate the grass, then the decorations, then the flowers, turned over a dozen headstones and shat all over the place.!"
While ordering the farmer to come get the sheep, Brother Sparadime chided himself. "It would have been cheaper and less trouble to work extra hours and mowed the place myself."
Meanwhile, instead of being a hero, Sparadime is now the favorite joke told in a dozen different ways down at the town favorite breakfast place.
"There's a roar of laughter and baaaaing every time I go down there to eat."