After a dispute with the church, a family in Newchapel will now be able to write "dad" on a gravestone instead of "father."
The family - who buried their patriarch, Kevin Brooks, last year - were told that the word "dad" was too informal, and that the gravestone was not the correct shape.
Rev Sister Janet Arnold - the vicar at St James the Apostle church - and the Parochial Church Council refused to allow the family to lay the gravestone.
The matter was taken before a Church of England consistory judge, who ruled that the gravestone rules were "guidance and not a straightjacket."
Dr Anthony Verduyn, deputy chancellor of the diocese of Lichfield and the judge on the case, said: "In this case, the irregular shape of the memorial appears elsewhere and nearby, and it could be harsh to deny the erection of a similar stone.
"Like considerations apply to its colour lettering and the reference to 'dad.'
"I find that the proposed memorial would not jar visually or in sentimaent in this graveyard."