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Horror Short Story - Thorn Tree Immortality

Trying to find a short story I read at least 15 years ago.  There is a man who finds a ritual to become immortal.  He has to remove all metal from his body, and leaves instructions to be buried face down under a specific tree (Ash-thorn?  Something thorn).  The gravedigger respects him too much to do this, and thwarts him at the last minute.  If I recall correctly, the title is The _____ Thorn tree, or something similar.  Any ideas?