PAUL HOUSEWRIGHT, ET AL. v. DR. RONALD K. MCCORMACK, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Nov 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Phillip L. Boyd, Rogersville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Paul Housewright, Billy Kyle Housewright, Judy Housewright Jenkins, Danny Gladson, Armina Kegley, Diana Sweet, Patricia Michael, Frank Gladstone, and Paula Diggers.

Attorneys 2:

Sandra L. Schefeik, Estill Springs, Tennessee, for the appellees, Dr. Ronald McCormack, First Church of the Nazarene of the East Tennessee District, and Town and Country Realty.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This appeal concerns the validity of a warranty deed in which the decedents conveyed a parcel of property for the benefit of a church. The deed contained a reversionary clause requiring the property to revert back if no longer used for the benefit of the church. The same parcel was included in another deed that did not contain a reversionary clause but was recorded before the original deed. The church listed the property for sale approximately 67 years later. The decedents’ heirs filed suit. The defendants sought summary judgment, claiming that ownership of the property was established through the deed recorded first. The court granted summary judgment. We affirm.