George C. Wallace and his third wife, the former Lisa Taylor, meet with Vice President and former CIA Head George Bush and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton at a lobster bake at Bush’s residence at Kennebunkport, Maine, July 30, 1983. The third Mrs. Wallace, whom the governor married in 1981, was 30 years his junior and half of a country-western singing duo, Mona and Lisa, who had performed during his campaign in 1968.
This picture is very significant to me. It seems my partner Rev. J. W. Hunt in the Junction Station, Inc. Truckstop venture involving 27 Acres at the Northeast Corner of Highway 231 and Highway 20 was partners with George C. Wallace’s brother Gerald Wallace.
Dr. Otis L. Jordan
Dr. Otis Leon Jordan was one of the 50 doctors on staff when the new Druid City Hospital (DCH) opened in 1952.
According to his Tuscaloosa News obituary on 25 September 1986 Dr. Jordan was a physician in Tuscaloosa for more than 35 years. Dr. Jordan was a graduate of both the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and of Louisiana State University where he earned his Bachelor of Medicine and his medical degree. Dr. Jordan left Tuscaloosa in 1970 moving to Fort Myers, Florida where he continued to practice medicine until early 1986.
Dr. Jordan was survived by his wife Juanita along with 2 children Mrs. John Tate and Otis Leon II
I had two Uncles that were also associated with George C. Wallace. They were Ellis L Jordan and Dr. Otis Leon Jordan. E.L. Jordan owned 30,000+ Acres in the Panhandle of Florida and my dad and I used to hunt there with the guidance of the Property Manager and cousin Ivy Jordan, and his very sweet wife Maggie Jordan. The Property Manager Home and E.L. Jordan private two room quarters was just across the street from the Rocky’s Indian Museum Parcel which had a small service station too at one point. There was also a well preserved Indian Mummy there with many Indian Artifacts.
I was approached at Florida Title by Panama City Attorney E. Ward Harris, who was a cordial old gentleman that maintained a cabin in the mountains that he extended invites to all to use as long as they left eggs in the fridge, to help a International Missionary Training Center develop a business plan where they could seek financing to help train missionaries Worldwide by Satellite since this was before the Internet. I attended a meeting and worked with the Group without any expectations of personal gain. The last I heard the Group had been sold.
Next thing I knew the Reverend J. W. Hunt from the Jesus Saves Church Conglomerate of International Missions and Churches showed up at Florida Title and said he had heard what I had done for the Missionary Group and God had sent him to repay the favor. Rev. Hunt told me he was going to let me in on a deal to develop a Truck Stop and was going to give me 25% of the deal.
I met with the property owners Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Dickerson and with Rev. Hunt and we worked on the project together for some time. We met at Commercial Bank in Panama City, now SunTrust, and Rev Hunt coaxed the Dickersons into signing a Deed that had been prepared transferring the property to Junction Station, Inc. which had been hastily prepared by Attorney Bill Harris with Bert Davenport, Mayo Johnston, Bill Harris and Jerry Gerde Law Firm without any prior discussion or agreement as to the terms or conditions. It seems this Deed was given to secure a mere $3,000 Bridge Loan made by Commercial Bank to the Dickersons. Seemed like coercion and extortion to me. The Dickersons executed the Deed and placed the Deed in Escrow with Florida Title. Florida Title and I saved their property from being stolen.
Just prior to that we had a meeting at Peoples First where Rev. J.W. Hunt arranged the meeting with his buddy Joseph Chapman saying he would finance our Truckstop. At the meeting was Allen Bense, Walter Abbott, Hunt, the Dickersons and myself. The results were Chapman was going to send his “inbank” appraiser Abbott Appraisal Associates out to the property and do an appraisal. The appraisal came back at $83,000.00 for the 27 Acres on the NE Corner of Hwy 231 and 20. I knew this was a scam at that point and even though I had put thousands of dollars in for the Title Work, Survey and other development costs I bailed out of the deal. In the next couple of days I received a Stock Purchase Agreement in the mail that had not even been discussed that included some troubling “specific performance clauses’ and other problematic issues. Buddy Dickerson came by with his and asked me what I thought and said he trusted my judgment. I told him if I were you I’d take the Agreement to an Attorney out of town and not tell him any details and have him advise me on the conditions. Buddy came back later and was about to cry stating they were trying to steal his property and asked me what he could do. I told him that he could have his deed back since the Agreements were breached due to fraud. Rev. J.W. Hunt came back just a few hours later stating: “WHERE’S MY DEED?” I told him he had reneged on the Agreements and the deal was off.
NEXT: THE WHITE WESTERN MEN’S CLUB MEETING…..AND GETTING “PANAMAED”
W.A. McClung, Carl Everett and Jimmy Hatcher, too…..