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The Ties That Blind U.S.

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The Racketeers could not have looted our economy without first controlling the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches, the Title Companies and the Banks.
They also control the “indexing” of the Official Records and Court Records…..
THIS SAYS A LOT…..ANY QUESTIONS????
UPDATE:
 Check Lawrence Pinnock out:

THEY MISSPELLED K. EARL BURDEN….TRY K. EARL DURDEN..AND SEE WHAT POPS UP…..

Florida Profit Corporation
EMERALD COAST BANCSHARES, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number P96000004172
FEI/EIN Number 593356914
Date Filed 01/12/1996
State FL
Status INACTIVE
Last Event MERGED
Event Date Filed 02/12/1999
Event Effective Date NONE
Principal Address
7522 FRONT BEACH RD
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32407 US
Changed 05/08/1998
Mailing Address
P.O. BOX 18439
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32417
Changed 05/14/1997
Registered Agent Name & Address
SHIELDS, JEREMY
7107 W. HIGHWAY 98
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32407
Name Changed: 05/14/1997
Address Changed: 05/14/1997
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title C
DUBOSE, TERRY
7107 W. HIGHWAY 98
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32407
Title VC
BURDEN, K. EARL
2605 THOMAS DRIVE
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32408
Title D
CASTLE, HARROLL
P.O. DRAWER 5649 N/A
DESTIN FL 32540
Title D
COUNTS, STEVE
P.O. BOX 27279 N/A
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32411
Title D
SIPPLE, HARRY B
P.O. BOX 27067 N/A
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32411

TIES TO COMMUNITY BANK

Florida Profit Corporation
ACQUIRE CORPORATION
Filing Information
Document Number S08619
FEI/EIN Number 593038660
Date Filed 10/24/1990
State FL
Status INACTIVE
Effective Date 10/23/1990
Last Event MERGED
Event Date Filed 08/27/2008
Event Effective Date 09/01/2008
Principal Address
155 CRYSTAL BEACH DR.
DESTIN FL 32541 US
Changed 03/29/1994
Mailing Address
POST OFFICE DRAWER 5649
DESTIN FL 32540 US
Changed 03/29/1994
Registered Agent Name & Address
CASTLE, HARROLL
155 CRYSTAL BEACH DRIVE
STE 200
DESTIN FL 32541 US
Registered Agent Resigned: 08/23/2011
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title C
CASTLE, HARROLL
155 CRYSTAL BEACH DR,SUITE 200
DESTIN FL
Title P
CASTLE, JACQUE
155 CRYSTAL BEACH DRIVE SUITE 200
DESTIN FL
Florida Profit Corporation
MONTEGO BAY OF ORLANDO, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number S01785
FEI/EIN Number 593041016
Date Filed 09/21/1990
State FL
Status INACTIVE
Effective Date 09/19/1990
Last Event ADMIN DISSOLUTION FOR ANNUAL REPORT
Event Date Filed 08/26/1994
Event Effective Date NONE
Principal Address
11212 FRONT BEACH ROAD
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32407
Mailing Address
11212 FRONT BEACH ROAD
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL 32407
Registered Agent Name & Address
OVERSTREET, DEBORAH M.
221 MCKENZIE AVENUE
PANAMA CITY FL 32401
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title DST
BURNHAM, WESLEY L. JR.
11212 FRONT BEACH ROAD
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL
Title DP
NALL, J. WALLACE JR.
11212 FRONT BEACH ROAD
PANAMA CITY BEACH FL
Title DVP
CENTANNI, ROY
6426 WEST HIGHWAY 98
PANAMA CITY BCH FL
Title DVP
MERGENTHAL, BRYAN G.
2768 N HIAWASSEE RD
ORLANDO FL
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REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!!

Chicago Title bails on 1430 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida

Chicago Title bails on 1430 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida

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……CONSTRUCTION ZONE…..UPDATE….

The Racketeers could not have looted our economy without first controlling the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches, the Title Companies and the Banks.

THIS SAYS A LOT…..ANY QUESTIONS????

http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/ConvertTiffToPDF?storagePath=COR\1998\0520\H9009376.TIF&documentNumber=P98000045157

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/benjamin-w-redding-246481.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/240-E-4th-St-Panama-City-FL-32401-a3782678.aspx

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9FMrJI1kgTgTm5tbS13MW1WdVE/view?usp=sharing

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/dana-m-rowe/27961308.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City-Beach/diamond-title-agency-inc-5467348.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/3009-Highway-77-Panama-City-FL-32405-a2343406.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/2222-Jenks-Ave-Panama-City-FL-32405-a37296782.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City-Beach/11053-Hutchison-Blvd-Panama-City-Beach-FL-32407-a606158.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/PO-Box-678-Panama-City-FL-32402-a516346.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City-Beach/emerald-coast-bancshares-inc-5334769.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City-Beach/beach-community-bank/126116448.aspx

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Fort-Walton-Beach/beach-community-bancshares-inc-6025217.aspx

AFTER YOU DIGEST THE ABOVE, JUST CHEW ON THIS FOR A LITTLE WHILE…..CHARLES WHITEHEAD WAS THE HEAD DEMOCRAT IN FLORIDA AND MUCH, MUCH MORE…..

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Florida/Panama-City/charles-a-whitehead-foundation-inc-3547812.aspx

STORY TO BE PUBLISHED MARCH 17 ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

BEWARE OF SNAKES!!!

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND I WILL BE UPDATING IT THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND POSTING DOCUMENTS BEING COMPILED AS I TYPE.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

TODAY I AM DOING A STORY ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY…….

IT IS THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF MY GETTING PANAMAED…

ST. PATRICK DID NOT RUN THE SNAKES OUT OF IRELAND…..

THERE NEVER WERE ANY….

HE RAN THE PAGANS OUT……

AND MOST OF THEM, AND SNAKES, WOUND UP IN PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA…LOL…

WEIRD FACT……YESTERDAY I BOUGHT A NEW 29″ MOUNTAIN BIKE……

NEVER GUESS WHAT KIND????

A MONGOOSE………..

HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY…..

MARCH 17, 2015 UPDATE:

This is the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act Lis Pendens that resulted from the fact our competition, a Chicago Title Agent, conspired with others, including the United States Government through the Internal Revenue Service to illegally put Florida Title out of business in violation of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, the Hobbs Act, the Clayton Act and many other tortuous Common, State and Federal Laws.

The fact is the IRS, through its Agent Russell Raymond Ervin ,who was sheepdipped or murdered just days after being served by US Marshals, illegally seized Florida Title Insurance, Inc., not the bank accounts, but the Corporation itself when we refused threats and extortion attempts to force a sale on March 17, 1988. The terms of that sale changed at the last minute to $10K and when we refused to sell corrupt IRS Agent showed up and seized the building that same day. Funds in excess of $10K were available that day at Florida First Federal but the IRS did not touch these funds or any other accounts of the Corporation. Tyndall Federal Credit Union,, a MERS Racketeer, was also involved.

RICOLisPendens

This is the current property assessment of 1430 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida:

http://qpublic6.qpublic.net/fl_display_dw.php?county=fl_bay&KEY=18319-000-000

This is the assessment map for that parcel and the surrounding area where the boundary line conversions took place before 1986 transaction:

http://qpublic6.qpublic.net/qpmap4/map.php?county=fl_bay&parcel=18319-000-000&extent=1601734+428569+1602270+429081&layers=parcels+parcel_sales+roads

This is the deed from Tyndall Federal Credit Union to Florida Title prepared by Jerry Gerde where they purposefully omitted an integral portion of the Credit Union Property in the amount of $155,000:

TFCU Florida Title Deed

This is the deed fro the IRS to H. B. James that resulted from Act of Racketeering to further the Racketeering Enterprise for $7,000:

IRS HB James Deed1IRS HBJamesDeed2IRSHBJamesDeed3

This is the Deed from H.B. James to Gulf Coast Title which also included Lot 38:

JamesGulfCoastDeed

This is the deed where Racketeers at Tyndall Federal Credit Union via Gerde Law Firm conveyed the withheld property (Lot 38) involved in this extortion bypassing H.B. James and conveying directly to Gulf Coast Title for minimum stamps:

TFCUGulfCoastTitleDeed

This is the shady mortgage on Lot 38 from Gulf Coast Title to Tyndall Federal Credit Union in the amount of $134,380.75 which is a restatement to the Florida Title Mortgage in 1986 connected thereto:

GulfCoastTFCUMortgage

This is the Florida Title Mortgage Modification Agreement signed by Thomas Bell and Richard J. Wheeler for Tyndall Federal Credit Union:

FloridaTitleMortgageModAgmtFloridaTItleMortgageModAgmt2

This is the Deed from Gulf Coast Title to R.M. Family Investments, Inc. for $219,600:

GulfCoastTItleRMFamilyDeedGulfCoastTItleRMFamilyDeed2

This is a court case involving H. B. James, Gulf Coast Title, Chicago Title, Jerry Gerde and Glenn Hess that sums this Racketeering Enterprise thing all up:

JamesGerdeChicagoTItleHessJamesGerdeChicagoTitleHess2

Florida Profit Corporation
R.M. FAMILY INVESTMENTS, INC.

Filing Information

Document NumberP95000068392
FEI/EIN Number593350003
Date Filed08/31/1995
StateFL StatusACTIVE

Principal Address

1418 HARRISON AVE.
PANAMA CITY, FL 32401

Changed: 02/24/2004

Mailing Address

1418 HARRISON AVE.
PANAMA CITY, FL 32401

Changed: 02/06/2012

Registered Agent Name & Address

MURPHY, ROYAL S

201 HARRISON PLACE
PANAMA CITY, FL 32405

Address Changed: 03/13/2000

Officer/Director Detail

Name & Address

Title P

MURPHY, ROYAL S

201 HARRISON PL
PANAMA CITY, FL 32405

Title VP

MURPHY, MICHAEL R

601 WOOD TRAIL
PANAMA CITY, FL 32405

Title ST

MURPHY, BOBBIE J

201 HARRISON PL
PANAMA CITY, FL 32405
This is some of the aftermath:
EvansDeedRoot
EvansDeedEvansDeed2
Notice how they have redefined the parcel to cover up prior conversion:
RMSuntrustMortgageRMSunTrustMortgageA
KeyDeedRoot
KeyRMDeedKeyRmDeed2

RICOEnterpriseAgreement

RICOEnterprisePlat
BOBBY HARDY DEED TO RAYMOND E. WAHLBERG:
HardyDeedHardyDeed2

THE STORY WILL ALSO INCLUDE SOME INSIDER INFORMATION RELATIVE TO ALAMO TITLE OF HUDSON, FLORIDA.

I HAVE INFORMATION THAT INDICATES THIS COMPANY PROVIDED A SOURCE FOR CORRUPTION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND MANY MORE INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED WITH GOVERNMENTAL CORRUPTION AND TREASONOUS ACTS, RACKETEERING, MURDER, BANK FRAUD, ILLEGAL GAMBLING, EXTORTION, CIVIL ASSAULT AND OTHER ILLEGAL OVERT ACTS. THIS INFORMATION ALSO SHOWS SOMEONE HAS BEEN CONVERTING REAL ESTATE FOR THIS PURPOSE PROVIDING REAL PROPERTY PAYOLA TO CORRUPTED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE US…..AND MUCH, MUCH MORE….

They stole 1000 front feet of Gulf Front Dedicated Public Park at Edgewater that involved Wesley Burnham and Industrial Valley Title Insurance Company of Philadelphia, Pa who is now owned by the Fidelity Group..

Edgewater60s

I have been totally blocked by THE PANAMA CITY NEWS HERALD, PANAMA CITY NEWS TOPIX AND TOPIX.COM now.

The Corrupt CointelPro Operatives that run that site to keep the truth from coming out think they have won….but truth is they have lost too. Any time HATE SPEECH via death threats, perverted libelous comments, identity theft, stalking, is used to try to circumvent FREE SPEECH we all lose.

TIME WILL TELL.

THIS AFFIDAVIT, SWORN UNDER OATH, IS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM A 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE FILE AND I AM POSTING IT HERE FOR ALL TO SEE.

YOU BE THE JUDGE…….

FACEBOOK ISN’T UPLOADING MY FILES, SO HERE IS A GOOGLE DOC LINK:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9FMrJI1kgTgSGdJc0ZUUkdQY0U/edit?usp=sharing

AND MORE ARTICLES BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNING REPORTER LUCY MORGAN:

http://dlib.nyu.edu/undercover/inside-pasco-county-sheriffs-department-special-report-st-petersburg-times

I had a visit on my Panamaed Blog from the Office of the Comptroller of the Cur Continue reading

White Western Men’s Club Runs Panama City

Chicago Title bails on 1430 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida

Chicago Title bails on 1430 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida

GriffittsMcKeithenWWL

 

REST IN PEACE COACH PAUL NIX:

Mr. Robert Paul Nix, Sr., 69, of Panama City, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2013 at his residence. Mr. Nix was born July 17, 1943 in Bainbridge, GA to Robert and Ruby Nix. He was an outstanding football player in his high school and college years at Troy State University.

Mr. Nix was instrumental in the creation of the first fraternity at Troy University, Pi Kappa Phi. After graduation from Troy State University, he came to Panama City where he began his professional career as a football coach and teacher at Rutherford High School leaving behind a remarkable association with staff and students.
Mr. Nix next worked at Seaco Electric in increasing positions of management responsibility.He started Bay Construction Company and was a major builder in the area with many examples of his work still present such as the Fire Department Building on 6th Avenue. He started and was president of Corrections Communication, Inc. Mr. Nix was Special Project Manager, Office of the Sergeant at Arms, for the Florida House of Representatives.He was a member of Panama City Jaycees, Military Affairs, Chamber of Commerce, First Friday Club, and Rotary Club.
Mr. Nix served on the Panama City Civil Board as Vice Chairman, Bay County Regional Airport as Vice Chairman, Bay Water Quality Committee, Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority, Bay County Planning Commission as Chairman, and he was the Founder of White Western Dinner Club. Mr. Nix loved fishing and golf.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruby Nix. Mr. Nix is survived by his fiancée Georgia Dake of Panama City; son, Robert Nix, Jr. of Panama City; brother, Larry K. Nix and wife Alice of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren: Alek and Brannon Nix; cousin and loyal friend James (Jim) Smith of Tallahassee, FL; two nieces: Laura Gerson and Sharon Nix of Los Angeles, CA; nephew, Greg Nix of Marietta, GA; former wife Ginger Isler; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Southerland Family Funeral Home with Reverend Clyde Ellis officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. Pallbearers are: Carroll Howell, Jim White, Wayne Lewis, Ray Kicklighter, Jim Motley, Bayne Collins, Jerry Clemons, Jackie Shores, Willis Holley, Jerry Sowell, Rush Akin, John Pilcher, Guy Tunnell, Mike Amos, and James “Bo” Barrow.Family has asked that donations be made to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th St. Panama City, Florida 32405 in Robert’s name.

UPDATE:  PEOPLES FIRST BUSTED BY FDIC…FINALLY…AFTER DECADES OF RACKETEERING.

http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/fdic-sues-directors-of-failed-bank-1.66944

SINCE HALIFAX MEDIA’S PANAMA CITY NEWS HERALD EDITOR MIKE CAZALAS MAY BE CENSORING COMMENTS TO PROTECT HIS MOBSTER BUDDIES YOU MAY HAVE TO GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE AT http://www.facebook.com/david.harbin1?ref=tn_tnmn TO SEE MY COMMENTS.

I got PAMAMAED just after a meeting at Peoples arranged by Rev. Hunt when he and his White Western Mens Club buddies Harry Sanders, Allan Bense, Walt Abbott, Joe Chapman and others were trying to rip off the Junction Station, Inc. truckstop deal. I met IRS Agent Russell Raymond Ervin at THE CLUB and he was later either murdered or sheepdipped to keep him from testifying IMHO. IRS Agent Ervin seized Florida Title on the same day I refused an EXTORTION attempt to purchase assets by CHICAGO TITLE AGENT H.B. James/Gulf Coast Title.
I hope the truth will finally be told.

When I worked for Panama Title, silently owned by Charles Isler, Jr., attorney for Bay Bank, St. Joe and others I found out there are 12 men that run Panama City, Bay County and are heavily involved in what goes on EVERYWHERE ELSE, TOO!  They put on a feed every third Thursday on Highway 77  and whatever they decide every third Thursday night…….HAPPENS FRIDAY MORNING!

Much  later, after I started Florida Title and became a threat to them, I was invited to the White Western Men’s Club by a local preacher, Rev. J. W. Hunt,  I was partners with in the Truck Stop Venture, Junction Station, Inc. on the corner of Hwy. 231 and Hwy. 20 just across the street from the landlocked and poorly planed BP Station and Hardees. My Great-uncle, Ellis L. Jordan owned the Southeast corner with about 30,000 more acres around there.  Worst night of my life. Saw all the people who had given me trouble for years. Met an IRS Agent, Russell R. Ervin that showed up the next day to do an audit. He threatened my life on behalf of the preacher he said they were doing an investigation on and the confidential informant and the IRS Agent in charge had turned up MISSING!.  Also saw Mike Mann, H. B. James, Clinton Foster and others there.

Just months later seized my 12-year-old business, Florida Title Insurance, Inc. when I refused to sell out to competitor “Gulf Coast Title”, agent for Chicago Title, owned by H.B. James and Michael Sharp. They had made a FAIR offer in contract prepared by Hess, but reduced the price to 10K at the last-minute and when I kicked them out of my office the IRS Agent showed up and ran another audit and said I owed 8K and refused to accept 5k that day and put the padlocks on the doors. They sold my business for 7K to James on the same day the Bankruptcy Court refused to accept my petition as Owner and Creditor of the Business.  They knew I was coming from the attorney, Charles Wynn, that had been paid to do the Bankruptcy and bailed and the Clerk was waiting at the door for me when they opened.

Sued under qui.tam. with notice to Justice Department, never heard from anyone until the IRS Inspectors Office did a murder investigation on the IRS Agent that was found dead just days after being served by U.S. Marshals. Never guess who did his autopsy. Filed RICO suit and it took three filings to get it past a crooked Federal Judiciary, Roger Vinson, Lacey Collier and William Stafford, and Bankruptcy Court. Could not appear on behalf of seized family owned corporation or Fictitious Name Company, Florida Title. Had paid attorneys, but they bailed at the last-minute like they do around here when you get PANAMAED!

Chicago Title, owned by Fidelity, is now in our building. Their parent company has tried to monopolize the title industry and many others. They gave New Century a contract to only turn down 2.5 percent of their loans regardless of income verification issues and fraud. There is a 500 page report. I believe Fidelity, Chicago Title, Lawyers Title, et.al.  ran out the competition to shore up their scheme to defraud us on a major scale. Time tells and they even bought our underwriter that was there that day and in on the scheme.

Tyndall Federal Credit Union was in on it too. Their Attorney was in the Firm that represented the Preacher and H.B. James. I was electrocuted while renting the Bank Building at 130 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida. I think they tried to take me out. Jerry Gerde omitted a lot on my deed and tried to extort a settlement. Doctor covered up injuries. Attorneys had allowed adjacent owners to convert property owned by CU to their use. They wanted me out of business from the start.

This is why we are in the shape we are in. No Justice. No Oversight. No Conscience. They have taken away all the checks and balances. We need to enforce the Clayton Antitrust Act and the Sherman Antitrust Act. The RICO Act can be uses on these MOBSTERS, but we must be insured that the Judiciary is not corrupt to change anything..

Funny, the 12 members of White Western put on a feed each month. I was invited the night they served Hardees Roast Beef. We were trying to do a new truck stop, Junction Station, on the northeast corner of Hwy 231 and  Hwy 20 and it was just a scam to rip off the owner of the property by the crooked preacher and his crooked attorneys and his MOBSTER friends at White Western Men’s Club where James Finch and Harry Sanders are 2 of the 12 members. I saved the owners’ property from being stolen from him at the point of a pen.

THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG!!!!! MORE TO COME.

This was just posted by an interested party:

BayneedsFeds

Panama City, FL

Yea, I went a few years back when one of the 12 was retiring. Mr Vickery who owned the Panama CIty coca coal distributer was stepping down. I was a invited guest of my employer and a young guy at the time. I truely thought I had stepped back in slavery times. We were up in the woods as you kow and had nothing but black servants, the roads were lined with Bay COunty Deputies and had a escort when we left, 90% hammered drunk, but the Sheriff made sure that everyone made it to town driving. People like Joe Moore and Tom Lewis were there, the Sheriff of course. Congressmen and state senators were there. IT was truely a site to see who actually ran and still does Panama City and BAy COunty. The LEe Sullivans and Frank McKeithens. Just standing back listening, if someone had wiretaps, and had the balls to procecute, there would be no upper crust left in this area. They were all dirty.

Do some reading here Panamaed

http://insider-magazine.com/inside_the_dixie_…

R.I.P. Earl Kedrick Durden (1936-2010)

Earl K. Durden--Gov.Jeb Bush

 

Kedrick Earl Durden, 73, of Panama City Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 25, 2010 in his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Durden was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Hartford, Ala. He was the oldest child of the late Kedrick and Martha Strickland Durden. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, husband and father, loyal friend, successful businessman and a longtime philanthropist in his community, state and nation.

Mr. Durden graduated from Rehobeth High School in Dothan, Ala., in 1954 where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and lettered in football. He served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958. While continuing to serve in the United States Air Force Reserve and managing a large furniture store in Topeka, Kan., from 1959 to 1962, Mr. Durden also earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Washburn University.

After graduation from Washburn, Mr. Durden was hired by AT&T where he completed an extensive management training program. He then was hired as the manager of the Accounting Department for the newly built paper mill in Cedar Springs, Ga. He next took an assignment with his company, Great Northern Nekoosa, in Millinocket, Maine. After successfully completing this assignment, Mr. Durden transferred back to Cedar Springs in 1967 where he was promoted to vice president, general manager and director of the paper-mill owned railroad, the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad. He served in this position until 1975, during which time he also was a member of the paper mill’s Executive Committee and was the project manager for a major mill expansion. During that period, the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad was recognized as the most efficiently operated railroad in the United States.

During Mr. Durden’s tenure with Great Northern Nekoosa, he was also a member and state coordinator of the Executive Reservist in the Office of Emergency Transportation; president, director and member of the Executive Committee of Tri-Rivers Waterway Development Association; served on the Committee of 100 and the Transportation Committee of the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce; and served as a governor of the Georgia Business and Industry Association, representing railroads in the state.

From 1975 to 1980, Mr. Durden began a very successful transportation consulting practice. His clients included DuPont, Jim Walters Corp., Lundy-Thagard Oil Co. and Green Bay Packaging Corp..

During this same time period, Mr. Durden started up several disparate businesses in and around the Dothan, Ala., area, including a furniture store, a wooden pallet manufacturing plant and sawmill, an electric motor sales, repair and maintenance company, and two restaurants and nightclubs. Mr. Durden also served as president of the Northview High School Quarterback Club.

In 1980, Mr. Durden founded two companies, Rail Management Corp. and Rail Switching Services Inc. Rail Management Corp. owned and operated short line railroad companies all across the United States, eventually acquiring and operating 16 different railroads, including the Bay Line Railroad, which connected Panama City to Dothan. Rail Switching Services Inc., which Mr. Durden co-founded with his longtime friend and mentor, C.F. Fischer III of Dothan, provided in-plant rail services to large volume rail users all across the United States. Rail Switching Services’ first operation was serving the paper mill in Panama City.

Mr. Durden was an icon in the railroad industry with a reputation for operating the most efficient and safely run railroads in the United States. He sold Rail Management Corporation in 2005 and Rail Switching Services in 1995.

Mr. Durden served as chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association for many years. Due to his successful advance of railroad legislation during his tenure, the association began an annual award, the “EARL” Award, which stood for Efforts in Advancing Rail Legislation. This award is given annually to the individual who demonstrates the best efforts in this area.

Mr. Durden moved from Dothan to Panama City in 1988. He founded a local community bank which was eventually acquired by Superior Bank of Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Durden continued to serve on the board for Superior Bank until his death.

He was a past chairman of the Florida Transportation Commission and served as a commission member for eight years. During his tenure, Mr. Durden was largely credited with securing the funding for the new Hathaway Bridge and the four-laning of State 79 and State 77. Last week, the Florida Legislators honored Mr. Durden for his contribution to the economic development of Panama City, Fla., by renaming a four-mile portion of State 79 the “K. Earl Durden Highway.”

During his time in Panama City, Mr. Durden was a member of the Florida Base Relocation Appointment Committee, served on the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, chaired the K-12 grade Sub-Committee of the Florida State University-Panama City Presidential Blue Ribbon Committee, was on the board of the Florida Council of 100, a director of the James Madison Institute, and director and past chairman of the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

Mr. Durden was an active participant and proponent for his community and the states of Florida, Alabama and Georgia. He was named by the Florida Trend Magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in Florida.

Earl was beloved by his family, friends and associates. He drove to Slocomb, Ala., every Sunday to eat lunch with his beloved parents, brothers and sisters until his parents’ deaths. He has left a huge void and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Levy Durden of Panama City Beach, Fla.; his son, Michael Durden of Panama City Beach and Miami, Fla.; and his two stepsons, Patrick Green of Panama City Beach, Fla., and James Green of Tampa, Florida. He is also survived by his siblings, Lawrence Durden and his wife, Patsy, of Abbeville, Ala., Wynell Dawsey and her husband, Walter “Chunky,” of Dothan, Ala., Charlotte Price of Miami, Fla., Sandra McAlister and her husband, Jerry “Skeet,” of Slocomb, Ala., Roger Durden and his wife, Barbara, of Dothan, Ala., Judy Duell and her husband, Ron, of Compass Lake, Fla; nieces and nephews, Royce Dawsey, Rodney Dawsey, Rhonda Dawsey Jordan, Robin Dawsey, Bobby Price, Wendy Price Caiboya, David Durden, Donna Durden Walker, Vicki Durden Munn, Sherry Durden Davis, Paige McAllister, Derrick Duell, Troy Duell, and many great-nephews and great-nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Jerri Lynn Hovey.

Funeral services for Mr. Durden will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Panama City with the Rev. Clyde Ellison officiating. Private family entombment will follow. Asked to serve as pallbearers are George Roberts, David Spencer, James Finch, Harry Sipple, Scott Helms and Larry Parker. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Hilton, Charles Whitehead, former Speaker, Allan Bense, Lowell “”Jake”” Jacobsen, Leo N. Crowley, James F. Kress, Mack Dove, Burl Lane, Frank Harrell, Bob Sandage, Edwin Clark, Cecil Bowden (deceased), Euell Benton (deceased), C.F. Fisher, III, Sen. Don Gaetz, Rep. Jimmy Patronis, Rep. Marti Coley, Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, Gov. Charlie Crist, Floyd Skinner and Corby Myers.

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