Wood v. Parker Square State Bank

Decision Date07 May 1965
Docket NumberNo. 16628,16628
PartiesA. J. WOOD, Jr., Appellant, v. PARKER SQUARE STATE BANK, Appellee.
CourtTexas Court of Appeals

Prothro & Sellers, and Lee Sellers, Wichita Falls, for appellant.

Nelson, Montgomery & Robertson, and Ernest Robertson, Wichita Falls, for appellee.

RENFRO, Justice.

Suit was instituted by Wood against Parker Square State Bank to establish priority of certain liens upon real estate. Both parties moved for summary judgment. Defendant's motion was granted.

In his two points of error plaintiff contends the court erred in rendering judgment for defendant and refusing to enter judgment for plaintiff.

On August 1, 1962, defendant loaned to Lincoln Enterprises, Inc., the sum of $125,000, evidenced by a promissory note payable in five annual installments. The note was secured by a first lien on 34.6 acres of land in Wichita County, evidenced by deed of trust of same date which was duly recorded.

The deed of trust provided it would secure, in addition to the amount represented by the note, 'all other indebtedness which may accrue and become owing in the future either as maker, endorser, guarantor or surety, (direct or contingent) and all interest charges and attorney's fees thereon, and all extensions and renewals thereof', and 'this conveyance is made for the security and enforcement of the payment of said indebtedness and also to secure the payment of any and all other sums of money which may be advanced for or loaned to Grantors by the Beneficiary, his heirs or assigns.'

On January 23, 1963, plaintiff loaned to Lincoln Enterprises, Inc., the sum of $50,000, and received a promissory note in that amount secured by a deed of trust covering the same land as the first lien held by defendant.

On October 3, 1963, Lincoln Enterprises executed a note in the sum of $21,248.46, payable to Wayne K. Horton ninety days after date, in renewal and extension of a prior note. The note represented funds advanced by Horton to Lincoln Enterprises over a period of several years. On October 26, 1963, defendant purchased the above note from Horton. Horton was an employee of defendant bank. At the time defendant purchased the Horton note it had notice of plaintiff's note and second lien.

In January, 1964, defendant elected to foreclose its lien on the Lincoln Enterprises land. Defendant claimed its lien secured the Enterprises to Horton note as well as the original $125,000.

At the trustee's sale, by agreement of the parties, plaintiff bought the land, paid defendant the balance due on the $125,000 note and placed in escrow, pending a judicial decision as to the rights of the respective parties, the sum of $21,980, being the sum them due on the Horton note.

On appeal plaintiff argues that Texas law does not support defendant's position (and the trial court's judgment) but, if it does, the courts should decline to follow such law.

The future indebtedness provisions in the Enterprises deed of trust to defendant are remarkedly similar to those presented to the court in Freiberg v. Magale, 70 Tex. 116, 7 S.W. 684 (1888). In that case the Supreme Court held: 'But the appellee claims that the mortgage does not secure the debts for which the trustee sold the property; that the mortgage could not secure future debts, and, if it could, the future debts contemplated by the mortgage were to be of the same kind provided for in terms by the mortgage. A mortgage can be made to cover future debts, and such a mortgage will be good not only between the parties, but as to purchasers from the mortgagor with notice of the mortgage. A mortgage providing for the security of future debts puts persons dealing with the mortgagor in reference to the mortgaged property upon notice that such debts may exist and bind the property. They must inquire as to this...

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  • Wood v. Parker Square State Bank, A-10867
    • United States
    • Texas Supreme Court
    • March 23, 1966
    ...of its lien. Both parties moved for summary judgment and that of the respondent bank was granted. The Court of Civil Appeals affirmed. 390 S.W.2d 835. We reverse the judgments below and render judgment for The parties appear to have assumed in their pleadings and motions, and in their prese......

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