from Jefferson Probate Court (18-BHM-01128)
E. Chamblee, Sr., Warrior, for appellant.
R. Ryals of The Ryals Law Firm, P.C., Birmingham, for
Lloyd Whitworth appeals from a judgment entered by the
Jefferson Probate Court ("the probate court")
granting his application for redemption of certain
real property located in Jefferson County ("the
property") that had previously been sold for nonpayment
of taxes to the extent that the probate court ordered that
the funds paid for the redemption of the property be paid
directly to Crestwood Development Corporation, LLC
("Crestwood"). We dismiss the appeal.
15, 2018, Whitworth filed in the probate court an application
for redemption of the property. Whitworth asserted:
"On or about March 3, 2008, the Probate Court ...
rendered a decree for sale of [the] Property, for payment
of State and County taxes then due from Herman Lloyd
Whitworth et al.
"On or about May 20, 2008, under and in pursuance of
said decree, the Property was regularly offered for sale by
the Tax Collector for said taxes, fees, costs and expenses;
the Property was bid in for the State of Alabama.
"On or about January 12, 2018, Anastasia Agrippa
Jordan ... paid $500.00 to buy [the] Property from the
State Land Commissioner of Alabama, which issued its deed
on [the] Property to Jordan. Jordan recorded said deed in
the Office of the Judge of Probate of Jefferson County,
Alabama, on February 7, 2018....
"On or about March 26, 2018, [Crestwood] paid $600.00
to buy the Property from Jordan, who issued her deed on
[the] Property to Crestwood. Crestwood recorded said deed
in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Jefferson County,
Alabama, on the same day...."
attached deeds supporting his allegations. In addition,
Whitworth deposited with the clerk of the probate court the
sum of $11,040.37 ("the redemption funds"), which
included the amount for which the property was sold to the
state and interest thereon, subsequent taxes and interest
thereon, and the fee for the redemption certificate.
subsequently answered Whitworth's application for
redemption, "den[ying] each and every allegation set
February 6, 2019, the probate court entered an order stating
that the application for redemption was granted.
Subsequently, on February 21, 2019, the probate court entered
a detailed judgment, stating, in part:
"2. A Certificate of Redemption is authorized to be
awarded to [Whitworth], allowing ... Whitworth to redeem
the Property and transfer sole title of the Property to
"3. The Clerk of the Court is authorized to disburse
the funds (previously paid into Court by [Whitworth]) being
held by the Jefferson County Probate Court, in the amount
of $11,040.37, directly to [Crestwood]."
March 12, 2019, Whitworth filed a motion to alter, amend, or
vacate the probate court's judgment, challenging, among
other things, the payment of the $11,040.37 directly to
Crestwood. He asserted that, pursuant to Ala. Code 1975,
§ 40-10-129, only the Jefferson County tax collector was
entitled to the redemption funds. On March 12, 2019, the
probate court entered an order altering its previous