A Williamson County judge could decide Monday whether to evict the former stepmother of TV star Oprah Winfrey from a $1.4 million home in suburban Nashville.
Barbara Winfrey, who was divorced last year from Oprah Winfrey’s father and barbershop owner Vernon Winfrey, will face General Sessions Court Judge Ernie Williams at 9 a.m. hearing next week.
The Monday hearing could close a sordid legal drama for the Winfrey family.
In happier times, Oprah Winfrey bought the Laurelbrooke home for Vernon and Barbara Winfrey after they married in 2001. The house, and an adjacent vacant lot, were still kept in the name of the limited liability company Overground Railroad, started by Oprah Winfrey.
But the couple’s relationship fell apart in 2012. Vernon Winfrey filed for divorce from Barbara Winfrey on grounds of inappropriate marital conduct. She then claimed that Vernon was violent and abusive to her. In November 2013, a Williamson County judge sided with Barbara Winfrey in the divorce.
Even though Oprah Winfrey offered to give her former stepmother another house, the retired guidance counselor has refused to move.
“I’ve been here 13 and a half years,” said Barbara Winfrey, 66.
She said financial problems have left her with bad credit, and she is unable to buy a house, spurning the offer of help from Oprah Winfrey because she didn’t want to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Source: USA Today | Kevin Walters, The (Nashville) Tennessean