Naomi Judd’s Husband Has Sold Their Tennessee Farm – “I Couldn’t Be There”
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When Naomi Judd died in April 2022, her husband of 33 years sold their Tennessee farm and moved to Florida.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Larry Strickland shared that he has dealt with a lot of changes since Naomi Judd’s death. Following her suicide at their home, Strickland knew he couldn’t continue living there.
“I had to get out of our home,” Strickland, 76, told the outlet. “We lived in this house and on the farm for 33 years, and so when all that happened with her, I couldn’t be there. I sold the house and the farm, and even though Ashley and Wynonna were still close by, I couldn’t be there.”
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In recent months, Strickland left Tennessee and moved into a condo he purchased in Florida.
“Naomi and I both would spend our winters in West Palm, and we would usually just do an Airbnb or stay in a hotel, but I bought a condo here,” he says. “I’m living on the beach. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
He added, “I think of her all the time. I know every time I walk on the beach, I’m walking with her because I know she would’ve loved to be here.”
Naomi Judd and Larry Strickland’s home was part of a 1000-acre Judd estate in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, where Naomi’s daughters, Ashley and Wynonna, both have homes.
Naomi gave Oprah a tour of their farm that she calls Peaceful Valley in 2016.
Larry Strickland and Naomi Judd said “I do” at Christ Church in Nashville in 1989.
Strickland, a member of Elvis’s famous background quartet The Stamps, first met Naomi in 1979, shortly after Naomi and her daughters had moved to Nashville. Larry recalled meeting his future-wife when she took a job in the office of The Stamps’ manager.
He told Rob Nekich in 2020 that he remembers walking into his managers office on a hot summer day and seeing Naomi at the receptionist’s desk. His bandmate was sweating profusely due to the heat, but Strickland wasn’t sweating at all. The two men had a brief conversation about why Strickland wasn’t sweating before they proceeded to the manager’s office. As they walked away, Larry says he heard Naomi say, “I bet I can make him sweat.” The two started dating shortly after.
Hear Larry Strickland recall meeting Naomi Judd in the video below.