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We all love Sherman Hemsley, at least those of us who grew up enjoying “The Jeffersons.” We were also saddened to see him go on to the afterlife. The actor died at his home in Texas on July 24th. The most surprising thing is that three months after his d***h, Hemsley still has not yet been put into the ground.
T’he reason for the delay is a dispute over Hemsley’s will, as a series of parties fight over the rights to his money. To date, Hemsley is still being held at the San Jose Funeral Home until further notice.
The legal dispute is between Hemsley’s former manager and live-in best friend, Flora Enchinton and a man by the name of Richard Thornton. Enchinton was named as the sole beneficiary in Hemsley’s will, and Thornton claims to be the late actor’s brother. Thornton is challenging the validity of the will, which was signed just one month before Hemsley died.
Surprisingly, Hemsley’s estate is only worth about $50,000. But there are likely going to be revenues from re-runs of old episodes of “The Jeffersons” that might be worth fighting over.
Probate Court Judge Patricia Chew has delayed the trial while she orders Thornton to undergo a DNA test. In an interview, Hemsley said that he was an only child. Thornton’s nephew also questioned the authenticity of the signature on the will, which he says looks like it was traced.
Even more surprising is that a third person is now stepping forward claiming rights to some of Hemsley’s assets. This has made the situation even more complicated than before.
“There is only one person in the world who I believe Sherman would call a sister, and that is my mother,” said Reverend Michael George Wells, a minister at Arch Street United Methodist Church.
“We are family, and we are not looking for money. But if we are entitled to something, we don’t want anyone else to have it,” he told The Times.
“What the media needs to know is that Sherman Hemsley’s body being in the refrigerator for this amount of time is unnecessary and uncalled for. He could have been buried with his family within a week or ten days of his passing,” Wells said.
The pastor also says that his access to Hemsley’s body has been blocked by other parties.
“His will and the probate were found seven days after he died. No one reached out to me, my mother, my family or any (person with a) relationship to Sherman. In the beginning they said he died of natural causes. Then it came out he had cancer,” Wells claims. “There needs to be an investigation. We have no knowledge of the doctors, hospitals, no one talked to us about his cancer. Everything we found out was from the news… Flora knows my family, this is what perplexes me. I called there on June 1, and why did she not tell me Sherman was dying of cancer?”
It seems that this madness isn’t coming to an end anytime soon. May Sherman rest in peace and not be bothered by all this foolishness.