After lying in an El Paso, Texas morgue for more than three months, actor Sherman Hemsley can finally be buried.
Hemsley, who played George Jefferson on the TV sitcom ‘The Jeffersons,’ died July 24 of lung cancer. The crisper section in Black Hollywood’s mobile refrigerator hasn’t seen that much action since James Brown died in 2006.
Faux News reports Judge Patricia B. Chew sided with Flora Enchinton, who was named in Hemsley’s will as the executor of his estate, over the objections of his half-brother from Philadelphia.
Chew upheld the validity of his will and granted Enchinton “the authority to dispose, I shouldn’t say dispose, to proceed with the remains of Sherman Hemsley in a manner as she wishes.”
DNA tests showed Friday that 78-year-old Richard Thornton is Hemsley’s half-brother. He wanted to bury his brother at a veterans’ cemetery in Philadelphia, where Hemsley grew up.
Thornton’s attorney, Mark Davis, said afterward that he would seek an immediate stay of Chew’s ruling to prevent the burial from taking place. He said they will eventually appeal.
Court documents indicate Hemsley’s estate is worth more than $50,000. Thornton’s daughter, Louise Thornton, said her father “didn’t come after money.”
“He came to bury his brother,” she said. “And they turned the whole thing into a three-ring circus.”
During their testimonies Friday, both Thornton and Enchinton agreed they would give Hemsley a military burial, according to his wishes. Hemsley had spent the last 20 years of his life in El Paso.