Alleged Brother of Actor Sherman Hemsley Contesting His Will Holds Up Funeral Arrangements
The body of Sherman Hemsley, famous for his role as television’s “George Jefferson,” is still at an El Paso funeral home and it is embalmed. His body is said to be kept in refrigeration there until a local court rules on the validity of his will.
Hemsley signed his will six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24 and named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a “beloved partner,” as sole beneficiary of his estate. This estate is estimated to be more than $50,000, according to court documents.
The actor’s alleged brother is Richard Thornton of Philadelphia and he says the will might not have been made by Hemsley.
News report state:
Enchinton told the Associated Press on Wednesday that she had been friends with Hemsley and had been his manager for more than 20 years. Over the time she, Hemsley, and Hemsley’s friend Kenny Johnston, 76, lived together, she said he never mentioned any relatives.
“Some people come out of the woodwork – they think Sherman, they think money,” Enchinton said. “But the fact is that I did not know Sherman when he was in the limelight. I met them when they (Hemsley and Johnston) came running from Los Angeles with not one penny, when there was nothing but struggle.”
By the Associated Press