Sherman Hemsley Not Resting In Peace
Sherman Hemsley died July 24th, but the late television star has still not been buried due to a legal battle over his estate and his final resting place.
Hemsley, best known for his 11 seasons on the CBS sitcom “The Jeffersons,” left behind an estate of approximately $50,000. He was not married and had no children. According to Fox News, Hemsley left his estate to Flora Enchinton Bernal, his “self-proclaimed business partner and live-in best friend.” There is a will attesting to this. However, a man named Richard Thornton came forward after Hemsley’s death, claiming to be his brother. Thornton filed a civil lawsuit calling into question the will.In addition, a woman and her son, the Rev. Michael George Wells, are insisting that the woman was a relative to Hemsley. “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.
The money is one thing; the burial is something else. Even there, folks don’t seem able to agree. Bernal has told authorities that Hemsley wanted to be buried in El Paso, Texas, where he’d lived for several decades. Others believe Hemsley should be buried in Pennsylvania, near his family.