The death of Sherman Hemsley was sad for everyone who grew up loving him as George Jefferson. But like so many other celebrities, the dispute over Sherman’s will may end up destroying friendships and tearing family members apart.
Hemsley’s body hasn’t yet been buried, since the burial is only going to take place once a judge rules on whether or not his will is valid. The actor remains in a refrigerator designed to keep his body cool at the El Paso funeral home.
Hemsley died of lung cancer on July 24. Before his death, he named Flora Enchinton as the sole beneficiary of his estate. He described Enchinton as a “beloved partner.”
But the will is being contested by Richard Thornton, who says that he’s Hemsley’s brother. Thornton argues that the will was probably not written by his brother, nor signed by him. Enchinton doesn’t agree, claiming that she has been close friends with Hemsley for the past 20 years. She also says that she lived with Sherman and his friend Kenny Johnston over a period of time and that Sherman never mentioned a brother.
“Some people come out of the woodwork – they think Sherman, they think money,” Enchinton said. “But the fact it 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.”
Hemsley was a successful Broadway actor before joining “All in the Family” and getting his spinoff “The Jeffersons.” The show was the longest running sitcom in television history. Here are ten things you never knew about Sherman Hemsley that might help you to celebrate the greatness of his life.