Sherman Hemsley’s Funeral on Hold

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8.31.2012   Michael Arceneaux

Sherman Hemsley’s body has been embalmed and is ready to go into the ground per tradition, but apparently he’s being stowed in a refrigerator at an El Paso funeral home until the validity of his will has been determined by a local court.  The iconic television actor reportedly left his money to a person he named a “beloved partner,” but his brother in Philly is like, “Nah, son. Run that back.” Paraphrasing, obviously.

 The Associated Press reports:

In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24 he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a “beloved partner,” as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000.

The will is being contested by Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, who claims to be Hemsley’s brother and says the will might not have been made by the actor.

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 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.”

Mark Davis, listed in court documents as Thornton’s lawyer in El Paso, did not immediately respond to messages left at his office.

There is no date set for the case to be heard, court officials said. Enchinton said she hopes it will all be cleared in court.

Okay, lets settle this quickly so the man can have a proper burial. I suggest everyone sing the Amen theme song at the burial site and then hum the end credit song used for The Jeffersons once he’s into the ground.Sherman Hemsley’s body has been embalmed and is ready to go into the ground per tradition, but apparently he’s being stowed in a refrigerator at an El Paso funeral home until the validity of his will has been determined by a local court.  The iconic television actor reportedly left his money to a person he named a “beloved partner,” but his brother in Philly is like, “Nah, son. Run that back.” Paraphrasing, obviously.

The Associated Press reports:

In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24 he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a “beloved partner,” as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000.

The will is being contested by Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, who claims to be Hemsley’s brother and says the will might not have been made by the actor.

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 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.”

Mark Davis, listed in court documents as Thornton’s lawyer in El Paso, did not immediately respond to messages left at his office.

There is no date set for the case to be heard, court officials said. Enchinton said she hopes it will all be cleared in court.

Okay, lets settle this quickly so the man can have a proper burial. I suggest everyone sing the Amen theme song at the burial site and then hum the end credit song used for The Jeffersons once he’s into the ground.

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