Sherman Hemsley Burial Put On Hold With Will Dispute

By: Amanda Crum - August 30, 2012

Sherman Hemsley, the beloved actor who played George Jefferson on the classic sitcom “The Jeffersons”, passed away in July of lung cancer; however, he won’t be laid to rest until a dispute over his will is settled, and it’s not looking like that time will come soon.

Hemsley named Flora Enchinton, his longtime manager and business partner, as the sole inheritor of his estate, valued at around $50,000. Enchinton says she worked with Hemsley for over 20 years and saw him through dark times, when the money wasn’t coming in as it used to. She also says she doesn’t remember Hemsley ever mentioning siblings, yet a man named Richard Thornton has now come forward with the claim that he is Hemsley’s brother and that he wants to contest the validity of the will.

“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 friend Kenny Johnston) came running from Los Angeles with not one penny, when there was nothing but struggle.”

Enchinton says the fact that Hemsley has been stuck in limbo between the funeral home and his gravesite is a “disgrace” and lacks the dignity that the man inhabited in life.

“Sherman left very worried about me, about me staying alone, what was going to happen to me, being alone if he was gone. That’s what worried him the most. I guess maybe he sensed what was going to happen. It just gives me these emotions and feelings (that) all of a sudden there’s these people that have never known anything about our life, about who we are, about what we’re all about, about what we endured,” she said.

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  • Akuiay

    Of all the articles pertaining to Mr. Hemsley’s will, this is by far the most respectful. Thank you.

  • melanie koelkebeck

    since when does a contested will stop the deceased from being laid to rest? there should be a LAW ,if you are related then you should be able to prove you have been a part of their lives.examples- photo’s, loads of people saying oh yeah he (or she) was around when the person who died needed love and support or a helping hand ,a family or a friend, to be there to share the pain and joy of their lives.MORE THAN ANYTHING A WILL SHOULD MEAN THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT DONE AND SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE CONTESTED BY SOMEONE WHO JUST SHOWS UP. it cost a lot of MONEY and COURT TIME(THAT’S ALREADY BACKED UP FOR YEARS ON THINGS LIKE THIS) on people who want to try to get something for NOTHING. WE NEED BETTER LAWS FOR THINGS LIKE THIS! THAT GUY needs to crawl back into the sewer he came out of and stop disgracing this great man and his memory!

  • Declan

    Give me a break. There should be no controversy over this. Where did this brother spring from? Where was he all these while? if Sherman did not say where he should be buried, his good friend and biz partner should be the best person to decided this. Where did this Richard whatever, come from? U kidding me? It does not work like that. There is more to this than meets the eyes. His interest is not really the burial, he wants to inherit. There is just no need for court battles and tussles.