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Update on Sherman Hemsley Estate Battle: DNA Test Ordered

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Sherman Hemsley via Wikimedia Commons

Sherman Hemsley via Wikimedia Commons

Just a quick update on a post we shared last month about actor Sherman Hemsley’s funeral being delayed by a will dispute.

In late September, Judge Patricia B. Chew of El Paso County’s probate court ordered Richard Thornton, who came forward to challenge Hemsley’s will claiming he is the late actor’s brother, to have DNA testing done and submit the results to the court by October 15. A trial date of October 31 has been set.

In the meantime, there has reportedly been a memorial service for Hemsley in his home city of Philadelphia, but his remains are still preserved in refrigeration in El Paso.

Hemsley is best known as television’s George Jefferson, and had signed a will just six weeks before his death leaving his entire estate to his “beloved partner” Flora Enchinton. But then a man named Richard Thornton came forward challenging the validity of that document. Enchinton says she has never even heard of anyone by that name.

The Hemsley estate is said to be worth “more than $50,000.”

Hemsley passed away in July, but it looks like it will be at least November before his remains can be put to rest.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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October 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm