THR, El Paso Times

Court Rules That Body of ‘Jeffersons’ Star Will Not Be Dug From Grave

Nov 18, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A dispute over the remains of an actor who starred on the long-running comedy series “The Jeffersons” has ended with a Texas appeals court ruling that it’s best to leave the remains of Sherman Hemsley in place, The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq., reports.

Hemsley died in 2012 and remained unburied for four months after his death from lung cancer because of a dispute between his business manager and a long-lost half-brother, the story notes. He was finally buried in El Paso, Texas, but the dispute continued.

According to the El Paso Times, the dispute involved Hemsley’s relatives, Richard and Robert Thornton, and his business manager, Flora Isela Enchinton Bernal.

The publication reports: “After an El Paso probate court judge ruled that Bernal was the sole beneficiary of Hemsley’s estate, the Thorntons appealed the ruling to the state’s Eighth Court of Appeals.”

While Hemsley was buried at El Paso’s Fort Bliss National Cemetery, the Thorntons “earlier this year asked the appeals court to allow them to dig up Hemsley’s remains and bury them in Pennsylvania, where Hemsley was born,” the El Paso Times notes.

The publication adds: “The appeals court affirmed the probate court’s ruling last week, stating the Thorntons’ request to transfer Hemsley’s remains was ‘moot’ because they didn’t ask for a delay in executing the probate court’s judgment while their appeal was pending.”

According to an opinion from the Eighth Court of Appeals, Hemsley “considered El Paso to be his home and Bernal to be his family.”

Hemsley starred as George Jefferson for 11 seasons on CBS’s “The Jeffersons,” from 1975-1985.


Sherman Hemsley, front, with Isabel Sanford
and Mike Evans as “The Jeffersons”

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