Sherman Hemsley Still in Cold Storage a Month After Death

A man claiming to be "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley's brother is contesting the actor's will

Last Updated: August 31, 2012 @ 4:46 PM

Sherman Hemsley's funeral has been put on ice. And, apparently, he has as well.

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The body of "The Jefferson" star Hemsley is being kept in cold storage at an El Paso funeral home while a dispute over his will is sorted out, the Associated Press reports.

Hemsley died of lung cancer July 24 at the age of 74.

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According to the AP, Hemsley signed a will six weeks before his death naming Flora Enchinton — described as Hemsley's "beloved partner" — as his sole beneficiary. However, the will is now being contested by Richard Thornton,  a Philadelphia man who claims to be the late actor's brother and questions the validity of the will.

Enchinton, who says that she was Hemsley's manager for more than two decades, told the AP that she had never heard the actor mention relatives.

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"Some people come out of the woodwork — they think Sherman, they think money," Enchinton said.

A local court will decide the validity of the will. However, the AP said, a court date has not yet been set.

According to court papers, Hemsley's estate is estimated to be worth in excess of $50,000.

The Philadelphia-born Hemsley first played gruff, blustery dry cleaner George Jefferson on "All in the Family" before bringing the character to the spinoff "The Jeffersons," which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1985.