SMH: Sherman Hemsley Won’t Be Buried Until November — At The Earliest

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September 26, 2012 ‐ By

 

Source: WENN

Under normal circumstances I would say Sherman Hemsley must be turning over in his grave right now, but unfortunately the actor still doesn’t have one because he hasn’t been buried yet, despite passing away July 24. Shameful, right?

The hold up is the $50,000 “fortune” Hemsley left to Flora Enchinton, a woman he considered his “beloved partner.” Though the wish is plainly stated in a will, the actor’s alleged brother is contesting it, claiming the money should go to him and now a judge is making him prove his family ties. According to the Las Cruses Sun-News:

On Monday, Probate Court No. 1 Judge Patricia Chew delayed the trial over the actor’s estate — and his body — until Oct. 31. At the same time, the man who says he’s Hemsley’s brother was asked to take a DNA test.

Hemsley’s body has been at an East El Paso funeral home since he died of lung cancer July 24. The body will remain there until the probate trial ends and a beneficiary is determined.

The trial, originally scheduled for Monday, will settle a lawsuit involving Richard Thornton, the man claiming to be Hemsley’s brother, and Flora Isela Enchinton Bernal, his listed beneficiary, who lives in El Paso.

Thornton and his lawyer, Mark Davis, asked the court to order a genetics test to see whether Hemsley’s DNA matches Thornton’s. The request was made after Enchinton questioned whether Thornton was really Hemsley’s brother.

The genetics test must be filed with the court by Oct. 15.

“Be prepared to produce it because there will be no more continuances,” Chew said…

After hearing of Chew’s ruling, Mike Wells, who said he is a cousin on Hemsley’s mother’s side, said he will try to intervene legally before Oct. 31.

“There is only one person in the world who I believe Sherman would call a sister, and that is my mother,” Wells said. “And I’ll say that in court anywhere and to anyone.”

Wells believes that Enchinton was not close to Hemsley and that the Thorntons are not related to the actor.

“I believe I might know who Sherman’s father is, and it is not a Thornton,” Wells said. “We are family, and we are not looking for money. But if we are entitled to something, we don’t want anyone else to have it.”

Before the judge ordered the test, Thornton’s nephew, Robert Thornton, took the stand to speak in favor of a DNA test.

Robert Thornton said his uncle’s father, William Thornton, was a “lover” of Hemsley’s mother but was with another woman by the time Hemsley was born.

Robert Thornton said that Hemsley lived with William Thornton for five years as a child and that there was a loving relationship between Hemsley and his alleged father.

“It was family knowledge that he was Sherman’s father,” Robert Thornton said. “I saw the relationship was there. He was present with Sherman quite often.”

When Neill brought up media interviews in which Hemsley said he was an only child and did not have contact with his father, Robert Thornton maintained that the two were close.

“I couldn’t know what was in his head or why he would be saying that at the time,” Robert Thornton said. “He was at his father’s funeral. If he had no relationship with his father and didn’t care of him, why would he travel over 2,000 miles to attend his funeral?”

I really don’t even know what to say about all of these individuals quarreling over $50K that it appears Hemsley clearly delegated who he wanted it to go to. But of course as these things go, the supposed distant relatives don’t believe the will is valid.

“I’m aware she has a paper,” Robert Thornton said. “It seems kind of strange to me, one of the signatures seems like a tracing to me. I’m not a signature expert or anything, but it looked odd.”

I think the best way to tell who really has Hemsley’s best interest at heart is the person willing to put foolishness aside in order to finally put his body at rest. So basically no one.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5GKC6UH7UGUUNSRN3QHF76NQ4A vive tonwei

    DNA??? 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.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5GKC6UH7UGUUNSRN3QHF76NQ4A vive tonwei

    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 spring from? 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. RIP Sherman.

  • lateshia

    Wow that is sad. I agree with most of the comments $50,000 is what they are fighting over that is just plain sad. Maybe the lawyer and judge will have a heart and give Sherman a casket to bury him in peace. They have to bury him sometime unless they just go on ahead and cremate him.

  • NSimonefan

    Fighting over the money is bad enough. But what is really pathetic is that they won’t even bury the man that they claim to love.

  • Shay

    I’ve seen courts take money out of the estate to pay for administrative costs, so I’m sure they can designate money to pay for his burial. It seems as if no one wants to pay for it. I don’t understand why this would prevent it from happening.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

    you’re right….not one of them has said…”give the other the money, so i can bury him”. it seems to me no one cared about this man…just his money…what little was left of it.

  • Ann

    All of this over $50,000.00?

    • realadulttalk

      You took the words right outta my mouth!!! I hope they all realize that no matter who wins…they all lost b/c the lawyers are taking all of the money. Fools!!

  • Ann

    Probate court? This could go on for months………………………………………………

  • L-Boogie

    This is truly sad. Ol’ boy needs to let his brother rest in peace.

  • Hello_Kitty81

    So sad that this man can’t RIP until Halloween.

    • MLS2698

      He won’t be ‘movin’ on up’ for a while.

  • anonymiss

    Here’s the thing: they are going to spend way over $50,000 in attorneys’ fees and court costs so…..

    • Adrina

      Exactly! In the end, it won’t matter

  • Josh

    This is so sad….

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