Friday, August 31
Sherman Helmsley Funeral Delayed Due to Will Debate!
This is exactly why gay people want the right to marry. Think about it. You can be gay and live with your lover in a house for 30 years, have a business, have access to the credit cards, bank accounts, etc... but the minute your "partner" passes away, anything your name isn't on, the family strips right out of your hands. If your name isn't on the house, despite the fact that you lived there for 30 years, they will kick your a$$ out - and for that reason alone I say there should be a law to cover gay couples.
This isn't exactly what happened in this case, but I think it's interesting that he didn't leave everything to Kenny, but to this broad. (Something ain't right) but anyway.
EL PASO, Texas — The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley (pictured), who became famous for his role as television’s “George Jefferson,” will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will.
In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24, he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a “beloved partner,” as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000.
The will is being contested by Richard Thornton of Philadelphia who claims to be Hemsley’s brother and says the will might not have been made by the actor. Enchinton told the Associated Press on Wednesday that she had been friends with Hemsley and had been his manager for more than 20 years. Over the time she, Hemsley, and Hemsley’s friend Kenny Johnston, 76, lived together, she said he never mentioned any relatives.
“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 Johnston) came running from Los Angeles with not one penny, when there was nothing but struggle.”
Mark Davis, listed in court documents as Thornton’s lawyer in El Paso, did not immediately respond to messages left at his office.
There is no date set for the case to be heard, court officials said. Enchinton said she hopes it will all be cleared in court.