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'The Jeffersons' Star Sherman Hemsley Still Not Buried, 3 Months After Death

| by Michael Allen

Sherman Hemsley, the star of the TV series 'The Jeffersons,'  died at his home in El Paso, Texas on July 24, but has yet to be buried.

There is legal dispute between his former manager and live-in best friend Flora Enchinton, who was named as the sole beneficiary in his will, and a Philadelphia man, Richard Thornton, who claims to be the actor’s brother, reports FOX411.

Thornton filed a lawsuit questioning the validity of the will, which was supposedly signed by Hemsley one month prior to his death. Hemsley's estate is reportedly valued at $50,000.

On September 24, Probate Court Judge Patricia Chew delayed the trial over the actor’s estate and his remains to October 31. Judge Chew also ordered Thornton to undergo a DNA test.

Reverend Michael George Wells, a minister at Arch Street United Methodist Church in El Paso, has also come forward in the battle over Hemsley’s estate.

Reverend Wells told the El Paso Times: "There is only one person in the world who I believe Sherman would call a sister, and that is my mother. 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."

“His will and the probate were found seven days after he died. No one reached out to me, my mother, my family or any [person with a] relationship to Sherman. In the beginning they said he died of natural causes. Then it came out he had cancer."

"There needs to be an investigation. We have no knowledge of the doctors, hospitals, no one talked to us about his cancer. Everything we found out was from the news… Flora knows my family, this is what perplexes me. I called there on June 1, and why did she not tell me Sherman was dying of cancer?”

Reverend Wells is also not convinced that the actor’s estate is worth just $50,000 and wants to file lawsuit, but says he doesn’t have the $10,000 he needs to join the legal battle.