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Sherman Hemsley to be laid to rest

The Jeffersons star died in Texas after a battle with lung cancer and his body was held at a funeral home while the courts ruled on a dispute between Richard Thornton, who claimed to be Hemsley’s brother, and an associate named in his will.

Hemsley named his friend/manager Flora Enchinton Bernal as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated to be worth around $50,000 (£31,250), but Thornton contested the will.

The case went back to court in El Paso, Texas on Friday (09Nov12) and Judge Patricia B. Chew ruled the actor’s will to be valid.

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During the hearing at El Paso County Court, Judge Chew also gave Enchinton Bernal permission to go ahead with plans to lay the actor to rest.

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