Actor Sherman Hemsley will finally be laid to rest after a military funeral.
“But Sherman Hemsley died months ago, finally moving on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky,” you say. Yes, the 74-year-old actor most famous for playing George Jefferson on the CBS programs All in the Family and The Jeffersons died in late July at his home in El Paso, Texas.
But the actor’s body has been on ice at the San Jose Funeral Home while awaiting court approval for his burial. Will stuff, I guess.
“Some people come out of the woodwork — they think Sherman, they think money,” Hemsley’s sole-beneficiary Flora Enchinton told AP. “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.”
But MSN reports that a judge in El Paso has finally given the go-ahead on Hemsley’s burial, after determining that his will is valid on Friday.
According to Enchinton’s attorney Alexander Neill, Hemsley will be given a military funeral and laid to rest at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso in tribute to his years served in the United States Air Force prior to his acting career.
Neill told Fox News: “My client is planning on a military funeral for Mr. Hemsley at Fort Bliss National Cemetery here in El Paso. Mr. Hemsley previously served in the United States Air Force and, thus, is eligible for a military funeral.”
It wasn’t revealed when Hemsley’s military burial service would take place.