If you are someone who enjoyed watching sitcoms on television during the middle of the 1970s through the middle of the 1980s The Jeffersons is a show that you probably remember quite fondly.
There have been a handful of situation comedies in the history of television that have stood above the rest, and many observers would say that The Jeffersons is among them. The show was a spinoff of the wildly popular All in the Family, and the centerpiece of the show was the character George Jefferson that was played by Sherman Hemsley.
Hemsley died in July, and people who knew him said that he was extraordinarily different than the character that he portrayed on television for so many years. Hemsley was reportedly a quiet man who shunned the spotlight and lived a private life.
His burial was delayed for months because of an estate challenge that was presented by his half-brother Richard Thornton.
We are glad to be able to report that this matter has finally been closed and Thornton’s challenge has been rebuffed. The last will that Sherman Hemsley signed has been upheld by the probate court judge in El Paso, Texas and as a result Flora Enchinton was finally able to assume her role as executrix of the estate. She is also the sole heir.
On November 21 memorial services for Sherman Hemsley were held. He received full military honors as a veteran of the United States Air Force, and he was laid to rest in the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in accordance with his wishes.