Sherman Hemsley, Star of "The Jeffersons," Can Now Be Buried After Months-Long Will Dispute

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The body of "Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley can now be buried after lying in an El Paso, Texas, funeral home refrigerator for more than three months over a will dispute, according to reports.

In finding that the will was valid, a judge, Patricia B. Chew, sided with a longtime friend of the later actor in deciding that Flora Enchinton Bernal can get the actor's remains and decide what to do with them, the AP reported.

A Philadelphia man claiming to be the "Jeffersons" actor's brother challenged the will Hemsley signed a month before his death, according to the funeral home handling his arrangements.

"It is disgraceful," Enchinton told CNN affiliate KVIA-TV in August. "It is sad. This was a man with dignity."

The will signed by Hemsley on June 13, 2012, a month after he was diagnosed with cancer, named Enchinton as executor and left his entire estate to her, according to court papers.

She lived with Hemsley at his El Paso home for the past decade. She told KVIA-TV that the dispute gives her a "very ugly feeling, very desperate feeling that I feel inside."

"The emotional thing is you wake up thinking he's still frozen out there," she said.

The man contesting the will, Richard Thornton, claimed he was Hemsley's brother and asked for custody of his remains and possessions. His attorney said Friday he would seek a stay of Chew's ruling, the AP reported.

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