Sherman Hemsley will finally be laid to rest, nearly four months after dying at the age of 74.
Hemsley, who gained fame portraying cocky, cantankerous dry cleaner George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and, later, "The Jeffersons," will receive his funeral at noon on Wednesday at Cielo Vista Church in El Paso, Texas, where Hemsley died of lung cancer July 24. Also read: Sherman Hemsley's Long Path to the Grave Delayed by DNA Test The service will be open to the public, an employee at San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso told TheWrap.
Following the funeral, Hemsley will be buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso. Hemsley's burial was delayed by a prolonged dispute over his estate. While the actor had named longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal as his heir, Philadelphia resident Richard Thornton claimed to be Hemsley's brother. (According to Bernal, Hemsley, who was born in Philadelphia, had never mentioned any relatives in the past.)