*Sherman Hemsley’s friends and family will gather in Texas on Wednesday (Nov. 21) for the actor’s funeral, almost four months after his death last summer.

The actor lost his battle with lung cancer on July 24, but his memorial service was delayed and his body was held at a funeral home while the courts ruled on a dispute over his will.

A judge in El Paso decided on Nov. 9 that Hemsley’s will is valid and gave permission for his benefactor, his longtime friend/manager Flora Enchinton Bernal, to go ahead with funeral plans.

It has now been announced that Hemsley will be remembered at Cielo Vista Church in El Paso on Wednesday and the service will be open to the public, according to TheWrap.com.

Hemsley will be buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery to mark his years served in the United States Air Force before he took up acting.