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 Sarah <I>Thomas</I> Belz

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Sarah Thomas Belz

  • Birth 2 Jul 1906
  • Death 5 Oct 1991
  • Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Section 2 Row B Plot 11
  • Memorial ID 43908744

Sarah Thomas Belz, 85, civic and philanthropic leader and wife of businessman Philip Belz, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Along with her husband, Mrs. Belz was known for her generosity and active involvement in many communal, national and international religious, charitable and educational organizations. The family's real estate investment business is one of the largest in the South. She and her husband were known as the first couple of The Peabody, which the family bought in 1975, renovated and reopened in 1981, a key event in the revitalization of downtown. They were honored at a gala celebration at the hotel on their 65th anniversary last November. The couple was honored by Baron Hirsch Congregation, B'nai B'rith, Junior Achievement, National Conference of Christians and Jews, State of Israel Bonds, Jewish National Fund, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other organizations. The Belz School of Cantorial Music at Yeshiva University in New York is dedicated to them. She also leaves a son, Jack A. Belz, two sisters, Dora Goldstein and Berta Loskove, a brother, Larry Thomas, 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Paul and Leslie Belz. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Sam Abraham Chapel of Baron Hirsch Cemetery. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. The family asks that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 10/6/1991)

Additional information provided by Tevye: "Here lies my dear wife and our dear mother, the [married] woman Sarah, daughter of reb [Mr.] Aharon Tzvi the Levite. Died 27 Tishrei [5]752 [4/5 Oct 1991.] May her soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life." Note that "reb" is an honorific title of respect, like "mister"; it does not mean "rabbi." Also, the inscribed Hebrew year is 752, with the millennial year 5000 implied. Finally, Hebrew days begin at sunset; thus the 27 of the month of Tishrei 5752 actually began at sunset on 4 Oct and ended at sunset on 5 Oct.


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  • Created by: Carole McCaig
  • Added: 4 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43908744
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Thomas Belz (2 Jul 1906–5 Oct 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43908744, citing Baron Hirsch Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Carole McCaig (contributor 46785778) .