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I spent a lot of time with Maurice during his life. He was a Christian from a very young age. He enjoyed the Bible stories I would read to him. For years he never missed our family Christmas Eve party. He often spoke about meeting Jesus and how he would be whole then. Now that day has come and I am very happy for him. Love you Maurice, I know now you are enjoying heaven.
This old world will be even darker without this bright light. But, I have no doubt, this sweet man is in the arms of Jesus now. One of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. We were blessed to know him 💝 Fly high, Br. Maurice 🙏❤️
My condolences to all friends and family. He was always such a sweet man and very kind. He will be greatly missed.
May Mr. Belzer rest in sweet peace with those he loved, including the remainder of his trio. My heart broke when I read his story, and I pray that God will especially bless those who loved him, cared for him and helped him later in life. I will never forget his story.
Maurice Thompson Belzer, III
Maurice Thompson Belzer, III passed on to our Father and Savior in Heaven on Friday, October 8, 2021 at approximately 6:55 AM.
Maurice was born in Jacksonville in 1943 on August 29th. He was the third of triplets and due to a doctor being in a rush for a fishing trip, the other two were killed and his affliction was caused. During a time when the world was in turmoil with World War II, he was afflicted with cerebral palsy. His mother knew something wasn’t right but she never gave up on him. She took loving care of him until her passing in 1983.
He has never taken a normal step as we know it. Yet, in his affliction, it has never stopped him from trying to work doing odd jobs and being a productive part of society. He helped his mother with a paper route in Fairfield for almost 20 years. This is a small area near Jacksonville’s Gator Bowl. He loved people and was a devout Christian. Maurice was a happy spirited person, even with the way society treated him with his affliction.
Christmas was his favorite holiday. He loved the lights and togetherness people show at that time of year. He always wished people could be like that all the time and not just at Christmas.
Maurice had been bed ridden for 10 years due to becoming a quadriplegic after a minor operation and the hospital letting him acquire severe bed sores of the lower spine.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, William L. Belzer, Sr., Marjorie Helen Thompon Belzer and William L. Belzer, Jr.
He is survived by his sisters, Rosealee Belzer and Sandra Belzer Sikorski, a sister in law, Barbara Belzer and nephew, William Jeffery Belzer, all of Yulee and a niece, Tracy Belzer Ryan of Fernandina Beach. He has been treated as family by the Fay Vickers family and the Barswick family for over 4 years.
May you rest in peace now, Maurice, and run and play with the children and dance with the Angels.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors beginning at 11:00 AM. Visitation will commence at 10:00 AM.
Upon completion of a short service in Fernandina Beach, he will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.