Thomas Wilkes Satterfield, 81, of Myrtle Beach, passed away on March 31, 2019
Thomas Satterfield treasured his family and friends. He found great pleasure in spending time with them at University of Virginia football and basketball games and Baltimore Orioles baseball matches; golfing; hosting friends for cookouts at his home; as well as hosting them himself for cookouts on his property.
He bent over the stove, creating classic Black Southern cuisine: turnip greens simmered for hours in an iron pot, cheese grits made in an electric kettle, and biscuits baked in an iron skillet.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Satterfield was raised in Gary, Indiana – a city known for its innovative schools and stunning architecture at that time. Gary was then a steel town that was experiencing rapid expansion, drawing Black Southerners as well as European immigrants into its fold; but unfortunately it remained segregated despite this growth spurt.
Satterfield worked at the factory and his hardworking, steady attitude earned him respect from his coworkers. Later he went on to study law before eventually serving in Congress.
Satterfield lost his mother when still young, leaving his father to raise him and his siblings alone. An active Methodist, Satterfield attended Galloway Memorial Church in Jackson and First Methodist in Yazoo City as well as serving on the General Board of Social & Economic Relations and General Conference between 1952-1960 as well as being president of Jackson District Board of Missions & Extensions.
Thomas Wilkes Satterfield served in the U.S. Air Force, rising to Major. Following military retirement, he pursued a career in healthcare; receiving both his Master’s in Business from University of Hawaii and Health Care Administration degrees from Trinity College; becoming adept administrator for multiple hospitals before serving as Director of Patient Financial Services at Georgetown Hospital until retirement.
Sylvia B. Satterfield survives her husband, Glenn T. Satterfield Jr.; children Ronda Fielding (Todd) of Forney, Texas, Glenn T. Satterfield Jr. of Murrells Inlet and Sheryl S. Kearns from Myrtle Beach; grandchildren Amanda, Savannah, Alli, Sydney and Alexis; Maggie Lou the dog as well as extended family. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas has also established Satterfield & Pontikes Construction. As its co-founder, he oversees financial administration and staff selection. Since its formation, this multi-national firm has expanded to over 20 offices around the country.
Cunningham placed great value in experience when searching for his new coach, and Satterfield stands out with nine years on the job as the team joins the Power 5. That represents an invaluable advantage as Cincinnati transitions into Power 5 status with the potential of experiencing coaching changes over the course of next season.
Satterfield is an experienced chef who takes great pleasure in culinary arts. He admires James Hemings’ macaroni and cheese recipe served to Jefferson at Monticello as his favorite recipe.
Tom Satterfield was an active member of his church, serving as deacon and overseeing a Christian singing group. Additionally, he enjoyed golfing, camping and was an avid supporter of University of Alabama football as well as Myrtle Beach Pelicans basketball. Tom leaves behind his adoring wife of over 59 years Sylvia B. Satterfield; their children Ronda Fielding (Todd), Glenn “Buddy” Satterfield Jr and Sheryl Kearns from Murrells Inlet; granddaughters Amanda Savannah Savannah Alli, Sydney Alexis; their beloved K-9 Maggie Lou; as well as extended family.
He will be remembered fondly for his quick wit and laughter that could light up any room. His heart was larger than life; he always made time to help others whenever possible – regularly volunteering at North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry as a food deliverer, and at Christmas volunteering as Country Santa to deliver presents.
Thomas Satterfield is an extremely wealthy businessman with a net worth of more than $38 million. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his large family on vacations; as well as watching football games at his alma mater.
Over the years, this businessman has made many investments in the stock market. Notable among them are his purchases of shares from Ark Restaurants Corp for over $449,120 which were reported via Form 4 with the SEC.
Satterfield currently owns over 294,000 shares of Intest stock worth more than $7,806,750 as reported on 17 August 2023 in his Form 4 filing with the SEC. GuruFocus tracks insider transactions by corporate executives and directors – such as buy/sell activity of both publicly-traded companies as well as those not yet publicly-traded companies.