Ray Lee Satterfield
After years of struggling against the cruel ravages of diabetes, Ray
Lee Satterfield died on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2008, at home in the
secure comfort of his own bed.
Feb 14, 2008 - 18:09:14 CST
Ray was born 10 weeks prematurely on Jan. 26, 1956 to Alvin Daniel
and Betty Ray Satterfield in Birmingham, Ala. Ray grew up living next door
to his maternal grandparents in Columbiana, Shelby County, Ala. They helped
shape his character and instilled in him an impeccable sense of values.
They, along with his parents, taught Ray to hold sacred his family, his
heritage and his good name. Without abandoning his Alabama roots, Ray became
a Texan in 1978. He worked for 16 1/2 years at Kraft Foods in Sherman until
the plant closed and then for Libby Owens Ford until that plant also closed.
It was during this time that Ray discovered his passions for Civil War
re-enacting and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, affiliations through
which he met many of his closest friends. He proudly served the SCV locally
and on the state level as Texas Division Adjutant. He was honored to be
named Texas Division ?Confederate of the Year? for 1999-2000, and later
became a life member. Ray also belonged to the Descendants of Confederate
Veterans and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Being a contented bachelor, Ray was caught completely off guard in
late 1995 when he met his special lady. On Oct. 19, 1996, Ray married Miss
Elizabeth Anne Black in the Confederate wedding ceremony of their dreams.
Their home, Sattermoor Hall, was built on the family ranch, K-Bar-K, near
Making use of his trademark courage and strong work ethic, Ray began
a new career in 1999 when he enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Funeral
Science to become a funeral director. He completed his internship, but
never had the opportunity to work as a licensed funeral director due to
With his wife?s loving support and encouragement, Ray adapted his
life to each vicious assault inflicted by diabetes; eyesight that faded
to shadows, the necessity of nightly peritoneal dialysis treatments at
home, and finally the amputation of both legs. Through it all, Ray never
lost his will to fight for a better tomorrow. He loved Friday night high
school football and rooting for his beloved University of Alabama Crimson
Tide. He also enjoyed simple diversions like having an old fashioned southern
meal at Cracker Barrel with his wife.
Ray leaves behind heart-broken wife Elizabeth; his mother and sister
Debbie, both of Columbiana, Ala.; half brothers Gary and Danny Satterfield;
Aunt Vivian Fasig of Sherman; Uncle Charles Ray of Columbiana, Ala.; numerous
cousins, nieces and nephews. Ray will also be desperately missed by his
Persian cat Alastair, a panther want-to-be and his adored ?son? Matthew,
a very special Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Ray was greeted in heaven by his father, grandparents Floyd and Mayo
Ray and Ovie and Flonnie Satterfield; aunts Oma and Faye Nell and uncles
Ovie, Jr., Bob, Jack and Bill.
Ray?s family will be receiving friends at 6 -8 p.m. on Saturday at
Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday
at Georgetown Baptist Church, conducted per Ray?s personal request by honorary
brother-in-law Scott Galyon. Burial will follow in the Black
Family Cemetery on K-Bar-K Ranch near Pottsboro, where Ray?s closest
friends will conduct his final tribute. The register book can be signed
online at waldofuneralhome.com.
Ray will be escorted to his final rest by southern brothers Tom Jones,
Daryl Coleman, Gary Bray, Preston Furlough, Dan Bray, John Hill, Eugene
Hauptman and Dale Forshee. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Green and
As I face life without my Ray, I am so very grateful for the compassion
and many kindnesses shown to both of us during Ray?s final months; to Dr.
Reynolds, thank you for always telling Ray the truth without ever robbing
him of hope; to Ray?s devoted nurse Christine Hogan, thank you for lovingly
administering to Ray?s comfort needs and diligently protecting his dignity;
and finally to my parents Kent and Karen Black, words can not adequately
convey the overwhelming gratitude I feel for loving my Ray, and helping
me to keep him at home, safe and secure, with me.