AUSTINTOWN - Thomas W. Satterfield, 87, slipped peacefully into the healing arms of Jesus on Nov. 6, 2018, after battling a number of serious illnesses the past three years.
Thomas was born April 24, 1931, to parents Howard and Gayle (Barnes) Satterfield in Wheeling, W.Va.
He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann (Smith), whom he married June 13, 1953; two children, Thomas H. (Martha) Satterfield of Pinson, Ala. and Gaye Tyhosky (Satterfield) of Austintown; four grandchildren, Heather Neider, Lyndsey Tyhosky, Anna and John Thomas Satterfield; and three great-grandchildren, Kylon, Silas and Mayzie. Also surviving is Tom’s sister, Jackie Nutwell of Ocean Pines, Md.
Thomas gave his life to the Lord while in his 20s and served God in various ways as a Sunday School superintendent teacher, illustrator, deacon, and even managed a Christian singing group called J.A.M. Incorporated (Jesus and Me).
Thomas had the gift of gab, as anyone who knew him could tell you. For a time he hosted a Christian radio show, “Through it All” on WTOF in Youngstown.
Tom served in the U.S. Army Airborne division, Screaming Eagles, from February of 1952 to February of 1954. He was a paratrooper and rose to the rank of sergeant before completing his term. Thomas enjoyed day trips with his wife and children, later on traveling with just his wife, Lou Ann.
An avid wood carver, he was a member of the National Wood Carvers Association, where he garnered several blue ribbons for his work. His hands were never idle, even crafting five wooden dulcimers from scratch. Thomas also enjoyed bowling.
Thomas worked 35 years at General Motors prior to retirement.
A special thank you to his niece, Judi Stoecker, niece Sheri and husband John Houser, along with his nephew, Robert Williams for their dedication, support and lending hands during his lengthy illness.
Family and friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences to the family.