January 3, 2010
ALBANY — William
Ralph Satterfield, 87 years old, died on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Willson
His funeral service will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Kimbrell
Stern with family receiving friends at the funeral home from 9:00 AM until
the funeral hour.
Internment will be private.
Mr. Satterfield was born August 3, 1923 in Atlanta to Betty Sue Holton
Satterfield and Marion Homer Satterfield. He graduated from Jordan High
School (Columbus, GA) class of 1942, after which he signed a professional
On Christmas Day of 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, Jackie
Allen. In 1943, he and his twin brother, Ray, joined the Army Air Corps.
After his discharge from service, he continued his baseball career. Over
seven seasons, he hit for a .298 average with 24 homers and 35 triples.
He retired from baseball in 1948.
In 1954, Mr. Satterfield moved his family to Albany from Columbus to work
for Gerber Baby Food.
After his family, his true love remained baseball. He coached several
generations of boys at Eighth Street Park. He umpired high school and
college level baseball before coaching Post 30 Baseball in the 1980’s.
In the mid 1970’s, the city of Albany named the former Eleventh
Street Ball Park to Satterfield Park in honor of Ralph and in memory of
In 1997, he was inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Satterfield
was an avid golfer and played until he was 84 years old. Ralph made friends
where ever he went and always had a joke to tell.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie Allen Satterfield; sons, Bill (Jean)
and Steve Satterfield, all of Albany; grandchildren, Joel (April), Mark,
Allen (Adelaide) and Jenny; four great-grandchildren, Ben, Blake, Elaina,
and Bryan; a sister-in-law, Audrey Satterfield; and nieces, Laura Satterfield
Vann and Lisa Satterfield Collins.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to American Legion
Post 30 Baseball, Albany, GA or Willson Hospice. You may sign the online
guest register and share your thoughts and memories with the family of
Mr. Satterfield by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors Albany 229/883-4152