George Alexander Satterwhite II, 95, of Atlanta, formerly of Anderson, Ind., died unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born on March 31, 1924 to the late Flue and Carrie Lewis Satterwhite and was raised in Atlanta's Summerhill neighborhood. He was educated in the Atlanta public school system, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, and briefly attended Morehouse College. He was a WWII Army veteran and saw combat in the South Pacific Theater on the islands of Guam and Guadalcanal. After WWII, he relocated to Indiana where he met his wife, the late Gertrude Chandler Satterwhite. They were married on August 15, 1948 and were together for over 60 years.
In the early 2000s, Satterwhite was featured in a Georgia Public Broadcasting video as part of the Georgia World War II Oral History Project, where he discussed his decision to leave Atlanta to escape segregation and the racism he encountered in basic training.
An Anderson resident for over 50 years, Satterwhite was a civil rights activist and a community leader who served in several organizations. He was a life member of the NAACP and served as president of both the local and state branches of the organization. He also an active volunteer with the Urban League, the United Way and the Madison County Minority Health Coalition. He was employed at Delco Remy, a division of General Motors, where he was recognized with the GM Award for Excellence in Community Activities and retired after a 30-year career as a security officer.
His various honors include being a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging and in 1997, he was awarded the title of Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by the state of Indiana.
In 2001, he was named as one of the Anderson Herald-Bulletin Persons of the Year for his work co-founding the Madison County Community Health Center and in 2015, he was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Anderson's history for his community activism, including his efforts to end racial discrimination in labor unions.
After relocating back to Georgia, Satterwhite continued his volunteer work by serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of College Park. He was an active member of Laster Chapel United Methodist Church until his health declined.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Lantrelle Satterwhite; sisters, Ella Satterwhite Avery, Vera Satterwhite Jenkins and Irene Satterwhite Adams; brothers, Armie Lee Satterwhite, Nathaniel Satterwhite, Lewis Satterwhite, Luther J. Satterwhite Sr., Flue A. Satterwhite Jr., and Rufus Satterwhite.
He is survived by his children, son, George Alexander Satterwhite IV, of Indianapolis, daughter, Elizabeth A. Satterwhite of Atlanta, and daughter, Karmyn Saunders of Indianapolis; granddaughters, Veronica Fields Johnson (Daniel) of Atlanta, and Denise Satterwhite of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren Danielle Johnson, Jocelyn Johnson and Lamar Tremain; sisters-in-law, W. Mae Satterwhite of Atlanta and Carlotta Chandler Washington of Cincinnati, Ohio; and brother-in-law, W.T. Adams, of Atlanta; cousins Julius Bryant Jr. of Rex, Luther Satterwhite of Atlanta and Alice (Jimmy) Penrose of Knoxville, Tenn. Nieces: Juanita Grant, Eloise Durst, Vanessa Stanley, Renetta Y. Berry (James), Printella Satterwhite, Annie Satterwhite and Crystal Washington; Nephews: George A. Satterwhite III (Beverly), Kenneth Satterwhite, Thurman Satterwhite (Adrienne), Luther J. Satterwhite Jr. (Cheryl), Robert Satterwhite, Anthony Washington and Philip Washington. Great nieces and nephews: Reginald Grant (Treasure), Vincent Jenkins, Elgin Grant (Patricia), Sonya Slaughter, Lanvester Jackson, Holsey Jackson Satterwhite, Deidre Satterwhite, Germaine Satterwhite, Lawrence L. Satterwhite (Sharon), Dexter R. Satterwhite, Corey Berry (Christina), Courtney Berry, Cornelius Berry, Carlton Stephens Jr., Marquez Stephens (Jacinta), Tiffany Stephens, Catrina Satterwhite, Tracy Satterwhite, Arthur Satterwhite, Charles Stone (Jasmine), Carla Stone Youngblood, Ariel McShan, Christopher Satterwhite and Quincy Satterwhite.
Other relatives include Truddie Evans, Mae Gray, Ronald L. Fields and Karan Satterwhite.
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