The Saterfiels

Genealogy of the Saterfiels of West Monroe, LA
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Cecil Calvert Saterfiel 

b. 23 Jun 1910 in Newton, Newton County, Miss.
m. 27 Mar 1928, Lillian Arrant
d. 24 Sep 1971, b. Mt. Vernon Baptist Ch Cemetery, West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA 

Son of
James Wesley Saterfiel 
(1885 - 1949)
Bertie Clemmie Dean
(1886 - 1961)

Children of Lillian Arrant and Cecil Calvert Saterfiel

Oreatha, Robin Truman, Herbert Cecil & Buford Doyle Saterfiel

Lillian Arrant Saterfiel
b. 6 Jul 1912, West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA  
d. 28 May 1984, bur. Mt Vernon Cemetery

Daughter of

James A. Arrant
(1888 - 1964)
Lina Belle Mayes
(1892 - 1978)
Notes about Cecil and Lillian Saterfiel
(from the oldest grandson's perspective)

Cecil was a farmer and a carpenter.  He purchased the home and property of his parents when they and several of their other sons moved to Detroit to work in the Ford plant.  Cecil began working at Brown Paper Mill, which became Olinkraft, then Manville and, now Graphic Packaging.  His sons would do much of the farm work while he was at the mill.

Cecil was an humble, reverent and righteous man.  He did not follow in the steps of his father and grandfather, uncle and brother by becoming a Baptist minister.  Yet he ministered daily.  Lillian was the epitome of the "help-mate" described in Genesis "created from her husband's side".   They were members of McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe for many years.  She rarely was able to attend due to constant severe migraine headaches.  He taught a men's Sunday School class and was a Senior Deacon at his death on Sept. 24, 1971.  After his heart attack that Friday night his Bible was found lying open on the couch beside his recliner where he had been preparing for Sunday's lesson.  

As is true with many grandparents, Cecil and Lillian were given pet nicknames by their grandchildren.  My mother always told me that I gave my grandfather the nickname "Ka-ka" when I was just beginning to talk.  She said "Ma Sat" was given her nickname by my cousin, Gary.  I have always wondered where I possibly came up with "Ka-ka" from Cecil.  No one in the family seemed to know.  But, while sitting in a college classroom in 1970 I believe I solved the mystery.  A professor was discussing ancient world history.  He briefly explained some religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.  He told of their belief in God as a complex, multi-dimensional being.  Their term for the most familiar aspect of His nature they refered to as "Ka", the Spirit of God.  But, His deepest, most profound spiritual essence was referred to with much reverence as "Ka-ka", the very Mind of God.

From McClendon Baptist Church's 75th Anniversary Booklet
in Memories of Members
. . ."the Bible teaching and praying of Cecil Saterfiel"
Claude Luttrell

More notes below
Cecil and Lillian Saterfiel in the late 1960s.
Cecil and "Snook" in the early 1950s
. . .in the 30s
The Cecil Saterfiel family abt 1949
Cecil at "the mill"
Cecil with Brother Burgess, pastor of McClendon Baptist Church as they dedicate the construction of a new church building, abt. 1957.
Cecil and Lillian with his youngest brother Earl and her mother Lina Arrant, mid-1960s
Scott with Kaka on the recliner
Glenn getting all the attention
MaSat the reluctant model
Kaka working on his toothpick under the shade tree
"Make Herbie behave!"  
MaSat and her four kids, Easter 1979
Kaka and MaSat's family in 1979
More about Cecil Calvert Saterfiel and Lillian Arrant Saterfiel

Since 1918, when the Saterfiels moved from Mississippi, Cecil and Lillian's families were neighbors.  On March 27, 1928, when Cecil and Lillian were married it is quite possible that their parents were unaware of the wedding.  Cecil's brother, Ollie, was a witness on the marriage license as was Mattie Lee Gewin (probably friend of Lillian's).  The other witness to the wedding was Willie Leigh Robertson who was probably the wife of the minister, Rev. W. E. Robertson, at whose home the ceremony probably took place.    Lillian's children often jokingly accused their mother of "running away to get married" to which she usually did not respond while always appearing embarrassed.  

Cecil and Lillian lived in a house on a nearby property after their wedding.  The house was owned by Mr. Newell Johnston and his wife Cleora.  Cecil and Lillian were sharecropper farmers for the Johnstons for several years.  They worked the farm and shared in the proceeds of the harvest.  The Johnstons owned a general mercantile store nearby on Jonesboro Road for many years.  It was across from "Four Way Grocery" at the intersection with "Cheniere Dam Road".  Cecil and Lillian's first child, Oreatha, was born in the home of the Johnstons in 1930.  In fact, it was Mrs. Cleora that suggested the unique name given Oreatha.  It was such a unique name that, apparently, no middle name was required.  

On September 1, 1936, James Wesley Saterfiel sold his 80 acre farm and home to Cecil and Lillian as he and his wife, Bertie, moved to Detroit, Michigan, where several of his other sons had moved to work in the Ford factories.  The next several years were difficult farming years for Cecil and Lillian.  In the 1940s Cecil took a job as a carpenter at Brown Paper Mill in West Monroe.  His sons would perform much of the farm work while Cecil worked at the paper mill.  He retired from "the mill", then Olinkraft Corporation, in the late 1960s due to extremely debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.

Cecil, son of a Baptist minister, was active in nearby Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.  
From the records of the Ouachita –Morehouse Baptist Association can be found that Cecil Saterfiel was a “messenger” (delegate) to the denomination's convention in 1933, 1936 and 1938 (records for all years not found). He is noted as Mt Vernon Baptist Church “clerk” in 1932 and “treasurer” in 1936. In the late 1940s Cecil and Lillian moved their membership to McClendon Baptist Church near West Monroe.  This move probably was due to a close friendship with the Rev. Watson who became pastor at McClendon.  For the remainder of his life, Cecil, was active in his church, serving as deacon and Sunday School teacher.  He also did carpentry work at the church when called for.  Lillian suffered severe migraine headaches throughout her married life causing her to be less active in the church than Cecil.  Her daughter, Oreatha, assumed many household duties from her mother because of Lillian's recurring illness.

After Cecil's death in 1971, Lillian stayed alone at their home although she often stayed with her children.  Her very good friend, Jessie Hollingsworth, was a faithful friend and chauffeur for Lillian, who didn't drive.  However, Lillian decided that she wanted to be self-sufficient and had her daughter, Oreatha, give her driving lessons.  Oreatha often enjoyed telling the story of one particular driving lesson experience.  Lillian had progressed enough in her driving skills that Oreatha had her drive on Interstate 20 one afternoon.  After a short time, a state trooper pulled them over.  Lillian politely asked the trooper what he stopped her for.  It was her opinion that she was driving very carefully.  The Louisiana trooper politely told her that she was stopped for not adhering to the speed limit.  She was driving too slow!  He let her go with a warning.  She passed her driving test and was never stopped again.

On the night of Friday, September 24, 1971, Cecil was studying his Sunday School lesson for the following Sunday's presentation.  He set his book and open Bible aside while he went to take his evening bath.  While in the bath, he suffered a heart attack and died.  Lillian was in the bedroom only a few feet from the bathroom and new something terrible had happened.  In that same bedroom, on May 28, 1984, she was found kneeling beside the bed, also the victim of a heart attack.
I am certain that she was not alone.  GL