Helen Frances (Satterfield) Smith
May 29, 1931 – September 9, 2020
Mrs. Helen Frances Satterfield Smith, age 89, of Hokes Bluff, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, September 09, 2020. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Collier-Butler Chapel. Rev. Bruce Jenkins will officiate. A private graveside service for immediate family only will be held at Young’s Chapel Cemetery, Piedmont, Alabama. Collier-Butler Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Smith was a loving, compassionate, and unselfishly devoted mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, and sister. She was a graduate of Hokes Bluff High School, Class of 1949. She went on to complete the nursing program at Holy Name of Jesus School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for over 35 years. Her love and devotion to her family has been their foundation. She was a devout believer in Jesus Christ and His love was expressed through her unfailing commitment to her family and all who knew her. Mrs. Smith was a continual inspiration to her family, from how she carried herself, to the grace, mercy, and love she always gave unconditionally. She will be remembered as a pillar of strength and gentle source of light forever, and will be missed beyond words. She is now in her heavenly home, free of all pain, and walking the streets of gold with Jesus. She is preceded in death by her husband, Barna Lane Smith; son, Thomas (Tommy) Marion Smith; parents, Marion Parks and Willie Mae Satterfield; and brother, Marion Maurice (Ted) Satterfield; and sister, Carol Annette Satterfield. Survivors include her two daughters, Betty Smith and Patti (James) Anderson; two grandchildren, Jonathon Barrett and Jorel (Julie) Barrett; three great grandchildren, Jonathon Barrett, Kortney Barrett, and Isaiah Barrett; brother, James Allen Satterfield; and many extended family members. Pallbearers will be James Anderson, Jorel Barrett, Jonathon Barrett, Ken Jeffrey, Justin Griffith, and John Williamson. The family will receive friends for visitation this evening Sunday, September 13, 2020 between the hours of 4:30pm until 6:00pm at the funeral home.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Helen Frances (Satterfield) Smith
September 24, 2020
I want to thank you for the time I had with you but also say I wish I had a lot more. I would have love to known you years ago when your body would have allowed you to go! I believe we would have some shared some gravy biscuits or maybe just skipped to the best part and gotten the shakes. I loved your warm smile, as an outsider it made me feel so welcomed. I want to thank you for the amazing family you raised because I get to be a part of that every day. Little Isaiah gets to carry that legacy on as well.
We all miss you and by now I’m sure you have reconnected with all the family gone before us, and maybe you have ran into my aunt Tina. She loves the lord so much and I believe you all are having a good time in heaven rejoicing before the lord. Please know you and so many others are loved and missed. Thank you for being you and letting your love shine every time I saw you.
September 20, 2020
Sweet Mama, Im missing you this morning, and thinking how beautiful Heaven is right now, and the joy you must be feeling. The sunrise you are seeing is Jesus, because the Lord is the light in Heaven. The streets are of pure gold, and there is a peaceful river of life that is everflowing. I can only imagine, just as we talked about a few days before you left. Betty and I did our very best to make sure we took care of you during those last few months, and we want you to know that your whole family, even your great grandchildren honored you with their love and kind words as we humbly and respectfully laid you to rest here on earth. You had a beautiful service and was honored as the virtueous woman, wife, and mother you always were. The Lord wrapped you in His arms and carried you home last Wednesday. We knew He was getting ready, but it was still hard to accept. I know you are safe. I know you are whole. I know you are being taken care of now so much better than we could ever do here on earth. I know in due time, we will understand those final hours. Although your departure was different from what we had planned, I know the Lord saw the three of us, and I know His mercy and compassion extended to all of us. For now, we only see in part, but when we hug you again in Heaven, we will have the full understanding. Know that your family will continue to walk with the Lord all of our lives, and we will be ok, Mama, because of your faithfulness, love, and devotion. Enjoy Heaven, and we will all see you and rejoice when the Lord calls us home. May our lives always honor you and be a testimony and example of the strength and kindness you lived out so well. I love you Mama, and your legacy will continue to live on through all of us.
September 17, 2020
Helens unconditional love.
This is the most prominent and fond memory that I have and will her cherish of Helen. She had an unconditional love for her family. This selfless and sacrificial love is what defined her. Helen would freely give even when she had nothing to give. Her family meant more to her than anything else and this truly showed through the way she lived her life. From when I first came into the family she accepted and embraced me as one of her own. Watching Helens love and devotion for her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren was truly amazing. Her display of unconditional love and sacrifice is one of the best examples of God’s unconditional love and sacrifice He has for us. It is part of His character and Helen lived this out. The way Helen Loved and the way she gave freely is again a great example of God’s character that she lived out so beautifully. The fruit of the spirit. She was alive in Christ here on earth and she is alive in Christ today in Heaven. Her Legacy doesn’t end today. I see her strong character and the way she loved in her daughters. This is the ultimate gift and legacy she has left for us. I have no doubt that this legacy of loving God and His truths will be carried on and displayed by this family. One of the biggest joys we can have is knowing that our names are written in the Book of Life along with hers and we will one day all be together fellowshipping, loving and laughing in Heaven.
September 17, 2020
My memories of Aunt Helen always had something to do with me and Betty acting up. I would stay the night at their house and Betty and I would start laughing so hard that our sides would hurt and she would come to the room and tell us that if we didn't stop laughing and go to sleep that I would have to go to Oma's house. I also remember hiding in their garage when it was time to come back to TN, thinking if they, my parents, can't find me that they would leave without. We all know that that never happened. Lastly, I remember watching Aunt Helen run every time someone had a camera. So cute to catch her dashing out of a room or leaving Oma's house all together. Prayers for my cousin's Betty and Patti as they travel this new journey without their Mom.
September 14, 2020
Mama thank you for all the laughter and wonderful moments we have had. One thing we've always been able to do is laugh. About anything. The "i can't breathe and can't talk" laughs. Sometimes we would drive everybody crazy with our laughing spells. We have had so many special moments that i truly cherish.
September 13, 2020
One day whole I was sitting with Aunt Willie Mae, we were doing laundry. Folding clothes out of dryer in laundry room. I stepped back into kitchen to lay dish towels on counter top. Aunt Willie Mae went out back door. I found her in the front yard. Walked her back around to back door and helped her back in house.Checked her out, everything was fine except me. She said "Spottie" wanted to go outside.
I was terrified to tell momma but being the kind-hearted person she was she gave me a hug and tried to console me. Needless to say I kept one eye in one room and the other in another. Both of those women were so sweet to me and a joy to be with them. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with them.
September 12, 2020
My sweet little mama. How can i ever thank you for what you have given me. You gave me life. You gave me the deepest unconditional love only a mother can give. You showed me what it meant to be a Christian and to always have faith and trust in the Lord. You taught me that family means everything. You sacrificed so much and gave everything you had for your family and always put yourself last. You carried yourself with such grace and beauty. You were the strongest woman I've ever known. The pain I'm feeling right now is like nothing i have ever felt but i know when God called you to your true home the angels sang and heaven rejoiced and you are finally at peace with no more pain and suffering. I know you are so happy to reunite with Daddy and Tommy , and Oma and Opa. What a joyous reunion that must be. I love you more deeply than i can ever put into words and my life on this earth will never be the same but i will see you again my wonderful precious mama.
September 12, 2020
Helen my sweet mother in-law.
I will never forget your smile and laughter or the way you accepted me into your family from the very start. You gave me the same unconditional love that you had for your daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. You gave all that you had and more. You were a true example of Gods unconditional love, which you gave so unselfishly. I'm going to truly miss you and I miss you already! You are alive in Christ now just like you were here. I'll hold on to Gods word knowing you are in heaven and His promise that He wipes away all tears. May your legacy continue and all of your descendants names be written in the Book of Life so that we can be all together again when the Lord calls each one of us home. I love you Helen see you soon.
September 12, 2020
My precious Mama, right now we are still in shock that you are not here with us. Your whole life is a memory to me because I always knew you loved me, no matter what. You took care of everyone, you believed in us, you were always patient and kind, and I never remember you even getting upset. You truly gave your whole life for our family. I will miss your smile and hearing your voice and I will miss our sweet times together. Enjoy Heaven and walking again and I know I will see your smile and be able to hug you when the Lord calls me home. You were my mother here on earth, and I'm so thankful. You were truly God's angel that He saw fit to bless our family with.