OBITUARY

Ray Satterwhite

April 20, 1952September 27, 2021

Ray H. Satterwhite of Richmond VA, Cpl USMC Vietnam Combat Veteran 1970-71, cherished Husband, Father, Friend, and successful business owner and was the greatest of all time.

Ray was a noted Baseball pitcher at Manchester High School, he turned down a baseball scholarship to join the Marines only to still receive a Baseball Scholarship after his time in service to the United States of America. He volunteered for the US Marine Corps in 1970 and was a bush Marine in Vietnam with 1st Battalion 1st Division Charlie Company USMC, carrying the M60 machine gun in Da Nang. He loved the Marines and was definitely a diehard Marine. After his time in the service he started working for Electrolux Vacuums in 1976, knocking on doors selling Electrolux vacuums. He became a highly successful franchise owner of Aerus Electrolux in 2004. During his 45 year career with Aerus Electrolux he and his Wife went on many international VIP club trips, earned hundreds of sales awards and made many friends. He was always dedicated to helping his customers and known for his generosity. He truly loved working with his son Bryan for the last 15 years. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing - especially with his son. He was in many talent shows and loved giving out his CD to customers.

Since 1978 Ray lived his incredible life with the LOVE OF HIS LIFE Bette Bryant Satterwhite. They married in 1982 and share two children, his Daughter, Kristen Satterwhite Lacy and Son, Bryan Satterwhite. Ray and Bette are soulmates and inseparable.

Ray loved his family time with his sister Bernadette Patrick (and Carroll) and Bette’s brother Danny Bryant, Son-in-Law Adam Lacy, Ken Miller, Bob Northern, Ben Beasley, many Owen cousins as well as many friends including Bill Friendlander, Pat Kelly, Dean Miller, John Bland, David Booth, Wilbur Harnsberger, Joe Urso, Dave Peterson, Lou and Cathy and many many other amazing people, you know who you are. Ray had a big love for animals and over the years, loved many furry and feathered family members. Currently the family animals, Jack, Max, Lou and Ava run the house and miss him very much!

He loved life, Jesus Christ, Jim Kelly and The Buffalo Bills, Bruce Lee and his hot tub - all who knew him already knew this.

He sadly but graciously passed on after a tough battle with AML and went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ September 27, 2021. He tried as hard as anyone ever could to beat an awful diagnosis and fought to stay with his family but his body could not hold on any longer.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that if you are able, please donate your blood and platelets and educate yourselves about the Vietnam War, the effects of Agent Orange and Leukemia. He was the first person to raise the flags at the Va War Memorial in 1956 where he has a brick on the Walkway of Honor to commemorate his service to America and USMC. Services in his honor will likely be held there on a future date.

Ray and his family would like to thank the teams of incredible humans and medical professionals at St. Mary's Hospital as well as Chaplain Larry Johnson, Pastor Lemuel Sullano and Rose Ann and Henry Campbell.

Ray is forever in our hearts, souls and memories.

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Victoria Walk

October 27, 2021

So saddened to hear yesterday of Rays passing. I was a customer and such a fan of Ray. We met around 25 years ago when I first moved to VA at the state fair. He sold us a box of type c bags and my husband he and I had the best conversation. Time went on always visited him at his booth at the star fair even if we didn’t need bags (but he always remembered our type of vacuum cleaner bags!) just to chit chat and catch up. He even at one point came out to Cumberland county to sell a vacuum cleaner to my girlfriend at my request. Very rare even back then. I believe he (or his wonderful son) reworked my 40+ year old Electrolux (it had been my mom’s) at least twice until the finally Ray convinced me to let go of the old girl go and go new, hard as it was I never regretted the decision. I think Ray was one of the last of his breed - a true gentleman and honest salesman who truly enjoyed people. My heartfelt condolences to the family, God bless you Ray Satterwhite🙏🙏🙏

Larry Christ

October 16, 2021

Ray and I talked every month. I knew of his baseball exploits and his service in Vietnam.
My condolences to his family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dao Vuong

October 15, 2021

I'm very sorry for your loss, any time you need a friend or anything I'll be here for you. Will pray for you and your family Ms. Bette. Love you!

Keith Smith

October 8, 2021

Sending additional prayers for strength, encouragement, and peace for the family and other friends and associates.

Keith Smith

October 8, 2021

Ray, I’ve thought of you and have sent prayers often-both during your courageous battle with your illness and after receiving the heart breaking news that you transitioned. You’ve been an educator in sharing both your personal and professional experiences. Most importantly you’ve been a friend. I see Brian as a spiritual conduit as he reflects your image in so many different ways. It will take time to adjust to this new reality , but you will always and will forever be alive in our memories and our hearts. Rest In Peace my friend. We love you Ray.

Betsy Keen

October 7, 2021

I am so saddened to hear about Ray's passing. I only knew Ray from buying from him at Aerus Electrolux, but he was the type of man that was easy to become good friends with. Ray, Brian, and Bill made a great team at work. His love for music brought us to become fast friends, and yes, he gave me one of his CD's! To his family, I will keep you in my prayers & may God hold you tightly in His arms and bring you peace. He will truly be missed by many people. Love to you all.
Betsy Keen

Elizabeth Gallahan

October 6, 2021

I recently popped into the store looking for Ray.
I would get updates on his health & well being recent. Praying for him, as he was a gem of a human being. i was Heartbroken to hear of his passing. I remember meeting him at my home back in 97, He came by to show me the latest & greatest vacuum. I knew no one, we moved here from the northeast. He was so warm and welcoming to us, sold us not one, but several vacuums! The best Salesman I’ve ever met, God rest his soul-he was
An amazing person who will be greatly missed.
Condolences to his friends & family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Elizabeth Gallahan

Norman Bommarito

October 4, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the satterwhite family on your loss .
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I met Ray many times at the home shows .
May he RIP ........

Dennis Miller

October 3, 2021

Semper Fi. Loyal to his family, loyal to his friends, full of life every time I saw him. Ray rebounded from every hardship and always believed in himself. Go with Christ.

Donald Pike

October 3, 2021

Better I'm so sorry to hear about Ray passing. My prayers for you and your family. I have found memories of my friend from years ago. RIP my friend Ray.

FROM THE FAMILY