Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Birthday Lawrence Bud Satterwhite

Dear Grandparents,
Today is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Lawrence Bud Satterwhite, my son-in-law Chris' maternal great grandfather. He was the second son of William Dempsey and Fannie Bailey Copeland Satterwhite and was born in Rosston, Nevada County Arkansas. Satterwhites had been living in this area of Arkansas for more than fifty years.

Looking at the 1910 and 1920 census for the Satterwhite family, shows a growing family living on a farm in rural Nevada or Hempstead County Arkansas. The family grew to include four sons and two daughters. The enumerator only reported the type of farm as general, but we can imagine that all members of the family spent a good deal of time helping with the chores around the farm.

When he was only twenty, Lawrence married eighteen year old Rosa Maud Hinkson in Conway Arkansas 18 Feb 1924. Their marriage produced five children, three girls and two boys and lasted fifty years until Rosa's death in 1974.

The family made their home in Little Rock, where Lawrence worked as a carpenter or a mechanic.
I imagine they were renting homes as the Little Rock Directories for 1925,  1928. 1929, 1930 list them at different addresses.  Perhaps, they bought the home at 3710 W. 11th Street as they are listed there from 1930 to 1934. The house is listed on Zillow as having been built in 1930, so perhaps they had the house built for their family.

Perhaps Chris' grandmother could explain why her father moved his family to Longview, Texas about 1935. In the Longview Directory, Lawrence is listed as a carpenter joining his brother C. L. (Copeland) in the community.

Lawrence spent the remainder of his life in Longview. Rosa died in 1974, and he married Walterene R. Rodgers.  He died of prostate cancer 20 Mar 1991 at the advanced age of 87.  He is buried at Memory Park Cemetery in Longview with his first wife Rosa.
Photo courtesy of Danny Grizzle and

Happy Birthday Lawrence! or did they call you Larry or Bud?

Cecily Cone Kelly

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