Rufus H. Satterfield, 90, a retired supervisor in the sheet metal shop of the Washington Navy Yard, died Sunday at the Greenbelt convalescent home. He had Parkinson's disease and arteriosclerosis.
Mr. Sattefield, who lived in a house he built himself in Suitland 50 years ago, was hospitalized a few months ago and had been at the Greenbelt facility for about a month.
He was born in Georgia and moved to Washington when he was 18. He began his career at the Washington Navy Yard in 1917 during World War I. He was a supervisor when he retired in 1951 to care for his first wife, Mamie, who was an invalid. She died in the late 1950s.
Mr. Sattefield was a Mason and a member of St. Jonh's Lodge No. 11.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Maude Satterfield of Suitland; one son, Freeman, of Clinton, Md.; three daughters, Lulu Robey of Fort Pierce, Fla., Myrtie Hesketh of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Doris Thomas of Stuart, Fla.; four stepdaughters, Edna Skiados of Springfield, Va., Wilma Crayton of Sumter, S.c., Marguerite Stevens of Raleigh, N.C., and Anne Capps of Nashville, Tenn,; four sisters, Dessa and Della Caton, Pearlie Belle Fields and Lorie Gunter, all of Northern Virginia; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.