Judge’s legacy continues with annual golf outing

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By John Whitlock

The 12th Annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble will be held April 2 at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley.
The event is dedicated to the memory of the former judge who had a lasting impact on many people around him.
Satterwhite was a recipient of an organ donation in 1997 when he received a double lung transplant.
The event is a way to remember Satterwhite while keeping alive his legacy of helping others.
Satterwhite served as District Court Clerk from 1978 until his election as Circuit Court Judge in 1983. He served in that position from 1984 until 1998.
Billy O’Bannion, who spearheads the event, said he hopes to make this year’s event the biggest ever.
“We are looking at increasing the number of teams that participate,” O’Banion said. “It’s a great event that does a lot of good in the community.”
As in year’s past, the event will raise money for the Sattterwhite Fund, which supports the Trust for Life Organ Donation Program.
O’Banion said the donations will help transplant patients and their families cover the cost of dealing with the medical emergency.
“This money will help keep the heat and lights on and with transportation for the families,” O’Banion said.
The golf “shamble” also helps improve the lives of Owen County senior citizens by helping to cover some of the costs of the group’s annual trip.
“That’s very special to me,” O’Banion said. “That money stays right here and helps the people of Owen County.”
The event will begin with a double-shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per team, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, food and entertainment following the tournament.
Teams can consist of any four people but a USGA handicap or average score will be required.
For more information, contact Gilbert England of the Fairway Golf Course at 463-2338 or by e-mail at golfatfairway@aol.com or O’Banion at 484-4481 or (502) 750-2943 or by e-mail at judge@setel.com.