The light of Heaven is a little brighter today because Freda Jonetta Satterwhite Springs now resides in the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Her two-year gallant battle with cancer came to a peaceful end on Friday, June 1 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. She was surrounded by a loving circle of family and friends.
Freda was born on August 1, 1965 in Richmond, Virginia to John E. and Annie K. Satterwhite. She graduated from Richmond Community High School in 1983 and received her B.S. degree in Journalism from Howard University in 1987 where she graduated Cum Laude.
She interned at the Winston-Salem Journal in 1985 and 1986 before moving to the city in 1987 when she married Kenny Springs. Their daughter, Moriah Noelani, was born in 1991.
During her professional career, Freda worked as a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, covering the police, social services and religion beats where she earned a reputation among her colleagues as a fair and thoughtful journalist a reputation that served her well throughout her career.
Freda left print journalism to work as a public relations consultant and subsequently joined Forsyth Medical Center where she spent more than 15 years as the manager of media and public relations. She was highly respected and admired as an effective, honest and consummate professional.
Freda loved the arts. She danced as a child and played piano. She sang and had a keen appreciation for virtually all types of music.
She was the poster child for multi-tasking, rarely focused on any one thing, but simultaneously tuned-in to her iPod, laptop and cell phone while still managing to knit one, purl two.
However, her real passion was writing. From business and media communications to speeches for corporate executives to her personal journal entries and postings on Facebook, Fredas writing was insightful, inspirational and sometimes just down right, bring-you-to-tears funny.
Freda was a strong woman with humor, courage and wisdom well beyond her years. At the center of her strength were her family, her spirituality and her church.
As a child, she came to know Christ at Richmonds Morningstar Baptist Church. At Winston-Salem First Assembly of God, Fredas spirituality blossomed, her life becoming a testament to God and service to others. She learned American Sign Language so the deaf in her congregation could share the words of the music. She was particularly proud of her efforts to promote and publicize First Assemblys Christmas for the City program.
If the prayers for her by her congregation during her illness were pennies, she indeed is among the richest of the rich. She loved her church family. They enriched her life as she did theirs.
Fredas most precious joy was her daughter Moriah for whom she had unbounded love, immeasurable patience and great expectations.
She viewed her life as a gift from God and shared that gift generously throughout her life. To her family, friends and all who knew her, she was their hero and will be missed but never forgotten.
Her family and friends will be forever grateful to the medical staffs at Hospice and Forsyth Medical Center for their truly remarkable care and compassion.
Freda is survived by her husband Kenny and daughter Moriah; her father John and brother John Satterwhite Jr. and his daughter Porsche; her brother Danny Satterwhite, wife Donna and children Danny, Jonathan, Niyana, Darius and grandson Isaiah all of Richmond; an aunt Dorothy T Elliott of Forestville, Maryland; mother-in-law Grace W. Springs; brother-in-law Jerry Springs; sister-in-law Avis Williams; god-son Patrick Love and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, June 6th from 2 pm to 3 pm followed by a service from 3 pm to 4 pm. at Winston-Salem First Assembly of God, 3730 University Parkway.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate any contributions be made to The Forsyth Medical Center Foundation to support breast cancer early detection and treatment.
Born: August 1, 1965
Place of Birth: Richmond, VA
Death: June 1, 2012
Place of Death: Winston-Salem, NC
Occupation: Public relations
This memorial provided by:
Hooper Funeral Home