Winnie Davis Satterfield Cheney


CLEMMONS — Winnie Davis Satterfield Cheney, 83, died June 28, 2021, in Clemmons. Born in Roxboro, Winnie was the daughter of Byrd Isaac Satterfield and Sarah Winnie Jones Satterfield. She grew up on the family farm in Timberlake and graduated from Helena High School in 1955. In 1959, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University, where she met her husband, Bill. They married June 18, 1960, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Hurdle Mills. They were married for 42 years.  

Winnie taught school for 34 years. Her first teaching position was at Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh in 1959, followed by two years at Colfax County School from 1960 to 1962. In 1968, her husband’s job with Burlington Industries took them from Gastonia to Batesburg, S.C. She taught history and government/economics in Batesburg-Leesville schools until 1984. That year, her husband’s job took them back to North Carolina, where she taught U.S. History at Cummings High School in Burlington until her retirement in 2000. 

A life-long learner, Winnie earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina in 1977. Then, she returned to Duke University “just for fun” and obtained a master’s in liberal studies in 2009 when she was 72 years old. 

Winnie enjoyed community service throughout her life, whether it was singing in the church choir, playing music with guests and residents at nursing and adult day facilities, or serving with her Sunday school class and Circle at Front St. United Methodist Church. 

Winnie was an avid Duke fan. Every televised game, she could be found sitting on the edge of her chair wearing a Duke sweatshirt, cheering for the team and giving them advice about the next play. She knew every player’s name and often had a Duke poster of the team somewhere in her home. 

Winnie is survived by two daughters, Sarah Byrd Cheney and her husband William Jackson Poole of Clemmons, and Ashley Davis Cheney and her husband William Edward Shell of Taylors, S.C.; her daughter-in-law Marta Marie Kabalin of Belmont, Mass.; three grandchildren, Willoughby Kabalin Cheney of Belmont, Mass., and Jackson Davis Poole and Mollie Greer Poole of Clemmons; her brother-in-law, the Rev. Dr. C. Edward Blackburn of Dickson, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Willoughby Greer Cheney Jr.; her son Willoughby Greer Cheney III; her two sisters, Mary Emily Satterfield Blackburn and Byrd Austin Satterfield Young; and her brother-in-law Warren Hoyle Young, Jr.

A service will be conducted on July 3 at 11a.m. at Front St. United Methodist Church with visitation immediately following the service. A private burial will follow in Alamance Memorial Park in Burlington. Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington is handling arrangements.

Person County remained a special place to Winnie throughout her life. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion UMC or to the Person County Historical Society. 


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