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(05-31-2023 - 06-07-2023)

Susan Keenan, 67, aided bishop in Anglican Mission

June 1, 2023

Susan deGraffenried Keenan of Charleston, a former Pawleys Island resident, died May 21 after battling brain cancer.  She was 67.

She was born July 26, 1955, in Columbia, the daughter of Lally and Shiney Keenan. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Susan joined the family business, Keenan Oil Co., where she began her career. She later moved to Pawleys Island, where she raised her two children.

Ms. Keenan’s life’s calling emerged when she connected with the Rev. Charles H. Murphy III, a visionary and trailblazer in the Anglican Church, while working with his wife, Margaret, at the All Saints School. Upon Murphy being consecrated a bishop, she became his executive assistant and played an important role in growing the Anglican Mission in America as his chief of staff. 

Their final joint endeavor was the establishment of The Abbey in Pawleys Island. 

Beyond her professional contributions, Ms. Keenan was active in the Pawleys Island community, playing a role in helping to establish the Lowcountry Day School.

After a brief period working with Morgan Stanley in Columbia, she retired and moved to Charleston to be closer to her family and coastal friends. She was a member of the Charleston chapter of the Colonial Dames and worshiped at St. Phillips Episcopal Church. 

Her devotion to family, friends, the communities in South Carolina where she lived and the many communities throughout the world through the Anglican Mission, was a testament to her extraordinary legacy of caring. Throughout her recent illness, the outpouring of love and support from those who knew and cherished her reflect the profound impact she had on their lives.

She is survived by her children, Keenan Harn and Wilson deGraffenried Grayson; her granddaughters, Mary Alice, Loyal Anne and Susan Grace Harn; and her sisters, Elmira Weston, Lucia Keenan and Julia Norwood.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at The Abbey.

Tom Satterfield, 87, veteran became hospital administrator

June 1, 2023

Glenn Thomas Satterfield of Myrtle Beach died May 22 with his family by his side. He was 87. 

Known as Tom, he was born May 21, 1936, in Raleigh, N.C., a son of Boston Jeffreys and Virginia Honeycutt Jeffreys. He served in the Air Force. Following his retirement with the rank of major, he obtained a master’s degree in business from the University of Hawaii. He later earned a master’s in health care from Trinity University. He went on to become a skilled and dedicated administrator for several hospitals before joining the Tidelands Healthcare Network. 

Mr. Satterfield was director of patient financial services at Georgetown Memorial Hospital until his second retirement. 

In his free time, he could be found golfing, camping, and fishing. When the weather didn’t cooperate, he enjoyed cheering on the football team at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

He often could be found sneaking off with his grandchildren to retrieve ice cream. 

He is survived by his wife of more then 59 years, Sylvia B. Satterfield; his children, Ronda Fielding (Todd) of Forney, Texas, Glenn T. “Buddy” Satterfield Jr. (Traci) of Murrells Inlet and Sheryl S. Kearns (Robert) of Myrtle Beach; his granddaughters, Amanda, Savannah, Alli, Sydney and Alexis;  his dog, Maggie Lou; as well as a large extended family.

His brother, Dr. William C. Satterfield, and a grandson, Robert D. Kearns III, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held June 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.  Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers,  memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256  ( 

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