Thomas “Tom” Daniel Sattler died at his home at 2:22 p.m. at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Georgia, on April 6, 2019 under the care of Hospice of Tiftarea. Thomas Daniel Sattler was born September 22, 1954, in Washington, D.C. to Frank Charles Sattler and Mary Louise Noto Sattler of Italian descent from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He grew up attending the Roman Catholic Church and Christian School at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna, Virginia. In his spare time, Tom loved playing ball on his father’s little league baseball team the Falls Church Federals. This instilled a love and passion for sports in him that followed him throughout his life. He worked his entire life beginning at age eleven, riding his bike to deliver the paper. Tom graduated from George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia. He later attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA and ultimately obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies from Andersonville Seminary in Camilla, Georgia.
Best known for his sense of humor, his love for others, his faith, and his strong work ethic, Tom was deeply cherished by all who knew him. He always found something to laugh about, whether it be lovingly calling the kids “his little monkeys,” or other jokes from the pulpit. Tom had a few pet names including being called T.D. and Sasquatch due to his towering figure.
In his professional life and career, Tom worked his way up through the computer industry from the original IBM mainframes as a computer operator until his retirement as a Senior Project Manager several years ago from eLeadCRM in Valdosta, GA. He was employed by a number of computer companies including PRC in Falls Church, Virginia; NRC Comten/AT&T Longlines in Cincinnati, Ohio; Toronto, Canada, and Boston, Massachusetts; Tandem/Hewlett-Packard Computers, Attachmate Corp., and Platinum Corp. in Atlanta, GA. In 2003, Tom relocated to Tifton with his wife, Leshia W. Sattler, who is native to the area.
For over ten years Tom served in the ministry as a United Methodist Pastor in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church at Clements Chapel, Sycamore UMC, Arabi UMC, Rebecca UMC, and Enigma UMC. Upon his retirement his wife Leshia W. Sattler followed in his footsteps in the UMC ministry. They retired from the UMC ministry in 2017 from Leila UMC.
Tom is survived by his wife, Leshia W. Sattler. He is survived by six daughters and their families: Danielle Ashley Kirchoffer of Aviano, Italy; Jessica Renee Sattler Tourney of Los Angeles, California; Melissa Italia Shemwell of Atlanta; Audriana Lauren Sattler of Sandy Springs; Heather Anne Sattler of Valdosta; and Rachel Louise Sattler of Lakeland, Florida. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his only son, Adam Thomas Sattler, a Georgia Tech astrophysics student on November 20, 2016. He has one surviving brother Terry Daniel Sattler and his family of Sevierville, Tennessee.
Arrangements are being handled by Reflections of Tifton. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m. at Enigma UMC in Enigma, GA. Tifton FUMC Associate Pastor Robbie Paulk has ministered to the family and will bring the message. There will be no formal visitation or graveside services scheduled at this time in respect to Mr. Sattler’s wishes.