Durban (Mitch) K. Mitchiner, Sr., 79, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away on Thursday, December 1. A native of Durham, NC, he was born on October 31, 1937, to the late Margaret and Reginald Mitchiner. A loving husband, father, brother, and uncle, he is survived by his wife Tervenia, sons Durban Jr. and Damon, and four surviving siblings: Reginald, Charles, Mary-Margaret, and Nettie. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for eight years and discharged honorably as a staff sergeant. He was stationed at bases around the world, including England AFB in Alexandria, LA, where he met his loving wife of 53 years, the former Tervenia Radford. Following his military service, he enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, from which he was awarded a business degree in accounting with honors after three years of study. After graduation, he accepted a job as an accountant in Huntsville, AL, with IBM Corporation. Transferred after a few years to Poughkeepsie, NY, he moved in 1975 to the Atlanta area and worked at IBM until his retirement after 25 years of service. Becoming bored with retirement, he accepted a position with the Internal Revenue Service, where he worked until his retirement with 20 years of U.S. Government service, combining eight years with the U.S. Air Force and 12 years with the IRS. Mitch was a complex, humble man who could be funny and enjoyed practical jokes. During a Christmas holiday, he wrapped a brick in beautiful wrapping paper and thoughtfully placed it under the tree for his youngest sister-in-law. She admired the gift daily, trying to guess its contents. When she finally opened the gift, she was puzzled, even trying to open the brick. Everyone had a good-natured laugh from it, and she was equally humored and considers it to this day a fond memory.

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  1. Two short stories. Mitch & I were stationed at England AFB and we had a temporary duty assignment to Incirlik AFB, Turkey. He was fluent in the Turkish language having been stationed in Ankara. We had a stop over in the Embassy in Istanbul, and we were in the cafeteria. Mitch got about 2 dollars in dimes and took over the “Juke Box” He played one song, “Solder Boy” over and over by the Shirelles and he stood right in front of that juke box and would not let anybody use it until we left. “He had TV on the brain”

    Mitch bought a car. It was a “Tank” a 1956 Buick Roadmaster. We would leave the base and drive into Alexandria. The temperature in the summer was always in the mid 90″s and the humidity was just as high The air condition in the car went out. Mitch refused to roll the windows down. Now it’s at least 120 degrees in the car and we each carried a towel to wipe the sweat off of our foreheads. We where riding around like he had air!!! Mitch had his own personal sauna. We laughed about that all the time.

    TV and family our prayers are with you and may God continue to comfort you.

  2. To The Family: May the Lord bless you; May the Lord make his light shine upon you and give you Peace. My Deepest Sympathy

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