AIKEN, SC- Donald Wilson Mitcham was born in Opelika, Alabama to Marvin Edward Mitcham and Beatrice Wilson Mitcham on June 24, 1933. He lived in Manchester, Georgia for most of his elementary school years. He went to high school at Decatur Boys High in Decatur, Georgia but transferred to Bass High in Atlanta, Georgia for his senior year where he graduated in 1951. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He earned a BS Degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he was a charter member and member of the hall of fame of the Eta Gamma chapter of Sigma Nu. After working a short while at Burroughs Corp. and the Georgia Department of Labor, he went on to earn an MBA at Indiana University and a DBA from Georgia State University.
He taught at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro Tennessee from 1967-1974. At which time he began his teaching career at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. He retired from teaching in 1999 but continued part time in an administrative capacity until 2011.
He loved to square dance and to call. He organized the Hillsboro High Steppers in Nashville, Tennessee and the Circulators, a family oriented square dance club, in Aiken, SC. He loved calling square dances for special events, especially youth groups. He particularly enjoyed dancing at the festivals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge,The Pride RV Camp and Lake Junaluska in Tennessee and at the Pipestem State Park in West Verginia. He was a member of the SC Callers Association, the CSRA Callers association and Caller Lab.
He was an avid story teller and a member of the Tellers of Two Cities (Aiken/Augusta). One of his favorite events was the annual National Story Telling Festival in Jonesboro , TN.
Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise McClain Mitcham, two sons, Marvin Mitcham, Loy Mitcham I (Katherine), a daughter-in-law, Typhany Nordeen (Kelly), five grandchildren, Skyler Mitcham (Nichole), Kayleigh Mitcham Irwin (Shawn), Loy Mitcham II, Devin Mitcham (Jasmine), Zachary Mitcham (Lauren), and two great grand children, Raiden Mitcham and Charlie Mitcham, two nieces and one nephew. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, June Andros.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Rd., Aiken, SC. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Aiken Regional Medical Center and their network of physicians and to Kindred Home Health and Kindred Hospice.
A Celebration of Life at Trinity United Methodist Church will be announced by George Funeral Home at a later date.
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