Mitchell Lee Saieed, Sr.

August 11, 1932 - November 18, 2017
Mitchell Lee Saieed, Sr.

Mitchell Lee Saieed, Sr., (Mitch) was called to his Heavenly home November 18, 2017.  He was born August 11, 1932 In Greenville, NC, one of 10 children of John and Olga Saieed, owners of Saieed’s Department Store in downtown Greenville.  He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Barbara Saieed, son Michael Saieed and daughter Alyson Saieed, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter, 2 brothers, Thomas (Cathy) and Frank (Beverly).  He was predeceased by 4 sisters, Louise, Betty Lou, Pearl and Shirley and 3 brothers, Alfred, Dan, and John.

Mitch graduated from East Carolina College (aka EC University) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He served as ECC Student Body President and was a member of Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity.  Upon ECC graduation from the AF-ROTC as Cadet Major, he enlisted in the USAF as Lieutenant and rose to the rank of captain with honorable discharge.

Mitch began his career in the mid 1960’s at WWAY TV3, Wilmington, NC, as a Business Manager and worked his way up to be promoted General Station Manager and Vice President, until the station was sold in early 1980’s when he left. With devotion for television broadcasting, he continued his work and became General Station Manager at WKFT-40 in Fayetteville, NC, until his retirement.

Mitch was known by family, friends, and associates as loyal, giving, and dedicated.  He served as a source of encouragement for so many people.  He was immensely generous and a positive influence to those who relied on him for his fatherly manner and support.  These folks feel the loss of Mitch.

Mitch through life experience has received many achievements; from his academics he was honored Who’s Who at Universities and College, to professional recognitions as President of NC Association of TV Broadcasters.  Socially he was a member of the Wrightsville Beach Lions Club and the Elks Club. Past time; was an avid fisherman and was an inspiration to his family and friends, lived a full and vibrant life until he passed, never met a stranger, enjoyed and took such pride in his family, but most of all adored his wife, Barbara.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535. S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099

 

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  • November 21, 2017
    Ms Allison says:
    Please except my condolence in the loss of your love one. Phil 4:6, 7 will help you receive the peace of God. John 5:28, 29 gives further assurance Jesus will restore life to those who has died. These are comforting thoughts to look forward to knowing your loved one is in God's memory. Hope this brings comfort.

  • November 22, 2017
    Brenda Henderson says:
    Great wonderful friend..from 1972 working with him he was a dear friend.. Prayers to all family and friends who were privalidge to have known him.. Mitch you will be missed..RIP my friend..

  • November 25, 2017
    George Allen says:
    Barbara and family, please know I am deeply saddened by Mitch's passing. He was a great friend and mentor during our working years. He always had time for me and was a great encouragement to me. It was an honor to have known and worked so closely with Mitch. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family and a big smile for Mitch as he was reunited with his parents and siblings that went before him.

  • November 27, 2017
    Steve Beverly says:
    I worked as Mitch's news director from 1984-86. He was one of the kindest and most fatherly men and was always concerned about me as a person, not just as an employee. You don't have that many people like him left in the television business, but everyone who passed his way is better for having known him. I am blessed to have been a friend and colleague of Mitch, who always lived by the Golden Rule.

  • November 27, 2017
    Robert Diab says:
    To Barbara, Mike and Family, The entire Diab family sends its heartfelt condolences. We are saddened to learn of Mr. Saieed's passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you. I think him and Mr D are already up to something. WWAY in heaven , I think so. A true and loyal friend to our family and he will not be forgotten.