Charles Davis Cabaniss
1927 - 2016
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CABANISS, Charles Davis Charles Davis Cabaniss, 89, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Chuck, as he was known by friends, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 5, 1927 to Walter and Inez Cabaniss. He spent most of his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but moved to Garland, Texas his freshman year of high school. Chuck graduated as valedictorian of Garland High School in 1945, where he was yearbook editor, a class officer, and lettered in football and basketball. Immediately after graduation, he entered the United States Army and attended Officer Training School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Following his discharge in 1946, Chuck attended Texas A&M University where he served as co-editor of the Aggieland yearbook and sports editor of The Battalion, the school newspaper, as well as in a variety of student government positions. After graduating from A&M in 1950, he served a second tour in the military in the Korean War, during which he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Returning home in 1952, Chuck entered law school at the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Silver Spurs, class officer, and scholastic award winner. Following graduation in 1955, he began his legal career in the Dallas District Attorney's office under Henry Wade. Moving to the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Texas in 1962, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for over 35 years, receiving commendations from several federal courts and agencies. Early in his tenure, he held several leadership positions in the Federal Bar Association. During a one-year special assignment in the mid-1970's, he served as the initial Attorney-in-Charge and Institute Director for the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. He had been the Chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney's office for over 13 years when he retired in 1998. In 1960, he met Kathryn Landers Cabaniss of Dallas, and they were married on July 29, 1961 at Wilshire Baptist Church, which he faithfully attended for over fifty years. The couple's first child, Kevin, was born in 1963, and a second child, Kristin, was born in 1965. Outside of his professional life, Chuck was very active in service and community activities, including coaching youth sports, serving as Nation Chief for YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses, and presiding over the Wildcat Club at Lake Highlands High School. His interests in research, journalism, and sports were combined in serving as Chairman of the Board and Historian of the Garland Sports Hall of Fame from 1995 through 2011, culminating in a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hall's Board of Governors. In 2005, he was one of the inaugural four recipients of The Distinguished Alumni Award of the Garland High School Alumni Association. Having worked part-time as a sportswriter for some local community papers periodically from high school into the early years of his legal career, during retirement, Chuck researched and co-authored a book on the first century of Garland High School football, which was published several years ago. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he supported and encouraged his wife, children, and grandchildren in all of their endeavors, always making the time to be present for games, concerts, recitals, ceremonies, and countless other events. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathy, and seven of his eight siblings. He is survived by his children, Kevin and wife Carol, and Kristin, his three grandchildren, Peyton, Tanner, and Trace Cabaniss, his sister Juanita Shields, brother-in-law, Dr. Ray Landers, sister-in-law Jo Ann Miller, and a number of nieces and nephews. The Cabaniss family expresses their deep appreciation to Tonya Buford and Acapella In-Home Services for their compassionate care during Chuck's final years. Memorials may be submitted to the George A. Mason Pathways Endowment for Wilshire Baptist Church's Pastoral Residency program. Visitation will be at Restland Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Dr. George Mason will officiate the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams Road in Dallas.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jun. 26 to Jun. 27, 2016.
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August 12, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Cabaniss. I am the producer of the documentary film "The Borinqueneers" which profiled the 65th Infantry Regiment where Chuck served. Chuck had been in my database for years. I have been trying to contact him to send him a replica medal of the Congressional Gold Medal which was recently awarded to the 65th veterans. I would like to the family to contact me so that I can forward the medal to them. Please call me (Noemi Figueroa) at (914) 739-3989 or email me at
Noemi Figueroa-Soulet
July 26, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
June 29, 2016
My deepest condolences on the loss of Mr. Cabaniss (father, friend, neighbor). I worked under his leadership in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's office from 1992 until he retired from the office. May God rest his soul, and may you find comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father has embraced him and welcomed him unto his kingdom.

God bless.
Maria Aldana
June 27, 2016
For the Cabiness family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort hear your heart-broken prayers and provide you with much needed comfort during the difficult days and weeks ahead (Isaiah 42:10).
Krystal DB
June 27, 2016
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family at this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that he cares. (1 Peter 5:6,7.
June 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May you have Kindness and Peace from God our father and the lord Jesus Christ.
1cor; 1:3
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