Joseph Warren Cabaniss
Joseph Warren Cabaniss CHARLESTON - Joseph Warren Cabaniss, 93, died Friday, January 12, 2018. An attorney, he was born on July 12, 1924 in Macon, GA. Mr. Cabaniss was active in the early civil rights movement, receiving the Robert Worth Bingham Prize at the College of Charleston for a speech in 1947 advocating the end of racial segregation. He was Chairman of the Charleston Council on Human Relations, a biracial organization for better communication and cooperation between the races. He also served on a committee appointed by Governor McNair to attempt to resolve the 1969 strike by hospital workers at MUSC. He graduated from the College of Charleston in 1947 and received a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1949. At the College of Charleston he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi and the winner of the Bryan Mathematics Prize. In 2006 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. At the Law School he was a member of Wig and Robe, a legal scholastic society, and in 1996 he received the "Compleat Lawyer" Award from the South Carolina Law School Alumni Association. Mr. Cabaniss entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1943 and served on active duty in the Pacific during World War II and later during the Korean conflict. He retired with the rank of Major in the Reserve. He was the managing partner of the law firm of Grimball & Cabaniss, which he founded in 1964 with the late William H. Grimball, and he remained as counsel to the firm after his retirement. Mr. Cabaniss was a Past President of the Charleston County Bar Association and was a member of the South Carolina and American Bar Associations. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He was a member of the Vestry of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul and served on the Board of St. John's Mission Center. He was active in social and civic affairs, serving as President of the Exchange Club of Charleston, President of the Coastal Carolina Fair and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Forum. He was also a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and the Piping and Marching Society of Lower Chalmers Street. Mr. Cabaniss is survived by three sons and their wives: Stephen E. Cabaniss (Julia), Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas R. Cabaniss (Deborah), New York, N.Y., and Henry H. Cabaniss (Christy), Mt. Pleasant, S.C., as well as five grandsons: Emory, Andrew, William, Greyson, and Daniel. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 3rd at 4 p.m. at the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church at 136 Church Street in Charleston. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2018.
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Dear Steve, Thomas and Henry, I am so very sorry for your loss of your dad. As you all know, he, as well as your mom, was an important part of my childhood. Because of the closeness of our families, he was my Uncle Joe. I have so many wonderful memories of your family and ours whenever we visited Charleston. I am grateful that my family, John, Chelsea and Zachary had the opportunity to meet and spend time with your dad when we would return to Charleston for vacation. Your dad always made sure we went to the best restaurants!!! I am sorry that I won't be able to make the service, but know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. He will for sure be missed! He was truly a fine man and a wonderful "uncle". Love you all....
Leslie (Martin) Guerin
Leslie Guerin
January 30, 2018
Skip Brechtel
January 29, 2018
Deepest condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you. I enjoyed my time with Joe. We had the most interesting conversations, he was such a funny and smart man.
Alison Ward
January 27, 2018
a loved one
January 22, 2018
My thoughts are with the whole family a this time. What a wonderful, warm and distinguished man Joe was. I am so blessed to have spent time with Joe while visiting Charleston. You, I am sure, are very proud of Joe. Love you!
Donna Monnette
January 18, 2018
Our thoughts are with you all. I learned so much about your dad. What a mover and a shaker Joe Cabaniss was and know you are proud that he was supporting civil rights at a time when many turned their heads. Julian will be here for the service, but sadly I will be away. Treasure your memories of such a remarkable man. All the best, Jenny Hane and Julian Wiles
Jenny Hane
January 17, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Sarah Woodruff Stone
January 15, 2018
Oh Joe, the sound of your voice expounding on this and that will always be in my heart. I hope you are having plenty of ice cream, where ever you are.
Kimberly Carter
January 14, 2018
Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by our Marines Hymn that the streets of Heaven are guarded by United States Marines. Rest your pack, Marine, and take your post. You still have important work to do. Semper Fi
Another Marine
January 14, 2018
January 14, 2018
We're proud to have known Joe through his visits to Thomas, Deborah, William and Daniel in New York over the many years.
He was a true and gentle man and he made the world a better place.
Mel, Angela and Kate Marvin
January 14, 2018
My condolences.
Marcia Warnock
January 14, 2018
Please don't send flowers; we will have some donation options at the memorial service on February 3 - if you want more information, please contact me at [email protected] Thank you!
Thomas Cabaniss
January 14, 2018