James Keith Cabaniss, 84, of Huddleston, died Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Virginia Veterans Care Center, Salem, Va. He was born on September 17, 1931, in Brookneal, Va., a son of the late Jack B. Cabaniss and Mary Elizabeth Yates Cabaniss. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth C. and Charles P. Cabaniss.
James served in the United States Air Force as a Control Tower Operator. Shortly after leaving the USAF in 1952, he was employed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, now the Federal Aviation Administration, as an Air Traffic Controller, retiring in 1983. After building houses for five years, he worked for Professional Instrument Courses Inc. of Essex CT for 17 years as a flight instructor. From 2007-2015, he has worked as a flight instructor at the New London, Va. Airport.
James is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Joan C. Cabaniss; son, Keith A. Cabaniss of Nederland, Co.; daughter, Karla C. Denney (Richard), of Lovettsville, Va.; stepchildren, Jon C. Michaud (Jodi), and Catherine M. Viecelli (Robert); four step grandsons; two sisters, Edith Poindexter, of Long Island, Va., and Jacquelyn Beales, of Berryville, Va.; brother, Michael B. Cabaniss, of Winchester, Va.; and sister-in-law, Patricia Cabaniss, also of Winchester, Va.
A memorial service will be held September 17, 2016 at 11AM at Staunton Baptist Church, 15267 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy, Huddleston, VA 24104. To send condolences online please visit http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/JamesCabaniss/Homepage.aspx
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Virginia Veterans Care Center, Attn: Patti Smith, The Indigent Fund, 4550 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24017.