Edward Lawson Cabaniss, 76, of Daytona Beach (and formerly of Willow Spring, NC), passed away Sunday, August 28, 2022, in his home surrounded by family.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Kennebec Baptist Church, 9808 Kennebec Church Road, Angier, NC.
Ed was born February 8, 1946, in Shelby, North Carolina to Lawrence Edward (“L.E.”) Cabaniss and Helen Payseur Cabaniss. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1964 and North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969. He later received his Master’s in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.
In 1969, Ed began his career as an electrical engineer working for the Federal Communications Commission in Atlanta, GA, followed by more than 35 years in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater VA area working primarily for the federal government. Throughout his career he worked for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard.
Ed also had a passion for aviation, which led to an illustrious second career as a pilot. After several years as a private flight instructor, he realized his dream of becoming a commercial pilot where he flew more than 15 years with both Piedmont Airlines and US Airways.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was also very active in church throughout the years, which included leading multiple Bible studies and serving as a Deacon. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA); and Kennebec Baptist Church. He also loved woodworking, reading, building computers, playing golf and attending NC State sporting events with his family.
Ed is survived by his wife, Deborah of Daytona Beach, FL; daughter, Kerry Cabaniss Allen of Portsmouth, VA; son, Chris Cabaniss (wife, Diana) of Cary, NC; grandchildren, Nicholas Fuller of Portsmouth, VA; Jordan Allen Caldwell (husband, Zach) of Portsmouth, VA; Lauren Cabaniss of Cary, NC; Jacob Cabaniss of Cary, NC; great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Grayson and Christian; sister, Elizabeth Cabaniss Morris of Hudson, NC; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Leonhardt Cabaniss of Monroe, GA, as well as many nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Helen Cabaniss, both of Shelby, NC, and his brother, Larry Cabaniss, Sr., of Monroe, GA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kennebec Baptist Church at 9808 Kennebec Church Road, Angier, NC 27501 or the American Parkinson Disease Association at https://www.apdaparkinson.org/memorial-tribute-1907d3l/