CAMDEN ù Alice Ray Cabaniss Banks, 71, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006. A poet, writer and teacher, she was born in Ulmers, SC, a daughter of the late James Jefferson and Edwarda Dickinson Ray. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Winthrop University, her masterÆs degree from The Citadel, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of South Carolina. She served as President of the League of Women Voters in Charleston in the 1960s and as a Poet-in-Residence for the South Carolina Arts Commission in the æ70s and æ80s. She taught at Wando High School, the University of South Carolina, the University of Mississippi, the College of Charleston and other institutions. A collection of her poems, The Dark Bus and Other Forms of Transport was published in 1974. She edited the poetry magazine Tinderbox and initiated the Sundown Poetry reading series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Surviving are her husband, Oneil M. Banks, Ph.D., sons, Stephen Cabaniss of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Thomas Cabaniss of New York City, and Henry Cabaniss of Charlotte, NC, and five grandsons. She was predeceased by her sister, Jane Ray Kennedy. She was previously married to Joseph W. Cabaniss and Jack Bass, both of Charleston. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 25, at 3 p.m. at St. TimothyÆs Lutheran Church, 1301 Mill St. in Camden.
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