Dabney is a native of South Carolina, a graduate of Berry College and a veteran of the Korean War. His early career was in journalism. He served on several newspapers in the South including The Atlanta Journal. He joined Lockheed-Georgia Company in 1965 as editor of its employee newspaper. He later handled PR on the C-130, C-141 and C-5 transport aircraft, from which job he is retired after a 24 year career there. He is the author of *Herk*, the definitive biography of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, which is now in its third edition.