The city of Dallas paid tribute to well-known former Dallas city councilman and attorney, Leo Chaney Friday, Aug. 16, reports News 8. Citizens of Dallas remembered the South Dallas attorney and former community relations specialist for the Dallas school district on Friday afternoon. His body lay in repose inside the State Hall at Fair Park and the public was invited to pay their respects. Chaney’s colleagues and Dallas dignitaries complimented him on his service to the city and citizens of Dallas.
Mr. Chaney, 62, died Monday, Aug. 12 in a fire at his South Dallas home. The fire was started by an electrical spark. It is believed Leo died from smoke inhalation.
A member of the Dallas City Council from 1999-2007, Leo Chaney was known and respected for his passion for parks in South Dallas. “His vision of Opportunity was a series of interpretive panels and commissions that would interpret the black history of South Dallas,” Willis Winters, director of the Parks Department, remembers. Opportunity Park, on Malcolm X Boulevard a short distance from the Chaney home, is Leo’s legacy to his community and to the city of Dallas.
Chaney was also praised for his leadership, always “standing up for people,” and giving back to the citizens of his community. George Harris, a neighbor of the Chaneys, recalls “He was my tutor when I had to get my GED at the Martin Luther King Center ... he took care of the community. He watched over everyone.”
Funeral services for Mr. Chaney were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at True Lee Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas.