Barbara Batey            October 30, 2011

BARBARA ANNE CHAKALES Barbara Anne Chakales, age 64, of Roswell, Georgia lost her courageous eight-year battle with breast cancer on Sunday, October 30, 2011 with loved ones at her side. She was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on March 16th, 1947, to parents Bill and Jane Batey and then raised in Wilmington, Delaware where she graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1965. After obtaining an art history degree from the University of Delaware, she worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and had a multifaceted career, which included TWA, Computer Sciences Corporation, and a variety of sales positions. Eventually, Barbara found her true vocation as a lawyer after earning her law degree from Georgia State University in 1995. Highlights in her legal career included working for the Honorable Judge T. Penn McWhorter, serving as Associate Juvenile Court Judge, and finally formed her own practice, Barbara A. Chakales, LLC where she enjoyed assisting many entrepreneurial small businessmen making their dreams come true. She was a member of the State Bar of Georgia and NADCO (National Association of Development Companies). Barbara married Stan Chakales on August 10, 1992 in Carmel, California. She was an avid tennis player, excellent seamstress, talented photographer, and loved spending time at the beach with friends and family. Full of compassion, she never met an animal she wouldn't foster or adopt. While fighting this onerous disease, Barbara successfully trained and completed numerous marathon Breast Cancer Walks. Barbara is survived by her husband Stan, stepdaughter Allyce Tasanasanta, and husband Sam, grandchildren Julia and David Tasanasanta, her father William Batey, and a multitude of loving friends. A memorial is being planned for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Fund ( The family wishes to thank all who have given support and encouragement throughout her illness, especially the nurses and technicians of the 3rd floor at Northside Hospital. Barbara was a model of courage, resilience, humor and love. She was full of spunk and vivacity; and the world will be a lesser place without her. "To live in the hearts of those we love is to never die."


Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 6, 2011