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Obituaries for January 12, 2017; Cari Ouderkirk, MD, Marti Kelley, Cora Bell Chastain, Lisa Waldron, Tony Haynes, Hugh Eubanks, James Magness Jr.

Cari Ouderkirk, MD
August 8, 1962 - January 1, 2017
    Cari Lynn Finney Ouderkirk, MD, passed away on New Year’s Day after a valiant 19-month battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends throughout her journey, and especially during the last month of her life, when her hospital room and hospice were constantly filled with the voices of loved ones.     She was so proud of both her daughters, Sarah, in her first year of Emory Medical School, and Laura, studying civil engineering at the University of Georgia. In addition to her daughters, Cari is survived by her husband of 26 years, David; mother, Viola Phillips Finney; brothers, Phillip (Wendy) and Jeffrey (Carrie); sister, Mary-Margaret; sister-in-law, Kathy Qualey; brother-in-law, Dr. John Ouderkirk; aunt, Margaret Fox of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews, extended family members and treasured friends.
    Cari was preceded in death by her brother, Bert and her father, James Benjamin (Ben) Finney. Her quiet strength and fun loving nature will be missed. 
    Cari, the oldest of five children, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ten years later her family moved to Jasper, Georgia. Cari shared her birthday with her father and was named after her grandfather and great uncle.  After graduating from Pickens High School in 1980 and receiving a degree in biology from Presbyterian College in 1984, Cari went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia (Class of 1988). She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.  Upon completion of the residency program, she joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine and practiced medicine at several Atlanta area hospitals, including Grady Memorial and Crawford Long, for 12 years. Cari took great pride in the responsibility of training future physicians. In 1999, she joined Northside Emergency Associates (NEA) and in 2001 became their first female partner, serving both on the executive board and as the head of Quality Improvement (2008-2016).  Cari was a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
    Cari was a charter member of New Lebanon Presbyterian church and an active member at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She was an active and valued member of the P.E.O. sisterhood for many years.
    Cari’s life was celebrated in a memorial service on Saturday, January, 7th, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and a reception at the Capital City Club, 53 West Brookhaven Drive, NE, Atlanta.  The Scattering of the Ashes followed the worship service at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Bent Tree Drive, Jasper, GA on Sunday, January 8th.
    The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Emory Medical School Tuition Scholarship.
    By mail:
Office of Gift Records
Emory University — School of Medicine
1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Ste. 1400
Atlanta, GA 30322-4001

Marti Kelley
    Mrs. Martis “Marti” Janell Kelley, 75, of Calhoun, GA, entered the gates of Heaven and was welcomed by her Savior, Tuesday January 3, 2017 at the local hospital, with her loving family at her bedside. Marti was born December 12, 1941 in Pickens County, GA, the daughter of the late Milton Priest and Mellene Anderson Priest.          Marti worked many years in the nursing field, working 26 years at Gordon County Hospital, Morning Point Assisted Living and started in career at Watkins Memorial Hospital in Ellijay, GA. Marti loved to read, cook, sew and most of all loved to take care of others.
    Mrs.  Martis “Marti” Janell Kelley is survived by her husband, Joseph “Pete” Kelley; sons, Reed (Rosa ) Williams of Ramhurst, GA, Tommy (Sabrina) Golden of Calhoun, GA; daughters, Cindy (Kevin) Kinsey of Plainville, GA, Cara (Joel) Wright of Calhoun, GA; brother, James ( Diane) Priest of Talking Rock, GA; grandchildren, Christopher Cline, Casey Abernathy, Joseph Cline, Brandon Cline, Candice Cline, Alan Williams, Natasha Kinsey, Matthew Williams, Hunter Hamilton, Benjamin Golden and Jordan Golden and  twenty-two great grandchildren; niece, Lori Moles (Jason) of Talking Rock, GA.
    The service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Martis “Marti” Janell Kelley was held Saturday January 7, 2017 at 11 from Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Rev. Fred McCoy officiating. Burial  followed the service at Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Pickens County, GA, with Chris Cline, Joseph Cline, Tyler Cochran, Kovan Serritt, Kegan Serritt, and Matthew Williams serving as pallbearers.
    Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to Big Springs Baptist Church, 3326 Dews Pond RD SE, Calhoun, GA 30701.
    Arrangements by Ponders Calhoun Chapel, 675 Jolley Road, Calhoun, GA 706 625 7577.

Cora Bell Chastain
    Cora Bell Chastain, 93, of Gainesville, passed away Saturday December 24, 2016.
    Mrs. Chastain was born May 5, 1923 in Jasper, GA to the late Dolph and Rora Mae Moss Poole. Cora worked for the US Forest Service and was a member of Union Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Elmer Chastain; daughters, Linda Miler and Dolly Tanksley; son, Tommy Chastain and grandchildren, Rita Dixon, Allen Dixon Jr., Paula Jeanine Miller, Toby Ray Neal Miller, Royce Hill; great grandchild, Patrick Dixon; brothers, Bob Poole, Lanier Poole, Leo Poole; and sister, Lois Poole.
    Survivors include her daughters, Cora Sue Dixon, Clarkesville; Betty Allen, Demorest; Judy Grindle, Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Ray Farrell; sister, Hazel Mullinax; brother, Charlie Poole; sister-in-law, Sherry Poole, all of Jasper; 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Chris York officiated. Interment followed at Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Online condolences can be made to the family at
    Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Lisa Waldron
    Lisa Lance Waldron, 58, of Athens, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017.
    She was born November 12, 1958 and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. She was employed for 30 years with the Georgia Department of Corrections ending as the Deputy Director of Field Probation Operations and then for the Georgia Department of Pardons and Paroles as Director of the Training Academy. After retiring in 2014 from employment with the State of Georgia, she began work as an instructor with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
    She was a devoted wife and loving mother. Survivors include husband, Mark Waldron; daughter and son-in-law, Corie Elizabeth and Josh Robinson; son, William Davis Lance; grandson, Carson Joshua Robinson; granddaughter, Tatum Jewell Robinson; and brother, Brad D. Davis.
    The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home.
    A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 12 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eagle Ranch, 5500 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542.
    Online condolences may be offered at
    Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Tony Haynes
    Mr. Tony Haynes, 51, of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017.
    Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Alex Alvarez and Jeff Laurion officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  The family will have a gathering of friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    Mr. Haynes was a Project Supervisor for Lakeshore Engineering. He enjoyed hunting, building and welding.
    Tony was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Haynes. Survivors include his wife, Vicki Haynes; mother, Mildred Haynes; children, Christopher Haynes, Hannah Haynes and Tiffanie Haynes; sister, Dianne Haynes; and several cousins.
    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.

Hugh Eubanks
May 17, 1946 – January 9, 2017

    Mr. Hugh Larry Eubanks, 70, of Talking Rock, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at Wellstar Community Hospice – Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta.
    He is survived by sons, Craig Elliott Eubanks of Walnut Grove and Jason Larry Eubanks; brother, Robert Larry Szatkowski of Jasper; grandchildren, Joshua Eubanks, Maggie Eubanks, Isabella Eubanks, and Darianna Eubanks. 
    A private memorial service will be held at a later time.
    Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
    Online condolences can be made at

James Magness Jr.
June 5, 1935 -January 1, 2017
    James “Jim” E. Magness Jr., 81, originally of Shelby County North Carolina, passed away January 1st, 2017 of complications from a short battle with lung cancer.
    Jim is survived by his daughte,r Bebe Daher; son, James E. Magness III; stepson, David Butler; son-In-law, Mike Daher; daughter-in-law, Aubree Magness and grandchildren, Brannon, Bo, and Rhett.
    Jim was in insurance for several years before helping his wife Linda start a life long dream outside Big Canoe, Lakota Cove. Jim and Linda were active in the Saddle Club of Bent Tree, and loved entertaining. Jim and Linda rescued several dogs, horses, a donkey, and any other creature that touched their hearts. Jim was a baptist and will forever go on in our hearts as an animal lover with a big heart.