May 3, 2005

Ronald Elmer Kline

Mr. Ronald Elmer Kline, 62, of McDonough, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2005.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He blessed many with his sense of humor and his wonderful smile. He is preceded in death by father, Mr. Elmer Kline; a sister, Jolee Kline; and sister, Sandra McWhorter.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Olesya of McDonough; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Timothy Minch of Powder Springs; mother, Lucille Kline of Illinois; grandchildren, John, Mark, and Noah Minch; one nephew; and four nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2005, in the Jonesboro Chapel with Dr. Lester Cooper and the Rev. Jeff Gongwer officiating. The family will receive friends and family at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, and Wednesday, May 4, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. both nights.

Pope Dickson & Son Funeral Home Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

Bernice Louise


Bernice Louise Florence of Jonesboro died May 1, 2005, at her residence.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.

Survivors are son, Paul Florence; brother, Edward Teat; sister-in-law, Stella Florence Norris; special niece, Sharon Huddleston; and nieces and nephews.

Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors of Morrow is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

William M. Vandiver


Dr. William M. Vandiver, 83, of Morrow, Ga., died April 30, 2005, after a year's treatment for congestive heart failure. He was born April 19, 1922, in Wauchula, Hardee County, Fla. He was the son of Ulysses Dolphus Vandiver and Eunice Reta Brooks.

Growing up in East Point, Ga., Bill graduated from Russell High School. He received a BBA from the University of Georgia in 1952, an MBA from Georgia State University in 1963 and a Doctor of Business Administration in 1973. During World War II, Bill served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Cabot, 1942-1946.

He was a Sunday School teacher, Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church, financial secretary of Gordon Street Presbyterian Church in West End for many years, and member of Morrow Presbyterian Church.

As financial manager and later as professor, Bill was employed as Secretary by Calvert Iron Works; Assistant Director of Administration, State of Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation; Professor of Accounting at Georgia State University; Agnes Scott College; University of South Florida; West Georgia College. Dr. Vandiver served on the Morrow City Council from 1988 to 1992. Bill was a member of the Kiwanis Club International and Beta Epsilon.

As a young man Bill played trumpet in a band at the Fox Theater. After retirement, his favorite volunteer work was reading to elementary students in Clayton County. He was known for his stories, humor in newsletters, and attention to detail.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Catherine Inez Johnson Vandiver; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Sid Schell of Concord, N.C., and Jean and Robert Ferris of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Wm. M. and Mary Ellen Vandiver II of Athens, Ga.; three granddaughters, Robin Ferris Evans of Indian Trails, N.C., Dr. Catherine Hannah Schell of Monmouth, Ill., and Elizabeth Lain Schell of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandson, William S. Ferris of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Yvette, Aaron, and Rachel Vandiver of Athens, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Jean Evans and Arthur Lain Schell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2005, at Morrow Presbyterian Church, 6171 Huie Drive, with Dr. Earl Bland officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Entombment will be at Westview Abbey. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Morrow Presbyterian Church or to Meals on Wheels.

Thomas L. Scroggs, Funeral Directors of Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.