May 4, 2005

Heather Marie


Heather Marie Freeman of Locust Grove passed away Sunday, April 29, 2005, at the age of 34.

A private family service was conducted Tuesday, May 3, 2005.

Heather is survived by her husband, Mark Freeman; daughter, Amber Freeman of Locust Grove; mother, Peggy Holmes of North Carolina; sisters, Cynthia Cochran of North Carolina, and Jesi Holmes of North Carolina; brothers, Daniel Holmes of McDonough and Elliot Holmes of North Carolina; in-laws, Landon and Beverly Freeman of Jonesboro, Linda Freeman of Jonesboro, and Diane Redd of Monticello.

Horis A. Ward - Tara Chapel, Jonesboro. (770) 471-7171.

Samuel (Sam) Landers

Mr. Samuel (Sam) Landers of Conley died Sunday, May 1, 2005.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Curtis Landers, and parents Woodsie Mae and Alexander Hamilton Landers.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Landers of Conley; sons, Samuel Alexander Landers Jr. of Conley and Steven Eugene Landers of Morrow; daughters, Sylvia Marie Wingo of Conley and Deborah Suzanne Tuten of Stockbridge; sister, Iris Mae Calhoun of Acworth; brother, James L. Landers of Granada Hills, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5 from Cedar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Goodwin officiating.

Horis A. Ward Parkway Chapel (404) 366-3522

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. today. 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.

Charles R. Bedingfield

Charles R. Bedingfield, 66, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, May 2, 2005.

He is survived by spouse, Jean Bedingfield; sons, Mark Allen and Andrew David Bedingfield; daughter, Cheryl Anne Johnson; all of Jonesboro; five granddaughters; one grandson; brothers, Robert, Ronald, and Thomas Bedingfield, all of Jonesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bedingfield was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. He retired from Ford Motor Co. after 33 years of service.

His family will receive friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Pope Dickson & Son-Jonesboro Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2005, at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro with Hinton Harris officiating. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park & Gardens following the funeral service.

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