Obituaries
For the Last 3 Months.

Rita M Bacon, 80, Inverness, FL
Rita Marie Bacon, age 80, of Inverness, FL, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Rita was born May 18, 1937, in Springfield, MA, to the late George and Marie (Desotelle) LaMountain. In 2001, she relocated from Southampton, MA to make Citrus County her home and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Road Church of Christ, Inverness. Rita greatly enjoyed attending worship services and in her spare time she enjoyed arts and crafts and walking her pet chihuahua. Rita is survived by her son, Philip Wajda; brother, Armand G. LaMountain; grandchildren: Dan Wajda and Kevin Wajda; and great grandchild, Hope McCoy. Rita was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie J. McCabe in 2008. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Anna E Barclay, 85, Inverness, FL
Anna E. Barclay, 85, Inverness, FL passed away October 2, 2017 at her residence in Inverness. She was born on June 1, 1932 to the late Alvin and Anna (Kiehl) Barr. Anna was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1970, coming from PA, then from Clearwater,FL. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband John Barclay in 1987, and her sons, Robert Brubaker and Michael Barclay. She is survived by her daughters Bonita Busby and her husband Michael of St. Petersburg, FL, Debra Smith and her husband James of Inverness, and Vickie Barclay of Winter Haven, FL.; brother Harry Holloway; sisters Betty Hall and Barbara Strunk; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Anna's urn will be laid to rest at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Frances M Barfus, 85, Homosassa, FL
Frances Mae Barfus, 85, Homosassa passed away at home on October 24, 2017 under the loving care of her family. Mrs Barfus was born in Miami, FL on May 14, 1932 to the late Henry Edgar Burnett and Hattie Stirrup Burnett and came to this area in 1989 from there. Left to cherish her memory are 6 children, William G Barfus, III and wife April, Ft Lauderdale, FL; Mike Barfus of South Miami; Norman Barfus, Homosassa, FL; Wayne Barfus and spouse Bob, Spring Hill, FL; Pamela Ellet, Ft Lauderdale, FL; Natasha Lopez, Homosassa, FL; 2 sisters, Margaret Levine, No. Miami; Rosalee Conger, Dunnellon, FL; She was preceded in death by her husband, William Barfus on July 5, 2017 There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:00 noon from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the hour of service.


Genevieve P Beachler, 88, Inverness, FL
Genevieve P. Beachler, age 88, of Inverness, FL, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Genevieve was born on May 2, 1929 in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Carl and Theodora (Reynolds) Pierce. She was married to Donald Grey Beachler, Jr. until his passing on October 31, 1990. Genevieve was employed as a Radio Dispatcher for the Department of Public Works in Clearwater, FL. She is survived by 3 sons: Kenneth F. Beachler of Inverness, FL, Michael M. Beachler of Tampa, FL, Douglas G. Beachler of Tallahassee, FL; sister, Betty Milton; and one grandchild. A graveside service will be conducted for Genevieve on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:30 AM from Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, and will be conducted by Reverend Robert Simmons, Sr. of the Mt. Zion A.M.E Church of Hernando. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Warren J Bicker, 82, Hernando, FL
Warren Joseph Bicker,82, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly at home on October 2, 2017. Warren was born in Baltimore, MD on July 11 , 1935 to the late Warren H. and Elizabeth (Dohoney) Bicker and came here in 1967 from St. Petersburg, FL. Warren was a retired tug boat Captain and formerly owned and operated the Bicker Tire Company. He served our country in the U.S. Navy, was a member of the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto for over 20 years and the Inverness Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, boating and time with family. Warren was an alumni of St. Petersburg High School where he played in the state award winning band as an accomplished drummer. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 61 years, Janet Cullen Bicker; two children, Mark Bicker and his wife Beverly of Newnan, GA; Janet Lee Tuggle and her husband Rick of Hernando; 3 grandchildren: Alan S. Tuggle, Meredith Bowen, and Abby Bowen. Friends may call on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 9:30 - 10:30 AM. The funeral procession will then depart for Florida National Cemetery where graveside services will be conducted by Rev. Chad Townsley of the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church at 11:30 AM. Military Honors will follow with V.F.W. Post 7122 officiating. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family.


Anthony W Blaszczyk, 55, Inverness, FL
Anthony Wayne "Tony" Blaszczyk, 55 of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at his home. Tony was born on December 23, 1961, in Jacksonville, FL, to the late John and Audrey (Barrett) Blaszczyk, coming to Citrus County in 1970 from there. He was a clerk with the Citrus County Property Appraiser's office for 17 years. Tony loved his "fur" babies, Maddie, Charlee and Damien. He loved all types of music and dancing and enjoyed teaching others how to dance. He was always grooving to the music. Tony's favorite place was the beach. Every year he looked forward to the annual family vacation at the beach. He loved with all his heart. Tony is dancing with the angels now. Left to cherish his memory are his brother and sisters: Deborah Blaszczyk of Inverness, John A. Blaszczyk and wife Debbie of Westminister, CO, Sharon Griffin and husband Robert of Floral City, Mary Pericht and husband Richard of Inverness and several nieces and nephews. A Gathering of family and friends will he held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Florence C Boden, 97, Lecanto, FL
Florence C. Boden, age 97, of Lecanto, FL, and formerly of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility, Lecanto, FL. Florence was born on June 21, 1920 in New York, N.Y. to the late Carl and Alma (Anderson) Holmstedt. She greatly enjoyed computers and had been employed as a computer programmer in the banking industry. While a resident of St. Petersburg, Florence was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Swedish Club and the Garden Club. In 2010, Florence made Citrus County, FL her home after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. Florence is survived by her sons: Robert Boden and his wife Doris of Chester Springs, PA, George Boden and his wife Sue of Beverly Hills, FL; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Josephine M Bonura, 97, Lecanto, FL
Josephine M. Bonura, 97, Lecanto passed away November 8, 2017 at her daughter's home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Josephine was born in Birmingham, AL on March 19, 1920 to the late Nomina and Pump (Scalaci) Damico and came here in 1972 from Brooklyn, NY. She was a seamstress and member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed working in her garden. Left to mourn her loss are three daughters, Angela Nicolini and husband Rick of Rocky Hill, CT; Josephine "Jo" Gramling and husband Richard of Ocala, and Vivian Litterello and husband Nick of Lecanto; 2 sisters, Matilda Amico and Frances D'Alaisi; 5 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Norman Bonura on Nov 1, 1993. Friends may call on Friday, Nov 10th from 6-8 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where there will be a prayer service offered at 7:30 PM. Additional services and burial will be under the direction of Johnston-Wellwood Funeral Home in Lindenhurst, NY


Judith L Bourque, 73, Lecanto, FL
Judith Lynn Bourque, age 73, of Lecanto, passed away November 25, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, FL. Judith was born on September 19, 1944 in Chicago, IL to the late Justice and Myrtle (Baker) Luttrell. On October 28, 1967, she married Robert Bourque with whom she just recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Judith had been employed as a Restaurant Manager throughout her working career. She and Robert made Citrus County their home in 1999 after relocating from Pasco County, FL. Prior to that, they were residents of Illinois and decided to make Florida their home to be closer to their grandchildren. One of Judith's greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time in the pool and cooking. In addition to her loving husband Robert, those left to mourn Judith's passing include her daughter, Wendi Kirchoff of Homosassa, FL; brother, Richard Luttrell of Las Vegas, NV; sisters: Diane Pashkus of West Chicago, IL, Candice Smucker of Wichita, KS; grandchildren: Brittany Kirchoff, Noah Kirchoff; and great grandchildren: Kayden Kirchoff, Trace Larsh. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marie T Brodeur, 91, Inverness, FL
Marie Therese Brodeur, 91, Inverness passed away on October 16, 2017 at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Marie was born in Quebec, Canada on August 2, 1926 to the late Emile and Beatrice (Proulx) Lemieux and came to Inverness in 1989 from Lake Worth, FL. She was a long time member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish where she enjoyed worshipping her Lord. She adored spending time with her grandchildren, shopping at Bealls, playing Skipbo, and cooking large meals for her family. Marie always looked forward to her trips to Connecticut and Canada. Left to cherish her memory are 8 children: Francis (Mary Ellen) Brodeur, Brookfield, CT, Michael Brodeur, San Bruno, CA, Paul (Lynn) Brodeur, Boca Raton, FL, Claire Comarotti, So. Windsor, CT, Jeanne Brodeur, Inverness, FL, Jacqueline (Robert) Lisee, So. Windsor, CT, Pierre Brodeur, East Hartford, CT, and George (Beatrice) Brodeur, Inverness, FL; 1 brother, Armand; 4 sisters: Rolande, Madeline, Louise, and Suzanne; 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, George E. Brodeur and a grandson, Aaron. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, October 23rd at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga , Celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home on Monday from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM followed by a procession to the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial requested to: Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 US-41, Inverness, FL 34450, or Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Barbara A Brown, 85, Lecanto, FL
Barbara Alice Brown, age 85, of Lecanto, FL, passed away November 10, 2017 at Superior Residences of Lecanto, FL. Barbara was born on May 20, 1932 in Boston, MA to the late Harry and Gladys (Hooker) Newton. She was married to Frederick Brown until his passing on March 16, 2014. Barbara and Frederick made Citrus County their home in 1994 after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. She was employed as a beauty operator for a number of years. Barbara enjoyed music, playing golf, spending time with her family and going to the beach. Those left to mourn Barbara's passing are her sons: Frederick Brown, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Tarpon Springs, FL, Brian and his wife Julie of Fort Collins, CO; daughter, Deborah Riggs of Beverly Hills, FL; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by several brothers and 1 sister. Barbara's family plan to hold a celebration of life memorial service for her at the TPC Tampa Bay Golf Course in Lutz, FL on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thelma M Brown, 87, Hernando, FL
Thelma Marguerite Brown, 87, passed away on December 14 2017 in Hernando, Florida. She was born on May 14th, 1930 in Beechhurst, New York to her parents Inga and Laurence Collins. Married in 1953, Thelma was the beloved wife of Charles Evans Brown for 50 years who predeceased her in 2003. She is survived by her two daughters Inga Dauphinee of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Greta Jurado of Pembroke Pines, Florida; her son Army Colonel (Retired) Charles Brown of Chester, Virginia; her brother Laurence Collins of Grayling, Michigan; and six grandchildren Lauren, Ryan, Greta, Ingrid, Callie and Christina. Thelma attended St. Lukes Grammar School in Whitestone, New York; St. Agnes Academic School, College Point, New York from 1944-1948; and Kaupert School in Jamaica, New York. She worked for Mobil Oil Company in Manhattan, New York until her marriage and subsequent move to Wantagh, Long Island, New York in 1953. Thelma returned to work later at Aeroflex Laboratories in Plainview, New York. In 1979, her and her family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina for 26 years. She worked at Sears and retired after 12 years of dedicated customer service. Upon her husband’s death, Thelma moved to Citrus Hills, Canterbury Lakes, Hernando, Florida in 2005. Thelma had great fondness for her family and friends, animals (most notably cats) and birds, bridge, cooking, golf, Rachmaninov and Pavarotti, white wine, and humor. Friends are invited to join Thelma’s family at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM for viewing and visitation. The funeral procession will leave from the funeral home at 9:45 AM for The Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 US-41, Inverness, FL 34450, with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Following the Mass, Thelma will be laid to rest with her husband, Charles, at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513, at 11:30 AM. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Humane Society of Citrus County, FL. P.O. Box 2283 Inverness, FL in honor of Thelma to make the animal’s lives better. Arrangements are under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roy C Brown, Jr., 85, Bushnell, FL
Roy C. Brown, Jr., age 85, of Bushnell, FL, passed away at his residence on December 16, 2017. Roy was born on September 18, 1932 in Alderwood Manor, WA, to the late Ruth (Joyce) and Roy C. Brown, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, Roy was employed as an Engineer in the Nuclear Power Industry. For 33 years he was the loving and devoted companion of Anna M. Darnall, whom he married on November 7, 2005. Roy and Anna loved to travel together in their R.V. They also shared a great love for animals, especially cats. Roy had rescued a great many animals over the years, finding homes for many but, keeping those that needed additional love and medical care at home with him. He will be remembered as a loving husband, as well as a wonderful friend to all that knew him. In addition to his loving wife Anna, those left to mourn his passing include his sons: Christopher Brown and Kenneth Brown, both of Washington State; and daughter, Elda Brown of California. Roy was preceded in death by son, Roy C. Brown, III and sisters: Audrey Klieman, Carmelle Keinty and Patricia Brown. Roy will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gayle E Burch, MD, 73, Eustis, FL
Gayle Erras Burch M.D., 73 of Eustis, formerly of Inverness, passed away September 26, 2017 at Waterman Hospital in Tavares. She was born on April 26, 1944, in Flushing, Long Island, NY to the late George Edward Gwinup and Erras Blase Gwinup. Dr. Burch was both an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and a professional musician. She attended Oberlin College where she earned her Bachelors degree in Organ Performance in 1965. She then continued her studies at the University of Oklahoma where she earned Masters degrees in Organ Performance in 1967 and Public Health in 1975. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1979. During her studies she competed and won 3rd place in the International Young Organist Contest for Royal Canadian College of Organists. In 1985, Dr. Burch established her OB/GYN practice in Citrus County. She additionally practiced in Ville Platte, LA and Greenville, IL. In total she practiced for about 25 years, delivering over 3000 babies, including the smallest one to survive in Florida at that time. In addition to her practice, she gave many organ and harpsichord recitals. She also served as the Church Organist for several local churches throughout her life. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Deborah Tender of Metairie, Louisiana, her brothers, Darrell Gwinup of Edwardsville, IL and George Gwinup of Peachtree City, GA; her grandchildren: Liliana, Gabriel and Nicholas, and a niece and nephew. Funeral services for Dr. Burch will be conducted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM from the Harden-Pauli Funeral Home in Eustis. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. Graveside burial services will be at the Friedens Cemetery in Troy, Illinois Saturday morning. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


Roy M Burk, 72, Inverness, FL
Roy Michael Burk, 72, Inverness, FL, passed away December 8, 2017 in the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center following a motorcycle accident. Mike was born in Lambert, MS on January 19, 1945 to the late Marshall and Christeen (Howell) Burk. As a child, he picked cotton, loaded watermelon trucks, picked fruit, and did other farm labor. At the age of 17, he followed his spirit of adventure and joined the Air Force. Mike served as a loadmaster on large cargo aircraft for the majority of his career. Air Force service sent Mike (Stoney) to England, France, The Philippines, Vietnam and numerous stateside bases until his retirement at Dover AFB after almost 22 years. Following retirement, Mike followed his passion for flying and held numerous jobs as a pilot. After a short time as a Florida State Correctional Officer, he was offered a dream job as pilot with the State of Florida’s Forestry Division. Mike served 10 years with the Lakeland and Withlacoochee districts and retired, once again in 2012. Wanting to remain active and having a love for animals, he volunteered at the Citrus County Animal Shelter. He had a love for motorcycles and rode throughout his life. His family describes him as passionate, committed, focused, fearless, funny, loyal, and a man with a deep love for his family. A Protestant, Mike was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Christine Morehouse Burk; three children: Carine Burk Lankford and husband, Mike, of Milford, DE; Pamela Burk Turner and husband, Brad, of Denton, MD; Patrick Burk and wife, Joanna, of Dover, DE; 2 brothers, Rex Burk, Webster, FL and Raymond Burk, Bushnell, FL; 1 sister, Carolyn Thomas, Fruitland Park, FL; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 5 nieces and 3 nephews. Graveside Military Services are scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Friends are invited to join the family at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home for visitation on Friday at 9:00 AM until the procession departs for the cemetery at 10:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Citrus County Animal Shelter, 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness, Fl 34450.


Manuel S Carvalho, 71, Inverness, FL
Manuel Silva Carvalho, 71, Inverness passed away October 22, 2017 with his loving family at his side. Manuel was born in Portugal on June 27, 1946 and came to Florida in 1998 from East Providence, RI. He worked in the construction industry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Maria (Gaspar) Carvalho, his daughter, Lori Jean Carvalho, 2 brothers, Albert and John Carvalho. He is survived by his brother, Luis Carvalho and his two sisters, Neddy Cavaco and Marie MacDonald. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Kenneth J Cochrane, 68, Inverness, FL
Kenneth J. Cochrane, Ph.D., 68, of Inverness, FL passed away September 27, 2017 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, FL. He was born in Yonkers, NY on October 28, 1948 to the late Kenneth Carson Cochran and Mary Maroney Cochran. Kenneth was a U.S. Navy RM2 veteran of the Viet-Nam conflict. He was a Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Professor, and held membership in the MENSA Society. He arrived in this area in 2011, coming from New Jersey. Kenneth was a guitarist and singer. He was an avid traveler, enjoyed fishing, golfing, antiquing, and loved going to musical concerts. He also enjoyed discovering new restaurants. Kenneth was the most loving and giving husband, father, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shawn of 15 months and was his partner in the love of live, spiritual travelers, with nowhere and everywhere to go. Other survivors include his daughters, Julie Cochrane of Lodi, NJ, Sarah Cochrane of Boston, MA and Jessica Cochrane of Boston, MA, who were all his pride and joy. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and his little pals, Shadow and Pepper. A Celebration of Life and Remembrance will be held at Stumpknockers on the Square, Inverness on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Albert P Colasanti, 92, Inverness, FL
Albert Pietro Colasanti, 92 of Inverness, FL, and formerly of Weymouth, MA, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Al was born on March 26, 1925 in Weymouth, MA to John and Antonietta Colasanti. He was one of six children. His wife of 64 years, Elva "Tootie" Colasanti preceded him in death. Al is survived by his five children: Linda (Michael) Federico of Rockland, MA; Donna (Robert) Hancsarick of Johnston, RI; John (Susan) Colasanti of Lecanto, FL; Albert Jr. (Pamela) Colasanti of Jensen Beach, FL; and Doreen (Lamar) Budd of Inverness, FL; 17 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and his sisters, Catherine DeLuca and Marion DelVecchio both of Weymouth, MA. Al also was preceded in death by his three brothers: Rinaldo, Biaggio and John and his infant grandson, Craig. Al and Tootie were lifelong residents of Weymouth before retiring to Florida in 1977. Al was part owner of the family owned Weymouth Trucking Corp. and the East Weymouth Bowl-a-Way, for many years. Al, or Papa, as he was known by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, loved his close knit family and spent as much time as he could with them, during holidays, birthdays, reunions and other family events. He was cherished by all and will be missed. Funeral services will be conducted from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Entombment will follow at the Fountains Memorial Park in Homosassa. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4-6 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast or to the Alzheimer's Association, which his beloved wife suffered with preceding her death in December 2012.


Rona T Cooper, 74, Inverness, FL
Rona T. Cooper, 74, Inverness passed away November 10, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Cooper was born in Baltimore, MD on April 22, 1943 to the late George and Willie Mae (Crosby) Turner, Jr. She was a retired special education teacher and worked for the Citrus County Board of Education at the Crest School in Lecanto, FL. Left to cherish her memory are her 2 sons, Brian G. Hopper of Jupiter, FL and Larry Dale Hopper and his wife, Shannon Parramore of San Antonio, TX; 2 "special daughters", Jamie Barker and Sue Jordan; 2 brothers, Trey Turner and wife Barbara of Cary, NC; W.J. "Crosby" Turner, Atlanta, GA; 1 sister, E. Ann Turner Novkov and her husband Tim of Ocala, FL; 2 grandchildren, Sienna and Marena Parramore. At Rona's request, there will be no public service. Burial will be private in the Citra Cemetery, Citra, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL is assisting the family.


Elsie D Cribbs, 86, Dunnellon, FL
Elsie "Dolores" Cribbs, 86, Dunnellon, formerly of Homosassa, passed away October 28, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs Cribbs was born in Frostproof, FL on July 5, 1931 to the late Harold and Gladys (DuBose) Collins and moved to Citrus County in 1975 from Tampa. She was a homemaker and of the Protestant by faith. She was a member of the Citrus Co. Genealogical Society, served as a guardian ad litem, received her GED in her 30's while raising her family, and earned her real estate license as well. While living in Tampa, she was a telephone operator for GTE Telephone before moving to Citrus County. Left to cherish her memory 3 children: Jack Leon Cribbs, Jr. and wife Jamie of Nashville, TN; Donald Scott Cribbs, Dunnellon, FL; Kathi Janette Orsic and husband Rich, Greenville, KY; 1 sister, Margie Parker of Plant City, FL; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in Feb 26, 2014. They were married 65 years. She also lost 2 sons, Ronald and Douglas Cribbs, her brother, Harold Collins, Jr. and her sister, Jo Ann Lee, and her grandson, Timothy, in 1988. Friends may call at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. The funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 1:00 PM to arrive for a graveside service at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery


Russell P Crook, 84, Inverness, FL
Russell Paris Crook, 84, Inverness passed away suddenly at his vacation home in Ellijay, Georgia on October 22, 2017, Russell was born in Hinton, WV, to the late James P. and Clarice (Meadows) Crook and came here in 1980 from Jumping Branch, W.VA He was the former owner and operator of the Rock N' Dirt Excavating Company. He served our country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army and was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City, FL. Left to cherish is memory is his wife of 53 years, Barbara Epperly Crook of Inverness; four children: Cathy Sue Owens of Fostoria, OH; Lisa Peeples and her husband, Danny of Floral City; Sherry Emrick and husband, Al of Inverness; Andrea Smith of Lecanto; 1 sister, Deborah Robinson and husband, Jeff of Mt Clemens, MI; 1 brother, Brice Crook, White Oak, WV; 7 grandchildren: Sean Owens, Adrienne Emrick, Clayton Peeples, Jessica Peeples, Ashley Emrick, Sidney Smith, Allison Smith; 4 great-grandchildren: Parker, Bryson, Carson, and Maverick. He was predeceased by 3 brothers, Lewis, Norman, and Myles Crook and a infant sister, Grace. Russell was a loved, respected and admired as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Russ knew no stranger. He was no respecter of persons. He didn't care about your station in life. He gave everyone respect. Russ was a bold Ambassador for Jesus. It did not matter who you were or where you were, Russ was going to let you know that Jesus loved you. He was not an eloquent speaker but he was a passionate proclaimer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He didn't judge people. He knew what he was when he gave himself to Jesus and he knew what great miracle Jesus had worked in his life. And simply put, that is what he wanted for you, for me and for every person that crossed his path. For 10 years, Russell traveled all over this country and this earth on mission trips to share the gospel of Jesus. When he was on these trips there was no job too small or unimportant for him. If that job needed to be done and he had the ability to do it, then he did it. He simply wanted to be a part of people getting saved and them having their lives changed because of Jesus. And the person who told Russ that the didn't want any part of it, Russ did not take offense and if their paths crossed again, well, Russ picked up where he left off. Russell Crook's life had been turned upside, or rather right side up, by Jesus Christ and he wanted everybody he met to have that same experience. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Monday, October 30th at 11:00 AM from the New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City with Rev. Ledford Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home Sunday from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the New Testament Baptist Church , 9850 Parkside Ave., Floral City, FL 34436 or the Disabled American Veterans, 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, FL 34453.


Jerrill H Dawson, 75, Inverness, FL
Jerrill H. Dawson, age 75, of Inverness, FL, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, FL. Jerrill was born on June 15, 1942 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Edwin and Sylbia (Mynes) Dawson. On August 19, 1967, he married Patricia Drumheller, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. In 2002, Jerrill and Patricia made Citrus County, FL their home after relocating from Robesonia, PA and attended worship services at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. He was a Mig Welder by trade and had been employed by General Motors. While residing in Pennsylvania, he was a member of the Lebanon Valley Sportsman's Club and the Robesonia Fire Company. Jerrill was also a member of the UAW Steelworkers Union Local 3733. In his spare time he greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his loving wife Pat, those left to mourn Jerrill's passing are his twin brother, Merrill Dawson and his wife Elizabeth of Reading, PA; brother, Damond Dawson, his wife Janet and their family of The Villages, FL; and sister in law, Barbara Dawson and her family of Robesonia, PA. Jerrill was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Dawson in 2002, and his 3 sisters: Janet, Lynda and Beverly. Jerrill's family plan to hold a celebration of life memorial service in Pennsylvania at a later date. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jeff C Dearing, 91, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Jeff Clifford Dearing, 91 of Lake Panasoffkee, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his home under the loving care of his family and Cornerstone Hospice. He was born in Naylor, Missouri on August 30, 1926 to the late Irvle Dearing and Gladys Moore Dearing. Jeff lived his childhood years in Flint, Michigan then he moved to Arkansas where he graduated from Corning High School in 1944. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served in WWII until 1946. He lived in Flint from 1950 until 1981 where he was a realtor and builder, creating several sub-divisions in the area from 1958 until 1981. In 1981 he moved to Florida and from 1984 - 2003 he owned and operated Montclair Plaza in Leesburg, FL, which included a used furniture store and a grocery store; he retired in 2003. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 71 years, VelmaJean Louise Dearing and his daughter Betty Ann Dearing Lewis of Lake Panasoffkee, his sisters Betty Jean Rider and Carolyn Sue Banasiak of Grand Blanc, Michigan and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was proceeded in death by his daughter Margaret Elaine Dearing Vicars of Woodland, CA his granddaughter, Kristen Renae Lewis. His brothers; Howard and Dennis Dearing, his sister Joyce Williams and his son in law Daniel J. Lewis. A Memorial Service for Jeff will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Whitney Baptist Church in Leesburg, with Pastor Randy Ford and Pastor William Webb officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Susanne G Dehn, 51, Floral City, FL
Susanne Gerda Dehn, age 51, of Floral City, FL, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 while under the loving care of her husband and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Susanne was born on April 11, 1966 in Erlangen, Germany to Monika (Eckert) Eger and the late Erwin Eger. In 1988, she met the love of her life, Thomas Dehn, whom she eventually married on June 22, 2001. Susanne relocated from Germany and made Citrus County her home in 2003. She enjoyed spending time with her husband Thomas, Kayaking, Fishing, trips to the Georgia mountains and riding his Harley Davidson. In addition to her husband Thomas, those left to mourn Susanne's passing include her mother, Monika Eger; brother, Peter Eger; sisters: Carola Doerfler and Renate Schalk; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, niece and her lifelong friend, Martina Roth, all of Germany. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donald A Diamond, 78, Floral City, FL
Donald Alvin Diamond, age 78, of Floral City, FL, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Donald was born on March 17, 1939 in Plant City, FL, to the late Karlton B. and Frances Alice Ellis (Hughes) Diamond. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a Supervisor for Eastern Oil of Tampa, FL. On February 12, 1971, Donald married Betty (DeMontmollin) with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. They made Citrus County their home in 1971 when they relocated from Plant City, FL. According to his family, Donald enjoyed being the "Supervisor" of the family. He also loved the mountains and enjoyed many trips to Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina over the years. In his youth, Donald had enjoyed water skiing and scuba diving. In addition to his loving wife Betty, those left to mourn Donald's passing include sons: Alan Diamond of Floral City, FL, Tony Diamond and his wife Cindy of Floral City, FL, Richard L. Diamond of Hernando, FL; sisters: Kathleen Westgate and her husband Charles of Jacksonville, FL, June A. Parker of Cleveland, TN; step brothers: Jeff Hughes and his wife Carol of Plant City, FL, Dewey Hughes and his wife Suzanne of Indiana; grandchildren: Crystal, Jennifer, Alicia, Jacob, Paige; and several great grandchildren. Donald was preceded in death by son, Dennis Keith Diamond and daughter in law, C J Lee-Diamond. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel of Inverness officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Donald's urn will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL, at a later date. Service arrangements and cremation care are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John C Dobbs, 95, Inverness, FL
John C. Dobbs, 95 of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, in Lecanto. John was born on August 30, 1922 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, to the late John and Margaret (Dunlap) Dobbs. He came to Citrus County in 1989 from Mayville, New York. John was a retired marketing manager with Westinghouse for over 40 years. He served our Country in the Army during WWII. He was formerly a Mason in Pittsburgh, PA; a member of the American Legion in Mayville, NY. He enjoyed growing vegtables in his garden, spending time with his family and fishing on Lake Chautauqua in Mayville. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 29 years, Janet Dobbs; his children: John W. (Lorraine) Dobbs of Ft. Pierce, FL, David Dobbs of Pittsburgh, PA, Sharon (Landy) Dowler of Pittsburgh, PA, Judith Dobbs of Ashburn, VA, Donna Yocum of Chambersburgh, PA, Laurie (Kenny) Baldwin of Clarksburg, TN, Pamela Dunay of Tennessee and Sandy Smith of Virginia; step children: Michelle (John) Mosher, Sinclairville of NY, Eric (Eileen) Masiker of Stockton, NY, Sonya Richter of Connecticut, Mark (Sue) Graziano of Mayville, NY and John Graziano of LaGrange, IN; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Evelyn Lucille Cooper. Private cremation care under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Zivko Donovski, 69, Beverly Hills, FL
Zivko Donovski, 69, Beverly Hills passed away September 22, 2017. Mr Donovski was born in Macedonia on April 29, 1948 to the late Mihajlo and Marika (Cavdaroska) Donovski and came to Citrus County in 2014 from Warren, NJ. He worked in the plumbing industry as a young man and then became a foreman in the tool & die industry where he was an excellent machinist. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 years, Rodna (Janevska) Donovski, Beverly Hills, FL; 2 children, Julijana Prest and husband Jeffrey of Beverly Hills; Mihajlo Donovski, Fords, NJ; 2 sisters, Liljana Markoska and Fance Veleska, both of Elmwood, NJ; 2 grandchildren, Isabelle and Jacob. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tome Donovski. The Service of Remembrance will be on Tuesday, Sept 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Sergious Gerken, pastor of St Raphael Orthodox Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fero Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the time of service.


Earnest "David" Dubose, 81, Inverness, FL
Earnest "David" Dubose, age 81, of Inverness, FL, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 while under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. David was born on June 1, 1936 in Waycross, GA to the late Clyde and Lorene (Guy) Dubose. On December 31, 1955 he married LaVerne McIntosh, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. He and LaVerne made Citrus County, FL their home in 1997 after relocating from Georgia. David was employed as a Mail Carrier for the United States Postal Service and retired with over 30 years of service. He also served 6 years in the National Guard in Jacksonville, FL. A Christian by faith, David attended worship services and was a member of the Crossgate Church of God, Inverness. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf and fishing. In addition to his loving wife LaVerne, those left to mourn David's passing include his sons: Earnest "Dave" Dubose and his wife Debbie of Columbia, AL, Timothy Alan Dubose of St. Simons Island, GA; daughter, Janis "Jan" Spikerman of Inverness, FL; brothers: Jerry Dubose and his wife Audrey, Elkin Dubose and his wife Janice, both of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Barbara "Bobbi" Deen and her husband Kenny of Columbus, GA; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Dubose and sisters, Mary Denton and Norris Sapp. A funeral service for David is planned for Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Crossgate Church of God, Inverness, with Pastor Junior Branson officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Florence A DuPonte, 97, Inverness, FL
Florence A. DuPonte, 97, of Inverness, FL passed away October 2, 2017 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Boston, MA on August 5, 1920 to the late Michael and Josephine (Sacco) DiPesa. Florence was a teletype operator for what would later become Western Union. She arrived in this area in 1984, coming from Revere, MA. She was a Roman Catholic by faith, and a tap dancer with the "Top Hats" in Spring Hill. She enjoyed traveling, going on 10 cruises and traveling the U.S. She loved going to Las Vegas, but most of all, she was very loving and devoted wife and mother. Florence was predeceased by her daughter, June Marie DuPonte in 2005, and a brother Anthony Di Pesa. She is survived by her loving husband of 77 years, Francis DuPonte. Other survivors include her son Michael DuPonte of Lutz, FL; brother Ralph Di Pesa of Revere, MA; and sisters Nancy Ring of Revere, MA and Lillian Cartier of Gladwyn, MI. Florence's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Florence's memory to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL, 34464. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Charles R Ellinger, 69, Inverness, FL
Charles R. Ellinger, 69, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 25, 2017 at Shands at U.F. Hospital in Gainesville, FL. He was born in New York, NY on June 25, 1948. Charles was a retired police officer with the Suffolk County New York Police Dept. with 28 years of service, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Viet-Nam war era stationed in Germany. He arrived in this area in 2009, coming from New York. Charles was a Protestant by faith, and enjoyed Bible study. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed firearms, exercising, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. Charles held memberships in the MENSA Society, and the Henry George Society. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Ellinger. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 7 years, Richelle Ellinger. Other survivors include his children Adam Ellinger and his wife Lindsay Foot of Boston, MA, Melissa Ellinger of Spring Hill, FL, and Melanie Ellinger of Clearwater, FL, mother Edna Cody of Salisbury, MD; brother Robert Ellinger of Islip, NY; sisters Carolyn Favole and her husband Fred of St. Simons, GA, MaryAnne Ellinger of Huntington Bay, NY, Dorothea Anders and her husband Ron of Summervile, SC, and Kerri Ellinger of Salisbury, MD; 5 grandchildren, Jonathan, Keianna, Mekayla, Harrison, and Annalise. A Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Saturday, October, 7, from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Charles's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Peter T Falotico, 94, Inverness, FL
Peter T. Falotico, age 94, of Inverness, FL, passed away at his residence on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Peter was born on August 21, 1923 in New York, N.Y. to the late Guliano and Theresa (Russo) Falotico. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. After his military service, Peter worked as a Mechanical Engineer for the New York City Transit Authority for 32 years. He was married to Eleanor Marie (Kelly) for 50 years until her passing in on September 18, 1999. Peter and Eleanor made Citrus County their home in 1984 after relocating from Ozone Park, N.Y. Peter dedicated 30 years to the Inverness Neighborhood Crime Watch program and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. He greatly enjoyed traveling and taking care of his vegetable garden and fruit trees. Those left to mourn Peter's passing include his son, Robert Falotico and his wife Theresa of Royal Palm Beach, FL; sister, Rosemary Ferro of South Carolina; grandchildren: Kristina and Robert; and great grandchildren: Wyatt and Diane. In addition to his wife Eleanor, he was preceded in death by son, Peter Falotico, Jr.; brothers: John and Mike; and sisters: Ann, Josephine and Mary. A funeral service is planned for Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, with full military honors. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joan C Farrell, 94, Lecanto, FL
Joan C. Farrell, 94, of Lecanto, FL died November 29, 2017 at his residence in Lecanto. She was born in Syracuse, NY on October 18, 1923 to the late George W. and Genevieve (Markert) Cummings. Joan was a teacher in the Dade County School System, and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a Catholic by faith, and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. Joan graduated from the University of Miami, and was an avid FSU and Tampa Bay Bucks Fan. She enjoyed golfing, woodworking, and gardening. Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Robert F. Farrell. She is survived by her sons, George Patrick Farrell and his wife Debra of St. Petersburg, FL, Robert Gregory Farrell and his wife Jean of Lecanto, FL, daughter Judith Ann Esposito and her husband Thomas of St. Petersburg; brother Monsignor George W. Cummings and sister Gloria Craban; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, December 11, 1:00 P.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Catholic Church. The family received friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, one hour prior to Mass. Burial took place after the service at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. after the Mass.


Bruce F Foster, 71, Inverness, FL
Bruce F. Foster, 71, of Inverness passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. Bruce was born on December 8, 1946, to the late Francis and Mary Rose (Birchall) Foster, in Brooklyn, New York. Bruce is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Vietnam during the historic Tet Offensive as an Infantryman. Bruce was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, and a Combat Infantry Badge for his actions. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn, NY. Bruce moved to Citrus County in 1978 and attended Our Lady of Fatima Parish. While residing in Citrus County, Bruce worked as a Hearing Aid Specialist and was passionate about helping people with hearing disabilities, especially the elderly. Bruce was an avid reader who also enjoyed classic movies. He was known by his family and friends as a vibrant story teller who always wanted to make you laugh, while providing his life lessons. Bruce enjoyed travelling and seeing the world with his wife Marie. He also enjoyed cooking and baking, especially his famed chocolate mousse. He loved spending time with his family and adored his grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Marie F. (Chiarello) Foster; his children, Holly Foster of Inverness, FL, Keith Foster and wife Kali of Ocala, FL, and Ryan Foster and wife Kelly of Newberry, FL; brother Jeffrey Foster and wife Theresa of Staten Island, NY; and his 3 grandchildren: Sydney, Sophie and Wrigley. He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Foster and his wife, Catherine. Bruce’s family will receive friends in visitation at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 5 PM until 7 PM. A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will begin at 7 PM with Rev. Dr. Doug Alexander officiating. Committal services will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 11 AM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 10 AM. Bruce’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fisher House in Gainesville, FL, located adjacent to the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. The Fisher House provides temporary lodging, meals, and support for the families of veterans who are inpatients receiving critical health care. Donations can be made by visiting https://www.gainesvillefisherhouse.org/donate-now-give-annually-volunteer/ or by contacting the Fisher House via phone at 352-514-9761.


Wayne K Frenier, 64, Dunnellon, FL
Wayne K. Frenier, 64, of Dunnellon, FL passed away October 27, 2017 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. He was born in Southbridge, MA on June 23, 1953 to the late Raymond Arthur and Jeannette Roseanna (L'Heureux) Frenier. Wayne was a driver for Loomis Security Company, and arrived in this area in 2001, coming from Quinebaug, CT. He was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed yardwork, carpentry, playing with the kids, and playing basketball with the grandkids. He was "The Best Daddy Ever". Mourning his passing is his loving wife of 43 years, Cynthia Frenier; his children Bernard Chausse of Quinebaug, CT, Wendy Mayott and her husband Michael of Beverly Hills, FL, Shannon Chausse of Dudley, MA, and Kristen Frenier of Dunnellon; brothers Richard, Robert, Frank, Mark and David Frenier; and sister Patricia Gilman; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Hilditch, and one brother, Raymond Frenier. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James A Fye , 59, Inverness, FL
James A. Fye, age 59, of Inverness, FL, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. James was born on May 31, 1958 in N. Tonawanda, N.Y. to the late Patricia (Owen) and Harold Fye, Jr. He worked as a driver in the trucking industry throughout his life and made Citrus County his home 26 years ago after relocating from New York. James is survived by his son, Bradley J. Fye of Floral City, FL; his loving former wife of 16 years, Laura Fye of Floral City, FL; brothers: Kerry Fye, William Fye and Ronald Fye, all of New York. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothy K Gajentan, 83, Eustis, FL
Dorothy Karen Gajentan, 83, Eustis, FL passed away November 8, 2017 in the Lake Eustis Health & Rehab Center. Dorothy was born in Athol, MA on July 17, 1934 to the late Erwin R. and Bertha (Parsons) Menz and moved to Inverness from Lake County, FL in 1991. She retired as a Medical Office Clerk, having worked for a Chiropractor's office for many years. She was Protestant by faith. She leaves to cherish her memory two children, Erwin Gajentan and his wife Kay of Grand Island, FL and Linda Hyatt Boone and her husband Alan of Howey In The Hills, FL; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gajentan on Feb 28, 2017 Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, Nov 11th, 2017 from 5:30 until 7:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of inverness. Burial will be at a later date in Florida National Cemetery.


Marcia G Gallagher, 67, Floral City, FL
Marcia Gale Gallagher, 67 of Floral City, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 under the loving care of her family at the Sturgill Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, FL. She was born on March 16, 1950 to the late Leslie James Colley and JoAva (Causey) Colley Overly, in Tampa, Florida. She moved to Floral City in 1996 from Tampa. Marcia was a Navy veteran. She was in hotel management for over 20 years. Some of her accomplishments include: International Training in Communication, multi speech contest winner, volunteering as a voting clerk for precinct 407, becoming involved with TOOFAR as their Treasurer, American Legion Post 225 Auxiliary Past President, VFW Post #7122 Auxiliary Past President; Withlapopka Civic Association Past President, Floral City Water Association Board of Directors Secretary, and Floral City Elementary SAEC Community Representative. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 21 years, Thomas Gallagher; her daughter Gwyn Young and her husband Jon, grandchildren: Rhys and Logan of Floral City, her brother, Martin L. Colley (Sheila) of Marksville, LA. Graveside services with military honors will be conducted Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Florida National Cemetery with VFW Post 7122 of Floral City officiating. Interment will follow. (Anyone wishing to follow the procession to the cemetery should be at the funeral home by 9:00 AM) Friends are invited to the VFW Post 7122 following the service for a Celebration of Life with the family. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2-4 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, in Inverness for viewing. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being accepted by the Floral City Elementary School, as this was a passion of hers, to P.O. Box 340, Floral City, FL 34436.


Marjorie V Grice, 94, Inverness, FL
Marjorie V. Grice, age 94, of Inverness, FL, passed away November 7, 2017, at Citrus Health and Rehab, Inverness. Marjorie was born on November 20, 1922 in Sylvania, GA to the late John and Eva (Evans) Robbins. She was married to Odis Grice for 22 years until his passing on May 17, 2005. Marjorie was a homemaker throughout her life that enjoyed cooking, fishing, boating and spending time with her family. A resident of Inverness since 1989, she attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Inverness, FL. Marjorie was a woman of great faith and would want everyone to know that Christ is the only way to get to Heaven! Those left to mourn Marjorie's passing include her son, Don Jones of Inverness, FL; daughter: Peggy Sherman and her husband Les of Tampa, FL; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. A Funeral Service for Marjorie is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Lake Carroll Baptist Church, Tampa, FL, with Reverend Kyle Slater officiating. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will take place following the service at Garden of Memories, Tampa, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rosenda G Guerrero, 89, Inverness, FL
Rosenda Gavi Guerrero, 89, Inverness passed away November 27, 2017 at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Rosenda was born in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines on October 5, 1928 to the late Celestino Guerrero and Urbana Gavi and moved to Florida in 1994 from Chicago, IL where she was a Registered Nurse, working for the Cook County Hospital. She was a graduate of University of Sto.Tomas where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1954. Left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss are two daughters, Beverly Ann Dulce and Esperanza Victoria Donato, both of Inverness, FL and many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday morning from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM when the procession will depart for the church service.


Francis D Hackett, 96, Lecanto, FL
Francis (Frank) D. Hackett, age 96, of Lecanto FL, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Arbor Court Lodge of Brentwood, Lecanto, FL. Frank was born March 3, 1921, in Boston MA to the late John and Gertrude (Carter) Hackett. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps. After his military service, Frank went on to earn a Master’s Degree and worked in education as both a teacher and a high school Principal. On September 2, 1944, he married Dorothy (Head) Wells and became father to her five year old daughter Kathy. They shared 64 years of marriage until her passing on December 1, 2013. Frank and Dot made Citrus County their home in 1994 after relocating from NH and worshipped at the Beverly Hills Community Church, Beverly Hills, FL. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed reading and was a master of jigsaw puzzles. Frank also enjoyed playing golf and softball, having played in a 55 and older league until he was 80 years of age. Those left to mourn Frank are his daughter Kathleen Jackson and her husband David of Inverness, FL; brothers: John Hackett of Rochester, NH and James (Dyna) Hackett of Hillsdale, WY; Grandchildren: Heather (David) Pearlswig, Cynthia Cox, and Eli (Cameron) Jackson; and great grandchildren: Amanda, Ian, Sean, Collins and Davis. In addition to his wife Dorothy, he was preceded in death by brothers: William, Charles and David and sisters: Christine and Helen. A celebration of Frank’s life is planned for Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 from at the Beverly Hills Community Church, Beverly Hills, FL with Pastor Stewart Jamison officiating. Following the memorial service, Frank’s urn will be laid to rest alongside Dot at the Epping Cemetery in Epping, NH. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073.


Donald E Harkness, 71, Hernando, FL
Donald E. Harkness, 71, of Hernando, FL passed away October 18, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI on January 28, 1946 to the late Ruebuen E. and Winifred F. (Plumber) Harkness. Donald loved his job as a tow truck driver, and arrived in this area in 2010 coming from Milan, MI. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, and loved western movies. Donald is survived by his loving children, Donald L. Harkness of Milan, MI, Lana Harkness and her significant other Brad Beaster, also of Milan, and Shirley Stuart of Lima OH.; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Quinton R Herrin Sr, 95, Inverness, FL
Quinton R Herrin Sr., 95, of Inverness, passed away December 5th, 2017. Mr. Herrin was the son of the late Paul "Pete" and Sarah "Cleo" Herring of Cullman, AL. and was also preceded in death by his only sibling, brother Carl. W. Herring. He is survived by his bride of over 72 years, Irene (Pelletier) Herrin, originally of Nashua, NH, children Quinton Jr. and Marlene (Moran) of Inverness, Curtis of Merritt Island, Douglas of Orlando and Richard of Cocoa Beach/Miami, FL, in addition to 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered many, many years from now for his wisdom, quick witted humor and love of family and friends. Mr. Herrin was a Combat Medic in the 1st Division/18th Infantry throughout WWII and was in the second wave at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, as well as many other notable campaigns and invasions. He was awarded the French Legion of Merit, Silver Star for valor with an additional cluster, Bronze Star for valor with 4 additional clusters, the Purple Heart and numerous combat and non-combat decorations. Mr. Herrin retired from the US Air Force in 1966. While in the Air force, Master Sergeant Herrin was part of the medical team involved in the Mercury "7" Space program (which was America's first-man-in-space team), working directly with the original seven Astronauts: Alan Shepard, "Gus" Grissom, John Glenn, "Deke" Slayton, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter. Mr. Herrin later retired from Sanders Associates in Nashua, NH. Quinton was an avid bass fisherman having caught many "lunker's" and had also enjoyed hunting. A celebration of life, with military honors, will be at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St., Inverness on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to: Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast or Wounded Warrior Project. Mr. Herrin will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2017


Kenneth L Hornberger, 61, Inverness, FL
Kenneth L. Hornberger, age 61, of Inverness, FL, passed away November 28, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Kenneth was born in Ashland, PA on August 16, 1956 and was the son of Shirley (Hornberger) Losch. He made Citrus County Florida his home in 1994 after relocating from Pennsylvania. He worked as a chef in the restaurant industry throughout his working career and attended worship services at the Pleasant Grove Church of God, Inverness, FL. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and enjoyed doing yard work and woodworking. Kenneth also greatly enjoyed the many trips he made to Disney with his family over the years. Those left to mourn Kenneth's passing include his wife of 34 years, Nora (Blaylock) Hornsberger; mother, Shirley Losch of Ashland, PA; daughters: Angie Hornberger, Annie Hornberger and Misty Bohr, all of Pennsylvania; stepson, Dustin Johnson and his wife Rose of Titusville, FL; and stepdaughter, Tammy Sellars of Inverness, FL. Kenneth's family plan to lay his urn to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on December 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth M Hotop, 92, Lecanto, FL
Ruth M. Hotop, age 92, of Lecanto, FL, passed away November 30, 2017 at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab, Lecanto. Ruth was born on June 20, 1925 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Roswell and Ester (Sowles) Vanderhoff. She was married to Donald L. Hotop for 74 years and worked as a Bookkeeper throughout her life. Ruth and Donald made Florida their home 43 years ago after relocating from California. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, shopping and cooking. In addition to her husband Donald, those left to mourn Ruth's passing include her son Rick Hotop and his wife Susan of Inverness, FL and grandchildren: Craig and Timothy. Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Hotop and her sister, Elaine Cavner. Cremation care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Husowitz, 84, Lecanto, FL
John Husowitz, 84, of Lecanto, FL passed away October 12, 2017 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. He was born in Frackville, PA on March 9, 1933 to the late Andrew and Stella (Varanka) Husowitz. John was a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, and a Route Salesman for Lance Snack Foods for 20 years. He arrived in this area in 1978, coming from West Islip, NY. John attended St. Raphael's Orthodox Church, was a member of the American Legion Post #77 in Inverness, and the Korean War Vets. He loved singing, music and fishing. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty Ann Husowitz. Other survivors include: his children John, Jr., of Lecanto, and Deborah Ann and her husband Richard of Inverness; and one brother, Peter Husowitz of Bethlehem, PA. He was preceded in death by his sister Olga Sorenson of Lecanto. A Memorial Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Sergious Gerken of St. Raphael's Orthodox Church officiating. Military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, is in charge of the arrangements.


Randal S Jarrett, 70, Hernando, FL
Randal S. Jarrett, age 70, of Hernando, FL, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Randal was born on June 14, 1947 in Miami, FL to the late Bernard Niles and Ruth Elizabeth (Caple) Jarrett. In February of 1967, he married Suzanne Keyzer-Andre', with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Randal and Suzanne made Citrus County, FL their home in 2005 after relocating from Atlanta, GA. He worked in the computer technology industry throughout his life as a systems adminstrator. In his spare time he continued to work with computers and technology, and also enjoyed working on other electronics and cameras. Randal was also an amateur radio operator. In addition to his wife Suzanne, those left to mourn Randal's passing include his sons: Patrick Jarrett and his wife Lorraine of Jacksonville, FL, Michael Jarrett and his wife Allison of Stockbridge, GA, and Kevin Jarrett and his spouse John Schwinn of Snellville, GA; brother, Wendell Jarrett of Hernando, FL; and 5 grandchildren. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Larry D Jenkins, 80, Floral City, FL
Larry Dean Jenkins, age 80, of Floral City, FL, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Larry was born on May 27, 1937 in Mount Vernon, WA, to the late Harry and Ella (Blanch) Jenkins. He proudly served his country as a Green Beret in the United States Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran having served 4 tours of duty there. Larry was a recipient of the Purple Heart and also awarded a Bronze Star. After his military service, he was a steel worker for both Boeing Industries and Skagit Steel and worked as a crossing guard for the Sedro Woolley School District in Washington state. Larry was married to Caroline (Meanor) for 37 years and they made Citrus County their home 17 years ago after relocating from Sedro Woolley, WA. A Baptist by faith, he was a member of the Fort Cooper Baptist Church, Inverness. While living in Washington state, Larry enjoyed trap shooting and camping. He truly loved nature, the outdoors and encounters with wildlife. After moving to Florida, he took up an interest in woodworking and enjoyed making decorative pieces for his yard and gifts for family and friends. In addition to his loving wife Caroline, those left to cherish Larry's memory are his daughter, Cindi Herwig and her husband David of Pennsburg, PA; sons: Toney Jenkins, Thomas Gillooly, Lawrence Gillooly; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Bonnie Young. A Funeral Service for Larry is planned for Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with Pastor Marne Palmani of Fort Cooper Baptist Church officiating. Larry will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, where full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit our website at www.chasdavis.com.


Susan E Jones, 70, Beverly Hills, FL
Susan E. Jones, age 70, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Susan was born on February 6, 1947 in New Hampshire to the late Albert E. and Dorothy (Belisle) Duff. She was married to Arthur Jones for 50 years until his passing on February 2, 2017. She and Arthur came to Citrus County in 1981 from Ft. Bliss, Texas. Susan was Episcopal by faith and a member of the computer club CRUG, the Beverly Hills Chapter. She also loved genealogy and researching her family's history. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Cathy Ney and her husband Francis of Lecanto, FL; brother, George Duff; sisters: Judy Gott and husband Glen and Charlotte Duff; grandson, Matthew Jones and great grandchildren: Lindsey Jones and Maddlynn Rose Jones. A celebration of life memorial service for Susan will take place on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church officiating. Friends are invited to join Susan's family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Her urn will be laid to rest alongside her husband Arthur at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Rousso P Kanaris, 93, Homosassa, FL
Rousso P. Kanaris, 93, Homosassa, FL passed away November 8, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Rousso was born in Astypalea, Greece on April 1,1924, one of twelve children, to the late Peter and Irene (Gignikaki) Kanaris and came to Florida in 1974 from New York, He was in the restaurant business most of his life. He owned and operated the Apollo Restaurant followed by Emily's Restaurant in Homosassa which he operated for 30 years before retiring. He was a proud 32nd degree mason, being a member of Hellenic Plato Masonic Lodge No. 1129 in New York City, Springs Masonic Lodge in Homosassa, Scottish Rite, and Egypt Shrine Temple in Tampa. His Masonic career spanned 50 years. Rousso was a long time member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church where he was always supportive of their fund raisers and festivals, spending many hours volunterring his time. Left to mourn his loss are his three children, George Kanaris and wife Jessica of Inverness, Theone Friend of Long Beach, NY; Pam Cozzolino and husband, Steve of New York City; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Kanaris on February 5, 2013. They were married for 63 years. He also lost a son, Peter Kanaris in 1994 as well as his five brothers and six sisters. The Greek Orthodox Funeral Rite will be celebrated on Monday, November 13, 2017, 10:00 AM, at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto with Fr. Michael Petrides, celebrant. Burial will follow in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, FL at 2:00 PM. Friends will be received at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness Sunday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.


Wanda Klik, 81, Inverness, FL
Wanda Klik, age 81, of Inverness, FL, passed away on October 30, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Wanda was born in France on January 9, 1936 to the late Edmund and Anna (Szymczak) Wierzba. Her family immigrated to Poland then moved to Belgium before World War II. Her only brother, Edward, passed away last year in Belgium. As a young woman, Wanda immigrated to the United States where she lived and worked as a cook for private parties in New York City. She later moved to Stamford, CT where she met and married her husband John. They were married for 37 years and never had any children. Both Wanda and John were very active in Polish groups and both enjoyed polka dancing and choirs. They retired to Inverness in 2001 where they remained active with travel, bowling and continued involvement with Polish and German clubs. It was Wanda's wish that she be cremated and laid to rest with her husband John at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. A graveside service will be conducted Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation in Wanda's memory to St. Jude's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Geraldine Kohler, 93, Hernando, Florida
Geraldine Kohler, 93, Hernando, FL passed away November 19, 2017 at The Grove. Born in Wrightsville, PA on March 7, 1924, to the late Aaron and Mary (Philabaum) Lockman, she moved to Citrus County in 2016. She was employed in the clothing industry as a security clerk and attended the United Methodist Church.. She is survived by her son, Bernell Kohler of Hernando, FL; 3 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Kohler. Services and burial will be in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Dallastowm, PA Monday, November 27th, 2017 under the direction of Austin Eberly Funeral Home, Dallastown, PA. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family locally.


Donald J Kraus, 102, South Daytona, FL
Donald J. Kraus, 102, of South Daytona, FL passed away October 19, 2017 at Avante at Inverness, Inverness, FL. He was born in Dixon, IL on September 8, 1915 to the late John L. and Elsie (Lauff) Kraus. Donald was a steel mill machinist, and a Catholic by faith. He enjoyed puzzles, playing computer solitaire, reading, and loved the Chicago Cubs. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of over 65 years, Minnie Kraus, and 1 great-grandchild. Survivors include his children Jerry Kraus and his wife Beverly of Arkansas, and Janet Martin and her husband James of Inverness; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donald K Lewis, 86, Floral City, FL
Donald Kenneth Lewis, 86, Floral City passed away October 23, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with his family at his bedside. He was born in Highland Park, MI on April 20, 1931 to the late Homer A. and Irene (Fortin) Lewis and was raised by Homer and Wilma (Beaversdorf) Lewis, after Irene passed away. Donald moved to Florida in 1997. He retired from the Detroit Free Press as a printer with 25 years of service and also served as Vice President of the Detroit Typographical Union. He enjoyed writing and was a published author. Don served our country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Christian and enjoyed helping others whenever he could, earning the nickname "Good Sam". He was a member of V.F.W. Post 7122 and past president of the Tarawood Home Owners Association. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carolyn Cooper Lewis; and children, Richard Lewis (Vicki) of Frankenmuth, MI; Colleen Zuber (Bob) of Mt. Clemens, MI; Kevin McNally (Pam) of Riley Township, MI; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by Scott McNally of West Palm Beach,FL There will be a viewing on Wednesday, Nov. 15th at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. Graveside services will Military Honors will follow at 2:30 PM from the Florida National Cemetery with V.F.W. Post 7122 in charge. A reception will follow at the Tarawood Club House in Floral City.


Thomas A Lupperger, 83, Inverness, FL
Thomas A. Lupperger, age 83, of Inverness, FL, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Thomas was born on June 17, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Forsthoffer) Lupperger. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, Thomas went on to work as a Mechanical Draftsman in the Engineering Industry. On April 26, 1958 he married Lois Bush, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Thomas and Lois made Citrus County Florida their home 20 years ago after relocating from Philadelphia, PA. He was a talented artist that enjoyed painting landscapes and scenery and a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society. Thomas also enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time. In addition to his loving wife Lois, those left to mourn Thomas' passing include his daughters: Victoria Delucia and Lisa Ricchione (Robert), both of Bucks County, PA; grandchildren: Nicole, Samantha, Anthony, Alexandria and Nicholas; and great grandchildren: Angela, Lisa and Thomas. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dennis R MacNeil, 69, Inverness, FL
Dennis R. MacNeil, age 69, of Inverness, passed away November 17, 2017 at Citrus Health and Rehab under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Dennis was born on March 21, 1948 in St. Louis, MO to the late Gayle Wilson and Virginia (Cornet) MacNeil. He made Citrus County his home over 30 years ago after relocating from Temple Terrace, FL. Dennis was employed by Citrus County as Building Department Director and was a member of the Citrus County Builders Association. He truly enjoyed being a builder and would spend much of his spare time building things. He was a renaissance man, and loved words. Ombudsman, Draconian, Enigmatic, could be found on the board in his office, as word of the day. Dennis also enjoyed music, playing the guitar, and making stained glass. Those left to mourn Dennis' passing include his son, Ruari MacNeil of Palm Bay, FL; brothers: David MacNeil and Chris MacNeil, both of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tim MacNeil of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Pam Cox of Grand Blanc, MI; and former wife Michaela Fambri of Palm Bay, FL. The family would like to thank Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast for their loving care of Dennis. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Antoinette Maggiore, 90, Lecanto, FL
Antoinette Maggiore, age 90, of Lecanto, FL, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Health Center at Brentwood, Lecanto. Antoinette was born on June 3, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Ettore and Carmella (Stalteri) Mengani. She was married to Matthew Maggiore for 45 years until his passing on January 30, 1996. Matthew and Antoinette made Citrus County, FL their home in 1976 after relocating from Brooklyn, N.Y. and were parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and also worked as a Teacher’s Aid for a number of years. While residing in New York, Antoinette was a member of the Democratic Club of Brooklyn. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their various sporting events and activities. Antoinette’s passing will be mourned by her son, Peter M. Maggiore and his wife Cynthia of Inverness, FL; daughter, Marion Maggiore of Citrus Springs, FL; grandchildren: Matthew Maggiore and his wife Keri of Odessa, FL, Mettina Couet and her husband Tim of Land O’ Lakes, FL, Natasha Feldman and her husband Brett of Denver, CO, Marissa Maggiore of Tampa, FL; and great grandchildren: Naomi, Madison, Blakely, Olivia, Emery and Asher. In addition to her husband, Antoinette was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. A funeral service for Antoinette will be conducted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Friends may join the family for visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the service, Antoinette will be laid to rest with her husband, Matthew, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vera F Martino, 92, Bethpage, NY
Vera F. Martino, 92, of Bethpage, NY, formerly of Inverness, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY. Vera was born on September 23, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Michael and Frances (Allocca) Caccavale. She came to Citrus County in 1977 from Bethpage, NY. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parrish, where she was very active with the Helping Hands. She was also a member of the Beverly Hills Italian-American Club and the Citrus American & Italian Club. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Victoria Marie Martino and Carol Ann Jamison both of Bethpage, NY; her brother, Frank Cavale . She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter on March 25, 1992; her brothers: Vincent in 1996, Anthony in 2006; her sisters Louise in 1998, Nancy in 1998 , Dorothy in 1990, Marie in 1986, and Adeline in 2015 The Mass of Christian Burial for Vera, will be offered on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM, from Our Lady of Fatima Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness from 9:30 AM until 11:15 AM when the procession will depart for the church. .


Alfred E Mason, 85, Homosassa, FL
Alfred E. Mason, 85, of Homosassa, FL passed away November 28, 2017 at Sunflower Springs ALF in Homosassa, FL. He was born in East Orange, NJ on December 3, 1931 to the late Alfred E. and Ardelle (Henerlau) Mason. Alfred was employed by New Jersey Bell Telephone where he started as an apprentice and eventually retired as an Engineer. On March 7, 1953, he married Ruth (Nielsen) with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Alfred and Ruth arrived in this area in 2005 after relocating from New Jersey. He was a protestant by faith, and enjoyed computers. Alfred was a member of the Tom's River New Jersey Masonic Lodge # 18, F.& A.M., and was affiliated with the Floral City Masonic Lodge #133 F.& A.M. He was past president of the Leisure Village Association of New Jersey and served on many boards throughout his life including the Pinehurst Village Association and the Sunflower Springs Association. While residing in New Jersey, he was an active member of the Shriner's and played the trumpet for them in parades. He often visited children in the hospital that had suffered burns and assisted them and their families so they could seek treatment at the Shriner's Hospital. Alfred also enjoyed writing letters to the editor and was published many times in the Citrus Chronicle Newspaper. In addition to his loving wife Ruth, Alfred is survived by son Charles Mason of Holiday, FL; daughter Christine Alte of Crystal River, FL; grandchildren: Justin, Thomas, Lori, Kevin and Teresa; and great grandchild, Jackson. Alfred was predeceased by his son, Alfred G. Mason and his son-in-law, Thomas A. Alte. Donations can be made in Alfred's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Alfred will be laid to rest at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, N.J. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Darlene J May, 90, Inverness, FL
Darlene J. May, age 90, of Inverness, FL, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing, Inverness. Darlene was born December 2, 1926 in Rapid City, S.D. to the late Harold and Nina (Bangeter) Brown. On January 4, 1978, she married Morton May, with whom she shared 39 years of marriage. Darlene loved to travel and had visited over 48 countries in her lifetime and had resided in many places including Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and Mexico. She was very active and involved in politics. She was a member of the League of Women Voters in South Dakota and had marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ohio. In her spare time, Darlene loved to garden and was a member of Floral City VFW Post #7122. Those left to mourn Darlene's passing and cherish her memory are son, Michael Kovich and his wife Janice of Galveston, TX; step-daughter, Carmen Tanner of Inverness, FL; 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Darlene was preceded in death by son, Daniel Kovich; daughter, Teresa Halupnic; step-daughter, Carol Cline; and 2 brothers. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jenny L McCarty, 77, Inverness, FL
Jenny Lee McCarty, 77, Inverness passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Jenny was born in Detroit, MI on February 11, 1940 to the late Max and Iva (Frarey) Donovan and moved to Citrus County in 1978 from Orlando. She retired after 19 years as supervisor in retail sales from Bealls Department Store in Inverness. Jenny enjoyed working puzzles and loved worshipping her Lord and Savior at the Inverness Church of God . Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Lee Ornoski of Floral City and Patricia Fulp of Floral City; sister, Judy Reynold of Michigan; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth McCarty January 4, 2009, 2 brothers, Richard Donovan and Bud Deitsch, and a sister, Virginia Rouff. The Celebration of Life for Jenny is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Herman Sears, former pastor of Harvest Temple, officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of service.


Gerald S McGuire, 78, Inverness, FL
Gerald S. McGuire, Jr., age 78, of Inverness, FL, passed away November 28, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Gerald was born on February 7, 1939 in Webster, N.Y. to the late Gerald and Gladys (Little) McGuire. He worked as a salesman throughout his life including real estate sales. Gerald had been a resident of Citrus County Florida for over 20 years after relocating from New York. He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 42 years. Those left to mourn Gerald's passing include his daughters: Kelly Hayes and her husband Eric of Fairview, PA, Kristin Aquino and her husband Carlos of N. Palm Beach, FL, Molly Koprulu and her husband Berk of Grosse Pointe, MI; sister, Gail McGuire of Avon, N.Y.; and 5 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made in memory of Gerald to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067 or Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Laurel A McKone, 90, Lecanto, FL
Laurel A. McKone, 90 of Lecanto, passed away on November 21, 2017 at the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Hospice House in Lecanto. Mr. McKone was born in New Lothrop, Michigan on February 10, 1927 to the late Alfred and Vernie (Alderman) McKone. He came to Citrus County in 1987 from Flint, Michigan. He was a Korean Army Veteran and retired as a truck driver after 35 years with Association Truck Lines. He was Protestant by faith, a member of the Tampa Bay Soaring Society, and the Amature Radio Club of Citrus County. Mr. McKone is survived by several nieces and nephews including Judy Saupe of Lake Michigan, MI and many local friends including Maryann Hagenbrock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn B. McKone on February 5, 2006 and his 4 brothers: Bernard, Melvin, Clifford and Merlin. Following cremation, his urn will be buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, MI. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Peter J Milazzo, Jr., 62, Inverness, FL
Peter Joseph Milazzo, Jr., age 62, of Inverness, FL, passed away at his residence on September 19, 2017. Peter was born on July 25, 1955 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Peter and Eleanor (Packlaian) Milazzo. He served his country as a member of the United States Navy and then went on to own and operate his own lawn care business. Peter attended worship services at the First Assembly of God Church in Inverness, FL. He is survived by 2 brothers: Anthony Milazzo of Inverness, FL, David Milazzo and his wife Evelyn of Margate, FL; and several nieces and nephews. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward "Okie" O Millard, 88, Hernando, FL
Mr. Edward “Okie” Millard died peacefully Nov. 1, 2017 at his home at Grand Living in Hernando, Fl. at the age of 88. He was a much loved father, husband, and grandfather. Those left to mourn his passing are his children, Kathi (Dennis, deceased) Harms, Karol (James) Kusmaul, Janet (Holt) Olson, and Jeffrey (Dawn) Millard; grandchildren, Jennifer (Nick) Klose, Jon (Tracie) Harms, Laurie and John Kusmaul, Rachel and Chad Olson, Beth (Josh) LaCombe; and great grandchildren Jacob and Mackenzie Harms, Addison Klose, Harper and Adeline LaCombe, and Decklyn Olson. Edward was preceded in death by his wife Anne, sister Betty, son in law Dennis Harms, and grandson Drew Olson. Born on Nov. 10, 1928 in Waterloo, Iowa to Esther Anna Kauffman and Charles Orr Millard, Edward, who was orphaned at age 7, grew up at Victory Hall Orphanage in Normal, Illinois.  At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he proudly served as an M.P. in the Korean conflict, earning a Korean Service medal with three bronze stars.  After his military service, he went on to work at St. Farm Insurance Co. and Firestone Tire and Rubber in Bloomington, Illinois.  On Nov. 26, 1952, Edward married Martha “Anne” Jefferson, with whom he shared 60 wonderful years of marriage until her passing on Dec. 7, 2012.  Anne was an excellent cook, and Ed thoroughly enjoyed her culinary expertise!  The early years of their marriage were spent raising four children in Media, PA.  After relocating back to Bloomington, IL, he and Anne finished their careers, and enjoyed travel and camping. Edward was known for his warmth, kindness and generosity.  He was an excellent card player and had a fantastic memory which made him a wonderful and colorful storyteller.  Ed’s tools and duct tape were precious to him.  He was a maker, building decks, furniture, a playhouse, and an octagonal bench around a tree, which served as home base for his childrens’ games.  He loved little ones and always found some small gift to give whenever any children visited. Following a private family birthday party for Edward on Nov. 4, a celebration of his life will be held in Bloomington, Illinois at a later date.  Those wishing to attend should contact the family for more information.  Cremation care provided by Charles Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.  His urn will be laid to rest alongside his wife at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso, IL.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any Hospice organization.  The family is indebted to the staff of Hospice of Citrus/Nature Coast and the employees of Grand Living for their exceptional care and compassion during his final days.


Freddie J Milliard, 93, Inverness, FL
Freddie Joseph Milliard, 93, of Inverness, FL passed away December 12, 2017 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Slatersville, RI on June 7, 1924 to the late Omer and Anna (LaValley) Milliard. Freddie was the owner of the Milliard Construction Company, Inc., and a WWII, Army Air Corps veteran. He arrived in this area in 1986, coming from Wells, ME and was a Catholic by faith. Freddie enjoyed building windmills, working with stained glass, and making 3D wooden figures. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Beulah Milliard in 1994, 2 brothers Omer Millard, Jr., and Richard Milliard, and a sister Annette I. Piette. Freddie is survived by his son, Gary W. Milliard and his wife Diane of Lyman, ME, and his daughter Patricia M. Shaw of Ogunquit, ME. He also had 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Barbara M Miraglia, 81, Beverly Hills, FL
Barbara M. Miraglia, age 81, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. Barbara was born on May 12, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Ralph and Roslyn (Silverstein) Warhoftic. She was married to Charles Miraglia for 24 years until his passing in 1980. Barbara made Citrus County, FL, her home in 2015 after relocating from Philadelphia, PA, and was Jewish by faith. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the casino, playing the lottery, crossword puzzles and watching the game show network and had a great sense of humor. Those left to mourn Barbara's passing are her sons: Philip Miraglia of Philadelphia, PA, Scott Miraglia of Lecanto, FL, Michael Miraglia of Philadelphia, PA; daughters: Debra McDermott and her husband, David, of Beverly Hills, FL, Cindy Alberto and her husband Anthony of Philadelphia, PA; sister, Norma Milarsky; and 4 grandchildren. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Stacey M Montgomery (Cavanaugh), 35, Ridge Manor, FL
Stacey Marie (Cavanaugh) Montgomery , age 35, of Ridge Manor, FL, passed away November 27, 2017 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, while surrounded by her loving family. Stacey was born on June 1, 1982 in Cleveland Ohio and was the daughter of Daniel and Christina (Roe) Cavanaugh. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and niece. Stacey was a homemaker who loved her dogs, Sadie, Rockie and Tink Tink. She also loved music. Those left to mourn Stacey's passing include her husband of 11 years, Preston Montgomery of Ridge Manor, FL; daughter, Lourelai Montgomery of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; parents, Christina and Dan Cavanaugh of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; sister, Tracey Cavanaugh of Inverness, FL; sister in law, Cassie Cavanaugh of Inverness, FL; grandmother, Nana Cavanaugh of Hamburg, N.Y.; uncles: Steve Roe (Amber) of Thonotosassa, FL, Carmen Roe of Apollo Beach, FL, Billy Chambers (Melisa) of Indiana, Joe Cavanaugh (Carol) of Alden, N.Y., Dave Cavanaugh (Sheila) of Angola, N.Y., Bob Cavanaugh of Hamburg, N.Y.; and cousins: Kaitlyn, Kelley, Hailee, Tristen, Kenneth, Tylor, K-Leigh, Michael, David, Joseph and Matthew. Stacey was preceded in death by her grandma Chambers, her Dzia dzia Cavanaugh, uncle Rick and cousin, Dennis Cavanaugh. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Junior Branson of the Crossgate Church of God officiating. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert L Mullins, 59, Inverness, FL
Robert L. Mullins, 59 of Inverness, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. Robert was born on August 7, 1958 in Panama to the late Earl and Mary (Mallia) Mullins and came to Citrus County in 2006 from Alabama. He was a facilities manager with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was Catholic by faith. Robert was a member of the Panama Society, a group of ex-patriots from the Canal Zone who would get together once a year. He enjoyed boating and spending time with his family. He loved being a grandpa, and was very generous and would do anything to help out the ones he loved. Robert was proud of his service with the Bureau of Prisons and especially proud of his service with the Special Operations Response Team. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Melynda "Mindy" Mullins, his children: Dillon Mullins, of Delaware, Matthew Mullins of Inverness, Robert Mullins of Colorado and Kaitlin Mullins of Gainesville, FL; his brothers: Earl, Daniel, Clifford, James and Joseph, his sister, Kathleen and his 5 grandchildren: Gracie, Conner, Oliver, Saylor and Finley. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Robert will be conducted on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Tim Cummings, of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until service time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Sylvia J Murphy, 81, Tavares, FL
Sylvia J. Murphy, 81, of Tavares, FL, formerly of Inverness, passed away November 25, 2017 at her residence in Tavares surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Justice W.VA. on November 16, 1936 to the late Verlin and Tressie (Blankenship) Walker. Sylvia was a teacher in W. VA, and then a data processor at Seminole State College. She arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Maitland, FL. and attended Rutland Baptist Church. She played upright bass for several years in a bluegrass band, and enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, reading, fishing, cooking, and loved spending time with her family. Sylvia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Donald L. Murphy in 2015, and one brother Zionel Walker. She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Durden and her husband Larry of Tavares, and Stephanie Murphy of Eustis , FL., and sisters Zenith Harless, Rita Anderson, and Sheila Darlington. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service is scheduled for Thursday, 11:30 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour hour prior to service. Sylvia will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, after the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.


Anthony R Nettis, 73, Hernando, FL
Anthony R. Nettis, age 73, of Hernando, FL, passed away at his residence on Sunday, December 10, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Anthony was born on January 15, 1944 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Nicholis and Felicia (Carnesecchi) Nettis. On September 24, 1966 he married Donna (Bucki) Nettis, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Prior to retirement, Anthony was employed by Western Electric / AT&T as a Purchasing Manager for 24 years. He also owned and operated the Greenwood General Store in Greenwood Village, IL. Anthony and Donna made Citrus Hills their home in November of 2004 after relocating from Greenwood Village, IL. He was previous director of Citizens Patrol (CP7), a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a parishioner of St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Lecanto, FL. Anthony was a "people person" who truly enjoyed visiting and socializing with others. He also enjoyed cooking and dancing in his free time. In addition to his wife Donna, those left to mourn Anthony's passing include his sons: Anthony Nettis of Tampa, FL and Andrew Nettis of Genoa City, WI; sister, Palma Logan and her husband Charlie of Bronx, N.Y.; grandchildren: Chelsea and Madeline Nettis of Genoa City, WI; nephew, Robert Holt of Scarsdale, N.Y.; nieces: Karen Logan of Walden, N.Y. and Nicole Puzzio of Bronx, N.Y. A celebration of life memorial service for Anthony is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Friends may visit with Anthony's family beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thelma A Newcomb, 94, Inverness, FL
Thelma Alley Newcomb passed away at her home in Inverness Florida October 7, 2017 after a long vigil by loving members of her family. She had been under the tender care of Citrus County Hospice for many months. Thelma was born in Jonesport, Maine , January 26, 1923. At a young age she became a member of the Advent Christian Church on Beals Island ME. She Graduated from Jonesport High School and the Bangor Maine School of Commerce/Husson College. She taught at Crosby High School in Belfast Maine, and also Jonesport High School. She is the last of a family of nine children by Josiah and Emily Alley. Thelma is survived by her husband of 71 years, Whitney Newcomb of Inverness, son Burgess and his wife Deborah of Homosassa, FL; son Gary and his wife Patricia of Newark, OH, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Her remains will be cremated at the Chas. E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory and eventually interred alongside those of her husband, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida. A family memorial is planned for her ninety fifth birthday. Her life was dedicated to her family and the Golden Rule. Anyone wishing to celebrate her life may do so by contributing in her name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, or a similar worthy cause.


Gerald J Ortolano, 79, Inverness, FL
Gerald J. Ortolano, age 79, of Inverness, FL, passed away at his residence on November 6, 2017. Gerald was born on June 26, 1938 in New York, N.Y. to the late Charles and Anna (Romando) Ortolano. He was a Truck Driver throughout his life and owned and operated a small transportation company while living in New York. Gerald was married to his wife Patricia for 42 years until her passing in 2009. A Catholic by faith, was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, FL. Gerald loved watching and feeding birds. He enjoyed watching sports and was a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Rays. Gerald also enjoyed painting on glass and making pieces featuring Disney characters that he used to decorate his childrens rooms. He also loved the time he spent with his family and grandchildren. Those left to mourn Gerald's passing are his son, Charles Ortolano and his wife Sandra of Ocala, FL; daughters: Denise Gough of Inverness, FL, Christine Ortolano of New York, N.Y.; grandchildren: Ashley Gough, C J Ortolano, Tiffani Gough; great grandchildren: Mayson, Charleson, Caiden. Private cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bonney L Pass, 50, Lecanto, FL
Bonney Landry Pass, 50 of Lecanto, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at her home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Bonney was born on January 6, 1967 in Brockton, MA to the late Arthur L. and Mary Ann (Churchill) Landry. She came to Citrus County in 2002 from Broward County, FL. Bonney was an energy and plants manager in the Education industry. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 20 years, Thomas S. Pass, her son, Kevin Landry-Pass of Lecanto, her daughter, Sabrina Kincaid of St. Cloud, FL, her brother, Timothy Landry of Wildwood, FL and three grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness. FL.


Elaine R Peavey, 64, Inverness, FL
Elaine R. Peavey, 64 of Inverness, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Elaine was born in Pennsylvania on March 27, 1953. She came to Citrus County two years ago from Ocala. Elaine enjoyed Facebook, politics and watching QVC and HSN. She had a great love of animals and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sharon Peavey and fiance' Sean Simpson of Inverness and her grandchildren Ali and Connor. She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Vashlishan and sister, Joan Titus. Funeral services for Elaine will be conducted on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor Kevin Ballard from Calvary Chapel of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Marie K Pennington, 93, Beverly Hills, FL
Marie K. Pennington, 93, of Beverly Hills, FL., died peacefully Nov. 12, 2017 in hospice after a period of failing health. Beloved and devoted wife for 59 years to her late husband, Robert. Loving mother of Allen and his wife Gayle of Stoughton, MA., Glen and his wife Annette of Bowling Green, KY. and pre-deceased by her beloved daughter Kathleen. Mrs. Pennington leaves 3 surviving grandchildren, Terence Pennington and his wife Caralyne of Munfordville, KY., Paul Mandell, Jr. of Needham, MA. and NJ., and Harper Mandell of North Easton, MA. Also, Mrs. Pennington was pre-deceased by her first and oldest grandchild, Karyn Pennington. Mrs. Pennington was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of 6 siblings. As a young child she lived on Big Tancook Island, Mahone Bay Nova Scotia as well as Halifax. Upon her marriage in 1945 to her husband Robert, she immigrated to Massachusetts where they raised a family in Dorchester and Randolph. In 1987, Marie and Robert retired to Beverly Hills, FL. where they enjoyed a happy and fulfilling life, especially with fellow friends and members of the Hernando Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. One of life's greatest joys to Mrs. Pennington was her love of vegetable and flower gardening. She shared her love and knowledge of all things green with all those whom she knew. She successfully cultivated and nurtured her garden as if it were her 4th child. When the harvest was ready, she then graciously shared the fruits of her labor with friends and neighbors. The Pennington family wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast and additionally to Dr. Charles Prentice who cared for our parents for several decades. At this time, the family would especially like to express its appreciation to Joy, Diana and Desmond Campbell of Citrus Springs, FL. and to the entire Campbell family for the kind and loving care-giving they provided to our beloved mother. Their devotion and dedication to seeing that our mother was well cared for and comfortable - particularly in her final days and hours - is something our family will always be grateful for. The family will honor and remember Mrs. Pennington in a private family service. Cremation care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael E Pitts, 75, Inverness, FL
Michael Earnest Pitts, 75, Inverness, FL passed away Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at his home. Michael was born on the island of Bermuda June 21, 1942. He spent his early years in Bermuda and England. He immigrated to the United States after meeting his wife Anne in Bermuda. He became a naturalized United States citizen in June, 1966 and loved his adopted country very much. Michael and Anne were married on October 27, 1962 in New York. They relocated from New York to Inverness in 1974 with their children. He was a Police Officer for the City of Inverness and also a store manager for Eckerd Drugs as well as a Correctional Officer for the State of Florida, posted at Marion Correctional Institution. Michael enjoyed reading on historical subjects, English football and his favorite past time was spending time with his family. Michael was a devout Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne C. Pitts of Inverness, FL; his 4 children: Michele, Steven, Michael and Gary; as well as his 2 grandchildren, Tiffany Hiebert and Dominic Pitts, and his great granddaughter Anna Michele Hiebert. Viewing and visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. Highway 41 South, Inverness, FL 34450, with Father Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Following the Mass, interment will take place at 1:30 PM at Fero Memorial Gardens, 5891 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donald A Pollette, 88, Inverness, FL
DONALD ALLEN POLLETTE, age 88 of Inverness, FL, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in the company of his loving partner of five years, Anni Grammel. Mr. Pollette was born on November 7, 1928 in Providence, RI, to the late James and Laura Pollette. He moved to Barrington, RI in 1954 where he raised a family with his wife Lillian Mary Pollette (Stafford). He relocated to Chicopee, MA in 1977. Mr. Pollette worked for U.S. Rubber (Uniroyal) for 32 years, then for Purolator Courier (Emery Worldwide) for 10 years, prior to moving to Inverness in 1991. He enjoyed many years of retirement in Inverness. He served for the U.S. Navy in 1946 and 1947 on the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Destroyer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lillian, September 6, 2006. Survivors include a daughter Gail and husband John Robinson of Lititz, PA; a son David and wife Sandra of Ware, MA; three grandchildren, Steven Robinson, and Elizabeth and Matthew Pollette; a sister Barbara Morrell of RI and a brother James Pollette of TX. Mr. Pollette was an avid sportsman, enjoying golfing, sailing, bowling, softball and hockey. He also loved to play chess and bridge. While in Florida, he loved riding his scooter and being a dedicated Tampa Bay Lightning fan. He was a kind, gentle and humble man. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Citrus, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, 34464. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.  


Patricia A Pullen, 88, Inverness, FL
Patricia Ann Pullen, age 88, of Inverness, FL, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 4, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Patricia was born on September 27, 1929 in Trenton, N.J. to the late Earl and Violet (Haines) Wilson. On October 3, 1948, she married Frank L. Pullen with whom she had just celebrated 69 years of loving marriage. Patricia and Frank made Citrus County, FL their home in 1981 after relocating from New Jersey. A Baptist by faith, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Inverness and had enjoyed singing in the church choir for a number of years. Patricia greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, taking cruises with friends, and had a heart-felt passion for the unborn.  Through the years she orchestrated and enjoyed many family and holiday dinners.  Her grandchildren especially remember her delicious, flaky pie crusts.  While living in New Jersey and Florida, she greatly enjoyed being outdoors walking, bike riding or working in the yard. In addition to her loving husband Frank, those left to mourn Patricia’s passing are her sons: Mark Pullen of Inverness, FL; Brett Pullen and his wife Norma Jean of Inverness, FL; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, special family members: Peggy Pullen, Robin Crocker and Robert C. Pullen, Jr., along with several nieces, nephews and in-laws too numerous to mention them all by name. Patricia was preceded in death by sons, Gary and Bryan Pullen and brother, Earl Wilson. A celebration of life memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the First Baptist Church of Inverness. In lieu of flowers, Patricia's family requests that donations be made in her memory to any Pro-Life organization or to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Scott R Reithmiller, 52, Beverly Hills, FL
Scott R. Reithmiller, age 52, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Scott was born in Pittsburgh, PA on January 16, 1965 and was the son of Louis J. and Virginia M. (Lee) Reithmiller. He attended Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA for his undergraduate studies and went to on to earn his MBA from Gannon University, Erie, PA. Scott worked as an Accountant and Engineer throughout his life. He made Citrus County, FL his home 7 years ago after relocating from Charlotte, N.C. Scott was very active in the community and dedicated much of his free time to the Boy Scouts and was a Youth Group Mentor for the Beverly Hills Community Church. He was a member of the Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux, and was an active member of Dagorhir, a live action role playing group. Scott will be remembered as a loving son, father and grandfather. Those left to mourn Scott's passing include his sons: Rick Reithmiller and his wife Selina of Charlotte, N.C., Chris Reithmiller and his wife Diana of Fort Mill, S.C., James Reithmiller of Beverly Hills, FL; daughter, Catherine Pettus and her husband Ed of Charlotte, N.C.; his parent's: Louis and Virginia Reithmiller of Beverly Hills, FL; and grandchildren: Enzo, Noah and Sasha. Scott's family have planned a celebration of life memorial for him on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Beverly Hills Community Church, Beverly Hills, FL. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James T Rinnier, Sr., 85, Inverness, FL
James Thomas Rinnier, Sr., age 85, of Inverness, passed away at his residence on December 15, 2017. James was born on July 9, 1932 in Salem, N.J. to the late Edward A. and Elizabeth (Loper) Rinnier. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, James was employed as a Truck Driver for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He was married to his wife Juanita for 60 years until her passing on May 27, 2013. James and Juanita made Citrus County their home in 1986 after relocating from Pennsgrove, N.J. He was a member of the Serviceman’s Club and the Inverness Elks Lodge #2522. James greatly enjoyed eating breakfast at The Hen House in Inverness on a daily basis. Those left to mourn James’ passing are his son, James Thomas Rinnier, Jr. of Inverness, FL; brother, Larry Rinnier and his wife Mary Lou of New Port Richey, FL; and grandson, Thomas James Rinnier. In addition to his wife, James was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Elaine Rinnier. A celebration of life memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Friends are invited to join James’ family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. James’ urn will be laid to rest along side his wife Juanita, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sadako "Sally" Roof, 89, Inverness, FL
Sadako "Sally" Roof, age 89, of Inverness, FL, passed away under the loving care of her family and Hospice on Friday, November 24, 2017. Sally was born on September 29, 1928 in Utsunomiya, Japan and made Citrus County, FL her home in 1974. She enjoyed being a homemaker but also enjoyed working as a Sales Associate for Beall's Department Store. She is preceded in death by her sister, Jomiko Masanori and brother, Kicharo Yamauchi. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gilbert Roof; daughter, Debra Negrete and her husband, Rodney Negrete of Windermere, FL; and her grandchildren Kennan and Kennedy Negrete, as well as her sister, Setsuko Yamauchi of Tokyo, Japan. Sally will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her giving nature. She loved playing games with her grandchildren, especially playing Bingo. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Betty M Rooks, 74, Inverness, FL
Betty M. Rooks, age 74, of Inverness, FL, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 with her loving daughter by her side and while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Betty was born on November 5, 1942 in Pahokee, FL to the late George and Nadine (Whitt) Summers. She was married to George D. Rooks for 43 years until his passing on September 26, 2011. Betty relocated from Brooksville, FL to Citrus County several years ago and previously attended worship services at the First Baptist Church of Inverness. In her free time she enjoyed reading and was a fan of Elvis Presley who greatly enjoyed listening to his gospel recordings. Betty will be remembered as a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Those left to mourn Betty's passing include her daughter, Donna Clark and her significant other, Ray Davidson of Inverness, FL; son, Troy Kirk II and his wife Nicole; stepdaughters: Teresa Obry of Baker, FL, Sherry Sanders of Crystal River, FL; grandchildren: Troy Kirk III, Tabitha C. Kirk, John Kirk, Jeanne Marie Schoenke; and great grandchild, Damien Kirk. In addition to her loving husband, Betty was preceded in death by brother, George Summers, Jr.; sisters: Frances Anderson and Shirley Simms; and son in law, Luther Junior Clark. Private burial will take place for Betty at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, where she will be laid to rest with her husband George. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Delilah M Rose, 87, Ft Valley, GA
Delilah M. Rose, 87, formerly of Inverness, Florida and currently a resident of Ft. Valley, GA. passed away Oct 20, 2017 in the Houston Medical Center of Perry, Georgia. Mrs Rose was born in Miami, FL on November 24, 1929 to the late William and Thelma (Ralston) Myers and moved to Inverness in 1994 from there where she retired from the Southern Bell Telephone Company after 35 years of service. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Gibb of Mauk, GA and a niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, McCune James Rose and her sister, Bertha Myers. Private burial will follow beside her husband in Florida National Cemetery. There will be Celebration of Life Memorial Service at a later date at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness.


Karen A Ryan, 50, Floral City, FL
Karen Ann Ryan, 50, Floral City passed away suddenly at home on December 3, 2017. Karen was born in Red Bank, NJ on February 7, 1967 to Robert Joseph and Katherine (Baum) Ryan and came to Florida 20 years ago. She worked in the beverage and hospitality industry. Left to cherish her memory are her Mother, Katherine Ryan, Floral City; her brothers and sisters, Katherine Gaytan and husband Jorge, Raleigh, NC; Lynn McCallister, Inverness, FL; Christopher Ryan and wife Angie, Floral City; David Rivera of Gainesville, FL; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and her dog "Buddy" whom she dearly loved. She was predeceased by her father and two siblings, Charles Farley and Michele Ryan. Karen's Celebration of Life will be on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday morning from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.


Ann J Sally, 75, Homosassa, FL
Sally Ann Jenkins, 75, Homosassa, FL passed away Dec 16, 2017 in Kindred Hospital, Tampa, FL Sally was born in Bellefonte, PA on Sept 26, 1942 to the late Eugene and Jessie (Williams) Markle and moved to Florida from Pennsylvania in 1972. She was Christian by faith and enjoyed needleworking and reading. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 32 years, Shirley Ray Jenkins, Homosassa, FL; 3 children: Lee Roy Warner and wife Sue of Milesburg, PA; Wayne Allen Warner and wife Tammy, Virginia Beach, VA; Virginia Lee Frank, Tyrone, PA; 2 sisters, Carol Jean Brooks, State College, PA and Nancy Maso, State College, PA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Kenneth Warner. Private cremation care with Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Albert E Sampsell, 68, Floral City, FL
Albert E. Sampsell, Jr., 68, of Floral City, FL passed away November 4, 2017, at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness, FL. He was born in Cleveland, OH on December 16, 1948 to the late Albert E. and Phyllis M. (Oppenlander) Sampsell. Albert was a Youth Minister, and arrived in this area in 2008, coming from Brunswick, OH. He was a Christian by faith, and previously was a grocery store manager for several grocery stores, as well as an event planner for all types of activities. Albert was a Boy Scout Leader, and very involved in the community. He was past Vice-President of the Floral City Merchants Association, and loved Disk Golfing. Albert was preceded in death by one brother, Greg Sampsell. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joy S. Samsell; his sons Albert E. Sampsell III and his wife Priscella of Mesquite, Texas, Craig Sampsell and his wife Melinda of Akron, OH, Matthew Sampsell and his companion Tammy of Largo, FL, and Michael "Cody" Sampsell and his companion Brandy, also of Largo; brothers Richard and Keith Sampsell; sisters Debbie Matthews, Barbara Tacchitte, Laurie Kessel, and Peggy Justic; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Helen J Sandlewick, 93, Homosassa, FL
Helen J. Sandlewick, 93 years young, of Homosassa, FL went to meet the greatest of all Chemists on November 7, 2017. She was born in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 1924, to the late Louis L. and Laura (Chapman) Jacquier. As a young girl, she always had her nose in a book, always trying to gain knowledge of those things around her that she questioned. This inquisitiveness would serve her well in years to come. She was the first in her family to go to a University and obtain a degree. She went to American University, in Washington, D.C., getting her Associates Degree all while working at N.I.H. (National Institute of Health), in Bethesda, MD. This was her first job (April 1944), as she put it “a lowly lab tech” to Dr. James B. Longley, and working her way up to Research Scientist by 1960. She was one of the first women in her field. A pioneer of her time. In 1960, she followed Dr. Longley to Georgetown University as his assistant in the Anatomy Department of Georgetown University Medical School. Helen continued her education while there, working on her Bachelors Degree, and raising two children. In 1962, Helen left Georgetown University and moved her young family to Louisville, KY. She was Dr. Longley’s Head Research Assistant of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Louisville School of Medicine until 1969, when she retired at the age of 45. While at U of L, she earned her Bachelors Degree and was a few credits shy of earning her Masters. Helen was very passionate about education, and believed that it was the key to a rich and productive life. When she didn’t have a book in her hands, you would find her playing cards with friends, doing word puzzles, bird watching – the Northern Cardinal/Redbird being her favorite bird, attending baseball games – the Washington Nationals/Senators and Atlanta Braves being her favorite teams, or collecting coins – another passion of hers. Upon her retirement from U of L, she joined two friends in a coin business. Helen married one of them, George H. Sandlewick, in 1971, and moved to New Albany, IN, to help him run his store filled with coins, stamps and antiques, and later selling it for profit. In 1973, they moved to Homosassa, FL, retiring from city life and exchanging it for a more peaceful lifestyle. But the retirement pace wasn’t for Helen. She and her late husband, George, became members of the Crystal River Moose Lodge #2013, in 1986. She would help cook Friday Night Dinners, and dance the rest of the night away. As she put it, “We even jitterbugged at the Moose as a bunch of old folks!” Helen was involved in the Lady’s Ritual Team at the Moose, going to several National Ritual Competitions over the years. Also, she was a member of several coin and token societies: Florida Token Society, Southeast Token Society, and Civil War Token Society to name a few. Helen was also a fighter. She petitioned for the surrounding wetlands, water canals, and river around her home in Homosassa to become a Bird Sanctuary and got it done! She fought cancer twice and won both times. Helen will be remembered for her sense of humor, her cooking, and for encouraging others, especially young family members, to continue their education. She felt that you should always try to learn something new each day. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Collette B. Densford and Roy H. Burtner, III; 5 grandchildren: Laura Akers, Jon Burtner, Stephanie Burtner, Chris Burtner, and Jeannie Shirling-Green; 10 great grandchildren: Ashley, Nicholas, C.J., Norah, Lydia, Kelson, Jaxton, Lux, Kevin, and Rowan. Preceded Helen in death are her parents, Louis and Laura Jacquier; her adopted sister, Ruth “Marie” Swearer; and her husband, George H. Sandlewick (on July 26, 2002). Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Georgia A Schneider, 93, Inverness, FL
Georgia Anna Schneider, 93, Inverness died Oct 3, 2017. Survived by 3 children, Doug and Dennis Schneider and Dorothy Smith. Private cremation arrangements with Chas E Davis Funeral Home.


Arley L Sheffer, 81, Hernando, FL
Arley Lee Sheffer, age 81, of Hernando, passed away November 1, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Arley was born on February 16, 1936, in Pontiac, MI to the late Roy and Laura (Best) Sheffer. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. He is survived by his brother Bobbie Sheffer and his niece, Gayla Coleman both of Bloomfield, MI. Arley's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Cremation care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ray A Skinner, 85, Floral City, FL
Edward A. "Ray" Skinner, 85, Cross City and former resident of Floral City died September 29, 2017 in Haven Hospice in Chiefland, FL. Ray was a Citrus County native, born October 14, 1931 to the late George H. and Beckie (Johnson) Skinner and lived in Floral City most of his life. He was a retired heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and served our country in the U.S. Army. He attended The First Baptist Church of Floral City. He is survived by his son, Roy Skinner and his wife, Sandra of Cross City, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mellie Louise Skinner April 24, 2006. They were married 54 years. He also lost a brother, Claude Skinner and two sisters, Maggie Lovett and Louise Lanier. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Janet G Smith, 72, Inverness, FL
Janet Gray Smith, 72, Inverness passed away October 17, 2017 at the Citrus Hills Health & Rehab following a lengthy illness. Janet was born in Albemarle, NC on January 5, 1945 to the late Herman and Rozella (Elliott) Burris and came to Inverness in 1992 from Belle Glade, FL. She worked in the floral design business in her early years and was a member of the Belle Glade Baptist Church. She leaves to cherish her memory 3 sons: James G. Smith of Inverness; Jeffrey G. Smith, Ocala, FL; Jason E. Smith, Inverness; 2 brothers, Malcolm Burris of Munroe, NC and Stanley Burris of Southport, NC;sister, Dorothy Cudd of Tarboro NC; 2 grandchildren, Connor and Emily Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Smith on July 23, 1995. Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, October 27 2017 at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.


Eileen Swanson, 72, Hernando, FL
Eileen Swanson, age 72, of Hernando, FL, passed away November 12, 2017 at Life Care of Lecanto, FL. Eileen was born on November 21, 1944 in New York, N.Y. to the late Salvatore and Rita (Greene) Salerno. In 1973 she married William Swanson with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Eileen and William made Citrus County their home in 2002 after relocating from Tampa, FL. She had a great love for her children and grandchildren, was an excellent cook and an animal lover. In addition to her husband William, those left to mourn Eileen's passing are her daughters: Coleen Matsuo and her husband Burke of Atlanta, GA, Stephanie Swanson of Beverly Hills, FL; sister, Janet Dellaratta and her husband Peter of Pensacola, FL; and grandchildren: Nathaniel, William and Benjamin. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Salerno. A funeral service for Eileen will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 3:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Eileen's memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joyce J Swenson, 88, Spring Hill, FL
Joyce Jewel Swenson, 88 of Spring Hill, FL, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at Mimi's Care Cottage in Spring Hill. Joyce was born on January 26, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Harvey and Madeline (Cox) Johnson. Joyce came to this area in 1990 from Crystal Beach, FL. She was a baker in the hospitality industry working at the Innisbrook Country Club for 13 years. She was Lutheran by faith. Joyce loved to fish, baking and was an excellent cook! Left to cherish her memory are her son, John N. Swenson and Cindy of New Auburn, WI; her daughter, Lori J. Swenson of Land O' Lakes, FL; her sister, Darlene Zache, Hartland, WI; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilman Swenson on January 27, 2011; son, Gary Swenson in 2016; and daughter, Linda Joyce Swenson in 1963. Following cremation, Joyce's urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, with her husband, Hilman Swenson. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Gordon W Therrien, 59, Claremont, NH
GORDON WHITNEY THERRIEN, 59, OF CLAREMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE, PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY ON NOVEMBER 20TH 2017 IN FLAGLER COUNTY FLORIDA. GORDON "WHISTLE" THERRIEN WAS BORN ON MAY 1ST 1958 IN SPRINGFIELD VERMONT TO GORDON B THERRIEN AND THE LATE HILDA (STEVENS) THERRIEN. HE GRADUATED FROM STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL IN CLAREMONT, N.H. AND WENT ON TO RECIEVE HIS ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN APPLIED SCIENCE FROM CLAREMONT VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN 1978. HE WAS A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN AND TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES DURING HIS CAREER. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS MOTORCYCLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, SPORTSMAN FISHING, AND LOVED TO TRAVEL. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED  BY THOSE WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM AS A KIND AND GENEROUS MAN. THOSE LEFT TO MOURN HIS PASSING AND CHERISH HIS MEMORY ARE HIS FATHER, GORDON B THERRIEN OF HERNANDO FLORIDA, SISTER TAMMY A THERRIEN OF HERNANDO FLORIDA, BROTHER JOSEPH THERRIEN OF SPRINGFIELD VERMONT.  UNCLES WAYNE STEVENS AND HIS WIFE LINDA OF BRIDGEWATER VERMONT, JAMES STEVENS OF PHOENIX ARIZONA, HIS BELOVED AUNTS CAROL STEVENS HELIE AND HER HUSBAND JOSEPH HELIE OF CLAREMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE, JUDY BOURQUE OF CLAREMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE, SHIRLEY RIZZO OF INVERNESS FLORIDA, BARBARA STANLEY OF OCALA FLORIDA, AND SEVERAL COUSINS. PRIVATE CREMATION CARE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CHARLES E DAVIS FUNERAL HOME WITH CREMATORY INVERNESS FLORIDA. A PRIVATE SERVICE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL BE HELD IN THE SPRING AT ASCUTNEY CEMETERY,  ASCUTNEY VERMONT . Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Robert C Trawick, 79, Inverness, FL
Robert Clarence Trawick, 79, Inverness passed away November 4, 2017 at the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mr. Trawick was born in Meridian, MS on July 2, 1938 to the late Clarence and Jewel (Swain) Trawick and moved here in 1997 from South Paris, Maine. He was a retired executive for Prudential Insurance Company with over 30 years of service and went on to work for Mass Mutual for 3 years after retiring from Prudential. Robert served our nation in the U.S. Army. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Inverness and active in the Masonic Lodge. He was a Life Member and Past Master of Neighbor Masonic Lodge, Homewood, IL; also affiliated with Springs Masonic Lodge in Homosassa, Oxford Masonic Lodge, and Order of Eastern Star Chapter 168 and Chapter 65 in Inverness (Past Patron). A 32nd Degree Mason, he held memberships in the Scottish and York Rites, the Shriners, and Marian Grange in Bellview, IL. Other memberships included American Legion Post 77 (Past Commander) in Inverness. He was a member of the advisory council for the Stanley Garrity Chapter of DeMolay International in Tinley Park, IL and a recipient of the DeMolay International Cross of Honor. Robert was also an active member of the Jaycees in Honolulu, HI. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Bernice (Cummings) "Bunny" Trawick; 2 children, Robert C. Trawick Jr. and his wife Joyce Trawick of New Gloucester, ME and Wanda Trawick and her husband Harry Slepian of New York, NY; 1 brother, Dr. Donald Trawick, Midlothian, VA; 1 sister, Shirley Gnau of Dayton, OH; 1 grandchild, Megan and 2 great grandchildren, Kylie and Kailyn. Robert was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Harvey. A celebration of Life Memorial service is planned for Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness with Reverend Ron Pfeifer officiating. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Robert's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John F Trombetta, 68, Inverness, FL
John Francis Trombetta, age 68, of Inverness, FL, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Promise Hospital, Oxford, FL. John was born on February 4, 1949 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Anita (Russo) Trombetta. On October 5, 1968 he married Diane Bertucci with whom he shared 49 years of loving marriage. In 1980, John and Diane made Citrus County their home after relocating from New York. A Methodist by faith, he attended services and was an active member of the Floral City United Methodist Church where he was an acolyte and usher. John's other church responsibilities included operating audio visual equipment for services and acting as administrator for the churches website and online social media accounts. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, watching sports and was especially a fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. John loved spending time with his family and was a devoted and loving husband and father. In addition to his wife Diane, John will be mourned by his devoted daughter, Allison Trombetta of Inverness, FL. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Trombetta. In lieu of gifts or flowers, his family requests memorial donations be made in John's memory to Ministries and Missions of Floral City United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 47, Floral City, FL 34436. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Evelyn M Tuttle, 86, Inverness, FL
Evelyn Marie Tuttle, age 86, of Inverness, FL, passed away at her home on October 3, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of HPH Hospice. Evelyn was born on November 22, 1930 in Pike County, Kentucky to the late Jesse and Harriet (Wright) Bryant. She was married to Edwin Tuttle until his passing on June 24, 1993. Evelyn and Edwin made Citrus County, FL their home in 1981 after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. She was employed by Citrus County Schools for 17 years as a food service worker. In her spare time, Evelyn liked to travel, read and cook delicious meals for family gatherings. She was also a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves. Those left to mourn Evelyn's passing include her stepdaughter, Linda Samples of San Augustine, TX; sisters: Nancy Smallwood and Ruth Frady, both of Inverness, FL; 4 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Edwin, Evelyn was preceded in death by brothers, James, Donald, Billy and Clayton Bryant. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is planned for Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Alexander of the New Church Without Walls, Hernando and Pastor David Lucas of Inverness Church of God officiating. Evelyn will be laid to rest beside her husband Edwin at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Evelyn's memory to HPH Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Tampa, FL 33637 or at www.chaptershealth.org. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John P Tuttle, 85, Inverness, FL
John P. Tuttle, 85, of Inverness, FL, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 22, 1932 to the late John C. and Marie (Harwood) Tuttle. John was a Police Officer for the NYPD, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Levittown, NY, and attended Calvary Chapel in Inverness. John enjoyed golfing, going to the gym, and loved attending the Citrus High School sports games. He was a 40 year member of "Matt Talbout", and a member of the Citrus County 1013. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Catherine M. Tuttle, and was the father of 8 children. Memorial Services for John will be conducted on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 12 Noon from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness with Rev. Paul Giglio, officiating. Following the service, military honors will be rendered at 2:00 P.M. at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. .


Mary P Twyford, 97, Inverness, FL
The Angels came to take Mary Pauline Twyford home on November 2, 2017 at Arbor Trail in Inverness, Florida. She was 97. Mary Pauline was born on June 14, 1920, in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Herbert and Eva (Everett) Smith. She moved to Florida as a young girl. After attending school in Miami and at Old Miss, she married Pete Colbert. They lived in Miami Springs, FL where they raised 2 children. After Pete's death, she married "Bud" Twyford and eventually moved to Inverness, FL. Mary Pauline was a very fortunate lady to have had two loves of her life. Mary Pauline was a longtime member of Miami Springs Presbyterian Church. She loved playing bridge. In Miami Springs she played with the same women for over 40 years and was very happy to find a bridge group in Inverness. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. L. "Bud" Twyford (2006) and her first husband and father of her children P.M. "Pete" Colbert . Also, Herbert and Eva Smith, parents; John T. Colbert, son; Joseph Sapp, Step Grandson; Monica Dowler, Step Granddaughter; and Rosa Lee Turner, Sister. She is survived by: Daughter, Carol Poole (Thomas); Daughter-in-Law, Susan Colbert; Niece, Bettie McElroy (Bob). Grandchildren: Julie Bleam (Chris); Michael Danzis, Jr. (Linda); John Colbert (Lisa); Tim Colbert (Jenny): Dawn Crites (Clay): Melisa Jones (John). Great Grandchildren: Nicole Hankins (Chris); Kelsey Colbert, Chase Colbert, Cameron Colbert, Cody Colbert, Alicia Dowler, Amanda Dowler, Joseph Dowler; Eric Mash (Jennifer); Donnie Mash (Toni). Great-Great Grandchildren: Aysiah Hankins, Sawyer Hankins, Tristan Hankins, Emilie Moore, Jaylynn Mash, Aubren Mash, Lila Mash. A special thanks to her long time caregivers Jennifer and Sandy for your care and kindness. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Gestrich, pastor of the Floral City United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until the time of service. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.


Mary F Valente, 79, Beverly Hills, FL
Mary F. Valente, age 79, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at her residence on December 6, 2017. Mary was born on January 8, 1938 in Staten Island, N.Y. to the late Anthony and Carmella (Battista) Valente. She is survived by her son, Steven Whitmeyer of Sugarmill Woods, FL; and daughters: Debra Banes of Melrose, FL and Lisa Smith of Gainesville, FL. Private burial to take place at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David H Wade, 89, Birdsboro, PA
David H. Wade, 89 of Birdsboro, PA formerly of Floral City, FL, passed away November 18, 2017 at the Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown, PA. He came to Citrus County in 1979 from Titusville, FL. David retired in 1993 from Lockheed Aviation as an electronics tech. He moved to Titusville and began working at Kennedy Space Center on the shuttle project in 1979. He served our Country in the US Air Force and he was an avid golfer. David was the youngest of 18 children and left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Janis Riccardelli of Birdsboro, PA and his granddaughter, Sara Riccardelli, step daughters: Linda Kelley of Floral City and Barbara Hales of Floral City; grandchildren: Mason, Heather and Mitchell; and great grandchild, Cole. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores P. Wade on July 16, 2011. His son Barry Wade also preceded him in death. A graveside Service of Honor will take place on Wed. November 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with honors provided by V.F.W. Post #7122. . The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 1:00 PM.


Robert G Wagner, 86, Inverness, FL
Robert G. Wagner, age 86, of Inverness, FL, passed away December 2, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Robert was born on February 25, 1931 in Littleton, CO, to the late Gottfred and Mary (Dolberg) Wagner. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, Robert was employed as a steel worker for Armco Steel in Commerce City, CO for over 30 years. He made Florida his home in 2013 after relocating from Westminster, CO. Robert was married to Delores I. Wagner for 57 years until her passing on June 19, 2013. He was known to enjoy tinkering around the house and watching cowboy movies. Robert was extremely proud of his military service and loved the time he spent in Georgia while stationed there. He also enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and especially enjoyed visiting the mountains of Colorado and Montana. Those left to mourn Robert's passing include his daughters: Kim Crawford and her husband Charles of Inverness, FL, Melanie Verardi and her husband Nick of Spring, TX; sisters: Esther Ozmun of Broomfield, CO,Patty Carpenter of Golden, CO, Violet Rexroth of North Carolina, Alice Ramsey, Millie Herman and Edna Wagner, all of Wheat Ridge, CO; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Delores, Robert was preceded in death by 13 brother and sisters. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Luella I Wallace, 84, Inverness, FL
Luella I. Wallace, 84, of Inverness, FL passed away October 20, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Weymouth, MA on November 20, 1932 to the late Irving and Isabelle (Nicholson) Barnes. Luella was a dedicated homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from Rockland, MA. She was Baptist by faith, and attended Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. Luella loved gardening and growing her flowers. She enjoyed yard work, listening to live music, and going to The Villages to enjoy the live shows. Luella was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Albert G. Wallace, her brother Robert Barnes, and by her very special grandson, Brad Swasey. She is survived by her loving children, Albert G. Wallace and his wife Jean of Carver, MA, and Sheila Swasey and her husband Frank of Inverness; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. To honor Luella's life, a Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday,Oct. 29, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. from Cornerstone Baptist Church, with the Reverend Greg Kell officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to service. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Vernon H Warnecke, 84, Lecanto, FL
Vernon Harry "Spider" Warnecke, 84, of Lecanto, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born July 7, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Arthur and Caroline (Benson) Warnecke and came to Citrus County in 2000 from Arlington Heights, Illinois. He retired from the Mount Prospect Park district after retirement from his career as a cement mason in the construction industry. He was a member of the Cement Masons’ Local 502 for over 50 years. Vernon was passionate about gardening and his fish! He liked to tinker, taking things apart and putting them together again. He was an adventurer who loved hosting parties, camping, board games and playing cards. His kids remember how as young parents Dad would drive the family to Disney World every year. He was a friend to all he met. A kind man with a calm demeanor and always smiling. Vernon was generous to everyone and would let loved ones know how much he cared for them. In 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and served as an Army Tanker, with a year and four months overseas. Vernon earned the National Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal-Germany. Vernon was Honorably discharged as a Private First Class. Left to cherish his memory are children: Scott Vernon Warnecke,  Jamie Sue Schaffer (John) of Phoenixville, PA and Tracy Lazette Sarallo (John) of  Frisco, TX, and daughter in law, Patti Harkins of Kenosha, WI; his six grandchildren: Christopher, Patrick, Heather, Michelle, Matthew, and Dillon, and his nine great grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness at 11:00 AM. Friends may come to the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM. Following the funeral home service, Vernon's urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW Post #4377 Honor Guard. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Carole Watkins, 74, Inverness, FL
Carole Ann Watkins, age 74, of Inverness, FL, passed away December 5, 2017 at The Grove Health and Rehab Center, Hernando. Carole was born June 19, 1943 in Salem, OH to the late Clarence and Nellie (Dickey) Noel. She worked as a Claims Adjuster in the Commercial Insurance Industry throughout her professional career. On January 6, 1979, she married the love of her life, Daniel "Don" Watkins, with whom she shared 38 wonderful years of marriage. Carole resided in Floral City for 10 years during the 1970's and returned to Citrus County 3 years ago from Cosby, TN. She attended worship services at the Floral City United Methodist Church in the past. Carole is a former member of the American Business Woman's Association and the secretary of the Inverness Village Condominiums. In her spare time, Carole enjoyed decorating and had a great appreciation for art. She will be remembered for the great love and affection she had for her husband Don and her family. In addition to her loving husband Don, those left to mourn Carole's passing include her stepson, Jeffrey C. Watkins of Elizabethtown, TN; sisters: Martha Burns of Floral City, FL, Nancy Fiala of Brook Park, OH; nieces and nephews: Chris Burns of Hernando, FL, Shannon Burns-DeMilt of Floral City, FL, Vickie Devine of Brook Park, OH, Jeff Fiala of Brook Park, OH, Bridget Fiala of Ocala, FL, Mike Gonter of Floral City, FL; and several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Carole was preceded in death by stepson, Donald Watkins, sister, Janet Gonter and nephews, Bob Davner and Billy Fiala. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia S White, 81, Inverness, FL
Patricia "Patti" Smoak White, 81 of Inverness, FL, passed away of natural causes on October 21, 2017, under the capable care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Patti was born in Brooksville, FL on December 2, 1935, the daughter of Carey F. Smoak and Essie Deal Smoak, and was a life-long resident of Citrus County. Patti attended Georgia Southern University, taught elementary school early in life and continued to touch the lives of young people through her work at Step N Time dance studio. She is survived by her husband Jack White, her children, Carey White, Heather and Greg Hagar her grandson, Grant Hagar and stepdaughter, Andrea Shumate. A graveside service for Patti, will be conducted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness, with Fr. Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


William H White, 100, Crystal River, FL
William Henry White, 100, of Crystal River, FL passed away October 19, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Manhattan, NY on February 4, 1917 to the late William Joseph and Elizabeth Caroline (Kulp) White. William was a Firefighter for the New York City Fire Dept. He arrived in this area 46 years ago, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He is survived by his 3 children Rita E. Skidmore of Long Island, NY, Elizabeth A. White of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Catherine A. White; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jimmie M Whitsel, 94, Weeki Wachee, FL
Jimmie Mae Whitsel, age 94, of Weeki Wachee, and formerly of Lecanto, FL, passed away September 25, 2017 with her loving family by her side. Jimmie was born in Pine Bluff, AR, on January 14, 1923 to the late Daniel Boyd and Hazel Frances (McFadden) Byrd. She was married to Bernard Whitsel for 69 years until his passing on December 15, 2014. Jimmie and Bernard made Citrus County Florida their home in 1993 after relocating from Miami, FL. While her husband was serving his country during World War II, Jimmie joined the war effort and worked as a lineman for Florida Power and Light in Miami. She was an amazingly talented singer and loved music. Jimmie was also a skilled seamstress and had sewn clothes for many generations of family. She enjoyed playing bingo, had an amazing sense of humor, was very strong willed, loved by all who knew her, and called "Mom" by many friends and acquaintances over the years. Those left to cherish Jimmie's memory are her daughters: Carol Ann Barber and her significant other, Tom Brown of Weeki Wachee, FL, Hazel Mae Grifol and her husband Rene of Milton, FL; sister, Kathryn F. Barlow of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandchildren: Suzanne, Kristen, Teresa, Shelly; 9 great grandchildren; sister in law, Hazel Snyder of Inverness, FL; and niece, Connie Sue Snyder of Inverness, FL. In addition to her husband Bernard, Jimmie was preceded in death by sister, Betty Jean Schmalze. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Kathrine L Wiley, 55, Floral City, FL
Kathrine Lynn Wiley, 55, Floral City passed away November 17, 2017 in Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Kathrine was born in Jacksonville, FL on August 16, 1962 to Leslie David and Maxine (Hill) Scarborough and came to Citrus County in 1993. She was a homemaker and attended the Assembly of God Church in Bushnell. Before becoming ill, she was employed at Walmart in Bushnell. Kathrine was a "Navy Brat" and traveled the world with her parents. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and her pets (three dogs and one cat). Left to cherish her memory are two children, Russell Daniel Samuel Rendel of Floral City and Brandy Michelle Rendel of Homosassa, FL; her Mother, Maxine Scarborough of Silverdale, WA; 2 brothers, Michael David Scarborough of Bremerton, WA and Ronald Paul Scarborough of Crossville, TN; 2 nephews and 1 niece. She was predeceased by her father on January 18, 2015. Private cremation care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


June A Williams, 84, Lecanto, FL
June A. Williams, age 84, of Lecanto, FL, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing in Lecanto, FL. June was born on September 21, 1933 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to the late Warren J. and Nellie Mae (Myers) Williams. She owned and operated bars and restaurants throughout her lifetime and had been part owner of Horan's 9G Bar and Grill in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. On December 15, 1970 June married Warren Williams with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. They made Citrus County their home in 1978 after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. June and Warren greatly enjoyed the outdoors and had gone camping all over the country. In addition to her husband Warren, those left to mourn June's passing are her son, Brian Williams and his wife Kathy of Citrus Hills, FL; daughter, Alice Sims and her husband Scott of Crystal River, FL; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. June was preceded in death by her son John E. Horan. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Burton Williamson, 93, Brooksville, FL
Elmer Burton Williamson, 93, Brookville, FL passed away October 14, 2017 at the Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville. Elmer was born in Muskegan, MI on November 25, 1923 to the late Elmer H. and Martha (Thompson) Williamson and moved to Brooksville, FL in 1985. He worked for the Kelvinator Appliance Company on their assembly line and served our country in the U.S. Army, enlisting in September, 1946 and honorably discharged in 1947. He leaves his wife of 48 years, Nina (Savage) Williamson; three children, Marjorie Taylor of Allendale, MI; Marie Williamson, Kentwood, MI; Rebecca Berens, Greenville, MI; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted from the Matthysee-Kuiper-DeGraff Funeral Home in Allendale, MI. Time and date of services are pending. Burial will follow in Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, MI. The Chas E Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is in charge of local arrangements.


Phyllis M Witt, 78, Inverness, FL
Phyllis Marlene Witt, age 78, of Inverness, FL, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Citrus Health and Rehab, Inverness. Phyllis was born in Hammond, IN on January 3, 1939 to the late Thomas and Arlene Garvey. She was married to Kenneth A. Witt for 43 years until his passing on May 21, 1998. She made Florida her home 13 years ago after relocating from Indiana. Phyllis was a Baptist by faith and greatly enjoyed attending the worship services at Citrus Health and Rehab where she also served on the residents council. She enjoyed playing bingo, coloring, making arts and crafts, knitting and making artwork. Those left to mourn Phyllis' passing include her sons: Kenneth Witt and his wife Diane of Friendship, TN, Paul Witt and his wife Karen of Dade City, FL, and James Witt; daughters: Linda Dougherty and her husband Jerry of Floral City, FL, Carol Witt of Floral City, FL; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. A celebration of Phyllis' life is planned for Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, where a spiritual message and cherished memories will be shared by her friends and family. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of the service. Phyllis' urn will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. Service arrangements and cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Olive Womble, 94, Inverness, FL
Olive Womble, age 94, of Inverness, FL, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Arbor Trail, Inverness. Olive was born on October 20, 1923 to the late Frederick and Mary (MacDonald) Merrill. She was married to Thurston Womble for 54 years until his passing on June 4, 2004. Olive made Citrus County her home in 2005 after relocating from The Villages. A Catholic by faith she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. In her spare time, she enjoyed making crafts, crocheting and was a loving wife and mother. Those left to mourn Olive's passing include her son, Thurston Eric Womble and his wife Wendy of Fairhope, AL; daughter, Noreen Womble of Inverness, FL; sister: Emma Goeller of Buffalo, N.Y.; and grandchildren: Melissa (Brian) Coleman of Annadle, VA, and Matthew Womble of Washington, D.C.. In addition to her loving husband Thurston, she was preceded in death by brothers: Johnnie and George; and sisters: Sylvia and Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial for Olive will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, with Father Tim Cummings Celebrant. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John W Wood, 73, Beverly Hills, FL
John Walter Wood, age 73, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away December 1, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. John was born on September 11, 1944 in Taunton, MA to the late Albert David and Frances (Smith) Wood. On April 2, 1977 he married Suzan (Jackson) with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. John and Suzan made Florida their home 13 years ago after relocating from Franklin, N.C. He greatly enjoyed singing and had formed a quartet. He loved watching sports on television and had received a Master of Divinity Degree. In addition to his wife Suzan, those left to mourn John's passing include his son, Matthew; daughters: Debbie, Teresa, Cheryl, Kathy, Peggy Sue; sister, Lorraine Wood of N. Kingstown, R.I.; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. John's family plan to lay his urn to rest at Dunedin Cemetery, Dunedin, FL at a later date. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sarah A Woolf, 81, Sebastian, FL
Sarah A. Woolf, 81, of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Inverness, FL passed away October 22, 2017 in Sebastian. She was born in Long Valley, NJ on September 3, 1936 to the late George E. and Martha E. (Hedden) Hopping. Sarah was a nurse's assistant, and non-denominational by faith. She arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Philipsburg, NJ. and enjoyed crocheting and reading. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Robert Woolf. Other survivors include her children Jeff Remick and his wife Laurie of Hartsville, SC, Theresa Trevorrow and her husband Philip of Sebastian, and George Remick; and 1 grandchild. Graveside services for Sarah are scheduled for Saturday, 2:00 P.M. at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, one hour prior to the service.


Dorothy G Wyant, 89, formerly of Inverness, FL
Dorothy G. (Smith) Wyant, 89 of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Inverness, FL and Worthington, PA, stepped into glory on October 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, James and Jesse Smith, brothers: Roy Smith, Robert Smith and James Smith; her first husband, Theodore F. Smith I, second husband, Harding A. Wyant I, and her step son, Harding "Ashley" Wyant II. Surviving children: Sandra Wyant Beer of Gifford, PA, Kathleen Smith Panek of Scranton, PA, Theodore F. Smith Jr. of Inverness, FL, William Wyant of Gulfport, FL, Barbara Smith O'Brien (Harry) of Blairsville, GA, Debra Smith Northrop (Mike Didsbury) of Inverness, FL, Carol Wyant of Gulfport, FL, and Lori Ann Wyant Leskanic (William) of Monticello, FL. Also survived by 20 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Inverness and attended the First Baptist Church in Blairsville, GA. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 11:00 AM, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Dr. Ray Kelley, officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, beside her beloved, Harding. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time. Arrangements handled by Cochran Funeral Home, Blairsville, GA and Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Maria Xenophontos, 72, Inverness, FL
Maria Xenophontos, 75 of Inverness, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Maria was born in Cyprus on May 27, 1945 to the late Stavros and Eleni Efsthathiou. She came to Citrus County in 1987 from Island Park, NY. Maria was a seamstress and a member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Peter Panayi and fiancee' Marianne Trzcinski of Massapequa, NY; step sons: Nick Xenophon and spouse Bill Jayne of, Mesa, AZ, Chris Xenophon, Inverness, FL; step daughters: Rosemary Maisel and husband John of Floral City, FL, Deborah Helm of Tallahassee, FL, Gigi Klein, and husband Robert of Inverness, Laura Clark of Winder, GA, Donna Xenophon of Inverness and Tricia Velez and husband Ray of Birmingham, AL; brother, Costas Efsthathiou and wife Nina of Massapequa, NY, sisters: Efstathia Constanti and husband, Charlie of East Rockaway, NY, Paraskevou Savva and husband Stelios of Massapequa, NY, 20 step grandchildren and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Nicos Xenophontos, Oct. 24, 2010, and her brothers: Andreas and George Efsthathiou. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM from Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church with Fr. Michael Petrides officiating.. Additional services are scheduled from the Panaghia Church of Island Park, NY. Burial will follow in Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.


William N York, 77, Inverness, FL
William "Norman" York, Jr., 77, Inverness, passed away December 4, 2017 following a short illness in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Norman was born in San Diego, CA on March 24, 1940 to the late William N. and Vida (Moberley) York, Sr. and came to Florida in 1966. He was the former owner and founder of York Bail Bonds in Inverness and a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. He served our country during Viet Nam in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Dorothy (Unverferth) York; and his son, William Norman York, III, Inverness, FL. He was predeceased by his sister, Deeann Waters who resided in Lawrence, KS. Graveside services with military honors will be conducted on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM from Florida National Cemetery with Floral City V.F.W. Post #7122 and Dr. Donald Pratt officiating. Friends may call at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home Friday to visit the family from 12:30 until 1:30 when the procession will depart for the cemetery.


Sylvia M Zellner, 85, Inverness, FL
Sylvia Marie Zellner, 85, Floral City passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Sylvia was born in DeKalb, IL on May 11, 1932 to the late Stanley R. and Gladys (Mosher) Concidine and moved to Citrus County in 1951. She was a long time member of the Floral City Church of Christ where she was very involved and known for her service, generosity, and beautiful singing. Her sunny disposition, warm and tender heart, and her great sense of humor will be long remembered. Sylvia retired from the Citrus County School System as a bus driver with 30 years of service. Sylvia was the winner of Citrus County's 1997 Support Person of The Year. That title was extended to include the 19 County Region II Crown Area. Sylvia was one of 5 regional winners out of 57 statewide applicants She especially enjoyed working in her garden growing her roses and loved her pets. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Paula Zellner of Ferndale, WA and Dena Sanicola and her husband Michael of Lafayette, CO ; nephew, Roy Concidine and wife Sharon of Floral City; 2 nieces, Sylvia Krpan and husband Milan of Sycamore, IL and Carol Hilleson and husband Steve of DeKalb, IL and their children and grandchildren; 6 grandchildren, Landon, Damon, and Lauren Searles and Nico, Gino, and Michael Sanicola. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milliard "Phil" Zellner in 2000; her sister, Carrie Ferrill and brothers, Don and Gene Concidine. She treasured the Concidine and Zellner family and many dear friends. Sylvia liked to reminisce about her family and recalling happy times growing up in Elva IL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Serice is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Sylvia's nephew, Mr. Joel Zellner officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Memorials are being accepted by Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast or Citrus Co. Humane Society.


 

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