Obituaries
For the Last 3 Months.

Joan S Allan, 84, Lecanto, FL
Joan S. Allan, 84, Lecanto, died January 12, 2016 while under the care of the staff of Rosecastle Assisted Living Facility. Joan was born on July 8, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Herbert and Evelyn (Briggs) Steenson. In 1960, she married John Ross Allan with whom she shared 55 wonderful years of marriage. In 1999, they made the move from Missouri to Citrus County. Joan loved to cook. She also enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge and pinochle, listening to music, going camping, traveling and the great outdoors. A Methodist by faith, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. In addition to her loving husband John Ross, those who will cherish her memory and mourn her passing include two sons, Jeffrey Ross (Leslie) Allan and Stephan John (Janice) Allan, both of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Alan (Ellie) Steenson of Tampa, FL and Bruce (Char) Steenson of Tuscon, AZ; two granddaughters:, Amanda Grace and Kayleigh Louise and 4 great grandsons . A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 with Pastor Sarah Campbell of The First United Methodist Church, Inverness officiating at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service.


Sean E Allen, 47, Inverness, FL
Sean Edgar Allen, age 47, of Inverness and formerly of Orlando, FL died at his home on January 27, 2016 surrounded by his loving family and while under the care of the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Sean was born on May 11, 1968 in Inverness, FL to John Otto and Carolyn (Anderson) Allen. An extremely talented and creative artist, he was employed as a scenic artist for several Orlando theme parks. A man of faith, he attended services at the Unity Church of Christianity, Orlando. In his spare time, Sean loved playing guitar, live music and attending concerts. He enjoyed grilling and barbecuing for friends and family and was excellent at trivia games. Sean was a Gators football fan. He rarely met a stranger and was a "people person". Sean was a great father and was extremely loving, caring and kind to his three daughters. Those left to mourn his passing and cherish his precious memory are his wife and best friend of seventeen years, Helene Clifton; his mother, Carolyn Allen of Inverness, FL; three daughters, Sophia, Annabelle and Emily; three brothers, Travis (Shelly) Allen of Orlando, FL, Curran Hohmann of Orlando, FL and Tony Hohmann of Orlando, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, John Otto Allen. A funeral service will be offered on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church of Floral City with Reverend Mary Gestrich officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. until the hour of service. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness is assisting the family with service arrangements.


Deborah A Allies, 58, Webster, FL
Dateline: Webster, FL Deborah Ann Allies "Having formatted and written many obituaries over the past years as a funeral director for the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, I have come to the realization that writing my own is probably in my best interest; in this manner, I will let you know what is really important to me, Deborah Ann Allies. I was born on July 1957 in Montrose, CO, the middle child of seven, to Verdie and Ella (Spor) Allies. Our family moved from Montrose to the San Luis Valley in Southeastern, Colorado, near Monte Vista, when my father began work with the Forest Service. His love for the outdoors and nature has provided me with one of the greatest gifts and I have enjoyed deer and turkey hunting and trout fishing throughout my lifetime. I graduated with honors from Sargent High School, however, when there were only 27 students in your high school class, it was not difficult to graduate with honors. I then attended Adams State College in Alamosa, CO and the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, where I actually graduated first in my class and received the Mu Sigma Alpha award for academic achievement, a much more difficult challenge than it was in high school. Although I have married; the matches supposedly made in Heaven never lasted and thus I decided that venue is not for me. I have truly enjoyed the company of many wonderful men throughout the years, but also spent some time with toad frogs amongst the princes! Throughout my life, many hobbies have interested me and I have enjoyed broken china mosaic art, scrap-booking, rubber stamping and handmade cards, crafting cigar box purses, counted cross stitch and redoing "junk" (sometimes roadside freebies) into something useful (even if I was the only one who thought it was). I do hope that the friends who have received my gifts over the years have truly enjoyed them and did not just ooh and aahh, so as not to hurt my feelings! One of my greatest challenges and joys has been refurbishing the 1930's cottage I have resided in for many years in Webster. Most of those furnishings coming from flea markets, thrift shops and yard sales for just a few dollars, however, the price of gasoline to find said articles has far outweighed any bargain that was really there! If there was a magazine called "Red Neck Yard Art" I certainly would qualify to be on the cover of the premiere issue. For three decades, I have also had a cow/calf operation and have enjoyed being with and taking care of my "beeners", trying to maintain a profit margin despite government regulations and Mother Nature trying to assure that I did not. My parents have both preceded me in death, however, my siblings who I hope cherish some of the memories of the times we have spent together are: Glenda Fox, her husband Rex; Royd Allies, Wayne Allies, Brett Allies and his wife Jamie, Terrill Allies and his wife Janeen and Kevin Allies and his wife MiSun and their collective families. I want to thank oncologist Drs. Patrick Acevedo, Timothy Brandt and Joey Bennett and their staff, who have put up with way more whining, crying, complaining and fussing out of me over the years than they ever deserved in their heroic attempts to grant me many more years of life after being diagnosed with malignant uterine cancer and subsequent incurable metastatic bone cancer in 2012. I also want to thank my employers, Charles E. Davis, Lou Ellen Davis and my co-workers through the years at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, for giving me the opportunity to daily make a difference in the lives of others at the time of their greatest need, as a funeral director, and who have supported me emotionally through this difficult walk as well as the many friends who have reached out to me, touched my life, given me their love, smiles and memories, especially my girlfriends VonCille Bruce and Linda Kerr and my devoted companion Don Saylor and dear friend Tom Parks. And thank you to Baptist minister, Pastor Greg Kell and Catholic Priest, Fr. Charles Leke who have constantly and valiantly tried to instill in me the need to get right towards Heaven, instead of the other direction where I will no doubt reside with a number of my preceded in death, good friends. Live each day as if it were your last as it truly could be. " "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up and totally worn out, with a piece of chocolate in one hand, a class of Chardonnay in the other and loudly proclaiming, DAMN, WHAT A RIDE!" Deborah Ann Allies, 58 of Webster, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Lecanto under the care of Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast.. Deborah's life will be remembered and celebrated on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


Gayle E Bailey, 68, Inverness, FL
Gayle E. Bailey, age 68, of Inverness, FL, died January 24, 2016 at Florida Hospital Orlando surrounded by his loving family. Gayle was born August 25, 1947 in Cincinatti, OH to the late George and Lucy (Richardson) Bailey. Throughout his life, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry. Gayle relocated to Citrus County from Orlando 17 years ago. He is a former member of the Orlando Moose Lodge. Gayle was also a member of the Inverness Eagles Club and I.R.R.U. In his spare time, he enjoyed motorcycles, hunting, fishing, boating, scuba diving and muscle cars. Gayle greatly enjoyed having drinks and socializing with his friends. Those left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his children: Connie McLaurin and her husband Charles of Eustis, FL, Timothy Bailey and his wife Lisa of San Antonio, TX; three siblings: David Bailey and his wife Barbara of Clarksville, OH, Thomas Bailey of Pensacola, FL and Donna Hernandez of Orlando, FL; five grandsons, three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter on the way. Gayle will be especially missed by his "two brothers from another mother", Bill Schooler and Pat Malloy. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private cremation arrangements.


Gayle E Bailey, 68, Inverness, FL
Gayle E. Bailey, age 68, of Inverness, FL, died January 24, 2016 at Florida Hospital Orlando surrounded by his loving family. Gayle was born August 25, 1947 in Cincinatti, OH to the late George and Lucy (Richardson) Bailey. Throughout his life, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry. Gayle relocated to Citrus County from Orlando 17 years ago. He is a former member of the Orlando Moose Lodge. Gayle was also a member of the Inverness Eagles Club and I.R.R.U. In his spare time, he enjoyed motorcycles, hunting, fishing, boating, scuba diving and muscle cars. Gayle greatly enjoyed having drinks and socializing with his friends. Those left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his children: Connie McLaurin and her husband Charles of Eustis, FL, Timothy Bailey and his wife Lisa of San Antonio, TX; three siblings: David Bailey and his wife Barbara of Clarksville, OH, Thomas Bailey of Pensacola, FL and Donna Hernandez of Orlando, FL; five grandsons, three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter on the way. Gayle will be especially missed by his "two brothers from another mother", Bill Schooler and Pat Malloy. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private cremation arrangements.


Patricia A Baker, 87, Inverness, FL
Patricia Ann Baker, 87, died January 20, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of the caring staff at HPH Hospice, Lecanto. Patricia was born February 2, 1928 in Latrobe, PA to the late P.J. and Anna Ruth (Marshall) Stouffer. On May 2, 1949, she married Michael Baker with whom she shared 67 wonderful years of marriage. Patricia and her husband moved to Citrus County 30 years ago from Monaca, PA. A Catholic by faith, she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. Patricia was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Auxillary #3992, Inverness. She was a wonderful cook and often spent her time preparing meals for the Auxillary including delicious fish frys, breakfasts and lunches. Patricia was a loving and nurturing mother, grandmother and wife. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her passing are her devoted husband, Michael Baker; son: Jay Baker of Monaca, PA; daughters: Donna Marcinak, Inverness, FL and Michele (John) Garland of Mastic, NY. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jason, Stacy, Megan, Jennie, Sheena, Mindy and Lizzy; and six great-grandchildren: Logan, Lydia, Julian, Jaden, Lucas and Peter. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Cremation arrangements will follow. The family will receive friends in visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


Patricia A Baker, 87, Inverness, FL
Patricia Ann Baker, 87, died January 20, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of the caring staff at HPH Hospice, Lecanto. Patricia was born February 2, 1928 in Latrobe, PA to the late P.J. and Anna Ruth (Marshall) Stouffer. On May 2, 1949, she married Michael Baker with whom she shared 67 wonderful years of marriage. Patricia and her husband moved to Citrus County 30 years ago from Monaca, PA. A Catholic by faith, she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. Patricia was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Auxillary #3992, Inverness. She was a wonderful cook and often spent her time preparing meals for the Auxillary including delicious fish frys, breakfasts and lunches. Patricia was a loving and nurturing mother, grandmother and wife. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her passing are her devoted husband, Michael Baker; son: Jay Baker of Monaca, PA; daughters: Donna Marcinak, Inverness, FL and Michele (John) Garland of Mastic, NY. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jason, Stacy, Megan, Jennie, Sheena, Mindy and Lizzy; and six great-grandchildren: Logan, Lydia, Julian, Jaden, Lucas and Peter. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Cremation arrangements will follow. The family will receive friends in visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


Alfred C Baldwin, 86, Coatesville, PA
Alfred Charles Baldwin, 86, of Coatesville, PA, passed away February 9, 2016 at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala. He was born on April 17, 1929 in Caines, PA to the late Clement C. and Anna (Davis) Baldwin. Alfred was a U.S. Army veteran, and an Episcople by faith. He was an owner/operator of a campground in PA, and had been an area winter resident since 2007. He enjoyed visiting Florida. Alfred also enjoyed buying and selling cars, traveling, spending time with family, and loved working at the campground. He was preceded in death by 5 siblings. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Hilda Baldwin. Other survivors include his children Gary James Baldwin and his fiancé, Elaine Moyer, and Sharon (Brian) Willis, all of Coatesville, and Tracy Baldwin of Salem, SC; brother Barry J. Baldwin, and sisters Jo Arlene Refford and Peggy Ann Plank; 2 grandchildren, Brandi and Daniel; and 2 great-grandchildren, Savannah and Connor. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frederick G Balliet, 91, Inverness, FL
Frederick George Balliet was born in Scranton, PA in 1924. After Central High School he enlisted in the US Navy seving 3 years in WWII, Pacific Theater. In 1947, he married Dorothy Strauch, Daughter of Elizabeth & O. Emil Strauch. Mr. Balliet ended his professional career as Diretor of Environmental Services at Clarks Summit State Mental Hospital, Clarks Summit, PA. He and his wife moved to Inverness in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; 3 daughters: Marilyn Balliet, Inverness, FL, Ginny Geier, Helena, MT, and Susan Roos, Montrose, PA; 2 son-in laws, Jerry A Geier & Eric Roos; and 2 grandsons: Thomas Mullen of Clarks Summit, PA and J. Allen Geier, Jr. of Helena, MT; and a great-grandson, Aidan Mullen of Clarks Summit, PA. Fred and his wife are members of the Inverness Assembly of God Church. Services will be at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness FL, on Friday, January 15, at 11AM with Pastor Dairold Rushing officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Freinds my call at the Funeral Home from 10:30AM until Service time.


Evelyn W Baroody, 95, Inverness, FL
Evelyn W. Baroody, age 95, of Inverness, died November 18, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast House in Lecanto, surrounded by her loving family. Evelyn was born on August 18, 1920 in Delaware Watergap, PA to the late John and Jennie (Strunk) VanWhy. She was a phenomenal homemaker and mother. Evelyn excelled in cooking, sewing, canning, working in her flower garden, and raising her children. In 1982, she moved to Citrus County from St. Petersburg FL, and Georgia. She is survived by her husband, Abraham Baroody of Inverness; three daughters, Florence Johnson of Dayton TN, Berendena Fleming of Swansea IL, and Lois Harrison of Inverness; her two sons, Ralph Walker of Inverness, and John (Carol) Walker of Floral City: her step son, Pastor Stephen (Carol) Baroody of Inverness; many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and several Great-Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty. Funeral Services for Evelyn will be at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 4:00 P.M., with Pastor Stephen Baroody officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 2:00 P.M. until Service time.


Mildred I Bertrand, 79, Inverness, FL
Mildred Irene Bertrand, 79, of Inverness, FL passed away January 29, 2016 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Jackson, MI on March 1, 1936 to the late Chester and Lottie (Camp) Maxson. Mildred was a waitress at the Pancake Chef in Mackinaw City, MI. and arrived in this area in 2009, coming from Chehoygan, MI. She was a Methodist by faith, and enjoyed crafts and jewelry making, and gambling at the casinos. She is survived by her children Brian (Gina) Cushman of Mackinaw City, MI, Michael (Barbara) Cushman of Gaylord, MI; one sister, Linda (Robert) Winters of Carp Lake, MI; and 3 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Herbert E Bing, 78, Inverness, FL
Herbert Emmitt Bing of Inverness, FL died on December 15, 2015 in Gainesville, FL at the age of 78. Herbert was born in Chambersburg, PA on June 6, 1937 to the late Herbert R. and Anna (Myers) Bing. He relocated to Inverness thirteen years ago from Ft. Walton Beach, FL. On February 14, 2005, Herbert married Margaret Brown with whom he shared 10 wonderful years of marriage. He was a a spiritual man and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter Day Saints, Lecanto. Herbert proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. If he called you a friend, he considered you a part of his family and was known to attend and support their grandchildrens sporting events. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing and cruising with family and friends. Herbert also loved his family and cherished the time he spent with them. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his loving wife, Margaret Bing; He was also a beloved father of four daughters, Deanna (Kelly Adkins) Goodyard of Gulf Breeze, FL, Dawn Rader of Freeport, FL, Kimberly (Daniel) Hillard of Crestview, FL and Kelley Smith of Crestview, FL; one sister, Virginia Clapsaddle of Maytown, PA; thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a large extended family. A funeral service to honor Herbert's life will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Bishop Jerry Campbell from the Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter Day Saints, Lecanto will conduct the service. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 12:00 until the hour of service. Burial with full military honors rendered by the MacDill Air Force Base Honor Guard, will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.


Ruth L Bonner, 100, Brooksville, FL
Ruth Lenora Bonner, age 100, of Brooksville, FL passed away peacefully on November 21, 2015 while under the care of staff at Brooksville Health Care Center, Brooksville. Ruth was born on May 25, 1915 in Arp, Georgia to the late William S. and Queen (Hallman) Bonner. She was a woman blessed with many talents including shooting. She had won awards for her shooting skills, was a great shot with a .38 special, and a proud member of the N.R.A. Ruth was a talented singer and in her youth regularly sang on the radio. She loved to fish, especially for speckled perch. When teaching someone how to fish, she would explain to them "it was all in the wrist". Ruth was a devout Methodist and her faith was very important to her throughout her lifetime. Left to mourn her passing and cherish her memory are two sons, William (Linda) Bonner of Brooksville, FL and Donald (Lynn) Bonner of Pembroke Pines, FL; one daughter, Diane Bonner of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her twin brother, Roy Young; and her husband, William Bonner. The Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


James E Borre, 84, Inverness, FL
James Edward Borre, Sr., 84, of Inverness, FL passed away February 5, 2016 at Citrus Hills Health & Rehab in Hernando, FL. He was born in Oxford Depot on May 18, 1931 to the late Charles C. and Debra (Learman) Borre. James was a self employed truck driver and arrived in this area in 1978, coming from Edison, N.J. He was a protestant by faith and attended the Hernando Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers. He is survived by 5 children, and 2 brothers. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Catherine M Broman, 78, Inverness, FL
Catherine May Broman, 78, Inverness, went to be with her Lord on Nov 26, 2015 at Highland Place under the care of Citrus Hospice & The Nature Coast. Cathy was born March 24, 1937 in Milford, CT to the late William and Anna (Fox) Ahrens and came to this area in 1995 from Connecticut and Cincinnati, OH. She resided in Inverness for the last 20 years. She was a loving wife and mother of her children and did volunteer work at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati for may years. She enjoyed working in crafts, was a talented artist, and was active in her local church, both in Cincinnati, OH and Brooksville, FL She also enjoyed playing the piano. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Carl Leonard Broman; her two children, Kurt Broman of of Shelby Township. MI and Catherine Wathen of Cincinnati, OH; one sister, Marion Wagner of Pace, FL; 2 grandchildren, Carissa Hall of Danville, KY. and Candace Broman of Waterford, MI; 2 great-grandchildren, Josh and Jordan Hall, both of Kentucky, and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother and sister, Herbert Ahrens and Vivian Ahrens. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, December 8th at 11:00 A.M. at the Brooksville Bible Chapel, 21123 Yontz Road, Brooksville, FL 34601. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City. Friends may visit the family at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Brooksville Bible Chapel in Cathy's memory.


Shirley Bullock, 89, Inverness, FL
Shirley D. Bullock, 89, Inverness passed away Jan 2, 2016 at the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast facility in Inverness. Mrs Bullock was born March 20, 1926 in Syracuse, NY to the late Robert and Mary (Snyder) Truax and came to Florida in 1987 with her late husband, Joseph Bullock who passed away Feb. 22, 1989. She worked in the air conditioning industry before retirement and was a member of St Margaret's Episcopal Church. She is survived by three sisters, Evelyn Hallenbeck and Dorothy Klaczko, both of Inverness and Norma Cannon of McAllen, TX; one brother, Robert Truax of Cicero, NY; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She also leaves two stepchildren, Joseph Bullock and Judith Ryder. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with The Rev. Eugene Reuman officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in St. Margaret's Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 or St Margaret's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Osceola Av., Inverness, FL 34450


Joyce E Burns, 89, Inverness, FL
Joyce Elizabeth Burns, 89, Inverness, went to be with her Lord December 6, 2015 at Highland Place ALF under the loving care if the staff and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Joyce was born July 16, 1926 in New Haven, CT to the late George and Mary Tolman. She was a registered nurse in New Haven prior to moving to Florida in 1953. She was a Forensic Investigator at the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office, retiring in 1966. Shortly after retirement, she moved to Inverness. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Inverness, a loving wife, and mother. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Thomas Michael Burns (Janine) of Inverness and daughter, Donna Nelson (Ralph), believed to reside in South Florida. She has 2 grandsons, Derek Hendricks (Darcie) of Miami, FL and Darren Hendricks (Lauren) of Conyers, GA; 2 great grandchildren, Kaden and Logan Hendricks. In addition to her parents, brother, George Tolman, and husband, Thomas Edward Burns, she was predeceased by two daughters, Bonnie Moore (Tris) of Miami and Sheri Whidden (Bradley) of St. Marys, GA. Joyce was a very private person and it was her expressed wish that she be remembered by her friends just as she was in life. She requested that there be no formal repose or service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Lloyd E Butler, 89, Elk Rapids, MI
Lloyd E. Butler, 89, of Elk Rapids, MI, died January 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. Lloyd was born May 3, 1926 in Bellaire, MI to the late James and Mary Elizabeth (Bush) Butler. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. After returning to civilian life, Lloyd was employed as a claims manager in the insurance industry. He moved to Elk Rapids, MI in 1982 however, for the past fifteen years, he was a winter resident of Inverness, FL. A Presbyterian by faith, Lloyd was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids. He was also a member of the Elk Rapids Amvets and Rotary Club. Lloyd believed in giving back to his community and did so by delivering for the Elk Rapids Meals on Wheels program and volunteering his time at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. In his spare time, he loved a good game of golf and also enjoyed hunting and the great outdoors. Other hobbies and interests for Lloyd include skiing, snowmobiling, traveling and taking cruises. He especially loved spending time with his significant other, Hilda Vasseliou, who will greatly miss his companionship. Others left to mourn his passing and cherish his precious memory are his four children: Phillip (Brenda) Butler of Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Deborah Butler White of Madison, CT, Alan Butler of Traverse City, MI and Richard (Beth) Butler of Gaylord, MI; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean and eight brothers and sisters: Eula, Gilbert, Vernon, Eunice, Elizabeth, Annis, James and David. A memorial service is planned for a later date in Elk Rapids, MI. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.


Alan H Cameron, 67, Dunnellon, FL
Alan H. Cameron, 67, of Dunnellon, FL passed away December 4, 2015 at his residence in Dunnellon. He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland on March 9, 1948 to the late Hugh and Jean (McCann) Cameron. Alan was a U.S. Army, Viet Nam veteran, and arrived in this area in 2011, coming from Middleboro, MA. Prior to retiring, he was a maintenance supervisor for Wal-Mart, and a Protestant by faith. Alan loved all the New England sports teams, and enjoyed yardwork, being around the water, and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers Donald and William Cameron. He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Jan Cameron. Other survivors include his sons Scot Cameron of Pocono Summit, PA, and Eric Cameron of Clarksville, TN; and 2 grandchildren. The family will be receiving friends in visitation at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL, on Wednesday, 10:00 A.M.. Alan's casket will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, at 12:30 P.M., with military honors. The funeral procession to the cemetery will depart the funeral home at 11:45 A.M.. The family wishes to thank Kathy Garlock, who will be providing bagpiping services at the cemetery.


Carol Carlson, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Carol Carlson, 83, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away January 15, 2016 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. She was born on January 29, 1932 in Hartford CT to the late William Z. and Joyce M. (Hicks) Miller. Carol was a homemaker, and a Jehovah's Witness by faith. She arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Middletown, CT. She loved animals, especially dogs, and she was a beautiful seamstress. Carol also enjoyed cooking. She was like Tabitha in the Bible, "Abounded in good deeds and the gifts that was rendering". All who knew her, loved her. Carol was preceded in death by one son William Carlson. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Russell A. Carlson. Other survivors include her children, Thomas Carlson, Roberta (Mark) Salonia of Oxford, AL; William's widow, Nancy Carlson; grandchildren Lindsey, Brittany, Christy, Alex, and Joey; and 4 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lucille M Cato, 91, Lecanto, FL
Lucille M. Cato, 91, Lecanto, FL died Dec 1 2015 at her residence. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Wyatt L Chamblin, 85, Inverness, FL
WYATT L. "Nicky" CHAMBLIN, 85 of Inverness, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Inverness. Mr. Chamblin was born in Leesburg, Florida on September 6, 1930 to the late Nicholas and Mary (Smith) Chamblin and came to this area in the 1940. He retired from the Inverness Post Office as a window service technician with 27 years of service and served our country in the U.S. Army. He is survived by three children, David Chamblin of Inverness; Steven (Katherine) Chamblin, Lecanto; Heather (Nick) Stagg, Oxford, FL; 1 sister, Anita Patterson, St. Mary, GA; 6 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Joanne Chamblin May 28, 2006, a brother, William Chamblin and a sister, Joanne Thatcher. A Nicky's request, funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Russell P Cloutier, 77, Inverness, FL
Russell P. Cloutier, 77, of Inverness, FL passed away December 11, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inverness. He was born in Keene, N.H. on August 31, 1938 to the late A. Russell and Rachael (Paige) Clotier. Russell was a retired firefighter, then later retired again as a Medical Technician at the Sumter County Correctional Facility. He arrived in this area in 1974 coming from Keene, and was a Protestant by faith. He enjoyed walking and spending time in the woods. He is survived by his loving wife of 5 1/2 years, Deidra Cloutier. Other survivors include his children Russell, Tammy, and Heidi; brothers John and David Cloutier; sisters Karen Fraser and Nancy Folson-McLean; and several grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Michael A Cochran, 59, Inverness, FL
Michael Anthony Cochran, 59, of Inverness, FL, died January 22, 2016 at Citrus Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born on September 25, 1956 in Fort Bragg, NC to Walton "Mickey" and Janice (Cadle) Cochran. He moved to Citrus County eighteen years ago from Palm Beach County, FL. Throughout most of his life Michael was employed as a technician for the HVAC industry. However, his true passion was art. Michael was an extremely talented artist and excelled at painting, drawing and making stained glass. He was very technically skilled and enjoyed working on computers. Michael also loved motorcycles. He loved animals, especially his two shih tzu's, Lewlew and Snoopy. Left to mourn Michael's passing and cherish his precious memory are his son: Michael (Terésa) Cochran, Jr. of Tillamook, OR; his mother: Janice Cochran of Inverness, FL; two brothers: Rodney Cochran of Inverness, FL and Tommy (Linda) Cochran of Hawthorne, FL; and three grandchildren: Hunter, Brody and Macie. He is preceded in death by his father, Walton "Mickey" Cochran. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Virginia M Collins, 55, Inverness, FL
Virginia Marie (nee Soffe) Collins, 55 years old was born on a snowy December 30, 1959 at Roslyn Park Hospital, Roslyn Long Island to Marlene and Al Soffe. She left us on a hot, sunny June 19, 2015 in Inverness, FL. Ginger, as she was known by all, grew up on Huntington, L.I. and graduated from Holy Family High School in 1977. She also graduated from Barbizon School of Modeling, but at 5'2", decided modeling was not for her! She then went to work for the New York Telephone Company in the business office as a representative. After marrying and divorcing, she moved to Florida to be closer to her parents. Ginger loved music and dancing and watching "Face The Nation" every Sunday morning. A gourmet cook until her illness took her out of the kitchen, she watched all cooking shows, often calling her God-Mother, Barbara Terranova saying "I've got a great easy recipe for you." She tried to teach her long term companion, Tom, a meat and potato guy to cook, and she said that he was getting better, but for her standards not quite there, but she loved him anyway! Ginger is survived by the love of her life, Thomas Musto, her caretaker for the past three years of her life. She is also survived by her parents, Marlene and Al Soffe, her three children Christa, Sara and Jesse Collins and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins on Long Island and in Florida. She was preceded in death on her 50th birthday by her beloved cousin Joseph Hart. She was also preceded by her grandparents, Helen and Jack Soffe, Bertha and John May, as well as many other friends and relatives. A memorial service for our beautiful blue-eyed baby girl will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Iris M Colon, 75, Beverly Hills, FL
Iris M. Colon, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital at the age of 75. Iris was born on November 30, 1940 in Cayey, Puerto Rico to the late Jose and Julia (Ferrer) Camacho. She had a great love for Florida and relocated to Inverness six months ago from Suffern, NY. After her arrival in Florida, Iris became a member of the Spanish American Club of Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and knitting. Iris was also a huge fan of Kenny Rogers as well as Tom Jones, whom she had an opportunity to see perform in Las Vegas, NV. She will be remembered as a loving, caring woman and a great mother to her children. Left to cherish her memory and mourn her passing are her three sons, Joe Colon of Bradenton, FL, Carlos (Fabiana) Torres of Peekskill, NY, Henry Colon of Pamona, NY; two brothers, Eduardo Cortes and Victor Santos; two sisters, Virginia Villafane and Carmen Megloudis; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life and Wake Vigil service will be offered Tuesday, December 15, 3:00 p.m. at The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Father Avelino Garcia of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service.


Arthur L Comstock, 75, Hernando, FL
Arthur L. Comstock, 75, Hernando, FL passed away January 15, 2016 at his residence in Hernando. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 29, 1940 to the late Frank and Myrtle (Bump) Comstock. Arthur was a retired TSgt with the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of military service, and was also employed by Suffolk County Parks Department in New York for 20 years. He arrived in this area in 2003, coming from Long Island, NY. and was a Methodist by faith. Arthur enjoyed stamp and coin collecting. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rosa Comstock. Other survivors include his sons James Comstock of Jupiter, FL, and Patrick (Jonnie) Comstock of Shirley, NY; and 3 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alexander G Covey, 72, Dunnellon, FL
Alexander Glenn Covey, age 72, of Dunnellon, FL, passed away peacefully at his home on February 3, 2016 surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Alexander was born on July 20, 1943 in Jacksonville, FL to the late John and Margaret (Phillips) Covey. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1969 and was a veteran of the Vietnam war. After his service in the military, Alexander was employed as an industrial water treatment consultant for 30 years. Alexander was an educated man and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry with a Minor in Mathematics. On March 25, 2000 he married Eva "Jo" Goude with whom he shared over 16 wonderful years of marriage. In October 2004, they relocated to Marion County from Troy, NC. A Methodist by faith, Alexander was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in the yard, gardening and anything to do with chemistry and mathematics. Those left to mourn his passing and cherish his precious memory are his loving wife and best friend, Eva "Jo" (Goude) Covey; his son, Jay Alexander Covey of Lehigh, UT; his sister, Elizabeth Covey Gunn of Oldsmar, FL; and two grandchildren. A Memorial Service of Remembrance will be offered on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon with Pastor Eddie Fulford officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. A graveside service will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell at 12:30 p.m. with full military honors rendered by the Inverness VFW Post #4337 Honor Guard. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


LaBoyteaux R Daniel, 68, Floral City, FL
Daniel R. LaBoyteaux, age 68, of Floral City, died on December 2nd, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and while under the care of HPH Hospice House of Lecanto. Daniel was born on November 29, 1947 in New Castle, IN to Clarence E. and Ruth (Tutterow) LaBoyteaux. After graduating from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. After his military service, due to his great skill and knowledge in all aspects of computer science, Daniel went on to become an information technology expert for the healthcare industry. Four years ago, Daniel and his mother decided to relocate to Citrus County from New Castle, IN to soak up some of the beautiful Florida sunshine. He had been a member of many clubs and organizations including, the American Legion, the Elks and the Mason's. Daniel had a passion for computers and enjoyed working on them even in his spare time away from work. He was known to enjoy a little gambling at the track from time to time and was an avid reader. Daniel will be especially missed by his loving mother, Ruth, who was by his side over the past several years when his health began to fail him. Also left to cherish his memory and mourn his passing are brothers, James E. and Scott E. LaBoyteaux of New Castle, IN; sister, Kay Hollan of New Castle, IN; and son, Mark (Angie) LaBoyteaux of Carmel, IN; and three grandchildren. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with private arrangements.


James V Davis, 80, Lecanto, FL
James Vernon Davis, Lecanto, FL, died December 17, 2015 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing. James was born on July 13, 1935 in Clarksville, TN to the late Garland and Annie (Baggett) Davis. He was employed as an automobile salesman throughout his life. In 1980, James relocated to Citrus County from Peoria, IL. He was formerly a member of Moose Lodge 2013 in Crystal River. James had a passion for anything to do with cars, boats and motorcycles. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his loving companion of eighteen years, Joann Whitehead; two sons, James "Scott" Davis and Robert Davis; three daughters, Brenda Vance, Cindy Nolan and Sandy Smith; one step-daughter, Wendy Knake; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Patricia Y Durham, 81, Inverness, FL
Patricia Yvonne Durham, 81 of Inverness, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at Avante at Inverness under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Patricia was born in Miami, Florida on June 25, 1934 to the late Oscar A. and Wilma B. (Chestnut) Clot, then she came here in 1986 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Inverness. Patricia was a loving wife and Mother who enjoyed participating in water aerobics at the Whispering Pines pool. She also enjoyed oil painting, traveling, attending her church, and spending time with her family. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 62 years, Charles L. Durham; 3 daughters: Jennifer L. (James) Buchanan, Pembroke Pines, FL, Kimberly Y. (Chuck) Johnson, Davie, FL and Lori L. Durham, Miami, FL; her sister, Norma Bozzini, San Mateo, CA and her 3 grandchildren: Justin, Brian and Karen; and 3 great-grandchildren, Weston, James, and Jonathon. She was preceded in death by one brother, William A. Clot. Memorial Services for Patricia will be conducted on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Chad Townsley officiating, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.


Lawrence G Eder, 70, Inverness, FL
Lawrence G. (Larry) Eder, 70, of Inverness, FL passed away Dec. 11, 2015 at Hospice Care Center, Lecanto, FL after a long battle with cancer. He was born October 16, 1945, son of George & Virginia (Leubbers) Eder in Garden City, Kansas. He attended schools in Arriba, Colorado, St. Joseph's Military Academy and graduated from Atwood High School, Atwood, Kansas. Enlisting in the Marines, thereafter, he served in combat in Vietnam. He was married on June 20, 1070 to Rodella Alford in Manhattan, KS, and then afterwards, they parted ways. He owned and operated McDougals Restaurant, Manhattan, KS for over seventeen years. Afterwards, he was employed at Fort Riley, KS as a contracted mechanic. He is survived by his companion of thirty years, Judy Payne, Inverness; his mother, Virginia Eder of Arriba, CO; two sisters, Cindy (Dan) Pletcher of Goodland, KS, and Karen (Doug) Hanson, Platteville, CO, and one brother, David Eder of Arriba, CO. He was blessed with five children; Misty D. Volner, Milford, KS, Trevor R. Eder, Bonner Springs, KS, Stephanie (Kyle) Holland, Clarksville, AR, Laura Eder, Moline, IL, and Dana (Jeff) Stobbe, Parhump, NV; seven grandchildren, Brock & Aubrey Eder, Trace & Everett Thacker, Morgan & Addison Mitchell, and Jackie Stobbe; several loving nieces and nephews. He was best known in the Inverness, Florida area as "the guy in the cowboy hat", massive garage sales at his home, and his kindness for the elderly for which he was known as "jack of all trades, the energizer bunny". He was very grateful for his family and friends. He was a nine year liver transplant recipient and thankful to the Tennessee Valley VA team, Iowa City staff, and James Haley VA for the wonderful care he always received. Also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1786, Manhattan, KS. He stated, "he was proud and humbled to have served his country". As a Catholic, he was in the tender hands of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. The family wishes to thank all of the VA medical staff, and HPH Hospice Care Center for their care and tenderness. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at his home on January 17, 2016, at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any veterans organization of your choice in his memory. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family.


Iva M Edwards, 93, Inverness, FL
Iva Mae Edwards, 93, of Inverness, FL passed away February 1, 2016 at her residence in Inverness. She was born on February 10, 1922 in Blairsville, PA to the late Frank and Elsie (Erb) Baker. Iva was an electronics assembler and arrived in this area in 1993, coming from Miami, FL. She was a Methodist by faith, and volunteered at the Senior Services Center. Iva is survived by her children Warren (Sandy) Algor of Inverness, Paul Algor of Sebring, FL, Nelson (Maureen) Algor of Crystal River, FL, and Sandra (Gary) Rice of Mansfield, OH; Harry and Frank Baker of Mansfield; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Paul of Inverness. A graveside service of Iva is scheduled for Friday, 1:00 P.M. at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. Chaplain Dan Lyman of Hospice of Citrus County will be officiating. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Howard R Ernsting, 88, Inverness, FL
HOWARD RAYMOND ERNSTING      Howard Raymond Ernsting, age 88, of Inverness, FL. He was born April 27, 1927 to the late Raymond and Frieda (Meierhoff) Ernsting in Campbell Hill, IL. After a long struggle with Parkinson's, passed away Saturday evening February 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. surrounded by his loving family, while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast.     Howard was a member of First Lutheran Church in Inverness, FL, was an Elder, Usher, on the Stewardship Committee and former Vice President of the local Thrivent Association.     He married Maydell (Wilson) Ernsting on November 15, 1952 at Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, IL and were married for 63 years and survives at the home.   He served in the Merchant Marines from June 1945 - 1949 and the U. S Army from 1949 - 1951 then transferred to the Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1957. He worked for Southern Illinois Breeding Association, was a Carpenter and Millwright for most of his life and retired from Florida Crushed Stone in 1991. His hobbies included sailing, woodworking, camping and spending time with his family.     He is survived by one son Marcus Paul Ernsting (Patty) of Lake City,FL; two daughters Patricia Mae(James) Sternberg of Columbia, MO; Melissa Kay Gilhooly of Davenport,IA; four grandchildren Jill Lynn Brock of Springfield, Mo; Christopher Scott Sternberg of Seattle, WA; Christopher Bryan and Mary Katelynn Gilhooly of Davenport, IA; three great grandchildren Maggie Lynn and Sadie Mae Brock and Seamus Daniel Gilhooly; one brother Earl Ernsting of Percy, IL. and many brothers and sisters in-laws, nieces and nephews.      He was preceded in death by one brother John Paul Ernsting of Steeleville, IL and Three brother-in-laws Melivin Wilson of Steeleville, IL; Earl Wilson of Chester, IL; and Delbert Wilson of Arnold, MO.      Memorial Service will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church of Inverness, FL with Rev. Thomas Beaverson officiating. Internment will be at The National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.  Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Inverness, FL or to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Normand L Fisette, 77, Inverness, FL
Normand L. Fisette, 77, Inverness, FL passed away December 21, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. He was born in Holyoke, MA on November 5, 1938 to the late Philippe L. and Lillian M. (LaRocque) Fisette. Normand was a Maintenance Director for Braintree Manor Nursing Home in Braintree, MA for 29 1/2 years. Afterward, he relocated to Florida in 1997. Normand was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed fishing and rebuilding houses. He is survived by his loving companion of 18 years, Patricia Turner. Other survivors include his children Ronald (Wendy) Fisette of Harwych, MA, Phillip (Pam) Fisette of Hanover, MA, and Karen (Steve) Richard of Harris, MN; and 6 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Everett J Fogal, 91, Inverness, FL
Everett James Fogal, 91 of Inverness, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at his home under the care of his caregivers and HPH Hospice. Born on September 14, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Franklin H. and Anna Fogal, he came here in 1995 from Phoenix, Arizona. Everett was a retired bus driver for New York City Department of transportation. He served our Country in the US Army during WWII, serving in Central Europe and the Rhineland. Everett was a 34 year member of the Spring Hill Elks Lodge; a member of the Inverness VFW Post 4337 and he enjoyed dancing with his late wife of 61 years, Evelyn, who preceded him in death on July 31, 2008. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Carole Allori and Diane Salerno; 5 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and his caregivers, under the guidance of his friend, Mary Parrish. Graveside funeral services for Everett, will be conducted on Friday, January 8th at 11:30 AM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with Full Military Honors provided by the Inverness VFW Post 4337. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Friday from 9:30 AM until the procession leaves for the Cemetery at 10:45 AM.


Maria E Gallardo, 76, Inverness, FL
Maria E. Gallardo, 76, of Inverness, FL, died on January 9, 2016 after a long illness surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of the staff of Citrus Memorial Hospital. Maria was born on January 13, 1939 in Weslaco, TX to the late Roberto and Rita (Supulveda) Rivera. A Catholic by faith, she was a deeply religious woman and formerly a member of the St. Joan of Ark Catholic Church in Weslaco, TX. Maria was a wonderful and loving mother who enjoyed cooking for her family and others. After she and her husband, Antonio, became "empty-nesters", they rediscovered life. Maria enjoyed fishing, going to casinos, taking vacations and shopping. She was always on the go and tried to live life to its fullest each and everyday. Those who will treasure her memory and mourn her passing are her husband, Antonio; two sons, Antonio Gallardo, Jr. of Orlando, FL and Roland Gallardo of Maumee, OH; two daughters, Amelia "Mally" Simmons of Boise, ID and Delia "Darlene" Gallardo of Memphis, TN; two brothers, Roberto Rivera of Salt Lake City, UT and Ruben Rivera of San Antonio, TX; and one grandchild. A service will take place at a later date from Hawkins Funeral Home, Weslaco, TX. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with local arrangements.


Angele R Garrity, 88, Inverness, FL
Angele "Raye" Garrity, 88, Inverness passed away Nov 17, 2015. A native of Lewiston, ME., she was born Nov 8, 1927 to the late Alphonse and Delema Bellgarde and moved to this area in 1984 from New Hampshire. She was the wife of the late John W. Garrity who passed away May 8, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Kim Maslowski of Inverness and two grandchildren, Kenneth Maslowski and Daniell Hunter. Also a great grandchild, Andrew Peake. Cremation arrangements are private under the direction of the Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Joseph M Gigliotti, 74, Inverness, FL
JOSEPH M. GIGLIOTTI, 74, Inverness, FL, died January 6, 2016 surrounded by his loving family while under the care of the staff of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Joseph was born on September 27, 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA. to Michael Angelo and Pauline (Lesante) Gigliotti. He served his country in the United States Army as a Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He was employed for much of his life as a mechanic for the trucking industry however, he was truly a "jack-of-all-trades" and not afraid to try his hand at many different business ventures. In his lifetime, Joseph owned several restaurants, a trucking company, and a Bed and Breakfast. He had also been a hair stylist, realtor, commercial driving and scuba diving instructor, a tour bus driver throughout the United States including Alaska, and finally a salesman. He also served two 18 month tours in Iraq as a civilian contractor working as a mechanic and driving trucks in convoys, where at times he was under fire and exposed to IED's. Joseph was a world traveler exploring Europe, Russia, China, Africa and Central America. In his spare time, Joseph enjoyed tinkering with boats and motors. He also enjoyed jet skiing, fishing and cooking. Joseph loved the water and has been a resident of Inverness for the past ten years. At the time of his passing, Joseph was working on his autobiography of his life's incredible experiences. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are Agnes Kearns, his faithful companion and significant other for almost six years; his mother, Pauline Ida Gigliotti of Oxford, FL; three sons, Joseph (Stacia) Gigliotti of Pueblo, CO, Darin (Jessica) Gigliotti of Pueblo, CO and Vincent (Natalie) Gigliotti of Las Vegas, NV; one brother, Dr. Michael (Colleen) Gigliotti of Murrysville, PA; two sisters, Catherine Gigliotti of Summerfield, FL and Marlene (Richard) Schirra of Murrysville, PA; four nieces, Diana, Jennifer, Laura, and Heather; three nephews, Justin, Troy, and Raymond; fourteen grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Frederick Gigliotti. A memorial service to honor Joseph's life is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 12 at The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church will officiate. A graveside service with full Military Honors rendered by Inverness VFW post #4337 will take place following the service at Florida National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. The family will receive friends in visitation at the funeral home beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the hour of the service.


Adrian T Gilmore, 91, Inverness, FL
Adrian T. Gilmore, Jr., age 91, of Inverness, FL, died February 4, 2016 surrounded by his loving family and while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Adrian was born October 4, 1924 in Buffalo, NY to the late Ehel (Cook) and Adrian Gilmore, Sr. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corp from 1943 to 1946. Adrian was a World War II Veteran and was deployed to Normandy, France but also served in Luxembourg and Belgium. After his military service, Adrian went on to attend Cornell University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture. He continued at Cornell University in a teaching capacity and taught individuals from all over the world agricultural skills that they could take and utilize in their home countries. Adrian was a dedicated farmer throughout his life. On the rare occasion that he was able to take a vacation, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. After his retirement, Adrian spent his time making wooden children's toys and donating them to children's hospitals. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his loving daughter, Judith M. Meaney of Crystal River, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean in April of 2009. Mr. Gilmore's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Leocadia Gorecki, 90, Inverness, FL
Leocadia "Lillian" Gorecki, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully on December 8, 2015 at 90 years of age. Lillian was born on June 8, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Stanley and Agnes. In 1978, Lillian and her husband Eugene, relocated to Citrus County from Riverview, MI. She was employed as a cashier for Kroger Grocery store for much of her life and was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Lillian was a member of the Lion's Club for a number of years and greatly enjoyed playing bingo. She was an excellent seamstress and spent much of her spare time making arts and crafts. Left to cherish her memory and mourn her passing are two daughters, Ruth Gleason of Inverness, FL, Mary (Thomas) Horner of Buckeye, AZ; one son, Thomas (Janice) Gorecki of Front Royal, VA; three grandchildren, Tamara (James) Word, Lorrie (John) Neander and Carrie Herron; six great-grandchildren, Austin, Breeanna, Chloe, Emily, Grayson and Kaitlyn. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Eugene. A Memorial Service of Remembrance will take place on Tuesday, December 22nd, 11:00 a.m. at The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Service will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends and family may gather for visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will take place at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Roslie M Greenwell-Kilgus, 77, Inverness, FL
Roslie Greenwell-Kilgus 77, of Inverness, died on Friday, January 22, 2016 at her home. Rose was born on July 19, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Florida in 1994. She was a graduate of Waller High School and was employed by Cotter & Company (True Value National Corporate Headquarters) for 36 years, holding the position of Internal Auditor. Rose served as a board member of the Friends of the Senior Centers, the American Heart Association and the Citrus Memorial Annual Fund raising Ball Committee, at which she was an annual patron donor. During her residence in Inverness she belonged to the Inverness Moose Lodge #1773, the Illinois Club, New York Club, Citrus American and Italian Club and the Highland Civic Association. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Church. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Alice (Marker) Veloria and Louis Veloria, Sister Bernadette Lois Veloria (1958). She was also preceded by her first husband, David Walter Greenwell (1/10/2004) and her second husband, Glen Arthur Kilgus (4/11/2013) and her son Donald Greenwell (8/13/2013), who is survived by his daughter, Shawnna Marie; and her son-in-law Peter Paul Beinor (6/2/2010). Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Anita Rose Beinor of Inverness and her son David Walter (Laura) Greenwell, Bristol, WI. She also leaves 7 Grandchildren and 14 1/2 Great Grandchildren: her brothers, John (Marlene) Veloria and Robert (Joni) Veloria who reside in Chicago. There are many nieces and nephews and close friends in both Florida and Illinois. Funeral Services for Rose will be conducted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Tim Cummings, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home at 2:00 PM. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to: Citrus United Basket, Inc., 103 N. Mill Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.


Joseph T Grunwald, 99, Lecanto, FL
Joseph T. Grunwald, 99, Lecanto passed away Dec 5, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mr. Grunwald was born Dec 8, 1915 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Joseph and Mary (Brandejsky) Grunwald and moved to Citrus County from Palm Harbor, FL 5 years ago. He previously resided on Long Island, NY and retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a Branch Supervisor. He was of the Catholic Faith. For 77 years, he was a member of the Baldwin, NY Fire Department, Hose Company Three, always speaking with pride of this 33 years of active service. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating and bowling, always exhibiting a great sense of humor. He is survived by 2 sons, Richard Grunwald and his wife Suzanne Evenson of Inverness; Lawrence Grunwald of Apopka, FL; his brother, Walter Grunwald; 7 grandchildren, Kristin, Keith, Laura, Kevin, Michael, Tony, and Beth. He also had 16 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marjorie (Hults) Grunwald and his daughter, Marjorie Jenson. Services will be under the direction of the Fullerton Funeral Home of Baldwin, NY with burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery of Cutchogue, NY. The Chas E Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL is in charge of local arrangements.


John L Harper, 88, Inverness, FL
John Livingstone Harper, age 88, Inverness, died on November 16, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of the staff of Arbor Trail Rehabilitation Facility. John was born on August 20, 1927 to the late Alexander and Annie (Livingstone) Harper in Brooklyn, NY. He worked for the postal service for a number of years and was also a steam fitter in the construction industry. In 1949, John married Clarice Murray with whom he shared 60 plus years of marriage and had three children. He had lived in the Citrus County area for 45 years after relocating here from Brooklyn, NY. John was a member of the Inverness VFW Post #4337 as well as the Masonic Lodge. He was a very generous and giving man, and he volunteered much of his time to Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his daughters, Ann Lukin (Mark) of Margaretville, NY and Patricia Terwilleger (Walter) of Brooklyn, NY; sisters, Laura Meyers of Summerfield, FL and Helen Harper of Long Island, NY; eight grandchildren and seven great-granchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Clarice; daughter, Susan Cassella; and son, Duncan Harper. A memorial service celebrating John's life is being planned for a later date at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL.


Carl E Hawver, 75, Inverness, FL
Carl E. Hawver, age 75, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Hospice House of Citrus County and the Nature Coast. Carl was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Albert and Alma (Doering) Hawver. In the early 1950's, the family relocated to Tampa, FL. He proudly served our country and dedicated 22 years of his life to service in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Chief Petty Officer and Machinery Technichian. After his retirement, Carl owned a rental shop called CJ Tool in Connecticut, where he was very active in the community. In the 1990's, he moved back to Florida. Carl was very patriotic and outspoken about his support for the conservative right. His hobbies were football and racing. Carl's greatest pride was his red T-Bucket that he built and would often drive around Inverness. He was a member of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. Carl is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Barbara; his son, Tyson Hawver of Plainfield, CT; his daughter, Christina Hawver of Biminge, MN; and granddaughter, Katrina Hawver. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.


James D Hoover, 76, Hernando, FL
James Douglas Hoover, of Hernando, FL, died December 8th, 2015 at the age of 76. James was born in Waynesboro, VA to the late Charles and Ruth (Cline) Hoover on April 23rd, 1939. In 1975, he moved from Virginia and relocated to Citrus County. James served our country as a member of the U.S. Army and went on to become a truck driver for the construction industry. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors and counted fishing and hunting as two of his favorite hobbies. James also had a great love for automobiles and classic cars. Left to cherish his memory are three sons, Jerry Hoover of Hernando, FL, Tony Hoover of Floral City, FL, and Terry Hoover of Spring Hill, FL; one daughter, Annette (Clayton) Chapel, of Marble Falls, TX; one sister, Shirley Thomas of North Carolina; thirteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


John D Horvath, 88, Inverness, FL
John David Horvath, 88, Inverness, FL passed away January 4, 2016 under the care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born on November 10, 1927 in Holiday's Cove, W. VA to the late William and Amelia (Ulika) Horvath. John was a U.S. Army, WWII veteran, and worked as a foreman with National Steel Co., being an employee for 37 years. He arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Spring Hill, FL and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. His memberships include: life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6391; American Legion Post #77, Inverness; and he served as a former board member of the Royal Oaks Homeowners Association. John enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, going to the beach, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Norma Jean Horvath. Other survivors include his children David Horvath and his spouse Susan , and Daniel Horvath, all of Greensboro, N.C., and Diane Horvath and her spouse Khlaire of Toronto, Canada; 3 granddaughters, Maren, Natalie, and Heather; and 3 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Madison, and Brody. Other survivors include a nephew, Robert Horath, and a niece, Marion Horvath Pilot. He was preceded in death by brothers Michael and Samuel Horvath, and a sister, Catherine Horvath. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. After the Mass, John's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to "Helping Hands", in care of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, or to HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


David E Howard, 80, Lecanto, FL
David Edgar Howard   After a long and rich life, David Edgar Howard passed away quickly and gracefully at his home on Sunday, December 27, 2015, in Lecanto, Florida where he and his wife Vickie lived.   He was born April 22, 1935 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and lived there many years.   Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL with American Legion Post 155 of Crystal River officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.    David and his wife, Vickie’s, first residence together was in Monterrey, Mexico where they loved to watch the beautiful sunsets. This was just the beginning of their many travels which took them to Europe, Central America, and throughout the United States.  They recently returned from a five-week vacation where they visited family and friends in the southwestern states.  David’s favorite spot was Bryce Canyon. During David’s junior and senior years in high school, he was a starting forward for the Central Tigers’ basketball team. They went to the State Championship. David was selected to the Missouri State All Star Team in his senior year. While in high school, David was one of a six member close-knit group of pranksters who took “inappropriate conduct” to a new level. During the past seven years, this group, aptly named the “Bad Boys” by their spouses, has spent an annual long weekend together in each other’s homes, recalling teenage middeeds, some of which led to time spent in the Superintendent’s office. David went on to graduate from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He lettered in tennis, golf, and basketball. In 2000 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and his jersey was retired. He served our country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Panama. One of David’s first jobs was a caddy at the Cape Country Club. He became an accomplished golfer, recording four hole-in-ones, and winning many tournaments in the United States and Mexico. His proudest win was with his son, Mark, in Lake St. Louis, MO in June 2014. David’s father, B.I. Howard, started Howard’s Athletic Goods in 1945. When B.I. retired, David and his brother Robert became the owners. Often on Saturday mornings at the store, he would listen to the local sports figures’ “bull sessions.”  David retired in 2013 at which time he turned the store over to Terry Slattery, who had been working at the store since 1984. David was a mentor and friend to Terry for 32 years. David occasionally visited the store after his retirement to help with ideas and insight on the business.   David and Vickie were President’s Council donors for Southeast Missouri State University which provides financial support for the University. David was introduced to Christ by Jack Mehner, small group leader at Cape LaCroix Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, of which he was a member. Anne Moreland introduced him to community work with the Meals on Wheels. He was actively involved in delivering meals for the Senior Center and volunteering at the Salvation Army. David was considered one of their best dishwashers. David is survived by his wife, Vickie; a son, Mark Howard (Cheryl); two daughters, Kim Noteboom (Pat) and Jo Wright; his step-daughter Alyssa Groeteke; seven grandchildren; friends Terry Slattery of Cape Girardeau, MO, Karina de la Garza of Cologne, Germany, Steve & Giselle McGee of Staten Island, NY,  Roger & Shelia Tipling of Springfield, MO as well as countless friends from around the world. David loved his family and adored his grandchildren, Maura, Matthew, Josh, Graham, Ellen, Erin, and Autumn Rose.  David was preceded in death by his parents, B.I. and Lucile Howard and his brother Robert Howard, and his first wife, Sandy. David will be missed by those who knew him. He enjoyed life to the fullest with all of its joys. The last week of his life, he was playing golf, dancing, and enjoying nightly card games with friends. He had a voice that demanded attention, sometimes a stern look, but a heart of gold and giving. A family friend, who has a daughter the same age as his granddaughter, Autumn, has a very serious illness. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Braelyn Bangert to help with costs for future surgeries. Please remit your love offering to: http://www.gofundme.com/supportBraelyn   Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home,  Inverness, Florida is assisting the family.  


Marianne Howell, 84, Floral City, FL
Marianne Howell, 84, Floral City, FL, passed away on Wednesday, December 9,2015, under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inverness, FL. She was born in Columbus, OH on October 15, 1931 to the late Fred P. and Christine (Schimpf) Donley. Marianne was homemaker, and a methodist by faith. She arrived in this area in 2001, coming from Columbus, and enjoyed doing hook rugs and word search puzzles. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Edward Howell. She is survived by her children Daniel Howell of Floral City, Glenn (Jill) Howell of Marysville, OH, Edward Howell of Belle Center, OH, and Elaine (Gary) Castle of Russell's Point, OH; sister Lucille McGrath of Orange City, FL; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Private arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joan A Huscher, 77, Inverness, FL
Joan A Huscher, 77, Inverness died suddenly Jan 23, 2016 at her home. She was born in Bronx, NY on February 25, 1938 to the late John and Mary (Moran) McNeill and moved here in 1988 from Meriden, CT. She enjoyed traveling, scrapbooking and was of the Catholic Faith. Her memberships include the Ladies Auxillary of the Fleet Reserve Association (Branch 147) and member at large of the Navy Wives Club of America. Left to mourn her loss is her husband of 52 years, Robert W. Huscher; two children, Robert Huscher and wife Debbie, Durham, CT; Kellie Ann Pennington, Nancy, KY; five brothers and sisters, George McNeill of Dandy, VT; William McNeill , Tucson, Arizona; Patricia Fletcher, Long Island, NY; Eileen Nessim, Beth Page, NY; Maureen Sandwith, Bartlesville, OK; four grandchildren, Zachary, Rowan, Bobby,and Jack. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John and Charles McNeill and sister, Kathleen Murphy. A Celebration of Joan's life is planned for Saturday, Feb 13th, 2:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Alexander officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chas E Davis Funeral Home. Friends may visit with the family at the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joan's memory may be made to: St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105


Andy R Irvin, 68, Inverness, FL
Andy Ray Irvin, 68, Inverness, died Nov 17 2015 at Citrus Hills Health & Rehab Center. Andy was born in Carlinville, IL on Aug 1, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Olive Branum and two sisters, Peggy Pane and Marjorie Bess. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Terry Arnette, Vickie Barton, Jackie Hibbard, Kenneth Arnette, Randy Arnette, Robert Payne and Ricky Payne. Funeral services will be conducted Mon. Nov 23, 2015 at 11:00A.M. from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Gregg Kell officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery.


Ellen Jack, 82, Hernando, FL
ELLEN JACK, 82, of Hernando, FL, died December 29, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto. Ellen was born on July 29, 1933 in Reading, CA to the late Kenny and Beulah Conrad. She was an excellent cook and was employed for a number of years in the restaurant industry. Ellen was also an experienced logger and was a skilled log truck driver. In 1993, she and John, her husband of 41 years, moved from Northern Wisconsin to sunny Florida. She was known to be helpful and kind to others and will be missed by all who knew her. Ellen will be especially missed by her son, Cecil Jack and his wife Kimberly of Hernando; and her daughter, Millie Hyde of Wisconsin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her husband, John Jack. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Grace M Jessup, 82, Inverness, FL
Grace Myrtle Jessup, age 82, of Inverness, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2015 while under the care of the staff of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. Grace was born on July 11, 1933 in Randolph County, IN to the late Wilbur and Josephine (Duffy) Johnson. She and her husband Edward moved to Citrus County from Greenville, OH in 1979. Both Grace and her husband had been members of the Moose Lodge in Greenville, OH for a number of years. She loved to play bingo, and was known to frequent many of the bingo games held by local churches and organizations in the Citrus County area. Grace was very skilled at crocheting and knitting. Left to cherish her memory and mourn her passing is her loving daughter, Phyllis Ray and her husband Stacy of Inverness, FL; and her sister, Norma Seiber of Greenville, OH. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Jessup; two sons, John and Ronald Jessup; one brother and one sister. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Gail R Jones, 79, Dunnellon, FL
Gail Richard Jones, 79, of Dunnellon, FL passed away January 25, 2016 at his residence in Dunnellon. He was born on September 27, 1936 in Logan, Utah to the late William Gail and Alice (Shelton) Jones. Gail was an airline pilot, and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He arrived in this area in 1989, coming from Washington State. Gail attended the Inverness Church of God, and loved church activities. He was a handyman, and enjoyed golfing and fly tying. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Arlene L. Jones. Other survivors include his children Steve (Lee) Jones of Greenville, SC., Pastor David (Sherrie) Lucas of Citrus Springs, FL, Cristi (Jerry) Rhodes of Bartlesville, OK, Teresa (Gene) Jett of Lake City, FL, and Dianna (Brian) Davis of Yelm, WA. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ladd Jones. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service is scheduled for Monday, 1:00 P.M. at the Inverness Church of God with viewing one hour prior at the church. Interment will follow with military honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kindred at Home Hospice, 1320 S.E. 25th Loop, Suite 101, Ocala, FL., 34471. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with arrangements.


Joseph G Kajewski, 89, Floral City, FL
Joseph G. Krajewski, age 89, of Inverness, FL, died February 2, 2016 surrounded by his loving family while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Joseph was born in Enfield, CT on May 17, 1926 to the late Joseph J. and Leza (Sage) Krajewski. A World War II veteran, he proudly served in the United States Navy submarine service from 1944 to 1946. After his military service, Joseph worked in law enforcement as a Connecticut State Trooper for 22 years. On November 6, 1977, he married Mary Wahlstedt, with whom he shared 38 wonderful years of marriage. After his retirement, they relocated from Suffield, CT to Inverness, FL where he resided for the past 14 years. Joseph was a lifetime member of the Floral City, FL VFW Post #7122 and a member of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association. A man of faith, he attended services at the Floral City United Methodist Church. Joseph loved music. He played harmonica and bass guitar over the years. Joseph and his wife Mary enjoyed singing together and once sang the National Anthem at Tropicana Field for a Rays baseball game. He was an advanced licensed ham radio operator and loved fishing and boating in his spare time. Joseph also built and raced mini stock cars. He loved spending time with his wife and best friend, Mary who will greatly miss him. Others left to mourn his passing and cherish his precious memory are his daughter, Susan Hammer of Fairfield, CT; his son, James (Judy) Kajewski of Wlbraham, MA; three stepsons, Richard (Debbie) Slamon of Winston Salem, NC, Ronald Slamon of Windsor, CT, and S.M. Slamon of Seattle, WA; his sister, Joyce Cassells of Madison, AL; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Chase Raimer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Francis. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be offered on Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from the Floral City United Methodist 1884 Church with Reverend Mary Gestrich officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service. Private inurnment will take place at West Suffield Congregational Cemetery, Suffield, CT at a later date. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with service arrangements.


Helen M Kartune, 87, Homosassa, FL
Helen M. Kartune, 87, of Homosassa, FL passed away December 15, 2015 at her residence in Homosassa. She was born on March 4, 1928 in Grayson, KY to the late Lafayette and Rosena (Burton) Carter. Helen was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1982, coming from Cleveland, OH. She was a Baptist by faith, and she enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing shuffleboard, cards, and checkers, and enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Charles Kartune in 2005, and a son, Stephen Kartune, in 2001. She is survived by her loving children John C. (Gail) Kartune of Middleburg, OH, Ronald A. (Lilo) Kartune of Homosassa, Linda Adkins and her husband, Rick Settelen of Ashtabula, OH; Shelley (Mike) Gargano of Bronson, FL; Dona Beck of Perryville, MO; Robin Preston and Cathy Church, both of Floral City, FL.; her brother, Harold Carter of Grayson, KY; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Helen's urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with her late husband Charles and her son, Stephen, at a later date. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


James G Kelly, JR, 74, Inverness, FL
James Gavin Kelly, Jr., of Inverness, FL, died December 3, 2015 at the age of 74. James was born on July 31, 1941 in Milford, CT to the late James Gavin, Sr. and Mabel (Briggs) Kelly. In 2005, he moved to Citrus county from Wharton, NJ with his wife and son. James was employed throughout his life as an environmental engineer. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf and hunting. In his youth, James enjoyed playing sports including basketball and tennis. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his son, Scott Kelly of Inverness, FL; two brothers, Kevin Kelly and his wife Michele of Orange, CT, and Robert Kelly of Plantsville, CT. He also leaves behind one sister, Judy Brown and her husband Ronald of Crawfordsville, IN. James was preceded in death by his loving wife Judith. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Maryanne K Kocinski, 66, Inverness, FL
Maryanne K. Kocinski, age 66, of Inverness, FL, died January 26, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Maryanne was born on September 29, 1949 in Ann Arbor, MI to the late John and Lyda (Rowe) Kocinski. In 1985, Maryanne moved to Inverness from Mesa, AZ and worked for a number of years for the Citrus County School system. She was intrigued by the paranormal and enjoyed ghost hunting and visiting psychics. Maryanne also loved the Disney theme parks and going to the movies. When she was younger, she enjoyed horseback riding. Maryanne loved animals, especially dogs. She will be greatly missed by her miniature pinscher, Jack. Left to cherish Maryanne's memory and mourn her passing is her son, Shawn Kocinski, of Inverness, FL. A Celebration of Life will be offered on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Alexander officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service.


Leroy J Lacoss, 80, Inverness, FL
Leroy Joseph Lacoss, Jr., 80, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 5, 2016 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Inverness. He was born on January 26, 1935 in Morgan, VT to the late Leroy Joseph and Rena (Holmes) Lacoss. Leroy was a truck driver with over 37 years experience, and a U.S. Army veteran. He arrived in this area 20 years ago, coming from Vermont, and enjoyed gambling. Survivors include his children, Tim, Robin, Gail, Cathy, and Susan Lacoss; brothers Raymond, Richard, and Rodney, and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Lacoss. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


David R Leaf, 68, Inverness, FL
David Robert Leaf, 68, Inverness died suddenly at home on Nov 14, 2015. Mr Leaf was born Sept 14, 1947 in Barberton, OH to the late Donald and Marie (Purigraski) Leaf and moved to this area in 1978. He was retired from the masonary and construction industry. He served our country in the U.S. Army where he served in the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions during Vietnam and was the receipent of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and D.A.V. David enjoyed boating, fishing, and woodworking. He is survived by his children and step children, Robin Leaf Gelinas and Husband Brandon, Inverness; Carmen Thompson and husband, Richard of Jacksonville, FL; Brian Davis and wife Tammy, Sparr, FL; Madonna (Sissy) Wiggins and husband James, Morriston, FL; Matthew Leaf, Ohio; Elizabeth Leaf, Barberton, OH; his brother, John Daniel Leaf and wife Nancy, Hernando, FL; his sister, Karyl Vetter, Marrietta, OH; 8 grand and 5 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Sally Leaf on May 6, 2015; his brother and sister, Donna Marie Houston and Donald Richard Leaf. The Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, Nov 19th, 12:30 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev. John Daniel Leaf officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675


David R Lupo, 72, Floral City, FL
David Lupo, 72 of Floral City, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Mr. Lupo was born in New Haven, CT on March 25, 1943. He moved to south Florida as a child, grew up there, and retired from the City of Hialeah as a manager in their solid waste department. After retiring in 1996, he moved to Tennessee and remained there until 2006 when he returned to Florida to be near his family. David loved all water activities, including fishing and enjoyed traveling as well. Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 52 years, Gloria Castallaw Lupo; his son, David Anthony (Jodi) Lupo, Floral City, his daughter, Angela (Joseph) Poliseno , Floral City; 3 sisters, Carol Crisante, Floral City; Deborah (Jeff) Sanderson and ; Mary Ellen Lasala, both of North Conway, NH; 3 grandchildren, Kevin and James Lupo and Kirsten Poliseno and 2 step grandchildren, Nikki Burrillo and Ashlee Martines David's life will be remembered and celebrated on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, with Pastor Ron Pfeifer of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness officiating. Cremation arrangements will follow. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Scott A Lynn, 55, Dunnellon, FL
Scott Allan Lynn, 55 of Dunnellon, passed away December 13, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Gainesville. Born on November 25, 1960 in Trenton, New Jersey to Carl and Jacqueline Lynn, Scott came to Citrus County 15 years ago from Pennsylvania. He was a power plant electrician and he enjoyed building and restoring cars. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 25 years, Faith Lynn; his mother, Jacqueline Lynn; his sons: Gregory Lynn, Kansas; William Lynn, Paris Island, SC; Jack and Joseph Lynn, Dunnellon; his daughters: Victoria Gauthreaux, Pennsylvania and Heather Gauthreaux, Marathon, FL; his brothers: Jeffrey (Lenora) Lynn, Pennsylvania; Douglas (Brenda) Lynn, Pennsylvania; and his granddaughter, Abigail. His father, Carl Lynn preceded him in death. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Scott, will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness. Inurnment at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, will take place at a later date.


Joan D Madden, 76, Inverness, FL
Joan D. Madden, 76, Inverness, passed away at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Joan was born in Mesquite, TX on June 16, 1939 to the late Sonny and Stella (Potter) Davis and came to Citrus County in 1996 from Zephyrhills, FL. She was employed for many years in the mortgage industry as a loan processor and was of the Protestant Faith. Joan was a former member of the Inverness Golf & Country Club, enjoyed decorating her home, and spending quality time with her family. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 37 years, "Doug" Madden; 2 Sons, Ken Riggs and his wife Sue of Lawrenceville, GA; Bennett Craig Carter and his wife Debra of Crystal River; 1 daughter, Donna Middleton and husband, John of Palm Bay, FL; her brother, Reno Davis of Scurry, TX; her sister, Judy Nuhn of Norwalk, OH; 3 grandchildren, Adams Riggs, J.D. Middleton, and Ashley White. Joan's life will be remembered with a Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. Her family members and friends will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: A.L.S. Foundation of Florida, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619 or Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Bonnie J Mank, 63, Floral City, FL
Bonnie June Mank, age 63, of Floral City, Florida, died February 2, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and while under the excellent care of Sturgill Hospice Care in Brooksville, FL. Bonnie was born in Champaign, IL on October 12, 1952 to the late Winston Cleveland and Loleta June (Smith) Mank. Throughout her life, Bonnie wore many hats, both personally and professionally. She was an amazing mother, "Grandmother of the Century" and a loving and devoted wife and friend. Bonnie was extremely intelligent, curious, and creative. She spent a lot of her free time discovering new and different outlets for her creative energy, including pottery, stained glass. glass blowing, bead work, decorating and gardening, to name a few. Professionally she had been a nurse, a potter, worked in IT and most recently she was employed as an electrical / instrument designer for the oil industry in Northern Alaska. Bonnie truly loved her job and the many friends she made on the Northern Slope. As a lifelong Christian, she found a home at the First Baptist Church of Floral City. Her faith and new found friends helped her to deal with many of the struggles she would encounter battling pancreatic cancer over the last year of her life. To Bonnie, life was an adventure. She always wanted to travel to new places and learn new things. She loved to read, make art, snuggle kitties, play with her grandsons, and ride on the back of her husband's Harley. She is survived by those who will miss her dearly: her loving husband, Steve Turney of Floral City, FL; son Benjamin Mank, his wife Stacey Mank and their children Elias and Wesley Mank of South East Alaska; and daughter, Sierra Dawkins of Denver, Colorado. As well as many dear friends in Timber Pines, Floral City and the North Slope. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL is assisting the family with private arrangements.


John "Jack" V McCrave, 78, Inverness, FL
John V. “Jack” McCrave, 78, Inverness passed away suddenly at home on Jan 22, 2016. Mr McCrave was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 21, 1937 to the late John J. and Josephine (Griffin) McCrave and moved to Florida in 1979 from Staten Island. He retired from the construction industry as a general contractor, having built several homes in this area. Jack served our country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He was active in the Hernando Sportsmens Club, having founded the Quick Draw organization and was a member of the SASS Society. He also enjoyed martial arts as a member of the VADHA Federation and held the title of MAHa Master for the United States. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Packer) McCrave; five children, Jack (Teresa) McCrave, Cumming, GA; Teresa McCrave, Jacksonville, FL; Sharon (Brian) Reed, Inverness; Rory (Carla) McCrave, Kansas City, Kansas; Vincent McCrave, Inverness, FL; 10 grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, Jan. 29th at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home Thursday evening from 5-7 PM.


Everett N McKenney, 74, Hernando, FL
Everett N. McKenney, of Hernando, FL, age 74, died December 15, 2015, with his loving wife, Marilyn by his side, and while under the care of the staff of Hospice of the Citrus and the Nature Coast. Everett was born on October 2, 1941 to Everett McKenney, Sr. and Mildred (Davidson) McKenney in Portland, ME. Twenty one years ago, he moved to Citrus County from Scarbourgh, ME. On April 20, 1996, he married Marilyn Baines, with whom he shared almost 20 years of marriage. Everett had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed all outdoor activities, including camping. He also loved motorcycles. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his wife Marilyn; three sons, Fred (Elizabeth) McKenney of Buxton, ME, Norman (Anna) McKenney of Lewiston, ME, and Curtis McKenney of Portland, ME; one daughter, Tammy (Jean Francois) of Fort McMurray, Canada; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Louis P Mennella, 61, Hernando, FL
Louis Peter Mennella, 61, Inverness passed away Dec 6, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Louis was born Feb. 27, 1954 in Queens, NY to Ralph S. and Grace (Vanacore) Mennella, Sr. and came to Florida in 1970 from Laurelton, NY. He was a Radiation Protection Supervisor in the Nuclear industry, working for private contractors in several locations. Louis was a graduate of Citrus High School and he especially enjoyed the water, being an avid fisherman and boater. He also enjoyed attending car shows and spending quality time with his family. Left to cherish his memory is his Mother, Grace Mennella of Inverness; his son, Raymond A. Horejsi and wife Elisabeth of Inverness; 2 brothers, Ralph Mennella, Jr and his wife Ingrid and Michael Mennella, both of Inverness; nieces and nephews, Francesca, Jason, Matthew, John, and Joseph Mennella. The family will receive friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday, Dec 14th from 5-8 PM where friends are invited to share fond memories of Louis. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to the American Heart Association. Cremation arrangements will follow.


April L Millican, 62, Inverness, FL
Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend April L. Millican passed away January 21, 2016 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida. She was born Oct 24, 1953 in Tampa, Florida. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Mark S. Millican, her daughters Mary Amanda Millican and Elizabeth Ann Millican, her mother Mary Emmerson, her sister Carol Gillette, her brothers John Gillette and Mike Gillette, and her cats, Teddy and Gracie.  April was well travelled, having accompanied Mark and their daughters and on numerous tours of duty overseas. She was an avid doll collector, quilter, crafter, writer, and computer enthusiast. She was also a voracious reader and would read (or listen to) an entire book practically every day. A favorite saying of hers was "you must have a sense of the ridiculous to survive" and she lived that way, quick to laugh and enjoy life's simpler pleasures. Her widely varied interests, and true love of people, stories, and conversation made her many dear friends throughout her life from near and far. She was always willing to help anyone who needed it with advice or encouragement. Services will be held Wednesday, January 27th at 11am, with a reception beginning at 10am, at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue in Inverness, Florida. She will be buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. April believed the best way to change the world was one person at a time, so in lieu of flowers or donations to any specific charity, if you wish to remember her best, find someone in need and help them with a gift, a meal, or just some lively encouraging conversation. 


Verla D Moffat, 79, Lecanto, FL
Verla D. Moffat, 79, of Lecanto, FL passed away January 30, 2016 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. She was born on November 6, 1936 in Stockbridge, MI to the late Clifton and Florence (Corser) Osborne. Verla was a nurse's aide, and arrived in this area in 1998, coming from Gregory, MI. She was a Jehovah's Witness by faith, and enjoyed fishing in Canada, snowmobiling, going to yard sales, and reading. Verla is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Paul D. Moffat. Her other survivors include her children, Perry (Charlotte) Moffat of Hinkley, MN, Clifton (Penny) Moffat of Gregory, MI, Anthony Moffat of St. Augustine, FL, Paul S. Moffat of Homosassa, FL, and Michelle R. (Jason) Moffett of Martin, MI; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James F Mott, Jr, 78, Inverness, FL
James R. Mott, Jr., 78, Inverness passed away Jan 1, 2016 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Jim was born Aug 9, 1937 in Brooksville, FL to the late James and Edith (McClain) Mott, Sr. and moved to Citrus Co. in 2010. He retired from Florida's Dept of Transportation as an engineer with over 20 years of service and served our country in both the U.S. Navy and Air Force. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet Arline Mott; two daughters, Kim Mott, Franklin, TN; Michelle Rositani, Waterbury, CT; two brothers, Gary Mott and David Mott, both of Brooksville; one sister, Patricia Howard, Sumter, SC; four grandchildren: Erica, Sofia, Roma, and Joey. He was preceded in death by his brother Joe Mott and his sister, Sharon Mott. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, January 5th at 11:00 AM from Victory Baptist Church of Inverness with Rev. Gary Beehler officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Monday from 4-6PM.


Arthur R O'key, 80, Crystal River, FL
ARTHUR R. O'KEY, 80, of Crystal River, FL died on December 25, 2015 while under the care of the staff of Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River. Arthur was born on September 25, 1935 in Indianapolis, IN to the late George and Mary (Sacks) O'key. Throughout his life he was employed as an independent truck driver. Arthur also served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He was a quiet, peaceful and loving family man. He will be remembered fondly and missed by all who knew him. Arthur will be especially missed by his loving wife of 8 years, Dolores "Penny" DeTavernier. Also left to mourn his passing are his step-son, Rick DeTavernier of Crystal River; two sisters, Georganna and Betty; and his adoring grandchild, Casey O'Key. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Jeffrey Panek, 51, Walker, LA
Jeffrey "Jeff" Panek, 51, Walker, LA passed away at home on Dec 14, 2015. Mr Panek was born on July 21, 1964 in Somerville, NJ to the late James and Patricia (Zawistowski) Panek. He was employed in the glass industry as a glazer and served our country in the U.S. Air Force and was Catholic by faith. He is survived by his three children, Zachary Panek, Samantha Panek and Brittney Panek, all of Texas; 1 brother, James Panek, Jr., Inverness; 3 grandchildren, Alexis Trevino, Kamden and Kassidy Clark. Funeral services conducted Thurs, Dec 24th at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL with Fr. Ervin Belgica of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Private burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.


Edith C Parsons, 88, Inverness, FL
Edith Croft Parsons, descendent  of Citrus County  pioneers, WC Croft, and Annie Lenthal Van Ness died quietly on December 8 at her home in Inverness.  Born in Hernando to Don Croft and Ruby Catherine Spencer who preceded her in death, Edith attended elementary school at the one-room Hernando school  and graduated from Avon Park High School in 1944 where her father pastored the Nazarene Church and she often played the piano.  That same year she married Daniel Parsons, a handsome Army Air Corps B-17 flight engineer stationed at Sebring AFB in support of  the World War II effort.  She and Dan lived in his home town of Nampa, Idaho for many years raising three children there. They returned to Inverness as snow birds for several years, eventually resettling here in 1984.  Edith was an avid walker, a supporter of the Citrus County Fair,  the 4-H activities of her many cousins, Hernando School events, and the Cattlemen’s Association.  Edith served as secretary for the Van Ness Family Reunion and participated in restoration of the Van Ness family cemetery near Hernando. She loved nothing better than working with her Rooks cousins wrangling cattle, making cane syrup, and doting on the children and grand children of her extended family.  Edith was widowed in 2009 when she lost her beloved Danny.  They left behind three children, Jennie of Miami Springs, Florida, David of La Pine, Oregon,  and Albert of Monroe, Washington, 5 grand children and 10 great grand children spread across the planet  from New Zealand to the West Coast, to Connecticut. A graveside service will be held at the Van Ness Family Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 pm. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Florence B Pfaffenbichler, 86, Hernando, FL
Florence B. Pfaffenbichler, 86 of Hernando, died Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Citrus Hills Health & Rehab in Hernando. Florence was born on April 10, 1929 in Canada to the late Alderic and Maryanne (Richer) Morissette. She came to Citrus County 22 years ago from Enfield, Connecticut. She was a retired photo laboratory retoucher and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Florence is survived by her brothers: Larry Morissette of Maine and Jules Morissette of Massachusetts, and Denis Morissette of Canada; her sister, Magella Girad of Maine; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Ange and Victoria Lavigne. The Mass of Christian Burial for Florence, will be conducted on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Church with Fr. Charles Leke, officiating. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery in Enfield, Connecticut. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Thursday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.


Christina N Polakowski, 92, Land O Lakes, FL
Christina Polakowski, 92, Land O Lakes, FL, formerly of Inverness, passed away Dec. 26, 2015 at the Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care Center in Zephyrhills, FL. Christina was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 20, 1923 to the late Vito and Vita Maria (Carione) Stallone and moved to Florida in 1971 from Queens, NY with her late husband, William Polakowski, who passed away August 14, 2000. She was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Citrus County Homemakers, Citrus Memorial Hospital Share Club, and Inverness Little Theatre. She also voluntered at the Inverness Primary School. She is survived by her two children, Christine Gale of Land O Lakes, FL and William Polakowski, Jr. of Santan Valley, AZ; her sisters, Mary Mercurio and Josephine Maggiore; 3 grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from St Aloysius Catholic Church in Ridgewood, NY in at a later date. The Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory of Inverness is assisting with local arrangements.


John W Ramey, 89, Lecanto, FL
John Walter Ramey, age 89, of Lecanto, FL died peacefully in his sleep at his residence on November 21, 2015. John was born on December 15, 1925 in Lincoln, NE to the late Doug and Exa Ramey. After serving his country in the United States Navy, he went on to become a succesful salesman for the Pennzoil Oil Company. John lived in St. Petersburg, FL for a number of years where he was a member of the Central Christian Church. Two years ago, he relocated to Lecanto to reside with his son, Doug, who is John's only surviving family member. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, is assisting the family with private cremation arrangements.


Diane I Rinaldi, 79, Homosassa, FL
Diane Irene Rinaldi, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2015 at the age of 79, surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of Cypress Cove Care Center and hospice staff in Crystal River. Diane was born on October 14, 1936 in New York, NY to the late Karl and Irene (Hamborsky) Sandstrom. In 1945, while living in St. Petersburg, FL, she met Robert Rinaldi whom she married in 1956, and shared 59 years of marriage. Before she became ill, Diane was an avid gardner, crafter and enjoyed knitting. She was a member of the American Businesswoman Association - Futura Chapter. She loved to travel with her husband, making memories from Alaska to Hawaii. Diane worked as an office manager for her and her husband's heating and air conditioning company for a number of years. She will be remembered as a loving, caring lady to her friends and family. Left to cherish her memory and mourn her passing are her husband, Robert Rinaldi; four children, Bobby (Shelly) Rinaldi of Chulepta, FL, Ronald (Linda) Rinaldi of Orlando, FL, Russell (Denise) Rinaldi of Mims, FL and Sharon Rinaldi of Orlando, FL; Eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Virginia A Rittner, 91, Inverness, FL
Virginia Ann Rittner, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away December 4, 2015 at New Horizons Sr. Citizens Home in Inverness. She was born on July 28, 1924 in McDonald, Ohio to the late Travis and Hazel (Short) Geho. Virginia was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1992, coming from Vermilion, Ohio. She was a Protestant by faith, and was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post #4337, Inverness. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, playing Word Search, and arts and crafts. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Ronald Rittner in 2009, and 5 brothers, Theodore, Wiley, Travis, Clifford, and Harold. Survivors include her daughters Ruth Ann Smith of Jacksonville, FL, and Deborah Alice Darwent of South Africa; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Charles B Rust, 94, Floral City, FL
Charles H. “Bud” Rust,Sr. 94, Floral City died Jan 24, 2016 at his residence under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Bud was born August 3, 1921 in Camden, NJ to the late Winfield and Maryann (Hummell) Rust and moved here in 1998 from Moorestown, NJ. He retired from Johnson-Towers, Inc. as a marketing and dealer development manager with 42 years of service. He served our country in the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic and Pacific Theatre, was a member of the Coast Guard Auxillary (Flotilla 15-01), and of the Protestant faith. He is survived by his two children, Charles H. Rust, Jr and wife Carol of Niceville, FL and Nancy Sutherland and husband, Albert of Haddon Township, NJ.; 3 grandchildren, Matthew, Scott, and Amy; 5 great grandchildren, Riley, Grant, Elias, Elizabeth, and Robby. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on July 4, 2004. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Monday, Feb 1st, 10:00 AM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Gestrich of the Floral City United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Samantha D Savage, 39, Inverness, FL
Samantha Diana Savage, 39, of Inverness, FL passed away February 9, 2016 at HPH Hospice Care Center, Lecanto, FL. She was born on February 23, 1976 in Denver, CO, and was a children's ski instructor at Powder Horn. Samantha arrived in this area in in 2006, coming from Boca Raton, FL and was a Catholic by faith. She loved painting and drawing, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with her girls and family. She is survived by her loving family; daughters Kerrigan Nichole King-Savage and Paisley Diana Savage; and parents Catherine and Michael Savage, all of Inverness. A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, with Fr. Tim Cummings officiating. Cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Pericles Schmaltz, 83, Inverness, FL
Pericles Schmaltz, 83, Inverness died Jan 22, 2016 at his residence. A native of Brazil, he was born Sept 15, 1932 to the late Ernesto and Maria (Flores) Schmaltz and came to his area from New Jersey. He was the former owner and operator of Elite Printing Company. Left to mourn his loss is his son, Daniel Schmaltz of Apopka, FL; a grandson, Kevin Schmaltz of Apopka; his wife, Nilda Schmaltz of Inverness; 1 sister,, Elelsa of Brazil. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bene Schmaltz on Dec 3, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Jan 26th at 2:00 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Casillas of Christway Fellowship officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. Friends may call at the funeral home to visit the family Tuesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of service.


Orville M Seaman, 79, Inverness, FL
Orville Max Seaman, Sr., 79, Inverness on Nov 17, 2015. A native of Big Rapids, MI, he was born June 22, 1936 to the late Fred and Lillian Seaman. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. Survivors include his son, Orville, Jr of Citrus Springs; 4 daughters, Julie McCarty of Clair, MI; Glenda Robinson, Paris, MI; Terri Jo Curtice, Fountain City, MI; Velma Mary-Violet Hawkins, Liberty, TX; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services are Saturday, Nov 21st at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with burial to follow at a later date in McCrabb Cemetery, Dixie County, FL.


Charles M Shaffer, Sr, 84, Virginia Beach, VA
Charles Maynard Shaffer, Sr., 84, Virginia Beach, VA and winter resident of Inverness, died suddenly February 10, 2016 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Chuck was born on June 10, 1931 in Baltimore, MD to the late Charles E. and Frances (Maynard) Shaffer and was a seasonal resident of Inverness. He retired from the City of Norfolk's Fire Department with 37 years of service and was the owner-operator of Shaffer's Towing and Repair in Norfolk. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Linda (Fredrick) Shaffer; three children, Charles M. Shaffer, Jr of Chesapeake, VA, Stephen Shaffer of Virginia Beach, VA and Patricia Dorsch of Chesapeake, VA and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his three younger brothers, Joseph, Raymond, and Harry. There will be a Celebration of Life Service scheduled at a future date in Virginia Beach. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Kenneth D Sheldon, 96, Lecanto, FL
Kenneth D. Sheldon, 96, of Lecanto, FL, died on January 30, 2016 surrounded by the caring staff of Brookdale Citrus ALF in Lecanto. Kenneth was born in Honor, Michigan on April, 19, 1919 to the late George and Cornelia (Bates) Sheldon . He was one of nine children, all of whom preceded him in death. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Balch. After the War, he met the love of his life, Virginia Lee Deal. They spent 60 wonderful years together before her passing on July 26, 2010. Before coming to Florida with his wife in 1985, he was employed as a tool & die worker in the automotive industry. Mr. Sheldon is survived by a Son, Kenneth (Annette) Blanchard of Lowell, Michigan; a great niece that he loved as a daughter, Lois Marie Lesch; Six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Following cremation, Mr. Sheldon's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Richard J Smith, 55, Hernando, FL
Richard James Smith, 55, Hernando, died Nov 21, 2015 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Richard was born in Boston, MA to the late Thomas John and Dorothy Boomhower Smith on Nov 22, 1959 and came to this area in 2008 from there. He was employed as a painter and was of the Catholic Faith. Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 20 years, Michelle Blakely Smith; his 3 sons, Joshua Kennedy Smith, Ft. Myers, FL; James Richard Smith and Thomas Paul Smith, both of Hernando; 4 brothers: Thomas John Smith, Kenneth Joseph Smith, Michael Paul Smith, and Robert William Smith; 3 sisters, Donna Marie Quinn, Virginia Ann McCormick, and Dorothy O'dell Stenson; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.


Carl S Steelfox, 84, Inverness, FL
Carl Samuel Steelfox, 84, of Inverness, FL, died January 18, 2016 in Inverness. Carl was born October 5, 1931 in Butler Township, PA to the late John Samuel and Thelma (Romberger) Steelfox. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. On October 25, 1952 Carl married the love of his life, Joan Dufresne, with whom he shared over 58 wonderful years of marriage. In 1972, they relocated to Citrus County from Middlebury, CT. Carl was a founding member of the Middlebury, CT Rifle Club and a member of the Algonquin Archery Club. After relocating to Inverness, he owned and operated CJ's Hobbies and Crafts for many years. Carl was also a member of the Inverness Moose Lodge and the Citrus County RC Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, building RC airplanes and model trains. Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his passing are four sons: David (Janet) Steelfox of Las Vegas, NV, Carl (Susan) Steelfox of Inverness, FL, John (Theresa) Steelfox of Hernando, FL and Donald (Margaret) Steelfox of Beverly Hills, FL; his daughter, Karen (Phillip) Rook of Inverness, FL; sister, Sandra (Larry) Bosca of White Lake, MI; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Joan, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Shuda. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Inverness, at 3:00 p.m. with the Reverend Greg Kell officiating. A graveside service with full military honors provided by Inverness VFW Post #4337 will be held Monday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robert P Steuterman, 77, Beverly Hills, FL
Robert Paul Steuterman, 77, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away January 11, 2016. He was born in Worcester, MA. April 22, 1938 to Henry and Theresa Steuterman, as one of five children. Robert served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, a military career that spanned over 22 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Shawn Steuterman; and a brother, David Steuterman. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Diana F. (Clough) Steuterman of Pine Ridge, FL; three sisters, Janet Allard of Jupiter, FL, Judy Martin of Worcester, MA, and Terri Hopkins of Cape Cod, MA. He also leaves behind the love and support of his step son Joseph P. Bell, New Port Richey, FL; the love and support of his step daughter Janice A. Ross, Hernando, FL; and four daughters: Debra, Christina, Michele and Patricia Ann. Robert also leaves behind numerous close friends from the Beverly Hills Bowl Center. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James K Sutherland, 82, Hernando, FL
James Kenneth Sutherland, 82, Hernando passed away Dec 28, 2015 in the Citrus Hills Health & Rehab Center. Jim was born July 30, 1933 in Ontario, Canada to the late James D.G. and Jean (Paul) Sutherland and resided in Ocala since 1961 before moving to Inverness 15 years ago. He retired from law enforcement, having been employed by the Ocala Police Dept and Marion Co. Sheriff's Department. He also taught law enforcement classes for 25 years at the Withalcoochee Technical College and Central Florida Community College. Jim served our country in the U.S. Army and was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 4252. His memberships include the Inverness Elks Lodge No. 2522 where he served as Past Exalted Ruler during 1985-1986, Board of Trustees during 1990-1991, Past State Chairman of the Florida Elks Association, and Inverness Moose Lodge No. 2112. He is survived by his wife, Decima Sutherland; three children, James K. Sutherland ;Jane Kimberly Anderson; Joan Karen Chappel ; his brother, Donald G. Sutherland; 5 grandchildren. Jim's life will be remembered and honored at a Memorial Service on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. from the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando with The Rev. Kenneth Blyth officiating. Graveside Military Services will follow at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery with V.F.W. Post 4252 officiating. The procession will leave the church at 1:15 PM. Friends are invited to be a part of the procession. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jim's memory.


Dorothy A Turney, 92, Hernando, FL
Dorothy A. Turney, 92, Hernando, FL passed away Dec 15, 2015. Services will be from the Delehanty Funeral Home in Loves Park, IL. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Rockford, IL. Mrs Turney was born in Rockton, IL on March 18, 1923 to the late Penniman and Mildred (Ondell) Knipprath. She retired from the health care profession as an administrator. She enjoyed playing cards, golfing, reading, and knitting. She is survived by her daughter, Dian Little of Hernando, FL; 1 grandchild and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Albert Turney in 2001. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL in charge locally.


Delcie C Van Boskerck, 88, Floral City, FL
Delcie C. Van Boskerck, 88, Floral City died Dec 26, 2015. Cremation arrangements were private. She was born Sept 10, 1927 in Cedar Fork, NC to the late Luther and Katie (Yeargen) Crabtree. Survivors include her husband, Ralph, her daughter Susan Van Boskerck; her grandchildren.


Lowell D Waller, 72, Floral City, FL
Lowell Dale Waller, 72, Floral City passed away Nov 21, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A Citrus County native, he was born Sept 10, 1943 to the late Burrell Lee and Catherine McGuire Waller. He was employed for 48 years with the CSX Railroad, having retired as a conductor. Left to cherish his memory are his three sons, Jason (Kim McKenzie) Waller of Inverness; Michael Waller of Summerfield, FL; Warner (Gaylene) Waller of Wildwood, FL; 1 brother, Boyd Waller, Floral City; 3 sisters, Joyce Bigbie, Sumter, SC; Thelma Denney, Floral City; Sandra Massey, Dunnellon; several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his companion, Ginny Aldrich of Floral City. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Virginia Waller July 8, 2011. The family and friends will announce a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family with cremation


Lori L Watson, 55, Inverness, FL
Lori Lee (DeBay) Watson, age 55, of Inverness, died November 14, 2015 surrounded by her loving family while under the care of the staff of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Lori was born on January 3, 1960 in Des Moines, IA to her father, John H. DeBay, Jr and her mother Virginia E. (DeBay) Coston. She worked for many years as a tour operator in the travel industry for Educational Tours. In 1973, Lori moved to Citrus County from St. Petersburg. She loved going to the beach, reading, gardening and flipping houses. Lori was also a member of Citrus County Harvest. She is survived by her parents, Virginia E. (DeBay) Coston and John H. (Shirl) DeBay, Jr.; one son, Anthony Watson and his wife Jessie of Odessa; three sisters, Deanna (Humberto) Diaz of Inverness, Dorena (Jim) Bedwell of Brooksville and Valerie DeBay of Floral City; boyfriend, Dan Turco; In-laws, Dianne (Clyde) Cosgrove, Dennis (Mae) Watson and Larry Sutusky; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial celebrating Lori's life will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. with Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Chaplain Boris Paso officiating, at The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. The family will receive visitors for visitation and fellowship beginning at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Lori's memory to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 or Citrus County Harvest, 2575 S Zellner Dr, Inverness, FL 34450.


Robert W Whiting, 74, Inverness, FL
Robert William Whiting, 74, of Inverness, Florida passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, surrounded by the caring staff of Brentwood Health Center in Lecanto, Florida. Robert was born on July 31, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Cornelius and Marjorie Emma (Karnatz) Whiting. After meeting and marrying his wife of almost 24 years, Louise Ruth Oliver, of Okeechobee, they moved to Citrus County where they lived for 23 years. Robert enjoyed fishing, NASCAR races, working on cars, and tinkering at his shop in his garage. Left to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Louise R.(Oliver) Whiting; his two sons: Robert Whiting of Alabama, and Scott Whiting of W. Palm Beach, FL; step sons: Wayne, Dana, and Chris; step daughters: Debbie, Vicki, Kelly, and Jodi; his two sisters: Kay Erhart and Pat Siberio, both of Pembroke Pines, FL; and several Grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jessie B Wilford, 82, Hernando, FL
Jessie B. Wilford, 82, Hernando, FL died Jan 9, 2016 at Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast facility in Inverness. A native of Sylvester, GA., he was born September 30, 1933 to the late Bernard J. and Ethel Cox Wilford and relocated here from Carmine, TX and Tallahassee, FL He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the N.R.A., American Legion, a volunteer with the Citrus Co. Sheriff's Academy, and a Resource Officer. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Anthony, Pottsville, PA; his brother, Andrew Wilford of Dade City, FL; 2 sisters, Louise Huth of Nokomis, FL; Eva May Bennett of Dover, FL; 5 grand and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services conducted Wed, Jan 13th at 11:00 AM from Chas E Davis Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honor will follow at Florida National Cemetery.


John M Williams, 88, Brooksville, FL
John M. Williams, age 88, of Brooksville, FL (formerly Niagara Falls, NY) died Friday, January 15, 2016. Predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years Marjorie (Diamond) Williams and sons Paul and Jay. Survived by four sons: Marvin (Nancy), Samuel (Catherine), Ray (Randy), James (Catherine); a daughter, Kathy Lewis; ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two sisters: Mary Lee Bale and Delores Beck. John proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was Business Agent for Sheet Metal Workers Local 69 and 71 prior to his retirement. Private services were held. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematoy assisted the family with private arrangements.


Shayne C Wilson, 39, Inverness, FL
Shayne Cory Wilson, 39, Inverness passed away suddenly on Dec 12, 2015 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Shayne was born in Dade City, FL on May 5, 1976 to Floyd M. "Rex" and Debra Anne (Breault) Wilson and moved back to Florida 3 years ago from Brunswick, GA. He was a Recreational Vehicle Repair Technician and of the Protestant Faith. Shayne had a passion for animals and was a very caring and generous person. He enjoyed making others laugh and usually was "the life of the party". Additionally, he was an excellent chess player, mechanically gifted with his hands, and was a volunteer with the Humane Society and Children in Action Ministry in Brunswick, GA He is survived by his father, Floyd "Rex" Wilson and wife Debra Nell Wilson of Seminole, FL: his mother, Debra Anne Webb and husband Blair Webb of Brunswick, GA; his brother, Jesse Grossman and companion, Mariah Masse, Los Angeles, CA; his sister, Robin Wilson and companion, Tony Montanez, Brunswick, GA; 2 step brothers, Jeffrey B. Heritage, Seminole, FL; Brandon Heritage and wife, Stacy of Clermont, FL; his significant other, Felecia Abrams, Inverness. Shayne's life will be remembered and celebrated on Friday, Dec. 18th, at 3:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Mr Allen Benner and family members officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please forward memorials in Shayne's memory to: Children In Action Ministry, 154 Granville Nix Lane, Brunswick, GA 31525


Shirley J Wolf, 90, Floral City, FL
Shirley J. Wolf, 90, of Floral City, Florida passed away December 1, 2015 at her residence in Floral City. She was born in N. Syracuse, N.Y. on January 25, 1925 to the late Walter and Gladys (Milback) Sullivan. Shirley arrived in this area in 1975, coming from Largo, FL, and was a devoted homemaker. She was a Jehovah's Witness by faith, and enjoyed traveling, sewing, cooking, loved fishing, and was a big Tampa Bay Ray's fan. Shirley enjoyed life, and would assist her husband Ralph in building cabins in the mountains. She was preceded in death by Ralph in May of this year. They had been lovingly married for 64 years at the time of his passing. Shirley is survived by her children John Wolf and his wife Nancy; and Stephen Wolf, all of Floral City; Mary Dotson and her husband Lance of Inverness, FL; and Lois Scott and her husband Daniel, of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren Carvis, Jonathan, and Michell; and great-grandchildren Aubryana, Natasha, and Leigha. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Harry A Wolfertz, Jr, 75, Inverness, FL
Harry Arthur Wolfertz, Jr, 75, of Inverness passed away December 21, 2015. Born April 23, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas, the first child of Harry A. and Rublee (Hall) Wolfertz. His father's Air Force Career then took them to North Carolina. Harry first came to Florida in the early 60's and resided in Ft. Pierce where he lived close to and got to know the artist "Beanie" Backus. Harry had a talent for art but could not be persuaded to produce more than a sketch here and there, most often on a napkin. He returned to the Carolinas for awhile, but soon warmer weather again beckoned in the early 70's and he moved to Citrus County. He owned and operated the Treasure Patch Nursery until retiring to pursue his love of antiques and marbles, he was an expert on the value of marbles and was sought out for his knowledge. He participated in marble shows throughout the country. He was a vendor at Webster Flea Market, and was an avid golfer, he and his brother John spent many hours fishing until a failed knee replacement curtailed his activities. Harry is survived by his brother John and wife Dagmar and their children: John and his wife Spring of Newland, North Carolina and their son Darren, Daughter: Christina and her husband Stephan Chantiles of Cary, North Carolina, son: Jeremiah and his wife Heather of Inverness and their children Matthew and Jessica. His sister Rublee Davis of Silverdale, WA and her son Christopher of Bremerton, WA and his children: Angela, Jacob and Joseph and her daughter Marie Lucas of Bremerton, WA and her children: A.J., Jon, and Collin. He also leaves his cousin Karen Hammond Lauren of Brownwood, Texas with whom he shared a special bond. Also left to cherish his memory is his loving companion for 21 years, Doris Graska and her children Glenn Corp and Lane Shaw, as well as her granddaughter Jessica Shaw who 21 years ago, at the age of two, claimed Harry as one of her grandfathers. He taught her to fish and the value of a dollar among other things. Harry supported Doris' involvement in the Fair industry and, in the earlier years, traveled to Fairs and conventions around the state, but what he looked forward to each year was the Panacek's pre-fair event. As Harry's days grew fewer it was his wish that we continue with our Christmas traditions in celebration of the birth of Jesus and to remember the reason for the season. He will be with us in spirit and we will reserve a chair for him just as Jimmy Stewart did for Harvey. Friends will be received from 3:00 until the hour of service at 4:00 on Saturday, December 26th at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Troy Sheppard of Citrus Missionary Baptist Church will lead the service. Jean Grant was a special friend and her continuing youth scholarships at the Citrus County Fair Association would honor his memory. 3600 South Florida Ave., Inverness, FL 34450


Martha L Woodstuff, 88, Inverness, FL
Martha Lee Woodstuff, age 88, of Inverness, FL died November 19, 2015 died peacefully at home under the care of HPH Hospice. Martha was born on March 15, 1927 in Cameron, W.V. to the late Joseph and Florence (Earnest) Clark. On October 15, 1949 she married John F. Woodstuff. He preceded her in death Sept 1, 2007. She and John relocated to the Citrus County area in 1971 from Pennsylvania. For many years, Martha was a member of the First Christian Church of Cameron, W.V. She was the founder of the Inverness branch of "Reach to Recovery" with the American Cancer Society. Martha was also a member of the Inverness VFW Post #4337 Women's Auxillary. Dedicated to cancer charity work, she was a speaker for women's groups and also organized fashion shows for women that had undergone a mastectomy. Martha will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephew, Roberta Pitts of Heber Springs, AR; Joanna (John)Schubert of St Petersburg, FL; ; Peggy (Jerry) Ripke of St Helens, MI; Steve Morris of Midland, MI; The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, Dec 5th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The V.F.W. Women's Auxillary of Post 4337 and Dr. Ray Kelley, pastor of The First Christian Church of Inverness will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date. Friends may visit the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


 

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