Obituaries
For the Last 3 Months.

Ilse M Adelitzo, 86, Dunnellon, FL
Ilse Marie Adelitzo, age 86, Dunnellon, died March 11, 2015 at Legacy House in Ocala. Ilse was born on May 17, 1928 in Germany to the late Antone Fleissner and Johanna (Sinik) Fleissner. She was a clerk in the meat department of a grocery store. Ilse was an avid bowler. She was Catholic by faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 35 years, Michael, sons Jack Ogan of St. Louis, MO and Bill Ogan of Memphis, MI; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Eric Fleissner and sister Hilga Fleissner. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Eileen M Amburg, 75, Inverness , FL
EILEEN MARY AMBURG, age 75, Inverness, went home to be with her Lord on February 24, 2015 under the loving care of her family. Eileen was born on October 15, 1939 in Medford, MA. She studied at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Lesley University, receiving dual Master's Degrees in education and psychology. Eileen was a teacher and a guidance counselor in the New Hampshire and Massachusetts school systems for over 42 years. She enjoyed reading and belonging to book clubs. She was also a member of the Citrus Hills Women's Club and a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, where she was active in many ministries and as a eucharistic minister. She was a loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother and will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 52 years, Robert Amburg; her sons Robert J. Amburg and his wife Susan, Plymouth, NH, Michael J. Amburg and his wife Lesley, Manchester, NH and James P. Amburg and companion Valerie, Dover, NH; her brothers Charles E. Cannon and his wife Brenda, Bridgewater, MA, Arthur R. Cannon and his wife Carol, Woburn, MA; seven grandchildren, Shawn, Tyson, Tristan, Dylan, Molly, Matthew and Cameron. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Frances Arciom, 94, Ormond Beach, FL
Harriet "Frances" Arciom, 94, Ormond Beach, formerly of Inverness passed away under the care of Hospice in Daytona Beach on Feb 12, 2015. A native of Jersey City, NJ., she was born Oct 26, 1920 to the late Michael and Anna (Dombroski) Kimmish and came to Inverness, FL in 1987 from Waterbury, CT. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish before moving to Ormond Beach and retired from food service. Frances is survived by 4 daughters, Mary Jo Arciom, Ormond Beach, FL; Antoinette Picucci, Plant City, FL; Phyllis Batters, Waturbury, CT; Christine Vance, Wolcott, CT; 4 grandchildren, Tom, Jeff, Bridgett, and Zoe; 4 great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Emme, Michael, and Jaxon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Arciom Feb 12, 2007, two brothers, a sister, and a grandson. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Feb 20th, 12:30 PM at Chas E Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Calling hours are at the funeral home on Friday from 12 noon until the hour of service.


Robert C Arsenault, 79, Inverness, FL
Robert Clifford Arsenault, age 79, Inverness, died March 12, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast at his residence. Robert was born on November 28, 1935 in Rumford, ME to the late Leger and Elizabeth (Fulton) Arsenault. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps. Robert was a long distance freight truck driver. He enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. Robert was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Shea) Arsenault, a grandson, Daniel Owczarski, sister-in-law Pat Arsenault of Westfield, MA and brother-in-law James J. Shea, Jr. of Chicopee, MA. He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Shannon Frazier-Owczarski and both his brothers, Francis and Paul Arsenault. Inurnment will take place privately at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like to thank Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast for the wonderful care they provided Robert throughout the last months of his life.


Robert J Auld, 78, Hernando, FL
ROBERT JOSEPH AULD, age 78, Hernando, died March 28, 2015 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on April 16, 1936 in New London, CT to the late Benjamin and Mary (Pero) Auld. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1974, retiring as a Master Sergeant serving from the Korean conflict through the Vietnam War. Robert enjoyed music, especially the 24 Karat Gold Music Shows so much that he traveled to over 300 of them. He also was an avid golfer and collector of coins and baseball cards. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 58 years, Amalia Auld; sons John Auld (Zodee Treier), Benjamin (Deborah) Auld, Springfield, MA, Kevin (Theresa) Auld and Michael Auld (Lisa King), Kelley Auld, all of Dunnellon; a sister Laura Auld, Davie, FL, 12 grandchildren, Benjamin, Rebecca, Christine, Jeremy, Robert, Jeffery, Gregory, Sherrie, Kassondra, Kevin, Michael and James; five great-grandchildren, Kate, Sean, Jaclyn, Dimitri and Delilah. A tribute and celebration of Robert's life will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inurnment will take place on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery with military honors.


Mona A Bailey, 88, Lecanto, FL
Mona A. Bailey, 88, of Lecanto, Florida passed away on January 27, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County, Inverness, Florida. She was born in Caribou, Maine on November 17, 1926 to the late Benjamin F. and Margarite B. (Naddeau) Hewitt. Mona was Head Housekeeper at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, and arrived in this area in 2009, coming from Clearwater, Florida. She loved flower gardening, watching her birdfeeders, spending time outdoors, and the Tampa Bay Rays. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Bailey in 1997. Survivors include her loving family; son Richard Kelley of Hudson, FL, daughters Shianne "Robin" (David) Kahleel of Lecanto, Marcia (Douglas) Wenning of Clearwater, FL, and Crystal(Todd) Huey of Hernando, FL; several siblings, 5 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jared R Banks, 20, Lecanto, FL
JARED RAYMOND BANKS, age 20, Lecanto, died April 4, 2015. Jared was born on February 6, 1995 in Miami, FL to David Chandler and Kimberly Ann Banks. He worked in the service and restaurant business as a server. Jared had a great love of the outdoors, enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling and listening to country music. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Kimberly Ann Banks-Day and her husband Richard Day, Tavernier, FL; David A. and his wife Paula Chandler, Ft. Myers, FL; maternal grandparents Crawford and Leslie Banks, Lecanto; paternal grandmother Frances Spickelmier; his companion Demi Harris; brothers and sisters Chaz Chandler, Ft. Myers, Austin Day, Tavernier, FL, Krystle Chandler, GA, Brittany, Ft. Myers, Meckenzie, Ft. Myers and Ashley Day, Tavernier, FL; Uncle Tony Banks; Aunt Jennifer Settoon and her husband Rich Settoon and their daughter Lauren Settoon, all of Tavernier, FL, Uncle Dale Chandler, Aunt Maureen Chandler, cousin Jacob Chandler, 2 nieces Jaylynn and Georgia. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Shirley A Banta, 92, Floral City, FL
Shirley Ann Risden Banta, 92, of Floral City, FL left this world for her heavenly home to be with her Savior the morning of February 2, 2015. Psalms 61:1-2: "Hear my cry, O God. Listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I". She passed away at her home in Floral City, peacefully, in her sleep. Shirley was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey on November 7, 1922 to the late William L. and Juleann Sanders. She married her husband and raised her 2 children in Bloomingdale, N.J. Her husband, Fowler Banta, preceded her in death in 1987. Shirley is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Virginia Banta of Floral City; daughter and son-in-law Gail and Walt McKinnon of Gaskell, N.J.; four granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. Although she never worked, she had a place in this world as a wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. As a grandmother, her little cottage was a place of refuge to forget life's ups and downs and enjoy card games, dominoes, Shirley Temple movies and laughter. She was known for her eggplant parmesan and spinach dip that were always requested at every party! Her great-grandchildren knew they could walk down the sidewalk to Nanny's house for a sweet treat of chocolate, she always had stocked up in case they came by! Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Shirley was loved by her family and friends. She was a proud member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, where she attended with her family. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to the church for their Feed the Hungry Program. The family will be receiving friends in visitation on Sunday, 1:00 P.M. with a service at 2:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. FL. Pastor Greg Kell from Cornerstone Baptist Church will be officiating. Burial will follow the service at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness.


William R Bevier, 89, Beverly Hills, FL
William R. Bevier, age 94, Beverly Hills, died March 27, 2015 at the Life Care Center in Lecanto. Bill was born on November 25, 1920 in Detroit, MI to the late Foster W. and Marjie (Crandall) Bevier. He served our country in the United States Navy as a pharmacist's mate during WWII. After his discharge from the military, Bill joined Ford Motor Company as a budget analyst. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed reading. He was a member of the VFW Post in Beverly Hills. Left to cherish his memory is his son David (Nancy O'Rourke) Bevier, St. Joseph, MI; three grandchildren Katie and Sarah Bevier and Jennifer Roberts and two great-grandchildren Parker and Ben, daughter-in-law Teresa Bevier, DeWitt, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Constance in 2008, a son, Stephen Bevier and his brother Thomas Bevier. Private inurnment will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Eva T Bishop, 93, Inverness, FL
Eva Theresa Bishop, age 92, Inverness, died April 6, 2015 at her son's home. Eva was born on August 11, 1922 in Aberdeen, MD to the late Thomas E. and Emma V. (Smiley) Christine. She worked for Martin Marietta as a clerk in aircraft manufacturing for many years and then for the City of Baltimore as chief clerk in charge of disbursements. An avid reader, she studied her Bible daily and loved all things in nature, especially birds and plants. Her true passion was sharing her faith, Jehovah's Witness. Left to cherish her memory is her son and his wife George M. and Brenda Bishop, Inverness, FL; grandchildren Laura Cranston and Ashley Payne; great-grandchildren Tiffany Mae and Thomas Wayne. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas E. Bishop and a grandson, Douglas Bishop. Services will be handled by Lassahn Funeral Home in Baltimore, MD with burial in Gardens of Faith in Baltimore, MD. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with local arrangements.


Linda Bishop, 67, Ocala, FL
Linda Bishop, age 67, Ocala, went to be with her Lord on April 20, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Linda was born on August 2, 1947 in Akron, OH to the late Harry V. and Bessie (Reynolds) King. A devout Christian woman, she served in church administration, along with her husband, who ministered to five different churches before his retirement for Assembly of God. Linda was very active in the social events of the churches and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the Bible with others. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a special friend to her church family members. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, Bruce Bishop, Ocala; her son Jeff Bishop, Inverness; daughter Sara (Eddie) Edgette, Summertown, TN; her sister Jackie (Bill) Garmier, Hartville, OH; grandchildren Emerald, Samantha, Eddie, Jr. and Vaida and her first great-grandbaby on the way. She was preceded in death by a daughter Amy Bishop and her brother Gene King. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and celebration of Linda's life will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Linda's memory to worldchallenge.org.


Sheila T Blanton, 85, Inverness, FL
SHEILA THERESA BLANTON, age 85, Inverness, died January 27, 2015 at New Horizons Senior Citizens Home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Sheila was born on January 22, 1930 in Schenectady, NY to the late Thomas and Nora (Felton) Knox. She was employed at Eckerd's Drug Store for 18 years as the cosmetic manager. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and served as an usher. She enjoyed listening to music and playing cards. A very social person, she enjoyed being with her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Janice Garbin; her sons Brian and his wife Lisa Reese, Kevin and his companion, Louise Tyler, all of Inverness; sisters Mary Lou Breen, Las Vegas, NV and Doris Giacopelli, El Cajon, CA, nine grandchildren, Christine, Stacey, Debra, Kristen, Korey, Ryan, Allison, Lindsey and Brian, Jr.; six great-grandchildren and a special companion and friend John Haffkoss of Inverness. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Fiore. Please consider a donation in Sheila's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Sheila's children send a heartfelt Thank You and appreciation to the staff of New Horizons Senior Citizens Home for the devoted care and kindness that was extended to their mother during her stay. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Nathan J Bogart, 34, Inverness, FL
Nathan Joseph Bogart, 34, passed away Feb 15, 2015. He was born Sept 7, 1980 to Francine T. Bogart and Robert C. Bogart in Inverness, FL and attended Inverness Primary, Inverness Middle and graduated from Citrus High School. Nathan attended Vo-Tech’s police academy and attended Florida Southern University for a short time. He worked as a pharmacy technician, for Marion County Animal Control and Hazardous Waste, and most recently as a security guard. He was the youngest of six children, preceded in death by his sister, Darlinda (the oldest) in 1992. He is survived by his brothers Ryan (sister-in-law Ronnie), Brady (sister-in-law Barbie), Derrick (Kathy Androski) and Damon (sister-in-law Holly), nephews Jared, Cody, Austin, Garrett, Christopher and Bryce and nieces Carly, Kinsey, Karah and Alyssa. He is also survived by his mother and father and many close friends namely, Tony Armato, Jeff Beaudet, John Muscato Jr. and Victor “Obie” Olazagasti. Nathan resided in Beverly Hills. He was recently hired by ESS Global located in Tarpon Springs, where he was taking various training classes. Nathan enjoyed his family and friends and was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed watching and going to Braves games and rooting for his Atlanta Falcons and FSU. He supported his nieces and nephews in all their extracurricular activities. He loved History and Genealogy, but most of all he loved his family. We all love and will see you in heaven. A funeral service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 11:00 AM until the hour of service.


Sarah M Boger, 103, Inverness, FL
Sarah Myrtle Boger, 103, Inverness passed away April 17, 2015 at Highland Place in Inverness. Mrs Boger was born in Jasper, GA on Jan 18, 1912 to the late Enoch and Sarah Owen and moved to this area in 1996 from Fruitland Park, FL. She was employed as a telephone operator for the original Southern Bell Telephone Co. and a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Inverness where she was well known as a “hugger” to everyone arriving at church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William Boger on Sept 14, 1991, her daughter, Peggy Ann Nicholson May 30, 1998, son in law, Charles Nicholson on Jan. 22, 2015, and grandson, Charles Nicholson II Jan 18, 2014 Survivors include her granddaughter, Vicki Nicholson Reed, of Inverness and several nieces and nephews in Georgia and South Carolina Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 AM from the First Christian Church of Inverness with Dr. Ray Kelley officiating. Private burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orlando, FL Visitation will be from the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted in Sarah's memory by the First Christian Church of Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Glenn E Bortell, 100, Inverness, FL
GLEN BORTELL, age 100, Inverness, died April 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the devoted care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast staff. Glen was born in Grinnell, IA on September 9, 1914 to the late John E. and Catherine (Swanson) Bortell. He was the owner/operator for 20 years of a youth ranch and children's camp in St. Charles, IA, "Bortell's Bar Rockin B Ranch." Glen was very active in the St. Charles Masonic Lodge, a 32 degree Mason, Shriner and Scottish Rite. He served the State of Iowa as a Senator to finish the term of another politician and was then elected to the Iowa House of Representatives serving Madison County. After relocation to Venice, Florida in 1987 and then to Inverness in 1993, he volunteered at Citrus Memorial Hospital as a transporter, accruing over 6000 hours of service and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Along with his late wife Mary, he served the First United Methodist Church of Inverness in their building fund efforts. Left to cherish his memory are his sons, John Bortell (wife-Peggy), Homosassa and William (wife-Cynthia), Winterset, IA, his daughter Glenda (husband-Norman) Ackley, Lecanto; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a dear neighbor and friend, Ruth Charr. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary. A celebration and tribute to Glen's life will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Pastor Sarah Campbell officiating. The family requests donations in Glen's memory to Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers in lieu of flowers.


Marcel H Bowen, 69, Beverly Hills, FL
MARC HAYES BOWEN, age 69, Beverly Hills, died February 22, 2015 under the loving care of his family, friends and Hospice of Citrus County. Marc was born on February 7, 1946 in Mattoon, IL to the late Harold G. and Martha (Ozee) Bowen. He served our country in the United States Army with a tour in Vietnam. Marc enjoyed his two dogs, Gucci and Roo-Roo. He was a member of "Jesus Is" Ministry in Inglis. Left to cherish his memory is his sister Susan Bales, Fort Myers Beach and Mattoon, IL and friend Stacy Moric. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia. A military committal service will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery at 1:45 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Kenneth L Bradshaw, 84, Inverness, FL
Kenneth L. Bradshaw, Jr., 84, of Inverness, passed away peacefully March 5, 2015 under the care of HPH Hospice, Lecanto.  Ken was born in Taunton, Massachusetts to Kenneth L. and Ruby Bradshaw, Sr. and raised in the neighboring community of Raynham. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years and best friend, Barbara Bradshaw. Other survivors include sons Ted Williams Bradshaw, James Bradshaw; daughters Nancy Bradshaw, Donna Bradshaw, Linda Bradshaw; brother Richard Bradshaw; grandson Craig Bradshaw; granddaughter Kristina Bradshaw; great grandson Richard Bradshaw; nephews William Young, Kenneth Young, Eddie Bradshaw, Gary Bradshaw, plus numerous other nephews and nieces; mother-in-law Christina DeArruda; brother-in-law Larry DeArruda; sister-in-law Christine King. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Ruby Gagnon, Judy Green, Eunice Bussiere. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 and saw combat duty during the Korean War with Company E, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Ken’s “Fighting Irish” spirit gave him the perseverance to survive seven months of bitter fighting until he was seriously wounded on February 6, 1951. Following two months hospitalization in Japan and 15 months rehabilitation at Walter Reed, he was medically retired in 1952. Returning to Raynham, Massachusetts, he worked at Haskon General Electric until his retirement in 1983 with 29 years of service. In 1988, he and Barbara relocated to their Inverness home. Ken was most proud of being a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as his cherished honor of being inducted as a warrior of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the tribe of his battlefield comrade Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, whom Ken was with on Hill 123 when Corporal Red Cloud earned his posthumous Medal of Honor. Ken was active in local politics as a precinct committeeman and in veterans and civic organizations. He was a charter member of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776, MOPH; past commander VFW Post 4337, Inverness; life member DAV and Korean War Veterans Association; a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. A gathering of family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, with the memorial service to begin at 11:00 AM., at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. A reception will follow at VFW Post 4337, Inverness. Inurnment will be in Raynham, MA. Memorial donations may be made to Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460 or HPH Hospice, Lecanto.


Thomas C Breidenstein, 88, Inverness, FL
Thomas Conrad Breidenstein, 88, of Inverness, Florida passed away February 13, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County, Inverness. He was born in Roosevelt, New York on July 17, 1926 to the late Thomas A. and Alice (Mattson) Breidenstein. Thomas was employed by Gruman Aircraft for 37 years as a Avionics Technician, and was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran. He arrived in this area in 1987 coming from East Islip, New York, and was a Catholic by faith. Thomas was a member of the Citrus Memorial SHARE Club, and enjoyed flying radio controlled airplanes, golfing, watching football, artistic painting and playing the clarinet. He was also an avid reader. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Teresa Breidenstein. Other survivors include children Thomas (Marjorie) Breidenstein of Bluffton, SC, Richard E. (Caren) Breidenstein of Columbia, MD, and Linda Ann (James) Rossi of Inverness; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Thomas's life on Wednesday, 12:00 P.M. until 1:45 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Afterwards, there will be a funeral procession to Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL where military honors will be rendered in recognition of Thomas's service to our country. 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


William T Brierly, 78, Inverness, FL
WILLIAM "TOM" BRIERLY, age 78, died March 15, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Tom was born on December 7, 1936 in Jefferson County, IN to the late William S. Brierly and Lillie B. (Plowman) Brierly. He served our country in the United States Army. Tom was employed as a heavy equipment operator for a rock quarry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. Tom was a member of the VFW, Eagles and American Legion in his native state of Indiana. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 18 years, Estelita "Esther" Brierly; son Thomas Brierly, KY; daughter Debbie Law, Christine Lanham, Rose Lynn Harmon, all of IN and Anabel Brierly of Inverness; stepson Ronald Olson, AZ; stepdaughters Girly Ingco, IN, Annalisa Wilson, MS, Joslyn Malttasan, WI and brothers Leon Brierly, Inverness; sisters LaVerne Hamilton, KY, Della Margaret Carrico, Inverness; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Orville and Ronald and a sister, Christine Dunn. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and tribute to Tom's life will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations in Tom's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Jonathan C Burke, 26, Inverness, FL
JONATHAN CHRISTOPHER BURKE, age 26, passed away on February 9, 2015 at his residence. Jonathan was born on May 26, 1988 in Shrewsbury, England to Colin Michael Burke and Marjorie (Clarke) Burke. Jonathan enjoyed music immensely and was a gourmet eater; his favorite subject at school was lunch! He was a beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin and a bright shining spirit. His unforgettable smile and vibrant personality won the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He graduated from CREST School in 2010 where the dedicated staff attended to his special needs. "Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more. The Lord will be your everlasting light; and your days of sorrow will end. Isaiah 60:20." We will meet again. Left to cherish his memory are his parents Colin Burke and Marjorie Burke, paternal grandmother Margot Burke; his Uncle Alan Burke, Aunt Gillian Burke and cousin Linda Edgcumbe from England. In the United States, he was loved by a host of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in the Clarke family. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather John William Burke and maternal grandparents Vincent and Shirley Clarke. A special thank you to Ms. Joni, Mr. Greg Elliott, Mr. Paul Heinz and Ms. Anita Moon from CREST School as well as Dr. Seema Kamat and her staff for the devoted care, compassion and kindness that they gave Jonathan throughout his life. Private arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Brenda S Calvert, 63, Floral City, FL
BRENDA S. CALVERT, age 63, Floral City, died March 8, 2015 at her residence. Brenda was born on February 7, 1952 in Milford, DE to the late James and Elizabeth (Carey) Palmer. She was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company as a line worker. Brenda enjoyed crocheting and reading. She was a member of Fort Cooper Baptist Church and was active in many ministries and loved studying God's word. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Angela Correa-Wright, Floral City; her brother Bob Palmer (wife-Linda), CO; sisters Betty Ann and Kathleen; five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Warren "Daniel" Wright. A celebration of life and tribute for Brenda will be announced at a later date at Fort Cooper Baptist Church. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Salvatore Capasso, 69, Inverness, FL
Salvatore Capasso, Jr., 69, of Inverness, Florida passed away April 11, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born in New Haven, CT. on November 14, 1945 to the late Salvatore and Margaret (Fiorillo) Capasso. Salvatore was a barber, and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Lyndonville, VT. Salvatore was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and the computer. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn Capasso. Other survivors include children Christopher Capasso of Inverness, Salvatore (Lynda) Capasso of Homosassa, FL and Cherilyn Capasso of Ocala, FL; sister Rita Capasso; and 3 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Francesco Cicalese, 76, Inverness, FL
Francesco Cicalese, age 76, Inverness, died January 28, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County at the Hospice House in Lecanto. Frank was born on Jly 25, 1938 in Newark, NJ to the late Carmine and Yolanda (Scalone) Cicalese. He served our country in the United States Navy. Survivors include his son Francis M. "Frank" Cicalese, daughters Gina Marie and Toni Ann; brothers Stephen, Joseph and Anthony and two grandchildren. A graveside committal service with military honors rendered by VFW Post #7122 from Floral City will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery. If they so desire, friends may join the funeral procession at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 10:15 AM.


Ralph G Cooksey, Jr., 70, Hernando, FL
Ralph Garrisson Cooksey, Jr., age 70, Hernando, died March 17, 2015 under the care of the staff of Citrus Hills Health and Rehab. A native Floridian, Ralph was born on March 4, 1945 in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Ralph G. Cooksey, Sr. and Ann (Bird) Cooksey. Ralph served our country in the United States Army. He was a long distance truck driver. Survivors include his first cousins. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Raymond M Coons, 72, Floral City, FL
RAYMOND M. COONS, age 72, Floral City, died April 4, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. A native Floridian, Ray was born on April 20, 1942 in Sarasota, FL to the late Raymond E. Coons and Myrtle Rose (Johnson) Coons. Throughout his working career, he owned and operated his own feed store and during his retirement years, worked for the Division of Forestry as a gatekeeper in the Croom, Sumter County, Florida area. Ray was an accomplished fisherman, enjoyed boating and woodworking. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 10 years, Lela Coons; son, Garrett and his wife Emma Coons, Myakka City, FL; his daughter Stacy Arnold, Floral City, FL; grandchildren Heather, Stephanie, Julie, Sareese and Christopher; great-grandchildren Sylvia, Caleb and Haylee. He was preceded in death by brothers Clayton and Arthur Albritton. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Judith M Corman, 72, Floral City, FL
Judith M. Corman, 72, Floral City, Florida passed away February 7 2015 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing, Inverness, Florida. She was born on March 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois and arrived in this area in 1972, coming from Chicago. Judith was a cook at the B&W Rexall restaurant in Inverness. She was a Catholic by faith, and loved cooking. Judith is survived by her children Ryan Corman of Floral City, Elizabeth D. Rosales of Orlando, FL, Jacklyn S. Rake of Casper, WY, and Karen M. Simpson of Amelia, OH; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Gilmore M Cox, 92, Inverness, FL
Gilmore Marvin Cox, age 92, Inverness, died March 31, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Marvin was born on August 6, 1922 in Jamison, FL to the late Gilmore and Phoebe (Porter) Cox. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, and graduated from Florida State University in 1950. Marvin was employed by Borden's as head of the Accounting Dept., Southeast Division. He and his wife enjoyed camping and traveling, having seen most of the United States and also Europe. He was also known for his love of "tinkering" with things and even invented some products. A loving husband and father, he will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 67 years, Kathryn Cox; his sons William Irvin Cox, Castleton, NY and Marvin Roland Cox and his wife Birgitta, Grapevine, TX, a brother Irvin Cox, Quincy, FL along with many dear friends he has made throughout his travels. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Rutland. Please consider donations to Hospice of Citrus County or First Baptist Church of Rutland in Marvin's memory in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Mary O Crump, 80, Inverness, FL
Mary Oleta Crump, age 80, Inverness, passed away February 7, 2015 in Hospice of Citrus County at Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was born October 28, 1934 in Meadow Creek, WV to the late Elza and Fleta (Childrey) Rucker and came to this area 38 years ago from St. Petersburg. She was a retired Registered Nurse. She devoted her life to kindness, compassion and caring for others. She will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She leaves her loving son, Michael Rucker, her sister Lorene Rucker, two nephews, Darrell and Eddie Rucker and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private arrangements and burial will in Florida National Cemetery beside her late husband Guy Crump, who preceded her in death in 1993. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Citrus County Animal Shelter or Hospice of Citrus County. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family.


Garrett T Cugell, 81, Inverness, FL
GARRETT T. CUGELL, age 81, died on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 at Shands at UF, surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born on November 2, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Edward T. and Catherine (Gallagher) Cugell. He proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1957-1962. Gary was a New York City Policeman, retiring after 30 years of service with the rank of Sergeant. A man who truly loved life, he delighted in spending time with his family and socializing with friends. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed dancing with his wife and girls, his summer home at Friends Lake in the Adirondacks, taking cruises and swimming in the ocean. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and Knights of Columbus. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Sheila Cugell; daughters Mary (George) Dickinson, Honeoye Falls, NY; Patricia (John) Savino, Rochester, NY, Eileen Cugell (Dave Tansek), Bradenton, FL, Joan Cugell, Bethesda, MD, Sheila "Bunny" (Paul) Lewis, Windsor, CT, Catherine Cugell (Richard Chau), New York, NY, Peggy Cugell, Brookfield, CT; grandchildren Garrett (Hilary) Dickinson, Meaghan Dickinson, Christopher Dickinson, Matthew Savino, Daniel Lewis, Catie Lewis, Abbie Lewis, Isabelle Chau, Alexandra Chau; his sister Adrienne (Robert) Sommer, Lancaster, PA; his brother Edward (Patricia) Cugell, Madison, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow with military honors at Florida National Cemetery. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 4-6 PM on Wednesday at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Please consider donations in Garrett's memory to Our Lady of Fatima Helping Hands Ministry in lieu of flowers.  


Mary A Curls, 92, Inverness, FL
Mary Albro Curls, 92, went to be with the Lord, her husband Jim, and her sons Barry and Robin Saturday, March 21, 2015 from her home at Highland Place on Medical Court East in Inverness, Florida where she happily resided for the past year. Born May 24, 1922 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, the third of six children born to John Irus Albro, Sr. and Emily Elizabeth (Beattie) Albro. She moved to Inverness in 1976, from Clearwater where she had resided since 1956. She retired from the Carlisle Lincoln Mercury dealership in Clearwater. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rutland, teaching Sunday School and was known for her wonderful pies and cakes. She loved old books and antiques and volunteered at the Library book sale for many years, giving guidance on book values. She and her hus-band Jim operated “Jim & Mary’s Antiques” at Webster for many years. She was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her oldest son, Captain Barry Ronal Delphin, USAF, in the Vietnam war March 19, 1967. Her second son, Robin Hood Delphin died of brain cancer on March 27, 2013. Besides her parents and sons, she was also predeceased by her husband of 28 years James Henry Curls, September 10, 2006, her sister Mildred Albro in 1929, her brother John Albro, Jr. in 2000, sister Carolyn Breene in 2002 and great grandson Walker Lane Goodson May 25, 1997. She is survived by stepson James Henry Curls III, of Brandon, (Tammy), and granddaugh-ter Cassidy Curls of Tallahassee. Her daughter-in-law Phyllis Carlson (Ed), her grandchil-dren (Barry’s children) Casey K Carlson of Clearwater and Kletia Goodson of North Caroli-na and two great granddaughters Rachel and Hannah Goodson. Brother: Waite Albro of, Coventry, Rhode Island, sister Susan Fontaine (Jim) of West Greenwich, Rhode Island, sis-ter-in-law, Jennie Szura of Coventry, Rhode Island. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, locally they are: Doris Albro Graska, Donna Albro Young (Rex), and William Albro (Tanya), all of Inverness as well as several great nieces and great nephews. Services will be held from the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday, March 27th with visitation from 9 am. until the hour of service at 10. The procession will leave at 10:45 for services at 11:30 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. The family thanks the staff of Highland Place for their caring and concern for Mary and her family from the very beginning until her peaceful passing. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to the woundedwarriorproject.org or First Baptist Church of Rutland.


Laurie M Dailey, 53, Lecanto, FL
Laurie M. Dailey, age 53, Lecanto, went to be with her Lord on March 9, 2015. Laurie was born on July 6, 1961 in Alliance, OH to William Thomas Dailey, Sr. and Lois Marie (Salisbury) Dailey. She was employed as a Registered Nurse and throughout her lifetime she was always a "nurse at heart." Laurie was a devoted Catholic, prayed daily for those she loved She cherished her family and enjoyed spending time with her mother and her grandchildren were the light of her life. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. Left to cherish her memory is her loving companion of 23 years, Arnold Girdharry, Lecanto; her mother, Lois Dailey, Alliance, OH; daughters Jennifer Voss, East Bridgewater, MA, Jessica Rodriguez and her companion, Paul Perez, South Easton, MA, Brittani Barnes and her husband Charles, Alliance, OH; her brother William Dailey and his wife Cheryl, sisters Robin Scalero and her husband Willie, Mary Fernandez and her husband Zeke and Cheryl Dailey, all of Alliance, OH; nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, William T. Dailey, Sr. Funeral services will be handled by Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home in Alliance, OH with burial at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit, OH. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of local arrangements.


Frances L Davis, 85, Inverness, FL
Frances Louise Davis, aged 85 passed away quietly in the early morning hours of February 8th in the arms of her faithful and loving husband of 67 years, Alton "Jack" Davis. Frances was born November 2nd 1929 in Washington D.C. to parents Myrtle White and Francis Walsh. "Frannie", "Grams" or "Grandma" was so very loved by all who knew her. Frances was mother to five devoted children, Francis Davis, Barbara Pinkston, Alton Davis Jr., Robert Davis and Deanna Davis (deceased). In addition to her husband Alton, and grown children, Frances is also survived by her heartbroken grandchildren Derek Davis, Dwayne Davis, Francis "Skeeter" Davis, Nicole Davis, Ian Kaminski, DeSheri Davis, Kyle Davis, Jessie Kaminski, and Vincent Davis and her collective 18 great grandchildren. Despite raising up five children, she managed to keep an active community presence volunteering for the Hollywood Teen Club in College Park, Maryland, in addition to an active presence with the College Park Boys Club. Frances accrued over ten years as a volunteer at Floral City Elementary in Floral City, Florida including receiving the prestigious accolade as volunteer of the year. Frances was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Floral City Fire Department. She was a member of the local Inverness TOPS organization for many years, encouraging other women to work to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits, even graduating to KOPS level for years of maintained health. "Grams" loved a good joke, she loved to tease, and she loved to laugh. She also was a die hard Washington Redskins fan. Frances could be seen waving beside Jack tooling around in their Model A, as they were members of the Inverness Model A club from 2002. Although Cooking wasn't her greatest gift, every now and then could turn out a mean Maryland style crab cake and a darn fine 10 pounds of potato salad. She loved music, spinning old records while she and the neighbors would play "Penny Ante Poker" while sipping on "Pink Squirrels" and telling stories. Her favorites were Show tunes, Frank Sinatra and most of all the legend that was Englebert Humperdink as she was a proud member of his fan club. A celebration of the life of Frances Davis for family, friends old and new will be held at the Davis Family residence in Inverness on February 14th at 1:00 pm, please call 352-341-0253 for more information. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please make a donation to Hospice of Citrus County in Frances Davis's name: www.hospiceofcitruscounty.org or the Alzheimer's Family Organization info@alzheimersfamily.org. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. > >


Howard D Day, 95, Inverness, FL
HOWARD DOUGLAS DAY, age 95, Inverness, died February 23, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Howard was born on October 9, 1919 in Irvington, NJ. Howard started his working career at age 6, pulling a grocery cart in New Jersey. By age 16, he was working three jobs, clerking in a chain grocery store and at age 18 was promoted to the manager's position and eventually ended up being a manager for Safeway Supermarkets. Howard took his exams to become a police officer in the Irvington Police Department, but Uncle Sam intervened and he did a stint in the United States Navy as a SeaBee during WWII. At the end of the war, he used his G.I. bill to study at Rutgers University. He eventually joined the Police Department, starting as patrolman and was eventually promoted through the ranks to Police Captain. He was transferred to the Attorney General's Office as a criminal justice coordinator, then became a Director at Syracuse University Police Academy and also doing consulting work for cities and counties in the criminal justice field. Howard also attended the FBI Academy. He was an avid reader throughout his lifetime and also enjoyed golfing. He relocated to this area in 1975 from Syracuse, NY. Howard was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Myrtle and his second wife of 26 years, Marjorie, a brother George Day and sister Dorothy Bischoff. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter Diane Day Paleski, her husband George of New York City; his son Douglass C. Day and his wife Susan from Milwaukee, WI, and five grandchildren. A tribute and celebration of Howard's life will be held on Saturday, Feb 28th at 4:30 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. His family and friends will be officiating.


Joseph DiBella, 48, Lecanto, FL
Joseph DiBella, 48, of Lecanto, Florida passed away January 28, 2015 at his residence in Lecanto. He was born on April 29, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, and arrived in this area in 2000, coming from Staten Island, New York. Joseph was the previous owner of "Tugs and Club Rain" in Crystal River, Florida and a Catholic by faith. He enjoyed working with his hands; building houses and cars. He was preceded in death by his father Michael DiBella. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Joann Dibella. Other survivors include his children Christopher DiBella and Jessica DiBella, both of Lecanto; mother Mary DiBella; brother Michael DiBella and sister Lisa Brybag. A Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Katherine A Drinkwater, 86, Inverness, FL
KATHERINE A. DRINKWATER, age 86, Inverness, died February 9, 2015 at her residence. Katherine was born on August 26, 1928 in Detroit, MI to the late Oliver and Lillian (Belting) Carpenter. She was employed as a secretary for the Redford, MI School System for over 17 years, a job that she enjoyed very much. Katherine enjoyed golfing and with her late husband was a member of the Inverness Golf and Country Club. She liked to travel, seeing new places and meeting people; was a very vivacious and outgoing woman. Left to cherish her memory are her sons Robert (Nancy) Holmes, Redlands, CA and William Holmes, Palm Springs, CA; grandchildren Ryan and Lyndsey and great-grandchildren Lucas, Ayden, Raegan and Ryker. She was preceded in death by her first husband Samuel and her second husband Howard as well as all of her siblings, two brothers and three sisters. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements. Please consider donations in Katherine's memory to the Police Officer's Association in lieu of flowers.


JoAnn Drummond, 75, Floral City, FL
JoAnn Drummond, age 75, Floral City, went home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her late daughter, Theresa Jo, on April 4, 2015. JoAnn was born on Sept 28, 1939 in Georgia to the late Lon and Willie May (Hays) Pope. She was a loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her passion in life was spending time with family and utilizing her home grown Southern cooking skills. She could often be found retreated to the back porch overlooking the lake, saying a little prayer. She was blessed with a green thumb and enjoyed creating a peaceful and colorful landscape to congregate in as well as spending time fishing, often with a cane pole with her children and grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 57 years, Dan Drummond; her son Daniel and his wife Gini; her daughter Elicia and her husband Gary; her daughter Daneen and husband Phil, and daughter Rebecca; her grandchildren, Zeb and his wife, Crystal; Philip annd his wife Amanda,; Zachary and his wife, Rachel; Barisha and her husband Steven; Todd Kuhl and Brad Kuhl, and her great-grandchildren, Landry, Logan, Kyler, Austyn, Raegan, Aleena, Reece, Harmon, Haley-Jane, Alissa, and Riley and many other cherished family members. A Service of Remembrance for our precious matriach will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor David Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Daniel H Eckroad, 85, Inverness, FL
Daniel H. Eckroad, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away April 16, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born on June 8, 1929 in New Philadelphia, Ohio to the late Russell and Goldie (Downing) Eckroad. Daniel attended Kent State University, Kent Ohio. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict he returned home and became an aerospace design checker at Martin Marietta. Daniel retired in Inverness FL where he enjoyed working at 7 Rivers Golf and Country Club. Golf was his life long passion. He also enjoyed volunteering at the East Citrus Community Center. He attended Floral City First United Methodist Church. Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Polly (Nichols) Eckroad. Other survivors include sons Russell Eckroad of Marion County, FL, and Timothy (Wanda) Eckroad of Orlando; bothers Gary (Betty) Eckroad of Ames, IA, and Allen (Sheila) Eckroad of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren Timothy Lee, Jr., and Amber (Jake) Reid and great-grandchild Camden Lee. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Gaynell P Edwards, 93, Hernando, FL
Gaynell P. Edwards, age 93, Hernando, died February 26, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Gaynell was born on August 1, 1921 in Jefferson County, AL to the late Arthur B. and Mae (Truitt) Powell. She was employed as a bookkeeper in the construction industry. Gaynell enjoyed gardening, growing beautiful flowers of "old time" roses and hollyhocks. She loved to fish and worked crafts and making jewelry. She is survived by a step-grand-daughter Deborah Bissell and her husband Kent of Lobelville, TN and dear friends Ted and Resa Humphrey and Bonnie Owen, all of Hernando. She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Edwards. A graveside committal service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Clay Sink Cemetery in Sumter County. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Mattie L Edwards, 75, Inverness, FL
Mattie Louise “Monkey” Vining-Edwards, 75, of Inverness, Florida, daughter of Walter and Mattie Blume Vining, loving wife of John Douglas Edwards, went to be with the Lord on  March 15, 2015 at her home in Inverness, Florida after a battle with lung cancer.  Preceeded in death by brother’s Thomas Franklin Vining, James Otto Vining, and Jesse William Vining whom resided in Sumter, South Carolina in addition Clarence Curtis Vining whom resided in Ocean City, California. Sisters preceeding her in death were Eloise Broadway, Thelma Alberta Waynick whom resided in Sumter, South Carolina, Mary Pansy Summerton whom resided in Mansfield, Ohio.  She is survived by her loving husband John, and one son Kevin D. Edwards, daughter-in-law Frances Edwards and one daughter Lisa D. Odierna and loving friend Julie E. Kleski. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Autumn Michelle Odierna, Melanie Camille Edwards, Matthew Joseph Odierna and Benjamin Douglas Edwards.  In addition she has two great grandchildren, Kaylee Camille Edwards and Wyatt James Franklin. Along with sisters Lela Mae Bell, Mildred Kathleen Winburn, Frances Ion Lovelace and surviving brothers are George Douglas Vining and Cecil Vining.  And many loved nieces and nephews.  Mattie was a devoted Christian, daughter, sister , mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived in Sumter, South Carolina where she worked at S.H.Kress & Co. She moved to Ashland, Ohio in 1958 where she worked at the Eagle Rubber Co. This is where Mattie met her husband John Edwards and raised their two children.  In 1990 they moved to Inverness, Florida for retirement.  Mattie enjoyed life to the fullest. She found her most joy by spending time with her family and loved ones…abiding love was her source of ultimate happiness.   Mattie will be dearly missed by all who loved her and whom she loved.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 19th at 11:00 AM at the Victory Baptist Church, Inverness, FL with Rev. Gary Beeler officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 AM at the church until the hour of service.


David English, 78, Hernando, Fl
DAVID ENGLISH, age 78, Hernando, died February 26, 2015 at his residence. David was born in England on December 20, 1936. He served with the English Air Force. He was employed by Ford Motor Company as a mechanic for over 20 years. After relocation to this area, he was a photographer for the Citrus County Chronicle and also photographed private weddings. David enjoyed being a Hamm operator and liked working with his computer. He was a passionate hockey and NASCAR fan. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 37 years, Margaret English; stepdaughters Beverly Theriac (Michael), Cumming, GA, Ramona Alvarez, Naples, FL, Donna Carper (Jay), Procious, WV; 6 stepgrandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Michael Lewis and sisters June Hooper and Patricia Finson. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Lela E Farmer, 90, Hernando, FL
Lela E. Farmer, 90, of Hernando, Florida passed away April 11, 2015 at Barrington Place in Lecanto, FL. She was born on November 22, 1924 in Portales, New Mexico to the late Edwin and Yvette (Stephens) Taylor. She was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 2013, coming from Miamisburg, Ohio. Lela was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Francis Keith Farmer, and a brother, Stephens Taylor. She is survived by her children Larry Farmer, of Hernando, FL, Patricia A. Cobler and Sandra Farmer, both of Miamisburg, OH; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeal Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gloria Festa, 88, Homosassa, FL
GLORIA FESTA, age 88, Inverness, died March 11, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Gloria was born on March 25, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Salvatore and Maria Gionta. She was a homemaker and also a sales representative for many of the major perfume companies. Gloria loved baking, cooking and sewing for her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory is her son Paul and his wife Anna Festa, Homosassa, her sister Vickie Squadrito, New Port Richey, FL; three grandchildren, Johnathan, Tiana and Kimberly. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Festa. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Inurnment will be held privately at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City.


Michael R Flanagan, 61, Floral City, FL
MICHAEL RAY FLANAGAN, age 61, died March 18, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Michael was born on September 29, 1953 in Cincinnati, OH to Kenneth and Alvina (Frye) Flanagan. He was an installer for a carpet and vinyl company. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed working in mechanics. Left to treasure the memories of his life is his wife of 34 years, Joyce Flanagan; daughters Lynn (Clinton) Clark, Largo, FL, Kristie Flanagan, Floral City, Michelle (Adam) Putman, Floral City; brothers Barry Flanagan, Branson, MO, Kenny Flanagan, Floral City, Paul Flanagan, Citrus Springs and Curtis (Connie) Flanagan, Floral City; nine grandchildren, Kayla, Mary, Jameson, Khloe, David, Donte, Nitasha, Samantha and Theo. A celebration of life and memorial service will be announced by the family at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Thelma L Fodor, 87, Inverness, FL
THELMA LOUISE FODOR, age 87, Inverness, died April 24, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Thelma was born on October 20, 1927 in York, PA to the late John A. and Flora (Billet) Englehart. Thelma was an accomplished bowler, served as a bowling instructor and certified coach and bowled in the Nationals 27 years in a row. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Thelma worked for Citrus Memorial Hospital for 18 years as secretary to the Director of Nursing. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 18 yeas, Joseph Fodor; her daughter Judith Russo, Treasure Island, FL; granddaughters Daphne Teach, PA and Amber and her husband Tim Blanton, CA; great-grandchildren Chris and Brittney and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Dennis L Foley, 71, Floral City, FL
DENNIS L. FOLEY, age 71, Moonrise Resort in Floral City, died April 3, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Dennis was born on April 17, 1943 in Corry, PA to the Robert E. Foley and Virginia (Tubbs) Foley. Dennis was the owner/operator of Irritec Irrigation Systems. He was an accomplished guitarist and singer. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 32 years, B.J. Rust; sons, Dennis L. Foley, Jr., Jacksonville, FL and Robert J. Foley, Atlanta, GA; daughters Theresa (Matt) Foley, Gainesville, FL, Beth (Richard) Moore, Roseburg, OR; his father, Robert E. Foley, Pinellas Park, FL; brothers Norm (Marianne) Foley, Mesa, AZ and Don (Susan) Foley, Downey, CA; sisters Kathleen (Charlie) Greenberg, Pinellas Park, FL, Karleen (Jim) Sanders, Dayton, TN; grandchildren Tess, Jazmin, Neco and Nash and great-grandchild Ailis. A celebration of life tribute will be announced by the family at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Edith L Genovese, 69, Floral City, FL
EDITH "LYNN" GENOVESE, age 69, Floral City, died April 8, 2015 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Lynn was born on November 2, 1945 in Queens, NY to the late Alfred and Helen (Quinn) Rothwell. She was a rehabilitation counselor working in a state hospital in New York. She enjoyed gardening and working with her computer. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moose. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 38 years, Allan Genovese; sons Allan Genovese, East Yaphank, NY, Mark Genovese, Medford, NY, her daughter Lisa (Phil) Paul, Patchogue, NY; her brother Michael Rothwell, Daytona Beach, FL; sisters Regina Graziano, East Islip, NY and Helen (Bob) Noto, NJ; six grandchildren and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her daughter Tina Genovese and a sister, Carol Lawrence. A celebration of Lynn's life will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Fr. Tim Cummings officiating. The family will greet friends in visitation from 1:00 PM until the hour of service.


Archie L Gillis, 78, Inverness, FL
Archie Lee Gillis, age 78, of Inverness, FL, died April 3, 2015 at Shands Hospital at University of Florida in Gainesville, surrounded by his loving family. Archie was born on June 22, 1936 in Beverly, MA to the late Archie and Gertrude (Carter) Gillis. Archie served our country in the United States Army. He was employed as a contract work inspector for Verizon Telephone Company for over 30 years. He enjoyed building houses and his family moved many times to each new home that he built! His passion was trains and he was active in the National Locomotive Association. Archie volunteered at National State Parks all over the United States, with over 10,000 hours of service. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Bonita Springs, FL and of the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg, VA. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Connie Gillis; his son Neal Gillis, Gladys, VA; his daughter Cindy and her husband Steve Powell, Lynchburg, VA and grandson, Luke Powell; very special and dear family friends Kim and Gregg Bear, Inverness, FL. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. Please consider donations in Archie's memory to The Salvation Army in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. .


Ernest J Glover, 101, Homosassa, FL
Ernie Glover, age 101 of Homosassa, formerly of Terra Vista and Floral City died Feb 28, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Prior to his move to Florida, for many years, in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Ernie was the maître-de at the once famous “Tavern on The Green” in Central Park in New York City.  Along with his responsibilities for the operation of this famous establishment, he also arranged many private parties for celebrities and politicians.  One interesting note is that in order to dress up the dance floor space in the garden, he had tiny white lights installed in the surrounding trees, which became the “Tavern on the Green’s” trademark. A long time resident of Citrus County, Ernie moved from Bardonia, NY in 1972 with his wife Gloria, to Floral City to a new home where he was the “General Contractor.”  After initially settling in Floral City, Ernie bought and converted a vacant old-fashioned super market in down town Inverness and turned it into a popular casual restaurant, which he named “The Jolly Fisherman.”  After several years establishing his reputation as a “restaurant entrepreneur,” Ernie saw that the area also needed a more upscale establishment to compliment the growing town of Inverness and the surrounding areas.  In 1976, Ernie built and operated a very successful restaurant in Inverness called the “Fort Cooper Station.”   It was a restaurant that boasted fine dining and included a banquet room that seated 300 people.  The “Fort Cooper Station” with Ernie overseeing every detail, hosted events for businesses and organizations throughout Citrus and Hernando counties.  For twenty-five years, Ernie served this area the most delicious food until his retirement in the late 1990’s. He and his wife, Gloria, were one of the founding members of St Michael The Archangel Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto. He still drove his car, took care of his own finances, and completed a crossword puzzle every day.  His computer skills were remarkable. He was a pro at sending pictures on his computer, and is also on “Facebook.” Left to mourn his loss are his charming wife of 58 years, Gloria (Smith) Glover; 3 children, Teena Grant and husband, Ron of Mahwah, NJ; Helana Indierosarcone of Toms River, NJ; and John Glover of South Carolina; 7 grandchildren, and many great grand children. In addition, his beloved and devoted friends, Dr.Trifon and Marsha Dalkalitsis of Inverness. Ernie's life will be celebrated at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Saturday, March 7th at 4:00 PM. The family will receive friends at 3:00 PM untl the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 4705 W. Gulf To Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461


Patricia M Graf, 76, Inverness, FL
PATRICIA MAY GRAF, age 76, Inverness, died March 6, 2015 under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Patricia was born on February 4, 1939 in Pontiac, MI to the late Dwight L. and Earlene (Walker) Baldwin. She was a nurses aide at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for many years. Patricia was known by her family to be a sassy lady, who enjoyed making ceramics, working crafts, sewing and dancing. Left to cherish her memory is her son Victor R. Vore, daughter Vickie Ward and her husband Leslie, all of Inverness; a brother Dwight Baldwin and his wife Sheri, W.V.; sister JoAnn McAlister, MI; seven grandchildren, Danny Joe, Brian, Jessie, Gregory, Veronica, Tyler and Nikki; her first husband and the father of her children, Clellan "Dale" Vore. She was preceded in death by her second husband of 13 years, Henry J. Graf and a granddaughter, Wendy Lynn. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and Tribute to her life will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved second husband Henry. The family will receive friends in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Patricia's memory to American Cancer Society, Citrus County Unit, P.O. Box 1902, Inverness, FL 34451.


Robert L Gray, 87, Floral City, FL
ROBERT LESTER GRAY, age 87, Floral City, died April 4, 2015 under the care of his loving family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Robert was born on April 7, 1927 in Columbus, OH to the late Gano and Florence (Terrell) Gray. He served our country in the United States Navy during WWII as a fireman aboard the USS Abatan and USS Tantalus. Robert was a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, retiring with the rank of Sgt. after 27 years of service. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 61 years, Donna Gray; daughters Glenna J. (Tom) Parsley, Washington Courthouse, OH, Patricia Mulligan, Ripley, OH and Elizabeth Gray, Russellville, OH; a sister, Phyllis Rush, Columbus, OH; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Inurnment will be private at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Kenneth R Greene, 74, Inverness, FL
KENNETH R. GREENE, age 74, North Benton, OH and Inverness, FL died April 23, 2015 at his residence in Inverness. Ken was born on Januay 7, 1941 in Bakersville, NC to the late Clarence and Maude (McKinney) Greene. He served our country in the United States Navy. Ken was employed by Chrysler Corp as a robotics technician. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an accomplished wood worker and welder. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 34 years, Charlotte Greene; his son Kenneth R. (Christine) Greene, Copley, OH; and beloved grandchildren Kimberly "Nikki" Romosca and Kody Randall Greene, as well as other extended family and friends. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


David S Gricks, 52, Inverness, FL
DAVID SCOTT GRICKS, age 52, Inverness, died April 16, 2015 under the loving care of his family and the devoted staff of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Scott was born on June 12, 1962 in Santa Ana, CA to David C. and Judy Ann (Baker) Gricks. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy as a SeaBee. Scott was the owner/operator of a concrete company. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Paula Renee' Gricks, his parents David Gricks and Judy Baker; sons Scott Wayne Gricks (wife-Kimberly) of Parker, CO and Corey Flynn. Branham of Maple Valley, WA; daughters Sara Ann Ludemann of Arlington,WA; Davina Lafawn Underwood (husband-Robert), Debary, FL; his brothers, Theodore Gricks (wife-Susan), Chesapeake, VA, Robert Gricks (wife-April), Plant City, FL, Nathan Gricks, Bend, OR; his sister Joelyn Close-Schibig (husband-Theron),Salem,OR; 4 grandchildren Chloe Gricks, Chelsey Underwood, Carter Ludemann, and Halynn Ludemann. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, 11:00 AM from the Hernando Church of The Nazarene with Pastor Randy Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Club Recovery of Citrus Co., PO Box 161, Hernando, FL 34441. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Edward L Grimm, 85, Inverness, FL
Edward Lee "Ed" Grimm, age 85, Inverness, died April 10, 2015 at his residence. Ed was born on November 24, 1929 in Huntington, WV to the late Everett and Inez (Chatman) Grimm. He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Ed was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons as an electrical maintenance supervisor in Summitt, KY. He was also a member of the Kentucky Colonels. Left to cherish his memory is his son Robert Brajner, Huntington Beach, WV; daughters Linda and her husband Wendall Sargent, LaGrange, KY and Cheryl Weinfurtner, Las Vegas, NV; his brother Barry Grimm, Flat Woods, KY; two grandchildren Laura and Daniel and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Delilah, Dorothy and Ed. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, a brother Mike Grimm and sister Doris Bennett. A graveside committal service with military honors will be announced at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


June M Grinestaff, 88, Inverness, FL
JUNE M. GRINESTAFF, age 88, formerly of Inverness, died at The Abbey in St. Petersburg. June was born on May 30, 1926 in Pontiac, MI to the late Bernard and Lottie (Dow) Ainsworth. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and her church ministry and Bible study through First Presbyterian of Inverness. She enjoyed going on long country drives with her late husband and especially at the Christmas season and delighted in seeing the Christmas lights. June was an active member of the "McDonald's Breakfast Club." Left to cherish her memory is her son and his wife Dennis and Patricia Grinestaff, Beverly Hills; her daughter and her husband Nancy and Ronald Foley, Inverness; three grandchildren Heather, Joseph and Amy and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Leon Grinestaff. Burial will be private at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. A celebration and tribute to June's life will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Sylvia E Hames, 79, Hernando, FL
SYLVIA E. HAMES, age 79, Hernando, died January 26, 2015 under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Sylvia was born on May 29, 1935 in New Canaan, CT to the late Carl and Maria ( Gunsler) Young. She was a computer technician for several companies, working for Borden, Inc. Dairies for 17 years and Jack Maresa Dairy for 5 years as well as Victors Temporary. She enjoyed cruising, bowling and walking. Sylvia will be dearly missed by her husband of 44 years, Robert Hames, Hernando; her son Gary Shelomis, Ansonia, CT; daughter Patricia Shelomis (Jay Correia), Shelton, CT; stepson Robert Hames (Wendy) Seymour, CT and stepdaughter Kimberly Hames, Ansonia, CT; grandchildren Chris Pelaccia, Frank Pelaggi, Robert Correia, Kristy, Kara, Kory, Robert Hames and Emily Shelomis. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date in Connecticut.


Thomas Harris, III, 85, Homosassa, FL
THOMAS HARRIS, III, age 84, Homosassa, died January 3, 2015 at his residence. Thomas was born on August 14, 1930 in Amarillo, TX to the late Thomas Harris, II and Lucille E. (King) Harris. He was Vice President of turf equipment and golf cart sales for G.L. Cornell Co in Gaithersburg, MD for 37 years. Thomas served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Thomas was a member of Elks Lodge #2983 and past president of Maryland Club. After his retirement and relocation to Citrus County in 1993, he became a parishioner of St. Benedict's Catholic Church and was active in several ministries. He enjoyed traveling with his late wife Jeanne and gardening. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Linda Simon and her husband William of Steubenville, OH and Martha Harris, Boca Raton, FL, a brother David Harris and his wife Norma of Daytona Beach, FL; three grandchildren Joshua, Christopher and Nicholas and three great-grandchildren Ramzie, Izic and Sasha. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Jane Harris, his second wife of 40 years, Jeanne Harris and a brother Jay Harris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Crystal River. Inurnment will follow at a later date privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Frances Himpele, 90, Macon, GA
FRANCES (DOLLY) HIMPELE, 90, formerly of Inverness, FL died Thursday, January 29, 2015 in Macon, Georgia. Frances was born on January 16, 1925 in Montclair, New Jersey to the late Pietro and Rose (Zabatta) Codella. She moved to Citrus County from Montclair in 1974 and then in 2012 moved to Warner Robins, GA. to be with her grandson, Francis Geiser and her niece, Mary Lou (Terri) Geiser. After 30 plus years, she retired from Brannen Banks of Florida as Senior Administrative Assistant. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Highlands Civic Association and the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Left to cherish her memory are her step daughter, Margaret (Himpele) Acker; grandchildren, Leon, Joe, and Mark Acker, Mal Golfetto, and Dan, Jack, Jim Sherman, and Sally (Sherman) VanValkenburg : serveral great grandchildren, and tons of nieces and nephews that love her dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her step daughters, Joan (Himpele) Geiser and Ann (Himpele) Sherman; grandsons Ray Golfetto and David Sherman and eight brothers and sister. The Mass of Christian Burial for Frances will be offered on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Church in Inverness. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Friday, from 11:00 AM until 12:45PM, when the procession will leave for church. There will be a reception after the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Lucia Papa Children's Fire Safety Memorial Fund, which was started in honor of Frances' niece and nephews lost in a house fire. The funds are used to educate children on how to survive in a fire. Please send donations to Montclair Fire Department, % Chief John Herman, 1 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042.


Richard L Hinde, 62, Homosassa, FL
Richard Leroy Hinde, age 62, Homosassa, died March 29, 2015 at his residence. Richard was born on July 25, 1952 in Key West, FL to the late Robert and Marjalee Hinde. Richard moved to Citrus County from Key West in the 1970's and began building his reputation as one of the best local fishing captains. Spending over 20 years on the Apollo fishing boat charter, he became an expert on all the hot spots for grouper, mangrove, snapper, cobia and grunt. Winning and leading many tournaments and the respect of the local fishing community, he then ventured into his own charter business. Capt. Rich continued to build his fishing charter until 2010 when he was diagnosed with cancer, losing his ear. He thus lost his Captain's license and reluctantly settled into retirement. Deep sea fishing was his passion, his life and the Gulf of Mexico his playground. He leaves behind his 2 sons, Richard Patrick Hinde of Hernando, FL and Michael Wayne Hinde of Hernando, along with 4 grandchildren. The family will celebrate his life with a private ceremony. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Charles D Hornaday, 82, Inverness, FL
Charles (Chuck) Deming Hornaday 82 Resident of Inverness, Florida and Wautoma, Wisconsin (formerly Arlington Heights, IL) passed on to be with the Lord on January 28, 2015 in Inverness, Florida surrounded by his loving family. Charles was born in Hamburg, New York on September 2, 1932 to Kathryn and Hilton Parks Hornaday. Loving husband to Mary Elaine Hornaday (nee Ahrens) married June 5th, 1954. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism and later served as publisher for the Aberdeen Group and retired in December 1992. Chuck arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Arlington Heights, IL. He enjoyed fishing, boating, researching genealogy, traveling (traveling once a year to Canada for 20 years for fishing), and the outdoors. He was the family patriarch of a large family, an amazing role model, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. Chuck was a Christian by faith, and is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Mary Elaine (Laney) Hornaday, their four children Kathryn Harrison of Cary Illinois, Susan Schafer of Palatine Illinois, Lori (William) Van Diggelen of Cary Illinois and Charles J. (Beverly) Hornaday of Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was a loving grandfather of Nicole (Colin) Boyle, Eric (Lindsey) Hoelter, Michelle Schafer, Anna (Matt) Radke, Andrew (Jennifer) Hoelter, Julia Harrison, Charles J. Hornaday (Kristy Brelsford), Alexander Hoelter, Alan Warneke, Leah Harrison, Robert Warneke. He was the loving great-grandfather of nine. Charles was preceded in death by his parents Kathryn and Hilton Parks Hornaday his brothers Hilton and James Hornaday, his son-in-law Galen Harrison, and his grandchild Craig Hoelter. Services will be held at the First Congregational Church 231 Roberts Drive, Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149 at 3:30 pm on Sunday February 8th, 2015. Interment will be held at a later date at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Mukwonago Wisconsin. And he will dwell in the house of the Lord forevermore.


Mona L Jackson, 99, DeLand, FL
Mona L. Jackson, 99, Deland, FL., former Inverness resident, died March 9, 2015 in the West Volusia Hospice Care Unit in Orange City, FL. Mrs Jackson was born January 12, 1916 in Grantsville, Utah to the late John and Ellen (Harrison) Bell and came here in 1972 from Altamonte Springs, FL. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lecanto. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Barney Jackson on July 24, 2004. Survivors include 2 children, Michael Barney Jackson, Deland, FL; Carol Ann Faison, New Orleans, LA; 1 sister, Mary Wrede, Hillsborough, CA; 2 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 13th at 10:00 AM from The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS in Lecanto. Bishop Jerry Campbell will officiate. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.


Michael J Kennedy, 47, Inverness, FL
Michael J. Kennedy, age 47, died March 4, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Michael was born on December 11, 1967 in Newport, RI to Leo F. and Katherine "Kitty" (Tustin) Kennedy. He was the manager of Liberty Tax Service in Inverness and also the Crystal River office, a job he enjoyed very much. He also enjoyed reading, especially Louis L'Amour novels, was an avid NASCAR and Philadelphia Eagles fan. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 14 years, Brenda Kennedy; stepchildren Justin Springer, Kody Fredrikson, Kyle Fredrikson, Korey Fredrikson, Dillon Fredrikson and Katie Fredrikson; four grandchildren; his mother Kitty Kennedy, sister Kathleen Kennedy, all of Inverness and his brother Sean Kennedy, Floral City. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo F. Kennedy and a brother, Thomas Lee Kennedy. A Memorial Mass will be offered at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Ryan L Kiefer, 48, Floral City, FL
RYAN LAWRENCE KIEFER, age 48, Floral City, died March 6, 2015 at his residence. A native of Tennessee, Ryan was born on August 22, 1966 to the late Lawrence and Carolyn (Danser) Kiefer. He was employed in the civilian section of the Merchant Marines as a welder. He is survived by an Aunt, Minerva Baldwin (Earl), NJ and cousins Cindy Vanderbeck (Frank), Carl Simon (Michael), Gail Dyer (James) Terri Shanko, Earl Danser, Frank Danser, Kevin Danser and Sally Kominsky. In addition to his parents Lawrence and Carolyn Kiefer, he was preceded in death by an Uncle, Earl F. Danser, Jr. Private arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


William G Knowles, 77, Inverness, FL
William George Knowles, Sr., age 77, Inverness, died March 29, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. William was born on August 18, 1937 in Hallendale, FL to the late John C. and Ester G. (Black) Knowles. He served our country in the National Guard. William was employed by Penske Truck Leasing Company for over 40 years as a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed his retirement and socializing at the Inverness Golf and Country Club. Left to cherish his memory is his son William G. Knowles, Jr. and his wife, Tina, Tallahassee, FL; his daughter Carol Osborne and her husband Chris, Inverness; his brother John C. Knowles, Wiersdale, FL; four grandchildren, Melissa, Frankie, Billy and Christina; great-grandchildren Mia and Dante. He was preceded in death by a brother Jack Knowles and sisters Bobbie and Carolyn. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Eleanora M Knox, 94, Inverness, FL
ELEANORA M. KNOX, age 94, Inverness, died January 30, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County and her loving family. Eleanora was born on July 27, 1920 in Elmhurst, IL to the late William and Anna (Kolzow) Wendt. She was employed by Fern International, a food service company as a commercial accountant, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. Eleanora loved spending time needlepointing and crocheting and especially liked flower gardening. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family and will be deeply missed by her daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Chuck Spikes of Inverness; her sister Verdelle Krueger, Littleton, CO; grandchildren Don, Darlene, Dawn, Carrie, Robyn, great-grandchildren Jessica, Megan, Danielle, Nicole, Kayden, Madison and great-great grandchildren Kyla, Steven, Jovani, Addison and Trevor. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Knox and sisters Lydia and Lorraine. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


John W Kondracki, 88, Homosassa, FL
John Walter Kondracki, age 88, Homosassa, died March 27, 2015 under the care of his loving family and HPH Hospice. John was born on October 9, 1926 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late John and Katherine Kondracki. He served our country in the United States Navy during WWII. John was a commercial loan officer in the banking industry. John's passion in life was to be involved in community service by volunteering his time and effort to help those in need. He served as a volunteer for the Key Training Center. He was a member of the West Citrus Elks Lodge, Kiwanis of Homosassa and parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 65 years, Mary Kondracki; sons John A. (Helen) Kondracki, NC, Andrew (Barbara) Kondracki, CO and Jason (Karen) Kondracki, CA; 7 grandchildren, Danielle, Jesse, Annie, Dale, Robin and Alex and two great-grandchildren, Harrison and Clara. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ronnie, Ann, brother Edward and a grandson, Andrew Steven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa. Private inurnment will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family requests memorial donations to Key Training Center Foundation or American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Jewel E Kuehne, 85, Inverness, FL
Jewel Evelyn Kuehne, age 85, Inverness, died March 25, 2015. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Pauline C Landry, 87, Hernando, FL
PAULINE C. LANDRY, age 87, Hernando, died March 9, 2015 under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County and her family. Pauline was born on March 10, 1927 in Greene, Maine to the late Felix and Edith (Bragg) Small. Pauline's first employment was as a mill worker in the textile industry. She also owned and operated the Knotty Pine Tavern in Lewiston, ME, worked as a drill press operator for Raytheon Corporation and as a newspaper carrier for the Citrus County Chronicle. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Linda A. Mushlit and her husband Frank of Hernando; grandchildren Candy Maynard and Lindey Mushlit and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Landry, her son, Robert Landry, Jr., a grandson Brandon Mushlit, her brother Ellsworth Mann, Jr. and sister Dorothy Mann. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Grace L Large, 84, Inverness, FL
GRACE LUCILLE LARGE, age 84, Inverness, died February 20, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Grace was born on August 8, 1930 in Sagamore, PA to the late John R. and Bertha (Aul) McCausland. She worked as a computer operator at K-Mart in Inverness for over ten years and as a display representative for a greeting card company, a job she enjoyed very much. Grace was an active member of her First United Methodist Church of Inverness and served in many ministries. She was a member of Eastern Star and served as Past Worthy Grand Matron in Claysville, PA. She enjoyed gardening, baking and knitting. Left to cherish her memory are her sons David M. Large (Janet), Denver, CO, Richard W. Large (Sherry), Inverness; daughters Diana Lee Clawson (Ed) Inverness, Patricia Ann Homan, Piedmont, SC, Deborah Sue Lynch, Piedmont, SC; sisters Dorothy Shotts, Dayton, PA and Shirley Shemo, Indiana, PA; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Merrill Large, brothers, Donald, Clair and Clark McCausland and a sister Florence Cooper. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Interment will take place at a later date at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Please consider donations in Grace's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Paul C Lathan, 85, Lecanto, FL
PAUL C. LATHAN, age 85, Lecanto, died February 12, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Paul was born on June 7, 1929 in Warsaw, NY to the late Harold and Jessiemay (Dutton) Lathan. He served our country in the United States Navy. Paul was the owner/operator of his own appliance sales and service business. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Avon, NY from 1971-1991, serving as President and was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. He enjoyed boating, especially in the Finger Lakes in New York and the Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be deeply missed by all of those fortunate enough to have known him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Rosemarie Lathan; his son Mark (Dora) Lathan, Lecanto, FL; his daughter Colleen Delaney, Crystal River, FL; his brother James Lathan, Rochester, NY; his sister Helen Hussey, Geneseo, NY; four grandchildren, Molly (Jason) Falcone, Mandy (Kyle) Smith, Brice and Melanie Delaney and two great-grandchildren Julia Falcone and Kaitlyn Smith. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy, his beloved dog Roy and many other of his critters. A graveside military committal service will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Stephen W Laughrey, 68, Hernando, FL
STEPHEN WILLIAM LAUGHREY left to be cradled in his Saviour's arms on Sunday February 22, 2015.  Born January 5, 1947 in Terre Haute, IN to the late Albert and Ethel (Brock) Laughrey, Stephen served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a Communications Specialist stationed in Germany. Following his service, Stephen returned to Indiana and embarked on a long, successful career selling building materials. He was forced into early retirement in 1990 when medical conditions rendered him blind. Determined to lead a normal life, Stephen attended the Louisiana School for the Blind in Ruskin, LA. He later served on the Board of the National Federation of the Blind, dedicated to the advancement of those with vision impairments. He was a sports enthusiast.  Prior to the loss of his sight Stephen enjoyed boating, water sports and golfing. In recent years he was an avid watch collector. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Inverness. Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife, Doris Tabler-Laughrey of Hernando; son Trent Staggs-Laughrey (Melissa), Prattville, Alabama; daughter Heather Jo Laughrey (Scott),  Bensalem, Pennsylvania; stepsons Stacy Rigney and  Todd Laughrey, both of Olathe, KS; brother James A. (Nancy) Laughrey of Inverness; sister Kathleen (Michael) Gilbert of Inverness; seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family. A tribute and celebration of Stephen’s life will be held Monday March 2, 2015 at 1PM, Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Military Honors and burial will take place immediately following at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Stephen’s memory to either the American Diabetes Association, Gift of Remembrance Headquarters, 1101 North Lake Destiny Road, #1415, Maitland, FL 32751 or Southeastern Guide Dogs Association, 4210 77th St. East, Palmetto, FL 34221. 


William E Lentz, 79, Inverness, FL
William Edward Lentz, 79, Inverness passed away Feb 12, 2015 in the Hospice Unit of Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mr. Lentz was born Feb 1, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA to the late William and Martha (Irwin) Lentz. He was a retired plumber and pipe fitter in the construction trades and was a member of Citrus Masonic Lodge No. 118. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy Survivors include his wife, Linda Keem, Inverness; 4 children, Bill and Carol of Brush Creek, TN; Ed and Glina of Crestwood, KY; Miriam and John and Liz and Mark, both of Lecanto; 4 sisters, Lizbeth, Chris, Bonnie Joe, and Maryanna; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Military Honors will be rendered at Florida National Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb 17th at 2:30 PM. Family and friends are invited to attend. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematoy is assisting the family.


Joan E Loaring, 79, Hernando, FL
Joan E. Loaring, 79, of Hernando, Fla. passed away Feb. 2, 2015 at Citrus Hills Health & Rehab Center.  Joan was born in Oakdale, Nebraska to the late Fred and Minnie (Kamrath) Smith and moved to this area in 1980.  She was a retired book keeper and enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and putting together jigsaw puzzles.  She was also an artist. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, William E. Loaring; 2 daughters Tammy Hodges of Summerset, SD; JoAnn Nalley Crystal River, FL; her brother, Donald Smith of Cincinnati, OH; 2 sisters, Mildred Peterson of Nebraska and Evelyn Gardner, Cincinnati, OH; 7 grandchildren; Jennifer Kellsy of Colorado Springs, CO; Katie Johnston of Summerset, SD; Tiffney Harper of Elkview, WV; Rachel Clendenin of Clendenin, WV' Deanna Collins of Parkersburg, WV; Jessie Nalley of Inverness, FL; Samantha Nalley of  Rico, CO; Great-grandchildren; Patrick Kellsy, Ethan Kellsy; Jack Loaring' Caleb Clendenin, Jazmine Clendenin; Damien Michael, Reagan Michael.  Her brother Norman predeceased her. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL.  Entombment will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. 


Patricia E Long, 71, Hernando, FL
PATRICIA E. LONG, age 71, Hernando, died February 10, 2015 under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Patricia was born on August 5, 1943 in Bronx, NY to the late Raymond and Charlotte (Abbott) Burns. She was a teacher's assistant in a special education school for over 20 years and was completely devoted to the children, teaching with compassion and kindness. Patricia enjoyed bowling and shopping. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 51 years, Gene Long; children Donna Celardo, Syosett, NY, Gregory (Kathy Zarometidis) Long, White Plains, NY, Christopher (Paul) Long, Lindenhurst, NY, Jean-Louise Long, White Plains, NY and Jaclyn (Rob) Cincotta, Milford, CT; her brother Daniel Burns, Port Charlotte, FL; sisters Carol (Walter) Long, Dunnellon, FL and Charlette (Carl) Nowicki, Port Charlotte, FL; 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel and a brother Raymond. She will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Elizabeth K Lutz, 76, Inverness, FL
Elizabeth K. Lutz, age 76, Inverness, died March 24, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Elizabeth was born on August 5, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa to the late Paul and Eltie (Ross) Brooks. She was a school teacher in the Spotsylvania and Stafford VA , Arcola, IL and Citrus County school systems. Elizabeth was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all whose lives she touched as well as her church family at Faith Lutheran. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, gardening and was an avid reader and crossword puzzle worker. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Harold Lutz; sons Bill (Lori) Lutz, Fishers, IN, Tom (Cyndi) Lutz, Eden, NY, Steve (Heidi) Lutz, Elmore, OH; daughters Ann Lutz, Karlene (Mike) McLain and Sandie (Jerry) Dyer, all of Inverness; her brother Harold (Rosemary) Brooks, Ypsilanti, MI; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Richard and Paul Brooks and sisters Susie, Renia and Nancy. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church in Hernando. The family will receive friends in visitation on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Harold D Lykins, 80, Inverness, FL
Harold Delbert Lykins, 80, Inverness, passed away Friday, Apr 17, 2015 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mr Lykins was born in Muncie, IN on Dec 16, 1934 to the late Vernie and Pearl (McMichael) Lykins and came to Citrus County from Pinellas Park, FL 18 years ago. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the Inverness Church of God where he served as a Deacon. Additionally, he was a Salvation Army volunteer and participated in the church's "Primetimers" organization. He was a lifetime fisherman and now is fishing in a "crystal lake". He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peggy (Shepherd) Lykins; four children, Vernie K. (Norma) Lykins and Harold D. (Sherrie) Lykins, both of Bradenton, FL; John-L (Lisa) Lykins of Riverview, FL and Patsy I. (Shawn) Bland of Payne, OH; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Don) Amari, Wanda (Loren) Jennings, and Kaye Parra Kelly (Fidel). He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Newcomer. Harold's Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM from the Inverness Church of God with Pastor David Lucas officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday morning from 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Committal services will be at a later date following cremation. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Salvation Army Corp of Citrus County.


Donald D Lynch, 79, Inverness, FL
DONALD D. LYNCH, age 79, Inverness, died March 9, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Donald was born on March 25, 1935 in Leaksville, NC to the late Milton G. and Annie C. (Pulliam) Lynch. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Donald was employed by a Buick Dealership as an automobile mechanic. He enjoyed life to the fullest, hunting, boating and golfing. He also was an avid NASCAR racing fan and even participated in a NASCAR team in 1959. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 46 years, Donna P. Lynch; son Jimmy H. Smith, Jr. and his wife Lucy of Ocala; stepdaughter Deborah Snead and her husband William, Leesburg, FL; grandchildren Justin Smith and Preston Smith; brothers Beamon, Richard, Alfred, Melvin; sisters Carol and Theresa. He was preceded in death by a brother, Milton. A graveside military committal service at Florida National Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Keith A Malz, 58, Inverness, FL
Keith Allen Malz, 58, of Inverness, Florida passed away March 31, 2015. He was born on September 9, 1956 in St. Petersburg, Florida to the late William and Elizabeth (Powell) Malz. Keith arrived in this area in 1976, coming from St. Petersburg, and was the owner of Larry's Auto Sales. He was a Catholic by faith, and had a passion for coaching soccer. He also enjoyed airbrush art and painting. Survivors include his loving wife of 29 years, Eleonore Malz. Other survivors include sons Erik Malz, and Kristopher Malz, both of Inverness; brother James Malz and sister Kathy Mitchell. Memorials in Keith's memory may be made to the Nature Coast Soccer Club, P.O. Box 455, Holder, FL 34445, for the Keith Malz Scholarship fund. The Family will have a Celebration of Life gathering at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Walter V Martin, 74, Inverness, FL
Walter Vernon Martin, 74, of Inverness, FL passed away March 1, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inverness. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on April 8, 1940 to the late Vernon and Lena (Ryan) Martin. Walter was a messenger for the Brinks Security Company, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He arrived in this area in 2014, coming from Eldorado Springs, MO. Walter was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Donna H. Martin. Other survivors include children Franklin Martin and Jonny Dale Martin both of Florida, Jeff Martin, Eo Martin of Massachusetts; daughter Wanda California; and several grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Steven J McDevitt, 66, Inverness, FL
STEVEN JOHN McDEVITT, age 66, Inverness, passed away April 17, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Steven was born on December 8, 1948 in Hackensack, NJ to George W. and Audrey (Mullane) McDevitt. Steven was employed by Sheraton Hotel for over 20 years as a chef. He enjoyed working in his yard, taking care of his home and garden, especially his blueberry bushes. He enjoyed watching his companion, Christina grow and care for her orchids and helped her out by building a lovely greenhouse for her. He delighted in the company of his six dogs. Steven was devoted to his companion, brothers and daughters and dedicated to the care of his Mother. Left to cherish his memory is his companion of 26 years, Christina Luca; his mother Audrey McDevitt, Lecanto, daughters Shannon and Christina; brothers Kevin, Patrick and Timothy and sister Audrey "Kathy" Pazienza, all of NY; two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a his father, George and a brother, George. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


George L Mercer, 88, Beverly Hills, FL
George L. Mercer, 88, of Beverly Hills, Florida passed away on February 9, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus County, Lecanto, Florida. He was born on May 5, 1926 in Blue Rock, Ohio to the late Howard W. and Alice M. (Ewing) Mercer. George was a Comptroller for the M.W.A. Company in Owosso, Michigan, and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He arrived in this area 26 years ago, coming from Owosso, and attended Crystal River Church of God. George enjoyed painting, fishing, hunting, farming, and gardening. He was preceded in death by his brother Howard Mercer. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Virginia Mercer. Other survivors include his children Brian (Nancy) Mercer of Summerfield, FL, Kent (Lisa) Mercer of Ocala, FL, Sharon (Gary) Wortz of Battle Creek, MI, and Frances O'Clary of Oklahoma City, OK; bothers Claude and Claire Mercer and sister Mary Ellen Spencer; 6 grandchildren and 4 Great-grandchildren. The family will be receiving friends in visitation of Sunday, 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M., with a funeral service at 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A funeral procession will depart the funeral home on Monday, 9:15 A.M. going to Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL where Military Honors will be rendered.


Helen M Miniaci, 72, Ocala, FL
HELEN M. "WENDY" MINIACI, age 72, died March 7, 2015 under the loving care of the staff of Legacy House in Ocala. Helen was born on April 12, 1942 in West Palm Beach to the late Arthur E. and Cindie L. (Rogers) Bailey. Helen is survived by three daughters, Cindi Ann, Debbie and Heather and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank N. Miniaci and a brother, Arthur E. Bailey. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until the hour of service. Private interment at Florida National Cemetery will follow at a later date.


Barbara R Moore, 63, Inverness, FL
Barbara R. Moore, 63 of Inverness, Florida passed away on April 11, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. She was born on January 15, 1952 in Lakewood, New Jersey to the late James R. and Ruth (Bartlet) Doyle. Barbara was a school bus driver and arrived in this area permanently in 2013 coming from Broomall, PA. She was a Lutheran by faith and enjoyed reading, watching t.v. and running the household finances. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, John E. Moore. Other survivors include son James Moore of Atco, N.J.; and two grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Judy M Muckenfuss, 71, Inverness, FL
JUDITH "JUDY" M. MUCKENFUSS, age 71, died February 14, 2015 at her residence. Judy was born on January 21, 1943 in Shelburn Falls, MA to the late Edward and Doris (Hume) Chaplin. She was an excellent homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with her husband and her beloved dog, Lola. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 54 years, Alvin Muckenfuss; her sister Sue Wilson, Tampa; grandchildren Rob and Kim. She was preceded in death by a daughter Lori Muckenfuss and a sister, Janet. A tribute and celebration of Judy's life will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Donald L Murphy, 82, Inverness, FL
Donald L. Murphy, 82, Inverness, Florida passed away March 16, 2015 at Citrus Health & Rehab, Inverness. He was born in Iaeger, W. Virginia on July 15, 1932 to the late Blaine and Florence (Lester) Murphy. Donald was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a long time new car sales manager for Holler Chevrolet in Winter Park, FL. He arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Maitland, Florida, and was a member of the Rutland Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, NASCAR, loved his tractor, and watching the W. Virginia Mountaineers play football; but most of all, he loved bluegrass gospel music. He was preceded in death by one brother, Verland "Buddy" Murphy. Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Sylvia Murphy. Other survivors include daughters Vicki (Larry) Durden of Tavares, FL, and Stephanie Murphy of Eustis, FL; and one sister Wanda (Wayne) Kennedy of Columbus, OH. Funeral Services for Donald are scheduled for Friday, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with the family receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Burial with military honors will occur after the service at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL


Lottie Nickel, 95, Beverly Hills, FL
Lottie Nickel, 95, Beverly Hills died on March 23, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mrs. Nickel was born in Detroit, MI on Jan 27, 1920 to the late Martin and Tekla (Walasek) Gajos and moved here in 1978 from Hazel Park, MI. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Beverly Hills. She is survived by her husband, Alvin Nickel, Beverly Hills; 2 sons, Robert J. Marhevko and wife Marcia, Hillman, MI; John J. Marhevko and wife Elaine of Hudson, FL; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Marhevko, Jr. in 1995, her son, Mark Marhevko Jan 7, 2015, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Monsignor Avelino Garcia officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Fero Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Robert S Norman, 78, Inverness, FL
Robert Stanley Norman, age 78, Inverness, died March 28, 2015 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility. Robert was born on March 22, 1937 in New Rochelle, NY to the late Joseph and Anna Norman. He served our country in the United States Air Force as a pilot, retiring with the rank of Major; a career that he truly loved. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary in Mayport, FL, achieving the rank of Captain and always enjoyed being on the water, boating and fishing. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in his yard. He was a devoted father and husband and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years, Mary Frances Norman; sons Robert Scott Norman, both of Inverness; Richard (Suzanne) Norman, IN; daughter Karen Perry, St. John, FL; his brother Joseph E. Norman, Lake Jessup, FL. A graveside military committal service will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family in procession to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 1:30 P.M.


Steven L Parkinson, 60, Floral City, FL
Steven Lee Parkinson, 60, Floral City, Florida passed away February 19, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. He was born in Durant, Mississippi on December 9, 1954, and was an oil company clerk. Steven arrived in this area in 2012, coming from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was a Methodist by faith. He enjoyed golfing, and was an avid pet lover, especially dogs. He was preceded in death by his father, Boytt Parkinson. Survivors include his loving wife of 5½ years, Cynthia Parkinson. Other survivors include his mother, Dora Parkinson; son Sloan Parkinson of Jackson, MS; step-children Jason Dickerson and Kelly Tilton, both of Floral City, Jody Dickerson and Raygan Sessums, both of Wesley Chapel, FL; and 6 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Ricardo A Patron, 83, Hernando, FL
Sadly, Dr. Ricardo A. Patron, age 83, passed away at home surrounded by his family in Hernando, Florida on Monday, April 6th, 2015. Ricardo was born on October 10, 1931 in Dolores, Quezon, Philippines to Maximo and Claudia Patron. He was the second eldest to brothers Manuel, Andres & Amador and sisters Dolores & Veneranda. He attended Dolores Elementary School, Lucena Provincial High School, and San Pablo Colleges. He then graduated from Far Eastern University Medical School in 1957, performing residency and fellowships at Mercy Hospital and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Ricardo’s proudest achievement was bringing his family to the United States. He lovingly shared opportunities available in the United States by helping his siblings and their families immigrate to the United States. His family journey began on Guam as a founding physician for Guam Medical Clinic from 1967 to 1979. He then practiced in Manhattan, KS, El Dorado, KS and Liberal, KS before settling in Hernando, FL upon retirement from OB-GYN Associates of Southwest Kansas in June 2000. As skilled of a physician as he was, he was a better father. Along with his wife Norma, he taught their children the value of hard work and the importance of family. Fun memories of the weekend beach outings, of traveling away from Guam to the Philippines, the United States and to Europe bring smiles and laughs. He was dearly loved by all who knew him and lovingly called “Carding” and “Dad” to his many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and godchildren. The heart of his pit bull retriever mix, Twinkle, will be forever broken. As the center and soul of his family he will be missed terribly, yet deep in our hearts we know that he will always be there to watch over and guide us through our journeys ahead. Ricardo is survived by his beloved wife, Norma, his children, Ricardo (Kathy), Rufino (Amanda), Roberto, Romeo and Claudia “Rosaley” (Ronde’), grandchildren, Mika, Nathan, Matthew, Neal, Olivia, Benjamin, Sophia, Yammile and Justyce; siblings, Andres (Feliciana), Veneranda, Amador (Erlinda), his godchildren, nieces, nephews and Twinkle. He is preceded in death by Maximo and Claudia Patron, Leyte R. Patron, Manuel Patron and Dolores Patron. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM from St. Scholastica Catholic Church with Fr. Jose Tejada, celebrant. Visitation will be on Friday from 2-5PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home where there will be a Wake Vigil Service offered at 4:30 PM.


Anthony D Perry, II, 58, Tampa, FL
ANTHONY DAYNE PERRY, age 58, Tampa, formerly of Inverness, died February 27, 2015 at his residence. A native Floridian, Dayne was born on February 25, 1957 in Clermont, FL to the late Jon and Betty Sue (Stiefel) Perry. He served our country in the United States Army. Dayne was a long distance commercial trucker and enjoyed traveling. Left to cherish his memory is his son, Anthony D. Perry, II and his wife Jeanna, Floral City, FL; brothers Robert Perry and his wife Katey and James Perry and his wife Rose; sister Connie Nobles, all of Inverness; five grandchildren Savannah, Montana, Cody, Cheyenne and Alex. Inurnment will take place privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Michael E Philbin, 65, Homosassa, FL
MICHAEL (MIKE) EDWARD PHILBIN, age 65, Homosassa, formerly of St. Petersburg, passed away January 28, 2015 at Tampa General Hospital. Mike was born on September 5, 1949 in Detroit, MI to Norman and Muriel (Forney) Philbin. He was a retired, self-employed plaster and stucco contractor. A wonderful father and husband, he enjoyed being with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his buddy, his dog (Max). Mike loved the outdoors, enjoyed NASCAR, reading and riding his motorcycle. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 34 years, Renea Philbin; his mother Muriel Philbin, St. Petersburg, FL; his daughter Christine Philbin, Largo, FL; his sisters Patricia Bely, Cleveland, TN and Terry Sexton, Pinellas Park, FL; a brother, James Philbin, St. Petersburg; his father-in-law Richard Kaiser; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Rochelle and Ray Kaiser, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Philbin. A celebration and tribute to Mike's life will be scheduled at a later date. Please consider donations in Mike's memory to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Jeremy A Puff, 41, Inverness, FL
JEREMY ALLEN PUFF, age 41, Inverness, died March 26, 2015. Jeremy was born on February 18, 1974 in Toms River, NJ to Richard Puff and Susan Marie (Perry) Puff. Jeremy served our country in the United States Army. He enjoyed being a karaoke D.J., singing and was an avid fisherman. A generous man with a "big heart" he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish his memory are his children Matthew and Alyssa Puff, Conway, AR; his parents Richard (Susanne) Puff, Howell, NJ and Susan Perry (Roger Beckner), Inverness; brother Daniel Puff, Bronx, NJ, sister Jessica Avery, Inverness; half-brother Kyle Puff, Howell, NJ; his former spouse and mother of his children, Penny Foley and her husband Brian, Conway, AR; many extended family and friends and his beloved black labrador dog, Shadow. A celebration of life and tribute will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will greet friends in visitation from 2:00 until the hour of service. "Fly With The Wind" Jeremy. You are loved and will be missed. Please consider memorial donations in Jeremy's honor to Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.


Hazel I Rebold, 97, Hernando, FL
Hazel I. Rebold, 97, Hernando died Feb 3, 2015 at the Life Care Center of Ocala. Mrs Rebold was born on July 16, 1917 in Michigan to the late Thomas and Josephine (Peotter) Maynard and moved here in 1977 from Ocala. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Bame of Hernando. Her son, Merle Merrick preceded her in death as did her 2 brothers, Robert and Kenneth Maynard and her 2 sisters, Gloria Wall and Jean Renaud. There are 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild surviving. Cremation arrangements are private. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Clarence R Rediker, III, 40, Homosassa, FL
CLARENCE RAYMOND REDIKER, III, age 40 of Homosassa, died March 17, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Clarence was born on May 2, 1974 in St. Petersburg, FL to Clarence Raymond Rediker, Jr. and Sherry (Manley) Rediker. He was employed as a tree surgeon in a tree trimming business. Clarence was a "free spirit" and enjoyed 4-wheeling, mud bogging, hot rods and being on the river. Left to cherish his memory is his companion of ten years, April Vanconett; his parents Clarence R. Rediker, Jr., St. Petersburg and Sherry Brunell, Pinellas Park; his brother Curtis (wife- Mahogany) Rediker, sisters Sherry Young and Lucinda Rediker (husband David Saitow) all of Pinellas Park, many nieces, nephews and extended family and his pit bull "Killer." He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A celebration of life tribute for Clarence will be announced by the family at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Evelyn J Ross, 74, Inverness, FL
EVELYN J. ROSS, age 74, Inverness, died February 14, 2015 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. Evelyn was born on June 25, 1940 in Duanesburg, NY to the late John and Bertha (Gardenier) Heise. She was employed by Campbell Plastics as an assembly line worker. She enjoyed golfing, bowling and loved to travel and go on cruises. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 35 years, Raymond D. Ross; her sons Roger Putnam and his companion Jackie, Port Orange, FL, Roy Putnam, Albuquerque, NM; .stepson Raymond Ross, Jr. and his wife Kari, Schenectady, NY; stepdaughters Cindy Scheidt and her husband Thomas, Glendale, AZ, Jessica Kozlowski and her husband Greg, Rennselaer, NY; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her siblings George and Herman Heise, Pauline Matula, Dora Tighe and Lelia Pennell. A graveside committal service will be announced at a later date in the Spring of 2015 at Bramans Corners Cemetery in Bramans Corners, NY. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with local private arrangements.


Lauren M Sanders, 5, Inverness, FL
Lauren Marie Sanders was born October 8th, 2009 with a genetic condition known as Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy Type  IV with  Anhidrosis, a rare genetic disorder and is characterized by an inability to feel pain and an inability to sweat. Children affected by this tragic condition also cannot feel temperature and cannot distinguish between hot and cold.  She fought an exceptionally long life, considering her complications, and became our angel on March 22nd, 2015. Lauren’s Mommy, Sam, saved both hers and her brother Trenton’s life through the gift of adoption.  Lauren came home for good to Inverness, Florida on September 13, 2012, and her adoption was finalized on December 11th of that year.  At first, Miss Lauren was a bit shy and reserved.  However, the unrelenting determination of her Mommy brought our little princess out of her shell.  Sam’s commitment to doing everything that she could to save Lauren’s life led to a lifetime of love and joy.  Sam has a heart of gold, and has been such an inspiration to all of us. Despite the multiple surgeries, hospitalization and hundreds of medical professionals tending to Lauren, we can take comfort in knowing that she never felt an ounce of pain through it all. What she did feel, however, was the outpouring of love from so many people all across the country as she battled with this unimaginable challenge.  More importantly, little Miss Lauren died peacefully, in her mother’s arms, knowing wholeheartedly that Sam loved her more than anything in the entire world. While Lauren was most certainly affected by her condition, she was so much more than a special needs child. She was bright and attentive, loving and kind, full of the energy that we see in other children her age. She loved to read books and play with her toy kitchen that she received from Santa Claus last Christmas. She enjoyed characters like Mickey Mouse and Dinosaur Train, and had great fun playing with her legos. She was, for all intents and purposes, a typical five year old girl. Her blue eyes sparkled underneath her beautiful blonde hair, and her smile could melt a team of doctors just as quickly as it melted our own hearts. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Campbell of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.


Betty Santana, 89, Lecanto, FL
Betty Santana, 89 of Lecanto passed away March 1, 2015 in the Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast in Inverness.. Mrs Santana was born in Tribune, Kansas June 27, 1925 to the late Phillip and Myrtle (Lease) Bennett and came to this area in 1978 from Miami, Florida. She and her husband, Theodore, were one of the founding members of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto and was also a member of the Citrus County Good Time Cloggers. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Theodore Santana and two grandchildren, Theodore and Terri. Her son, Theodore Santana, III passed away in 2001. Betty's life will be celebrated on Friday, March 6th at 10:45 AM at the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ray Cortese officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends will be received at the church prior to services. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials in memory of Betty are being accepted by the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.


Robert L Sargent, 79, Inverness, FL
Robert L. Sargent, 79, of Inverness, Florida passed away February 2, 2015 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Town of Eagle, New York on December 25, 2015 to the late Archie and Myrta (Anderson) Sargent. Robert was a U.S. Nave veteran, and a construction contractor. He arrived in this area in 2008 coming from Derby, New York, and enjoyed motorcycle riding, traveling, farming, carpentry, and working with his hands. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Debara Sargent. Other survivors include children Douglas Sargent of Eden, NY, Jeffrey Sargent of Angola, NY, Gwen (Charles) Klaiber of Inverness, Jayne (Ted) Kucewicz of Derby, NY; brothers Gary, Ronnie, Wayne, Steve, John, and Mark Sargent; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Private arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Frank C Selltitz, 96, Inverness, FL
FRANCIS "FRANK" C. SELLTITZ, age 96, Inverness, died February 22, 2015 at the Hospice Care Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Frank was born on January 7, 1919 in Queens, NY to the late Francis A. and Wanda (Gabriel) Selltitz. He served our country honorable in the United States Navy during WWII as a radar technician, serving aboard the U.S.S. Concord, As part of the Task Force 94, the Concord took part in several raids against Japanese shipping in the Bering Sea and also the Sea of Okhotsk and aginast bases on the Kuril Islands (both located northeast of Japan) until the end of the war, including one engagement during which 16 enemy ships were sunk. His brother also served in the Navy, Robert during the Invasion of Normandy and his Uncles Alex in WWI and WWII in Pearl Harbor and Robert in WWI and as a Merchant Marine in WWII. In the Selltitz family, it was said that if you did not join the Navy, you would get kicked out of the family and Frank certainly did his part! After the end of the war, Frank went on to a career as a platemaker in the press room of several newspapers, including such publications as the New York Journal American, the New York Times, the Tampa Tribune and the Houston Chronicle. Frank was a member of the American Legion, VFW Post #4337 of Inverness, 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner. He enjoyed playing poker, gardening and fishing and served as a crossing guard for Hernando Elementary School. Left to cherish his memory is his son Kenneth Selltitz, Amityville, NY, daughter Janice (George) Kennedy, Geensboro, NC, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys (Harrison) Selltitz. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will receive friends in visitation from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will follow with military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Nina Senkiw, 92, Inverness, FL
NINA SENKIW, age 92, Inverness, died April 10, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Nina was born in Yugoslavia on August 12, 1922 to the late Gabriel and Maria (Sosova) Abramzova. She was a homemaker and devout member of the Protection of Holy Mother of God Ukranian Orthodox Church in Dover, FL and of St. Raphael's Orthodox Church in Hernando. Nina enjoyed reading, studying history, especially that of the Ukraine and was fluent in five languages. She loved music and telling stories of her life. Left to cherish her memory is her son James (Wife-Sheryl) Senkiw, Minneapolis, MN; her daughter Janice (Husband-Gerald) Gearhart, Crystal River, FL; sister Raissa Podolak; a dear friend Margaret Taylor; five grandchildren Matthew, Thomas, Nina, James and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Michael Senkiw. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Friends are invited to greet the family in visitation from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Memorial donations to St. Raphael's Orthodox Church in Nina's honor are requested in lieu of flowers.


Henry C Seymour, Jr., 72, Inverness, FL
HENRY "HANK" CHARLES SEYMOUR, Jr., age 72, Inverness, died February 12, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Henry was born on April 20, 1942 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Henry Seymour, Sr. and Anna (Mulligan) Seymour. He served our country in the United States Army. Henry was employed as a Department of Transportation officer for the State of Connecticut for over 23 years. He enjoyed going to old car shows and traveling. Hank was a lifetime member of VFW Post #4337 in Inverness. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years, Ann Sullivan Seymour; three daughters Andrea (Tim) Keenan, Renate Seymour and Nancy (Mark) Scelza, all of Stratford, CT; his sister Beverly (Robert) Kondor, Seymour, CT; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow with military honors at Florida National Cemetery. The family invites friends to join them in visitation and for a wake service on Monday February 16, 2015 from 4-6 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Please consider donations in Henry's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in lieu of flowers.


Norman (Sonny) Shimer, 69, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
NORMAN W. "SONNY" SHIMER, age 69, Lake Panasoffkee, died February 3, 2015 under the care of his loving wife, friends and Hospice of Citrus County. Sonny was born on September 14, 1945 in Macungie, PA to the late Norman and Eleanor (Fritz) Shimer. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam war. Sonny was a founding member of the IRRU club in Inverness. He enjoyed socializing with his friends. He loved being on the water, scalloping and fishing and was a fan of going on cruises. Sonny was employed as a truck driver for Cemex for over 10 years. He was a lifetime member of VFW 10084 in Lake Panasoffkee. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 43 years, Robbin. He will be deeply missed by his friends at the IRRU and the VFW. A celebration and tribute to Sonny's life will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00 and Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the IRRU Club in Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


James D Skaggs, 60, Inverness, FL
JAMES D. SKAGGS, age 60, Inverness, died February 26, 2015 under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. James was born on December 28, 1954 in Savannah, GA to the late William and Pansy Mae (Edwards) Skaggs. He served our country in the United States Army. James was employed as a commercial truck driver. He enjoyed fishing and being on the ocean. James loved music and played the guitar. A loving husband and father, he liked giving warm hugs. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 18 years, Ashlie Skaggs; sons Tyler and Trevor Skaggs, all of Inverness; his in-laws William and Helen Lynch, Dunnellon; his brother Robert Skaggs, Albany, GA and two granddaughters. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


James E Smith, 85, Floral City, FL
JAMES EPHFRIAM SMITH, age 85, Floral City, went to be with his Lord on March 16, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. James was born on February 18, 1930 in Georgia. He served our country in the United States Navy for 30 years, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. A man who loved his Lord, he devoted many hours studying the Word of God. His wife Ellie is a gifted singer and he enjoyed listening to her. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 4 years, Ellie Southam-Smith, sisters Ruby Lee Henry and Sue Henry; brother-in-law Rudy Schweitz, sisters-in-law Gloria Schweitz and Carm Schweitz; two grandchildren, Shannon Edwards and Shawn Dennis and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rosalie Smith. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Hwy 44 Church of God. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. If family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Jerry M Smith, 71, Homosassa, FL
JERRY MILTON SMITH, 71 of Homosassa, died Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Hospice Care Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born June 18, 1943 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to the late Victor and Mary (Cook) Smith. Jerry was a retired aircraft parts machinist from the Parker Manufacturing Company. He is survived by his sons: Eric Smith of Gobles, MI and Brian Smith of Kalamazoo, MI and three grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremtory in Inverness.


Gwendolyn Snider, 82, Inverness, FL
Gwendoyn Snider, age 82, Inverness, died April 20, 2015 under the loving care of her family and the Hospice of Citrus County and Nature Coast staff. Gwendolyn was born on May 7, 1932 in Bard, NM to the late Aaron Langford and Velma Ledessa (Smith) Martin. As a young bride, she worked in Texas as a ranch cook, serving up to 30-40 meals three times per day to working cowboys from various ranches. In addition to her joy of cooking, she enjoyed sewing. The oldest of ten children, by the age of eight, she was helping take care of her siblings and had married a local cowboy by the age 13, David C. Snider, Sr. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Marie Snider-Kuhn and her husband Kenneth, Lubbock, TX, Melanie Snider Foreman, Lebanon, MO, Sherri Snider-King, Inverness; sister Melinda Fay Martin Edwards, Nolan, OK and brothers Aaron Dwayne Martin and his wife Doylene, Portales, NM, Jerry Lee Martin, Midwest City, OK; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband David C. Snider, Sr., after 56 years of marriage, her son David C. Snider, Jr., a daughter Rowena Ledessa Smith; 5 brothers and one sister. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Janice A Standlick, 81, Homosassa, FL
Janice Ann Standlick, 81 passed away peacefully on the morning of April 14, 2015. Jan was born on May 27, 1933 in Iron Mountain, Michigan. She grew up in Iron River Michigan with her loving parents Thomas and Marion Hosking. She received her bachelor and masters degree in Education at Michigan State University. She married her loving husband Jim Standlick in 1979. Jan taught elementary school for 27 years in Livingston County Michigan. Then after they retired they made their home in Homosassa Florida. Jan Standlick is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Marion Hosking and her only son Thomas L Savich. Jan Standlick is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jim Standlick. Her daughter Paulette Galop (husband Stacey), step daughter Lisa Fishel, 4 grandchildren, John and Shaun McNally, Sarah and Alex Fishel and her great grandson Mason McNally. In lieu of flowers please send a donations to HPH Hospice. The family will welcome friends for a memorial service being held on April 27, 2015 at the home of Jim Standlick 13 Cypress Blvd East, Homosassa at 3pm. After the memorial service there will be food and refreshments to celebrate Janice Standlick’s life. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family. Plaque address: Jim Stanklick, 13 Cypress Blvd East, Homosassa, FL 34446


Jimmy E Stanley, 81, Inverness, FL
JIMMY ERNEST STANLEY, age 81, Inverness, died March 10, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jimmy was born on August 19, 1933 in McCaysville, GA to the late Ernest R. and Marie (Richard) Stanley. Jimmy served our country in the United States Army. He was employed by Citrus County as a fleet manager. Jimmy was a member of VFW #4337 of Inverness, the Inverness Eagles, and 32nd Degree Mason from Inverness Lodge #118, Valley of Ocala, Scottish Rite, Egypt Temple. Survivors include his son, E. Paul Stanley, Gainesville, GA; brothers Bobby of Lakeland, FL, Jack of St. Augustine, FL, Tommy of Valrico, FL, Johnny of Atlanta, GA and sister Betty of Oakmont, PA; two grandchildren, Phillip and Elizabeth. A graveside committal service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.


Richard J Stone, 83, Gainesville, FL
RICHARD J. STONE, age 83, Gainesville, formerly of Lecanto, died March 3, 2015 at Palm Gardens Health and Rehab Center in Gainesville. Richard was born on August 31, 1931 in Englewood, NJ to the late Henry and Sadye (Wides) Stone. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Richard was employed by Navy Exchange Service Command in the sales department and management for over 20 years. He enjoyed gardening, reading, cars and was an avid outdoorsman, spending time sailing, swimming and at the beach. He especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife of 61 years, Helen and his family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Helen M. Stone; sons Bruce Stone and his wife Paula, Jacksonville, FL and Jefrey Stone and his wife Eddine, Virginia Beach, VA; and five grandchildren. A tribute and celebration of Richard's life will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with military honors. Memorial donations in Richard's memory are requested to a veteran's organization of your choice in lieu of flowers.


Mary J Styler, 64, Inverness, FL
Mary Jo Styler, 64, of Inverness, Florida passed away April 1, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. She was born on October 20, 1950 in Tarentum, PA to the late Joseph and Ruth (Rooker) Moore. Mary Jo was a Medical Transcriptionist, and arrived in this area in 2011 coming from Seminole, FL. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, the outdoors, reading, and loved animals. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, David Styler. Other survivors include sons Jamie and Jody Thompson, both of Largo, FL, Nichole Thompson (Kevin) Hutson of Albany, GA; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


James H Swain, 76, Inverness, FL
James H. Swain, 76, of Inverness, Florida passed away Feb. 16, 2015. He was born on March 26, 1938 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Paul and Edna Helen (Hosea) Swain. James was a U.S. Army veteran, and owner of the Spring Valley Campground in Middletown, IN. He arrived in this area in 2000, coming from Middletown, and was a Christian by faith. James was an avid gardener and landscaper, and enjoyed sculpting, woodworking, and genealogy. James was a member of the American Legion Post #77, Inverness. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Paul F. and Joseph A. Swain. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Patsy J. Swain. Other survivors include daughters Sheri (Kathy) Swain of Silver Spring, MD, Shelli Bailey of Indianapolis, IN, and Staci Baker of Inverness, FL; 4 grandchildren Brittni, Zachery, Heather, and Stefani; and 1 great-granddaughter, Lillian. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Legion Post #77, 4375 Little Al Point, Inverness, FL, 34452. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Arthur F Taje, 72, Citrus Springs, FL
ARTHUR "ART" FRANCIS TAJE, age 72, Citrus Springs, went to be with his Lord on April 2, 2015 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. Art was born on March 10, 1943 in Revere, MA. Throughout his lifetime, he was the owner/operator of Hair Biz Stylist, Inc for over 20 years and also worked for BiRite Beauty Supplies and ABC Liquors in management positions. Art was active in the Knights of Columbus in Massachusetts and was a member of the Elks and Moose Lodges. He was an accomplished golfer who won first place with his son, Rick, the last two years of the Elks Charity Tournament held in Sebring, FL. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather "Papa", he will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 24 years, Dee Taje; his children Ed (Cheri) Taje, Taunton, MA, Georgia Taje, Sebastian, FL, Rick Taje, Citrus Springs, FL, Lisa Jackson, South Easton, MA and Kristi (Kurt) Dunbar, Tampa, FL; his brother Richard (Demi) Taje, Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren Brittany, Jared, Dennis, Gabrielle, Carmela, Steven, Ashley, Toni, Lauren, Matt and Kylie and one great-granddaughter Bella. He was preceded in death by a son Chris Taje and his sister Carol Collins. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. Please consider donations on Art's memory to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.


Paul A Tapperson, 74, Inverness, FL
PAUL ALDOLFE TAPPERSON, Jr., age 74, Inverness, died February 13, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native Floridian, Paul was born on March 8, 1940 in Miami Beach, FL to the late Paul A. Tapperson, Sr. and Ermeldine (Peeples) Tapperson. He served our country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. Paul retired as a police officer in Pompano Beach with over 21 years of service. He enjoyed photography and was an avid NASCAR fan. Paul liked watching his grandson race in his Go-Kart. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 39 years, Carolyn Tapperson; sons Scott (Wanda) Tapperson of Port St. Lucie and Todd (Laura) Tapperson of Ocala; five grandchildren, Kenneth, Ashley, Stephen, Peyton and Morgan; his sister Sigrid Meriwether, Temple Terrace, FL, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. A graveside military committal service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Ruby O Thayer, 82, Floral City, FL
Ruby O. Thayer, 88, of Floral City, Florida passed away March 27, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inverness, Florida. She was born on January 18, 1927 in Bakersfield, Vermont to the late Kenneth A. and Grace L. (Wood) Aiken. Ruby was a waitress in the hospitality industry, and arrived in this area in 2013, coming from Lakeland, FL. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, and enjoyed painting. Survivors include her children David (Allison) Thayer of Floral City, Ronald (Francine) Thayer of Zephyrhills, FL, Marlene Gilfillan of Derby, VT, and Nancy Lovely of Lyndonville, VT; 11 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral HOme with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gail A Tierney, 64, Inverness, FL
Gail Ann Tierney, age 64, Inverness passed away suddenly at her home on March 14, 2015. Gail was born in Jamaica, NY on Aug 18, 1950 to the late Charles W. and Margaret (Woodland) Tierney and moved to Florida in 1984 from Queens, NY. She was employed by the University of Florida in Gainesville working as editor of their Alumni magazine and later in Alumni donatiions. In 1987, she moved to Inverness to become the Public Information Officer for the Citrus County Board of Commissioners. In 1990, she became the Public Information Officer for the Citrus County Sheriff's Department, a position she held for 22 years. After retirement in 2013, Gail joined the board of Crime Stoppers, a position she held until her death. Outside of employment, Gail had a special place in her heart for the Citrus Abuse Shelter and served on their board of directors for 27 years as the Secretary and currently as Vice-President. Gail is survived by her brother, Denis Tierney and his wife Michelle of Excelsior, MN; her nephews, Travis Tierney, Industry, Maine; Joshua Tierney, Buffalo, MN; her niece, Karry Tierney-Bong, Duluth, MN; her God Daughter, Suzanne Delfino of Pennsylvania; her best friend, Tom Salmon, Gainesville, FL Gail's life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev Greg Kell, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until he hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Citrus County Abuse Shelter will be appreciated. The mailing address is: PO Box 205, Inverness, FL 34451


Carl M Townsley, 85, Beverly Hills, FL
Carl Marker Townsley On the evening of February 15, 2015, Carl passed away peacefully of natural causes. Carl was being visited and comforted by family members at the HPH Hospice Care Center in Lecanto, FL.  At the time of his passing, Carl was 85 years old. Carl Townsley was born in Star City, Indiana on April 5, 1929.  He was the first son of Ilo Ruth and Clare Beecher Townsley.  In 1930, Carl’s family moved to Columbus, Ohio, because of his father’s job with the railroad.  Carl was an outstanding athlete and graduate of Linden McKinley H.S.  In 1947, Carl joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.  In the same year, he married his high school sweetheart, “Terry” Betty Aldridge.  They were happily married for 33 years, until her untimely death in 1979.  In 1951, Carl joined the Columbus, Ohio Fire Department where he served as a firefighter and lieutenant, until 1984. Carl was a very accomplished carpenter and builder.  During his off-days from the Fire Department, he often volunteered his time to build or remodel the houses of his friends, family and fellow firefighters.  During this time, he would often ask to simply be paid by their sharing a beer, as he chewed on his cigar. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Terry.  He is survived and will be missed by his loving family, sister, Gilda (Kenny) Geyer, children Tom Townsley, Diane (Paul) Davis, Carl (Sharon) Townsley, niece Judy Slack, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Carl is also survived by his current wife, Dorothy.  Special acknowledgements go to his close friends, Wally and Joyce Nichols. The Charles Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, Florida is in charge of arrangements.  Not wishing a funeral service, Carl’s remains will be interred at the Radnor, Ohio Cemetery, alongside his wife, Terry.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the HPH Hospice Care Center, in Lecanto, Florida, who provided his final days with peace and comfort


Ellery V Umbenhaur, 88, Inverness, FL
ELLERY VIRGIL UMBENHAUR, age 88, Inverness, died March 9, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Ellery was born on October 14, 1926 in Chicago, IL to the late Benjamin F. and Violet (Scholz) Umbenhaur. He was the owner/operator of a grocery business. Ellery enjoyed fresh water fishing, bowling, golfing and loved to work puzzles. He was a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 65 years, Ellen Umbenhaur; sons Gary Umbenhaur and his fiancee Carol Hearn, Inverness and David R. Umbenhaur and his wife Tammi, Buchanan, MI; brother Robert Umbenhaur, Inverness; five grandchildren, Angela, Benjamin, Joshua, Matthew and Kari and great-grandchildren, Gordon III, Marta and Gabrielle. He was preceded in death by his sister Lois Bobo. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers that they may continue their wonderful care of others as they have done for our beloved Ellery.


Odus G Vaught, 78, Inverness, FL
ODUS G. VAUGHT, age 78, Inverness, died March 23, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Odus was born on September 18, 1936 in Whitesville, WV to the late Paul O. and Louella (Samens) Vaught. Odus served our country in the United States Army. He was employed as a pipefitter for General Motors for many years. Odus was a member of the American Legion Post #155 and Point O'Woods Golf Club, where he had served as President. A man who had a quick wit and a great sense of humor, he will be missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years, Judy Vaught; sons Douglas (Stephanie) Vaught, Orlando, Michael Vaught, MO, David Vaught, OH, Timothy (Laura) Vaught, Orlando; stepsons Peter (Kristin) Van Euwen, III and Jon Van Euwen, his cousin, Robert Vaught, sister Lorraine Chambers, all of Ohio; grandchildren Craig, Nicole, Tim and Caitlin. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and tribute to Odus' life will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors. The family invites friends to join them for visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. Please consider memorial donations in Odus' memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Edward M Voelker, II, 76, Hernando, Fl
Edward (Ed) Morgan Voelker, II, age 76, passed away on February 2, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Edward was born on August 3, 1938 in Springfield, MA to the late Edward Morgan and Jane Eleanor Voelker. His education included Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA, Tufts University (BA), Medford, MA and the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell, AL. Upon graduation from Tufts University in 1959, Lt. Col. Voelker was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and entered active duty at Amarillo, Air Force Base, TX. Seven years of assignments with Air Defense Command Fighter Interceptor Squadrons were followed by duty with 7th Air Force headquarters at Ton Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam (May 1967-May 1968) and then to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (SR-71) at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) CA. Then following an assignment with Warner Robins Air Material Area at Warner Robins AFB, GA he was assigned as an inspector with the Air Force Inspector General's Office in San Bernardino, CA visting bases throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. He was selected to attend and completed the Air Command and Staff College and after graduating was assigned to Headquarters 4th Allied Tactical Air Force (NATO) at Ramstein AB, Germany. Following assignments were as Commander 401st Tactical Fighter Wing Supply Squadron at Torrejon AB, Spain and Chief of various Logistics Divisions at Headquarters United States Air Force, Europe at Ramstein, AB, Germany. During his USAF career as a Supply Operations Officer, Acquisition Contracting Officer and Supply Management Staff Officer, Lt. Col. Voelker earned many awards including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, AF Presidential Unit Citation and AF Outstanding Unit Award. After retiring from the United States Air Force in 1987 he was the purchasing agent for the Merchants National Bank and Trust Company in Frankfurt, Germany until returning to Florida in 2001. After private ceremonies, interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Lt. Col. Voelker's final wishes were that his friends consider donating to local organizations that support the United States active duty military, military veterans and their families. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Charlotte E. Voelker; his daughter Gabriele Helene Voelker (Eric Hamm); . his son Edward Morgan Voelker, III (Liberty Hawkins); his sister Constance Blakley (Larry); seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Hans A Waldraff, 83, Inverness, FL
Hans August Waldraff, 83, of Inverness, Florida, passed away April 16, 2015 at the Citrus County Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Hans was born June 21, 1931 in Pforzheim, Germany, the youngest of four siblings, to Karl and Walburga Waldraff. He immigrated to North America as a tool and die maker, settling in Elkhart, Indiana for a long and successful career in tooling engineering and manufacturing. Hans served our country in the U.S. Army, 51st Infantry, 4th Armored Division, as a tank mechanic during the Korean War. He was an accomplished soccer player, coach and state referee. Hans enjoyed history, yard work, landscaping, golf and spending time with his family and making them laugh. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the Inverness Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Hildegard Waldraff of Inverness, Florida; his daughter Cindy Waldraff of Tampa, Florida; his son Chris Waldraff and wife Heather Waldraff of Savannah, Georgia and by his granddaughter Charlotte Waldraff of Savannah, Georgia. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Military Honors will follow. Friends and neighbors are invited to a reception at the family's home afterward, from 1 to 3 PM. Burial will be at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery. Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


David M Walls, 79, Floral City, FL
DAVID MARION WALLS, age 79, Floral City, went to be with his Lord on February 10, 2015 at his residence. David was born on June 20, 1935 in Geiger, OH to the late Emmitt and Lousettie (Nance) Walls. He served our country in the United States Air Force. David was employed in many venues; he worked as the owner/operator of a long distance truck and later went into the ministry. He was a member of Inglis Church of God. He enjoyed fishing and boating and loved to tinker on old cars. Left to cherish his memory are his children Diane DeMartino, Ocala, David M. (Judy) Walls, Floral City, Tracy Robinson, Ocala and Johnathan Walls, Lima, OH; his sister Ava Jean Salyer, Covington, OH; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ida Walls, children Anna, Joseph and Emmitt, a brother Charles and sisters Dorothy and Ruth. A tribute and celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family invites friends to join them for visitation from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Further services will be from the Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Funeral Home in Springfield, OH with burial in Grenlawn Cemetery in South Charleston, OH.


Henry L Weema, 67, Beverly Hills, FL
Henry "Larry" Weema, age 67, Beverly Hills, died March 12, 2015 at his residence. Larry was born on December 31, 1947 in Charleston, WV to the late Henry F. and Rose A. (Kinder) Weema. He served our country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was awarded the purple heart for wounds sustained during combat action. He was employed as a pipefitter. Larry enjoyed fishing, boating, photography and was an avid NASCAR fan. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann (Nemitz) Weema; sons William (wife-Rebecca) Weema, Thompson, OH and Lloyd Lee Weema, Portland, OR; daughter Traci Renee (husband-Brian) Welsch, Ashtabula, OH; stepson Dwayne A. (wife-Antoinette) Johnson, Napersville, IL; stepdaughters Natalie (husband-Thomas) Richards, Ashtabula, OH and Dawn Alaine (husband-Vic) Cross, Newark, OH; his sister Debra L. Niedermeyer, Seven Hills, OH; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Caleb. A celebration and tribute of Larry's life will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Grace H Weich, 94, Inverness, FL
Grace Helen Weich, 94, Inverness, passed away Feb. 17, 2015 in Citrus County Hospice of Citrus County. Mrs. Weich was born in Cincinnati, OH on April 26, 1920, one of three children to the late Charles and Carrie (Stapleton) Rouse and moved here in 1981 from Tampa, FL. She retired from Burdine's Department Store as an Accountant and was of the Episcopal faith. Left to mourn her loss are three children, Gregory Weich, Jr. of Lutz, FL; Jo Ann Alexander, Inverness, Katherine Nash, Harvard, Nebraska; 4 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory R. Weich on May 27, 1994. A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb 25th at 3:00 PM from Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Boris Posso from Hospice of Citrus County and The Nature Coast officiating. The Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Hospice of Citrus Co., PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Opal M Wilde, 86, Hernando, FL
Opal M. Wilde, 86, Hernando, FL died Feb 1 2015 at Citrus Health & Rehab. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ralph H Wiley, 91, Inverness, FL
Ralph H. Wiley, 91, Inverness, Florida passed away March 21, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Inverness. He was born in Georgia on April 5, 1923, and was a U.S. Army veteran with a very distinguished military career. The history of the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion encompasses both world wars. The original regiment was activated at Camp Meade, Maryland, in 1917, and served brilliantly in France. Known as the "Road Builders Of The AEF," the first 23rd set a high standard of achievement for its modern namesake. The Battalion was reactivated on April 15, 1941, at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, with the 3rd Armored Division. Cadres were made up of 28 officers and 729 enlisted men from the 17th Engineer Battalion of the 2nd Armored Division. Major Fremont S. Tandy was the first commanding officer. The 23rd trained at Camp Beauregard and Camp Polk, Louisiana; at the Desert Training Center, California; Camp Pickett, Virginia; and Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, before sailing for Europe early in September, 1943. Upon arrival in the United Kingdom, the battalion was stationed at Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire, England, and took part in extensive maneuvers over Salisbury Plain, and along the coast. Lt. Colonel Lawrence G. Foster led the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion through all five campaigns in the west. He and his troops went ashore on Omaha Beach on June 23, 1944. The hedgerows of Normandy presented an immediate problem. Some method had to be devised to get tanks through, or over, these formidable embankments. After blasting passages with TNT at bloody Villiers Fossard and Haut Vents, Foster's men invented a double blade hedge cutter which was attached to the division's Sherman tanks by maintenance crews. These proved highly successful. The battalion's first big combat bridging operation was carried out near Corbeil, France, when 540 feet of treadway were thrown across the Seine River. After the Seine, the engineers bridged the Marne, Aisne, and a number of other streams which paved the division's march into Belgium. At Mons, they exchanged shovels for machine guns and declared a Roman holiday by mowing down disorganized enemy columns trying to break out of encirclement. Two bridges at Namur, one across the Meuse, and one spanning the Sambre Canal, were built under hazardous circumstances. Working under vicious mortar, artillery and sniper fire, men of the 23rd mastered the dragon's teeth of the Siegfried Line, lifted thousands of mines, destroyed pillboxes and cleared road blocks. During the Ardennes fighting, units of the battalion aided in the successful defense of Hotton, and later took part in fierce battles at Lierneux, Cherain, and Sterpighy. The normally hazardous work of lifting mines was made more difficult by severe cold and snow which prevailed during this period. Back in the Rhineland, the engineers constructed four bridges across the Erft River and Canal under observed enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. In the final great offensive, the bridge company also aided an engineer group in the bridging of the Rhine near Bonn. The battalion's last operation, the bridging of the Mulde River, was abandoned by army order. The 23rd came out of the line with reason to feel that its combat record added much to the proud history of the original "Road Builders Of The AEF." After the war was over, there were books published covering facts and history on WW II, discussing the squad of men Sgt. Ralph Wiley and Cpl. Henry Ferarro led. One of the publications is called “Spearhead in the West, 1941-1945”. Ralph arrived in this area in 1939, coming from south Georgia and was a Baptist by faith. He loved woodworking and enjoyed gardening. Ralph was preceded in death by his first wife Lanie Wiley in 1986, and his second wife Wilma Wiley in 2014. Survivors include son Chris (Kim) Wiley of Tampa, FL; step-son Dan (Debbie) Merritt of Brooksville, FL; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with Pastor Leary Willis officiating, with the family receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Interment to be private.


Mary H Winfrey, 86, Crystal River, FL
Mary H. Winfrey, 86, of Crystal River, Florida passed away April 22, 2015 at her residence in Crystal River. She was born on June 10, 1928 in Chattanooga, TN to the late Wallace R. and Grace Evelyn (Hicks) Hill. Mary was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in1998, coming from Knoxville, TN. She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, painting, and was an avid reader. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Hugh Winfrey. Other survivors include her children Mark (Eileen) Winfrey of Orlando, FL, and Brenda (Clifford "Chip") Curington of Jacksonville, FL; sister Nancy Reilley, and 3 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edna Wonson, 89, Inverness, FL
EDNA (ELKE) WONSON, 89, of Inverness died Monday, March 16, 2015 at her home under the care of HPH Hospice. Born in Brooklyn, New York on March 27, 1925 to the late Henry and Ingke (Flor) Petersen, she came here over 30 years ago from Westfield, Massachusetts. Edna was a retired Vice President with Franklin National Bank in Manhattan, NY with over 20 years of service. She was a member of the Inverness Golf & Country Club where she was an avid golfer. Edna also enjoyed playing bridge with friends, entertaining, reading and gardening. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, John Fletcher "Fletch" Wonson on May 2, 1990. Left to cherish her memory are her niece and nephew Karen and Foster Winter; step-children Candace McGinn and Pam and Howard Pease; step-grandchildren Erin, Jeremy, Jill, Keith, Rebecca, Robert and Tracy; great-grandchildren Evan, Liam and Sarah; grand nephew Zack; and Kiki, Edna's beloved cat, who is now happily living in California. Edna loved animals of all kinds and was a generous contributor to wildlife and domestic animal charities. In memory of Edna, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Citrus County, P.O. Box 2283, Inverness, FL 34451. Private cremation services are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness.


Craig A Woolverton, 80, Inverness, FL
Craig A. Woolverton, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away March 6, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born on September 29, 1934 to the late Paul and Alice (Lenschner) Woolverton. Craig was an automobile mechanic and arrived in this area in 20 years ago, coming from Michigan. He was a member of Redemption Christian Church in Inverness, and loved to work on cars. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Betty Woolverton. Other survivors include daughters Cindy (Wayne) Moore of Jacksonville, FL, Gaylle Woolverton of Benton Harbor, MI; step-children Joseph (Vicki) Wenta and Elizabeth (Bill) Wenta-Schneider of Orlando, FL; and grandchildren George, Chris, and Jordan. A Celebration of Craig's life is scheduled for Sunday, March 8, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with the family receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service.


Ronald L Worley, 81, Homosassa, FL
Ronald L. Worley, age 81, died peacefully on February 21, 2015 in Florida following complications from shoulder surgery.  Ron is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Barbara Worley, cherished children Ronald Worley, Jr. (Teri), Robin Warner (Russell) and Rene’ Grein, his adoring grandchildren Laura and Ryann Worley, Drew and Stephanie Warner, and Emily and Randy Grein. He is further survived by his brother Gary (Marty) Worley, his sister-in-law Patti Paschal, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Ron was born in Buffalo, NY to George E. Worley and Evelyn V. Worley. He grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. He and Barbara made Westfield, NY their home where they raised their children. They then moved to New York City to check that off the bucket list.  They eventually landed in Florida, living in Fort Myers for 17 years before moving to Homosassa. Since having grandchildren, “Pop-Pop” spent every summer at the family cottage on Lake Erie devoted to having fun, mentoring and loving the family. Ron loved flying airplanes, and was an Officer in the US Air Force and the National Guard. He was a Captain at American Airlines for 27 years. Ron and Barbara were world travelers; taking extensive trips abroad and driving their camper all through the US & Canada, including Alaska, as well as Australia. Some of their best vacations were with friends and family on the OH Boatright and Basherta, their treasured sailboats.  Ron was a lifelong member of The Rotary Club, being a charter member the Sugarmill Club of Citrus County.  He also was a member of The Elks, The Masons and The Moose Club.  Ron had many interests, and he was passionate about all of them. For example, he was obsessed with football, playing as an adolescent, assistant coaching in Westfield, being a true blue Buffalo Bills fan, and watching any and all games on TV. He especially loved attending football games with his grandsons.  Ron always said he could paint, so while in NYC he took lessons, and over the years he became quite an accomplished artist with over 20 incredible pieces hanging at the family's homes.  When he was no longer able to paint, he turned his creative and intellectual passions to the game of Bridge, and he spent countless hours in the last years of his life playing the game with his best friends. Ron will be remembered for his zest for life, his adventurist spirit, positive attitude, enthusiasm, optimism, overzealousness, fun-loving nature, love of family and friends. Funeral arrangements are private, at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in the name of Ronald Worley may be made to support Muscular Dystrophy or Hospice as follows: Neuromuscular Disease Center-FSH MD Dr. Rabi Tawil 601 Elmwood Avenue Box 673 Rochester, NY 14642 or HPH Hospice Foundation, Citrus County Care Center, 2939 W. Gulf To Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461 


 

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