Obituaries
For the Last 3 Months.

Jack Aimi, 83, Hernando, FL
Jack Aimi, 83, of Hernando, Fl passed away April 1, 2017 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 30, 1933 to the late Paul and Rose (Petrone) Aimi. Jack retired from United Airlines as a Ground Crew Chief after 32 years of service. He arrived in this area in 1989, coming from Queens, NY. Jack was a Catholic by faith, and a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice and Lillian. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Jacqueline Aimi, several nieces and nephews, and many loving friends and family. Jack's urn will be laid to rest, with military honors, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. on Friday, April 21, at 11:00 A.M. Family and friends will meet on Friday, by 10:15 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory to drive in procession to the cemetery. Please consider donations in Jack's memory to: Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Margaret Amodea, 86, Inverness, FL
Margaret Amodea, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away April 21, 2017 at her residence. She was born on July 29, 1930 to the late Ralph and Margaret (Cavorley) Di Spagno. Margaret and her husband Michael owned an appliance business. She arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Frankford, NJ. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing on the computer, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband of 35 years, Michael, preceded her in death in 1985. She is survived by Frank De Sario her son (in-law and best friend), MIchael Amodea, Thomas Amodea, Patricia De Sario, Desiree Mascarelli, and Dena Flynn; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Shirley A Anderson, 55, Crystal River, FL
Shirley Ann Anderson, age 55, of Crystal River, FL passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Shirley was born on September 3, 1961 in Brooksville, FL to the late Roy and Amora (Bishop) Wallin. She is survived by her loving companion of 22 years, Norman Roger Markham of Crystal River, FL; sons: Donnie Smith, Stephen Smith and John Anderson all of Crystal River, FL; daughters: Crystal Joyner of Alabama, Melissa Anderson of Hernando, FL; sisters: Donna Waters, Debbie Webb, Sheri Wallin, Karen Taylor; and several grandchildren and nieces & nephews. Funeral services for Shirley will be on Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lake Lindsey Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the hour of service.


Kathryn Arvanis, 89, The Villages, FL
Kathryn Arvanis, age 89, of The Villages, FL passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, FL. Kathryn was born in New York City, N.Y. on June 17, 1927 to the late William and Eleni (Gigiakos) Fidares. She was married to Orestes Arvanis, who was truly the love of her life, for over 56 years until his passing on August 9, 2003. She had recently made The Villages her home after relocating from Mount Laurel, N.J. 8 months ago. Kathryn worked as Bookkeeper throughout her lifetime for various retail companies. She had especially enjoyed working for her son in law, John, at his business Alternative Heat. Kathryn was Greek Orthodox by faith. For a number of years she volunteered her secretarial skills as a correspondence secretary for the Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital in Browns Mills, N.J. Kathryn had also organized a number of fundraising events for the hospital including fashion shows. In her spare time she enjoyed playing Mah Jong and cooking meals for her family and friends. Kathryn especially enjoyed baking and shared the skill of baking greek breads and cookies with her family. She was a fan of the Army Football Team and especially loved cheering them on during the Army / Navy Football game. Kathryn will be remembered as a very thoughtful and giving person that was always ready to help others and a loving and doting grandmother. She had a tremendous love for her husband, children and her brother in law, Paul. Those left to mourn her passing include her daughters: Kristyne A. Kilgore and her husband Charles W. II of The Villages, FL, Denise E. Nowicky and her husband John of Grand Island, FL; sister, Aphrodite Malman of Rockaway, N.J.; grandchildren: Kristina Katsalidas and her husband Stephen of Blauvelt, N.Y., John Nowicky and his wife Shannon of West Milford, N.J.; and great grandchildren: Sean, Jack and J.J. A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Kathryn is planned for Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL with Father Sergious Gerken of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church officiating. Kathryn's family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangement are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William J Bassett, 91, Inverness, FL
William J. Bassett, 91, of Inverness, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Born in Bristol, Connecticut on June 25, 1925 to the late William and Stella (Satkowsky) Bassett, he was a winter resident, permanently moving here in 2001 from Oregon. Mr. Bassett was a retired tool and die maker and a proud Navy Veteran of WWII. He enjoyed hunting and especially fishing, and loved playing cards and dice in the Biloxi Casinos. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Kim Reed and her husband, Richard, Karen Worthington, Alan Ault, Barbara Geary, Cheryl Wardega, Beth Mclver, and William Bassett; his brother and sister, Donald Bassett and Shirley Tabar; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Graveside services with Military Honors will be on Wednesday, May 10th at 11:30 AM from Florida National Cemetery with the Inverness V.F.W. #4337 Honor Guard officiating. Friends are invited to meet at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home at 9:30 AM and visit with the family. The procession will depart for the cemetery at 10:45 AM. Visit: ww.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Elaine M Batson, 73, Floral City, FL
Elaine Marie Batson, age 73, of Floral City, FL passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Elaine was born on August 7, 1943 in Herkimer, N.Y. to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Streeter) Shaut. She was married to George Batson with whom she shared 28 years of loving marriage. Elaine was employed as a teller for Bank of America for over 33 years and made Florida her home in 1975 after relocating from New York. Elaine and George settled in Floral City in 2009. A Methodist by faith, she was an officer for the American Legion Women's Auxiliary and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Safety Harbor, FL. In her spare time Elaine loved to fish and go to yard sales. In addition to her husband George, those left to mourn Elaine's passing are her stepdaughter, Carla Todd of California; brothers: Frank Shaut of Cincinnati, OH, Bill Shaut of Herkimer, N.Y.; sisters: Julie Weaver of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Barbara Goodson of Herkimer, N.Y.; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Josephine E Bensinger, 95, Inverness, FL
Josephine E. Bensinger, 95 of Inverness, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the New Horizon Assisted Living facility in Inverness. Josephine was born on September 4, 1921 in Lodi, Ohio, to the late Harless V. and Josephine E. (Jardine) Albert. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory is her son Francis "Butch" Bensinger, Jr and his wife Janet, of Inverness; 2 grandchildren: Holly Noegel and her husband Reece and Kevin Bensinger and his wife, Sheila; her 4 great grandchildren: Kurt, Kassi, Toni, and Jacob; 1 great-great grandchild, Micah; nephews: Ted Hart and his wife Vicky, Larry, Jerry and Ron Bensinger. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Francis, on Nov. 16, 2005. Funeral services for Josephine will be conducted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, with Rev. Dairold Rushing officiating. Private burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills FL 34464


Miriam I Biehl, 77, Archer, FL
Miriam I Biehl, 77, of Archer, FL, previously of Floral City, FL passed away May 8, 2017 at her residence in Archer. She was born in Indianapolis, IN on April 15, 1940 to the late Cecil and Josephine (Hamm) Richardson. Miriam was a salesperson for Cox Lumber, and arrived in this area in 1975, coming from Indiana. She was a life member of VFW Post 7122 in Floral City and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, bird watching, fishing, and loved growing roses. She was preceded in death by her loving husband William J. Biehl in 2006, and grandsons Teddy and Jackie. Left to mourn her loss are her children Carl E. King and his wife Trish of Archer, FL, William K. King of Toccoa, GA, and Karen Meghreblian and her husband Dave of Homossa, FL, sister Thelma J. Wesley of Economy, IN, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Angela L Blasl, 56, Inverness, FL
Angela Lynn Blasl, 56, Inverness, went to be with her Lord on February 28, 2017 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Angela was born in Jacksonville, FL on September 5, 1960 to Robert and Mary Ann (Sisk) Norton. She graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Orlando and completed her college education at Saint Leo University, earning her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education. Angela began her 28 years of service in the Citrus County School System as a bus driver who read to her children as they boarded the bus in the afternoon. She continued to build relationships with the students even in her final years as the Dean of Discipline for Citrus High School. Angie's love for her family could be seen by the smile of pride when she spoke of her son's accomplishments and of his new wife, the warmth in the home that she shared with her mother, the boisterous laughs that filled the room when she was with her sisters, and the light in her eyes when she was with her nieces and nephews. She is survived by her son, Kristopher Blasl and his wife Christine of Hutto, TX; her mother, Mary Ann Norton of Inverness; two sisters, Robin Martone and her husband, James of Inverness; Beth Dennis and her husband, Jim of Orlando; her nieces and nephews: Nicholas Martone, Lena Rose Martone, Max Martone, and Brooke Dennis. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert "Bob" Norton Sept 25, 2013. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 4th at 12 Noon at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church with Pastor Dan Shipes officiating. She will be laid to rest at a later date next to her father in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:15 until 12:00 noon when the service begins. Cremation arrangements under care of Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in memory of Angela Blasl to the Rotary of Inverness Foundation, P.O. Box 1317, Inverness, FL 34451.


Brandi M Blevins, 42, Hernando, FL
Brandi Marie Blevins, 42, of Hernando, FL passed away April 2, 2017 at her residence in Hernando. She was born in McAllen, TX on March 29, 1975 and arrived in this area in 2012, coming from Austin, TX. She was a homemaker and a Christian by faith. Brandi enjoyed listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Marie Blevins. She is survived by her daughters, Sylest Marie Cox of Hernando, and Tara Underwood of Dallas,Texas. Other survivors include her father Gene Blevins of Austin, TX and step-mother Susan Blevins; grandmother Dorothy Blevins; brothers Chad Blevins, Brian Murray, Paul Murray, and Michael Blevins; sister Terri Yeach; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Annette F Bonner, 97, Inverness, FL
Annette "Mema" Bonner, 97, Inverness, passed away March 4, 2017 at home under the loving care of her family. Mrs Bonner was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 1919 to the late Fred and Maryann (Fascia) Pettigrosso and came to this area in 1986 from Tampa. She was a devoted member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Annette, known as "Mema" to her family and friends, was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved working in her daughter's law office, traveling with the family on vacations, and constantly going to Disney World. She had a hug and smile for everyone. "Mema" enjoyed being active and greatly enjoyed the companionship of her many friends. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Craig J Bonner and his wife, Carol of Tampa; Jeannette Haag and her husband, Larry of Inverness; 2 grandchildren, Stephen Bonner and his wife Kristy and Tiffany (Haag) Halley and her husband, Jason; 2 great grandchildren, Brock and Cole. She was predeceased by her brother, John Pettigrosso, her 2 sisters, Florence Pettigrosso, Lillian Graczyk, and her husband, Victor. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, March 11th at 12 Noon at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5-7 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where a Wake Vigil Service will be conducted at 6:30 PM.


Peter R Braginton, 94, Hernando, FL
Peter R. Braginton, 94, of Hernando, FL passed away April 10, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Yorkshire, England on April 1, 1923 to the late Roy and Florrie (Hemingway) Braginton. Peter was an Electronics Engineer for Radeon Corp and arrived in this area in 1992, coming from Maine. He served this country honorably as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Peter was a Christian by faith, and was an avid reader, and enjoyed woodworking. He was preceded in death by one son, William Braginton, and one daughter, Vicki Whitney. He is survived by two sons, Peter Rodney Braginton, Jr. and his wife Linda of Vermont, and Asbury Pledger Braginton of Maine. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


June M Brannelly, 78, Homosassa, FL
June M. Brannelly passed away on May 10, 2017 in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. June was born in Passaic, N.J on November 24, 1938 to the late John F. and Ruth H. (nee Hilbert) Travers and retired after 25 yrs. from U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J. She moved to Walden Woods, Homosassa in 2004 from Monroe Township, N.J. She belonged to Walden Woods Red Hats, SVDP Society, American Irish Club, and volunteered at SVDP Thrift store in Spring Hill. She enjoyed knitting and playing cards with her friends. She is survived by husband, Tom of 21 years; her daughter, Carolyn Nielsen and grandchildren, Daniel and Brenna Nielsen; her sisters, Jacqueline Beardslee of Plano, Texas and Marge Cucci (Nick) of Oakridge, NJ; also her nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her step-son Richard Cunningham, her sister, Ruth Callahan and niece, Debbie Salonia. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, May 17th at 10:00 AM from St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa with Fr. Ronald Marecki, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The reposing hours are from 4:00 - 6:00 PM Tuesday at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the American Heart Association.


Lewis W Brown, 81, Inverness, FL
Lewis W. Brown, 81, of Inverness, FL passed away April 17, 2017 at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab in Inverness. He was born in Lawrenceburg, KY on March 20, 1936 to the late Romie and Nell (Dennis) Brown. Lewis was a Tool and Model Maker for IBM, and arrived in this area in 1991, coming from Hollywood, FL. He enjoyed fishing, drag racing, boating, and spending time outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Karol Brown. Other survivors include his children, Jeffrey W and Lewis D. Brown of NY, Andrea Batchelder of Black Island, RI, Jennifer A. Brown of New Jersey, and Natalie J. Enser of Buffalo, NY; sisters Betty J. and Anna J. Morris, and Nancy C. Bell; and several grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with Pastor Keith Dendy of the First Baptist Church of Hernando officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Lewis's urn will be laid to rest in Kentucky at a later date.


Theresa M Brunjes, 66, Beverly Hills, FL
Theresa Marie Brunjes, age 66, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River. Theresa was born on July 18, 1950 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Arnold and Marie (Ottes) Olsen. In East Rockaway, N.Y. on April 18, 1972 she married Richard Brunjes, the love of her life, with whom she shared 45 years of loving marriage. Theresa worked as an Examiner for the Insurance Industry throughout her life and had been called on to work many of the of the larger claim issues in the past including Hurricane Andrew. In the 1970's, she began making regular trips to Florida to search for her and Richard's future retirement location. They made Beverly Hills, FL their home in July of 2007 after relocating from East Rockaway, N.Y. Theresa then worked as a volunteer for the Citrus County Sheriff's Department for 5 years. In her spare time she also enjoyed shopping, rearranging the furniture in her home, decorating and spending time with her husband. Theresa was an animal lover and had dedicated much of her time rescuing many cats and dogs over the years. In addition to her husband Richard, she is survived by one brother, two sisters and her 4 precious dogs: Lucy, Maggie, Macey and Tigger. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Daniel M Bryant, 74, Inverness, FL
Daniel Milton Bryant, 74, Inverness passed away March 21, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Daniel was born November 19, 1942 in Gary, IN to the late Ralph D. and Pearl Irene (Miller) Bryant and came to this area in 1998 from Orlando where he owned and operated Bryant & Son Roofing Company. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Floral City. Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife of 29 years, Sandra Whitt Bryant; 4 children, Christina M. (Bryan) Griffin, Orlando; Michael E. (Melissa) Marsh, San Diego, CA; Teddy L.(Andrea) Bryant, Orlando; Daniel M. Bryant, Jr, Orlando; 2 brothers, Jerry Bryant, South Bend, IN; Steve Bryant, Paisley, FL; 3 sisters, Sue Manuszak and Diane Thorman, both of Deland, FL; Della La Place, Niles, MI; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Bryant. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted on Saturday evening, March 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral home with Rev David Throckmorton, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Floral City officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6-8 PM. Following cremation, the inurnment will be at The Fountains Memorial Park, Homosassa, FL In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Youth Department of the First Baptist Church of Floral City.


David J Buzzell, 58, Inverness, FL
David John Buzzell, 58, Inverness, FL passed away April 20, 2017 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Haverhill, MA on July 4, 1958 to the late David R. and Valerie E. (Spry) Buzzell. David was a Finance Manager, and arrived in this area in 2012, coming from Massachusetts. He was a Christian by faith, and loved boats and going to the lake. He is survived by a brother, Dan Buzzell of Tavernier, FL, and a sister, Crystal A. Buzzell. Pirvate cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Joseph F Caren Jr., 67, Invereness, FL
Joseph Francis Caren, Jr., age 67, of Inverness, FL passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Joseph was born on October 16, 1949 in Jersey City, N.J. to Florence R. (Gilsenan) and the late Joseph Francis Caren, Sr. He grew up in Ridgewood, N.J., worked in the hydraulic machinery field throughout his life and made Citrus County, FL his home two years ago after relocating from Tampa, FL. Joe loved baseball, movies, music, especially the blues, and had played blues harmonica. Joe will be best remembered for his loving dedication to his family and his tremendous sense of humor. He was always telling jokes and finding the humor in situations. Those left to mourn Joseph's passing and to cherish his memory are his mother, Florence R. Driscoll of Hawthorne, N.J.; son, Jason Caren of St. Petersburg, FL; daughters: Donna Tolbert and her husband Wade of Inverness, FL, Janice Dugger and her husband Robert of Westminster, CO; brother, Tom Caren and his wife Kathy of Warwick, N.Y.; sister, Kathleen M. Caren of West Milford, N.J.; grandchildren: Charity, Grace, Praise, Glory; and great-grandchildren: Christopher, Joshua, Nova; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family. Joseph was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Brent as well as his father. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with private cremation arrangements.


Edward J Carpenter, 82, Inverness, FL
Edward Joseph Carpenter, age 82, of Inverness, FL passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Edward was born on October 17, 1934 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Abel and Dessie (Skinner) Carpenter. He was a Salesman for the Insurance Industry throughout his life. In September 1983 Edward married Gayle Wehrung Baker with whom he shared 33 years of marriage. They made Citrus County their home 12 years ago after relocating from Indiana. A Christian by faith, Edward attended worship services and was a Church Elder at the Shepherd's Way Cowboy Church in Lecanto. After retirement, Edward and Gayle traveled throughout the country in their camper and referred to themselves as "work campers". They would work at the various campsites in which they were staying for a month at a time before moving on to the next campground and adventure. Edward was an avid basketball fan and truly loved the game. He also enjoyed watching college football and loved playing golf for many years until his health no longer allowed him to hit the links. In addition to his loving wife Gayle, those left to mourn Edward's passing are his sons: Ed Carpenter, Jr. and his wife Brenda of Massillon, OH, Tony Carpenter of Brewster, OH; daughters: Mary Schoeppner and her husband Mike of Tampa, FL, Sheri Tucker and her husband Rick of Carrollton, OH, Carrie Brown and her husband Stu of Nettie, W.V., Tracy Williams and her husband Jermaine of Massillon, OH; stepson, Glenn Baker of Brooksville, FL; 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Edward's life is planned for Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Shirkey of the Shepherd's Way Cowboy Church of Lecanto officiating. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Robert P Clay, 86, Inverness, FL
Robert Paul "Bob" Clay, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away March 22, 2017 at Promise Hospital of Florida at the Villages, in Oxford, FL. He was born in Rochester, IN on April 9, 1930 to the late Raymond and Gertrude (Burkey) Clay. Bob was a Masonry Superintendent in the construction industry, and a U.S. Air Force veteran during the Korean War. He arrived in this area in 1988 after previously living for 20 years in Largo, FL. He was a Methodist by faith, and was a life member of the VFW Post #1728 in Winamac, IN. Bob came from a musical family, and was an accomplished musician, keyboardist, and drummer. He was a great dancer, and loved fishing. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Beverly Clay of Inverness. Other survivors include his children, Christine Fleming and her husband Gordon of Sharpsburg, GA, Jeffrey Clay and his wife Theresa of Inverness,and Brenda Griswold and her husband Phillip of Largo, FL.; brother James Clay; 3 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Bob will be held at the Point O'Woods Country Club, 9228 E. Gospel Island Road, Inverness, on Saturday, April 8, from 1:00-3:00 P.M.. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staffs of Promise Hospital of Florida at the Villages and Ocala Regional Medical Center for the heartfelt care they gave to Bob. The family requests donations in Bob's memory be made to: The Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709, Clearwater, FL 33762. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donald H Clayton, 83, Inverness, FL
Donald Henry Clayton, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away April 30, 2017 at Crown Court Assisted Living Facility in Inverness. He was born in Chicago, IL on October 6, 1933 to the late Henry and Delores (Remirez) Clayton. Donald served honorably in the U.S. Army, and was a furniture upholsterer. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. He was Christian by faith, and attended Riverside Christian Fellowship Church in Hernando. He enjoyed train traveling, and spending time outdoors. Donald was preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Randall. Other survivors include one son, John Judge of Rock Island, TN; 2 daughters, Donna Giera of Hernando, and Denise DeShong of Spring Hill, FL; 9 grandchildren, Isabelle, Tyler, Jamie, Steven, Stephanie, Michael, Danielle, Jessica, and David; and 4 great-grandchildren. Donald's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia L Cloward, 88, Inverness, FL
Patricia Lois Cloward, 88 of Inverness passed away at her home on April 14, 2017 under the loving care of her family. She was born in Dorchester, MA on December 7, 1928 to the late Bruno and Josephine (Pezzati) Ferroli, the first of two daughters. She attended Boston Latin School and Simmons College, earning her degree in Library Science. She began her library career in Connecticut. She then provided personal library service for the sick and wounded during the Korean War at Saint Albans Naval Hospital in Queens, New York. It was there that she met her husband, George Cloward and they were married on August 31, 1952. After moving to Huntington, LI, NY, Patricia served as a school librarian for several years before working as a librarian for the Huntington Historical Society. She was elected to the Board of Trustees for the South Huntington Public Library and participated in the expansion of that system. Patricia moved with her husband George to Inverness in 1983. Although retired from professional life, Patricia was a devoted volunteer. She joined the Inverness Highlands South and West Civic Association and immediately began serving in their sheriff-sponsored Surveillance unit. She also joined the Special Library District Advisory Board from 1987 through 1991, during a planned expansion. Patricia became a vocal community representative before weekly meetings of the Citrus County Board of Commissioners and served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment from 1987 through 1990. She helped to write and edit the "Highlander" a free monthly tabloid distributed for seven years in the Inverness Highlands. Patricia served on the Planning and Development Review Board for two years from 1990 through 1992. She organized and participated in Lifeline, a daily call service for the benefit of seniors and other disabled residents who lived alone. The service was supported by Surveillance and the Sheriff's Department. Finally she was President of the Highlands Civic Association and Chairperson of the Citrus County Council in 1990 and 1995 respectively. Married for 64 years upon her death, Patricia is lovingly remembered by her husband, George "Lee" Cloward, her daughter, Rachel Lea Cloward, her sister, Janet Claire Borgman, her many nieces and nephews and other family as well as the many friends she has enjoyed in Florida. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with Fr. Tim Cummings from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating.


Richard W Colvin, 97, Inverness, FL
Richard "Dick" Warren Colvin, Sr. 97, Inverness passed away at home on April 11, 2017. Dick was born in June 5, 1919 in Oak Park,IL to the late Edward A. and Pearl (Mead) Colvin and came here in 1968 from Wisconsin. He was a retired Personnel Director for Trent Tube, Inc. in East Troy, WI. After moving to Florida, he was employed at the Withlacoochee Technical College as an Occupational Therapist, and a sales representative for Brown's Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth. Dick served our country in the U.S. Navy. Active in the community, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid Chicago White Sox , Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and Florida Gators fan. He and his wife, Anita, are 49 year members of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. He also was a member of the Floral City VFW Post 7122. Left to cherish his memory is his devoted wife of 75 years, Anita Martinson Colvin, Inverness; 2 children, Richard Colvin, Jr and wife, Stephanie of New Berlin, WI; Vicki Martin and her husband, Butch of Hernando; 6 grandchildren: Kara Elson, Cory (Meg) Colvin, Joel Martin, Tony (Leslie) Colvin, Travis (Erica) Colvin, Olivia Colvin; 10 great grandchildren: Regan Elson, Kyrsten Elson, Isabel Colvin, Osbourne Colvin, Owen Colvin, Lucy Colvin, Benjamin Colvin, Claire Colvin, Nora Colvin, and Beau Colvin. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted Tuesday,April 18th at 1:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev Sarah Campbell, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Military Burial Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the hour of service


Avis M Conley, 90, Beverly Hills, FL
Avis M. Conley, age 90, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Avis was born on February 21, 1927 in Somerville, MA to the late Percy Douglas and Laura Marie (Smith) Wagner. On July  8, 1948 she married Arthur Thomas Conley, Sr. with whom she shared 57 loving years of marriage until his passing on January 31, 2006. Avis and Arthur made Citrus County, FL their home in 1986 after relocating from Billerica, MA. A Catholic by faith, she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Beverly Hills, FL. Avis was a homemaker throughout her life and an Auxiliary Member of the Beverly Hills VFW Post #10087. Additionally, she was a member of the New England Club of Beverly Hills, FL and Moose Lodge #2112, Inverness, FL. Those left to mourn Avis' passing are her children: William D. Conley and his wife Debbie of Dublin, VA., Donna Marie Pisari and her husband Michael of Stoneham, MA., Lawrence A. Conley and his longtime girlfriend Heidi Jeffrey of Woburn, MA., Mary Frances Lysik and her husband Michael of Yorba Linda, CA, Arthur T. Conley, Jr. and his wife Deb of Dracut, MA; brother, Lawrence Orville Wagner of Palm Harbor, FL; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Avis was preceded in death by one son, Thomas E. Conley and her sister Louise (Wagner) Parker. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Beverly Hills, FL with Fr. Erwin Belgica, Celebrant. Avis' urn will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at  a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.  


Gary D Cretors, 67, Hernando, FL
Gary D. Cretors, 67 of Hernando, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Shands at UF in Gainesville. He was born on August 17, 1949 in Middletown, Ohio to the late Jack and Ruth (Higgins) Cretors, comming to Citrus County 40 years ago from there. Gary was a US Army veteran serving in Viet Nam. He was a taxi driver and Protestant by faith. Gary was a member of the UMF motorcycle club and a fan of wrestling. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Betty Cretors; his son, Gary Cretors, Jr of Ringgold,GA; his sister Jackie Gaskins; 4 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Following cremation, Gary's urn will be laid to rest at the Bay Pines Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robert R Diestler, 78, Beverly Hills, FL
Robert Raymond Diestler, age 78, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away after a lengthy illness at his residence on March 2, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Robert was born on December 25, 1938 in Oshkosh, WI to the late Adolph William and Catherine Agnes (Raymond) Diestler. On July 27, 1957 he married Janice Krebs with whom he shared 59 1/2 years of loving marriage. Robert and Janice made Florida their home 51 years ago after relocating from Kenosha, WI. In 1984 they settled in Citrus County after moving from Pinellas Park, FL. Lutheran by faith, Robert was a parishoner of the First Lutheran Church, Inverness, FL. He had owned and operated a new car dealership while residing in Kenosha and went on to own and operate Diestler Auto Sales of Pinellas Park. Later in life he would go on to custom build and repair computers. Robert was a member of the Hernando Elks Lodge #2522 and enjoyed fishing, boating, watching NASCAR in his spare time, and he liked playing the organ for family and friends. In addition to his loving wife Janice, those left to mourn Robert's passing are his son, Robert and his wife Laurie of Inverness, FL; daughter, Cynthia David and her husband Frank of Dunnellon, FL; sister in law, Carol Diestler of Ocean City, N.J.; and grandchildren, Bobby and Tommy. A Memorial Service for Robert, will be held on Tuesday, March 21st, at 2:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church of Inverness, with Rev. Tom Beaverson officiating. The Family would also like to thank Dr. V. Patel and the staff of Florida Cancer Specialties for their kindness and thoughtfulness throughout Robert's treatment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, 5204 Paylor Lane, Sarasota, FL 34240 or Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert J Doucette, 86, Ocala, FL
Robert John Doucette, age 86, of Ocala, FL died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Timber Ridge Emergency Center, Ocala. Robert was born on September 5, 1930 in Winchester, MA to the late Jeremiah and Florence Doucette. He made Florida his home in 1992 after relocating from Romney, N.H. and was a parishoner of the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, FL. Robert was a Veteran of the United States Army and the Korean War and after his military service went on to work as a Mason in the Stone and Brick Industry. Robert is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Scruggs-Doucette of Ocala, FL; sons: Jeffery Doucette of Milford, N.H., Robert Doucette, Jr. of Reading, MA; daughters: Lynne Fish of Aire, MA, Kristen Manzari of Newberry Port, MA; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth Downey, 88, Inverness, FL
Elizabeth "Betty" Downey, 88, Inverness passed away April 13, 2017. Mrs Downey was born in Hartford, CT on June 20, 1928 to the late John and Anne (Lavery) Young and came here 20 years ago from Simsbury, CT. She was a retired educator, having taught high school students for 20 years and was a member of St Margaret's Episcopal Church. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 67 years, Porter Downey, Inverness; 2 children, Lynne Goldsmith and her husband, Robert of Dothan, AL and Janice Donoghue and her husband, Michael of Plandome, NY; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 18th at 10:00 AM from the St Margaret's Episcopal Church All Saints Memorial Gardens with Fr. Eugene Reuman officiating. Chas E Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Rodney O Dyer, 68, Inverness, FL
Rodney Olian Dyer, age 68, of Inverness, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Rodney was born on October 22, 1948 in Rangeley, ME to the late Olian and Geraldine (Guay) Dyer. He made Citrus County his home 18 years ago after relocating from Falls Village, CT. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, playing cribbage and horseshoes. Rodney loved cars and was especially a fan of Chrysler automobiles. He will be remembered as a kind, loving and generous man who was not only a friend but a father figure to many people that knew him and will be missed dearly. Rodney's loss will be mourned by his son, Gerald "Gary" Dyer of Inverness, FL; daughter, Allison Palmer of Canan, CT; sisters: Norma Angelos of Eagle Lake, FL and Judith Rosenberg of Las Vegas, NV; grandaughters: Amberly, Natalie and Hazel Palmer of Canan, CT. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rebecca A Edwards, 52, Bushnell, FL
Rebecca Ann Edwards, 52, of Bushnell, FL went to heaven on May 13, 2017 from Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born in West Covina, CA on May 23, 1964 and arrived in the Bushnell area in 2016, coming from Plant City, FL. She worked as an R.V. resort manager, was a Catholic by faith, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Rebecca is survived by her daughter, Tarrah Edwards of Plant City, FL; brothers David and Dane Garcia; sisters Rechelle Millward, Regina Simpson, and Requel Martinez; her parents Rufino and Carolyn Garcia; and 1 grandchild Christian Edwards and a great many nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Joseph R Egbert, 62, Ocala, FL
Joseph Robert Egbert, 62, Ocala, formerly of Inverness passed away at Legacy House (Hospice) in Ocala on March 25, 2017. Joseph was born on January 20, 1955 in Jersey City, NJ to Charles E. and Joan (Borer) Egbert, Sr. He moved here from Jersey City in 1980. He worked as a painter in both commercial and residential construction and was of the Catholic Faith. He is survived by his mother, Joan Egbert of Inverness; 5 brothers, Charles Egbert, Jr.; Donald B. Egbert, Arthur D. Egbert, Robert W. Egbert, and Eric P. Egbert, all of Inverness; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Egbert, Sr June 13, 1997 and his brother, George Egbert on April 11, 1990. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Glenna J Espinoza, 55, Dade City, FL
Glenna Jean Espinoza, age 55, of Dade City, FL passed away Saturday, May 19, 2017 at Bayfront Hospital in Brooksville, FL. Glenna was born on January 8, 1962 in Brooksville, FL to the late Kelley and Carolyn (Wilson) Collins. A Christian by faith, she attended worship services at the Church of God in Christ, Trilby, FL. In her spare time Glenna enjoyed crocheting, trying out different styles of makeup on herself and getting her nails done. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and taking them to the park. Those left to mourn Glenna's passing are her daughter, Lupita Fernandez and her husband Raul of Floral City, FL; brothers: Bobby Gaddis and his wife Rebecca of Zephyrhills, FL and Jeff Collins; sisters: Jeannette Cadena and her husband Angel of Dade City, FL, Edie Collins and Rene Collins; grandchildren: Jesus, Ricardo and Juliya. Graveside services for Glenna will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Thomas E Fisher, 69, Hernando, FL
Reverend Thomas E. Fisher, 69, of Hernando, FL departed to be home with his Lord on April 16, 2017.  He was born in Ashland, PA on June 13, 1947 to the late Edwin Morris and Sabina Cecelia (McDonald) Fisher.  Tom was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and achieved success in several businesses while obtaining his bachelor's and master's degrees. He was ordained as a minister in the Assemblies of God and served at Evangel Church, Scotch Plains, NJ before founding New Horizon Christian Fellowship in Hillsborough, NJ.  Tom arrived in this area in 2003 from Hillsborough, NJ.  He served at Calvary Church, Inverness, FL and at Reflections Church in Citrus Springs, FL.  He loved making memories with his children and grandchildren, teaching the Bible, and exploring beaches in FL, was active in the Marine Corps League, became a CCW instructor, and took up baking. He was preceded in death by one brother, Gerard Fisher.  Tom is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Anne Fisher.  Other survivors include his daughters, Kathleen Michelle Fisher and her husband Michael Kullen of Havertown, PA, Rebecca Anne Fisher of Hernando, FL, and Emily Jane Uderman and her husband John of Milford, NJ; brothers James Fisher and Edwin Fisher; sisters Marie Wynne, Catherine Novy, Eileen Ducey, Bernadette Fisher, and Mary Boxter; and 7 grandchildren.  A graveside service with military honors is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2:30 P.M. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 1:00 P.M. at Reflections Church, 9757, N. Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs.  Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is in charge of arrangements.


George Gajentan, 86, Eustis, FL
George Gajentan, 86, of Eustis, and formerly of Homosassa, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares. Mr. Gajentan was born on April 26, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to the late George and Elsie (DeHaun) Gajentan. He was a US Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict and retired as a master corrosion mechanic for Peoples Gas Company. George was a pastel artist and enjoyed model airplanes, camping and fishing. He was Protestant by faith. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; his son Erwin Gajentan and his wife Kay of Grand Island, FL; his daughter Linda Hyatt Boone and her husband Alan of Howey-in-the-Hills, FL; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his brother John M. Gajentan and his sister Rita Smith. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Wednesday from 11 AM until 12 noon, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 1:00 PM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Ralph E Gentile, Jr., 74, Oxford, FL
Ralph E. Gentile, Jr., age 74 of Oxford, FL passed way Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Promise Hospital of Florida, Oxford, FL. Ralph was born on August 1, 1942 in New London, CT to the late Lillian (Herman) and Ralph E. Gentile, Sr. He worked as a Maintenance Welder in the Stainless Steel Pipe Manufacturing Industry throughout his lifetime. Ralph moved to Pompano Beach, FL in 1962 and eventually made Oxford, FL his home in 1981. On August 1, 2014 he married Carolyn (Tubbs) with whom he enjoyed spending his time and taking for rides on his Harley Davidson. Ralph and Carolyn also enjoyed fishing and camping together. In addition to his wife Carolyn, Ralph is survived by his daughter, Melissa Gentile of Martinsville, VA; stepdaughter, Catherine Mixon and her husband Russell of Hampton, S.C.; stepson, Stephen Alaounis of Hilton Head, S.C.; and 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Donald Gill, 81, Hernando, FL
Donald Gill, age 81, of Hernando, passed away at his residence on March 15, 2017 while under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Donald proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force with 21 years of service. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


June N Goodwin, 71, Inverness, FL
June N. Goodwin, 71, Inverness, FL passed away March 26, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Clay County, W. VA on July 26, 1945 to the late Chelsea and Ella (Ramsey) Nottingham. June was a bookkeeper for the family owned tile business, and arrived in this area in 1962, coming from Clay County, W. VA. She was a Baptist by faith, and enjoyed traveling, communicating, and spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter. She is survived by her loving husband Charles Goodwin, Sr. of Inverness. Other survivors include her sons, Thomas and Charles Goodwin of Inverness, and 1 grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Earl J Greensweight, 68, Inverness, FL
Earl J. Greensweight, age 68, of Inverness, FL passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Earl was born on August 3, 1948 in Pottstown, PA to the late Alvin and Mabel (Freed) Greensweight. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and went on to work as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic after his military service. On August 4, 1998 he married Lois (Isaacs) with whom he shared 19 wonderful years of marriage. They made Citrus County, FL their home 3 years ago after Earl finally convinced Lois to relocate from New Jersey. This choice was made after visiting Lois's 92 year old Aunt Helen Blum, who was a longtime resident in Inverness and with whom they had spent many hours. Earl loved her like his own. He was a longtime biker and enjoyed getting out and riding with Lois every Sunday and enjoyed working in the yard. Earl was also known to be extremely helpful to his neighbors and friends. In addition to his loving wife Lois, Earl's passing will be mourned by his sons: Earl Greensweight, Jr. and Christopher (Nicole) Greensweight, both of New Jersey; stepdaughters: Debbie (Dennis) Dolbow of Edgewater, FL, Cindy Granato of Bridgeton, N.J., Pam (Joe) Arcara of Bridgeton, N.J., Patsy (Bryan) Counsellor of Buckhead, GA; sister, Bertha Robinson of New Jersey; grandchildren: Riley, Grayson, Mya, Gabriel, Quinn, Greysen, Dana, Dennis II, Aaron, Carley, Francesca, Sebastiano, Ethen, Shelby; great-grandchildren: Rose, June; lifelong friends: Gary Mosher, Danny Cugler, Buddy Walters, Bob Cannizzaro; and his very special Chocolate Lab, Duke. Earl's family plan to lay his urn to rest at the Salem County Veterans Cemetery in Pilesgrove Township New Jersey at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Jeannette M Hall, 75, Ocala, FL
Jeannette M. Hall, 75, of Ocala, FL passed away March 4, 2017 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. She was born in West Frankfort, IL on July 4, 1941 to the late Charles Joby and Georgia Maxine (Culbertson) Smith. Jeannette was a Nurse at VAMC in Marion, IL, and also in Gainesville. She arrived in the Ocala area 22 years ago, coming from West Frankfort. Jeannette and her husband James were married in 1962, and enjoyed 54 years of loving marriage until James's passing in 2016. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, playing bingo and dominoes, going on cruises, and shopping. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joby Smith. Jeannette is survived by her daughters, Linda A. Mattingly and her husband Joseph of Inverness, FL, and Catherine J. Hall and her partner Rhonda Allende of Wilmington, DE; her sister Nora Blain and her husband Robert of Alabaster, AL; and her grandchildren Hannah and Abigale Mattingly. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Faye M Hallenbeck, 77, Inverness, FL
Faye Marie Hallenbeck, 77, Inverness, FL passed away April 15, 2017 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Watertown, NY on October 26, 1939 to the late Dorcey and Malvina (Colomb) Duprey. Faye was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 1984, coming from Schenectady, NY. She was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed reading, playing golf, and loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond H. Hallenbeck in 2013. Faye is survived by her son Michael Hallenbeck and his wife Jennifer of Salt Lake City, UT, and daughter Vicki Ricker of Inverness; one brother, Wayne Duprey and his wife Sharyl of San Angelo, TX; 4 grandchildren, Douglas, Stephanie, Samantha, and Sean; and 2 great-grandchildren, Weston and Mikayla. Pirvate cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Susan E Hanson, 76, Tad, WV
Susan Elizabeth Hanson, 76, of Tad, passed away February 27, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Division following a short illness. She was born April 3, 1940, and lived most of her life on Campbell's Creek. Susan retired to Floral City, Florida, in 2001 and return to Tad in 2015. She was a longtime member of the Big Bottom Missionary Baptist Church of Tad, having attended the Fort Cooper Baptist Church of Inverness, Florida, while residing there. Preceding her in death were her husband, Randall Hanson; parents, Thomas and Beatrice Perry; sisters, Phyllis Campbell, Barbara Ann Perry, Mary Thompson; and brothers, Thomas R. Perry II and Edward Perry. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Susan Hanson of Tad and Todd and Leandra Hanson of Rockcastle; sisters, Ruth Gibson of Vincent, Ohio, and Paula Rudder of Crystal River, Florida; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Big Bottom Missionary Baptist Church, Tad. Interment will be held in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City Saturday , March 4th at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Marne Palmani officiating. Visitation at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL on Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 A.M. before leaving for the cemetery. Due to traveling to Florida for interment, the family suggest in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Big Bottom Missionary Baptist Church, 3456 Tower Drive, Tad, WV 25306.


Helen Helke, 90, Inverness, FL
Helen Helke, age 90 of Inverness, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Citrus Health & Rehab Center. Helen was born on October 19, 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late Frank and Helen (Stanczyk) Jakubiak. She and her late husband, George, came here in 1975 from Garwood, New Jersey. She was employed for Tingley Rubber in New Jersey. Helen was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Inverness where she was an Eucharist Minister, she helped with the Respite Program, the Helping Hands at Our Lady of Fatima. Many years ago, Helen and her husband, George, would sell rope at the Howard's Flea Market, and as a result, all of the rope around the church was provided by them. Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Rita Priestley of Wenatchee, WA; her brother, Frank Jacobs, and several nieces and nephews. Helen had several close friends in Citrus County including Pat Donahue. She was preceded in death by her husband, George on February 23, 1992, sister Theresa Kilgour in January 2017 and her brother Joseph. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness from 9:00 AM until 10:45 when the procession will leave for Mass.


Clifford L Hendrickson, 62, Inverness, FL
Clifford Lee Hendrickson, 62 Inverness passed away at home on April 19, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Mr. Hendrickson was born in Amityville, New York on April 21, 1954 to George and Lena (Paini) Hendrickson and came to this area in 1986 from Long Island, NY. He retired as a technician from the heating and air conditioning business and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing his drums, collecting stamps, and working with his metal detector. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 43 years, Joan Gunther Hendrickson; 3 children, Cliff Hendrickson and wife Pam, Hernando; Brian Hendrickson and wife Erin, Inverness; Jillian Hendrickson and her fiance Adam, Orlando, FL; his father, George of Inverness; 1 brother, George Hendrickson, Brooksville, FL; 2 grandchildren, Meagan and Trey Hendrickson. He was predeceased by his mother, Lena, and his brother and sister, Warren and Diane Hendrickson. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Deacon Steve Kurylowicz officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6-8 PM where Deacon Steve will conduct a Wake Vigil Service at 7:30 PM


Randolph L Hernandez, 63, Floral City, FL
Randolph Lee "Randy" Hernandez, 63, of Floral City, FL passed away April 16, 2017 at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Bronx, NY on November 28, 1953 to the late Jose and Evangeline Hernandez. Randy was a tile setter in the flooring industry and a Catholic by faith. He arrived in this area in 1974, coming from Long Island, NY. Randy enjoyed watching old movies, fixing cars, building websites, and was a big Yankees fan. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hernandez. Randy is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara Hernandez. Other survivors include his children, Randy Hernandez and his wife Heather of Lakeland, FL, and Raquel Hernandez of Inverness, FL; brother Richard Hernandez; sister Roxanne Mann; and 2 grandchildren, Isaac Hernandez and Leah Hermann. A Gathering of Family and Friends for Randy is scheduled for Saturday, 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 A.M at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Joseph H Hirtz, 94, Crystal River, FL
Joseph H. Hirtz, 94, of Crystal River passed away February 26, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mr. Hirtz was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Joseph and Augusta (Gastmeyer) Hirtz on December 13, 1922 and came to Florida in 1997 from Merrick, Long Island, NY. Mr Hirtz served our country in the Army Air Corps during WW II as a First Lt. and Bombardier in the European Theater, both in France and Germany. He retired from the banking industry as a Senior Vice President with Chase Manhattan Bank with over 35 years of service, followed by another career with Bank Leumi for 10 years prior to his retirement. He was a long time communicant of St Benedict's Catholic Church in Crystal River. Left to mourn his loss is his daughter, Diane Randolph and her husband Mark of Chicago, IL and one granddaughter, Melina Canadas of Miami. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine, August 14, 2006, his son, Michael Hirtz, and 2 sisters, Marie Calder and Helen Mann. Funeral services for Mr. Hirtz will be conducted on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:00 Noon from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home in Inverness with Deacon Fred Oberst officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 am until the time of service.


Vera D Hofmann, 90, Inverness, FL
Vera Dorothea Hofmann, age 90, of Inverness, FL passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at New Horizons Assisted Living Facility with her family by her bedside. Vera was born on August 27, 1926 in East Meadow, Long Island, N.Y. to the late Gustave and Margaret (Seidler) Norell. She was married to George Hofmann for 24 years until his passing in 1990. Vera made Citrus County her home 37 years ago after relocating from Long Island, N.Y. She was a Lutheran by faith, loved to bowl, play bingo, cook and solve puzzles. Vera had a great love for music and had a beautiful singing voice. In her youth, she had also enjoyed dancing. Those left to mourn Vera's passing are her son, Robert Charles Jilnicki (Diane) of Inverness, FL; daughters: Toni Maguire (Kenneth) of Floral City, FL, Paula Zelaya of Homosassa, FL, Gail Fiore (Hugo) of Floral City, FL, Bunny Rosenka (Lester) of Floral City, FL and Vi Green (Chris) of Homosassa, FL. She is also survived by a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her husband George, Vera was preceded in death by all 12 of her siblings. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kendra J Huffman, 65, Floral City, FL
Kendra "Kim" J. Huffman, age 65, of Floral City, FL passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Kim was born on May 2, 1952 in Mansfield, OH to the late Roy Atley and Clarabell (Neighbors) Huffman. Throughout her professional career, she had worked as a cook and as a heavy equipment operator in road construction. Kim made Citrus County, FL her home in 1984 after moving from Mansfield, OH and enjoyed, fishing, boating and going to flea markets in her spare time. Kim is survived by her children: Kimberly Hayward and Roy Thompson, both of Floral City, FL and Robert Thompson and John Conn, both of Mansfield, OH; sister, Ellen Sutter of North Carolina; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her parent's, Kim was preceded in death by two sisters, Sandra Huffman and Mary Ellison. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Patricia F Johnson, 82, Hernando, FL
Patricia Frances Johnson, age 82, of Hernando, FL passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Patricia was born on October 23, 1934 in New York, N.Y. to the late Leslie and Edna (Leonard) Horner. On April 14, 1973 she married Bobbie Johnson with whom she shared 44 years of loving marriage. In 1978, Patricia and Bobbie made Citrus County their home after relocating from Tampa, FL. A Baptist by faith, she attended worship services at Calvary Baptist Church in Crystal River. Patricia was the Branch Manager of the Mid State Federal Bank in Homosassa, FL for a number of years and was a member of the Inverness VFW Post #4337 Ladies Auxiliary. In her spare time she loved to play bingo, make crafts and cook wonderful meals for her family. Patricia also cherished the times she was able to visit with her grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In addition to her loving husband Bobbie, those left to mourn Patricia's passing and cherish her precious memory are her daughters: Roberta Sanford of Houston, TX, Donna Maggio and her husband Clint Cheever of Tampa, FL, Pamela Ferrara and her husband Joe of South Fort Myers, FL; her sister Edna of Ft. Montgomery, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Shaun, Matthew, Marisa, Sophia, Bianca; three great grandchildren: Ashtyn, Ambrye and Briley. A Celebration of Patricia's life is planned for Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Crystal River, FL. Calvary Baptist is located at 257 N.E. 9th Street, Crystal River, FL 34428 at the intersection of East 3rd Avenue and N.E. 9th Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Patricia's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Per her family and adopted church family, "This nana was loved"!


James R Jones, 84, Floral City, FL
James R. Jones, 84, of Floral City, FL passed away April 13, 2017 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness, FL. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on May 11, 1932 to the late Clare F. and Hilda B. (Law) Jones. James was a long distance truck driver and arrived in this area 5 years ago, coming from Bradenton, FL. He was a Christian by faith, and loved spending time with his family friends. James is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Lehman of Gelina, Ohio, and his sister, Hilda Young of Inverness, FL.; and 2 grandchildren, Matthew and Mark. Graveside services for James are scheduled for Monday, 11:00 A.M. at Fountains Memorial Park in Homosassa, FL, with Pastor Tim Stine, from the Harvest Baptist Church in Lake Panasoffkee, officiating. Family and friends will meet at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, at 9:30 A.M. and depart the funeral home at 10:00 A.M. to proceed to the cemetery.


Joan C Keisel, 84, Floral City, FL
Joan C. Keisel, 84, Floral City, FL passed away March 26, 2017 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 13, 1933 to the late Gustav and Randi (Sogermand) Grondsund. Joan was a homemaker, and a Protestant by faith. She arrived in this area in 1984, coming from West Babylon, NY and enjoyed knitting, going shopping with friends, and going to the casino. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Raymond C. Keisel, Jr. in 2003, and one son, Karl E. Keisel on 2011. Survivors include her son, Raymond C. Keisel III of Floral City; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rena D King, 54, Inverness, FL
Rena Kay King, 54, Inverness, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017 at the Citrus Health & Rehab Center. Rena was born April 14, 1962 to the late Wesley and Geraldine (Rowe) Brown in Muncie, IN. In 1969, she moved to Florida with her family. She was formerly employed at the Citrus County Chronicle as the Classified Advertising Manager. Family was Rena's passion and how lucky she was to have such a large one. She lived each day to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Rena was blessed to assist in the delivery of six of her grandchildren, all of which were born at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Holly and David say she was a true gift to have in the delivery room and was the most amazing coach during labor and delivery. Right along with her love for family, she had a great interest in learning about her Cherokee and Native American heritage. She spent many years assisting her sisters in putting together their family tree and during this time, she became a member of the Cherokee Nation Turtle Clan. Rena loved to sing and during her adolescence, she was a member of her father's church and was part of the quartet. Rena's love for God was always above all; she truly believed in the Great Spirit in The Sky. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children, David King and wife Sabrina of Inverness; Holly Hartley and husband Nathan of Citrus Springs; Danny King of Jacksonville; Debra Smith and husband Jeff of Lake City, FL; 1 brother, Wesley Brown, Homosassa; 4 sisters, Cynthia Higginbottom and Sharon Smithers, both of Tennessee; Debbie Myers, Chiefland, FL; Madonna Sharpe of Iowa; 12 grandchildren, Noah, Gracee, Juliet, Savannah, Lily, Dawson, Paige, Nicholas, Devin, Kobe, Jennifer, and Ashley. She was predeceased by her husband, George J. King, Jr. on August 19, 2015; a brother and sister, Kenneth and Rose Brown. Graveside services will be conducted from Oak Ridge Cemetery on Tuesday, April 25th at 11:00 AM with Jason Wetherington officiating. The Chas E Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Milda Lamb, 84, formerly of Inverness, FL
Milda Lamb, 84, formerly of Inverness, FL passed away April 10, 2017 in St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL. A native of Riga, Latvia, she was born June 25, 1932 to the late Voldemars and Ede (Zalite) Gutmanis. Milda traveled from Latvia to Denmark, Denmark to Canada, and Canada to Florida, all in the hopes of creating a better life for her family. She later retired as a Medical Secretary and resided in Morganton, NC. Known by her family and friends as Millie / Milda / G’Ma / Grandma Lamb, she was always giggling, enjoyed ballroom dancing, a sweet treat fanatic, and an incredibly loving matriarch. She lived a full life of traveling, dancing, raising children, spoiling grandkids, and was fortunate enough to become a great grandmother. Easter visits were a special time for Milda and her family with lots of laughter and playing the “egg cracking” game. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lamb; her son, Ronald Graham Webber; and her step daughter, Wendy Lamb Darwin. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: James A. Lamb and his wife Carol of Morganton, NC; Jeffrey R. Lamb of Tampa, FL; Linda S. O’Berry and her husband, Steve of Seminole FL; daughter in law, Sanna Webber (Ron’s Widow) of St. Petersburg, FL; step daughter, Cherrey Tugwell, and her husband, Jim of Ottawa, Canada; sister, Rita Goba of Milton, Canada; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Milda Lamb will be laid to rest in Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. The family will have a memorial service May 13, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Email Carol Lamb at: clynnlamb2766@gmail.com for further details. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory of Inverness, Florida is assisting the family.


Cecil B Lovan, 91, Inverness, FL
Cecil Bryant Lovan, age 91, of Inverness, FL passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 Citrus Health and Rehab, Inverness. Cecil was born April 26, 1925 in Willow Springs, MO to the late Oscar and Emily (Jones) Lovan. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. Cecil made Citrus County his home 10 years ago after relocating from Virginia. A Baptist by faith, he attended worship services at Ft. Cooper Baptist Church, Inverness. On June 30, 1995 he married Anna Jean Lipford with whom he shared 21 years of loving marriage. In his spare time, Cecil enjoyed ballroom dancing at least 4 or 5 times a week, going to the Eagles and Moose Lodges in Inverness and playing cards and socializing with friends in their Royal Oaks Community and at the Senior Center. In addition to his wife Anna, Cecil will be mourned by his sons: James Lovan, Randy Lovan, David Lovan and Kevin Lovan (Renee); daughters: Carolyn Bates (Jerry) and Patricia Tabor; step son, William Lipford (Glendine); stepdaughter, Sherry Kalasnik; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his second wife Laverne and 7 siblings. Cecil's urn will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA at a later date. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Edward W Lunceford, 86, Floral City, FL
Edward Walter Lunceford, age 86 of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on Monday, March 20,2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Edward was born on December 14, 1930 in Replete, West Virginia, to the late Frederick and Jennie (Samples) Lunceford. On December 18, 1954 he married Wilda Snyder with whom he shared 62 years of loving marriage. He and Wilda came to Citrus County, FL 29 years ago from Kent, Ohio. Edward was a US Army veteran and retired as a construction operating engineer after 33 years. Edward was a charter member of the Floral City VFW #7122; a member of the Model A's Club; the Fun T's of Central FL (a Model T enthusiast club), and a member of the Operating Engineers of Ohio. In his spare time he enjoyed working on his antique cars and playing string instruments. Edward also loved his cats. In addition to his loving wife Wilda, Edward will be mourned by several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law. He was preceded in death by his brother, Victor Lunceford; and sisters: Garnett Coffman, Beatrice Shaver, Geneva Robinson and Ina Gae Hinkle. Friends may call at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Additional services and burial will take place in Hacker Valley, W.V. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Edward's memory to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, P.O. Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623 or Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothy Major, 89, Floral City, FL
Dorothy Major, age 89, of Floral City, FL passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Dorothy was born on January 15, 1928 in Chicago, IL to the late Frank and Emily (Motitchka) Deane. In 1945 she married Norman S. Major with whom she shared 48 years of loving marriage until his passing in 1993. Dorothy was employed as a Computer Technician in the Automotive Industry throughout her life. She was a Christian by faith and a taught Sunday School for a number of years in Glen Ellyn, IL. She volunteered her time as a troop leader for the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, and had worked as a substitute teacher for the Glen Ellyn School District. Dorothy loved to fish, and was a talented craft maker and had won awards for her crochet and pine needle works. She will be remembered as a wonderful and caring mother, mother in law and grandmother. Those who will mourn Dorothy's passing include her son, Steven Major and his wife Elisabeth of Sarasota, FL; her daughter, Judi Tubel of Charlotte, N.C.; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parent's, Dorothy was preceded in death by 3 brother and 2 sisters. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Neil W Marlow, 60, Dunnellon, FL
Neil William Marlow, 60, of Dunnellon, FL passed away March 14, 2017 at 7 Rivers Medical Center in Crystal River, FL. He was born in Orange, CA on July 1, 1956 Neil was an automotive mechanic, and arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Robert, LA. He attended the Assembly of God Church in Inverness, and enjoyed car racing, flying airplanes, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary J. Marlow ;and a son, Christopher Greaux. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Carolyn Marlow of Dunnellon. Other survivors include his children Keith Marlow of Washington State, Jonathon Greaux and his wife Shania of Hernando, FL, and Stephanie Marlow of Gainesville, FL; his father Cornelius Marlow loving step-mother Victoria Marlow of Homosassa, FL; daughter-in-law Shannon Greaux; brothers Charles and William Marlow; sisters Marie Brant, Nancy Marlow, Peggy Rodriguez, and Heather Freeman; and grandchildren Jace, Azariah, Briahna, Kenslee, Raelynn, Cheyenne, and Waylon. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service is scheduled for Friday, March 24, at 2:30 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL with Pastor Dairold Rushing officiating. The family will be receiving friends in visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Neil will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL following the services.


Byron O Marshall, 88, Crystal River, FL
Byron O. Marshall, Jr., 88 of Crystal River, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Saturday, April 29, 2017. He was born on November 13, 1928 in South Berwick, ME to the late Byron O. and Irene S. (Young) Marshall. He moved to Citrus County in 1989 from York, ME. Byron began his law enforcement career as a State Trooper for the State of Maine. Following that position, he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard as the Superintendent of Security and later retired as Director of Security for the Maine Yankee 900 MW Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset, ME. He also held licenses as a private detective, bail bondsman, and notary public. He was a 64-year member of St. John's Masonic Lodge No. 0051 in South Berwick, ME and served our country in the U.S.Army. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed trading cars, beach football, basketball, tennis, and crossword puzzles. He designed and supervised the building of four of his homes, completing much of the work himself, including stone walls and finish carpentry. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kristie (Goodrow) Marshall of Crystal River; sons - Aidan B. Marshall and Evan B. Marshall, both of Inverness; daughters - Gail Marshall of Mt. Desert Island, ME and Sharon Hall of Rochester, NH; brothers - Norman Marshall of York, ME and Robert Marshall of Quincy, MA; sisters - Louise Todd of Cape Neddick, ME and Phyllis Marshall of York, ME. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Lecanto with Pastor Gary Bailey officiating. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Colleen E Meahl, 86, Inverness, FL
Colleen E. Meahl, 86, of Inverness, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at New Horizon Assisted Living Facility in Inverness. Colleen was born April 3, 1930 in Dante, Virginia to Roy and Rosa Hall and came to Citrus County in 1968 from Alexandria, VA. She retired as Head Bookkeeper and Assistant Cashier from the Bank of Inverness with 23 years of service, and was a charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church where she truly enjoyed working in the nursery and church office. She was also a school volunteer at Floral City Elementary. Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Jeffery Meahl and his wife Kay of Inverness, Gregory Meahl and his wife Linda of Ocala; her sister, Peggy Jones and her husband Kline of Inverness; 6 grandchildren, Rebekah, A.J., Landon and his wife Cassidy, Gerren, Chase, and Carys, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Calvin Meahl, on May 28, 2000; 2 brothers, Cecil and Ron Hall; 2 sisters, Louise Consorti and Evelyn Amburgy. Considering Psalm 116:15, precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints, a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness with Pastors Greg Kell and Darrell Reneau officiating. Private burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL 34452 or Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness.


Janet M Meyer, 81, Inverness, FL
Janet Marie Meyer, 81 of Inverness, passed away Sunday,May 21, 2017 at Arbor Trail in Inverness. Janet was born February 7, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Edward and Anna (Balogh) Karmandy. She came to Citrus County 7 years ago from Kissimmee - St. Cloud, FL. Baptist by faith, Janet was a home health caregiver, who enjoyed caring for others. She was a devoted watcher of the news and loved thrift store shopping. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 20 years, Robert Meyer; her daughter Pamela Boese and her husband Timothy of Inverness; her grandchildren: Thomas Standridge, Yvonne Ali and Valerie Alfredson and her great grandchildren: Debbra, Caitlin, Gus, John, Maryanne, Angelie and Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her son, James Taylor in March 2014 and her daughter, Deborah Taylor in 1961. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Gary J Milliard, 75, Dunnellon, FL
Gary Joseph Milliard, 75, of Dunnellon, FL passed away April 19, 2017 at his residence in Dunnellon. He was born in Oxford, MA on May 9, 1941 to the late Albert and Isadora (Belknap) Milliard. Gary was a truck driver and served in the Army National Guard. He was Pentecostal by faith. Gary was an avid 1950's model car collector. He enjoyed going to car shows, fishing, and site seeing in the New England area. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Gail Milliard. Other survivors include his children Gary Milliard, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Rochdale, MA, Patricia Veber and her husband Gary of Woodstock, CT, and Bonnie Earl of SC; step-children Robert Hebert, Jr. and his wife Tricia of RI, Richard Hebert and his wife Roberta of OH, Patricia Remillard and her husband Douglas of OH, and Scott Hebert and his wife Sherrie of OH; sister Cynthia Frenier and her husband Wayne of Dunnellon; 7 grandchildren, Jonathan, Benjamin, Jennifer, Amanda, Nicholas, Jason, and Melissa; several step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; nephew Bernard Chause of Quinebaug, CT; nieces Wendy Mayotte and Crysten Frenier both of Dunnellon, FL, Shannon Chause of Dudley, MA, and Robin Williams of Florida. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Minnie A Minnis, 86, Floral City, FL
Minnie A. Minnis, 86, of Floral City, formerly of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away April 11, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Ross Township, PA on May 13, 1930 to the late Clifford L. and Augusta Luchretia (Thorpe) Gass. Minnie arrived in this area from St. Petersburg in 1989, and was a member of the Floral City United Methodist Church. She also held memberships in both the St. Petersburg and Floral City Garden Clubs, and the Floral City Historical Society. She enjoyed flipping houses, and had a plant business in St. Petersburg focusing on staghorn ferns. Above all, she loved her family and God very much and her sweet smile will truly be missed. Minnie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Buthyal L. "Bunk" Minnis, and a sister Dolores Bayer. She is survived by her children, Ernest A. Meyer and his wife Veronica of Floral City, Judith A. Sloane and her husband Tim of Claysville, PA, and Lucy A. Avila and her husband Robert of Dade City, FL.; brother Clifford L. Gass, Jr. of Evans City, PA; sisters Glenora Carr of West View, PA and Diane Kondrick of Gibsonia, PA; and 3 grandchildren, Ernie, Adam, and Sara. The urns of Bunk and Minnie will be enterred together at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. with a graveside service scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2:30 P.M. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is in charge of the arrangements.


Dorothy H Miskovsky,, 92, Ocala, FL
Dorothy H. "Dottie" Miskovsky, 92, Ocala, a former 44 year resident of Hernando, passed away at the home of her daughter, in Ocala, on Saturday, April 8. Dorothy was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1924 to the late Michael and Bertha (Koch) Kornberger. The family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where she grew up. At age 20, she took a job as an inspector at Queens Machine Co., in Brooklyn, where they designed and manufactured knitting machines for the textile industry. There, she met "Sid", the Shop Foreman and tool and die maker for the company. They were married in 1945 and made their home in Deer Park, L.I., N.Y. In 1961, they came to Hernando, FL, where they owned and operated the El Rancho Motel, during the 1960's. Later, Dorothy worked at the Inverness Golf And Country Club, as a hostess, for over 20 years. During those years, Dorothy and Sid enjoyed the many wonderful people that they met and the life long friendships that were forged. Thoughtful, kind and giving, Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who had a ready smile and a soothing, gentle nature that made her a pleasure to be around. She was eager to be included in all family activities. Going to restaurants or finding a place to have a "good hot pretzel", were also things she enjoyed. She taught herself to crochet as a young girl and her hands were always busy, making a gift for someone, "just because". At home she liked a game of Rummy or chinese checkers, solitare, crossword puzzles, watching Wheel of Fortune and listening to Johnny Mathis music. And, oh, how she loved seeing flowers bloom. Most importantly, she loved her family, as we love her. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Linda Breedlove and her husband, Jim, of Ocala; her grandson, Scott Breedlove, Ocala and her great-grandson, Tristan Breedlove, Gainesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zdenek "Sid" Miskovsky on December 8, 1986, 3 brothers: Robert, John and Alfred Kornberger, and a sister, Anna Callari. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Angelo S Moschella, 92, Revere, MA
Angelo Samuel Moschella, age 92, of Revere, MA passed away at his daughter's winter residence in Inverness, FL on February 28, 2017. Angelo was born on December 6, 1924 in Revere, MA to the late Pellegrino and Terefina (Tampano) Moschella. He proudly served his country as member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. A Catholic by faith, Angelo was a parishoner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Revere, MA. Those left to mourn Angelo's passing are son, William "Bill" Moschella and his wife Eileen of Lynn, MA; daughter, Linda Doherty and her husband Russell of Revere, MA; sister, Sarah Riley of Revere, MA; grandchildren: Brian, Jason, Billy, Justin, Keri-Ann; and one great grandchild. In addition to his parent's, Angelo was preceded in death by his wife, Antonetta and one son, Robert. Services for Angelo will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Revere, MA at a later date. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everette, MA. Massachussets arrangements are under the direction of the Vertuccio and Smith Funeral Home, Revere, MA. Local arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David G Mullin, 74, Bushnell, FL
David G. Mullin, age 74, a winter resident of Bushnell, FL passed peacefully into Glory at his Bushnell residence while surrounded by his loving family on May 18, 2017. David was born February 6, 1943 on the family farm where he was raised in Mannsville, N.Y. to the late Victor Ellis and Clara (Fitzgerald) Mullin. He served as the Pastor of the Mannsville Full Gospel Assembly for over 40 years and was also a Dairy Farmer and Carpenter. David was a talented gardener who loved growing flowers and a former member of the Sandy Creek Grange in Sandy Creek, N.Y. He also greatly enjoyed woodworking. David had made numerous trips to Florida over the years and was a "snowbird" resident of Bushnell, FL for the last 10 years. While in Florida, he attended worship services at the Cross Connection Church of Bushnell. Those left to mourn David's passing are his wife of 10 years, Marie (Cummins) Mullin; sons: Gary Mullin of Sandy Creek, N.Y., Thomas Mullin and his wife Diane of North Syracuse, N.Y., Philip Mullin and his wife Kristi of Canastota, N.Y.; daughters: Debbie Diamond and her husband Robert of St. Joseph, MO, Rebecca Yelle and her husband Steven of Clayton, N.Y.; stepson, John Wood and his wife Robbin of Sandy Creek, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Roberta Clark and her husband Richard of Citra, FL; brothers: Ivan Mullin and his wife Pearl of Scottsville, N.Y., Allen Mullin and his wife Diana of Bushnell, FL; sisters: Mary Gingerich and her husband Steven of Inverness, FL, Clara Elrod of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Betsey Corson; wife of 9 years, Judy (Mills) Potter; son, David D. Mullin; brother, Victor Mullin; and sisters: Ella Mae Blount and Laurentine Rogers. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for David will be held at the Cross Connection Church of Bushnell (formerly called Bushnell Assembly of God) Monday, May 22nd 6:30 PM. A 2nd Memorial Service is planned for David in Mannsville, N.Y. on Saturday, May 27th 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Team Haiti-4-Jesus, PO Box 39, Mannsville, NY 13661. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Evelyn J Murrian, 84, Ocala, FL
Evelyn Jane Murrian, 84, Ocala passed away March 29, 2017. Evelyn was born in Knoxville, TN on April 10, 1932 to the late Elmer James and Perney Love (Morten) Wilson. After relocating to Florida, she resided both in Citrus and Marion County. She is survived by her son, James Murrian of Hernando and her sister, Mary Funkhouser, Houston, TX; 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Murrian, a son, Mark Thomas Murrian, and her daughter, Diane Lynn Parker. Private cremation with burial at a later date. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Muriel H Neel, 99, Inverness, FL
Muriel H. Neel, age 99, of Inverness, FL passed away March 7, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. Muriel was born in Englewood, NJ on December 18, 1917 to the late Harvey Edward and Rose (Handwerg) Crum. She was a graduate of both Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge, N.J. and the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York. Muriel was a Banker for most of her working career and moved to Florida in 1981 from Metuchen, NJ. She has resided in Citrus county for over 30 years. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts when her son was young and also taught Sunday School. In her spare time Muriel enjoyed gardening, cross stitching, and needle point. She also liked to knit and would make sweaters and socks for her family. Left to mourn Muriel's passing are her children Thomas Huber and his wife Evelyn of Inverness, and Carol Berning and her husband Jeff of Jupiter, FL; 4 grandchildren, Robert Justice and his wife Sherrie, Kimberly Benge and her husband Denny, Jennifer Justice, Thomas Huber, Jr. and his wife Shannon; 7 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Alice Crum of Inverness. Muriel was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and John Crum and one sister, Eleanor Whitehead. A Celebration of Muriel's Life is planned for Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Pastor David R. Smith of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Muriel's memory to the Friends of Citrus County Animal Services, P.O. Box 641, Inverness, FL 34451. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Raymond "Eugene" Nix, 56, Floral City, FL
Raymond "Eugene" Nix, age 56, of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on March 3, 2017. Eugene was born on January 2, 1961 in Hammond, IN to Shela Darlene (Earheart) and the late Jimmy Eugene Nix. As a child he attended nursery school in Gary, IN and went on to attend classes at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Crown Point, IN. In 1993 Eugene and his family made Citrus County, FL their home after relocating from Crown Point, IN. He started attending the Key Training Center in 1997 where he made many wonderful friends throughout the years. Eugene was involved in many activities including the Key Center Bowling League and the Special Olympics. He and his family were members of F.F.R.A. - Family and Friends Reaching Beyond Disability. Eugene loved dogs and greatly enjoyed the affection and kindness they showed to him. He also enjoyed eating spaghetti and had a special Batman necklace that he was very fond of and was the first thing he put on when he arrived home each day. Eugene also was a loyal and devoted viewer of the CBS television network and enjoyed watching television while he colored. Eugene was so very special to his family and they often called him by his nickname of "Blu". He touched so many peoples lives over the years, all without speaking a word. Eugene will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. Those left to mourn Eugene's passing are his mother, Shela "Darlene" Partin and his step father, Reid J. Partin of Floral City, FL; sister, Shela Renee' Schott and her husband Daniel T. of Valparaiso, IN; nieces: Danielle R. Battista, her husband Adam and their son Leo of Chicago, IL and Calli B. Dado and her husband Rob of Crown Point, IN; aunts: Gladys Windle of York Haven, PA, Wanda Jordan of Inverness, FL and Odessa Carpinetti and her husband Jerry of Floral City, FL; uncle, Elmer Earhart and his wife Robin of Royal Palm Beach, FL; and many cousins and extended family. Eugene's family plan to have a gathering of his closest friends at the Key Training Center at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Eugene's honor to F.F.R.A., Inc., 10 Moser Ct. S., Homosassa, FL 34446 or The Key Training Center, 5399 W Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Raymond Normoyle, 68, Inverness, FL
Raymond Normoyle, 68, of Inverness, FL passed away March 19, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Chicago, IL on April 4, 1948 to the late Benedict F. and Clara (Foitkiewicz) Normoyle. Raymond was a RAD waste technician in the power industry, and a U.S. Army Viet-Nam veteran. He arrived in this area 31 years ago coming from Addison, IL, and was a Catholic by faith. Raymond enjoyed watching horse races, and spending time with family, friends, and his dogs. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Adelinde "Linda" Normoyle of Inverness. Other survivors include his daughter, Caroline Loggins and her husband Gary of Floral City, FL.; and 5 grandchildren. Graveside services with military honors for Raymond will be conducted on Friday, 10:00 A.M. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. The procession from the funeral home to the cemetery will depart at 9:15 A.M. sharp. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


James F O'Neil, Jr., 75, Lecanto, FL
James Francis O'Neil, Jr., 75, Lecanto, FL passed away February 24, 2017 in the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Jim was born in Newton,MA on September 29, 1941 to the late James F. and Marie (Sullivan) O'Neil, Sr. He came to Florida in 2003 from Plymouth, MA. He was an accountant, having worked for Beverly Hospital and others during his professional career. Jim served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was of the Catholic Faith. An avid and proficient golfer, he enjoyed watching all sports, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. Most importantly, he was devoted to his wife, Mary, their two children, and grandchildren. Left to mourn their loss is his wife of 48 years, Mary Lynch O'Neil; two children, Kevin O'Neil and his wife Robyn of Needham, MA; Kellie O'Neil Olson of Citrus Springs, FL; 1 sister, Brenda Palmer, Needham, MA; 4 grandchildren, Jonathan Romero, Tyler Olson, Brooke and Dillon O'Neil. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 10:00 AM from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Needham, MA. Burial will follow in The Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. Reposing hours will be on Monday from 4-7 PM at Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02492. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, Florida was in charge of Florida arrangements.


Werner C Ost, 94, Homosassa, FL
Werner Christian Ost, age 94, of Homosassa, FL passed away at his residence on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Werner was born on April 8, 1922 in East Germany and made the United States his home in the 1950's after moving to Michigan. While living in Michigan he was an Engineer for the Automotive Industry. Werner made Florida his home several years ago after retirement. In his spare he loved boating, fishing and being on the water. He is survived by his wife of 5 years, Joycelyn and his stepson, Carey Wilson of Deltona, FL. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael A Pacecca, 58, Floral City, FL
Michael Alexander Pacecca, age 58, passed from this earth when Jesus came and carried him home on February 25, 2017. Michael was born on November 11, 1958 in Austin, TX to the late Charlotte Ann Soffel and and was raised in St. Petersburg, FL. He had a great love of nature and being outdoors. Michael enjoyed camping, fishing, bike riding, helping others and socializing with friends. He was a man of strong faith with a loving and forgiving heart and a friend to everyone he met. Michael has gone to his eternal home in heaven where there is no more sorrow, sickness or separation. He was loved by all those who knew him. Those left to mourn Michael's passing are his son, Michael Pacecca, Jr. of South Dakota; sister, Dawn Hawkins of Clearwater, FL; father, Robert T. Pacecca, Sr. of St. Petersburg, FL; sister, Lorraine King of St. Petersburg, FL; brother, Robert Pacecca, Jr. of Largo, FL; 4 grandchildren; aunt, Sarah Waldron; cousins, nieces, nephew and many very dear friends. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Richard F Palmer, Jr, 73, Floral City, FL
Richard F. Palmer, Jr., 73, of Floral City, FL passed away March 26, 2017 at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL. He was born in Medford, MA on September 21, 1943 to the late Richard F. and Shirley (Hollenback) Palmer, Sr. Richard was a truck driver, a Protestant by faith, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Viet-Nam War. Richard arrived in this area in 1984, coming from MA. He enjoyed camping, spending time outdoors, and loved animals. Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Debra Alderdice in February of 2017. Survivors include his brother, Charles Palmer of Quincy, MA, and his sister Deborah Dubois of Spring Hill, FL, and 1 niece. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Eugene Pittman, 82, Inverness, FL
Eugene Pittman, 82, Inverness, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in the Citrus Health & Rehab Center. Gene was born in Forks Creek, Florida on November 22, 1934 to the late J.F. and Bunnie (Hobby) Pittman and came to Citrus County in 1974 following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Master Sgt with 21 years of service. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Orlando for 12 years. After moving to Citrus County, he became a very active member of the First Christian Church of inverness, and along with his wife, spent many hours a week dedicating their time to their church family. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord. He loved his church family like his own. Gene was a Deacon on the FCCI Board, headed the Facilities Ministry, making sure the buildings and campus were well maintained. He also helped to prepare the meals for Men's Prayer Breakfasts and Wednesday night meals. Always the first to arrive at the church and the last to leave, he made sure the buildings were secure. If you needed a hug, he gave it to you. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles. "Rest in the arms of Jesus my love, you earned it." Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 32 years, Shirley Payne Pittman; 3 children, Jeffrey Pittman of Orlando, Bruce Payne, Sr and his wife, Tricia of Inverness, and his daughter, Susan Mott and her husband, Roger of Orlando: 1 sister, Christine Neal of Inverness; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, David, 6 brothers, Willis, Robert, Fred, Charles, Troy, and W.J. Pittman; 2 sisters, Edna and Erlene. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at the First Christian Church of Inverness on Friday, April 28th at 11:30 AM with Dr. Ray Kelley officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the First Christian Church in Gene's memory. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Kenneth M Potts, 53, Hernando, FL
Kenneth Michael "Tiger" Potts, 53, Hernando died at home on May 20, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Ken was born in Freeport, LINY on Jan. 9, 1964 to the late Clayton and Evelyn (Kopper) Potts and came to this area in the 80's from South Florida. He worked as a Locksmith for Wheeler's Locksmith in Inverness prior to retirement. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Jennie Coppedge Potts; daughter, Amanda (John) Beery, Hernando; 1 brother, Jimmy (Denise) Potts, Dunnellon, FL; 3 sisters, Kathleen (Rickey) Miller, Inverness; Colleen (Bill) Neale, Coral Springs, FL; Noreen (Tom) Long, Inverness; grandchildren, Jason and Abby Shepard and Kaylee Beery. Memorial services to be announced at a later date. Cremation care with Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Catherine "Cecelia" Powell, 99, Ocala, FL
Catherine "Cecelia" Powell, age 99, of Ocala, FL passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Crown Court Assisted Living Facility in Inverness, FL. Cecelia was born on May 23, 1917 in Tathan Springs, KY to the late William E. and Addie Mae (Pinkston) Foster. She worked as a Legal Secretary for a manufacturing firm throughout her life and was a Christian by faith. In 2004, she made Ocala her home after relocating from Kentucky. Cecelia greatly enjoyed reading in her spare time. Those left to mourn Cecelia's passing and cherish her precious memory are her son, Don B. Powell of Inverness, FL; daughter, Judith Kovalcin of Ocala, FL; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parent's, Cecelia was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert E Prest, 81, Dunnellon, FL
Robert E. Prest, Sr., age 81, of Dunnellon, FL passed away at his residence on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Robert was born on July 30, 1935 in Greenfield, MA to the late Luman T. and Vivian M. (Jackman) Prest. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Reserves. Robert was married to his wife Rose for 53 years until her passing on December 7, 2011. He was a designer and builder of lighting fixtures and made Dunnellon, FL his home in 2002 after relocating from Mills Falls, MA. Those left to mourn Robert's passing are his sons: Robert Prest, Jr. of New Jersey, Roger Prest of Dunnellon, FL, Paul Prest and his wife Deena of Massachusetts, Jeffrey Prest and his wife Juley of Beverly Hills, FL; daughter, Tina Prest of Vernon, VT; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Donald C Pridemore, 86, Citrus Springs, FL
Donald C. Pridemore, age 86, of Citrus Springs, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Spring Hill, FL. Don was born on April 2, 1931 in Neal, W.V. to the late Lyle and Nada (Walker) Pridemore. He was married to Wanda June (Tilghman) for 64 years until her passing on August 5, 2016. Don and Wanda made Citrus County their home in 1992 after relocating from Anchorage, AK. A Christian by faith, he was a member of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene, Hernando, FL where he faithfully served as Head Usher for over 13 years. Don proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps, was a Veteran of the Korean War and Purple Heart recipient. After his military service, he went on to work as a butcher throughout his life. Don was a member of the American Legion Post #299 of Moorehaven, FL and Masonic Lodge #61 F&AM also in Moorehaven, FL. In addition to his loving wife Wanda, Don was preceded in death by three brothers. He is survived by his niece, Karen Jarrels of Spring Hill, FL and many loving friends. A Funeral Service for Donald is planned for Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Hernando Church of the Nazarene, Hernando, FL with Pastor Randy Hodges officiating. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will take place following the service at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at 1:00 PM where full military honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Yvonne D Puro, 74, Inverness, FL
Yvonne Dena Puro, 74, Inverness passed away at home on March 3, 2017. Mrs Puro was born April 8, 1942 in Detroit, MI to the late Leo J and Margaret (Ackley) Gietzen and moved to this area from Algonec, MI. She was a homemaker and a long time member of V.F.W. Post 4337 Ladies Auxiliary. Yvonne also enjoyed being a member of the Inverness Chicks, and the Red Hat Society and loved to dance and sing Kar-a-o-ke. Yvonne also enjoyed gardening and decorating her home for Christmas and sharing it with everyone. She is survived by 2 sons, Dale A. Puro, Richmond, MI; Darrell J. (Cindy) Puro, Algonec, MI; 2 daughters, Deborah Vanderhagen, Chesterfield, MI; Darlene R. Spiney, Key West, FL; 2 sisters, Linda (Chester) Sturgess, The Villages, FL; Therese (Doug) Wilmot, Lewiston, MI; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Puro on March 19, 2012 and her daughter, Donna Hernandez. A Celebration of Life Service is planned for Friday, March 10th from 12 Noon to 2 PM at the V.F.W. Post 4337 in Inverness. Service will be followed by a luncheon. Yvonne's urn will be laid to rest at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. Cremation arrangements were under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.


Samuel Ramsay, 75, Beverly Hills, FL
Samuel Ramsay, age 75, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away Friday March 31, 2017 at the Life Care Center of Lecanto. Samuel was born in Belmont, Trinidad to the late Edmey and Audrey (Mapp) Ramsay. He was married to his loving wife Delsa for 26 years until her passing on March 17, 2015. Samuel was employed as a Plumber for the City of New York. After retirement, he made Sugarmill Woods, FL his home in 2003 and eventually made Beverly Hills his home in 2007. While a resident of New York, Samuel was a very active member of his local Masonic Lodge. After retirement, he made an effort to always stay busy, whether it was working around the house or looking for some odd job to do. Samuel will be remembered as a wonderful father that greatly loved his children and taking care of them over the years. Those left to mourn Samuel's passing and cherish his precious memory are his sons: Ben Ramsay and his fiancee' Nicole Torres of Beverly Hills, FL, Robert Ramsay and his wife Urania of Tucson, AZ, Anthony Ramsay of Trinidad, Michael Adams of Pennsylvania and Joshua Ramsay of Inverness; his daughters: Monique Ramsay of Inverness, and Vernise Couch and her husband Bernard Couch, Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y. Samuel, who was preceded in death by 7 brothers, is also survived by his remaining brother, Max Ramsay of Trinidad; his many nieces and nephews, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Harold L Ray, 76, Floral City, FL
Harold Lee "Rick" Ray, 76, of Floral City, FL took his final lap around the track on April 14, 2017 under the care of Avante of Inverness. He was born in Minerva, OH on November 21, 1940 to the late Lloyd and Mildred (Koehler) Ray. Rick was an automotive mechanic, and has been an area resident since 1961. He enjoyed stock car racing, and loved to watch his grandsons race. Rick is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ina Ray. Other survivors include his sons, William Ray and his wife Erin of Homosassa, FL, and Robert Ray and his wife Kathy of Floral City; daughter Doratta Watt of Floral City; and 6 grandchildren, Kessiah, Karlin, Camron, Caylyn, Dalton, and Alyssa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association. Private arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alton E Read, 70, Lecanto, FL
Alton Edward Read, age 70, of Lecanto, FL passed away March 3, 2017 at his residence in Lecanto. He was born on March 20, 1946 in Providence, RI to the late Arthur and Alice (Borsey) Read. Alton was an automotive mechanic for the city of Cranston police department in Cranston, RI, and a U.S. Army Viet-Nam veteran. He arrived in this area in 2015, coming from West Warwick, RI, and was a Baptist by faith. Alton enjoyed golfing, and having a few beers with his buddies. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda Read. Other survivors include his son, Shawn Read of Lecanto, and his daughter Lisa LoBianco; his sister Carol Lepore; and 2 grandchildren: Robbie and G'Anna Marie. He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Read. A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Friday, from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Burial with military honors will follow the gathering at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL


Lawrence E Regnier, 87, Floral City, FL
Lawrence E. Regnier, age 87, of Floral City, FL passed away at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Lawrence was born on December 19, 1929 in Springfield, MA to the late Lawrence and Bernice (Lane) Regnier. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. Lawrence was married to Helen (Kusiak) for 56 years until her passing on March 24, 2012. They made Citrus County their home in 1986 after relocating from Largo, FL. In his spare time, Lawrence liked to "tinker" with things and could make and create items from nothing but discarded spare parts. Lawrence is survived by son, Kenneth Regnier and his wife Becky of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter, Diane Lamoureux and her husband Skip of Brooksville, FL; 2 grandsons: Michael and Matthew; 2 granddaughters: Kelly and Katie; and 3 great grandchildren: Andrew, Chloe and Maddie. Lawrence's urn will be laid to rest with his wife Helen at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Carol A Rivers, 72, Inverness, FL
CAROL ANN RIVERS, 72 of Inverness, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 under the loving care of her family, at the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Hospice House in Lecanto. Carol was born on December 25, 1944 in Middlebury, Vermont to the late Arthur L. and Marjorie (Dugan) Le Beau. She came to Citrus County in 2005 from Vergennes, Vermont. Carol was a bookkeeper for Le Beau & O'Brien Oil Company and Gas Station for 37 years. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, playing bingo and visiting with her neighbors in Stoneridge Landing. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 41 years, James S. Rivers; her son Michael Le Beau and his wife, Robin, of Vergennes, VT; Her brother Fred Le Beau of Inverness; her sister Doris O'Brien of Vergennes, VT; granddaughter, Jenney and great grandchildren: Dyllon and Paige. Memorial services for Carol will be conducted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Fr. Clauduis Mganga, of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home at 1:00 PM until service time. Carol will be laid to rest at the Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes, VT. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Charles F Roberts, 62, Floral City, FL
Charles F. Roberts, age 62, of Floral City, FL died at his residence on March 20, 2017. Charles was born on July 27, 1954 in Urbana, OH to John T. and Trussie (Adams) Roberts. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and went on to do maintenance work for the auto industry. In 1975 he married Rhonda Shingler and would have celebrated 42 years of loving marriage on March 22nd. Charles and Rhonda made Citrus County their home 5 years ago after relocating from Springfield, OH. He greatly enjoyed fishing, boating and playing pool. Charles had a tremendous love for his children and grandchildren and had enjoyed coaching his sons soccer and basketball teams when they were young. In addition to his loving wife, those left to mourn Charles' passing are his son, Joshua Roberts and his fiance' Stacey Shafer of Columbus, OH; brothers: John and Terry Roberts of Urbana, OH; sister, Sue Fraizer of Urbana, OH; and 3 grandchildren: Dessa, Marissa and Hallie Roberts. Charles was preceded in death by one son, Charlie Roberts and one brother, Jimmy Roberts. Charles' family plan on laying his urn to rest in Ohio at a later date. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michele A Ryan, 47, Floral City, FL
Michele Ann Ryan, age 47, of Floral City, FL passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 with her loving family by her side at the HPH Care Center, Brooksville. Michele was born on December 30, 1969 in Red Bank, N.J. to Katherine Julia (Baum) and the late Robert Joseph Ryan. Florida became her home when she was 6 years old after her family relocated from New Jersey. Michele graduated from Citrus High School in 1989 and was a member of the ROTC. She attended Mansfield Business School in Mansfield, TX then returned to Florida and graduated in 1997 from WTI Corrections Academy. Michele went on to become a Correctional Officer for the Hernando County Jail. A Baptist by faith, she enjoyed singing hymns and having informal church services at home with her family. Michele was a gifted poet and has numerous journals filled with her work. She was an avid knife collector, extremely patriotic and proud to be an American Citizen. She was a great supporter of our troops. Michele will be remembered as an extremely kind, loving, forgiving person and a dedicated mother and grandmother. Those left to mourn Michele's passing are her significant other of 25 years, Anna Barrientos of Floral City, FL; daughter, Katherine Marques (Mathew) of Inverness, FL; adopted son, Anthony Smith of Floral City, FL; stepdaughters: Rosemary Schoenagel of Gadsden, AL, Bobbie Jo Vega (Carlos) of Tulsa, OK, Joann Williams of Brooksville, FL, Sonya Williams (Cedric) of Ocala, FL, Carol Barrientos of Gadsden, AL; brother, Christopher Ryan (Angie) of Inverness, FL; sisters: Katherine Gaytan (Jorge) of Raleigh, N.C., Karen Ryan and Lynn Ryan of Inverness, FL; grandchildren: Hailey, Gabriel, Devon, Dylan, Hector, Jonathan, Christopher, Kaden, Felipe, Cedric Jr., Kenny, Victor Jr., Rosa, Isabella, Anna, Natalia, Elizabeth, Allison, Sophia; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, Michele was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Farley in 2013. A Funeral Service for Michele will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor David Lucas of the Inverness Church of God officiating. Burial will follow the service at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mitchile C Saad, 74, Floral City, FL
Mitchile C. "Mitch" Saad, Sr., 74, of Floral City, FL passed away on March 16, 2017 at Heron Pointe Health & Rehab in Brooksville, FL. He was born in Greenville, SC on December 29, 1942 to the late Charles E. and Cleo (Goode) Saad. Mitch owned his own carpet and ornamental rug store. He was a Catholic by faith, and a U.S. Army veteran.Mitch arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Largo, FL. He was a life member of the VFW Post 7122 in Floral City. Mitch also held memberships with the Disabled American Vets, and the Sheriff's Association. He is survived by his loving wife Brenda Lee Saad of Floral City. Other survivors include his children, Mitch C. Saad, Jr. of Floral City, and Nancy McCarthy also of Floral City; brothers Charley Saad, Jr. and Charles E. Saad; grandchildren Connie, Ryan, and Johnny McCarthy, and Amanda Saad; and great-grandchild Chance McCarthy. Mitch's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jack L Saddlemire, 77, Floral City, FL
Jack L. Saddlemire, 77, of Floral City, FL, formally of Binghamton, NY passed away April 1, 2017 at his residence in Floral City surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 18, 1939 in Barker, NY to the late Lee and Pearl (Witter) Saddlemire. Jack graduated from Harpursville, NY and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Afterward, he worked as a loan officer for Broome County, then in construction for Winkleman's, Lane's Construction, as well as Hudson River Construction. He formally owned the Lincoln Hotel in Binghamton, and Jack's Place in Windsor, NY. Jack was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Kelie L. Saddlemire; brother Lee Saddlemire; sister Midge Gregory and her husband David; brothers-in-law Floyd Smith, and Harry Reynolds; mother-in-law Marilyn P. Jennings and father-in-law Albert Jennings. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Brenda L. Saddlemire. Other survivors include his son, Timothy Saddlemire and his wife Wendy of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter Cindy Martin and her husband Edward of Johnson City, NY; 3 grandsons, Travis Saddlemire, EJ and Gabriel Martin; granddaughter Brandie Kaye; sisters Barbara Jean Wilson and her husband Richard, Pearl Smith, and Beverly Long; brother Frank Saddlemire and his wife Mary; and several nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John C Saltmarsh, 87, Inverness, FL
John C. Saltmarsh, Sr., age 87, Inverness passed away April 20, 2017 at the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. John was born in Boston, MA on February 6, 1930 to the late Clifford and Helen (McMasters) Saltmarsh and moved to Florida in 1976 from Hingham, MA. He was a heavy equipment operator for 67 years and a proud member of Local No. 4, Operating Engineers, and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and being a part of the family cook outs on weekends. John is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary (Woelfel) Saltmarsh; 3 sons: John C. Saltmarsh, Jr and his wife Cheryl, Kenneth M. Saltmarsh and his wife Brenda, and James F. Saltmarsh, all of Inverness; sister, Mary Lauenstein of Lincoln, CA; 8 grandchildren, Chris, Danielle, Heather, Steven, LeeAnn, Kayla, Brianna and Jamie; and 11 great grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, May 6th at 9:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Wesley F Schival, 70, Ocala, FL
Wesley F. Schival, 70, of Ocala, passed away Friday February 24, 2017 at Ocala Regional Medical Center. Wesley was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 21, 1947 to the late Wesley and Catherine (Hilferty) Schival and came to Florida in 2003 from there. He was a US Army veteran. He worked in the restaurant industry and absolutely loved to play golf. Wesley is survived by his wife, Carol Schival; his daughter, Jennifer Schival and husband, Paul; 4 brothers, Joseph Schival; John Schival, Jim Schival, and Mark Schival; 2 sisters, Catherine Schival and Mary Beth Tirpak ; 2 grandchildren, Nathaniel and Noelle. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of the Chas E Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Jerry R Schons, 74, Inverness, FL
Jerry Ray Schons, 74, of Inverness, FL passed away May 3, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Kansas City, MO on October 30, 1942 and was a truck driver by trade. Jerry was a U.S. Navy Viet-Nam veteran, and arrived in this area in 2008, coming from Gibsonton, FL. He was a Protestant by faith, and loved to spend time at the lake. Jerry also enjoyed boating, playing cards, and was very active in the VFW Post #8108 in Riverview, FL. He and his loving wife, Clogene were together for 37 years when Jerry passed. Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Roena Schons. He is survived by his wife Clogene; his father, Harry W. Schons, Sr of Inverness, FL; sons Sanford E. McKim, Jr. of Anniston, AL, Patrick E. McKim and his wife Cody of Oxford, AL, and Steven S. McKim and his wife Liza of Inverness; daughter Allison C. Griffith and her husband Rick of Tulsa, OK; brother Harry W. Schons, Jr. and his wife Eileen of Inverness; and sister Judy A. Perry of Liberty, MO; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Jerry's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with full military honors on Friday, May 19, 11:00 A.M. Family and friends will be departing the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, at 10:00 A.M. to proceed in procession to the cemetery. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Virginia R Shelton, 92, Inverness, FL
Virginia Ruth Shelton, 92, Inverness, passed away April 11, 2017, at her Inverness home with her loving family and friends by her side. Virginia was born November 15, 1924, in Quinton, Pulaski County, KY, to the late Ansel E. and Flossie (Colyer) Nicholas. She met the love of her life, Lloyd G. Shelton, at the age of 16. She moved to Inverness in the 1950's. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Inverness for many years, where she enjoyed volunteering with the Clothes Closet Ministry during her retirement years. She was a charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Family meant so much to her and she loved and cared for all and her Mother/Granny/Nana's influence will continue. Virginia was an excellent southern, country cook. She retired after twenty-three years with the Bank of Inverness, where she was much appreciated by her customers and co-workers for her friendly, warm personality and sincerity of concern for people. She was known in the community as the fruitcake lady, as she baked multiple fruit cakes for Brannen Banks each Christmas season. Left to cherish her precious memory along with her husband Lloyd, are their 3 daughters: Glenna "Faye" VanHook (William R. VanHook, Sr. dec) Somerset, KY; Janet Foshee (David Foshee, dec), Ft. Myers, FL, Gayle Stokes, Inverness, FL; 1 brother, Chester Nicholas (Gelia, dec.), Danville, KY; 1 sister, Georgia Stout (Clyde, dec.), Tateville, KY; 7 grandchildren: Marsha VanHook, William R. VanHook, Jr. (Tammy), John Foshee (Stephanie), Patti Blanchard (Bobby), Keith Stokes, Erin Beasley (Dennis) and Kevin Stokes (Alissa); 9 great grandchildren: Heather Kruzyk (Alex), Tyler Beasley (Claire), Brady Lloyd Beasley, Clay Foshee, Bo Blanchard, Jacob Blanchard, Olivia Stokes, Jack Beasley, Carter Shelton Stokes; and 1 great-great grandson, Grayson Beasley. She was preceded in death by her brother, Cecil Nicholas (Ann) and 3 sisters, Lorene Lewis (Roland, dec.), Ruby Bolin (Glen, dec.) and Delia Nicholas. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 3:00 PM at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Reverend Greg Kell officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation at the church from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Private burial services are scheduled at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, Florida. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Virginia's memory be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highlands Blvd., Inverness, FL 34452. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Anita L Shepard, 61, Inverness, FL
Anita L. Shepard, age 61, of Inverness, FL passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Anita was born on July 26, 1955 in St. Louis, MO to the late Clarence and Ruth Vanitta (Walton) Dowthitt. She was employed by the Nestle Food Corporation in the packaging department for a number of years. Anita made Citrus County her home 4 years ago after relocating from Granite City, IL where she grew up. She was married to John Joseph Shepard until his passing on August 26, 2011. Anita was a member and supporter of many Veterans organizations in the area. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and listening to music. She had a great love for animals, especially dogs. Those left to mourn Anita's passing are her sister, Diane Dowthitt and her husband Ed Bodanske of Cape Coral, FL; and significant other, Michael Mendez of Inverness, FL. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rev Douglas E Shepherd, 72, Inverness, FL
Rev. Douglas Evan Shepherd, Jr., 72 of Inverness, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River with his loving family at his side. Pastor Shepherd was born in Trenton, Tennessee on August 27, 1944 to the late Douglas E. and Sarah Frances (Plunkett) Shepherd. He established the United Pentecostal Church of Inverness over 30 years ago, serving as Pastor. (Presently the Living Waters United Pentecostal Church). Pastor Shepherd served his Country in the Army National Guard. His favorite past times were playing his guitar, singing hymns and listening to gospel music. He loved reading his bible and he never met a stranger. He enjoyed fishing and treasured time spent with his family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Edna M. (Thurmer) Shepherd; 1 son, Douglas E. Shepherd III, Billings, Montana; 2 daughters: Susan (Lee) Barnhill, Longwood, FL; April (James) Haganey, Inverness; 2 brothers: James W. (Sharon) Shepherd, Pembroke Pines, FL; David (Linda) Shepherd, Oak Ridge, TN; 2 sisters, Sarah Ann (Luis) Albornoz, Hollywood, FL; Jessie Mae (Alfred) Krebs-Gregory, Humbolt,TN; 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles; 2 sisters, Mary Spencer and Wanda Capone; also his grandson, Nathan Shepherd and great granddaughter, Jayden Marie Dyess. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Living Waters United Pentecostal Church of Inverness with Pastors Kevin McGee and James Wolfe, officiating. Burial with military honors, will follow at the Fountains Memorial Park Cemetery in Homosassa. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Albert A Smith, 89, Homosassa, FL
Albert Anderson Smith, 89, Homosassa passed away April 29, 2017 at his residence. Mr Smith was born in Lucien, MS on August 1, 1927 to the late Joseph and Katie Smith. He was a long time resident of Sanford, FL prior to moving to Citrus County. He is survived by 3 children, Alan Smith of Homosassa; James Smith of Ocala, FL and Donna Sue Buzzell of Texas; 1 sister, Dornell Fischer of Jackson, MS; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine Smith on October 16, 2015. Private cremation arrangements with Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Alta R Smith, 95, Inverness, FL
Alta Ruth (Orton) Smith, 95, Inverness passed away April 19, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast under the loving care of her family. Alta was born in West Palm Beach, FL on November 6, 1921 to the late Ashbel J. and Myrtle (Savage) Orton, one of 7 children, and came to this area in 2000 from Jupiter, Florida. Alta enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an accomplished seamstress, loving to make many different kinds of garments. Also, she truly enjoyed doing laundry, washing a load each day if possible. Left to cherish her memory are 2 daughters, Sharon A. Perry and her husband, Bill of Inverness and Joyce E. Young and her husband Robert of Lecanto, FL; 1 brother, Leon Orton, Indiantown, FL; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, Elton T.Smith, 3 children, Arlene, Alene, and Elton "Tommy" Smith, Jr. 3 brothers, A.J. Orton, Jr., Bill Orton, and Jack Orton, 2 sisters, Tiny Smith and Ann Clemons. Mrs Smith's interment will be private in Hillcrest Memorial Park in West Palm Beach, FL. Chas E Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Meda F Smith, 93, Lecanto, FL
Meda F. Smith, 93, of Lecanto, FL passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Meda was born in Tampa, FL on October 10, 1923, to the late Theodore B. and Frances Sophelia (Timmerman) Flynt. A graduate of Hillsborough High School in 1941, she was married to her loving husband Roy V. Smith Jr. for 54 years before his passing on January 27, 1996. During their years in Tampa, Meda served as treasurer of University Christian Church for 6 years, sang in the choir, was leader of her daughters' Girl Scout troop for 9 years, and took fishing trips with her husband to Citrus County and out of state. In 1968 they relocated to Citrus County when they bought Trail's End Camp in Floral City and ran it for 18 years before retiring to Lake Hernando in Citrus County. Meda's hobbies included gardening, playing the piano, reading, and fishing with the Bass'n Gals women's fishing group, participating in tournaments locally and out of state. As a member of Ft. Cooper Baptist Church, Meda enjoyed singing in the choir and serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class for many years. Those left to mourn Meda's passing are her daughters Christine Rushing and her husband David, Winter Garden, FL, and Jewel Pontius and her husband Michael, Dunnellon, FL, 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Roy, Meda was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Rene' Flynt, Sr., and sister Marjorie Flynt Bradford. A Funeral Service for Meda is planned for Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverend Marne Palmani of Ft. Cooper Baptist Church and former pastor of Ft. Cooper Baptist Church David Maddox officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464, or Precious Paws Pet Rescue, 13161 S. Betty Pt., Floral City, FL 34436, or Ft. Cooper Baptist Church, 4222 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Joel T Smoyer, 79, Inverness, FL
Joel Travis Smoyer, 79, of Inverness, FL passed away April 4, 2017 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born in Bowling Green, OH on March 28, 1938 to the late Lawrence E. and Esther L. (Brim) Smoyer. Joel spent part of his early years living in St. Clair Shores, MI. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1955, and served 6 years at several bases including Cecil Field, FL, Kingsville, TX, and Alameda. CA. Upon discharge from the Navy, he opened his own garage door company, eventually sold it, and moved to Arizona. On August 24, 1986, he met and married the love of his life, Terri Smoyer in Gila Bend, AZ. They moved back to Ohio and successfully operated storage facilities in Toledo before moving to Inverness in 2001. Joel is a member of the Citrus County Veterans Coalition and Gladiators VA 106/VF62 squadron. He loved spending time with family and friends. Joel is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Terri Smoyer of Inverness. Other survivors include his children, Renee Smoyer Ritchie and her husband Gary of Dayton, OH, Dennis L. Smoyer of Cincinnati, OH, and Jeff A. Smoyer and his wife Jenine of Neapolis, OH; step-children Leah Williams and Charles Olmstead; sister Sandra Cranker and her husband Jim; and 12 grandchildren. Joel was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Larry and Bradley Smoyer; and one granddaughter Jessica. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Raymond S Stropus, 76, Inverness, FL
Raymond S. Stropus, age 76, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at his residence on Monday, April 24, 2017 with his loving wife by his side. Raymond was born on September 1, 1940 in Pazvelsio Village, Lithuania to the late Juozapas and Aniceta (Mazionyte) Stropus. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. After his military service, he went on to work as a Mechanical Engineer in the coal industry. On August 24, 1974 he married Antoinette "Toni" Spaitis, with whom he shared 42 years of loving marriage. Ray and Toni came to Citrus County 10 years ago from Manhattan, Illinois and attended St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Lecanto, FL. He was a Boston Celtics fan and to say he was an avid golfer would be an understatement. He was very athletic, played tennis and was a horseman, who had a horse farm in Manhattan, IL. Ray enjoyed making stained glass and had made windows and lamps for their home. In addition to his loving wife Toni, those left to mourn Raymond's passing are his brothers: Romanas Stropus and his wife Rasute of Lockport, IL; Antanas Stropus and his wife Angela of Weldon Springs, MO; sister, Danute Kelpsa and her husband Kazukas of Lemont, IL; and many loving nieces and nephews. Raymond was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Vladas and Juozas. Raymond's urn will be laid to rest and a graveside service will take place at St. Casmir Lithuanian Cemetery in Oaklawn, IL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation to the charity of your choice be made in Raymond's memory or to Freedom Guide Dogs, 1210 Hardscrabble Road, Cassville, NY 13318. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Terrance E Sullivan, 55, Inverness, FL
Terrance Edward Sullivan, 55, Inverness passed away at home on May 21, 2017. Terry was born in Peekskill, New York on June 11, 1961 to John Patrick Sullivan, Sr and the late Rosalie Ann (Sylvia) Sullivan. He came to Florida from Ossining, NY where he was a a member of Teamsters Local 456, working in the construction industry. He was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Anelaine Theresa Sullivan and her Mother, Amy Oberhauser of Inverness; his Father, John Patrick Sullivan, Sr of Inverness; 2 brothers, Barry Joseph Sullivan, Tampa, FL and John Patrick Sullivan, Jr. of Brooksville, Florida. Funeral arrangements are pending. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Randall Sweat, 59, Inverness, FL
Randall Sweat, 59, of Inverness, FL died Monday, May 15, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Randall was born on November 13, 1957 in Palatka, FL to Gloria (Pacetti) and the late Clayton Floyd Sweat. He was married to Deborah (Johannes) for 11 years until her passing on April 4, 2014. He is survived by his son, Daniel Sweat of Tampa, FL; his mother, Gloria Lagasse of St. Augustine, FL; and his sister, Kim Sweat of St. Augustine, FL. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Robert P Szczepanek, 63, Spring Hill, FL
Robert Paul Szczepanek, age 63, of Spring Hill, FL passed way at his residence on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 with his loving wife by his side and with the support of HPH Hospice. Robert was born on August 18, 1953 in Warsaw, N.Y. to the late Edward and Genevieve (Calka) Szczepanek. On September 21, 1974 he married the love of his life, Ramona (Childs) with whom he shared 42 years of marriage. In 1979, he and Ramona made Hernando County, FL their home after relocating from Batavia, New York. Robert owned and operated his own lawn maintenance company for a number of years. He was an extremely skilled pool player, had won numerous tournaments and trophies, and was a member of the American Pool Players Association. Robert had a tremendous love of hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He was also a former member of Moose Lodge #1676, Brooksville, FL. His wife Ramona hopes that Robert will be remembered as "Big Bob", the character that was larger than life! In addition to his loving wife, Robert's passing will be mourned by the Bzduch family and cousins that reside in Perry, N.Y. and numerous friends. Robert was preceded in death by mother, Genevieve "Gene" Truax; his brother, Eddie Truax; his stepfather, Walter Truax; and his dedicated companion and Rottweiler, "Magnus". In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in Robert's memory to Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue, 18468 N.W. 24th Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward S Thompson, Jr., 68, Floral City, FL
Edward Shippen Thompson, Jr., age 68, of Floral City, FL passed away at his residence on February 28, 2017. Edward was born on November 14, 1948 in Danville, PA to the late Emma (Mead) and Edward S. Thompson, Sr. He was a graduate of the Valley Forge Military Academy and went on to proudly serve his country as a member of the United State Air Force. Edward went on to own and operate his own lawn care company and made Citrus County Florida his home in 1999 after he relocated from Naples, FL. He had a strong Christian faith and was known for his extremely big generous heart. Edward never met a stranger and would always go out of his way and do what he could to help others in need. He also loved animals and had raised 3 wolves. In his spare time, Edward loved to ride motorcycles. Those left to mourn Edward's passing are his dear friend and brother, "Tramp" and his wife Deb of Anna, IL; Life long brother "Lefty" of Arizona; his friend of 14 years, Gary McCammon and his wife Julie of Floral City, FL; and Joe Sweet of Floral City, FL. Edward's friends plan to honor his life and memory at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM where full military honors will be rendered. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roger W Trim, 70, Hernando, FL
Roger W. Trim, age 70, of Hernando, FL passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Roger was born on January 21, 1947 in Cortland, N.Y. to the late Harold W. and Betty Elizabeth (Bristol) Trim. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy then worked in various industries before semi-retiring and working at Citrus Hills Golf Course in their Lawn Maintenance department. Roger made Citrus County, FL his home in 2000 after relocating from New York. He enjoyed fishing and golfing with his friends. His greatest passion was with computer technology. Roger will be remembered as a dear and loving friend that was a mentor and big brother figure to many young men and women while he resided in Virgil, N.Y. He is predeceased by his brother Ronald Trim, and has one living sister Susan (Trim) Hoback. He will be especially missed by his dearest friend Donald Elliott and his wife Vickie of Hernando, FL who were not just his friends but his dear family. Roger's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Ellen B Umbenhaur, 88, Inverness, FL
Ellen Belle Umbenhaur, age 88, of Inverness, FL passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at Superior Residences of Lecanto. Ellen was born on April 9, 1928 in Chicago, IL to the late Lyle and Jesse (Stanley) Hanegan. She was a graduate of Fenger High School in Chicago, IL. Ellen was married to Ellery Umbenhaur for 65 years until his passing on March 9, 2015. She and her husband originally made Citrus County their home 20 years ago after relocating from Niles, MI. A woman of faith, she formerly attended worship services at New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City. When Ellen was a teenager she was a talented classical piano player. In her spare time she enjoyed doing crafts, cooking and serving in the church. Ellen had dedicated much of her time over the years assisting with Vacation Bible School and teaching Sunday School. Those left to mourn Ellen's passing and cherish her precious memory are her sons: Gary Umbenhaur and his fiancee' Carol Hearn of Inverness, FL, David Umbenhaur and his wife Tammi of Buchanan, MI; grandchildren: Angela Hostettler and her husband Gordon, Benjamin Umbenhaur, Joshua Umbenhaur and his wife Irene, Matthew Umbenhaur and his fiancee' Christine Williams, Kari Cook and her husband Jon; and great grandchildren: Gordon III, Marta, Gabrielle, Kylee, Johnathan and Alissa. In addition to her loving husband, Ellen was preceded in death by two brothers: Lyle Hanegan, Jr. and Robert Hanegan. A graveside service for Ellen is planned for Monday March 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City with Pastor David Clevenger officiating. Friends may call at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home on the morning of the service beginning at 10:00 AM for visitation with the family and to join the procession to the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Muriel E Vebsky, 92, Inverness, FL
Muriel E. Vebsky, 92, Inverness passed away March 27, 2017 at Crown Court Assisted Living Facility. Muriel was born on November 25, 1924 in Great Neck, NY to the late Arthur L. and Lillian (Russell) Smith and moved here in 1987 from Wantagh, NY. She was a member of St Margaret's Episcopal Church for over 30 years and was very active in the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and The Order of The Daughters of The King (DOK). Muriel was active for many years in Maine politics, serving as York County Committee Chairperson for the Democratic Party; she actively considered running for Congress in 1980. A writer of many short stories, Muriel was a published poet and the writer of several children's books, including "George Finds a Way" and "Beth's Own Star". Muriel was an active sewer and crochetier, she logged over 500 hours last year making handmade quilts, lap robes and afgans for the sick and shut-in. Left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory is her son, Mark (Joan) Dryden, Hobe Sound, FL; her daughter, Joyce (Gene) Stevens, Wells, ME; step son, George Vebsky, Cedar Rapids, IA; step daughter, Peggy (Randall) Newton, DeSoto, KS; 1 brother, "George" Russell Smith, Corrina, ME; 1 sister, Clara Wright, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren. Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, George Charles Vebsky, her infant son, John Robert Dryden; a daughter, Faith Vebsky; 1 brother, Arthur Smith, Jr.; 2 sisters, Luella Wolfe and Carol Robinson. A Requiem Eucharist with Burial Office will be conducted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM from St Margaret's Episcopal Church with Fr Eugene Reuman, Rector of St Margaret's, officiating. Committal services will follow in the church's memorial garden. A reception will follow in Rairdon Hall. Memorial gifts in Muriel's memory are being accepted by St Margaret's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Osceola Ave., Inverness FL 34450.


Charlotte B Weiser, 89, Inverness, FL
Charlotte B. Weiser, age 89, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Charlotte was born on November 1, 1927 in Gassaway, W.V. to the late Elzie and Gertrude (McElwain) Ritchey. She attended Gassaway High School and was Valedictorian of her graduating class and a scholarship recipient. Charlotte was previously married to James C. Bryner and later E. George Deffenbaugh before marrying Earl Eaton with whom she remained married until his passing in 1998. She owned and operated Chardy's Restaurant in Wooster, OH for several years and made Citrus County, FL her home 10 years ago after relocating from Macon, GA with her daughter and son in law. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, reading and sewing. Charlotte was an extremely talented seamstress who regularly made clothes for her family and friends. Charlotte is survived by her daughter Terri Eaton and her husband Jerry of Inverness, FL. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Connie S Wiker-Carlin, 59, Inverness, FL
Connie Sue Wiker-Carlin, 59, Inverness passed away April 29, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Connie was born in Lynchfield, IL on March 6, 1958 to the late Roy D. and Ellen (Roach) Wiker and came to Citrus County from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is survived by her husband, William E. Carlin, Inverness; 3 children, Jason Mangel, Jennifer and Jodi Wiker, all of Inverness; 2 sisters Vicki Carlin of Inverness, FL and June Smith of Ft. Lauderdale. 9 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Rutland, on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 A.M. Private cremation arrangements. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Johnny M Williams, Jr., 65, Inverness, FL
Johnny M. Williams, Jr. age 65, of Inverness, FL passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Johnny was born on July 25, 1951 in Tampa, FL to the late Johnny Martin and Agnes (Cassadi) Williams. On August 6, 1994 he married Jovanna (Romano) with whom he shared 22 years of loving marriage. Their wedding day was a special memory for both Johnny and Jovanna as it was the date of the first NASCAR Brickyard 400 race which they watched with their wedding guests after the ceremony. They made Citrus County their home in 2004 after relocating from Land O' Lakes, FL. Johnny was an excellent musician and played with several bands in a number of venues over the years. He also sold and repaired guitars. In addition to playing music, in his spare time Johnny loved spending time with family and friends. In addition to his wife, those left to mourn Johnny's passing are his son, John Shannon Williams of Jacksonville, FL; sisters: Diane Livingston and her husband Lonny, Doris Willette and her husband Bill, all of Tampa, FL; and 2 grandchildren: Joshua and Zachary. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


June O Yohn, 86, Floral City, FL
June O. Yohn, 86, resident of Princeton, IL and Floral City, FL died February 27, 2017 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Center. June was born in Princeton, IL on Aug 7, 1930 to the late Ellis and Ruth (Morris) Conkling and had been coming to Florida as a seasonal resident for 40 years. She was employed as a bank teller back in Illinois for 20 years and was of the Catholic Faith. While in Florida, she attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She and her husband pitched horseshoes as a hobby in several states and Canada. She excelled to the extent that she won 2 World Class Horseshoe Tournaments, one in Greenville, OH and he other in Springfield, IL. In her spare time, she and Frank took several children "under their wing" and guided them to productive lives. June is survived by her husband of 66 years, Frank Yohn of Princeton IL; her sister, Barbara Heuer of Henry, IL; She lost an infant daughter, Sandra K. Yohn in 1952. Funeral services will be from the Grant Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton, IL Friday at 10:30 AM . Burial will follow in Forrest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet, IL. Visitation from Grant Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of Florida arrangements.


 

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