Obituaries
For the period January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012.

Marvin Adkisson, 82, Inverness, FL
MARVIN ADKISSON, age 82, Inverness, died Sunday, March 4, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 2:30 P.M. at the Florida National Cemetery with military honors. The procession will form to the cemetery at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 1:30 P.M. Marvin was born on September 11, 1929 in Wynne, Arkansas to the late Walter and Affie Mae (White) Adkisson. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Marvin was employed by Rockford Drop Forge Company in Rockford, Illinois as a machinist for over 30 years. He enjoyed fishing and golfing, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, having gatherings and cooking out- especially steaks. He was Baptist by faith. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jackie Adkisson; two sons Dennis and his wife Jeanie Adkisson and Stephen and his wife Teri, all of Inverness, two brothers, Kenneth Adkisson and Gerald Adkisson, both of Hoxie, Arkansas and four granddaughters, Brittany, Stephanie, Chelsea and Kaley. He was preceded in death by brothers Woody and Charles and sisters, Audrey Forrester and Clariece Smith. The family requests donations in Marvin's name to either Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 or The Salvation Army in lieu of flowers.


Terry R Allion, 77, Inverness, Fl
Terry Ray Allion, 77, of Inverness, Florida passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Heron Point Health & Rehab, Brooksville, Florida. Terry was born on April 29, 1934 in Hudson, Michigan to the late Floyd B. and Trenna (Terrill) Allion. He was a construction Superintendent, and a Lutheran. Terry served his country honorably in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He arrived in the area in 1993, coming from South Carolina. Terry was a life member of the V.F.W. Post #4337, Inverness Florida. He loved traveling and spending time with his family. Terry was preceded in death by one daughter, Shelly Ann Garrett. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Marjorie Allion; one son, Darryl A. (Jodi) Allion; one daughter, Sherry Lee Mittler of Inverness, Florida; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration Of Life is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. The V.F.W. Post # 4337, Inverness, will be providing honor guard services at that time. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hernando Pasco Hospice. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida, is in charge of the arrangements.


Kathryn A Brye, 62, Inverness, Fl
Kathryn A. Brye, 62, of Inverness, Florida passed away under the care of Hospice of Citrus County Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at her residence in Inverness. Kathryn was born on November 3, 1949 in Key West, Florida to the late George and Josephine (Porcelle) Whidden. She arrived in the area in 2008, coming from Deltona, Florida; and she was a Registered Medical Assistant. Kathryn was a Catholic, and loved cooking, animals, travel, and thrift stores. She is preceded in death by one sister, Mary Shepherd. She is survived by her loving companion of twenty years, Jose Mauricio of Deland, Florida; one son, Christopher (Alexis) Wilkins of Inverness, Florida; two brothers, George Whidden of Longwood, Florida and Louis (Susie) Whidden of Ocala, Florida, and her second child “Blew”, her faithful dog; and eight “grandpups”. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012, 3:00 P.M., at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, or Hospice of Citrus County. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


David L Christianson, 66, Inverness, FL
DAVID L. CHRISTIANSON, JR. age 66, Inverness, died February 29, 2012 at his home under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. David was born on March 22, 1945 in Buffalo, NY to the late David L. Christianson Sr. and Annie D. (Ross) Christianson. He served our country in the United States Army. He was employed as a correctional officer at Sumter Correctional Institute for more than 20 years. A Loving Husband and Father, he enjoyed watching football. Survivors include his wife of 8 years, Renee Christianson, daughters Michelle Graham and Summer Christianson, all of Inverness; sisters Sandra Christianson of Tampa and Juanita (Robert) Dollar, Lecanto, Step-Father Joe Turney, Seffner, FL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Yvonne Powell. The family requests donations to HPH Hospice, Citrus Office, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL, 34465 in lieu of flowers.


David C Clark, 61, Inverness, Fl
David C. Clark, 61, of Inverness, Florida died Sunday, March 4, 2012. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Kenneth Comiskey, 59, Inverness, FL
KENNETH COMISKEY, age 59, Inverness, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. The family will receive friends in visitation on Friday from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Kenneth was born on September 3, 1952 in Perth Amboy, NJ to Henry Comiskey, Sr. and Jane (Boyle) Comiskey and moved to this area from New Jersey where he was employed as a maintenance supervisor for Summit Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ. Kenneth was a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors include his father, Henry Comiskey, Sr.,Inverness; five brothers, Harry Comiskey, Inverness, Thomas (Patricia) Comiskey, Edison, NJ; Michael (Frances) Comiskey, Metuchen, NJ; John Comiskey, Inverness; Raymond (Sarah) Comiskey, Edison, NJ; one sister, Jane (Edward) Krolewski, Inverness; five nephews, Michael, Shawn, Nicholas, Michael, and Tommy; two nieces, Jessica and Michelle. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Comiskey on April 4, 2006.


Matthew B Cook, 40, Floral City, FL
MATT "TRESS" COOK, age 40, Floral City, died March 12, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A Celebration of Life and Remembrance Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will receive friends in visitation from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of service. Matt was born on December 3, 1971 in Muncie, IN to Bruce and Cindy (Botts) Cook. He was employed as a roofer in the construction business. Matt enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was an avid fan of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Survivors include his son, Cameron Cook, Floral City; his Father, Bruce Cook, Inverness; Mother Cindy Watson and her husband Dan; his sister, Buffy and her husband Steve Smith and brother Ian Watson, all of Floral City; nieces Jamie Robinson and Ashley Smith and nephew Steven Smith; great-niece Hailee Calcagino; many extended family and loving friends.


Virginia M Cooper, 78, Lecanto, FL
Virginia Mae Cooper, 78, Lecanto, passed away Feb 18, 2012 under the care of Hospice. A native of Cordele, GA., she was born Feb 14, 1934 to the late George and Kathleen (McCollum) Cook. She and her husband, Brown Cooper, moved here in 1994 from Cincinnati, OH. She was a member of the Inverness Church of God. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Brown Cooper, Jr; 4 children, Matt (Malou) Cooper of Homosassa; Beth (Terry) Taylor, Greenville, SC; Sally Oursler, Cincinnati, OH; Peggy (Ric) Schuster, Louisville, KY; 1 sister, Vicki Hunter, Easley, SC; 9 grandchildren, Emily, Andy, Matt, Marc, Cati, Caleb, Adam, Abby, and Alex. Funeral services for Mrs Cooper will be conducted on Wed., Feb 22nd at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Pastor Harvey Dunn officiating. Graveside services and burial will be on Friday at 1:00 PM from Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, GA.


Ben H Cowart, Jr., 86, Homosassa, FL
Ben H. Cowart, Jr. age 86, Homosassa died March 7, 2012 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Ben was born on September 24, 1925 in Atlanta, GA to the late Ben H. Sr. and Ada Ramey Cowart. He served our country in the United States Navy. Ben was employed by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company as a warehouseman. He was active in the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club and enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his son, Michael B. (Melanie) Cowart, Lawrenceville, GA; grandchildren Justin and Tammy, 2 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmy (Dorothy) Cowart, Sumter, S.C. and Fred M. Cowart, Covington, GA, as well as dear friend Mary Stoltman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine in 1974. Inurnment will be privately at Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta, GA.


Maria Cruz, 86, Beverly Hills, FL
Maria Cruz, age 86, died March 27, 2012 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. A native of Puerto Rico, Maria was born on January 19, 1926 to the late Juan Cruz Santana and Adela Vazquez and came to this country four years ago to live with her son in Beverly Hills. She was a homemaker who helped care for her extended family in Puerto Rico. She was Catholic by faith. Survivors include her two sons, Jose L. Acevedo, Beverly Hills and Eugenio Acevedo, Dunnellon; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements with inurnment at a later date in her native Puerto Rico.


David M Dean, 56, Inverness, FL
DAVID MICHAEL “MIKE” DEAN, age 56, Inverness, died March 18, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at the Hospice Care Unit at Citrus Health Care System. Mike was born on August 7, 1955 in Alexander City, AL to Robert Dean, Jr. and Geraldine (Hancock) Dean. Mike loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed his work as a cowboy, especially the time he spent working on ranches in Montana. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Tamara Dean, Inverness; his mother Geraldine A. Milstead, Alexander City, AL; daughters Christie Ann Welch and Kimberly Faye Dean, both of Alexander City, AL, Bonnie Mae (Kenneth) Hall, Woodruff, S.C. and Rachel Michelle Dean, Inverness; brothers Randal E. (Sheila) Dean, Alexander City, AL, Robert W. Dean, Smyrna, GA and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Dean, Jr. and one brother Walter Richard Dean in 1970. A Graveside Committal Service will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. at the Red Level Cemetery in Red Level, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Helen DuBose, 84, Inverness, Fl
Helen DuBose, 48, of Inverness, Florida passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Coleman, Florida on March 29, 1927 to the late Leeroy and Lucy (Whittington) Godwin. Helen arrived in the area in 1986 coming from Lake Panasoffkee, Florida and was a homemaker. She enjoyed bowling, fishing and playing cards. She is predeceased by her husband Daniel E. DuBose; one brother, Donald Godwin and one sister Dorothy Godwin. She is survived by one son, Danny E. (Jeannie) DuBose of Brooksville, Florida; one daughter, Tanya Merrell of Inverness, Florida; three brothers; Carl Godwin of Inverness, Florida, Dale Godwin of Atlanta, Georgia, and Raymond Godwin of Merritt Island, Florida; three sisters; Pauline Pabst of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, Jean Alvers of Central, South Carolina, and Mary Akery of Six Mile, South Carolina. Three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Gathering of Family and Friends with viewing is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10:00am, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. Internment will follow at 11:30am at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Lloyd V Eaton, Jr. , 84, Inverness, FL
Lloyd Vance Eaton, Jr., age 84, died March 20, 2012 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Center. Lloyd was born on December 25, 1927 in North East, PA to the late Lloyd V. Eaton, Sr. and Florence (Bisbee) Eaton. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Lloyd was an agent for Erie Insurance Group for over 40 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of N.E. Pennsylvania. He was devoted to his wife for 64 years of marriage. He enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the N.E. Pennsylvania Fire Department, serving as volunteer and was assistant chief for the Crescent Hose Company. Survivors include his wife, Frances; two sons, Gerald "Jerry" Eaton, Inverness and Thomas Eaton, Micanopy, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by all six of his siblings. Private Cremation arrangements.


Lois R Eckels, 83, Hernando, Fl
Lois R. Eckels, 83, of Hernando, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto, Florida. Lois was born in Axtel, Kentucky on January 8, 1929 to the late Willis and Pauline (Rose) Fentress. She arrived in the area in 1988 coming from Erie, Pennsylvania. Lois was a homemaker and a Catholic. She is preceded in death by her first husband Stanley Hale, as well as her second husband, John Eckels. Survivors include three sons, William, Michael, and Paul Hale; two daughters, Barbara Delgado and Lois Jean Bennett; seven grandchildren and three great-grandcholdren. A Service of Rememberance will be held in Axtel, Kentucky at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Billy L Evans, 59, Hernando, Fl
Billy Lee Evans, 59, of Hernando, Florida passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at his residence in Hernando. Billy was born on February 26, 1953 to Lorraine Weeks, and his late father, Herschel Evans, in Traverse City, Michigan. He arrived in the area in 2005, coming from Grand Rapids, Michigan and was a press operator for Steelcase in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed video games and spending time with his family and their dogs. Survivors include his mother Lorraine Weeks of Hernando, Florida; daughter Ashley; step-daughter Lisa; and brother James Evans of Hernando, Florida. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Harold D Fair, 74, Floral City, FL
Harold D. Fair (1937 - 2012) Harold D. Fair (74) was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 30, 1937, to Jesse and Lucille Fair (who both preceded him in death). He was a very strong but caring man who overcame much adversity and many obstacles that life presented him, including polio in his early twenties. The one thing that he couldn’t overcome was the loss of his wife of 44 years, Thayer, on February 1, 2012. So on March 17, 2012, he was reunited with her. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Africa. The example he set of military service to his country was followed by four of his sons serving in the Army and Air Force with two retiring after twenty plus years of service (Harold D. Fair Jr.-Army and Charles Bennett-Air Force). Harold contracted polio in his early twenties and was informed by the doctor that he would never walk again. Harold promptly responded to the doctor “you’re a lying SOB” and proved the doctor wrong by walking again. In 1970, Harold and Thayer moved from Tarpon Springs to Floral City where they owned and operated The Fairwayy Restaurant in two different local locations. Later, illness forced the sale of the restaurant. Harold was respected by those who knew him because he never held back what his thoughts were and there was never a question of where you stood with him. He was the self-appointed “Mayor of Floral City”. He enjoyed growing a vegetable garden and taking care of his own little piece of heaven (five acres in Floral City). He volunteered his time to friends and organizations such as the Lion's Club (served as President), the VFW Post 7122 Men’s Auxiliary in Floral City (served as Chaplain) and the American Legion Post 225 in Floral City. Harold was proud of his family and would brag about them regularly at the VFW Post 7122 in Floral City. He is survived by 7 children: Harold D. Fair Jr. of Afghanistan; Darrell K. Fair of Guam, Tracy L. Horst of Inverness; Charles M. Fair of Gulfport, MS; Charles F. Bennett of Ft. Walton Beach; Kenneth J. Fair of Gainesville; and Glen A. Fair of Lynden, WA. He loved his 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his only brother, Robert Wayne Fair. The family asks those that were privileged enough to know Harold to join us for a celebration of his life. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 24th, 2:00 p.m. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The VFW Post 7122 will be officiating. His urn will be placed in the columbarium of Florida National Cemetery at a later date with Thayer’s. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made in his name to Hospice of Citrus County.


Thayer R Fair, 70, Floral City, FL
God needed help with his flower garden so on February 1, 2012, he called Thayer R. Fair, 70, to heaven to help. Although she was born a northerner in Boston Massachusetts on August 10, 1941 to Arthur and Phyllis Moody (who both preceded her in death), she became a converted southerner with the influence of her surviving husband of 44 years, Harold D. Fair. In 1970, Harold and Thayer moved to Floral City from Tarpon Springs and where they owned and operated The Fairwayy Restaurant in two different locations around Floral City. Illness forced the sale of the restaurant and Thayer later volunteered for the Citrus County Fair where she became indispensable as the fair secretary working there for over 25 years where during the annual fair you could often hear the occasional page of “Thayer Fair to the Fair Office”. Family was her highest priority in life and she was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She is survived by 7 children: Harold D. Fair, Jr. of Afghanistan; Darrell K. Fair of Guam, Tracy L. Horst of Inverness; Charles M. Fair of Gulfport, MS; Charles F. Bennett of Ft. Walton Beach; Kenneth J. Fair of Gainesville; and Glen A. Fair of Lynden, WA. She took great joy in spoiling her 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Sherrol Hanna of Tampa. She was a happy, joyful person who enjoyed many of the simple things in life such planting flowers and a vegetable garden; sunrises and sunsets at the beach; fishing; playing cards with friends and family; and cooking delicious food. She was always willing to give a helping hand to friends and organizations such as the Lion’s Club, the VFW Post 7122 in Floral City or the American Legion. Thayer was loved and respected by all that knew her. She will be FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS! The family asks those that were privileged enough to know Thayer to join us for a celebration of her life. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11th at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The VFW Post 7122 Women's Auxiliary will be officiating. Her urn will be placed in the columbarium of Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Even though she loved flowers we feel like she would want to make a difference in other people’s lives, so we ask that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her name to a worthwhile charity such as the American Cancer Society.


Elizabeth A Festa, 44, Inverness, FL
ELIZABETH ANN FESTA, age 44, Inverness, died March 28, 2012 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Elizabeth was born on June 17, 1967 in Pittsburgh, PA to Frank and Luella (Kline) Festa. She was employed as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed motorcycle rides and attending craft shows with her mother. Survivors include her fiance, Edward Gottron, Inverness; two sons, Joseph Festa, Alabama and Nikolai Mierzwinski, Inverness; her daughter Kelsey Callahan, South Carolina; her parents Frank Festa, Pennsylvania and mother LuAnn Festa, Inverness; brothers Steven (Peggy) Festa, and Greg Festa, all of Pennsylvania. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


William L Fletcher, 81, Inverness, Fl
William Lawrence Fletcher, age 81, of Inverness, died February 27, 2012 at his home under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. He was born on October 16, 1930 in Stewartstown, New Hampshire to the late Lawrence Franklin Fletcher and Viola (Hunt) Fletcher. He moved to Inverness in September, 1995 with his wife Carole from Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Fletcher served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Inverness Loyal Order of Moose #2112, The American Legion, Allen-Rawls Post # 77, and the Inverness First United Methodist Church. Mr. Fletcher provided lovingly for his family as a tractor-trailer driver, retiring from the Teamsters in December, 1994 with many “Safe Driver” awards. He passionately enjoyed playing golf, driving his boat, taking cruises and going on exploration vacations around the country. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and, since moving to Florida, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Survivors include his beloved wife of 40 years Carole (Bunnell) Fletcher: one daughter, Cynthia Davis and her husband Michael of Charlestown, NH; three sons, William (Lance) Fletcher and wife Donna of Hernando, FL, John Noble and wife Cindy of Raleigh, NC, and David Noble and wife Karrieann of South Windsor, CT; two sisters, Edith Hermann and husband William of Terryville, CT, and June Dunham and husband Harland of Belmont, NH; one brother-in-law, Arnold Bunnell and wife Paula of Rutland, VT; one sister-in-law, Rena Fletcher of Micco, FL; nine grandchildren, Shawna Dellaripa, Danielle Noble, Jack Noble, Courtney Noble, Kara Noble, Cheyenne Fletcher, Kadie Noble, Michael Noble and William Fletcher III; one great-grandchild, Natalie Loubier; and several nieces and nephews. He was such a loving man that once you knew him you loved him forever. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:30pm, with a gathering of family and friends from 11:30am until the service at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory on Highway 41 in Inverness with Pastor Tony Rosenberger officiating. Following the Service, a ceremony with Honor Guard will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, at 2:30pm. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Douglas L Frederick, 52, Hernando, FL
Douglas Lester Frederick, 52, Hernando, died suddenly Feb 23, 2012 . Born in Marshall, MI on Jan 12, 1960 to Melvin and Ruth Ann (Smith) Frederick, he came to Florida in 1980 from Homer, MI. He worked in the construction industry as a demolition tech, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, and collecting antiques. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Ann Smith Frederick; a daughter, Tish Fey of Ormond Beach, FL; 3 sisters, Deborah (James) Oldfield, Sorrento, FL; Diane (Fred) Loud and Dawn (Edwin) Finch, both of Homer, MI; 8 nieces and nephews: Jordan, Kylee, Rippie, Nichol, Jessica, Daniel, Alex, and Karter; 6 great nieces and nephews, Ashlynn, Hannah, Deacon, Kiana, Dominic, and Colton; 2 special friends, Maria Tenaglio and Sabrina Demott. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester on March 11, 1989 Services and burial will be on Tuesday from the Kevin Tidd Funeral Home of Albion, MI. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is in charge locally.


Joyce H Fudge, 74, Lecanto, Fl
JOYCE “HELEN” FUDGE, age 74, Lecanto, died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at her residence under the loving care of her family. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. The family will receive friends in visitation from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service. One of eleven siblings, Helen was born in Newberry, Florida on December 21, 1937 to the late Charlie and Ida (Suggs) Brown. She was a homemaker who enjoyed working in her yard and garden. She liked to fish and enjoyed outings with her family, cook-outs and swimming. Survivors include her son Robert A. (Michelle) Fudge, Inverness; brothers Jimmy (Gayle) Brown and Ralph (Barbara) Brown; sisters Margie Devane, Frances (Ed) Wideman, and Shirley (Wayne) Ritter; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Floy “Junior” Fudge on Jan. 10, 2012, a son William Lee Fudge, daughter Laverne Fudge in 2008; brothers Howard, Donald and Bobby and sisters Grace and Betty.


Betty Ann Gall, 75, Inverness, Fl
BETTY ANN GALL, age 75, Inverness and Elyria, OH, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 29, 2012 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Celebration of Life Remembrance Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Fort Cooper Baptist Church with Pastor Marne Palmani and Pastor Joe Sims officiating. Betty was born on August 26, 1936 in Gary, IN to the late Gabriel and Elizabeth (Gabor) Fodor. She worked as the Supervisor of Placement Services at Lorain Community College. A gifted pianist, she played for the 1st Baptist Church of Elyria (OH), Church of the Open Door in Elyria (OH) and Lakeview Baptist Church in Vermillion, OH. During her winters in Inverness, she was an active member of Fort Cooper Baptist Church. She loved taking trips to tea houses and collecting teapots. Betty is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth Gall; her son David Allyn Gall, Lorain, OH; her daughter Rebecca (Christopher) DeLapp, Elyria, OH, twin sisters Ethel Crites and Lillian Kimbel, both of South Carolina and three grandchildren, Sarah Morgana, Benjamin Andrew and Angelica Rose. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests donations to Fort Cooper Baptist Church in Betty's memory in lieu of flowers.


Lawrence A Giansanti, 53, Copperas Cove, TX
LAWRENCE ALFRED GIANSANTI, age 53, Copperas Cove, Texas: Larry, oldest son of Phyllis and Alfred Giansanti of Beverly Hills, died suddenly on March 9, 2012 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. He was born on July 1, 1958 in Hialeah, Florida and grew up in South Miami. For the past 25 years he had been living in Texas. Larry served as a Marine from 1977 to 1986. Larry was trained as a radio repair technician at Camp Pendleton, California. He was later transferred to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served as a Reconnaisance Radio Operator. Larry was extremely proud of military service to his country. Larry spent the last 25 years working as a contractor for U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Ft. Hood, Texas. He was responsible for Engineering Project Planning, test instrumentation system design and execution of testing programs. Most recently he was working in El Paso, Texas on a special project for the Operational Test Command. Larry is survived by his wife, Julie, daughter Andrea'; step-children Danielle, Tori and Hunter. Parents Alfred and Phyllis Giansanti of Beverly Hills, Florida; sister Kris Devlin of Largo, Florida; sister Rose Giansanti of Tallahassee, Florida; sister Teresa Kirby (and Don) of Austin, Texas; brother, John (and Nikki) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and several nieces and nephews. Larry stood over most at 6'8” and made it his personal mission to see the humorous side of life's ridiculous situations. Larry always had people laughing at every gathering. He was a very giving person who would lend a helping hand to his friends and neighbors. He was a very proud man with firm convictions and beliefs. His experience in the Marines molded his life to follow God, Honor and Country. Lawrence was a devoted son, brother, father and husband. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him. He will be severely missed. A Remembrance Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Thomas J Gidosh, 85, Floral City, FL
THOMAS JOHN GIDOSH, age 85, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Tom was born on December 29, 1926 in Ranshaw, PA to the late Rudolph and Josephine (Koyack) Gidosh and came to this area in 1997 from New Jersey. He was an electrician in commercial and industrial construction. Tom served our country in the United States Navy as a SeaBee. He enjoyed swimming, watching ball games on television and ballroom dancing. He especially liked going to the casinos. Tom was a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Ann Gidosh, Floral City; two stepdaughters Denise Bernaldo, Ventura, CA and Ann (John) Wilson, Royal Palm Beach, FL; a niece Mary Dales, Philadelphia, PA and four nephews, Robert, Thomas, Dennis and Russell Gidosh; three stepgrandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Carolyn E Gray, 74, Inverness, FL
Carolyn Elizabeth Gray, 74, Inverness, died March 13, 2012 at her residence. Carolyn was born on Oct 20, 1937 to the late Alonzo and Ethel Mathis. She moved to the Inverness area in 1985 from Avon Park. She worked for the old United Telephone Co and the companys which followed for 39 years, having retired from their central office as a frame technician. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rutland, enjoyed reading, watching her favorite television programs, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John C. Gray; 2 sons, John E. (Brenda) Gray of Vancleave, MS and Gregory A. (Suzanne) Gray of Brandon, FL ; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Terri Ann Valois on June 24, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 19th at 2:00 PM from the First Baptist Church of Rutland with Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM on Monday at the church until the time of service. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness in charge.


Jack W Gundrum, 74, Inverness, Fl
GUNDRUM, Jack Warren, Major, USAF-Retired, passed into everlasting peace January 17, 2012. Jack was born and raised in Mt. Carmel Township, PA and graduated from the Mt. Carmel Joint Senior High School in 1955. He immediately entered the United States Air Force after graduation. He subsequently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and later from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama with a Masters in Public Administration. Jack served 24 years in the Air Force, and in addition to serving at various air bases in the United States, he served in Labrador, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Upon his retirement from the service, he worked for Consumers Power Company, Midland, Michigan, Textron Lycoming, Stratford, CT and Yale University, New Haven, CT. He moved to Inverness, Florida in 2000, where he resided until his death. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mignon, a son Jack C. and his wife, Svetlana, of Simpsonville, SC, a daughter Michelle Gundrum-King and her husband, John, of Covington, GA, a son Fred A. Morris of Savannah, GA, a daughter Luanne R. Morris of Harrisburg, PA and son Lon D. Morris and his wife Laurie of Catawissa, PA, eleven grandchildren, Kristin, Lindsy, Julie, Amanda, Serge, Kailey, Lon Jr., Whitney, Meadow, Garrison and Wyatt and two great-grandchildren Austin and Aubree. Also surviving Jack are three sisters Nancy Bittner and her husband Dave of Ogallala, NE, Donna Beahm of Phoenix, AZ and Kathy DeMarco-Joyce and her husband Rick of Middle Village NY. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 21, from 1-3 PM. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 4:00 PM from the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Craig Davies officiating. The urn will be laid to rest at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the First Presbyterian Church.


Roger F Haas, 71, Floral City, Fl
Roger F. Haas, 71, of Floral City, Florida passed away Monday, January 16, 2012 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness, Florida. He was born in Owatonna, Minnesota on June 23, 1940 to the late Arnold and Donna (Tally) Haas. Roger arrived in the area in 2007 coming from New Mexico. He was a Christian and an automobile mechanic who enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and repairing cars. He is predeceased by his parents; his wife, Rosemary Haas; two brothers, Marvin and Jerry Haas, and one grandson, Joshua. Roger is survived by three sons; Gregory Haas of New Mexico; Roger Haas, Jr. of Iowa; and Harold Haas of Wisconsin; two daughters, Tina (Mark) Jones of Inverness, Florida; and Susan Hobson of New Mexico; and three brothers; Ronald Haas, Arnold Haas, and Gary Haas. Nine grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Mary E Hall, 67, Inverness, FL
MARY ELIZABETH HALL, age 67, Inverness, died March 5, 2012 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:30 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family will receive friends in visitation on Sunday March 11, 2012 from 4-6 P.M. at the funeral home. Mary was born on August 13, 1944 in Cranesville, PA to the late Tony and Luella (Parmerter) Miniaci and came to this area in 1957 from there. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her family, her birds and her cats. She was a lifetime member of VFW #4337 Auxiliary of Inverness and member of TOPS #373. She attended Floral City Church of Christ. Survivors include her sons Henry A. Hall, Jr., Rochester, NY and Stanley and his wife Lori Hall, Inverness, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry A. Hall, Sr. on Jan. 15, 2001, her brother, Frank Miniaci and one grandchild. The family requests donations in Mary's name to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Thomas W Hayes, 66, Floral City, FL
THOMAS WILLIAM HAYES, age 66, Floral City, died February 20, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A Gathering of Remembrance will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 12:30 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inurnment will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors. Thomas was born on September 21, 1945 in Queens, NY to the late William B. and Clothilde Hayes and relocated to this area four years ago from Palm Bay, Florida. He served our country in the United States Air Force. Thomas was employed as an outside salesman in the steel and industrial supplies industry. He enjoyed traveling to Tampa Bay Downs for horse racing, fishing and riding his motorcycle. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Hayes, Floral City; three sons Brian (Macarana) Hayes, Jerez, Spain, Michael (Theresa) Hayes, Long Beach, CA and Kevin (Jill) Hayes, Melbourne, FL, two brothers, William (Mary) Hayes, Gray Court, S.C. and Michael (Ilse) Hayes, Richmond, VA and a sister Nisanto (Robert) Kane, West Simsbury, CT, five grandchildren Jake, Miles, Corale, Alison and Brianna. The family requests donations in Thomas' memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in lieu of flowers.


William P Hendricks, 82, Floral City, FL
WILLIAM PAUL HENDRICKS, age 82, Floral City, died February 19, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County care. Bill was born on February 20, 1929 in Sturgis, Michigan to the late Gerald and Goldyn (Smith) Hendricks and came to this area in 1983 from Clearwater. A career Navy man, he served our country for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was then employed as general manager for another 15 years for Sturgis Molded Products. Bill was a member of the VFW Post #4337 of Inverness and American Legion Post #400 of Orlando. He also served as a CUB volunteer and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his son, Douglas W. (Karen) Hendricks, Skaneateles, NY and daughter Lorraine “Gail” Kollar, Newnan, GA, his sister Geraldine Ballard, Three Rivers, MI, daughter-in-law, Ann Hendricks and four grandchildren, Tim, Nick, Alex and Emily. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta in 1998, a son, David P. Hendricks and a brother, Marion. Inurnment will be privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The family requests donations in Bill's name to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Edward Herd, 94, Inverness, FL
Edward Herd, 94, Inverness, died Jan 26, 2012 at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Mr Herd was born in Newark, NJ on Nov 22, 1917 and moved to Central Florida 6 years ago from Broward County. He retired from Broward County, Florida as a Production Control Manager and served our country in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Helen Sacchetti Herd; 4 children, Robert Herd and his wife Pat, New Jersey; Edward Herd and his wife Caryn , Orlando; Michelle Cabot and her husband, Alan , Inverness; Kimberly Garcia and her husband, Irvin, Orlando; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan 31st at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Cabot of the First United Methodist Church of Lutz officiating. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 12 noon until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Hospice of Citrus Co., PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Freddy R Hillerud, 66, Hernando, FL
Freddy R. Hillerud, age 66, Hernando, died March 9, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus County Care Unit. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Freddy was born on May 10, 1945 to the late Fred and Lillian Hillerud. He was a pollution control plant worker for the City of New Port Richey. Surviving him is his brother, Kenneth R. Hillerud of Hernando. Private cremation arrangements.


Norma J Hollibush, 78, Inverness, FL
Norma Jean Hollibush, 78, Fife Lake, MI and winter resident of Inverness, FL died Feb 22, 2012 at her Florida residence. A native of Beardstown, IL., she was born July 28, 1933 to the late Henry and Oma DeFraties. She had been a Florida winter resident from Fife Lake, Michigan since 1989. She was of the Protestant Faith and enjoyed playing bingo with her many friends. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ted W. Hollibush; 3 sons, Kim D. Hollibush, Knoxville, TN; Brian L. Hollibush, MD., Arlington, VA; Todd W. Hollibush, Knoxville, TN; her brother, Richard DeFraties, Wichita, KA; her sister, Frances Miller, Santee, CA; 1 grandson, Joshua. The Service of Remembrance will be on Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Mr. Joseph Terrell officiating. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Citrus Co. Unit, American Cancer Society, PO Box 1902, Inverness, FL 34451


Jim M Hopkins, 91, Inverness, FL
James Martin Hopkins, 91, New Port Richey, formerly of Inverness, passed away Feb 29, 2012 at the Consulate Health Care Center, Bayonet Point. A native of Ocean View, VA., Mr Hopkins came to Inverness from Miami in 1973. He worked in the construction industry and served our country in the U.S. Army during WW. II. Jim was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Highlands Surveillance Unit and the Highlands Civic Association. Survivors include his daughter and husband, Linda and Merlin Ledyard of O'Brien, FL; his son, James Hopkins of Marietta, GA; a step son, Jon Stasko, New York City; 1 brother, Thomas Hopkins of Tennessee; 1 sister, Lillian LaVigne, Inverness; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann in 2007; a son, Terry Hopkins; 3 daughters, Sharon, Lillian and Mary Catherine; 2 brothers, Bernard and Richard, and 1 sister, Gertrude. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, March 17th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. Interment will follow at a later date in Live Oak, FL.


William R Hughes, 85, Inverness, FL
WILLIAM RICHARD HUGHES, age 85, Inverness, died Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native of Cleveland, OH, Bill was born on July 3, 1926 to the late Joseph R. and Dorothy (Hanish) Hughes. He served our country in the United States Air Force for thirty years, retiring as a Master Sergeant. Bill enjoyed being a HAM radio operator. He was Lutheran by faith. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Venita Hughes, Inverness; son Michael S. and his wife Kelly Hughes, North Miami Beach, FL, two grandchildren and two brothers, John A. Hughes, Medina, OH and “Chip” F.E. Hughes, Midland, TX. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard. Graveside Committal Service will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 2:30 P.M. at Florida National Cemetery with military honors. Family and friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 1:45 P.M. .


Beverly E Hunter, 76, Inverness, FL
Beverly Elise Hunter, age 76, Inverness, died Sunday, February 26, 2012 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. A native of Worcester, MA, she was born on August 18, 1935 to the late Helge and Gladys Johnson. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, James Harriman, her daughter Lori Beucher, two grandchildren and her only sister, Gail Hughes of Inverness. Private arrangements.


Alan E Kelehar, 57, Hernando, FL
Alan Edward Kelehar, age 57, Hernando, died June 12 2012 at his residence. Alan was born on March 5, 1955 in Miami, FL to Levy and Ruth Kelehar. He was employed as a truck mechanic. Survivors include his parents, Levy Kelehar and Ruth Rausch; sons Jesse (Jolayne) Kelehar and Casey (Katie) Kelehar and daughters Crystal Shaffer and Tammy Simmons; eight grandchildren. Private arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Violet H Keller(Tharp), 87, Floral City, FL
VIOLET H. KELLER, 87 of Floral City, died Jan. 19, 2012 at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born on December 27, 1924 in Prairie du Chien, WI to the late Charles E. and Florence (Bovee) Sawvell, she came to Floral City in 1976 from Dubuque, Iowa. Violet and her husband, Lawrence Tharp, were the owners and operators of Tharp Music and Supply stores in Dubuque and Floral City. Violet attended the Inverness Church of God. She loved flowers and gardening, collecting dolls and hobby horses, going to garage sales and flea markets, playing bingo, and later in life she began oil painting. She leaves many of her paintings for her family to enjoy. Violet is survived by her husband, Wilbert Keller; her children: Bernadine M (John) Geer, Lawrence R. Tharp, Jr., Charles R. (Kim) Tharp, Deborah K. Grassel, Marilyn A. Smith; her sister, Evelyn Marrold; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and her special companion, dog Suzie. She was preceded in death by husbands Bernard Cathman, Lawrence R. Tharp and Lawrence Whitney; her son, Brian L. Tharp; her sister, Tillie Allington and three brothers, Elmer, Arnold, and Edward(Jr) Sawvell. Funeral service for Violet will be conducted on Monday, Jan 23rd at 2:00 PM at the Inverness Church of God with Rev. Larry Powers and Rev. Charles R. Tharp, officiating. Burial will follow at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. The family will receive friends on Monday at 1:00 at the church until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Citrus County.


Maxine Kemper, 86, Homosassa, Fl
Maxine Kemper, age 86, Homosassa, died Saturday, January 7, 2012 under Hospice of Citrus County care at the Hospice Hosue in Lecanto. Maxine was born on December 20, 1925 in Somerset, KY to the late John D. and Delphia Sipple. She came to this area in 1974 from Pinellas County. A homemaker, she is survived by her son, Alan R. Kemper of Homosassa. Private cremation arrangements.


Anthony P Kershner, Jr. , 75, Inverness, FL
Anthony "Paul" Kershner, Jr., age 75, died Wednesday, February 7, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Paul was born on October 6, 1936 in Staunton, Virginia to the late Anthony P. Kershner, Sr. and Mamie (Price) Kershner. He served our country in the United States Navy. Paul was general manager of several movie theatres in the Washington, D.C. area. Survivors include a niece, Brady Rowe, Emmitsburg, MD and dear friends Susan and Sam Warren, Beverly Hills. He was preceded in death by his only son, Paul "Chad" Kershner on 01/12/2006. Private cremation arrangements.


Debra A Kingdon, 57, Inverness, Fl
Debra A. Kingdon, 57, of Inverness, Florida passed away on Monday, January 16, 2012 at Arbor Trail Nursing Home, Inverness. She was born on November 27, 1954 in Great Lakes, Illinois to Marvin M. Kingdon, Jr. and Faith I. (Silva) Kingdon of Inverness. Debra arrived in the area in 2011, coming from Canyon, Texas. Debra was a cashier for Ace Hardware Stores, and was a Catholic who attended Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She enjoyed making jewelry, baking, and going to yardsales. In addition to her parents, Debra is also survived by one son, Samson (Terra) M'Laker of Amarillo, Texas; one daughter, Michelle (Jose) Quintana of Anchorage, Alaska; two brothers, Marvin “Butch” Kingdon III of San Lorenzo, California, and James Kingdon of Fair Oaks, California; two sisters, Melanie Crain of Inverness, Florida and Leanne Sample of Sycamore, Illinois; three grandchildren, Jose, Brianna, and Brayden. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Joseph Kucharewicz, 61, Lecanto, FL
Joseph Kucharewicz, age 61, Lecanto, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at his residence. Joseph was born on May 1, 1950 in Methuen, MA to the late Benjamin and Alice Kucharewicz. He was a communications technician for AT&T and Lucent Technologies in their manufacturing division. Surviving him is his nephew, Mark St. Pierre, Lancaster, NH. Private cremation arrangements.


Mildred M Lanier, 90, Inverness, FL
Mildred M. Lanier of Inverness passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto. Mrs Lanier was born in Statesboro, Georgia to the late Herbert and Allis McCorkle and came to this area in 1975 from Miami where she was employed by the Southern Bell Telephone System. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and enjoyed oil painting. She is survived by her son, Robert Lanier of Miami. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmas Lanier on April 1, 1993, her brother Leonard and her three sisters, Irma, Ellen, and Betty. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 10:00 A.M. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Pastor Kenneth Blyth officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the building fund for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Merrill W Large, 82, Inverness, FL
MERRILL WARD LARGE, age 82, Inverness, died March 18, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church of Inverness with Pastor Tony Rosenburger officiating. The family will receive friends in visitation from 2:00 P.M. until the hour of service. Merrill was born on January 8, 1930 in Craigsville, PA to the late Rev. Parker and Edna (Roman) Large. He was a millwright in the steel mill in Pennsylvania and then ended his working career as a maintenance worker for ProLine Boats. He enjoyed woodworking, tinkering and fixing things. He especially liked socializing with family and friends. Merrill was a Member of First United Methodist Church of Inverness, serving as church trustee and President of the Methodist Men and a member of the church choir. He was a member of Inverness Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, Past Master of Claysville Masonic Lodge in Claysville, PA, Past Monarch of El Tora Grotto in Wheeling, W.V. and Scottish Rite Consistory in Pittsburgh, PA. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Grace Large; sons David M. (Janet) Large, Denver, CO and Richard W. (Sherry) Large, Inverness; daughters Diana L. (Ed) Clawson, Inverness, Patricia A. (Kevin) Homan and Deborah S. Lynch, all of Piedmont, S.C.; sister Grace E. Clawson, Jacksonville, FL, 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The family requests donations in Merrill's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL, 34464.


Norma J Latta, 63, Inverness, FL
Norma Jean Latta, 63, Inverness, passed away Jan 15, 2012 in Hospice of Citrus County. A native of Miami, FL., she was born Oct 10, 1948 to the late Byrd and Mary (Talbot) Huckabee and moved to this area in 2008 from Hollywood, FL. She was the owner and operator of The Village Cafe in Crystal River. Survivors include six children, Robert Latta, Jr., Carolyn Powers, Pamela Latta, Nicole Latta, Nikki-Lyn Latta, and Benjamin Latta; three brothers, Johnny, Rusty, and Joe Huckabee; two sisters, Elaine Huckabee and Denise Chambers; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Robert Latta on Oct. 1, 2011. Cremation will be private and the scattering of her cremains will be at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Fred G Lee, 73, Floral City, FL
Fred G. Lee, age 73, Floral City and Breedsville, Michigan, died Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at his residence. He was born September 5, 1938 to the late Leonard and Lettie (Royal) Lee in Douglas, Michigan. Fred married Louise E. Horton on April 17, 1968. He worked at National Motors in South Haven, MI. Fred served our country in the United States Army. His hobbies included stamp collecting, reading and woodcarving. Survivors include his three children, Carolyne (Les) Stegman, Norfolk, VA; Fred (Kirsten) Lee, Jr., Mississippi and Tom (Elif) Lee, Washington, four stepchildren, Linda (Ernest) Sparks, Floral City, FL, Mike Betz, Breedsville, MI and Tom (Jane) Betz of Illinois, tim (Deb) Betz, Breedsville, MI, two brothers, art (Becky) Lee, Indiana and Paul (Cindy) Lee, Lake City, one sister Barbara Middaugh of Allegan,MI, 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Louise on 1/16/2011, stepdaughter and son-in-law Suzanne and John Newnum and two great-grandsons, Samuel Huston and Derick Michael Markovich Hosier. Inurnment will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell privately.


Adolph W Lemberger, 89, Crystal River, FL
ADOLPH W. LEMBERGER, age 89, Crystal River, died March 22, 2012 under the loving care of the staff of Cedar Creek Assisted Living Facility and Hospice of Citrus County. Adolph was born on November 12, 1922 in Camden, N.J. to the late Adolph and Katherine (Hornung) Lemberger. He served our country proudly in the United States Army during WWII, was awarded a Purple Heart Medal with duty in England, Wales, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Adolph was employed by Budd Company for over 42 years as an engineer. He was an avid woodworker, fashioning fabulous items for his family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and playing the organ. Survivors include two sons, Robert and his wife Elizabeth Lemberger, Beverly Hills, FL and David Lemberger and his companion Paula Storck, Marlton, NJ; a deceased son William, who is survived by his life partner Mike Meyer; Sister-in-Law Helen Lemberger, Williamstown, NJ; granddaughter, Kelly; and two nieces Kathy Taggart and Jannette Alston. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth on January 24, 2012, and a grandson Christopher. A graveside committal service with military honors will be announced at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The family requests donations to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Elizabeth A Lemberger, 84, Crystal river, Fl
Elizabeth A. Lemberger, 84, of Crystal River, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January, 24, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus County, Lecanto, Florida. She was born on January 15, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Theodore and Anna S. (Mannion) Stubbs. Elizabeth was a bookkeeper for the Sears & Roebuck Company. She arrived in the area in 2000 coming from Clearwater, Florida. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, and was very devoted to her husband and family. Elizabeth is preceded in death by one son, William A. “Bill” Lemberger and one grandchild Christopher. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Adolph W. Lemberger. Other survivors include two sons, Robert (Elizabeth C.) Lemberger, and David (Paula Storck) Lemberger, as well as Williams surviving life partner, Mike Myer; and one grandchild, Kelly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be scheduled by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Citrus County of the Nature Coast. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Shirley J Logan, 79, Floral City, FL
SHIRLEY JEANETTE LOGAN, age 79, Floral City, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 under the loving care of her family at her home. Shirley was born on August 13, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Ernest R. Coker, Sr. and Hazel Alice (Smith) Coker and relocated to this area in 1990 from there. She was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, golf, crocheting and playing cards with her friends. She was Protestant by faith. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Harvey S. Logan, Floral City; two sons Ronald of Burlington, IA and Michael of Toledo, OH; three daughters, Deborah (Gary) Gravelle, Ladson, S.C., Susan Robison, Floral City and Lorrie (Gregory) Logan, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her brother Ernest Coker, Jr., Floral City, three sisters Phyllis Royston, Phelps, NY, Sharon Dressel, Toledo, OH and Bonnie Coker, Largo, FL, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey Coker and two sisters Nancy Jacobiak and Sandra Kenner. A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with Pastor Leary Willis officiating. Friends are invited to join the procession at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 9:15 A.M.


Edward Mahan, 60, Ocala, Fl
Edward Mahan, 60, of Ocala, Florida passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Legacy House in Ocala. Edward was born on July 21, 1951 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois to the late Lester Ivan and Frona (Hunter) Mahan. He arrived in the area in 1978 coming from Mt. Vernon and was an bookkeeper for Traders Auto Magazine in Clearwater, Florida. Edward loved computers and cooking. He is preceded in death by one brother, Dale Mahan and one sister, Barbara Crane. Edward is survived by one sister, Betty Shipley. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Gerald M Marengo, 67, Beverly Hills, Fl
Gerald M. Marengo, 67, of Beverly Hills, Florida passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus County, Inverness. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 20, 1945 to the late Gerald E. and Blanche (Bricault) Marengo. Gerald arrived in the area in 1993, coming from Worcester and was a Catholic. He was a member of the Flotilla Coast Guard and a private gun instructor. Gerald loved meeting and communicating with new people. He is survived by his loving wife Bertha; five children, Lisa Erti of Worcester, Massachusetts, Wendy Spinelli of Citrus Springs, Florida, Gerald Marengo of Worcester, Kevin Marengo of Inverness, Florida, and Nikki Collier of Inverness. One sister, Nancy Cronin; Three step-daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The family request donations be made to: Hospice of Citrus County, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida, 34464. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Richard E Marengo, 68, Dunnellon, FL
RICHARD EDWARD MARENGO, age 68, Dunnellon, died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at his residence under the loving care of his family. One of seven siblings, Richard was born on August 12, 1943 to the late Harold W. and Doris Marengo in Worcester, MA and relocated to this area in 1991. Richard was employed as a transit bus driver for Worcester Regional Transit Authority and also worked as a machinist. He served our country in the United States Air Force. A lifelong enthusiast of birds, he enjoyed raising Roller pigeons and Bantam chickens. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Carol of Dunnellon, sons Joseph (Tammie) Marengo, Worcester, MA, Christopher (Pamela) Marengo, Cherry Valley, MA, Stephan (Cindy) Marengo, Maine, Norman Walthers, Dunnellon and Mark Walthers, Worcester, MA; daughters Tammy Marengo, Worcester, MA, Stephanie (James) Duca, Worcester, MA, Pamela Esposito, Worcester, MA and Sandra Ann (James) Davis, Beverly Hills; 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Joseph Marousek, 71, Inverness, Fl
Joseph Marousek, of Inverness, Florida, born in Dorf am Pram, Austria said his final auf wiedersehen and passed away peacefully on March 14, 2012 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his wife Roselouise; sister Mary Marousek Lekich and brother-in-law Frank; their two sons Frederick and Richard; daughter Susan; daughters-in-law Maryann and Karen. His grandchildren James, William, Andrew, Benjamin, and Ariel. Mr. Marousek served his country bravely in the Vietnam War. Later, he went on to be a man of many hats: A fireman, a loving husband, father and grandfather. A bonafide family man, a role he took the greatest pride in. Often times Joseph had the great quality of making friends feel like they were one of his own. He worked for the town of Brookhaven as a foreman for 30 years. Joseph enjoyed traveling, photography and spending time with his family and friends. By far his greatest accomplishment was his 44 year marriage to his loving wife Roselouise. The love they shared spanned across four decades and spawned not only a beautiful family but a bond that they share that can never be broken. Mrs Roselouise Marousek and family requests that you please send all donations in his name to: HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34436. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Raymond T Mars, 97, Homosassa, FL
Raymond Thomason Mars, age 97, Sugarmill Woods, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Raymond was born on October 12, 1914 in Huntington, WV to the late Thomas Jefferson and Lillian Frances Mars and came to this area in 1984 from Indianapolis, IN. He was the manager of a transportation freight company. Survivors include his son, James Mars, Terre Haute, IN and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances in 2004, a son, Raymond Mars, Jr. in 2001, his brother, Paul and three sisters. Inurnment will be privately at Washington Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN.


William A Martin, 76, Inverness, Fl
William A. Martin, 76, of Inverness, Florida passed away on Monday, January 16, 2012 at his residence in Inverness. He was born on April 22, 1935 in Bangor, Maine to the late Clifford and Susie (Hodgkins) Martin. William arrived in the area in 2006, coming from Bangor. He was a teacher and school principle in Maine, and a U. S. Army veteran. William loved RVing, as well as the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Mary Martin. Survivors include: One son, Kevin (Holly Erickson) Martin of Alva, Florida; one daughter, Debby Muro of Bangor, Maine; two brothers, Paul and Edgy Martin, both of Milridge, Maine; and one sister, Alice Miller of Millinocket, Maine. Three grandchildren, Jessie, Billy, and Jennifer; and one great-grandchild, Madison. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Marjorie A Mattingly, 81, Homosassa, FL
MARJORIE ANN (HOLLER) MATTINGLY, age 81, Homosassa, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa with Fr. Ronald Marecki, Celebrant. Burial will follow on Monday at 10:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery. The procession will leave for the cemetery from the funeral home at 9:00 A.M. Reposing hours on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where there will be a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 PM. Marjorie was born on May 23, 1930 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Edwin and Kathleen (Welch) Holler and moved to Florida in 1978 from there. Marjorie practiced her nursing profession at Citrus Memorial Hospital for 27 years. She was a member of St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church where she served as an usher and lector. Marjorie was a charter member of the American Irish Club, Knights of Columbus Council #6954 Auxillary, Citrus Memorial Hospital Health Foundation, past president of the Sun Travelers Camping Club, and former 4-H leader. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and many grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles E. Mattingly; two sons, Joseph E. (Linda) Mattingly, Inverness; Anthony M. (Kimberly) Mattingly, Lecanto; five daughters: Therese Marie (Marc) Collier, New Palestine, IN; Ann Louise (Marion) Lime, Beech Grove, IN; Mary Kathleen(Christopher) Schupp, St. Augustine, FL; Marsia Jean (Garrett) Ek, O'Fallon, MO; Margie Maureen (Marcus) Leturno, Lecanto; her brother, Edwin G. Holler, Fullerton, CA; 26 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to the Citrus Memorial Hospital Health Foundation, 502 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL 34452, Attn: Philanthropy Dept.


Edward R Metzger, 73, Inverness, Fl
EDWARD R. METZGER, AFCM, U.S. Navy, Retired, 73, of Inverness, died Monday, February 27, 2012 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Edward was born on October 28, 1938 in Meriden, Connecticut, to the late George and Helen Metzger and came here in 1996 from Connecticut. He retired from the US Navy as a Master Chief, with 26 years of service. During his Naval career, he was a flight engineer on the “Willie-Victors”, Typhoon Hunters, stationed in Guam. In 1999, Edward founded the “VW-1 All Hands Alumni Association”, and was currently serving as President. He was also an enthusiastic bass fisherman. Edward is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Sally; his son, Dan Metzger of Anchorage, Alaska; his daughter, Kristi (Edward) Hardgrove of Higganum, CT; his brother, Rudy (Judy) Metzger of Dunnellon, 6 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kerri Lynn, in 2001. Funeral services for Master Chief Metzger will be conducted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Friday from 11:30 am until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to: Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc., P.O. Box 6163, Ocala, FL 34478.


Frances J Miller, 77, Inverness, Fl
Frances J. Miller, 77, of Inverness, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Hospice of Citrus County, Lecanto. She was born on August 26, 1936 in Janesville, Wisconsin to the late Henry and Oma (Hoena) DeFraties. Frances was a medical receptionist, and arrived in this area in 2012, coming from Santee, California. She was a protestant by faith, and enjoyed playing bingo and cards, reading, spending time with her cats, and visiting with her grandchildren. She is survived by her children Matt (Brenda) Reese of Boise, Idaho, Lynn Reese of Omaha, Nebraska, Lisa Reese of Leesburg, Virginia; brother Richard DeFraties; and 2 grandchildren, Brian William Reese and Nicole Frances Reese. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Doris L Mills, 65, Beverly Hills, FL
DORIS G. MILLS, 65, slipped quietly into the arms of Jesus on March 6, 2012 at 3:35 a.m. Doris was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, September 6, 1946 to Edd and Ellen Ruth “Boots” Guilliams. She was raised in Oak Ridge, TN and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1964. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles E. Mills, on December 31, 1963. During their 48 year marriage, they lived in many different places before settling in Downingtown, PA, where Doris opened her own Hair Salon business, which was a life-long dream. In 2002 they moved to Beverly Hills, Florida in anticipation of Charlie's early retirement. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her husband, Charlie of Beverly Hills, FL, her three children, Dawn Elise Dorsey and her husband Tom of Rincon, GA, Chris and his wife Karen of Davidson, NC, and Melissa Ellen Holman and her husband, Eric of San Antonio, TX; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and two more on the way. Doris is pre-deceased by her parents and her beloved brother Larry Guilliams. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local hospice or Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Doris L Morgan, 82, Hernando, FL
DORIS LOUISE MORGAN, age 82, Hernando, passed away February 29, 2012, at her home under the loving care of her family and Hospice ofCitrus County. Doris was born on May 21, 1929, in Fairbury, Nebraska, to the late Glen and Ella (Haake) Brown, and came to this area in 2000 from Spring Hill, Florida. She served our country in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Sergeant, before leaving for marriage, children and a civil service career. Doris enjoyed traveling, especially to the mountains, sailing, watching football and basketball, particularly the Gators and Bucs. Along with her husband, she enjoyed spending time with their cats and growing roses, which they generously shared with their neighbors and friends. She was Lutheran by faith and optimist by nature. Doris was very loved by family and friends for her kindness and generosity and will be greatly missed. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Collins Morgan, Hernando; two daughters Rebecca Morgan, Clermont, FL and Daphne (Ken) Swatek, Palm Bay, FL; grandchildren Daniel McMillan (Mandy Brower), Melissa Swatek and LCpl Cole Swatek, USMC (Kelsey); two sisters Donna (Vinal) Casper, Taylorsville, UT and Beverly (Richard) Thompson, Yuma, AZ; three brothers, Jerome (DeeVee) Brown, Apache Junction, AZ, David (Betty) Brown, Omaha, NE and Jon Brown, Oberlin, KS; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her only son, Anthony Morgan and her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Joe Mammano. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth T Murray, 94, Hernando, FL
Elizabeth T. Murray, age 94, Hernando, died Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Hospice of Citrus County Care Unit at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Elizabeth was born on June 23, 1917 in Englewood, NJ to the late William and Julia Moretti. She was a policy adjuster for Royal Globe Insurance Company. Elizabeth was Catholic by faith. Survivors are her only sister, Bina M. Miller of Hernando.


Gerard H Offen, 86, Lecanto, FL
Gerard H. Offen, 86, of Lecanto, FL passed away peacefully March 23 after a short illness. Gerard (Jerry) was the loving husband for 40 years of Lillian L. (Ostrowski) Offen. They moved to Lecanto in 1988 after starting their life together in Centerport, NY. Jerry was born in Bohlsen, Germany, on November 5, 1925 and was the youngest of 6 children. His mother passed away when he was a youngster and he was raised by relatives until his teen years. He enlisted into the German army during WWII at the age of 16 and was soon captured and held as a POW in England. Upon the end of the war, he moved to the US to join his brother and soon became a proud US citizen. Jerry worked for his brother as a short order cook in the NYC area until taking up the carpentry trade. Jerry was a master craftsman with the NYC Council of Carpenters with a specialty in steel frame doors. He was meticulous about his work and everything he did in life. He worked on various buildings in the NYC area, but was especially proud of the work he did on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington, DC. where he received a special recognition for his outstanding workmanship. While he excelled in his trade, he had a special love of nature, especially gardening. Jerry spent countless hours on his garden and landscaping. It was his love of the outdoors and nature that helped foster Jerry's interest in golf. He took up the game later in life, but more than the actual game, he enjoyed the comraderie that golf provided. He always respected the rules of the game and was honest to a fault, even to the detriment of his score, which was not his primary concern. Jerry fondly cherished the many friendships he developed through golf, especially in Lecanto. Jerry was also a devoted student of history and was always looking for opportunities to read about unique historical events or individuals. He was a lover of the arts, particulary music such as opera and German Lieder. As a young man, Jerry would often sing some of his favorite Lieder at family gatherings. In New York, Jerry belonged to a choral group and liked to sing Mozart. In spite of all other interests, Jerry's true devotion was the love of his life - his wife Lillian. They enjoyed everything they did together, and in their earlier years of marriage, they took many trips to see the US and their friends and relatives around the world. Together, they were dependable friends and ideal relatives, always ready in a instant to help out family and friends in need. Jerry was predeceased by his siblings Henry, Wilhelm, Albert, Walter, and Anneliese, along with his first wife, Helen. He is survived by his devoted wife Lillian, whom he married June 30, 1972, along with several loving nieces and nephews and numerous friends and acquaintances. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, March 28th at 11:00 AM from St. Scholastic Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery in the Atlanta area. Reposing hours at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home are on Tuesday from 6-8PM. Memorial contributions requested to: Hospice of Citrus Co., PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


John R Oldfield, 83, Floral City, FL
JOHN R. OLDFIELD, II, age 83, Floral City, died Monday, January 2, 2012 at his residence. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, John was born on September 2, 1928 to the late John and Emily (Blumquist) Oldfield. He moved to Florida at the age of six and was raised by his paternal grandparents. John served our country in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He served as a fireman for the City of St. Petersburg for over 27 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant, retiring and moving to this area in 1980. He was a member of the Firefighter's Union. John enjoyed boating with his family and loved watching football on television, especially the Florida Gators. Survivors include his son John R. Oldfield, III (Debbie) of Seminole, FL; and his daughter Sandra (Terry) Buie of Inverness; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Doris “Mickey” Oldfield on Aug. 25, 2009. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with military honors at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Martha G O\'Bannon, 95, Inverness, FL
Martha Glenn O'Bannon, age 95, Inverness, died Friday, January 6, 2012 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Center. Martha was born on June 12, 1916 in Greenville, MS to the late Bennette and Emily (James) O'Bannon. She was a bookkeeper. Martha has no known survivors except her loving caregivers at Arbor Trail who will miss her greatly. Private cremation arrangements.


Ellen L O\'Dwyer, 68, Inverness, Fl
Ellen Lee O'Dwyer, age 68, born December 23, 1943 to Edwin and Ethel Crawley in Charleston, SC, Ellen entered into Eternal Rest on March 3, 2012. She moved to St. Petersburg at a young age and grew up there, attending Dixie Hollins High School. In 1970, Ellie married Daniel O'Dwyer in St. Petersburg FL and lived in Andros Island, Bahamas, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Aurora and Parker CO. In CO Ellen worked as an electronics assembler for Honeywell. She and Dan moved to Inverness in 1996 to be nearer to family. Ellen enjoyed tennis in her younger years and served as a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader in Palm Beach Gardens. She also enjoyed scuba/snorkle diving, wind surfing, sailing, backpacking and camping. Hobby activities included knitting, crocheting and sewing. A stroke in 2004 placed her in a wheelchair and those activities ceased, but she still enjoyed old movies and listening to books. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, daughter Kelly and sister Edwina Porter. She is survived by her husband, daughters Glenyss (Steve) Steinmetz of Tomball, TX and Evelyn (Richard) Traynom of Marianna FL, grandchildren Denise Traynom, Matthew and Kaity Steinmetz, niece Debbie White, nephews George and Daniel Beverley, as will as many aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or Hospice of Citrus County, Inc. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Teresa Kodrich Pemberton, 48, Inverness, FL
Teresa A. (Kodrich) Pemberton-- On March 30, 2012 we held your hand one last time, relieved your suffering had ended. Our deep sadness will remain until the Lord sends us to meet again. Feeling cheated that cancer took Teresa, it is obvious to those who found her love that they were indeed blessed to have her for even a short time. As a devoted, proud and loving Mother to Travis Ray Kodrich, her greatest accomplishment was raising a loving, sensitive boy who through her example grew to become a young man whose values are solid and right. A mother\'s love cannot be replaced or forgotten. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, Teresa extended her kindness to her clients and formed bonds with many people in their time of need. She would often say these words when comforting another who felt sorrow by the loss of a loved one. “When you\'re sad, look into the night sky and find the brightest star. That\'s where they are.” The night sky became brighter with her passing and those who loved her will look upward every night. Teresa loved her pets and had a special soft spot for all animals. Born March 7, 1964 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, she is preceded in death by her father Roger Pemberton. She is survived by her mother Bonnie Stone, her sister and best friend Tana (Pemberton) Ellis, brothers Dale R. Pemberton, Alex A. Pemberton and Glenn Pemberton, several nieces and nephews and extended family. Her fiance\' Tommy Arnold loved and adored her. They cherished time together and enjoyed a good laugh when they referred to themselves as “peas and carrots.” Teresa\'s bright smile and sparkling blue eyes will be greatly missed. Please join the family for a celebration of her life and remembrance gathering on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. In lieu of flowers, please help support others in need through donations to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 or a non-kill animal shelter in your area.


Emmitt D Pierce, 69, Inverness, Fl
Emmitt D. Pierce, 69, of Inverness, Florida passed away Friday, March 2, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Emmitt was born on August 3, 1942 in Ft. Worth, Texas to the late Homer and Margaret (Pauley) Pierce. He arrived in the area in 1981, coming from Pennsacola, Florida, and was a U.S. Navy veteran, retired Senior Chief Petty Officer. Emmitt was a Christian as well as a member of the V.F.W. Lodge #7122, Floral City, Florida. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, playing darts, and spending time with family and friends. He was also a member of IRRU, Inverness. Emmitt is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Ellen Pierce. Other survivors include two sons, Eric (Margaret) Pierce of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Michael Murphy of Mesa, Arizona; one daughter Theresa (Dent) Kelley of Chesapeake, Virginia; two sisters, Emma Stevenson of Marysville, Ohio, and Elaine Dotson of Zephryhills, Florida; and one grandson, Matthew. A military service with honor guard is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012, 12:30 P.M. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge, Gainesville, Florida, (www.cancer.org/hopelodge), in Emmitt's memory. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Albert E Puro, 92, Inverness, Fl
Albert Emil Puro, 92, of Inverness, Florida passed away Monday, March 19, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus County, Lecanto, Florida. He was born on September 25, 1919 in Red Lodge, Montana to the late Emil and Beda (Lehtinen) Puro. Albert arrived in the area in 1981 coming from Algonac, Michigan and was an Inspector for the U.S. Government. He was a Army veteran of WWII, and a Russian Interpretor who was the first to communicate with General George S. Patton, at the Rhine river. Albert was a Michigan State Champion swimmer for three years in a row; a Regional Handball Champion; and a speed skater. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, the outdoors, and was very active in the Scouts. Memberships included Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, and the VFW Post #4337, Inverness, Florida. Albert was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Marie Hernandez, and one sister, Allie Schied. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Yvonne D. Puro of Inverness, Florida. Other survivors include two sons, Dale A. Puro, and Darrell J. (Cindy) Puro of Algonac, Michigan; two daughters, Deborah Vanderhagen of New Baltimore, Michigan, and Darlene R. Phelan of Key West, Florida. Nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. An inurnment service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida, with a gathering of family and friends to follow at the Post. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Helen K Regnier, 80, Floral City, Fl
Helen K. Regnier, 80, of Floral City, Florida passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012. Helen is survived by her husband of 56 years, Lawrence Regnier. Other survivors include one son Kenneth (Becky) Regnier of St. Petersburg, Florida; one daughter, Diane (Skip) Lamoureux of Clearwater, Florida; two grandsons, two granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Maureen Richie, 63, Inverness, FL
Maureen Richie, 63, Inverness, died March 10, 2012 at home under the loving care of her family. Maureen was born in Plainfield, NJ. on Sept 26, 1948 to William and Marie (Scarpelli) Comiskey, Jr. and moved to Florida in 1974 from Metuchen, NJ. She was a teacher in the Hernando Co. School System with 35 years of service and taught at the Dolores S. Parrot Middle School. Maureen received her Bachelor's Degree from Jersey City State Teacher's College and her Master's Degree from the University of South Florida. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Survivors include her two children, James Richie and his wife, Cynthia of Royal Palm Beach, FL and Ann Marie Teel and her husband, Rodney of Wilmington, NC; Her Mother, Marie Comiskey, Inverness; 2 brothers, William Comiskey, III of Inverness; John P. (Melissa) Comiskey, Ft. Worth, TX; her sister, Kathleen Balabas of New Smyrna Beach; 4 grandchildren, Collin, Rebecca, Audrey, and Cloie; Several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was previously married to James Richie and was preceded in death by her Father, William J. Comiskey, Jr on Sept 28, 1996. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Charles Leke, celebrant. Reposing hours are on Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family will establish an educational fund in memory of Maureen at the school where she taught. Contributions may be made directly to the family.


Jean F Rizzo, 73, Inverness, FL
Jean Baldwin Rizzo, 73, of Inverness, Florida passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, Florida. She was born in Northampton, Massachusetts on March 2, 1939 to the late Henry and Iva (Leonard) Baldwin, and, as a young girl, belonged to the Girl Scouts of America; later graduating from Smith Vocational High School. Jean arrived in the area in 2006, coming from Ashfield, Massachusetts and was a Food Service Supervisor for the federal government, retiring from the Leeds Massachusetts V.A. Hospital. She also worked for Longview RV Sales, Inc. Her love of music encompassed playing the guitar and singing. She formed two bands: “Country Reunion”, and “Jeanie and the Insiders”. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Andrea S. “Andy” Rizzo of Inverness. Other survivors include one son, Jeff (Sandy) Aldrich of Chicopee, Massachusetts; step-son Andrew Rizzo of New York State; one daughter Debbie (David) Lyons of Washington State; two step-daughters, Christina Rizzo, and Teresa Rizzo, both of Massachusetts; one brother, Walter Baldwin of Yuma, Arizona; one sister, Helen Baldwin Mac Donald of Inverness, Florida. Nine grand children and 3 great-grandchildren. Memorial services for Jean will be scheduled by the family at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Mary A Roeschen, 95, Inverness, FL
Mary Ann Roeschen, 95, of Inverness, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Mary was born on May 3, 1916 in Newtown, Pennsylvania to parents who immigrated to the US from Italy. She is survived by two of her ten siblings. Mary retired from the State of Colorado where she lived for over 50 years. She moved to Citrus County in 2004. She was an avid Bridge player with the Share Club and East Citrus Community Center. She was also a member of the Senior Happy Timers. She attended church at the Victory Baptist Church in Inverness. Survivors include her daughters, Donna Van Horn and Beverly Johnson; grandchildren: Wendy, Nancy, Brett and Kamy and her great grandchildren: Kaitlynn, Brandi, Dillon, William, Vanessa and Jubei. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Randy and Sally. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Mary Ann will be conducted on Sunday, April 1st at 1:00 PM from the Victory Baptist Church in Inverness. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Citrus County or the American Cancer Society. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Cremation arrangements. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Francis L Rosignol, 70, Inverness, FL
FRANCIS L. ROSIGNOL, 70, of Inverness, died Monday, March 12, 2012. Born in Wabash County, Illinois on January 11, 1942 to the late Clyde and Mary Rosignol, he came here in 1982 from Bellmont, Illinois. Mr. Rosignol was a machine manufacturing mechanic and a U. S. Army Veteran. He enjoyed fishing, photography and camping while traveling. He is survived by his son, Michael Rosignol and wife Sonja of Tavares, FL; his daughter Colette McIntyre of Inverness; his 3 brothers: John Rosignol and wife Joyce, Clyde Rosignol and wife Maxine and Kenny Rosignol and wife Kay, all of Illinois; his grandchildren: Jericho, Christian, Aaron, Dawson, Heaven and Caiden. Francis was preceded in death by brothers, Gilbert and Paul and sister, Loretta Redden. Following cremation, Francis' urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


John H Rossio, 72, Dunnellon, Fl
John H. Rossio, 72, of Dunnellon, Florida passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. John was born on May 25, 1939 to the late Frank and Myrtle (Swanson) Rossio. He arrived in the area in 2001 coming from the Massachusetts area. John was a member of the 1st Lutheran Church of Inverness and loved golfing, woodworking, and drawing and sketching florida nature and old buildings. He enjoyed inventing, and received a patent for a new conveyor system for the plastics molding industry. John is predeceased by one son, Christopher; and one sister, Linda Powers. He is survived by three daughters; Kim (Keith) Anderson of Wayland, Michigan, Lisa (Robert) Holz of Lebanon, Ohio, and Kayleen Rossio of Leverett, Massachusetts; two brothers, Richard and Frank Rossio; two sisters, Darlene Buell and Evelyn Rinaker; and four grandchildren. A Memorial Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, 3:00pm, at the 1st Lutheran Church of Inverness, Inverness, Florida. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Mildred 7 Rowe, 77, Hernando, FL
Mildred L. Rowe, 77, of Hernando, Florida passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Life Care Center in Lecanto, Florida. She was born on November 18, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Cecil and Corrine (Alexander) Mason. Mildred arrived in the area in 1987, coming from Miami, Florida. She was a Realtor, and very devoted to her family and helping children throughout the community. She is predeceased by her husband Franklin, and one son, Michael L. Rowe. Survivors include two daughters, Tammie Bauer and Lisa Hall, both of Hernando, Florida; two brothers, Kurt and Cecil Mason; two sisters, Melinda Harris and Jane Mason; seven grandchildren, Desiree, Sean, Aaron, Trisha, Zac, Christina, and Jared; and one great-grandchild, Aubrianna. A Graveside committal service will be held on Friday, April 6, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Brian L Schaeffer, 78, Inverness, FL
BRIAN L. SCHAEFFER, age 78, Inverness, died March 11, 2012 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Pastor Greg Kell officiating and military honors rendered by VFW Post #4337 of Inverness. Brian was born on March 5, 1934 in Rochester, NY to the late Louis and Helen (McCarthy) Schaeffer. He served our country in the United States Air Force. Brian was employed by Bausch and Lomb as an eyeglass frame model maker. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family and his two dogs Winnie and Tigger. Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Pamela Schaeffer, Inverness; his son Michael Brian and wife Stacy Schaeffer, Homosassa; his daughter Teresa Schaeffer, Lilydale, NY, Stepdaughter Melissa and her husband Jeff Butler, Raleigh, NC; grandsons Ryan and Joshua Spence and stepgrandchildren Shannon Butler and Joey Gates. The family requests donations in Brian's name to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Arnold A Schweitz, 89, Inverness, FL
Arnold A. Schweitz, 89, Seneca Falls, NY/Inverness, FL Our loving husband, father, and grandfather, Arnold A. Schweitz, 89, died peacefully after a brief illness, on February 21, 2012. Born in Elgin, ND, on March 22, 1922, to the late Henry and Theresa (Quast) Schweitz, he lived most of his life in Seneca Falls, NY, where he and his late wife of 56 years, Edna Rogers Schweitz, raised 9 children and he worked as a machinist/mechanic. The couple retired to Inverness in 1984 where Arnold continued to work part-time as local handyman. Arnold served our nation in the US Army during WWII, was a life long time member of the American Legion and VFW, and a member of the local Elks Lodge and United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Carmen Dawkins Schweitz and her children, Jason Worth and Amy Struke and their children; his 8 children; Eleanor (Thomas) Brown, Barbara Waite, Frederick (Margaret) Schweitz, Duane Schweitz, Cassandra (John) Patterson, Daralene (Leon) Pondo, Cynthia Schweitz, and Theresa (William) Priest; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a brother, Rudolf (Gloria) Schweitz; a sister, Lorrentina Lang; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Edna; his daughter, Marabelle Schweitz; his brother, Henry Schweitz; his sister, Rosalee Smith; and his great grandson, Alex Racine. Funeral arrangements are Tuesday, February 28th, at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Receiving of Friends will be at 12:00 PM, followed by a 1:00 PM service. Internment, with full military honors, will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, immediately following the service. Officiating will be performed by the Reverend Rush Camber, United Methodist Church of Inverness. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to The Hospice of Citrus County, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida 34464. “We are confident, yes, well pleased to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” – II Corinthians 5:8


Antoinette A Shelton, 81, Inverness, FL
ANTOINETTE (TOY) ASHBRIDGE SHELTON, Bradenton, was born February 7, 1931 to the late Basil Harmon and Opal Harmon Sterley in Greensburg, Ohio; passed away March 16, 2012. She lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania until 1963 when her family moved to Florida. Toy is survived by her daughter, Alwana L. Ashbridge Boyd, and son-in-law, Robert K. Boyd; her sister Helen Sells and her husband Donald; her brother Robert Harmon and his wife Mona; and her brother Basil (Sonny) Harmon and his wife, Margaret. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Toy was predeceased by her husband, Orval L. Ashbridge; her son, Randy L. Ashbridge; and her Grandson, Aaron A. Boyd; and her brother Richard Harmon. Toy was a retired hairdresser. She was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church in Hernando where she enjoyed learning about the Bible. She enjoyed going to yard sales, antiquing and spending time with her friends and family. A Celebration of Life and Remembrance Gathering for Toy will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Rev. Tyler Montgomery officiating. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date.


Wayne S Shinn, 51, Inverness, Fl
Wayne Scott Shinn, 51, of Inverness Florida passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at his residence in Inverness. He was born on April 18, 1960 in New London, Connecticut. Wayne was a hydraulic technician for Hydraulic Sales in Miami Florida, and a Baptist by faith. He arrived in the area in 2009, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Wayne enjoyed building car models and hot rods. He is survived by his parents; George R. Shinn and Marilyn Geiger of Inverness; sisters Valerie Bowers of Kansas, Lorie Newton of Inverness, Florida, Tammy Shinn of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Tara Hickok of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Inurnment with military honors is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2012, 11:30am at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Victor A Siglin, 78, Hernando, Fl
Victor Allen Siglin, 78, of Hernando, Florida died Thursday, March 15, 2012. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Bonnie E Small, 91, Floral City, FL
BONNIE EDRIS SMALL, Floral City, died January 30, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was a resident of Woodland Terrace for the past nine years. She was born in Jackson, Ohio on April 6, 1920 and was a graduate of Jackson High School, Class of 1938. Bonnie married Jack Small in 1939 and they raised two daughters. She worked for Colonial Stores in Columbus, Ohio for 20 years. In 1980, Jack and Bonnie moved to Floral City, where they lived in happy retirement in Singing Forest. Bonnie was a member, in good standing, of the Citrus Memorial Health System Auxiliary. As a 20-year volunteer, she contributed over 6000 hours. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years; two brothers, William and Hays Sams and her great-granddaughter, Samantha Guilford. Surviving are daughters Jacquie Miller and Judi Smoak, both of Walterboro, S.C.; granddaughters Evie Guilford, Jeni Fletcher, Becky Broderick, one grandson Matt Smoak and ten great-grandchildren, her sister Bettie Booth, who resides at Avante at Inverness and two nieces Donna Gray and Connie Hartmus. A Celebration of Life and Remembrance Gathering will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness. Inurnment will be private at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. If family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Bonnie's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Bettyann Smerecki, 74, Inverness, FL
Bettyann Smerecki, 74, of Inverness passed away, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. She was born on July 7, 1937, in Staten Island, NY to the late Julius and Lenora (Eagle) Del Grosso. Bettyann arrived in the area in 1986, with her late husband Casimer, coming from Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren, and enjoyed playing the slots at Hard Rock Casino. Bettyann was a Catholic and a member of Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She is survived by two sons, Randall (Denise) Smerecki of Roanoke, Virginia, and Raymond (Ashley) Smerecki of Inverness, Florida; one brother, George Del Grosso of Staten Island, New York; three sisters, Joyce Pidgeon of New Jersey, Dolores Stryker and Marie Baker, both of Staten Island, New York; and four grandchildren, Brandon, Alicia, Logan, and Casey. A visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, with the vigil service at 3:00 PM. at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. Urn placement will occur at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 2:30 PM. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Charles Smoker, 83, Inverness, Fl
CHARLES SMOKER, 83 of Inverness, died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at home under the loving care of his daughter and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in New York City on July 4, 1928, to the late Charles and Edith Smoker, he came here in 1985 from Bronx, New York. Mr. Smoker was an installer/manager with AT&T Communications and a proud US Marine Corps Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was also an accomplished artist, creating scenic watercolors. His family plans on presenting some of his paintings to the organizations that were most meaningful to him, the AM Vets and Hospice of Citrus County. He was a special person, who was outgoing and engaging with everyone he met, especially the “girls” at his bank. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Dragone of West Palm Beach, FL; son, Steven Smoker; three grandchildren: Jamie, Zachary and Olivia and his special cat, Maggie. Mr. Smoker's urn will be interred beside his late wife, Carole, at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Citrus County. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donald A Snyder, 87, Inverness, FL
Donald A. Snyder, age 87, Inverness, died March 5, 2012 under the loving care of his family at his home. Donald was born on August 27, 1924 in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Elmer and Dorothy (Williams) Snyder. He served our country in the United States Navy. Donald was a teacher and coach throughout his working career. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Hazel Snyder, Inverness; his son Keith and wife Theresa, Ormond Beach, FL and daughter Connie Sue Snyder, Inverness. A Graveside Military Honor Service will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at the Florida National Cemetery with VFW Post #4252 of Hernando rendering military honors.


Sybella B Snyder, 90, Inverness, FL
SYBELLA BEYER SNYDER, was born July 2, 1921 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Ben and Augusta Beyer and died at her home in Inverness on March 9, 2012. She lived and went to school in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, returning to USA during WWII. Sybella came to Inverness in 1982 from Palm Beach County. She was a retired real estate broker, a writer and poet. In 1982, she and her newspaper editor husband, Mel, started the first Inverness Library Friends newsletter and continued as it\'s editor until 1992. Sybella was a past president of the Friends of Lakes Region Library, past president of the Withlacoochee Poets and served on the board of directors of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She also served on the NFSPS College/University level manuscript competition, was past chancellor of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She was an award winning poet in state and national competitions and author of “African Memories” volumes 1 and 2. Sybella served as a senior editor of Poets\' Forum Magazine and Associate editor of Harp-Strings Poetry Journal. She lectured on Africa and African poetry. Sybella is survived by her son, Gregg Snyder of Dawsonville, GA; daughter, Tammie Wypcha, of Inverness; niece, Bonnie Good of Toronto, Canada; nephew Steve Beyer of Chicago, IL and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Haidee Adkins. Private cremation services are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Josephine D Strader, 83, Floral City, FL
Josephine D. Strader, 83, Floral City, died Feb 17, 2012 in Hospice Unit of Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native of Tampa, FL., she was born Feb 26, 1928 to the late Joseph and Mary (Provenzano) DiSalvo and moved to Citrus Co. from Brandon in 1985. She was a book keeper in Tampa for the Industrial Supply Co. and of the Lutheran Faith. Josephine is survived by her son, Robert J. Strader and his wife, Vickie, Floral City; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Strader on July 7, 2004 and her son, Mark Castellano. She will be laid to rest in Sunset Memory Gardens. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory in charge of arrangements.


James A Taylor, 92, Hernando, Fl
 James A. Taylor was born in West Warwick, R.I. on February 19,1920 to Elizabeth Morrison Taylor and Frederick Taylor.  He passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Florida. He graduated from James T. Lockwood High School in Warwick, R.I. in 1938.   Also, he graduated from Roger Williams College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting .In 1987, Jim relocated to Florida from East Greenwich, R.I. when he retired after working for the Brunswick Corporation for 28 years as a national sales manager.  Jim served in World War II as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he spent 38 months in England and France. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Kathleen C. Taylor whom he married while in the service in London, England in 1944.  He is also survived by his daughter Janice and her husband Dr. Donald Norris of Oxford, OH, two granddaughters Emily Greenberg of Alexandria, VA and Elizabeth Taylor-Norris of Oxford, OH, two great-granddaughters, Madison and Olivia and a great-grandson, Andrew.  Jim was a lifetime member of the BPOE, West Warwick, R.I. #1697 and the DAV Pion Chapter of West Warwick, RI.  He served as President of the Lion’s Club of East Greenwich, R.I., President of the Rhode Island Duck Pin Association, President of the Citrus Hills Men’s Golf League and a founding member of the East Greenwich Recreation Committee. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.  


Willard K Troxel, 79, Inverness, Fl
Willard Kolher Troxel, 79, of Inverness, Florida passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 at his residence in Inverness. Willard was born on September 15, 1932 in Kulpsville, Pennsylvania to the late George G. and Alice (Kolher) Troxel. He was a route salesman for the Lance Cookie Company, Inc., and was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. Willard arrived in the area in 1999, coming from Tampa, Florida, and was a Protestant by faith. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and spending time with his family. He is member of the V.F.W. Post #4321, Tampa, Florida; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #3992 and Fraternal Order of the Moose, Lodge #912, Tampa; and the American Legion, Post #138, Tampa. He is preceded in death by one sister, Grace Overholtzer. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jeanette Troxel. Other survivors include two sons, Kirk A. Troxel of Tampa, Florida, and Keith (Holly) Troxel of Branden, Florida; one daughter, Kim (Darren) Doran of Dunnellon, Florida; one brother, George H. Troxel of Springfield, Illinois; and one sister, Gladys Krieble of Telford, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Rob and Ashley; and one great-grandchild, Ariana. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Eva M Tucker, 79, Inverness, FL
Eva Mae Tucker, age 79, Inverness, died February 15, 2012 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Eva was born on October 22, 1932 in Beckley, West Virginia to the late Raymond and Pansy Mae (Harper) Tucker. She was married on April 16, 1950 to Willard Austin Tucker, who preceded her in death on May 25, 1999. Eva retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborne, OH, where she worked in the mid 1980s as a civil service worker. Previous to that, she had worked at the University of West Virginia and Pure Oil Company in Beckley, W.V. She was a charter member of the Beaver Creek First Assembly of God in Fairborn, OH and later a member of Hoosier Harvest Church in Martinsville, OH. Survivors include her son, Jerry Tucker and his wife Stephanie of Inverness,FL, four grandchildren, Scott M. Tucker, Bryan D. Tucker, Janay Rodenbeck and Stacey Williams, five great-grandchildren and her sister Iris Marie Pack of Beckley, W.V. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Chalmer, Russell and Clarence Huffman and a great-grandchild, Jesse Tucker. Funeral services will be held at the Neal and Summers Funeral Home on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. with burial in Nebo Memorial Park, Martinsville, IN. The family will receive friends in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service.


Eloise M Van Ness, 89, Inverness, FL
Eloise Tindale Van Ness, 89, of Inverness, died Feb. 14, 2012 at her granddaughter's home in Brook Haven, Mississippi. A native of Archer, Florida, she was born March 25, 1922 to the late Calhoun and Alice (Thomas) Tindale, and spent most of her life in Citrus County. She was married to the late Mike Van Ness for 62 years. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2003. Eloise worked beside her husband, assisting him with all the responsibilities of owning and operating a ranch and farm. She was also a bus driver for the Citrus County School System and for her church, the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. Always active in her community, she served on the Citrus County Fair Board, serving as Livestock Committee Chairman; Leader of the 4-H Club Ease's Roughriders; Charter Member of The Citrus County Cowbells; and a Director of the 4-H Foundation. She was honored for her dedicated work with these organizations, being awarded the title of Fair Director Emeritus, and was presented the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce's Fitzpatrick Heritage Award; recepient of the Citrus County Cattlewoman of The Year award and was nominated by the Florida Dept of Agriculture for The Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Eloise played a significant role in forming the character and serving as a role model for many of our Citrus County youth within the 4 -H program and the county fair's livestock program. Eloise is survived by two children, Eloise “Ginger” Whitton Jackson of Pine Ridge and “Ricki” Abbe who resides in Montana; numerous nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, June Hinkle in 1979 and her two brothers, Glenn and Doyle Tindale. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-6 PM. Her life will be celebrated at a Service of Remembrance on Monday, Feb. 20th at 2:00 PM from the Eloise Van Ness Arena located on the grounds of the Citrus County Fair. Burial will follow in the Van Ness Family Cemetery. The family is encouraging those attending to dress casually in their Western attire. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to contribute to a 4- H Scholarship to be established in Eloise's memory. The memorials may be mailed to the Citrus County Fair Office, 3600 South Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450; Attention: Eloise Van Ness Scholarship Fund.


Ernest P Veltman, 88, Lecanto, Fl
Ernest Paul Veltman, age 88, Lecanto, died January 28, 2012 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County House in Lecanto. A Funeral Service of Remembrance with Masonic Rite will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family will receive friends in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. Ernest was born on February 23, 1923 in Grey, Pennsylvania to the late Andrew and Adele (Schiman) Veltman and moved to this area in 1951 from there. He was employed as a pipefitter for Union Local 803 in Orlando for many years. After retirement, he began his own bushhogging business locally, which he enjoyed very much. He also enjoyed woodworking. Ernest was a member of the DAV of Inverness, Inverness Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite. Survivors include his sons Ken and his wife Claudia Veltman, Lecanto and Douglas Veltman, Ocala, daughter Marion Procopio, Warren, OH, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane on Jan. 3, 2006.


Donald J Wagner, 75, Inverness, Fl
Donald John Wagner, 75, Inverness, died Jan 16, 2012 in the HPH Hospice Unit in Inverness. A native of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ., he was born Sept 19, 1936 to the late Fred and Mary (Alston) Wagner. He worked in the carpet installation business and served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Leah Wagner; his brother, Roger of Fairview, New Jersey, and a sister, Judith Wagner of Inverness, his niece Mickey (Ronald) Poss of Fairview, New Jersey and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edwina Wagner on 03/18/1994, brothers Walter and Fred and a sister Janet. Burial will be private in Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Nancy L Wakefield, 71, Inverness, FL
NANCY LYNN WAKEFIELD, age 71, Inverness, died Friday, January 13, 2012 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family and HPH Hospice care. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 12:30 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends in visitation from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service. Nancy was born on December 28, 1940 in Detroit, MI to the late Paul and Elizabeth (Rush) Schroeter. She was a clothing model for Federal\\\\\\\'s Dept. Store in Detroit as a young woman. A loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother, she doted on her grandchildren. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Brooksville. Survivors include her sons, Mark Wakefield, Springhill, FL, Alan and wife Robin Wakefield, Graceville, FL and Alvin Paul and wife Patricia Wakefield, Beverly Hills, FL; daughters Julie and husband Dan Leonard and Lisa and husband Todd Goetz, all of Brooksville; her brothers Paul Schroeter, Lavonia, MI and Lanny Schroeter, White Lake, MI and sister Carol Bagby, Grand Rapids, MI, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Alvin Wakefield on 11/25/2008, a daughter Kimberly Lynn Wakefield on 02/01/01 and a brother, Lawrence Schroeter. The family requests memorial donations in Nancy\'s name to HPH Hospice- Citrus Office, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465-3503 in lieu of flowers.


William F Whittaker, Jr., 69, Beverly Hills, FL
WILLIAM FRANCIS WHITTAKER, JR. age 69, Beverly Hills, died Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Health Care System. William was born on November 16, 1942 in Worcester, MA to the late William F. and Marion (Healey) Whittaker. He was employed as a physicist for Raytheon for many years as a military contractor. He enjoyed working in electronics and with computers. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his loving wife of of 44 years, Marilyn Whittaker; his son Norm and his wife Elena Whittaker, New Hampshire; two grandchildren; two sisters Frances Whittaker, Florida and Patricia and her husband Paul Flury, Auburn, MA, one aunt, Alice Rea and many cousins. The family invites friends to share in a Celebration of Life Service for William on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Beverly Hills Community Church, 82 Civic Circle. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Jesse L Wiley, 37, Inverness, FL
Jesse Lynn Wiley, age 37, Inverness, died Saturday, March 17, 2012. A lifelong native of Inverness, Jesse was born on August 6, 1974 to the late Frank and Terese (Snowden) Wiley. He was employed as a carpenter and laborer in the construction industry. Jesse enjoyed hanging out with his friends; he was a history buff and fan of heavy metal music and Star Wars. Survivors include two brothers, Justin Wiley, Inverness and Matthew Davis, Clearwater; his sister Amanda Hatley (Christopher Simmons) of Beverly Hills; Stepsister Angie Mauro Saunders, Stepmother Beverly Frazie, Inverness; Maternal Grandmother Lois York, Inverness; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Kenneth R Wiley, 83, Floral City, FL
Kenneth Ray Wiley, 83, Floral City, passed away Jan 7, 2012 at Arbor Trail Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Mr Wiley was born on July 25, 1928 in Huntington, WV to the late Haven and Evalena Snyder Wiley and came to this area 27 years ago from Leesburg, FL. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the United States Navy and a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City. He is survived by 3 children, Michael K. Wiley and wife, Carol of Nazareth, PA; Brenda Porter and husband, Henry of Ft. Gay, WV ; Donna Patton of Kenova, WV; 2 sisters, Teresa Cruce and Teda Smith, both of Leesburg; Step Mother, Dollie Brooks; 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted Wed., Jan 11th at 11:00 AM from Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City with Rev. Clarence Helms officiating. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 9:00 until 10:45 when the funeral procession will depart for the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Citrus County Hospice, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 344644. The family extends a special thanks to the staffs of Arbor Trail Nursing Home and Hospice of Citrus County.


Frank C Wilkinson, 77, Floral City, FL
Frank Currie Wilkinson, age 77, Floral City and Gaylord, Michigan, died March 15, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Frank was born on July 30, 1934 in Gaylord to the late Marcel and Jane (Currie) Wilkinson. He was the owner/operator of a petroleum products installation company. Frank served our country in the United States Navy. He was the President of the Board for "Little Village" in Gaylord and also a member and served on the Board of Trustees of the First Congretional Church of Gaylord. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol; two sons David A. (Donna) Coon, Gravette, AR and Neil A. (Mary) Wilkinson, Gaylord, MI; three daughters Linda M. (Mark) Lefevre, Boyne City, MI, Kathleen R. (Kenneth) Arndt, Gaylord, MI and Patricia (Larry) Smith, Lapeer, MI; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private cremation arrangements.


Ron B Yarborough, 40, Lecanto, FL
Ron Wilson “Bo” Yarborough, 40, Lecanto, died suddenly on Tues. Jan 25, 2012 in Dade City, FL. A Citrus County native, “Bo” was born Feb 7, 1971 to Rennie W. Yarborough and Donna Jean DeSimone. He attended local schools and graduated from Lecanto High School, class of 1991. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and taking care of his many pets. “Bo” was a heavy equipment operator. He is survived by two children, Trevor Yarborough of Tampa and Erica Yarborough of Lecanto; his mother and step-father, Donna Jean DeSimone and Jeffrey Hart of Lecanto; his companion, Lottie Chapel, Lecanto; his uncle, Richard DeSimone of Dade City and aunt, Pat Chitty of Hernando; and his pet dog , Gracie. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, Jan 29th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Brunk of the Citrus County Community Church officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus Co. or the Citrus Co. Community Church.


Jerry L Zebendon, 79, Inverness, Fl
JERRY L. ZEBENDON, age 79, Inverness, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 12:00 Noon at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with Pastor Tony Rosenberger. Jerry was born on October 14, 1932 in Plant City, FL to the late Francies and Eldis (Porter) Zebendon. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Jerry was employed by Indiana Bell as a manger with over 35 years of service, also in public relations in Columbus, Indiana. He was a member of the Kiwanis, Rotary, Lion's Clubs in Indiana and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Inverness, serving as head usher for three years as well as in the United Methodist Men's Fellowship. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading and working Suduko puzzles. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sally K. Zebendon; two sons Randy (Cheryl) Zebendon, Shelton, CT and Kerry (Patricia) Zebendon, Farmland, IN, his brother Charles (Jane) Zebendon, Bloomington, IN and sister Mary Frances Masters, Issaquah, Washington and five grandchildren, Andrew, Alison and Scott Zebendon, Zac (Sara) Richman and Cari (Kevin) Lewis. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorial donations in Jerry's memory to First United Methodist Church, 3896 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452 in lieu of flowers.


Timothy J Ziebarth, 54, Inverness, FL
Timothy J. “Tim” Ziebarth, 54, Inverness, died Feb 12, 2012 in the Hospice House of Lecanto. A native of Miles City, Montana, he was born on March 2, 1957 to the late Clarence and Mary (Olson) Ziebarth. He moved to Florida in 2005. Tim worked in the construction industry, enjoyed doing things with his hands, and could fix anything, especially rebuilding computers. Other interests included painting and wood working. He was a Life Member of the Cascade Masonic Lodge in Montana. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Charlotte (Haag) Ziebarth and his Mother in Law, Charlotte Elizabeth Haag of Inverness; 4 brothers in law, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Samuel Jay Ziebarth in 1990. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Feb. 17th at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Charles Leke of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Cremation arrangements will follow. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus Co., PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


 

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