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Wayne Alexander

Wayne J Alexander, 87, Citrus Springs, FL
Wayne Joseph Alexander died peacefully in Lecanto, FL on January 19, 2019 at the age of 87. Wayne is survived by his wife of 42 years, Holly Alexander. Wayne was a loving father to his children, David, Daniel, Donald, Cathy, Caren, Candy and Catie. He was a loving stepfather to Adrienne Janego. He has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was especially close with his grandchildren Ryan Bradley, Kyle Bradley, and Jennifer Christie. Wayne was born on August 17, 1932 in Manchester, CT to Josephine Emonds and Chester Alexander. He served in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War but was stationed in Miami Beach. He worked first as a carpenter, then a construction superintendent, and later a city building inspector. He met his second wife, Holly Alexander, in Connecticut and followed her to California and then to Wichita, KS. While in Wichita, he worked for the city as a building inspector. He retired in 1994. Wayne was a handy man and loved completing projects around the house. He also loved working on cars; his pride and joy was a 1931 Model A Ford that he restored and a school bus that he turned into an RV. He loved to travel and he visited many countries. His favorite memories included traveling to Costa Rica and China, and, last May, to Brazil. He also loved to travel within the United States and especially loved visiting national parks. Wayne often joined his wife on her races around the country and world. He loved cheering her on and driving to meet her at the end of a long day of running and biking. Wayne was a prolific story-teller and he enjoyed sharing his stories with everyone he met. A celebration of life is scheduled Sunday February 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Citrus Springs, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Vitas Community Connection in his memory. https://vitascommunityconnection.org/ designating Citrus County, FL, or 255 East Fifth Street, Suite 1200, Cincinnati, OH 45202.


Julia Amatuli

Julia Amatuli, 96, Beverly Hills, FL
Julia Amatuli, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at her home on January 4th, 2020 at the age of 96. Julia was born to the late Vincenzo and Rose Zammiello on August 28, 1923 in New York, New York. She was a homemaker and was married to her beloved late husband, Nicholas, for 52 years. Though formally from Smithtown, NY she relocated to the beautiful Beverly Hills area in 1980 and lived here for the remainder of her years. Julia will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched during her life. Her husband preceded her in death Jan 11, 2008. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, January 10th at 11:00 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Deacon Joseph Medeiros of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery.


Eugenia Aponte

Eugenia Aponte, 97, Beverly Hills, FL
Eugenia Aponte, 97, with a life well lived and loved, was called home by the Lord in a peaceful manner on Thursday, January 23, 2020, with family by her side. Eugenia was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Pedro Aponte and Felicita Almodóvar on October 6, 1922. She migrated to the States 14 years later where she met and married Cesar Gonzalez. She worked as a seamstress for 15 years and later transitioned into a full-time homemaker. She was deeply religious and was faithfully involved in Our Lady of Victory Church in Bronx, New York. Eugenia’s talents were many as she was an extremely accomplished seamstress and crocheted garments worn by family, friends and strangers alike. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to cook, play BINGO with family and friends, and her morning coffee couldn’t be forgotten. Her favorite all time fictional character was “Alf.” She liked to tell stories from her past, stay on top of current events by watching the news and adored pets. Eugenia entertained family, friends and everyone around her was always smiling. This gentle, loving, caring and deeply religious woman has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be supremely missed by all who knew and cared for her. Eugenia will be forever remembered for her beautiful smile, insightful eyes, caring heart, sharp wit, great humor, loving embrace and unconditional love. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate her life and find comfort that she is in heaven watching over us. She is survived by her daughter, Minerva Gonzalez, her son Ruben Gonzalez and his wife Margarita Gonzalez; her grandchildren Jerome Hill, Gretchen Hill, Angela Hill, Jennifer Irizarry, and Ruben Gonzalez Jr.; her great-grandchildren, London, Darrein, Carlie, DeVaughn, DaQuan, Victor, Nico, Jayla, Jeremiah (Jaymier), Damian, Jazlyn, Andres, and Adrian. Eugenia Aponte was predeceased by her father, Pedro Aponte, mother Felicita Almodóvar, her youngest daughter, Irma Hill, son-in-law, Victor Hill, and grandson, Vincent Hill. The family of Eugenia Aponte expresses appreciation and thanks to Citrus Health & Rehabilitation Center, Citrus Memorial Hospital and to the many physicians and hospice care members who participated in her care. Also, to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc.. A church vigil and remembrance of her life will be held at Saint John Baptist Catholic Church, Dunnellon, FL, on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 4:30 P.M. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kenneth Beitz

Kenneth V Beitz, 84, Inverness, FL
Kenneth Vern Beitz, of Inverness, FL passed away on February 15th, 2020. Born to the late Elmer and Viora Beitz on April 19th, 1935 in Garden City, MI, Kenneth filled his 84 years of life with love, service and adventure. Kenneth bravely and honorably served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corp, followed by 35 years of work as a Postal Carrier for the United States Postal Service. He married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Ann Montgomery Beitz, in 1954 and together they had Gina M. Atkins, Pamela J. Worthing and Daniel K. Beitz. Kenneth is survived by his wife and children, as well as his sister Audrey Nevins; his five grandchildren, Stephanie, Angela, Eric, Steven and Shawn; and his ten great-grandchildren, Grace, Lucas, Alayna, Jackson, Kellan, June, Kaylin, Mac, Calleigh, and Jace. Kenneth was “Grandpa Red” and was adored and beloved by all his children and grandchildren. He shared his love for camping and the outdoors with them. He loved to ride roller coasters and take the family to theme parks. Grandpa Red was always, even as he aged, on the floor playing with grandkids and great-grandkids. He modeled for them what it meant to be a “good neighbor” and served those around him in any way he could, quietly and without need for recognition. In the simple moments between all his projects, travels or family gatherings, Kenneth could often be seen listening to his old country music with his dog Daisy in his lap. A Memorial Service will take place at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with full military honors on April 17th, 2020 at 10:00 am. A procession to the cemetery for the Memorial Service will leave at 9:15am from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Lynnette Besett

Lynnette Besett, 85, Floral City, FL
Lynnette Besett, age 85, Floral City, FL passed away at home on January 12, 2020. A native of Lakewood, OH, she was born November 5, 1934 to the late Alfred C. Hodge and Margaret Quati Hodge and came to Florida in 1985 from No. Olmstead, OH with her late husband, Delbert. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2017. Left to cherish her memory are 4 sons: Robert Sandvick, No. Royalton, OH; Kenneth Sandvick, Olmsead Falls, OH; Tim Sandvick, Reminderville, OH; Rick Sandvick, Floral City, FL; 3 daughters: Sherri Quati Goodlin, Indiana, PA; Karen Sandvick, New Symirna Beach, FL; Michelle Hugar, Homosassa, FL. many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Hodge. Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM from Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City with Pastor Rick Welshans officiating. She is in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home


Frances Bruner

Frances L Bruner, 94, Inverness, FL
Frances L. Bruner of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on December 7, 2019 at the age of 94. Frances was born in Montgomery, AL on February 3, 1925. She was married to her loving husband Ellis Bruner for 60 years until his passing on December 24, 2001. Frances and Ellis made Citrus County their home in 1981, relocating from Madeira Beach, FL where together they had owned and operated the Bruner Construction Company. She was a member of the Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach but attended worship services locally at the Inverness Church of God. Frances enjoyed playing golf and would visit residents at assisted living facilities and nursing homes in her spare time. She was an excellent cook and a wonderful giving, caring, friendly and kind woman. Frances is survived by her loving son in law and caregiver, Fred Nason of Inverness, FL; grandson, Robert L. Renner and his wife Hiromi of Tokyo, Japan; and great grandson, Robbie Renner. In addition to her husband, Frances was preceded in death by her daughter, Eleanor Nason in January of 2017. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Una Burgos

Una M Burgos, 82, Inverness, FL
Una M. Burgos, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away at Opis Indian River Center in Melbourne, FL on January 5th, 2020. She was born to the late Fritz and Margarethe Lowenhagen in Mineola, NY on June 21st, 1937. She worked as an Obstetrics RN for 45 years at Brooklyn Hospital, NY. Originally from Staten Island, NY, she has resided in the Inverness area for the last 13 years. Along with her parents, Una is preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Burgos, who passed away on February 18th, 2016. She is survived by her special friend, Laurie Clark. A Private Cremation with Care is arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gwen Burrell

Gwen A Burrell, 87, Kewadin, MI
Gwen A. Burrell, age 87 of Kewadin, MI, and former resident of Inverness, FL passed away February 14, 2020 at her granddaughter’s home under the loving care of her family and Hospice. Mrs. Burrell was born in Cheboygan, MI on May 30, 1932 to the late Francis L. Williams and Nancy Helen (Martin) Williams. On August 10, 1951 she married Gary L Burrell with whom she shared 66 years of loving marriage. In 1983 Gwen and Gary relocated to Citrus County after relocating from Fenton MI. Gwen in 2018 relocated after Gary's death to Kewadin MI to be with her granddaughter and family. She was a retired medical secretary, having retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Flint, MI and was of the Catholic faith. While living in Inverness, she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. She is survived by her granddaughter, Stephanie Burrell-Butte and her husband Nate; 2 great grandchildren: Hunter and Eastin Butte of Kewadin, MI; daughter in law Barbara Burrell of Fenton MI; and her sister, Barbara Jones of Orlando, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband Gary Burrell on January 24, 2018; her 2 beloved sons: Gary Burrell, II and Greg Burrell. Additionally, she was preceded by her 6 brothers and sisters: Bill Brooks, Francis and Donald Williams, Pearl Easton, Beverly Skaggs, and Donna Grim; and grandson, Steven Burrell. In Gwen's spare time she loved doing crafts, playing golf, baking and cooking, traveling the US in their motor home with Gary and their Yorkshire Terriers and most of all she LOVED playing BINGO. She was known for the meat pies she made at Christmas time and her chicken and dumplings. Friends are invited to call the Chas E. Davis funeral Home on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM for viewing and visitation with Gwen's family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on February 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her late husband. She is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL


JoAnn Burton

JoAnn F Burton, 81, Beverly Hills, FL
JoAnn Fern Burton, 81, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at Life Care Center of Lecanto, FL on December 31st, 2019. She was born to the late George and Fern Coslet on August 12th, 1938 in Porter, IN. JoAnn was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her big family. She married Robert Burton in June of 1960. Formally from LaPorte, IN, she relocated four and a half years ago to reside in beautiful Beverly Hills, FL. JoAnn enjoyed playing Bingo, bowling, and, after moving to Florida, swimming and dancing in the pool all day long while listing to music with her daughters. She will be remembered by her family as being a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother and she loved spending time with all of her family and friends. Before moving to Florida, she loved attending Porter United Methodist Church and remembered her beloved church and her church family fondly. In addition to her parents, JoAnn is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her three sons, Jackie Burton, Ricky LaHayne, and Scott Holdren; her brother, Lynn G. Coslet; her two sisters, Judith L. Rumbut and Jerilyn Esslinger; and her two granddaughters, Melissa and Christina. She is survived by her six daughters, Cindy (Danny) Smyth of Beverly Hills, FL; Judy (Antonio) Reales of Chesterton, IN; Shelley (Keith) Hale of Valparaiso, IN; Susan (Troy) Deso of Valparaiso, IN; Stacey (Mark) Schultz of Valparaiso; and Melissa (Keith) Mackey of Portage, IN; her grandchildren, Richard, Christopher, Joshua, Katie, Ellie, Nicole, Amanda, Cooper, Jordan, Trisha, Dawnie, Jackie, Joshua, and Hushton; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services are to be held in Indiana with her family at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Burton

Mary J Burton, 92, Floral City, FL
Mary Jane Burton, a retired nurse, beloved mother and grandmother, and a long-time resident of Citrus County, passed away on January 7, 2020. She was 92. She was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania on October 17, 1927. She lived in the Amish country region of Pennsylvania through high school and then graduated from the Lakenau Hospital Training School in Pennsylvania and began a career as a registered nurse. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in the 1950s. There, she met Samuel Burton at a bowling alley where he was working. She married Sam in 1959, and she became the stepmother to three boys. She and Sam later had three more sons. The family moved to Floral City in 1974 and she worked at hospitals in Brooksville, Ocala and Inverness before retiring. Mary Jane was a member of the Inverness VFW, a hospice volunteer, a former leader in the local retired nurses’ group and an avid bowler. She is survived by her sons Robert Burton and wife Carol Burton, John Burton, Tom Burton and wife Susan Burton, Michael Burton and wife Ruby Burton, and Christopher Burton and wife Gayle Burton. Mary Jane also has 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband Samuel Burton, son William Burton, daughter-in-law Ledi Burton and her parents Howard and Hannah Walton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Vitas Healthcare Hospice, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Adam Byrnes

Adam Byrnes, 38, Homosassa, FL
Adam Byrnes, 38 of Homosassa, passed away unexpectedly on November 27, 2019 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Adam was born on February 10, 1981, in Ridgewood, NJ to David and Laura Byrnes. He came to Citrus County in 1996 from Honesdale, PA. Adam enjoyed cooking and was a trained chef. He also enjoyed re-building cars in his free time. Adam was Catholic by faith. Left to cherish his memory in addition to his parents David and Laura, are his children George Byrnes and Holley Byrnes, both of Homosassa; his brothers: Marc Byrnes of Homosassa, Gary Byrnes of Merritt Island, FL and Ryan Byrnes of Charlotte, NC; his sister: Sharon Slack of Homosassa and several nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Eduardo "Sarge" Calderon

Eduardo "Sarge" M Calderon, 80, Inverness, FL
Eduardo “Sarge” Martin Calderon of Inverness, FL passed away at the Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center with his loving family by his side on February 2, 2020 at the age of 80. Eduardo was born in New York City, NY on April 1, 1939 to the late Emiliano and Eloise (Quinones) Calderon. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Following his military service, he continued to serve his community as a New York City Police Officer and later as a member of the New York City Fire Department. In 1991, he married his loving wife Maria with whom he shared 28 years of loving marriage. Eduardo and Maria made Citrus County their home in 1992 after relocating from Costa Rica. In his spare time he enjoyed reading. A Christian by faith, he loved going to church and attended worship services at the First Assembly of God in Inverness. In addition to his loving wife Maria, those left to mourn Eduardo’s passing include his daughter, Andi Calderon and her fiancé Nathan James; sons: Diego and James Calderon; and granddaughter, Ava James. Eduardo was preceded in death by his sister, Ernestine and two brothers, Emilio and Enore. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM with Pastor Dairold Rushing officiating. Following the chapel service, burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Hazel Campbell

Hazel R Campbell, 89, Inverness, FL
Hazel R. Campbell, from Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare of Lecanto, FL at the age of 89. She was born to the late Roosevelt and Virginia (Waters) McPherson on January 22, 1930 in Frenchburg, KY. Hazel moved to the Inverness area in 1992 from Morehead, KY and attended the First Church of God, Inverness, FL. Along with her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Carpenter; her 2 sons, Eddie Carpenter and Charles Carpenter; her daughter, Olivia Douglas; her brother, Estill McPherson; and her 2 sisters, Pearl Carpenter and Euna Baker. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Lafonda Mauldin and Melody Carpenter; her 2 sons, Manuel (Rita) Carpenter and Teddy (Alicia) Carpenter; her brother, Earl McPherson (Connie); her 2 sisters, Ann Spivey and Lorena Burton; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many. Hazel’s Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL with Pastor Dave Shirkey of Vine Life Cowboy Church of Beverly Hills, officiating. The family will receive friends and family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. A procession will depart from the funeral home to Hills of Rest Cemetery, in Floral City where Hazel will be laid to rest alongside her children following the chapel service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Martin "Marty" Canfield

Martin "Marty" R Canfield, 72, Homosassa, FL
Martin R. “Marty” Canfield, 72, of Homosassa, FL passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Albany, NY on December 20, 1947 to the late Ernest and Edith (Brown) Canfield. Marty was a photographer for General Electric Photographic Services, an Episcopal by faith, and was also an attendant at Wilder Funeral Home in Homosassa. Marty had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved music. He played the piano, and loved singing. His smiling face and warm laughter will be missed by all who knew him. Mourning his loss are his brothers, David Canfield and his wife Nina of Albany, NY, and Andrew Canfield of Colonie, NY; his sister Joan Palmer and her husband Richard of Franklin IN; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Marty’s urn will be laid to rest at Memory Gardens in Albany at a later date. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert (Bob) Close, Jr.

Robert (Bob) J Close, Jr., 82, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Robert (Bob) J Close Jr., also known as “Digger”, of Lake Panasoffkee, passed away on December 1, 2019, with his family by his side. He was born to the late Florence and Robert Close Sr. on May 30, 1937, in Millersburg, Ohio. He is survived by his three children: Connie (Jerry) Hays of Lake Panasoffkee, Randy (Meresa) Boutwell of Ocala, and Robert “Bumper” (Jamie) Close of Inverness. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a host of loved ones. Robert is predeceased by his wife, Peggy Joyce Close, along with his son, Russell “Skeeter” Close, his granddaughter, Shyanne Close, and his grandson, Jordan Hays. Robert loved his family and leaves behind joyful memories. He was a wonderful husband, father, and Pa. He had a love for construction and fishing, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services for Robert will be held on Monday, December 9th, 2019 at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The service times are as follows: Family at 9:00 a.m., Visitation at 10:00 a.m., and a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 12:30 p.m. Flowers may be sent to 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness Fl, 34450.


Paul "PJ" Curtas, Jr.

Paul "PJ" W Curtas, Jr., 65, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Paul William “PJ” Curtas, Jr., age 65, Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away February 16, 2020 at the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Bushnell, FL. “PJ" was born in Wauseon, OH on January 10, 1955 to the late Paul W. Curtas, Sr. and Mary Fetters Curtas and came to Sumter County 20 years ago from Pinellas County, FL. He retired from the Florida Highway Patrol with 23 years of service. He was of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include 2 brothers, Joe and Steve Curtas; 2 sisters, Paulette and Mary; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Curtas and a sister, Theresa Curtas. At “PJ’s” request, there will be no funeral services. Cremation with care under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Larry Darling

Larry R Darling, 49, Inverness, FL
Larry Raymond Darling, Jr., age 49, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at his home on December 20, 2019 after a brief illness. Larry was born in Clearwater, FL on October 20, 1970 to Deborah (Agen) Darling-Head and Larry Darling, Sr. Larry made Citrus County his home in 2011 after relocating from Pinellas County. He was a talented upholsterer and owned and operated his own business, Rockin Interiors, for over 25 years. Larry was a devoted father that adored his three sons and his grandchild. He was also a talented guitarist and musician who wrote, played, and sang his own music. Larry passed his intense love of life and music onto his sons. He liked living on the water and enjoyed fishing, boating, nature and loved watching sunsets. Larry will be remembered for his beautiful smile and for being a caring, loving person. Those left to mourn Larry’s passing and cherish his memory are his sons: United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Zachary Darling and his wife Hope of Valdosta, GA, Lars Darling and his girlfriend Jordyn of Largo, FL, Luke Darling and his girlfriend Jessica of Beverly Hills, FL; his mother, Deborah Darling-Head of Inverness, FL; father, Larry Raymond Darling, Sr. and his wife Sonya of Chassahowitzka, FL; and granddaughter, Layla Evarose Darling. He will also be missed by his best friend Holly Smith and her son Tanner, whom Larry loved, mentored and was always there for. Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Hope Darling in 1990. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Virginia Dean

Virginia T Dean, 70, Inverness, FL
Virginia T. “Ginger” Dean, 70, of Inverness, passed away December 3, 2019 at her home. Ginger was born on September 1, 1949 in Manhattan, NY, to the late Charles S. and Terri (Pertoso) Dembinski. She came to Citrus County 11 years ago from San Diego, CA. Ginger was a senior accountant with the Federal Reserve. According to her friend George, he said that in the time he spent with that beautiful lady, he was proud to know and share his life with her. He came to know her as an amazing and strong woman but sometimes naïve. Some of the other people in her past took her love for granted and put her in harms’ way. But through all of the bad things she endured, she still came through to meet her challenges. Her biggest fight was with cancer. It tested her will every day, and she made the choice to fight the big fight, as he stayed by her side. George and her friend will always love her forever. Their beautiful, Ginger, may she rest in peace now with her God and her Mother and Father. They will all meet again. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


John DeCanio

John A DeCanio, 92, Inverness, FL
John Anthony DeCanio, 92, of Inverness, passed away on February 4, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. John was born on June 19, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Pasquale and Rosina (Gagliastro) DeCanio. He was a Teacher and Counselor with the New York Department of Education and honorably served our country in the United States Navy. Following his retirement, John and his wife, Frances, came to Citrus County in 1973 from Long Island, NY. They were members of Our Lady of Fatima Parrish in Inverness. He loved music and enjoyed playing the piano. He also enjoyed building and working on model airplanes. Left to cherish his memory are his children: John M. DeCanio and his wife, Karen of Clifton, VA; Patrick T. DeCanio and his wife Mary of New Port Richey, FL; Roseann LoBue and her husband Sal of Bohemia, NY; Donna Bergstrom and husband Chris of Woodbridge, VA; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, on August 30, 2018. Graveside services for John will be conducted on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm, from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with Military Honors rendered by VFW Post 7122 of Floral City, FL. The procession to Florida National Cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 1:45 pm.


Michael Delaney

Michael J Delaney, 93, Inverness, FL
Michael J. Delaney, age 93, of Inverness, FL, passed away under the care of Vitas Suites at the Plaza, Gainesville, FL, on December 27, 2019. Mike’s life began by being found as a newborn in the rubble of a devastating hurricane that hit Miami, FL the first week of August in 1926. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. His birth parents were never found so his birth date was estimated as August 9th. He was later taken home by a couple, Michael and Margret Delaney, who were visiting at Jackson Memorial Hospital. They adopted and raised him until their passing. Mike attended first and second grade at Gesu Catholic School in Miami and finished the third – sixth grade at Buena Vista Elementary School, also in Miami, FL. He then attended Lindsey Hopkins Technical School where he was later awarded the equivalent of a high school diploma. Mike enlisted in the Navy on October 5th, 1943, and was honorably discharged on June 1st, 1946, with the rank of Seaman First Class V-6. He served in Miami, Sanford and Melbourne, FL on an aircraft support team, where his lifetime love of airplanes and flying began. He continued his education in aviation mechanics at Embry Riddle, after which he gained employment at Eastern Airlines as an airplane mechanic. He retired with over thirty years of service. He was able to own, fly and maintain two single engine airplanes over this period of time. He retired and moved to Inverness with his wife Shirley in 1995. He made many friends and acquaintances at places where they ate and at the local airport. Mike was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Shirley Anne Uslan Delaney. Left to cherish his memory is Mike’s brother-in-law, James E. Uslan and wife, Louise of Warthen, GA; two nephews; one niece; and several grand nieces. A graveside service will be held at a later date, in the spring of 2020, in Spencer, Iowa. Cremation care arrangements are provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Russell Doherty

Russell E Doherty, 66, Inverness, FL
Russell E. Doherty, Inverness, FL passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on January 30th, 2020 at the age of 66. He was born to the late William and Pauline (Elliot) Doherty on June 29th, 1953 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Though formally from Massachusetts, he made Inverness, Florida his part-time home in 2018. He worked as a Mail Carrier for USPS for many years and bravely and honorably served in our United States Navy. Along with his parents, Russell is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Doherty, and his “brother from another mother”, Robbie Moschella. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Linda; his two sons, Brian Doherty and Jason Doherty, of Revere, Massachusetts; his brother, William Doherty and sister, Susan Rothwell. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Russell enjoyed being a member of the 27th Lancers Drum Corps and the IC Reveries. He loved music, especially Pink Floyd. He also liked going camping, traveling, playing golf, and visiting his second home here in Florida. He loved spending time with his dear family and friends and his parish is the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere, MA. A Funeral Service and Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Revere, Massachusetts at a later date. Russell will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA following his services at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Dorr

William P Dorr, 77, Homosassa, FL
William Peter Dorr of Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on January 12, 2020 at the age of 77. William was born in New London, CT on May 11, 1942 to the late William C. Dorr and Gertrude (Brodersen). He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was employed by General Dynamics for 37 years as a Design Supervisor. William made Citrus County, FL his home 10 years ago after relocating from Pine Island, FL and was a Parishioner of Shepherd in the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto. He had a passion for hot rods and loved working on and showing his cars at car shows and hanging out with his buddies, “The Geezers”. William enjoyed working in the yard and soaking up the Florida sunshine. He was a Master Mason, Franklin Lodge #20 in Westerly, RI being his home lodge. William was also a member of the Inverness Elks Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Inverness Moose Lodge. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his daughter, Rachel Mutimer and her Partner, Roddy Doran of New Port Richey, FL; son, William P. Dorr, Jr. and his wife Dr. Jill Barton of Davie, FL; grandchildren: Megan, Vance, Alexandra and Will; and the mother of his children, Stacy Dorr of Hobe Sound, FL. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverend George A.M. Conger of Shepherd in the Hills Episcopal Church officiating followed by Masonic Funeral Rites by Masonic Memorial Lodge #914. Friends are invited to join William’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Drake

Robert W Drake, 70, Tarpon Springs, FL
Robert W. Drake, 70, of Tarpon Springs, FL passed away November 21, 2019 in Floral City, FL. Robert was born in Attleboro, MA on May 3, 1949 to the late James T. and Mary Evelyn (Binkie) Drake. Robert was a painter, was involved in historical restoration projects in Boston, MA, and worked on Mease Manor Retirement Center in Dunedin, FL. Robert served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bellerica, MA. Robert loved his work, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was a very social person. Robert is survived by his loving companion of 28 years, Cindy Freeman. Other survivors include his children Robert W. Drake, Jr and his wife Tracey of Floral City, Betsy Felt and her husband Brad of Moyock, NC, brothers James Drake of Largo, FL and Larry Drake of Attleboro, MA; and 4 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Edwards

John D Edwards, 85, Inverness, FL
John Douglas Edwards, 85, of Inverness, Florida, son of John Joseph Edwards and Dorothy Louise Stover Edwards, loving husband of Mattie Louise Vining Edwards, went to be with the lord on February 16, 2020 leaving this earth peacefully. He was proceeded in death by his loving wife Mattie Louise Vining Edwards his brother Richard Darle Edwards and his sister Judy Lucille Geirhart. He is survived by one son, Kevin Douglas Edwards; daughter-in-law Frances Camille Edwards: one daughter, Lisa Diane Odierna; and loving partner Julie E. Kleski. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Autumn Michelle Odierna, Melanie Camille Edwards, Matthew Joseph Odierna and Benjamin Douglas Edwards. In addition he has four great grandchildren, Kaylee Camille Edwards, Wyatt James Franklin, Luke Douglas Franklin, Maddox Quinn Franklin along with his sister Janet Lou Hawley as well as many loved nieces and nephews. John was a devoted Christian, son, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather. John was born and grew up in Nova Ohio graduating from Ruggles Troy Highschool in 1952.He joined the U.S. Army on January 4, 1957 where he was trained in telecommunications. He went to work at the Eagle Rubber Company in Ashland, Ohio where he met his wife Mattie Louise Vining and married on November 24, 1960 where they raised their two children. In 1990 John retired from General Telephone Company and he and Mattie moved to Inverness Florida. John was a very loving husband, father and grandfather full of life who loved spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, working on projects and enjoyed biking and walking. John will be dearly missed by all who loved him and whom he loved. Funeral viewing will be held on Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Thursday, February 20th, 2020 at 10 am. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at 12:30 pm with a procession leading to the cemetery from the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated and can be sent to Special Olympics Florida at 1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711.


Sandra Edwards

Sandra D Edwards, 81, Inverness, FL
Sandra D. Edwards of Inverness, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab in Inverness on January 27th, 2020 at the age of 81. She was born on February 27th, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Lester and Lelia (Ballard) Crain. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Legal industry for many years. Though she was formerly from San Diego, California, she made Florida her home in 1995. Along with her parents, Sandra is preceded in death by her two sisters, Jean Adkins and Gwen Phillips. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Norman; her son, Darin (Flora) Price of San Diego, California; her niece, Tracy Lynn Phillips; and her nephew, Wesley Blake Phillips. Sandra was loved by many. Sandra will be remembered dearly for her voracious love of reading. Sandra belonged to a book club in Inverness and was known to read two to three books at a time and never get the plots mixed up. She especially loved reading novels and books about European History, as well as spiritual books and books about self help. Sandra was always looking to enrich her life through what books had to offer her and shared that enrichment with others. She loved her church deeply, and was very close to her church family. She will be especially remembered by her deep sense of caring for people that has been described by her beloved husband as a very spiritual, and natural, type of caring. She will be missed greatly. Cremation care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joseph Ellis, Jr

Joseph R Ellis, Jr, 67, St. Petersburg, FL
Joseph Robert Ellis, Jr., age 67 of St. Petersburg, FL went home to his Lord and Savior on February 12, 2020 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Mr. Ellis was born in Crystal River, FL on September 21, 1952 to the late Joseph R. Ellis, Sr. and Mary (Nunnaly) Ellis. Following graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. Following his discharge, he worked in the Bio Medical industry repairing and maintaining medical equipment in hospitals. He was an active member of the Pinellas Community Church (PCC) in St. Petersburg where he had a deep commitment to serve. He was an integral part of PCC's food pantry program, Feed St. Pete, as well as PCC's Men's Community Group and the groundskeeping team. Left to mourn and cherish his memory are his 2 daughters, Crystal Ellis of Tampa, FL and Constance Ellis of St. Petersburg, FL; 1 sister, Lou Bertha Young (David) of Crystal River, FL; 3 grandchildren: Tyriek Hopkins, London Hall, and Milan Murry. He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Robert Ellis, III; 3 brothers: LeRoy Ingram, LeMach Richburgh, and Paul Ellis; 3 sisters: Carrie Lou Ingram, Earnestine Newton, and Edna Alma Mitchner. There is a Celebration of Life Service scheduled on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00AM at Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 2105 N. Georgia Road, Crystal River, FL. Apostle Haywood Smith of Fountain of Hope Deliverance Temple, Ocala, FL will preside. Friends may view and fellowship with the family at church from 10:00AM until the hour of service. Burial with military honors will follow at Crystal Memorial Gardens Cemetery. There will be no viewing following services. Arrangements entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL.


Michael Ermann

Michael E Ermann, 70, Hernando, FL
Michael Earl Ermann, 70, of Hernando, FL passed away January 16, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born in Van Buren, AR on February 17, 1949 to the late Gregory Bernard and Emma Joe (Parrish) Ermann. Mike was a truck driver and arrived in this area in the 1970’s, coming from South Florida. He was Catholic by faith and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, singing, and playing the guitar. Left to mourn his loss is his girl friend Carol Davis. Michael’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth Frady

Ruth R Frady, 79, Inverness, FL
Ruth Rudell Frady, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away December 18, 2019 in the Arbor Trail Health & Rehab Center in Inverness. Ruth was born on December 31, 1939 in Dunleary, KY to the late Jesse and Harriett (Wright) Bryant. She moved to Citrus County in 2005 from St. Petersburg, FL where she was employed at Northside Hospital as a unit coordinator and secretary. She was Baptist by faith. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Amanda Frady of St. Petersburg and Michael (Patrica) Bryant of Largo, FL . 1 sister, Nancy Smallwood of Inverness; 1 grandson, Cody Wyatt Day. She was predeceased by 4 brothers and 1 sister, Evelyn Tuttle on Oct 3, 2017. At Ruth’s request, there will be no services. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, Inverness, FL


Wilford Friesland

Wilford S Friesland, 93, Homosassa, FL
Wilford S. Friesland, age 93, Homosassa, FL went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2019 in the Diamond Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center, Lecanto, FL. He was born April 2, 1926 in West Jefferson, NC to the late Spencer and Ella (Hodgson) Friesland and came to Florida in 2000 from Columbus, OH where he grew up. He retired from the Westinghouse Corporation ( Electrolux Division) with 34 years of service and served our great nation in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He was B-51 bomber tail gunner, serving in the China Berma India Theater. He was a member of the Disabled American Vets and the National Rifle Association and a member of the Hernando Church of The Nazarene. While living in Worthington, OH, he was a member of the Grace Brethern Church where he taught Sunday School and served as the Sunday School Superintendent for several years. He loved his God, church, and family and practiced his Christian faith daily. He enjoyed spending time with his family traveling, hunting, and camping. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 75 years, Marilyn McCandlish Friesland; 2 children: Ronald Lee Friesland of Homosassa, FL and Pamela (Daniel) Meyer of Blowing Rock, NC; 2 grandchildren: Tamara (Jim) Smith and Gretchen (Jimmie) Bayne; 4 great grandchildren: Sydney and Tucker Smith and Caleb and Joshua Bayne. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Hernando Church of The Nazarene with Rev. Nate Price and family members officiating. Following Christian services, Military Honors will be rendered by the VFW. Friends may visit with the family and view Mr. Friesland from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. He will be laid to rest in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Boone, NC under the direction of Hampton Funeral Service. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Hernando Church of The Nazarene in Wilford’s memory.


Havril Gabay

Havril L Gabay, 88, Citrus Springs, FL
Havril Lyle Gabay of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on November 24, 2019 at the age of 88. Havril was born in Barrett Town, Jamaica to the late Clifford and Lucille (Anderson) Gabay on October 12, 1931. He was married to Madeline Gabay until her passing on May 14, 2017. Havril worked as a bus driver for the City of New York. After retirement, he and Madeline left New York in the late 1980’s to make Florida their home. They loved spending time and working in their home garden. The Citrus Chronicle would periodically run photos of their beautiful gardening work. Havril also enjoyed photography, and music. He was a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness and attended the Kingdom Hall in Lecanto, FL. Havril greatly enjoyed the time he spent performing field work for his faith. Those left to mourn Havril’s passing include his brother, Nerval Gabay; his sisters: Inez Gabay, Marie Rodney, Cynthia Gabay; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends and family members who were blessed to have known him. A Memorial Service is being planned by Havril’s family and will take place at the Kingdom Hall in Lecanto, FL in January of 2020. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Gay

Patricia A Gay, 82, Beverly Hills, FL
Patricia A. Gay of Beverly Hills, FL passed away January 24, 2020 at the age of 82. Patricia was born in West Springfield, MA to the late William and Antoinette (Androlous) Fisher on October 31, 1937. She had been employed as an artist for the greeting card industry. Patricia was married to her husband Herbert H. Gay until his passing on June 1, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann and her cousin, Lucille.Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jean Giesow

Jean L Giesow, 86, Beverly Hills, FL
Jean L. Giesow, 86, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away on January 14th, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare of Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Emil and Lillian (Pecina) Nadherny on January 30th, 1933. She moved to the Beverly Hills area from Bartlett, IL and has been in this area for the last 28 years. Prior to retirement, she worked as a Legal Secretary for 20 years. Jean attended Joy and Praise Fellowship in Beverly Hills, FL where she enjoyed church worship and fellowship with her grandson and family. Jean was an avid doll collector and had a huge collection that she was very fond of. She especially loved researching dolls and finding out about their history as well as walking other people through the process of researching their own dolls collection. She also enjoyed crafting and had a fondness for sewing, which she acquired the love for from her father who was a tailor. She would use her sewing skills to create wonderful costumes for her grandchildren throughout the years. Jean was a golfer and enjoyed playing golf with her husband. She also enjoyed bowling and had participated in a bowling league with her husband. Jean loved to dance and met her beloved husband at a ballroom. Jean was a devoted and very involved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always very active in their lives and activities. Jean was loved by many and will be missed by all of the people that got the pleasure of knowing her in her life. She is survived by many wonderful family and friends including her son, Gary (Dianne) Giesow of Brighton, MI; her daughter, Diane (John) Blean of Pleasant Plains, IL; her sister, Vera Hanzlik of LaGrange, IL; her grandchildren, John R. (Jennifer) Blean, Michael Blean, Eric (Erica) Giesow, and Matthew (Jenna) Giesow; and her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jeremiah, Jaylee, Ella, Eli, Ezra, and Charlee Kay. Along with her parents, Jean is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert, who passed away on December 16th, 2009 and her brother, John Nadherny. Jean is having a private Celebration of Life arranged by her family. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, alongside her husband, at a later date. The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial donations to Vitas Hospice Healthcare, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Daniel Gilleeny

Daniel D Gilleeny, 39, Inverness, FL
Daniel David Gilleeny, 39, of Inverness, FL passed away February 14, 2020. He was born in Brevard, NC on October 16, 1980 and arrived in this area in 1984, coming from Brevard. Daniel was Christian by faith, and enjoyed going to the firing range. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. Left to mourn his passing are his parents, Frank and Carol Gilleeny of Inverness; brother Frank Gilleeny, Jr of Inverness; sisters Lisa Gilleeny of Belleview, FL; Tania Little and her husband Justin of Inverness; nieces and nephews Frank IV, Michael, Micah, Camyrn, Casey, and Clayton. A Celebration of Life for Daniel will be held on Friday, February 21, from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robert Griffin

Robert L Griffin, 68, Floral City, FL
Robert L. Griffin, Floral City, FL, passed away January 27th, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, at the age of 68. He was born to the late Leroy and Louise (Braddock) Griffin on December 19th, 1951 in Maddock, North Dakota. He worked as an Electronic Engineer for Sparton Electronics for 21 years. Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon, of 25 years; his son, Samuel, of Inverness; his three daughters, Tara (Mike) McKendry, of Inverness, Bobbie Lee Griffin, of Inverness, and Ashlea (Joseph) Lagger, of Lecanto; his brother, Pete (Donna) Griffin, of Floral City, FL; his brother in law, John (Debbie) Blaszczyk; his two sister in laws, Debbie Blaszczyk and Mary (Rick) Pericht; his 10 grandchildren, Brianne, Cynzia, Skylar, Kaeleb, Logan, Molly, Daxter, Kyla, Jameson, and Michael; and two great-grandchildren, Chase and Matteo; and many nieces and nephews. Robert will be missed by many. Robert moved to the Floral City area in 1962 from North Dakota and created many beautiful memories here. He enjoyed air-boating, fishing, gigging, and hunting. Robert’s celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 31st, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Family and friends are welcome to gather before the service starting at 1;00 PM until the hour of service. Robert will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Clark Gunn

Clark H Gunn, 91, Floral City, FL
Clark Henry Gunn, age 91, Floral City, FL passed away November 29, 2019 at the Royal Dalton House in Homosassa, FL. Mr. Gunn was born in Valrico, FL to the late Arthur Gunn and Gertrude Davis Gunn and moved to Citrus County in 1985 from Tampa where he owned and operated Gunn Printing for many years. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Michael J. Gunn and Patrick (Shannon) Gunn, both of Tampa; 2 daughters: Carol (Paul) Dolcemascolo, Floral City and Linda (John) Crandall, Weeki Wachee, FL; 2 brothers, Donald and Chester Gunn, both of Brandon, FL; 1 sister, Laura Conard, Lakeland, FL; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters and his wife, Edna Mae Gunn on November 15, 2011. Graveside services with Military Honors will be conducted on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM. from Florida National Cemetery. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL


James Handy, Jr

James A Handy, Jr, 58, Homosassa, FL
James Alfred Handy, Jr. of Homosassa, FL, passed away at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL on December 21, 2019 at the age of 58. Jim was born in Hackensack, NJ on July 11, 1961 to the late Jean Elizabeth (Darden) and James Alfred, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, Bravo Company 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Ariel Exploration) Wiesbaden Germany and was a Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veteran in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. Following his military service, Jim began a long career as an Information Technology Specialist, working for many companies through the years. Jim relocated to Citrus County with his family in 2014 from Colchester, VT. Jim loved Star Trek and was patiently waiting to be beamed up. He was an avid gamer and roll player, which included War Thunder, Star Trek Online and World of Warcraft. Jim also enjoyed fishing, collecting and creating witty T-shirts and bowling; he participated in the Essex Senior League on team Chuck Norris Kids, while living in Vermont. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Jim will be remembered for his wicked sense of humor and his large witty T-shirt collection by all of his loving family and friends. If you would like details ask Derek about their Hostess cupcake Twinkie war or Nickolas about the dehydrated water. Along with his late father and mother, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Jason McCluskey in 2010 and his beloved Chihuahua, Pablo. He is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Maureen Handy; his son, Nickolas Handy of Homosassa, FL; his step-son, Jeremy Jarvis of Key West, FL; his brother, Derek (Cassandra) Handy of Los Angeles, CA; his cousin who was like a sister to him, Anita Leverett Jones of Hillcrest, NY; his two dogs, Odin (a Chihuahua) and Ginger (a Yorkie) and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Jim was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held on January, 24th, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Peggy Hoyle officiating. His family will be receiving his many friends and family at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. A service with full military honors will be rendered at a later date. In Lieu Of flowers contributions to the family would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joan Hemsworth

Joan D Hemsworth, 97, Lecanto, FL
Joan D. Hemsworth, 97, died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Hospice House in Lecanto, Florida. She was one of nine sisters, a WWII nurse, and the mother of seven. She resided at Cedar Creek Assisted Living Facility in Crystal River for the last five years. She was the widow of Edward J. Hemsworth (Oct. 20, 2016). They were married for 67 years. Joan is survived by four children; Patricia of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Janet Mulligan (Gerry) of Crystal River; Robert (Cathy) of Staten Island, N.Y.; and MaryAnne of East Stroudsburg, Pa. Three of her seven children are deceased - Edward, Joan Marie and Eileen. She is survived by one sister, Kathleen Polomene of Staten Island, N.Y. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Joan grew up on Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary and St. Peter’s High School. She then attended St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn. Following graduation and passing the state boards, she joined the Army Nurses Corp. She served during WWII and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. She married in 1949 and worked in Richmond Memorial Hospital. When her youngest child entered school, she decided to keep the same hours as her children. Her next assignment was as a school nurse and she also worked in a child health clinic. Her husband retired from the New York City Fire Department and upon retirement they relocated to Inverness, Florida. Joan continued to work as a nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital and then as a volunteer school nurse. They lived in a home they built at the Inverness Golf and Country Club where they were both active golfers. Joan was an active bowler in Inverness for many years. She was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. For the last five years they lived at Cedar Creek in Crystal River and made many new friends. Thank you to the staff for their excellent service. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. where there will be a Wake Vigil Service at 6:30 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 9th at 10:30 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors.


Pauline Holbrook

Pauline M Holbrook, 86, Floral City, FL
Pauline M. Holbrook, 86, of Floral City, FL passed away February 13, 2020 at her residence in Floral City. She was born in Boston, MA on August 29, 1933 to the late Thomas L. and Marie (Comeau) Cahill. Pauline was a dedicated home maker and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from New Hampshire. She was Catholic by faith and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Pauline enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and loved crossword puzzles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Holbrook in 1972, one son Ernie Holbrook in 2008, and 2 brothers, Thomas and Edward Cahill. She is survived by her children Eugene Holbrook and his wife Christine of Floral City, FL, and Marie Eva Holbrook of Warner, NH.; sister Annette Murphy of MA; 2 grandchildren, Johnny and Tyler, and 1 great grandchild, Kyler. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Paul Horch

Paul A Horch, 88, Floral City, FL
Paul (Jimmy) A. Horch, 88, of Floral City, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Mount Vernon, NY on December 9, 1931 to the late Paul A. and Violet (Favre) Horch. Paul served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a mechanic and a Catholic by faith. Paul known by all as Jimmy retired from the Town of Greenwich in 1992 and retired full time to Floral City with his wife Edie in 1999 coming from Greenwich, Ct. He was a member of the Coast Guard both in CT and FL. He loved his family, boats, and tinkering with anything mechanical. He also loved camping with his wife, family, and friends. He is survived by his children, Christian Horch and his wife Lisa of Stratford, CT, Tiffany Chila and her husband Steven, Heather Chila and her husband Patrick, all of Weston, CT, and Hillary Clifford and her husband Steven of Greenwich, CT, his sister in law Pamala Merrit and her husband Robert; and 8 grandchildren any many nieces and nephews. Paul is predeceased by his wife Edith in 2017, and his first born son Christopher in 1959. He also leaves behind his long time companion Sarah "Sally" Faso. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Friday, January 24, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home at 2pm, one hour prior to the service.


Willa Hutchins

Willa J Hutchins, 86, Inverness, FL
Willa Joyce Hutchins, of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on December 1, 2019 at the age of 86. Willa was born to the late John Theron and Della Pearl (Decker) Merrill on October 14, 1933 in Elsie, NE. She was married to Clement C. Hutchins for 41 years until his passing on January 18, 1993. Willa was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for 17 years as a Medical Secretary. Willa enjoyed gardening and planting beautiful flowers, crocheting, doing wood crafts, and especially, reading her Bible and spending time in God’s Word. She also loved spending time with and spoiling all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Along with Willa’s parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicky J. Huddleston and her two sisters, Barbara O’Dea and Elsie Kerchall. Those left to mourn Willa’s passing include her sons: Arthur A. Hutchins, John T. Hutchins, Richard E. Hutchins; daughter: Brenda J. Hosier; brother, Richard Merrill; sister: Marilyn Koelmel; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Willa is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel officiating. Friends may join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the service, Willa will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Georgia Johnson

Georgia M Johnson, 91, Inverness, FL
Georgia “Maxine” Johnson, age 91, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 21st, 2019 at the Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Facility of Inverness, FL. Maxine was born on February 11th, 1928 to the late George W. and Lela May (Hodge) Young. She was married to the late Kenneth G. Johnson in 1962 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage together. She moved to the Inverness area over 40 years ago from Clearwater, FL and attended First United Methodist Church of Hernando, FL. Maxine belonged to the United Methodist Church’s Women’s Group and was involved in “Blessings in a Backpack” as she was very active with charity. Along with her parents and husband, Maxine is preceded in death by her son, David Johnson. She is survived by her nieces: Ruby Dougherty of South Carolina, Anice Froberg of Florida; nephew, Revbin Chandler of South Carolina; and her large and loving church family and friends. Maxine also leaves behind her very dear friend, Thala Duteau. A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Hernando, FL on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM and her urn will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers it is requested memorial donations be made to the Hernando United Methodist Church, 2125 E. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Hernando, FL 34442. Cremation care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ray Johnson

Ray L Johnson, 79, Inverness, FL
Ray Lary Johnson, Sr., 79, of Inverness, Florida and previously of Falling Waters, WV passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at The Grove Rehabilitation Center in Hernando, Florida. Born in Baltimore, MD on October 17, 1940, he was the son of the late Luther Walter Johnson and the late Myrtle Fick. He was employed at Mack Trucks as a UAW representative and retired after 40 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Connie R. Johnson, his daughters, Kimberly A. Faith of Falling Waters WV., Kristine R. Johnson and her fiance, Richard Hann, Jr, of Hagerstown MD, his son, Ray L. Johnson, Jr, of Hedgesville, WV., his grandchildren, Casey E. Oyler and wife Kayla, Sarah A. Faith, and Joshua J Faith, as well as two great grandchildren, Emeri and Kinley Oyler. He is also survived by two sisters, Gloria Staub and Shirley Crowlof Hanover, Pa. and many nieces and nephews. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth "Bette" Kirch

Elizabeth "Bette" Kirch, 88, Madison, WI
MADISON-Elizabeth “Bette” Kirch, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at AgraceHospiceCare in Fitchburg. Bettewas born on Oct. 20,1931, in Monroe,to Alton and Rose (Indergan) Kiel.She attended Monroe High School. Bette married Robert “Bob”L. Kirch, of Mount Horeb, on Sept. 18, 1954. They made their home in Madison. Bette worked in various jobs, but she enjoyed working as a bookkeeper most often. She always made time for her family, was involved in volunteer work and was always the Girl Scout leader. Bette enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and was very active in her church. Bette is survived by her daughters, Karen (Gary) Dresang of Madisonand Jean (Ken) Ellison of Phoenix, Ariz. She will be truly missed by her five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-greatgrandchildren. Bette also leaves behind her brother, Alan “Pete”Kiel; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robertin 1998; and her sister,Marlea“Bonnie” in 2006. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Rd, Madison, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, with Father Randy Timmerman presiding. A celebration of life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, and at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Saturday. Bette will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.


Jerry Kite

Jerry A Kite, 71, Beverly Hills, FL
Jerry Allen Kite, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at his home on January 5, 2020 while under the care of Vitas Hospice at the age of 71. Jerry was born to the late Glen F. Kite and Eunice Hamilton in Harrisonburg, VA on October 13, 1948. Prior to his retirement, Jerry owned and operated his own lawn care company. He made Citrus County his home 5 years ago after relocating from Virginia and was Methodist by faith. Those left to mourn Jerry’s passing are his daughters: Stephanie Garrison and her husband Jamie of Waynesboro, VA, Tina Lawson and her husband Darrell of Elkton, VA; brother, Steve Kite; sister, Dorothy Shuey; grandchildren: Ashton Knighton and Dustin Lawson. Per Jerry’s request, there will be no funeral services. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward Koster

Edward O Koster, 86, Inverness, FL
Edward Otto Koster, age 86, Inverness, FL, passed away December 23, 2019 at Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Mr. Koster was born in Lakeview, NY on January 13, 1933 to the late Edward A. and Kathryn (Lockwood) Koster and moved to this area in 2015. He retired from the heavy construction industry as an operating engineer (heavy equipment) and served our great nation in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are 3 children: Kevin (Sandra) Koster and Gary (Susanne) Koster, both of Farmingville, NY, and Allison Koster of Inverness, FL; 2 brothers: William and George Koster; 2 sisters: Anna Mitchell and Theresa Keating; 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Alma Koster on September 3, 2015 and his son, Ronald Koster. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Kell officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 9:30 AM on Friday until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors.


Bart Lay, Jr.

Bart B Lay, Jr., 92, Inverness, FL
Bart B. Lay JR. died peacefully on December 23rd in Inverness, Florida at the age of 92. Bart leaves his sons Bart B. Lay III of Gainesville, FL, Greg Lay of Madison, WV, daughter Pam Lay of Homosassa, FL, sister Doris “Chic” Ferrell of Little River, SC, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Rev. B.B. Lay Sr., mother Opal Wallace Lay, sister Wanda Watts, brothers Billy H. Lay and Cleo Lay and his beloved wife of 65 years, Gaynell “Pete” Lay, née Ferrell. Born in Gordon, WV, Bart spent much of his life in Madison, WV and is an Army Veteran of WWII and member of the VFW. He served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Gospel Center Tabernacle in West Madison, a church founded by his father. After retiring and moving to Florida, he became a member of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene and served on its Board of Directors. A longtime member of the United Mine Workers of America, Bart held several positions in two local unions and ultimately served as president of both. He was also a founding member of the UMWA COMPAC, which is still dedicated to giving UMWA members a prominent voice in the elections process. Bart had a long history with mineworkers’ health and safety beginning in the 1950s. After working 29 years both underground and on the surface in the coal industry, Bart became Deputy Director of the West Virginia Department of Mines in 1978. In 1985, he was appointed Director by Gov. Arch Moore, where he served the state until his retirement in 1991. In 1992 the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association created the annual Bart B. Lay, Jr., Milestone Safety Award, the state's top safety award for surface mines. WVMRA President Ben Green stated, “Nothing could be more fitting than naming this award for Bart Lay, who has overseen the greatest progress in coal mine safety in the history of West Virginia.” He served as the President of both the WV and national chapters of the Holmes Safety Association. He was also a member of the West Virginia Mining Reclamation Association. As a retiree in Florida, Bart remained a diehard Mountaineer fan. He was a beautiful whistler, could sing impressive bass harmonies in church groups and loved big bowls of soup beans with cornbread – fresh ramps when he could get them. Services will be held January 3rd, 2020 at Hernando Church of Nazarene, in Hernando, FL. Viewing begins at 10:00 AM, services at 11:00. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gene Leonard

Gene O Leonard, 16, Inverness, FL
Gene Owen Leonard of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on February 7, 2020. He was 16 years old. Gene was born in Tallahassee, FL on October 21, 2003 to Norman E. Leonard II and April (McClamma) Carr. He was a student of Citrus High School and loved to go hunting. Gene also enjoyed riding dirt bikes and “going fast”. A typical country boy, he enjoyed hiking, going on walks and being outside in nature. Those left to mourn Gene’s passing include his loving mother, April Carr and her husband Michael; his father, Norman Leonard II and his wife Irene; siblings: Ashley Brown and her husband Chase, Angela Wilson, Amber Mani and her husband Phil, Norman Leonard III, Janice Solomon, Jessica Taylor, John Leonard; grandfather, George Carr. Gene was preceded in death by his “papa”, Gene McClamma; “memaw”, Martha Wiglesworth; grandfather, Norman Leonard I; and grandmother, Janice Leonard. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Leonardi

Robert A Leonardi, 87, Inverness, FL
Robert Angelo Leonardi, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL on December 27, 2019 at the age of 87. Robert was born in Cleveland, OH on July 29, 1932 to the late Charles and Mary (Lintini) Leonardi. Robert’s passing will be mourned by his daughter, Michelle Pittsenbarger and her husband Matt of Dublin, OH, and their children: Maddison and Michael Pittsenbarger. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gerald LeVasseur

Gerald LeVasseur, 80, Inverness, FL
Gerald Thomas Dennis LeVasseur of Inverness, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 15, 2020 at the age of 80. Gerald was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 9, 1939 to the late Bernard Raymond and Anna (Moran) LeVasseur. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was Catholic by faith. Gerald had many careers throughout his professional life and eventually retired after working for a number of years as a Student Counselor. On October 18, 1988 he married his wife Judy, with whom he shared 31 years of loving marriage. Gerald and Judy made Citrus County, FL their home in 2013 after relocating from Lockport, NY. He was a member of the American Legion and also Inverness VFW #4337. In addition to his loving wife Judy, those left to mourn Gerald’s passing include his daughter, Jeanne LeVasseur; brother, Bernard LeVasseur; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by the great many friends he made since moving to Florida. Gerald was preceded in death by his son, Paul LeVasseur. A Memorial Service with Full Military Honors is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Gerald’s honor to the Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard, 906 Highway 44 East, Inverness, FL 34450. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dolores Long

Dolores E Long, 86, Inverness, FL
Dolores Ellen Long of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 8, 2020 at the age of 86. Dolores was born to the late John and Ellen (Ryan) Long in Bronx, NY on December 10, 1933. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Jacobi Hospital in Bronx, NY as a secretary. Dolores made Citrus County her home in 1991. In her spare time she enjoyed watching old movies and listening to music. She especially enjoyed listening to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. Those left to mourn Dolores’ passing include her sister, Veronica Barker and her husband Robert; brothers: Eugene Long, Walter Long and his wife Carol; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Richard and John Long; and sisters: Geraldine Lennon and Jacqueline Reilly. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


James Loomis

James F Loomis, 83, Inverness, FL
James F. “Jim” Loomis, of Inverness, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 31, 2019 at the age of 83. Jim was born in Lake County, OH to the late Raymond and Minnie (Clark) Loomis on August 5, 1936. He proudly served his country as a member of the National Guard and also worked for Sears Roebuck as a Service Technician. On February 2, 1957 he married the love of his life, Brenda (Cain), with whom he shared 62 years of loving marriage. Following his retirement, Jim and Brenda made Citrus County their home in 1999 after relocating from Pennsylvania and were Christian by faith. Jim was an extremely skilled wood carver, a talent that he and his wife both shared. He was a member and Treasurer of the Nature Coast Carving Club and his creations won several awards and ribbons over the years. Some of Jim’s work is currently displayed at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. In his spare time, he also enjoyed playing golf, fishing and was an avid online gamer, World of Warcraft being his favorite online game. Jim loved giving back to his community and was a volunteer for the hospice thrift store and the Citrus County Citizens Patrol group. In addition to his wife Brenda, Jim’s passing will be mourned by his daughter, Kristin Nichols and her husband Nick, of Inverness and his sister, Trudie Mattson, of Plantation, FL. “Pop Pop” will also be missed by his grandchildren: Rachel, Jacob, Kaycee, Meredith, Karen, Laura, Marcy, Elizabeth, Kimberly; and his 11 great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Paul Lowery

Paul R Lowery, 87, Lecanto, FL
Paul R. Lowery, Jr. of Lecanto, FL passed away at Legacy House Hospice in Ocala on December 8, 2019 at the age of 87. Paul was born in Indianapolis, IN on November 10, 1932 to the late Sylvia and Paul Lowery, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service, Paul went on to become a professional Long Haul Truck Driver and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union No 135 in Indianapolis, IN. He made Florida his home in 1986 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lecanto. Paul shared 12 years of loving marriage with his wife Cora whom he married on October 13, 2007. He was an extremely skilled bowler and excellent dart player. He also enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Paul was a member of American Legion Post #155 in Crystal River, FL. VFW Post #10087 of Beverly Hills, FL, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4272 in Homosassa Springs, FL. In addition to his loving wife Cora, those left to mourn Paul’s passing include his daughter, Mary Frances Wooden and her husband John of Plainfield, IN; son, Don Hallaman and his wife Barbara of Seymour, CT; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his brother, James and his sister, Patricia. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, December 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Following the chapel service, a committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 11:30 AM where full military honors will be rendered by Crystal River American Legion #155 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Myra Ludwig

Myra A Ludwig, 80, Inverness, FL
Myra Alice Ludwig, age 80, Inverness, FL passed away January 28, 2020 in the Citrus Health & Rehab Center. Myra was born in Wyandotte, MI on May 22, 1939 to the late Alvin and Lillian (Radcliffe) Rushlow, one of 6 children, and moved to Florida in 1988 from Milan, MI. She was employed as the Head Cashier for the A & P Grocery Market in Ypsilanti, MI for 29 years. She was Methodist by faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 49 years, Herman J. Ludwig; 4 children: Lawrence Edward Warden and his wife Penny, Inverness; Jerry Ludwig and wife Linda, Inverness; Theresa Alice Korte and husband Ray of Ypsilanti, MI; Denise Ann Davis and husband George of Watervliet, MI; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by 1 son, Ronald Ludwig and 5 brothers: Charles, Ralph, Richard, Glen, and Harold Rushlow. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family request in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.


Ronald Lundberg

Ronald J Lundberg, 85, Hernando, FL
Ronald Jensen Lundberg (July 28, 1934 – January 14, 2020) Our loving Husband, Father and Papa went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He lived his life by the principles learned in becoming an Eagle Scout which are - be “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent." He married his bride Mary Eller Lundberg in 1955 who he cherished and loved his entire life. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors degree, was Captain of the drill team and Cadet Colonel of the ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army as First Lieutenant at Redstone Arsenal Guided Missile School in Huntsville, Alabama. He worked at the Travelers Insurance Company as a Programmer/Analyst and then at IBM for 22 years, first as a Systems Engineer and then a Sales Representative. He took an early retirement package from IBM and then worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in sales also receiving an early retirement package prior to forming a software reseller company. His work ethic mantra was "honesty, integrity and credibility - be prepared". In 2001 he moved with his bride Mary to Beverly Hills, Florida. He became very active in the community. He wanted to add “value” to anything he got involved with. He took great joy in being a role model, shaping and forming hearts and minds, positively influencing where he was called and moved by God to serve. He only volunteered where his contribution could make a difference. He often shared that “failure is not an option”. Because he knew his life was so blessed, he devoted his retirement years serving in the community. At 74, he went on two mission trips to Honduras and Panama, helping to build churches and schools, sponsored by Meadowbrook Church where he was an active member. He participated in Veterans in the Classroom where he encouraged students to live life with commitment and your WORD is your bond! He served as a member of the County Planning and Development Commission, the Inverness Rotary Club, and currently the King’s Bay Rotary Club where he established the King’s Bay Rotary Foundation - Haiti to raise funds for fresh water wells in Haiti. The motto for Rotary is “Service Above Self”. He also was a member of many boards, MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) as a Legislation Officer, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Dementia Education, NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), Lighthouse and a Veterans Foundation Director. He was a Godly man who lived by Godly principles and his wife Mary and six children Ronda & Dan Lanzi, Sharon Lundberg, Carl & Margie Lundberg, Eric (deceased) & Judy Lundberg, Greta & Michael Pacilio and Heather & Karsten Kibbe, nine grandchildren and a great grandson adored being with him. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 25th at Grand Living, 850 W. Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando, FL. Additional parking available at CVS, 700 W. Norvell Bryant Highway with golf cart transportation to Grand Living. Please come and share your relationship and experiences with his family starting at 1:00 with a worship service at 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be sent to Citrus County Veterans Foundations Inc., P.O. Box 678, Lecanto, FL 34460, www.citrusvf.org. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Emil Lupu Jr.

Emil P Lupu Jr., 84, Inverness, FL
Emil Paul Lupu, Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Life Care Center of Lecanto on January 20, 2020 at the age of 84. Emil was born in Detroit, MI on September 28, 1935 to the late Frances (Kott) and Emil Paul Lupu, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was Lutheran by faith. Emil made Citrus County his home in 1990 and worked as a Real Estate Agent for over 20 years, a profession he truly loved. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing and traveling, but his favorite activity of all was spending time with his family. Those left to mourn Emil’s passing include his loving wife of 21 years, Bernice Lupu; daughter, Laura Crouch and her husband John; sons: Paul Lupu and his wife Beth, David Cushing and his wife Deanna, sister, Deborah Adkins and her husband, Pete, sister-in-law Dody Lupu; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Hooper Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth Maiocco

Ruth F Maiocco, 73, Inverness, FL
Ruth “Ruthie” Maiocco, 73, of Inverness, FL passed away February 8, 2020 at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL. She was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 2, 1946 to the late David and Vivian Klein. Ruthie was a bartender for several local establishments including the VFW Post #4337 in Inverness, VFW Post #7122 in Floral City, FL., the American Legion, and helped establish the I.R.R.U. club in Inverness. She enjoyed playing bingo, going on motorcycle runs, and going to the movies. Ruthie loved playing “Queen of Hearts” at the VFW, and going to the beach, and loved her dogs and cats. Survivors include her loving children Louis Blanco of Inverness, and Nicole Parsell of Ansonia, CT; her brother Alan Klein; 7 grandchildren, Falynn, Max, Jorge, Justin, Cain, Louis, Jr., and David; and 5 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Ruthie will be held at the VFW Post 7122 in Floral City on Saturday, February 15, at 3:00 P.M. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Anibal Maldonado

Anibal Maldonado, 71, Inverness, FL
Anibal Maldonado, age 71, of Inverness, FL passed away from those who love him in his home on Friday, December 13, 2019 with the caring support of hospice. He was born at home on September 3, 1948 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and served honorably for 2 years. Anibal was wounded while serving in Vietnam. He and his wife Valerie moved from Maryland to Inverness in 2003 when he retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years of service. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which he survived for 16 years. In addition to his loving wife of 29 years, Valerie, those left to cherish Anibal’s memory are his son, Anibal Maldonado; and daughter, Melisse Sheets; brother, Nelson Maldonado. He is also survived by Valerie’s sons and grandchildren, his 4 grandchildren, and loving nieces and nephews. There will be no remembrance service at his firm request. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Fl.


William Martin

William H Martin, 91, Beverly Hills, FL
William H. Martin of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice and his loving family at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness on January 13, 2020 at the age of 91. William was born to the late William and Alma (Chapman) Martin on February 4, 1928 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Christian by faith. He was married to his loving wife Catherine J. Martin for 68 years until her passing on May 5, 2015. William was employed by the United States Postal Service as a Postal Inspector until his retirement in 1986 when he relocated from Connecticut to Citrus County, FL. He was a Parishioner of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness where he was an active volunteer for the church’s Feed My Sheep program. Additionally, William was a member of the Inverness Elks Club and in charge of the Bingo games at the Veteran’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL that was sponsored by the Elks. In his spare time he enjoyed dancing and was an avid golfer. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his daughter, Sally Jane Mirakian and her husband, John of Beverly Hills, FL; brother, George Martin; sister, Eugenia Shaw; grandchildren: Kelly, Susan, Katrina, Holly, Korinne, Carrie, Laura; fourteen great grandchildren; and son in law, Conrad Yantz. In addition to his loving wife, William was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Jean Yantz; great grandchildren: William and Cyrus; brother, Roland Martin; sisters: Marion Relyea and Effie Chambers. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness, FL and will be officiated by Father Eugene Reuman. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Claudine Martone

Claudine E Martone, 79, Inverness, Florida
Claudine Elizabeth Martone, 79, Inverness, Florida went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 17, 2020 in Citrus Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Claudine was born in New Britain, CT to the late Richard and Elizabeth (Roach) Magendanz on August 20, 1940. She and her family came here in 1975 from Miami, FL. She worked in the medical profession as a secretary for many years prior to retirement. She was a faithful and committed member of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Her memory will be cherished by her devoted husband of 59 years, Louis A. Martone, Jr.; her 3 sons: Richard Martone, James (Robin) Martone, and Chris (Dawn) Martone, all of Inverness; her 10 grandchildren: Nicholas (Brandi) Martone, Kyle Martone, Lena Rose Martone, Haley Martone, Max Anthony Martone, Christian Tyler Martone, Luke Martone, Travis Phelps, Nicole Phelps, Julia Martone; 3 great grandchildren: Austin, Madisyn, and MaKenzye. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Hoyle. Claudine will be remembered at a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1005 Hillside Court, Inverness, FL. Rev. Ryan Jeffes will officiate. Friends are invited to fellowship with the family at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1005 Hillside Court, Inverness, FL 34450. Claudine is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Carl Masten

Carl L Masten, 71, Hernando, FL
Carl Lee Masten, 71, of Hernando, passed away January 19, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Carl was born in Olean, New York on July 9, 1948 to the late Benjamin G. and Rena M. (Doty) Masten. He retired as a maintenance worker in the construction industry. Carl came to Citrus County 25 years ago from Olean, NY. He was a US Army Veteran serving in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. Survived by sons, Carl Masten, Todd Masten (Starr), David Masten (Emily), daughter, Michele Masten Thompson (Steve); his brothers and sisters: Gary Masten, Paul Masten, Mary Lippert (Clayton), Gerald Masten, and Betty Taylor (Alfred); 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; predeceased by siblings: Donna Morey (Glen), Norma Liquori (Frank), Billy Hamilton (Sue), Nancy Masten, and George Masten. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donald McLean

Donald W McLean, 77, Hernando, FL
Donald Wyatt “Buddy” McLean, passed away on January 24th, 2020, at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL at the age of 77. He was born to the late Walter Donald and Ann Elizabeth McLean in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 24th, 1942. Though retired for many years, he worked as a Rural Mail Carrier for the U.S.P.S. and after active duty in the U.S. Navy he continued serving his country in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He and his wife of 54 years, Alma, still considered Oakdale, PA home but enjoyed their later years in Hernando, FL. Don was a member of The American Legion, Elks, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, VFW, and served for over 50 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Oakdale Fire Department. He also continued to support many veteran organizations, including creating his own “Reunion Logistics” for organizing military veteran reunions across the country. The visits to Pearl Harbor were always the favorite. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing and coaching softball where he created many memories with his family and friends. Donald is preceded in death by one brother, Byron McLean. He is survived by his loving wife, Alma; his son, Ronald (Tami Jo) McLean of Sachse, TX; his four daughters, Kelly Lynn McLean of Fort Worth, TX, Beth Ann Gardner of Oakdale, PA, Heather Renee McLean of Fort Worth, TX, and Erin Colleen McLean of Oakdale, PA; his brother, Kim “Otis”; four grandchildren, Jaclyn, Alex, Wyatt, and Michaela; and five great-grandchildren, Ahryah, Cash and Easton, Emery Jo, and Boone. He will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life will take place in Pennsylvania, arranged by his family, at a later date. Cremation care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Mills

David G Mills, 60, Inverness, FL
David Garrett Mills of Inverness, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 27, 2020 at the age of 60. David was born in Ft. Carson, CO on October 4, 1959 to the late Charlie and Willie Jean (Craft) Mills. He was a 1977 graduate of Fort Knox High School in Kentucky where he set several state champion records for swimming. In 1984 he made Citrus County his home after relocating from Kentucky and attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church. David is survived by his brother, Richard Mills of Killeen, TX; sister, Kaaren Woods and her husband Alex of Killeen, TX; his aunt, Freddie Lou Hahling of Inverness, FL; uncle, Richard Craft and his wife Bobbie of Inverness, FL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is currently being planned for a later date at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Raiganna Morrow

Raiganna R Morrow, 38, Inverness, FL
Raijanna Rose Morrow of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on December 3, 2019 at the age of 38. Raijanna was born in Gainesville on March 14, 1981 to the late Jason and Kevon (Arthurs) Morrow. A resident of Inverness until the age of 4, she then resided in several states over the years with her family including Oregon, California, Arizona and Kansas. Raijanna returned to Inverness in 2015. While she was a professional bookkeeper and tax preparer, she had many other wonderful talents. She was a gifted writer, had hosted her own radio talk show (“Raijanna’s Night Life”) while living in California, and most recently was the host of the “Just Be You” Podcast. Raijanna is survived by her loving daughter, Mackenzie Vilceanu and her husband Vlad of Reno, NV. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bonnie Morse

Bonnie E Morse, 69, Inverness, Florida
Bonnie Elizabeth Morse, age 69, Inverness, FL passed away January 22, 2020 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs Morse was born in Williamsport, PA on June 24, 1950 to the late Bruce Metzger and Jule King Metzger. She and her husband moved here in 2005 from Portage, IN Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 44 years, Edisel “Ed” Morse of Inverness and her brother, Randy Metzger. Private cremation arrangements in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Alice Mosure

Alice M Mosure, 78, Hernando, FL
Alice M. Mosure, 78, of Hernando, FL passed away at her home on January 20th, 2020. She was born to the late George and Agnes (Kearns) Gannon in Brooklyn, NY on October 11th, 1941. She worked as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service for 24 years and in October of 2012, she relocated form Oakfield, NY to the Hernando, FL area. Alice loved to go on walks, gardening, and volunteering her time at animal shelters. Alice is survived by her three sons, Douglas Mosure and his spouse, Lynn of Chula Vista, CA, Richard Mosure of Clifton Springs, NY, and Gregory Mosure and his spouse, Christian of Marcellus, NY; her two daughters, Denise and her spouse, Keith of Hernando, FL and Teresa Skelton and her spouse, Jeffrey of Perrineville, NY; her sister, Jessica Tarcan of Brooklyn, NY; 14 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Alice was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Cremation Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas "TJ" Neil, JR

Thomas "TJ" J Neil, JR, 45, Lecanto, FL
Thomas James Neil, JR "TJ" passed away while under the care of his loving family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on January 12, 2020 at the age of 45. TJ was born on September 13, 1974 in Quincy, MA to Jean (Rengucci) Neil and the late Thomas James Neil, SR. He made Citrus County his home in 1986 after relocating from New Hampshire with his family. An extremely talented artist, TJ attended the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota and excelled as a Sculptor. He and his father designed and constructed the turtle sculptures located at Cooter Pond and Liberty Park in Inverness as well as numerous sculptures around Citrus County, the state and the southern U.S. TJ was also a gifted singer. Those left to mourn TJ's passing include his sons: Thomas James Neil, III "T3" and Ryan James Neil of Carriere, MS; his mother, Jean Neil of Lecanto; sisters: Theresa Jean Savery and her husband Terry Murray of Homosassa, Angie Keeney of Beverly Hills, Tina Hayes and her husband Kurt of Lecanto; his nieces: Alyssa, Stephanie, Samantha, Nicole and Gabrielle and his nephew Derek. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vitas Hospice House Lecanto, FL c/o Leigh Anne Silva.


William Nielsen

William J Nielsen, 68, Lecanto, FL
William James Nielsen, 68, of Lecanto, FL, passed away at home on December 7, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born to James and Beatrice (Nicholson) Nielsen in Concord, CA, on March 27, 1951.  William moved to the Lecanto, FL area from Lynchburg, VA, in 1983. He served our country honorably in the United States Navy and is a plank owner of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).  He worked for many years as a project manager in the Nuclear Power industry. William enjoyed sailing, woodworking, and involvement in youth soccer as a referee and coach.  Above all, he valued the time he spent with his family, friends, and especially, his many grandchildren. William will be missed by many. William was preceded in death by his father, James R. Nielsen and his stepfather Charles A. Moore. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 48 years, Donna; his daughter, Sandra (Mathew) Bass of Oxford, FL; his son, Cory (Jamie) Nielsen of Boise, Idaho; his mother, Beatrice Moore, his three brothers, Skip Bjorn, Steve Nielsen, and Tom Moore; his two stepsisters, Debbie Shoffner and Janie Doucette; his six grandchildren, Jessica (Shane) Boram, Abigail Bass, Mathew Bass, Saylor Nielsen, Sydney Nielsen  and Scarlet Nielsen; and one soon-to-be great-grandchild. William’s Celebration of Life will be held at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL, on Monday, December 16, 2019, at 10:00 AM. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 9:30 until the hour of service. Following the Celebration of Life, an Honor Guard service will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at 11:30 AM.  The procession to the cemetery will depart from the funeral home at 10:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, William's family is requesting donations be made in his name to Vitas Hospice at https://vitascommunityconnection.org/ or The American Cancer Society.


Bettye Nipper

Bettye S Nipper, 89, Citrus Hills, FL
Bettye Sue Scholes Nipper, 89, of Citrus Hills, died on January 16, 2020. She was an avid Citrus Hills gofer, bridge, and Mah Jongg player. She traveled extensively with her late husband, invariably declaring on returning home each time, "that was the best trip that ever was." Prior to her retirement, she worked in women's fashion in New York City for Bonwit Teller and Alexander's. Bettye was later an area manager for Lillie Rubin stores in NC, SC, and TN. Survivors include sons Mike Scholes of Citrus Hills and Joe Scholes of New Jersey, daughters Susan Chinoransky of Texas and Amye Robb of St. Augustine, ten grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Alice Humphries of Kentucky and brother, Pat Burton of Texas. A celebration of life will be held with her family; private burial in the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name would be welcomed to Vitas Health Care, 3550 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William O'Berry

William G O'Berry, 81, Inverness, FL
William Green O’Berry, age 81, Inverness, FL passed away February 2, 2020 in the Hernando Pasco Hospice Center in Lecanto. Mr. O’Berry was born in Millwood, GA to the late Hoke and Ruby Cox O’Berry on August 19, 1938 and came to Citrus County with his late wife, Joan from Jacksonville, FL. She died January 23, 2019. He was a long distance truck driver and traveled along with his wife to all parts of the country for many years. He is survived by nieces and nephews; Peggy Scarborough, Leslie Nelson, Jerry Williams, and Vanessa Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa O’Berry and his, sister, Hazel Cobb. Cremation care arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. There will be no funeral services.


Michael O'Rourke

Michael J O'Rourke, 85, Inverness, FL
Michael John O’Rourke of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on December 3, 2019 at the age of 85. Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late John and Elizabeth (McDonald) O’Rourke on May 30, 1934. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, Michael wore many different hats throughout his professional career. He had worked as a Steeplejack then, went on to work for Grumman Aerospace Corporation building lunar modules. Ultimately, he would retire from the New York School System as their Head Custodian. On November 30, 1956 Michael married Barbara (Bruton) with whom he shared 63 years of loving marriage. Michael and Barbara made Citrus County their home in 1997 after relocating from Long Island and were parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He was also a member of Inverness VFW #4337. Michael was an extremely talented artist and enjoyed creating beautiful oil paintings as well as pen and ink drawings. He was a loving father that enjoyed spending time with his children playing pool and playing cards. Michael will be especially remembered for his fantastic sense of humor. In addition to his wife Barbara, those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his sons: Michael O’Rourke (Susan) of Jacksonville, FL, Robert O’Rourke (Catherine) of Inverness, FL, Stephen T. O’Rourke of Inverness, FL, Frank P. O’Rourke (Kathy) of Farmingdale, NY; daughter, Barbara M. Vuolo (Nick) of Preston Hollow, NY; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima, Celebrant. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 PM where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Christopher Obrien

Christopher M Obrien, 66, Inverness, Florida
Christopher Michael O’Brien, 66, of Inverness, FL passed away January 7, 2020 under the care of Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. He was born on March 24, 1952 in Alexandria, VA to the late Vincent Robert and Jane M. (Joseph) O’Brien. Christopher was an entertainer/ singer, and arrived in this area in 1990. He was Christian by faith, and loved singing and playing the guitar. He enjoyed helping people and loved nature. Christopher was preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Myers. He is survived by his siblings William R. O’Brien of Inverness, Charlie O’Brien of Ruckersville, VA, and Carolyn Henkel of Forest Hill, MD. Private Cremation With Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Nancy Pekins

Nancy L Pekins, 88, Inverness, FL
Nancy Louise Pekins of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on February 13, 2020 at the age of 88. Nancy was born in Lexington, MA on May 11, 1931 and was one of four children born to the late John M. and Gladys V. (Yorke) Lynch. After graduating from Lexington High School in 1950, she married Everett “Red” Pekins with whom she shared 52 years of loving marriage until his passing on October 13, 2002. Nancy and Red raised their family in Concord, Massachusetts. Nancy worked for the local police department and public schools as a crossing guard for 14 years. She was a member of the Tritiarian Congregational Church where she served as a Deacon for many years. Retiring in 1987 Nancy and Red made Inverness, Florida their new home, joining the First Presbyterian Church. Nancy spent many, many, happy hours at the church as co-chair of the kitchen, organizing and cooking for luncheons, dinners and special events for 25 years. Nancy also became an ordained Elder and Deacon in the church serving for 30 years and in 2016 was awarded Elder Emeritus. She was also a 20-year driver for Meals on Wheels and an active member of the Inverness Women’s Club for 25 years. Nancy will always be remembered for her years of sending notes and cards of loving wishes and comfort to family, friends, and community members. She was an accomplished bridge player, avid reader and lover of books. Nancy lived a life of faith, gratitude, love and service to others. Nancy is predeceased by her parents John & Gladys and her siblings: Eileen J. Fradette, Lionel M. Lynch, Robert L. Lynch and Carol A. McArthur. Nancy is survived by her son, Ronald E. Pekins of Floral City, Florida; her daughter, Dianne R. Baietti and her husband Rick Baietti of Yarmouth, Maine; and daughter in-law, Teresa Pekins; grandchildren: Ronald Pekins Jr., Candace Banks, and Rebecca Spear; as well as 5 great grandchildren, her beloved nieces and nephews, and countless friends and church family members. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Wednesday, February 19th at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness “Shoe Box Mission.” 206 Washington Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Or the Lakes Region Library of Inverness. 1511 Druid Rd. Inverness, FL 34452.


Marvin Perrey

Marvin A Perrey, 98, Homosassa, FL
Marvin A. Perrey, of Homosassa, FL, passed away at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL at the age of 98. He was born on October 3rd, 1921 to the late Arthur and Heli (Malan) Perrey in Deer Creek, MO. He worked as an Engineer for the Central Electric Power Co-Op for 34 years. Marvin bravely and honorably served our great country as a member of the United States Navy. Though formerly from Missouri, Marvin settled in the Homosassa, FL area in 1985 where he lived the remainder of his years. He enjoyed attending First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, FL. Marvin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Faye, of 68 years, who passed away on May 8th, 2016 and his dear sister, Gladys Jones, and his two brothers, Alfred and Clifford. He is survived by his two sons, Gary of Barnhart, MO and Karl of Phoenix, AZ; his brother, Harvey of Troy, MO; his sister, Erma Free of St. Charles, MO; his two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Marvin was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Cremation care arrangements are by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Marvin will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.


Harold Phillips

Harold J Phillips, 87, Hernando, FL
Harold Junior Phillips, 87, of Hernando, FL passed away December 28, 2019 at Hernando Pasco Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Freemont Township, MI to the late William and Daisey (Wilson) Phillips. Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Evans during the Korean War. He arrived in this area in 1987, coming from Clearwater, FL Harold was an electrical engineer in the aeronautics industry, and a Christian by faith. He was preceded in death his first wife, Patricia Phillips, and by one son, Darrell Phillips. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Katherine Phillips; his daughters Michelle Dew and her husband Dale of Hernando, FL, and Pamela Phillips of Palm Harbor, FL; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service for Harold with military honors is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, at 1:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with Pastor Ken Lawson of Grace Bible Fellowship Church officiating. Harold’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.


Larry Phillips

Larry L Phillips, 79, Inverness, FL
Larry L. Phillips, Inverness, FL, passed away at home on February 4th, 2020 at the age of 79. Larry was born to the late Harry and Ethel (VanNatter) Phillips on December 31st, 1940 in Cadillac, Michigan. He worked as a Millwright for General Motors for many years and served our country bravely and honorably as a member of the United States Air Force. He married his beloved wife in 1965 and they have spent 54 beautiful years of marriage together, and it would be 55 years in May. Though formally from Michigan, he made Inverness his home in 1993. He loved to attend the United Methodist Church of Floral City, FL. Along with his parents, Larry is preceded in death by his two sisters, Gladys and Evelyn. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; his two sons, Kevin of Ocala, FL and Brian (Lisa) of Johnstown, Colorado; his daughter in law, Star Phillips of Ocala, FL; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Larry will be remembered for his love of classic cars, and especially for his beautiful 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire, which he admired dearly. He enjoyed going to car shows and would frequent them in both Michigan and Florida. He volunteered at Citrus Memorial Hospital for 25 years after retirement as a patient transporter, where he would drive patients to and from their doctors’ and hospital appointments and was a huge blessing to those he helped throughout his life. Larry loved to Trout fish and spend time at his river house in Michigan. He has enjoyed 12 Cruises with his wife and has traveled all over the Caribbean. He also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Larry is described as a very kind, quiet person who was always willing to help others and whose compassion never went unnoticed. Larry’s wife remembers him fondly as the best husband in the world and cherishes her many years of great memories with him. Larry’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The family is welcoming guests at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home starting at 1:00 pm until the hour of service. Larry will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date.


Mary Pynes

Mary Pynes, 63, Hernando, FL
Mary Pynes of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 16, 2020 at the age of 63. Mary was born in Groveland, FL to the late Winford and Millie Hamilton. She was married to her loving husband Bobby for 30 years. Mary was a loving caregiver, providing home healthcare and companionship to many people throughout the years. She was a Christian and her faith was very important to her. Mary made sure to watch Pastor Arnold Murray every morning at 5:00 AM for worship and to hear the word of the Lord. In addition to her husband Bobby, Mary is survived by her son, Lonnie Lamkin of Kenton, TN. She was preceded by three children: Angela Lamkin-Moore, Mary Christine Lamkin and Roger Lamkin. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mark Rakauskas

Mark V Rakauskas, 59, Chattanooga, TN
Mark V. Rakauskas, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away at his home on February 15th, 2020 at the age of 59. He was born to Antonas and Patricia (Holmes) Rakauskas on November 9th, 1960 in Detroit, MI. He is preceded in death by his father, Antonas and his brother, Christopher, who passed away in 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 19 years; his mother, Patricia, of Floral City, FL; and his sister, Adele Helm (Rick) of Floral City, FL. Mark had a deep admiration for nature and loved spending time out in the woods and had always wanted to live in the woods. He is described as a great conversationalist and loved talking to his family and friends for hours on end. He enjoyed watching baseball and football. He adored his dogs and was an avid animal lover. He is described by his beloved mother as a very handsome man, who had a deep sense of kindness and who was always willing to lend a helping hand. Friends and family of Mark are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life service on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at 3 pm with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel officiating, at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Elias "Loopy" Ramos

Elias "Loopy" Ramos, 76, Inverness, FL
Elias Ramos of Inverness FL, known by friends and family as Loopy, passed away December 20, 2019. He is survived by his wife Robin Ramos, son Ocean Ramos, sisters Jeanette Kinaka and Virginia Babinau, grandchildren Tiq, Dezi and Kiera Ramos, and many extended family and friends who loved him dearly. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Louisa and Ray, his sister Patricia Eleonor King, brother Robert Ramos – and most recently his son Sean Elias Ramos (4/7/19). Loopy was originally from the Philippines but moved to Hawaii as a small child where he grew up. At the age of 18 he took a job on a ship from Hawaii which led to his career as a lifetime Merchant Marine. Early in his career he sailed for NOAH through University of Miami oceanographic research which landed him in South Florida where he met his wife of 35 years, Robin. Through his work he led a very adventurous life sailing to all parts of the world. He loved the ocean and loved telling stories about being at Sea and about people and places he encountered. He did not have a formal maritime education, but through his incredible work ethic he achieved becoming a Maritime Officer by taking courses and studying hard to pass the required exams with the Coast Guard. His peers, employees and superiors all respected Loopy and loved working with him, and many became lifetime friends. Loopy embraced his family and was a devoted husband and father to his two sons. He raised Sean, who was inflicted with a physical birth defect, with such a deep devotion that Sean never for an instant doubted how proud his father was of him and never felt as if he were different than any other child in his father’s eyes. He was well grounded in his genuine acceptance of all people from all walks of life. He collected friends easily as people were instantly comfortable around him. Everyone knew him as a kind and gentle soul who remitted warmth and kindness. He smiled a lot when he was with friends and family, made every occasion a good time, and only saw the good in other people. Besides work and loved ones, his greatest passion was his Harley Davidson.Loopy loved everything having to do with martial arts, listened to country music and was very talented in creating things with ropework and knots. He was very adamant about recycling to protect the earth! Loopy’s memory leaves a warm feeling and many smiles for those that know him who will remember him most for his sincere kindness, being the life of the party and as a man of exceptional character. Services to celebrate Loopy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450 with Reverend Ballard officiating.


Ernest Ramsey

Ernest W Ramsey, 73, Inverness, Florida
Ernest “Butch” Ramsey, 73, Inverness, Florida passed away January 7, 2020 at Advent Health Hospital in Ocala, FL. Butch was born on October 9, 1946 in Monroe, MI to Ernest William Ramsey, Sr. and Mary Ann Thomas Ramsey. He was a professional musician for most of his life, playing in traveling bands around the country as well as locally. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 28 years, Judy (Harvey) Ramsey; his 5 children, several brothers and sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Butch’s life will be remembered at a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 PM from Barb’s Barn Country Music, 10191 C.R. 223, Oxford, FL. All of Butch’s family and friends are invited. Private burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Rand

Patricia A Rand, 65, INVERNESS, FL
Patricia Ann Rand, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away on December 29th, 2019 at her Florida home. She was born to Thomas and Mary Upton on April 15th, 1954 in Chelsea, MA. Formally from Londonderry, NH she relocated to the Inverness area in 2011 with her husband of 48 years, James Rand. Patricia worked for many years as an insurance saleswoman. Patricia will be remembered for her love of nature, boating, fishing, and visiting the Manatees. She also enjoyed shopping and going to yard sales, reading, and playing card games. She was happiest spending time with her family. She put her grandchildren above all else. Her grandchildren were her world and she was a very proud grandmother. Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Nelson Upton and her granddaughter, Katelynn Amanda. Patricia is survived by her loving husband, James; her three daughters, Kerri (Robert) Howe of Laconia, NH, Kelleen Gaspa (John Caravona) of Laconia, NH, and Kiley (Joey) Johnson of Laconia, NH; her three brothers, Thomas Upton, Russell Upton, and Kenneth Upton; her two sisters, Kathleen Nowell and Pamela Lalama; her eight grandchildren, Chad, Alexis, Mackenzie, Austin, Christian, Rebecca, Megan, and Devon; and many cherished nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at the Inverness Women’s Club from 6pm-8pm. A New Hampshire Celebration of Life will be hosted by Patricia’s family at a later date. Cremation with Care is provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Oscar Reyes

Oscar Reyes, 60, Hernando, FL
Oscar Reyes of Hernando, FL passed away at his home on February 7, 2020 at the age of 60. Oscar was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on August 14, 1959 to Aida (Alvarez) and the late Oscar Reyes. From a young age Oscar would watch his father play baseball, developing his love of sports. He was also an avid NASCAR fan. His excitement and anticipation during the races were further fueled by the sound of the roaring engines, burning tires and trembling stands. Oscar had a passion for motorcycles. Riding on the open road embodied his free spirit, strength and adventurous nature. He often mentioned the ripping engine and breeze “on a dry day” brought him absolute peace. Oscar is survived by his daughter, Alleyne Odom and her husband Karlos; mother, Aida Reyes; brothers: Edwin Reyes, Dennis Reyes, Joel Reyes; sisters: Ana Reyes, Judith McClellan, Zaida Zayas; and 2 grandchildren: Xzaden Zamora and Kai Jordyn Odom. Oscar will also forever be remembered by his extended family, Joe Lanier, Joe Lanier Sr., and Cindy Schumm. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Tommy Rhodus

Tommy J Rhodus, 62, Floral City, FL
Tommy Joe Rhodus of Floral City passed away at his home on February 2, 2020 at the age of 62. Tommy was born in Hamilton, OH to the late Edgar and Clare (Roark) Rhodus on October 2, 1957. He was married to his loving wife Julia for 37 years. Tommy and Julia made Citrus County their home six years ago after relocating from Ohio. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, telling jokes and laughing and having a good time with his family and friends. Tommy also loved eating his wife’s homemade pineapple upside down cakes. In addition to his wife Julia, those left to mourn Tommy’s passing include his son, Wayne Proffitt; daughter, Violet Rhodus; sisters: Marilyn (Cecil) Rhodus, Donna Mae (J.L.) Peters; sisters in law, Helen Rhodus and Victoria Alfred (Larry) Crow; brother in law, August (Rebecca) Alfred; nephews: Randy Harbaum, Danny Rhodus, Kevin Harbaum; nieces: Robin Rhodus, Patty (Beau) Napier, Sherry Dean. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Rose

Patricia L Rose, 87, Spanish Fort, AL
Patricia Louise Rose, age 87, Spanish Fort, AL passed away suddenly while visiting at her sister’s residence in Inverness, FL. Mrs Rose was born in Knoxville, TN on January 30, 1932 to the late Samuel C. and Mary Elizabeth (Monday) McCrary. Prior to retirement, she worked in retail sales. She is survived her sister Suzanne Grapel of Inverness and was preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Rose. Following her return to Alabama, there will be services scheduled at the Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL. She is in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home locally.


Willamay Runk

Willamay Runk, 94, Inverness, FL
Willamay Runk, 94, of Inverness, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing facility of Inverness, FL on December 4th, 2019. Willamay was born on September 15, 1925 to the late Victor and Edith Root in Missouri. She moved to the Inverness, FL area from Miami in 1977. Along with her parents, Willamay is preceded in death by her loving husband, William “Jack” R. Runk and her son, William D. Runk. She is survived by her four daughters, Joy (David) Streicher of Lecanto, FL; Connie (Tommy) Shaw of Inverness, FL; Vicki (John Marxen) Evans of Morrow, GA; and Jacqueline (Steven) Roddy of Harvest, AL and seven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Willamay was Baptist by faith and she enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, crocheting rugs, baking, listening to country music karaoke at the park, and spending time with her family and friends. Willamay will be missed by many Willamay’s Celebration of Life will be on December 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM with a gathering of friends and family at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery alongside her husband at a later date.


Matthew Ryan

Matthew S Ryan, 26, Hernando, FL
Matthew Sean Ryan, age 26, Hernando, FL passed away November 23, 2019 at Vitas Hospice Facility in Lecanto following a lengthy illness. Matthew was born in Middletown, NY on January 18, 1993 to Kevin Sean and Rebecca (Lyons) Ryan. He worked in the automobile detailing business. Left to cherish his memory is his son, Channing Ryan of Conway, SC; his father, Kevin of Lecanto; 1 brother, Jacob Medlin of Conway, SC; 2 sisters, Jessica Medlin of Conway, SC and Erin Ryan of Athens, GA; his paternal grandmother, Karen Ryan of Lecanto and maternal grandmother, Joyce Lyons of Virginia. He was predeceased by his daughter, Avanna, his mother, Rebecca, and his sister, Kylee Ann. The family will celebrate Matt’s life following the holidays at a later date. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Theresa Samoraj

Theresa M Samoraj, 76, Inverness, FL
Theresa M. Samoraj, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on January 1st, 2020. She was born in Farmingdale, NY to the late Anthony and Theresa Losaso on April 30th, 1943. She relocated to the Inverness area in 1975 and was Catholic by faith. Theresa loved to play Bingo and do crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed shopping, reading, and watching game shows. She is preceded in death by one sister, Diane Walker. Theresa is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Jerzyk “George” Samoraj; her daughter, Melissa Samoraj of Inverness, FL; her three brothers, Robert Losaso of Kissimee, FL, Phillip (Angie) Losaso of Citrus Springs, FL, and Joseph Losaso of Long Island, NY; her sister, Virginia Stahl of Arrowhead, FL; and one grandchild, Amy Shumway. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Theresa is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael Scott

Michael J Scott, 69, Crystal River, FL
Michael James Scott, age 69, Crystal River, FL passed away on January 15, 2020 in an automotive accident. Mike was born in Toledo, OH on May 27, 1950. He was raised by his parents, Terrance and Barbara (Purcell) Scott. As a soldier in the United States Marine Corp, he proudly served the country in Vietnam. The Scott family moved to Citrus County from Indian Rocks Beach in 1977 where he worked as a plumber. In 1987, he founded Mike Scott Plumbing. Now serving seven central Florida counties, Mike Scott Plumbing has become an industry leader adhering to his example and the strong core values it was founded on. Widely known for his commitment to the communities he served, he was a strong supporter of youth programming and athletics, education, and more. He took pride in his business, but he was most proud of his family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 51 years, Patricia Meares Scott; his three children: Tracy Hinde and her husband Michael of Hernando; Shawn Scott and his partner Samantha of Floral City; Jason Scott and his wife Heather of Beverly Hills; 2 brothers: Gregory Scott of Crystal River and Terrance Scott of Homosassa; 1 sister, Brenda Taylor of Homosassa; 7 grandchildren: Sabrina, Mercedes, Jacob, Evan, Aubree, Michael, and Savannah; 2 great grandchildren: Brayden and Brixton. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. The family will greet friends from 3:00 PM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the “Pipeline For Success Scholarships” C/O of Mike Scott Plumbing, 668 E. Overdrive Circle, Hernando, FL 34442. Mike is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Carl Shaut, Sr.

Carl R Shaut, Sr., 93, Floral City, FL
Carl R. Shaut, Sr., age 93, Floral City, FL passed away suddenly at home on November 23, 2019. A native of Bath, NY, he was born February 23, 1926 to the late Fred E. and Ethel (Salisbury) Shaut and came to this area 32 years ago from Binghamton, NY. He was employed by the Conrail Railroad System for 40 years in their maintenance division. He served our country in the Army Air Corps during WW II where he was deployed in the European Theatre. He was an aerial gunner and awarded the Air Medal with 1 Bronze Cluster. His affiliations include the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, American Legion Post 77, and the 2nd Air Division Association. Left to cherish his memory are three children, Carl Shaut, Jr. and wife Susan of Floral City, FL, Charles Shaut and wife Helen of Harpursville, NY, and Thomas Shaut and wife Theresa of Grand Haven, MI; 1 Sister, JoAnne Quick, Hernando, FL; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred Alice Shaut on Feb 10, 2018. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Pfeifer, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Carl’s memory.


Elsie Sine

Elsie M Sine, 94, Inverness, FL
Elsie Mae Sine, 94, Inverness, FL passed away November 28, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Elsie was born in Lansdale, PA on May 20, 1925 to the late Elmer Hager and Lillie Grebe Hager and moved to Florida from Quakertown, PA. She was employed for over 20 years with Clemen’s Supermarkets in Lansdale as a cashier. After retirement she relocated to Florida. Elsie was of the Lutheran faith, but attended the First Presbyterian Church in Inverness. She is survived by her niece, Nancy Brady and her grand niece, Jodie; 3 grandchildren: Connie Bond; and great grandchildren: Kristin and Nicholas Sutliff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralston, a son James, a grandson, Danny Sine, and 3 brothers, Raymond, Norman, and Horace Hager. At Elsie’s request, there will be no funeral. Burial will be private in Oak Ridge Cemetery beside her husband. She was under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


David Small

David G Small, 82, Inverness, FL
David G. Small, 82, October 5, 1937-January 8, 2020, of Inverness, Florida, former resident of Fairview, Michigan passed away January 8, 2020. A great man of the great lakes, David was born October 5, 1937 to the late David and Violet Small of East Tawas, MI, growing up an avid sailor on the waters of Tawas Bay, and serving as Commodore of the Tawas Bay Yacht Club. After 30 years of service to the people and State of Michigan, David retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1995. He and his beloved wife then set sail on a grand adventure, living aboard the Trawler “Otter”, cruising down the Mississippi River, visiting many Eastern U.S. ports and the Bahamas, until settling in Citrus County to further enjoy their retirement. He was an officer of the Tri-county RC Flying Club, making and flying numerous model airplanes. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Owen Small, Robert Small, and Alice (Small) Pennewell. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 53 years, Judie R. Small, daughter Rebecca Bearden and son-in-law Kenneth Bearden, and beloved grandsons Alexander and Maxwell Bearden. A service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s memory to Salvation Army are appreciated.


Ruth Sorensen

Ruth E Sorensen, 91, Hernando, FL
Ruth Elaine Sorensen of Hernando, FL passed away at her home on December 8, 2019 at the age of 91. Ruth was born in Wildwood, FL on December 3, 1928 and was one of four children born to the late Hubert J. and Etta Ruth (Brooks) Denham. She was married to Richard E. Sorensen, Sr. for 42 years until his passing on March 3, 2009. Ruth and Richard made Citrus County their home in 1968 after relocating from the St. Petersburg area and attended worship services at the Inverness Church of God. She loved nature and going for long walks in peaceful surroundings. Ruth also liked tending to flowers, taking time to prune them and arrange them to showcase their beauty. She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother to her children. Those left to mourn Ruth’s passing include her daughters: Yvette Spires of Inverness, FL, Mary McKinley and her husband Ivan of Hernando, FL; son, John Alan Moore and his wife Joanne of St. Cloud, FL; stepson, Richard E. Sorensen, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Jerry and Tommy Denham; and sister, Esther Denham. Ruth’s children plan to have a private celebration of life service in her honor at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jody Stewart

Jody M Stewart, 57, Chassahowitzka, FL
Jody Mae Stewart of Chassahowitzka, FL passed away while under the care of Sturgill Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, FL on December 5, 2019 at the age of 57. Jody was born in Waukegan, IL to the late Norman James and Edith Mae (Doty) Stewart on March 2, 1962. She and her family made Florida their home in 1971 after relocating from Chicago, IL. Jody enjoyed the game of baseball and was an avid Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs fan. She was also a talented artist and was an excellent photographer, painter, singer and poet. She had a wonderful knack for comedy and making crafts. Jody was a talented landscaper and an excellent floral designer that loved visiting garden centers and working with plants. She had the ability to add a wonderful creative flair to everything she did. In addition to her wonderful creative abilities, she was also mechanically inclined and able to work on and repair cars, trucks, lawnmowers, appliances and wound vac machines bedside in the hospital. Jody had a love for animals and nature. She enjoyed water activities on the Chassahowitzka River and loved all animals but a few she especially loved dearly dogs: Boots, Bo, Zoey, and Coco; Cats: Doobie, Mini, Dolly and Dora the Explorer; horses, Leo; tigers and hamsters. Jody was fond of camping and campfires with her family. In her youth she was a member of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC-CRPS). Jody worked primarily in sales much of her life and as a P.E. Aide in the Pinellas County Schools. She was employed by Home Depot, Scotty’s, Ritz Cameras, and the Key Training Center under the profound friendship of Gwen and the clients. In the last few years she maintained a lawn mowing and landscaping service with limited accounts due to her limitations. Many nights while living with her sister and brother in law from 2013 to 2018, she was using her floral design talents next to her sister. During their brief time as produce stand owners, they worked alongside each other once again. She liked pulling all the bad items to make delicious salsas, bread and bakery items once they returned home. She loved to shop and her and her sister had every kind of kitchen product known during that time. Those left to mourn Jody’s passing include her sister, Jude Hobson and her husband Randy of Lecanto, FL; Jody’s delight and only niece, Veronica Hope Palmer; great nephews: Tyler, Travis & Trevor – better known at the “3Ts” Jamie Kustra, Jeremy Borrego and Joshua Borrego, the children she raised with Marlys Reddemann by their sides and their mom, Debra Siner; Jeremy and Josh also having children she loved. Cousins’ from her father’s side of the Stewart / Hampton families, along with Aunt Myrna Doty of Illinois and cousins from our mother’s side of the Stewart / Doty families; Darleen Hannssen, our mother’s cousin as well. Jody had other loves throughout her lifetime of living in Citrus and Pinellas Counties. Mommie Dearest, Flo Pender; Eva and Randall and family; Barbara McCormick, Debbie Gulley, Cora Helms, Pattie Shanks (deceased) all were significant to her. By all means, Fredrick and Debi Harmon, and Craig Hermann our “adopted” brother. Two of Jody’s favorite Bible verses are: Second Corinthians 5:8…”absent for the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Philippians 4:6…”Be anxious for nothing.” A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, December 29th, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the North Citrus Christian Church, 6442 N. Elkcam Blvd., Citrus Springs, FL 34433. (352) 527-0021. The service will take place from 2:30 to 3:00 PM and a light reception will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Cremation care was provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jill Sturtevant

Jill A Sturtevant, 54, Inverness, FL
Jill A. Sturtevant, 54, of Inverness, FL passed away January 12, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Freeport, NY on May 25, 1965 to the late Robert Earl and Eleanor A. (Schultz) Hill. Jill was a uniform company manager, and a Protestant by faith. She arrived in this area in 2002 coming from Tampa, FL. Jill loved lighthouses, and enjoyed gardening, going to the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Raymond Sturtevant, her son, Christopher S. Hill of Inverness, her brothers John and Robert Hill, and 4 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Jill will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness at a later date. Cremation with Care by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Mary Thomas

Mary K Thomas, 93, Inverness, FL
Mary Katherine (Patteson) Thomas passed away February 11, 2020, at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation, Inverness, Fla. She was 93. Mary was born March 22, 1926, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of David Patteson and Dorothy (Eshelman) Patteson. Mary married Elmer Thomas, Jr. in 1948, who preceded her in death. They lived in Decatur, Ill, before retiring first to Floral City in 1986, and later moving to Inverness, Fla. She is survived by four children, Andra C. Thomas, Santa Clara, Calif., David E. Thomas (Donna), Baton Rouge, La., Laurel D. Thomas Gnagey, Westland, Mich., and Edward A. Thomas, Charlotte, NC; a sister Dorothy M. Patteson (RosemaryNeff), Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mary graduated from Washington University School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1947, where she earned her registered nurse degree and was a cadet nurse during World War II. She was a critical care nurse for nearly five decades, working at St. Mary’s and Decatur Memorial hospitals in Decatur, Ill., and Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Fla. Mary returned to college at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., to earn a bachelor’s in nursing. After retirement, she volunteered at Citrus Memorial Hospital up to the age of 91. In addition to her volunteer work, Mary loved to play bridge and attend social events with friends, and was active with the League of Women Voters, working at the polls on Election Day for many years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, and a former member of Floral City United Methodist Church. At her request there will be no service or visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in her name to Citrus Memorial Hospital Volunteer Services, Student Volunteer Scholarship Fund, 502 W. Highland Blvd, Inverness, Fla. 34452, or First Presbyterian Church, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness, Fla. 34450.


Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend

Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend, 71, Homosassa, FL
Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend, beloved Wife, Mom, Sister, Gigi, and friend. On the morning of January 21, 2020, she went home to be with the Lord. Lorraine was born in Tampa, Florida on February 22, 1948 to the late Laurence and Gloria (Muniz) Serra. She graduated Chamberlain High School in 1966 and later attended the University of South Florida, studying nursing, until her marriage to Raymond. Lorraine and Ray started Citrus Well Drilling in 1972, and continued to work there. She has been a Citrus County resident for 50 years. Lorraine was a faithful member of St. Scholastica Church in Lecanto for over 30 years. Prior to joining St. Scholastica, she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Inverness. She taught 5th grade Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at Our Lady of Fatima and St. Scholastica. Lorraine loved animals, and the beach. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, fishing and tending her roses. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Raymond Townsend; her children: Todd (Kim) Townsend of Pine Ridge and their daughters, Regan Alexandra (Adam) Burns and Tate Meredith Townsend; Tracy (Rod) Miedema of Homosassa and their children Jacob Todd Miedema and Taylor Lauren Miedema; her brother, Laurence (Cynthia) Serra; her sister, Dayna Waldman; brother in law, William “Billy” Townsend; and several nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM from St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto with Fr. Jose Tejada, Celebrant. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Sunday from 2-4 PM, where a Wake Vigil Services will be offered at 3:30 PM with Deacon Nick Nowak officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Scholastica Church, 4301 W. Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, FL 34461. She is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Verna Van Fleet

Verna M Van Fleet, 95, Hernando, FL
Verna M. Van Fleet, age 95, Hernando, Florida passed away November 27, 2019 at home under the loving care of her family and Hernando-Pasco Hospice. A native of Westfield, MA., she was born July 6, 1924 to the late Leonard B. and Myrtle (Smith) Kenniston and moved to this area in 2011 after leaving Miami and Ocala. She attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. Verna enjoyed crocheting afghans for all of her children and grandchildren and working her puzzles. Active in her community, she was a Life Member of the Florida Arabian Horse Association and served as their show secretary for 20 years. She also was a member of the Ft. Cooper Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Order of Eastern Star. She attended Colby Junior College in New London, NH and while living in Miami, was a faithful volunteer for South Miami Hospital with 12 years of service Left to cherish her memory are 5 children: Katherine V. Echlin (James), Hernando; Robert J. Van Fleet (Dianne), Ocala; Patricia V. Rioux (Michael), Jacksonville; John K. Van Fleet (Kim), Ocala; Kimberly V. Poole (David), Hernando; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Robert J. Van Fleet and her three sisters, Geraldine, Virginia, and Marion. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2019 , 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family


Rose Marie Vandergrift

Rose Marie Vandergrift, 83, Lessburg, FL
Rose Marie Vandergrift of Leesburg, FL passed away at Leesburg Regional Medical Center on February 6, 2020 at the age of 83. Rose was born in Carbondale, PA on February 10, 1936 to the late John and Mary (Hruby) Gamble. She was married to her husband Stanley for 60 years and they made Florida their home 20 years ago after relocating from Atlanta, GA. Rose was a parishioner of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL. In her spare time she greatly enjoyed reading and spending time with family. In addition to her loving husband Stanley, those left to mourn Rose’s passing include: her daughter, Deborah Vandergrift, her granddaughter, Serena Vandergrift, and her son-in-law, Craig Louie Baxter of Northfield, IL; and her sister, Patricia Higgins of Oxford, FL. A Funeral Service for Rose is scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2020 at St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL at 11:00 AM and will be conducted by Father Sergious Gerken. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation and repose at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Rose Marie’s wishes were that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.org), or to another organization supporting breast cancer research. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mauricio Velasquez

Mauricio O Velasquez, 80, Lecanto, FL
Mauricio “Maurice” Velasquez, age 80, Lecanto, FL., formally of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa died Nov 21, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice Unit in Lecanto, FL. A native of El Salvador, he was born April 6, 1939 to the late Joaquin C. and Concepcion (Menjivar) Velasquez, and came to this area from Miami in 2006. He retired as a corporate accountant and manager for the Best Foods grocery chain following 30 years of service and was a member of St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa, FL. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Margaret Flaherty Velasquez of Lecanto; 1 brother and sister, Alfredo Valasquez and Gloria Lopez, both of California; nieces & nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019. Entombment will follow in Olivet Memorial Park in Colma, CA. Local arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Lila Waesche

Lila L Waesche, 73, Lecanto, FL
Lila L. (Hays) Waesche of Lecanto, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice on February 1, 2020 at the age of 73. Lila was born in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 1947 to the late James and Temple (Weaver) Hays. On December 31, 1971, she married Glen M. Waesche with whom she shared 48 years of loving marriage. A resident of Florida for over 15 years, Lila was a member of the Beverly Hills Senior Centers crafting group. She was a talented crafter and especially skilled in crochet. Lila entered many of her crocheted works in the Citrus County Fair and had her work featured by Annie’s Attic after winning 3rd place in a competition. In addition to her loving husband Glen, those left to mourn Lila’s passing include her daughters: Lorine Elizabeth Davenport and Sabrina Marie Strickler, both of Ellicott City, MD, and five grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Herbert Wampler, Jr.

Herbert F Wampler, Jr., 92, Inverness, FL
Herbert F. Wampler Jr., 92, of Inverness, FL passed away at Avante’ of Inverness, on December 5, 2019. Herbert was born on March 29, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Marguerite (Williams) and Herbert F. Wampler. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. Herbert made Citrus County Florida his home in 1989 after relocating from West Chester, PA and was Methodist by faith. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Herbert was a 70 year member of Masonic Community Lodge #744 in Broomall, PA. Herbert is survived by his daughter Sharon Napoli, and his sister, Anita Maurer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda “Sis” Wampler and brother, Bruce Wampler. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sarah Watson

Sarah A Watson, 24, Benton, TN
Sarah Ann Watson of Benton, TN and formerly of Inverness, FL passed away unexpectedly in Crystal River, FL while visiting her dear friends on December 21, 2019. Sarah was 24 years old. She was born in Dalton, GA on January 30, 1995 to Sherri (Stuart) Cody and George Watson, Jr. Sarah moved to Inverness with her family in 2003 and attended the Academy of Environmental Sciences in Crystal River and graduated from Citrus High School in 2013. She was active with the drama club throughout junior high and high school and had performed in numerous plays. Sarah was a talented photographer and an excellent photo editor. In 2016, Sarah moved to Tennessee and was employed as a Lab Technician for the Denso Corporation, an auto parts manufacturer. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother, loving daughter and dear friend. Those left to mourn Sarah’s passing include her 2 year old son, Wilbert Ethan Watson; mother, Sherri Cody of Benton, TN; father, George Watson, Jr. of Ellijay, GA; brothers: Austin Watson of Ellijay, GA and Adam Conner of Greenville, TN. Sarah was preceded in death by her stepfather, Wilbert Cody in 2013. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dolores Williams

Dolores Williams, 64, Inverness, FL
Dolores Williams, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on January 1, 2020 at the age of 64. Dolores was born in Tampa, FL on March 25, 1956 to the late J.D. and Edith (Connell) Williams. She worked for the Pasco County School System for 24 years as a Bus Driver. Dolores made Citrus County her home 3 years ago after relocating from Zephyrhills, FL. In her spare time she enjoyed making crafts, watching movies and shopping. Dolores had great organizational skills and especially enjoyed cleaning and keeping her house spotless! Those left to mourn Dolores’ passing include her son, Todd Black and his wife Constance of Inverness, FL; daughters: Pam Guinta and Alexis Goins, both of Zephyrhills, FL; brother, Jimmy Williams and his wife Janice of San Antonio, FL; sisters: Audrey Michewicz and her husband Steve of Cookville, TN, Patricia Ann Quest of Scottsboro, AL, Julia Williams of New Port Richey, FL; and grandchildren: Jabin and Alydia. A Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Friends are invited to join the family to share their favorite stories and memories of Dolores. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael Yingling

Michael A Yingling, 70, Floral City, FL
Michael Albert Yingling of Floral City, FL, passed away November 30, 2019 at the age of 70. Michael was born in Toledo, OH to the late Harley and Sylvia (McMullen) Yingling on July 27, 1949. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and went on to become a commercial plumber. He owned and operated Commercial Plumbing Systems in the Longwood / Orlando, FL area for several years. Michael relocated to Floral City in 2006 where he established and operated CPS Plumbing. In his spare time he enjoyed “tinkering” with and working on motors, riding in his airboat and fishing. He also liked playing poker with his buddies. Those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his loving companion of 23 years and fiancée, Pamela Oesch; sons: Michael Wheelock, Brandon Yingling; daughters: Jennifer Yingling-Stoner, Sara Yingling-Chivonic; stepson, Ian Keller Oesch; stepdaughter, Summer Oesch-Brennan; and several grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Matthew Yuhas

Matthew J Yuhas, 43, Lecanto, FL
Matthew Joseph Yuhas of Lecanto, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on January 6, 2020 at the age of 43. Matt was born on September 5, 1976 in Scranton, PA to Jo Ann Tinklepaugh and the late Joseph John Yuhas. He made Citrus County, FL his home in 2001 after relocating from Pennsylvania and worked as a Lineman for Davey Tree Service. Matt liked horses and had owned a few in the past. In his spare time he enjoyed video games and also playing “store”, “kitchen” and having tea parties with his stepdaughter. Matt’s favorite activity was spending time with his family. Those left to mourn Matt’s passing include his son, Joshua Yuhas; his loving fiancée, Cindy McMurry; his mother, Joann Yuhas and her husband, Frank Oliva; grandchildren: Isabella and Micah; stepdaughters: Tiffany Fernandez, Christina Walko; grandmother, Toni Tinklepaugh; his uncle, Marc Tinklepaugh; his aunt, Jane Matthews; his uncle, John Kofel; his dear friend, Josh “Red” Taylor; and many cousins. A Celebration of Matthew’s life is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Springs Presbyterian Church of Dunnellon, FL and will be officiated by Pastor Keeth Statton. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.