For the Last 3 Months.
Richard S Allen, 75, Pine Ridge, FL
Allen, Richard S. (“Dick”, “Bud”) of Pine Ridge, Florida passed away September 10, 2022 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Entered into rest with his Savior after a courageous battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, devoted husband of 50+ years to Brenda “JoAnn” (Davenport) Allen, loving father of Danna LeeAnn Bell (Christopher) of Norwood, MA; Troy M. (Stacey) of Pine Ridge, Fl; Jeffrey N. of Beverly Hills, Fl and the late Barbara “Kim” Allen. Brother of Randall J., Ronald K., and Barbara J. Allen, all of Plymouth, MA; Beverly A. Thibault (Henry) of Tiverton, Rhode Island and the late Robert D. and Rodger L. Allen; survived by 10 grandchildren: Selina, David, Kristen, Sara, Jeremy, Nicholas, Anastasia, Logan, Luke, and Eve; and 9 great grandchildren: Dandre, Maria, Ariyan, Gianna, Madisyn, Mackenzie, Ryder, Grayson and Maisie. Born in Norwood, MA to the late Chester A. and Eleanor M. (Smith) Allen. Bud grew up in Westwood and Norwood, MA. After graduating from Westwood High School in 1965, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and did a tour of duty in Vietnam in the mid-sixties as a helicopter gunner flying medivac and resupply missions. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal, Combat Air Crew Wings with 3 bronze stars, Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Rifle and Pistol Sharpshooter; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal ; upon honorably discharged from USMC, he attended the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming and became a licensed funeral service professional; working at two funeral homes over a nearly 40 year career, he retired in 2007 after 32 years with Keohane Funeral Service, Quincy, MA. Once retired, he and JoAnn moved to Pine Ridge, Florida where he enjoyed golfing (achieved two holes-in-one!); motorcycle riding; boating on Nature Coast rivers with the grandkids and maintaining his estate. He established a rehab and rental home company where he rehabbed houses and made them affordable to low-income families. In 2008, he became a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and joined Aaron Weaver Chapter 776 Citrus County, becoming Commander in 2012, and was re-elected annually until 2020. He was selected as Patriot of the Year in 2018 and 2019 for the Chapter, State of Florida, and Region IV Southeast United States. The chapter purpose is to educate the community and make them aware of the proud legacy of the Purple Heart awarded to combat wounded veterans. Life member of DAV Chapter 70, Inverness, Florida. He was a Champion breeder and member of the Rhode Island Budgerigar Society in the 1980's and 1990's, breeding and showing birds up and down the East Coast and winning many awards and ribbons. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Homosassa with Rev. David Throckmorton officiating. Burial with full military honors rendered by the Marine Corps League will follow at Florida National Cemetery on Monday at 2:00 PM. There will be a viewing Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The Purple Heart Chapter will present their tribute at 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in “Bud’s” memory to the Aaron Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, PO Box 1345, Lecanto, Florida 34460
Linda Lee Gay Ault, 69, Lecanto, FL
Linda “Lee” Gay Ault 69 years, passed away suddenly on October 25, 2022, as a result being hit by a motor vehicle while crossing the street. Lee was born in Deland, FL to the late Clifford Mignault and Emily Morris. She was a resident of Lecanto for the past 26 years, previously residing in Indian Rocks Beach. Lee and Robert C. Ault were married October 31, 1994. Lee was an owner operator of FSP Inc. She and her husband enjoyed traveling in their motor home. Lee was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was predeceased by her parents Clifford and Emily Mignault. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Robert C. Ault, 1 son; Joshua Batterson, 3 daughters Michelle Butler, Nikki Nobles, and Raegan Batterson, 1 sister; Venus Newman, also survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, loving niece Kelly Thatcher and her beloved Yoda, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Family and friends are invited to her Celebration of Life Friday, 4pm November 4, 2022 at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness. Visitation is from 3-4pm.
Lucille Avis, 64, Beverly Hills, FL
Lucille Avis, 64 years, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away September 20, 2022 under the care of HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness. Lucille was born in Lawton, OK to Reddick Thornton and Christine Hanrahan, January 20, 1958. Lucille served her country proudly in the US Army. She has been a resident of Beverly Hills, FL for the past 3 years, previously residing in Inverness. She was the owner operator of Sarge & Skip’s Place in Inverness for many years. She enjoyed fishing, poker, and bingo. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her children Ron Thornton, William Eddie Fitzpatrick and his wife Beth, Jonathan Avis, and Angelique Fitzpatrick. She is also survived by her siblings; Reddick Benjamin Davis, Fred Davis, Joann Davis and Doris Reece, and her grandchildren; Kallysta, Xayvier, Abigail, Isyss, Locklyn, and Anastasia. Family and friends are invited to her funeral Monday, October 3, 2022, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, visitation 11-1:00PM. Her funeral will depart the funeral home promptly at 1:15PM, for burial in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. She will receive full military honors prior to her burial.
Jaime Baker, 42, Floral City, FL
Jamie Lynn Baker, 42, of Floral City, passed away at home on October 25, 2022. Jamie was born on April 29, 1980 in Warren, Pennsylvania. She was nursing home a residence aide and a member of the Covenant Church of God in Floral City. Left to cherish her memory are her son: Austin Baker of Clarendon, PA; her mother Doris Light of Clarendon, PA; her father, Matthew Baker; her brother, Matthew Baker of Wilmington, NC, and several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Celebration of Life will be announced later.
Brent J Balabas, 38, formerly of Inverness, FL
Brent Joseph Balabas, age 38, formerly of Inverness, went to be with Our Lord on October 28, 2022. Brent was born on November 16, 1983 to William J. Balabas and Kathleen M. Balabas in Inverness. He graduated from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, FL in 2001. Brent loved to fish, and enjoyed hunting at the family’s home, “Four Springs” in Wyalusing, PA. He spent many summers there with his family planting gardens, and raising various farm animals. He loved his dogs Lucky and Ratchet. Brent was preceded in death by his father, William Joseph Balabas. He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Balabas, his sister, Kerri Smith (Chris), his brother, Kevin Balabas (Dena), nieces Ella and Jenna Balabas, and nephew Cade Robb. Private cremation with care. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. Graveside services will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL
Robert J Ballou, 74, Floral City, FL
Robert J. Ballou, 74, of Floral City, FL passed away August 30, 2022 at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Phoenix, AZ on August 6, 1948 to the late William James and Kathryn (Springer) Ballou. Robert served as Fire Chief in the city of St. Petersburg for 35 years. He also worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) for 25 years in the distribution department. He arrived in this area in the 1950’s coming from Greenville, TN. He was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed playing golf and watching sports. Robert served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 20 years, Dr. Virginia Schekorra-Ballou. Other survivors include his children Rob Ballou of Wildwood, FL, Brian Scott Ballou (Kim) of Seminole, FL, Don Ballou (Suzie) of St. Petersburg, FL, Jeff Ballou (Heather) of Brooksville, FL; step children Sean Schekorra (Jen) of Deltona, FL, Ryan Schekorra (Tiffany) of Inverness, FL, and Brigette Inthalangsy (Oulay) of Alachua, FL; and many grandchildren. A Celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. The service will be officiated by Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church. After the service, in recognition of Robert’s military service, VFW Post #4337 will be rendering military honors at the funeral home. Robert’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.
Mary T Barnes, 93, Orlando, FL
Mary T. Barnes, 93 of North Carolina, formerly of Orlando, FL, passed away November 6, 2022 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, NC. Mary was born in Ft. Pierce, FL on November 19, 1928 to the late Forrest and Laura (Raulerson) Totten. She was Baptist by faith and was a loving Wife and Mother. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Barry L. Barnes of Sylva, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband Leon, on July 23, 2006. Graveside services for Mary will be conducted on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto with Pastor David Schorejs of the First Baptist Church in Apopka, FL, officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
James L Barron, 85, Inverness, FL
James L. Barron, 85 years of Inverness, passed away November 7, 2022 under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice in Lecanto. He was born March 9, 1937 in Monroe, MI to the late Mary Navare Barron. Jim has been a resident of Citrus County for the past 7 years, and for the last 23 years has been of part time resident of Inverness, previously residing in Flint-Gladwin, MI. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from the automotive industry at AC Spark Plug where he was in the maintenance department in Flint, Michigan. He was an avid fisherman, loved boating, enjoyed traveling, and was a large fan of NASCAR. Jim loved his family. Family came first. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Jim was never to busy to sit and have a conversation with family or friends and a have beer. Jim was predeceased by his mother Mary Barron, and his sisters; Phyllis and Eileen. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Diann T. Barron, and children; Douglas Barron (Denise), Julie Davenport (Ralph), Wendy Amman (Jack), and Kim Lock (Dave Johnston), also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, multiple nieces, nephews, and all his dearly loved friends. Jim’s family will have a Celebration of Life for him in Michigan. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Jean M Baylis, 90, formerly of Inverness, FL
Jean Margaret Baylis, 90, formerly of Inverness, went home to be with her loving husband, Van Wyck Baylis (October 15, 1930 – July 15, 2006). She was a loving mother of 4 daughters: Margaret, Vanessa (Kenneth Murtaugh, June 19, 2009) and Carl Johnson, Dorothy (Michael Bartlett) and Mary. A loving grandmother of 5: Chuck Stevens-Marrone (Ashlie), Patrick Murtaugh (1978 – 2002), Shawn (Sheila), Christopher McElroy and Daniel McElroy. Loving great-grandmother of 8: Luke, Joey, Jack, Molly, John, Aubrey, Olivia and Carter. She will be missed so much. Funeral services for Jean will be conducted on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM, from the First Lutheran Church in Inverness, with Pastor Tom Beaverson, officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the charity of your choice.
Helen M Berwald, 90, Ocala, FL
Helen Marie Berwald, (90) of Ocala, Florida passed away September 14, 2022, at Life Care Center of Ocala under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Marion County. Helen was born on April 24, 1932 in Decatur, IL. She was a child of the late Lee Roy Miller Sr. and Ada (Johnson) Miller. Helen was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She relocated to Inverness, FL in the 1970’s where she called it home for over 40+ years. Her hobbies included singing, crocheting, gardening and baking. Helen was known for her long-handwritten letters sent to family and friends and never missed the opportunity to wish a loved one a happy birthday or anniversary. Most days you would find Helen sitting on her front porch watching the hummingbirds with a warm cup of coffee and pen in hand. Helen was preceded in death by her beloved spouse, Albert Berwald Sr in 1990, son David Berwald in 2016 and several brothers and sisters. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carolyn Ingram of Inverness, FL; Gary Berwald of Dallas, TX and Albert Berwald Jr of Inverness, FL; her sister Gladys Berry of Decatur, IL and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who got the privilege of meeting and knowing her. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on September 24, 2022, at 11 AM, at Chas. E. Davis funeral home with Pastor James Jones officiating. A procession will take place immediately following the service, where she will be laid to rest at the Fountains Memorial Cemetery of Homosassa.
Don F Blair, 85, Hudson, FL
Don Finley Blair passed away peacefully, at the age of 85 on October 12, 2022, while under the excellent care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto, Florida. He was born November 11, 1936, in London, Kentucky to the late Virgil Blair and Zella (Corn) Blair. Don had been a resident of Hudson, Florida, with his daughter and son-in-law for the past two years. Prior to that, he had been a resident of Inverness (since 2004), and a longtime resident of Clearwater. In his early adulthood, Don proudly served his country in the US Army. He was a longtime member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Inverness. Don was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, billiards and antiquing. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Virgil and Zella Blair, as well as his wife of 40 years, Sandra Ann Blair, who passed on August 3, 2018. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Shelly Bredice of Inverness, Sheryl Downen (John) of Hudson, FL, Jody R. Blair of Tarpon Springs, Leslie D. Woodward (Cherie) of St. Petersburg, and Russell Woodward of Clearwater (Karen); also, a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Don’s life, at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 1100 W. Highland Blvd, Inverness. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Military Honors will be bestowed following the Celebration of Life. Don and Sandra will be laid to rest in Bay Pines National Cemetery, in St. Petersburg. Arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Don’s family prefers donations be made to HPH Hospice.
Robert A. Bourque, 80, Lecanto, FL
Robert A. Bourque, 80 years. Passed away peacefully October 10, 2022 under the care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. He was born in Chicago, IL, October 27, 1941 to the late Albert Bourque and Gertrude Buczkowski. Robert has been of resident of Citrus County since 1998, previously residing in Illinois. He retired as a supervisor in public works overseeing the water treatment plant. He also was a volunteer fireman with the Lisle Fire Department attaining the rank of Lieutenant. His wife Judith, who passed away November 25, 2017, was his life. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed, hunting, sky diving, NASCAR, and scuba diving. In all that he did, safety was paramount, the safety of his family, coworkers and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Albert Bourque, his mother, Gertrude Tourville, his step father Clyde Tourville and his beloved wife, Judith L. Bourque. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter; Wendi L. Kirchoff, 2 grandchildren; Brittany and Noah, 2 great grandchildren and his sisters; Dorothy Bobus, Judy Taylor, Gail Ebeling, Deborah Kennedy, and SuzetteVoyda, also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews Cremation with care, under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Larry N Bryan, 59, Inverness, FL
Larry Neil Bryan, age 59, of Inverness, FL was called home to Glory early Sunday morning, on November 20, 2022 by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Larry was born in Hialeah, FL on August 6, 1963 to loving parents, Sally & Carlos Bryan. He also grew up in Hialeah. He was the youngest sibling of 3 sisters , Sandy, Patty, Cathy and brother Albert. He married his wife, Lisa Renee Neihoff in 1985 and they moved to Douglasville, GA. He worked at MBCI, where he was a foreman for 23 years. He was a very hard working, dedicated and dependable employee. Larry enjoyed fishing, playing pool, drives in the country and giving his beloved dogs belly rubs. He was a devoted and faithful husband and was happily married for 37 years. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Cathrine Marie Davis. Also Grandparents Thelma and Arthur Ponting and Cleo and Albert Gordon Bryan. He is survived by his wife Lisa, his sisters Sandra Carl, Patricia Cole, brother Albert Bryan and several nieces and nephews. Larry was dearly loved by his family and he will be sadly missed. Funeral services will be on Monday, November 28, 2022. The viewing will be at 1:00 pm and services will begin at 2:00 pm at Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL. 34450.
Charles E Campbell, 82, Hernando, FL
Charles Edward Campbell, 82, of Hernando went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2022, under the care of his loving wife and Vitas Hospice. Charlie was born in Crown City, OH in the spring of 1940 to the late Lawrence E. and Lillie Campbell. He started working in road construction in 1959 at the age of 19. He worked for many companies in Ohio until he moved to Florida in 1971, finding a home at Carroll Contracting and Ready Mix, and eventually becoming their General Superintendent. After the sale of Carroll Contracting, he joined DAB Constructors, retiring in 2007 at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janet, four children, Angela (Ben), Sheila (Steve), Edward (Dawn), and Keith (Kathy). He was one of six children. Surviving siblings are one sister, Karen, and a brother, Ron (Anita). He has nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard, sisters Ruth Ann and Jennie. Services for Mr. Campbell will be at Gulf to Lake Church in Crystal River on Friday, November 18, 2022, at 6:30pm with the family receiving guests at 6pm; Pastor Lloyd Bertine officiating. Cremation with Care under the direction of Chas E Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Gulf to Lake Church.
Eugene H. Carlson, 88, Bushnell, FL
Eugene H. Carlson, 88 of Bushnell, passed away October 12, 2022 at Ocala Regional Hospital. Eugene was born on September 23, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Herbert and Violet (Tharp) Carlson. He came to Citrus County 35 years ago from Clearwater. Eugene was a tile layer who enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a loving and devoted husband and father. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 75 years, Thelma Joanne Carlson, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Robbie and Marty and his brother Alan Carlson and his sister, Viola McKenzie. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
James A Carroll, 88, Inverness, FL
James Alan Carroll, age 88, Inverness, FL passed away November 13, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side. Mr. Carroll was born in Opp, AL on December 22, 1933 to the late Andrew D. Carroll and Willie Lee (McCutcheon) Carroll and moved to Florida from Alabama in 2001. He enlisted in the Navy in 1952 and proudly served our country for 23 years obtaining the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. In 1974, he joined Burroughs as an Electronics Technician until his retirement in 1992. He attended Crossroads Baptist Church in Inverness. Mr. Carroll taught his children many life lessons including the meaning of integrity through his words and action. He was a man of his word. If he made a promise, you knew he would follow through. He was known for his skills around a smoker or grill. His homemade barbeque sauce was highly sought after. He enjoyed visiting with friends and family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Nina Gilbert Carroll; 3 children: James Alan (Tammy) Carroll, Inglis, FL; Patricia Faye (Frank) Carroll, Debary, FL; Melinda Lou (Ken) Thompson, Deltona, FL ; 3 brothers: Robert, Floyd, and Thomas Carroll; sister, Willie Ann Anthony; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jonathan Toole, his brother, Durwood Carroll, his sister, Juanita Struble. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 12:00 Noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Rev. Steve Baker, pastor of the Crossroads Baptist Church of Inverness officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to the Navy-Marines Relief Society. For further information and instruction on making donations, go their website: nmcrs.org
Helen R Clayton, 89, Hernando, FL
Helen Ruth Clayton, born Ruth Helen Williams in Whigham, GA on May 1, 1933, died October 27, 2022, at age 89. Helen was a graduate of Leon High School in Tallahassee, FL. She was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency, and she moved to Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband Robert Clayton. After his tour in the USAF, they moved to Tallahassee where she helped Bob graduate from Florida State University. They then moved to New Hampshire where she raised their three Children: Stephanie Clayton of Albuquerque, NM; Stephen (Valerie) Clayton of Gloucester, MA; and William (Robin) Clayton of Meredith, NH. On her thirty-fifth birthday, the golf bug bit her. Helen became an avid golfer over the years playing in ladies activities at the country clubs in Walpole, Keene and Manchester, NH and at Citrus Hills in Hernando, FL. In addition to her three children, she is survived by her husband of over 66 years, Bob; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. A service of remembrance will be held at a future date. Cremation with care arrangements provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Thomas L Coates, 79, Floral City, FL
Thomas L. Coates, 79, of Floral City, FL passed away November 12, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL of heart failure. He was born in St. Charles, Missouri on June 23, 1943 to the late Edward and Maria (Rueber) Coates. Tom was the owner/operator of Aquatic Marine Systems a bridge building and marine construction company. He was a world traveler, visiting over 100 countries. He met his loving bride of 50 years on the other side of the world. They lived in Sail, Australia; Tacoma, Washington; San Francisco and Tampa before moving to their farm in Floral City in 1986. Tom enjoyed golf, reading, music, cooking (especially curry) and feeding the wild hawks. He was a lover of hot sauce, politics and great conversations. He could connect with anyone and knew no stranger. He is mourned by his loving wife Elizabeth Coates; his daughters Krisstina Stanley (John) of Brownfield, Maine, Leann LaBarre (Nicholas) of Winter Garden, FL and Danialle Coates (Thomas DeMonica) of Inverness, FL; sister Kimberly Smith-Martinez; and three grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Tom will be held at the family farm at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.
Bobbie J Collins, 87, Inverness, FL
Bobbie Joe Collins, “B.J.”, Passed away on the morning of November 1, 2022 at the Rose Castle Assisted Living facility in Lecanto, Florida. B.J. was 87 at the time of his passing. He was born on July 7, 1935 in Winslow, Arkansas to Jack E. Collins And Della Edwards Collins. B.J. grew up in Avon Park, Florida and attended the University of Florida where he graduated with a degree in Vocational Education. B.J. met his wife Consuela Kennedy at UF. He taught in Branford, Florida before moving to Bartow, Fl where he taught for 10 years. He then brought his Family to Citrus County in 1972 and resided here ever since. B.J. was a teacher/educator/mentor/inventor/farmer/Father/Grandfather and a great Grandfather. A very passionate man about education and making a difference in young men and women’s lives. He enjoyed the outdoors with his biggest passions being gardening and fishing. He also loved his Florida Gators. B.J. was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Della, his wife of 60 years, Consuela Collins, his brothers; Jack, Leslie and Julius and his sister Jewel. He is survived by his Brother Charlie and sister Lilly May. His sons; Craig K. Collins and Clinton B. Collins, his grandchildren; Holly Marie Poliseno and Zachary Collins and great granddaughter Rosalina Fae Poliseno. There will be a Celebration of Life after the New Year in 2023. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Citrus Co. Abuse Shelter (CASA) or The New Church Without Walls. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family with Cremation with Care arrangements.
Frederick R Corban Sr, 96, Citrus Springs, FL
Fred R. Corban, Sr. of Citrus Springs, Florida, passed away November 5, 2022, at the age of 96. Fred was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Frederick and Isabelle. Fred worked in La Grange, Illinois for General Motors until his retirement. Fred moved from Chicago to Hernando and later to Citrus Springs, Florida. He was a proud Marine who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries in this conflict. During his retirement, Fred spent time with his wife cruising the seas and visiting varied ports of call. Fred attended the First Baptist Church of Lecanto, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Richards), sons: Fred Jr. (Debbie), Greg (Katy), step-sons: Richard Doan, (deceased, Laura), Randall Doan, step-daughter, Robin Chamberlain (deceased). Granddaughter, Katelyn and many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. He was greatly loved by family, friends and all who knew him. He was known for his collections of over 5 thousand ties, and often was referred to as “The Tie Man”. Family and friends are invited to his funeral service 1pm Friday at The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness. Pastor Gary Bailey of First Baptist Church of Lecanto will officiate. Viewing will be from 11am until time of service. Following cremation, Fred will be interred in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donation to the AT Children’s Project. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.
Ed Croasdale, 88, Beverly Hills, FL
Loving Husband of Mary, devoted Father of Anthony, Michele, and Gary; fond brother of Colin, Kenneth, and Jack; devoted grandfather of 3, devoted great grandfather of 3. He passed away September 28, 2022 at home. Cremation arrangements with care by Chas. E. Davis
Sylvia Cunningham, 87, Inverness, Fl
Sylvia Jean Cunningham, age 87, Inverness, FL died suddenly at home on October 6, 2022. Sylvia was born in New Waterford, OH on December 17, 1934 to the late Frank Ferris and Frances Hanna Ferris. She and her late husband moved to Citrus County in 1984 from Pennsylvania. She was of the Catholic Faith and an avid bridge player and golfer at the Point O Woods Country Club. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Kimberly Cunningham Linder of Floral City, FL; 1 sister, Patty Gaston, New Waterford, OH. She was predeceased by her husband, George O. Cunningham, Jr (DDS) July 18, 2005; and her son, George O. Cunningham, III on August 31, 2020. A Catholic Burial Rite Service will be conducted at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 11:00AM with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow beside her late husband in Florida National Cemetery on Wednesday, October 12, at 2:00PM. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Linda Daniels, 76, Beverly Hills, FL
Linda Frances Daniels, “Fred’s wife” age 76, Beverly Hills, FL passed away suddenly Aug 30, 2022, at her residence. Linda was born in Lynn, MA on March 16, 1946, to the late Milton and Marian (Peralta) Quimby and came to this area with her husband in 1998 from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a fine waitress working two jobs at a time for 25 years. She was employed by the St. Petersburg Police Dept in their clerical division as well as office manager for a photographer. Linda was a business partner with Fred helping him to succeed in five companies. Linda used her bookkeeping skills for a local CPA, retiring last year. Linda was active in her community, especially with her American Legion Auxiliary activities. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 33 years, Fredrick Allen Daniels; 2 stepsons: Carl Daniels of St. Petersburg and Troy Daniels of Clearwater; 2 daughters: Linda Nash of Lake City, FL and Theresa Hall of Frontier, IL; one stepdaughter Cindy Boyd of St. Petersburg, 9 cherished grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas Campbell. There will be a Celebration of Life planned by the family and friends at a later date. Her urn will rest in the Columbarium of Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with care entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory, Inverness, FL
Debbie S DeSomma, 58, Inverness, FL
Debbie Sue DeSomma, 58 years, passed away suddenly at home in Inverness, September 1, 2022. She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Shirley O’Brien and the late John K. Peters. Debbie and Gerard C. DeSomma were married December 29, 1982. She was Catholic by faith and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. Debbie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family meant the world to her. She had been employed as medical transcriptionist for many years until she retired. She was predeceased by her father John K. Peters and her brother Edward J. Peters. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of almost 40 years Gerard C. DeSomma, 1 son; Derek L. DeSomma and his significant other, Ashtan G. Richey, of Inverness. 2 daughters; Kristin K. Lander and her husband Mitchell T. Lander, of Floral City and Dana L. DeSomma of Norfolk, VA, her mother Shirley O’Brien, of Inverness, 1 brother Sam Peters, 2 sisters; Joanne Murphy and Elizabeth Spence, also survived by 1 granddaughter; Navi DeSomma. Cremation with Care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Anthony M Di Gennaro, 86, Lecanto, FL
On the evening of Saturday, September 17, 2022 Anthony Michael Di Gennaro, loving husband, father of two and grandfather of two passed away. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York on March 27, 1936, young Anthony started working at the age of nine to support his younger sister and mother due to the tragic loss of his father. With this immense and unexpected sense of responsibility, he contributed to his family's budget by working every day after school and every weekend to make ends meet. He earned his high school diploma and immediately attended trade and vocational schools to further his education. Unsatisfied and with a new sense of duty, he then joined the Army and traveled overseas to France. Upon his return to the United States he joined the union trucking industry and after, worked at JFK Airport as chief dispatcher. In 1980 he moved to Florida with his mother and worked at the nuclear plant in Crystal River. In 1982 he married his wife of 39 years Raffaella DeRisi whom he met overseas while serving in the Army. Anthony, Lella and their daughter Caroline eventually moved to Italy and soon after arrived their son, Tony. In Italy, Anthony worked as an unarmed guard and eventually became a DOD customs and quality control inspector in Agnano and Gricignano Italy for military families overseas until his retirement in 2002. Anthony and his wife Lella periodically moved between New York, Italy and Florida to enjoy the sunshine in the colder months of the year. Anthony was an honest, hardworking, strong-willed, and softhearted man who took time to enjoy the little and simple things in life. His family was always of the utmost importance to him. He enjoyed cooking meals for his loved ones and had a strong love for animals. He lived to make his family happy. He is loved and will be missed and remembered by those who knew him. Family and friends are invited to attend a Catholic Funeral Rite on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Fr Claudius Mganga, Parochial Vicar from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church will officiate. Following this service, the V.F.W. Honor Guard will render full military honors to honor Anthony for his service to our country. There will be additional military honors rendered for him in October at the Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, VA. The Fort Belvoir Honor Guard will perform that service.
Susan J Dupler, 82, Lecanto, FL
Susan Jeanette Dupler, 82, of Lecanto, FL passed away, peacefully on November 5, 2022 at Diamond Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center. Susan was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 30, 1940 to the late Robert Megowan, MD and Elizabeth (MacDonald) Megowan and relocated to Florida from New Jersey. She was their only child. Susan was a full-time mom to her three children. Her biggest joy in life was being a wife and having a big family. She was more than happy to be a mom, not only to her own children but as some would say the “Kool Aid” mom to the other children in the neighborhood. She loved to travel to see family and looked forward to birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. If a celebration was in order, Susan was there to give her love & support. Susan also loved being outside, especially near the ocean where she enjoyed many sun-kissed moments throughout her youth. Long walks along the shore with her dear father, and memories made with her cousins at the beach always warmed Susan’s heart. She loved watching her grandchildren play in sporting events or perform in shows. Grandma Susan was the Grandma of ALL trades. She loved to write and share recipes, scrapbook, and read to her grandchildren. She was also known for coloring her own “Incredible” greeting cards and mailing them to her family and friends. During the holidays, you could always find her in the kitchen. It was a guarantee to find breads and sweets on her kitchen table as she always made sure there was plenty to go around. Mickey Mouse waffles - “So Neat!”- a favorite family breakfast, and let’s not forget her homemade Chocolate chip cookies! They were her holiday tradition and she always made sure that each and every family member went home with a full tin and a full heart. Susan was the strongest woman we have ever known. Family was everything to her and she engrained that into all of her children and grandchildren. She was the matriarch of our family who kept everything in check for over 60 years. Susan made sure that everyone in her family felt loved and cared for. Susan’s outlook on life, strength, independence and witty humor truly made her one of a kind. If you were lucky enough to know her, you were a part of her daily coffee get together which was her way of feeding our soul and warming our hearts. When she was physically able, she donated her time to the Key Training Center, Goodwill and The Vitas Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, on January 24, 1995. She is survived by her three children: Wayne and his wife Susan Marie, Robert and his wife Rose Marie, and Nancy Elizabeth Booth and her husband Michael. Susan will also be missed by all of her grandchildren: Nicole (John) Middlebrook and Andrew (Wayne & Susan’s children); Brittany Bass, Summer (Nick) Viola, Connor (Loren) Dupler, Tiffany Bass, and Madison Dupler-Fox (Robert & Rose’s children); and Carley, Ryan, & Tyler Booth (Michael & Nancy’s children). She is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Braylen, Sonny, Keagan, Yulianna and Karston, and MANY “grand fur babies.” A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home located at 3075 S. Florida Avenue in Inverness, FL, with Pastor Paul Giglio officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the funeral home on Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to Vitas Hospice, PO Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.
Arne Viggo Ekeli, 84, Inverness, FL
Arne Viggo Ekeli, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away September 28, 2022 following a lengthy illness. Arne was born in Oslo, Norway on June 7, 1938 to the late Ivar Ekeli and Ingrid Johannsen Ekeli and came to Inverness in 1974 from New York. Arne was a professional painting contractor for over 60 years prior to retirement. While in Inverness, he owned and operated Arne Ekeli Painting Company. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and watching the New York Mets baseball team. He and his wife were faithful and long time members of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Lucretia “Cre” Pye Ekeli of Inverness; two children: Craig Ekeli and wife Lisa, Inverness, FL; Nancy Wilt, Inverness, FL; 2 brothers, Leif and Per Ekeli, both of Oslo, Norway; 6 grandchildren: Matthew, Kayla, Victoria, Michael, Brandon, and Connor; 1 great grandchild, Cylyssa and “soon to arrive”, Vincent Wesley; Daughter in law, Julie Ekeli Spong. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Ekeli in 2017. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 4:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church of Inverness with Pastor Tom Beaverson officiating. Interment will follow in the church memorial gardens. There will be a visitation on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted by the First Lutheran Church of Inverness Memorial Fund.
Barbara A Fallon, 71, Hernando, FL
Barbara Ann Fallon, 71, beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on October 25, 2022, peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Staten Island, New York, on September 7, 1951, to Joseph and Marie Silvestro. Barbara graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 1969, Brooklyn College, and Kings County Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. She was a New York State Nurses Association member and registered nurse at Kings County Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Association of Staten Island. Barbara’s innate and high degree of compassion and natural ability to make a positive impact on others confirmed Barbara’s calling and passion were nursing and caring for others. Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Fallon, on September 8, 1972, in New York. In 1974, they moved to Inverness, Florida to raise their family and take over their family-owned business, Joe’s Deli. They had four daughters from 1975 to 1980: Amy, Amanda, Rebecca, and Katie. During Barbara’s last pregnancy, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and began her long battle to overcome the disease. Barbara did all she could to give back to the community that graciously supported her in her time of need. She regularly stated, “it takes a village,” as she was truly honored to call the people of Citrus County her “village.” Throughout it all, she was a true warrior and a beacon of strength to all fortunate to know her. Barbara and her husband were pillars of the community. She was president of the Inverness Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, Pi Zeta, where she enmeshed herself with community projects and fundraisers. Barbara continued to utilize her nursing skills as a Lamaze childbirth instructor and enjoyed working with expecting parents. Barbara was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Scholastica Catholic Church and Our Lady of Fatima. Parishioners were often graced by her beautiful singing voice when she served as the cantor during Sunday morning mass. When Barbara was not helping her community, she chauffeured the “mom taxi” to dance classes, girl scouts, cheerleading, music lessons, youth groups, and horseback riding lessons. She helped her husband, Joe, build their catering business, and assisted her father, Joe Silvestro, at the Whispering Pines Park concession. In 1998, Barbara shared her impeccable fashion sense and taste with the world by opening a woman’s boutique, Etc…of Park Avenue, in Inverness, Florida. Barbara was the ultimate hostess. She often held gatherings and events in her home that exuded sophistication, style, and fun. She specialized in creating memories that resulted in traditions. She truly enjoyed bringing people together and connecting with friends who all became family. Barbara was known for her big, blue eyes that always saw the good in others, her caring shoulder that many cried on, her huge heart that loved and accepted all people, her amazing sense of humor coupled with an infectious laugh, and her strong spirit that emanated compassion and kindness. With open arms, she created a home that was a safe haven for many. Barbara’s motto, “my door is always open,” ensured all who entered felt welcomed and comfortable to stay for as long as needed. Every Christmas, additional stockings were added to the wall until no room was left showcasing all impacted by her love and sincerity. In 1999, Barbara became a grandparent, the role that brought her the most pride and joy. Like everything else she accomplished, she filled the role with perfection as she epitomized the ideal Italian grandmother. As “nana,” she eagerly spoiled her grandchildren with gigantic ice cream sundaes, pool parties, and showered them with the “best” gift for Christmas and birthdays. Barbara was preceded in death by her father Joseph Silvestro, mother Marie Capeci Silvestro, and sister Rita Silvestro Juliano. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Joseph Fallon of Inverness, FL; daughters Amy (Robert) Crowell of Inverness, FL, Amanda (Steve) Marconi of Orlando, FL, Rebecca (Emsa) Caskey of Ashville, NC, Katie (Jeremy) Hensley of Inverness, FL; sister Rosemary (Jon) DeMott of Clermont, FL; nephews Joseph Silvestro of Ocala, FL, Jonathan (Savannah) DeMott of Tallahassee, FL, Jason DeMott of Austin, TX; grandchildren Fallon, Jacob, Landon, Dominic, and Haylee. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Cornerstone Church in Inverness, FL. The family will receive guests at 1:00 pm followed by the memorial service that will begin at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Barbara Fallon Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund by visiting www.citruseducation.org or mailing checks to Citrus County Education Foundation PO Box 2004, Inverness, FL 34451. Flowers may be sent to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.
Diane Fenner, 79, Hernando, FL
Diane Fenner, 79, of Hernando, FL passed away September 12, 2022 at her residence in Hernando. She was born in Flint, MI on October 7, 1942 to the late Chester and Pauline Fenner. Diane was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 1994 coming from Oxford, MI. She was Protestant by faith, and enjoyed playing Bingo. Diane was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #3613 in Michigan. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
William R Fitzhugh, 90, Inverness, FL
William R. Fitzhugh, 90 years, of Inverness, suddenly, passed away August 30, 2022 with family by his side, in Arbor Trail. He was born in Baltimore, MD to the late Harry T. Fitzhugh and Margaret Whitman. In 1952 William and Elaine D. Henneman were married. They resided in the Baltimore Maryland area for 60 years before moving to Florida. They first resided in Sun City Center for 30 years and has been a resident of Inverness for the past 3 months. William served his country proudly as a US Marine, serving during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with 1 Star and the United Nations Medal. He was employed by C&P Telephone Company of Maryland. He began his employment with the phone company as a cable splicer and rose through the ranks to become an Account Executive. He retired in 1984 after many years. Shortly after retirement, he started working for US West Telephone Company and retired in 1986. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Maryland. William was an avid golfer and enjoyed several programs on Television. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Margaret Fitzhugh, and his siblings; Harry T. Jr., James M., Thomas M. and Lois. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Elaine D. Fitzhugh, 1 son William R. Fitzhugh, Jr., 1 daughter Valerie Zeeler, grandfather of Christin, Britney, Kirby, and Stephanie, 10 great grandchildren, also survived by nieces and nephews. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Edward Gerald Flanagan, 90, Inverness, FL
Edward “Eddie” Gerald Flanagan 90 years, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at home October 14, 2022 with his family by his side and joined his beloved wife, Ginny who passed away May 10, 2022. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey to the late Edward G. Flanagan and Marion Satter Flanagan. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Left to cherish his memory are his loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Joan O Friedrich, 89, Inverness, FL
Joan Olive Friedrich, 89 of Inverness, FL passed away November 26, 2022 at Advent Health in Ocala. Joan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1933, to the late George H. and Theolinda (Doerr) Hanlon. Joan was a secretary at Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh and also at the Pentagon. She came to Citrus County in 2012 from New Mexico. Joan was Catholic by faith and loved being with her family and friends. She also loved her dogs and cats, and was a “shining light”. Left to cherish her memory are her children: David G. Wendell Currie (Tina) of Seattle, WA, Donna J.Whitman (Steve) of Bumpass, VA, and Julie Purdy of Kennesaw, GA; 8 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness
Ayden S Gariepy, 15, Floral City, FL
Ayden Shawndell Gariepy, age 15, Floral City, FL passed away suddenly on October 26, 2022 at home. Ayden was born in Spring Hill, Fl on November 14, 2006. He was a Mason Tender in the construction industry. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Leslie Andrew Williams and Brittany Gariepy; his step mother, Melissa O’Neal; his grandparents: Susan Coffey, Johine Eaken, Viola Jean Eaken, and Johnie Eaken; 5 brothers: Brandon, Shawn, and Andrew Williams , Ashton Gariepy, and Anthony Jarrett; 2 sisters: Destiny Williams and Isabelle Johnson; many aunts and uncles: Kimberly Noble, Brooke Grimo, Erin Ponte, Melissa Gariepy, Samantha Ault and his uncle, Ian Gariepy. Another aunt, Jody Mae Williams is deceased. Ayden’s life will be remembered with a Life Celebration in his honor at a later date. Private cremation under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Gerald D Gelinas, 77, Beverly Hills, FL
Gerald D. Gelinas, 77 years of age It is with great sadness that our beloved Gerry passed away on November 12th, 2022 after a sudden illness, surrounded by family and love. Gerry retired from the Air Force as a TSgt in 1988. When he retired, he became an over the road truck driver. He loved the open road and the conversations over the CB with his fellow truckers. Gerry was a selfless man that loved his family and friends dearly. He would always put everyone else first. He enjoyed feeding everyone that came to his home. His favorite thing to make was breakfast, so you could start your day right. Gerry’s eggs were his specialty. He also enjoyed baking snickerdoodle and peanut butter blossom cookies with his grandsons. You would never be at his house and be cold or hungry, he made sure of that. Gerry enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was known for his love for his friends and family, and he never met a stranger. Gerry had a great sense of humor and was always cracking jokes with everyone. He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Gelinas and his Brother-in-Law, Rick Wagner. He will be missed dearly by his wife of 40 years, Dee; Mother, Rachel; Children, Robert (Renee) and Brandon (Robin); Grandchildren, Gavyn, Mason, Joey (Katie), Bradley (Julia) and Vincent; Brother, Robin (Phyllis); Sisters, Sue Wagner and Darlene Guilbert (Dick); and loved by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Graveside service with Military Honors is schedule for Monday, November 28, 2022, at 10:30AM at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. The procession will be leaving the funeral home promptly at 9:45AM. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00AM until 9:45AM. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Leonard R Giordano, 86, Inverness, FL
Leonard R. Giordano, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 12, 2022, under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice at his home in Inverness, FL. He was born in Buffalo, NY on July 27, 1936, to Ralph and Connie (Montana) Giordano and came to Inverness in 1969. Leonard served in multiple capacities in the education system for over 30 years but found his passion in guidance counseling. Leonard and his late wife Charlotte were the owners and operators of Leonardo’s Pizza and Subs (the first pizzeria in Citrus County). He was a council member with the City of Inverness from 1987 to 1995, a member of Inverness Kiwanis, and the Inverness Rotary Club. Leonard had a thirst for knowledge and loved sharing it with others. He had a lifelong love of dogs and frequently recalled his walks and travels with his best buddy Indie. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, papa, and friend who happily shared his life experiences and wisdom with those in his life. Leonard had a great sense of humor which was unfailing even when life dealt him hardships. His life philosophy was something positive can always be found in a seemingly negative situation. Leonard enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing poker, and telling stories. Along with his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by Charlotte, his wife of 63 years, and his daughter Cynthia Giordano. Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Ralph (Patti) of Inverness; James (Tamra) of Tallahassee, FL; Diane Ragans (Michael) of Tallahassee; Patricia Giese (Gregory) of Inverness; his 12 grandchildren, Connie, Leonard, Ralph, Stephen, Timothy, Anthony, Cynthia, Richard, Kendall, Taylor, Natalie, and Branden; and his 14 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service is scheduled for Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Chas E. Davis Funeral home at 3075 S. Florida Avenue in Inverness. Friends are invited to visit with the family starting at 1:00 pm until the hour of the service. Donations made in lieu of flowers are requested to be sent to support a hospice of your choice. Leonard will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness at a later date.
Gary L Graff, 70, Floral City, FL
Gary L. Graff, 70 years, of Floral City, passed away November 5, 2022 under the care of HPH Hospice, in Sturgill Hospice in Brooksville. He was born in Detroit, MI to the late Worthie Lee Graff and Wanda Mary Mikolajczyk. Gary and Mary A. Johnson were married July 27, 1979. Gary and Mary have been part time residents of Floral City since 2006, when they purchased a home on the lake in Floral City and decided to retire in 2016 and make Floral City their residence. Gary owned and operated a home remolding business and retired in 2016. Gary served his country proudly in the National Guard. He was an avid fisherman; he loved music and enjoyed singing. He played the 6 string and the 12 string guitar. He also enjoyed boating on the lakes in Wolverine, MI and Floral City, FL. He was predeceased by his parents Worthie Lee and Wanda Graff, and his sisters; Carol Thomas and Beverly Graff. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years Mary Graff, daughter; Brandy Moon Faven, sons; Michael (Stacy) Cataldo and Mark (Dawn) Cataldo, 1 brother; Robert (Cindi) Graff, 6 grandchildren; Nicole Cataldo, Brittany Pena, Amanda (Tom) Wilkerson, Jacqueline (Ryan) Stevenson, Michael Cataldo and Andrew Cataldo and 7 great grandchildren; Damon, Aiden, Andreas, Brynlee, Axel, Blake and Logan. Cremation with care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Linda Louise Hamilton, 81, Floral City, FL
Linda Louise Hamilton, 81 years, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side under the loving care of HPH Hospice, Lecanto. Linda was born December 23, 1940, to the late William Lloyd Wyatt and Corrine Wise. She married Gerald Lee Hamilton, July 11th, 1956, and began their married life together, spanning 66 years including children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Linda was employed by Hillsborough County School District retiring in 2004 after 28 years. Linda and Gerald have been residents of Floral City since 2005, previously residing in Plant City, FL. Linda was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved fishing, sunflowers, sewing, cooking, working with her plants and flowers and relaxing by the pool. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family. She was predeceased by her parents; William Lloyd and Corrine Wyatt, and her brothers; Douglas Wyatt and Frank Wyatt. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Gerald Lee Hamilton, 3 sons and 1 daughter; Tommy L. Hamilton and his wife, Cyndi, Roy D. Hamilton and his wife Becky, David W. Hamilton and his wife Melissa, and Debra L. Hawkins and her husband Dale, 1 brother; Jack Wyatt and his wife Ginny, 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren with more on the way. Also survived by nieces, nephews and friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, October 15th, 2022, at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave, Inverness. Linda’s family will receive family and friends 1 hour prior to her service. Greg Kell of Inverness will be officiating. In lieu of flowers Linda’s family has asked for contributions to Alzheimer’s Foundation care of website; alzfdn.org
Patricia A Hammers, 85, Floral City, FL
Patricia A. Hammers, age 85, Floral City FL. passed away October 29, 2022 in Trinity Hospital in Trinity, FL. Pat was born in Louisville, KY on June 20, 1937 to the late Thurman Gaither and Catherine (Orwick) Gaither. She moved to Floral City from Springfield, Oh. She was a school bus driver for the Jefferson County, KY school system before moving to Florida. She was an active member of the Order Of The Eastern Star (Floral City Chapter). She was a devout Catholic. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 34 years, Danny Hammers, Floral City, FL; 1 Daughter, Catherine Tuggle, Harrodsburg, KY; 1 sister, Denise Payton, Round Rock, TX; She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Gaither. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren: Matthew Tuggle, Rachael (Clay) Murphy, Zachary (Heather) Tuggle, and Elizbeth (Joey) Cundiff; 7 great-grandchildren: Evan, Porter, Joel, Caitlyn, Raleigh, Andrew, and Theodora. She was an amazing lady. She left your life brighter with her robust personality, beautiful smile and helping hands. Most of all she loved her family, God and life. Following cremation, her urn will be laid to rest in the Mt. Holly Cemetery in Fairdale, KY. Cremation with care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Elmer E Hendershot, 75, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Elmer Ellsworth Hendershot, Jr. 75 years, passed away September 23, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born May 19, 1947 in Ingham, MI to the late Elmer Ellsworth Hendershot, Sr. and Doris Hakes. Elmer served his country proudly in the US Army serving in Vietnam. He was employed in hotel management for many years, in fact he recently retired. Elmer and Judy moved to Lake Panasoffkee 2 weeks ago, previously residing in Dunnellon and St. Augustine, FL. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Judy Ann Rose and children Mark James Ellison, Mike Chad Ellison, Jason Daniel Hendershot, Stepanie Hendershot, Daren Mackinder, Michael Palmer and his wife Amy, and Michelle Hopkins, and her husband Kenyon. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
JoAnn Henderson, 91, Inverness, FL
JoAnn Henderson, 91 years, of Inverness, passed away September 6, 2022, under the care of Vitas Hospice and her longtime friend Donna L. Munro. JoAnn was born in Decatur, IL to the late Orval Henderson and Ruth Alexander. Jodie, as many friends and acquaintances called her, was a resident of Forrest Park IL, before moving to Citrus County over 30 years ago. During Jodie’s younger years, she played Softball during the WWII “League of Their Own” period of time. She was so proud to be a part of that and to bring entertainment to others. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. She taught just about every subject in the first through eighth grades. She had served as Principal, Assistant Principal, and Business Administrator within school districts in IL. Jodie’s passion was in the classroom, although she was on the administrative side for several years, she longed to get back in front of the children and did so. Jodie was involved with amateur Ham Radios and helped with communications during disasters. She was Past President Citrus County AM Radio Club. Jodie was a member of The Sky High AM Radio Club, Hernando County Teachers Assoc., Hernando Academy of Teachers, Inverness South and West Civic Assoc., Volunteer for Citrus County Surveillance Patrol and also served on the Advisor Board for Camp E-Ninnihassee, and was a Treasurer at First Lutheran Church of Inverness. Jodie retired from the State of IL after 38 years and moved to the State of Florida and went back to the classroom for another 5 years. She was always proud to say, “I was an educator for 43 years”. Jodie was predeceased by her parents Orval and Ruth Henderson, her sister Eileen, and brother-in-law Norman. Left to cherish her memory is her sister Alice Eileen Brumett; Tom Reich, whom she thought of as a son; longtime friend Donna L. Munro; and Jim Morton of Century 21. She is also survived by nieces and a nephew, and a host of friends, back in IL and here in FL. There will be a Celebration of Life 11am Saturday, October 8 at First Lutheran Church of Inverness with Pastor Tom Beaverson leading the charge, 1900 FL Route 44 Inverness FL 34452. Visitation from 10:30 at the church. Interment will follow after services. Arrangements are under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness
Mary F Hepfer, 98, Inverness, FL
Mary Frances Hepfer, age 98, Inverness, FL passed away October 14, 2022 at Sugarmill Manor Assisted Living. Mary was born in Duluth, MN on August 15, 1924 to the late Henry A. Salby and Almina Houghtaling Salby and came to Citrus Co. in 1967 from Anderson, IN. She retired from Citrus Memorial Hospital as the Director of Medical Records. During her younger years, she served our country in the U.S. Marines. Left to cherish her memory are 2 children: Robert (Barbara) Hepfer, Inverness, FL; Kevin (Jacquie) Hepfer, Inverness, FL: 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hepfer on March 8, 1989, her son, John Hepfer Jr; her grandson, Brian Hepfer and her brother and sister, Henry “Hank” Salby and Harriet Rakitnachan. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Bishop Doug Alexander of the New Church Without Walls officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.
Thomas J Heron, 82, Floral City, FL
Thomas John “Gunny” Heron, age 82, Floral City, FL passed away October 12, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. . “Gunny” was born in Bronx, NY on July 11, 1940 to the late Owen A. Heron and Madeline Dixon Heron and came here in 1990 from there. He was Catholic by faith. Gunny retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as Gunnery Sgt. with 26 years of service, During that time he was awarded a Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, Navy Unit Commendation during Vietnam. He was with the USMC Expeditionary forces during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His assignments were: Utilities Chief, Combat Engineer and Tank Commander. He was a member of the Marine Corp League #1139. He was very active with the Annual Toys for Tots, organizing motorcycle brigades collecting toys for many years. “Gunny” was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge. Left to cherish his memory are three children: Thomas J. (Loretta) Heron, II, Bay Shore, LINY; Donna (Robert) Arakel, Bradenton, FL; Susan Heron, Homosassa, FL; 1 sister, Margaret DiSalvo, Congers, NY; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances Heron on September 2, 2002 and his brother, James Heron. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial with Military Honors rendered by Marine Corp Detachment #1139 is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM from Florida National Cemetery. The procession to the cemetery will depart the funeral home at 1:00 PM. Friends are invited to attend. There will be a visitation at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Sunday, October 16th from 2-4 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to “Toys For Tots” in memory of: Thomas J. “Gunny” Heron. Address for checks: 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, FL 34613
Louise Hogberg, 83, Inverness, FL
A native of Sidney, Australia, she passed away Sept 22, 2022 at home in Inverness, FL. At her request, there are no services planned. Cremation with care- Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Mary Ann Hoilko, 64, Lecanto, FL
Mary Ann ‘’Albano’’ Hoilko, 64 years of Lecanto, FL, passed away September 28, 2022, at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Surround by her loving family. Born in Hazleton, Pa, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary ‘’Gregory’’ Albano Sr. She attended Hazleton area schools and graduated from Hazleton High School in 1976. She was a member of with the Highlander Drum and Bugle Corps and played the Bugle. She was self-employed both in Hazleton, PA, and Lecanto, FL. Her love of crafts earned her countless ribbons at several fairs in Pennsylvania with recognition for her achievements. Mary Ann was active with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Units in Hazleton, PA from 1991-2004. She served as treasurer and president of the Support and Readiness Group with Company C876 Engineer Battalion and Company A337th Engineer Battalion, where her husband was stationed before retiring after 24 ½ years. She was also a Brownie Girl Scout leader of Troop 4264 in Hazleton, under the direction of Pennswood Council. She was a past member with the Christian Women’s Society of Our Lady of Grace Church, Hazleton, PA. She organized and enjoyed helping at the fried dough stand with her family and friends at the annual St. Mauro’s Bazaar. She enjoyed playing Bingo alongside her late mother at Church Fundraisers. She loved spending time with family and friends especially her two furry friends Jack, the cat and Candy, the golden retriever, whom are waiting for her in heaven. She had a special love for theme parks of Hershey Park, Sea World and Walt Disney World, along with cruising on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She especially loved cheering her favorite team, The Tampa Bay Lightning. Proceeding her in death in addition to her parents, were her grandparents; Joseph and Donata ‘’Blasi’’ Albano, Vernon Gregory and Anna Yates Higgins, sister-in-law; Diane ‘’Kolbush’’ Albano and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Surviving is her husband Robert J Hoilko, to whom she was married for 30 years, a 1976 graduate as well. Daughters; Sarah Marie Tallarico, Red Lion, PA, and Laura Beth Hoilko, Lecanto FL. Siblings; Donna Raffety, Tempo, PA, Twin brother Joseph Albano, Pembroke, GA and James Albano Jr., Bluffton, SC. Two Grandchildren Skylar and Nathan Small, York PA. Great Grandson Grayson Small and another on the way. Niece; Jennifer Dawson, Nephews; Terry Raffety and Jason Albano, one uncle on her father’s side and one aunt on her mother’s side, also survived by several first and second cousins. Family and friends are invited to her viewing Monday, October 10, 2022, at 10AM-12PM, at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave., Inverness, Fl. Funeral Service will be after the viewing. She will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery Thursday on October 13 at 11: 30AM
Jesse W Hooper, 29, Hernando, FL
Jesse William Hooper, 29 of Hernando, FL, passed away November 9, 2022. Jesse was born in Lakeland, FL on November 10, 1993. He was a plumber by trade. He is survived by his mother, Teresa Bartlett of Hernando, FL; his father, William Hooper, Jr. of Marysville, IN and his sister Julie Napier. Private cremation is under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Timothy C Horne, 61, Beverly Hills, FL
Timothy Carl Horne, 61, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away October 23, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Akron, OH on April 20, 1961 to the late Philip W. and Roberta Green (Hancock) Horne, Jr. Timothy was a salesman in the automotive industry and arrived in this area in 2017, coming from Fayetteville, NC. He was Baptist by faith and loved playing the guitar. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Monica Head. Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife Julie Orrender; son Ryan Horne of Nashville, TN, daughters Tabitha Barbee (Keith) of Springfield, TN, and Rikki Jones (Robert) of Goodlettsville, TN; brothers Pastor Philip (Daneen) Horne III of Hernando, FL, James Horne of Buffalo, NY, and Paul Horne (Laurie) of Brooksville, FL; sisters Laura Horne of Brooksville, FL, and Heidi Redmond of Redington Beach, FL; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Timothy is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 3:00 P.M. at Hills Church, 2 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, FL, 34465, with Pastor Philip W. Horne III officiating. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL
Raymond N Hull, Jr., 60, Homosassa, FL
Raymond Nelson Hull, Jr., 60, of Homosassa, FL passed away October 29, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born on January 16, 1962 in Arlington, VA and arrived in this area in 2001, coming from Herndon, VA. Raymond loved arts and crafts. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond N. Hull, Sr. Raymond is survived by his mother Marjorie Veach and his step-father William Veach; and one sister Tammi Boswell. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Jimmie L Jacks, 77, Crystal River, FL
Jimmie Lee Jacks, Sr. 77 years, of Crystal River passed away at home, September 16, 2022, with his family by his side under the care of his wife and Vitas Hospice. He was born April 9, 1945 and raised in Tampa to the late Cleburne E. Jacks and Nourhelma Parrish. Jimmie married his sweetheart Sandra L. Eddy, February 18, 1967, while stationed in Charleston, SC and they traveled to many duty stations throughout the United States during his 23 year career in the United States Navy. Jimmie was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, his family meant the world to him. He proudly served his country in the US Navy, and decided to make the Navy his career which spanned 23 years. Jim and Sandy enjoyed racing cars as a hobby while in Long Beach, CA. After retiring from the Navy, as a Master Chief in 1986, he started another career with the United States Postal Service as a mechanic retiring April 29, 2005 after 18 years. Jim and Sandy then moved to their home in Crystal River and have resided there since 2005. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed boating, hunting, and taking his guns for a walk. During Jim’s retirement, he loved spending time with Sandy and taking care of their home. Jimmie was meticulous with his property. Jimmie was predeceased by his parents Cleburne E. and Nourhelma Jacks. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Sandy L. Jacks; 1 son Jimmie Lee Jacks, Jr. and his wife Maria; 1 daughter Michelle R. Jacks Cranford and her husband Ben; 2 brothers: Cleburne L. Jacks and his wife Joanne and George E. Jacks and his wife Teresa; 6 grandchildren: Michael B. Cranford, Jessica R. Cranford and her husband Mark Brooks, Rebecca Ann Cranford Hajaistron and her husband Joe, Jimmie L. Jacks, III, Justin L. Jacks, and Jennifer R. Jacks; also survived by 6 great grandchildren: Jonathan, Christopher, Alexander, Benjamin, Amanda Lyn, and Haley. Family and friends are invited to his funeral service Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 4:00 P.M. at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Ave, Inverness FL 34453, with Pastor Paul Giglio from Calvary Church officiating. Visitation will begin 2pm Sunday. Jimmie will be laid to rest Monday, September 26, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, with full military honors. His funeral will depart Chas E. Davis Funeral Home promptly at 12:15 P.M. Family and friends are also invited Monday 11am to 12 noon at the funeral. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through stjude.org
Ebba E Jepson, 93, Inverness, FL
Ebba Evylin Jepson, age 93, of Inverness, FL passed away on October 29, 2022 at Citrus Health and Rehab Center in Inverness. Ebba was born in New Sweden, Maine on May 19, 1929 to the late Fritz and Elvira (Sodergren) Sjoberg. Ebba was a caring nurse who worked until she was 80 years old! She was a beloved “Memaw”, always willing to take time to make memories with her grandchildren and even her great grandchildren. On Sundays, she could be found faithfully playing the organ and singing the alto in the choir at her local Baptist church. Ebba loved her family deeply, always had room for dessert (especially ice cream), never forgot a birthday, was always quick to laugh — she never took life too seriously, and was strong in her faith. Most importantly, Ebba not only served the Lord; daily read and faithfully obeyed His Word, but she knew the Lord as her personal Savior. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Abner Jepson, five brothers, her son-in-law, Rev. David Clevenger; and three great grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Donna Jepson and Sally Clevenger, both of Inverness, FL; one brother, Carl Sjoberg and his wife Sonja; four grandchildren: Kendra, Megan, Marl, and Ebba Jean, six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, November 4th at New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City, Florida. Cremation arrangements with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Antonina B Knutson, 82, Des Plaines, IL
Antonina B. Knutson 82 years, of Des Plaines, IL, suddenly passed away at her daughter Lynnette and son in law Phillip’s home in Lecanto, September 11, 2022.She was born in Bohol, Philippines to the late Aquilino Baguio and Francesca Legaspi. Antonina just came down to Lecanto, 6 days ago to be with her family and very suddenly passed away under the loving care of her daughters family and hospice. Antonina was an LPN in IL., for many years. In 1977, she married Lynwood J. Knutson. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved her church and babies. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Lynwood J. Knutson; sons, Alvin Ramos of Chicago, IL, Anthony Ramos (Dalilha) of Chicago, IL; LJ Knutson of Des Plaines, IL, her daughter Lynettte B. Gearheart (Phillip) of Lecanto, FL; grandmother to Alissa, Phillip, Cynthia, Jarrell, Cassidy, Joshua, and Tyler; great grandmother to Nate, Bella, Enzo, Elijah, and Devin. Cremation with care arrangements entrusted to Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.
Kenneth G Krebs, 87, Inverness, FL
Kenneth George Krebs, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away November 14, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Kenneth was born in Kenosha, WI on May 18, 1935 to the late Bernard V. Krebs and Greta (Nett) Krebs. Greta died at an early age and was raised by Bertha Nett. He moved to Florida in 1996 from Kenosha. He graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha and enlisted in the Army in 1954 to 1958. He received the Korean Campaign Ribbon and the United Nations ribbon. Kenneth then served in the National Guard from 1961 until 1966. He retired after 29 years as a Quality Control Supervisor, working for AMC/Chrysler. He was a Life Member of VFW Post 8637 in Eagle River, Polish Legion of American Vets in Kenosha and Unity Masonic Lodge Survivors include 3 sons: James (Tessie) Krebs, Kenosha, WI, Kenneth C. Krebs, Kenosha, WI, and George Krebs, Milwaukee, WI; his mother, Bertha, Kenosha, WI; 1 brother, Bernard “Butch” Krebs, Kenosha, WI, and sister, Janice Diestler, Beverly Hills, FL; 7 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Fusae Krebs (8/27/2012) and his sister, Greta (Krebs) Erickson; sister in law Pamela Krebs, brothers in law Charles Erickson and Robert Diestler. Private cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Dagmar R Lucente, 99, inverness, FL
Dagmar Richards Lucente, of Inverness passed away on October 31, 2022 at the age of 99. She was the wife of Charles F. Lucente for 67 years until he passed away in 2014. She is survived by her three sons; Charles A. Lucente (Teresa) of Pine Ridge, FL, Randy R. Lucente (Linda) of Kennesaw, GA, and Larry J. Lucente (Sandy) of Bethlehem, PA, eight grandchildren Crystal, Allison, Ashley, Afton, Dana, Gina, Mary, and John, thirteen great grandchildren; Brandon, Brady, Alyssa, Ryan, Afton, Ryals, Ethan, Ryan, Noah, Zachary, Dillion, Michael, and Callen. She was born June 19, 1923 in Newark, NJ, but spent most of her childhood in South Carolina during the Great Depression. She graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1940 before relocating to Allentown, PA with her parents, Katie and William Richards. Dagmar was the youngest of five children and the only one still at home at that time. Charlie and Dagmar married in 1947 and moved to Miami, FL in 1960 and Inverness in 1987. Dagmar was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of her husband and together they raised 3 boys. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness and the Inverness Women’s Club. After raising her family she took up Golf, and was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in the couple’s scrambles. She was predeceased by her parents William and Katie Richards, Her husband Charles Lucente, and her siblings; John William Richards, Frances Pace, Catherine Lynn, and Mabel Cox. Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Monday November 14, 2022 at 11am in Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness. Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley, of First Presbyterian of Inverness will officiate. There will be a visitation 1 hour prior to her memorial service. Her cremated remains will rest with Charlie’s at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Herman J Ludwig, 100, Inverness, FL
Herman Junior Ludwig, age 100 of Inverness, FL passed away November 13, 2022 in the Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center. Herman was born in Whitmore Lake, MI on February 9, 1922 to the late Herman C. Ludwig and Bessie (Carr) Ludwig. He moved to Florida in 1988 from Milan, MI. Prior to retirement, he owned and operated a used car sales and service business. He served our country in the U.S. Army and fought in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Jerry (Linda) Ludwig and Lawrence (Penny) Warden, both of Inverness, FL; Theresa (Ray) Korte, Ypsilanti, MI and Denise (George) Davis of Watervliet, MI. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grand kids. He was preceded in death by his wife Myra Ludwig who died January 28, 2020 and his son, Ronald Ludwig. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 9:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends may call on the family beginning at 8:30 AM until the hour of service. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.
John "Jack" J Lyons Jr, 86, Hernando, FL
John Joseph “Jack” Lyons, Jr., age 86, Hernando, FL passed away November 15, 2022 in Bravera Health Seven Rivers Hospital. Jack was born in Albany, NY on December 24, 1935 to the late John J. Lyons and Marie (Fisher) Lyons and came to Florida 22 years ago from East Greenbush, NY. Prior to retirement, he was the Chief Executive Officer for the Watervliet Arsenal Federal Credit Union. He was Catholic by faith and attended St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto. Jack was an avid Yankee, Notre Dame, Giants, and Knicks fan who also enjoyed playing sports throughout his life. He loved boating on the Hudson River with friends and cruising around the world. He had always loved reading, particularly history. Jack loved connecting with people and never met a stranger. Most of all, he loved his family, immediate and extended. Jack was so grateful for the blessings God bestowed upon him and hoped in return, he gave back to those in need. But perhaps, most of important…he kept the faith. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Rosemarie (Constant) Lyons; 3 children: Paul Richard (Tora) Lyons, East Greenbush, NY; John Joseph (Patrice) Lyons, Valatie, NY; Patricia Ann (Steven) Burdgick, Guilderland, NY; 1 brother, Paul Lyons, Glenmont, NY; 2 grandchildren: John Joseph Lyons and Ava Gamello. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Cotrofeld. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM, at St. Scholastica Catholic Church, with Fr. James Johnson, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
Margaret Maisano, 87, Dunnellon, FL
Margaret Maisano, 87, of Dunnellon, FL passed away October 22, 2022 at AdventHealth in Ocala, FL. She was born in Lexington, MS on October 16, 1935 to the late Louis H. and Lucille (Ray) White. Margaret was a school cafeteria food server and arrived in this area in 1955, coming from Mississippi. She was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed baking, crochet, gardening, and reading. Margaret was preceded in death by one son Steve Pistole and one daughter Lawanda Brown. She is survived by son Charlie Pistole of Lenoir, NC and daughter Teresa Bartlett and her husband David of Hernando, FL; brother Rufus White; sisters Dorothy Frantz and Erma Gardner; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
David K McKean, 61, Inverness, FL
David Kevin McKean, age 61, Inverness, Florida, passed away from cancer on October 24, 2022 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. David was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on September 18, 1961 to Edmond J. and Sylvia (Uzzell) McKean and came to Citrus County from Brooksville, Florida. He was a professional land surveyor and owner of McKean and Associates Surveyors. Inc., in Inverness. David loved golfing with his friends at the Inverness Golf and Country Club, and grilling and smoking BBQ. He also loved his Buccaneers! Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 34 years,, Marvene Hall McKean of Inverness; 3 children: Chad (Sheena) McKean of Floral City; Shannon McKean of Inverness; Fallon (Chris) Harrison,of Floral City; his mother, Sylvia McKean of Inverness; brother: Sean (Julie) McKean of Citrus Springs, FL; 2 sisters: Deborah (Rod) Warner of Newberry, FL and Elizabeth (Elmer) Lewis of Floral City, Fl. He was predeceased by his father, Edmond McKean on March 29, 2009. David was a loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren: Cayden McKean, Dakota McKean, Logan Williams, Kaleb McKean, Maddox McKean, Mitchell Taaffe, Maddie McKean, Kennadee McKean, Walter Harrison, Miley Harrison and Austyn Harrison. He also leaves a sons of his heart, Patrick Sitze and Johnny Williams and our Laura Kline and Lucas; and multiple nieces and nephews. Thank you Dave for being in our lives, Son, Husband, Daddy, Grampy, Uncle Dave and friend to many. You are desperately loved David and missed! There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled at the Inverness Golf & Country Club on Saturday, October 29, 2022 between the hours of 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Family and friends are cordially invited. Cremation arrangements are with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Elizabeth "Betty" J Metz, 89, Floral City, FL
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Metz, age 89, Floral City, FL. Passed September 24, 2022. Betty was born in St. Petersburg, FL on January 23, 1933 to the late Louis Rawls and Ilva Bowen Rawls and later became a lifelong resident of Citrus County. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother. She was better known as “Gran” to her family. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 71 years, Robert “Bob” Metz of Floral City; 2 daughters: Aletha Kjos (Roy Green) and Cheryl Scruggs of Floral City; her beloved sister, Wanda Griffin of Homosassa; her very much loved grandchildren: Jason (Tracy) Kjos, Nicolle (Andrew) Tompkins, Ashley (Branson) Thomas and Justin Anderson. Cherished great grandchildren: Brennen, Connor, Madison, Kyler, Kaley, Weston, and Colt; many nieces & nephews; son-in-law, Jonny Bishop. She was preceded in death by her loving granddaughter, Heather Marie Bishop. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2022 ,11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with the Pastor Paul Giglio officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Heather Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund”. Make donations payable to: “Citrus High School-Heather Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund”. Mailing address: Citrus High School, 600 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL 34450
Salvatore A Mondello, 85, Inverness, FL
Salvatore A.Mondello, 85, of Inverness, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2022, under the care of his loving family and Vitas Hospice. Salvatore was born in Manhattan, NY on February 19, 1937, to the late Alfred and Benedetta (Lanuto) Mondello. He served his country in the US Air Force and later settled in Massachusetts, working as a printer and later at Polaroid as a chemical technician during the development of the instant camera. Salvatore was a true renaissance man with a love of history, literature, and learning. There wasn’t a subject he couldn’t talk about in conversation. Well into his 80s he continued to take courses online at Harvard and Yale to feed his passion for learning. For many years, he was a member of the Shakespeare Society on Cape Cod. He loved trivia, dancing, and had hoped to finish writing the book he’d been working on for many years. He loved being with people, had a love of cooking and entertaining, and was active his entire life either running, or playing softball as a senior. He moved to Florida twenty years ago with his late wife, Toni Mondello. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 7 years, Henrietta Mondello; his 5 children who he shared with his first wife Marie Mondello: Maria Bernard of Brimfield, MA, Christina Mondello Chapman and her husband Gene, of North Stonington, CT, Lisa Naujoks and her husband Thomas, of Brimfield, MA, Linda Medeiros and her husband Michael, of Rochester, MA, and Salvatore Mondello and his partner Kelley of Berkeley, MA; his stepchildren: Alison Pierce and her husband Shawn of Richmond, ME, Andrew Severy and his wife Christina of Litchfield, ME, and Eric Severy and his wife Victoria of Richmond, ME; his sister Marie Boyer of Sacramento, his brother Alfred Mondello of Kentucky, his 12 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren and many great grandchildren. A memorial gathering for Salvatore will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM with a service for family and friends at 4:00 PM.
Ronald M Mosey, 90, Inverness, FL
Ronald M. Mosey, 90 of Inverness, FL passed away October 18, 2022 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Coatsworth, Ontario, Canada on November 13, 1931 to the late Henry Earle and Leola Alberta (Dawson) Mosey. Ron was a project manager in the boating industry for 41 years, and Protestant by faith. He came to this area in 2001 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was a member of the Panama Masonic Lodge and loved golfing and spending time with his family. Ron was also an honorary member of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael D. Mosey and one brother, Gary Mosey. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 68 years, Wilma “Jo” Mosey. Other survivors include son David Mosey and his wife Sue of Sonoma, CA, daughters Laurie Angus and her husband Richard of Ft. Lauderdale and Karen “Kim” of Ocala, brother Larry Mosey and sister Susan North; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends will take place at the residence at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Jane l Mriglot, 79, Inverness FL, Florida
Jane Louise Mriglot, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away Nov 27, 2022 in Vitas Hospice of Lecanto. A native of Bethleham, Pa, she was born January 15, 1943 to the late Clarence and Dorothy (Zoller) Morrow and worked for the Bethleham School System for many years in food service. Survived by: Her husband, Charles; 2 children: Ricky (Diane) Mriglot of W. Brookfield, MA; Karen (Alan) Harper, Inverness; 2 grandchildren: Matthew and Alyssa. Cremation arrangements are private under the care of Chas. E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
John Aloysius Muller, 51, Inverness, FL
John Aloysius Muller, 51 years, of Inverness, passed away November 9, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born in Tampa, FL, September 9, 1971 to the late Daniel J. Muller and Alma Gerald. John was raised in Inverness and attended, was educated and graduated from the Citrus County School District. He worked in the landscaping field, planting, gardening and irrigation. He was an avid football fan and enjoyed following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His love for plants and gardening didn’t stop at work, he continued gardening and planting at home. He was predeceased by his parents; Daniel J. and Alma Muller. Left to cherish his memory are his sister Tammy Muller Posey of Inverness, also survived by nieces, and nephews. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home Inverness.
Martha L Murray, 97, Lecanto, FL
Martha Louise Murray, 97 of Lecanto, passed away November 21, 2022 at the Reserve at Citrus, in Lecanto. Martha was born in Stapleton, Georgia on October 2, 1925 to the late Seth and Lula (Thompson) Irby. She came to Citrus County in 1981 from Miami, Florida. Martha was a bank bookkeeper, a member of the Inverness First Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Women’s Group and the Red Hatters. She was preceded in death by her husband 0f 42 years, Albert Murray. Memorial services for Martha will be offered on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Martha’s urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with her husband.
Walter "Sonny" R Muse, 89, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Walter R. Muse “Sonny”, 89, years, passed away September 15, 2022 at home under the care of Cornerstone Hospice. He was born in Wakefield, MA to the late Water Muse and Catherine Donaldson. On July 20 1959, Sonny and Dorothy Page were married and have been together since. Over the course of their life together, they resided in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sumter Counties. Sonny believed in Jesus Christ and lived a Christian Life. Although so much can be said about Sonny, he is remembered most for his love of talking and telling his story/stories, to family and friends. Sonny never met a stranger. Family came first to Sonny. He was both a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He meant so much to so many. Sonny loved the outdoors. His love for hunting, livestock and building fences helped shape who he was. Sonny never met a fence he couldn’t build and always did it right the first time. He took pride in his work and it showed. His skill and experience at building fence, working with horses and cattle was second to none. He was a ranch hand and a cowboy through and through. He always said his only regret was that he wished he could have given more to those in need. Sonny was predeceased by his parents, and sister, Laura Mae Reese. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Muse; a son Martin H. Muse (Lyn); a daughter Beverly S. Schipp (Jerry); a brother Sam Pixton (Barbara); a sister Mary Lou Healy; and two granddaughters: Nevaeh and Holly and many, many more friends. No funeral will be held at this time. A future Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held. Notification will be provided through personal invitation and social media. Cremation with care arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Charles Cooper Parsons, 85, Hernando, FL
Charles Cooper Parsons, 85 years, passed away under the care of Advent Health in Ocala, FL, September 18, 2022. He was born May 1, 1937 in Tampa, FL to the late Amander Parsons and Alla Pearl King. Charles has been a resident of Hernando for the past 35 years. Charles grew up in Auburndale Fl. Attended Auburndale High school where he played on the championship football team. Graduated in 1955. He with his wife Jane F. Parsons, who predeceased him, resided in Hernando Fl. from 1982 until his passing. Charles was a member of First Baptist Church of Hernando. He was predeceased by his parents Amander, and Alla Pearl Parsons, also his older brother Amander “Buddy” Parsons Jr. Left to cherish his memory are 5 sons; Charles C. “Bo” Parsons and his wife Lisa, John S. Parsons, his wife Deborah (deceased) James C. “Chad” Parsons and his wife Camille, Mark E. Shepard and his wife Allison, and Paul G. Parsons and his wife Lynn, 1 daughter Teresa Anne Clarke and her husband Kenneth. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Saturday October 29 2:00 P.M. EST with Pastor Keith Dendy, officiating, in First Baptist Church of Hernando 3790 E. Parsons Pt. Hernando, FL 34442. Cremation with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. In lieu of flowers donations to: First Baptist Church of Hernando 3790 E. Parsons Pt. Hernando, FL 34442.
William B Persky, Jr., 86, Inverness, FL
William B. Persky, Jr., 86 of Inverness, FL passed away November 19, 2022 at Brandley House in Summerfield, FL. He was born in West Palm Beach, FL on September 20, 1936 to the late William B. and Dettie (Spears) Persky, Sr. William was a PDS Administrator for the FAA and arrived in this area in 2019, coming from Spring Hill, FL. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. William enjoyed fishing and loved working on electronics. He is survived by his children James R. Persky of Inverness, Timothy H. Persky (Joye) of Vero Beach, FL, and Deborah Whitaker of Inverness; brothers Joseph and Arthur Persky; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Graveside services for William will be conducted on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM from the Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
William S Potts, 63, Hernando, FL
William Sammy Floyd Potts, age 63, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly in HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Mr Potts was born December 9, 1958 in Harrisburg, Arkansas and came to Florida in 1958. He was a commercial and residential painter and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. He also attended Ft Cooper Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army Vet. He is survived by his mother, Narvell Potts of Hernando, FL; his brother and sister, James Potts and Sandra Baldwin. Private burial will be in Florida National Cemetery under direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Hal D Purves, 91, Citrus Hills, FL
Hal D. Purves, 91, of Citrus Hills, Florida died October 21, 2022. He was born February 11, 1931 in Owosso Michigan to Harold and Mary Purves. He graduated from Midland High School in 1948 and Central Michigan University. Hal married Lynn (Reemsten) in 1958. He worked for the City of Midland for 45yrs, a certified civil engineer, as the Assistant City Engineer. He also owned his own surveying business and conducted hundreds of lot surveys in the Midland area over the years. Hal was very active in the Midland and Michigan Elks and was the Michigan State Elks President in 1993. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and sports enthusiast. He spent over 25 years as a high school referee in both football and basketball for the MHSAA. Hal is survived by his son Terry and daughter-in-law Kate of Citrus Hills Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife Lynn, and sisters Kay Purves and Sue Horitata. Memorials are to be made to Hospice. Cremation and care provided by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness Florida. Burial by Ware, Smith Woolover Funeral Home Midland Michigan.
Marlys Reddemann, 91, Crystal River, FL
Marlys Reddemann, 91 of Hernando, passed away October 5, 2022 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Marlys was born on May 8, 1931 in Gulfport, FL, to the late Jerome D. and Fern (Hatfield) Girard. She had a degree in music and English from Tennessee Temple College. She served as a linguist missionary in the Philippines and had leadership roles in the Episcopal church. Marlys worked as a secretary and attendant at the Bobbit Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. She was proud to be a Florida native. Her father was born into a pioneer family in Gulfport. Marlys was a pianist and lead youth choirs. She sang duets, solos and in choirs throughout her life. She also enjoyed gardening and loved her cats. She is survived by daughters: Helen H. Kabat of Athens, GA; Mona H. Reineking of Bellingham, WA; brother: Howard Girard and his wife, Jean, of Ocala, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth A. Reddemann in 2010 and her brother Robert Mark Girard. Following cremation, Marlys will be interred at the Sunnyside Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory,
Jesse R Roepcke, 34, Floral City, FL
Jesse Robert Roepcke, 34 years, passed on October 29, 2022. Jesse was born on December 30, 1987 to Mark Roepcke and the late Lisa M. Vincent at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. He was a lifelong resident of Citrus County Jesse possessed a heart of gold being full of love and life. Jesse loved outdoor activities hunting, fishing, riding Atvs, camping, off road mudding. He is survived by his father, Mark Roepcke of Floral City; two sisters: Heather Watson of Inverness and Andrea Inzitari of Homosassa; his half-brother, Daryl Veltman; and also by 6 nephews and 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lisa Vincent of Inverness. He was never married and had no children. Private cremation with care service provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Ella M Rogers, 74, Floral City, FL
Ella Mae Rogers, 74, of Floral City, passed away September 28, 2022 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Ella was born on November 15, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late Harry W. and Betty (Starkey) Corder. She came to Citrus County in 1987 from Pinellas Park, FL. Ella was a seamstress for Floral City Airboats. Ella Rogers, more commonly known as Lala to her family, was such a genuine soul. Her love for people went farther than just the surface, it didn't matter who you were. She believed that actions spoke louder than words. She was a firecracker, there was never a challenge she couldn't overcome. She spent almost a decade volunteering for the American Red Cross, which meant a lot to her. Lala had a ton of favorite hobbies which included puzzle books, collecting owls, playing cards, and spending quality time with her family. She also enjoyed playing her golden tickets aka scratch-offs. She had an infectious smile and loved to make people laugh. Her grandkids were her pride and joy! The people she touched will forever be blessed. She has joined as the head of the table at the heavenly cookout and (we can only imagine) the heart felt welcome she will receive when she walks through the gates of heaven. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Leeanna Ford (Robert Michon) of Floral City, Tabitha Fournier (Lee) of Crestview, FL; Renae Butler, Niceville, FL; her brother; Scott Corder (Debra) Southlake, TX; her sister in law; Claudia Corder Hickory Creek TX.(her nieces Kim and Terri) and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Rogers in 2013 and her brother Ronald Corder 2006. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Evelyn D Rogers, 82, Inverness, FL
Evelyn Dobson Rogers, age 82, Inverness, Florida passed away on September 24, 2022 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Evelyn was born in Avon Park, FL on July 8, 1940 to the late Hanseford Dobson and Daisy Harden Dobson and moved here in 2005 from Lakeland, FL. She retired after 40 years of service as a Deputy Clerk for the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Lakeland, FL and attended Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. Her memory will be cherished by her husband, Levant D. Rogers. They were married 58 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Dobson and 2 sisters, Virginia Specht and Elizabeth Cantrell. There is a Celebration of Life planned for Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Kell officiating. Private burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a favorite charity.
Lance Jr C Russ, 82, Lecanto, FL
Lance Carl “Sonny” Russ, Jr., passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice on November 15, 2022. Sonny was born October 30, 1940 in Leesburg, Florida, the second oldest of 10 children. He was preceded in death by his parents Lance C. and Loretta Wabindato Russ; his brothers Johnny and James; his sisters Nina Shaw and Helen Russ; his first wife Marie Therese Meda Russ; and his precious daughter, Karin Ann Russ. He will be deeply missed and always remembered in the hearts of his surviving family, which include his best friend and loving wife of 31 Pauline, Pauline H. Russ; his son Johnny Russ (MaryLea); bonus daughters Saundra Harkey-Young (David) and Shannon Harkey (Donald Billick); grandchildren Kristine Fradenburg (Chris); Lance Russ; Maddie Young; Eliza Young; Sydney Harkey; Conner Lockhart; Mackenzie Karin Lockhart; Olivia Lockhart; great grandchildren Lorna, Gweneth, River and Jett; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sonny retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S.Army Combat Engineers after 23 years, and his service included receiving the Vietnam Service Medal and the Bronze star. He followed his military service with 15 years at Florida Power/Progress Energy. Sonny is also a member of the Warrior Society of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Sonny cherished his family and friends, fishing, and food from around the world. He was a teller of amazing tales, and those invariably involved warm beer and bravery in war; wine from small towns in France; racing cars in Europe; his children and grandchildren. Most stories ended with, “And I laughed!” The funeral procession will depart for Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory promptly at 12:15 PM on Friday, December 2, 2022. The Service of Remembrance with full military honors will begin at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery. A reception and Celebration Of Life following the cemetery service will be at The Barn at Mazak Ranch, 5271 NE U.S. 301, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in the memory of Sonny to: HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Highway, Lecanto, FL. 34461
Nancy L Russo, 64, Citrus Springs, FL
Nancy Lynn Russo, 64, Citrus Springs, FL passed away November 12, 2022 at home. Nancy was born in Oak Park, IL to George Punzio and Anita (Coppoletta) Punzio. She worked for many years for the United States Postal Service and retired as a Supervisor. She was a very active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs, serving on several committees while serving her church family. Left to cherish her memory are two children: Robert Noble Deacon, Wonder Lake, IL; Gina Marie Perkins, North Las Vegas, NV; 2 brothers: George Punzio, Wonder Lake, IL and Anthony Punzio, Park Forest, IL; 1 sister, Regina Barth, Crystal Lake, IL; 5 grandchildren: Callie Deacon, Ceri Deacon, Torin Deacon, Hunter Perkins, and Gracie Perkins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 10:30 am from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs with Fr. Sojan Punakkattu, Celebrant . A visitation and Catholic Prayer Service will be conducted Friday evening from 4-6PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. There will be an additional Mass of Christian Burial offered in Wonder Lake, IL from the Christ The King Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery.
Frederick Ryan Schekorra, 39, Inverness, FL
Frederick Ryan Schekorra, 39, of Inverness, FL passed away October 22, 2022 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Jefferson City, MO on September 26, 1983. Ryan was an engineer for a property consulting firm, and arrived in this area in 2007, coming from Seminole, FL. He was Catholic by faith, and a graduate of USF. Ryan loved cars, playing basketball and soccer with his kids, riding bicycles, and playing cards. He is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Tiffany Schekorra and their children: Eli Schekorra and Lily Schekorra. Other survivors include his mother Virginia A. Schekorra-Ballou of Inverness; brother Sean Schekorra and his wife Jen of Deltona, FL; sister Brigette Inthalangsy and her husband Oulay of Alachua, FL; and his uncle Jerry Cook and his wife Almira of Inverness. A Catholic Liturgy Service for Ryan will be held on Friday, November 4, 12:00 pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. The family will be receiving friends in visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness after the service.
Mary G Schell, 87, Hernando, FL
Mary G. Schell, age 87, Hernando, FL died at home on October 27, 2022 at Grand Living of Citrus. Mary was born in Sexton Creek, Ky on February 11, 1935 to the late Luther and Lula Ellen (Stapleton) Cook and came to this area from Indiana in 1999. Prior to retirement, she was employed at Proctor & Gamble in the packing department. She was a member of the Hernando Church of The Nazarene years ago. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Robert (Diane) Atterson, Inverness, FL; Dennis (Bev) Atterson, Jacksonville, FL; Donna Guill, Port Charlotte, FL; Sherry (Matt) Blare of Georgia; step-children: Michael Schell, Donnis Southworth, and Annette Bilman; 2 sisters, Janet Sprague and Joyce Bush; 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Schell in 2018, all of her brothers: Donald, Hershell, Rudolph, and Raymond Cook; 4 sisters: Myrtle Rohrer, Christene Hoppes, Catherine Hicks, and Jeaunette Crowe. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 11:30 am from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Heer of the Hernando Church of The Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery.
Frederick H Schumm, 81, Inverness, FL
Frederick H. Schumm, 81 years, of Inverness passed away November 18, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born October 29, 1941, to the late Emil F. Schumm and Louise C. Brock, in Valley Stream, NY. Frederick has been a resident of Inverness for the past 36 years, previously residing in Hollywood, FL and Blakely, GA. He retired from Publix Super Market as a store manager, after a long career spanning 25 years. Caring and providing for his family was always very important to him. He enjoyed his large collection of model trains and loved dressing up as Santa Claus every year and enjoyed seeing the look on the children’s faces when they saw him. Christmas was his favorite holiday. He was predeceased by his parents Emil F. and Louise C. Schumm, his son Fred Schumm and his sister Louise Ann Julian. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 36 years, Catharine K. Bartlett, son Jimmy C. Schumm of Inverness, daughter Catherine J. Fischer of Inverness, brother Ronnie P. Schumm of Inverness, and his grandchildren Davis Schumm, Michael Schumm, Marie C. King, Eric Wilkerson and Kelly Wilkerson. Private arrangements, Cremation with Care, under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
Louise F Smith, 91, Inverness, FL
Louise Frances Smith, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away September 9, 2022 at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Southhampton, NY on May 16, 1931 to the late Christopher and Maud (Lester) Anderson. Louise was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 2012, coming from Middletown, CT and attended Crossgate Church of God. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Kenneth Smith, and 2 sons, Edward and Gregory Smith. She is survived by her daughter Cora Johnston of Inverness, 4 granddaughters, and 5 great grandchildren. Louise will be laid to rest with her husband Kenneth at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Betty J Tillman, 88, Hernando, FL
Betty J. Tillman, 88 years, of Hernando, FL, passed away November 3, 2022 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. She was born December 24, 1933 in Tifton, GA to the late Hubert Wood and Ethel Ivey. Betty has been a resident of Citrus County since 1979, previously residing in Cheyenne Wyoming. Betty was Baptist by faith and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of her family, she was a great mom. In her younger years, Betty was an avid bowler, was very interested in antiquing, and traveling in their motor home. She loved going to their cabin in Franklin, North Carolina. Predeceased by her parents; Hubert and Ethel Wood, her beloved husband of 54 years, William F. Tillman, and her 4 brothers and 1 sister. Left to cherish her memory are her children; William Frank Tillman, Jr. (Thea Curless) of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, Elaine Reiland of Hernando, FL and Beverly Ann Tillman of Knoxville, Tennessee, grandchildren; Heather Fontana and John Reiland, great grandchildren Morgan and Ashton Fontana, and her great great grandchild Khiryn. Cremation with Care under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
ReDether B. "Dee" Trumbly, 93, Inverness, FL
ReDether “Dee” B. Trumbly, 93 years, passed peacefully October 13, 2022, under the care of Hospice of Marion County, at The Ted and Diane Brandley House, Summerfield, Marion County. Dee was born in Glennville, GA to the late Coy H. Barrow and Bessie Marie Albert. Dee has been a resident of Citrus County since 1984, previously residing in Hialeah, FL. In Hialeah, Dee was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, was the Girls Auxiliary Leader. Dee also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Baptist Hospital in Miami. Dee retired from Bell South Telephone Company after 20 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed baking and loved trying new dessert recipes. Dee spent a lot of time on the water and boating. She loved having GA slumber parties and instilled her Christian values on the children she worked with at church. She was predeceased by her parents; Coy H. and Bessie Marie Barrow, Sr. her husband; Lewis A. Trumbly, her sons; Gary L. Trumbly and Edward A. Trumbly, and her siblings; Bertie Mae Perser, Coy H. Barrow, Jr., Willie Fay Russom, Albert H. Barrow “Pete”, and Jimmy D. Barrow. Left to cherish her memory are her children; Daniel L. Trumbly of Pace FL and Claudia T. Russell and her husband Albert of Grand Island, FL, her sisters Jo Ann Holt of St. Cloud, FL and Marneil Hopkins of Davie, FL, also survived by 8 grandchildren; Alex, Amy, Melissa, Lindsay, Evette, Kristen, Matthew, and Michael, 6 great grandchildren Spencer, Emily, Haley, León, Gage, and Oliver and 1 great great grandchild; Maverick. Family and friends are invited to her funeral service Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 2pm, with Pastor Byron Brown from First Baptist Church of Inverness, officiating, in Fountains Memorial Park 5635 W. Green Acres St. Homosassa. Visitation will begin at 1pm until time of service. She will be laid to rest with her husband immediately following her funeral service. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, Dee’s family has asked for donations to Marion County Hospice c/o hospiceofmarion.com or the hospice organization in your area.
Elias S Valentin Nieves, 85, Inverness, FL
Elias Samuel Valentin Nieves, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 3rd, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Felix Valentin Arroyo and Emilia Nieves on February 16th, 1937 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Elias was a taxi cab driver for many years in New York City and enjoyed watching baseball, horse races, and fishing. He was a devoted family man. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Ernesto Valentin and Rosemary Barker and her husband, Curt; 4 grandchildren: Arianna and Samarrah Valentin and Nahro and Sebella Lugo. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, September 10th, 2022 at 1 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Father Claudius Mganga, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 Noon until service time. Cremation with Care will be under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL following the services.
Lucy Valverde, 95, Hernando, FL
Lucy Valverde of Beverly Hills, Florida, formerly of Parlin, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, on her 95th birthday (1927). Married to the late Joseph A. Valverde for 71 years, they had a wonderful life together. She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Splawn (Michael) of Burlington, NC; grandson, Morgan Splawn of Nashville, TN; son, Charles Valverde and his children, Desiree and Jordan, and four grandchildren in Massachusetts; and their beloved shih tzu, Alfie. The family would like to give special thanks to the caregivers from Home Instead, VITAS Healthcare and the staff at Grand Living, Citrus Hills, FL. With the care of these organizations she was able to enjoy life and ice cream any time she wanted it. They would also like to thank special neighbors, Ronda and John, and Anne and Paul for looking after both Valverdes as if they were their own family. There will be a graveside service in New Jersey at a later date for the couple. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Burlington NC. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Audrey June Wagner, 93, Beverly Hills, FL
Audrey June Wagner, 93 years, of Beverly Hill, FL, passed away at home with family by her side. She was born August 4, 1929 in Ballston Spa, NY to the late Harold L. Carpenter and Reita M. Davey. Audrey retired from AT&T, working as a telephone operator. She has been a resident of Beverly Hills FL since 1991, previously residing in Clifton Park, NY. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She was a longtime member of Ballston Spa United Methodist Church in New York, and also taught Sunday School and she was also a longtime member of Crystal River United Methodist Church, in Crystal River, FL. Audrey was president of Does at the time of her death, The Benevolent Order of Does# 232. She enjoyed playing bingo, euchre, mah jongg, and putting puzzles together, some of which are framed and used as pieces of art adorning the walls of her home. She was also a Cub Scout Leader and a Girl Scout Leader in her younger years back in New York. Audrey was predeceased by her parents; Harold L. and Reita M. Carpenter, her husband Claude S. Wagner, her son David Plummer, her brother Neil Carpenter, and her sister Janet Paquin. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters; Sally Plummer (Richard Edwards), of Albany, NY, Karen Plummer (George Ramos) of Fort Myers, FL, and Nancy O’ Malley (Valerie Lardin), of Beverly Hills, FL, also survived step children William Frederick Wagner (Joyce) of Albany, NY, Michael Wagner (Sherry) of Greenfield Center, NY, Gail Ann Tagliaferro (Anthony) of Albany, NY, Carolyn Duel (Greg) of Gansevoort, NY, Katherine Giovannetti (Ed) of Albany, NY, Marie Elizabeth Iquinta (Maurice). Of Greenfield Center One sister; Mabel Siler of Glenville, NY and One sister-in-law Reta Carpenter. Audrey is also survived by numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as many great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled Friday 4pm on October 14, 2022, with Pastor David Rawls, from United Methodist Church of Crystal River. Visitation will be from 3-4pm in Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness. Audrey will be laid to rest in Ballston Spa, NY
Debora A Wagoner, 68, Beverly Hills, FL
Debora Ann Wagoner, 68 years old, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away September 13, 2022 under the care of HCA Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Debora was born June 2, 1954 in Dunedin, FL to the late James B. Quattlebaum and Mary Gnagnarelli. Debora married Barry L. Wagoner in 1976, sadly he passed away December 4, 2021. Debora was Catholic by Faith. She enjoyed the movie Gone With The Wind. She was an inspiration to anyone who had the honor of meeting her. With her heart of gold and never ending positive outlook. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Predeceased by her parents James B. and Mary Quattlebaum, her husband, Barry L. Wagoner, and her sister Rachel Quattlebaum. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters; Natalie Bullen and her husband Jason, and Courtney Lynn Wagoner, 1 brother James A. Quattlebaum and his wife Debbie. She also leaves behind two grandchildren; Vicki and Jason, Jr. and several friends. Creamtion with Care arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Nancy L Waller Inmon, 77, Inverness, FL
Nancy Loyce Waller, age 77, Inverness, FL passed away September 20, 2022 under the loving care of her children and HPH Hospice. Nancy was a Citrus Co. native, born in Istachatta, FL on August 22, 1945 to the late Albert Gilcrest Waller and Lois Angie Cuneo Waller. She was one of eight children: Jerry, Jack, Janice, Nancy, Victor, Richard, Alan, and Milton “Boogie”. She was the lead secretary for Citrus County Planning & Zoning for many years and was considered an expert in that department for the county. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Marie Tharp of Inverness; John Steed and his wife Michelle of Floral City; Paul David Steed of Istachatta, FL; 4 brothers: Victor Waller, Richard Waller, Alan Waller, and Milton (Boogie) Waller; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents: Albert and Lois Waller; 2 brothers: Jerry and Jack Waller; and her sister, Janice Waller Alvarez. Graveside services will be conducted on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 12 Noon from the New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery in Istachatta with Pastor Ray Jones officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Following the graveside service, friends are invited to the “river house” in Nobleton for a Celebration of Life in memory of Nancy.
Richard F Walsh, 78, Hernando, FL
Richard (Dick) Walsh, 78, of Hernando, Florida, passed away September 16, 2022 at Ocala Regional Medical Center from complications following surgery. He died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. He was born to Mary and Walter Walsh on December 23, 1943 in White Plains, New York. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie of 34 years, his four cherished children and two grandsons. Dick was a quick witted lifelong learner with degrees from Iona College, Fordham University, Yeshiva University and was a Princeton University Woodrow Wilson Fellow. As a beloved and widely celebrated teacher, he passed his sharp intellect and passion for mathematics on to his many students, first at Brooklyn Polytechnic Prep School and Collegiate School early in his career, as an adjunct professor at Mercy College and at Eastchester High School in New York for several decades before his retirement. He would challenge his calculus students with a theorem and a jelly doughnut. Dick was recognized at both the state and federal level for his contributions to education and learning. Dick was a dedicated friend, husband, father and grandfather and a truly compassionate human being. His generosity knew no limits. He would go to great lengths to help others in need, including stopping traffic to help a tortoise find safe passage across the street. Dick had a spirited interest in nature, birdwatching in particular. Before retiring to Florida, he would often be found on his boat on the Hudson River with friends and family enjoying both the peace and exhilaration of sailing. Dick was a dedicated reader of the New York Times and never missed a daily crossword puzzle. He had an insatiable curiosity about history and was an avid storyteller, always ready to share an esoteric historical fact or a good pun. A private celebration of his life will be held for family and friends in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make a charitable donation to either the National Audubon Society, Bird Conservation, Citrus County Animal Services, Heifer International or simply do something for someone in need. This is what Dick would have wanted. Cremation with care – Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Walter Weidemann, 81, Homosassa, FL
Walter Weidemann, 81 of Homosassa, FL, passed away September 7, 2022 at HPH Hospice House Lecanto , FL after an extended illness. Before moving to Florida, in 2005, he resided in Howardsville, VA, and South Plainfield, NJ. He served as a police officer for the city of Plainfield, NJ for 20 years, before retiring to Virginia. He loved animals, working on his tractor, playing cards and Baseball. Left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend, Cathleen; his daughters: Diane of Homosassa, FL; Dawn of Bethlehem, PA; his brothers: Carl of Aberdeen, MD, Richard of Basking Ridge, NJ; six grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service for Walter will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00pm from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, FL. Friends may call at the Funeral Home from 1:00 PM until service time
James F West, 41, Beverly Hills, FL
James F. West, age 41, Beverly Hills, FL passed away November 1, 2022 at Moffit Hospital in Tampa following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. “Jimmy” was born in Milwaukee, WI on May 1, 1981 to the late James Percy West and Christine (Eickelberg) West and came to Citrus County together with his wife, Michele, in 2013 from Orlando. Jimmy began his career in law enforcement with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 as a deputy sheriff and served on the Dive Team for the past 7 years. Jimmy was promoted to East Side Community Crimes Detective in 2017 and continued to faithfully serve and protect his community until his passing. During his time with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, he received multiple awards in recognition of his dedicated service including three Certificates of Commendation, a Medal of Commendation, and a Humanitarian Service Medal. Although Jimmy was not a native Floridian he embraced the Florida lifestyle. When Jimmy was not in his uniform, he could be found relaxed and laid back in his Hawaiian shirt, cargo shorts, and flip flops. A true pirate at heart Jimmy was known for his love of spiced rum. Jimmy and his best friend Allan even created their own signature drink coined the Jim Allan. Jimmy was always up for a goodtime and was there any time a friend needed help. Many of his friends will be missing Jimmy’s early morning wake up phone calls just to chat and catch up. Jimmy was a wealth of interesting and unique facts and he boasted about how he “almost” made it on Jeopardy. Jimmy was a faithful friend and will be remembered for his humor, sarcasm, and wit. Above being a dedicated law enforcement officer and loyal friend the titles Jimmy held most dear were of husband, provider, and father. Jimmy and Michele were joined in marriage August 14, 2015. The following year Jimmy and Michele reaffirmed their love for each other surrounded by family and friends on St. Pete Beach. Jimmy was selfless always putting his wife and children above himself. Jimmy was the sole provider so that his wife had the ability to stay home and raise their two small children. Every decision and choice he made put his family first. Jimmy was a fun and loving dad who took every opportunity to play with his children and showed them unconditional love. Jimmy spent time with Jaxon playing video games, wrestling, and playing tag. Jimmy’s Katie Bear (Kaitlyn) loved to snuggle with her daddy and bring him endless ice cream cones from her play kitchen. Every Friday night Jimmy and his family would have family game night to instill in the children how important family was above all else. On the weekends Jimmy could be found in the backyard jumping on the trampoline and lounging in the “hot tub” (actually an inflatable pool) with the kids. Jimmy made sure the kids day always ended with a story before bed. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Michele (Fay) West, Beverly Hills, FL 2 precious children, Jaxon Henry West and Kaitlyn Kristine West, and beloved nephews Connor Fay and Nolan Fay. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the “Back 40 Barn”, 11740 No. Farmwood Avenue, Dunnellon, FL 34433. Bishop Doug Alexander will officiate along with family and friends sharing their memories of Jimmy. Burial will follow in Fero Memorial Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, FL. Friends may visit the family from 12 noon until the service begins. All services are closed to the public. Arrangements are entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 So. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. www.chasdavis.com The community has organized Fish for the Blue fishing tournament in honor of Jimmy West to be held November 26, 2022, for more information visit the Facebook event page at https:// facebook.com/events/s/fish-for-the-blue-in-honor-of-/3218282708421523/ In closing, The Dude is not in…
Mary E. Wheeler, 89, Bushnell, FL
Mary E. Wheeler, 89 of Bushnell, passed away October 10, 2022 at Brooksville Healthcare Center in Brooksville. Mary was born on February 3, 1933, in Biddeford, Maine, to the late John A. and Myrtle (Harlow) Booth. She came to Sumter County in 2013 from Saco, Maine. Mary was a member of the Bushnell Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and was Baptized in 1957. She loved to read, cook and bake. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Before moving to Florida Mary and her late husband, Jules enjoyed long drives in the New England States. Mary’s greatest joy was her family and her faith. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Sandra Marquis (Raymond) of Clermont, FL, Rosemary Pollard (Dana) of Floral City, Patricia Ellie Bennett (Billy) of Bushnell, Michael Wheeler of Valdosta, GA Her sister June Margaret Pilot of Scarborugh, Maine; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jules V. Wheeler; brothers John Albert Booth, Jr. and James William Booth; and sister Florence F. Whitten. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Darlene A White, 66, Inverness, FL
Darlene A. White, 66 years, passed away November 3, 2022 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was born in Antioch, IL to Frances Cygan and the late Alex Bazur. Darlene married Gary L. White, February 29, 1984 and they have been married for 38 years. She has been a resident of Citrus County since 1973. Darlene was self employed as a consultant in Nuclear Power. She enjoyed nature, travelling, aquatics, and fine dining, but most of all she enjoyed living her life to the fullest. She was predeceased by her father Alex Bazur and her brother Ronnie Bazur. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 38 years Gary L. White, her mother Frances Bazur, and her brother Alan Bazur, also survived by nieces and nephews. Darlene will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness, FL.
Dana C Williams, 76, Floral City, FL
Dana C. Williams, 76, beloved wife, grammy, and sister died Nov. 9, 2022. She is survived by her sisters, Brenda and Susan, her children, Amanda, Lori, and Erle (Tom) and grandchildren, Tommy, Garrett, Connor, Owen, Emma, Zachary, and Rhys. Dana was born in Savannah, GA but was a adopted resident of Florida for 53 years. She worked at Raymond James Associates for over 25 years, building many long lasting friendships along the way, both at work and her church. She took time to embrace life, spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, always being present for special moments, countless trips to Walt Disney World, and trips abroad. She will also be remembered for her amazing cornbread stuffing (yes, we fought over it), pound cake, and warm hugs! Her greatest achievement and adventure was creating an amazing lifetime of memories with her loving family. She will be missed but will live on in our hearts. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 19th at 3:00 PM at the New Testament Baptist Church, 9850 So. Park Avenue, Floral City, FL 34436 with Pastor Ledford Hodges officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness entrusted with arrangements.
Ronald S Williams, 72, Inverness, FL
Ronald S. Williams, 72, of Inverness, passed away October 3, 2022 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Ron was born in Seymour, IN, on October 2, 1950, to the late John and Myrtle (Keith) Williams. He was a US Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam. For his service he was awarded: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ron was employed as a County Government custodian. He was a member of the Floral City Baptist church, and he loved his church family. Left to cherish his memory are his sisters: Doris Fish and Linda Burnham; his brother, Denny J. Williams; 5 nieces and 11 nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Ron’s urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Beulah C Wolf, 86, Inverness, FL
Beulah C. Wolf, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away September 3, 2022 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Waukegan, IL on September 26, 1935 to the late Emil and Anna Johnson. Beulah was a stocker in the retail business, and arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Winter Springs, FL. She enjoyed crafting and gardening, and loved doing jig saw puzzles and playing Bingo. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 38 years, George H. Wolf, and one son, Kenneth Wolf. Survivors include her son Robert (Kay) Wolf of Inverness; brothers Charles and Emil Johnson; and 3 grand daughters. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.