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Wayne Alexander

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


Julia Amatuli

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


Joseph Antonetti

Joseph G Antonetti, 70, Homosassa, FL
Joseph G. Antonetti, Homosassa, FL passed away at his home on February 18th, 2020 at the age of 70. He was born on April 25th, 1949 to the late Ralph F. and Idamae (Grapone) Antonetti in Maspeth, NY. Joseph was a musician and loved to play his many guitars. Formally from Hicksville, NY, he has made the Homosassa area his home the past 18 years. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Ralph and his sister, Gloria. He is survived by his brothers, Mike, Charles, and Bob Antonetti; his sister, Marie Ahrens (George); and many nieces and nephews. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Joseph will fondly be remembered as “Ole Rollin’ Rockin’ Joe” and no other words are needed that would explain Joe so well. A celebration of life will be hosted by the family at Joe’s home in Homosassa, FL at a later date. Joe will be laid to rest with his parents and siblings at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in New York. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Eugenia Aponte

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


John Armstrong

John B Armstrong, 78, Morriston, FL
John Bruce Armstrong of Morriston, FL passed away at Brentwood Health Care Center in Lecanto on February 20, 2020 at the age of 78. John was born in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey on May 28, 1941 to the late Marcus and Laura (Steelman) Armstrong. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and retired after having attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant after 26 years of loyal service. Those left to mourn John’s passing include his loving wife of 55 years, Dagmar (Friedrich) Armstrong; son, Mark Armstrong and his wife Christina; daughter, Tonya Pershica; sister, Katherine Green; and three grandchildren: Austin and Ashley Armstrong and Hannah Pershica. John was preceded in death by his son in law, Kaleb Pershica. A graveside service with full military honors is scheduled for 11:00 AM Monday, March 9, 2020 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL where full military honors will be rendered by the Macdill Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends are invited to join Bruce’s family at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home to join the procession to the cemetery that will leave promptly at 10:15 AM. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Curtis Barfels

Curtis D Barfels, 67, Floral City, FL
Curtis Dean Barfels of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on March 7, 2020 at the age of 67. Curtis was born on July 26, 1952 in Grundy Center, IA to Nadine (Shuey) Barfels and the late Charles Barfels. On April 1st of this year he would have celebrated 14 years of loving marriage with his wife Tamara “Tammy” Barfels. Curtis and Tammy made Citrus County their home in July of 2019 after relocating from Kingston Springs, TN. Prior to retirement, he was the Plant Manager for Wright Industries in Nashville, TN. A Christian by faith, he attended worship services at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. In his spare time, Curtis enjoyed woodworking, bike riding, boating, fishing and hiking. He absolutely adored his wife and loved spending time with her and doing many activities with her. In addition to his loving wife Tammy, those left to mourn Curtis’ passing include his sons: Casey Barfels (Carrie) of Appleton, WI, Wayne Barfels (Shawn) of Waterloo, IA; stepsons: Nickolas Folkerts of Des Moines, IA, Benjamin Martell (Andrea) of Castle Rock, CO; stepdaughters: Emily Folkerts of St. Petersburg, FL, Jessika Klaus (Paul) of Aurora, CO, Angela Martell of Colorado Springs, CO; brothers: Steve Barfels (Vicki), Chuck Barfels (Diane), Don Barfels (Diane), Troy Barfels (Terri); sister, Sharon Cisewski (Wayne) of Mosinee, WI; and several grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rev. Martin Bass

Rev. Martin J Bass, 80, Inverness, FL
The Rev. Martin J. Bass, age 80, Inverness, FL went home to his Heavenly Father on Friday, February 21, 2020 in Vitas Hospice, Lecanto, FL. Pastor Bass was born in Hamden, OH on July 9, 1939 to the late Martin V. Bass and Amanda Bass. Having pastored churches in Illinois, and Ohio he and the family came to FLorida in 1976, where he pastored the Church of The Nazarene in Hernando, Fl. After having retired from ministry he and his wife returned to the Hernando Church of The Nazarene. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Beverly Roberts Bass; 1 daughter: Toni Veale (Keith), Mt. Vernon, OH; 3 sons: Jarrette Bass (Tammy), Homosassa, FL; Timothy Bass (Xan), Groveland, FL; Kirk Bass (Melodee), Xenia, OH; 1 brother: Paul Bass, Hastings, FL; 4 sisters: Juleen Crawford, Payne, OH; Kay Lee, Payne, OH; Faith Mansfield, Helea, OH; Jewel Kurtz, VanWert, OH; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Kennedy, and two brothers, Dale and Warren Bass. In place of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Vitas Hospice, Lecanto, FL or the Hernando Church of The Nazarene. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Deborah Baum

Deborah L Baum, 54, Inverness, Florida
Deborah Lynn Baum of Inverness, FL died gracefully in her home on February 25, 2020 following a five-year long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Debbie was born in Mineola, New York on April 22, 1965 to the late Frank J. Zavrel and Carolyn Cassidy Zavrel. She moved to Florida with her family in 1976, later moving to Citrus County from Brooksville, Florida in 1985. Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Stephen Baum. Steve and Debbie could often be found spending sunny days by their pool, enjoying time out with friends, or skipping town for a weekend getaway. She retired from the Citrus County Tax Collector’s Office in 2018 as a Supervisor following 30 years of service. Debbie had many loves in her life, beyond that of her adored family and friends. She was an exceptional cook and utilized her fondness of food and culinary expertise as an extension of her heart. She also loved music, often breaking out into song and dance when she heard one of her favorite tunes, which were many and plentiful. She enjoyed spending hours in her flower beds, pruning and scrutinizing each plant while enjoying the blooming foliage. Debbie will be remembered for her naturally caring demeanor, her unassuming humor and wit, and her unwavering strength. Despite the relentless challenges that she continued to face after her diagnosis, Debbie continued to fight with the utmost grace, dignity, and resilience. Her ability to handle such an unforgiving disease as she did is a true testament of her strength, character, and love of life. One of Debbie’s favorite destinations was Treasure Island, Florida where she spent her summer vacations surrounded by her extensive family. They would entertain themselves with games, food, variety shows, and the pure company of one another. Debbie has requested that her final resting place include this memorable spot in Treasure Island, so that she can continue to enjoy the many family summer celebrations to come. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Stephen J. Baum; her two children, Matthew Baum and his wife Natalie of Floral City, FL; Jennifer Baum of Decatur, GA; 3 sisters Randi Mikkola and her husband Kenneth of Spring Hill, FL; Laurie “Buffy” Zavrel, Spring Hill, FL; Donna Volberg, Brooksville, FL; 3 brothers: Frank P. Zavrel and his wife Karen of Brooksville, FL; Keith Zavrel and his wife Vicki, Brooksville, FL; Kenny Leach and his wife Renee, Brooksville, FL. Debbie’s life will be remembered at a Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 PM at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness with Dr. Michael D. Wilburn officiating.


James Beebe

James S Beebe, 72, Floral City, FL
James S. Beebe, Sr., 72, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2020, at home with his family surrounding him with their love. He was born August 10, 1947 in Huntington Station, Long Island, New York, to the late Percy and Carmella Beebe. He was preceded in death by his sister, Laureen Lizotte, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Juanita Shipp. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna Shipp Beebe; sons: James Jr., “Jimmy” (Carla) and William “Billy” Beebe; his brother, John (Connie) Beebe and grandchildren: Matthew, Kristen, Brandon and Bridget Beebe, and many nieces and nephews. James grew up in Pinellas County, Florida and graduated from Seminole High School where he played high school football. James and Donna were married in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 20, 1969 and they moved to Citrus County in 1972. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, given by their family at Fort Cooper Baptist Church, where many friends and family were in attendance. James was a US Navy Veteran, serving his country during the Vietnam War, aboard the USS Rich. He graduated from St. Leo College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. He was also a graduate of the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville and the Southern Police Institute’s School of Justice Administration, also at the University of Louisville. James served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Citrus County Sheriff’s office from 1973-1998, retiring as a Lieutenant. Upon his retirement from law enforcement, he worked as Vice President of Security for Brannen Banks until 2004. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, he was the first Director and Instructor at the CCSO Citizen’s Academy and he was supervisor of the School Resource Officers. For many years Jim was “Santa” at the CCSO Christmas parties. He was also a member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association of retired deputies. James was a faithful member of the Fort Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness, for 48 years, where he served as an ordained Deacon and Treasurer. A Celebration of James’ life will be conducted on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM, at Fort Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness with Pastors Marne Palmani and Dave Maddox, officiating. Interment will follow at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City with Honors provided by members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard. Friends may greet the family at the Church on Friday from 12 Noon until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Fort Cooper Baptist Church, 4223 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 or Vitas Hospice Healthcare, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home , Inverness.


Kenneth Beitz

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


Mary Benson

Mary L Benson, 88, Beverly Hills, FL
Mary Louise Benson of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Bayfront Medical Center at Seven Rivers in Crystal River, FL on March 4, 2020 at the age of 88. Mary was born to the late Lewis and Lena (Claiborne) Patterson on May 24, 1931 in Nashville, TN. On January 20, 1950 she married, Andrew Nathaniel Benson, with whom she shared 45 years of loving marriage until his passing on January 24, 1995. A Christian by faith, Mary was the head cook for the First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, TN. She also cooked for the mission team when they traveled to Trinidad. Mary did enjoying traveling and had visited Alaska, Hawaii and New England. She moved to Citrus County in 2007 from Nashville to be closer to her family. Those left to mourn Mary’s passing include her son, Michael Benson and his wife Deborah; daughter, Vereena Jane Bohlin; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her husband, Andrew Nathaniel Benson, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ann Phelps on August 14, 2005; her brother, Merril Patterson; and her sister, Gracie Smith. Mary will be laid to rest at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, TN at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lynnette Besett

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


Joyce Bird

Joyce M Bird, 71, Inverness, FL
Joyce M. Bird, 71, of Inverness, FL passed away March 20, 2020 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. She was born in Eustis, FL on July 25, 1948 to the late Theodore J. and Annamae G. (Kundmueller) Winter. Joyce was a nurse’s aide and arrived in this area in 2009, coming from Tarpon Springs, FL. She was Catholic by faith, She loved playing Yahtzee, and enjoyed bingo and listening to music. Joyce is survived by her siblings, Joe Winter and his wife Patty of Clearwater, FL, Cathy Johnson of Dunnellon, FL, and Sue Ann Coffey and her husband Raymond of Crystal River, FL.; and niece Angie Rushton and husband Chris of Inverness. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Raymond Blandin

Raymond W Blandin, 76, Crystal River, FL
Raymond William Blandin of Crystal River, Florida passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida on March 24, 2020 at the age of 76. Ray was born in Minneapolis, MInnesota on February 16, 1944 to the late Frank Pixley and Elsie Alvera (Bruvold) Blandin. Ray proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Ray earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from National College and following his military service he went to work for the United States Postal Service as a Maintenance Supervisor. Ray made Crystal River his home three years ago after relocating from Oroville, California. Ray was a member of the Crystal River American Legion #155. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating, and in years past liked hiking, camping, snow skiing and mountain climbing. Those left to mourn Raymond’s passing include his wife Ida Cozart; son, Randall (Randy) Raymond Blandin, his brothers Frank Paul Blandin and his wife Sherill, Carl Floyd Blandin, his sisters Marlys Blandin Jugenitz and her husband Ron, Catherine Joyce Moe and her husband Al, his granddaughter's Andrea, Carli and Samantha, his nieces and nephews Lyrish, Kate, Amber, Laura, Ryan, Sarah, Aaron, Matthew, five great nieces and nephews in Michigan, three great nieces and nephews in the Northwest, and all his Blandin and Bruvold cousins in Minnesota. Ray was preceded in death by his daughter Lori Valdez, his sister Cynthia Kay Blandin Polly Hewitt and his niece Jennifer Rebecca Polly. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Vilus "Bud" Blodgett, Jr.

Vilus "Bud" C Blodgett, Jr., 85, Lecanto, FL
Vilus Clinton (Bud) Blodgett Jr., of Lecanto, Florida passed away at his home on March 20, 2020 at the age of 85. Bud was born in Barre, VT to the Late Pearl (Edwards) and Vilus Clinton Blodgett, Sr., on November 21, 1934. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He made Citrus County his home 36 years ago after relocating from orange VT and he was a member of Inverness VFW #4337, American Legion in Lecanto, Fl, and the Amvets. He drove a tractor trailer for many years and worked in the granite quarry in Barre, VT, and worked for David La Perle in Inverness, Florida, crafting granite markers and cremations. He designed and helped put together the veteran’s monument in front of the court house in Brooksville Fl. In his spare time Bud enjoyed snowmobiling, watching racing on the TV, and also helped Dale Sanders at the Citrus County Speedway. Those left to mourn Bud's passing includes his loving wife of 39 years, Josephine (Senecal) Blodgett; his sons: Timothy Blodgett and his wife Barbra, Robert Blodgett and his wife Janet, Joseph Blodgett and his wife Bonnie, Jason Rood, Richard Rood and his wife Heather. His daughters: Cindy Herrmann and her husband William, Wendy Rood, and Rose Emerson and her Husband Mike. His brothers: Floyde Blodgett and his wife Louise, Wayne Blodgett and his wife Rosalie; his sisters: Laura Garceau and her husband Henry, Ethel (Sue) Blodgett and her Husband Bill. He has 15 grandchildren: Angie Blodgett, Jennifer Stadler and her husband Wolfgang, Stefany Scott and her husband Mathew, Erin Blodgett, Brittany Koplas and her husband Bradley Beaudet, Nichole Blodgett, Erica Blodgett, Melissa Blodgett, Christopher Koplas, Austin Blodgett, Dakota Rood, Tiffany Blodgett, Amber Johnson, Heather Rood, and Colton Rood. He has 10 great grandchildren; Pete Buirch and his wife Bree, Christopher Buirch, Alexander Stadler, Klara Stadler, Theodore Scott, Tucker Scott, Destiney Blodgett, Myrissa Bernhardt, Amy Beaudet, and Ally Beaudet. Bud was preceded in death by his son, Donald Blodgett, his brother, Nelson Blodgett, and his Grandson, Daniel Blodgett (Krysten). He is also survived by many brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nieces and nephews. Cremation under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Raymond Boudreau

Raymond W Boudreau, 88, Hernando, FL
Raymond W. Boudreau, Hernando, FL passed away on March 24, 2020 at the Hernando Pasco Hospice Unit in Lecanto at the age of 88. He was born to the late George and Eva (Lapre) Boudreau on May 3, 1931 at Hartford, CT, where he lived until he moved to Citrus Hills, FL in 2001. Ray retired from the pharmaceutical industry after 40+ years of work and owning/operating his own pharmacies. He was a Medical technician during the Korean War who honorably served our great country as a member of the United States Army. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan, of 56 years, who passed away in August of 2015; his daughter, Laurie Liberator; and his brother, Roland Boudreau. Ray was an avid golfer and a long term proud member of the “BGA”- Bad Golf Golfers Association, while also working as a Golf Ranger. He was known by all as a kind, warm hearted person who enjoyed friends and family. He is survived by his two sons, Steven (Carolyn) Boudreau of Irvine, CA and William Boudreau of Homosassa, FL; his daughter, Karen (Robert) Geckler of Lehigh Acres, FL; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Raymond was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Private cremation care, with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Becky Brooks

Becky M Brooks, 69, Homosassa, FL
Becky M. Brooks, Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare I.P.U. in Lecanto, FL on March 23, 2020 at the age of 69 years old. She was born to the late Walter and Marjorie (Westbrook) Brooks on February 7th, 1951 in Valpariso, Indiana. She worked as a Business Analyst at an insurance company for many years. She relocated to the Homosassa area in 2019 from Erie, Pennsylvania. Becky will be remembered for her fierce love that she had for her family, friends, and passions. She loved to knit and is described as a “craft-master”. She was skilled at paper crafting, ceramics art, and painting; Becky was a true artist and a one-of-a-kind person. Becky was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving brother, William J. (Elizabeth) Brooks, Erie, PA and her cherished sister, Laura J. Brooks, Homosassa, FL. She was loved dearly and will be missed greatly. Private cremation arrangements are scheduled for Becky, in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Una Burgos

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


Gwen Burrell

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


JoAnn Burton

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


Mary Burton

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


David Bussell

David D Bussell, 76, Crystal River, FL
David D. Bussell, of Crystal River, FL passed away on March 5th, 2020 at the age of 76. He was born to the late Donald and Emma (Schlager) Bussell on February 7th, 1944 in Flint, Michigan. He worked as a tool maker for General Motors for many years. He moved to the sunny Crystal River area in 1992 when he relocated from Flint, Michigan and in 1994, married the love of his life, Sondra. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sondra; his daughter, Tanya Prince of Orlando, FL; his step-son, Jeff Hendry (Candy); his brother, Donald (Jean); and his two grandchildren, Jordan and Darian. David will always be remembered by his loving wife as being the most caring, loving, loyal, and amazing man in the world. David was a very special person to many people and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Private cremation arrangements have been made for David in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Eduardo "Sarge" Calderon

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


Martin "Marty" Canfield

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


William Carvalho

William D Carvalho, 70, Crystal River, FL
William Dennis “Buddy” Carvalho was born on Nov. 6, 1949 in Falmouth, MA to Gladys and Dennis Carvalho; and passed to his rest in Crystal River, FL on March 25, 2020 at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife, Mary Williams Carvalho (married Nov. 26, 1982); children Lathan (spouse Judy) Simonton, Milton, FL and Jessica (spouse Jojo) Palmer, Madison, GA ; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters Kathy Adams and Cheryl Harper; 2 brothers, Christopher and Michael Carvalho; Mother in law, Freddie Hahling, Inverness. Buddy was a lifelong musician, playing the bass, singing, and songwriting, with George Strait having recorded his song, “My Heart Won’t Wander.” Buddy’s hobbies included fishing, woodworking, mentoring young musicians, and enjoying Mary’s cooking. He loved his family above all, and the music of his life will continue to resound in their hearts forever. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation care is with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


James Caskey

James C Caskey, 78, Inverness, FL
James C. Caskey of Inverness, FL passed away while under the care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto on March 19, 2020 at the age of 78. James was born in Huron, OH on October 6, 1941 to the late George H. and Esther (Stacy) Caskey. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. James made Citrus County, FL his home 26 years ago after relocating from Plant City, FL. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and also loved playing golf. Those left to mourn James’ passing include: Shirley (Cindy) Adrian, children Dianna Goldsberry, James E. Caskey and his wife Angela, David Caskey and his wife Lynn, Mark Caskey and his wife Alicia; his sisters: Patricia Jones, and Brenda Reece; one brother, Arnold Caskey; step-sister Veronica Caskey Goble; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Paul "PJ" Curtas, Jr.

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


John DeCanio

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


Joan Decker

Joan H Decker, 91, Hernando, FL
Joan H. Decker of Hernando, FL passed away with her loving family by her side on March 9, 2020 at the age of 91. Joan was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 16, 1929 to the late Francis L. and Helen E. (Henley) Gushue. She was married to her loving husband Roy Decker for 45 years until his passing on July 7, 1997. Joan and Roy made Citrus County their home in 1979 after relocating from West Islip, NY. In her spare time, Joan enjoyed gardening and painting with oils and watercolors. She liked to dance and would be on the dance floor for hours at a time when attending weddings and other events. She adored her family and truly loved spending time with them. Those left to mourn Joan’s passing include her sons: Michael Decker of Oviedo, FL, Larry Decker and his wife Karen of Orlando, FL, Billy Decker and his wife Vicki of Hernando, FL; daughters: Kathleen Magrini and her partner William Bozarth of Hernando, FL, Barbara Schelberg of Beverly Hills, FL; brother, Frederick Gushue and his wife Carol Ann of Delray Beach, FL; sisters: Barbara Gushue and Lillian Williams of Hernando, FL; grandchildren: Nichole, Courtney, Danielle, John, Kristine, Paul, Caroline, Alan, Tina, LeAnn, Shayna, Isabel; several great grandchildren and a great many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Roy, Joan was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Decker; and granddaughter, Jessica Decker. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:30 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, Joan will be laid to rest with her husband and son at the Fountains Memorial Park in Homosassa, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Joan’s life and memory by “Paying it Forward”. Donate to your favorite charity, plant a tree or perform an act of kindness in memory of her. Look around, see a need, and fulfill it. The family would like to encourage more goodness, love and caring in these troubled times. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Russell Doherty

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


William Dorr

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


Ann Dubs

Ann M Dubs, 95, Lecanto, FL
Ann M. Dubs, age 95, Lecanto, FL passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Brookdale Citrus in Lecanto. Mrs. Dubs was born in New York City to the late Nicholas Bebon and Elizabeth Trier Bebon and moved to Florida in 2017 from Elmont, Long Island, NY. She was employed as a supermarket cashier prior to retirement and was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory are 3 sons: Stephen A. Dubs of Inverness, FL; Ronald G. Dubs of South Pasadena, FL; Jeffrey Dubs of Gulfport, FL; 2 grandchildren: Jeffrey Dubs and Allison Hadzic. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Dubs in 1963 and her 3 sisters: Madelin Stanczyk, Charlotte Inserra, and Marion Lynch. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Long Island National Cemetery under the direction of Krauss Funeral Home in Franklin Square, NY. She is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home for local arrangements.


Dale Easton

Dale G Easton, 85, Inverness, FL
Dale G. Easton, Inverness, FL, passed away at Vitas Health Care I.P.U. in Lecanto, on February 26th, 2020 at the age of 85. He was born to the late George Gordon and Anna Thelma (Lewman) Easton on February 17th, 1935 in Rowan County, Kentucky. He worked for many years as a Cadam Supervisor for Magnavox Electronics and bravely and honorably served our great country as a member of the United States Naval Reserve for 20 years. He married his wife Nadiya, in 1998 and made the Inverness area his home in 2004 when he relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dale is preceded in death by his sister, Donna Faye Marsh and his brother, Robert Dallas. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nadiya and his brother, David Allen Easton (Linda) of Chauser, Mississippi. Dale was an American Patriot and was an absolute “Trump Man”. Dale was loved by many and will be missed dearly by all who got the privilege of meeting him. Dale will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 1:30 pm with full military honors presented by American Legion Post 155 Honor Guard, Crystal River, FL. A procession to the cemetery will leave from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 12:45 pm that afternoon. All are welcome to attend the graveside services of Dale arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


John Edwards

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


Sandra Edwards

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


Morna Elhage

Morna L Elhage, 87, Inverness, FL
Morna Louise Elhage of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on March 6, 2020 at the age of 87. Morna was born on December 21, 1932 in Fulton, NY to the late Francis and Morna Marie (Vaughn) Robinson. She was married to her loving husband Francis for 56 years until his passing on December 16, 2006. Morna and Francis made Citrus County, FL their home in 1993 after relocating from Fulton, NY. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution for over 60 years. She had a special interest in genealogy and enjoyed reading in her spare time. Morna was also a longtime volunteer at the Homosassa Wildlife Park in Homosassa, FL. She enjoyed meeting new people, socializing and made new friends wherever she went. Those left to mourn Morna’s passing include her son, Jay F. Elhage, Sr. and his wife Donna of Fulton, NY; daughter, Kaye Mason of Fulton, NY; sister, Beatrice Walker of Utica, NY; grandchildren: Nicole, Jay Jr., Amanda, Joey, Desiree, David, Ruth Ann; and several great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Morna was preceded in death by her daughter, Faye Marie Elhage; her son in-law, Robert Mason; grandson, Robert Mason, Jr.; and brother, Arthur Vaughn. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness at 11:00 AM and will be conducted by Reverend Jim Capps. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Phyllis Ellis

Phyllis J Ellis, 82, Hernando, FL
Phyllis Jean Ellis, 82, of Hernando, FL went to be with the Lord on February 22, 2020 with her loving family by her side. Phyllis was born January 31, 1938 in Cortland, NY to the late Charles and Esther (Nye) Roberts. On September 18, 1955, she married her loving husband of 64 years, Robert Ellis. After relocating from New York to St. Petersburg, FL, Phyllis and Robert made Citrus County their home for over 50 years. Phyllis and Robert owned Rob’s Masonry and she also worked as a bus driver for Citrus County Schools for 6 years. Phyllis was Baptist by faith, enjoyed listening to music, her favorite band 24 Karat Gold but nothing made her happier than spending time with her large and loving family. Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband Robert as well as her loving children: Richard (Heather) Ellis, Kathy (Bucky) Teepell, Ann (Brent) Fults and Randy (Karen) Ellis, her cherished grandchildren: Stephanie, Jenny, Tonya, Connie, Krystle, Robbie, Ryan and Brady and her 15 great grandchildren. A gathering and Sharing of Remembrance for family and friends will be Friday February 28, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Joseph Ellis, Jr

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


Michael Ermann

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


Dale  Fraser

Dale R Fraser, 80, Inverness, FL
Dale Robert Fraser, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away March 1, 2020 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. He was born in Braddock, N. D. on April 16, 1939 to the late Henry Everett and Cora (Knutson). Dale was an insurance estimator and served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 2010 coming from Virginia, and attended Gulf to Lake Baptist Church. Dale enjoyed golfing, kayaking, fishing and spending time outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of 7 years, Gemma Fraser. He is also survived by his children Chris Fraser and his wife Robin of Maple Grove, MN, Steve Fraser and his wife Lourdes of Gaithersburg, MD, and Kelly Gonzales and her husband Mark of Coon Rapids, MN; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted on Monday, March 16, at 11:00 A .M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Following the service, a procession will depart the funeral home for Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL where military honors will be rendered. The family is planning a luncheon afterwards.


Ida Frazier

Ida D Frazier, 100, Inverness, Florida
Ida Dell Frazier, Inverness, FL passed away on March 12, 2020 at Citrus Hospice House of Lecanto, FL at the age of 100 years. She was born on September 7th, 1919 to the late Wesley M. and Nancy (Hodges) Arthur in Franklin County, VA. She worked as a homemaker for the majority of her life and has made the Inverness area her home the past two years when she relocated form Martinsville, VA. Along with her parents, Ida was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph, who passed away in 1989 and her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her five nephews, Sidney Lavender, Ron Terry, and Larry, Billy and Jimmy Arthur; and her three nieces, Betty Lavender, Kathy Lavender, and Katherine Stufflefield. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Funeral services and burial will be in Martinsville, VA under the care of Norris Funeral Home. Local arrangements were with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Gay

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


Jean Giesow

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


Daniel Gilleeny

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


Aaron Girson

Aaron N Girson, 103, Hernando, FL
Aaron N. Girson of Hernando, FL passed away at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, FL on March 26, 2020 at the age of 103. Aaron was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 28, 1916 to the late Samuel and Rose (Cohen) Girson. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Prior to his retirement, Aaron was the Account Service Manager for Krauss Air Conditioning. Aaron is survived by 2 sons: Roger Girson of Hernando, FL and Donald Girson of Golden, CO; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Girson and 2 sisters. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Anastasia Grace

Anastasia M Grace, 3, Inverness, Florida
Infant Anastasia Melissa Grace, 3 months old, went to be with her Lord on March 1, 2020 at her residence with her Mother, Jessica Rose Monaco at her side. Services will be conducted on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lecanto, FL. Bishop Edward C. Nixon will preside. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements


Robert Griffin

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


Joan Hemsworth

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


Scott Henderson

Scott W Henderson, 77, Inverness, FL
Scott W. Henderson, Inverness, FL passed away at his home on February 22, 2020 at the age of 77. He was born to the late Malcom and Vernell Henderson on December 26th, 1942 in Pensacola, FL. He worked as a construction supply salesman for many years and honorably and bravely served our great country as a member of the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Parrish Henderson (Amy) of Gambrills, MD; his step-son, Victor Colvin of Orlando, FL; his step-daughter, Lisa Holiday of Orlando, FL; his brother, Barkley Henderson of Jupiter, FL; and one granddaughter, Annabelle. Scott made Inverness his home in 2002 when he moved from Orlando, FL. Scott was Baptist by faith and he enjoyed socializing with his family and friends. He was also an excellent golfer. He was always helpful to his neighbors and an extremely generous person. Scott will be remembered as a very kind man and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Cremation with Care arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Irene Herrin

Irene A Herrin, 95, Inverness, Florida
Irene Alice Herrin, Inverness, FL, passed away on March 22, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital at the age of 95 years old. She was born to the late Amedee and Nelida (Herbert) Pelletier on December 11, 1924 in Nashua, NH and moved to Citrus County in 2011 from Kissimmee, FL. Prior to retirement, Irene worked as a secretary for Sanders & Associates Electronics (now BAE Systems in Nashua, NH) for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are four sons, Quinton R. (Gilda) Herrin Jr., Inverness, FL, Curtis T. (Carolyn) Herrin, Merritt Island, FL, Douglas A. (Cherie) Herrin, Orlando, FL, and Richard T. (Peggy) Herrin, Cocoa Beach, FL; her daughter, Marlene (John) Moran, Inverness, FL; her brother, Ted A. Pelletier, New Hampshire; her sister, Muriel Briand, Melbourne, FL; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Herrin on Dec 5, 2017. They were married 72 years. There will be a Celebration of Life Service scheduled at a later date at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Thomas and Dr. Ray Kelley officiating. Following services in Florida, Quinton’s and Irene’s urns will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery where he will receive full Military Honors followed by entombment in the cemetery’s columbarium.


Pauline Holbrook

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


Paul Horch

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


John (Donny) Jones

John (Donny) Jones, 31, Dunnellon, FL
John Donald (Donny) Jones passed away Tuesday February 25th, at the age of 31. Donny was born in Leesburg, Florida, on August 30, 1988. He later moved to the Florida Keys, and finally settled here in Citrus County.Donny is survived by Scott Jones (brother), John Jones (father) and Jan Jones (mother). Donny will forever be remembered for his gentle soul, unwavering love and loyalty to his family, and infinite giving nature. Donny enjoyed being outside fishing with his dad, and spending time with his friends. He spent his childhood exploring the woods, oceans, and rivers with his brother, Scott. Always nearby were his beloved dogs, ferrets, turtles, cats, and many other pets as Donny was always rescuing animals. Donny's mother will always cherish his impish grin, infectious giggle, daredevil escapades, and great big bear hugs. A memorial service will be held a later date. In the meantime, the family asks that any memorial donations be made to an animal rescue or humane society of your choice. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth "Bette" Kirch

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


Jerry Kite

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


Gary Lawson

Gary R Lawson, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Gary Richard Lawson of Beverly Hills, FL passed away on February 17, 2020 at the age of 83. Gary was born to the late William and Marie (Aumuller) Lawson in Brooklyn, NY on June 28, 1936. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy aboard the USS Leyte CVS32. Following his military service, he was employed by the International Union of Crane Operators, Local #14 of New York. Gary was married to his loving wife Lois for 55 years until her passing on March 20, 2016. He and Lois made Citrus County, FL their home in 1999 after relocating from Staten Island, NY. He was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the Unity Church of Citrus County in Lecanto, FL. In his spare time, Gary enjoyed going to flea markets, woodworking and wood carving. He was a member of the Woodcarvers Guild of Citrus County and the Beverly Hills Craftsman Guild. Gary also enjoyed tinkering in the garage and taking things apart and putting them back together. He also enjoyed studying history, especially the histories of World War I and World War II. Those left to mourn Gary’s passing include his four sons: Scott Lawson and his wife Lynn of Lithia, FL, Glenn Lawson and his wife Susanne Thomas of Christianburg, VA, Robert Lawson and his wife Amy of Staten Island, NY, Gregory Lawson on Staten Island, NY; brothers: Donald Lawson of Red Bank, NJ, William Lawson of Palm Bay, FL; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The committal service with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL has been postponed at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Gary’s memory to Vitas Hospice Healthcare, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 or The Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Cremation care was provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gene Leonard

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


Gerald LeVasseur

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


Roberta Lewis-Bernard

Roberta N Lewis-Bernard, 82, Inverness, FL
Roberta “Bobbie” N. Lewis-Bernard, Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on February 18th, 2020 at the age of 82. A “born and raised” Floridian, she was born on May 18th, 1937 to the late George R. and Nellie C. (Redding) Bigelow in Brooksville, FL. She worked as a lab technician for the health department for many years. Along with her parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by her son, Phillip A. Lewis and her granddaughter, Molly K. Lewis. Bobbie is survived by her beloved husband, Phillip; her son, George D. Lewis (Marie) of Luzerne, Michigan; her daughters, Carolyn D. Denson (Mike) of Howell, Michigan and Sandra L. Mosley of Inverness, FL; her brother, George P. Bigelow (Barbara); eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Bobbie was a phenomenal Genealogist and poet and is described as a “Genealogist Extraordinaire”. She was a loving mother and grandmother and was extremely generous even when she didn’t have a lot to give. She will be remembered by her friends and families as a selfless person who was always willing to help another person when they needed a hand. A Celebration of Life will be on February 25th. 2020 at 11 am officiated by Father Claudius from Our Lady of Fatima Church, Inverness, FL at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. Friends and family are welcome to gather and visit at the funeral home at 10 am until the hour of service.


Susan Logan

Susan M Logan, 69, Inverness, FL
Susan Marie Logan of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation on March 27, 2020 at the age of 69. Susan was born on December 30, 1950 in Rochester, NY to the late Albert and Dorthea (Logan) Schlegater. She worked as a Nutritionist for Nursing Homes throughout her professional career. Susan is survived by her 2 loving daughters: Jennifer Dickinson of Inverness, FL, Gina Wright of Bath, NY; brothers: Gary and Jerry Lieberman; sisters: Dottie Lieberman, Judy Farrell, Mary Jo Jones; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dolores Long

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


Brenda Loomis

Brenda C Loomis, 79, Inverness, Florida
Brenda C. Loomis, Inverness FL passed away at Vitas Hospice IPU in Lecanto, FL on March 7th, 2020 at the age of 79. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 25th, 1940 to the late Edward and Grace (Ambuhl) Cain. She made Florida her home in 1999 when she relocated from Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker and cherished her family and home life deeply. She was married to the beloved James F. Loomis for 62 beautiful years before he passed away on December 31st, 2019. Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Loomis and by her brother, Byron Cain. She is survived by her daughter, Kristin Nichols (Nick) of Inverness, FL; her sister, Audrey Dean; her nine beloved grandchildren, Rachel, Jacob, Kaycee, Meredith, Karen, Laura, Marcy, Elizabeth, and Kimberly; and 11 cherished great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Brenda will be remembered for her love of creating art. She was a talented painter, wood burner, and wood carver. She was a popular local artist who was a multi-award winner for her art at the Inverness State Fair and her artwork has even been shown in the courthouse museum and in Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Brenda was one of a kind whose beautiful heart shone through her artwork in so many creative ways. Brenda’s memory and love will always be present to those who knew her in the art that she created for the world to enjoy. Cremation arrangements in the care of Chas. E. Davis


James Loomis

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


Myra Ludwig

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


Ronald Lundberg

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


Emil Lupu Jr.

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


Scott MacNeill

Scott C MacNeill, 39, Floral City, FL
Scott Charles MacNeill of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL on March 25, 2020 at the age of 39. Scott was born in Dunedin, FL on July 21, 1980 to Bruce Irving MacNeill and the late Laura Lynn (Slagle) MacNeill. He made Citrus County his home 10 years ago after relocating from Clearwater, FL. Scott played basketball and baseball when he was younger but, loved sports of all kinds. He enjoyed watching them on television, and keeping up with Bucs and the Rays. He enjoyed providing “commentary” on games he was watching and could give you many of the player statistics. Those left to mourn Scott’s passing include his children: Scott Charles MacNeill, Esme Grace MacNeill; father, Bruce Irving MacNeill; and brother, Nicholas MacNeill and his wife, Sheila Ansell. He was preceded in death by his mother, Laura MacNeill. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth Maiocco

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


Kevin March

Kevin R March, 71, Floral City, FL
Kevin R. March, Floral City, FL passed away on March 3rd, 2020 at his home at the age of 71. He was born to the late Salvatore T. and Emma Irene (Ablett) March on April 9th, 1948 in Staten Island, NY. He worked as a Federal Prosecutor from 1976 until August of 1999 fighting Mafia corruption in New Jersey, Detroit, Miami and Tampa. In Tampa he headed the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section where he prosecuted well-known Mafia figures, as well as corrupt county commissioner’s. In 1972, he married his beloved wife, Renee. For the past six years he has resided in Floral City, Florida. Kevin is survived by his wife, Renee; his son, Keith March, daughter-in-law Brittney of Floral City, FL and his daughter, Corrie Ward and son-in-law Ryan of Land O’ Lakes, FL; his three brothers, Robert, Salvatore, and Gregory March; and his six beautiful grandchildren, Summer, Tyler, Katelyn, Ascher, Brecken, and Colt. He was loved and respected by all his family and friends. Kevin thoroughly enjoyed life and his retirement which was spent volunteering in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, traveling abroad, and overseeing the operation of the family’s Black Angus Cattle Ranch. He took great enjoyment spending time with his family and friends. Kevin will be missed dearly. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Church (550 U.S. Hwy. 41 South Inverness, FL 34450) on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Father Tim will officiate the service. The family will be welcoming friends to gather in Kevin’s memory at the church at 9:30 am until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in honor of Kevin’s life to Shands NICU Renovations, https://www.uff.ufl.edu/give-now/?fund_id=018341, or Firefighters Charities of Pasco, PO Box 1277 San Antonio, FL 33576, ffcpasco.org. Arrangements made by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Gary Mark

Gary L Mark, 68, Floral City, FL
Gary Lee Mark of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL on February 17, 2020 at the age of 68. Gary was born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Hubert and Mildred (Grabowski) Mark on July 17, 1951. He met his loving wife Paula O’Kane 30 years ago and would have celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary together on April 1st of this year. Gary and Paula made Floral City their home 21 years ago after relocating from Brooksville, FL. He was a Christian by faith and enjoyed listening to conservative talk radio and discussing politics with family and friends. Gary was a history buff and extremely knowledgeable about classic cars. He enjoyed cooking, barbecuing and spending time with family and friends. In addition to his loving wife Paula, those left to mourn Gary’s passing include his son, Keith Mark of New Port Richey, FL; several grandchildren; sister and brother in law: Laura and Jerry Beard of Land O’ Lakes, FL; and nieces: Emilee and Katie Beard also of Land O’ Lakes, FL. Gary was also loved and will be dearly missed by a great many other family members and friends. There are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Martin

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


Claudine Martone

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


Carl Masten

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


Susan McCoy

Susan McCoy, 72, Floral City, FL
Susan McCoy of Floral City, FL passed away unexpectedly on March 13, 2020 at the age of 72. Susan was born in Elmira, NY on January 10, 1948 to the late Helen (Tillman) and Robert John Miller, SR and was Catholic by faith. She went on to work in the healthcare industry as a rehabilitation technician, a career she truly excelled in because she loved helping people and taking care of others. In her spare time, Susan enjoyed babysitting for friends and family and watching her favorite television show, Blue Bloods. Those left to mourn Susan’s passing include her daughters: Sandra Jean O’Quin and her husband Paul of Pineville, LA, Kimberly Ann Newbaker and her husband Mark of Atlanta, GA; sister, Kathleen King of Floral City, FL; brothers: Robert John Miller, JR of Columbia, MD, Gregory Allen Miller and his wife Dianne of Naples, FL; grandchildren: Taylor Renee Turner of Slidell, LA and Delana Partin of Pineville, AL; niece, Rhonda Edick of Orlando, FL; and great nephew, Markus Edick. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donald McLean

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


Josephine Miller

Josephine H Miller, 98, Inverness, FL
Josephine Harvey Miller of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare IPU in Lecanto, FL on February 4, 2020, at the age of 98. Josephine (nicknamed Jody) was born to the late William John Harvey Sr. and the late Josephine Emma Pack Harvey on September 17, 1921, at home, in Ewing Township, New Jersey. During her formative years she lived in Morristown and Arlington, NJ. She attended the Centenary Collegiate Institute (Hackettstown, NJ), University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL), and years later, Douglass College (New Brunswick, NJ) where she received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She preferred to live near wooded areas and fresh water lakes. After spending fifty years in the northeast, she relocated to a wooded area outside of Inverness in 1997. Among her interests and hobbies were photography, travel, and genealogy. She would often combine these. For instance, during the height of the cold war, she visited several cities in the U.S.S.R. (Russia now), took pictures about what she saw and later presented them in public slide presentations back in the U.S. On another occasion, she visited Europe to photograph and collect genealogical information about her ancestors. Her interest in photography extended to developing black and white prints of her pictures, having made space in more than one home for a dark room. Another interest was organic food. Decades before it became trendy to eat organic food, Jody had vegetable gardens and fruit trees at home to grow food naturally and without pesticides. She would seek out then hard-to-find foods, similarly grown, with a minimum of processing. She believed that such food offered better quality and nutritional value for her family. Josephine is predeceased by her parents and late husband, Lewis E. Miller, brother-in-law Donald Klein Walsh I, and grandson David Bailey Pruner. She is survived by sons Henry Ervin Pruner III and daughter-in-law Judith, Donald Martin Faber and daughter-in-law Jane, daughters Dana Louise Kelly and son-in-law George, and Dorian Emily Faber. She is also survived by grandsons Michael Henry Pruner and spouse Alina, John Blake Jenssen and spouse Mary, James Edward Kelly, as well as granddaughters Emily Faber Vechan and spouse Ryan, Eleina Marie Faber and spouse Paul, and Christina Josephine Kelly as well as great-granddaughter Emma Blake Jenssen. She is survived by her sister Faith Harvey Walsh and brother William John Harvey Jr. and sister-in-law Edith as well as two nieces and four nephews plus their spouses and children. Cremation care was provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Jody’s cremains will be interred at Groveville Church Cemetery, Groveville, NJ later this year.


David Mills

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


Bonnie Morse

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


Alice Mosure

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


Dora Muino

Dora Muino, 81, Winter Springs, FL
Dora Muino of Winter Springs, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on February 19, 2020 at the age of 81. Dora was born in Barranquilla, Columbia on February 8, 1939 and was Catholic by faith. She was married to her husband Pedro Muino for 24 years until his passing on June 1, 1989. Dora and Pedro moved their family from Queens, New York and made Florida their home over 50 years ago. Dora was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother that truly loved spending time with her family and caring for her children. She was known for telling wonderful stories and her laughter. In her spare time she enjoyed going shopping and studying the English language. Those left to mourn Dora’s passing include her son, Paul Muino of Winter Springs, FL; daughters: Linda Creamer and her husband Michael of Johnson City, TN, Evelyn Hauter and her husband Rodney of Homosassa, FL; sister, Flor Rosales de Manotas of Miami, FL; grandchildren: Bethany, Matthew, Thomas, Carson; step-grandson: Jacob; step-great grandchild, Wyatt; many nieces and nephews; and her loving care-givers Jennifer Casteleiro and Jessica Araguren. In addition to her husband, Dora was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL and will be conducted by Pastor Rick Welshans of Covenant Church of God, Floral City, FL. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, Dora will be laid to rest with her husband Pedro at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 12:30 PM. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas "TJ" Neil, JR

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


Bettye Nipper

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


Hubert Noe

Hubert H Noe, 97, Inverness, FL
Hubert Hase Noe of Inverness, FL passed while under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on March 25, 2020 at the age of 97. Hubert was born to the late Charles William and Rosa Blaine (Golf) Noe in Gumsville, Kentucky on May 10, 1922. He proudly served his country as an M.P. for the United States Army and was a Veteran of World War II. On May 23, 1942 he married Virginia (Forrest) with whom he shared 77 years of loving marriage. Following his military service, Hubert went to work for the United States Postal Service as a Truck Driver retiring in 1985 after 24 years of service. Following retirement, he and his wife Virginia made Citrus County, FL their home after relocating from Louisville, KY. A Southern Baptist by faith, Hubert was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rutland. Hubert was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Suburban Lodge #740 in Louisville, KY. In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors, his favorite activities being hunting, fishing, camping, boating and water skiing. Hubert and his wife also enjoyed traveling the country together for a number of years. In addition to his loving wife Virginia, those left to mourn Hubert’s passing include nephews: Ronnie Forrest and his wife Nellie of Shepherdsville, KY, William Mitchell of Mount Olive, AL, Michael Mitchell and his wife Debbie of Louisville, KY, David Mitchell and his wife Kim of Prospect, KY, James Mitchell and his wife Cheryl of Brandenburg, KY; and several great nieces and nephews. Hubert will be laid to rest in Kentucky at a later date. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William O'Berry

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


Christopher Obrien

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


Herbert Overgard

Herbert C Overgard, 88, Hernando, FL
Herbert Christian Overgard of Hernando, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice while surrounded by his loving family on February 24, 2020 at the age of 88. Herbert was born in Staten Island, NY to the late Christian and Liv (Dahl) Overgard on May 14, 1931. On September 13, 1952 he married Dorothy Baldosoro with whom he shared 67 years of loving marriage. Prior to retirement, Herbert was employed by Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals. He and Dorothy made Citrus County their home 29 years ago after relocating from Flemington, NJ. A Christian by faith, Herbert was a member of the Calvary Church, Assembly of God in Inverness, FL. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and building. Herbert was preceded in death by his son, Drew Overgard and grandson, Brian Overgard. In addition to his wife Dorothy, those left to mourn Herbert’s passing include his daughters: Darlyn Sesock and her husband Paul of Paducah, KY, Wendy Staub and her husband John of Northport, FL; daughter in law, Rhoda Overgard of Everett, PA; and grandchildren: Mick Overgard (Megan), Melanie Sliker (Skip), Jason Sesock, Christopher Sesock, Kimberly Sesock, Brittany Staub, Jennifer Staub, Erica Staub, Steven Staub and Kylie Staub; and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Calvary Church, Assembly of God, 2728 E. Harley Street, Inverness, FL 34453 and will be conducted by Pastor Ottis Barnett. Friends may join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Vitas Healthcare of Lecanto, FL. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Patterson

Thomas L Patterson, 83, Inverness, FL
Thomas L. Patterson, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Toledo, OH on November 11, 1936 to the late Lyle Richard and Dorothy (Morrison) Patterson. Thomas was a teacher and arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Trenton, NJ. Thomas was a health enthusiast. He was a member of the High School Athletic Hall of Fame and coached baseball, football, and soccer. He ran 3 miles every day for 1,054 days, totaling over 3,000 miles. He missed never a day. Thomas was an avid Red Sox fan, and toured the country on bicycle. He was also a published writer of the book, “Perry’s Ways, Perry’s Days” and “Kiddle and Me”. Thomas is preceded in death by 1 son, Richard C. Baily, Jr. He survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Cynthia Patterson; his sons Shannon T. Patterson (Loretta Cline) of Union Grove, NC, and Scott J. Patterson and his wife Jean of Homer Glen, IL; daughter Elizabeth Corkery and her husband Aidan of Tarpon Springs, FL; brother Richard Patterson and his wife, Marie, and sister Judith Janecek and her husband, Bill; and 2 grandchildren. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Dorris Patton

Dorris R Patton, 72, Inverness, FL
Dorris Robert Patton, 72, of Inverness, FL passed away March 12, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto. FL. He was born in Rolla, MO on June 15, 1947 to the late Frank and Maude (Brown) Patton. Robert served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He arrived in this area in 2017, coming from Alamogordo, NM and enjoyed horseback riding and doing ranch work. He worked with junior high and high school rodeo clubs, and was a member of the Trinity Arabian Horse Association (TAHA). He was preceded in death by one brother, Alvin Patton and one sister Sharon Davis. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Dorothy Patton. Robert is also survived by his children Robert Patton and his fiancé Elizabeth Garcia of Murrieta, CA, Charles Patton of Eugene, OR, James Patton of Killeen, TX, and Frank Patton and his wife Misty of Marysville, KY; step son Jeremie Cutter and his wife Stephanie of Vevay, IN, and step daughter Angela Cutter of Vevay, IN; brothers Bill Smith and Guy Patton; sisters Linda Manning, Joann Kelly, Wanda Monahan, Cora Mathews (Jen) and Bonnie McCallister; and grandchildren Ethan, Joey, Addyston, and Ruby. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Nancy Pekins

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


Marvin Perrey

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


Harold Phillips

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


Larry Phillips

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


Steven Prive

Steven J Prive, 64, Floral City, FL
Steven Joseph Privé, 64, of Floral City, FL, passed away on February 7, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Burlington, VT on June 2, 1955 to the late Joseph Alfred Privé, Jr. and Carmen Florence (Kane) Privé. Steven moved to Tampa from St. Albans, VT in 1962 with his family. He relocated to the Inverness area in 1978, where he worked as a carpenter in the construction industry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. Steve loved a good beer, a good story, and good BBQ. Steve was preceded in death by his former partner Michelle Parker and his wife, Kelly Cox. He is survived by his son Jesse Joseph Privé of Inverness, FL and his stepson Greg Parker of Tampa, FL; his sisters Alice Privé and Jane Privé of Gulfport, FL; his brothers David Privé of Tampa, FL, Paul Privé of Seffner, FL, John Privé and James Privé of Inverness,FL, as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Private cremation with care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Russell Privitera

Russell F Privitera, 62, Floral City, FL
Russell F. Privitera, Floral City, FL passed away at his home on February 23rd, 2020 at the age of 62. He was born to the late Russell and Concetta (Damico) Privitera, on December 10th, 1957 in Miami, FL. He worked as a Truck Driver for many years and though formally from Rochester, NY he has made Florida his home for the past 30 years. He is survived by his beloved sister, Joanne Holm as well as his nieces and nephews. Russell will be remembered as being a very hard worker who enjoyed life to its fullest. He was a good brother and a very kind and gentle man. He also loved spending time out on the water. A Celebration of Life will be hosted by the family at the First Baptist Church of Floral City, FL on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 2:00 pm, with Pastor Mike conducting the services. Cremation with Care arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Prokop

John A Prokop, 96, Inverness, FL
John A. Prokop of Inverness, FL passed away at the Highland Place Assisted Living Community on March 25, 2020 at the age of 96. John was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 19, 1923 to the late Charles F. and Emma (Schavnick) Prokop. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Corps of Engineers was a Veteran of World War II, serving in Europe and the Asian Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant. John was married to his loving wife Muriel (Thornton) Prokop for 55 years until her passing on October 20, 2001. He and Muriel made Hicksville, NY their home in 1951 and relocated to Inverness, FL in 1986. John was a Parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, FL. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Joseph Barry Council 2520 of Hicksville, NY and Council 6391 of Our Lady of Fatima. He was also a member of the R. Francis Cardinal Spellman Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf and fishing. Those left to mourn John’s passing include his daughter and sons: Catherine Kolsch, John A. Prokop, Jr, Charles Prokop, Gregory Prokop; Grandchildren: Richard, Carol Ann, Autumn, John, Charles, Gina, Jeffrey, Gregory, and Chris. Great-grandchildren: Jared, Celia, Austin, Emma, Blake, Brock, Lucas, Ashlyn, Decan, Joey, Jax, and Felicia. His special friend Rosemary Seaman. In addition to his wife, John was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Elizabeth Winter and Mary Miller. Following cremation, John will be laid to rest with his wife Muriel at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with military honors will take place at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL at a later date.


Mary Pynes

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


Mark Rakauskas

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


Ernest Ramsey

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


Patricia Rand

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


Oscar Reyes

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


Tommy Rhodus

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


Theresa Samoraj

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


Michael Scott

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


Vincent Seely

Vincent Seely, 82, Floral City, FL
Vincent “Vince” Seely, Floral City, FL passed away on March 3rd, 2020 at his home at the age of 82. He was born to the late Henry Herbert and Vernice (Weaver) Seely on December 8th, 1937 in Pensacola, FL. He worked as a Police Officer for many years and bravely and honorably served this great country as a member of the United States Army. He moved to the Floral City area in 2015 when he relocated from Molino, Florida. Joseph is survived by his beloved wife, Karen, of 46 beautiful years; his three sons, Kevin, Pensacola, FL, Vince (Diane), Pace, FL, and Rick (Diyan), Pensacola, FL; two grandchildren, Rachel and Hunter; and three grandchildren, Gabriel, Mason, and Tyson. He was loved by many. Joseph was an avid outdoorsman who loved to deer hunt and bird hunt. He was fond of working outdoors and taking road trips, often. He was also an animal lover and enjoyed spending his free time training for running marathons, and keeping his body healthy. He was one of a kind and will be missed by many. Cremation with Care arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Betty Jo Silver

Betty Jo Silver, 87, Floral City, FL
Betty Jo Silver of Floral City, FL passed away at her home on March 9, 2020 at the age of 87. Betty was born in Samoset, FL on January 18, 1933 to the late Samuel and Jewel (Martin) Short. She was married to her loving husband H.L. Silver for 50 years until his passing on May 9, 2000. Betty and H.L. made Citrus County their home over 20 years ago after relocating from Bradenton, FL. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at Floral City Baptist Church. Those left to mourn Betty’s passing are her daughter, Melody Jo Supernaw and her husband John of Floral City; son, Richard “Ricky” Silver and his wife Wendy of Stedman, NC; and four grandchildren. In addition to her husband H.L., Betty was preceded in death by her son, Michael W. Silver on April 13, 2018; and three brothers: Donald, Earl and James Short. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Small

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


Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith, 79, Inverness, FL
Ronald “Big Dog” Smith, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 17th, 2020 at 79 years of age. He was born to the late John and O’Rentha (Truay) Smith on October 4th, 1940 in Warfordsburg, PA. Ronald worked as a barber for many years and bravely and honorably served this great country as a member of the United States military. He made Inverness his home 25 years ago when he relocated from Homosassa, FL. Ronald was an avid golf and pool player and even played pool with professional pool player, Minnesota Fats. He participated in East Cove Community Center and enjoyed attending Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Inverness. Ronald is survived by his two sons, Scott and Timothy, and his beloved pet dog, Benji. “Big Dog” will be missed dearly. Cremation arrangements are scheduled for Ronald, in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Norma Spahr

Norma J Spahr, 65, Inverness, FL
Norma Jane Spahr of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on February 18, 2020 at the age of 65. Norma was born in Wilmington, DE to the late William Henry and Alice Marie (Dumuth) Pierce on May 21, 1954. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Brandywine School District in Delaware as a Teacher’s Aide. Norma made Citrus County her home to be near her family. She is survived by her son, Wayne Spahr and his fiancée Laura Stevenson; sister, Kathleen Goodman; one grandchild and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Spahr in 2001. Norma will be laid to rest with her husband Howard at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, DE at a later date. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Phillip Sparacino

Phillip C Sparacino, 71, Inverness, FL
Phillip Clarence Sparacino, of Inverness, FL passed away February 17, 2020 at the age of 71. Phillip was born in Hammond, IN to the late Anthony Sparacino, Sr. and Clarice (Hoover) Sparacino on July 30, 1948. He was an exceptional Chef and had worked in many different restaurants and facilities throughout his professional career. Prior to her passing, Phillip was a loving, devoted caregiver to his mother Clarice for many years. He initially moved to Florida in 1973 but returned home to Indiana for awhile. Phillip made Florida his permanent home in the 1990’s. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family and listening to recordings of his mother singing at the Grand Ole Opry. Those left to mourn Phillip’s passing include his brothers: Anthony Jr., Michael, Tim, Keith; sisters: Mary, Marge, Antonette, Trina, Tammy, Marilyn, Karen; and a great many nieces and nephews. Phillip’s family has planned a Celebration of his Life on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The gathering will take place at 8473 S. Consuella Dr., Floral City, FL 34436. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Christopher Spivey I

Christopher M Spivey I, 52, Inverness, FL
Christopher M. Spivey I, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on February 17th, 2020 at the age of 52. He was born to (late) James C. Spivey and Cynthia (Howell) DellaValle on November 25th, 1967 in Tampa, FL. Christopher worked as a Union Journeyman Wireman for the Miller Electric Company for many years and was very proud of his career and accomplishments. He was preceded in death by his beloved father, James, and is survived by his mother, Cyndee DellaValle and his step-father, Joe DellaValle; his children, Christopher M. Spivey II (Tabitha) of Hernando, FL, William Spivey of Inverness, FL, and Zachary Spivey of Inverness, FL; his brothers, James and Mark; his sister, Amy Spivey; his step-sister, Heather DellaValle; his good friend, Christy Spivey; his grandchild, Garrett M. Hall and as he was excitedly awaiting, his soon-to-be grandchild, Christian W. Spivey. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Christopher will be remembered fondly for being “the best kind of stubborn” which never ceased, especially during his bout with cancer which earned him the name Superman after officially beating his first round. He was a very loving father and cared deeply for his children. He loved to hover-board, especially with his children, and hover-boarding will always be a cherished memory that his children have of him. He is described as being “a little” loud at times, which is evident in the loud love that his family continues to carry with them in memory of such a cherished father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend. A Celebration of Life for Christopher will be arranged by the family on March 7th at 1pm, hosted at The Cove Pub and Grub, where his many friends and family are all welcome to attend to honor his memory. Family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated and can be sent to the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org.


Doris Stephens

Doris A Stephens, 92, Inverness, FL
Doris Arlene Stephens, age 92, Inverness, Florida passed away March 10, 2020 in the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto under the loving care of her family. Doris was born in Largo, Florida on August 14, 1927 to the late William L. Peed and Lucy Garrett Peed. She graduated from Largo High School in 1947. She was employed by Honeywell Electronics (assembling parts for NASA) in Clearwater, FL. She was a member of the First Church of God in Inverness. Left to mourn and cherish her memory are two daughters: Sharon Levins and her husband Rodney of Crystal River, FL; Kay Richardson and her husband Greg of Beverly Hills, FL; 1 brother: David L. Peed (Kay) of California; 3 sisters: Ethel Small (Harold) of Maine, Elma Salls (Wendal, deceased) of Ocala, FL, and Dorothy Webb (Alfred, deceased) of Floral City, FL; 5 grandchildren (Christopher Richardson, Christy Silverstone, Tracy Crist, Daniel Richardson & Travis Richardson), 9 great grandchildren (Bailee Silverstone, Danna Richardson, Jillian Richardson, Zackery Richardson, Logan Crist, Tyler Richardson, Hudson Silverstone, Mackenzie Richardson & Emori Crist), and 1 great-great grandchild (Jema Silverstone Swearingen.) Along with numerous nieces & nephews that were also a big part of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Carl Stephens. She and her family vacationed on the Withlacoochee River for many years and fell in love with the area. They moved to the river in 1983. Doris was the matriarch of the family, the oldest of her 4 siblings (all surviving). She did much of the cooking and organizing for get-togethers and cookouts. The most important thing in Doris’ life was her family. She was a devoted and loving Mom and Grandma. Her long life enabled her to enjoy 5 generations of family with the addition of her great-great granddaughter in 2018. She enjoyed fishing but even more enjoyed sharing the river with her grandkids. She enjoyed serving others and volunteered with Hospice for several years. She loved to cook for others and helping out in any way she could. She was a blessing to all that knew her and had a heart of gold. She is going to be dearly missed. Mrs. Stephens’s Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date beside her husband in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Doris’ name to Vitas Hospice of Citrus County: P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto FL 34460, or The Path of Citrus County, 27 S. Melbourne St. Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


Darlene Struble

Darlene M Struble, 83, Inverness, Florida
Darlene (Weatherwalks) Struble, age 83, Inverness, FL passed away March 26, 2020 at Hernando Pasco Hospice in Lecanto. Darlene was born in Pompton Lakes, NJ to the late Edward P and Beatrice Pellington Weatherwalks on August 31, 1936 and came to Inverness in 1977 from West Milford Township, NJ. She was employed at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness for 20 years as a Supervisor in their business offices and their home health agency. She retired in 1998. She was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 63 years Richard J. Struble; 2 children: David Struble of West Milford, NJ and Brenda Conover of Beverly Hills, FL; 5 brothers: Lowell, Lee, Bruce, Craig, and Stanley Weatherwalks; 1 sister: Donna Weatherwalks; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grand-daughter, Christina Marie Gray. A Catholic Prayer Service and Homily will be offered on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Private burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. In keeping with current communicable disease guidelines, we request that only family members be present for the service. Please accept the family’s deepest appreciation for your thoughts and prayers.


Jill Sturtevant

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


Mary Thomas

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


Gale "Butch" Tomes

Gale "Butch" E Tomes, 71, Inverness, FL
Gale E. “Butch” Tomes passed away on March 14, 2020 at age 71. Born on December 1, 1948 to John and Freida Tomes. Butch lived most of his life in Harrison and Clare Michigan. In his later years Butch moved to Inverness Florida to care for his aging parents. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, Butch served in the Vietnam War alongside many of his closest friends. He was a man of great character and integrity who thrived on helping others. When he returned home from Vietnam he took a job at EZ Living homes. Many recall seeing him drive to work every morning in his cherished GTO. Upon leaving that job Butch enjoyed a long career in the Automotive industry. His last job was at Mid Michigan Auto parts. He truly loved that job and all the customers along his route looked forward to seeing him, including every cat and dog, for Butch never forgot a treat for them along the way. Once in Florida, Butch took a job at ICP Group/Aztec where he was a loyal and admired employee up until he became ill. Butch never met a stranger and was kind and thoughtful to everyone he encountered. His absence on this earth will be felt by many. Butch is survived by his mother Lavina “Frieda” Tomes along with his two siblings; sister Susan from California and his brother John Jr. of Pennsylvania. Also, his niece, Angela Weldon Mendicina. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to donate to in Butch’s name to ASPCA or the Humane Society of your choice. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend

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


Tina Valerio

Tina M Valerio, 48, Inverness, FL
Tina M. Valerio of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL on March 17th, 2020 at the age of 48. Tina was born to the late William T. and Lynn (Brauer) Valerio on August 23rd. 1971 in Miami, FL. Along with her parents, Tina is preceded in death by her sister, Gloria Lorraine White. She is survived by her two brothers, Richard (Maria) Valerio and Matthew (Sonia) of Inverness, FL and one sister, Victoria L. Crow of Tallahassee, FL. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Tina, in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rose Marie Vandergrift

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


Lila Waesche

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


Harley Wakeman

Harley M Wakeman, 94, Floral City, FL
Harley M. Wakeman, Floral City, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare I.P.U. in Lecanto, FL on February 22, 2020 at the age of 94. He was born to the late Clarence and Genevieve (Cass) Wakeman on May 25th, 1925 in Jackson, Michigan. He was a Florida resident for over 30 years. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Arnold; and sister, Donna Kendall. He is survived by his sisters: Linda Knepper and Lorene Butler; and wife, Dianna Wakeman of 27 years. He has three sons: Harley, Timothy, Kevin; and stepson, Harry Dalbow. His Daughter: Carolyn Dobson, Karen Passalacqua; and stepdaughter, Kathy Williams; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He attended Calvary Chapel in Inverness, FL and was a member of the VFW. Cremation with Care arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Harold White

Harold G White, 85, Inverness, Florida
Harold Garth White of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on March 11, 2020 at the age of 85. Harold was born on January 6, 1935 in Independence, MO to the late Thomas and Frances (Tyler) White. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. On March 7, 1989 he married his wife Margaret “Peggy” with whom he shared 31 years of marriage. Harold and Peggy made Citrus County, FL their home 19 years ago after relocating from Loganville, GA. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, fishing and playing golf. Harold will be remembered as a kind and generous man that was helpful to others in their time of need. In addition to his loving wife Peggy, those left to mourn Harold’s passing include his sons: Mark White and his wife Betty of Oakwood, GA; Thomas White of Lula, GA; daughters: Victoria Warneke of Lawrenceville, GA; Patricia Zeisler of Waterville, GA; Sandra Carter of Ocala, FL; a sister, Melba Djuvstad of Signal Hill, CA; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Floral Park in Floral City. Please come and enjoy the fellowship with Harold’s family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity. Harold is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Dolores Williams

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


Matthew Yuhas

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