Obituaries
For the Last 3 Months.

Ilse M Adelitzo, 86, Dunnellon, FL
Ilse Marie Adelitzo, age 86, Dunnellon, died March 11, 2015 at Legacy House in Ocala. Ilse was born on May 17, 1928 in Germany to the late Antone Fleissner and Johanna (Sinik) Fleissner. She was a clerk in the meat department of a grocery store. Ilse was an avid bowler. She was Catholic by faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 35 years, Michael, sons Jack Ogan of St. Louis, MO and Bill Ogan of Memphis, MI; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Eric Fleissner and sister Hilga Fleissner. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Jimmie H Adkins, 80, Inverness, Fl
JIMMIE H. ADKINS, age 80, Inverness, died April 25, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his wife and the staff of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. A native Floridian, Jimmie was born on August 31, 1934 in Homosassa to the late Willie D. and Willie (Grau) Adkins. He was employed by Lockheed Corporation as a safety engineer. Jimmie enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an accomplished woodworker. He was a 34 degree Mason and a Shriner. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 38 years, Gertrude Adkins; sons James C. (Teresa) Adkins, LaGrange, GA, Robert P. (Joann) Adkins, Inverness; stepdaughters Rebecca (Doug) McCrea, Altamonte Springs, FL and Dawn L. (Mike) Renninger, Melbourne, FL; his brother Tommy and sister Donna, both of Tampa, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother Ray Adkins. A celebration of life and tribute will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Robert C Arsenault, 79, Inverness, FL
Robert Clifford Arsenault, age 79, Inverness, died March 12, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast at his residence. Robert was born on November 28, 1935 in Rumford, ME to the late Leger and Elizabeth (Fulton) Arsenault. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps. Robert was a long distance freight truck driver. He enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. Robert was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Shea) Arsenault, a grandson, Daniel Owczarski, sister-in-law Pat Arsenault of Westfield, MA and brother-in-law James J. Shea, Jr. of Chicopee, MA. He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Shannon Frazier-Owczarski and both his brothers, Francis and Paul Arsenault. Inurnment will take place privately at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like to thank Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast for the wonderful care they provided Robert throughout the last months of his life.


Robert J Auld, 78, Hernando, FL
ROBERT JOSEPH AULD, age 78, Hernando, died March 28, 2015 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on April 16, 1936 in New London, CT to the late Benjamin and Mary (Pero) Auld. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1974, retiring as a Master Sergeant serving from the Korean conflict through the Vietnam War. Robert enjoyed music, especially the 24 Karat Gold Music Shows so much that he traveled to over 300 of them. He also was an avid golfer and collector of coins and baseball cards. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 58 years, Amalia Auld; sons John Auld (Zodee Treier), Benjamin (Deborah) Auld, Springfield, MA, Kevin (Theresa) Auld and Michael Auld (Lisa King), Kelley Auld, all of Dunnellon; a sister Laura Auld, Davie, FL, 12 grandchildren, Benjamin, Rebecca, Christine, Jeremy, Robert, Jeffery, Gregory, Sherrie, Kassondra, Kevin, Michael and James; five great-grandchildren, Kate, Sean, Jaclyn, Dimitri and Delilah. A tribute and celebration of Robert's life will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inurnment will take place on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery with military honors.


Edna F Bailey, 73, Inverness, FL
On May 6, 2015, Edna "Faye" Bailey of Inverness, formerly of Ft. Pierce, slipped into the loving arms of her Lord for the journey to her eternal home. Faye, age 73 was under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast at the time of her death. Her husband was present at her bedside as she began her final journey. Faye was born on January 22, 1942 in Borden, IN to the late Tommy and Lula Mae (Ooley) Young. Faye had worked various retail positions and at her retirement was employed by Sam's Club in Ft. Pierce, FL. Faye took great pride in her American Indian heritage. Her paternal grandmother was a full member of the Tohono O'odham tribe of southern Arizona. The children of the western reservations held a special place in her heart. For many years, she would collect clothing, shoes, school supplies for the children, along with blankets and durable medical supplies for the elderly. Every year or two she would load up the van and the travel trailer and head west. She made several trips to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations in South Dakota and to the Blackfoot reservation in Montana. Faye was a talented craftswoman in jewelry making, knitting, crocheting and sewing. She enjoyed gifting these items to friends and family. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 27 years, Thomas Bailey; son Michael (Kim) Bailey, Port St. Lucie; daughter, Tracy Lyn (David) Campos, Conroe, TX; brothers Michael (Marsha) Jackson, Salem, IN and Raymond Bailey, Aurora, IL; sisters Sue (Ray) Hendrix, Vinemont, AL; Carmen (Mike) Brawders, Folson, LA; along with several cherished nieces and nephews and eight grandchildren Michael, Megan, Caitlyn, Brett, Jacob, Joey, Rachel and Steven, along with eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Wayne Bailey. Faye also delighted in the presence of her dog, "Ronan". Services and burial will be arranged by Haisley Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, FL at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of local arrangements.


Robert E Bailey, 76, Inverness, FL
ROBERT "BOB" EUGENE BAILEY, age 76, Inverness, died April 27, 2015 at Avante at Inverness under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Bob was born on May 6, 1938 in Muncie, IN to the late Jesse and Ruby (Pugh) Bailey. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant with over 20 years of service. He then was employed by Phillips Telecom for 9 years. He was an accomplished chef and enjoyed making up his own recipes and was an avid coin collector. Always ready to volunteer and give of his time, he did so at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Wildlife Park and at the Inverness Courthouse. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Floral City. Left to cherish his memory is his brother, Gary Bailey and niece Denise Worpell, Birmingham, AL; his cousin Sandra and her husband Gene Lee; special friends Diane Grischke and Miles Combs, Fort Wayne, IN and Diane's grandchildren Tyra, Austin and Brandy Grischke; Robert Schoenauer, Treasure Island, FL; and his favorite waitress and friend, Melanie as well as other cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by his loving companion of ten years, Vivian Schoenauer and an Aunt and Uncle, Evelyn and Grady Sharit. The family requests donations to Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers, that they may continue to give loving and devoted care to others as they did for Bob. A graveside military committal service will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 1:45 PM.


Sheryl L Balasch, 65, Inverness, FL
Sheryl L. Balasch, 65 of Inverness, FL completed her journey to the Lord on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Hospice House of Citrus and Nature Coast in Lecanto. Sheryl is survived by her husband of 48 years, Paul Balasch; her children Christopher (Nikki) Balasch and Paula Joy McIntosh; her grandchildren Kyrie Balasch and Grady McIntosh; 2 sisters and 1 brother. Services will be held at Inverness Church of God on Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 PM. The family will greet friends in visitation from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are being handled by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jared R Banks, 20, Lecanto, FL
JARED RAYMOND BANKS, age 20, Lecanto, died April 4, 2015. Jared was born on February 6, 1995 in Miami, FL to David Chandler and Kimberly Ann Banks. He worked in the service and restaurant business as a server. Jared had a great love of the outdoors, enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling and listening to country music. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Kimberly Ann Banks-Day and her husband Richard Day, Tavernier, FL; David A. and his wife Paula Chandler, Ft. Myers, FL; maternal grandparents Crawford and Leslie Banks, Lecanto; paternal grandmother Frances Spickelmier; his companion Demi Harris; brothers and sisters Chaz Chandler, Ft. Myers, Austin Day, Tavernier, FL, Krystle Chandler, GA, Brittany, Ft. Myers, Meckenzie, Ft. Myers and Ashley Day, Tavernier, FL; Uncle Tony Banks; Aunt Jennifer Settoon and her husband Rich Settoon and their daughter Lauren Settoon, all of Tavernier, FL, Uncle Dale Chandler, Aunt Maureen Chandler, cousin Jacob Chandler, 2 nieces Jaylynn and Georgia. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Richard A Bass, 67, Floral City, FL
Richard A. Bass, 67, of Floral City, Florida passed away May 17, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born on September 23, 1947 in Clearwater, FL to the late Madison G. and Mary E. (Anderson) Bass, Jr. Richard arrived in this area in 1978 coming from Clearwater, was a Christian by faith, a U.S. Navy veteran, and, with his wife Sandra, owned and operated Sleepy Hollow Bar and Restaurant in Floral City for 10 years. He was also an ordained minister, and was fondly known as "Reverend Rich" to his many friends and patrons of Sleepy Hollow. Richard was very family oriented. He loved spending time with his family and friends, fishing, and living life. He will be greatly missed by his family, and his community. Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Sandra Bass of Floral City. Other survivors include children Kevin (Vicki) Bass of Pennsacola, FL, Angela Pino of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Kimberly Gentry of Inverness, FL; Step-children Lance and Tawney; brother Wayne; 12 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William R Bevier, 89, Beverly Hills, FL
William R. Bevier, age 94, Beverly Hills, died March 27, 2015 at the Life Care Center in Lecanto. Bill was born on November 25, 1920 in Detroit, MI to the late Foster W. and Marjie (Crandall) Bevier. He served our country in the United States Navy as a pharmacist's mate during WWII. After his discharge from the military, Bill joined Ford Motor Company as a budget analyst. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed reading. He was a member of the VFW Post in Beverly Hills. Left to cherish his memory is his son David (Nancy O'Rourke) Bevier, St. Joseph, MI; three grandchildren Katie and Sarah Bevier and Jennifer Roberts and two great-grandchildren Parker and Ben, daughter-in-law Teresa Bevier, DeWitt, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Constance in 2008, a son, Stephen Bevier and his brother Thomas Bevier. Private inurnment will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Eva T Bishop, 93, Inverness, FL
Eva Theresa Bishop, age 92, Inverness, died April 6, 2015 at her son's home. Eva was born on August 11, 1922 in Aberdeen, MD to the late Thomas E. and Emma V. (Smiley) Christine. She worked for Martin Marietta as a clerk in aircraft manufacturing for many years and then for the City of Baltimore as chief clerk in charge of disbursements. An avid reader, she studied her Bible daily and loved all things in nature, especially birds and plants. Her true passion was sharing her faith, Jehovah's Witness. Left to cherish her memory is her son and his wife George M. and Brenda Bishop, Inverness, FL; grandchildren Laura Cranston and Ashley Payne; great-grandchildren Tiffany Mae and Thomas Wayne. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas E. Bishop and a grandson, Douglas Bishop. Services will be handled by Lassahn Funeral Home in Baltimore, MD with burial in Gardens of Faith in Baltimore, MD. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with local arrangements.


Linda Bishop, 67, Ocala, FL
Linda Bishop, age 67, Ocala, went to be with her Lord on April 20, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Linda was born on August 2, 1947 in Akron, OH to the late Harry V. and Bessie (Reynolds) King. A devout Christian woman, she served in church administration, along with her husband, who ministered to five different churches before his retirement for Assembly of God. Linda was very active in the social events of the churches and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the Bible with others. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a special friend to her church family members. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, Bruce Bishop, Ocala; her son Jeff Bishop, Inverness; daughter Sara (Eddie) Edgette, Summertown, TN; her sister Jackie (Bill) Garmier, Hartville, OH; grandchildren Emerald, Samantha, Eddie, Jr. and Vaida and her first great-grandbaby on the way. She was preceded in death by a daughter Amy Bishop and her brother Gene King. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and celebration of Linda's life will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Linda's memory to worldchallenge.org.


Sarah M Boger, 103, Inverness, FL
Sarah Myrtle Boger, 103, Inverness passed away April 17, 2015 at Highland Place in Inverness. Mrs Boger was born in Jasper, GA on Jan 18, 1912 to the late Enoch and Sarah Owen and moved to this area in 1996 from Fruitland Park, FL. She was employed as a telephone operator for the original Southern Bell Telephone Co. and a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Inverness where she was well known as a “hugger” to everyone arriving at church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William Boger on Sept 14, 1991, her daughter, Peggy Ann Nicholson May 30, 1998, son in law, Charles Nicholson on Jan. 22, 2015, and grandson, Charles Nicholson II Jan 18, 2014 Survivors include her granddaughter, Vicki Nicholson Reed, of Inverness and several nieces and nephews in Georgia and South Carolina Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 AM from the First Christian Church of Inverness with Dr. Ray Kelley officiating. Private burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orlando, FL Visitation will be from the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted in Sarah's memory by the First Christian Church of Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Glenn E Bortell, 100, Inverness, FL
Send memorial plaque to: Glenda Ackley 601 Kensington Avenue Lecanto, FL 34461 GLEN BORTELL, age 100, Inverness, died April 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the devoted care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast staff. Glen was born in Grinnell, IA on September 9, 1914 to the late John E. and Catherine (Swanson) Bortell. He was the owner/operator for 20 years of a youth ranch and children's camp in St. Charles, IA, "Bortell's Bar Rockin B Ranch." Glen was very active in the St. Charles Masonic Lodge, a 32 degree Mason, Shriner and Scottish Rite. He served the State of Iowa as a Senator to finish the term of another politician and was then elected to the Iowa House of Representatives serving Madison County. After relocation to Venice, Florida in 1987 and then to Inverness in 1993, he volunteered at Citrus Memorial Hospital as a transporter, accruing over 6000 hours of service and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Along with his late wife Mary, he served the First United Methodist Church of Inverness in their building fund efforts. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Glenda (husband-Norman) Ackley, Lecanto and his sons, John Bortell (wife-Peggy), Homosassa and William (wife-Cynthia), Winterset, IA; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a dear neighbor and friend, Ruth Schar. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. A celebration and tribute to Glen's life will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Pastor Sarah Campbell officiating and Masonic Memorial Lodge #19. The family requests donations in Glen's memory to Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers in lieu of flowers.


Kenneth L Bradshaw, 84, Inverness, FL
Kenneth L. Bradshaw, Jr., 84, of Inverness, passed away peacefully March 5, 2015 under the care of HPH Hospice, Lecanto.  Ken was born in Taunton, Massachusetts to Kenneth L. and Ruby Bradshaw, Sr. and raised in the neighboring community of Raynham. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years and best friend, Barbara Bradshaw. Other survivors include sons Ted Williams Bradshaw, James Bradshaw; daughters Nancy Bradshaw, Donna Bradshaw, Linda Bradshaw; brother Richard Bradshaw; grandson Craig Bradshaw; granddaughter Kristina Bradshaw; great grandson Richard Bradshaw; nephews William Young, Kenneth Young, Eddie Bradshaw, Gary Bradshaw, plus numerous other nephews and nieces; mother-in-law Christina DeArruda; brother-in-law Larry DeArruda; sister-in-law Christine King. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Ruby Gagnon, Judy Green, Eunice Bussiere. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 and saw combat duty during the Korean War with Company E, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Ken’s “Fighting Irish” spirit gave him the perseverance to survive seven months of bitter fighting until he was seriously wounded on February 6, 1951. Following two months hospitalization in Japan and 15 months rehabilitation at Walter Reed, he was medically retired in 1952. Returning to Raynham, Massachusetts, he worked at Haskon General Electric until his retirement in 1983 with 29 years of service. In 1988, he and Barbara relocated to their Inverness home. Ken was most proud of being a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as his cherished honor of being inducted as a warrior of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the tribe of his battlefield comrade Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, whom Ken was with on Hill 123 when Corporal Red Cloud earned his posthumous Medal of Honor. Ken was active in local politics as a precinct committeeman and in veterans and civic organizations. He was a charter member of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776, MOPH; past commander VFW Post 4337, Inverness; life member DAV and Korean War Veterans Association; a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. A gathering of family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, with the memorial service to begin at 11:00 AM., at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. A reception will follow at VFW Post 4337, Inverness. Inurnment will be in Raynham, MA. Memorial donations may be made to Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460 or HPH Hospice, Lecanto.


William T Brierly, 78, Inverness, FL
WILLIAM "TOM" BRIERLY, age 78, died March 15, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Tom was born on December 7, 1936 in Jefferson County, IN to the late William S. Brierly and Lillie B. (Plowman) Brierly. He served our country in the United States Army. Tom was employed as a heavy equipment operator for a rock quarry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. Tom was a member of the VFW, Eagles and American Legion in his native state of Indiana. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 18 years, Estelita "Esther" Brierly; son Thomas Brierly, KY; daughter Debbie Law, Christine Lanham, Rose Lynn Harmon, all of IN and Anabel Brierly of Inverness; stepson Ronald Olson, AZ; stepdaughters Girly Ingco, IN, Annalisa Wilson, MS, Joslyn Malttasan, WI and brothers Leon Brierly, Inverness; sisters LaVerne Hamilton, KY, Della Margaret Carrico, Inverness; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Orville and Ronald and a sister, Christine Dunn. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and tribute to Tom's life will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations in Tom's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


John D Browning, 78, Hernando, FL
John D. Browning, age 78, Hernando, died April 29, 2015. He served our country in the United States Army. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


George W Cady, 91, Citrus Springs, FL
George W. Cady, 91, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away May 6, 2015 under the care of the Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab staff in Lecanto. George was born on March 29, 1924 in Fayette, MO to the late John and Louise (Fiss) Cady. He served our country in the United States Air Force. George was employed by General Motors for 20 years as a janitor. An active outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and photography. He is survived by his sister, Mildred Beecher and a nephew and his wife, Jack and Rosalie. He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Gillespie. Services and Burial will be handled by Friemonth and Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow, MO. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of local arrangements.


Brenda S Calvert, 63, Floral City, FL
BRENDA S. CALVERT, age 63, Floral City, died March 8, 2015 at her residence. Brenda was born on February 7, 1952 in Milford, DE to the late James and Elizabeth (Carey) Palmer. She was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company as a line worker. Brenda enjoyed crocheting and reading. She was a member of Fort Cooper Baptist Church and was active in many ministries and loved studying God's word. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Angela Correa-Wright, Floral City; her brother Bob Palmer (wife-Linda), CO; sisters Betty Ann and Kathleen; five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Warren "Daniel" Wright. A celebration of life and tribute for Brenda will be announced at a later date at Fort Cooper Baptist Church. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Salvatore Capasso, 69, Inverness, FL
Salvatore Capasso, Jr., 69, of Inverness, Florida passed away April 11, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born in New Haven, CT. on November 14, 1945 to the late Salvatore and Margaret (Fiorillo) Capasso. Salvatore was a barber, and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Lyndonville, VT. Salvatore was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and the computer. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn Capasso. Other survivors include children Christopher Capasso of Inverness, Salvatore (Lynda) Capasso of Homosassa, FL and Cherilyn Capasso of Ocala, FL; sister Rita Capasso; and 3 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


William N Cherry, 84, Floral City, FL
William Ned Cherry, age 84, Floral City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 4, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. William was born on May 23, 1930 in Lincolnton, NC to the late John H. and Elsie (Mullis) Cherry. He was employed as a subcontractor in the aluminum business. William enjoyed participating and competing in the Senior Bicycle Races. His loved the Lord and praised him as an evangelist. Left to cherish his memory is his son Mike Cherry, Sr.; daughters Rebecca Cherry and Teresa C. Heton; 12 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosie Lee (Bradshaw) Cherry and two grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with local arrangements. Further services and viewing will be under the care of Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Charlotte, NC.


Ralph G Cooksey, Jr., 70, Hernando, FL
Ralph Garrisson Cooksey, Jr., age 70, Hernando, died March 17, 2015 under the care of the staff of Citrus Hills Health and Rehab. A native Floridian, Ralph was born on March 4, 1945 in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Ralph G. Cooksey, Sr. and Ann (Bird) Cooksey. Ralph served our country in the United States Army. He was a long distance truck driver. Survivors include his first cousins. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Raymond M Coons, 72, Floral City, FL
RAYMOND M. COONS, age 72, Floral City, died April 4, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. A native Floridian, Ray was born on April 20, 1942 in Sarasota, FL to the late Raymond E. Coons and Myrtle Rose (Johnson) Coons. Throughout his working career, he owned and operated his own feed store and during his retirement years, worked for the Division of Forestry as a gatekeeper in the Croom, Sumter County, Florida area. Ray was an accomplished fisherman, enjoyed boating and woodworking. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 10 years, Lela Coons; son, Garrett and his wife Emma Coons, Myakka City, FL; his daughter Stacy Arnold, Floral City, FL; grandchildren Heather, Stephanie, Julie, Sareese and Christopher; great-grandchildren Sylvia, Caleb and Haylee. He was preceded in death by brothers Clayton and Arthur Albritton. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Jeanette Cooper, 91, Inverness, FL
Jeanette Toomer Cooper was born on September 20, 1923 in Savannah, GA to George Leonard Nieuwstraten and Lillian Stalls Nieuwstraten. Jeanette spent her childhood in Savannah, her early adulthood as homemaker and mother of six, her midlife years as an entrepreneur within the seafood industry, her early senior years traveling and enjoying saltwater sport fishing, and her final years a captive to the constraints of Alzheimer's disease. She is recognized for her activities in seafood conservation efforts and served as the only female president of the Southeastern Fisheries Association. She participated in community and political affairs and was active in the Presbyterian Church. Her hobbies included gardening and painting. After spending fifty years as a resident of Key West, FL, she came to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Gene and Jeanie Roberts of Inverness, in 2005. She subsequently died in the home they shared on May 26, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. She is pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, Earl J. Toomer, Jr. of 34 years and her husband Samuel Cooper of 30 years; her sisters Lillian Cecile Orrel and Margaret Ann Williams; her brother George L. Nieuwstraten, Jr; and her son Earl J. Toomer, III. She is survived by three sons, Edwin G. Toomer and his wife Andrea of Englewood, FL, Roy K. Toomer and his wife Virginia of Pledger, TX and Richard E. Toomer of Key West, FL; two daughters Jeanie T. Roberts and husband Gene of Inverness, FL, and Colleen L. Gartenmayer and husband Edward of Key West, FL; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and an ever-growing number of great-great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life and Tribute to Jeanette will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, with Pastor Dan Lyman, Hospice Chaplain officiating. The family will greet friends in visitation from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. A reception for those attending will be held immediately following the ceremony at 1st Presbyterian Church of Inverness. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to your favorite charity.


Gilmore M Cox, 92, Inverness, FL
Gilmore Marvin Cox, age 92, Inverness, died March 31, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Marvin was born on August 6, 1922 in Jamison, FL to the late Gilmore and Phoebe (Porter) Cox. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, and graduated from Florida State University in 1950. Marvin was employed by Borden's as head of the Accounting Dept., Southeast Division. He and his wife enjoyed camping and traveling, having seen most of the United States and also Europe. He was also known for his love of "tinkering" with things and even invented some products. A loving husband and father, he will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 67 years, Kathryn Cox; his sons William Irvin Cox, Castleton, NY and Marvin Roland Cox and his wife Birgitta, Grapevine, TX, a brother Irvin Cox, Quincy, FL along with many dear friends he has made throughout his travels. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Rutland. Please consider donations to Hospice of Citrus County or First Baptist Church of Rutland in Marvin's memory in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Garrett T Cugell, 81, Inverness, FL
GARRETT T. CUGELL, age 81, died on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 at Shands at UF, surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born on November 2, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Edward T. and Catherine (Gallagher) Cugell. He proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1957-1962. Gary was a New York City Policeman, retiring after 30 years of service with the rank of Sergeant. A man who truly loved life, he delighted in spending time with his family and socializing with friends. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed dancing with his wife and girls, his summer home at Friends Lake in the Adirondacks, taking cruises and swimming in the ocean. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and Knights of Columbus. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Sheila Cugell; daughters Mary (George) Dickinson, Honeoye Falls, NY; Patricia (John) Savino, Rochester, NY, Eileen Cugell (Dave Tansek), Bradenton, FL, Joan Cugell, Bethesda, MD, Sheila "Bunny" (Paul) Lewis, Windsor, CT, Catherine Cugell (Richard Chau), New York, NY, Peggy Cugell, Brookfield, CT; grandchildren Garrett (Hilary) Dickinson, Meaghan Dickinson, Christopher Dickinson, Matthew Savino, Daniel Lewis, Catie Lewis, Abbie Lewis, Isabelle Chau, Alexandra Chau; his sister Adrienne (Robert) Sommer, Lancaster, PA; his brother Edward (Patricia) Cugell, Madison, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow with military honors at Florida National Cemetery. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 4-6 PM on Wednesday at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Please consider donations in Garrett's memory to Our Lady of Fatima Helping Hands Ministry in lieu of flowers.  


Mary A Curls, 92, Inverness, FL
Mary Albro Curls, 92, went to be with the Lord, her husband Jim, and her sons Barry and Robin Saturday, March 21, 2015 from her home at Highland Place on Medical Court East in Inverness, Florida where she happily resided for the past year. Born May 24, 1922 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, the third of six children born to John Irus Albro, Sr. and Emily Elizabeth (Beattie) Albro. She moved to Inverness in 1976, from Clearwater where she had resided since 1956. She retired from the Carlisle Lincoln Mercury dealership in Clearwater. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rutland, teaching Sunday School and was known for her wonderful pies and cakes. She loved old books and antiques and volunteered at the Library book sale for many years, giving guidance on book values. She and her hus-band Jim operated “Jim & Mary’s Antiques” at Webster for many years. She was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her oldest son, Captain Barry Ronal Delphin, USAF, in the Vietnam war March 19, 1967. Her second son, Robin Hood Delphin died of brain cancer on March 27, 2013. Besides her parents and sons, she was also predeceased by her husband of 28 years James Henry Curls, September 10, 2006, her sister Mildred Albro in 1929, her brother John Albro, Jr. in 2000, sister Carolyn Breene in 2002 and great grandson Walker Lane Goodson May 25, 1997. She is survived by stepson James Henry Curls III, of Brandon, (Tammy), and granddaugh-ter Cassidy Curls of Tallahassee. Her daughter-in-law Phyllis Carlson (Ed), her grandchil-dren (Barry’s children) Casey K Carlson of Clearwater and Kletia Goodson of North Caroli-na and two great granddaughters Rachel and Hannah Goodson. Brother: Waite Albro of, Coventry, Rhode Island, sister Susan Fontaine (Jim) of West Greenwich, Rhode Island, sis-ter-in-law, Jennie Szura of Coventry, Rhode Island. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, locally they are: Doris Albro Graska, Donna Albro Young (Rex), and William Albro (Tanya), all of Inverness as well as several great nieces and great nephews. Services will be held from the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday, March 27th with visitation from 9 am. until the hour of service at 10. The procession will leave at 10:45 for services at 11:30 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. The family thanks the staff of Highland Place for their caring and concern for Mary and her family from the very beginning until her peaceful passing. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to the woundedwarriorproject.org or First Baptist Church of Rutland.


Laurie M Dailey, 53, Lecanto, FL
Laurie M. Dailey, age 53, Lecanto, went to be with her Lord on March 9, 2015. Laurie was born on July 6, 1961 in Alliance, OH to William Thomas Dailey, Sr. and Lois Marie (Salisbury) Dailey. She was employed as a Registered Nurse and throughout her lifetime she was always a "nurse at heart." Laurie was a devoted Catholic, prayed daily for those she loved She cherished her family and enjoyed spending time with her mother and her grandchildren were the light of her life. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. Left to cherish her memory is her loving companion of 23 years, Arnold Girdharry, Lecanto; her mother, Lois Dailey, Alliance, OH; daughters Jennifer Voss, East Bridgewater, MA, Jessica Rodriguez and her companion, Paul Perez, South Easton, MA, Brittani Barnes and her husband Charles, Alliance, OH; her brother William Dailey and his wife Cheryl, sisters Robin Scalero and her husband Willie, Mary Fernandez and her husband Zeke and Cheryl Dailey, all of Alliance, OH; nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, William T. Dailey, Sr. Funeral services will be handled by Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home in Alliance, OH with burial at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit, OH. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of local arrangements.


Joseph A Delgado, 61, Inverness, FL
JOSE ANTONIO DELGADO, age 61, Inverness, died May 3, 2015. Jose was born on October 31, 1953 in New York City to Ismael and Carmen (Santos) Delgado. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force. Jose was the owner/operator of his trucking business. When not behind the wheel of his 18-wheeler, he enjoyed watching movies and television. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter Abigail Delgado and her two children, Elijah and Miracle; his mother Carmen Santos, all of Inverness and his brother Edwin Sanchez. A celebration and tribute to Jose's life will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Germaine J Dewey, 98, Inverness, FL
GERMAINE J. DEWEY, 98, has been reunited with God in Heaven and most of her family on May 9, 2015, after a long journey on earth. Germaine was the eldest daughter of Joseph and Rose (Melancon) Lavallee. Germaine is survived by her son Joseph of Hernando, FL and her daughter Susan (Dewey) Deslongchamps of Hernando, FL, Warren and Bernardston, MA. She also leaves two granddaughters, Samantha Deslongchamps of Millbury, MA and Amelia Deslongchamps of Brooklyn, NY, two great granddaughters Chelsea Goodrich of El Paso, TX and Kirstin Goodrich of Ware, and was soon to have a great-great grandchild. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In 1994 she was predeceased by her only grandson Aaron Deslongchamps of Warren, MA. In 2007 she was predeceased by her estranged husband Burton E. Dewey. She was also predeceased by her sisters M. Anita (Lavallee) Fielding and Bernadette (Lavallee, Dupsha) King. Born in Springfield, MA on December 29, 1916 and raised in Springfield, MA, later moving to Ware, MA and Warren, MA but living most of her life in Palmer, MA and most recently living in Inverness, FL near her son and daughter. Gerry graduated from Baypath College and worked at Warren Pumps during WWII. Later she moved to Palmer and was employed by the Palmer National Bank for many years and Monson Developmental Center from which she retired in 1981. Gerry was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Palmer for many years and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Germaine was a quiet person and enjoyed many hours doing crossword puzzles and reading. She also enjoyed traveling with close friends and her sisters on many short trips throughout New England. In accordance with Germaine's wishes there will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be said for Gerry at a later date at St. Thomas the Apostle in Palmer, MA. Burial will take place in St. Paul's Cemetery in Warren, MA and will be at the discretion of the family. Should family or friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to New Horizon Senior Living, 1745 Forest Drive, Inverness, FL, 34453, where Gerry spent her later years living care free. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Joseph DiSanto, 93, Floral City, FL
Joseph DiSanto, 93 of Floral City, died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 2, 1922 to the late Dominick and Lucia DiSanto, he came here in 1981 from Ringwood, NJ. Mr. DiSanto retired from the Ford Motor Company as an electrician after 30 years of service. He was a WWII US Army veteran serving with the 44th and 82nd Airborne Divisions, and the 2671 Special Recon Group of the OSS in Africa, France and Italy. He fought with the French and Italian Resistance Forces in Italy. Among his many military decorations he was awarded the Bronze Star, OSS Office of Strategic Service Medal, the European African Middle East Campaign Medal with 2 Arrow Head Invasions and 4 Battle Stars, and the Parachute Wings Medal with 3 combat jump stars. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Knights of Columbus (4th degree), VFW Post 7122 in Floral City, 82nd Airborne Association, and the UAW Retirees. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Yvonne (Roy) Bryant of Floral City and Claudette (Karl) von der Heyde of West Milford, NJ; 2 brothers: Dominick DiVito of Floral City and JoJo DiVito of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Aline; his son Paul DiSanto, his daughter, Donna DiSanto; 3 brothers, Peter, Leo & Phillip; 5 sisters, Ann, Minnie, Angelina, Nancy and Antoinette. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Wednesday from 3:00 until 5:00 pm, where Wake Vigil services will be offered at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675


JoAnn Drummond, 75, Floral City, FL
JoAnn Drummond, age 75, Floral City, went home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her late daughter, Theresa Jo, on April 4, 2015. JoAnn was born on Sept 28, 1939 in Georgia to the late Lon and Willie May (Hays) Pope. She was a loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her passion in life was spending time with family and utilizing her home grown Southern cooking skills. She could often be found retreated to the back porch overlooking the lake, saying a little prayer. She was blessed with a green thumb and enjoyed creating a peaceful and colorful landscape to congregate in as well as spending time fishing, often with a cane pole with her children and grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 57 years, Dan Drummond; her son Daniel and his wife Gini; her daughter Elicia and her husband Gary; her daughter Daneen and husband Phil, and daughter Rebecca; her grandchildren, Zeb and his wife, Crystal; Philip annd his wife Amanda,; Zachary and his wife, Rachel; Barisha and her husband Steven; Todd Kuhl and Brad Kuhl, and her great-grandchildren, Landry, Logan, Kyler, Austyn, Raegan, Aleena, Reece, Harmon, Haley-Jane, Alissa, and Riley and many other cherished family members. A Service of Remembrance for our precious matriach will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor David Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Daniel H Eckroad, 85, Inverness, FL
Daniel H. Eckroad, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away April 16, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born on June 8, 1929 in New Philadelphia, Ohio to the late Russell and Goldie (Downing) Eckroad. Daniel attended Kent State University, Kent Ohio. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict he returned home and became an aerospace design checker at Martin Marietta. Daniel retired in Inverness FL where he enjoyed working at 7 Rivers Golf and Country Club. Golf was his life long passion. He also enjoyed volunteering at the East Citrus Community Center. He attended Floral City First United Methodist Church. Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Polly (Nichols) Eckroad. Other survivors include sons Russell Eckroad of Marion County, FL, and Timothy (Wanda) Eckroad of Orlando; bothers Gary (Betty) Eckroad of Ames, IA, and Allen (Sheila) Eckroad of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren Timothy Lee, Jr., and Amber (Jake) Reid and great-grandchild Camden Lee. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Mattie L Edwards, 75, Inverness, FL
Mattie Louise “Monkey” Vining-Edwards, 75, of Inverness, Florida, daughter of Walter and Mattie Blume Vining, loving wife of John Douglas Edwards, went to be with the Lord on  March 15, 2015 at her home in Inverness, Florida after a battle with lung cancer.  Preceeded in death by brother’s Thomas Franklin Vining, James Otto Vining, and Jesse William Vining whom resided in Sumter, South Carolina in addition Clarence Curtis Vining whom resided in Ocean City, California. Sisters preceeding her in death were Eloise Broadway, Thelma Alberta Waynick whom resided in Sumter, South Carolina, Mary Pansy Summerton whom resided in Mansfield, Ohio.  She is survived by her loving husband John, and one son Kevin D. Edwards, daughter-in-law Frances Edwards and one daughter Lisa D. Odierna and loving friend Julie E. Kleski. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Autumn Michelle Odierna, Melanie Camille Edwards, Matthew Joseph Odierna and Benjamin Douglas Edwards.  In addition she has two great grandchildren, Kaylee Camille Edwards and Wyatt James Franklin. Along with sisters Lela Mae Bell, Mildred Kathleen Winburn, Frances Ion Lovelace and surviving brothers are George Douglas Vining and Cecil Vining.  And many loved nieces and nephews.  Mattie was a devoted Christian, daughter, sister , mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived in Sumter, South Carolina where she worked at S.H.Kress & Co. She moved to Ashland, Ohio in 1958 where she worked at the Eagle Rubber Co. This is where Mattie met her husband John Edwards and raised their two children.  In 1990 they moved to Inverness, Florida for retirement.  Mattie enjoyed life to the fullest. She found her most joy by spending time with her family and loved ones…abiding love was her source of ultimate happiness.   Mattie will be dearly missed by all who loved her and whom she loved.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 19th at 11:00 AM at the Victory Baptist Church, Inverness, FL with Rev. Gary Beeler officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 AM at the church until the hour of service.


Theo R Edwards, Jr., 79, Floral City, FL
Theo Russell Edwards, Jr., 79, Floral City died at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 27, 2015 following an extended illness. Russell was born on December 7, 1935 in Turkey Creek, FL to the late Theo R. and Hazel (Robbins) Edwards and came to this area in 2003 from New Port Richey. He was employed for 34 years with Publix Supermarkets as a manager in their meat department. He served our country in the United States Marine Corp. He was a member of J. Dewey Hawkins Masonic Lodge No. 331 in Oakland Park, FL for 33 years with a dual membership at Floral City Masonic Lodge No. 133, former member of the Inverness Golf & Country Club and Inverness Moose Lodge. He was an active member of the Withlapopka Civic Assocation. Russell was an avid golfer and fisherman and was an accomplished egg art artist. Left to mourn his loss is his wife, Nan Edwards, Floral City; 2 brothers, Allen G. (Nancy) Edwards, Homosassa; Dennis (Toni) Edwards, Dixie, Idaho; 3 sisters, Joanne Townsend, Gainesville, FL; Jan Cribbs, Odessa, FL; Rena (J.R.)Phillips, Pinellas Park, FL; 2 grandchildren, Wendy Oros of Naples, FL and Brandy (Jason) Pierce, Battle Creek, MI and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Carson in 1995. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, June 1st at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dairold Rushing officiating. Masonic Services will follow conducted by Memorial Lodge No. 19. Burial will follow in Red Level Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 until the hour of service. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 North Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 in lieu of flowers.


Lela E Farmer, 90, Hernando, FL
Lela E. Farmer, 90, of Hernando, Florida passed away April 11, 2015 at Barrington Place in Lecanto, FL. She was born on November 22, 1924 in Portales, New Mexico to the late Edwin and Yvette (Stephens) Taylor. She was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 2013, coming from Miamisburg, Ohio. Lela was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Francis Keith Farmer, and a brother, Stephens Taylor. She is survived by her children Larry Farmer, of Hernando, FL, Patricia A. Cobler and Sandra Farmer, both of Miamisburg, OH; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeal Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lillian R Fehrenbach, 93, Inverness, FL
Lillian R. Fehrenbach, 93, Inverness passed away May 2, 2015 in Highland Place under the care of Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Mrs Fehrenbach was born in Guttenburg, NJ on Aug 10, 1921 to the late George and Florence (Becker) Schinkel and came to this area in 1986 from Bethpage, Long Island, NY. She lived in Lakeside Estates with her husband for over 25 years and enjoyed playing golf with the “9 holers”. She is survived by two daughters, Diane Goss of Inverness and Regina Schlamp of Arlington Heights, IL; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin J. Fehrenbach on Aug 15, 1992. They were married 50 years. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, May 5th at 11:00 AM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Gloria Festa, 88, Homosassa, FL
GLORIA FESTA, age 88, Inverness, died March 11, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Gloria was born on March 25, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Salvatore and Maria Gionta. She was a homemaker and also a sales representative for many of the major perfume companies. Gloria loved baking, cooking and sewing for her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory is her son Paul and his wife Anna Festa, Homosassa, her sister Vickie Squadrito, New Port Richey, FL; three grandchildren, Johnathan, Tiana and Kimberly. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Festa. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Inurnment will be held privately at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City.


Nadean Fillyaw, 74, Daytona Beach, FL
Nadean Fillyaw, 74, Daytona Beach, formerly of Inverness, passed away May 17, 2015. She was born May 2, 1941 in Miami, FL to the late James and Sarah Fillyaw. She was a retired secretary. She is survived by her husband George Guilemette. Funeral services Friday, May 22, 3:00 PM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with burial following in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness.


Michael R Flanagan, 61, Floral City, FL
MICHAEL RAY FLANAGAN, age 61, died March 18, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Michael was born on September 29, 1953 in Cincinnati, OH to Kenneth and Alvina (Frye) Flanagan. He was an installer for a carpet and vinyl company. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed working in mechanics. Left to treasure the memories of his life is his wife of 34 years, Joyce Flanagan; daughters Lynn (Clinton) Clark, Largo, FL, Kristie Flanagan, Floral City, Michelle (Adam) Putman, Floral City; brothers Barry Flanagan, Branson, MO, Kenny Flanagan, Floral City, Paul Flanagan, Citrus Springs and Curtis (Connie) Flanagan, Floral City; nine grandchildren, Kayla, Mary, Jameson, Khloe, David, Donte, Nitasha, Samantha and Theo. A celebration of life and memorial service will be announced by the family at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Thelma L Fodor, 87, Inverness, FL
THELMA LOUISE FODOR, age 87, Inverness, died April 24, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Thelma was born on October 20, 1927 in York, PA to the late John A. and Flora (Billet) Englehart. Thelma was an accomplished bowler, served as a bowling instructor and certified coach and bowled in the Nationals 27 years in a row. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Thelma worked for Citrus Memorial Hospital for 18 years as secretary to the Director of Nursing. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 18 yeas, Joseph Fodor; her daughter Judith Russo, Treasure Island, FL; granddaughters Daphne Teach, PA and Amber and her husband Tim Blanton, CA; great-grandchildren Chris and Brittney and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Dennis L Foley, 71, Floral City, FL
DENNIS L. FOLEY, age 71, Moonrise Resort in Floral City, died April 3, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Dennis was born on April 17, 1943 in Corry, PA to the Robert E. Foley and Virginia (Tubbs) Foley. Dennis was the owner/operator of Irritec Irrigation Systems. He was an accomplished guitarist and singer. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 32 years, B.J. Rust; sons, Dennis L. Foley, Jr., Jacksonville, FL and Robert J. Foley, Atlanta, GA; daughters Theresa (Matt) Foley, Gainesville, FL, Beth (Richard) Moore, Roseburg, OR; his father, Robert E. Foley, Pinellas Park, FL; brothers Norm (Marianne) Foley, Mesa, AZ and Don (Susan) Foley, Downey, CA; sisters Kathleen (Charlie) Greenberg, Pinellas Park, FL, Karleen (Jim) Sanders, Dayton, TN; grandchildren Tess, Jazmin, Neco and Nash and great-grandchild Ailis. A celebration of life tribute will be announced by the family at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Phyllis A Fulkerson, 68, Inverness, FL
Phyllis Ann Fulkerson, 68, of Inverness, FL passed away April 18, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. She was born on May 9, 1946 Springfield, OH to the late Edmund and Ada (Barker) Schrieber. Phyllis arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Ohio. She was known by all for having a big heart and loved helping others. Phyllis enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and her cat Lizzy. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dan Fulkerson. Survivors include her children, Rusty (Jamie) Hylton of West Milton, OH, Leslie (Jason) Woolley of West Liberty, OH, and Teri (Ron) Stoner of Springboro, OH; brother Donald Barker; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Melody Mobile Home Park Clubhouse in Inverness, on Sunday, May 24th from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Anna M Funtig, 99, Crystal River, FL
Anna M. Funtig (Vajas) passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015, going peacefully back to the Lord. Born Nov. 29, 1915, she was 99 years young. She originally was from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Florida in 1971 with her husband, William S. Funtig, who preceded her in death in 1973 and her daughter, Carol A. Vale in 1993 along with her mother and father, Lena and John Vajas. Anna belonged to St. Emeric's Hungarian Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio where she was a member of many of the church's organizations. She had a wonderful and long life as she and her family raised Appaloosa and Quarter horses for show and racing in Hinckley, Ohio and then in Starke, FL when she and her husband moved there in 1971. After the passing of her husband, she stopped raising horses and moved to Crystal River, FL. Surviving is her son, William A. Funtig of Crystal River, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Edith L Genovese, 69, Floral City, FL
EDITH "LYNN" GENOVESE, age 69, Floral City, died April 8, 2015 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Lynn was born on November 2, 1945 in Queens, NY to the late Alfred and Helen (Quinn) Rothwell. She was a rehabilitation counselor working in a state hospital in New York. She enjoyed gardening and working with her computer. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moose. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 38 years, Allan Genovese; sons Allan Genovese, East Yaphank, NY, Mark Genovese, Medford, NY, her daughter Lisa (Phil) Paul, Patchogue, NY; her brother Michael Rothwell, Daytona Beach, FL; sisters Regina Graziano, East Islip, NY and Helen (Bob) Noto, NJ; six grandchildren and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her daughter Tina Genovese and a sister, Carol Lawrence. A celebration of Lynn's life will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Fr. Tim Cummings officiating. The family will greet friends in visitation from 1:00 PM until the hour of service.


Archie L Gillis, 78, Inverness, FL
Archie Lee Gillis, age 78, of Inverness, FL, died April 3, 2015 at Shands Hospital at University of Florida in Gainesville, surrounded by his loving family. Archie was born on June 22, 1936 in Beverly, MA to the late Archie and Gertrude (Carter) Gillis. Archie served our country in the United States Army. He was employed as a contract work inspector for Verizon Telephone Company for over 30 years. He enjoyed building houses and his family moved many times to each new home that he built! His passion was trains and he was active in the National Locomotive Association. Archie volunteered at National State Parks all over the United States, with over 10,000 hours of service. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Bonita Springs, FL and of the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg, VA. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Connie Gillis; his son Neal Gillis, Gladys, VA; his daughter Cindy and her husband Steve Powell, Lynchburg, VA and grandson, Luke Powell; very special and dear family friends Kim and Gregg Bear, Inverness, FL. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. Please consider donations in Archie's memory to The Salvation Army in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. .


Patricia M Graf, 76, Inverness, FL
PATRICIA MAY GRAF, age 76, Inverness, died March 6, 2015 under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Patricia was born on February 4, 1939 in Pontiac, MI to the late Dwight L. and Earlene (Walker) Baldwin. She was a nurses aide at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for many years. Patricia was known by her family to be a sassy lady, who enjoyed making ceramics, working crafts, sewing and dancing. Left to cherish her memory is her son Victor R. Vore, daughter Vickie Ward and her husband Leslie, all of Inverness; a brother Dwight Baldwin and his wife Sheri, W.V.; sister JoAnn McAlister, MI; seven grandchildren, Danny Joe, Brian, Jessie, Gregory, Veronica, Tyler and Nikki; her first husband and the father of her children, Clellan "Dale" Vore. She was preceded in death by her second husband of 13 years, Henry J. Graf and a granddaughter, Wendy Lynn. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and Tribute to her life will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved second husband Henry. The family will receive friends in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Patricia's memory to American Cancer Society, Citrus County Unit, P.O. Box 1902, Inverness, FL 34451.


Robert L Gray, 87, Floral City, FL
ROBERT LESTER GRAY, age 87, Floral City, died April 4, 2015 under the care of his loving family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Robert was born on April 7, 1927 in Columbus, OH to the late Gano and Florence (Terrell) Gray. He served our country in the United States Navy during WWII as a fireman aboard the USS Abatan and USS Tantalus. Robert was a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, retiring with the rank of Sgt. after 27 years of service. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 61 years, Donna Gray; daughters Glenna J. (Tom) Parsley, Washington Courthouse, OH, Patricia Mulligan, Ripley, OH and Elizabeth Gray, Russellville, OH; a sister, Phyllis Rush, Columbus, OH; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Inurnment will be private at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Kenneth R Greene, 74, Inverness, FL
KENNETH R. GREENE, age 74, North Benton, OH and Inverness, FL died April 23, 2015 at his residence in Inverness. Ken was born on Januay 7, 1941 in Bakersville, NC to the late Clarence and Maude (McKinney) Greene. He served our country in the United States Navy. Ken was employed by Chrysler Corp as a robotics technician. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an accomplished wood worker and welder. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 34 years, Charlotte Greene; his son Kenneth R. (Christine) Greene, Copley, OH; and beloved grandchildren Kimberly "Nikki" Romosca and Kody Randall Greene, as well as other extended family and friends. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


David S Gricks, 52, Inverness, FL
DAVID SCOTT GRICKS, age 52, Inverness, died April 16, 2015 under the loving care of his family and the devoted staff of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Scott was born on June 12, 1962 in Santa Ana, CA to David C. and Judy Ann (Baker) Gricks. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy as a SeaBee. Scott was the owner/operator of a concrete company. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Paula Renee' Gricks, his parents David Gricks and Judy Baker; sons Scott Wayne Gricks (wife-Kimberly) of Parker, CO and Corey Flynn. Branham of Maple Valley, WA; daughters Sara Ann Ludemann of Arlington,WA; Davina Lafawn Underwood (husband-Robert), Debary, FL; his brothers, Theodore Gricks (wife-Susan), Chesapeake, VA, Robert Gricks (wife-April), Plant City, FL, Nathan Gricks, Bend, OR; his sister Joelyn Close-Schibig (husband-Theron),Salem,OR; 4 grandchildren Chloe Gricks, Chelsey Underwood, Carter Ludemann, and Halynn Ludemann. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, 11:00 AM from the Hernando Church of The Nazarene with Pastor Randy Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Club Recovery of Citrus Co., PO Box 161, Hernando, FL 34441. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Edward L Grimm, 85, Inverness, FL
Edward Lee "Ed" Grimm, age 85, Inverness, died April 10, 2015 at his residence. Ed was born on November 24, 1929 in Huntington, WV to the late Everett and Inez (Chapman) Grimm. He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Ed was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons as an electrical maintenance supervisor in Summitt, KY. He was also a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  Ed is survived by his daughter, Linda and her husband Wendall Sargent of  LaGrange, KY, two grandchildren, Daniel (Samantha) Sargent of Floyd's Knobs, Indiana, and Laura (Steven) Henning, also of LaGrange, Ky., one brother, Barry Keith (Janice) Grimm, of Flatwoods, KY; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Delilah, Dorothy and Ed Riley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, a brother Mike Grimm and sister Doris Bennett. A graveside committal service with military honors will be announced at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.


June M Grinestaff, 88, Inverness, FL
JUNE M. GRINESTAFF, age 88, formerly of Inverness, died on April 17, 2015 at The Abbey in St. Petersburg. June was born on May 30, 1926 in Pontiac, MI to the late Bernard and Lottie (Dow) Ainsworth. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and her church ministry and Bible study through First Presbyterian of Inverness. She enjoyed going on long country drives with her late husband and especially at the Christmas season and delighted in seeing the Christmas lights. June was an active member of the "McDonald's Breakfast Club." Left to cherish her memory is her son and his wife Dennis and Patricia Grinestaff, Beverly Hills; her daughter and her husband Nancy and Ronald Foley, Inverness; three grandchildren Heather, Joseph and Amy and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Leon Grinestaff. Burial will be private at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. A celebration and tribute to June's life will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Bobby W Haddock, 70, Inverness, FL
BOBBY W. HADDOCK, age 70, died May 4, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Bobby was born on November 23, 1944 in Darby, PA to the late Wlater and Daisy (Roark) Haddock. He was a millright in the oil refining industry, a job he enjoyed. Bobby was an accomplished carpenter and stained glass artist. He was an avid fisherman. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be deeply missed by those who knew him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 42 years, Myra Haddock; his son Terence (Magda) Haddock, Krakow, Poland; his daughter Sherry (Edward) Sawicki, New Castle, DE; brothers Lynn (Jean) Haddock, Elkton, MD and Barry Haddock, sisters Jean (Howard) Thomas and Linda Haddock, all of Newark, DE; grandchildren Daniel, Klaudia and Benjamin. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements. A celebration and tribute to Bobby's life will be held at Lake Tsala Gardens Clubhouse on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM.


John J Haney, 86, Inverness, FL
JOHN JOSEPH HANEY, JR. age 86, Inverness, FL died May 10, 2015 under the loving care of his family and the staff of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. John was born on August 22, 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late John J. Haney, Sr. and Margaret (Greer) Haney. He proudly served our country aboard the USS Boxer during the Korean War in the United States Navy. John was proud of his Scottish heritage. John was employed as a supervisor in the machinery maintenance industry. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched. John was an avid football fan, everything "Miami Dolphins." He was known to tinker and had a garage full of tools to help him repair or build anything he put his mind to. He also enjoyed working in his yard. Left to cherish his memory is his devoted wife of 25 years, Karen Haney; his children John J. Haney III and his wife Cynthia, Cooper City, FL, Linda (Haney) Green and her husband James David, Acworth, GA, David G. Haney and his wife Susan, Sunrise, FL, Timothy R. Haney, Hollywood, FL; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; his former spouse and Mother of his children, Rita Haney. One of 9 children, he was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow with military honors at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends in visitation from 12:30 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's memory are requested to Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Teddy R Harrell, 74, Inverness, FL
Teddy R. Harrell, age 74, died May 23, 2015 under the loving care of his family and the devoted staff at Hospice of Citrus County and Nature Coast House in Lecanto. A native Floridian, Teddy was born in Lithia, FL on December 14, 1940 to the late Ruffin and Annie (Johnson) Harrell. He was employed as a long-distance truck driver. Teddy loved to watch football and was an avid Florida Gator fan. A loving husband, father and grandfather, his happiest times were when he was able to spend time with his family. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 55 years, Luckie Harrell; his son Kert Harrell (wife-Michele), Cropwell, AL; daughters Clarrissa Williamson (husband-Tim), Tampa, FL and Christine Polk, Inverness; grandchildren Timmy, Robert, Tiffany, Jessica, Dylan and great-grandchildren Hailey, Todd, Zoey, Christine and Paisley. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, three brothers and a sister. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Wed. May 27th at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Ogle officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. If friends so desire, memorial donations to the family to offset funeral costs in lieu of flowers would be deeply appreciated.


Ann C Harris, 85, Inglis, FL
Ann Catherine Harris, 85, Inglis, FL left this world on May 13, 2015 to go to join her "Beloved Husband" Rod, who passed away in 1991. She was born in Camden, N.J. on September 5, 1929 to the late Eugene and Lillian (Scheina) Pierznik. Ann was a court clerk in East Hampton Township, N.J. for 20 years. She arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Beach Haven, N.J., and was a Catholic by faith. Their love gave them 4 children: Marilyn Burleigh of Inglis, Annette White of Palm Harbor, FL, John R. (Nina) Harris, Dunnellon, and Jerome E. (Brenda) Harris of Dunnellon; 6 grandchildren, Keith, Heather, Erica, Jerry, Montana, and Autumn; 2 Great-Grandchildren, Chase and Riley. "Be Happy for me. No tears or sadness. I am with My Love. I love you all, and will be waiting to be united later. Till then, I'll just say, ""See You Later"". Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Florence V Hartley, 87, Inverness, FL
Florence Virginia Hartley, age 87, Inverness, died May 4, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Florence was born on April 3, 1928 in Charleston, WV to the late James W. and Lousia J. (O'Dell) Kinder. She was employed as a bookkeeper for a paint manufacturing company. Florence enjoyed cooking and gardening; she loved tending her flowers in her yard. She is survived by dear friends Willie T. and Sara M. White. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Douglas Hartley as well as all of her siblings. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


George P Helvy, 77, Belleview, FL
GEORGE P. HELVY, age 77, Belleview, died May 26, 2015 under the care of the staff at the Sylvia Hospice House in Ocala and his loving family. George was born on September 10, 1937 in Poplar Bluff, MO to the late Columbus L. and Nellie May (Cox) Helvy. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy. George was a long-distance truck driver, a job he enjoyed very much as it allowed him the ability to travel through most of the states. When he was not trucking, he liked to watch television and his particular favorites were John Wayne and Clint Eastwood westerns as well as Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Walker-- Texas Ranger. George also enjoyed fishing with his grandsons. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 58 years, Bernice Helvy; his son B.J. Helvy and daughter Jenie May Callahan (husband-Sonny) all of Belleview; grandchildren Gina, Donny, Darrell and Christopher and great-grandchildren Ethan, Grayson, Gabin, Jayden, Sander, Jancie, Rhea, Brianna, Natalie, Colby, Jackson, McKenzie and one on-the-way! A Graveside committal service will be held at Randolph Memorial Park in Asheboro, NC under the care of Pugh Funeral Home in Randleman, NC. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with local arrangements.


Richard L Hinde, 62, Homosassa, FL
Richard Leroy Hinde, age 62, Homosassa, died March 29, 2015 at his residence. Richard was born on July 25, 1952 in Key West, FL to the late Robert and Marjalee Hinde. Richard moved to Citrus County from Key West in the 1970's and began building his reputation as one of the best local fishing captains. Spending over 20 years on the Apollo fishing boat charter, he became an expert on all the hot spots for grouper, mangrove, snapper, cobia and grunt. Winning and leading many tournaments and the respect of the local fishing community, he then ventured into his own charter business. Capt. Rich continued to build his fishing charter until 2010 when he was diagnosed with cancer, losing his ear. He thus lost his Captain's license and reluctantly settled into retirement. Deep sea fishing was his passion, his life and the Gulf of Mexico his playground. He leaves behind his 2 sons, Richard Patrick Hinde of Hernando, FL and Michael Wayne Hinde of Hernando, along with 4 grandchildren. The family will celebrate his life with a private ceremony. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Mona L Jackson, 99, DeLand, FL
Mona L. Jackson, 99, Deland, FL., former Inverness resident, died March 9, 2015 in the West Volusia Hospice Care Unit in Orange City, FL. Mrs Jackson was born January 12, 1916 in Grantsville, Utah to the late John and Ellen (Harrison) Bell and came here in 1972 from Altamonte Springs, FL. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lecanto. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Barney Jackson on July 24, 2004. Survivors include 2 children, Michael Barney Jackson, Deland, FL; Carol Ann Faison, New Orleans, LA; 1 sister, Mary Wrede, Hillsborough, CA; 2 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 13th at 10:00 AM from The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS in Lecanto. Bishop Jerry Campbell will officiate. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.


Linda C Johnson, 74, St Petersburg, FL
Linda Caroline Johnson, 74, St. Petersburg, FL died May 6, 2015 under the care of Hospice in their South Pinellas Care Center. Linda was born in St. Petersburg, FL on Feb 28, 1941 to the late Maurice S. and Caroline (Burdick) Johnson. She grew up in Inverness and graduated from Citrus High School. Following graduation, she returned to St. Petersburg and was employed by the Pinellas County Highway Patrol for 15 years as a secretary-dispatcher. She then became a legal secretary and spent 30 years at the the Powell, Carney, and Maller Law Offices before her retirement. She is survived by her brother, Maurice Johnson of Hernando, FL.; 2 nieces, Lori Hall and Sheri Robertson; 3 great nieces, Emily Thompson, Jessica Hall, and Nicole Robertson, 1 great nephew, Robert Robertson; 1 great great niece and 4 great great nephews. There will be a Celebration of Linda's life on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:00 AM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home, 3075 So. Florida Av., Inverness, Fl. The family will receive friends at the time of service. Following services, there will be a reception at Hilton Hall, Floral City United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Hospice of your choice.


Michael J Kennedy, 47, Inverness, FL
Michael J. Kennedy, age 47, died March 4, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Michael was born on December 11, 1967 in Newport, RI to Leo F. and Katherine "Kitty" (Tustin) Kennedy. He was the manager of Liberty Tax Service in Inverness and also the Crystal River office, a job he enjoyed very much. He also enjoyed reading, especially Louis L'Amour novels, was an avid NASCAR and Philadelphia Eagles fan. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 14 years, Brenda Kennedy; stepchildren Justin Springer, Kody Fredrikson, Kyle Fredrikson, Korey Fredrikson, Dillon Fredrikson and Katie Fredrikson; four grandchildren; his mother Kitty Kennedy, sister Kathleen Kennedy, all of Inverness and his brother Sean Kennedy, Floral City. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo F. Kennedy and a brother, Thomas Lee Kennedy. A Memorial Mass will be offered at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Ryan L Kiefer, 48, Floral City, FL
RYAN LAWRENCE KIEFER, age 48, Floral City, died March 6, 2015 at his residence. A native of Tennessee, Ryan was born on August 22, 1966 to the late Lawrence and Carolyn (Danser) Kiefer. He was employed in the civilian section of the Merchant Marines as a welder. He is survived by an Aunt, Minerva Baldwin (Earl), NJ and cousins Cindy Vanderbeck (Frank), Carl Simon (Michael), Gail Dyer (James) Terri Shanko, Earl Danser, Frank Danser, Kevin Danser and Sally Kominsky. In addition to his parents Lawrence and Carolyn Kiefer, he was preceded in death by an Uncle, Earl F. Danser, Jr. Private arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Dora M Kimball, 86, Inverness, FL
DORA M. KIMBALL, age 86, died May 8, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Dora was born on July 25, 1928 in Utica, NY to the late George and Gladys (Sherman) Baker. She was employed as a data processor in the computer manufacturing field. Dora was a loving mother and wonderful homemaker, enjoying cooking, baking, sewing and even ironing. She delighted in going thrift store shopping. Left to cherish her memory is her son Mark and his wife Viola Kimball, Jackson, NJ and daughter Marla and her husband Edward Kissel, Beverly Hills, FL; four grandchildren, Raymond and Shannon Kissel and Matthew and Mason Kimball. Burial arrangements are private at the Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


William G Knowles, 77, Inverness, FL
William George Knowles, Sr., age 77, Inverness, died March 29, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. William was born on August 18, 1937 in Hallendale, FL to the late John C. and Ester G. (Black) Knowles. He served our country in the National Guard. William was employed by Penske Truck Leasing Company for over 40 years as a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed his retirement and socializing at the Inverness Golf and Country Club. Left to cherish his memory is his son William G. Knowles, Jr. and his wife, Tina, Tallahassee, FL; his daughter Carol Osborne and her husband Chris, Inverness; his brother John C. Knowles, Wiersdale, FL; four grandchildren, Melissa, Frankie, Billy and Christina; great-grandchildren Mia and Dante. He was preceded in death by a brother Jack Knowles and sisters Bobbie and Carolyn. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


John W Kondracki, 88, Homosassa, FL
John Walter Kondracki, age 88, Homosassa, died March 27, 2015 under the care of his loving family and HPH Hospice. John was born on October 9, 1926 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late John and Katherine Kondracki. He served our country in the United States Navy during WWII. John was a commercial loan officer in the banking industry. John's passion in life was to be involved in community service by volunteering his time and effort to help those in need. He served as a volunteer for the Key Training Center. He was a member of the West Citrus Elks Lodge, Kiwanis of Homosassa and parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 65 years, Mary Kondracki; sons John A. (Helen) Kondracki, NC, Andrew (Barbara) Kondracki, CO and Jason (Karen) Kondracki, CA; 7 grandchildren, Danielle, Jesse, Annie, Dale, Robin and Alex and two great-grandchildren, Harrison and Clara. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ronnie, Ann, brother Edward and a grandson, Andrew Steven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa. Private inurnment will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family requests memorial donations to Key Training Center Foundation or American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Jewel E Kuehne, 85, Inverness, FL
Jewel Evelyn Kuehne, age 85, Inverness, died March 25, 2015. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Pauline C Landry, 87, Hernando, FL
PAULINE C. LANDRY, age 87, Hernando, died March 9, 2015 under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County and her family. Pauline was born on March 10, 1927 in Greene, Maine to the late Felix and Edith (Bragg) Small. Pauline's first employment was as a mill worker in the textile industry. She also owned and operated the Knotty Pine Tavern in Lewiston, ME, worked as a drill press operator for Raytheon Corporation and as a newspaper carrier for the Citrus County Chronicle. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Linda A. Mushlit and her husband Frank of Hernando; grandchildren Candy Maynard and Lindey Mushlit and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Landry, her son, Robert Landry, Jr., a grandson Brandon Mushlit, her brother Ellsworth Mann, Jr. and sister Dorothy Mann. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Gloria A Langoski, 70, Hernando, FL
GLORIA ANN LANGOSKI, age 70, Hernando, died May 12, 2015 at her residence with her loving husband at her side. Gloria was born on July 26, 1944 in Plainfield, NJ to the late Charles J. and Anna Elizabeth (Brandt) O'Brien. Gloria worked as a switchboard operator for the Ocean County (NJ) Health Department for over 25 years. She was very active in the Humanitarians and Habitat for Humanity while living in New Jersey. After marrying her second husband, David Plante in 2013, they traveled extensively throughout the country, camping and enjoying motorcycle riding. She is survived by her husband David Plante, Hernando; her son Ronald C. Norton and daughter Lori Marie Norton, both of NJ; sisters Kathleen Foster of CA and Patricia Zweier of NJ; four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley Langoski. Inurnment will be private at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Sally L Leaf, 66, Inverness, FL
Sally Lee Leaf, 66, Inverness passed away May 6, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mrs. Leaf was born on Nov 26, 1948 in Hastings, MI to Delbert and Anna (Bruen) Wickham and was raised by Marion Wickham following the death of her natural Mother, Anna. Sally came to Citrus County from Williston. She was employed in the restaurant business. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and cooking. She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxillarys. Survivors include her husband, David R. Leaf of Inverness; 2 sons, Brian (Tammy) Davis of Sparr, FL and Matthew Leaf of Barberton, OH; 4 daughters, Maddonna (James) Wiggens of Morriston, FL; Carmen (Richard) Thompson, Jacksonville, FL; Elizabeth Leaf, Barberton, OH; Robin (Thomas) Leaf, Inverness; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Edward, Jerry, Marguerite, and Alice. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00 PM from Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev. John Daniel Leaf officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to services from 11:00 AM


Arthur H Lemieux, 91, Inverness, FL
Arthur Harold Lemieux, 91, Inverness, FL, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Artie was born in West Quincy, MA to George and Edith Higgins Lemieux on October 15, 1923. In 1978 he moved with his family from Holbrook, MA to Inverness, FL. Artie is the longest surviving active member in the world of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA.) Artie joined Barbershop in 1943 and sang for over 72 years. He also founded the Citrus County Chapter, Chorus of the Highlands. Artie was a member of Manet Lodge, where he was a Past Master. Most of the Inverness community will remember Artie for the perpetual calenders he made and sold at craft shows for over 25 years. On May 13, 1967, he married Janet Smith. Together, they have four children; Richard (Jasen), Jeff, Brian (Lauren) and Jennifer; four grandsons, Dalton, Alexander, Atticus and Oliver and two granddaughters, Rachael and Sabrina; one brother-in-law Albert P. Colasanti and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his six siblings; Clara, George, Edith, Malcolm, Elva and Lillian. Artie will always be remembered for his devotion to his beloved wife of 48 years, his love not only for his children but all kids he encountered, his joy for singing and his magnetic personality towards all who met him. A celebration of Artie's life will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will greet friends in visitation from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Harmony Foundation International at www.harmonyfoundation.org.


Thomas A Lovick, 77, Inverness, FL
Thomas A. Lovick, Sr., 77, of Inverness, FL passed away May 13, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. He was born on August 6, 1937 in Starford, PA to the late Joseph and Anna (Crilley) Lovick. Thomas was a welding company machinist, a U.S. Army veteran, and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He arrived in this area 15 years ago, coming from Concord, OH and enjoyed going to garage sales, telling jokes, watching NASCAR, playing poker, and was a fan of the Cleveland Browns. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Beverly Lovick. Other survivors include children Thomas (Kaylinda) Lovick, Jr. of Mentor, OH, Stephen (Sally) Lovick and Michael (Karen) Lovick, both of Concord, OH, and Laura Lovick of Beverly Hills, FL; brother Patrick Lovick; sisters Bernadette Marken and Jenny Askew; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Elizabeth K Lutz, 76, Inverness, FL
Elizabeth K. Lutz, age 76, Inverness, died March 24, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Elizabeth was born on August 5, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa to the late Paul and Eltie (Ross) Brooks. She was a school teacher in the Spotsylvania and Stafford VA , Arcola, IL and Citrus County school systems. Elizabeth was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all whose lives she touched as well as her church family at Faith Lutheran. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, gardening and was an avid reader and crossword puzzle worker. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Harold Lutz; sons Bill (Lori) Lutz, Fishers, IN, Tom (Cyndi) Lutz, Eden, NY, Steve (Heidi) Lutz, Elmore, OH; daughters Ann Lutz, Karlene (Mike) McLain and Sandie (Jerry) Dyer, all of Inverness; her brother Harold (Rosemary) Brooks, Ypsilanti, MI; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Richard and Paul Brooks and sisters Susie, Renia and Nancy. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church in Hernando. The family will receive friends in visitation on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Harold D Lykins, 80, Inverness, FL
Harold Delbert Lykins, 80, Inverness, passed away Friday, Apr 17, 2015 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mr Lykins was born in Muncie, IN on Dec 16, 1934 to the late Vernie and Pearl (McMichael) Lykins and came to Citrus County from Pinellas Park, FL 18 years ago. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the Inverness Church of God where he served as a Deacon. Additionally, he was a Salvation Army volunteer and participated in the church's "Primetimers" organization. He was a lifetime fisherman and now is fishing in a "crystal lake". He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peggy (Shepherd) Lykins; four children, Vernie K. (Norma) Lykins and Harold D. (Sherrie) Lykins, both of Bradenton, FL; John-L (Lisa) Lykins of Riverview, FL and Patsy I. (Shawn) Bland of Payne, OH; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Don) Amari, Wanda (Loren) Jennings, and Kaye Parra Kelly (Fidel). He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Newcomer. Harold's Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM from the Inverness Church of God with Pastor David Lucas officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday morning from 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Committal services will be at a later date following cremation. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Salvation Army Corp of Citrus County.


Donald D Lynch, 79, Inverness, FL
DONALD D. LYNCH, age 79, Inverness, died March 9, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Donald was born on March 25, 1935 in Leaksville, NC to the late Milton G. and Annie C. (Pulliam) Lynch. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Donald was employed by a Buick Dealership as an automobile mechanic. He enjoyed life to the fullest, hunting, boating and golfing. He also was an avid NASCAR racing fan and even participated in a NASCAR team in 1959. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 46 years, Donna P. Lynch; son Jimmy H. Smith, Jr. and his wife Lucy of Ocala; stepdaughter Deborah Snead and her husband William, Leesburg, FL; grandchildren Justin Smith and Preston Smith; brothers Beamon, Richard, Alfred, Melvin; sisters Carol and Theresa. He was preceded in death by a brother, Milton. A graveside military committal service at Florida National Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Keith A Malz, 58, Inverness, FL
Keith Allen Malz, 58, of Inverness, Florida passed away March 31, 2015. He was born on September 9, 1956 in St. Petersburg, Florida to the late William and Elizabeth (Powell) Malz. Keith arrived in this area in 1976, coming from St. Petersburg, and was the owner of Larry's Auto Sales. He was a Catholic by faith, and had a passion for coaching soccer. He also enjoyed airbrush art and painting. Survivors include his loving wife of 29 years, Eleonore Malz. Other survivors include sons Erik Malz, and Kristopher Malz, both of Inverness; brother James Malz and sister Kathy Mitchell. Memorials in Keith's memory may be made to the Nature Coast Soccer Club, P.O. Box 455, Holder, FL 34445, for the Keith Malz Scholarship fund. The Family will have a Celebration of Life gathering at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Catherine J Martin, 86, Hernando, FL
CATHERINE JEAN MARTIN, age 86, Hernando, went to be with her Lord on May 5, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jean was born on August 7, 1928 in Highland, NY to the late DeGroodt and Agnes Gladys (Rhoades) Mead. She was a homemaker and also worked in the real estate business. Jean was an avid golfer, enjoyed reading, bridge and was an accomplished painter. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 68 years, William Martin; daughters Marilyn Jean (Conrad) Yantz, Marlboro, NY and Sally Jane (John) Mirakian, Beverly Hills, FL; brother Richard (Rosetta) Mead, Hernando; granddaughters Kelly, Susan, Katrina, Holly, Korinne, Carrie and Laura; 12 great-grandchlidren. She was preceded in death by a brother Peter Mead, sisters Carrie Mancuso ,Ann Yeaple and a great-grandson, William. A Requiem Eucharistic will be offered on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.


Walter V Martin, 74, Inverness, FL
Walter Vernon Martin, 74, of Inverness, FL passed away March 1, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inverness. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on April 8, 1940 to the late Vernon and Lena (Ryan) Martin. Walter was a messenger for the Brinks Security Company, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He arrived in this area in 2014, coming from Eldorado Springs, MO. Walter was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Donna H. Martin. Other survivors include children Franklin Martin and Jonny Dale Martin both of Florida, Jeff Martin, Eo Martin of Massachusetts; daughter Wanda California; and several grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Steven J McDevitt, 66, Inverness, FL
STEVEN JOHN McDEVITT, age 66, Inverness, passed away April 17, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Steven was born on December 8, 1948 in Hackensack, NJ to George W. and Audrey (Mullane) McDevitt. Steven was employed by Sheraton Hotel for over 20 years as a chef. He enjoyed working in his yard, taking care of his home and garden, especially his blueberry bushes. He enjoyed watching his companion, Christina grow and care for her orchids and helped her out by building a lovely greenhouse for her. He delighted in the company of his six dogs. Steven was devoted to his companion, brothers and daughters and dedicated to the care of his Mother. Left to cherish his memory is his companion of 26 years, Christina Luca; his mother Audrey McDevitt, Lecanto, daughters Shannon and Christina; brothers Kevin, Patrick and Timothy and sister Audrey "Kathy" Pazienza, all of NY; two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a his father, George and a brother, George. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Carolyn C McGee, 70, Inverness, FL
CAROLYN C. "CAROL" McGee AKA Carol Strickner/Carol Scheu of Inverness, Florida entered into rest while helping out family members. She died unexpectedly in her sleep on March 22nd, at the age of 70. Carol was born on March 25, 1944 in Rochester, NY to the late George and Iva (Goodman) McGee. She graduated from St. Joseph Business School. Carol was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW #4337 of Inverness, a member of the Scottsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, employed in accounting, as a teachers aide in Wheatland Chili School district for special education, crossing guard (Scottsville, NY), Marriott Hotel, lighting and sound technician for a musical band and volunteered frequently to help out others. Best of all, she was a wonderful stay at home Mom as well as the neighborhood "Mom." She was a doting "snowbird" Grandmother (GrammaGee). Carol very much enjoyed living in the moment. She was known for being very hip and up-to-date on her wardrobe. She had a love of fun for life, amusement parks (loved roller coasters), beaches, swimming, sun tanning, reading fiction novels, food and chocolate. T.V. was a favorite pastime (loved sci-fi movies). She collected many dragon paraphernalia. She had a love for music and dance. Carol was just plain fun to be around. Carol is predeceased by her son, Daniel "Dan" Strickner. Left to cherish her memory are siblings Jim (Orina) McGee and George "Bob" (Barb) McGee; many nieces, nephews and cousins; son Bryan (Phoebe) Strickner, Guam; daughter Amy (Strickner) and Rick Vos, Williamson, NY. She leaves behind 8 of her grandchildren, Dakota, Amanda, Emma, Jeffrey, Timothy, Patrick, Victoria and Celeste. Carol leaves many wonderful friends and recent companion Tom Whitcher. A memorial service will be announced at a later date in New York. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the closest Ladies Auxiliary of VFW.


George Michaels, 80, Hernando, FL
GEORGE MICHAELS, age 80, Hernando, died April 30, 2015 at Life Care Center. George was born on May 11, 1934 in Flushing, NY to the late Henry W. and Emily (Hennesy) Michaels. He served our country in the United States Navy, retiring after 30 years of service as a commissary man and cook. George volunteered much of his free time delivering food for the Church Without Walls food program. He enjoyed going to flea markets. He delighted in his dog Chi-Chi and his truck. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Agnes E. Michaels; his sons George Michaels, VT, Robert Michaels, RI and Frank Michaels; daughter Lucy Ann Coleman, MS; and stepson Douglas Kenyon, NH. He was preceded in death by a daughter Doris Michaels and stepdaughter Sherrie Pimental as well as all of his siblings. A graveside committal service will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends in visitation from 9:30 AM until the procession forms to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family requests donations to American Cancer Society, Citrus County Unit, P.O. Box 1902, Inverness, FL 34451 in lieu of flowers.


Helen M Miniaci, 72, Ocala, FL
HELEN M. "WENDY" MINIACI, age 72, died March 7, 2015 under the loving care of the staff of Legacy House in Ocala. Helen was born on April 12, 1942 in West Palm Beach to the late Arthur E. and Cindie L. (Rogers) Bailey. Helen is survived by three daughters, Cindi Ann, Debbie and Heather and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank N. Miniaci and a brother, Arthur E. Bailey. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until the hour of service. Private interment at Florida National Cemetery will follow at a later date.


Thomas H Momono, 70, Inverness, FL
THOMAS HIDEO MOMONO, age 70, Inverness, passed away on April 19, 2015 at his residence surrounded by those he loved. Tom was born on April 8, 1945 to William and Helen (Kuroiwa) Momono. Tom served our country in the United States Navy. He retired from Yellow Freight where he worked on the dock and occasionally drove on the road locally. Tom's first love and devotion was to our Savior, Jesus Christ. His family was his next highest love and priority. Tom loved fishing and being outdoors. Very physically active, always surprising people of his age. He found great joy making others laugh. All who knew Tom could not help but love him. Master of jokes and pranks, his laughter, energy, enthusiasm and sense of humor will be greatly missed. His passion to share the love of Jesus Christ was always evident as a youth pastor, Sunday school teacher or when ministering to the homeless. He was a man of great generosity in many ways. Deeply loved by his famly, he leaves behind many, including his wife , Sharon. Tom was a devoted and loving father of 2 daughters, Christy (John) Pusey and Breann Wells, who will hold tightly to cherished memories of him. Tom will be missed dearly by his 5 grandchildren, Ariana and J.T. (John Thomas) Pusey, Jacob, Ashlynn and Logan Crawford. Survived by his father William Momono and Tom's 3 siblings, his brothers Robert and Richard (Karen) and sister, Gayle (Kenneth), along with 7 nieces and nephews, Robert, Koji, Bryce, Ryan, Jayce, Erin and Darren. A celebration of Tom's life will be held on May 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Inverness Church of God, 416 U.S. Highway 41 South, Inverness, FL 34450. Anyone is welcome to attend. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family arrangements.


Barbara R Moore, 63, Inverness, FL
Barbara R. Moore, 63 of Inverness, Florida passed away on April 11, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. She was born on January 15, 1952 in Lakewood, New Jersey to the late James R. and Ruth (Bartlet) Doyle. Barbara was a school bus driver and arrived in this area permanently in 2013 coming from Broomall, PA. She was a Lutheran by faith and enjoyed reading, watching t.v. and running the household finances. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, John E. Moore. Other survivors include son James Moore of Atco, N.J.; and two grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donald L Murphy, 82, Inverness, FL
Donald L. Murphy, 82, Inverness, Florida passed away March 16, 2015 at Citrus Health & Rehab, Inverness. He was born in Iaeger, W. Virginia on July 15, 1932 to the late Blaine and Florence (Lester) Murphy. Donald was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a long time new car sales manager for Holler Chevrolet in Winter Park, FL. He arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Maitland, Florida, and was a member of the Rutland Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, NASCAR, loved his tractor, and watching the W. Virginia Mountaineers play football; but most of all, he loved bluegrass gospel music. He was preceded in death by one brother, Verland "Buddy" Murphy. Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Sylvia Murphy. Other survivors include daughters Vicki (Larry) Durden of Tavares, FL, and Stephanie Murphy of Eustis, FL; and one sister Wanda (Wayne) Kennedy of Columbus, OH. Funeral Services for Donald are scheduled for Friday, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with the family receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Burial with military honors will occur after the service at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL


Lottie Nickel, 95, Beverly Hills, FL
Lottie Nickel, 95, Beverly Hills died on March 23, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mrs. Nickel was born in Detroit, MI on Jan 27, 1920 to the late Martin and Tekla (Walasek) Gajos and moved here in 1978 from Hazel Park, MI. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Beverly Hills. She is survived by her husband, Alvin Nickel, Beverly Hills; 2 sons, Robert J. Marhevko and wife Marcia, Hillman, MI; John J. Marhevko and wife Elaine of Hudson, FL; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Marhevko, Jr. in 1995, her son, Mark Marhevko Jan 7, 2015, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Monsignor Avelino Garcia officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Fero Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Robert S Norman, 78, Inverness, FL
Robert Stanley Norman, age 78, Inverness, died March 28, 2015 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility. Robert was born on March 22, 1937 in New Rochelle, NY to the late Joseph and Anna Norman. He served our country in the United States Air Force as a pilot, retiring with the rank of Major; a career that he truly loved. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary in Mayport, FL, achieving the rank of Captain and always enjoyed being on the water, boating and fishing. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in his yard. He was a devoted father and husband and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years, Mary Frances Norman; sons Robert Scott Norman, both of Inverness; Richard (Suzanne) Norman, IN; daughter Karen Perry, St. John, FL; his brother Joseph E. Norman, Lake Jessup, FL. A graveside military committal service will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family in procession to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 1:30 P.M.


Merton R Northrup, 76, Floral City, FL
MERTON "SONNY" R. NORTHRUP, age 76, Floral City, went to be with his Lord on April 29, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Sonny was born on June 6, 1938 in McGraw, NY to the late Harry and Iris (Perkins) Northrup. Sonny proudly served our country for 7 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was a talented mason, who worked in the construction industry building block homes. Sonny enjoyed biking on the nature trails around his home and working in his yard. He was an avid fisherman. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Sally Ann Northrup; his son Dale L. (fiancee-Jan Cornelius), Parrish, FL; daughter Tammy Seaman, Clearwater, FL; brothers Lanny Northrup, Hamlin, NY and Wayne Northrup, VA; sisters Pat Hatch Marathon, NY and Estella Holmes, Clifton Park, NY; grandchildren Diana Seaman and Malcolm Seaman, III and great-grandchildren Matthew Nenos and Sophia Maniatis. He was preceded in death by sons Ricky Lynn and George Rollin Northrup; brother Ronald and sister Iris Anderson. A celebration and tribute to Sonny's life will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Floral City United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Gestrich officiating. The family requests donations to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Robert W Olmen, 88, Inverness, FL
ROBERT W. OLMEN, age 88, Inverness, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior May 20, 2015 under the care of the staff of Citrus Health and Rehab Center and his loving family. Robert was born on August 16, 1926 in Duluth, MN to the late Daniel and Anna (Christianson) Olmen. He served our country in the United States Army during WWII. After the war ended, he worked for the U.S. Government. He was then employed by Univac Defense Systems Division as the director of Research. A man who loved the Lord, Robert was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and was active in many of the ministries as well as Gideon's International. Along with his brother, Donald, he was the owner of Camper's World in Inverness for many years. He ended his working career as a professor of business at Greenville College (IL) and started the first work study program there. Robert was an inventor and held two patents in his name. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 18 years, Betty Olmen; his son Timothy A. (Beth) Olmen, Mint Hill, NC; daughter Julie A. (Tony) Hester, Sandoval, IL; stepdaughters Pamela Bradford, Inverness and Cheryl (Gary) Anderson, Fort Lauderdale and his beloved grandchildren Jeremy, Kibbie, Katie Leigh, James, Ricky, Katie Lynn and great-grandchildren Caetano, Christiano, Saigon, Kellan, Sophie, Braxton and Kenzi. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine after 42 years of marriage, his first-born son, Robert Michael and all of his siblings, Stanley, Donald, Marvel and Margie. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory with Pastor Bruce Wenger from Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors rendered by VFW Post #7122 of Floral City. The family will greet friends in visitation from 11:00 until the hour of service. The family requests donations in Robert's memory to Gideons International in lieu of flowers.


Howard D Osteen, 70, Brooksville, FL
Howard David Osteen, 70, of Brooksville, FL passed away April 26, 2015 at Brooksville Health Care Center, Brooksville, FL. He was born in Crystal River, FL on October 16, 1944 to the late Thomas Leonard and Mattie (Lane) Osteen. Howard was a truck driver, and arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Haines City, FL. He was a Baptist by faith, and member of the American Legion Post #155, Crystal River, FL. He was preceded in death by his siblings Paul, Lawrence, and Irene. He is survived by children Howard D. and William D. Osteen, and Tracy Ann; brothers Bennett Osteen, Sr. and Horace Osteen, and sister Linda Trimble; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Thursday, 1:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. The family will be receiving friends in visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL., following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675.


Gene H Pairgin, 78, Hernando, FL
GENE H. PAIRGIN, age 78, died May 9, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Gene was born on September 10, 1936 in Bristol, VA to the late Elgin and Ora (Fleenor) Pairgin. Gene was an electrician in the construction business. He is survived by his daughter Tracie Alkhudair, her husband Anas and their children Mubarak, Malik, Sarah and LeighAnn of Saudi Arabia and his former spouse, Linda Pairgin, his niece Crystal and her husband John Newby, brother-in-law Gary Fishburne and Sister-in-law JoAnn Fishburne as well as dear friends Jim and Rosemary Rogers and Al Short. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Center for their devoted care to Gene as well as Dr. Fernandez and the staff of the CCU and third floor at Citrus Memorial Hospital for their compassionate nursing care of Gene during his final days. A graveside committal service for Gene will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Ricardo A Patron, 83, Hernando, FL
Sadly, Dr. Ricardo A. Patron, age 83, passed away at home surrounded by his family in Hernando, Florida on Monday, April 6th, 2015. Ricardo was born on October 10, 1931 in Dolores, Quezon, Philippines to Maximo and Claudia Patron. He was the second eldest to brothers Manuel, Andres & Amador and sisters Dolores & Veneranda. He attended Dolores Elementary School, Lucena Provincial High School, and San Pablo Colleges. He then graduated from Far Eastern University Medical School in 1957, performing residency and fellowships at Mercy Hospital and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Ricardo’s proudest achievement was bringing his family to the United States. He lovingly shared opportunities available in the United States by helping his siblings and their families immigrate to the United States. His family journey began on Guam as a founding physician for Guam Medical Clinic from 1967 to 1979. He then practiced in Manhattan, KS, El Dorado, KS and Liberal, KS before settling in Hernando, FL upon retirement from OB-GYN Associates of Southwest Kansas in June 2000. As skilled of a physician as he was, he was a better father. Along with his wife Norma, he taught their children the value of hard work and the importance of family. Fun memories of the weekend beach outings, of traveling away from Guam to the Philippines, the United States and to Europe bring smiles and laughs. He was dearly loved by all who knew him and lovingly called “Carding” and “Dad” to his many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and godchildren. The heart of his pit bull retriever mix, Twinkle, will be forever broken. As the center and soul of his family he will be missed terribly, yet deep in our hearts we know that he will always be there to watch over and guide us through our journeys ahead. Ricardo is survived by his beloved wife, Norma, his children, Ricardo (Kathy), Rufino (Amanda), Roberto, Romeo and Claudia “Rosaley” (Ronde’), grandchildren, Mika, Nathan, Matthew, Neal, Olivia, Benjamin, Sophia, Yammile and Justyce; siblings, Andres (Feliciana), Veneranda, Amador (Erlinda), his godchildren, nieces, nephews and Twinkle. He is preceded in death by Maximo and Claudia Patron, Leyte R. Patron, Manuel Patron and Dolores Patron. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM from St. Scholastica Catholic Church with Fr. Jose Tejada, celebrant. Visitation will be on Friday from 2-5PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home where there will be a Wake Vigil Service offered at 4:30 PM.


Jeremy A Puff, 41, Inverness, FL
JEREMY ALLEN PUFF, age 41, Inverness, died March 26, 2015. Jeremy was born on February 18, 1974 in Toms River, NJ to Richard Puff and Susan Marie (Perry) Puff. Jeremy served our country in the United States Army. He enjoyed being a karaoke D.J., singing and was an avid fisherman. A generous man with a "big heart" he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish his memory are his children Matthew and Alyssa Puff, Conway, AR; his parents Richard (Susanne) Puff, Howell, NJ and Susan Perry (Roger Beckner), Inverness; brother Daniel Puff, Bronx, NJ, sister Jessica Avery, Inverness; half-brother Kyle Puff, Howell, NJ; his former spouse and mother of his children, Penny Foley and her husband Brian, Conway, AR; many extended family and friends and his beloved black labrador dog, Shadow. A celebration of life and tribute will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. The family will greet friends in visitation from 2:00 until the hour of service. "Fly With The Wind" Jeremy. You are loved and will be missed. Please consider memorial donations in Jeremy's honor to Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.


Philip H Rashley, Jr., 74, Inverness, FL
PHILIP H. RASH, Jr., age 74, died May 8, 2015 at his residence. Philip was born on November 15, 1940 in Dover, DE. He was the manager of a paper products warehouse. Philip was an avid fisherman and the "dog man" of his community, enjoying not only his own animals, but providing treats for others dogs as well. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years, Connie Rash; son Timmy (Tara) Rash and daughter Shannon Rash, all of Bowmansville, PA; stepsons Mark (Amy) Amspoker, Houston, TX and John Amspoker, Orlando, FL; six grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.


Clarence R Rediker, III, 40, Homosassa, FL
CLARENCE RAYMOND REDIKER, III, age 40 of Homosassa, died March 17, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Clarence was born on May 2, 1974 in St. Petersburg, FL to Clarence Raymond Rediker, Jr. and Sherry (Manley) Rediker. He was employed as a tree surgeon in a tree trimming business. Clarence was a "free spirit" and enjoyed 4-wheeling, mud bogging, hot rods and being on the river. Left to cherish his memory is his companion of ten years, April Vanconett; his parents Clarence R. Rediker, Jr., St. Petersburg and Sherry Brunell, Pinellas Park; his brother Curtis (wife- Mahogany) Rediker, sisters Sherry Young and Lucinda Rediker (husband David Saitow) all of Pinellas Park, many nieces, nephews and extended family and his pit bull "Killer." He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A celebration of life tribute for Clarence will be announced by the family at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Susan M Roeder, 70, Inverness, FL
Susan M. Roeder, 70, of Inverness, Florida passed away May 2, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, Florida. She was born on December 28, 1944 in Queens Village, New York to the late Harold G. and Josephine A. (Springer) Roeder, Sr. Susan was a Registered Nurse, and arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Pinellas County. She was Episcopalian by faith, and loved the outdoors; enjoying gardening, boating, crafting, fishing, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving daughters Jennifer Sue (Charles "Chuck") Phillips of Inverness, FL, and Jill Theresa (John) Grishaber of Jeffersonville, NY; siblings Harold G. Roeder, Jr., and Louise C. Roeder; and 3 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 A.M. through 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Susan's name be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Walter E Rudd, 83, Inverness, FL
Walter Eugene Rudd, 83 Inverness passed away at home on May 1, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus Co and The Nature Coast. Walter was born on March 6, 1932 in Tyler, TX to the late Thomas and Isla (Rayford) Rudd and moved to this area in 1987 from California. He was a retired engineer from Lockheed Space & Missiles and served our country in the U.S. Navy. Walter designed the Gulf War Monument that is located on the square of the old court house in Inverness and was a part of starting the "Adopt a Highway" program in Citrus County, along with the late Jerry Clark. He was also a publisher and author and a member of the Inverness VFW Post #4337, serving as the Adjutant for many years. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn (Wimpy) Rudd, Inverness; 3 sons, Jeffrey (Dianna) Rudd of Oregon; Scott (Nancy) Rudd of Lompoc, CA; Russell (Michelle) Novak of Kenneth City, FL; 3 daughters, Jill Biggs of Livermore, CA; Susan Rudd of Lompoc, CA and Renee (Phillip) Popp, Ocala, FL; 1 brother, Gerry (Lynn) Rudd of Tyler, TX; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Following cremation, military graveside honors will be rendered at the Florida National Cemetery on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM by the Inverness VFW Post #4337. Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464


Lauren M Sanders, 5, Inverness, FL
Lauren Marie Sanders was born October 8th, 2009 with a genetic condition known as Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy Type  IV with  Anhidrosis, a rare genetic disorder and is characterized by an inability to feel pain and an inability to sweat. Children affected by this tragic condition also cannot feel temperature and cannot distinguish between hot and cold.  She fought an exceptionally long life, considering her complications, and became our angel on March 22nd, 2015. Lauren’s Mommy, Sam, saved both hers and her brother Trenton’s life through the gift of adoption.  Lauren came home for good to Inverness, Florida on September 13, 2012, and her adoption was finalized on December 11th of that year.  At first, Miss Lauren was a bit shy and reserved.  However, the unrelenting determination of her Mommy brought our little princess out of her shell.  Sam’s commitment to doing everything that she could to save Lauren’s life led to a lifetime of love and joy.  Sam has a heart of gold, and has been such an inspiration to all of us. Despite the multiple surgeries, hospitalization and hundreds of medical professionals tending to Lauren, we can take comfort in knowing that she never felt an ounce of pain through it all. What she did feel, however, was the outpouring of love from so many people all across the country as she battled with this unimaginable challenge.  More importantly, little Miss Lauren died peacefully, in her mother’s arms, knowing wholeheartedly that Sam loved her more than anything in the entire world. While Lauren was most certainly affected by her condition, she was so much more than a special needs child. She was bright and attentive, loving and kind, full of the energy that we see in other children her age. She loved to read books and play with her toy kitchen that she received from Santa Claus last Christmas. She enjoyed characters like Mickey Mouse and Dinosaur Train, and had great fun playing with her legos. She was, for all intents and purposes, a typical five year old girl. Her blue eyes sparkled underneath her beautiful blonde hair, and her smile could melt a team of doctors just as quickly as it melted our own hearts. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Campbell of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.


Betty Santana, 89, Lecanto, FL
Betty Santana, 89 of Lecanto passed away March 1, 2015 in the Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast in Inverness.. Mrs Santana was born in Tribune, Kansas June 27, 1925 to the late Phillip and Myrtle (Lease) Bennett and came to this area in 1978 from Miami, Florida. She and her husband, Theodore, were one of the founding members of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto and was also a member of the Citrus County Good Time Cloggers. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Theodore Santana and two grandchildren, Theodore and Terri. Her son, Theodore Santana, III passed away in 2001. Betty's life will be celebrated on Friday, March 6th at 10:45 AM at the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ray Cortese officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends will be received at the church prior to services. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials in memory of Betty are being accepted by the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.


James M Scheidell, 74, Homosassa, FL
James M. Scheidell, 74, Homosassa, FL passed away May 7, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. She was born on July 11, 1940 in Washington, D.C. to the late James T. and Mabel (Bogie) Scheidell. James was a plumber and pipe fitter and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. He attended St. Benedict Catholic Church in Homosassa, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. His memberships included Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #2013, Crystal River, FL, the Eagles, Homosassa, the Elks # 4272 of West Citrus, Sons of the American Legion, and Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union #123. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Martha A. Scheidell. Other survivors include children Michael J. Scheidell of Louisiana, Dennis T. (Jessica) Scheidell of St. Petersburg, Becky Ann Scheidell of Homosassa, and Amy (Larry) Johnson of Homosassa; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Frances J. Kelley. Services for James will be held at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with arrangements.


Kathryn J Schendorf, 94, Hernando, FL
KATHRYN J. SCHENDORF, age 94, Hernando, FL, died May 15, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. A native of Perth Amboy, NJ, Kathryn was born on January 11, 1921 to the late John and Anna Zanko. She was a homemaker, but also worked at Macy's for many years. She was very active in her community and her church, both in New Jersey and Florida, where she was a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace in Beverly Hills. She was a great baker, enjoyed reading and crocheting and gifted her family and friends with many of her beautiful creations. Left to cherish her memory are her sons Mark (Joan) Schendorf, Longwood, FL and John (Jean) Schendorf, North Brunswick, NJ; her daughter Joyce (Bob) Miller, Hernando; brothers John and Joseph Zanko, both of Perth Amboy, NJ; grandchildren Kenneth, Heather, Sarah, Tara and Dylan and great-grandchildren Daniel, Michaela and Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, John Schendorf and her two sisters, Mary Zanko and Stephanie Svizeny. Riggs Funeral Home in Forked River, NJ will be assisting the family with services and burial. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of local arrangements. The family requests donations in Kathyrn's memory to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Nina Senkiw, 92, Inverness, FL
NINA SENKIW, age 92, Inverness, died April 10, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Nina was born in Yugoslavia on August 12, 1922 to the late Gabriel and Maria (Sosova) Abramzova. She was a homemaker and devout member of the Protection of Holy Mother of God Ukranian Orthodox Church in Dover, FL and of St. Raphael's Orthodox Church in Hernando. Nina enjoyed reading, studying history, especially that of the Ukraine and was fluent in five languages. She loved music and telling stories of her life. Left to cherish her memory is her son James (Wife-Sheryl) Senkiw, Minneapolis, MN; her daughter Janice (Husband-Gerald) Gearhart, Crystal River, FL; sister Raissa Podolak; a dear friend Margaret Taylor; five grandchildren Matthew, Thomas, Nina, James and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Michael Senkiw. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Friends are invited to greet the family in visitation from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Memorial donations to St. Raphael's Orthodox Church in Nina's honor are requested in lieu of flowers.


Christine M Small, 73, Beverly Hills, Fl
Christine Mary Small, 73, Beverly Hills, FL passed away May 19, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. She was born on October 15, 1941 in Glen Cove, NY to the late Michael J. and Mary (Klosowsky) Pascucci. Christine was a social worker, and arrived in this area in 1998, coming from Port Jefferson, NY. She attended Beverly Hills Community Church and enjoyed raising butterflies, gardening, bird watching and attended the Butterfly Club. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Charles H. Small, Jr. Other survivors include her children Thomas F. Ringrose, Jr. of Huntington Station, NY, Michael J. (Theresa) Ringrose of Clifton Park, NY, Robert R. Ringrose of Schroon Lake, NY, Lee F. (Sharon) Small of St. Louis, MO, and Terri Frances (Tom) Willis of Fredericksburg, MD. 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Pascucci of Hicksville, NY. A Memorial Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Friday, May 22, 1:00 P.M. at Beverly Hills Community Church, 82 Civic Circle, Beverly Hill, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL., is assisting the family with arrangements.


James E Smith, 85, Floral City, FL
JAMES EPHFRIAM SMITH, age 85, Floral City, went to be with his Lord on March 16, 2015 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. James was born on February 18, 1930 in Georgia. He served our country in the United States Navy for 30 years, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. A man who loved his Lord, he devoted many hours studying the Word of God. His wife Ellie is a gifted singer and he enjoyed listening to her. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 4 years, Ellie Southam-Smith, sisters Ruby Lee Henry and Sue Henry; brother-in-law Rudy Schweitz, sisters-in-law Gloria Schweitz and Carm Schweitz; two grandchildren, Shannon Edwards and Shawn Dennis and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rosalie Smith. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Hwy 44 Church of God. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. If family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Gwendolyn Snider, 82, Inverness, FL
Gwendoyn Snider, age 82, Inverness, died April 20, 2015 under the loving care of her family and the Hospice of Citrus County and Nature Coast staff. Gwendolyn was born on May 7, 1932 in Bard, NM to the late Aaron Langford and Velma Ledessa (Smith) Martin. As a young bride, she worked in Texas as a ranch cook, serving up to 30-40 meals three times per day to working cowboys from various ranches. In addition to her joy of cooking, she enjoyed sewing. The oldest of ten children, by the age of eight, she was helping take care of her siblings and had married a local cowboy by the age 13, David C. Snider, Sr. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Marie Snider-Kuhn and her husband Kenneth, Lubbock, TX, Melanie Snider Foreman, Lebanon, MO, Sherri Snider-King, Inverness; sister Melinda Fay Martin Edwards, Nolan, OK and brothers Aaron Dwayne Martin and his wife Doylene, Portales, NM, Jerry Lee Martin, Midwest City, OK; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband David C. Snider, Sr., after 56 years of marriage, her son David C. Snider, Jr., a daughter Rowena Ledessa Smith; 5 brothers and one sister. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Janice A Standlick, 81, Homosassa, FL
Janice Ann Standlick, 81 passed away peacefully on the morning of April 14, 2015. Jan was born on May 27, 1933 in Iron Mountain, Michigan. She grew up in Iron River Michigan with her loving parents Thomas and Marion Hosking. She received her bachelor and masters degree in Education at Michigan State University. She married her loving husband Jim Standlick in 1979. Jan taught elementary school for 27 years in Livingston County Michigan. Then after they retired they made their home in Homosassa Florida. Jan Standlick is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Marion Hosking and her only son Thomas L Savich. Jan Standlick is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jim Standlick. Her daughter Paulette Galop (husband Stacey), step daughter Lisa Fishel, 4 grandchildren, John and Shaun McNally, Sarah and Alex Fishel and her great grandson Mason McNally. In lieu of flowers please send a donations to HPH Hospice. The family will welcome friends for a memorial service being held on April 27, 2015 at the home of Jim Standlick 13 Cypress Blvd East, Homosassa at 3pm. After the memorial service there will be food and refreshments to celebrate Janice Standlick’s life. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family. Plaque address: Jim Stanklick, 13 Cypress Blvd East, Homosassa, FL 34446


Jimmy E Stanley, 81, Inverness, FL
JIMMY ERNEST STANLEY, age 81, Inverness, died March 10, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jimmy was born on August 19, 1933 in McCaysville, GA to the late Ernest R. and Marie (Richard) Stanley. Jimmy served our country in the United States Army. He was employed by Citrus County as a fleet manager. Jimmy was a member of VFW #4337 of Inverness, the Inverness Eagles, and 32nd Degree Mason from Inverness Lodge #118, Valley of Ocala, Scottish Rite, Egypt Temple. Survivors include his son, E. Paul Stanley, Gainesville, GA; brothers Bobby of Lakeland, FL, Jack of St. Augustine, FL, Tommy of Valrico, FL, Johnny of Atlanta, GA and sister Betty of Oakmont, PA; two grandchildren, Phillip and Elizabeth. A graveside committal service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.


Ronald I Stinedurf, 80, Floral City, FL
Ronald I. Stinedurf, age 80, Floral City, died May 16, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at his residence. Ronald was born on August 30, 1934 in Sharon, PA to the late Charles R. and Ruth (Hillkirk) Stinedurf. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force. Ronald was employed by Raytheon in the electronics division as a senior field engineer. His work necessitated him traveling to many countries, including Saudi Arabia and he enjoyed exploring the culture of the people and the region. He was an accomplished card player. Left to cherish his memory is his best friend and the love of his life, Barbara A. Stinedurf; his sons, Kevin M. Stinedurf, Clearwater, FL and Ronald "Eric" Stinedurf, Floral City, FL; his daughter Cheryl "Shan" Sharp-Miller and her husband Craig of Homosassa and grandson Alexander M. Sharp, his brother James F. Stinedurf, Dade City, FL and sister Norma Jean Masters, Cape Coral, FL. Inurnment will be private at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The family requests donations in Ron's memory to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers.


Richard J Stone, 83, Gainesville, FL
RICHARD J. STONE, age 83, Gainesville, formerly of Lecanto, died March 3, 2015 at Palm Gardens Health and Rehab Center in Gainesville. Richard was born on August 31, 1931 in Englewood, NJ to the late Henry and Sadye (Wides) Stone. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Richard was employed by Navy Exchange Service Command in the sales department and management for over 20 years. He enjoyed gardening, reading, cars and was an avid outdoorsman, spending time sailing, swimming and at the beach. He especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife of 61 years, Helen and his family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Helen M. Stone; sons Bruce Stone and his wife Paula, Jacksonville, FL and Jefrey Stone and his wife Eddine, Virginia Beach, VA; and five grandchildren. A tribute and celebration of Richard's life will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with military honors. Memorial donations in Richard's memory are requested to a veteran's organization of your choice in lieu of flowers.


Mary J Styler, 64, Inverness, FL
Mary Jo Styler, 64, of Inverness, Florida passed away April 1, 2015 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. She was born on October 20, 1950 in Tarentum, PA to the late Joseph and Ruth (Rooker) Moore. Mary Jo was a Medical Transcriptionist, and arrived in this area in 2011 coming from Seminole, FL. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, the outdoors, reading, and loved animals. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, David Styler. Other survivors include sons Jamie and Jody Thompson, both of Largo, FL, Nichole Thompson (Kevin) Hutson of Albany, GA; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Lawrence L Taggart, 75, Invenress, FL
Lawrence L. Taggart, 75, Inverness passed away May 9, 2015 at Citrus Hills Health & Rehab. Mr. Taggart was born in Bronx, New York on September 23, 1939 to the late Robert W. and Marjorie (Graef) Taggart and moved to this area in 1974 from California. He retired from the State of Florida as a Corrections Officer and served our country in the Armed Forces for 24 years, 15 of which were in the United States Marines Corps and 9 with the National Guard from which he retired. While in the Marines, he served in Vietnam. His affiliations included the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Marine Corps League Citrus Detachment #1139, Citrus County MOPAR, VFW Post 7122 , Fleet Reserve Branch 186, and the Citrus County Sheriff's Auxiliary. He is survived by three children, Larry Taggart and wife Renee of Junction City, Kansas; Tammy Schneck and husband Frank of Corinth, Texas; Lori Lane and husband Jim of Inverness; his brother, Robert W. Taggart of Inglis, FL; four sisters, Barbara Taggart, Michigan; Janet Sparks, Spring Hill, FL; Susan Frietas, Chiefland, FL; Dorothy Hennick, Gainesville, FL; five grandchildren, Amanda and Samantha Schneck, Kyle and Jacob Lane, and Riley Taggert. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Kay. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home on Friday, May 15th at 12:00 Noon with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675


Arthur F Taje, 72, Citrus Springs, FL
ARTHUR "ART" FRANCIS TAJE, age 72, Citrus Springs, went to be with his Lord on April 2, 2015 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. Art was born on March 10, 1943 in Revere, MA. Throughout his lifetime, he was the owner/operator of Hair Biz Stylist, Inc for over 20 years and also worked for BiRite Beauty Supplies and ABC Liquors in management positions. Art was active in the Knights of Columbus in Massachusetts and was a member of the Elks and Moose Lodges. He was an accomplished golfer who won first place with his son, Rick, the last two years of the Elks Charity Tournament held in Sebring, FL. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather "Papa", he will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 24 years, Dee Taje; his children Ed (Cheri) Taje, Taunton, MA, Georgia Taje, Sebastian, FL, Rick Taje, Citrus Springs, FL, Lisa Jackson, South Easton, MA and Kristi (Kurt) Dunbar, Tampa, FL; his brother Richard (Demi) Taje, Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren Brittany, Jared, Dennis, Gabrielle, Carmela, Steven, Ashley, Toni, Lauren, Matt and Kylie and one great-granddaughter Bella. He was preceded in death by a son Chris Taje and his sister Carol Collins. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. Please consider donations on Art's memory to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.


Ruby O Thayer, 82, Floral City, FL
Ruby O. Thayer, 88, of Floral City, Florida passed away March 27, 2015 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inverness, Florida. She was born on January 18, 1927 in Bakersfield, Vermont to the late Kenneth A. and Grace L. (Wood) Aiken. Ruby was a waitress in the hospitality industry, and arrived in this area in 2013, coming from Lakeland, FL. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, and enjoyed painting. Survivors include her children David (Allison) Thayer of Floral City, Ronald (Francine) Thayer of Zephyrhills, FL, Marlene Gilfillan of Derby, VT, and Nancy Lovely of Lyndonville, VT; 11 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral HOme with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gail A Tierney, 64, Inverness, FL
Gail Ann Tierney, age 64, Inverness passed away suddenly at her home on March 14, 2015. Gail was born in Jamaica, NY on Aug 18, 1950 to the late Charles W. and Margaret (Woodland) Tierney and moved to Florida in 1984 from Queens, NY. She was employed by the University of Florida in Gainesville working as editor of their Alumni magazine and later in Alumni donatiions. In 1987, she moved to Inverness to become the Public Information Officer for the Citrus County Board of Commissioners. In 1990, she became the Public Information Officer for the Citrus County Sheriff's Department, a position she held for 22 years. After retirement in 2013, Gail joined the board of Crime Stoppers, a position she held until her death. Outside of employment, Gail had a special place in her heart for the Citrus Abuse Shelter and served on their board of directors for 27 years as the Secretary and currently as Vice-President. Gail is survived by her brother, Denis Tierney and his wife Michelle of Excelsior, MN; her nephews, Travis Tierney, Industry, Maine; Joshua Tierney, Buffalo, MN; her niece, Karry Tierney-Bong, Duluth, MN; her God Daughter, Suzanne Delfino of Pennsylvania; her best friend, Tom Salmon, Gainesville, FL Gail's life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev Greg Kell, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until he hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Citrus County Abuse Shelter will be appreciated. The mailing address is: PO Box 205, Inverness, FL 34451


Larry L Tomlin, 75, Inverness, FL
LARRY LEE TOMLIN, age 75, Inverness, died May 21, 2015 at HPH Hospice House in Lecanto. Larry was born on January 20, 1940 in Muscatine, IA to the late Omer and Arvilla (Frye) Tomlin. Larry was a supervisor for John Deere Plow-Planter division for over 27 years. He enjoyed cat fishing, was an avid NASCAR fan, rooting for his favorite driver, Tony Stuart and enjoyed playing cards with his family. He was an excellent cook and even canned many of his own foods. Left to cherish his memory is his special friend of 7 years, Carol Brown, daughters Vickie E. Tomlin, Muscatine, IA and Kelly J. Vale, Bettendorf, IA; brothers Duane Tomlin (wife-Helen) of Inverness and Dean Tomlin (wife-Judy), Monticello, IN; his sister Lila Keller, Illinois City, IL, four grandchildren Jason, Hope, Richard and Kailyn; great-grandchildren Drake, Jaxson and Landon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Tomlin. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Ellery V Umbenhaur, 88, Inverness, FL
ELLERY VIRGIL UMBENHAUR, age 88, Inverness, died March 9, 2015 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Ellery was born on October 14, 1926 in Chicago, IL to the late Benjamin F. and Violet (Scholz) Umbenhaur. He was the owner/operator of a grocery business. Ellery enjoyed fresh water fishing, bowling, golfing and loved to work puzzles. He was a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 65 years, Ellen Umbenhaur; sons Gary Umbenhaur and his fiancee Carol Hearn, Inverness and David R. Umbenhaur and his wife Tammi, Buchanan, MI; brother Robert Umbenhaur, Inverness; five grandchildren, Angela, Benjamin, Joshua, Matthew and Kari and great-grandchildren, Gordon III, Marta and Gabrielle. He was preceded in death by his sister Lois Bobo. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. The family invites friends to join them in visitation from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers that they may continue their wonderful care of others as they have done for our beloved Ellery.


Odus G Vaught, 78, Inverness, FL
ODUS G. VAUGHT, age 78, Inverness, died March 23, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast. Odus was born on September 18, 1936 in Whitesville, WV to the late Paul O. and Louella (Samens) Vaught. Odus served our country in the United States Army. He was employed as a pipefitter for General Motors for many years. Odus was a member of the American Legion Post #155 and Point O'Woods Golf Club, where he had served as President. A man who had a quick wit and a great sense of humor, he will be missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years, Judy Vaught; sons Douglas (Stephanie) Vaught, Orlando, Michael Vaught, MO, David Vaught, OH, Timothy (Laura) Vaught, Orlando; stepsons Peter (Kristin) Van Euwen, III and Jon Van Euwen, his cousin, Robert Vaught, sister Lorraine Chambers, all of Ohio; grandchildren Craig, Nicole, Tim and Caitlin. A Funeral Service of Remembrance and tribute to Odus' life will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors. The family invites friends to join them for visitation from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. Please consider memorial donations in Odus' memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Hans A Waldraff, 83, Inverness, FL
Hans August Waldraff, 83, of Inverness, Florida, passed away April 16, 2015 at the Citrus County Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Hans was born June 21, 1931 in Pforzheim, Germany, the youngest of four siblings, to Karl and Walburga Waldraff. He immigrated to North America as a tool and die maker, settling in Elkhart, Indiana for a long and successful career in tooling engineering and manufacturing. Hans served our country in the U.S. Army, 51st Infantry, 4th Armored Division, as a tank mechanic during the Korean War. He was an accomplished soccer player, coach and state referee. Hans enjoyed history, yard work, landscaping, golf and spending time with his family and making them laugh. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the Inverness Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Hildegard Waldraff of Inverness, Florida; his daughter Cindy Waldraff of Tampa, Florida; his son Chris Waldraff and wife Heather Waldraff of Savannah, Georgia and by his granddaughter Charlotte Waldraff of Savannah, Georgia. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Military Honors will follow. Friends and neighbors are invited to a reception at the family's home afterward, from 1 to 3 PM. Burial will be at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery. Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 in lieu of flowers. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Rhoda Walls, 76, Floral City, FL
RHODA WALLS passed softly and peacefully into the very early morning, Sunday April 26th, 2015 in Citrus Memorial Hospital after her courageous battle with lung cancer and other illnesses. She was born May 8, 1938 in Cranston, Rhode Island to Raymond and Margaret (Allan) Morin, and later becoming the step-daughter of Otis Slone of West Virginia. She married Alan Walls April 8, 1957 in Chesapeake, Maryland where soon after they started their family. They had four daughters Erica, Melissa, Ingrid and Kristen. For 13 years, Rhoda was a secretary for the Board of Education in Newark, Delaware and 15 years as a secretary at Margaret Sterck School for the Hearing Impaired, where signing became her second language. In 1990, Rhoda not only designed the Family Support Program for the Delaware Air National Guard, Operation Desert Storm, which helped families while the troops were deployed, but she also put that program to work. After retiring in 1991, she and her husband Alan made Floral City their permanent home in 1995. Rhoda loved crafting, and her creativity was endless spanning from stained glass to Quilling, an ancient forgotten Japanese paper art, along with many other artistic abilities, which she donated to the Masonic Home of Saint Petersburg for their retail store, which helped support the Masonic Home. Rhoda is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Alan Walls of Floral City, their daughters, Erica Horne of St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, Ingrid with her husband Todd Brake of Floral City, and her grandson Alex Berta of Clarksville, TN. In lieu of flowers memorials are being accepted by the Masonic Home of St. Petersburg, 3201 1st Street NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. Following cremation, burial will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Henry L Weema, 67, Beverly Hills, FL
Henry "Larry" Weema, age 67, Beverly Hills, died March 12, 2015 at his residence. Larry was born on December 31, 1947 in Charleston, WV to the late Henry F. and Rose A. (Kinder) Weema. He served our country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was awarded the purple heart for wounds sustained during combat action. He was employed as a pipefitter. Larry enjoyed fishing, boating, photography and was an avid NASCAR fan. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann (Nemitz) Weema; sons William (wife-Rebecca) Weema, Thompson, OH and Lloyd Lee Weema, Portland, OR; daughter Traci Renee (husband-Brian) Welsch, Ashtabula, OH; stepson Dwayne A. (wife-Antoinette) Johnson, Napersville, IL; stepdaughters Natalie (husband-Thomas) Richards, Ashtabula, OH and Dawn Alaine (husband-Vic) Cross, Newark, OH; his sister Debra L. Niedermeyer, Seven Hills, OH; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Caleb. A celebration and tribute of Larry's life will be announced at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.


Ralph H Wiley, 91, Inverness, FL
Ralph H. Wiley, 91, Inverness, Florida passed away March 21, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Inverness. He was born in Georgia on April 5, 1923, and was a U.S. Army veteran with a very distinguished military career. The history of the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion encompasses both world wars. The original regiment was activated at Camp Meade, Maryland, in 1917, and served brilliantly in France. Known as the "Road Builders Of The AEF," the first 23rd set a high standard of achievement for its modern namesake. The Battalion was reactivated on April 15, 1941, at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, with the 3rd Armored Division. Cadres were made up of 28 officers and 729 enlisted men from the 17th Engineer Battalion of the 2nd Armored Division. Major Fremont S. Tandy was the first commanding officer. The 23rd trained at Camp Beauregard and Camp Polk, Louisiana; at the Desert Training Center, California; Camp Pickett, Virginia; and Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, before sailing for Europe early in September, 1943. Upon arrival in the United Kingdom, the battalion was stationed at Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire, England, and took part in extensive maneuvers over Salisbury Plain, and along the coast. Lt. Colonel Lawrence G. Foster led the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion through all five campaigns in the west. He and his troops went ashore on Omaha Beach on June 23, 1944. The hedgerows of Normandy presented an immediate problem. Some method had to be devised to get tanks through, or over, these formidable embankments. After blasting passages with TNT at bloody Villiers Fossard and Haut Vents, Foster's men invented a double blade hedge cutter which was attached to the division's Sherman tanks by maintenance crews. These proved highly successful. The battalion's first big combat bridging operation was carried out near Corbeil, France, when 540 feet of treadway were thrown across the Seine River. After the Seine, the engineers bridged the Marne, Aisne, and a number of other streams which paved the division's march into Belgium. At Mons, they exchanged shovels for machine guns and declared a Roman holiday by mowing down disorganized enemy columns trying to break out of encirclement. Two bridges at Namur, one across the Meuse, and one spanning the Sambre Canal, were built under hazardous circumstances. Working under vicious mortar, artillery and sniper fire, men of the 23rd mastered the dragon's teeth of the Siegfried Line, lifted thousands of mines, destroyed pillboxes and cleared road blocks. During the Ardennes fighting, units of the battalion aided in the successful defense of Hotton, and later took part in fierce battles at Lierneux, Cherain, and Sterpighy. The normally hazardous work of lifting mines was made more difficult by severe cold and snow which prevailed during this period. Back in the Rhineland, the engineers constructed four bridges across the Erft River and Canal under observed enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. In the final great offensive, the bridge company also aided an engineer group in the bridging of the Rhine near Bonn. The battalion's last operation, the bridging of the Mulde River, was abandoned by army order. The 23rd came out of the line with reason to feel that its combat record added much to the proud history of the original "Road Builders Of The AEF." After the war was over, there were books published covering facts and history on WW II, discussing the squad of men Sgt. Ralph Wiley and Cpl. Henry Ferarro led. One of the publications is called “Spearhead in the West, 1941-1945”. Ralph arrived in this area in 1939, coming from south Georgia and was a Baptist by faith. He loved woodworking and enjoyed gardening. Ralph was preceded in death by his first wife Lanie Wiley in 1986, and his second wife Wilma Wiley in 2014. Survivors include son Chris (Kim) Wiley of Tampa, FL; step-son Dan (Debbie) Merritt of Brooksville, FL; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with Pastor Leary Willis officiating, with the family receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Interment to be private.


Stanley J Williams, MD, 61, Hernando, FL
Stanley J. Williams, M.D., born March 9, 1954, in Amla,Madhya,Pradesh, India, to John and Isabel Williams, departed our lives at his home in the early hours of May 11, 2015, with his wife and daughters clinging to him. He is a dedicated and caring board-certified cardiologist, whose loyal patients adore him. He lived a life of purpose, dignity, and service. His goodness was rivaled only by his integrity.  Stanley genuinely loved his work, and it showed through his thriving, self-made medical practice. He took pleasure in exercising, gardening, ballroom dancing, chatting with his St. John's Medical College classmates, playing with Toto and Captain, attending mass, and relaxing at his beautiful home.  His greatest loves are his family, his beloved wife of thirty-one years, Beena M. Stanley, M.D., and their daughters, Tanya, an Inverness attorney, and Tiffany, a sophomore at the University of Florida. These three ladies are honored to call him theirs and to have stood by him in life, cared for him during his struggle, and to send him home again. He is also survived by five caring sisters and a loving brother and their families in California and Arizona, as well as extended family, who are greatly saddened by the loss of their hero.  This great man left an indelible mark on the world. The loss is felt by many, as evidenced by the tremendous outpouring to his family. His quiet dignity allowed him to bare his cross with grace and comforted his devastated family. He is a gentle soul who has profound faith. May God welcome him in heaven, and may Stanley shine his grace upon his family so they may overcome their grief.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, May 18th at 10:00 AM from St Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto with Fr. James Johnson, celebrant. Burial will follow in Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends will be received on Sunday from 3-5PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where a Wake Vigil Service will be offered at 4:30 PM In lieu of flowers, please donate to pancan.org, so this tragedy may one day be prevented, and to Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast.


Mary H Winfrey, 86, Crystal River, FL
Mary H. Winfrey, 86, of Crystal River, Florida passed away April 22, 2015 at her residence in Crystal River. She was born on June 10, 1928 in Chattanooga, TN to the late Wallace R. and Grace Evelyn (Hicks) Hill. Mary was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in1998, coming from Knoxville, TN. She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, painting, and was an avid reader. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Hugh Winfrey. Other survivors include her children Mark (Eileen) Winfrey of Orlando, FL, and Brenda (Clifford "Chip") Curington of Jacksonville, FL; sister Nancy Reilley, and 3 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ralph E Wolf, 89, Floral City, FL
RALPH E. WOLF, age 89, Inverness, died May 6, 2015 under the loving care of the staff of Citrus Health and Rehab. Ralph was born on December 19, 1925 in Spring Garden Township, PA to the late Carvis and Pauline (Smoak) Wolf. He served our country in the United States Navy during WWII with service in the Philippine Islands and the Asiatic Pacific and European Theaters as a gunner's mate. Ralph was a self-employed plaster and stucco contractor; he enjoyed his work and taught his sons the trade. He was an accomplished fisherman and also liked traveling and camping. He grew and tended a beautiful garden each year. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 64 years, Shirley Wolf, sons John (Nancy) Wolf and Stephen Wolf, Floral City; daughters Mary (Lance) Dotson, Inverness and Lois (Daniel) Scott, Columbia, SC; his sister Earlene White, OR; grandchildren Carvis, Johnathan, Michelle and great-grandchildren Aubryona, Natasha and Leigna. He was preceded in death by a brother Lloyd Wolf and sister Jean Killian. Inurnment will take place privately at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with private arrangements.


Edna Wonson, 89, Inverness, FL
EDNA (ELKE) WONSON, 89, of Inverness died Monday, March 16, 2015 at her home under the care of HPH Hospice. Born in Brooklyn, New York on March 27, 1925 to the late Henry and Ingke (Flor) Petersen, she came here over 30 years ago from Westfield, Massachusetts. Edna was a retired Vice President with Franklin National Bank in Manhattan, NY with over 20 years of service. She was a member of the Inverness Golf & Country Club where she was an avid golfer. Edna also enjoyed playing bridge with friends, entertaining, reading and gardening. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, John Fletcher "Fletch" Wonson on May 2, 1990. Left to cherish her memory are her niece and nephew Karen and Foster Winter; step-children Candace McGinn and Pam and Howard Pease; step-grandchildren Erin, Jeremy, Jill, Keith, Rebecca, Robert and Tracy; great-grandchildren Evan, Liam and Sarah; grand nephew Zack; and Kiki, Edna's beloved cat, who is now happily living in California. Edna loved animals of all kinds and was a generous contributor to wildlife and domestic animal charities. In memory of Edna, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Citrus County, P.O. Box 2283, Inverness, FL 34451. Private cremation services are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness.


Craig A Woolverton, 80, Inverness, FL
Craig A. Woolverton, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away March 6, 2015 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. He was born on September 29, 1934 to the late Paul and Alice (Lenschner) Woolverton. Craig was an automobile mechanic and arrived in this area in 20 years ago, coming from Michigan. He was a member of Redemption Christian Church in Inverness, and loved to work on cars. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Betty Woolverton. Other survivors include daughters Cindy (Wayne) Moore of Jacksonville, FL, Gaylle Woolverton of Benton Harbor, MI; step-children Joseph (Vicki) Wenta and Elizabeth (Bill) Wenta-Schneider of Orlando, FL; and grandchildren George, Chris, and Jordan. A Celebration of Craig's life is scheduled for Sunday, March 8, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with the family receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service.


 

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