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Raja W Abdul-Karim, 93, Inverness, FL
Raja W. Abdul-Karim M.D. F.R.S.H. went to his Lord on Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2023 with his loving wife Margaret at his side. Raja and Margaret’s marriage of 61 years was one of love, devotion and respect. Meeting in Lebanon and marrying there, settled in Syracuse, NY where they raised their two sons, Christopher and Kenneth. Raja attended the American University of Beirut receiving his M.D. He received his Fellowship in Fertility and Endocrinology at UCLA. In 1963, he started his long career at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY in the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was appointed Director of numerous divisions including the 3rd Medical Student Clerkship. Twice he received the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Raja was well known and respected as an author, educator, and consultant both nationally and internationally. He was acclaimed for his research on “The Effect of Oxytocin on Renal Function in Human Pregnancy” and “The Role of Estrogens in Fetal Development and Blood Flow Distribution”. His motto throughout his medical career was “Encourage/Enhance/ Develop Analytical/Critical Thinking”. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, his sons Christopher and Kenneth, his brother Kamal Abdul-Karim (Leila) and loving nephews and nieces. Raja was predeceased by his father Wadi Abdul-Karim, his mother Alice Shehadi Abdul Karim, his brother Nabil and sister Suha. Raja’s many friends, patients, and colleagues mourn his passing and celebrate his life and their connection with this kind and gentle man. Services for Raja were held on Sunday, November 26, 3:00pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Internment occurred after the service at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.


Tammie Andrews

Tammie Andrews, 61, Ocala, FL
Tammie H. Kent Andrews of Ocala, Florida, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the age of 61 in the comfort of her own home. She was born on September 5, 1962, on Smith Island, Maryland, to the late Robert Kent and Laura (Bradshaw) Kent. She leaves behind her son William “Billy” Ray Andrews, her two sisters Connie Evans and Millie Marsh, many nephews, nieces, and her trusted friend Michael Wagenblast. She was preceded in death by her two parents and one older brother, Norwood Kent. She attended Crisfield High School and worked for many years as a banquet and private party coordinator at Port Royal Beach Club and Elks Lodge #2522. She lovingly dedicated her life to caring for her disabled son and has been his sole caretaker for over 20 years. She enjoyed spending time with her dog, Rinnie, relaxing on her porch, and learning all she could about house plants and gardening. She also spent her time cooking and reading. It always brought a smile to her face to receive pictures and videos of her great nephews and nieces back in Maryland, and she cared deeply about her friends and neighbors. She is to be cremated at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. She will make one last, long-awaited journey home to her hometown of Rhodes Point on Smith Island. At this time no memorial has been set.


Robert Baker

Robert A Baker, 67, Hernando, FL
Robert A. “Bob” Baker, age 67, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly in Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 13, 2023. Bob was born in Midland, MI on August 15, 1956 to the late Arthur John Baker, Sr and Beverly Smith Baker. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy serving our country, being discharged as a First Class Petty Officer (E-6). He also was employed in the tree trimming business . Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 16 years, Doreen Ritter Baker; 2 sons; Robert and Tristan Baker; his brother and sister, Arthur John Baker, Jr. and Carol Varner. Full Military Honors will be rendered at Florida National Cemetery Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 2:30 PM. The procession will depart the funeral home at 1:30 PM. Cremation with care was provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Joshua Barnhart

Joshua L Barnhart, 40, Hernando, FL
Joshua Lee Barnhart, age 40, Hernando, FL passed away at home on November 26, 2023. He was born in Dayton, OH on July 6, 1983. He grew up in Citrus County, attending Pleasant Grove Elementary and Inverness Middle School prior to graduating from Citrus High School, Class of 2001. Joshua worked in the construction industry, utilizing his many talents starting in the H-Vac business, along side his late Uncle Steve, in carpentry, electrical work, and home remodeling. Left to cherish his memory are two loving children, Joshua, Jr and Alayna; his mother, Karen; father Eric, brother, Sean Barnhart (Sarah Elliott), and his “granny” Sandra Webb. Additionally, he leaves his significant other, Amber Ramage. Family and many friends A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Family and friends will be sharing their memories. The family will greet friends beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Carol Bidgood

Carol Bidgood, 79, Hernando, FL
Carol Lilyan Bidgood, of Hernando, passed away peacefully under Hospice care Tuesday January 2, 2024. She was 79. Carol was born in Springfield, VT, and lived in Cavendish until moving to Hernando in 1984. She opened her beauty salon, Lakeview Salon, right after moving here, and raised her family while being an owner and operator, for nearly 40 years. Carol loved people and making connections, loved traveling, gardening, and most of all loved her family. She was heavily faith-based, and loved to share her faith with other people. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Hattie Webster Bowers, her brother Danny Bowers, and her husband Roger E. Bidgood. Those left to mourn her memory are her sons Kirk MacGinnis and daughter in law Michelle, and Patrick MacGinnis of Hernando; her step-sons Jeffrey and James Bidgood of Hernando; her sisters Diane Hyatt of Florida, Linda Smith, Phyllis Lloyd, and Su-anne Wilhelmy of Vermont, and Sheri Tyrell of Georgia; eight grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life for Carol held on Saturday January 27, 2024 at 10:00 AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Mattie Bliss

Mattie E Bliss, 98, Inverness, FL
Mattie J. Bliss, age 98, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at the New Horizons Senior Home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. She was born in Campbell County, KY on May 27, 1925 to the late Calvin and Ada (Sellers) Huff and moved to his area from St. Petersburg, FL. She touched many lives while employed as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed quilting, and gardening. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Marilyn Davis, Frances Bell, Bob Hazel, and Steve Hazel; 5 grandchildren: Michell, Kerri, Alex, Shannon, and Nichole; 3 great grandchildren: Charlie, Hudson, Adeline, Evin, and Austin. At Mattie’s request, there will be no services. As per her wishes, her cremated remains are to be scattered. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Gregory Boardman

Gregory G Boardman, 74, Inverness, FL
Gregory G. Boardman, of Inverness, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024. He was 74. Greg was born in York, Maine and served in the US Army. He retired from shop 64 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Greg and his beloved wife Nancy followed their daughters to Florida in 2007, landing in Inverness. He enjoyed all sports, especially golfing, watching the Red Sox and The Patriots. Greg was preceded in death by his loving wife Nancy, parents Richard and Ingrid Boardman and brother Scott Boardman. Those left to cherish Greg’s memory are his loving daughters Jennifer Howarth (John) of Inverness and Christine Sullivan (Mark Chase) of Clearwater grandsons Tyler and Brady Sullivan; sister Heidi Eldredge of Maine; brothers Gary Boardman of Maine and Robert Boardman of New Hampshire. Greg’s family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date in Maine. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Mackenzie Boots

Mackenzie R Boots, 29, Tampa, FL
Mackenzie Reed Boots, 29, of Tampa, FL passed away January 25, 2024 at his residence in Tampa. He was born in Tampa and was a lifelong resident there. Mackenzie was a chef and a Christian by faith. He enjoyed pickle ball, shooting pool, golfing, and loved baseball and sports. Mackenzie was pre-deceased by his Grandparents Rudolph and Mildred Boots of Inverness, FL and Julius Buford of Tallahassee, FL. Mackenzie is survived by his parents, Michael (Joanie) Boots of Live Oak, Fl, and Alycia (Brent) Boudreau of Lutz, FL; his siblings, Michael (Ciara) Boots of Jacksonville, FL, Christopher Boots of Live Oak, FL, Samuel Rink of Lutz, FL, Victoria Cunningham of Live Oak, FL, and Madeleine Rink of Lutz, FL; stepsiblings, Brent Boudreau Jr., Devon (Taylor) Boudreau, and Greyson Boudreau; and maternal grandparents Jane and Rob Tessmer of Inverness, FL. He is also survived by his beloved dog/daughter, Ophelia, who was his constant companion and the absolute joy of his life. Mackenzie was also loved dearly by his uncles Rob Jr. (Jen) Tessmer, James Boots, Thomas (Barbara) Boots, and aunts Carol (Frank) Yanossy, Christine Boudreau, and Darien (Levi) Gallian, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was larger than life. He overcame many hardships in his short life time and still came out on the other side. Mackenzie was a good son, a good brother, and a good friend. He was fiercely loyal and always wore his heart on his sleeve. If you were lucky enough to be loved by him, then you were lucky enough. A Celebration of Life Service for Mackenzie will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, 12:30pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Pastor Mike Wilburn officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 11:00am until the time of service.


Paul Brister

Paul M Brister, 45, Inverness, Florida
Paul M. Brister, of Inverness, passed away under Hospice care in Lecanto on Sunday, January 9, 2024. He was 45. Paul was born in Warren, OH to Thomas and Patricia McBeth Brister. He has been in this area for several years. He loved fishing, riding motorcycles, kayaking, and woodworking. Paul was known to be a “Jack of all trades.” He also loved his family. Paul was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Brister, and his brother Thomas Langham. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Samantha Y. Brister; his sons Jacob Enderton of Ohio, James Bayus of Ohio, Jarred Brister of Ohio, and Joshua Brister of Ohio; step-sons Andrew and Donovan Iadimarco of Ohio; his mother Patricia Brister of Ohio; and his brothers Bobby Brister of Florida, Eddie Brister of Ohio, and Thomas Brister of Ohio. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Wilbert Brown

Wilbert R Brown, 97, Inverness, FL
Wilbert R. (“Will”) Brown, of Inverness, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at his home under hospice care. He was 97. Will was born in New York City, and he went into the US Navy at the age of 17. He was a veteran of WWII. He owned and operated a well drilling business for many years in Fitzwilliam, NH. He lived in many places throughout New England, Ohio and Florida. He settled one last time here in FL about a year ago. Will was never idle; he was an avid golfer, an artist (potter, painter, woodworker, wood carver), and sailor (he and Linda sailed around the Caribbean for about 15 years). He was preceded in death by his loving wife Linda Brown; his son Robert Thompson Brown; and his brother Victor Andrew Brown. Those left to cherish Will’s memory are his daughters Rebecca Chamberlain or Inverness, Sally Brown of North Carolina, Victoria Goss of Ohio, Sandra Smith of Satsuma, FL, Wendy Blanchard of New Hampshire, and Susan McCleary of Rhode Island; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Words cannot express the depth of love that he and his dynamic wife Linda shared. She passed in 2011 and his heart forever longed for her. They are together again. There will be a celebration of life planned at a later date. Those that would like to memorialize him in some small way may send donations to: Last Chance Corral, 5350 Old Rt 33, Athens OH 45701. Lastchancecorral.org. His daughter Victoria is the founder/pres, and Rebecca does the IT work. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Wayne Brown, MD

Wayne E Brown, MD, 84, Crystal River, FL
Wayne E. Brown, M.D., 84, of Crystal River, FL passed away February 3, 2024 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Lake City, FL on November 5, 1939 to the late William Elmo and Flossie (Freeman) Brown. After graduating Columbia High School class of 1958, he enlisted in the US Navy where he served 2 years active and 4 years Navy reserve as a Medic/Physician Asst. After the Navy he attended Radiology School trough Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. He retired from Department of Veteran Affairs in Lake City, FL after 34 years of service. He also worked nights in Radiology at Lake City Medical Center and 7 Rivers Hospital ER. He arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Lake City and was Baptist by faith. He owned and managed Sal’s Restaurant located in Beverly Hills, FL, for many years. He enjoyed flying his personal airplanes, riding motorcycles, boating, snorkeling, and diving. He had a great love for his pets. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Jessica Brown (furbabies Gabby and Peru). Other survivors include his daughters Lisa (Bill) Moore and Michelle (David) Gore, both of Lake City; sister, Frances Howton; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Wayne is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 12:00 pm at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Military honors for Wayne will be rendered at that time.


Robert Burgess

Robert P Burgess, 72, Inverness, Florida
Robert Paul Burgess February 18, 1951 – December 28, 2023 Robert Paul (Papa) Burgess, age 72, passed away on December 28, 2023 in Inverness, Florida. Robert was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and relocated to Inverness FL in 2016 to be closer to family. Throughout his life, he worked at several careers, from managing produce at Kash N Karry Supermarkets, crisscrossing the country as a truck driver for MD Trucking, and as a salesman in the parts department for Crown Jaguar. Robert dedicated a part of his life in service to his country, serving the National Guard and driving trucks during his military tenure. A man of varied interests, he immersed himself in the worlds of literature, particularly military history, and took a keen interest in the Vietnamese culture. He was interested in all kinds of aircraft and enjoyed attending air shows. When working at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, FL as a young person, he got his private pilot’s license. His passion for reading and learning about the intricacies of our world set him apart and gave him knowledge on a wide range of subjects. In his memory, Robert leaves a legacy of hard work, dedication and a genuine curiosity about the world around him. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Robert is survived by his daughter Cristina Jablonskis (Ian) of Inverness; sisters Marilyn Park of Clermont, FL and Carol Schwartz of Avon, CO; and his eight-year-old grandson Liam Jablonskis. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Rosemarie Burnett

Rosemarie Burnett, 76, Inverness, FL
Rosemarie Burnett, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. She was 76. Born in Landshut, Germany as one of thirteen children, Rosemarie met a young American military man, and when his service brought him back to the states, he brought her with him as his wife. They lived and raised a family in Massachusetts before moving to New Hampshire almost 25 years ago. From there, they moved to Citrus County about 20 years ago. Rosemarie was a proud homemaker who loved music, tanning, and was a fanatic about keeping a clean home. She was always up on the latest fashion! Most of all, she loved her family and her animals, especially her grandkids and great grandkids. Rosemarie was preceded in death by all of her siblings, except her twin sister; her pups Fritzi, Shane, and JJ; and several kitties. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 60 years Bruno Burnett of Inverness; her daughters Marisa Chaloux (Tom) and Michelle Felice (Ernie); her sons Robert Burnett (Angela) and Bobby Burnett (Anne Gruis); grandchildren Thomas Chaloux (Kate), Korianne Wheatley (James), Shayne Chaloux (Destiny), Justin, Tyler, and Kennady Burnett, and Braleigh, Bella, and Blitzen Burnett; great grandchildren Landon, Maci, and Noah Wheatley, Teagan, Lucas, and Brantley Chaloux; her twin sister Annemarie Asenbauer; her pups Sunshine and Bear; several nieces and nephews out of state and in Germany, four of which were extremely close enough to be her own children, Tanja Neuhauss and Marianne Fruith of Germany, and Debbie and Mike Gormely of Massachusetts. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care in Inverness.


Roy David Carroll

Roy David Carroll, 77, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Roy David Carroll, of Lake Panasoffkee passed away at his home on Monday January 29th, 2024. He was 77. Roy was born in Stockbridge, GA and spent most of his life in St. Petersburg, FL. He served in the US Marine Corps Infantry during the Vietnam War. Roy spent his career as a project manager in the construction industry, working on large scale projects until his retirement in 2005. He was passionate about fishing, horses, his collection of Harley’s and most of all about his family. Roy was preceded in death by his younger brother Stephen Carroll. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved daughter Jan Patterson along with her husband Taylor and their boys, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl as well as his big sister Ann Sitterson of Citrus Springs and her children. Roy's family will hold a private service with military honors at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Private cremation arrangements at Chas. E. Davis


Peter Champion

Peter Champion, 76, Inverness, Florida
Peter Champion, of Inverness, passed away at his home on Monday, December 18, 2023. He was 76. Born in Amityville, NY, Peter has been in this area since 2000. He was a Switchman with NY Telephone and later Northern Telecom. After moving to Inverness, Peter became a crossing guard for Citrus County. He loved westerns, military history, and riding his motorcycles. Peter joined several motorcycle clubs in the area and was busy with attending meetings, rides, and dinners. He was also an active member of the American Legion. Peter is survived by his daughter Heather Champion of Greenacres, Florida; son Peter Champion of Ronkonkoma, New York; brothers Joseph Champion of Oakdale, NY and Thomas Champion of Henderson, NV; sister Carol Chartier of Margate, FL; and three grandchildren, Madison, Caitlin, and Connor. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday December 27th at 1 PM at the American Legion Hall, post 77, 4375 S Little Al Pt, Inverness, FL 34452. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Judy  Clark

Judy L Clark, 65, Inverness, FL
Judy Lynn (Bean) Clark was born on August 8, 1958 in Bowling Green, KY, to Charles and Linda Bean, and died on January 11, 2024 in Inverness, FL. Judy graduated from Bowling Green High School in Many 1876. On January 2, 1982, Judy wed Robert “Lindsay” Clark from Russellville, KY. They met in a class while both were students at Western KY University. After they married, Judy and Lindsay moved to Inverness, Florida in August 1983 and have lived there ever since. They raised two wonderful children in Citrus County: Lindsay Clark Ash and Stephen Cassidy Clark. Judy’s #1 love was her family; they were her everything. She also loved music, hiking, cruises, camping, fishing and any water related activity (especially jet skis). Judy received both a BS degree and Master’s degree in counseling/student services from Western KY University. She worked for 3 “state of Florida” schools (2 colleges and 1 high school) and then retired after 31 years in education. Judy was a faithful member of the Church of Christ. Those grieving her death are her husband R. Lindsay Clark, Inverness, FL; son, Stephen Cassidy Clark and wife Hannah Clark, Louisville, KY; daughter Lin Clark Ash and husband Steven Ash, Weeki Wachee, FL; 7 grandsons: Matthew Ash, Lincoln Ash, Roman Ash, Corbin Ash, Logan Ash, Killian Ash and Samuel Clark. Also grieving is her mother, Linda Bean, Bowling Green, KY, Judy’s sister, Debbie, Kentucky and her brother Tony, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles E. Bean. Services for Judy will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness with Eric Parker Presiding. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness.


Ruth Clyde

Ruth K Clyde, 85, Inverness, FL
Ruth K. Clyde, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully with loving family by her side on January 25, 2024 at New Horizon in Inverness. She was born in Huntington Station, LI, NY to the late Dominick and Katherine (Cozzetto) Bruno. Ruth loved the Lord and was a very devoted wife and mother. She was a fabulous cook who also loved to garden. She loved painting, writing poetry and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ruth dedicated her early adult life to helping others as part of the Teen Challenge program in Brooklyn, NY and Rehrersburg, PA. She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher for several decades and remained active at Crossgate Church of God in Inverness until the end. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wallace Clyde in 2023. Survivors include her sons Scott (Hazel) Clyde of Inverness, Kevin (Holly) Clyde of Fredericksburg, VA, and Michael Clyde of Gahanna, OH; sisters Theresa Arnold and Victoria Sawransky; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Ruth will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, on Saturday, February 3, 11:00am.with Pastor Junior Branson of Crossgate Church of God officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Ruth will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.


James Collins

James M Collins, 68, Inverness, FL
James Monroe Collins, age 68, Inverness, FL passed away at home on February 1, 2024 following a long illness. Jim was born in Whitesburg, KY on October 4, 1955 to Sharkey and Allie Sue Tracy Collins and came to this area 20 years ago from Tampa. He was a boilermaker working out of Tampa Local # 433 and served our country in the U.S. Army Left to cherish his memory is his loving partner of 30 years, Sandra Medich Smith of Inverness; 1 son, James Monroe Collins, Jr and his wife Terri of Apollo Beach, FL; 2 brothers, Sharkey and Ronald Collins and his sister, Nancy Lyons. He also leaves several nieces and nephews and many grandchildren. There will be a graveside service scheduled at Florida National Cemetery Friday, Feb 16th at 1:00 PM with V.F.W. Post 4337 conducting military honors. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Wonetta Cooper

Wonetta M Cooper, 87, Inverness, FL
In Loving Memory of Wonetta Cooper Wonetta Cooper, a force of nature and a champion of tenacity, passed away on December 8, 2023, at Chapters Hospice Care Center. After a spirited battle with Leukemia, she left this world with the same indomitable spirit that defined her life. Wonetta was best known for her strong will which served her well over her lifetime. When faced with the advice to "get her affairs in order" four years ago, Wonetta responded with the attitude of, "Hold my coffee and watch this." And watch we did, as she continued to live life with an unyielding determination that inspired everyone around her. She was well known for zipping around Winn Dixie and Walmart in the electric cart chatting with everyone she saw. She made a game of counting how many times she was told she had nice hair! People got extra credit for creativity such as shouting it out an open window of a moving car. Wonetta made great friends at Florida Cancer Center and HCA Florida Citrus Hospital whom she visited often. Her favorite hobbies included sitting with her dog Max and surfing the Internet on her iPad while watching Murder She Wrote and documentaries. She was a wealth of knowledge and would often provide interesting information to others telling them “I read it on the IPad”. She was a lover of digital puzzles and converted many puzzle groupies. Wonetta was a foodie and had many recipes to share with others. She even became a lover of Vegan food and would tell people that’s why she lived longer than expected. Wonetta is no stranger to power tools. In previous years she enjoyed woodworking, and her house is decorated with shelves and tables that she constructed. She also enjoyed sewing, painting, and ceramics. She had a great work ethic and worked in the health care field as a medical supply representative and a nursing assistant. She was 87 years old, born October 25th, 1936. She was the mother of four children and is survived by Debra (Rusty) Elliott, Edward (Cindy) Cooper, Wanda (Randy) Moak, and Clifford (Heidi) Cooper. She is also survived by her sister Grace Riley, and grandchildren Heather (John) Wilkerson, Jason (Jessica) Cooper, Joseph (Chrissy) Pisciotta, Melinda (Michael) Huston, Amanda Cooper, Cyle (Stefane) Cooper, and Desire Cooper. Great grandchildren include Michael Newsome, Cody Newsome, Zachary Newsome, Wyatt Newsome, Aiden Newsome, Noah Huston, Adeline Cooper, Logan Cooper, Georgia Riley, Roman Pisciotta, and Aleena Pisciotta. Preceded in death is her mother Louella Kuntz McGriff, father Harold McGriff, husband Lowell Cooper, sister Edith Roberts, brother Harold Jr. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450. Wonetta’s departure leaves a void, but her legacy of resilience, warmth, and love forever echo in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. May she rest in eternal peace.


Walter Cortright

Walter L Cortright, 85, Floral City, FL
Walter J. Cortright, of Floral City, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was 85. Wally was born in Port Jervis, NY to Harold and Alice Acton Cortright. He moved to this area in 2009 from St. Petersburg. Wally was a commercial painter. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Donna Cortright in 2020; and his three siblings. Those left to cherish Wally’s memory are his many nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Bonnie Zarek of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Betty Crapser

Betty J Crapser, 91, Inverness, Florida
Betty J. Crapser, 91, of Inverness, FL passed peacefully with family by her side on January 6, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Binghamton, NY on April 26, 1932 to the late Allison and Leona (Forsyth) Marsicano. Betty performed deburring for a machine shop, and arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She enjoyed flea markets, yard sales, and her sweets. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Crapser in 2008, and one son Kevin Crapser. She is survived by 3 sons, Steven Crapser of Appalacian, NY, David Crapser of Lecanto, FL and James Crapser of Lecanto, FL; 4 daughters: Sheryl Peelman of Hernando, FL, Yvonne Titchener of Inverness, FL, Bobette Osborne of Brandon, MS, and Denise Mann of Lancaster, CA; 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Jason Davis

Jason L Davis, 36, Beverly Hills, FL
Jason Lee Davis, 36, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away January 7, 2024 at his residence in Beverly Hills. He was born in Orlando, FL on July 23, 1987, and arrived in this area in 2019, coming from Silver Springs, FL. Jason enjoyed his computer, and loved playing on his PlayStation 5. He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Davis. Jason is survived by his mother Leann Davis of Beverly Hills, FL. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Douglas "Dougie" Deckard

Douglas "Dougie" L Deckard, 60, Crystal River, FL
Douglas Lee Deckard, November 24, 1963 – December 15, 2023. Douglas Lee “Dougie” Deckard passed away at the age of 60 years old on Friday, December 15, 2023 of a heart attack after a long battle with vascular disease. Dougie was a very thoughtful and loving son, brother, father and friend. He is survived by his sons Douglas Lee Deckard, Largo, FL and Eric Eugene Deckard, Beaverton, OR; Bruce, his faithful dog; mother Patricia Jones , Durham, NC; sister Jennifer Deckard, Durham, NC; and his brother Darrin Deckard, Springhill, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Eugene Deckard. Dougie enjoyed anything outdoors; fishing, gardening or just hanging out with his best friend, Bruce. Dougie was a landscaper most of his life and took great pride in his work. He loved to plant a seed and watch it grow into something beautiful. The family would like to give special thanks to the incredible nurses, staff and physicians, who treated Dougie with care and compassion. A Celebration of Life will be held at Picnic Island, Tampa, FL, from 12 noon until 2 PM. on Saturday, December 23, 2023. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Dougie’s name to https:www.degamobilevetcare.org/donate. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE, Inverness, FL 34450.


James Derry

James E Derry, 81, Dunnellon, FL
James E. Derry, of Dunnellon, passed away in Crystal River on Sunday, February 4, 2024. He was 81. Jim was born in Macon, GA and served three years in the US Army as a military intelligence specialist, one of which he served in Vietnam. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and loved watching his Yellow Jackets play football. Jim was in medical sales for years. Jim and Donna moved to Florida from New Orleans in 1993, living in Crystal River for many years and finally moving to the Dunnellon area. They are members of Gulf to Lake Church in Crystal River. Jim loved scalloping, boating, fishing, hunting, traveling, golf, football and Fox News. While living in New Orleans he was a member of the Endymion Krewe for many years. He also loved his church, family, friends, and pets. Jim was very technically minded, having won first place in a state science competition during high school for building a binary code computer. He was known as “Mr. Fix It.” Jim was preceded in death by his parents Edward Neidlinger and Gladys Derry; his stepfather William Derry; a daughter Kristin Derry McBride; and his sister Sheila Weddon. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his loving wife of 37 years Donna Hinely Derry of Dunnellon; his son James E. Derry, Jr. (Andrea) of Mandeville, LA; his daughter Cynthia Derry Boucher of Monson, MA; grandchildren Collin Boucher, Mackenzie Boucher, Maegan Boucher, Ella Derry, Lucy Derry, and Blair Bourgeois. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Gulf to Lake Church, 1454 N Gulf Ave, Crystal River on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm. The family requests that memorial donations please be made in Jim’s memory to Key Training Center https://keytrainingcenter.org/kcf/donate/. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Lucretia Ekeli

Lucretia Ekeli, 83, Inverness, FL
Lucretia D. “Cre” Ekeli, age 83, Inverness, FL passed away February 8, 2024 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. “Cre” was born in Long Island, NY on August 19, 1940 to the late Wesley and Dorothy (Baumler) Ekeli and came to this area in 1974 from there. She faithfully served as the Secretary of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness for over 28 years. Left to cherish her memory are 2 children, Craig Ekeli and his wife Lisa of Inverness and Nancy Wilt of Beverly Hills; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She also is survived by her daughter in law, Julie Ekeli Spong and a sister in law, Myra Pye She was preceded in death by her husband, Arne Ekeli on September 28, 2022. They were married for 58 years. Additionally, she lost her son, Steven Ekeli in 2017 and her brother, Wayne Pye in 2004. Funeral services on Thursday, February 15th at 1:00 PM from The First Lutheran Church of Inverness. The Rev. Tom Beaverson will officiate. Following cremation, burial of the cremains will be laid to rest beside her husband in the church’s memorial garden.


Ernest Emery

Ernest R Emery, 68, Dunnellon, FL
Ernest Emery (Brad) of Dunnellon Florida 1955-2024 Brad was unexpectedly called home by our father in heaven on Saturday, January 13, 2024. He relocated back to Florida after he and his wife Terry both sold their homes and created one together in Dunnellon, FL where they enjoyed fishing on Lake Rousseau. Brad was a true Renaissance man. He excelled in and loved bass fishing all of his life. From winning bass tournaments years ago to fishing with friends and family, he took his sport very seriously. He adored fishing, in later years, with his brother Mark, Uncle Bob, Scott, Scott Jr., Tommy, John, Kyle, and Eli, lifelong friend Mike LeFrance (Sparky), co-workers, and friends on Lake Rousseau. He loved fishing on the Tennessee River years ago and hunting in the Tennessee Mountains, mostly with Shane and his oldest step-grandchild Dalton, whom he had taught the art of bass fishing and hunting who he so affectionately called Brad “Pops”, and recently enjoyed what will now be known as his last yearly Thanksgiving hunting trip to Tennessee. Brad was so proud of Dalton and the man he had become, due to him in part. During his last visit recently, he was able to enjoy staying with Dalton and wife Gracie and seeing their new home. Brad spoke of hanging in the man cave with Dalton, swapping knowledge and stories while preparing for the big days ahead. I could see that Brad’s heart was full after returning home, thank you for that Dalton. Also, Tara, Shane, Mandy, Peyton, Huxton, Camden, Wayne, Bonita, and all who made his last trip so special as he was allowed to leave with the fondest of memories. He was well known for his delicious deer chili, deer sausage & gravy, bread & butter pickles and he enjoyed tilling his 40 ft garden where he grew tomatoes, green peppers, and scallion onions. Brad worked as a heavy structural auto body technician all of his life (he loved cars), even working part-time after retirement. He worked 20 years with Marshall Mize Ford in Tennessee, and many years with Koons Ford in Hollywood, FL. Many sought his vast knowledge of new and old-school tech knowledge and his ability to solve problems for them in the auto body world. (Thus, the nicknames Modern & OG). Many years ago in Hollywood, FL, family, and friends will remember Brad as the guy who gladly filled the freezers each year with his brother Mark for their parents Ernie and Mary’s annual Hollywood fish fry. I’m sure many family and friends will have many stories to tell of adventures with them as fishing partners who also helped fill the freezer and enjoyed the feast and activities (horseshoes) where we all were invited to enjoy their famous deep-fried beer battered bass & onion rings. Brad was an old flame from many years ago who became a new flame once again. Becoming my loving, caring, hardworking, wonderful husband who spoiled me. Immediately following our vows, he said it best and simply “Finally”. I love him and will miss him terribly and always. I dedicate the song by Trisha Yearwood “How Do I Live…” Preceding in death, parents Ernie and Mary Emery, (Uncle) Bob Keller, (Cousin) Scott Agnew, and Brother-in-law Thomas Hawks. Survived by his wife, Terry Hawks, brother Mark & Christine Emery, nephew Steven & Brittney Emery, niece Lauren & Dustin Elliot, great niece Callie Rae Emery, great nephew Drake Emery, and many cousins. Stepdaughter Brandi McLees and son-in-law Scott McLees; eight step-grandchildren Jade Perez, Brinley and Scotty (Jr.) McLees; step-great grandson Josiah Moya; bonus step-daughter Tara Curtis; bonus step-son-in-law Shane Nunley; bonus step-great grandchildren Dalton Nunley, Peyton Curtis, Camden Nunley, and Huxton Nunley. Sister-in-law Vicki & Billy Homenuk and Brother-in-law John and Jean Hawks. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450. He will be missed by everyone, and forgotten by no one.


Jesse Fisher

Jesse A Fisher, 60, Crystal River, FL
Jesse Albert Fisher, age 60, Crystal River, FL passed away November 22, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jesse was born in Millville, NJ on November 2, 1963 to Perry M. and Greta Fisher and came to this area in 1996 from Port Jervis, NY. He was an Assistant Manager for Big Lots Store. He enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities. Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Greta Fisher Logothetis of Hernando, FL; 1 brother, Robert Allen of Hernando, FL; 2 sisters, Darlene Nangle of Hawley, PA, and Robin Fisher of Hernando, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Fisher. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastors Jonathan Beard and Joe Hupchick officiating. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.


Maurice Fortin

Maurice Fortin, 91, Inverness, FL
Maurice J. Fortin, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away January 11, 2024, at Crystal River Health & Rehab. He was born in Pawtucket, RI on April 23, 1932, to the late Romeo and Rosanna (Tremblay) Fortin. Maurice served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He arrived in this area in 1984 coming from Pinellas Park, FL, and was the owner of a roofing company. Maurice was Catholic by faith, and was a member of the VFW Post 4337, Inverness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Therese Orr Fortin in 2023, 3 brothers, Paul, Henry, and Phillip Fortin, 2 sisters, Georgette Baker and Jeanne Pelissey, a daughter Pamela Fortin, and his ex-wife Patricia Fortin. He is survived by his children Ronald Fortin, Daniel Fortin, and Karen Fortin, of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park, and sister Diana Geier of Wilmington, DE; stepdaughter Francine Dale; and step-granddaughters Alicina Dale, Cynthia Orr. and Sierra Orr. Maurice’s urn will be laid to rest with military honors on Tuesday, January 30 at 11:00 am at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fl. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, is assisting the family.


Jacquelyn Frazee

Jacquelyn Frazee, 85, Inverness, FL
Jacquelyn “Jacqui”Frazee, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away January 4, 2024 in the Ocala Regional Medical Center. “Jacqui” was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 1, 1938 to the late John and Lillian (Latter) Cowen. She moved to this area in 1990 from Sanibel Island, FL with her late husband, Harry Frazee, who passed away February 29, 1996. Prior to retirement, she worked with her husband managing his insurance office (Northwestern Mutual Insurance Agency. “Jacqui” was a long time and devoted member of the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church. She chaired and worked on several committees. Left to mourn her passing is her son, Cory Frazee of Inverness. 1 step son, Frank Frazee of Ohio; 1 step daughter, Lorraine Kane of Vero Beach, FL; 1 brother, Rev. William Cowen of Ontario; 3 grandchildren: Michael, Gregory, and Alex Frazee; 6 great grandchildren: Elina, Lucian, Nicholas, Franklin, Madeline, and Elizabeth Frazee. She also had several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; a step daughter, Pamela Fox and her sister, Marilyn Prentice. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 10:00 AM from the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church with Rev. Cortese officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. At Jacqui’s request, there will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by the church’s deacon fund. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness assisted the family with arrangements.


Patricia Gaston

Patricia Gaston, 76, Inverness, FL
Private arrangements with Chas. E. Davis


Allan Genovese

Allan F Genovese, 82, Floral City, FL
Allan Francis Genovese, age 82, Floral City passed away December 25, 2023 in Aspire at Spring Hill Nursing Home. Allan was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 29, 1941 to Dominic N. Genovese and Dorothy Marie (Reichert) Genovese. He is survived by : 2 Sons: Allan (Sharon) Genovese of East Yaphank, NY and Mark (Nichole) Genovese of Angola, NY; 3 daughters: Lisa Paul of Spring Hill, FL; April (Eric) Gueller of Cape Coral, FL and Dorothy (Manuel) Rubalcaba of Texas; his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynn Genovese, his daughter, Tina Genovese and his brother, Richard Kvestad. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 3:30 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Michael Suszynski of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM


Melissa Giannino

Melissa R Giannino, 39, Inverness, FL
Melissa R. Giannino, of Inverness, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024. She was 39 years old. Melissa was born in Warwick, Rhode Island to John and Sandra (Otis) VanLeeuwen. They moved down to this area in 1989 when Melissa was five years old. She was a pharmacy technician and graduate of Dunnellon High School. Melissa was preceded in death by her mother Sandra Verbiski. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Mark Giannino of Inverness; her daughter Kitara Morrison of Homosassa; her brother John VanLeeuwen of McAlpin, FL; her sister Crystal VanLeeuwen Johnson of Inverness; and her nephew John VanLeeuwen, III A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 2:00pm. Family and friends will officiate. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Mary Jane Glantz, 90, Lecanto, Florida
Mary Jane Glantz, of Lecanto, died peacefully at home on Wednesday December 20, 2023. She was 90 years old. Born in Colorado, she moved here from Texas in May of 2021. Mary Jane enjoyed music, gardening, and loved arts & crafts with her grandkids and great grandkids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Glantz; and her brothers Charles and Donald Altergott. Mary Jane is survived by her sons Bradley Glantz (Deborah) and Bartley Glantz (Jennifer); three grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. The family will hold a celebration of her life in the future. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Alfred Gogan

Alfred J Gogan, 85, Homosassa, FL
Alfred J. Gogan, Jr., of Homosassa, FL passed away peacefully at Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto at the age of 85. Alfred (AJ) was born in Trenton, NJ to Alfred, Sr. and Ada Mae Bice Gogan. He served in the US Navy, and following his military career, he was a paid driver, as well as a volunteer firefighter for Rusling Hose Volunteer Fire Department for more than 15 years. He was a bus driver for NJ Transit for 10 years before moving to Ladson, SC in the late 80’s, where he also worked as a bus driver with Van Com for 11 years. He retired in 2003 and moved to Homosassa with his late wife, Maryann. He loved fishing, music, and playing the keyboard. He was active in the Forest View HOA & Social Club. AJ was also an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, where he was an altar server and later a sacristan. Finally, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held the position of treasurer for a number of years. AJ is survived by his sister, Kathleen Elias (Charles), 5 children (and their spouses), 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held for AJ on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 1:00pm at St. Benedict Catholic Church 455 S Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34429. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida Avenue Inverness, FL 34450. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to St. Benedict Catholic Church (www.stbenedictcrystalriver.org).


Kathy Goll

Kathy A Goll, 72, Inverness, FL
Kathy Ann Goll, of Inverness and Irons (MI), passed peacefully the early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, 2023. She was 72. She was retired from the Meijer Corporation in Michigan, which is a supermarket chain. Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Roger Goll; daughter, Tonya Williams; and sister Tammy Quick. A celebration of life will be held sometime in the spring up in Michigan. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Billy Gordon

Billy D Gordon, 77, Brooksville, FL
Billy Gordon, of Brooksville, passed away under Hospice care on Saturday, February 3, 2024. He was 77.


Stephen Gosselin

Stephen J Gosselin, 82, Citrus Springs, FL
Stephen J. Gosselin, 82, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away January 30, 2024 at Diamond Ridge in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Lynn, MA on September 22, 1941 to the late Irving and Shirley E. (Glover) Gosselin. Stephen was Protestant by faith, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He loved fishing and gardening. Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carmelina Gosselin, and his sister Sally Gosselin. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Arnold Grapel

Arnold Grapel, 96, Inverness, FL
Arnold Christian Grapel of Inverness, Florida, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Arnold was born in Delmar, Maryland, on July 25, 1927, to A. Christian and Alice Hern Grapel. He grew up in New Jersey until his family moved to Miami, Florida, when he was 15. There he graduated from Miami Tech High. He also attended the University of Miami. He served in the U. S. Navy as a Seabee for 3 years and then returned to Miami where he worked for Southern Bell for 30 years before retiring. He enjoyed raising mangoes, bees, and orchids at his home in Homestead, Florida and doing lapidary work and faceting. Arnold was preceded in death by the love of his life, Suzanne McCrary Grapel, to whom he was married 52 years. Suzanne was a beloved elementary art teacher and a very talented artist whose paintings graced their home. After Suzanne retired they moved to Inverness where they were active in Fort Cooper Baptist Church and then New Testament Baptist Church of Floral City. Following Suzanne’s death Arnold particularly appreciated the excellent care and friendship provided by Rosemarie Works since June 2020. More recently he has also appreciated the additional care provided by Annette Chuprinski. The family greatly appreciates all Rose and Annette did to allow Arnold to continue to live independently. For many years Arnold was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed riding the Withlacochee Trail in Inverness and bicycle events all over the Southeast. He will be missed by many friends, neighbors and family members. A Celebration of Life Service for Arnold will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 12:30 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor Ledford Hodges of the New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City, officiating. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Beverly Hill, FL. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:30 AM until service time.


Leroy Gregory

Leroy C Gregory, 87, Lecanto, FL
Leroy Clarence Gregory, age 87 of Lecanto, FL passed away December 16, 2023 at Vitas Hospice. Leroy was born in Melrose Park, IL on August 11, 1936 to the late Roy C. Gregory and Margaret Davidson Gregory. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Later, he was employed at Western Electric Company for 25 years in the Chicago area. He attended the First Baptist Church of Inverness. He is survived by his sister, Yvonne Mitchell and husband Jim of Inverness; 1 nephew, David Mitchell and 2 grand nephews: Brandon Hixson and Jase Mitchell; 1 niece, Debora Drow and 2 grand nieces: Kayla Hixson and Jordon Mitchell Military graveside honors will be conducted at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, Jan 22, 2024 at 2:30 PM. Burial will follow The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Jerry Hamm

Jerry T Hamm, 59, Inverness, FL
Jerry Thomas Hamm of Inverness died suddenly on December 1, 2023. Jerry was born in Citrus Memorial Hospital, and lived his entire life here. He was known to be a “Jack of all trades” used his skills, knowledge, and know-how to help many people, and worked mostly in property management. He was a DIE HARD Florida State Seminole and Nascar fan. Jerry served with the United States Army from 1984-1987 as a helicopter crew chief, and left in 1987 with an honorable discharge. Jerry was preceded in death by his dad Jerry C. Hamm; his grandparents Allie and Carl Hamm; and his nephew Wm. Cody Waymire. Left to cherish his memory are his mom Linda Curry (David) of Homosassa; his sister Roxsann Waymire of Brooksville; his brother Chris Hamm of Chicago, IL; his grandmother Betty M. Shelton of Homosassa; and his nieces Shelby and Baylee Waymire of Brooksville. There will be a private Celebration of Life for his immediate family and friends. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


James Harrell

James D Harrell, 61, Brooksville, FL
James “Dale” Harrell, age 61, Brooksville, FL passed away December 5, 2023 at the HPH Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Dale was born in Brooksville, FL on March 11, 1962 to the late Eli Jackson Harrell and Vella Mae (McMillan) Harrell. He worked hard all his life in the farming community as a laborer. He loved his neighbor hood so much he became known as “the Mayor of Oak Grove”. He always looked after the residents and made sure they were OK. Left to cherish his memory are 2 brothers, Jere (Pam) Harrell of Brooksville and Eli (Marion) Harrell of Shephard, TX; 2 sisters, Pauline (Phil) Hibbard of Floral City and Flossie (Chuck) Raines of Brooksville; several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 9th at 11:00 AM from Stage Pond Cemetery. Mr. Nick Hibbard will officiate. Burial will follow under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Lynn Harrill

Lynn H Harrill, 75, Inverness, FL
Lynn Hollis Harrill, of Inverness, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 29, 2023. She was 75 years old. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Lynn moved with her family to Tampa when she was eight years old. She was a 1966 graduate of Robinson High School. Lynn then went on to attend Hillsborough Community College, where she met and later married Bill Harrill. Lynn attended the University of South Florida, where she received her degree in Vocational Health Education. She had a life-long career in the health care field working as a nurse, a director of cardiology, and a surgical sales rep. She loved it. She and Bill were also Christian musicians in the Catholic Church. After retiring Lynn, along with her husband, served in the music ministries of several Catholic parishes and Eckerd College. Her talents as a vocalist and Latin percussionist were greatly appreciated. She and Bill moved up to this area in 2003. Those who are left to mourn her memory are her loving husband of 50 years C. William “Bill” Harrill of Inverness; her devoted son, Will Harrill of St. Pete, FL; and her brother Glenn Hollis of St. Pete, FL. She was preceded in death by brother Craig Hollis. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Gary Harvey

Gary H Harvey, 60, Inverness, Florida
Gary Harold Harvey, of Inverness, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. He was 60 years old. Gary was born in Flint, MI but traveled all over the world with his career in the US Navy, and he retired after 20 years. He moved to this area in April 2006 from Michigan. He loved fishing, boating, golfing, working on cars, helping out his neighbors, family and friends, and he thoroughly enjoyed maintaining his yard in immaculate condition! He was also known to have a very sarcastic sense of humor. Gary was preceded in death by his parents James L. Harvey and Roseann E. Nelson, brothers James and Steven Harvey. Those who are left to mourn his memory are his husband Edwin Childs of Inverness; his step-daughters Kiaya Weaver, and Alexis Ward, niece, Olivia Hannett; his sister Cindy B. Sedlack (Greg) of Millington, MI; and step-grandchildren Alec Childs, Emma Weaver, Damien Weaver, Aliyah Valladares and Charley Daniels. A visitation will be held Friday, January 19, 2023 from 11:00-12:30 PM at the Davis Chapel. Interment will follow in the Florida National Cemetery, with honors. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Dolores Hatfield

Dolores L Hatfield, 78, Hernando, Florida
Dolores (Brewer) Hatfield was a beloved wife, sister, mom, aunt, grandma, great grandma, teacher, mentor, counselor, and friend. She was a woman of great faith in Jesus Christ. She was loved so dearly by so many, and so many depended on her. She was friendly, witty, and smart, with an unfailing memory for details, and she always knew everyone’s name, birthday, and special events over the years. She was especially good with children, who treasured their times with “granna.” Dolores is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years (married Feb.13, 1965), David. Her sons Jim (J.D.) & his wife Margie, Chris, and Tony. Her grandchildren Mandi, Devin, and Melody, and great grandchildren Ian, Erin, Vera, and Olive. Not to mention so large a number of extended family – she was a grand aunt to all her nieces and nephew’s children. And she was a mother to her boy’s friends from school. The Hatfield house was the place to gather and have fun, and to hear stories, and feel loved. She was part of a large family tree of siblings. Brothers Ray and Chief, sisters Mary and Penny have passed. Surviving are Jack, Jesse, Linda, Rita, Kathy, Nita, Paula, Charlotte, Sharon, Keith Williams, and Billy Brewer. When someone has no enemies, and is so well loved by such a huge number of people, it is too much for words to convey her role in our lives. She was a little lady with a huge heart that loved big. The likes of her are rarely seen in this world. Let’s remember her always.


Bernice Helvy

Bernice Helvy, 91, Bellview, FL
Bernice Helvy, 91 of Belleview, FL, passed away January 18, 2024 at Cates House Hospice in Ocala, FL. Bernice was born on November 11, 1932 in Laurenburg, North Carolina, to the late Herbert and Cattie May (Lowery) Strickland. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jeannie May Callahan of Ocala and B.J. Helvy; four grandchildren: Gina, Donny, Darrell and Christopher; 17 grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Frances Strickland. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, George Helvy in 2015. Celebration of Life service for Bernice will be conducted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor Kevin Ballard of the Calvary Chapel Church, officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until service time.


Norabelle Holmes

Norabelle Holmes, 97, Lecanto, FL
Cremation arrangements are private with Chas. E. Davis


Velma Howell

Velma D Howell, 99, Hernando, FL
Velma Howell passed away peacefully on January 17, 2024 with her family by her side at the Life Care Center in Lecanto, Florida. Velma was born on July 8, 1924 to Horace and Alma Stokes in Northfield Township, Michigan. The family moved to the Detroit area where at the roller rink in Plymouth, Velma caught the eye of Archie Howell. They were married on July 11, 1942. They were married for 60 years when her beloved Archie passed away. In 1955 they moved their family to northern Michigan, first to Sage Lake, then to West Branch, where they raised their family, pursued their careers and made lifelong friends. Velma was well known for the many, many beautiful wedding cakes she made from scratch and decorated. She attended Kirtland Community College in the 1960's and graduated as an LPN. She worked at Tollfree Memorial Hospital where she excelled in the OB department. By 1980 Archie and Velma moved south. Velma worked and retired from Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was a volunteer at the hospital well into her 80's. When not working she and Archie enjoyed dancing at the VFW, playing cards, fishing, and hosting family and friends at their Florida lake home. She was a member of the Hernando United Methodist Church. She was known for her lovely paintings and decorating furniture, t-shirts, and sweatshirts with a flourish of flowers and birds. Velma remained remarkably independent, with the help of her daughter, Diane, maintaining her own apartment until a few months ago. She renewed her driver's license on her 99th birthday and never missed her weekly hair appointment at the local beauty salon. She enjoyed a daily glass of wine while she cooked dinner. Velma was a beloved neighbor, providing transportation and a caring ear to those in need. She will be missed by many. Velma is survived by her children, Diane Grezeszak, Darlene (Thom) Jones, son-in-law Jack Clayton, and son Gary (Eileen) Howell. Grandchildren, Larry (Carla) Grezeszak, Rhonda (Andre) Charbonneau, Cheryl Chizzini, Thom (Danielle) Jones Jr. , Theresa (Brian) Libs, Jay (Lori) Jones, John (Ann Marie) Clayton, Holly (Brian) Brindley, Rusty (Ian) Clayton, Ben (Jen) Howell, and Katie (Matt) Mader, many great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Archie, siblings Marjorie (Erland) Bridge, and Gordon (Elfrieda) Stokes, daughter Patricia Clayton, son-in-law Chum Grezeszak, great grandsons, Reid Jones and Tyler White and great-great grandson Gunnar Blakely. Velma will be laid to rest with Archie at Bushnell National Cemetery where the family will have a private memorial. A celebration of life will take place in Michigan in the summer. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Elsie Huffman

Elsie N Huffman, 79, Inverness, Florida
Elsie Naomi Huffman, “Kitty,” 79, of Inverness, passed away on January 1, 2024, at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, Florida, from broken heart syndrome, after losing her beloved husband and love of her life “Bill” only thirteen days previously. Kitty was born in Hendricks, West Virginia, on October 6, 1944, to the late Herman Ray Phillips Sr. and Elsie Naomi Foster Phillips. Kitty met her late husband “Bill” in Pensacola, Florida, in 1969, where she worked, and Bill was stationed in the Air Force. From the day they met, they were inseparable for 54 years. Kitty worked various part-time jobs but was a homemaker for most of her life. She enjoyed spending time with her son Billy, his wife Mirabelle, and her beloved husband Bill at their home in Inverness and Cabin in Ozello. Kitty also enjoyed doing puzzles on her computer, playing Cribbage with her husband, Bill, and communicating with family and friends on the phone and Facebook. Kitty was fiercely loyal to her family and friends. There was nothing she would not do to help them, or anyone she knew, or even someone she had only recently befriended. Kitty had never met a stranger in her life. She also had a deep love for animals, especially dogs. Left to cherish her memory are her son, William Acton Huffman III (Billy), and wife, Mirabelle, whom she adored as much as her husband Bill did; her daughter Laura Bello, son in law Brian Bello, son Steven Crane; grandchildren Charlotte, Michael, Lillie, and Vianna. Stepdaughter Barbara Dubay, and grandchildren Clarissa and Jason. Kitty also leaves behind sisters Maude Thomas, and Birdie Lane and brothers Ray Herman Phillips and Leon Phillips. In addition to her parents and husband Bill, Kitty was preceded in death by her son Phillip Crane, sisters Maryann, Betty Jo, Helen, Hermilla, Juanita, Vicky, and brother Dwight and stepsons David Huffman and Billy Joe Huffman, and special friend Marie Hicks, and their family’s beloved dog “Bitsy.” Kitty also leaves behind several nieces and nephews in Lancaster, KY., and Jacksonville, FL. A gathering for family and friends will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2024, from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The procession to Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell will leave the funeral home at 1:15 PM for burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your local humane society. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


William Huffman

William A Huffman, 85, Inverness, Florida
William Acton Huffman, Jr. (Bill), 85, of Inverness, passed away on December 19, 2023, at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, Florida, due to complications from Dementia. William was born on September 6, 1938, in Lancaster, KY, to the late William A. Huffman, Sr. and Frances Duncan Huffman. William served his Country in the US Air Force, retiring as a Staff Sergeant with 20 years of service in 1975. After retiring from the military, he worked in Alaska managing dining facilities on the North Slope. Bill enjoyed fishing, cooking, and grilling out with his family and friends at his home, relaxing by the pool or at his cabin in Ozello. He also loved going to the Freezer Tiki Bar in Homosassa to eat shrimp and also enjoyed sitting by his pool and watching re-runs of The Andy Griffith Show and various old Westerns on TV. Bill never had to be asked to help anyone; he would show up and pitch in no matter the task. Bill always had a great work ethic and was very conscientious about any project he started, especially the many home repair and remodel projects he and his son did on their properties. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elsie (Phillips) Huffman; his son, William Acton Huffman III (Billy), and wife Mirabelle (Bill’s “Little Nurse”) who he adored, of Crystal River; his daughter, Barbara Dubay of New Hampshire; and two grandchildren, Clarissa and Jason; Stepdaughter, Laura Crane Bello, Stepson, Steven Crane; and grandchildren Charlotte and Michael, Lillie and Vianna. Bill also leaves behind half-brother Charles Wesley Huffman, half-sisters Jean and Vedra Huffman, and many nieces and nephews in Lancaster, Kentucky. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sons, David Huffman and Billy Joe Huffman, and stepson, Phillip Crane. Bill was also preceded in death by his loving sister Ann Earl Doolin, brother William Leslie Huffman, half-brothers James Lewis Huffman and Harold Huffman, and half-sisters Janice and Jannette Huffman. Bill also leaves behind several nieces and nephews in Lancaster, Ky., and special friends Harold Hicks of Inverness, FL., and Mike Huff of Palatka, FL. A gathering for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 11 AM until 12:30 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The procession to Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell will leave the funeral home at 12:45 PM where services with full Military Honors will be rendered. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.


Bob Huscher

Bob Huscher, 86, Inverness, FL
Bob Huscher, beloved husband, father, grandfather and Navy veteran passed away on February 12, 2024, at the age of 86. Born on January 23, 1938, he dedicated 24 years of his life to serving his country in the US Navy, where he exhibited unwavering courage and commitment. His service took him to distant shores and instilled in him a deep sense of duty and honor. In 1963, Bob married the love of his life, Joan, with whom he shared 53 years of unwavering companionship until her passing in 2016. Together they raised two children Bob and Kellie, and welcomed an amazing daughter in law, Debbie. Bob’s greatest pride and joy was his grandsons Zach, Bobby, Rowan and Jack. Bob’s adventurous spirit led him to establish the US Navy Bobsled Team, after being dared to try the sport himself. This bold initiative culminated in their Olympic debut in 1968. His dedication and skill propelled the team to success, securing record times, World Cup victories and many prestigious awards. Beyond his accomplishments on the ice, Bob volunteered for the Sheriff’s department and was deeply involved in various veterans’ organizations. Known for his patriotism, Bob always carried flags with him, ready to replace worn-out flags as a symbol of his enduring love for his country and community. He will be deeply missed by his family friends and all who had the privilege of knowing him. As his Bobsled Mates used to say “Bob – you had a great run!” A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on March 23, 2024, at 3:00PM, at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida, with Rev. Mike Kramer of the First United Methodist Church in Inverness.


Marcia Jensen

Marcia B Jensen, 70, Beverly Hills, FL
Marcia B. Jensen, of Beverly Hills, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital, surrounded by family. She was 70. Marcia was born in Miami, Arizona to Bill and Nita Heder Bodine. She was a Registered Nurse. Marcia and Darwin moved to this area seven years ago from Blackfoot, Idaho. Those left to cherish Marcia’s memory are her loving husband of 53 years Darwin Jensen; sons Darwin Alan Jensen, Jared lee Jensen, Michael Aaron Jensen, and Bill Glenn Jensen; daughters Lisa Jensen Webb, Heather Jensen Tucker, and Heidi Jensen Graham; brother Bill G. Bodine; sisters Laura Bodine Merkling, Shirley Bodine Elzworth, and Joi Bodine; and thiry-one grandchildren. Funeral services will be in Toquerville, Utah on the 24th of February. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Sandra Joiner

Sandra Joiner, 64, Bushnell, FL
Sandra Lee Joiner Unexpectedly, and all too soon, Sandra Lee Joiner was taken from this walks of life and is in the hands of our Heavely Father. On the morning of December 14, 2023, she lost her fight with an awful and unforeseen flesh-eating infection and passed away as comfortable and cared for as possible by those at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Sandra was born on April 25, 1959 to the proud parents of Esther M. Blecke and William J. Blecke in Elmhurst, IL. She was the beloved sister of Barbara Reaugh, Vera Ratcliff (deceased), Donna Pocic (deceased), and Diane Boyd. Sandra is survived by loving daughter Jessica Tenorio, grandson Carlos Tenorio, Jr. and her beloved Chihuahua, Cocoa-Puff. Many knew Sandra as the kind, considerate, and giving person that makes her untimely passing so grievous to hear and believe. Daily, she read from the Good Book and devoted her life to God, attended church, enjoyeded games of Rummy with her sister, Diane, or exchanging meals with the neighbor, Shiela. Sandra enjoyed the beautiful, sunny Florida Beaches, cool mountain getaways, or the leisure of quiet reflection at her home in Bushnell, FL. At times, she would put her hand to needlework and crochet afghans, toys, and other items that she gave away as gifts or used around her home. Sandra left this earth all too early and her family and friends are saddened by the unexpected loss of her presence in their lives. She is gone but not forgotten and has left a hole in all of us that won’t easily be healed. She will be greatly missed. Following a brief visitation at the funeral home, she was laid to rest at 4:00 PM, December 22, 2023 in the New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery in Istachatta, FL under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. There will be a Memorial Service at the Calvary Apostolic Church in Oxford, Fl at a later date.


Agnes Kearns

Agnes H Kearns, 86, Inverness, FL, FL
Agnes Helen Kearns, age 86, Inverness, FL passed away December 28, 2023 under the care of Vitas Hospice. Agnes was born in Bloomfield, NJ on August 9, 1937 to the late Frank and Agnes (Frontz) Pruner. She moved to Florida in 1995 from San Antonio, TX. She was a retired Civil Service employee working for the U.S. Government as a secretary. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Inverness and active in her community, being a member of the Inverness Women’s Club, The Military Officers of America Auxiliary, and the” Red Hatters”. Agnes enjoyed floral arranging and crafting her own jewelry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lieutenant Colonel William J. Kearns, U.S. Army Ret. He died on September 30, 2008. Her family heritage includes 4 brothers, Leo (Joan) Pruner, Eugene (Barbara) Pruner, Francis Pruner, and James Pruner; 1 sister, Marion (Daniel) Dietrich; 2 sisters in law, Anne Longton and Doris Pruner; nephews: Danny, John, James, Robert, Frank, E.J., Kevin, Andrew; nieces: Carol, Linda, Diane, Gail and Karen; and 19 grand nieces and nephews. She also had a foster daughter, Khanh Le Tran The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with The Rev. Fr. Michael Suszynski and The Rev. Fr. John Dietrich (Agnes’ nephew) con-celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery at 12:30PM. Visitation will be on Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 PM Arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL.


James Keenan

James G Keenan, 85, Inverness, F:
James Gerald Keenan, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away November 22, 2023 in the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto. He was born in Manhattan, NY on January 15, 1938 to the late John and Margaret (Cawley) Keenan and came to his area in 1998 from New York. He was employed as a stationary engineer for Westchester County, NY. He served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a communicant at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Jim was a very kind and loving man and never missed an opportunity to travel to foreign countries. Fishing was his sport of choice. Playing cards with his family made him happy, especially when he won! His laugh was contagious and brought on more laughter. He was very much loved and is dearly missed. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Catherine Leahy Keenan; one son, James P. Keenan and wife Elizabeth of Vero Beach, FL; three grandchildren: Cole, Shemus, and Torin along with nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack Keenan. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 12:30 PM. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Raymond LaBumbard

Raymond LaBumbard, 86, Floral City, FL
Raymond “Bill” “Raymie” LaBumbard Our Raymie passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, February 1st, at the age of 86, after a brief illness. He was born and raised on the family farm in Litchfield NY. When he left the family farm Raymond married his first love, Patricia Miner. After 4 children and 20+ years of marriage, they divorced. He later married his wife and business partner, Norma Cook. He made so many lifelong friends and memories behind the bar at Bill’s Valley Inn and with their circle of motorcycle friends. After Norma’s passing in 2001, Bill took to the road to seek new adventures, heading out West to spend time with his sister. Eventually ending up on his favorite place, the Sunshine State of Florida. This is where he found his last love, Linda Vojtash. He and Linda spent time enjoying life, traveling, and playing the slots, with many trips to Biloxi MS and of course Las Vegas. We can’t forget the many friends he made in their neighborhood of Castle Lake and the local internets around the area. Bill had several jobs throughout his life, making valued friendships at each one. He worked at Chicago Pneumatic, Hyck Trucking Corp, to name a few. He spent many hours in the cab of a tractor trailer, driving cross country and later doing local runs, hauling “doubles” across the state. Finally retiring from Continental Bakery aka Wonder Bread in 1998, after 25 years. Raymie leaves behind his fiancé of 20+ years, Linda Vojtash. His “baggage” of 4 children, Donna (Dennis) Milsten, Waynesboro VA/Portugal, Nels LaBumbard of West Winfield NY, Marcia (Mike) McNamara, Bridgewater NY and Linda Williams, West Winfield NY, along with 8 grandchildren, 4 (almost 5) great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was so proud of his family and despite the differences he loved them all! Bill was predeceased by his parents Nels and Lucy (Trenary) LaBumbard, along with his 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Services will be held at the convenience of the family in West Winfield NY. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family


Barbara LaMountain

Barbara A LaMountain, 82, Hernando, FL
Barbara Ann LaMountain, of Hernando, passed away at Vitas Healtcare in Lecanto on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. She was 82. Barbara was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Isaac and Olive Johnson Ritchie. She owned and operated her own antique store for many years, before retiring down here in 1999. Barbara was a protestant. She was preceded in death by her son Mark Scott LaMountain and her sister Joan Marie Tripp. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 62 years Armand G. LaMountain of Hernando; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care of Inverness.


Arthur Lance

Arthur J Lance, 81, Beverly Hills, FL
Arthur J. Lance Jr. (November 2, 1942 to February 16, 2024) Arthur (known as Art) Lance Jr. 81 of Beverly Hills, FL went to his heavenly home on February 16, 2024. Art was born in Perth Amboy, NJ to Arthur J and Helen Barcheski Lance. Art and his Wife, Valerie K. Lance, moved to the Beverly Hills area in 2017 from Punta Gorda, FL and became very active in their community. Art was drafted in the Army in 1966 and held many different careers throughout his life, including long distance truck driving for Mayflower and hauling gasoline. He was a Thoroughbred Horse trainer (winning the Duke Ellington Award). He was one of the top-rated realtors for ReMax in Fort Myers, Florida. (Attaining #1 Realtor in the World: 2003 & 2005 and #1 Realtor in Florida in 2003, ‘04, ’05 & ’06). Art was an Avid Fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. Art was a pilot and loved to fly his own plane. He was a NASCAR enthusiast (following Jeff Gordon and Kyle Larson). Additionally, Art held a race car competition license driving a Spec Corvette and winning many races. He enjoyed watching football and was a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Gadomski. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 18 years, Valerie K. Lance; his sons David W. Carnes (Logan Strike) and Steven Carnes; his grandchildren, Bradley and Ariana Carnes; nieces and nephews, Albert and Arthur Gadomski, Teresa Carruthers, Gail Overbaugh and Geri Kruckenberg, and Valerie’s Mother and Father, Vincent and Harriet Stolfi. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Arthur J. Lance, please send to Tunnels to Towers Foundation. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Patricia Larkins

Patricia A Larkins, 88, Sumterville, Florida
Patricia A. Larkins, of Sumterville, passed away under Vitas Hospice care on Tuesday December 19, 2023. She was 88 years old. Patricia was born in Miami, FL, as she is a descendant of pioneers of that area. She lived there until she moved up here about 30 years ago. She was a nurse for the prison system with the State of Florida for many years. She loved John Denver and his music, and she also loved butterflies. Patricia is survived by her three sons Dan Fenner of Sumterville, Ron Fenner of Marathon, FL, and John Fenner of Miami, FL; and her five grandchildren Brittany, Jeremy, Marissa, Emily, and Allison. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Rose Lee

Rose P Lee, 99, Inverness, FL
Rose P. Lee, 99, of Inverness, FL passed away January 26, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born on November 4, 1924 in Tampa, FL to the late Antonino and Giovannina (Pascuita) Perricone. Rose was a dedicated homemaker and arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Land O’ Lakes, FL. She was Baptist by faith, and loved dancing. Rose was preceded in death by one son, Dominick Romano in 2002, one grandchild, Philip Romano and two brothers, Joe and Biaggo Perricone. Survivors include her daughters Jovanna Williams and Sarah Moye, both of Inverness; and grandchildren Christopher Giddens, Lena Webb, and Donna Stevenson. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Arlene Lentsch

Arlene Lentsch, 92, Beverly Hills, FL
Arlene Marie Lentsch, “Granny”, 92 of Beverly Hills, passed away December 30, 2023 at Crystal River Health and Rehab. Our dear Granny, the life of any party, is among the angels. She was a truly special woman who brought warmth, light, and laughter to every room she entered. Granny was not just any grandmother; she was loving, caring, and witty, with her special brand of bull-shoney. Her heart of gold radiated kindness and compassion, welcoming all and touching the lives of everyone fortunate enough to have known her. Granny had a spunky spirit that was contagious, infusing energy into every gathering and turning ordinary moments into cherished memories. One of Granny's incredible talents lay in her nimble fingers, as she knitted and crocheted thousands of blankets, hats, and other creations for others. Her dedication to spreading warmth was a testament to her caring nature and selflessness. Granny's crochet creations were not just pieces of yarn; they were beautiful expressions of love. Granny was not only very active in her church; she was a true child of God and a strong believer. Her faith was a guiding light that shaped her into the remarkable person she was. Granny's unwavering trust in the Almighty reflected in her actions, reminding us all to lead lives rooted in love, compassion, and service to others. Endless energy seemed to be a part of Granny's DNA. Whether she was on the dance floor, engaged in a lively debate or conversation, or participating in church or community events, Granny's enthusiasm knew no bounds. Her boundless energy was a reminder that age was just a number when your spirit remained young at heart. Granny's pride and joy was her family, especially her three grandsons and six great-grandchildren. She had a special way of dealing with the bedlam at the house upstate when we and all of our friends gathered, and she loved cooking her specialties for us, especially desserts! Holidays always found her at her best surrounded by friends and neighbors, all warmly welcomed. She loved cruising in style in her Cadillac, which was not just a mode of transportation; it was a symbol of Granny's zest for life. The seat was as close as it could go, and a pillow made it perfect. She loved her pillows! Granny was a great friend to all who knew her. With an open heart and an ear always ready to listen, Granny embodied the true essence of friendship – a bond that transcended generations and withstood the test of time. So, here's to Granny – the best mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend - the life of any party, and a woman with a heart of gold. May we continue to celebrate and cherish the incredible legacy she leaves behind, forever etched in our hearts. Always our Angel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday March 16, 2024 at 10:30 AM from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Eleanor Marks

Eleanor J Marks, 75, Inverness, FL
Eleanor J. Marks, 75, of Inverness, FL passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Eastport, Maine on December 27, 1948. Eleanor was a restaurant waitress and arrived in this area in 2007, coming from Lake Park, GA. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, and gardening. She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, John Marks. Other survivors include her children Timothy Small, Melissa Combs, and Walaka Pendergrass, all of Georgia, April Profano of Nebraska, and Crystal Bew of Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Lawrence Mensch

Lawrence Mensch, 83, Inverness, FL
Lawrence E. Mensch, age 83, Inverness, FL and Barto, PA passed away suddenly at his Florida home on January 6, 2024. Larry was born in Boyertown, PA on February 6, 1940 to the late Carl and Arlene Mensch and came here 16 years as a winter resident.. He was a retired maintenance supervisor in the boat manufacturing business. He also served our country in the armed forces. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Joan (Jirovsky) Mensch of Barto, PA; two children, Lori Boalton and Leslie Bauman, both of Boyertown, PA; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Services will be in Boyertown, PA with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family in Florida.


Harold Meyer

Harold Meyer, 90, Dunnellon, FL
Harold W. Meyer, formerly of Inverness, passed peacefully under Hospice care in Clermont. He was 90 years old. Harold was born in Flasher, ND, spent his school years in Oxford, NY, but has been in Florida for many years. He worked as a utilities operator throughout Florida, including Orange, Osceola, and Sarasota counties. Harold has been in this area since 2003, having moved to Inverness from Sumter County. He served in the US Army, and owned and operated his own farm when he was discharged from the service. Harold was a member of the Moose Lodge, and the VFW. He was preceded in death by his brother Albert Meyer and two sisters, Agnes Rowe and Lois Crandall. Harold is survived by his wife of 70 years Shirley Meyer of Wildwood; sisters Louise Pike and Arlene Meyer, both of Norwich, NY; brother John Meyer of Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held for Harold on Monday, February 12, 2024 from 11:00-11:30am at the funeral home, and a service with military honors will follow at 12:30pm at Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell, 50, Floral City, FL
Margaret Anne Mitchell, age 50, of Floral City, FL passed away at home on January 12, 2024. Margaret was born in Charlottesville, VA on January 24, 1973 to Richard Lloyd and Linda Anne (Pitman) Mitchell and came here approximately 44 years ago from Louisiana. She had a love for animals, especially horses, and loved to cook. Margaret was always trying out new culinary dishes to share with her family. Left to cherish her memory is her devoted son, Grayson Mitchell Griffin of Floral City; her adored mother, Linda A. Mitchell of Floral City; a loving brother, Ethan Lloyd Jackson Mitchell of Inverness; 3 loving sisters: Laura Vaughan Mitchell of Manchester Center, VT, Mary Alice Cioe of Homosassa, and Lillian Elizabeth Alling of Inverness; numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Richard L. Mitchell on August 23, 2013. Margaret’s life will be remembered and celebrated at the family residence. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Theodore J Morris, II, 58, Hernando, FL
Theodore James Morris, II passed away at his brother’s home under Hospice care on Saturday December 23, 2023. He was 58. Theodore was born in Brooklyn, NY to Theodore and Ruthanne Joedicke Morris. He moved to Pennsylvania in 1998, and finally landed in Citrus County in 2019. He was known to be very talented and took pride in his work, no matter what he was doing. He was known to be a “Jack of all trades” and craftsman, starting out working in the automobile industry as an autobody painter, and later became a casket manufacturer and stainer. He also worked in carpentry and construction, before taking a job in Customer Service with Dollar General. Theodore was preceded in death by his sister, Paula Morris, as well as his parents. He leaves behind a best friend and brother, William G. Morris of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Francine Moss

Francine Moss, 47, Inverness, FL
Heaven has gained a new angel, Francine Fiorentino-Moss, age 47 of Inverness, FL passed away November 22, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Francine was born in Riverhead, NY on March 30, 1976 to Stephanie Mazur Fiorentino and the late Frank Fiorentino. She moved to Citrus County in 1980 and attended local schools while growing up and enjoyed playing softball in her youth. Francine graduated from Citrus High School, class of 1994. Following graduation, she became a floral designer at which she excelled with her amazing creativity. Francine enjoyed the outdoors and was especially fond of kayaking, swimming with the manatees and trips to Sea World. But Francine was most in her element when spending time with her beloved son Kolyn and her many fur babies. Kolyn was her whole world. Francine was a blessing to all she met, always thinking of others above herself. She will be missed beyond measure. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Kolyn Moss of Inverness; her mother, Stephanie Fiorentino of Inverness, 2 brothers, Jim Fiorentino of Las Vegas, NV and Andre Fiorentino of Woodstock, GA., her Aunt Irene Mazur of Inverness, several nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to count. “Your presence we miss, your memories we treasure…Loving you always, forgetting you never”. Arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Jimmy Wayne Murray

Jimmy Wayne Murray, 76, Floral City, Florida
Jimmy Wayne Murray, of Floral City, passed away suddenly on Saturday 6, 2024. He was 76, Jimmy, who went by the name Wayne, was born in Waycross, GA and served in the Vietnam War. After returning, he and his wife Bonnie moved to New Port Richey where they raised their 6 children and he ran his air conditioning business, Northwind. Wayne was the bishop of his church for many years. He loved to fish, race cars, dancing and music, but most of all he had the greatest love for his family. Wayne was preceded in death by his young son, David; his first wife of 50 years, Bonnie, and his second wife Sherry. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Karen Denise Murray; his sons Wesley Murray and Ryan Murray; His daughters Shannon Murray, Alaph Murray and Elena Williams; his sister Debborah Tippins; six grandchildren and his boxer “Mickey”.


Richard Nizza

Richard Nizza, 82, Inverness, FL
Richard Louis Nizza, 82, of Inverness passed away at home on January 26, 2024. Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 1941 to the late Louis and Mabel (Fell) Nizza. Richard served his Country in the US Navy. He retired after 40 years as a partner and court reporter with Huron Reporting, in Michigan. He was a big Detroit Lions fan and hoped to see them win the Super Bowl this year. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and kayaking. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Kay Wells who he married on Valentines day 2016; his sisters: Theresa Buffone (John), Linda Shea (Dan), Diane Jarzeboski, and Jayne Nizza; brother: Louis Nizza; many nieces and nephews; step-children: Marikaye (Rob), Bridgit (Bill), Kevin(Sue) and many step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Martha. Following cremation Richard’s urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Theresa Norton

Theresa A Norton, 81, Inglis, FL
Theresa A. Norton, 81 of Inglis, FL passed away February 1, 2024 at Tampa General Hospital Crystal River, FL. She was born in South Bend, Indiana on January 17, 1943 to the late Henry and Anna (Kaman) Strantz. Theresa was Catholic by faith, and arrived in this area in 1995, coming from South Bend. She enjoyed sewing and knitting. Theresa was preceded in death by her husband Donald R. Norton in 2008, and one step son, Donnie Norton in 1976. She is survived by her son Eric Berkland of New Port Richey, FL; step daughter Peggy Stephens of Inglis; sister Donna (Brent) Albertson of Punta Gorda, FL; 2 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Theresa’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia O'Sullivan

Patricia K O'Sullivan, 84, Inverness, FL
Patricia K. O’Sullivan, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away January 3, 2024 with her daughter at her side in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Patricia was born in Chicago, IL on March 22, 1939 to the late Edward and Joanne (Dubberke) Sautier and came to this area in 2001 from her native Chicago. She was employed by Tootsie Roll Industries in the traffic department. Left to cherish her memory are 2 children: Denise (John) Hull and Patrick O’Sullivan; her brother and sister, Edward Sautier and Michelle Ciechna; 4 grandchildren: Randi, April, Tiffany, and Christy; 8 great grandchildren: Rhielynn, Austin, Brelyn, Roman, Giada, Aubry, Kinsley, and Brian along with many family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis in 2017 and her brother, John Sautier in 2023. Following cremation, her urn will be laid to rest in the Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL. Cremation with care at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Helen Occhipinti

Helen M Occhipinti, 90, Inverness, FL
Helen Mary Occhipinti, known by friends as “Mae”, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family, on Dec 6, 2023, under the loving care of Hospice, at only 90 years young. Helen was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1933, to the late Paul Joseph Mahoney and Helen (Carty) Mahoney. She raised her family in South Weymouth, MA , before moving to Inverness, Florida in 1983. She developed many friendships at the Italian Social Club, recalling the joy of dance and renewing the uplifting spirit of laughter. She also enjoyed volunteering at Our Lady of Fatima Church, sharing her smile and kindness with parishioners and clergy, extending a helping hand where needed. Helen was foremost a mother. Over the years, she lovingly watched her family grow, praying for us daily, hoping her light would be enough to show us the way home to all that is true. For to nurture God’s seeds of love, takes a Great Love only a beloved mother knows. The flower of her being will continue to fill the world with the scent and presence of all that is good and pure. Love never ceases to grow on a vine watered with kindness and a smile that beams like the sun’s golden rays. Her voice will still echo amid the soft rustle of many wind-blown leaves, dangling on thin, spindly branches of tall trees, just waiting for us to wave back to her in return. At twilight, she will sparkle alongside the very best in us, taking her place among those stars who earned the rightful name of Mom. Heaven misses His children, and so joyfully she goes, and is welcomed Home, to the Rainbow of Peace and the Freedom called Love. Her memory will be cherished by family. Her sons; Robert Zumbahlen (Kim) of Ocala, Fl, and Michael Zumbahlen (Therese) of Fuquay-Varina, NC. Her daughters; Cheryl Saltmarsh and Wendy Hanlon (Larry), both of Inverness, FL, and Theresa Giustini of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Her brother, Robert Mahoney of Halifax, MA. Her sisters; Kathleen and Margaret Mahoney, both of Inverness, FL. Her stepchildren; Joseph Occhipinti and Janet Catherwood. As well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by; her parents, Paul J. and Helen Mahoney; two husbands, Charles Zumbahlen and John Occhipinti; her son, Charles Joseph Zumbahlen; three brothers, John T. Mahoney, Paul Joseph Mahoney, Jr, and Sheldon Mahoney; her son-in-law, John Saltmarsh; and her granddaughter, Jennifer L. Saltmarsh, as well as many, many dear friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, December 15th, at 10 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, officiated by Fr. Claudis Mganga, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Chas.E.Davis Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 14th from 3-5 pm. Prayer service will begin at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Kenneth Olson

Kenneth L Olson, 67, Lecanto, FL
Kenneth Lee Olson, age 67, Lecanto, FL passed away suddenly at home on January 5, 2024. Ken was born in Chicago, IL on July 3,1956 to the late Norman and Virginia Olson. Throughout his life Ken was someone you could count on. He was consistently looking out for others, whether it be as a big brother, an RA in college, a friend, a coworker or just a friendly ear to a person he just met. He took the time to get to know you and make you feel welcome. There are so many lives he has impacted over the years in so many places and so many wonderful memories that he is apart of. After he retired as the Director of Security for an international company in the northern suburbs of Chicago he moved to this area in June of 2022. In just a short amount of time one could already feel the genuine impact Ken was making all around him. Retirement as it turned out, was busier than ever. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 45 years, Deborah (Syring) Olson of Lecanto, 2 Boys: Benjamin (Stephanie) Olson of Inverness and Joshua (Michelle) Olson of West Chicago, IL; 1 brother, James of Nevada; 1 sister, Catherine Brown of Colorado Springs, CO and 15 grandchildren. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Friday, January 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. from the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home from 12 noon on Friday until the hour of the service.


Frances Palka

Frances Palka, 89, Inverness, FL
Frances J. Palka, 89, of Inverness, FL, passed away January 20, 2024, at Life Care Center of Citrus County in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Oak Grove, FL, on December 16, 1934, to the late William Clarence and Virginia (Kimmel) Jones. Frances was a dedicated homemaker, a mother, and Baptist by faith. She and husband Frank returned to this area in 1998, coming from Clearwater, FL. Frances enjoyed playing bridge, going to lunch, shopping, and traveling with her sisters and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank M. Palka in 2015. Survivors include her children Frank E. (Virginia) Palka of Placitas, NM, Jennifer (Sean) Steller of Clearwater, FL, and Suzanne Beal of Inverness; brother Charles (Elsie) Jones of Inverness; sisters Hazel Snow of Perry, FL, and Mary Gene Patrick of Brooksville, FL; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Celebration of Life for Frances will be held on Saturday, February 10, 1:00 p.m. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service.


June Parker

June E Parker, 84, Inverness, FL, FL
June Eileen Parker, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away December 26, 2023 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Mrs Parker was born in Beaver, OH to the late Wiliam Travis, Sr and Ella (Odle) Travis. During her working career, she was a Customer Service Representative in the boating industry. She is survived by 4 children: Michael Parker, Ft Lauderdale; Shirley Certain and Carolyn Boardman, both of Inverness, FL; Sandra Swilley, High Springs, FL; Annette Fratello, Ft Lauderdale; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Auston Parker in 2014; 2 daughters: Vivian Wagner and Debra Brown. Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, December 29, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Florida National Cemetery. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL is assisting the family.


Vera Pike

Vera E Pike, 89, Inverness, FL
Vera Hoover Pike, age 89, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Vera was born in Shelby County, OH and resided in Sidney, OH until 1969 when she moved to Florida with her family, settleing in Citrus County in 1992. She was a graduate of Sidney High School and became a Key Punch Operator and a Proof Reader for the Sidney Daily News. She enjoyed collecting antiques, reading, and caring for her beloved dogs, PeeTee, Booter, and Puggie. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Wayne Pike, her parents, John and Esther Hoover; 4 brothers, Don, Virgil, Ivan, and Lloyd; her sister, Esther, and her grandson, Sgt. Robert Surber and son in law, Raymond Cubero. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Kyle Pike (Nancy Gallo); her daughter, Kerri Surber (Ronald Swesey); 7 grandchildren including Jennifer, Melody, and Leslie; 8 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. ____Oh Well!!_____


Mark Pullen, 66, Inverness, FL
Mark Pullen, 66, Inverness died Feb 6, 2024. Left to cherish his memory are Joanne Clark, Nathan, Jonathan, Aaron, and Emily Pullen; 4 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis


Louis Quad

Louis J Quad, 89, Inverness, Florida
Mr. Louis Jacob Quad (Lou) passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 in Inverness, Florida. Lou was born in New York, NY on March 30, 1934, the oldest of four children to Millard Carl Quad and Rosina Stewart Quad. Lou grew up in Ridgewood, NJ where he graduated from Ridgewood High School. He attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh and served in the United States Air Force as a radar repairman where he earned the Good Conduct Medal. He worked at Federal Electric Company where he met the love of his life, Katherine (Tina) Hazapis Quad. They were married for 61 years, and their life together took them from New Jersey to Miami, Florida where Lou worked as a marine draftsman for Performance Marine, Bertram Yachts and Schottel of America before retiring to Inverness. An accomplished artist and musician, Lou enjoyed playing a variety of instruments in a small German band for audiences throughout South Florida. His drawings were remarkable, and he was able to capture images of people and places with emotion and feeling. He had a passion for sailing and the sea, and painstakingly restored and built several sailboats with the same artistic skills and talent that he brought to his music and art. To Lou, however, the most important use of his talent was helping his children and grandchildren with school projects, which he did with great enthusiasm and love. A voracious reader, Lou passed along his love for both the spoken and printed word to his children and grandchildren. He never missed the opportunity to gently correct a misspelled or misspoken word, and took great pride in his mastery of the language he loved. Lou’s was a life well lived, and he was a man of grace and integrity. He considered his family his greatest love and achievement and he is survived by his wife Tina, his daughters Christina (Randy) and Kari (John) and his son Millard (Michelle); grandchildren Katie (Andrew) Keister, Sarah (Curry) Wilkinson, Matthew Keister, Rachel (Zane) Osborn, Jacob (Sara) Faircloth, Louis (Jyllian) Quad and Garrett Keister and his great-grandchildren Colton and Cade Osborn. Lou Quad was a man of quiet dignity and decency, served his country with honor and loved his family unconditionally. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Susanne Quad Croel and brother-in-law Phil Croel, and sisters Wendy Quad and Carolyn Quad Asquith. There will be a memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Sarah Rausch

Sarah E Rausch, 66, Floral City, FL
Sarah E. Rausch, of Floral city, passed away peacefully under Hospice care on Sunday, February 4, 2024. She was 66.


Candace Richardson

Candace R Richardson, 35, Brooksville, Fl
Candace R. Richardson, 35, of Brooksville, FL passed away February 12, 2024, in Jacksonville, FL. She was born in Charleston, SC on September 22, 1988. She enjoyed boating, loved nature, and spending time with family and friends. Candace is survived by her parents, Candace McCutcheon and Don Scullion, and by her uncles, Larry Russell and Scott Russell and their families. Private cremation services have been arranged under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Doris Rife

Doris M Rife, 92, Inverness, FL
Doris Maxine Rife, 92, of Inverness, FL passed away January 13, 2024 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Center. Doris was born in Huntington, WV on April 9, 1931 to the late Blanchard and Roma (Dunfee) Nash. She worked extensively in the medical business world and came to this area in 1972. She and her husband, Ray developed, and constructed Fort Cooper Mobile Home Community. Although she continued to work for years in the medical business field, she eventually became semi-retired and became manager of the Inverness Park in 1998 before she retired in 2014 at the age of 83. Doris enjoyed golfing and living life to the fullest. She was president for two years of the Lakeside Ladies Association. She also enjoyed dancing and spending time with grandchildren. During their spare time, Doris and Ray traveled extensively in their motor home throughout the United States. Doris was a charter member of the Inverness Does Drove #232 and held many offices during her membership. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Jeff (Danelle) Rife of Inverness; 7 grandchildren: Heather Ann Rife, Jeffrey Ray Rife, Jacob Shad Rife, Kristopher Larry Nail II, and Brea Ashley Robertson; Jacqueline Fair, and Cellynn Rife. 10 great grandchildren: Krista, Kaleb, Logan Vance, Addison and Londyn Rife. Oliver Nail, Ryan, Adam, and Holly Pinney and Alex Rife. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Rife on January 31, 2002; 2 sons, Jack and John Rife; her brother, Johnnie Daryl Nash and sister, Iris Prager. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Ballard from Calvary Chapel along with family members and friends will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City.


Ines Omaira Romero

Ines Omaira Romero, 81, Hernando, Florida
In loving memory Ines "Omaira" Romero - dedicated mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend of many - passed away on December 15, 2023 at the age of 81. Omaira was born in Caracas, Venezuela on April 20th, 1942 to Alberto Romero and Mercedes Romero Saavedra. In 1975, Omaira moved to the United States and built her life in New Jersey with all of her children. In 1996, she moved to Miami, Florida with her eldest daughter, Betzabeth. Many of her children and their families followed over the years. Omaira loved cooking, cleaning, dancing, traveling, boat outings, and playing games. She will be greatly missed by her family. She leaves to cherish her loving memory her children: Betzabeth Galano Moleiro, Lisette Patino Moleiro, Jose Gregorio Moleiro, Maria Figueroa Moleiro, Romy De Leon Rodriguez, Alvaro Rodriguez Romero, and Alfredo Moleiro; her sister Dora De Gomez; her 19 grand children; and 14 great grandchildren. Acknowledgments The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, concern and kindness shown during this time of bereavement. Words cannot express our gratitude for the love and sympathies our family has received. A mass will be held on January 16th, 2023 at 10am. All arrangements are under the care of Charles E. Davis Funeral Home.


Robert Rowe

Robert H Rowe, 90, Inverness, FL
Robert Henry Rowe, age 90, Inverness, FL passed away January 17, 224 at his residence. A native of St Petersburg, FL, he was born on November 6, 1933 to the late Henry and Margaret (Miller) Rowe. He moved to Citrus County in 1973 from there where he retired from the St. Petersburg Police Department after 20 years of service. An ordained Pastor, he ministered in the prison systems of Florida and Georgia with his late wife, Rosemary until his retirement in 1985. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2022. Additionally, he pastured churchs in New Mexico, California, and Georgia. With his wife, he raised 5 children and 2 step children: Gary Gissiner, Barbara Rowe, Paul Rowe, Scarlett Rockey, John Rowe, and Renita Steenbergen ; 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren as well as great great grandchildren. At Bob’s request, there is no public services. Cremation is entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Karla Rubin

Karla J Rubin, 68, Inverness, Florida
Karla J. Rubin, November 22, 1955 – December 30, 2023 It is with deep sorrow we announce Karla J. Rubin of Inverness, Florida, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2023, after an extended illness. She was 68 years old. Born in East Liverpool, OH, she lived in the Inverness area for about 40 years, where she and her husband, Michael, owned and operated “Wingbling”, a motorcycle customizing company. In addition to loving motorcycles she had a special love for animals. She was a kind, precious, compassionate and loving soul to everyone and touched so many lives which has left us all with so many memories, stories of laughter and feelings of great love. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 50 years, Michael Douglas Rubin and family; pets: MiMi, Bonnie, Clyde and Becca and her best friend of 41 years, Terry Lynn Pitts. Karla is preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Betty Lee (Wilson) Jackson; her sister, Kathy White and brother-in-law, David White. Visitation for Karla will begin at 12:00 Noon, with the service following at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 13, 20 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Citrus County Humane Society, 751 S. Smith Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. She will forever be in our hearts and minds.


Lillian Scott

Lillian Scott, 89, Beverly Hills, FL
Lillian L. Scott, age 89, Beverly Hills, FL passed away January 17, 2024. A native of Roosevelt, LINY, she came to this area in 1997 from Brentwood, NY. Burial arrangements are private at Florida National Cemetery. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Robert Scott

Robert M Scott, 85, Inverness, FL
Robert M. Scott, of Inverness, FL, died at his home on Friday, December 8, 2023. He was 85. Born in Athens, West Virginia, he grew up in Athens. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Art from Blue Field State College. Robert served three years in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged just before the Vietnam War broke out. He was an airplane mechanic in the Army and served in Germany. Robert was the director in the art department with Blue Field Television. He and Sandra have been in Inverness for about 25 years, having moved down from Princeton, WV. He was very active in the American Legion, Post 058 as Past Post Commander. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Sandra Scott of Inverness and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 11:00 am at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Seabolt

Mary Seabolt, 77, Inverness, FL
Mary Maureen (Casto) Seabolt, 77, of Inverness FL, and formerly Belle WV went to her heavenly home peacefully on February 6, 2024. Mary was a 1965 graduate of DuPont High School, Belle WV and attended Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville TN. She retired in 2005 from her longtime administrative assistant position with RGIS Inventory Specialist. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to brag about her family, especially her grandchildren. A life long member of the Church of the Nazarene she loved her Jesus and was a mentor, teacher and prayer warrior for many, both family and friends. She also had the gift of hospitality and loved to open her home to family and friends. She is survived by her high school sweetheart, life long love and husband of 56 years, Charles, her daughters Cathy Taylor of West Grove PA and Carrie(Michael) Friddell of Nashville TN , her 4 grandchildren, her sister Helene(Bill) Heaton of Farmington Hills, MI and many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents E.B. and Lucy Casto of Belle, WV. A service will be held at Chas. E. Funeral Home, Inverness FL on Sunday February 11, 2024 at 2 pm with visitation at 1 pmprior to the service. There will also be a graveside service on Saturday February 17, 2024 at 11am at Montgomery Memorial Park in London, WV with an opportunity after to celebrate her life and visit with the family at Belle Church of the Nazarene Activity Building Belle, WV. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home will be assisting the family with the graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to your local Hospice or a charity of your choice.


Bruce Sheldon

Bruce D Sheldon, 76, Citrus Springs, FL
Bruce Dean Sheldon, of Citrus Springs, passed peacefully to be with His LORD on Sunday December 3, 2023 under hospice care in Lecanto, Florida. He was 76 years old. Bruce was born in Bagley, Minnesota and was raised in Michigan. He was an avid tennis player and active church member who loved to serve, participate in church dramas, choir and as a tenor soloist. He entered into a lifetime career with the United States Air Force, and retired after many years, attaining rank of Captain. While serving, he also earned his Bachelors degree in Business. Bruce lost his first wife Brenda in 2021, after which he eventually reconnected with a childhood friend who was also widowed, Marsha Harmon Cearlock of Michigan. They married and she moved to Florida. Bruce leaves behind his loving wife Marsha A. Sheldon and his son Brandon Christopher Sheldon, His sister Donna Dockham, neice Joy Dockham, nephew Lloyd Dockham and Lloyds wife Jessica & 3 children.(Griff, Kia & Izzy) A celebration of Life is scheduled at North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs on Saturday January 13, 2024 at 11:00am, with the family receiving friends from 10 until the start of the service. There will be a luncheon following. Bruce will eventually be inurned with his first wife in Florida National Cemetery, arrangements provided by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness Florida.


Craig Simpson

Craig H Simpson, 85, Inverness, FL
Craig H. Simpson, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away Nov. 24, 2023, at Vitas Hospice House under the loving care of his family and Hospice staff. Craig was born in Springfield, MA on July 14, 1938, to Frank and Harriett Simpson and moved to this area in 2001 from Westfield, MA. He was employed by AT&T Telephone as an Engineer prior to retirement. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Donna (Ligus) Simpson, Inverness, FL; 1 brother, Lee Simpson; 3 sisters: Barbara Price, Carolyn Simpson, and Deborah Bandis; godchild Kimberly McCann, her family and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Simpson, and his sister Susan Simpson. Craig will also be remembered by his “girls” Stacy and Shannon Ferraro, who he served as a friend, mentor, and father figure through over twenty years of friendship. Craig was a long time member of the Inverness Elks Lodge 2522 in Hernando for 30 years. He was also a member of the Inverness Moose Lodge 2112 for 18 years. Craig was an avid Yankees fan and lover of baseball. He played on a recreation softball league well into his seventies and when the day came he could no longer partake in softball, he picked up the love of golf and spent every Friday afternoon out on the golf course. As all that know him Craig was quick witted and enjoyed the company of many. Earlier in his life he relished his time in Western Massachusetts with many hours spent around a table playing a good game of pitch – always for the championship of the universe! Craig and his wife Donna took the opportunity to travel the world together visiting the likes of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Africa and China to name a few. Craig was passionate about enjoying a good meal and a spirited “Cheerio” among friends. Craig will be remembered for all the love and laughter he shared with family and friends. Craig carried himself through life with dignity, strength and love. He will be missed dearly. Military graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, December 7, at 2:00 PM, at The Florida National Cemetery (Bushnell). Friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home; 3075 S. Florida Avenue; Inverness, FL. The procession will leave for the cemetery at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vitas Hospice; 3350 W Audubon Park Path; Lecanto, FL.


Frederick Smail

Frederick A Smail, 71, Inverness, FL
Frederick A. Smail, 71, of Floral City died Sunday December 3, 2023 under Hospice care in Lecanto, FL. Fred has been in this area for over 20 years. He also grew up in Citrus County as a child, after moving down from Sharon, PA with his family. He served in the US Army for a total of about nine years before being honorably discharged for the second time. Following his military career, he worked as a supervisor of the Horace Glass Company. He loved fishing, boating, and he was a master griller. Fred leaves behind his sons Fred “Freddy” Smail, Jr. of Floral City, James Smail of North Carolina, and Timothy Smail of Georgia; his daughters Dorothy Clark (Dennis) of Valrico and April Evans (Kevin) of Inverness; his brother Byron Smail of Floral City; his sisters Barbara Ratliff of Valrico and Mary Taylor of Tennessee; and two beautiful granddaughters. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. His urn will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Private Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Edmund Staninas

Edmund A Staninas, 74, Inverness, FL
Edmund Allen Staninas, 74, of Inverness, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital. Edmund was born on in Hackensack, NJ to Edmund Anthony and Ethel Elizabeth (Harrison) Staninas. He moved to this area in 1993, having come from New York. Edmund had many different careers, however his last was as night RN nursing supervisor at Citrus Memorial Hospital (HCA). Edmund was a devoted Catholic. He enjoyed life, and loved riding motorcycles, flying airplanes, hunting, fishing and traveling. He especially enjoyed feeding and watching the wild birds around his home, and enjoyed listening to classical music. Edmund was preceded in death by his loving wife Marie Staninas in 2022. Those who are left to cherish his memory are his beloved daughter Jill Staninas (Mike Pitts) of Homosassa. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 Highway 41 South, Inverness, FL 34450. Committal service will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 AM until service time. Arrangements are in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Margaret Stidd

Margaret J Stidd, 82, Homosassa, FL
Margaret "Marge" Justina Stidd, of Homosassa, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2023 under Hospice care in Lecanto. She was 82. Born in Decatur, Ill to Lewis and Alice Shaw, Marge was raised partly in Citrus County and partly in Decatur, due to her father’s occupation. She settled down in Crystal River after marrying Dean Hopkins and raised a family while developing a business together. After reconnecting with her childhood friend David Stidd, she re-married and shared a life together until he passed away. Marge proudly worked at Publix for over to two decades, and was known for her big bear hugs, vibrant smile that was contagious and her affinity for greeting everyone with the phrase "Hello Youngin'". Marge was an champion golfer with over 20 hole's in one, was an active Church member at the First United Methodist Church in Homosassa and loving companion to Gary Mosley. Marge was preceded in death by her Father and Mother. She is survived by her daughter Justina Hopkins and her wife Pam of Orlando; her son Lewis Hopkins of New York; her brother Ronald Shaw of Homosassa; her companion Gary Moseley of Homosassa; her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; her sisterhood of angels including Vickie, Pat, Dolly, Susan, Judy, Pauline and Char; and her four grand-puppies Bailey, Olivia, Lexi, and Lacy. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450. A celebration of life is planned at the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 West Bradshaw Street, on December 27th at 11am. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa.


Merwin Stout

Merwin L Stout, 86, Inverness, FL
Merwin Claude Stout, age 86, Inverness, FL passed away suddenly at home on December 13, 2023. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI on November 4, 1937 to the late Durwood and Beatrice Stout. He was a retired automotive mechanic and served our country in the U.S. Army, being discharged as a sergeant. He is survived by his daughter, Connie Perkins of Tampa, 2 sons, Chris and Curtis Stout, and a brother, Steven Stout; 3 grandchildren. Following cremation, his urn will be placed in Florida National Cemetery. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family.


Janice Taweel

Janice Taweel, 73, Dunnellon, FL
Janice Taweel, age 73, Dunnellon, FL passed on January 31, 2024. Cremation arrangements are private


Kathy Teepell

Kathy L Teepell, 65, Inverness, FL
Kathy Lynn Teepell, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away February 12, 2024 at HCA Florida Largo Hospital in Largo, FL. She was born in Endicott, NY on June 21, 1958, and arrived in the area in 1978, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. Kathy was Southern Baptist by faith, and enjoyed making wreaths and crafting, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother Phyllis (Roberts) Ellis. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Charles “Bucky” Teepell of Inverness; daughter Constance Faith Blanton (Randy King) of Inverness; brothers Richard (Heather) Ellis of Citrus Springs, FL, and Randy (Karen) Ellis of Hernando, FL; sister Ann (Brent) Fults of Dunnellon, FL; 2 grandchildren, Conner and Colby Blanton; and her father Robert Gene Ellis, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Kathy will be held on Friday, February 16, 4:30pm at the Lakehouse. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Kerry Uzell

Kerry Uzell, 83, Inverness, FL
Kerry Peter Uzell, Sr. 83, of Inverness, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto,FL on February 19, 2024. He was born on November 23, 1940 in Stafford, Connecticut to the late Peter and Helen (Mitkus) Uzell. He came to Citrus County in 1978 from Enfield, CT to be closer to his parents. Kerry was a Sales Manager for a RV Sales Company for most of his 46 years in Florida, as well as working in Sales at a local Ford Dealership. Left to cherish his memory are his surviving children: Debra MacCoy of Vernon, CT., Jamie Summers of Vernon, CT., Kerry Peter Uzell, Jr., of Vernon, CT, Christine Dill of Dunlap, Illinois, and Michael Uzell of Sayville, NY, and step daughter, Lisa Cortese of Tolland, CT; 8 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Kerry was preceded in death by his brother Peter Uzell, III and his sister, Gwendoline Burkhart. Also left to cherish his memory is his very dear friends, Carolyn Moss, Norman Koof, and Jan Uzell. Kerry loved the races, playing golf, and recreational casino nights. He charmed the ladies with his bright smile, blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair. A ladies man and a guys-guy he got along with everyone. Kerry has had pets his whole life but had a special connection to his beloved cat, Oliver, who he rescued 3 years ago, many would say Oliver rescued him. Kerry didn’t want people to mourn his death rather he wanted a celebration of life, which will be in Connecticut on May 19 at his ex-wife, Norah’s, house in Vernon, CT where family and friends are welcomed. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness, Florida. In memory of Kerry Uzell donations can be made to a local pet shelter.


Anthony Venero

Anthony J Venero, 81, Inverness, FL
Anthony James Venero, Sr., age 81, of 8300 E. Ft. Cooper Rd, Inverness, FL passed to Heaven on December 1, 2023 at 7pm peacefully at his home with family by his side. Tony was a devoted husband to Dolores Ann Stokes Venero for 59 years; a loving father to his daughter Angelia Venero (Michael Peters) of Ocala, FL, and to his son, Anthony J. Venero, Jr. (Stacy Peacock Venero); brother to Vincent Venero (Paula Venero) of Inverness and Lenora Antunes of Tallahassee, FL; “Papa” to Grand Children Allen Anthony Clifton (Denise Clifton) of Denver, Colorado, Jeff Clifton of Winter Garden, FL, Victoria M. Rogers (Christopher Rogers) of Inverness, FL, Kaitlyn A. Venero (Jacob Lemieux) of Inverness, FL, Great Granddaughter, Layla B. Clifton, and Great Grandson Anakin J. Lemieux. Additionally, he leaves his sister in law, Barbara Kay Rodgers. Tony was preceded in death by his mother and father Eleonor and Robert Venero; his brother Robert Venero and sister Roseann Lumpkin. Tony was born April 12, 1942 in Islip, New York and entered the Marine Corp at 17 years of age. After his tour in Okinowa and his military service was fulfilled, Tony relocated to Inverness, FL where he met his bride. They relocated to Ocala shortly after their union and began a life of love and happiness. Tony was a plant manager for Skyline Corporation for 14 years and had the opportunity to purchase a family business in Inverness, FL; Citrus Marine Center. Tony and Dolores built their business and later acquired Venero Snapper, Inverness, FL. Tony retired at 59 to work his farm, hunt, and travel. He enjoyed time spent working his crops and could usually be found on his tractor, in a dear stand on his homestead, or teaching one of his children/grandchildren how to build or fix something. Tony will forever be known as a “pleaser of many” and an honorable Husband, Father, Papa, Friend, and MARINE. May he rest in peace among the angels of the Heaven, just as he walked this earth as the angels among us. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 3:00 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church with Pastors Marne Palmani and David Maddox officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Leukemia Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 33450.


Nancy Welshans

Nancy C Welshans, 84, Floral City, FL
Nancy Carroll Welshans, age 84, passed away December 19, 2023 at her Floral City home under the loving care of her family. Nancy was born in Huffman, AR on October 31, 1939 to the late William and Dorothy (Webster) Carvin and came to this area in 2001 from Valley Bend, WV. She was a bookkeeper before retirement and a devout member of the Covenant Church of God in Floral City. Left to cherish her memory are 4 siblings: James Carvin of Hernando; Dorothy Telshaw of Warren, OH; Brenda Shelton of Grass Valley, CA; Patricia (John) Lord of Floral City; 4 stepchildren: Gary Welshans, Inverness; David Welshans, McElhatten, PA; Rev. Eric Welshans, Floral City; Brian Welshans, Williamsport, PA; 5 grandchildren; Ryan Welshans, Gary Russell, Megan Gaulle, Evan Welshans and Dillon Welshans 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews that will miss her greatly. Nancy was an accomplished seamstress, loved to do crafts, play games, puzzles and crochet. She had a wonderful sense of humor and never met a stranger. Her relationship with the Lord was the basis of her life. She was strong willed, yet kind. She was hardheaded, yet understanding. She was softhearted, yet practical. She had a true love for others and never withheld her generosity. Many looked to her for guidance and encouragement. She will be missed by many. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 12:00 noon from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Eric “Rick” Welshans officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. --


Jean Williams

Jean Williams, 90, Plant City, FL
Jean Frances Williams, age 90, Plant City, FL passed away December 10, 2023 in the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland, FL. Jean was born in Jacksonville, FL on April 9, 1933 to the late David Wilson and Inez (Harrell) Gross. She retired from the medical profession as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: James L. Williams and his wife Juli of Lakeland; Brenda Naset and her husband Mark of Plant City, FL; Patricia Chesson and her husband Philip of Houston, TX. 1 brother, Bill Gnann and his wife Shirley of Stark, FL; 1 sister, Marilyn Harriott of Winter Garden, FL She also leaves a sister in law, Betty Wilson ; 3 grandchildren: Matt, Katy, and Thomas; 2 great grandchildren: Cordelia and Forrest. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William T. Williams (November 20, 2009), her brother, Donald Wilson, and a grandchild, Casey. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Monday, December 18, 2023 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 11:30 AM . The Rev. Kevin Ballard will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 until the hour of service.


Mary Williams

Mary L Williams, 66, Lecanto, FL
Mary Louise Williams, of Lecanto, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 3, 2024. She was 66 years of age. Mary was born in Elmer, New Jersey to Anthony and Estelle Boren Mastroeni. She and her late husband, Sanford, moved here in 2006 from West Virginia. Mary was a baker for Winn Dixie grocery stores. She treasured her beautiful plants, her good friends, she loved her grandchildren and she adored her family/extended family. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Sanford T. Williams and her only brother Phillip J. Mastroeni. Those who are left to cherish her memory are her son Sandy Williams, of Lecanto; her daughters Rebecca Williams and her spouse Carl Osborne of Lecanto, Tracy Williams and her Spouse Bryan Stallings of Maryland; four grandchildren; Austin Williams, Alexis Stallings, Brayden Stallings, Britton Osborne and her sister-in-law Angie Mastroeni of New Jersey . Mary’s family plans a private service at a later date, and she will join her husband in burial at Florida National Cemetery. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Kenneth Wood

Kenneth P Wood, 62, Crystal River, Florida
Born Kenneth Paul Wood, he was the son of the late Tandy and Lucille Wood. He was born in Ripley, W.Va. on January 8, 1961, and is survived by his two sons, Jonathan Tandy Wood (Taylor) and Zachary Thomas Wood (Ashlea); two brothers, Steven A. Wood (Linda) and Kevin L. Wood (Cathy); two sisters, Toni M. Buzzard (Lester) and Rebecca J. Wood (Andy); six nieces and nephews; and two great nephews; and one fur baby Oliver, his companion of 17 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Tandy and Lucille Wood; his wife Beth A. Wood; and sister-in-law Lori A Wood-Dean. Kenneth worked for Carl E. Smith Pipeline in the 1980’s. He and his family relocated to Florida where he worked at Emergency One, fabricating fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Kenneth finished his fabricating career with Cato Classic. Kenneth became disabled in the late 90’s after a car accident. His family would like to wish a very special THANK YOU to Mike Morgan of Morgan Heating and Air. A celebration of life is planned for Monday, January 8, 2024, at the Davis Chapel at 3:00 PM. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.


Julia Yeagle

Julia P Yeagle, 83, Hernando, Florida
Julia Pentz Yeagle, of Hernando, passed away at home Thursday December 21, 2023. She was 83 years old. Born in Muncy, PA, Julia has been in Florida ever since marrying her childhood sweetheart, and moved down to Miami, FL while he finished school at the University of Miami. They remained in Miami until they moved to Hernando in 2007, and became members of the Hernando United Methodist Church. Julia enjoyed being with her family, boating, water skiing, snorkeling, sewing, gardening, and music. She enjoyed anything outdoors but she always wanted to learn how to play the piano! Julia is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Ronald Yeagle; son, Jerome Yeagle of Abington, MD; daughters Pamela Y. Young of Cumming, GA and Angela Y. Lilly of Odessa, FL; sisters Roberta Specht and husband Leonard of Montgomery, PA and Polly Shrey of Hughesville, PA; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren (with another on the way); 3 nieces and nephews; and 4 great nieces and nephews. Interment will take place in Fairview Cemetery in Montgomery, PA.


Gregory Yule

Gregory Yule, 67, Gainesville, FL
Gregory William Yule, age 67, Gainesville, FL resident passed on January 28, 2024 in Lecanto under Hospice Care. He was as a Security Guard and a Navy veteran. He leaves his brothers Shaun Yule of Deland and Stephen Yule of Tennessee, and sister Mary Yule of Georgia to cherish his memory. Private cremation arrangements.


Arthur Zampelli

Arthur O Zampelli, 93, Beverly Hills, FL
Arthur Orlando Zampelli, Sr., age 93 of Beverly Hills, FL passed away December 15, 2023 at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Mr. Zampelli was born in Duryea, PA on November 3, 1930 to the late Ralph and Mary (Merli) Zampelli and came to this area from Wolcott, CT. He was a retired tool and die maker and served our country during the Korean conflict in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Arthur Zampelli, Jr of Waterbury, CT; Theresa Zampelli of Torrington, CT; Julie Tufts of Southington, CT and Vicki Leach of Inverness; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joan Zampelli and a sister, Frances Berlin. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.