Obituaries
For the Last 3 Months.

Joan Alice Anderson

Joan Alice Anderson, 84, Sanford, FL
Joan Alice Anderson, age 84, of Sanford, FL died at home with her loving daughter and while under the care of Hospice of the Comforter on January 10, 2018. Joan Alice was born in Highland Park, MI on October 11, 1933 to the late Henry and Thara (Pinkston) Holmes. She had 1 sister. Joan Alice married the late Edward Anderson on August 4, 1951 with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. She met Edward at a party when they were teenagers and throughout their life together he always told her, "so glad you made it to the party". Joan Alice adored Edward and they had a very special and loving relationship. She and Edward spent almost all of their time together and always held hands. They would even hold hands while they fell asleep each night. She had to spend 16 months on this earth without her soulmate at her side after his passing. That was the hardest loss she had ever experienced. We know they are dancing in heaven. They are finally back together where they belong. Joan Alice was very artistic and loved to paint. She had an amazing sense of humor and always brightened up any room she was in. Joan Alice enjoyed doing yard work and gardening with Edward. They once received the Floral City Garden Club yard award. Joan Alice was very family oriented and loved spending her time with them. She was a regular volunteer at her granddaughter's school and even assisted with her granddaughter's Girl Scout troop. She greatly enjoyed volunteer work and giving back to her community. She was a fan of all things Disney and enjoyed taking her family to the Disney theme parks. They were always the first to enter the park and the last ones to leave at night. She took great joy in spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were the light of her life. Those left to mourn Joan Alice's passing are her daughters: Karen Lynne Hirsch and her husband Larry, and Joanie Michelle Anderson. Granddaughter: Amanda Bond and her husband Art. Great grandchildren: Brayton Edward Bond and Madison Kennedy Bond. Sister: Patricia Clark. Family Friend: Michael Burns. Nephews: Christopher Rakauskas, and Mark Rakauskas and his wife Linda. Joan Alice was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Allison Hirsch and her husband, Edward Anderson. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Joan Alice's urn will be laid to rest along with Edward at Florida National Cemetery


Rita Bacon

Rita M Bacon, 80, Inverness, FL
Rita Marie Bacon, age 80, of Inverness, FL, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Rita was born May 18, 1937, in Springfield, MA, to the late George and Marie (Desotelle) LaMountain. In 2001, she relocated from Southampton, MA to make Citrus County her home and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Road Church of Christ, Inverness. Rita greatly enjoyed attending worship services and in her spare time she enjoyed arts and crafts and walking her pet chihuahua. Rita is survived by her son, Philip Wajda; brother, Armand G. LaMountain; grandchildren: Dan Wajda and Kevin Wajda; and great grandchild, Hope McCoy. Rita was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie J. McCabe in 2008. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frances Barfus

Frances M Barfus, 85, Homosassa, FL
Frances Mae Barfus, 85, Homosassa passed away at home on October 24, 2017 under the loving care of her family. Mrs Barfus was born in Miami, FL on May 14, 1932 to the late Henry Edgar Burnett and Hattie Stirrup Burnett and came to this area in 1989 from there. Left to cherish her memory are 6 children, William G Barfus, III and wife April, Ft Lauderdale, FL; Mike Barfus of South Miami; Norman Barfus, Homosassa, FL; Wayne Barfus and spouse Bob, Spring Hill, FL; Pamela Ellet, Ft Lauderdale, FL; Natasha Lopez, Homosassa, FL; 2 sisters, Margaret Levine, No. Miami; Rosalee Conger, Dunnellon, FL; She was preceded in death by her husband, William Barfus on July 5, 2017 There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:00 noon from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the hour of service.


Genevieve Beachler

Genevieve P Beachler, 88, Inverness, FL
Genevieve P. Beachler, age 88, of Inverness, FL, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Genevieve was born on May 2, 1929 in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Carl and Theodora (Reynolds) Pierce. She was married to Donald Grey Beachler, Jr. until his passing on October 31, 1990. Genevieve was employed as a Radio Dispatcher for the Department of Public Works in Clearwater, FL. She is survived by 3 sons: Kenneth F. Beachler of Inverness, FL, Michael M. Beachler of Tampa, FL, Douglas G. Beachler of Tallahassee, FL; sister, Betty Milton; and one grandchild. A graveside service will be conducted for Genevieve on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:30 AM from Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, and will be conducted by Reverend Robert Simmons, Sr. of the Mt. Zion A.M.E Church of Hernando. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Bean

James H Bean, 67, Floral City, FL
James H. “Jimmy” Bean, 67, of Floral City, FL passed away January 10, 2018 at his residence in Floral City. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on February 1, 1950 to the late Victor Hugo and Betty Jo (Wendell) Bean. James was a Lineman with Withlacoochee River Electric Company, and arrived in this area in 2011, coming from Brooksville, FL. He was Pentecostal by faith, and enjoyed flea markets, riding motorcycles, and going to yard sales. Most importantly, he was a very loving and dedicated husband. He was the type of man who would never hesitate to say “I Love You”. James was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Bean. Left to mourn his passing is his loving wife of 5 years, Jennifer Ashley-Bean of Floral City; one son, Michael Bean and his wife Jeannie of Masaryktown, FL; and 1 sister: Vicki Watson and husband Richard of Brooksville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Chatty Nix and husband Jerry of Brooksville, Janie Jernigan and her husband Mitchell of Brooksville, Ruth Ann Duttolit and her husband Michael Braschler of New Port Richey, FL, and Patricia Batson and her husband Coy of Homosassa; mother in-law, Jane T. Ashley and brother in-law, Henry H. Higgenbotham, both of Brooksville; and countless nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is resting peacefully with his son Rodney, watching and waiting on us. He has left a hole in our lives and hearts that will never be filled. We are all heartbroken. He was loved by his wife, his family, and his friends. He made people better just by being himself. He is a good man. Graveside services for James will be held at the Lake Lindsey Cemetery, Brooksville, on Saturday, January 27th, at 1:00 PM. Friends are invited to fellowship with the family at Eden Baptist Church, across from the cemetery, immediately following the service. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Bidwell

William E Bidwell, 82, Lecanto, FL
William E. Bidwell, 82. Lecanto, FL passed away January 13, 2018 at the Health Center at Brentwood. Bill was born in Melg County, TN on August 12, 1935 to the late Whitman and Grace (Hughes) and moved here in the early 70’s. He, along with his wife, Frances, owned and operated Bidwell Upholstery in Hernando for many years. He served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Frances (Priest) Bidwell of Lecanto; 3 children, Timothy Bidwell, Lake City, FL; Theresa Cutting, Spring Hill, FL; Joyce Atherton, Homosassa, FL; 2 brothers, Joseph and Roy Bidwell, both of Oregon; 9 Grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, William “Keith” Bidwell July 26, 1989, his daughter, Debra Bidwell; 6 brothers, Roy, Joe, Conley, Leonard, James, and R.B. Bidwell; and 1 sister, Wilma Alexander. Private cremation care under the direction of Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Anthony Blaszczyk

Anthony W Blaszczyk, 55, Inverness, FL
Anthony Wayne "Tony" Blaszczyk, 55 of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at his home. Tony was born on December 23, 1961, in Jacksonville, FL, to the late John and Audrey (Barrett) Blaszczyk, coming to Citrus County in 1970 from there. He was a clerk with the Citrus County Property Appraiser's office for 17 years. Tony loved his "fur" babies, Maddie, Charlee and Damien. He loved all types of music and dancing and enjoyed teaching others how to dance. He was always grooving to the music. Tony's favorite place was the beach. Every year he looked forward to the annual family vacation at the beach. He loved with all his heart. Tony is dancing with the angels now. Left to cherish his memory are his brother and sisters: Deborah Blaszczyk of Inverness, John A. Blaszczyk and wife Debbie of Westminister, CO, Sharon Griffin and husband Robert of Floral City, Mary Pericht and husband Richard of Inverness and several nieces and nephews. A Gathering of family and friends will he held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Florence Boden

Florence C Boden, 97, Lecanto, FL
Florence C. Boden, age 97, of Lecanto, FL, and formerly of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility, Lecanto, FL. Florence was born on June 21, 1920 in New York, N.Y. to the late Carl and Alma (Anderson) Holmstedt. She greatly enjoyed computers and had been employed as a computer programmer in the banking industry. While a resident of St. Petersburg, Florence was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Swedish Club and the Garden Club. In 2010, Florence made Citrus County, FL her home after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. Florence is survived by her sons: Robert Boden and his wife Doris of Chester Springs, PA, George Boden and his wife Sue of Beverly Hills, FL; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Suzanne Bonham

Suzanne R Bonham, 53, Inverness, FL
Suzanne R. Bonham, 53, of Inverness, FL passed away January 5, 2018 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Pontiac, MI on August 31, 1964, and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from Pontiac. She was a Baptist by faith, and worked as a housekeeper for Holiday Inn. Suzanne loved animals, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her loving family, daughter Casey Bonham of Homosassa, FL., her parents Douglas and Elaine Combs of Inverness, and 2 grandchildren, Journee and Jennifer. Suzanne was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Combs in 2014. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Suzanne will be held at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Josephine Bonura

Josephine M Bonura, 97, Lecanto, FL
Josephine M. Bonura, 97, Lecanto passed away November 8, 2017 at her daughter's home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Josephine was born in Birmingham, AL on March 19, 1920 to the late Nomina and Pump (Scalaci) Damico and came here in 1972 from Brooklyn, NY. She was a seamstress and member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed working in her garden. Left to mourn her loss are three daughters, Angela Nicolini and husband Rick of Rocky Hill, CT; Josephine "Jo" Gramling and husband Richard of Ocala, and Vivian Litterello and husband Nick of Lecanto; 2 sisters, Matilda Amico and Frances D'Alaisi; 5 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Norman Bonura on Nov 1, 1993. Friends may call on Friday, Nov 10th from 6-8 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where there will be a prayer service offered at 7:30 PM. Additional services and burial will be under the direction of Johnston-Wellwood Funeral Home in Lindenhurst, NY


Judith Bourque

Judith L Bourque, 73, Lecanto, FL
Judith Lynn Bourque, age 73, of Lecanto, passed away November 25, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, FL. Judith was born on September 19, 1944 in Chicago, IL to the late Justice and Myrtle (Baker) Luttrell. On October 28, 1967, she married Robert Bourque with whom she just recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Judith had been employed as a Restaurant Manager throughout her working career. She and Robert made Citrus County their home in 1999 after relocating from Pasco County, FL. Prior to that, they were residents of Illinois and decided to make Florida their home to be closer to their grandchildren. One of Judith's greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time in the pool and cooking. In addition to her loving husband Robert, those left to mourn Judith's passing include her daughter, Wendi Kirchoff of Homosassa, FL; brother, Richard Luttrell of Las Vegas, NV; sisters: Diane Pashkus of West Chicago, IL, Candice Smucker of Wichita, KS; grandchildren: Brittany Kirchoff, Noah Kirchoff; and great grandchildren: Kayden Kirchoff, Trace Larsh. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Pat Bresnahan

Pat A Bresnahan, 66, Lecanto, FL
Pat A. Bresnahan, age 66, of Lecanto, FL, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, FL. Pat was born on October 5, 1951 in Miami, FL, to John Michael Bresnahan and the late Mildred (Turner) Bresnahan. On July 3, 1970, he married Patricia Snow with whom he shared 47 years of loving marriage. They made Citrus County their home in 1973 after relocating from Miami, FL. Pat was an entrepreneur throughout his lifetime and was the owner and operator of his own construction business. In his spare time, he enjoyed racing stock cars and had raced locally in Citrus County and also in New Smyrna, FL. Pat also liked fishing and building and working on things in his garage. He also cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife Patricia, those left to mourn Pat's passing include his sons: Michael Bresnahan and his wife Kim of Lecanto, FL, Chris Bresnahan of Ocala, FL; daughter, Rebecca Bresnahan of Sorrento, FL; brothers: Joseph Bresnahan of Lecanto, FL, Phillip Bresnahan of Ecuador, South America; sister, Brenda Hawthorne of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and grandchildren: Blaise, Chase, Kayden and Dylan. Friends are invited to visit with Pat's family on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. His family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in his memory to the Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation, 522 N. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461 or citrusaid.org. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Barbara  Brown

Barbara A Brown, 85, Lecanto, FL
Barbara Alice Brown, age 85, of Lecanto, FL, passed away November 10, 2017 at Superior Residences of Lecanto, FL. Barbara was born on May 20, 1932 in Boston, MA to the late Harry and Gladys (Hooker) Newton. She was married to Frederick Brown until his passing on March 16, 2014. Barbara and Frederick made Citrus County their home in 1994 after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. She was employed as a beauty operator for a number of years. Barbara enjoyed music, playing golf, spending time with her family and going to the beach. Those left to mourn Barbara's passing are her sons: Frederick Brown, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Tarpon Springs, FL, Brian and his wife Julie of Fort Collins, CO; daughter, Deborah Riggs of Beverly Hills, FL; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by several brothers and 1 sister. Barbara's family plan to hold a celebration of life memorial service for her at the TPC Tampa Bay Golf Course in Lutz, FL on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thelma Brown

Thelma M Brown, 87, Hernando, FL
Thelma Marguerite Brown, 87, passed away on December 14 2017 in Hernando, Florida. She was born on May 14th, 1930 in Beechhurst, New York to her parents Inga and Laurence Collins. Married in 1953, Thelma was the beloved wife of Charles Evans Brown for 50 years who predeceased her in 2003. She is survived by her two daughters Inga Dauphinee of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Greta Jurado of Pembroke Pines, Florida; her son Army Colonel (Retired) Charles Brown of Chester, Virginia; her brother Laurence Collins of Grayling, Michigan; and six grandchildren Lauren, Ryan, Greta, Ingrid, Callie and Christina. Thelma attended St. Lukes Grammar School in Whitestone, New York; St. Agnes Academic School, College Point, New York from 1944-1948; and Kaupert School in Jamaica, New York. She worked for Mobil Oil Company in Manhattan, New York until her marriage and subsequent move to Wantagh, Long Island, New York in 1953. Thelma returned to work later at Aeroflex Laboratories in Plainview, New York. In 1979, her and her family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina for 26 years. She worked at Sears and retired after 12 years of dedicated customer service. Upon her husband’s death, Thelma moved to Citrus Hills, Canterbury Lakes, Hernando, Florida in 2005. Thelma had great fondness for her family and friends, animals (most notably cats) and birds, bridge, cooking, golf, Rachmaninov and Pavarotti, white wine, and humor. Friends are invited to join Thelma’s family at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM for viewing and visitation. The funeral procession will leave from the funeral home at 9:45 AM for The Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 US-41, Inverness, FL 34450, with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Following the Mass, Thelma will be laid to rest with her husband, Charles, at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513, at 11:30 AM. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Humane Society of Citrus County, FL. P.O. Box 2283 Inverness, FL in honor of Thelma to make the animal’s lives better. Arrangements are under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roy Brown, Jr.

Roy C Brown, Jr., 85, Bushnell, FL
Roy C. Brown, Jr., age 85, of Bushnell, FL, passed away at his residence on December 16, 2017. Roy was born on September 18, 1932 in Alderwood Manor, WA, to the late Ruth (Joyce) and Roy C. Brown, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, Roy was employed as an Engineer in the Nuclear Power Industry. For 33 years he was the loving and devoted companion of Anna M. Darnall, whom he married on November 7, 2005. Roy and Anna loved to travel together in their R.V. They also shared a great love for animals, especially cats. Roy had rescued a great many animals over the years, finding homes for many but, keeping those that needed additional love and medical care at home with him. He will be remembered as a loving husband, as well as a wonderful friend to all that knew him. In addition to his loving wife Anna, those left to mourn his passing include his sons: Christopher Brown and Kenneth Brown, both of Washington State; and daughter, Elda Brown of California. Roy was preceded in death by son, Roy C. Brown, III and sisters: Audrey Klieman, Carmelle Keinty and Patricia Brown. Roy will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Bryant

William S Bryant, 80, Inverness, FL
William S. Bryant, resident of Inverness, FL., passed away peacefully at a local nursing home Friday, December 15, 2017. Bill was born January 21, 1937 in Buckfield, Maine to parents James and Florence Bryant. The family moved to South Paris when he was four years old where he grew up, completed his formative education and graduated from Paris High School.. Bill was happily married to his loving wife, Ursula for 37 years and together they have an extended family of seven children. Surviving daughters – Susanne Adams, Madelyn Meier & Ron Copp, Marlene Ng & Po, and Andrea Schaper & Dale. Surviving sons – Francis Meier & Mary Olivas, Mark Bryant and Stephen Bryant & Patty. Bill also leaves a surviving brother Richard Bryant & wife Nan, a sister-in-law Evelyn Bryant, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Bill was encouraged by his brother Joe to pursue his career in teaching. He took his brother’s advice and started teaching in 1968 fifth and sixth graders science, social studies, reading and study skills. He taught grade school until he became principal in 1989 before he retired from that position in 1994. During his endeavors, he was a drivers’ education teacher, an athletic director and held several membership involving numerous teacher associations. Bill was always an avid sports fan and was involved any chance he could to participate in the game with passion and devotion. He loved to umpire and referee any game but his true love was baseball and basketball. His many adventures with his wife included mountain climbing, X-country skiing from their back yard in Buckfield, biking together with the family on trails in Maine and New Hampshire, especially down Franconia Notch, NH. He enjoyed going to the Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick, Maine and Boston Theater for the various venues and performances. Several of the most memorable trips was traveling through Europe with his wife visiting family and experiencing different cultures. In 2000, Bill and Ursula moved to Florida and started to enjoy the Floridian life style. To pass the time, Bill enjoyed working at H & R Block during tax season. When he officially retired, Bill joined the Senior Softball Team called Kids & Cubs in St. Petersburg. He was always up for a baseball game with either the Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays. A funeral service of remembrance is planned for Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450, with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Friends may join William’s family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In Lieu of Flowers, please donate in memoriam to the National Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roy Burk

Roy M Burk, 72, Inverness, FL
Roy Michael Burk, 72, Inverness, FL, passed away December 8, 2017 in the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center following a motorcycle accident. Mike was born in Lambert, MS on January 19, 1945 to the late Marshall and Christeen (Howell) Burk. As a child, he picked cotton, loaded watermelon trucks, picked fruit, and did other farm labor. At the age of 17, he followed his spirit of adventure and joined the Air Force. Mike served as a loadmaster on large cargo aircraft for the majority of his career. Air Force service sent Mike (Stoney) to England, France, The Philippines, Vietnam and numerous stateside bases until his retirement at Dover AFB after almost 22 years. Following retirement, Mike followed his passion for flying and held numerous jobs as a pilot. After a short time as a Florida State Correctional Officer, he was offered a dream job as pilot with the State of Florida’s Forestry Division. Mike served 10 years with the Lakeland and Withlacoochee districts and retired, once again in 2012. Wanting to remain active and having a love for animals, he volunteered at the Citrus County Animal Shelter. He had a love for motorcycles and rode throughout his life. His family describes him as passionate, committed, focused, fearless, funny, loyal, and a man with a deep love for his family. A Protestant, Mike was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Christine Morehouse Burk; three children: Carine Burk Lankford and husband, Mike, of Milford, DE; Pamela Burk Turner and husband, Brad, of Denton, MD; Patrick Burk and wife, Joanna, of Dover, DE; 2 brothers, Rex Burk, Webster, FL and Raymond Burk, Bushnell, FL; 1 sister, Carolyn Thomas, Fruitland Park, FL; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 5 nieces and 3 nephews. Graveside Military Services are scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Friends are invited to join the family at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home for visitation on Friday at 9:00 AM until the procession departs for the cemetery at 10:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Citrus County Animal Shelter, 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness, Fl 34450.


Russell Carlson

Russell A Carlson, 94, Beverly Hills, FL
Russell Alfred Carlson, 94, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away December 27, 2017 under the care of Citrus Pines Adult Family Care in Beverly Hills, FL. He was born in Hartford, CT on September 7, 1923 to the late Alfred B. and Sophie (Grimm) Carlson. Russell was a revenue officer for the U.S. Government, and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. Russell arrived in this area in 1994, coming from Middletown, CT and was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith. He loved playing tennis, chess, and bicycling. He enjoyed gardening, and grew his own fruits and vegetables, and loved animals, especially dogs. Russell was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Carol M. Carlson, and one son, William Carlson. He is survived by his daughter, Roberta Salonia and her husband Mark of Gulf Shores, AL, and son Thomas Carlson; William’s wife,daughter-in-law Nancy Carlson; 5 grandchildren, Lindsey, Brittany, Christy, Alex, and Joey; and 4 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461. Private cremations arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Albert Colasanti

Albert P Colasanti, 92, Inverness, FL
Albert Pietro Colasanti, 92 of Inverness, FL, and formerly of Weymouth, MA, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Al was born on March 26, 1925 in Weymouth, MA to John and Antonietta Colasanti. He was one of six children. His wife of 64 years, Elva "Tootie" Colasanti preceded him in death. Al is survived by his five children: Linda (Michael) Federico of Rockland, MA; Donna (Robert) Hancsarick of Johnston, RI; John (Susan) Colasanti of Lecanto, FL; Albert Jr. (Pamela) Colasanti of Jensen Beach, FL; and Doreen (Lamar) Budd of Inverness, FL; 17 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and his sisters, Catherine DeLuca and Marion DelVecchio both of Weymouth, MA. Al also was preceded in death by his three brothers: Rinaldo, Biaggio and John and his infant grandson, Craig. Al and Tootie were lifelong residents of Weymouth before retiring to Florida in 1977. Al was part owner of the family owned Weymouth Trucking Corp. and the East Weymouth Bowl-a-Way, for many years. Al, or Papa, as he was known by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, loved his close knit family and spent as much time as he could with them, during holidays, birthdays, reunions and other family events. He was cherished by all and will be missed. Funeral services will be conducted from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Entombment will follow at the Fountains Memorial Park in Homosassa. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4-6 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast or to the Alzheimer's Association, which his beloved wife suffered with preceding her death in December 2012.


Ouida Cooper

Ouida K Cooper, 80, Lecanto, FL
Ouida K. Cooper, age 80, of Lecanto, FL, passed away December 27, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Ouida was born on February 16, 1937 in Dell, AR, to the late George and Clara (Archer) Smith. She initially made Citrus County her home in 1980 after relocating from Michigan. Ouida was a very spiritual woman and attended worship services at the Church of God Prophecy in Brooksville, FL. She was a talented artist that enjoyed drawing and painting. Ouida will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Those left to mourn her passing are her daughter, Tamara Ashlock of Morenci, MI; sons: Teddy Nolff of Floral City, FL, and Douglas Nolff; brother, Jimmy Smith of Winter Garden, FL; sister, Bernice Joy Lupu of Inverness, FL; 9 grandchildren and several special great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will take place on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness with Reverend Clarence Helms of New Testament Baptist Church officiating. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Rona Cooper

Rona T Cooper, 74, Inverness, FL
Rona T. Cooper, 74, Inverness passed away November 10, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Cooper was born in Baltimore, MD on April 22, 1943 to the late George and Willie Mae (Crosby) Turner, Jr. She was a retired special education teacher and worked for the Citrus County Board of Education at the Crest School in Lecanto, FL. Left to cherish her memory are her 2 sons, Brian G. Hopper of Jupiter, FL and Larry Dale Hopper and his wife, Shannon Parramore of San Antonio, TX; 2 "special daughters", Jamie Barker and Sue Jordan; 2 brothers, Trey Turner and wife Barbara of Cary, NC; W.J. "Crosby" Turner, Atlanta, GA; 1 sister, E. Ann Turner Novkov and her husband Tim of Ocala, FL; 2 grandchildren, Sienna and Marena Parramore. At Rona's request, there will be no public service. Burial will be private in the Citra Cemetery, Citra, FL. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL is assisting the family.


Elsie Cribbs

Elsie D Cribbs, 86, Dunnellon, FL
Elsie "Dolores" Cribbs, 86, Dunnellon, formerly of Homosassa, passed away October 28, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs Cribbs was born in Frostproof, FL on July 5, 1931 to the late Harold and Gladys (DuBose) Collins and moved to Citrus County in 1975 from Tampa. She was a homemaker and of the Protestant by faith. She was a member of the Citrus Co. Genealogical Society, served as a guardian ad litem, received her GED in her 30's while raising her family, and earned her real estate license as well. While living in Tampa, she was a telephone operator for GTE Telephone before moving to Citrus County. Left to cherish her memory 3 children: Jack Leon Cribbs, Jr. and wife Jamie of Nashville, TN; Donald Scott Cribbs, Dunnellon, FL; Kathi Janette Orsic and husband Rich, Greenville, KY; 1 sister, Margie Parker of Plant City, FL; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in Feb 26, 2014. They were married 65 years. She also lost 2 sons, Ronald and Douglas Cribbs, her brother, Harold Collins, Jr. and her sister, Jo Ann Lee, and her grandson, Timothy, in 1988. Friends may call at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. The funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 1:00 PM to arrive for a graveside service at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery


Robert Danley

Robert I Danley, 88, Hernando, FL
Robert Irvin Danley, 88, of Hernando, FL passed away January 12 2018 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Trenton, NJ on December 10, 1929 to the late Horace and Beatrice (Evernham) Danly. Robert was a bridge tender for the State of Florida, and a U.S. Army WWII veteran. He arrived in this area in 1985, coming from Davie, FL. and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Hernando, as well as the VFW Post #4252 in Hernando. Robert was a very skilled carpenter and stonemason, and a very creative and unique craftsman. He loved fishing and crabbing, and enjoyed golfing and tending to his vegetable garden. Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife Emma Jean Danley in 2006, and 3 brothers, Donald, Danny, and Elwood Danley. He is survived by his children, Robert Dale Danley and his wife Jill of Stone Mountain, GA, and Sharon Brower and her husband Daniel of Carrabelle, FL; 3 grandchildren, Evan, Marshall, and Caleb; and one great-grandson, Camden Luke. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Tuesday, 1:00 P.M. at Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. John Leaf officiating. Robert’s urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is in charge of arrangements.


John Dobbs

John C Dobbs, 95, Inverness, FL
John C. Dobbs, 95 of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, in Lecanto. John was born on August 30, 1922 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, to the late John and Margaret (Dunlap) Dobbs. He came to Citrus County in 1989 from Mayville, New York. John was a retired marketing manager with Westinghouse for over 40 years. He served our Country in the Army during WWII. He was formerly a Mason in Pittsburgh, PA; a member of the American Legion in Mayville, NY. He enjoyed growing vegtables in his garden, spending time with his family and fishing on Lake Chautauqua in Mayville. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 29 years, Janet Dobbs; his children: John W. (Lorraine) Dobbs of Ft. Pierce, FL, David Dobbs of Pittsburgh, PA, Sharon (Landy) Dowler of Pittsburgh, PA, Judith Dobbs of Ashburn, VA, Donna Yocum of Chambersburgh, PA, Laurie (Kenny) Baldwin of Clarksburg, TN, Pamela Dunay of Tennessee and Sandy Smith of Virginia; step children: Michelle (John) Mosher, Sinclairville of NY, Eric (Eileen) Masiker of Stockton, NY, Sonya Richter of Connecticut, Mark (Sue) Graziano of Mayville, NY and John Graziano of LaGrange, IN; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Evelyn Lucille Cooper. Private cremation care under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Nancy DuBois

Nancy DuBois, 89, Inverness, FL
Nancy Rogers DuBois, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away December 27, 2017 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Des Moines, IA on October 2, 1928 to the late Burton F. and Marjorie (Green) Bristow. Nancy was a dedicated homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1992, coming from Bismarck, N.D. She was an Episcopal by faith, and held memberships with the Inverness Golf & Country Club, the P.E.O. International Women’s Organization, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Sorority of the University of Iowa, the Jr. League of Des Moines, and was also a graduate of Iowa State College. Nancy was an avid Republican, and enjoyed playing bridge and reading cookbooks. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, James DuBois; her sons, Barry Rogers and his wife Krista of Prairie Village, KS, Robert L. Rogers and his wife Dona of Wickford, RI, and Peter Rogers of Des Moines, IA; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Hughart of Ft. Pierce, FL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Fr. Eugene Reuman, officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Nancy’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.


Cecilia Eisner

Cecilia M Eisner, 103, Lecanto, FL
Cecilia M. Eisner, 103, Lecanto, FL passed on Dec 21, 2017. Born in Truro, MA on Sept 17, 1914 to the late John and Mary Souza King. She was a retired clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. Survived by her son, Warren Eisner III, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Warren Eisner Sep 27, 2002. Services and burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Walpole, MA. Chas E Davis Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.


John Elmore

John F Elmore, 60, Lecanto, FL
John Frederick Elmore, age 60, passed away January 6, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. He was born October 17, 1957 in Copiague, New York to the late Theodore and Marion (Miller) Elmore and moved here 3 years ago from New York. He retired from the Bethpage, NY school system as a custodian and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lecanto. John enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and spending time in his garden. Left to cherish his memory are his 3 children, John Elmore Jr. of Manorville, NY; Kyle Elmore of Bayshore, NY, and Kimberly Elmore of Centereach, NY; his sister, Frances Austin of Lecanto, FL; and his granddaughter, Corrine. John was preceded in death by his brother, Theodore T. Elmore. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Mr. Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Disabled American Veterans or the American Cancer Society.


Joan Farrell

Joan C Farrell, 94, Lecanto, FL
Joan C. Farrell, 94, of Lecanto, FL died November 29, 2017 at his residence in Lecanto. She was born in Syracuse, NY on October 18, 1923 to the late George W. and Genevieve (Markert) Cummings. Joan was a teacher in the Dade County School System, and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a Catholic by faith, and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. Joan graduated from the University of Miami, and was an avid FSU and Tampa Bay Bucks Fan. She enjoyed golfing, woodworking, and gardening. Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Robert F. Farrell. She is survived by her sons, George Patrick Farrell and his wife Debra of St. Petersburg, FL, Robert Gregory Farrell and his wife Jean of Lecanto, FL, daughter Judith Ann Esposito and her husband Thomas of St. Petersburg; brother Monsignor George W. Cummings and sister Gloria Craban; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, December 11, 1:00 P.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Catholic Church. The family received friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, one hour prior to Mass. Burial took place after the service at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. after the Mass.


Barbara Ferrick

Barbara M Ferrick, 90, Hernando, FL
Barbara Marie Ferrick, 90, of Hernando, passed away January 6, 2018 at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 13, 1927 to the late Michael and Barbara (Ridge) Murphy and came to Citrus County in 2009 from Norwood, MA. She was Catholic by Faith. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Susan Gill, of Hernando, FL; Michele “Shelly” Leahy and husband Dick of West Roxbury, MA; Francis J. “Joe” Ferrick and wife Janet of Norwood, MA; Michael Myles Ferrick, of Hernando, FL; Patricia “Patti” Ferrick, of Needham, MA; Gregory G. “Greg” Ferrick and wife Eileen of Holliston, MA; 13 grandchildren: Kristy, Dianna, Michelle, Greg, Pete, Mike, Brendan, Jennifer, Gerard, Dennis, Bridget, Shannon and Shawn; 16 great grandchildren; niece, Barbara Brown (Carter); nephew, William “Bill” Coughlin (Josy); niece, Maureen Coughlin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Joseph “Buddy” Ferrick in 1981, brother John Murphy, sister, Katherine Coughlin and her nephew, Fr. John Murphy. The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Saturday, January 13th at 11:00 AM from St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto, with Fr James Johnson , celebrant. An additional Mass will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Norwood, MA. Burial follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury, MA. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory served the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.


Bruce Foster

Bruce F Foster, 71, Inverness, FL
Bruce F. Foster, 71, of Inverness passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. Bruce was born on December 8, 1946, to the late Francis and Mary Rose (Birchall) Foster, in Brooklyn, New York. Bruce is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Vietnam during the historic Tet Offensive as an Infantryman. Bruce was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, and a Combat Infantry Badge for his actions. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn, NY. Bruce moved to Citrus County in 1978 and attended Our Lady of Fatima Parish. While residing in Citrus County, Bruce worked as a Hearing Aid Specialist and was passionate about helping people with hearing disabilities, especially the elderly. Bruce was an avid reader who also enjoyed classic movies. He was known by his family and friends as a vibrant story teller who always wanted to make you laugh, while providing his life lessons. Bruce enjoyed travelling and seeing the world with his wife Marie. He also enjoyed cooking and baking, especially his famed chocolate mousse. He loved spending time with his family and adored his grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Marie F. (Chiarello) Foster; his children, Holly Foster of Inverness, FL, Keith Foster and wife Kali of Ocala, FL, and Ryan Foster and wife Kelly of Newberry, FL; brother Jeffrey Foster and wife Theresa of Staten Island, NY; and his 3 grandchildren: Sydney, Sophie and Wrigley. He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Foster and his wife, Catherine. Bruce’s family will receive friends in visitation at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 5 PM until 7 PM. A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will begin at 7 PM with Rev. Dr. Doug Alexander officiating. Committal services will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 11 AM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory at 10 AM. Bruce’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fisher House in Gainesville, FL, located adjacent to the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. The Fisher House provides temporary lodging, meals, and support for the families of veterans who are inpatients receiving critical health care. Donations can be made by visiting https://www.gainesvillefisherhouse.org/donate-now-give-annually-volunteer/ or by contacting the Fisher House via phone at 352-514-9761.


Wayne Frenier

Wayne K Frenier, 64, Dunnellon, FL
Wayne K. Frenier, 64, of Dunnellon, FL passed away October 27, 2017 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. He was born in Southbridge, MA on June 23, 1953 to the late Raymond Arthur and Jeannette Roseanna (L'Heureux) Frenier. Wayne was a driver for Loomis Security Company, and arrived in this area in 2001, coming from Quinebaug, CT. He was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed yardwork, carpentry, playing with the kids, and playing basketball with the grandkids. He was "The Best Daddy Ever". Mourning his passing is his loving wife of 43 years, Cynthia Frenier; his children Bernard Chausse of Quinebaug, CT, Wendy Mayott and her husband Michael of Beverly Hills, FL, Shannon Chausse of Dudley, MA, and Kristen Frenier of Dunnellon; brothers Richard, Robert, Frank, Mark and David Frenier; and sister Patricia Gilman; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Hilditch, and one brother, Raymond Frenier. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Fye

James A Fye , 59, Inverness, FL
James A. Fye, age 59, of Inverness, FL, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. James was born on May 31, 1958 in N. Tonawanda, N.Y. to the late Patricia (Owen) and Harold Fye, Jr. He worked as a driver in the trucking industry throughout his life and made Citrus County his home 26 years ago after relocating from New York. James is survived by his son, Bradley J. Fye of Floral City, FL; his loving former wife of 16 years, Laura Fye of Floral City, FL; brothers: Kerry Fye, William Fye and Ronald Fye, all of New York. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothy Gajentan

Dorothy K Gajentan, 83, Eustis, FL
Dorothy Karen Gajentan, 83, Eustis, FL passed away November 8, 2017 in the Lake Eustis Health & Rehab Center. Dorothy was born in Athol, MA on July 17, 1934 to the late Erwin R. and Bertha (Parsons) Menz and moved to Inverness from Lake County, FL in 1991. She retired as a Medical Office Clerk, having worked for a Chiropractor's office for many years. She was Protestant by faith. She leaves to cherish her memory two children, Erwin Gajentan and his wife Kay of Grand Island, FL and Linda Hyatt Boone and her husband Alan of Howey In The Hills, FL; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gajentan on Feb 28, 2017 Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, Nov 11th, 2017 from 5:30 until 7:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of inverness. Burial will be at a later date in Florida National Cemetery.


Marjorie Grice

Marjorie V Grice, 94, Inverness, FL
Marjorie V. Grice, age 94, of Inverness, FL, passed away November 7, 2017, at Citrus Health and Rehab, Inverness. Marjorie was born on November 20, 1922 in Sylvania, GA to the late John and Eva (Evans) Robbins. She was married to Odis Grice for 22 years until his passing on May 17, 2005. Marjorie was a homemaker throughout her life that enjoyed cooking, fishing, boating and spending time with her family. A resident of Inverness since 1989, she attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Inverness, FL. Marjorie was a woman of great faith and would want everyone to know that Christ is the only way to get to Heaven! Those left to mourn Marjorie's passing include her son, Don Jones of Inverness, FL; daughter: Peggy Sherman and her husband Les of Tampa, FL; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. A Funeral Service for Marjorie is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Lake Carroll Baptist Church, Tampa, FL, with Reverend Kyle Slater officiating. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will take place following the service at Garden of Memories, Tampa, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rosenda Guerrero

Rosenda G Guerrero, 89, Inverness, FL
Rosenda Gavi Guerrero, 89, Inverness passed away November 27, 2017 at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Rosenda was born in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines on October 5, 1928 to the late Celestino Guerrero and Urbana Gavi and moved to Florida in 1994 from Chicago, IL where she was a Registered Nurse, working for the Cook County Hospital. She was a graduate of University of Sto.Tomas where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1954. Left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss are two daughters, Beverly Ann Dulce and Esperanza Victoria Donato, both of Inverness, FL and many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday morning from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM when the procession will depart for the church service.


Thomas Heller

Thomas G Heller, 89, Inverness, FL
Thomas George Heller, 89, Inverness passed away January 2, 2018 at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Tom was born in Monroe, MI on February 11, 1928 to the late Clarence and Sarah (Maurer) Heller and came to Florida in 1988 from Dix Hill, NY. He retired from the Leviton Manufacturing Company as a Division Manager and served our country in the U.S. Navy. Tom was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Knights of Columbus (Monroe, MI), and the Inverness Elks Lodge. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 years, Marilyn (Knowles) Heller; his daughter, Lynn E. Heller, Ocala, FL; daughter in law, Meg Heller, Longmont, CO; 2 grandchildren, Sarah Heller Stamp (Adam) and Catherine Heller; great granddaughter, Amelia Stamp; godson, Jacques Goulet, Vero Beach, FL; He was preceded in death by his son, John Alan Heller on July 12, 2012 and his sister, Ruth Goulet. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial requested to Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast, Following services, friends are invited back to the family’s residence for a luncheon. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


William Hemmer

William L Hemmer, 96, Bushnell, FL
William L. Hemmer, 96, of Bushnell, FL passed away January 4, 2018 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness, FL. He was born in Lincoln, NJ on August 28, 1921 to the late Frank and Belle (Leggin) Hemmer. William was an owner/operator of a cabinet shop, and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII. He arrived in this area in the 1980’s, coming from Miami, and was previously living in Floral City, FL. William was a Deacon at Indian Hill Baptist Church in Bushnell, and enjoyed traveling and taking cruises. With his wife Elva, they took a train ride across Canada , cruised through the Panama Canal, and visited Acapulco, Mexico. Left to mourn his passing is his loving wife of 18 years, Elva Hemmer. Other survivors include his son, John F. Hemmer and his wife Suzanne of Brooksville, FL; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his sister Marion Gavin. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Quinton Herrin Sr

Quinton R Herrin Sr, 95, Inverness, FL
Quinton R Herrin Sr., 95, of Inverness, passed away December 5th, 2017. Mr. Herrin was the son of the late Paul "Pete" and Sarah "Cleo" Herring of Cullman, AL. and was also preceded in death by his only sibling, brother Carl. W. Herring. He is survived by his bride of over 72 years, Irene (Pelletier) Herrin, originally of Nashua, NH, children Quinton Jr. and Marlene (Moran) of Inverness, Curtis of Merritt Island, Douglas of Orlando and Richard of Cocoa Beach/Miami, FL, in addition to 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered many, many years from now for his wisdom, quick witted humor and love of family and friends. Mr. Herrin was a Combat Medic in the 1st Division/18th Infantry throughout WWII and was in the second wave at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, as well as many other notable campaigns and invasions. He was awarded the French Legion of Merit, Silver Star for valor with an additional cluster, Bronze Star for valor with 4 additional clusters, the Purple Heart and numerous combat and non-combat decorations. Mr. Herrin retired from the US Air Force in 1966. While in the Air force, Master Sergeant Herrin was part of the medical team involved in the Mercury "7" Space program (which was America's first-man-in-space team), working directly with the original seven Astronauts: Alan Shepard, "Gus" Grissom, John Glenn, "Deke" Slayton, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter. Mr. Herrin later retired from Sanders Associates in Nashua, NH. Quinton was an avid bass fisherman having caught many "lunker's" and had also enjoyed hunting. A celebration of life, with military honors, will be at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St., Inverness on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to: Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast or Wounded Warrior Project. Mr. Herrin will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2017


Coralee Hoffman

Coralee C Hoffman, 84, Inverness, FL
Coralee Christian Hoffman, age 84, Inverness, passed away January 10, 2018 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast with her loving family at her bedside. Coralee was born in LaPorte, IN on November 20, 1933 to the late Delmar and Marion (Lubs) Christian and came here in 1976 from Indiana. She was employed at Whirlpool Corporation in Indiana before relocating to Florida. Coralee was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. She enjoyed reading and spending quality time with her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Laura Wienants of Lanark Village, FL; Mary Hummel, Travelers Rest, SC; and Holly Allen, Tampa, FL; 6 grandchildren, Rachael Jahn, Emily Davis, Ethan Hummel, Ellen Hummel, Paige Allen, and Christian Allen; 2 great grandchildren, Charlotte and Warren Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ralph Hoffman on April 1, 2006 and her brother and sister, Gene Christian and Marlene Parker. A Service of Remembrance for Coralee will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2:00 PM in the Dr. Ralph Hoffman Room of Prayer at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. There will be a private burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Florence Honea

Florence M Honea, 81, Inverness, FL
Florence M. Honea, 81, of Inverness, FL passed away January 3, 2018 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Jamaica, N.Y. on April 26, 1936 to the late Robert and Pearl (Raddichio) Huscher. Florence was a school bus driver, and a Baptist by faith. She arrived in this area in 2003, coming from Alpharetta, GA., and loved volunteer work. She volunteered with the Citrus County Sheriff’s office for 15 years, and worked as the Crime Watch Director, C.P. 2. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and in her younger years, loved dancing. Florence was preceded in death by her loving husband of 34 years, Marvin Honea, 3 sisters, Ruth Cascione, Dorothy Lewis, and Doris Gunther; and 2 step-grandsons, Jeffrey and David Honea. She is survived by her siblings, Robert Huscher, Pearl Kahl and Kenneth Huscher, all of Inverness, Peter Huscher of Delray Beach, FL, William Huscher of Wappinger Falls, NY, Gail Huscher of Oakdale, NY, Rose Fuller of Deerfield Beach, FL, and stepchild Deborah Honea; 1 step grandson, Jeffrey; and many cherished nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Florence will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Reverend Dr. Doug Alexander officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105


Kenneth Hornberger

Kenneth L Hornberger, 61, Inverness, FL
Kenneth L. Hornberger, age 61, of Inverness, FL, passed away November 28, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Kenneth was born in Ashland, PA on August 16, 1956 and was the son of Shirley (Hornberger) Losch. He made Citrus County Florida his home in 1994 after relocating from Pennsylvania. He worked as a chef in the restaurant industry throughout his working career and attended worship services at the Pleasant Grove Church of God, Inverness, FL. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and enjoyed doing yard work and woodworking. Kenneth also greatly enjoyed the many trips he made to Disney with his family over the years. Those left to mourn Kenneth's passing include his wife of 34 years, Nora (Blaylock) Hornsberger; mother, Shirley Losch of Ashland, PA; daughters: Angie Hornberger, Annie Hornberger and Misty Bohr, all of Pennsylvania; stepson, Dustin Johnson and his wife Rose of Titusville, FL; and stepdaughter, Tammy Sellars of Inverness, FL. Kenneth's family plan to lay his urn to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on December 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth Hotop

Ruth M Hotop, 92, Lecanto, FL
Ruth M. Hotop, age 92, of Lecanto, FL, passed away November 30, 2017 at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab, Lecanto. Ruth was born on June 20, 1925 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Roswell and Ester (Sowles) Vanderhoff. She was married to Donald L. Hotop for 74 years and worked as a Bookkeeper throughout her life. Ruth and Donald made Florida their home 43 years ago after relocating from California. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, shopping and cooking. In addition to her husband Donald, those left to mourn Ruth's passing include her son Rick Hotop and his wife Susan of Inverness, FL and grandchildren: Craig and Timothy. Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Hotop and her sister, Elaine Cavner. Cremation care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rebecca  Howell

Rebecca J Howell, 76, Inverness, FL
Rebecca Jean Howell, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away January 13, 2018 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. She was born in Virginia Beach, VA on December 31, 1941 to the late Oliver J. and Vera L. (Russell) Britt. Rebecca was a teacher, as well as a cake decorator for Wal-Mart. She arrived in this area in 2006, coming from York, SC and was a Presbyterian by faith. She was a member of the D.A.V. Ladies Auxiliary, and loved horses, fishing, and traveling. Rebecca is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Dennis Howell. Other survivors include her daughters, Deborah C. Osborne and her husband William of Thomasville, NC, and Carey Ann Barnes of Inverness; and 5 grandchildren. Rebecca’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas Huber

Thomas G Huber, 75, Inverness, FL
Thomas George Huber, 75, Inverness passed away January 5, 2018 at home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Tom was born in Mineola, NY on August 17, 1942 to the late Melvin and Muriel (Crum) Huber and came to Citrus County 38 years ago from St Petersburg. He was a retired Licensed Contractor and of the Protestant Faith. Tom enjoyed building sail boats and racing them in competition. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Evelyn Johnson Huber; 3 sons, Thomas G. Huber, Jr., Ringoes, NJ; Mark R. March, Ocklawaha, FL; James A. Strickland, Inverness; 2 daughters, Leslie Evelyn Clark, Alum Creek, WV; Belinda Pearl Tomlinson, Huntsville, TX; 1 sister, Carol H. Berning, Jupiter, FL; 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 1 great great grandchild: his aunt, Alice Crum of Inverness. A Memorial Service of Remembrance will be conducted Friday, January 12th at 3:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Kell of the Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until the hour of service.


Sally Jenkins

Sally A Jenkins, 75, Homosassa, FL
Sally Ann Jenkins, 75, Homosassa, FL passed away Dec 16, 2017 in Kindred Hospital, Tampa, FL Sally was born in Bellefonte, PA on Sept 26, 1942 to the late Eugene and Jessie (Williams) Markle and moved to Florida from Pennsylvania in 1972. She was Christian by faith and enjoyed needleworking and reading. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 32 years, Shirley Ray Jenkins, Homosassa, FL; 3 children: Lee Roy Warner and wife Sue of Milesburg, PA; Wayne Allen Warner and wife Tammy, Virginia Beach, VA; Virginia Lee Frank, Tyrone, PA; 2 sisters, Carol Jean Brooks, State College, PA and Nancy Maso, State College, PA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Kenneth Warner. Private cremation care with Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Susan Jones

Susan E Jones, 70, Beverly Hills, FL
Susan E. Jones, age 70, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Susan was born on February 6, 1947 in New Hampshire to the late Albert E. and Dorothy (Belisle) Duff. She was married to Arthur Jones for 50 years until his passing on February 2, 2017. She and Arthur came to Citrus County in 1981 from Ft. Bliss, Texas. Susan was Episcopal by faith and a member of the computer club CRUG, the Beverly Hills Chapter. She also loved genealogy and researching her family's history. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Cathy Ney and her husband Francis of Lecanto, FL; brother, George Duff; sisters: Judy Gott and husband Glen and Charlotte Duff; grandson, Matthew Jones and great grandchildren: Lindsey Jones and Maddlynn Rose Jones. A celebration of life memorial service for Susan will take place on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church officiating. Friends are invited to join Susan's family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Her urn will be laid to rest alongside her husband Arthur at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


William Stewart Jones

William Stewart Jones, 39, Anderson, SC
William Stewart Jones, 39, Anderson, SC, formerly of Citrus County, Florida passed away unexpectedly December 26, 2017. Stewart was born in Pensacola, Florida June 3, 1978 to Howard Francis and Judith Ann (Skipper) Jones. He was employed by the Cross County Home Services as an authorizer and was of the Lutheran Faith (Missouri Synod). Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Natalie McCarter Jones; 3 children, William Stewart Jones, Jr., Inverness, FL; Jacob Paul Jones, Pine Bush, NY; Melody Diana Jones, Inverness, FL; his parents, The Rev Howard and Judith Jones who reside in Anderson, SC; his brother, Charles Skipper Jones, Plattsmouth, NE; his sister, Jane Elizabeth Jones, Anderson, SC. A Service of Remembrance will be conducted Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. The Rev. John Fischer will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until the hour of service. Burial will follow in Pensacola, FL at Myrtle Grove Cemetery on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM.


Rousso Kanaris

Rousso P Kanaris, 93, Homosassa, FL
Rousso P. Kanaris, 93, Homosassa, FL passed away November 8, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Rousso was born in Astypalea, Greece on April 1,1924, one of twelve children, to the late Peter and Irene (Gignikaki) Kanaris and came to Florida in 1974 from New York, He was in the restaurant business most of his life. He owned and operated the Apollo Restaurant followed by Emily's Restaurant in Homosassa which he operated for 30 years before retiring. He was a proud 32nd degree mason, being a member of Hellenic Plato Masonic Lodge No. 1129 in New York City, Springs Masonic Lodge in Homosassa, Scottish Rite, and Egypt Shrine Temple in Tampa. His Masonic career spanned 50 years. Rousso was a long time member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church where he was always supportive of their fund raisers and festivals, spending many hours volunterring his time. Left to mourn his loss are his three children, George Kanaris and wife Jessica of Inverness, Theone Friend of Long Beach, NY; Pam Cozzolino and husband, Steve of New York City; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Kanaris on February 5, 2013. They were married for 63 years. He also lost a son, Peter Kanaris in 1994 as well as his five brothers and six sisters. The Greek Orthodox Funeral Rite will be celebrated on Monday, November 13, 2017, 10:00 AM, at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto with Fr. Michael Petrides, celebrant. Burial will follow in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, FL at 2:00 PM. Friends will be received at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness Sunday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.


Charles Key

Charles R Key, 59, Inverness, FL
Charles R. Key, 59, of Inverness, FL passed away December 25, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Tampa, FL on August 12, 1958, and was a Forklift Operator for Kash n Karry Groceries, Warehouse Division. Charles arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Tampa, and was Baptist by faith. He loved spending time outdoors; fishing, hunting, swimming, making bonfires, and grilling. He also enjoyed playing chess and poker. Charles was preceded in death by a daughter, Cecelia Soloman, and his father, Homer Leon Key. Left to mourn his passing are his children, Robert Key, Jeffery Adamik, and Elishia Key, all of Inverness, and Jennifer Lovell of Beverly Hills, FL; his mother, Esther Key; brother, William Key, and sisters, Pamela Quencer and Joyce Key; 10 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service is scheduled for Saturday, 3:00 P.M., with Reverend Dr. Doug Alexander of New Church Without Walls, officiating, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service.


Moira  Klerk

Moira M Klerk, 83, Inverness, FL
Moira M. Klerk, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away December 25, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. She was born in Bronx, NY on February 14, 1934 to the late Thomas and Ina (Tanner) McGrath. Moira was a Senior Teller in the banking industry, and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from Vero Beach, FL. She was a Catholic by faith, and was a member of “Mel’s Gym” in Inverness. She loved exercising and was a classic movie buff. Moira was preceded in death by her loving husband of 31 years, Anthony “Tom” Klerk in 1998. Survivors include her brothers, Noel McGrath and his wife Jacalyn of Dix Hills, NY, and Thomas McGrath and his wife Doris of Jefferson Ferry, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Moira will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Tom at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Wanda Klik

Wanda Klik, 81, Inverness, FL
Wanda Klik, age 81, of Inverness, FL, passed away on October 30, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Wanda was born in France on January 9, 1936 to the late Edmund and Anna (Szymczak) Wierzba. Her family immigrated to Poland then moved to Belgium before World War II. Her only brother, Edward, passed away last year in Belgium. As a young woman, Wanda immigrated to the United States where she lived and worked as a cook for private parties in New York City. She later moved to Stamford, CT where she met and married her husband John. They were married for 37 years and never had any children. Both Wanda and John were very active in Polish groups and both enjoyed polka dancing and choirs. They retired to Inverness in 2001 where they remained active with travel, bowling and continued involvement with Polish and German clubs. It was Wanda's wish that she be cremated and laid to rest with her husband John at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. A graveside service will be conducted Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation in Wanda's memory to St. Jude's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Matthew Kocher

Matthew J Kocher, 24, Germany,
Specialist Matthew Jarrod Kocher, US Army, 24, formerly of Inverness,FL passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 in Germany. Matt was born on June 5, 1993 in Painesville, Ohio to Robert Kocher and Laura Lovick and came to Citrus County in 2005 from West Palm Beach, FL. Matt attended Our Lady of Fatima Parish and Citrus High School. Prior to graduation he moved to Boise, Idaho, where he graduated from Centennial High School. After his graduation in 2012, Matt enlisted in the US Army. He was a 91F Armorer, repairing small arms and artillery. He was always going above and beyond his assigned duties. His first duty station was Ft. Polk in Louisiana and had been stationed at Baumholder, Germany for almost 2 years. Matt had just re- enlisted to continue his service and dedication to his country. Matthew was a devoted father who loved his family. To all that knew him, he was a happy and funny guy, an honest man of high integrity who always put others first. He would help anyone who needed assistance. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Zirel Kocher , Houston,Texas; his daughter Alliyah and 2 step children Jasiah and Ava, all of Texas; his mother Laura Lovick and her companion Bob Postelli of Inverness; his father, Robert Kocher and wife Martha, of Inverness; maternal grandmother, Beverly Lovick, Inverness; paternal grandfather, Charles Kocher and wife, Shirley, Mentor, OH; 4 brothers: Robert Kocher, Jr and wife Andrea, Ocala, FL; Joshua Kocher and Tiffany Lopez of Idaho; Danny Kocher of Eustis, FL; Brandon Kocher, Inverness; aunt and uncle, Marie and Bill Jacobson, Inverness; uncles: Tom Lovick and wife Kate of Ohio; Steve Lovick and wife Sally, Ohio; Mike Lovick and wife Karen, Ohio; many nieces, nephews and cousins. The Mass of Christian Burial for Matt will be offered on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Military Honors will be rendered at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell following the service. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Wednesday, December 27th from 5 PM until 7 PM.


Geraldine Kohler

Geraldine Kohler, 93, Hernando, Florida
Geraldine Kohler, 93, Hernando, FL passed away November 19, 2017 at The Grove. Born in Wrightsville, PA on March 7, 1924, to the late Aaron and Mary (Philabaum) Lockman, she moved to Citrus County in 2016. She was employed in the clothing industry as a security clerk and attended the United Methodist Church.. She is survived by her son, Bernell Kohler of Hernando, FL; 3 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Kohler. Services and burial will be in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Dallastowm, PA Monday, November 27th, 2017 under the direction of Austin Eberly Funeral Home, Dallastown, PA. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family locally.


Judith Koole

Judith F Koole, 79, Inverness, FL
Judith Faye Koole, 79, of Inverness, FL passed away January 19, 2018 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Detroit, MI on January 29, 1938 to the late George and Anna (Johnson) Sherban. Judith was a secretary for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit for 14 years. In 1985, she relocated to this area coming from Detroit, and attended 7 Rivers Presbyterian Church. In her younger years, she loved making jewelry from gold wire and gemstones, and traveled with friends, sailing on Lake Michigan. Later, she became very active in her church, and loved bible study. Judith left no survivors other than one brother, Neil Sherban of TN. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for Judith at 7 Rivers Presbyterian Church at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Lola Law

Lola Law, 87, Dunnellon, FL
Lola Law, 87, Dunnellon, FL passed away January 13, 2018 at home following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Law was born in Tampa, FL Dec. 30, 1930 to the late George C. and Josey (Fisk) Brant and came to Citrus County in 1993 from Ocala. She was a retired Registered Nurse and a very active member of the Hernando United Methodist Church. Her life was dedicated to helping others. She dearly loved and cared for her family, especially her grandchildren. Lola joined the Peace Corps where she was able to travel and assisted many people as a nurse in all walks of life. She also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Fort Defiance, AZ. At home, she enjoyed working in her garden and taking care of her roses and lilies. She enjoyed fishing and loved teaching the grandchildren the “art of catching a fish”. Left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory is her daughter, Donna Hills of Beverly Hills, FL; 2 step daughters, Gwendolyn Law of Ocala and Kay Fales and her husband, Gary of Ocala; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert H. Law on Aug 19, 2008, her son, Bradley D. Cole, her brother, George Cliston Brant, and her sisters, Lucille McKay and Janell Markert. The will be a Celebration of Life on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM from the Hernando United Methodist Church with Rev. David Spaulding officiating. Burial will follow beside her husband at Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 AM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by the Hernando United Methodist Church Youth Fund, 2125 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, FL 34442


Donald Lewis

Donald K Lewis, 86, Floral City, FL
Donald Kenneth Lewis, 86, Floral City passed away October 23, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with his family at his bedside. He was born in Highland Park, MI on April 20, 1931 to the late Homer A. and Irene (Fortin) Lewis and was raised by Homer and Wilma (Beaversdorf) Lewis, after Irene passed away. Donald moved to Florida in 1997. He retired from the Detroit Free Press as a printer with 25 years of service and also served as Vice President of the Detroit Typographical Union. He enjoyed writing and was a published author. Don served our country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Christian and enjoyed helping others whenever he could, earning the nickname "Good Sam". He was a member of V.F.W. Post 7122 and past president of the Tarawood Home Owners Association. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carolyn Cooper Lewis; and children, Richard Lewis (Vicki) of Frankenmuth, MI; Colleen Zuber (Bob) of Mt. Clemens, MI; Kevin McNally (Pam) of Riley Township, MI; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by Scott McNally of West Palm Beach,FL There will be a viewing on Wednesday, Nov. 15th at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. Graveside services will Military Honors will follow at 2:30 PM from the Florida National Cemetery with V.F.W. Post 7122 in charge. A reception will follow at the Tarawood Club House in Floral City.


Dennis MacNeil

Dennis R MacNeil, 69, Inverness, FL
Dennis R. MacNeil, age 69, of Inverness, passed away November 17, 2017 at Citrus Health and Rehab under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Dennis was born on March 21, 1948 in St. Louis, MO to the late Gayle Wilson and Virginia (Cornet) MacNeil. He made Citrus County his home over 30 years ago after relocating from Temple Terrace, FL. Dennis was employed by Citrus County as Building Department Director and was a member of the Citrus County Builders Association. He truly enjoyed being a builder and would spend much of his spare time building things. He was a renaissance man, and loved words. Ombudsman, Draconian, Enigmatic, could be found on the board in his office, as word of the day. Dennis also enjoyed music, playing the guitar, and making stained glass. Those left to mourn Dennis' passing include his son, Ruari MacNeil of Palm Bay, FL; brothers: David MacNeil and Chris MacNeil, both of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tim MacNeil of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Pam Cox of Grand Blanc, MI; and former wife Michaela Fambri of Palm Bay, FL. The family would like to thank Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast for their loving care of Dennis. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Antoinette Maggiore

Antoinette Maggiore, 90, Lecanto, FL
Antoinette Maggiore, age 90, of Lecanto, FL, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Health Center at Brentwood, Lecanto. Antoinette was born on June 3, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Ettore and Carmella (Stalteri) Mengani. She was married to Matthew Maggiore for 45 years until his passing on January 30, 1996. Matthew and Antoinette made Citrus County, FL their home in 1976 after relocating from Brooklyn, N.Y. and were parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and also worked as a Teacher’s Aid for a number of years. While residing in New York, Antoinette was a member of the Democratic Club of Brooklyn. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their various sporting events and activities. Antoinette’s passing will be mourned by her son, Peter M. Maggiore and his wife Cynthia of Inverness, FL; daughter, Marion Maggiore of Citrus Springs, FL; grandchildren: Matthew Maggiore and his wife Keri of Odessa, FL, Mettina Couet and her husband Tim of Land O’ Lakes, FL, Natasha Feldman and her husband Brett of Denver, CO, Marissa Maggiore of Tampa, FL; and great grandchildren: Naomi, Madison, Blakely, Olivia, Emery and Asher. In addition to her husband, Antoinette was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. A funeral service for Antoinette will be conducted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Friends may join the family for visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the service, Antoinette will be laid to rest with her husband, Matthew, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vera Martino

Vera F Martino, 92, Bethpage, NY
Vera F. Martino, 92, of Bethpage, NY, formerly of Inverness, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY. Vera was born on September 23, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Michael and Frances (Allocca) Caccavale. She came to Citrus County in 1977 from Bethpage, NY. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parrish, where she was very active with the Helping Hands. She was also a member of the Beverly Hills Italian-American Club and the Citrus American & Italian Club. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Victoria Marie Martino and Carol Ann Jamison both of Bethpage, NY; her brother, Frank Cavale . She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter on March 25, 1992; her brothers: Vincent in 1996, Anthony in 2006; her sisters Louise in 1998, Nancy in 1998 , Dorothy in 1990, Marie in 1986, and Adeline in 2015 The Mass of Christian Burial for Vera, will be offered on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM, from Our Lady of Fatima Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness from 9:30 AM until 11:15 AM when the procession will depart for the church. .


Alfred Mason

Alfred E Mason, 85, Homosassa, FL
Alfred E. Mason, 85, of Homosassa, FL passed away November 28, 2017 at Sunflower Springs ALF in Homosassa, FL. He was born in East Orange, NJ on December 3, 1931 to the late Alfred E. and Ardelle (Henerlau) Mason. Alfred was employed by New Jersey Bell Telephone where he started as an apprentice and eventually retired as an Engineer. On March 7, 1953, he married Ruth (Nielsen) with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Alfred and Ruth arrived in this area in 2005 after relocating from New Jersey. He was a protestant by faith, and enjoyed computers. Alfred was a member of the Tom's River New Jersey Masonic Lodge # 18, F.& A.M., and was affiliated with the Floral City Masonic Lodge #133 F.& A.M. He was past president of the Leisure Village Association of New Jersey and served on many boards throughout his life including the Pinehurst Village Association and the Sunflower Springs Association. While residing in New Jersey, he was an active member of the Shriner's and played the trumpet for them in parades. He often visited children in the hospital that had suffered burns and assisted them and their families so they could seek treatment at the Shriner's Hospital. Alfred also enjoyed writing letters to the editor and was published many times in the Citrus Chronicle Newspaper. In addition to his loving wife Ruth, Alfred is survived by son Charles Mason of Holiday, FL; daughter Christine Alte of Crystal River, FL; grandchildren: Justin, Thomas, Lori, Kevin and Teresa; and great grandchild, Jackson. Alfred was predeceased by his son, Alfred G. Mason and his son-in-law, Thomas A. Alte. Donations can be made in Alfred's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Alfred will be laid to rest at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, N.J. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


David Mason

David F Mason, 81, Inverness, FL
David Francis Mason, 81, Inverness, FL passed away December 31, 2017 at Avante of Inverness. Born in Pittsfield, MA on March 1, 1936 to the late Francis and Elizabeth (Shortell) Mason, one of eleven children, he came to Inverness in 1993 from Ft. Lauderdale. While residing in Broward County, he was employed by Eastern Airlines for 20 years. After moving to Citrus County, he was employed by the Citrus County School System as a bus driver prior to his retirement. He served our country in the U.S. Army, was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, and the Inverness Golf & Country Club. Left to cherish his memory are: his loving companion, Dolores Knox, Inverness, FL; 3 brothers, Richard Mason of Melbourne, Fl; Danny Mason of Pittsfield, MA; Alan Mason of Dalton, MA; 4 sisters, Ann Wagner, Kathy Bramer, and Elizabeth Mason, all of Dalton, MA; Sally Mason of Pittsfield, MA; stepson Kenneth Kitson, Inverness, FL ; 2 grandsons, David and Daniel White; 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lilian Mason in 1996, a daughter, Debra White; 2 brothers, Russell and Mike Mason and his sister, Mary Paladora. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018, 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Tim Cummings officiating. Friends are invited to visit the family at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until the hour of service.


Gerald McGuire

Gerald S McGuire, 78, Inverness, FL
Gerald S. McGuire, Jr., age 78, of Inverness, FL, passed away November 28, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Gerald was born on February 7, 1939 in Webster, N.Y. to the late Gerald and Gladys (Little) McGuire. He worked as a salesman throughout his life including real estate sales. Gerald had been a resident of Citrus County Florida for over 20 years after relocating from New York. He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 42 years. Those left to mourn Gerald's passing include his daughters: Kelly Hayes and her husband Eric of Fairview, PA, Kristin Aquino and her husband Carlos of N. Palm Beach, FL, Molly Koprulu and her husband Berk of Grosse Pointe, MI; sister, Gail McGuire of Avon, N.Y.; and 5 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made in memory of Gerald to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067 or Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Laurel McKone

Laurel A McKone, 90, Lecanto, FL
Laurel A. McKone, 90 of Lecanto, passed away on November 21, 2017 at the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Hospice House in Lecanto. Mr. McKone was born in New Lothrop, Michigan on February 10, 1927 to the late Alfred and Vernie (Alderman) McKone. He came to Citrus County in 1987 from Flint, Michigan. He was a Korean Army Veteran and retired as a truck driver after 35 years with Association Truck Lines. He was Protestant by faith, a member of the Tampa Bay Soaring Society, and the Amature Radio Club of Citrus County. Mr. McKone is survived by several nieces and nephews including Judy Saupe of Lake Michigan, MI and many local friends including Maryann Hagenbrock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn B. McKone on February 5, 2006 and his 4 brothers: Bernard, Melvin, Clifford and Merlin. Following cremation, his urn will be buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, MI. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Richard McMillen

Richard M McMillen, 78, Lecanto, FL
Richard M. McMillen, 78, Lecanto, FL passed away December 25, 2017 under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 12, 1939 to the late Richard E. and Maybelle (Redding) McMillen. Richard was a draftsman and supervisor in the automotive industry, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He arrived in this area in 2013, coming from TN, and was a member of the American Legion Post 155, Crystal River. Richard loved going to the casino. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Emily A. McMillen. Other survivors include his children, David and Michael Romaine of Jacksonville, FL, and Kelly and Kerri McMillen of Michigan; brother John McMillen of Gainesville, FL; step-children Sandy Garmany-Sidoti, Cindy Mettler, Lisa Kremkon, John and Steven Drye; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Richard’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is in charge of arrangements.


Benjamin Medrano

Benjamin O Medrano, 65, Inverness, FL
Benjamin O. Medrano, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away January 8, 2018 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Oxnard, CA on July 4, 1952 to the late Lucio and Socorro (Ochoa) Medrano. Benjamin was a State of California Youth Corrections Officer, and arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Ventura County, CA. He was Presbyterian by faith, and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. An accomplished musician, Benjamin enjoyed playing both classical and rock and roll guitar. He loved golfing, and taking trips to visit Disney, and traveling to Ventura to visit family and friends. Benjamin was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Barbara and Delia. Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Karen J. Medrano. Other survivors include his sisters Virginia Medrano and Alice (Rick) Copeland, both of Ventura CA, and Rosa Guerra of Hanford, CA; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be conducted from the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness on Monday, January 22, 10:00 A.M. with the Rev. Ron Pfeifer officiating. A Reception for family and friends will take place at the church following the service. A second Celebration of Life will occur in Ventura, CA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: The First Presbyterian Church of Inverness H.F.H. washer and dryer fund, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness, FL 34450. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, is in charge of arrangements.


Edward "Okie" Millard

Edward "Okie" O Millard, 88, Hernando, FL
Mr. Edward “Okie” Millard died peacefully Nov. 1, 2017 at his home at Grand Living in Hernando, Fl. at the age of 88. He was a much loved father, husband, and grandfather. Those left to mourn his passing are his children, Kathi (Dennis, deceased) Harms, Karol (James) Kusmaul, Janet (Holt) Olson, and Jeffrey (Dawn) Millard; grandchildren, Jennifer (Nick) Klose, Jon (Tracie) Harms, Laurie and John Kusmaul, Rachel and Chad Olson, Beth (Josh) LaCombe; and great grandchildren Jacob and Mackenzie Harms, Addison Klose, Harper and Adeline LaCombe, and Decklyn Olson. Edward was preceded in death by his wife Anne, sister Betty, son in law Dennis Harms, and grandson Drew Olson. Born on Nov. 10, 1928 in Waterloo, Iowa to Esther Anna Kauffman and Charles Orr Millard, Edward, who was orphaned at age 7, grew up at Victory Hall Orphanage in Normal, Illinois.  At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he proudly served as an M.P. in the Korean conflict, earning a Korean Service medal with three bronze stars.  After his military service, he went on to work at St. Farm Insurance Co. and Firestone Tire and Rubber in Bloomington, Illinois.  On Nov. 26, 1952, Edward married Martha “Anne” Jefferson, with whom he shared 60 wonderful years of marriage until her passing on Dec. 7, 2012.  Anne was an excellent cook, and Ed thoroughly enjoyed her culinary expertise!  The early years of their marriage were spent raising four children in Media, PA.  After relocating back to Bloomington, IL, he and Anne finished their careers, and enjoyed travel and camping. Edward was known for his warmth, kindness and generosity.  He was an excellent card player and had a fantastic memory which made him a wonderful and colorful storyteller.  Ed’s tools and duct tape were precious to him.  He was a maker, building decks, furniture, a playhouse, and an octagonal bench around a tree, which served as home base for his childrens’ games.  He loved little ones and always found some small gift to give whenever any children visited. Following a private family birthday party for Edward on Nov. 4, a celebration of his life will be held in Bloomington, Illinois at a later date.  Those wishing to attend should contact the family for more information.  Cremation care provided by Charles Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.  His urn will be laid to rest alongside his wife at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso, IL.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any Hospice organization.  The family is indebted to the staff of Hospice of Citrus/Nature Coast and the employees of Grand Living for their exceptional care and compassion during his final days.


Freddie Milliard

Freddie J Milliard, 93, Inverness, FL
Freddie Joseph Milliard, 93, of Inverness, FL passed away December 12, 2017 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Slatersville, RI on June 7, 1924 to the late Omer and Anna (LaValley) Milliard. Freddie was the owner of the Milliard Construction Company, Inc., and a WWII, Army Air Corps veteran. He arrived in this area in 1986, coming from Wells, ME and was a Catholic by faith. Freddie enjoyed building windmills, working with stained glass, and making 3D wooden figures. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Beulah Milliard in 1994, 2 brothers Omer Millard, Jr., and Richard Milliard, and a sister Annette I. Piette. Freddie is survived by his son, Gary W. Milliard and his wife Diane of Lyman, ME, and his daughter Patricia M. Shaw of Ogunquit, ME. He also had 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Stacey Montgomery (Cavanaugh)

Stacey M Montgomery (Cavanaugh), 35, Ridge Manor, FL
Stacey Marie (Cavanaugh) Montgomery , age 35, of Ridge Manor, FL, passed away November 27, 2017 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, while surrounded by her loving family. Stacey was born on June 1, 1982 in Cleveland Ohio and was the daughter of Daniel and Christina (Roe) Cavanaugh. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and niece. Stacey was a homemaker who loved her dogs, Sadie, Rockie and Tink Tink. She also loved music. Those left to mourn Stacey's passing include her husband of 11 years, Preston Montgomery of Ridge Manor, FL; daughter, Lourelai Montgomery of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; parents, Christina and Dan Cavanaugh of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; sister, Tracey Cavanaugh of Inverness, FL; sister in law, Cassie Cavanaugh of Inverness, FL; grandmother, Nana Cavanaugh of Hamburg, N.Y.; uncles: Steve Roe (Amber) of Thonotosassa, FL, Carmen Roe of Apollo Beach, FL, Billy Chambers (Melisa) of Indiana, Joe Cavanaugh (Carol) of Alden, N.Y., Dave Cavanaugh (Sheila) of Angola, N.Y., Bob Cavanaugh of Hamburg, N.Y.; and cousins: Kaitlyn, Kelley, Hailee, Tristen, Kenneth, Tylor, K-Leigh, Michael, David, Joseph and Matthew. Stacey was preceded in death by her grandma Chambers, her Dzia dzia Cavanaugh, uncle Rick and cousin, Dennis Cavanaugh. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Junior Branson of the Crossgate Church of God officiating. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Mullins

Robert L Mullins, 59, Inverness, FL
Robert L. Mullins, 59 of Inverness, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. Robert was born on August 7, 1958 in Panama to the late Earl and Mary (Mallia) Mullins and came to Citrus County in 2006 from Alabama. He was a facilities manager with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was Catholic by faith. Robert was a member of the Panama Society, a group of ex-patriots from the Canal Zone who would get together once a year. He enjoyed boating and spending time with his family. He loved being a grandpa, and was very generous and would do anything to help out the ones he loved. Robert was proud of his service with the Bureau of Prisons and especially proud of his service with the Special Operations Response Team. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Melynda "Mindy" Mullins, his children: Dillon Mullins, of Delaware, Matthew Mullins of Inverness, Robert Mullins of Colorado and Kaitlin Mullins of Gainesville, FL; his brothers: Earl, Daniel, Clifford, James and Joseph, his sister, Kathleen and his 5 grandchildren: Gracie, Conner, Oliver, Saylor and Finley. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Robert will be conducted on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Tim Cummings, of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until service time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Sylvia Murphy

Sylvia J Murphy, 81, Tavares, FL
Sylvia J. Murphy, 81, of Tavares, FL, formerly of Inverness, passed away November 25, 2017 at her residence in Tavares surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Justice W.VA. on November 16, 1936 to the late Verlin and Tressie (Blankenship) Walker. Sylvia was a teacher in W. VA, and then a data processor at Seminole State College. She arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Maitland, FL. and attended Rutland Baptist Church. She played upright bass for several years in a bluegrass band, and enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, reading, fishing, cooking, and loved spending time with her family. Sylvia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Donald L. Murphy in 2015, and one brother Zionel Walker. She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Durden and her husband Larry of Tavares, and Stephanie Murphy of Eustis , FL., and sisters Zenith Harless, Rita Anderson, and Sheila Darlington. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service is scheduled for Thursday, 11:30 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour hour prior to service. Sylvia will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, after the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.


Anthony Nettis

Anthony R Nettis, 73, Hernando, FL
Anthony R. Nettis, age 73, of Hernando, FL, passed away at his residence on Sunday, December 10, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Anthony was born on January 15, 1944 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Nicholis and Felicia (Carnesecchi) Nettis. On September 24, 1966 he married Donna (Bucki) Nettis, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Prior to retirement, Anthony was employed by Western Electric / AT&T as a Purchasing Manager for 24 years. He also owned and operated the Greenwood General Store in Greenwood Village, IL. Anthony and Donna made Citrus Hills their home in November of 2004 after relocating from Greenwood Village, IL. He was previous director of Citizens Patrol (CP7), a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a parishioner of St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Lecanto, FL. Anthony was a "people person" who truly enjoyed visiting and socializing with others. He also enjoyed cooking and dancing in his free time. In addition to his wife Donna, those left to mourn Anthony's passing include his sons: Anthony Nettis of Tampa, FL and Andrew Nettis of Genoa City, WI; sister, Palma Logan and her husband Charlie of Bronx, N.Y.; grandchildren: Chelsea and Madeline Nettis of Genoa City, WI; nephew, Robert Holt of Scarsdale, N.Y.; nieces: Karen Logan of Walden, N.Y. and Nicole Puzzio of Bronx, N.Y. A celebration of life memorial service for Anthony is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Friends may visit with Anthony's family beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gerald Ortolano

Gerald J Ortolano, 79, Inverness, FL
Gerald J. Ortolano, age 79, of Inverness, FL, passed away at his residence on November 6, 2017. Gerald was born on June 26, 1938 in New York, N.Y. to the late Charles and Anna (Romando) Ortolano. He was a Truck Driver throughout his life and owned and operated a small transportation company while living in New York. Gerald was married to his wife Patricia for 42 years until her passing in 2009. A Catholic by faith, was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, FL. Gerald loved watching and feeding birds. He enjoyed watching sports and was a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Rays. Gerald also enjoyed painting on glass and making pieces featuring Disney characters that he used to decorate his childrens rooms. He also loved the time he spent with his family and grandchildren. Those left to mourn Gerald's passing are his son, Charles Ortolano and his wife Sandra of Ocala, FL; daughters: Denise Gough of Inverness, FL, Christine Ortolano of New York, N.Y.; grandchildren: Ashley Gough, C J Ortolano, Tiffani Gough; great grandchildren: Mayson, Charleson, Caiden. Private cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elaine Peavey

Elaine R Peavey, 64, Inverness, FL
Elaine R. Peavey, 64 of Inverness, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Elaine was born in Pennsylvania on March 27, 1953. She came to Citrus County two years ago from Ocala. Elaine enjoyed Facebook, politics and watching QVC and HSN. She had a great love of animals and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sharon Peavey and fiance' Sean Simpson of Inverness and her grandchildren Ali and Connor. She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Vashlishan and sister, Joan Titus. Funeral services for Elaine will be conducted on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor Kevin Ballard from Calvary Chapel of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Visit: www.chasdavis.com or visit us on Facebook.


Marie Pennington

Marie K Pennington, 93, Beverly Hills, FL
Marie K. Pennington, 93, of Beverly Hills, FL., died peacefully Nov. 12, 2017 in hospice after a period of failing health. Beloved and devoted wife for 59 years to her late husband, Robert. Loving mother of Allen and his wife Gayle of Stoughton, MA., Glen and his wife Annette of Bowling Green, KY. and pre-deceased by her beloved daughter Kathleen. Mrs. Pennington leaves 3 surviving grandchildren, Terence Pennington and his wife Caralyne of Munfordville, KY., Paul Mandell, Jr. of Needham, MA. and NJ., and Harper Mandell of North Easton, MA. Also, Mrs. Pennington was pre-deceased by her first and oldest grandchild, Karyn Pennington. Mrs. Pennington was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of 6 siblings. As a young child she lived on Big Tancook Island, Mahone Bay Nova Scotia as well as Halifax. Upon her marriage in 1945 to her husband Robert, she immigrated to Massachusetts where they raised a family in Dorchester and Randolph. In 1987, Marie and Robert retired to Beverly Hills, FL. where they enjoyed a happy and fulfilling life, especially with fellow friends and members of the Hernando Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. One of life's greatest joys to Mrs. Pennington was her love of vegetable and flower gardening. She shared her love and knowledge of all things green with all those whom she knew. She successfully cultivated and nurtured her garden as if it were her 4th child. When the harvest was ready, she then graciously shared the fruits of her labor with friends and neighbors. The Pennington family wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast and additionally to Dr. Charles Prentice who cared for our parents for several decades. At this time, the family would especially like to express its appreciation to Joy, Diana and Desmond Campbell of Citrus Springs, FL. and to the entire Campbell family for the kind and loving care-giving they provided to our beloved mother. Their devotion and dedication to seeing that our mother was well cared for and comfortable - particularly in her final days and hours - is something our family will always be grateful for. The family will honor and remember Mrs. Pennington in a private family service. Cremation care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Nancy Pever

Nancy L Pever, 88, Hernando, FL
Nancy Lee Pever, age 88, of Hernando, passed away December 21, 2017 at Rosecastle of Citrus, Lecanto, while surrounded by her loving family. Nancy was born on February 9, 1929 in Charlottesville, VA, to the late Clarence and Nannie (Hildebrand) Thomas. She owned and operated a boat sales business throughout her professional carerr. Nancy made Citrus County her home 13 years ago after relocating from Naples, FL. She was a talented quilter and was a member of a quilting club while residing in Naples. Nancy was a very artistic individual that loved music and socializing and playing bingo with her many friends. Those left to mourn her passing include her son, Robert Pever, Jr. and his wife Chonnie of Springfield, VA; daughters: Kathleen Bean and her husband Bob of Naples, FL, Sherrie Haganey and her husband Kevin of Hernando, FL; 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Nancy was preceded in death by 1 sister and 1 brother. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael Pitts

Michael E Pitts, 75, Inverness, FL
Michael Ernest Pitts, 75, Inverness, FL passed away Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at his home. Michael was born on the island of Bermuda June 21, 1942. He spent his early years in Bermuda and England. He immigrated to the United States after meeting his wife Anne in Bermuda. He became a naturalized United States citizen in June, 1966 and loved his adopted country very much. Michael and Anne were married on October 27, 1962 in New York. They relocated from New York to Inverness in 1974 with their children. He was a Police Officer for the City of Inverness and also a store manager for Eckerd Drugs as well as a Correctional Officer for the State of Florida, posted at Marion Correctional Institution. Michael enjoyed reading on historical subjects, English football and his favorite past time was spending time with his family. Michael was a devout Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne C. Pitts of Inverness, FL; his 4 children: Michele, Steven, Michael and Gary; as well as his 2 grandchildren, Tiffany Hiebert and Dominic Pitts, and his great granddaughter Anna Michele Hiebert. Viewing and visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. Highway 41 South, Inverness, FL 34450, with Father Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Following the Mass, interment will take place at 1:30 PM at Fero Memorial Gardens, 5891 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Judith Platt

Judith A Platt, 70, Homosassa, FL
Judith Ann Platt, 70, of Homosassa, FL passed away January 11, 2018 at her residence in Homosassa. She was born in Hudson, NY on December 16, 1947 to the late Harold and Shirley (Blue) Phillips. Judith was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 2013, coming from Millerton, NY. She was a Protestant by faith, and attended First United Methodist Church of Homosassa. Judith was a charter member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Dover Plains, NY, and enjoyed playing games on her tablet, doing puzzle books, and watching TV. She was preceded in death by one son, Jason Wayne Platt. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 44 years, Clifford Platt. Other survivors include her children, Leo Wayne Martel, Jr. of Wellborn, FL, Christine Marie Chavis and her husband Howard of Wellborn, and Angela Mae Vedder and her husband Russell of Homosassa; brothers Harold and Gary Phillips; sisters Nancy Bodynark and Diana Pelkoski; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Pullen

Patricia A Pullen, 88, Inverness, FL
Patricia Ann Pullen, age 88, of Inverness, FL, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 4, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Patricia was born on September 27, 1929 in Trenton, N.J. to the late Earl and Violet (Haines) Wilson. On October 3, 1948, she married Frank L. Pullen with whom she had just celebrated 69 years of loving marriage. Patricia and Frank made Citrus County, FL their home in 1981 after relocating from New Jersey. A Baptist by faith, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Inverness and had enjoyed singing in the church choir for a number of years. Patricia greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, taking cruises with friends, and had a heart-felt passion for the unborn.  Through the years she orchestrated and enjoyed many family and holiday dinners.  Her grandchildren especially remember her delicious, flaky pie crusts.  While living in New Jersey and Florida, she greatly enjoyed being outdoors walking, bike riding or working in the yard. In addition to her loving husband Frank, those left to mourn Patricia’s passing are her sons: Mark Pullen of Inverness, FL; Brett Pullen and his wife Norma Jean of Inverness, FL; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, special family members: Peggy Pullen, Robin Crocker and Robert C. Pullen, Jr., along with several nieces, nephews and in-laws too numerous to mention them all by name. Patricia was preceded in death by sons, Gary and Bryan Pullen and brother, Earl Wilson. A celebration of life memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the First Baptist Church of Inverness. In lieu of flowers, Patricia's family requests that donations be made in her memory to any Pro-Life organization or to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lorenzo Pupillo

Lorenzo Pupillo, 78, Hernando, FL
Lorenzo Pupillo, age 78, of Hernando, FL, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. Lorenzo was born in Benghazi, Libya on December 6, 1939 to the late Carmelo and Maria (Macadino) Pupillo. On June 10, 1962, he was married to Rose Ann Cozzo, with whom he shared 55 years of loving marriage. Lorenzo was Catholic by faith and was employed as a Painter for Local Union 1486 prior to retirement. He and his wife Rose Ann made Citrus County, FL their home 10 years ago after relocating from Long Island, N.Y. In his spare time, Lorenzo enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also loved animals and enjoyed caring for them. In addition to his wife Rose Ann, those left to mourn Lorenzo’s passing are his sons: Joseph Pupillo and his wife Nicolette of Huntington Harbor, N.Y., Michael Pupillo and his wife Danielle of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters: Maria Vultaggio, Franca Ardito, Santina Gerardi, Crocetta Mazarase, all of Long Island, N.Y.; and 2 grandchildren: Enzo and Vincent Pupillo. Lorenzo was preceded in death by brothers: Giuseppe and Michele. The Pupillo family plan to receive friends in visitation at the Mangano Funeral Home, 1701 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, N.Y. 11729 on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM and again from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial for Lorenzo will take place at Saints Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church, 125 Half Hollow Road, Deer Park, N.Y. 11729, on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 10:15 AM. Lorenzo will be laid to rest at St. Charles Cemetery, 2018 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735. Local arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Scott Reithmiller

Scott R Reithmiller, 52, Beverly Hills, FL
Scott R. Reithmiller, age 52, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Scott was born in Pittsburgh, PA on January 16, 1965 and was the son of Louis J. and Virginia M. (Lee) Reithmiller. He attended Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA for his undergraduate studies and went to on to earn his MBA from Gannon University, Erie, PA. Scott worked as an Accountant and Engineer throughout his life. He made Citrus County, FL his home 7 years ago after relocating from Charlotte, N.C. Scott was very active in the community and dedicated much of his free time to the Boy Scouts and was a Youth Group Mentor for the Beverly Hills Community Church. He was a member of the Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux, and was an active member of Dagorhir, a live action role playing group. Scott will be remembered as a loving son, father and grandfather. Those left to mourn Scott's passing include his sons: Rick Reithmiller and his wife Selina of Charlotte, N.C., Chris Reithmiller and his wife Diana of Fort Mill, S.C., James Reithmiller of Beverly Hills, FL; daughter, Catherine Pettus and her husband Ed of Charlotte, N.C.; his parent's: Louis and Virginia Reithmiller of Beverly Hills, FL; and grandchildren: Enzo, Noah and Sasha. Scott's family have planned a celebration of life memorial for him on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Beverly Hills Community Church, Beverly Hills, FL. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Rinnier, Sr.

James T Rinnier, Sr., 85, Inverness, FL
James Thomas Rinnier, Sr., age 85, of Inverness, passed away at his residence on December 15, 2017. James was born on July 9, 1932 in Salem, N.J. to the late Edward A. and Elizabeth (Loper) Rinnier. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, James was employed as a Truck Driver for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He was married to his wife Juanita for 60 years until her passing on May 27, 2013. James and Juanita made Citrus County their home in 1986 after relocating from Pennsgrove, N.J. He was a member of the Serviceman’s Club and the Inverness Elks Lodge #2522. James greatly enjoyed eating breakfast at The Hen House in Inverness on a daily basis. Those left to mourn James’ passing are his son, James Thomas Rinnier, Jr. of Inverness, FL; brother, Larry Rinnier and his wife Mary Lou of New Port Richey, FL; and grandson, Thomas James Rinnier. In addition to his wife, James was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Elaine Rinnier. A celebration of life memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Friends are invited to join James’ family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. James’ urn will be laid to rest along side his wife Juanita, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John  Romish

John W Romish, 66, Inverness, FL
John Walter Romish, 66, of Inverness, FL passed away January 7, 2018 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Woodbury, NJ on October 24, 1951, and made Inverness home in 1983. He was a dedicated Firefighter. John was a proud boat captain and fishing guide, and loved hunting, fishing, and watching college baseball. He was also a volunteer for Florida Wildlife Conservation. He was preceded in death by his father Nicholas John Romish. Left to mourn his passing are his daughters, Jenn Doak and her husband Brian of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Heather Vallee of Sunrise, FL; brother David Romish and his wife Pat of Inverness; sister Cathy Holliday and her husband Mark of Homosassa, FL; his mother, Mary B. Rood; and 4 grandchildren, Lexi, Brennan, Emily and Brady, niece Caitlin and great-nephew Tyler. A Celebration of Life Service will be held for John at the Holder Mine Campgound Site 12 on Saturday, January 20, from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Sadako "Sally" Roof

Sadako "Sally" Roof, 89, Inverness, FL
Sadako "Sally" Roof, age 89, of Inverness, FL, passed away under the loving care of her family and Hospice on Friday, November 24, 2017. Sally was born on September 29, 1928 in Utsunomiya, Japan and made Citrus County, FL her home in 1974. She enjoyed being a homemaker but also enjoyed working as a Sales Associate for Beall's Department Store. She is preceded in death by her sister, Jomiko Masanori and brother, Kicharo Yamauchi. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gilbert Roof; daughter, Debra Negrete and her husband, Rodney Negrete of Windermere, FL; and her grandchildren Kennan and Kennedy Negrete, as well as her sister, Setsuko Yamauchi of Tokyo, Japan. Sally will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her giving nature. She loved playing games with her grandchildren, especially playing Bingo. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Karen Ryan

Karen A Ryan, 50, Floral City, FL
Karen Ann Ryan, 50, Floral City passed away suddenly at home on December 3, 2017. Karen was born in Red Bank, NJ on February 7, 1967 to Robert Joseph and Katherine (Baum) Ryan and came to Florida 20 years ago. She worked in the beverage and hospitality industry. Left to cherish her memory are her Mother, Katherine Ryan, Floral City; her brothers and sisters, Katherine Gaytan and husband Jorge, Raleigh, NC; Lynn McCallister, Inverness, FL; Christopher Ryan and wife Angie, Floral City; David Rivera of Gainesville, FL; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and her dog "Buddy" whom she dearly loved. She was predeceased by her father and two siblings, Charles Farley and Michele Ryan. Karen's Celebration of Life will be on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday morning from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.


Ann Sally

Ann J Sally, 75, Homosassa, FL
Sally Ann Jenkins, 75, Homosassa, FL passed away Dec 16, 2017 in Kindred Hospital, Tampa, FL Sally was born in Bellefonte, PA on Sept 26, 1942 to the late Eugene and Jessie (Williams) Markle and moved to Florida from Pennsylvania in 1972. She was Christian by faith and enjoyed needleworking and reading. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 32 years, Shirley Ray Jenkins, Homosassa, FL; 3 children: Lee Roy Warner and wife Sue of Milesburg, PA; Wayne Allen Warner and wife Tammy, Virginia Beach, VA; Virginia Lee Frank, Tyrone, PA; 2 sisters, Carol Jean Brooks, State College, PA and Nancy Maso, State College, PA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Kenneth Warner. Private cremation care with Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Albert Sampsell

Albert E Sampsell, 68, Floral City, FL
Albert E. Sampsell, Jr., 68, of Floral City, FL passed away November 4, 2017, at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness, FL. He was born in Cleveland, OH on December 16, 1948 to the late Albert E. and Phyllis M. (Oppenlander) Sampsell. Albert was a Youth Minister, and arrived in this area in 2008, coming from Brunswick, OH. He was a Christian by faith, and previously was a grocery store manager for several grocery stores, as well as an event planner for all types of activities. Albert was a Boy Scout Leader, and very involved in the community. He was past Vice-President of the Floral City Merchants Association, and loved Disk Golfing. Albert was preceded in death by one brother, Greg Sampsell. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joy S. Samsell; his sons Albert E. Sampsell III and his wife Priscella of Mesquite, Texas, Craig Sampsell and his wife Melinda of Akron, OH, Matthew Sampsell and his companion Tammy of Largo, FL, and Michael "Cody" Sampsell and his companion Brandy, also of Largo; brothers Richard and Keith Sampsell; sisters Debbie Matthews, Barbara Tacchitte, Laurie Kessel, and Peggy Justic; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Helen Sandlewick

Helen J Sandlewick, 93, Homosassa, FL
Helen J. Sandlewick, 93 years young, of Homosassa, FL went to meet the greatest of all Chemists on November 7, 2017. She was born in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 1924, to the late Louis L. and Laura (Chapman) Jacquier. As a young girl, she always had her nose in a book, always trying to gain knowledge of those things around her that she questioned. This inquisitiveness would serve her well in years to come. She was the first in her family to go to a University and obtain a degree. She went to American University, in Washington, D.C., getting her Associates Degree all while working at N.I.H. (National Institute of Health), in Bethesda, MD. This was her first job (April 1944), as she put it “a lowly lab tech” to Dr. James B. Longley, and working her way up to Research Scientist by 1960. She was one of the first women in her field. A pioneer of her time. In 1960, she followed Dr. Longley to Georgetown University as his assistant in the Anatomy Department of Georgetown University Medical School. Helen continued her education while there, working on her Bachelors Degree, and raising two children. In 1962, Helen left Georgetown University and moved her young family to Louisville, KY. She was Dr. Longley’s Head Research Assistant of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Louisville School of Medicine until 1969, when she retired at the age of 45. While at U of L, she earned her Bachelors Degree and was a few credits shy of earning her Masters. Helen was very passionate about education, and believed that it was the key to a rich and productive life. When she didn’t have a book in her hands, you would find her playing cards with friends, doing word puzzles, bird watching – the Northern Cardinal/Redbird being her favorite bird, attending baseball games – the Washington Nationals/Senators and Atlanta Braves being her favorite teams, or collecting coins – another passion of hers. Upon her retirement from U of L, she joined two friends in a coin business. Helen married one of them, George H. Sandlewick, in 1971, and moved to New Albany, IN, to help him run his store filled with coins, stamps and antiques, and later selling it for profit. In 1973, they moved to Homosassa, FL, retiring from city life and exchanging it for a more peaceful lifestyle. But the retirement pace wasn’t for Helen. She and her late husband, George, became members of the Crystal River Moose Lodge #2013, in 1986. She would help cook Friday Night Dinners, and dance the rest of the night away. As she put it, “We even jitterbugged at the Moose as a bunch of old folks!” Helen was involved in the Lady’s Ritual Team at the Moose, going to several National Ritual Competitions over the years. Also, she was a member of several coin and token societies: Florida Token Society, Southeast Token Society, and Civil War Token Society to name a few. Helen was also a fighter. She petitioned for the surrounding wetlands, water canals, and river around her home in Homosassa to become a Bird Sanctuary and got it done! She fought cancer twice and won both times. Helen will be remembered for her sense of humor, her cooking, and for encouraging others, especially young family members, to continue their education. She felt that you should always try to learn something new each day. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Collette B. Densford and Roy H. Burtner, III; 5 grandchildren: Laura Akers, Jon Burtner, Stephanie Burtner, Chris Burtner, and Jeannie Shirling-Green; 10 great grandchildren: Ashley, Nicholas, C.J., Norah, Lydia, Kelson, Jaxton, Lux, Kevin, and Rowan. Preceded Helen in death are her parents, Louis and Laura Jacquier; her adopted sister, Ruth “Marie” Swearer; and her husband, George H. Sandlewick (on July 26, 2002). Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jean Schumm

Jean L Schumm, 91, Hernando, FL
Jean Louise Schumm, 91, of Hernando, FL passed away January 4, 2018 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Cook County, IL on August 12, 1926 to the late George N. and Louise (Stedman) Givan. Jean was a Respiratory Therapist at Citrus Memorial Hospital, and arrived in this area in 1968 coming from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was Episcopalian by faith, and attended Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto. Jean was dedicated to her family, and loved animals. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 21 years, Herman Schumm in 1982, and two sons, John B. Schumm and George G. Schumm. Jean is survived by her children, Herman C. Schumm IV and his wife Helen of Port St. Lucie, FL, Cynthia L. Schumm-Kincaid and her husband Kertner of Hernando, FL, and Susan J. Weed also of Hernando. 20 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bernice Seaverns

Bernice D Seaverns, 84, Inverness, FL
Bernice D. Seaverns, 84, of Inverness, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, at Citrus Health & Rehab, in Inverness. Bernice was born in Staten Island, New York on April 26, 1933, to the late Joseph F. and Anna M. (Hacker) Reid. She came to Citrus County in 1983 from Toms River, New Jersey. Bernice was a member of the BPOE #1896 of Wildwood, NJ and Catholic by faith. Left to cherish her memory are: her husband, William P. Seaverns; daughters: Gail Ford and Lisa Knudson; sons: John Knudson, Thomas Knudson, Kristian Knudson and David Knudson; step-daughter, Sharon A. Truitt; step-sons: William P. Seaverns, Michael P. Seaverns and Eric G. Seaverns; her brother, Thomas J. Reid; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services for Bernice will be conducted on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM with Deacon Nick Nowak, officiating. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness from 11:30 A.M. until service time. Burial will follow at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Arley Sheffer

Arley L Sheffer, 81, Hernando, FL
Arley Lee Sheffer, age 81, of Hernando, passed away November 1, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Arley was born on February 16, 1936, in Pontiac, MI to the late Roy and Laura (Best) Sheffer. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. He is survived by his brother Bobbie Sheffer and his niece, Gayla Coleman both of Bloomfield, MI. Arley's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Cremation care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lowell "Tom" Shepherd

Lowell "Tom" Shepherd, 86, Inverness, FL
Lowell "Tom" Thomas Shepherd, age 86, of Inverness, FL, passed away December 18, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. Tom was born on April 22, 1931 in Huron, OH to the late Charles William and Henrietta Pearl (Dice) Shepherd. He was married to his wife Eloise for 39 years until her passing on April 16, 1997. Tom was employed as a Switchman for CSX Railroad for 35 years and made Citrus County his home in 2001 after relocating from Lithia, FL. He enjoyed going to the IRRU club and was a member of the Inverness Eagles and Inverness VFW Post #4337. Tom also liked playing spider solitaire and sending emails to family and friends. Those left to mourn Tom's passing include his daughters: Susan Osborne and her husband Robert of Odessa, FL, Cindy Hamilton and her husband Tom of Inverness, FL; sisters, Patricia Catri of Huron, OH, Arlynn Green of Vermillion, OH; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Cremation care under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marilyn "Dixie" Spencer

Marilyn "Dixie" Spencer, 72, Inverness, FL
Marilyn “Dixie” Spencer, age 72, of Inverness, passed away December 26, 2017 at New Horizon Assisted Living Facility, Inverness. Dixie was born on November 14, 1945 in Anderson County, TN to the late William and Reva (Whaley) McClain. She was a Registered Nurse throughout her professional career. Dixie enjoyed browsing the internet, playing online games and going out to eat and visit with her friends. Those left to mourn her passing are her son, Robert M. Kingsbury of Tennessee; grandchildren, Brandy and Shanteen; and several great grandchildren. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Stanton

Mary A Stanton, 78, Citrus Springs, FL
Mary Alice Stanton, 78 of Citrus Springs, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at Diamond Ridge Health & Rehab in Lecanto surrounded by her loving family. Mary Alice was born on May 18, 1939 in Lakeland, Georgia to the late Alvin and Mary Alice (Mathis) Sirmons and moved to Citrus County from St Petersburg, FL in 2003. She was a retired Registered Nurse and a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to her church, North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs, FL. Mary Alice cherished her family and friends. She enjoyed skiing, sailing, traveling, quilting and crocheting. She also enjoyed spending time with her husband, family and especially her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory is her husband: Goodwin G. "Goody" Stanton, Citrus Springs; her daughters: Susan Stanton McAuley and husband David of Gray, TN, Stephanie Stanton Tomlinson and husband Craig of Hudson, IA, and Stacey Stanton Bryant and husband Alan, of Bradenton, FL; brother, Doug Sirmons and wife Kathy, Citrus Springs, FL; sister, Nancy Sirmons, Green Cove Springs, FL; 7 grandchildren: Ryan McAuley, Matthew McAuley, Brandon (Meagan) McAuley, Nathan Tomlinson, Nolan Tomlinson, Alex Bryant, Ashley Bryant; great grandchild, Eli McAuley. A Celebration of Life Service for Mary Alice will be conducted on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM from the North Oak Baptist Church with Rev. Stan Stewart officiating. The family wishes to express its appreciation to all of the staff at Diamond Ridge Health & Rehab for their love and kindness to all of us over the past six years. Flowers will be greatfully appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to North Oak Baptist Church.


Eileen Swanson

Eileen Swanson, 72, Hernando, FL
Eileen Swanson, age 72, of Hernando, FL, passed away November 12, 2017 at Life Care of Lecanto, FL. Eileen was born on November 21, 1944 in New York, N.Y. to the late Salvatore and Rita (Greene) Salerno. In 1973 she married William Swanson with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Eileen and William made Citrus County their home in 2002 after relocating from Tampa, FL. She had a great love for her children and grandchildren, was an excellent cook and an animal lover. In addition to her husband William, those left to mourn Eileen's passing are her daughters: Coleen Matsuo and her husband Burke of Atlanta, GA, Stephanie Swanson of Beverly Hills, FL; sister, Janet Dellaratta and her husband Peter of Pensacola, FL; and grandchildren: Nathaniel, William and Benjamin. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Salerno. A funeral service for Eileen will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 3:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Eileen's memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gordon Therrien

Gordon W Therrien, 59, Claremont, NH
GORDON WHITNEY THERRIEN, 59, OF CLAREMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE, PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY ON NOVEMBER 20TH 2017 IN FLAGLER COUNTY FLORIDA. GORDON "WHISTLE" THERRIEN WAS BORN ON MAY 1ST 1958 IN SPRINGFIELD VERMONT TO GORDON B THERRIEN AND THE LATE HILDA (STEVENS) THERRIEN. HE GRADUATED FROM STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL IN CLAREMONT, N.H. AND WENT ON TO RECIEVE HIS ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN APPLIED SCIENCE FROM CLAREMONT VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN 1978. HE WAS A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN AND TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES DURING HIS CAREER. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS MOTORCYCLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, SPORTSMAN FISHING, AND LOVED TO TRAVEL. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED  BY THOSE WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM AS A KIND AND GENEROUS MAN. THOSE LEFT TO MOURN HIS PASSING AND CHERISH HIS MEMORY ARE HIS FATHER, GORDON B THERRIEN OF HERNANDO FLORIDA, SISTER TAMMY A THERRIEN OF HERNANDO FLORIDA, BROTHER JOSEPH THERRIEN OF SPRINGFIELD VERMONT.  UNCLES WAYNE STEVENS AND HIS WIFE LINDA OF BRIDGEWATER VERMONT, JAMES STEVENS OF PHOENIX ARIZONA, HIS BELOVED AUNTS CAROL STEVENS HELIE AND HER HUSBAND JOSEPH HELIE OF CLAREMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE, JUDY BOURQUE OF CLAREMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE, SHIRLEY RIZZO OF INVERNESS FLORIDA, BARBARA STANLEY OF OCALA FLORIDA, AND SEVERAL COUSINS. PRIVATE CREMATION CARE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CHARLES E DAVIS FUNERAL HOME WITH CREMATORY INVERNESS FLORIDA. A PRIVATE SERVICE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL BE HELD IN THE SPRING AT ASCUTNEY CEMETERY,  ASCUTNEY VERMONT . Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy E Thomas, 94, Hernando, FL
Dorothy Evelyn Thomas, 94, of Hernando, FL passed away January 18 2018 at her residence in Hernando. She was born in Tampa, FL on October 14, 1923 to the late Edward and Evelyn (Tucker) Best. Dorothy was a retired Administrative Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service in Tampa for 27 years, and was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness, FL. She was preceded in death by her loving husband William Adam Thomas in 1992. Survivors include her daughter, Catherine Washer of Hernando, FL; grandson Christopher Washer and his wife Leigh-Ann of Baton Rouge, LA, and 2 great-grandchildren, Madeliene and Clara Washer. A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Dorothy is scheduled for Tuesday, 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness with Fr. Eugene Reuman officiating. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, after the service. A Reception for Family and Friends will take place at the church, following the cemetery service, at 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. The family will be receiving friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday, 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.


John Thomsen

John H Thomsen, 80, Inverness, FL
John H. Thomsen, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away January 11, 2018 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Blue Island, IL to the late Carl H. and Catherine (Michalski) Thomsen. John was a police officer for the Las Vegas NV Police Dept, and a U.S. Army veteran. He arrived in this area in 2000, coming from Las Vegas, and enjoyed gardening, reading, fishing, watching sports, and playing cards. He is survived by his loving wife of 8 years, Juanita Navarro. Other survivors include his children, Kenneth Thomsen of Floral City, FL, and Michele Lopez of Las Vegas; step children Edward A. Lopez of New York, NY, and Sandra Tedeshi and her husband Jamie of Dunnellon, FL; brothers Robert Thomsen and his wife Elaine of CA, and Carl Thomsen of IL; sister Charlotte Johnston of Inverness; and 2 grandchildren, Cory and Julia. John’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Virginia Thorpe

Virginia C Thorpe, 94, Inverness, FL
Virginia C. Thorpe, age 94, of Inverness, FL passed away January 16, 2018 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. Virginia was born in West Hartford, CT on January 18, 1923 to the late Everett and Laura (Starbuck) Case. She and her late husband were “weekenders” in Citrus County from St. Petersburg since 1966. They settled here permanently in 1978. After moving here, she served as an Office Administrator for Metalline, Inc. her husband’s and son’s business, for over 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was a wonderful cross-stitcher. She served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. Left to cherish her memory are her 2 children, Brad Thorpe and his wife Donna of Inverness and her daughter, Nancy Lamb from Clearwater, FL. There are 5 grandchildren, Annette, David, Brian, Carrie, and Blake; and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Richard B. Thorpe to whom she was married for 41 years. He passed away May 15, 1989. Her second husband, Elliott Vestal passed away after 10 years of marriage. She was also preceded by 2 brothers, Everett and Robert Case and her sister, Barbara Thorpe. There will be a Celebration of Life with family and friends at a later date in St. Petersburg. Following cremation, her urn will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family.


Martin Tipper

Martin A Tipper, 87, Inverness, FL
Martin Ashel Tipper, Sr., 87, of Inverness, FL passed away January 12, 2018 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. He was born in Sheldon, VT on December 29, 1930 to the late John and Harriet (Preston) Tipper. Martin was a retired police officer, and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Killingly, CT and was a Methodist by faith. Martin enjoyed fishing, watching car races, and working in his garden. He was preceded in death by one son, Carroll John Tipper, one daughter, Amy Simonds, 3 brothers, Lawrence, John, and Howard Tipper, and 2 sisters, Margaret Bevins and Odessa Cary. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Tipper. Other survivors include his children, Martin A. Tipper, Jr. and his wife Brenda, and Marcia Baker and her husband Michael, all of Greer, SC, Cheryl Boisvert and her husband Paul of Inverness, brother Paul Tipper; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Martin Tipper

Martin A Tipper, 87, Inverness, FL
Martin Ashel Tipper, Sr., 87, of Inverness, FL passed away January 12, 2018 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. He was born in Sheldon, VT on December 29, 1930 to the late John and Harriet (Preston) Tipper. Martin was a retired police officer, and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He arrived in this area in 1997, coming from Killingly, CT and was a Methodist by faith. Martin enjoyed fishing, watching car races, and working in his garden. He was preceded in death by one son, Carroll John Tipper, one daughter, Amy Simonds, 3 brothers, Lawrence, John, and Howard Tipper, and 2 sisters, Margaret Bevins and Odessa Cary. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Tipper. Other survivors include his children, Martin A. Tipper, Jr. and his wife Brenda, and Marcia Baker and her husband Michael, all of Greer, SC, Cheryl Boisvert and her husband Paul of Inverness, brother Paul Tipper; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robert Trawick

Robert C Trawick, 79, Inverness, FL
Robert Clarence Trawick, 79, Inverness passed away November 4, 2017 at the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast in Lecanto. Mr. Trawick was born in Meridian, MS on July 2, 1938 to the late Clarence and Jewel (Swain) Trawick and moved here in 1997 from South Paris, Maine. He was a retired executive for Prudential Insurance Company with over 30 years of service and went on to work for Mass Mutual for 3 years after retiring from Prudential. Robert served our nation in the U.S. Army. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Inverness and active in the Masonic Lodge. He was a Life Member and Past Master of Neighbor Masonic Lodge, Homewood, IL; also affiliated with Springs Masonic Lodge in Homosassa, Oxford Masonic Lodge, and Order of Eastern Star Chapter 168 and Chapter 65 in Inverness (Past Patron). A 32nd Degree Mason, he held memberships in the Scottish and York Rites, the Shriners, and Marian Grange in Bellview, IL. Other memberships included American Legion Post 77 (Past Commander) in Inverness. He was a member of the advisory council for the Stanley Garrity Chapter of DeMolay International in Tinley Park, IL and a recipient of the DeMolay International Cross of Honor. Robert was also an active member of the Jaycees in Honolulu, HI. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Bernice (Cummings) "Bunny" Trawick; 2 children, Robert C. Trawick Jr. and his wife Joyce Trawick of New Gloucester, ME and Wanda Trawick and her husband Harry Slepian of New York, NY; 1 brother, Dr. Donald Trawick, Midlothian, VA; 1 sister, Shirley Gnau of Dayton, OH; 1 grandchild, Megan and 2 great grandchildren, Kylie and Kailyn. Robert was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Harvey. A celebration of Life Memorial service is planned for Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness with Reverend Ron Pfeifer officiating. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Robert's urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Twyford

Mary P Twyford, 97, Inverness, FL
The Angels came to take Mary Pauline Twyford home on November 2, 2017 at Arbor Trail in Inverness, Florida. She was 97. Mary Pauline was born on June 14, 1920, in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Herbert and Eva (Everett) Smith. She moved to Florida as a young girl. After attending school in Miami and at Old Miss, she married Pete Colbert. They lived in Miami Springs, FL where they raised 2 children. After Pete's death, she married "Bud" Twyford and eventually moved to Inverness, FL. Mary Pauline was a very fortunate lady to have had two loves of her life. Mary Pauline was a longtime member of Miami Springs Presbyterian Church. She loved playing bridge. In Miami Springs she played with the same women for over 40 years and was very happy to find a bridge group in Inverness. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. L. "Bud" Twyford (2006) and her first husband and father of her children P.M. "Pete" Colbert . Also, Herbert and Eva Smith, parents; John T. Colbert, son; Joseph Sapp, Step Grandson; Monica Dowler, Step Granddaughter; and Rosa Lee Turner, Sister. She is survived by: Daughter, Carol Poole (Thomas); Daughter-in-Law, Susan Colbert; Niece, Bettie McElroy (Bob). Grandchildren: Julie Bleam (Chris); Michael Danzis, Jr. (Linda); John Colbert (Lisa); Tim Colbert (Jenny): Dawn Crites (Clay): Melisa Jones (John). Great Grandchildren: Nicole Hankins (Chris); Kelsey Colbert, Chase Colbert, Cameron Colbert, Cody Colbert, Alicia Dowler, Amanda Dowler, Joseph Dowler; Eric Mash (Jennifer); Donnie Mash (Toni). Great-Great Grandchildren: Aysiah Hankins, Sawyer Hankins, Tristan Hankins, Emilie Moore, Jaylynn Mash, Aubren Mash, Lila Mash. A special thanks to her long time caregivers Jennifer and Sandy for your care and kindness. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Gestrich, pastor of the Floral City United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until the time of service. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.


Mary Valente

Mary F Valente, 79, Beverly Hills, FL
Mary F. Valente, age 79, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at her residence on December 6, 2017. Mary was born on January 8, 1938 in Staten Island, N.Y. to the late Anthony and Carmella (Battista) Valente. She is survived by her son, Steven Whitmeyer of Sugarmill Woods, FL; and daughters: Debra Banes of Melrose, FL and Lisa Smith of Gainesville, FL. Private burial to take place at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rodney VanTol

Rodney L VanTol, 66, Floral City, FL
Rodney L. VanTol, 66, Floral City passed away at home on January 5, 2018. He was born in Flint, MI on August 17, 1951 to the late Clayton and Inez (Powell) VanTol. He was a retired Field Operations Technician for Shell Oil Corporation and moved to Florida in 2003 from Keleva, MI He is survived by 2 sons, Rodney Clayton VanTol of Harbor Springs, MI and Clayton James VanTol of San Antonio, TX; 1 brother- Thomas VanTol, formerly of Michigan; 3 sisters, Sherry Swiss, Joanne Cooper, and Jodine Compton; 2 grandchildren, Zoey and Quinn. Private cremation with Chas E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


David Wade

David H Wade, 89, Birdsboro, PA
David H. Wade, 89 of Birdsboro, PA formerly of Floral City, FL, passed away November 18, 2017 at the Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown, PA. He came to Citrus County in 1979 from Titusville, FL. David retired in 1993 from Lockheed Aviation as an electronics tech. He moved to Titusville and began working at Kennedy Space Center on the shuttle project in 1979. He served our Country in the US Air Force and he was an avid golfer. David was the youngest of 18 children and left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Janis Riccardelli of Birdsboro, PA and his granddaughter, Sara Riccardelli, step daughters: Linda Kelley of Floral City and Barbara Hales of Floral City; grandchildren: Mason, Heather and Mitchell; and great grandchild, Cole. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores P. Wade on July 16, 2011. His son Barry Wade also preceded him in death. A graveside Service of Honor will take place on Wed. November 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with honors provided by V.F.W. Post #7122. . The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 1:00 PM.


Robert Wagner

Robert G Wagner, 86, Inverness, FL
Robert G. Wagner, age 86, of Inverness, FL, passed away December 2, 2017 while under the care of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto, FL. Robert was born on February 25, 1931 in Littleton, CO, to the late Gottfred and Mary (Dolberg) Wagner. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, Robert was employed as a steel worker for Armco Steel in Commerce City, CO for over 30 years. He made Florida his home in 2013 after relocating from Westminster, CO. Robert was married to Delores I. Wagner for 57 years until her passing on June 19, 2013. He was known to enjoy tinkering around the house and watching cowboy movies. Robert was extremely proud of his military service and loved the time he spent in Georgia while stationed there. He also enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and especially enjoyed visiting the mountains of Colorado and Montana. Those left to mourn Robert's passing include his daughters: Kim Crawford and her husband Charles of Inverness, FL, Melanie Verardi and her husband Nick of Spring, TX; sisters: Esther Ozmun of Broomfield, CO,Patty Carpenter of Golden, CO, Violet Rexroth of North Carolina, Alice Ramsey, Millie Herman and Edna Wagner, all of Wheat Ridge, CO; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Delores, Robert was preceded in death by 13 brother and sisters. Private cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vernon Warnecke

Vernon H Warnecke, 84, Lecanto, FL
Vernon Harry "Spider" Warnecke, 84, of Lecanto, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born July 7, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Arthur and Caroline (Benson) Warnecke and came to Citrus County in 2000 from Arlington Heights, Illinois. He retired from the Mount Prospect Park district after retirement from his career as a cement mason in the construction industry. He was a member of the Cement Masons’ Local 502 for over 50 years. Vernon was passionate about gardening and his fish! He liked to tinker, taking things apart and putting them together again. He was an adventurer who loved hosting parties, camping, board games and playing cards. His kids remember how as young parents Dad would drive the family to Disney World every year. He was a friend to all he met. A kind man with a calm demeanor and always smiling. Vernon was generous to everyone and would let loved ones know how much he cared for them. In 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and served as an Army Tanker, with a year and four months overseas. Vernon earned the National Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal-Germany. Vernon was Honorably discharged as a Private First Class. Left to cherish his memory are children: Scott Vernon Warnecke,  Jamie Sue Schaffer (John) of Phoenixville, PA and Tracy Lazette Sarallo (John) of  Frisco, TX, and daughter in law, Patti Harkins of Kenosha, WI; his six grandchildren: Christopher, Patrick, Heather, Michelle, Matthew, and Dillon, and his nine great grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness at 11:00 AM. Friends may come to the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM. Following the funeral home service, Vernon's urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW Post #4377 Honor Guard. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Carole Watkins

Carole Watkins, 74, Inverness, FL
Carole Ann Watkins, age 74, of Inverness, FL, passed away December 5, 2017 at The Grove Health and Rehab Center, Hernando. Carole was born June 19, 1943 in Salem, OH to the late Clarence and Nellie (Dickey) Noel. She worked as a Claims Adjuster in the Commercial Insurance Industry throughout her professional career. On January 6, 1979, she married the love of her life, Daniel "Don" Watkins, with whom she shared 38 wonderful years of marriage. Carole resided in Floral City for 10 years during the 1970's and returned to Citrus County 3 years ago from Cosby, TN. She attended worship services at the Floral City United Methodist Church in the past. Carole is a former member of the American Business Woman's Association and the secretary of the Inverness Village Condominiums. In her spare time, Carole enjoyed decorating and had a great appreciation for art. She will be remembered for the great love and affection she had for her husband Don and her family. In addition to her loving husband Don, those left to mourn Carole's passing include her stepson, Jeffrey C. Watkins of Elizabethtown, TN; sisters: Martha Burns of Floral City, FL, Nancy Fiala of Brook Park, OH; nieces and nephews: Chris Burns of Hernando, FL, Shannon Burns-DeMilt of Floral City, FL, Vickie Devine of Brook Park, OH, Jeff Fiala of Brook Park, OH, Bridget Fiala of Ocala, FL, Mike Gonter of Floral City, FL; and several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Carole was preceded in death by stepson, Donald Watkins, sister, Janet Gonter and nephews, Bob Davner and Billy Fiala. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marilyn Whisman

Marilyn K Whisman, 74, Floral City, FL
Marilyn K. (Belcher) Whisman, 74 of Floral City, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. Marilyn was born June 21, 1943 in Lafayette, Indiana to the late Donald and Elsie Norma (Reese) Belcher. Marilyn lived in Ithaca, New York until the age of 13, then moved with her mother to Janesville, Wisconsin. She graduated from Janesville High School in 1961 and attended Downer College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On November 26, 1966, she married Gerald O. Whisman. They have two children, Jeffrey G. Whisman, born in 1967, of Ft. Worth, TX and Gregory D. Whisman, born in 1969, and his wife Michelle Whisman of Wichita, Kansas. Marilyn and her husband Gerald moved several times because of his job. They made many friends, starting in the Rockford, IL area, on to Bettendorf, IA, Racine, WI, Wichita, KS, and finally retired to Floral City, FL. They celebrated 51 years of marriage on November 26, 2017. A Celebration of Life Service for Marilyn will be conducted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, in Inverness, with Rev. Greg Kell, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 AM until service time.


Kathrine Wiley

Kathrine L Wiley, 55, Floral City, FL
Kathrine Lynn Wiley, 55, Floral City passed away November 17, 2017 in Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Kathrine was born in Jacksonville, FL on August 16, 1962 to Leslie David and Maxine (Hill) Scarborough and came to Citrus County in 1993. She was a homemaker and attended the Assembly of God Church in Bushnell. Before becoming ill, she was employed at Walmart in Bushnell. Kathrine was a "Navy Brat" and traveled the world with her parents. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and her pets (three dogs and one cat). Left to cherish her memory are two children, Russell Daniel Samuel Rendel of Floral City and Brandy Michelle Rendel of Homosassa, FL; her Mother, Maxine Scarborough of Silverdale, WA; 2 brothers, Michael David Scarborough of Bremerton, WA and Ronald Paul Scarborough of Crossville, TN; 2 nephews and 1 niece. She was predeceased by her father on January 18, 2015. Private cremation care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Olive Womble

Olive Womble, 94, Inverness, FL
Olive Womble, age 94, of Inverness, FL, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Arbor Trail, Inverness. Olive was born on October 20, 1923 to the late Frederick and Mary (MacDonald) Merrill. She was married to Thurston Womble for 54 years until his passing on June 4, 2004. Olive made Citrus County her home in 2005 after relocating from The Villages. A Catholic by faith she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness. In her spare time, she enjoyed making crafts, crocheting and was a loving wife and mother. Those left to mourn Olive's passing include her son, Thurston Eric Womble and his wife Wendy of Fairhope, AL; daughter, Noreen Womble of Inverness, FL; sister: Emma Goeller of Buffalo, N.Y.; and grandchildren: Melissa (Brian) Coleman of Annadle, VA, and Matthew Womble of Washington, D.C.. In addition to her loving husband Thurston, she was preceded in death by brothers: Johnnie and George; and sisters: Sylvia and Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial for Olive will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, with Father Tim Cummings Celebrant. Arrangements under direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Wood

John W Wood, 73, Beverly Hills, FL
John Walter Wood, age 73, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away December 1, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. John was born on September 11, 1944 in Taunton, MA to the late Albert David and Frances (Smith) Wood. On April 2, 1977 he married Suzan (Jackson) with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. John and Suzan made Florida their home 13 years ago after relocating from Franklin, N.C. He greatly enjoyed singing and had formed a quartet. He loved watching sports on television and had received a Master of Divinity Degree. In addition to his wife Suzan, those left to mourn John's passing include his son, Matthew; daughters: Debbie, Teresa, Cheryl, Kathy, Peggy Sue; sister, Lorraine Wood of N. Kingstown, R.I.; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. John's family plan to lay his urn to rest at Dunedin Cemetery, Dunedin, FL at a later date. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Philip Worrell

Philip Worrell, 87, Inverness, FL
Philip Worrell, age 87, of Inverness, FL, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing, Inverness. Philip was born on January 11, 1931 in Ackerman, MS to the late Jonas and Nanny (York) Worrell. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, Philip went on to work as a Salesman in the Building Supply Industry. On August 8, 1994 he married Rebecca (Phillips) with whom he shared 23 years of loving marriage. He and Rebecca made Citrus County, FL their home in 1996 after relocating from Durant, MS. In his spare time Philip enjoyed hunting and gardening. He truly enjoyed the outdoors and the solitude and peace of the woods. Philip also liked to fix things and “tinker around” in his workshop. He enjoyed watching baseball and was a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays. Philip had a great love for his grandchildren and spending time with them. He loved watching them participate in their various sporting events throughout the years. In addition to his wife Rebecca, those left to mourn Philip’s passing are his step-daughter, Heather Fernandez and her husband Marc of Inverness, FL; sister, Melba White of Hazlehurst, MS; and grandchildren: Raymond, Nicholas and Gina. Philip was preceded in death by several brothers. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothy Wyant

Dorothy G Wyant, 89, formerly of Inverness, FL
Dorothy G. (Smith) Wyant, 89 of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Inverness, FL and Worthington, PA, stepped into glory on October 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, James and Jesse Smith, brothers: Roy Smith, Robert Smith and James Smith; her first husband, Theodore F. Smith I, second husband, Harding A. Wyant I, and her step son, Harding "Ashley" Wyant II. Surviving children: Sandra Wyant Beer of Gifford, PA, Kathleen Smith Panek of Scranton, PA, Theodore F. Smith Jr. of Inverness, FL, William Wyant of Gulfport, FL, Barbara Smith O'Brien (Harry) of Blairsville, GA, Debra Smith Northrop (Mike Didsbury) of Inverness, FL, Carol Wyant of Gulfport, FL, and Lori Ann Wyant Leskanic (William) of Monticello, FL. Also survived by 20 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Inverness and attended the First Baptist Church in Blairsville, GA. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 11:00 AM, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Dr. Ray Kelley, officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, beside her beloved, Harding. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time. Arrangements handled by Cochran Funeral Home, Blairsville, GA and Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Maria Xenophontos

Maria Xenophontos, 72, Inverness, FL
Maria Xenophontos, 75 of Inverness, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Maria was born in Cyprus on May 27, 1945 to the late Stavros and Eleni Efsthathiou. She came to Citrus County in 1987 from Island Park, NY. Maria was a seamstress and a member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Peter Panayi and fiancee' Marianne Trzcinski of Massapequa, NY; step sons: Nick Xenophon and spouse Bill Jayne of, Mesa, AZ, Chris Xenophon, Inverness, FL; step daughters: Rosemary Maisel and husband John of Floral City, FL, Deborah Helm of Tallahassee, FL, Gigi Klein, and husband Robert of Inverness, Laura Clark of Winder, GA, Donna Xenophon of Inverness and Tricia Velez and husband Ray of Birmingham, AL; brother, Costas Efsthathiou and wife Nina of Massapequa, NY, sisters: Efstathia Constanti and husband, Charlie of East Rockaway, NY, Paraskevou Savva and husband Stelios of Massapequa, NY, 20 step grandchildren and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Nicos Xenophontos, Oct. 24, 2010, and her brothers: Andreas and George Efsthathiou. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM from Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church with Fr. Michael Petrides officiating.. Additional services are scheduled from the Panaghia Church of Island Park, NY. Burial will follow in Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.


William York

William N York, 77, Inverness, FL
William "Norman" York, Jr., 77, Inverness, passed away December 4, 2017 following a short illness in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Norman was born in San Diego, CA on March 24, 1940 to the late William N. and Vida (Moberley) York, Sr. and came to Florida in 1966. He was the former owner and founder of York Bail Bonds in Inverness and a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. He served our country during Viet Nam in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Dorothy (Unverferth) York; and his son, William Norman York, III, Inverness, FL. He was predeceased by his sister, Deeann Waters who resided in Lawrence, KS. Graveside services with military honors will be conducted on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM from Florida National Cemetery with Floral City V.F.W. Post #7122 and Dr. Donald Pratt officiating. Friends may call at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home Friday to visit the family from 12:30 until 1:30 when the procession will depart for the cemetery.


Sylvia Zellner

Sylvia M Zellner, 85, Inverness, FL
Sylvia Marie Zellner, 85, Floral City passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. Sylvia was born in DeKalb, IL on May 11, 1932 to the late Stanley R. and Gladys (Mosher) Concidine and moved to Citrus County in 1951. She was a long time member of the Floral City Church of Christ where she was very involved and known for her service, generosity, and beautiful singing. Her sunny disposition, warm and tender heart, and her great sense of humor will be long remembered. Sylvia retired from the Citrus County School System as a bus driver with 30 years of service. Sylvia was the winner of Citrus County's 1997 Support Person of The Year. That title was extended to include the 19 County Region II Crown Area. Sylvia was one of 5 regional winners out of 57 statewide applicants She especially enjoyed working in her garden growing her roses and loved her pets. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Paula Zellner of Ferndale, WA and Dena Sanicola and her husband Michael of Lafayette, CO ; nephew, Roy Concidine and wife Sharon of Floral City; 2 nieces, Sylvia Krpan and husband Milan of Sycamore, IL and Carol Hilleson and husband Steve of DeKalb, IL and their children and grandchildren; 6 grandchildren, Landon, Damon, and Lauren Searles and Nico, Gino, and Michael Sanicola. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milliard "Phil" Zellner in 2000; her sister, Carrie Ferrill and brothers, Don and Gene Concidine. She treasured the Concidine and Zellner family and many dear friends. Sylvia liked to reminisce about her family and recalling happy times growing up in Elva IL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Serice is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Sylvia's nephew, Mr. Joel Zellner officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Memorials are being accepted by Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast or Citrus Co. Humane Society.


 

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