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Alexis Adamson

Alexis J Adamson, 24, Floral City, FL
Alexis Jade Adamson, 24, of Floral City, FL passed away on April 25, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. She was born to Patrick Adamson and Jessica (Lanting) McClendon on January 1, 1997 in Pawpaw, Michigan and immediately brightened the lives of those around her. Citrus County has been her home since 2011 after moving with her family from Kalamazoo, Michigan and she attended Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness. Alexis will be remembered for having a smile that could light up a room and for her love of music, more specifically, her love of Frank Sinatra. Alexis was given the opportunity to participate in the Make A Wish Foundation, where she and her family got to take a trip to Disney in Orlando, FL and Alexis had a great time. She loved to mimic her grandma, and was always making everyone around her smile. Alexis is preceded in death by her grandmother, Thelma Adamson and by her cousin, Unit Commander of Nature Coast Young Marines, Lisa Gonzales. Those left to cherish her memory are her mother and step-father, Jessica McClendon and Justin Knight; her father, Patrick Adamson; her eight siblings and step-siblings, Christopher Adamson, Joshua McClendon, Aaliyah McClendon, Justin Knight II, Kandyce Fields, Jordyn Knight, Aleyah Knight, and Madison Knight; her grandmother, Elizabeth Sherman; her grandfather, Michael Lanting; her step-grandfather, James Wrinkle; her special person, Michael McClendon; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and teachers. She was clearly loved by many and will be missed dearly. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 3 PM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness, FL. A visitation of family and friends will begin at 2 PM and continue until the hour of service. Reverend Darrell Reneau will be officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Marjorie Allion

Marjorie Allion, 84, Inverness, FL
Marjorie Ann Allion, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away May 14, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Marjorie was born in Ann Arbor, MI on June 28, 1936 to the late Delbert and Eona (Nichols) Jackson and came to this area from Bluffton, SC (Beaufort County) in 1993. She was a homemaker and member of the V.F.W. Auxillary Post 4252 in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Sherry Lee Mittler of Inverness; 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Allion on Feb. 16, 2012 and 2 children, Shelly Garrett and Daryl Allion. Celebration of Life scheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness officiating. Cremation With Care- Chas. E. Davis


Troy Andrade

Troy Andrade, 54, Floral City, FL
Troy Andrade, 54, of Floral City, FL passed away at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Baltimore, MD on June 21, 1966, and arrived in this area 23 years ago, coming from Baltimore. He was Presbyterian by faith, and owned and operated his own computer company. Troy was a talented guitar player, and a loving son. He was preceded in death by his father Daniel T. Andrade, one son, Justin Andrade, and one brother, Daniel Andrade, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn J. Andrade. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roland Aragunde

Roland Aragunde, 71, Inverness, FL
Rolando “Roland” Mario Aragunde, Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Advent Health of Ocala on April 20, 2021 at the age of 71. He was born to the late Anna Maria (Figueroa) and Rolando Mario Aragunde, Sr. in Allapattah, FL on August 16, 1949. Roland proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Prior to retirement, he owned and operated his own window and door installation company. Roland made Citrus County his home 5 years ago after relocating from Hollywood, FL and was a Christian by faith. Roland was truly an outdoorsman and enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding and kayaking. He also enjoyed fishing, shooting and hunting. He was very good at landscaping and enjoyed working in his yard and was also very good at building things. Roland had just recently remodeled his entire kitchen. He will be remembered as a kind and compassionate man that was always ready to go above and beyond for others. Roland’s outgoing and loving nature meant that he never met a stranger. Those left to mourn Roland’s passing include his loving companion of 12 years, Deborah “Debbie” Whitaker; son, Roland Aragunde IV; stepdaughter, Kayla Creager; brother, Tom Aragunde; sisters: Anna Aragunde-Deardorff and Margaret Mounteney; and grandchildren: Samantha, Kiley, Alyssa and Emily Aragunde. Roland was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Aragunde on January 19, 2004. A Celebration of Roland’s Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Inverness Church of God located at 416 S. US Highway 41, Inverness, FL 34450 and will be conducted by Pastor David Lucas. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Roland will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL


Stacey Arnold

Stacey R Arnold, 55, Floral City, FL
Stacey Rae Arnold of Floral City passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on June 10, 2021 at the age of 55. She was born to the late Raymond and Florence (Linde) Coons on January 24, 1966 in Sarasota, FL. Stacey was a lifelong Floridian and settled in Citrus County over 20 years ago. She was a professional pet groomer with a very loyal customer following. People would drive from places several miles away just to have her care for their animals. Most recently she was employed by the Bushnell Animal Clinic where in addition to her grooming responsibilities, she was also the office manager. Stacey was an extremely hard worker throughout her lifetime. She liked keeping busy and was a very strong person. Being an animal lover, she worked tirelessly over the years to help animals find loving homes and truly loved caring for them. The role of caregiver came to her naturally. Stacey cared for everyone around her. She was the glue that helped hold her friends and family together. Stacey was a wonderful mother that would do anything for her daughters. She was a great cook and loved making and sharing comfort food with her family and friends. Those left to mourn Stacey’s passing include her daughters: Heather Underwood, Stephanie Arnold-Shaffer and her husband Timothy, Julie Arnold; her loving partner of 11 years, Brian Wimberly; stepson, Christopher Wimberly; brother, Garrett Coons and his wife Emma; “bonus brother” Joey Zeigler; her 4 grandchildren: Sylvia, Caleb, Hayleigh and Jeremiah; and former husband and lifelong friend, Tommy Arnold. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Bishop Douglas Alexander of the New Church Without Walls. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Stacey’s memory to WAGS Pet Rescue. The link is: WAGSAnimalRescue.org/donate. Cremation with Care-Chas. E. Davis.


Mildred Aumack

Mildred C Aumack, 65, Inverness, FL
Mildred C. Aumack, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 25, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. She was born to the late Luther and Frances Downing on September 1, 1955 in St. Petersburg, FL. She was an estate manager for over 17 years, and held various managerial positions throughout her working life. She made Citrus County her home in 1987 after moving from Ocala, FL with her husband of 38 years, Frank. For 14 years, Millie supervised county Inmates cleaning up roadsides and illegal dump sites for the Citrus County BOCC. She was a very involved mother who was always attending sporting events with her son, Daniel and supporting him in his summer camps, scouts, and other clubs that he was involved in growing up. She loved to bird watch and fish, and was a huge animal lover, and adored her dogs: Bella, Stella and Fella, and her horse, Tornado. Millie was preceded in death by her two sisters. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Frank; her son, Daniel (Sara) of Inverness, FL; her mother and father-in-law, Carol and Frank Aumack; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements for Millie are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Gordon Barz

Gordon L Barz, 90, Homosassa, FL
Gordon Lee Barz of Homosassa, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville on March 24, 2021 at the age of 90. He was born to the late Carl Herbert and Iloe Sylvia (Pepper) Barz in Hampton, IA on October 1, 1930. Gordon proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service, he went on to own and operate M&M True Value Hardware Store in Steubenville, OH for 35 years. In 1952 he married Patricia (Hale) Barz with whom he shared 68 years of loving marriage until her passing on December 29, 2020. Gordon and Patricia made Citrus County their home in 2012 after relocating from Stratton, OH. They had enjoyed traveling together throughout the years and liked getting gathering with friends to socialize and play cards. Gordon absolutely loved to garden and work in his yard, even though his family admits he was never really very good at it, he enjoyed it nonetheless. Those left to mourn Gordon’s passing include his sons: William L. Barz and his wife Skye of Homosassa, FL, Bruce A. Barz of Bradenton, FL; his 5 beloved grandchildren and his 5 cherished great-grandchildren and his special parrot pal, Chica. In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawna J. Churchman on May 20, 2004. Gordon will be laid to rest with his wife Patricia at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM with full military honors. The funeral procession will depart from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home at 10:15 AM. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Susan "Suzie" Bass

Susan "Suzie" L Bass, 76, Floral City, FL
Susan Linn “Suzie” Bass, 76 of Floral City, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa. Suzie was born in Monroe, Michigan, on February 24, 1945 to the late George W. and Maxine A. (Linn) Canfield. She and her late husband, Wayne, came to Citrus County in 1975 from Clearwater, FL. Suzie was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed cooking and reading. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and often could be seen enjoying breakfast at Robin’s Country Kitchen in Floral City. Suzie and Wayne opened and operated “WD’s Pub” on Highway 41 South in 1975. Left to cherish her memory are her children: William “Bill” Bass and his wife Martha, of Floral City, Elizabeth “Libby” Jones and her husband Tad, of Floral City; her brother, David G. Canfield, Tallahassee, FL; her sister, Sara Ann August of Chula Vista, CA; 6 grandchildren: Michael, Tiffany, Stephanie and Justin Bass; Kelsey Forbus and Kaitlin Brunk; 10 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Wayne, on May 17, 2016, and her brother Gerald W. Canfield, in 2014. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Sunday, July 11th at 1:00 PM at the Citrus County Cattleman’s Building, 11185 South Pleasant Grove Road, Floral City, FL. Family and friends cordially invited to attend. Cremation with care at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bernard Belanger

Bernard Belanger, 83, Floral City, FL
Bernard Belanger of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on April 11, 2021 at the age of 83. Bernard was born to the late Ovila and Dorothy Belanger on March 27, 1938 in Caribou, ME. He proudly served his country as a Sgt. of the United States Army Reserves. Following his military service, he began a career in Construction and worked as a Supervisor for Construction Union Number 85 retiring after 38 years of service. In 1958 he married his wife Sara (Burke) with whom he shared 63 years of loving marriage. Bernard and Sara made Citrus County their home in 1990 after relocating from Perkinsville, NY. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and created most of the furniture in their home. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed being involved with the Knights of Columbus at his church Our Lady of Fatima. Bernard was a standout soccer and basketball player, playing on varsity teams all 4 years of high school. He was all county for soccer and basketball his junior and senior years. In addition to his loving wife Sara, those left to carry on his love and memories include his sons: Bernard Belanger (Cheryl), Mark Belanger (Angie), Todd Belanger (Tina); daughter, Rebecca Belanger; daughter-in-law: Charlene Belanger; brother: Mike Belanger; sister: Vella Rouse-Kiser. Grandchildren: Brittany Mannix (Patrick); Brandon Belanger (Nikki); Jareth Belanger; Cassandra Belanger; Joshua Belanger; Jessica Bower (Zack); Julia Belanger; Chelsie Pifer (Gilbert King); Sara Spurlock (Joseph); Mark Delaney (Tiffany Carter); Lauren Nicoletti; Sam Monti; Dalton Monti; Tiffany Wichman (Diego); Casey Wichman (Ashley); Joseph Harvill (Kaelyn McCoy); Matthew Harvill; Stephanie Harvill (TK Moore). Great-grandchildren: Jameson, Bailey, Lucas, Olivia, Leo, Zev, Syra, Kaia, Tyler, Rylie, Levi, Maverick, Amos, Lois, Mason, Aria and Laccie. Bernard was preceded in death by his son, Scott Christopher Belanger (2001) and sister Elizabeth Martin. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday. April 17, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Bernard will be laid to rest at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Perkinsville, NY at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Shirley Benke

Shirley L Benke, 78, Homosassa, FL
Shirley Lucille Benke, 78 of Homosassa, passed away April 8, 2021 at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. Shirley was born in Chicago, IL on November 24, 1942, to the late George Daniel and Aurora Blanche (Nickels) Ross. She came to Citrus County in 2004 from Gulfport, FL Shirley was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker and of the Lutheran Faith. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 58 years, Charles A. Benke; 1 son: Scott Charles Benke, Gulfport, FL ; two daughters: Debra Jean Overton, Grand Junction, MI; Susan Marie Newkirk, Homosassa, FL; her sister: Janet Bitunjac, Chicago, IL; 2 Grandchildren: David Charles and Michelle Catherine Overton. Shirley’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery.


Lawrence Benz

Lawrence H Benz, 86, Floral City, FL
Lawrence H. Benz, 86, of Floral City, FL, formerly from Springville, NY. July 10, 1934 – April 10, 2021. Lawrence began working at a young age at the Benz family gravel pit. He served in the United States Army as a member of the Military Police during the Korean War. He was a member of the Local 17 International Union of Operating Engineers where he worked for many years and retired. He made his home in Citrus County Florida in 2000. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and was known for his good sense of humor and his contagious smile. He loved to reminisce about the changes in the towns, landscapes and roadways that he had worked on throughout his lifetime. He was predeceased by his parents John L. and Margaret (Schweickert) Benz: His brothers James (Gloria), Donald (Rita), and John Jr. and sister Beatrice Noeson (Frank). Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 55 years, Carol Benz (nee Cowan); his children, Lori LaCosse (Steve) of West Valley, NY, Larry D. Benz (Teresa) of Harrisburg, NC, Karl Benz (Cheri) of Kannapolis, NC, and Michelle Martens (Steven) of Springville, NY; his sister, Margaret (Benz) Dolecki (Richard Corsette) of Bradenton, FL; his brother, Daniel Benz (Linda) of St. Augustine, FL; also survived by thirteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Arrangements for Lawrence are private at this time. Flowers are gratefully declined. Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


James Blackmer

James L Blackmer, 74, Bushnell, FL
James Leroy Blackmer, age 74, Bushnell, FL passed away March 26, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital under the care of Vitas Hospice. James was born in Flint, MI on August 1, 1946 to the late Edwin and Nelly (DeRoucher) Blackmer and came to Florida as a permanent resident 3 years ago from Fostoria, MI. He retired from General Motors Corporation after 32 years of service, working on the assembly line for several years before assuming other responsibilities prior to his retirement. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bushnell, FL. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sheryl Thorp Blackmer, Bushnell, FL; 2 children: Anthony James Blackmer of Caro, MI and Jamie Kay Beals of Muskegon, MI; two brothers: Edwin and Rick Blackmer of Michigan and his sister, Edna Sue Marlow, also of Michigan; and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Ernie Blackmer and his sister, Margaret Harmon. Jim’s life will be remembered and celebrated on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 5599 C.R. 316-S. Bushnell, FL. Additional services and burial will follow later in Michigan. Cremation With Care. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Michael Brunn

Michael W Brunn, 58, Lecanto, FL, FL
Michael W. Brunn, 58, of Lecanto, FL passed away June 7, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born in Decatur, IL on April 10, 1963 to the late Gerald W. and Laura E. (Lunsford) Brunn. Michael served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. He arrived in this area 22 years ago, coming from Decatur. Michael enjoyed woodworking and was a “do it yourselfer”. He was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Brunn. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 25 years, Margaret Brunn. Other survivors include his son, Michael W. Brunn and his wife Deborah of Denver, CO; step son Andrew Perry and his wife Jessica of Orlando, FL; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Joyce Calabrese

Joyce A Calabrese, 68, Inverness, FL
Joyce Ann Calabrese, 68, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 30, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born to the late Leo David and Katherine Jean (Maiden) Daugherty on December 28, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky. She worked at Publix for some time and for 15 years, was also a Park Associate at Disney World, helping to bring magic to many Disney fans. She and her husband of 40 years, Michael J. Calabrese, made Citrus County their home in 2004. Joyce will be remembered for being a loving and good wife, sister, and friend. She was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her brother Jimmie Daugherty and her sister, Carol Bozard. Those left to cherish Joyce’s memory are her husband, Mike; her two brothers, David Daugherty of North Carolina and E.J. Daugherty of Florida; and her sister, Johnie Corn of Homosassa, FL. Joyce’s arrangements are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Melissa Candrilli

Melissa Candrilli, 48, Inverness, FL
Melissa Theresa Candrilli, age 48, Las Vegas, NV, former resident of Inverness, passed away suddenly at her home on April 29, 2021. Melissa was born in Staten Island, NY on November 9, 1972 to Dennis and Kathleen (Cahill) Candrilli and moved to Las Vegas 15 years ago. She was a licensed Respiratory Therapist and raised in the Catholic Faith. She served our country in the US Army. Her mother, Kathy Candrilli, passed away September 7, 2020. She was also preceded by her grandparents, Jerome “Jerry” and Virginia Candrilli. In addition to her father, she is survived by her brother, Dennis F. Candrilli, a sister, Danielle Candrilli, her niece and nephew Brandon Candrilli and Alexandria Jackson. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Private burial in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.


Bruce Clark

Bruce E Clark, 83, Inverness, FL
Bruce Edward Clark of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on May 9, 2021 at the age of 83. He was born to the late Arthur and Viola (Schilling) Clark on May 27, 1937 in Pittsfield, MA. Bruce proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy for 8 years. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a Tool Maker for the Turbine Broach Industrial Tool Company. Bruce was a lifetime member of VFW Post #448 in Pittsfield, MA. He made Citrus County his home in 1995 after relocating from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Those left to mourn Bruce’s passing include his wife of 65 years, Bette (Gerard) Clark; son, Robert A Clark of Inverness; daughters: Tory J. Rothenbough of Brockport, NY, Debra J. Wilheim of Sparta, MO; and several grandchildren.


CarolAnn Clay

CarolAnn Clay, 82, Inverness, FL
CarolAnn Clay of Inverness, FL passed away at Kindred Hospital of Ocala on May 27, 2021 at the age of 82. She was born to the late Peter and Hilda (Manley) Cammarata on June 11, 1938 in Jamaica, NY. CarolAnn was married to Welton Clay for 32 years at the time of his passing on June 16, 2017. She made Citrus County her home in 1986 after relocating from Deer Park, NY and was a Christian by faith. Those left to mourn CarolAnn’s passing include her daughter, CarolAnn Giordano; stepsons: Steven (Cathy) Clay and Glenn (Mary) Clay; brothers: Peter and Jeffrey Cammarata; sister, Lynn Cammarata; sister in law, Margaret Bailey; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. CarolAnn will be laid to rest with her late husband at Calverton National Cemetery in Riverhead, Long Island, NY at a later date. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Melissa Collazo

Melissa A Collazo, 43, Inverness, Florida
Melissa A. Collazo, 43, of Inverness, FL passed away on May 2, 2021. She was born to Julio Collazo and the late Nellie (Rodriquez) Collazo on July 4, 1977 in Bayonne, NJ. She was a Correctional Officer for many years and will be remembered for being a happy, caring person who was always laughing and in good spirits. Those left to cherish Melissa’s memory are her father, Julio (Shriley) Collazo of Inverness, FL; her brother, Julio (Michele) Collazo of Ingles, FL; her sister, Anja Stephens of Middletown, NY; and many friends and extended family. Arrangements for Melissa are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


George Daniel Sr.

George M Daniel Sr., 99, Inverness, FL
George Monroe Daniel, Sr., 99, of Inverness, passed away April 26, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. George was born on February 21, 1922 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to the late Joel and Mary (Diehl) Daniel. He came to Citrus County in 1987 from Tarpon Springs, FL. George was a WWII Naval Veteran, retiring after 20 years as a Senior Chief. He later worked at Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Lab Technician for 28 years. George is survived by his sons: George M. Daniel, Jr., and Robert R. Daniel; his brother, Edward Daniel and sister, Betty Jean; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maner, on May 23, 2012; and his sister, Mary Jane. A Graveside service of Honor will be conducted on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:30 PM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Full military honors will be offered by the Hernando VFW #4252. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, from 12 noon until the procession leaves at 12:45 PM.


Col. Lonnie Davidson, US Army (Ret.)

Col. Lonnie M Davidson, US Army (Ret.), 97, Plant City, FL
Col. Lonnie M. Davidson, 97, of Plant City passed to his eternal reward on May 8, surrounded by his family at home. His long life reflected one of selfless devotion to his country, community, and church. Colonel Davidson was a World War II veteran and military career officer whose service took him from Africa to Europe and Asia. He received the Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honor as a testament to his bravery and valor. His proudest assignment was being Commander of the First Squadron, 2nd Armored Calvary in Bayreuth Germany, whose squadron members remain lifelong friends. Lonnie’s young bride of 67 years, Mary Helen, preceded him in death. They made Plant City their home for 34 years. Colonel Davidson is survived by his daughters, Pamela Hotz (Don), Suzanne DiJiacomo (Louis), and Deborah Davidson; 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; his brother Dick Davidson, sisters Gladys Keith, and Shirley Snyder. Service of remembrance will be held May 18 at First Presbyterian Church of Plant City. Viewing will be at 10 am followed by service at 11 am. Reception will follow. The church will air the services via Facebook Live. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the church. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida assisting the family.


William Davis

William S Davis, 71, Inverness, FL
William S. Davis, 71, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 24, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. He was born to the late William J. and Ann E. (Bryant) Davis on August 27, 1949 in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He was a musician for many years and was a master steel guitar player. He married his late wife, Margaret “Peggy” Besser Davis in 2010 and together, they made Citrus County their home about 12 years ago when they relocated from Longview, Texas. William was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is described as being dog crazy and frequenting the Crystal River, FL Rural King. William, along with his parents, was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy, in 2018 and his two brothers, William Joseph “Cush” Davis and Ricky Davis. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, William “Billy” David of Inverness, FL, Stephen Davis of West Virginia, and Shauna McKinney (Graham) of Lake Jackson, Texas; his four sisters, Bonnie Lawrence, JoAnn Davis, Brenda Davis, and Vickie LaMarche; his five grandchildren, Audrey McKinney, Kade Davis, Cayman Howell, Charley Davis, and Grayson Davis; his three cherished great-grandchildren; and his friends at Rural King. A special recognition and thank you goes out to the all of the staff at Crystal River, FL Rural King for making William feel at home every time he stepped foot into Rural King and for treating him like a dear friend. Your kindness towards William does not go unnoticed. William was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Arrangements for William are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Jimmie Douglas

Jimmie N Douglas, 99, Citrus Springs, formerly of Hernando, FL
Jimmie Nell Douglas, age 99, Citrus Springs, FL, formerly of Hernando, FL died at home on April 5, 2021under the care of her family and HPH Hospice. Mrs. Douglas was born in Winfield, AL on January 22, 1922 to the late Earley and Myriel (Cook) Pate. She moved to Citrus County with her late husband, Almer L. Douglas in 1976. She was a homemaker and a long time member of the Inverness Church of God. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Alma Nell Tankersley, Citrus Springs, FL; 1 brother, Ernest Pate, Riviera Beach, FL; 4 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Almer L. Douglas on October 18, 1989; her son, Wyman Blair Douglas; 2 sisters: Willie Paulk and Bonnie Bowers. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Rev. David Lucas, pastor of the Inverness Church of God officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service.


Porter Downey

Porter H Downey, 95, Hernando, FL
Porter Hanning Downey died peacefully on Monday, April 19th at the age of 95 in Inverness, Florida. Mr. Downey is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Dickie Young Downey, his sister Barbara Winecoff, and his sister Rachel Ann Bennett. Mr. Downey is survived by his sister, Janice Anderson of Farmington, Connecticut. Mr. Downey is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Lynne Downey Goldsmith (Robert) of Broomfield CO and Janice Anne Donoghue (Michael) of Plandome, NY, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Downey was born in Los Angeles, CA on March 13, 1926. He graduated from Canton High School, in Canton, CT and enlisted in the US Navy. After his honorable discharge in February, 1946, he went on to Wesleyan University in Connecticut, earning his BA in 1950. He and his father, William Downey jointly published the Farmington Valley Herald, until the elder Mr. Downey’s death in 1955. Mr. Downey had a distinguished career at a Life Insurance Company, an executive in public relations and advertising from 1955 until he retired in 1988. Mr. Downey lived in Simsbury, CT most of his adult life serving in various capacities, including as Republican Town Chairman for the town of Simsbury. He was instrumental in protecting wetlands, and in the development of the McClean Game Reserve. He was also a Connecticut delegate to several Republican national presidential conventions. He and Betty moved to Florida in 1997 to enjoy the warm weather and golfing all year round. They were members of St. Margaret’s church in Inverness. A Requiem Eucharist will be offered on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM from St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Inverness and will be conducted by Fr. Eugene Reuman. Cremation care by the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lillian Eadie

Lillian T Eadie, 87, Inverness, FL
Lillian Theresa Eadie of Inverness, FL passed away at Brentwood Healthcare Center in Lecanto on April 11, 2021 at the age of 87. Lillian was born to the late James and Clara (Brown) Harvey on January 31, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to retirement, she worked as a Public Relations Specialist for the Grumman Sperry Electrical Company. Lillian made Citrus County her home in 1985 after relocating from Long Island, NY. She was married to Robert Walter Eadie until his passing on August 14, 1980. Lillian was a very outgoing and social lady and loved living in the Royal Oaks Community of Inverness where she could spend time with her friends, play cards and go to theater performances and concerts. Lillian was also an extremely talented singer and a member of the Sweet Adelines Women’s Chorus. Those left to mourn Lillian’s passing include her son, Robert Eadie and his wife Doreen of Shirley, NY and three grandchildren. In addition to her husband Robert, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Harvey; and her significant other for many years, Tom Cavanaugh. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Eva Ferguson

Eva M Ferguson, 84, Inverness, FL
Eva Mae Ferguson, 84, of Inverness, passed away May 31, 2021 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Eva was born on December 18, 1936 in Dunnellon, FL, to the late Josiah and Harriett (Chesser) Thompson. She was a life-long resident of Citrus County and Baptist by faith. Eva retired from Brentwood Health Care Center, after 25 years, as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Bradley J. Ferguson and his wife, Melinda of Inverness; Sheila F. Densmore and her husband Tom Jr., of Inverness; her brother, George Thompson and his wife, Arena, of Inverness; her 5 grandchildren: Christopher Blanchard, Joel Miller, Heather Martin, Ashley Newman and Tracy Ferguson Payne; 9 great grandchildren; In addition to her parents, Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Ferguson in 1985, her son, Brian in 1984, and 3 brothers, Wilbur, William, and Roland Thompson as well as her half sister, Eloise Johnson. Graveside services will be conducted at the Oak Ridge Cemetery on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM with The Rev. Darrell Reneau, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness officiating. Burial will follow. Friends may visit with the family at graveside from 10:30 until the services begin. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


David Gamble

David L Gamble, 71, Floral City, FL
David L. Gamble, 71, of Floral City, FL, passed away on April 7, 2021 at his home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. He was born to the late Lenzo and Martha L. (Speer) Gamble on March 17, 1950 in Jamestown, AL. He made Citrus County his home in 1953 after moving from Alabama. David will be remembered for his love of hunting and fishing and being a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed nighttime bon fires, cold beer, and country music. He was a Rock Mining construction worker for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith Brandi Medina in January of 2019, his two brothers, Charles and William Gamble, and his sister, Sue. Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Douglas A. Gamble (Mary) of Floral City, FL; his brother, Carl Gamble of Alabama; his sister, Cathy Parker of Palm Coast, FL; his four grandchildren; his two great-grandchildren; and a family friend, Janice Medina of Floral City, FL A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 12 Noon, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor David Lucas of the Inverness Church of God, officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery, with full military honors rendered in honor of his brave military service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Evelyn Garafola

Evelyn A Garafola, 69, Inverness, FL
Evelyn Ann Garafola of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on April 22, 2021 at the age of 69. She was born to the late James and Marianne (Belante) Bullock on September 30, 1951 in Fort Campbell, KY. Evelyn’s family left Kentucky when she was a child and resettled in San Diego, CA where she was raised. She and her husband Frank settled in Inverness 18 years ago after relocating from Rhode Island where they had lived for 23 years. Evelyn truly enjoyed spending time with her husband Frank and they both loved to travel in their RV together. Much of their time on the road was spent shopping for and buying antiques. They visited over 30 states throughout the years. In addition to Frank Garafola, Evelyn’s husband of 44 years, those that will mourn her passing include her son, Dave Olivas of California; stepson, Frank Garafola, III of North Carolina; stepdaughter, Collene Garafola of North Carolina; foster daughter, Michelle Hennigan of Arizona; brother, James Bullock of Nevada; four grandchildren: Madison and Kayla Olivas and Ryan and Donald Boldt and 5 great grandchildren. Evelyn was preceded in death by her sister, Terry Ellis in 2019. Written by Frank Garafola for Evelyn: "My heart is broken now but, I need to get repair. For she deserves the very best for her to live in there. Her body is gone but, her spirit remains with me. How do I know? When I close my eyes, it is her face I see. She wanted to be the first to go. It would be too much pain if it was me. I will gladly take the job so you will not have the pain for thee. The longer we were together, the better it became. Everything we had was true and love. We didn’t play a game. Her love was the best thing I ever knew and I know it was the same for her. It will always be that way. Her head on my chest, face in my fur. God has a special angel. Of this I surely know. I will have a place with her when it is my time to go. Until then I will remain here with family and friends, the ones who helped me through this time of the end. It will be light to darkness and darkness to light. I know it will take awhile but, I will be all right. God will not give you more than you can handle, and in my life he has tried me many times. It should make one a better person, like poetry and nursery rhymes. She leveled me out, she made me whole. Her love is deep into my soul. Evelyn, my heart, my soul, my love. I will wait by the window for you, my dove. Frank Garafola."


Phyllis  Giansanti

Phyllis V Giansanti, 96, Beverly Hills, FL
Phyllis V. Giansanti, age 96, Beverly Hills FL passed away April 16, 2021 at the Cedar Creek Assisted Living Facility in Crystal River. Phyllis was born in Connellsville, PA on November 16, 1924 to the late John and Ethel Mae (Gamble) Gaal and relocated to Citrus County in 1985 from Miami. She was a retired Civil Service employee, and a cheerful volunteer at Seven Rivers Hospital, the Skill Bank of Beverly Hills, Fleet Reserve Association of Citrus County, and the Beverly Hills Library. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: Kristine Devlin, Largo, FL; Rosemary Giansanti, Tallahassee, FL; Teresa Ann Kirby, Austin, TX; John P. Giansanti, Winter Springs, FL; and 6 Grandchildren; Keleigh, Timothy, Ryan, Sean, Andrea, and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Giansanti on February 4, 2014 and her son, Lawrence Giansanti on March 9, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted on April 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in her name.


Charlotte Giordano

Charlotte A Giordano, 83, Inverness, FL
Charlotte A. Giordano, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab in Lecanto, FL. Charlotte was born in Buffalo, NY on December 30, 1937 to the late Albert and Bertha (Yendrycha) Weber. She was an owner and operator of Leonardo’s Pizza and Subs and the Sears catalog store, both in Inverness, FL. Charlotte enjoyed playing pinochle, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Giordano and her brother, Albert Weber. Those left to cherish her memory are Leonard, her husband of 63 years; her children, Ralph (Patti) of Inverness, FL, James (Tamra) of Tallahassee, FL, Diane Ragans (Michael) of Tallahassee, and Patricia Giese (Gregory) of Inverness; her three sisters, Joannie Malecki (Frank) of New York, Julie Aselstine (Glen) of California, and Alberta Stachura (Rick) of New York; her 12 grandchildren, Connie, Leonard, Ralph, Stephen, Timothy, Anthony, Cynthia, Richard, Kendall, Taylor, Natalie, and Branden; and her 13 great-grandchildren. A private service was held on June 18, 2021 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Charlotte will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness.


Ryan Gobble

Ryan D Gobble, 31, Floral City, FL
Ryan Dexter-Shimkus Gobble, 31, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on May 4th, 2021. He was born to Lisa Shimkus MacMillan and Dexter Gobble on July 19th, 1989 in Orlando, FL. He made Citrus County his home with his mom, Lisa, four years ago when they moved from Clermont, FL. He was a conservative and a Truck Driver for many years and had many talents throughout his life, including fishing, cooking and grilling, music, and loved playing with his dog “Sly”. He could play any instrument you handed him, including drums, the trumpet, and guitar. Ryan was fiercely protective of his mom and loved ones. He had many good friends, he was kind, and loved animals. He helped anyone that he could and was never afraid to lend a helping hand (or stand up for someone who needed help or that was in harm’s way). He loved his friends at The Diner and Aunt Martha’s Produce in Floral City and he will be dearly missed by all who got the great privilege of knowing him. Ryan was, unfortunately, preceded in death by his great grandma Minnie MacMaster, his dearly loved “gramze” Constance Bencze, his sister Brandy Gobble and by many friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Lisa MacMillan of Floral City, FL; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a multitude of friends. Arrangements are private at this time for Ryan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Citrus County Animal Shelter in his memory. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Karen Hahn

Karen R Hahn, 78, Inverness, FL
Karen Ruth (Seiberling) Hahn, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, 06 June 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. The daughter of the late Theodore Owen Seiberling and Juanita E. (Dahlke) Seiberling, she was born on 12 September 1942 in Bonne Terre, Missouri. While attending community college, she met and later married Marvin Otto Hahn, her husband of 58 years. Together they resided in Missouri and raised a family. Upon Marvin's retirement from the Hazelwood School District in 1996, the couple were avid "snow birds" in Inverness, FL. Last year, they decided to make Inverness their permanent home. An avid seamstress and quilter, Karen enjoyed making quilts for friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Marvin Hahn; her sister, Lana (Seiberling) Van Doren (and husband Thomas) of Rolla, Missouri; her children, Cyndy (Hahn) Tichacek of Farmington, Missouri; LTC Brian Hahn (and wife Shannon) of St. Charles, Missouri; Nancy (Hahn) Owens (and husband Christopher) of Florissant, Missouri; and Vicky (Hahn) Howell (and husband Jamie) of Annapolis, Missouri; grandchildren Lacy (Tichacek) Jordan of Gerald, Missouri; Matthew Tichacek (and wife Rachael) of Herndon, Virginia; Sean Owens (and Miranda Monroe) of Springfield, Missouri; Blake, Eliza, and Sam Hahn of St. Charles, Missouri; Chase and Gage DeBlois of Farmington, Missouri; and Autumn "Lady A" Owens of Florissant, Missouri; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Brendan, and Nolen; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father in law, her brother, Alan Seiberling; and a son-in-law, Allen Tichacek. A small visitation will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida for friends of the family on Thursday, June 10, 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Additional services will be held in Farmington, Missouri at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Inverness, PO Box 2103, Inverness, FL 34451-2103. The family would like to express their gratitude to the physicians, nurses, and care givers of Citrus Memorial Hospital for their professionalism and compassion.


Lt Commander Thomas Hampton (Ret)

Lt Commander Thomas D Hampton (Ret), 87, Inverness, FL
Lt. Commander Thomas David Hampton, U.S. Navy (Ret) died at home on April 3, 2021 under the care of Vitas Hospice and his family. Tom was born in Gainesville, FL on February 19, 1934 to the late William F. Hampton and Grace Dobbins Hampton and moved to Citrus Co. 21 years ago from Miami. After leaving high school in the tenth grade, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an Aviation Electronics Technician, flying as a radar operator off the aircraft carriers USS Midway and USS Bennington. After completing his enlistment, he earned a degree in building construction from the University of Florida. He then rejoined the Navy and graduated from flight training in 1960. Subsequent assignments ranged from hurricane reconnaissance to conducting magnetic surveys around the world, including Southeast Asia (Vietnam) and Spain. He retired from the Navy after 22 years of service as a Lieutenant Commander. Tom was just 43 years of age and a new career was beckoning. He was hired by Dade County at the Miami International Airport as a Ramp Supervisor for 20 years before retiring for a second time. He enjoyed traveling around Europe and scheduled a major trip almost every year. He especially liked attending reunions and gatherings over the years with former naval officer friends and acquaintances. Tom was a Life Member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Left to cherish his memory are two children: Linda F. Kirk, Charlotte, NC and Thomas D. Hampton, Jr. of Inverness, FL; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. As per Tom’s request, his cremains will be scattered. His epitaph is to be the last line from Leoncavallo’s Opera I Pagliacci: “La commedia e finite” which means “the comedy is finished”. Cremation With Care by Chas. E. Davis.


Anthony Hatten

Anthony J Hatten, 61, Inverness, FL
Anthony J. Hatten, Sr., also known as Lil T or T-Bone, who worked at Tony Collision Center since he was 17 years old, went to the Lord on April 22, 2021. Born on February 3, 1960, to Ophelia Pagano Quintana Hatten and Ray Quintana, Sr. in Denver, Colorado, he was the youngest of 10 children. He was preceded in death by his mother Ophelia Hatten, his father Ray Quintana, Sr., an adopted father, Evan Hatten, three brothers, Eddie Quintana, a baby by the name of Ray, and another brother by the name of Ray Quintana, and one sister, Mary Jane Quintana. He is survived by his wife of 40+ years, Sandra (Sandi) Foster Fisher Hatten, four sons and one daughter, Anthony J. Hatten (AJ), Jessica Hatten, Colt Hatten, Joseph Hatten, and Jacob Hatten, four grandchildren, Ashley Klink, Ayden Hatten, Sophie McGill, and Lauren Hatten (LoLo), one brother, Randy Quintana and his wife Debbie and four sisters, Debra Ayden, Sally Quintana, Carmen Camocho, and Peggy Morris. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 3 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends for a time of fellowship will begin at 2 PM until the hour of service. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Julie Havre

Julie A Havre, 62, Floral City, FL
Julie Anne Havre, age 62 of Floral City, FL passed away unexpectedly while visiting family in Windsor, OH, on April 16, 2021. Born in Cleveland, OH on January 24, 1959, to Dale and Carol (Vargo) Havre, Julie moved to Florida in 1983. A dog lover and gentle soul, Julie was devoted to her family. She was also an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are two children: Abbey Pomrenke of Jacksonville, FL and Megan Chmura of Inverness, FL; her mother, Carol Havre, Inverness, FL; brothers: Charles (Deborah) Havre, Tampa, FL, and John (Heather) Havre, Shaker Heights, OH; and sister, Cynthia (David) Preston, Bayshore, NY; and four grandchildren: Jaiden, Kamryn, Emmarie, and Zeke. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Dale Havre, MD (January 16, 2021), and her grandson, Evan Dale (2011). The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, April 23, 2021, at 2:30 PM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with The Rev. Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL. Friends may visit with the family Friday from 12 noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home until the procession departs for the church at 2:00 PM.


Alan Hendrickson

Alan Hendrickson, 68, Lecanto, FL
Alan Hendrickson, 68 of Lecanto, passed away March 26, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Alan was born in Albany, NY on September 13, 1952. He came to Citrus County 10 years ago from South Carolina. He was a retired telephone lineman and enjoyed fishing, farming and football. He was a quiet and reserved person. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 27 years, Betty Hendrickson, her daughter, Jennifer Sullivan and her children and grandchildren. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Betty Hendrickson

Betty A Hendrickson, 68, Lecanto, FL
Betty A. Hendrickson, 68 of Lecanto, passed away April 8, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Betty was born in Altoona, PA on May 10, 1952 to the late Darwin D. and Elizabeth Ann (Ickes) Miller. She came to Citrus County 10 years ago from South Carolina. Betty was a retired telephone operator. She loved life, enjoyed shopping and going to the beach. She was cheerful, loving and giving person. She especially loved her family who were first with her! Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Jennifer Sullivan; her grandchildren: Lily, Elizabeth, Abigail, Hope, Mary Beth and Stephen; her great grandchildren: Daxton, Charlotte, Oliver and Isabella. She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Alan Hendrickson. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Paul Hennessey

Paul D Hennessey, 85, Floral City, FL
Paul Douglass Hennessey, 85, of Floral City, FL passed away April 21, 2021 under the care of Life Path Hospice in Tampa, FL. He was born in New York, NY on May 30, 1935 to the late William T. and Evelyn (O’Connor) Hennessey. At age 25, Paul began his data processing career with Florida Steel Corporation and for the next 31 years he helped bring the company into the computer age. His early retirement ended quickly as Paul rejoined the company (currently Gerdau) as Director of Corporate Responsibility. In retirement, he fulfilled a life-long dream of completing his college education, earning his Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from St. Leo University. He arrived in this area in 1991, coming from Tampa, to be closer to his wife’s parents. He joined them in attending Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. Paul enjoyed golfing with his brother-in-law and running with friends and family. He completed a marathon and then participated in triathalons with his wife. Once again, his desire to work led him to Walmart, Inc., where he enjoyed working until his 80th birthday. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Finkenor, and two sisters, Olive Aaronson and Patricia O’Neal. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Suzanne Gustafson Hennessey. Also mourning his loss are his children, Paul D. Hennessey II and his wife Carol of Lake City, FL, Barry E. Hennessey of Orlando, FL, Loretta Holtkamp and her husband Michael of Tampa, Sheryl Dunn and her husband Byron, and Sheila Hennessey, all of Floral City; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; and a host of family and friends grieving the loss of a beloved friend who was always ready to help, Semper Paratus. Paul celebrated the beauty of creation and all its complexities in his writings throughout his life. A Celebration of Life Service for Paul will be held on Saturday, May 8, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Inverness, FL, with Fr. Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. To the Ruby Team at LifePath Hospice, thank you for the loving care, comfort, and dignity you gave Paul. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to LifePath Hospice, Chapters Health Foundation, 3010 W. Azeele Street, #120, Tampa, FL 33609 or at https://www.chaptershealth.org/give/donate or your local Hospice Organization.


Phyllis Hovious

Phyllis A Hovious, 85, Hernando, FL
Phyllis Hovious. A woman of God, blessed by many, loved by all, passed May 21, 2021. Leaving behind Lori, Ann, Janet, Pam, husband, Pastor,and friend, George R. Dehn, and their children, grand and great, whom she loved dearly. Her special friend, Robert Simmons, with a message to all, “get right or get left.” Love, Phyllis A.H. Dehn. Cremation with care Chas. E. Davis


Arthur Jakeway

Arthur W Jakeway, 92, Hernando, FL
Arthur W. Jakeway, Jr., also known as Jake, of Hernando, FL passed away at his home on June 8, 2021 at the age of 92 under the care of hospice and his family. He was born to the late Arthur W. Jakeway, Sr. and Luise M. Schmidt on December 18, 1928 in Leeds, NY. He and his beloved wife of 68 years, Jane, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida from New York in 1963 and finally made Hernando their home 30 years ago after moving from St. Petersburg. He bravely and honorably served our country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War from December 1950 to November 1952. He was a serviceman through and through and served his community as a New York State Trooper for seven years, Sergeant of St. Petersburg Beach, and as a Crime Scene Investigator for St. Petersburg for 28 years, from which he eventually retired in 1991. In his personal life, Jake enjoyed black powder shooting and Archery, playing tennis, and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed his mini farm and many animals, and loved his dogs and cats dearly. He was a personal aircraft pilot and loved to fly. He will be remembered for being a kind and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Jake was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Freida Masacera. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jane; his children, Beth Jakeway of Gainesville, FL and Pamela Smith (Teddy Smith) of High Springs, FL; his five grandchildren, Beverly, Jason, Cynthia, Megan, and Parker; and his four great-grandchildren, Karli, Kadin, Reece, and Colin. Jake will be laid to rest at Royal Point North Funeral and Memorial Park in St. Petersburg, FL. A private Celebration of Life will be held in St. Petersburg at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Ruby Johnson

Ruby B Johnson, 95, Inverness, FL
Ruby Bell Johnson, 95, of Inverness, FL passed away on May 28, 2021 in Inverness, FL under the care of Avante at Inverness. She was born to the late Guy and Mary Katherine (Williams) Dwelly on August 4, 1925 in Carlisle, Kentucky. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life and grew all of her own food and helped tend to the family farm. She was married to her beloved husband, Roy Leo Johnson for 61 years before his passing in 2008. Ruby will be remembered for being a good mom and working hard for all of her life. Along with her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her brothers, L.P. Dwelly and Guy Dwelly, Jr.; her sisters, Ruth Buchanan, Velma Dwelly, Mary Dwelly, and Opal Snapp; and her grandchild, Heidi Ann. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Roy Leo Johnson, Jr. of Inverness, FL; her sister, Dena Combs (Raymond) of Jackson, KY; and her beloved nephews, Raymond Combs, Jr. (Paula) and John Combs (Caroline). She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be conducted on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Gilbert Johnson, MSgt  USAF Retired

Gilbert M Johnson, MSgt USAF Retired, 89, Floral City, FL
Gilbert Marion Johnson, Air Force Master Sergeant (retired) of Floral City passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on June 14, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born to the late Marion and Frances Johnson on August 5, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA. Gilbert served his country joining the US Navy in 1949 and the US Air Force in 1950. In 1970 he retired as a Master Sergeant. Following his military career, he went to work for General Telephone & Electronics as an equipment technician retiring from Verizon after 21 years. On February 16, 1997 he married Svea Johnson with whom he shared 24 years of loving marriage. Gilbert and Svea made Floral City their home after relocating from Dunedin, FL. He really enjoyed traveling, seeing most of the country in his many RVs. He was also a “tinker” creating and working in his garage. Gilbert was a member of the USAF Sergeants Association, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge of Dunedin #1525. In addition to his wife Svea, those left to mourn Gilbert’s passing include his son, Gilbert Johnson Jr. and his wife Durlene of Beverly Hills, FL; daughters: Linda Martin of Inverness, FL, and Pamela Shepherd and her husband Daniel of Tok, AK; sister, Sandra Faubert of Daphne, AL; stepson: Steven Stanford and his husband Brian of Palm Springs, CA; stepdaughter, Bobbi Almirola and her husband Rafael of Brandon, FL; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Paul Johnson and sister Jean Gilbert. A Memorial Service honoring the life of Gilbert Johnson is scheduled for 11:00 AM Friday, June 25 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by family friend and former pastor Joe Hupchick. Following the chapel service, military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Gilbert will be laid to rest privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Francis Kampfer

Francis R Kampfer, 89, Homosassa, FL
Francis Robert Kampfer, 89, born on June 16, 1931, in New York City, NY, passed away on April 8, 2021. He resided in Homosassa, Florida with his family at the time of his passing. This memorial is to celebrate the life of our beloved Father. His friends knew him as Bob, Ollie, Fritzi, PopPop, Chop Meat, Mickey Mandel and many more nicknames. All of us admired him for so many things – his hard work ethics, devotion to his family, big personality, enormous heart & generosity, amazing humor, incredible determination, his zest for life and his love of Golf and “Happy Hour”. His sense of humor touched many lives and his nicknames for people and crazy sayings made everyone laugh. Francis was born in New York City, NY to Frank and Paula (Jung) Kampfer. As a young boy, while visiting family in Germany, WWII broke out and they could not return to America until after the war. Francis had a tough childhood. Eventually, as a true American Patriot, Francis enlisted in the United States Army in 1949. He was a Combat Medic during the Korean War and was nicknamed “DOC”. He was Honorably Discharged in 1953 and received a Korea Service Medal with 5 Campaign Stars, a United States Service Medal, Korean Presidential Citation and Medical Combat Badge. Francis owned and operated a successful Meat Provisions Route in New Jersey and made Citrus County his home in 1993 after retiring and moving from Toms River, NJ to Citrus Hills with his late wife Roselma, whom he married in 1952. Francis devoted his time to playing Golf with his friends at Citrus Hills Country Club. He always believed that life should be passionate, full of fun, and everyone should have a “cock-a-tail” with him. He loved the NY Yankees and followed all Sports. Let’s just say he was always in control of the TV remote control. This is the legacy Francis leaves behind. The memories he gave us will live on forever. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roselma and his brother, Paul. Those left to cherish his memory are his four daughters, Roselma Kruschke and husband Tom, Debra Magno, Susan Maczik and husband Joe, Diane Schmidt and husband Skip (Coach Ray) ; his four grandchildren, Robert Hurley and wife Amanda, Erica Jernigan, Anthony Peifer, and Christina Corcoran; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is being held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:30am est at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home – Inverness FL. A procession to Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL will immediately follow for immediate family, where full military honors will take place. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto FL 34461


Sara Kelly

Sara A Kelly, 88, Inverness, FL
It is with deep sadness and much love that we mourn the loss of Sara Ann Barker Kelly, who passed away on June 20, 2021 at the age of 88. Born in North Carolina to Edna and Charlie (CD) Barker, she graduated from Jasper High School in 1950 and received her Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University in 1954. Sara was an educator and taught at Wildwood High School, Citrus High School, Edgewater High School, Malone High School, Lively Technical School, Leon High School, and Withlacoochee Vocational Technical School. Music was dear to her, and she played the piano and organ and enjoyed singing in choirs. She especially loved butterflies, birds and angels. She was a 15-year volunteer at Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Inverness and had a deep, abiding faith in Christ as her Lord and Saviour. Sara dearly loved and was very proud of her family, who cared for her wonderfully. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 62 years, Milton; son Charles (Clare); daughter Janice; grandchildren Harlan, Hayden and Bailey; sister Rebecca Houghton (Eric); brother James David Barker (Marsha); her extended Kelly family of brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews; and seven Barker nieces and nephews. Sara was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Linda Peeples. The family wishes to extend special thanks to those angels who helped the family care for Sara during her extended illness. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to: Gideons International or Vitas Hospice. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, July 3rd, 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverends Joe Sims and Byron Brown officiating. Visitation from 10:00 AM until the service begins. Cremation With Care- Chas. E. Davis


Betty Lefevers

Betty M Lefevers, 88, Inverness, FL
Betty Lefevers, age 88, of Inverness, Fl., passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at her home under the loving care of her family. Betty was born in Cumberland, Kentucky on May 9, 1932 to the late George and Octavia Johnson, and came to Citrus County in 1973 from Pineville, Ky. Ms. Lefevers graduated from Knoxville General Hospital School of Nursing in Knoxville, Tn. in 1952. Upon arrival in Inverness in 1973, she worked at Citrus Memorial Hospital in various roles. Ms. Lefevers’ responsibilities grew as the little country Hospital went from 25 beds to 200. Ms. Lefevers worked in many areas of the Hospital including O.B., nursery, and I.C.U./C.C.U., and at times was the only Registered Nurse at night. She delivered several babies in her career when the new arrivals decided not to wait for the doctor. Ms. Lefevers served in many leadership roles, these included Infectious Disease, Same Day Surgery, Quality Assurance, and Head Nurse for many years. Ms. Lefevers was instrumental in the early success of the Infectious Disease program at Citrus Memorial Hospital. The Nursing Supervisor Mrs. Marjorie Budd stated, “Betty worked well with all staff and was praised by the doctors.” “She was always calm, cool, and collected.” Ms. Lefevers retired from Citrus Memorial in 1997. After retiring, she was very active in her community. Areas she was most proud of were the ReadingPals program and Camp Good Hope. She was a volunteer Quality Assurance Nurse for Hospice, serving others as she had done during her 45 years as a Registered Nurse. She was a founding member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Ms. Lefevers is survived by her 4 children: Her son William Lefevers and his wife Angelica, daughters Brenda Freeman and her husband David, Marsha Herring, and Frances Gillette. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 1 great-great-grand child. There will be no services scheduled at this time. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Betty Lefevers, R.N. to the College of Central Florida: www.CF.edu/give or via mail: CF Foundation, Inc. 3001 SW College Rd. Ocala, Fl. 34474-4415


Rafael Llanis

Rafael A Llanis, 73, Lecanto, FL
Rafael A. Llanis, 73, of Lecanto, FL passed away on April 19, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Rafael A. and Marie (Menendez) Llanis on August 22, 1947 in Puerto Rico. He was a salesman for auto finance for the majority of his life and loved his farm where he kept goats and horses. He was a car guy and was a devoted Christian. He was very proud of his culture and loved Puerto Rico. He loved attending church and enjoying going to Church Without Walls in Lecanto, FL. He was always a very happy person who was full of life and spirit. He was a great husband and father and loved his family dearly. He made Citrus County his home 25 years ago when relocating from Puerto Rico. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Rafael A. Llanis in 2019. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 17 years, Yamile; his son, Carmichael Llamis (Sarah) of Lecanto, FL; his daughter, Ingrid Llanis (Alberto) of Lecanto, FL; his sister, Marilyn Llanis; and his five cherished grandchildren, Stella, Paola, Mia, Cloe, and Dennis Michael. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with a visitation beginning at 2:00 PM, where everyone is welcome to attend for a time of fellowship. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert Lund

Robert C Lund, 70, Crystal River, FL
Robert C. Lund, 70, of Crystal River, FL passed away March 29, 2021 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI on September 13, 1950 to the late Jack and Ruth(Everhart) Lund. Robert was a heating and air conditioning repairman and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He arrived in the area in 2014, coming from Mundelein, IL. Robert was Lutheran by faith, and enjoyed fishing in his boat, dining on fine cuisine, and taking care of his wife Bobbie and also a big Cubs fan. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #2112, Inverness, FL. He was preceded in death by one brother, Donn Lund, and his beloved dog “Cubbie”. Left to mourn his passing is his wife of 40 years, Bobbie Lund, step-children Jeffrey Maki and his wife Louise of Barrington, IL, Darcy Hutton and her husband Daniel of Mundelein, IL; sisters Shauna Lund and Susan Scotner; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothea MacKenzie

Dorothea M MacKenzie, 88, Beverly Hills, FL
Dorothea May MacKenzie of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Brentwood Healthcare Center on May 31, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born to the late Ernest and Florella (Gerber) McPherson on January 10, 1933 in Ventnor City, NJ. Dorothea was married to her husband John R. MacKenzie for 45 years at the time of his passing on February 22, 1999. She and John made Citrus County their home in 1996 after relocating from Atco, NJ. Dorothea had a terrific sense of humor, was extremely witty and loved to make others laugh and smile. She enjoyed getting together with her friends to play cards, was an avid reader and liked going to casinos. Dorothea also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Those left to mourn Dorothea’s passing include her sons: Steven S. MacKenzie and his wife Dorothy of Crystal River, FL, John R. MacKenzie and his wife JinSoo of Spring Hill, FL; sisters: Nancy Jones of Cherry Hill, NJ, Mary Lou Paxton of Floral City, FL. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy MacKenzie in 2015. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Mike Sellars of First Baptist Church of Floral City. Dorothea will be laid to rest with her husband John at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth Mackey - LeBar

Elizabeth A Mackey - LeBar, 64, Hernando, FL
Elizabeth Anne Mackey LeBar of Hernando, FL passed away unexpectedly at her home on May 11, 2021 at the age of 64. She was born to Mary (Hilton) and the late Franklin Louis Weeks in Naples, FL on January 20, 1957. Elizabeth made Citrus County her home in 2015 after relocating from Boaz, AL and attended worship services at the Inverness Church of God. In her spare time she enjoyed working on projects at home including growing flowers and making crafts. She also absolutely loved cats. She will be remembered for the kindness and generosity she showed to others throughout her lifetime. Elizabeth truly loved helping people. Those left to mourn Elizabeth’s passing include her husband, Thomas LeBar; her sons: Donald Gray (Alexis) of Palm City, FL, Charles Gray (Jennifer) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; her mother, Mary Varda of Inverness; stepmother, Carol Rizzitano of Inverness; sisters: Deborah Griffin of Inverness, Lisa Quinn of Inverness, Robin Campbell (Mark) of Roadsville, VA; brothers: Franklin Weeks (Rebecca) Charlotte, NC, Jimmy Weeks (Robin) of Bonita Springs, FL, Robert Weeks (Beverly) Old Town, FL, John Weeks (Robin) Bonita Springs, FL; grandchildren: Connor, Caden and Gaven Gray; and former mother in law, Janet Gray of Ft. Myers. A Celebration of Elizabeth’s life will take place at the Inverness Church of God located at 416 S. US Highway 41, Inverness 34450 at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Marcuri

Patricia J Marcuri, 84, Hernando, FL
Patricia Joyce Marcuri of Hernando passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on June 17, 2021 at the age of 84. She was born to the late Glenn and Marietta (Patterson) Carter on August 1, 1936 in Alliance, OH. Patricia met her husband Drosos “Russ” Marcuri when they were both traveling on a Greyhound Bus bound for Baltimore. They shared 59 years of loving marriage. Patricia was a Christian by faith and a member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto. She enjoyed volunteering and was very active in the church until her health began to worsen and she had to slow down. Patricia enjoyed crafting and making ceramics in the past. She absolutely loved gambling and playing slot machines. Taking trips to Biloxi, MS to visit the casinos was one of her favorite things to do. In addition to her husband Drosos, those left to mourn Patricia’s passing include her daughter, Maria and her husband Frank. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Vance, Wayne and James Carter. A Funeral Service for Patricia will take place at 10:30 AM at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 with Father Reverend George Ioannou officiating. Burial for Patricia will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mark McClendon

Mark A McClendon, 63, Floral City, FL
Mark McClendon transitioned to Spirit on April 13, 2021. After a long illness cared for at home by family and Vitas Hospice, his human experience ended. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patty, his brother John, step-children Megan Storm (Roger) and Marty Thompson (Sydney), Grandson Ryan Colpoys and his beloved niece Lakshmi Pirez (Diana) and nephews Stacy McClendon and Lynn McClendon. His mother Barbara preceded him in death by one year on February 29, 2020. Mark was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957 and raised in Tampa, Florida by his mother, Barbara and grandmother, Pearl. His important accomplishments in life all originated with God and he learned forgiveness, patience, tolerance and compassion, loving-kindness for all people. He was an excellent listener and you always felt accepted in his presence, he let you know you mattered. A man after God’s own heart and he came pretty close. He wished to thank the men who embraced him when he moved to Citrus County in 2011. He was welcomed and accepted by the men at Floral City Methodist Church and New Hope Methodist Church, something he didn’t expect being a long haired, motorcycle riding fellow. He came as an outsider and was welcomed and accepted by these very loving congregations. God also provided him with a select group of special men in recovery who guided his spiritual journey in ways that increased his love or all of humanity. Mark would want to thank you all for journeying with him and encourages you in your own journeys. God Bless us All. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at New Hope United Methodist Church on May 1st at 11AM. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gilead  McGahee

Gilead D McGahee, 29, Crystal River, FL
Gilead “Gillie” Davy McGahee was born December 8, 1991 in Middletown, CT to Dava Davy McGahee and Carlton Howard McGahee III. Gillie attended East Central HS of China Grove, TX and graduated from Alma de Arte HS of Las Cruces, NM in 2009. He completed a degree in Liberal Arts at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in May 2014. Gillie was a deeply beloved brother and son, a beautiful person, and a richly talented artist, singer and musician who played many instruments. During his short time with us he contributed a great deal to the artistic treasures of our world. You can hear his music at Band Camp or SoundCloud under his band, “Nocturnal Company” (Band Camp link: https://nocturnalcompany.bandcamp.com/, SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/nocturnalcompany). Gil wrote the music and lyrics, performed the vocals, and played many instruments, creating five albums with several musical collaborators. He was a self-taught drummer. You can hear him drumming for the band “Post War Germany” on these same music media platforms. Always open to spontaneous musical exploration and improv, you may have seen Gil drumming with the TJ Brown Band or supporting other local musicians at River Run in Rainbow River Estates. Gil had just completed a new album, Phantasy Strength, and was incredibly excited to share it. He felt it was his best work to date and described it as the “most important music I’ve ever made.” Our family is working to put this album out for him on SoundCloud and BandCamp. In addition to his surreal musical talents, Gillie was incredibly funny and clever. He absolutely loved to laugh. He liked the color purple, guava kombucha, grilled cheese, jalapeño potato chips, Tera Melos, Tame Impala, Fall of Troy, Dodge vans and old Volvos. You could easily spot his 6’5” frame usually attired in his favorite outfit; his Dad’s 1970s iconic sweater and his traveler pants. Gil had a unique perspective; always discussing the mysteries of the universe and the human condition. He was sensitive and thoughtful and because he was an organ donor, someone received his corneas and is able to see today. He was growing his hair to donate to chemotherapy patients. He was looking forward to being the musician for his older sister Genna’s wedding this summer, in June 2021. Gillie was the youngest of five siblings. He was 29 at the time of his unexpected departure from this world. He is so loved and will be deeply missed forever by his loving parents and siblings, Gaea, 43, Gabriel 40, Genna, 36, and Grant, 31. He was our fifth "G" and so precious to us all. He is also mourned and remembered by his sisters-in-law, Chaise Davy and Michelle McGahee, and by his brothers-in-law, Skyler Hackley and Ethan Jackson. He was preceded in passing by his paternal grandparents in Connecticut and most recently by his grandma and grandpa, Violet “Vi” and Charles Davy in Florida. Gil moved from Texas to Crystal River, Florida in 2020. This gave him the opportunity to spend time with his Grandma Vi, even visiting during COVID separated by her apartment window, before her passing at 101 in early 2021. They discussed his hopes around music and she told stories from her long life. We trust they are together somewhere in the cosmos, enjoying each other’s company. Nothing can ever repair the sudden loss of our beloved, struck down by a hit and run driver April 25, 9:20 p.m. on County Road 488 (W Dunnellon Rd) just west of North Springvale Terrace, near Crystal River, Florida. Life is fragile and we do not quite realize just how immensely and profoundly precious someone is until we must walk this life without them. We will think of Gillie and miss him every day of our lives. If you would like to contribute to the completion of his fifth music album, in memorial, please contribute to our fundraiser through Go Fund Me (Link: https://gofund.me/13edceaf). Arrangements for Gilead were private at the Charles Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Please leave any thoughts for Gil in the Cloud.


Ronald McKinney

Ronald C McKinney, 79, Hernando, FL
Ronald Calvin McKinney, 79, of Hernando, FL passed away March 26, 2021 at his residence in Hernando. He was born on March 5, 1942 in Dansville, NY to the late Oather C. and Beatrice I. (Kenyon) McKinney. Ronald was a sewing machine mechanic and served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 1967, coming from Brooksville, FL. Ronald was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by one son, Mark Oather McKinney and one sister, Josephine N. "Joe" Harris. Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lucy McKinney. Other survivors include his daughter Stacey Marleena McKinney of Inverness, FL; brother Roger D. McKinney; and sister Wanda Earner; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


RADM Carlton McLeod, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

RADM Carlton J McLeod, U.S. Navy (Ret.), 90, Hernando, FL
Admiral Carlton McLeod was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island on September 22, 1930. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1952 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland in 1956. He began his naval career as a senior dental student on active duty as an Ensign and upon graduation was selected for the Navy Dental Internship Program, serving at Naval Hospital, St. Albans, Long Island, New York. Subsequent tours included: USS Leyte CVS 32, Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island and Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. In 1964, Admiral McLeod began a three year program in the specialty of Periodontics at the National Naval Dental Center in Bethesda, Maryland completing his residency and earning a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University in 1967. Then Commander McLeod served as Senior Dental Officer aboard USS Enterprise CVAN 65, completing two combat tours to Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He was commended as a member of the medical team during the tragic fire at sea, January 14, 1969, while the ship was carrying out a combat readiness exercise off the coast of Hawaii which cost the lives of 29 crewman and injured hundreds of others. Promoted to Captain while serving as Head of Periodontics at Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, he was transferred to Naval Dental Center, Great Lakes, Illinois in 1974 as Executive Officer. He assumed command in 1976. In 1979, Captain McLeod reported to Dental Division, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C. as Head, Professional Branch of the Dental Division. Selected for flag rank in 1981, Admiral McLeod was assigned as Inspector General, Dental Corps and then became the first dental officer to serve as Inspector General Navy Medical Department. In 1983 he was appointed Chief of the Navy Dental Corps, Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for Dentistry and, additionally, was the first Director of Health Care Operations, serving on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the office of the Surgeon General. He retired in November 1984. Admiral McLeod’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Naval Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Two Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Cluster and the Vietnam Service Medal. Professionally, he has been honored as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and is a past Chairman of the Florida Section. He is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He was honored by the University of Maryland Dental School as the Distinguished Alumnus in 2001. Since moving to Citrus County, FL, in 1985, Admiral McLeod has been active in community and veterans affairs. He is a past-president of the Citrus Hills Property Owners Association, Citrus Hills Civic Association and the Citrus County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He has served as chairman of the financial advisory board for the Citrus County Art League’s new theater and has been a member of the Veteran’s Appreciation Week Committee and Chairman of the Veterans Day Memorial Service and a member of the Veterans in the Classroom Program since 1995. Admiral McLeod was also past-president of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation. In December 2018 Admiral McLeod was inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, by the Governor. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Shirley, in 2002. Admiral McLeod is survived by his children: Dr. Bruce C. (Maria) McLeod; LTCDR Gregor J. (Ashley) McLeod, (Ret.), and Heather A. McLeod; his grandchildren: Kristen, Michelle (David), Douglas and Allison; and longtime companion, Kathyrn M. Blunk. A Requiem Eucharist for Admiral McLeod will be offered on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 10:00 AM from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, in Inverness, with Fr. Eugene Reuman, Celebrant. Military Honors will be rendered by the US Navy and Floral City VFW #7122. Admiral McLeod will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, at a later date, with his wife, Shirley. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Citrus County Veterans Foundation, P.O. Box 678, Lecanto, FL 34460. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, With Crematory, in Inverness.


Scott Miller

Scott P Miller, 52, Tyler, MN
Scott Paul Miller, 52, of Tyler, MN and Reddick, FL, passed away on May 26, 2021 at his home while under the care of hospice and his family. He was born to Richard and Cynthia Miller in Waconia, MN on September 23, 1968. He was an extremely devoted family man who lived to provide for his family and offer them every opportunity to chase their dreams. He was the founding Attorney for his law firm, Miller Legal Strategic Planning Centers, PA, and was passionate about helping his clients. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and his farms. He will be remembered for his integrity, strength of character, perseverance, incredible brilliance, and ability to inspire all around him. He always said you don’t get to pick your journey but you get to decide how to live it. He was his family’s rock, and he will be missed beyond measure. Those left to cherish Scott’s memory are his wife of 28 years, Lisa; his children, Andrew Miller of Maple Grove, MN and Catherine Miller of Reddick, FL; his parents, Richard and Cynthia Miller of Blaine, MN; his sister, Stacey Nelson of Lino Lakes, MN; and countless others who he helped or inspired throughout his life. A Celebration of Life will be held by Scott’s family in Minnesota at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Barbara Monahan

Barbara L Monahan, 80, Floral City, FL
Barbara L. Monahan. My Barbara is gone. May 1, 2021 the light of my life passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours, after 63 years of marriage. From her early years in life to present day she exhibited a wonderful personality, which was always accompanied by her welcoming smile. She was a charter member of Daytona Beach State College, during which she married me, her lifetime friend and husband, Jim. At a young age, she joined the Florida State Employment Center as a switchboard operator and advanced to be the Mid Florida Executive Director of the comprehensive employment and training program (CETA). She was responsible for the development and training of workers in Central Florida with staff of over 250 people with an annual budget of $25 million. She was President of the Southeastern U.S. council of CETA. She was an avid Toastmaster and spoke before the U.S. Senate committee on the importance of rural county worker development and also was keynote speaker before the National State Governors’ meeting in Puerto Rico. She was presented with the key to the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Barbara retired in Floral City and went on to become Co-Owner of The Digit-up Corporation, JM Communications and Floral City Farm and Garden Center. Furthermore, as a Real Estate agent for JW Morton Century 21 she received multiple top selling awards, while helping countless people with their home buying experience. She was the proud wife of Justin (Jim) Monahan and mother to two sons, Zachary J. and Timothy R. Monahan, grandmother to Christina, Andrew and Victoria, and great grandmother to Alana and Aiden. Sister to Charles, Robert and Richard Lambright; aunt to Dr. Benjamin K. Lambright, MD and Loretta Redrick. Barbara lived 80 wonderful years. She is gone to a better place, and will be missed by all of those who knew and loved her. Last but not least, Barbs most lasting hobby was painting with oils. She could look at any object, birds, flowers, and convert what she saw into oil colors. A few of her best are presented below. Yes, she is gone. But her loving spirit will always remain with people fortunate enough to know her. So Goodbye My Love, Goodbye. I will think about you everyday… Goodbye,…Your Jim. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Alane Montgomery

Alane D Montgomery, 55, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Alane Dawn Montgomery of Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away at her home on May 18, 2021 at the age of 55. She was born to Marilyn (Risner) Montgomery and the late Dallas Montgomery on April 22, 1966 in Tampa, FL and was a lifelong Floridian. Alane was a Christian by faith and attended services at the Kingdom Hall in Crystal River. She enjoyed taking care of others and worked as a CNA for many years. Alane was also an extremely talented guitar player and singer. She enjoyed shopping in her spare time and was excellent at decorating and interior design. Those left to mourn Alane’s passing include her son, Jesse Allen Smith; her daughter, Stacey Shewan; her mother, Marilyn Montgomery; brothers: Troy A. Montgomery and Owen Montgomery; and grandchildren: Jayden, James and Jenna. She was preceded in death by her father, Dallas Montgomery. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Carol Morgan

Carol A Morgan, 77, Inverness, FL
Carol Ann Morgan of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital with her loving family by her side on April 22, 2021 at the age of 77. She was born to Martha (Moulaison) Collupy and the late Robert Collupy on February 7, 1944 in Melrose, MA. Carol was married to her loving husband, Paul Morgan for 39 years. Together, she and Paul made Citrus County, FL their home 8 years ago after relocating from Waterboro, ME. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at Floral City Baptist Church. In her spare time, Carol loved knitting and making quilts. In addition to her husband Paul, those left to mourn Carol’s passing include her 98 year old mother, Martha Collupy; sons: Andy Brown and Rob Brown; daughters: Jill Viel (Andy) and Pamela Havey (John); brothers: Robert, James and Wayne Collupy; sister, Nancy Collupy; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gerald Motta

Gerald J Motta, 96, Inverness, FL
Gerald J. Motta, 96, of Inverness, FL passed away June 11, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Lawrence, MA on January 25, 1925 to the late Joseph and Jasephine (Petteruti) Motta. Gerald was a teacher, and served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Wethersfield, CT and was Catholic by faith. He enjoyed taking care of animals with his son, and was a retired handy man. A Man of all Trades, and the best Dad ever. Gerald was preceded in death by his loving, long time spouse, Bernice Alma Motta in 1995. He is survived by his son Jerry Motta and his wife Michele of Bushnell, FL. In recognition of his military service, Gerald’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


John Murphy Jr

John V Murphy Jr, 82, Inverness, FL
John V. Murphy, Jr., 82, of Inverness, FL passed away at home on Monday, April 26, 2021. He was born in Staten Island, NY to the late John and Ona Murphy, Sr. John was a retired New York City fireman and Army veteran. He was a Catholic by faith, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, and brothers Bill and Tom. Survivors include his sons John V. Murphy III and his wife Valerie, and Douglas E. Murphy and his wife Jane, both of PA; 4 grandchildren, Kathleen, Jane, Margaret and Michael; and his sister, Mary Barile of NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, April 30, at 2 pm from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. The family will be receiving friends from 12 pm until 1:45 pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The procession to the church will depart the funeral home at 1:45 pm. John’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family.


Shirley O'Callaghan

Shirley M O'Callaghan, 92, Homosassa, FL
Shirley Myrtle O’Callaghan of Homosassa, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing on March 28, 2021 at the age of 92. She was born to the late Bruce and Harriet (McNeil) Watson on August 16, 1928 in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. Shirley was married to her husband Jack O’Callaghan for 58 years until his passing in December of 2009. She made Citrus County Florida her home 55 years ago after relocating from British Columbia. Shirley was Catholic by faith and enjoyed dancing in her spare time. Prior to retirement, she worked as a Nurse’s Aide in Nursing Homes. Those left to mourn Shirley’s passing include her sons: Michael O’Callaghan and his wife Connie of Homosassa, FL, Steven O’Callaghan and his wife Lynn of Marshfield, MA, Ricky O’Callaghan of Spring Hill, FL; daughter, Rhonda McMannis and her husband Kevin of Spring Hill, FL; and 9 grandchildren. Shirley will be laid to rest alongside her husband Jack at Meadowlawn Cemetery in New Port Richey, FL at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Virgil Oliver

Virgil L Oliver, 84, Inverness, FL
Virgil Lynn Oliver of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 2, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born to the late Charles Virgil and Helen (Hill) Oliver on January 27, 1937 in Toledo, OH. Virgil proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service, he began a career in law enforcement and was a Police Officer for the City of Toledo, OH retiring after 20 years of service. Virgil made Citrus County his home 20 years ago after relocating from Ohio. He enjoyed woodworking and was a member of the Nature Coast Wood Carvers Club. Virgil loved horses and was also a member of the Central Florida Buggy Friends Club, an organization that brought members together to explore the trails of Florida by horse and buggy and enjoy the outdoors. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. Those left to mourn Virgil’s passing include his son, Jeffrey Oliver and his wife Kathy of Toledo, OH; daughters: Kathy Conrad of Inverness, FL, Kristine Oliver of Toledo, OH; brother, Gordon Oliver and his wife Diana of Perrysburg, OH; and 4 grandchildren. Virgil was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene (Beaupry) Oliver in April of 1987 and brothers: Melvin and Dennis Oliver. A Gathering of Friends and Family is scheduled for Monday, May 10, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122. Immediately following the service at the funeral home, friends are invited to join Virgil’s family for further fellowship at the I.R.R.U. Family Social Club located at 922 S. US Highway 41, Inverness, FL 34450. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Barbara "Jeanne" Overlander

Barbara "Jeanne" Overlander, 83, Inverness, FL
Barbara Jeanne Overlander, 83, of Inverness, passed away April 2, 2021 at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, FL. Jeanne was born on October 21, 1937 in Tioga Center, NY, to the late Charles L. and Eleanor (Ross) Pelham. She came to Citrus County 22 years ago from New York State. Jeanne attended the Floral City United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She also volunteered at Planned Parenthood and the local library in New York. She was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 65 years, Robert Overlander; her sons: Michael Paul (Terry) Overlander of Calhoun, GA and Allen Jay Overlander of Oviedo, FL; her brother, Steven Pelham of Hickory, NC; her sisters: Dawn McCoy and Phyllis Kraph, both of Nichols, NY; granddaughters: Sarah, Ellen and Amanda; great grandchildren: Cailin and Scott. She was preceded in death by her son, David James Overlander. A Celebration of Jeanne’s life will be conducted on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 11 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Pastor Joyce Dunn, officiating. Interment will be at the Tioga Cemetery in Owego, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10AM until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Nancy Patton

Nancy L Patton, 90, Homosassa, FL
Nancilou Patton passed away at home on April 10, 2021. She was born June 25, 1930 in Dallas, PA to the late John and Lulu Anderson. She graduated from Dallas Township High School and Wharton School of Business. Nancilou spent her early years being a majorette in high school and with her horse, Gypsy, participated in barrel riding competitions. She then worked in a department store in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was a TV model for them for several years. Nancilou moved to Florida in 1972. She purchased her 1972 XKE Jaguar convertible car and competed locally and nationally for 38 years. She sold her dream car and purchased a 1998 Jaguar convertible for competition again. She was a competitive golfer as a member of the Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas. Then as member in Florida with Cypress Run Country Club and now a member of Sugarmill Woods Country Club, where she still played golf. After coming to Florida she worded as District Assistant to Congressman Richard Kelly in his local office and in Washington, DC. She then was employed at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, and was secretary to the Chief of Human Resources until her retirement. Not to be idle, she began showing white standard poodles in competition and now she has two rescue poodles, Lucy and Desi. They are from the producer of the Lucy and Desi movies, after he died, and now are playing in her yard. Nancilou lived on the water in New Port Richey, so she got interested in sailing and received her Captain license for charters and also had her own crew of ladies on her sailboat “Tenacious”. Again, she couldn’t stay idle, so she purchased alpacas from Alpaca Magic and was taught how to show them. So she again, was competing in the ring, this time with her white alpaca. With all the years of travel and competition and on the go, she had her permit to carry and she was not to be reckoned with. Never to be idle, this country girl also worked for 20 years with the team at Dudley’s Auction in Inverness. Nancilou is survived by her husband, Winston A. Patton and sister in-law, Judy Anderson of PA; her three nieces: Brenda, Carolyn, Cindy; and her 7 great nieces and nephews. Nancilou loved life. She never knew a stranger. She was a loving friendly and warm person. She will always be remembered for her “feisty spirit” and the love she so unselfishly shared with all who knew her. A Celebration of Life service for Nancilou will be held on April 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, with Fr. Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Nancilou’s urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell , FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Southeastern Guide Dogs or local dog rescue organizations.


Janet Peel

Janet K Peel, 74, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Janet K. Peel, 74, of Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away on June 4, 2021 at Oak Hill Hospital of Brooksville, FL. She was born on September 6, 1946 in Ohio and for the majority of her life, was a homemaker and helped run her late husband’s business. Together, she and her late husband, Howard, moved to Sumter County in 1987 from Pasco County, FL. Janet will always be remembered for being a sweet and kind person, going above and beyond to help anyone in need. She always put other people first and absolutely loved her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Peel, II in May 2020 and her siblings. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Howard Peel III, Lori Levesque, Dawn Broxson, and Nicole Holden; her 10 cherished grandchildren; and her four adored great-grandchildren. An intimate, private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


William Pindell, Jr.

William H Pindell, Jr., 70, Homosassa, FL
William H. Pindell, Jr., Retired U.S. Navy Submariner, Master Chief passed away peacefully on May 16, 2021 in his home in Homosassa, FL surrounded by his loving wife, children, and dog. Mr. Pindell was 70 years old. Mr. Pindell who was born and raised in Baltimore, MD served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years, and was primarily stationed in Groton, CT. He served on multiple submarines including the USS Casimir Polaski, USS Dallas, and USS Glenard P. Lipscomb. He was the Chief of the Boat for the USS Topeka, and the USS Miami. He retired to Bivalve, MD before moving to Florida. In addition to his dedicated service to the Navy, he was a scout leader and a Free Mason. In his retirement, Mr. Pindell spent his time as an avid train hobbyist, amateur fisherman and a storyteller. He was gracious with his time and was depended on for his advice and help by many. Mr. Pindell is survived by his adoring wife, Delores A. Pindell and three children, William H. Pindell III and Megen Pindell of Grantham, NH, Jennifer Pindell and Jeff Majka of South Windsor, CT, and Michelle Osborn and Douglas Greene of Easton, MD. Remembering him fondly are his five grandchildren, Shelby Lanase, Nate Klimczak, Silas Klimczak, Lillias Pindell, and William H. Pindell IV. A private “Celebration of Life” to be held at his home in Homosassa, FL. Final resting place to be Arlington Cemetery, VA, with a date to follow. Donations in Mr. Pindell’s memory can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc.


Eugenio Pinero

Eugenio Pinero, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Eugenio Pinero of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the care of Hospice of Marion County in Ocala on May 2, 2021 at the age of 87. He was born to the late Eugenio and Adela (Zabala) Pinero on October 1, 1933 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Eugenio proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Following his military service, he became a member of the Merchant Marines and worked various jobs before going to work for the New York Transit Authority as a City Bus Driver, retiring after 20 years of service. He shared 55 years of loving marriage to his wife Teresa Pinero until her passing on December 31, 2007. Eugenio and Teresa made Citrus County their home in 1992 after relocating from Bronx, NY. He was a Christian by faith and a member of the First Hispanic Church of Citrus County in Inverness. During much of his retirement, Eugenio spent time as a missionary in Cuba and Central America. In his spare time, he liked reading and especially enjoyed auto mechanics. Those left to mourn Eugenio’s passing include his daughter, Ivonne Rodriguez and her husband Fernando of Ocala, FL; sons: Eugenio Pinero, Jr. and his wife Priscilla of Cedar Grove, NJ, Jaime Pinero and his wife Nancy of Wyckoff, NJ; brother, David Pinero of Beverly Hills, FL; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Teresa, Eugenio was preceded in death by brothers: Eugenio Pinero, Jr., Samuel Pinero; sisters: Nilza Ester, Elena Pinero, Ramona Rivera and Samuel Pinero. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by his son Eugenio Pinero, Jr. and his brother, David Pinero. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Phillips Porter Jr.

Phillips E Porter Jr., 93, Homosassa, FL
Phillips E. Porter, Jr., age 93, Homosassa, FL passed away May 28, 2021 at Avante at Inverness. Mr. Porter was born in Cleveland, OH on February 16, 1928 to the late Phillips E. Porter, Sr. and Margaret (O’Brien) Porter and came to Florida in 2002 from Columbus, OH. He was a retired Senior District Manager for Dubois Chemical Company in Cincinnati, OH and served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. His memory will be cherished by his 2 sons, Phillips E. Porter, III and his wife Marla from Haskins, OH and David M. Porter and wife Susan from Sunbury, OH; 1 sister: Joan Robinett, Danvers, MA; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; His companion of 12 years, Joan Barrett. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Porter on June 11, 2005. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 12:00 Noon from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery beside his wife. Military Honors will be rendered. Friends may visit the family Thursday from 11:00 AM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: HPH Citrus Hospice House, 2939 W Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461.


George Putney

George J Putney, 70, Inverness, FL
George J. Putney, 70, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 3, 2021 at his home. He was born to the late George and Mary (Bragers) Putney on October 12, 1950 in Bronx, NY. He made Citrus County his home since 1976. He was a Senior Investigator for Adult Protective Services for many years. He proudly served his country in the army. A stranger, never stayed one for long. He had a special way of connecting with people, which was abundantly evident in his personal and professional life. To know this man was to love him and to be in his presence was a gift. He had a way of making you feel seen and heard, just as you were. George loved without conditions. Just by being himself he created a space for you to be fully who you are. He was an inspiration to his family. He found joy everywhere and never ceased to be amazed by the beauty of a sunset. He would watch and say "how could you not believe in something". His faith in God was always strong. He persevered throughout his life, when many would have given up. He loved life and lived his to the fullest. He taught us that life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain. And oh how he loved to dance. Now he can do so freely. George was preceded in death by his brother, Tom Putney. Those left to keep the party going are his two brothers Eugene (Ann) and Robert (Fran, deceased); his sister Joan (Jim) Byrne; his nieces and nephews, Jacqueline, Pamela, Claudine, Eugene, Mary Rose, Jimmy and Bridget; and the countless hearts he has touched. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Father Tim Cummings officiating. Calling hours will begin at 9:00 AM and continue until the hour of service. A procession to the Florida National Cemetery will take place following the services, where full military honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Dwayne Roehm

Dwayne T Roehm, 57, Floral City, FL
Dwayne Tracy Roehm, age 57, Floral City passed away May 20, 2021 in Arbor Trail Health & Rehab Center, Inverness, FL. Dwayne was born in San Diego, CA on August 6, 1963 to Wayne and Janet (White) Roehm and came to this area in 1984 from Cincinnati, OH. He worked in the construction industry and was proficient in all trades. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 39 years, “Tracy” Roehm; 5 children: Toby Roehm and wife Amanda of Warner Robins, GA; Joshua Roehm and wife Robin and Jody McKinney and husband, Jeremy, both of Floral City; Janet Hunt and husband, Robbie of Bushnell, FL; and Quinten Roehm of Cocoa Beach, FL. 3 brothers: Steve Roehm, David and Brian Murphy; 3 sisters: Karen Waugh, Sherry Coffey, and Michelle Bishop; his parents: Wayne Roehm and Janet Murphy, both of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; many brother and sister in laws and nieces and nephews that loved him dearly, and his mother in law, Judy Neal of Floral City. A graveside service will be held at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City on Tuesday ,May 25, 2021 at 11:00 with Pastor Paul Giglio officiating. Burial will follow. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Georgiana Ronk

Georgiana Ronk, 94, Inverness, FL
Georgiana Ronk passed away at the Crown Court Assisted Living Facility in Inverness, FL on May 23, 2021 at the age of 94. She was born to the late William and Leona (Powell) Klingel on September 11, 1926 in Binghamton, NY. Georgiana was a homemaker but worked various jobs throughout her lifetime. Her most memorable employment would probably be working as a Harvey Girl while living in Texas. She was married to her husband Jack Ronk for 65 years until his passing in June of 2014. Georgiana made Citrus County, FL her home in December of 2011 after relocating from North Fort Myers, FL. She spent her last years as a resident at the Crown Court Assisted Living Facility where she loved interacting with her caregivers and the other residents. Georgiana is survived by her son, Dennis Ronk and his wife Eileen of Lecanto, FL; daughter, Cindy Schlottman and her husband Frank of Boca Raton, FL; and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 brother and 1 sister. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gerald Schloss

Gerald A Schloss, 89, Inverness, FL
Gerald A. “Gerry” Schloss, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 26, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late William and Helen (Hauptman) Schloss on April 19, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY and made Citrus County his home in 1996. He was a Computer Consultant for FMC Corporations for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. Gerald will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and sailing with his wife. Together, they liked traveling in their motor home, visiting almost every state and Mexico. In his free time, Gerry was a voracious reader enjoying in particular fictions. Along with his parents, Gerry was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Silverman. Those left to cherish his memory, including his wife of 48 years, Mercedes, are his three children, Jeffrey A. Schloss (Annette) of Stratton, New Hampshire, Gary H. Schloss (Kimberly) of Danbury, Connecticut, and Michele Sokolovic (Frank) of Washington Township, New Jersey; his sister, Stella Salkin; and his two grandchildren, Allison Beth Schloss and Frank Gerald Sokolovic. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 2 PM at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 12:30 PM, at the funeral home. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Carmen Schweitz

Carmen A Schweitz, 71, Ocala, FL
Carmen Ann Schweitz, 71, of Ocala, FL, passed away April 29, 2021, at her home under the loving care of her family and Kindred Hospice. Carmen was born on November 29, 1949 in Easton, Maryland, to the late Paul and Kathryn (Bradley) Dawkins. She relocated to Ocala from Dunnellon in 1999. Carmen worked in the advertising industry as a graphic artist, and was Methodist by faith. When we were kids, Mom loved fishing and camping on the Ocklawaha River. She also was known to cut a rug whenever the music moved her and she knew all the words to an Elvis Presley or Merle Haggard song when it played on the radio. She was known by her friends as Charmin' Carmen because of her charismatic nature. Everyone who knew her knew Mom had the gift of art and creation as she designed numerous billboards around Marion County. In her early years I would watch Mom airbrush everything from T shirts to air boats. My brother and I spent a fair amount of time watching her make clocks out of cypress stumps and sell them at local fairs and farmer's markets. My brother would often accompany her to install commissioned pieces that she had designed for friends and businesses. She had a great sense of humor and you saw that instantly when you were in her company. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jason Worth and his wife, Vicki, of Ocala, and Amy A. Struke of Ocala; her sisters: Donna Kimbrough of North Carolina and Lisa Freeman of Bushnell, FL; three grandchildren: Scott, Virginia and Jessica, and great grandchild Easton. Carmen was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, on May 8, 2012; her sister, Noreen; and her brother, Chucky. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 12 Noon, with Pastor Paul Giglio of the Calvary Chapel Church, officiating. Interment will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, beside her husband, Arnold. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, from 11:00 AM until service time.


William Shevlin

William D Shevlin, 64, Citrus Springs, FL
William D. Shevlin, “Bill”, 64, of Citrus Springs, FL has left us today on April 16, 2021. He’s sad to be leaving his family and friends and will miss us all. But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Private services are to be held with friends and family. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Bruce Sigler

Bruce A Sigler, 66, Inverness, FL
Bruce Alan Sigler, 66, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 29, 2021 in Plant City, FL. He was born to the late Eugene and Betty Jo (Bocook) Sigler on October 1, 1954 in Huntington, WV and made Citrus County his home with his wife, Bonnie in 2004when they relocated from North Carolina. He married Bonnie on July 2nd, 1976 and owned and operated his own painting business for many years, Sigler’s Painting. Bruce will be remembered for being a “people person”—always very outgoing, kind, and loved to get to know others. He enjoyed working out in his yard and spending time outdoors. Along with his beloved wife, Bonnie, those left to cherish his memory are his son, Eric (Hannah) Sigler of Inverness, FL; his daughters, Lindsey Sigler of Detroit, Michigan; and his brother, Eugene of Largo, FL. Arrangements for Bruce are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Janet Spivey

Janet M Spivey, 82, Hernando, FL
Janet Marie Spivey, 82, Hernando, FL passed away on April 5, 2021 at The Grove Health and Rehab of Hernando, FL. She was born to the late Earl M. and Evelyn V. (Pruett) Hicks on April 2, 1939 in Bluefield, West Virginia. She loved driving school buses, and did that for many years. She was multi talented, and picked up new arts very easily. She was a dedicated painter and would paint beautiful, realistic floral and landscape pieces on canvas. She also loved to sew and was very active in her church choir. As a young girl, she was also active in her high school’s choir and Drum and Bugle club, and will be remembered by her family as being a friendly, full of life, animal lover. She was also very devoted to her children throughout her adult life and even a supporter to children in her neighborhood—she always made sure that the children in her neighborhood had a ride to after school activities and sports, and always made the children of her neighborhood feel accepted, loved, and included. Janet was preceded in death by her son, Earl Randall Spivey, who passed in October of 1983. Those left to cherish Janet’s memory are her husband of 61 ½ years, Earley Spivey; her children, Boyd M. Spivey (Vicki) of Webster, FL, Robert J. Spivey (Reba) of Inverness, FL, and Lisa Elmore (Matt) of Hernando, FL; her brother, Eric Randall Hicks (Barbara) of Radford, VA; Vicki Lynn Dalton of Narrows, VA; and her three grandchildren, Christopher Henderson, Amanda Spivey, and Charles Spivey. A Celebration of Life will be held by her family at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


William Spooner

William H Spooner, 95, Inverness, FL
William H. Spooner, 95, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 26, 2021 at New Horizon Assisted Living in Inverness. He was born to the late Thomas and Mildred (Peckham) Spooner on February 18, 1926 in Newport, Rhode Island and made Citrus County his home in 1988. He was a Clerk in Civil Service for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy, serving in both WWII on the USS Terror and the Korean War on the USS Wisconsin. William will be remembered as being a very funny person who was always able to have a great sense of humor despite any circumstances he may be in. At one time, he owned and operated his own painting business, Spooner Painting” where he painted houses. He was a very hard worker and loved to stay busy. Along with his parents, William was preceded in death by his two brothers, Edward and Thomas Spooner. Those left to cherish his memory, including his wife of 35 years, Sally, are his seven children, William Spooner, Robert Spooner, Michael Spooner, Jane Foss, Amanda Ennis, Alexander Netten, and Theodore Netten and several grandchildren. Arrangements for William are private at this time. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Regina Stauff

Regina F Stauff, 81, Hernando, FL
Regina F. Stauff, 81, of Hernando, FL passed away on April 19, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 26, 1939 in New York City to the late John F. and Marie C. (Winters) Fox. She married her beloved husband, John, in December of 1964. Regina loved learning and had multiple degrees—two of them being Nursing and Computer Science. She worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in her younger years after graduating from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York. Later, after discovering the world of computer science, she returned to school at Ocean County College and subsequently worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories for 10+ years as a Software Engineer. She retired from AT&T in 1998. Together, she and her husband made Citrus County their home in 2001 after relocating from Toms River, New Jersey. Regina, along with her parents, was preceded in death by her brothers, John Fox and Peter Fox and her sister, Mary Ann Jackson. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, John; her son, Dr. Jon Stauff of Brookings, South Dakota; her brother, William (Joan) Fox of The Villages, FL; and her two sisters, Rita T. Fox of Princeton, NJ and Alice C. Memmen (Robert) of Stuart, FL. Arrangements for Regina are private. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Walter "Jerry" Steed, Jr.

Walter "Jerry" Steed, Jr., 76, Inverness, FL
Walter Gerald “Jerry” Steed, Jr., age 76, Inverness, FL passed away April 10, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital - The Villages, with his loving family at his side. Jerry was born in Brooksville, FL on February 2, 1945 to the late Walter G. Steed, Sr. and Myrtle M. (Markham) Steed. He lived in the Citrus County area most of his life. He practiced barbering for 53 years in both Inverness and Bushnell since 1967. He proudly served our nation in the U.S. Air Force. After returning home, he further fulfilled his civic duty by serving in the position of an elected Citrus County Commissioner. Jerry loved the Lord. He was excited to share the Word of God with everyone he met. For 45 years, he served as a youth minister, Sunday School teacher and deacon. For the past nine years, he was a faithful member of The City Ministries Church in Wildwood where he served as an Elder. Outside of Church, Jerry loved to farm, garden and raise animals. He shared many fond memories fishing, hunting and camping with his children and grandchildren. Jerry also loved music, played the guitar, fiddle and had a beautiful singing voice. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tarliece Steed, Inverness, FL; three children: Marie Steed-Tharp, Inverness, FL; John (Michelle) Steed, Floral City, FL; Paul Steed, Mayo, FL; two stepsons: Devin Chavers of Missouri and Donovan Chavers of Illinois; four brothers: Larry Steed, Floral City, FL: Wayne Steed, Bushnell, FL; Don (Diane) Steed, Floral City, FL; Elwyn Steed, Floral City, FL; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Steed in 1986; his son in law, Brian Tharp; two sisters in-law: Renee and Marie Steed. In addition, there are two gentlemen who were “best of friends” to Jerry: his Bishop, Tony Jones (Pastor, The City Ministries) and Gerry Wimer; and a host of other family members and friends. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Monday, April 19th at 11:00 a.m. at The New Church Without Walls in Lecanto with Bishop Douglas Alexander and Bishop Tony Jones officiating. Private burial for family members will follow at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. There will be a viewing at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Live plants are welcomed or monetary donations sent to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


William Stewart

William C Stewart, 81, Inverness, FL
William Charles Stewart, age 81, Inverness, FL passed away April 30, 2021 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto. Mr. Stewart was born in Akron, OH on April 20, 1940 and relocated to Citrus County in 2005 from Islamorada, FL. Prior to retirement, he worked for several railroad systems as an engineer. His last employment was with Tri Rail South Florida Transportation Authority. He served our country in the Ohio National Guard for several years. Left to cherish his memory are two children, Anthony J. Stewart of Tavernier, FL and Anjanette Kinser and husband Sheldon of Inverness, FL; Two brothers, Thomas and James Stewart and three sisters; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Saundra Stewart on July 25, 2012. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Kenneth Strictland

Kenneth R Strictland, 84, Inverness, FL
Kenneth Ray Strickland, 84, of Inverness, FL past away May 11, 2021 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Sparks, W. Virginia on May 8, 1937, and was a professional driver who drove buses, trucks, and limousines. He was also a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and Army. Kenneth loved spending his time with his wife. Mourning his loss is his wife of 59 years, Ursula Strickland, and his daughter Kathleen Strickland of Inverness; and grandchildren Brandy and Danielle. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Brenda Thompson

Brenda S Thompson, 68, Floral City, FL
On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Brenda Sue Thompson, 68, of Floral City, Florida, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida, after a brief illness. Brenda was born on October 8, 1952, in Washington D.C. She grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland. She worked for several years for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union in Washington, DC doing administrative work before retiring. She was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, enjoyed her pets, coffee, eating Maryland blue crabs, playing cards and games, decorating for holidays, and spending time with family. She deeply loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents James T. Thompson Sr. and Judy F. Thompson, and is survived by her sister Linda Giampapa (William), brother James (Jimmy) Thompson Jr. (Diane), her son David Thompson (Patricia), and grandchildren Emily, David Jr., and Abigail. Memorial service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society-Citrus County, Florida (Because of her love of rescuing animals). Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jerry Thompson

Jerry A Thompson, 74, Inverness, FL
Jerry Allen Thompson, 74, of Inverness, FL passed away on May 21, 2021 in Lecanto, FL while under the care of HPH Hospice. He was born to the late James and Frances (Simpson) Thompson on October 11, 1946 in Quitman, Georgia and in 1989, made Citrus County his home after moving from Sumter County, FL. Jerry bravely served as a member of the United States Army and for 44+ years, defended and protected his cherished community by delivering justice and closure to families affected by violent crimes and homicides. Jerry was a very devoted husband, father, brother, and son, as he was committed to his family. Jerry was also dedicated to his work, while striving for nothing less than teamwork amongst his criminal investigators to deliver justice. If his team was investigating a case, he was side by side with them, putting in the hard work and never requesting anything of his team, that he wouldn’t do himself. He relentlessly pursued the evidence to bring justice for families that desperately needed closure. He is described as one of the kindest, most generous, compassionate, and truthful men you would have the pleasure of meeting. Jerry worked as a Criminal Investigator for much of his career and later, became Under Sheriff from which he eventually retired. Jerry made his community a safer and better place, and for that, so many people are grateful. Along with his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his brother, Louie Thompson. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 32 years, Kathy, his daughter, Melissa Thomas of Summerfield, FL, his brother, Jimmy (Sharon) of Panama City, FL, his four grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held by Jerry’s family at 1100 W Highland Blvd, Inverness, Fl. 34452, Cornerstone Baptist Church on June 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Anne Tynes

Anne M Tynes, 67, Hernando, FL
Anne Marie Tynes, age 67 of Hernando, FL died May 10, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. Anne was born in Key West, FL on September 25, 1953 to the late Morgan and Marilyn (Leahy) Tynes. She had a beautiful, kind, generous and fun loving soul. She loved her family more than anything and cherished her time with her two daughters and grandchildren. She loved to travel, be on the water, shop, go to the movies, and she was never one to turn down a good meal. Anne was always ready for the next adventure. Left to cherish her memory forever are her 2 children: Renee DePoo of Inverness and Crystal (Eddie Hinderhofer) DePoo of Hernando, FL; her loving companion and best friend for 50 years, Paul DePoo; brother, Randy Tynes; 2 grandchildren: Addison and Aiden Hinderhofer. She was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Tynes. Anne’s life will be remembered and celebrated on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL. Pastor Travis Evans will officiate. The family will greet friends on Sunday at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until the service begins at 1:00 PM.


Stanley Vandergrift

Stanley C Vandergrift, 86, Leesburg, FL
Stanley Charles Vandergrift of Leesburg, FL passed away at his home while under the care of his loving family and Cornerstone Hospice on March 29, 2021 at the age of 86. He was born to the late Stanley Elmer and Louise (Taylor) Vandergrift on June 12, 1934 in Arlington, NJ. Stanley proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Following his military service, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to retirement, Stanley worked in Marketing and Sales for IBM. He was married to his loving wife Rose Marie (Gamble) Vandergrift for 60 years until her passing on February 6, 2020. Stanley and Rose Marie made Florida their home 20 years ago after relocating from Big Canoe, GA. He was a parishioner of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL. Stanley is survived by his daughter, Deborah Vandergrift, his granddaughter, Serena Vandergrift, and his son-in-law, Craig Louie Baxter of Northfield, IL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Vandergrift. A Funeral Service for Stanley is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM from St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL and will be conducted by Father Sergious Gerken. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation and repose at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following cremation, Stanley will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with full military honors being rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Stanley’s memory to: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, MBC FOUND, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elisha Vardaman

Elisha G Vardaman, 17, Citrus Springs, FL
Elisha Gray Vardaman, age 17, of Citrus Springs FL, passed away May 9, 2021, at Shands UF Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Elisha was born in Inverness, FL, on June 28, 2003, to John E. Vardaman, Jr. and Tracy (Cordwell Vardaman) Sawyer. He grew up in Crystal River and Citrus Springs, home-schooling and attending SRCS, CSMS, LHS, and RC. He was developing a painting and landscaping business with his younger brother. His family describes Elisha as a fun-loving, loyal friend with a sharp knack for reading people. Being 17, with his life greatly devoted to his friends, his work, and his car, he refused to live beyond the moment and was generally willing to drop everything to spend time with a friend. His favorite hobby was building, restoring, and repairing motorized bikes, small engines and his classic Pontiac Fiero. He never met a mirror he didn’t like and took meticulous care of his appearance. Eli researched anything he questioned and could argue relentlessly with dizzying logic! He prided himself on the ability to open any door. For all his larger-than-life magnanimity, Eli enjoyed quiet mornings with his eyes closed and laid-back moments with his closest loved ones. He worked hard and rested harder. He had a special gift for helping those he chose to love know that they were loved and worth loving without explicitly expressing it, and selflessly putting them first without complaint. Left to cherish his memory are his mother and stepfather, Tracy and Tom Sawyer; his father John Vardaman, Jr; his 3 brothers and 2 sisters: Nathan, Ezra “Ben,” Leah, Micah, and Deborah “Lee” Vardaman; maternal grandparents: Sharon & Ken Kepner, John and Carmela Cordwell; paternal grandparents: John Everette and Becky Jo Vardaman; in addition to many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Memorial Service for Elisha is scheduled at Seven Rivers Church on Tuesday, May 18, at 7pm. Pastor Paul Manuel will officiate. In lieu of flowers, his family encourages donations to www.filterfamily.org, LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services at lifequest.ufl.edu, or childrenwithhairloss.us. Elisha’s cremains will be placed in several locations which have special significance to him and his family. Because Elisha was an organ donor, he will live on within the recipients who were blessed by his generosity. Cremation With Care by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Joseph Walicki

Joseph V Walicki, 95, Melbourne (formerly of Inverness), FL
Joseph Valentine Walicki, age 95, Melbourne, Florida; formerly of Inverness, Florida; passed away May 16, 2021 at Autumn House in Melbourne. Joe was born in Astoria, NY on March 16, 1926 to the late Valentine and Katherine (Smotry) Walicki. He served our country in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 to 1946. He married his wife Marilyn on Oct 16, 1948 and raised his family in Plainview, NY while working over four decades for the Bell Telephone System. He and Marilyn retired to Inverness, Florida in 1985 and joined Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Joe had many hobbies, building with wood, electrical workbench, adventures of camping from Mexico to Nova Scotia Canada and throughout the US. He enjoyed cooking (known for his famous pumpkin pie). Left to cherish his memory are his 5 children: John Walicki and his wife Peggy, Bethel, PA; Kathleen Melgar and her husband Charles, Boca Raton, FL; Marianne Lortz and her husband, George, Melbourne, FL; Jeanne Owen and her husband Richard, Commack, NY; and Laura Denn and her husband, James, Inverness, FL. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Walicki, on May 29, 2012, as well as his brother, Edward Walicki, and two sisters, Blanche Walicki and Julia Champion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Sunday evening, May 23, from 4:00-6:00 PM, where a Vigil Service will be offered at 5:30 PM.


Jerry Weaver

Jerry W Weaver, 87, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Jerry Wilbert Weaver, 87 of Lake Pannasoffkee, passed away June 9, 2021 at his home under the loving care of his family and Cornerstone Hospice. Jerry was born on June 9, 1934 in Oakland, Maryland, to the late Roy Donald and Gertrude (Miller) Weaver. He came to Sumter County in 1996 from Seffner, FL. Jerry was a mechanic for the Pepsi Company retiring after 20 years. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Lake Panasoffkee 1st Baptist Church, who loved sharing the word of the Lord. He was a Deacon in each church he belonged to and was just a “good Christian man”. He also was an antique car fan who owned and restored many cars over the years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Ruth Weaver; his children Steven L. Weaver and his wife Katherina, of Coleman, FL, Mike R. Weaver and his wife Jeannie, of Wildwood, FL and Amy L. Sheen and her husband David, of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; his brothers and sisters: Jessie, Donald, Jack, John, Ward, David, Ben, Zelma, Lovetta and Reta; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. in addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Bruce. Funeral services for Jerry, will be conducted on Tuesday, June 15th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Jon King, former pastor of the 1st Baptist Church of Lake Panasoffkee, officiating . Burial will follow with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time.


Herbert Weigold

Herbert A Weigold, 92, Inverness, FL
Herbert A. Weigold, 92, of Inverness, FL passed away on May 23, 2021 in Inverness while under the care of Arbor Trail Rehab and VITAS hospice. He was born to the late Emil and Louise (Niethold) Weigold on April 21, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the majority of his life and even owned and operated his own heavy machinery business for some time. He made Citrus County his home in 1982 when he moved from Brockton, Massachusetts. He bravely served his country as a member of the United States Army and was very proud of his military service. He was devoted to his country and family, and enjoyed spending time with his wife of 22 years, Barbara, and traveling around the United States in their RV. Herbert visited all 50 states throughout his time traveling and many of them even twice. He loved to be with his family, play cards, and go to the Casino. He will be remembered for being the life of the party and loving to dance. Along with Herbert’s parents, he was preceded in death by his late wife of 49 years, Santa (Sandra), in 1998, his brother, George, and his granddaughter, Kimberly Bartlett. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara; his four children, James (Ivy) of Taunton, Massachusetts, Herbert J. “Chicky” (Gail) of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Kevin (Karen) of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and Wayne (Kathleen) of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; his step-son, Stephen Saraceno (Beverly) of St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania; his 16 cherished grandchildren; and his 20 adored great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service for Herbert will be conducted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:30 AM, from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with military honors provided by the Inverness VFW Post #4337. The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 10:45 AM. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Betty Welte

Betty L Welte, 93, Floral City, FL
Betty Louise Welte of Floral City, FL passed away at her home while under the care of Vitas Hospice and surrounded by her loving family on May 25, 2021 at the age of 93. She was born to the late Otto and Emma (Helget) Sturm on October 2, 1927 in Springfield, MN. Betty had been married to her husband Russell W. Welte for 62 years at the time of his passing in 2010. She and Russell made Citrus County their home in 1995 after relocating from Blairsville, GA. Betty was a Catholic by faith and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She worked for Sears for over 30 years and was a leading appliances sales associate. In her spare time she enjoyed working in her yard and baking, especially cookies. Those left to mourn Betty’s passing include her son, David Welte and his wife Debbie of Lutz, FL; daughter, Mary Gullett and her husband Roger of Centerville, GA; grandchildren: Erin, Gerald Matthew, Shannon, Jason and Sara; great grandchildren: Kasen, Karson, Emma, Ryan, Brooke, Briar and Dalia; and daughter in law, Laurel Welte of Brooksville, FL. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Tom Welte in 2016. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Betty Lou will be laid to rest with her husband Russell at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL is assisting the family with arrangements.


Donald Whitehead

Donald L Whitehead, 85, Inverness, FL
Donald L. Whitehead, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 14, 2021 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late Harry and Edith (Kauterman) Whitehead in Reading, PA on December 4, 1935. He was a World Wide Director of Purchasing for United Technologies for 25 years, which allowed him the great opportunity of traveling the world. He made Citrus County his home, alongside his wife, Sylvia, 21 years ago when they moved from Avon, Connecticut. Donald was a member at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church of Lecanto, FL and was always very involved in church throughout his life. He was also very involved in Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, Connecticut, where he served as a Deacon, an Elder, and a Church Chairman. He was truly a student of the Bible, and taught many Bible Classes. Donald loved playing golf and watching baseball, and was a huge Tampa Bay Rays Fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be remembered for being a great father and grandfather. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Sylvia; his children, Douglas (Meredith) of Ft. Myers, FL, Peter (Jennifer) of Cleveland, OH, Thomas (Kathleen) of Washington, DC, and Diane Respess (Langley) of Atlanta, GA; and his 11 cherished grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is being held in Shillington, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 23, 2021. He will be laid to rest at Lauerldale Cemetery of Reading, Pennsylvania. Local arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Issie Whitehead

Issie B Whitehead, 89, Inverness, FL
Issie Baker Whitehead went to be with the Lord on April 9th 2021 at the age of 89. She lived in Inverness for nearly 40 years and was a member of First Christian Church of Inverness where she sang in the choir and was an active participant in church missions. Her mother died when Issie was a toddler, and she was raised by her great aunt and uncle, Flossie and Horace Cox, in Richmond, Kentucky. She was a much-loved member of the family where she gained sisters Ernestine and Wanda and brother Albert, all deceased. She graduated from high school in Hamilton, Ohio, where she lived with her father, Lilburn Baker. She met her husband Elmer Whitehead there and had a long career as an administrative assistant with Pease Housing Corporation in Hamilton. After her husband retired, they moved to Inverness where he passed away in 1992. In addition to church-related activities, Issie enjoyed her weekday ritual of joining friends at the Hen House or the 88¢ Breakfast for an early breakfast. Issie met her second husband Karl J. (KJ) Starzinger at church. They enjoyed three years together before KJ passed away in 2018. She is survived by her cousins Barbara and Mike Moore and Ann Cox Davis and step-children Erich Starzinger and Tanya Davis as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Cheryl Starzinger, and sister-in-law Joanna Wilson. She also leaves her friends Jim Anderson, and Debbie Fulps. Her half sister, Caroline Baker Johnson, predeceased her. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, April 16th at 11:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Thomas and Dr. Ray Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 AM. Memorials are appreciated. Please consider First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL 34453 or HPH Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele Street, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33609


Joyce Wilhelm

Joyce M Wilhelm, 88, Inverness, FL
Joyce Mary Wilhelm, age 88, Inverness, FL passed away May 24, 2021 in Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Mrs. Wilhelm was born in England on March 24, 1933 to the late Albert and Florence (Barstow) Barber and moved to Florida in 2002 from Michigan. She was married to the late Rev. Daniel R. Wilhelm who passed away March 28, 2014. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: Nigel P. Sutton and Diane Taylor, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Julie D. Munro of Chilliwack, British Columbia; Ross P. Sutton and Nicole Rogers, of Angola, NY; 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is scheduled on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 12:00 Noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with The Rev. Truman Hurley, pastor of Faith World Church in Leesburg officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the hour of service.


Anthony Williams

Anthony J Williams, 60, Tarpon Springs, FL
Anthony “Tony” Williams — lovingly known as “Butch” by his family — passed away on March 25th, 2021 in Clearwater, FL at 60 years old. He was born to George W. Williams and Judith Williams in Tampa, FL on August 19th, 1960. As a young man, Tony served our country in the United States Navy. During his service, he explored and became inspired by the many countries he visited. Afterwards, he settled down back in Florida where he became a father to four daughters. He was known for his big smile, the love he held for his family, and his unmatched wit. Tony was a chef by trade but his talents were vast. In his spare time he made jewelry and was both a collector and dealer of antiques. He also raised and cared for many species of plants, including Bonsai trees which were very special to him. Tony will be remembered for his appreciation of nature and oriental art, his love of birds, fishing, and The Beatles. Tony was preceded in death by his father, George W. Williams. Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Judith Williams; his children, Kimberly, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Christy Williams; his sisters, Kay, Cindy, and Michele; and his two admired grandchildren, Jade and Tristan. A graveside Celebration of Life will take place on May 20th, 2021 at 11 AM at Oak Ridge Cemetery, where full Military Honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Wesley Williams

Wesley D Williams, 81, Floral City, FL
Wesley Dean Williams, age 81, Floral City, FL passed away on May 22, 2021 at home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Additional obituary information is forthcoming. Cremation With Care- Chas. E. Davis


Leonard "Len" Wozniak

Leonard "Len" E Wozniak, 79, Inverness, FL
Leonard “Len” Edward Wozniak of Inverness, FL passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 26, 2021 at the age of 79. He was born to the late Leonard W. and Anne Wozniak on May 20, 1941 in Hamtramck, MI. Len attended Florida Southern College and was a member of the basketball team. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1963 and that very same year he married Sue Wozniak, with whom he shared 57 years of loving marriage. Prior to retirement, Len was a salesman in the computer industry. He and Sue made Inverness their home 18 years ago after relocating from Livonia, MI. Len was outgoing, with a great sense of humor, usually with a good joke to tell. (He never wanted to peak early) He was active in the local, state and national Jaycees- where he enjoyed lifelong friendships. He was a member of Inverness Elks Lodge #2522 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Inverness Lodge #2112. In his spare time, Len enjoyed fishing, playing golf, Michigan basketball and listening to the oldies. He also loved watching his grandkids play sports. In addition to his wife Sue, those left to remember Len include his son, Len Wozniak (Karen) of Ann Arbor, MI; daughters: Roni Murphy (Tom) of St. Petersburg, FL, Jacci White (Scott) of St. Petersburg, FL; brother, Ron Wozniak(Gerry) of Port Charlotte, FL; and 6 grandchildren: Krystal, Raelyn, Reese, Erin, Margaret and Evan. A Celebration of Life is being planned for Len later this year. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.