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George Adams

George J Adams, 84, Dunnellon, FL
George James Adams, Jr. of Dunnellon, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Cates House Hospice in Ocala, FL on September 25, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born in Lawrence, MA on November 11, 1936 to the late George and Helen (Williams) Adams of Andover, MA. George was a graduate of Andover High School and earned his A.B. degree in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, ME in 1958. During his years of attendance at Bates College he served in the U.S. Army Reserve, continuing this service until his discharge in Connecticut as a Staff Sergeant in 1961. George also served in general hospital units in Portland, ME and New Haven, CT. In 1954 while attending Bates College, he met Loraine H. Allen and they were married in Waterbury, CT in 1958. He was a Christian by faith and a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury, CT and served in many posts. As Sr. Warden he aided in the creation of a badly needed soup kitchen in downtown Waterbury. Later he became Chairman of the Council of Churches soup kitchen committee which operated two locations in the city and provided over 100,000 free meals each year to those in need. George joined the Kemper Insurance Group in 1958 and retired as Branch Claims Manager in Hartford, CT after 35 years of service. Industry posts and achievements include, President of Hartford Claims Management Council, Chairman of New Haven, CT Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, Member of the Insurance Industry Subcommittee for the implementation of No-Fault Auto Insurance in Connecticut. Additionally, he served as the VP of the Wolcott, CT JC’s. Following retirement, George served as President of the Celina Hills of Citrus Hills Property Owners Association and later as a resident of Oak Bend Village in Dunnellon, FL he created the FAVORS Group, a team of men and women who served the needs of community members without remuneration of any kind. He was a Communicant of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness, FL serving on the New Ministries Building Committee and as a bass in the choir. He really enjoyed singing, playing golf, traveling, RV camping and helping others in need. Most of all George loved his family. In addition to his Loraine, his loving wife of 63 years, George is survived by sons: Jeffrey Allen Adams of Conyers, GA, Stephen Douglas Adams of Auburn, AL; daughter, Linda Jean Adams of Meriden, CT; sister, Nancy Houtz of Rockford, IL; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The Requiem Eucharist will be offered on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness and will be conducted by Father Eugene Reuman. Following the church service, George will be laid to rest in St. Margaret’s Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, George specifically requested that memorial gifts be made in his memory to the St. Margaret’s Parish Expansion Program, 114 N. Osceola Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Baird

James J Baird, 63, Beverly Hills, FL
James Joseph Baird, 63, of Beverly Hills, passed away October 12, 2021 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto. He was born on January 16, 1958 in Rockaway, NY, to the late Matthew and Eleanore (Kase) Baird and came to Citrus County in 1971 from Rockaway Beach, NY. He was employed by the Citrus County Building Department for over 25 years, his position being an Assistant Building Official. He loved to take cruises with his children and their families and restore vintage Volkswagen busses. He would always say goodbye with “if you need anything, give me a call”. Left to cherish his memory are 3 children: Bobbie Baird and partner, Andrew, of Homosassa, FL; James Joseph Baird, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, of Crystal River, FL ; Sarah Pearson of Colorado; 2 brothers: Matthew Baird and Walter Lober; 6 sisters: Eleanore Donahue, Rosie Gill, Rita Jane Baird, Pat Baird, Sharon Rawlings and Maureen Baird; 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Baird and a sister, Patricia Rose. A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Baird, will be conducted on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 3:00 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Friends are invited to fellowship with the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461.


Carole "Lynn" Baker

Carole "Lynn" Baker, 88, Inverness, FL
Carole “Lynn” Baker 1933 - 2021 Carole “Lynn” Baker, 88, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully in the care of Vitas Hospice on November 11, 2021. Carole was born in New Jersey and moved to Miami in 1953 and married Bandleader, Don Baker. Together they performed Big Band music professionally for over 20 years across the United States. Upon retirement in Inverness, Carole continued to perform locally in retirement communities and local clubs. She performed “songs of their life” from the 40s and 50s. Known professionally as Lynn, she teamed up with Maralyn Nell as a duo and the two quickly became fast friends until her death. Carole was an avid cat lover who rescued many cats in her lifetime. She had a genuine heart for animals and was enchanted by the antics of her own cats as well as the wildlife that came across her yard. In addition to her parents, Carole was preceded in death by 2 brothers, her husband and one daughter, Donna. She leaves behind her daughter, Susan, her son-in-law and 4 grandchildren. Carole will be laid to rest with her husband, Don, at The Veteran’s National Cemetery in Bushnell. Cremation With Care : Chas. E. Davis


Verland Barmore

Verland L Barmore, 91, Inverness, FL
Verland Lee Barmore, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away November 14, 2021, at Ocala Regional Hospital in Ocala, FL. He was born in Jamestown, NY on January 25, 1930 to the late Merritt and Elsie (Lehnen) Barmore. Verland was a U.S. Navy veteran and Baptist by faith, attending New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City, FL. He arrived in this area in 1995, coming from Gerry, NY. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Darwin and Russell Barmore. Verland is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Janice Barmore. Other survivors include his sons, Doug Barmore and his wife Kathy of Inverness, and Larry Barmore and his wife Carol of Gerry, NY; brothers Cecil and Dean Barmore; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held for Verland at New Testament Baptist Church on Sunday, November 21, at 11:00 A.M. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Teddy "Ted" Beck

Teddy "Ted" L Beck, 75, Bushnell, FL
Teddy Lynn “Ted” Beck, age 75, passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 5:18 am with his granddaughter, Sarina Moriarty by his side. Ted Beck of Cedar Hill, Missouri was born in Redford, Missouri on December 21, 1945, to Tressie (Bounds) Beck and the late Orville Beck. Ted worked as a carpenter most of his lifetime; also considered a “jack of all trades.” He started as a cowboy growing up on a farm, riding and training horses; his cowboy hats being some of his most prized possessions. He worked as a glass smith; blowing glass at county fairs and also a truck driver before retiring as a carpenter. No one who met Ted could forget his infectious passion for his hobbies: cooking, hunting, camping, fishing, painting, woodworking, country-western dancing, and enjoying good company by a campfire or during an Andy Griffith show. During his most recent residence in Cedar Hill, Missouri, he was accompanied by his cousin and family in many outdoor activities, including trips to the lake, deer hunting, and family get-togethers. Teddy Lynn Beck was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan Francis McNamara who passed away in 2013. They enjoyed a long life together in Longview, Texas with his stepchildren and grandchildren as well as their pet dogs and birds. He is survived by his mother, Tressie Beck Prince; son, Terry Beck; daughter, Laura Picato; sister, Brenda Dean and many more extended family members. Cremation provided under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home located in Inverness, Florida. To express condolences visit www.chasdavis.com.


Michael Beckner

Michael J Beckner, 66, Inverness, FL
Michael James Beckner, 66, of Inverness, FL passed away October 12, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Greensboro, NC on January 23, 1955 to the late Delbert Oscar and Eva Anne (Kaetzel) Beckner, Jr. Michael was a maintenance supervisor for apartment complexes and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He arrived in this area in 2008, coming from Naples, FL. and was Lutheran by faith. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, watching NASCAR, and was a UNC Tar Heels fan. Michael is survived by his son, Michael Shawn Beckner and his wife Jessica of Inverness, 3 brothers, Delbert O. Beckner III, David Beckner, and Robert Beckner, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Michaels urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with crematory, Inverness.


David Bentley

David R Bentley, 48, Nobleton, FL
David “Flash” Russell Bentley of Inverness and Nobleton, FL passed away at Bayfront Brooksville Hospital on October 22, 2021 at the age of 48. He was born to the late Helen J. (Lague) and Robert Bentley, Sr. on November 10, 1972 in Milford, MA. David made Florida his home in 2006 after relocating from Natick, MA with his family. He was a Christian by faith and a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Istachatta, FL. David was a very hard worker and had worked as an auto mechanic, carpet layer and also did lawn work. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his friends and family. Those left to mourn David’s passing include his father, Robert Bentley, Sr. and his wife Patricia; stepfather, Ronald Zicko and his wife Diana; brothers: Robert Bentley, Jr., Wayne Bentley and his wife Susanna; and a great many friends. David was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Zicko in 2013. David will be laid to rest at the New Hope Cemetery located at the New Hope United Methodist Church in Istachatta, FL at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jeff Bollinger

Jeff Bollinger, 64, Inverness, FL
Jeff Bollinger dropped his body October 23, 2021. It was a blessing and privilege to know him. Beneath the grumbling, guarded curmudgeon exterior was a delicate, tender soul filled with love for family, friends, and all creatures (including the productive honeybees in his house) He exhaustingly gave of himself to others in need, caring little for material possessions (except his truck, which he could not wash and wax enough, and a certain lawnmower with which he spent many afternoons grazing in the grass). He loved nature: fishing, hand feeding baby sandhill cranes, collecting shells at beloved Sanibel, star-gazing and gardening (a hibiscus garden for Freddie, the best grapefruit anywhere, and recently sugar snap peas – wasn’t he sweet enough?) He enjoyed barbecuing for friends, but was rarely witnessed eating! And he adored the generosity, encouragement and care he received from his close friend Rosemary and all the folks at Moffitt Hospital (expecially Drs. Kisch and Trotti), for which his life was not only extended but immeasurably enriched. Jeff is survived by his mother Rachel, sister Barbara, brother-in-law Henry, niece Freddie, friends Rosemary, Rob, Martha, Becky and most importantly, his little dog Hay. Please join us in raising a glass (and perhaps an air cigarette!) to celebrate Jeff. His spirit is free, unencumbered by physical pain and earthly torments. No more weigh-ins at Moffitt, pockets loaded with change to cheat the scales. No more falls down the rabbit hole by the fishing shack. No more watching the University of Kentucky basketball team lose to-arghhhhh-the University of Tennessee. The blue light is on, the Kentucky flag is flying! Cremation With Care: Chas. E. Davis


Tommy Breedlove

Tommy Breedlove, 54, Inverness, FL
Tommy G. Breedlove, age 54, Inverness, FL passed away suddenly September 4, 2021 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Tommy was born in Paulding, OH on July 25, 1967 to the late Gaylord and Ruth (Simpson) Breedlove and moved to Floral City from Brooksville, then to Inverness. He was a Detective for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, beginning his career there in 1998. A strong man of God, he was a faithful and active member of the Eden Baptist Church in Hernando County. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Breena (Bunton) Breedlove; 7 children: Andrew Breedlove, Hannah Breedlove, Trevor Breedlove, Kadden Denny, Ryan Breedlove, Kaiden Breedlove, and Wyatt Breedlove; brother, Ronnie Breedlove; and sister, Bonnie Weller. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Tommy on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 3:00 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL with Pastors Zeb Bishop and Demont Drake officiating. Burial with Law Enforcement Honors will follow at Lake Lindsey Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday at the church from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. The service will be live streamed at: Atthecorner.church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Inverness Christian Academy’s Brain Bowl Teams or your local library. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is assisting the family.


William Brinkworth

William C Brinkworth, 79, Homosassa, FL
William C. Brinkworth, age 79, Homosassa, FL passed away October 16, 2021 at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville. Mr. Brinkworth was born in Burbank, CA on October 30, 1941 to the late George E. and Hilda Louise (Olbert) Brinkworth and came to Florida in 2009 from University Place, WA. He was a retired Sales Representative for food processing machines and served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 33 years, Theresa Hyatt-Brinkworth; 1 son, Eric (Jen) Brinkworth of Washington State; 2 step sons: Dustin Hyatt of Ocala and Chas (Lela) Hyatt of Washington State; 1 daughter, Valerie (Ron) Zolman of Lecanto, FL; 1 brother, Robert ( Gail) Brinkworth; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, George (Beth) Brinkworth. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Patsy Burkett

Patsy R Burkett, 83, Inverness, FL
Patsy Ruth Burkett, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away on October 11th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. She was born to the late Homer and Pauline (Grogg) Meanor on November 29th, 1937 in Walnut Grove, Mississippi. She later moved with her parents to Susquehanna, PA where she graduated from high school. She made Citrus County her home in 1998 when she moved from Waverly, VA. She enjoyed attending Trinity Independent Baptist Church of Inverness. Patsy accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and even had a helping hand in heading her husband, Charlye, to accept Jesus as his Savior. As a child, Patsy at times rode to church with her family in an open horse drawn wagon on some bitter cold mornings. She loved the Lord with all of her heart and her love for Jesus made an impact on the lives and world around her. Patsy, along with her parents and several brothers and sisters, is now with her son, Michael Sinclair, who preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 42 years, Charlye; her children, David Sinclair (Connie) of Inverness, FL, Dee Sinclair (Donna) of Inverness, FL, and Terri Norton (Steve) of Bellevue, Nebraska; her brother, John Meanor; her sister, Bertha Perkins; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 2 PM with Pastor Jerry Bloxton officiating.. A gathering of family and friends for a time of fellowship and remembrance will begin at 1 PM and continue until the hour of service. Patsy 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.


Frank Carnival

Frank J Carnival, 90, Homosassa, FL
Frank John Carnival of Homosassa, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on November 3, 2021 at the age of 90. He was born to the late Frank and Angelina (Giallombordo) Carnival on October 8, 1931 in Manhattan, NY. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Following his military service he became a Bus Driver for the City of New York, retiring after 20 years of service. Frank made Florida his home originally in 1983. He resided in Georgia for a time but returned to make Homosassa his home in May of 2021. Frank was a Catholic by faith and a Parishioner of St. Benedicts Catholic Church. In his spare time he enjoyed watching and betting on horse races, bowling and ping pong. He really enjoyed being active throughout his lifetime. Those left to mourn Frank’s passing include his loving wife of 65 years, Frances (Di Lorenzo) Carnival; his children: Jeffrey Carnival, Steven Carnival and Karen Carnival-Wasilewski; son in law, Leo Wasilewski; daughter in law, Cynthia Carnival; grandchildren: James, John and Joey Fink, Nicky Carnival, Joey Rhodes; and six great great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, November 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Following the chapel service, a committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 11:30 AM where full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert  Carver

Robert L Carver, 64, Hernando, FL
Robert Lee Carver of Hernando, FL passed away at his sister’s home while surrounded by his loving family on September 29, 2021 at the age of 64. He was born to the late Willis Clarence and Mildred Louise (Kirkland) Carver on November 7, 1956 in Brooksville, FL and remained a lifelong Floridian. Robert was an extremely hard worker his throughout his life and specialized in land grading and clearing. When he wasn’t working he was usually tinkering with something or working on a project. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed watching movies and television, fishing and going to the casino. Those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his sisters: Margaret English, Joyce “Gail” Brooks and Linda Simpson. In addition to his parent’s, he was preceded in death by his brother, Willis Carver on July 2, 2019; and his sister, Barbara Eloise Carver-Rouse in 2006. Cremation with Care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Castellano, Jr.

James V Castellano, Jr., 87, Inverness, FL
James Vincent Castellano, Jr., age 87, Inverness, FL passed away October 17, 2021 at his residence. James was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 1, 1934 to the late James V. Castellano, Sr. and Jean Cartigiano Castellano and came to Florida in 1983 from Brooklyn, NY where he owned and operated a dry cleaning business. He was a member of our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He served our country in the armed forces, United States Army. He also played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a pitcher in the Triple A Farm System. He was passionate about the NY Yankees, but also loved the Tampa Bay Rays. Other hobbies and interests were horse racing. He enjoyed watching the Kentucky Derby. He also loved cooking Italian Food and soups and going on drives, meeting with friends for coffee at the local restaurant. Another favorite pastime was playing the lottery and scratch offs and admiring old cars. He also listened to music, such as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, but also loved other music with a good beat to dance to. He had a dry sense of humor and was very loved and will be missed by many. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Christine Castellano, Tampa, FL; Bernadette Castellano, Beverly Hills, FL; Jean Courtney, Inverness, FL; step-son Mark Gandolfo, Gloucester, VA; 4 grand-children: Danielle, Isabella, Amanda, and Joseph; the mother of his children, Maureen LoVetro of Beverly Hills, FL. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until the hour of service. Cremation with care: Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home


Raymond Cook Jr

Raymond E Cook Jr, 78, Inverness, FL
Raymond E. Cook, Jr., age 78 of Inverness, Florida died September 15, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born, September 27, 1942 in Medina, New York, son of Raymond and Pearl (Quintern) Cook. Ray was a Marine Corp veteran serving from January 28, 1960 thru January 27, 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1966. He worked for AC Rochester Products, a Division of General Motors in Rochester, New York as a Millwright for 30 years. Ray served as a Councilman from 1974-1978 for the Town of Shelby and was a Legislator from 1979 -1985 for Orleans County, New York. Additionally, he was a YMCA board member and 1st Program Chairman in Medina, NY before moving to North Chili, New York. He retired in 1994 with a move to Inverness, Florida and became a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Ray loved making birdhouses recently and enjoyed giving them away. He also enjoyed tinkering in the garage. He loved watching old cowboy movies and talking with people, especially Marine Vets. Once a Marine always a Marine. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roger Cook who was killed in Viet Nam in January 15, 1967. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joyce (Hill) Cook of Inverness, Florida; son, David of North Chili, New York; Daughter, Lori Rice of Florida; Grandchildren: Nathan and Nicole Rosenthal of New Jersey; Sister, Sue King; Brother, Robert (Marcia) Cook of Medina, New York. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, September 27th, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at VFW Post #1483, 216 E. Center Street, Medina, NY 14103. Ray will be laid to rest at Millville Cemetery, Medina, NY. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Croft

Mary B Croft, 88, Hillard, formerly of Hernando, FL
Mary Bell Croft, 88 of Hillard, FL, formerly of Hernando, passed away on December 1, 2021 in Jacksonville, FL. Mary was born in Dunnellon, FL, on August 8, 1933 to the late Archie H. and Effie (Wiley) Henry. She was a life long resident of Citrus County. She was a Citrus County school bus driver for many years and attended the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. Left to cherish her memory are her children: J. Edward Croft and his wife, Linda of Inverness and their children: Chelsea Rowe, Eddie Croft and great grandchild Riley Imhuelson; May Tomlinson and her husband Robert, of Hillard, FL and her children: Roy Wayne Fennell, Jr. and Jean Ann Bennett and her husband Michael and great grandchildren: Jasmine Fennell, Gabrielle Fennell, Michael J. Bennett; Lacrisca A. Jones of Dublin GA and her children: Bobbie Jo Smith and her husband John, Kristie K. Knight and her husband Joey, Amanda L. Clements, and great grandchildren: Taelar R. Page, and great-great granddaughter Laela S. Wynne; Kaela N. Myers, Makaylae B. Smith, Jodyn R. Smith, Toi E. Brown, Maci O. Brown, Brody J. Knight, Braden T. Clements, Lillian G. Clements, and Andi C. Coxs. Mary was preceded in death by her daughters: Deborah Self and Gail Jones and her sister, Patsy Henry. Graveside services for Mary will be conducted on Monday December 6, 2021 at 2:00PM at the Rockwell Cemetery in Dunnellon. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until leaving for the cemetery at 1:00 PM.


Paul Crowder

Paul Crowder, 69, Inverness, FL
Paul Jackson Crowder, son of Norma and John Crowder left this earth on October 25th 2021 on a journey to find his star in the southern sky. Paul is father to Paul Jr. and Michael Crowder and brother to John, Mark, David and Tommy Crowder. He is life partner to Diana Grow Marcum and lovingly named Papa by her 3 son's Gilbert, Jeffery (JJ) and Monty Grow and Diana's 6 grandchildren. Papa loved nature, sunrises, sunsets, the star lit sky, music and traveling. He never met an animal that he didn't love especially his Labrador Sophie. His bible was the golden rule and "do no harm." After retiring from SECO he and Diana bred and raised horses. One of his greatest joys was watching a new born foal get on its legs and run through the fields with its mother. He referred to the farm, his horses and wild life on the farm as heaven on earth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the donations be made in Paul’s name the Human Society of Citrus County. The family will have a private Celebration of Life in the near future. Diana Marcum "Our hearts are breaking for our loss and we are so grateful to have him in our life and he will always be with us."


James Cummons

James Cummons, 85, ,
James Cummons, 85, passed away on September 15, 2021 at his home. Jim bravely served our country as a Paratrooper when he was a member of the United States Army. He will be remembered for his passionate love for animals, especially dogs. He loved to work in his shop, and is described as a “do-it-yourself-er”. He loved to fish and enjoyed working with his hands and seeing a project through. Jim was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Patricia Cummons, son, Brett Cummons and by his grandson, Andy Burgy. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42+ years, Sharon, his children, Cynthia Evans, Elizabeth Unser (Frank), Brent Burgy (Jeff), Sheri Mruz (Brent), and Keri Burgy (Dane); his grandchildren, Alex, Caleb, Cole, Gemma, Kristen, Michael and David. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to VITAS Hospice for all the loving care given to Jim and the entire family. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6150 N Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 on October 30, 2021 at 11:00 am. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School, 6150 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 or debra of America debra.org.


Paul D'Antuono

Paul J D'Antuono, 68, Inverness, FL
Paul Joseph D’Antuono, age 68, Inverness, FL passed away suddenly on November 4, 2021. Paul was born in Boston, MA on July 15, 1953 to the late Paul and Dorothy J. D’Antuono. Paul was a Faithful Christian and shared God’s love with many. Paul moved to Inverness in 1998 from Miami. He was infamous on his You Tube channel “Punch Professor” where he provided instructional live video tips and technique of old school Boxing to many fans. Paul spent a lifetime dedicated to training youth in the Boxing community. He was a millwright by trade and served as the Business Agent for Carpenters Local Union No.1820 in Orlando. He was a U.S. Naval veteran. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 16 years, Patricia (Ferreira) D’Antuono; 3 children: Domenick, Angela, and Janet D’Antuano; 1 brother, Frank D’Antuono and 2 sisters, Elizabeth Appleby, Teresa and her husband Robert Bradley; 3 grandchildren and his extended family in the country of Uruguay. Friends may attend a viewing at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Wednesday, November 10th from 10:30 until 12:30PM when the funeral procession will depart for the cemetery. Graveside services are scheduled at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 PM.


James Dennis

James S Dennis, 87, Inverness, FL
James Sherwood Dennis, “Jim”, 87, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 24th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Andrew and Ethel (Fox) Dennis on February 7th, 1934 and was an Owner and Operator of his own trucking company for many years. He made Citrus County his home in 2014 when he moved here with his wife, Rosemarie, from Pennsylvania. Jim will be remembered for his love of flying his private planes. He flew any chance he could get and frequently lived in lake airport communities so that flying would be accessible to him. He loved to travel in his motorhome with Rosemarie and did that for more than 10 years. He is described as being a friendly person and could strike up a conversation and make a friend anywhere. He was a devoted husband to Rosemarie and loved his family dearly. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Robert. Those left to cherish his memory are Rosemarie, his wife of 51 years, daughter, Karen Shaffer, and grandson, Thomas Shaffer. Arrangements for Jim are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Julianne DePinto

Julianne DePinto, 81, Hernando, FL
Julianne DePinto of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 17, 2021 at the age of 81. She was born to the late Benjamin and Marion (Gray) Ward on October 11, 1940 in Alexandria, LA. She earned her PHD in Psychology from Northwestern University and prior to her retirement, independently conducted equal employment opportunity investigations for the United States Government. In 1963 she married her loving husband Vito DePinto with whom she shared 58 years of loving marriage. Julianne and Vito made Citrus County their home in 2002 after relocating from Chicago, IL. She always made an effort to give back to her community and help others in need. In addition to doing volunteer work locally with the Citrus Hills Women’s Club, Julianne had worked with the Veterans Administration to set up a Senior Adult Center in North Chicago, IL. She was a member of the Newcomers Club, the Citrus County Arts Center, the Citrus Four and More Club and the Citrus County Macintosh Computer Users Group. Julianne greatly enjoyed photography and was also a member of a digital camera club. In addition to her husband Vito, those left to mourn Julianne’s passing include her sons: Michael DePinto and his wife Anna of London, England, Vincent DePinto and his wife Lisa of Chicago, IL; brother, Stephen Ward and his wife Ingrid of St. Louis, MO; sisters: Carolyn Williams and Bonnie Hacke, both of Las Cruces, NM, Diane Castronovo and her husband Tony of Melbourne, FL, Cindy Holland and her husband Ted of Wyoming, Nancy Lucas of Villa Ridge, MO; and granddaughter, Camilla DePinto. In keeping with her kind spirit and true giving nature, Julianne’s final wishes were for her body to be donated to science to further the education of future physicians. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Richard DePuma

Richard C DePuma, 76, Inverness, FL
Richard Carmine DePuma, 76, of Inverness, FL and lifelong resident of Citrus County, passed away on November 9th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late Carmine and Mary (Cocuzza) DePuma on February 16th, 1945 in Newark, NJ. He worked as a Carpenter for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy. Richard was an avid collector. He loved going to the racetrack, gambling, and going to the boardwalk. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lorraine Schwartz when she passed in 1990. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, David DePuma of North Middletown, NJ and Cheryl DePuma of Keansburg, NJ; his five cherished grandchildren, Ariana Gazzillo, Paige Brady, Robert DePuma, Nicholas DePuma, and Joy DePuma; and his good friend, Tom DeRosa. Arrangements for Richard are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Armand Desmarais

Armand J Desmarais, 89, Inverness, FL
Armand Joseph Desmarais, 89, of Inverness, Florida passed away from this life on October 10th, 2021 in the Vitas Hospice House, Lecanto, Florida. He was born to the late Joseph and Rosealma Desmarais on November 16th, 1931. He attended St. James High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He joined the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and served on the U.S.S. Wright (CVL-49). He was honorably discharged on November 16th, 1953 with the rank of Quartermaster Second Class. He was awarded several metals during his military service. He attended the State University of New York Agriculture and Technical Institute at Morrisville, and received his Major in Applied Science Food Technology. He also attended the University of Georgia and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He was employed by Hercules of Wilmington, Delaware and was in charge of setting up new project labs for the company. He was the leading chemist in the Water Soluble Polymer field and published articles used in college text books. When he retired from Hercules, he was employed by Chris Craft Chemical Division located in Indiana. He retired from this company and moved to Florida where he continued to consult for some time. On March 30th, 1962, he became an Associated Member of the Hercules Branch, of The Scientific Society of America. He was a member of ASTM and helped set the standards for the chemical industry. Armand was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #4252 of Hernando, FL. He is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Cynthia Henderson of Wilmington, DE, Gayle Davis of Citrus Springs, FL, Joseph Desmarais of Wilmington, DE, and Cheryl Lee of Santa Ynez, CA; two sisters, Joan Kelley of Maynard, MA and Carolyn Radzwill of Haverhill, MA. Visitation at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL will begin on Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 10 AM. A Celebration of Life will follow at 11 AM with Jim Rossman officiating. Full Military Honors will be rendered following the services by Hernando, FL VFW Post #4252. Armand will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


David Ditchfield

David W Ditchfield, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
David Wayne Ditchfield had a peaceful transition in Beverly Hills, Florida on September 10, 2021 at the age of 83. He was gregarious and lived life fully. An avid tennis and pickleball player, he also enjoyed sailing/boating, playing his guitar and traveling especially to his favorite beaches. Horses had been important to him all his life as he trained and raced trotter horses both in Florida and Canada. He moved to Citrus County Florida in 1976 and owned several businesses including the Inverness Amoco Gas Station downtown and Broker of a local Real Estate company; he is best known for the last 36 years helping people regain their hearing through his work as an Audioprotologist at his Tri-County Hearing offices in Citrus and Marion Counties. He was active in many community organizations including a volunteer for the Inverness Fire Department assisting with the fight to save Citrus High School during the blaze in 1985. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, January 3, 1938 a son for Harvey and Edna (Maxwell) Ditchfield and spent most of his growing years on the Gatineau River. After graduating from Ryerson University he partnered in a steel fabricating company in Chelsea until he became a teacher at Philemon Wright High School and football coach. He was grateful for his time there and had many fond memories of touching the lives of students and players. David served a term as a Councillor in Chelsea (West Hull). He was a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason and piloted his own sea plane. Preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Kathryn Ditchfield. A loving father and husband, he is deeply missed by his children Amanda Johnson and her husband Kirk of Beverly Hills; sons: Gordon Ditchfield of Beverly Hills, Michael Ditchfield of Inverness; and granddaughter, Megan Ditchfield of Ocala. Memorial services for David are being planned for a later date arrangements at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Linda Dodge

Linda Dodge, 79, Floral City, FL
Floral City Resident Linda Dodge, 79, died at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL on November 29th 2021. At her request, no service will be held. Linda was born on February 11, 1942 in Elkview, West Virgina to Edward and Marie Chapel. She was always a ball of energy and loved playing cards, gardening, tending to and rescuing plants, cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren. For many years, she was a very proud member of the staff at Camp E-Nini-Hassee and found purpose in serving the young women who would come to stay there. Linda was preceeded in death by grandson Jack Johnson and the love of her life, Sal Vos Sr. She is survived by daughters Debra Cornwell, Susan Schiemann, Laura Thomas and Mary Dodge. She is also survived by her siblings Beverly, Dorothy, Clayton and Edward; 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. In lieu of sending flowers, please make donations to Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay. Cremation With Care: Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home


Paul Dolcemascolo

Paul A Dolcemascolo, 71, Floral City, FL
Paul A. Dolcemascolo, age 71, Floral City, FL passed away September 9, 2021 at his residence. Paul was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on May 27, 1950 to the late Peter and Freda (DePuy) Dolcemascolo. He moved to the Tampa area in 1979 where he worked as a land surveyor for over 40 years. He loved his job and the people he worked with. He met his wife, Carol of Floral City in 1999 and subsequently moved to Citrus County after their marriage in June of 2001. Paul was an avid golfer and sports fan. He always looked forward to Thursday morning and an 8:00 AM tee time. In the evening you could find Paul in front of the television watching sports with his beloved golden retrievers, Marley and Macey. Left to cherish is memory are his wife of 20 years, Carol (Gunn) Dolcemascolo; 5 children: Christopher Dolcemascolo of Inverness, Andrew Dolcemascolo of Wesley Chapel, Melissa (Victor) Anderson of Hernando, Heather Rogers of Inverness , and Erin (Fernando) Gastaldi of Jacksonville; his brother, Joseph (Kathy) Dolcemascolo of New Paltz, NY, and his sister, Marie (Craig) Wood of Havalock, NC; 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled at a later date. Cremation with care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Marie Doran

Marie T Doran, 88, Inverness, FL
Marie Theresa Doran, 88, of Inverness, FL, passed away September 8, 2021 at Highland Place in Inverness. Marie was born in Astoria, NY on March 10, 1933, to the late Nicholas and Theresa (Carlucci) Casamisina. Marie retired after 15 years as a clerk with the US Postal Service in Long Island, NY and she came to Citrus County in 1994. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and the Italian American Club. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Frances Jaworski and her husband, Jim of Inverness, Theresa Finnegan and her husband Robert, of Northport, NY; her grandchildren: Genevieve Finnegan of Northport, NY and Nicholas Jaworski and his wife Elizabeth of Inverness; and great grandson, Isaac Jaworski. Funeral services for Marie will be conducted on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Fr. Tim Cummings, officiating. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:30 AM until service time.


Pauline Dubie

Pauline J Dubie, 77, Inverness, FL
Pauline J. Dubie, 77, of Inverness, FL passed away on October 28th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. She was born to the late Albert and Rose (Fecteau) Roberge on August 6th, 1944, in Berlin, NH. She married her beloved husband, Edward in 1961 and together they made Citrus County their home in 2010 when they relocated from New Hampshire. Pauline enjoyed crocheting, reading, and playing solitaire. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gerard and by her sisters, Theresa, Doris, and Jacqueline. Those left to cherish her memory are her spouse, Edward; her children, Teri Gray (Daniel) of Wallingford, Vermont, and Katie Houston (Peter) of Citrus Springs, FL, Edward Dubie III (Melissa) of Prescott, Maine, and Albert Dubie (Valerie) of Conway, New Hampshire;; her sisters, Lorraine Croteau and Cecile Francoeur; her eight cherished grandchildren; and her eight adored great-grandchildren. Arrangements for Pauline are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Patrick Ebbert

Patrick W Ebbert, 91, Inverness, FL
Patrick W. Ebbert, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away November 21,2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on January 20, 1930 to the late William and Margaret (McNally) Ebbert. Patrick was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an owner/operator of a truck tire service business and arrived in this area in 2000, coming from Ohio. Patrick’s favorite pastime was doing yard work. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Vivian Ebbert. Other survivors include his daughters Linda Hoover and her husband Don of Inverness, Patricia Waggoner of Canal Fulton, OH, and Nancy Phillips of Clinton, OH. 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Hugo Fiore Sr

Hugo J Fiore Sr, 75, Floral City, FL
Hugo John Fiore Sr, age 75, of Floral City, FL passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021. He was born to parents Hugo and Rose Fiore, on July 17, 1946, in Newark, New Jersey. He married Gail, the love of his life, in 1966, who survives him. Hugo is also survived by his children: Ellaine and Dominic, Hugo, Diedra and James, and Gail and Spencer. His grandchildren: Hugo and Kat, Joseph, Candance, Danial, Eric, Tia, Rose and Matthew, Gaetano, Angelina, Gabriella, Amber and Dominic. His great grandchildren: Alannah, Kymera, Carter and Kaisen. Hugo graduated from High School in Glen Cove, New York and entered the U.S Military, serving honorably in the Army. Hugo was a Boy Scout leader, some camping trips were spent in his beloved woods of ake George. He was a volunteer firefighter for Halesite Fire Department. He later relocated to Florida where he retired as a Florida Correctional Officer. Hugo enjoyed dancing, his family, friends, and had a childlike love for Disney. At Hugo's request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations to be sent to Hospice care. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with Cremation with Care arrangements.


Victor Gonzalez

Victor J Gonzalez, 47, Inverness, FL
Victor Joseph Gonzalez. 47, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 2nd, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. He was born to Karen Hoffman on September 2nd, 1974 in Oregon, OH. He made Citrus County his home in January 2021 with his beloved wife, Adrienne. He and Adrienne enjoyed 21 years of their life together, and recently married in May of this year. Victor enjoyed watching sports, especially the University of Miami. Victor was preceded in death by his brother, Jonathan Hoffman. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Adrienne; his daughter, Jessenia Ross of Tampa, FL; his two cherished grandchildren, Amani Blanding and Alex Blanding, Jr.; his mother, Karen; and his mother and father-in-law, Willie and Ruby Ross. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at 1 PM with Pastor Mouton officiating, at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. A visitation will be held at 12 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. The family of Victor Gonzalez would like to extend sincere thanks for all acts of love and encouragement shown during this most difficult hour of bereavement. Your expressions of support will be remembered and individually acknowledged at a later time. Our prayer is that God continues to bless you and keep you.


Myrna Grady

Myrna A Grady, 89, Inverness, FL
Myrna Ann (Shaw) Grady, our beloved Mother and longtime resident of Inverness, Florida, passed away at her daughter’s home in Ocala, surrounded by her loving family on November 16, 2021. Myrna was born on August 21, 1932, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, to the late Benjamin Wallace Shaw and Helen Marie Cecilia (Hurley) Shaw. She grew up in Springfield and attended Van Sickle Junior High School, where she met her soulmate and future husband, William "Bill" E. Grady, Sr. They went to the High School of Commerce where she studied stenography and played the trumpet. She graduated in 1950, and "Bill" left to join the United States Navy at the age of 17, to serve during the Korean War. During his time in the service, waves of love letters flowed in from her beloved Sailor. One of her favorite memories was when he mail-ordered a box of 100 baby chicks to her apartment, and the challenge she faced of gathering and rehoming that rambunctious flock. But Dad had met his match! Mom was just as clever as he was. When he sent her a letter in Morse Code, she quickly deciphered it, sending her response back in shorthand. With great apprehension, he had to find someone on the ship who could translate the possibly scandalous letter for him. Born was Dad’s new nickname for her, "Stinker," and from it came her collection of skunks, a surfeit of hundreds of figurines, gifted to each over the course of their 50-year marriage. He created a special word for her, keeping the meaning secret for many years. First written on a fogged mirror for her to figure out, it would be written on every Christmas card, birthday card, anniversary card, and finally on the tombstone they would now share at the National Cemetery, a symbol of their rare and beautiful love story… "Fostaily," shorthand for "From One Stinker to Another I Love You." After their marriage, they relocated to Jacksonville, FL, and then to St. Petersburg, where they spent the next ten years. They loved to camp and discovered Mutual Mine Campground in Inverness in the 1960s, spending many weekends there before settling in Heatherwood in 1972. They were both hairdressers, and owned Plaza Hair Fashions in the Citrus Plaza and Williamsburg Hair Fashions in Beverly Hills. Myrna was very involved with her children and active in the community. She was a member of the Citrus County Goodtime Cloggers, a 4-H leader, a CHS Band Booster, and a supporter of the FFA. In honor of her husband’s service aboard the USS John R. Pierce, Myrna also served as the annual Reunion Coordinator for those servicemen. Myrna, raised in a family of proud Irish heritage, was Catholic by faith, a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, and an active member of the Golden Agers Club at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Bushnell. She was a creative craftswoman and seamstress, a passion that was passed down to her and that she passed down to all of her children. She made our clothes, Halloween costumes (for a family of nine, imagine!), bridesmaids' dresses, and taught all of us, boys and girls alike, to sew, embroider, and crochet. Not only that, but she taught us how to raise and tend a garden and how to ride a horse. The simplest pleasures in life brought her great joy. She especially loved the outdoors, camping, the beach, nature, and the magic of Walt Disney World, where she formed many cherished memories with her children and grandchildren. She was a woman of boundless energy and had a strong love for her family. In addition to being a nurturing and caring mother, she was also a loving and devoted wife. Following Dad’s devastating stroke in 1984, she turned a 24-hour prognosis into 24 more years. Her selfless care and personal attention blessed him with a quality of life that was nothing short of a miracle. In sickness and in health, she was committed to him and treasured the time they spent together. Those left to mourn Myrna’s passing include her children: Teresa Selva, Edward Grady, Eileen Grady, William Grady, Jr., Patrick Grady (Rozanne), Myrna Grady Weeks (Randy), Kathleen Grady Scott (Mario Intelisano), Deborah Payne (Richard), and Michael Grady (Anne). She also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, William, Myrna was preceded in death by her siblings: Francis Shaw, Wallace Shaw, and Mary Murphy. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 11:30 AM at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Bushnell, FL with Father Waldemar Maciag, Celebrant. Following Mass, a committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 PM. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joy Griffin

Joy A Griffin, 89, Floral City, FL
Joy Ann Griffin, 89, of Floral City, FL passed away on September 26th, 2021 under the care of Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing in Inverness. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Mary Hardy

Mary E Hardy, 62, Inverness, FL
Wife, Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Sister and Friend, all the many things you were to us. #1 mom does not describe how wonderful our mother Mary Hardy was. She gave her life to raise us 5 children and dedicated each one of us to the Lord. She always said to each of us children, “I prayed for 3 H’s while carrying you, Happy, Healthy and Honest” and that is what He gave her and she kept us that way, with her strong example and kind loving care. She was a devoted wife and help mate for over 37 years to William Lee Hardy, they had the truest deepest love that gave all of us a wonderful example. Mom will be missed by many but her kindness, hard work and dedication to the Lord will not be forgotten and we will each do our best to carry on our parents memory and work. For those of you that didn’t know Mary Hardy, she was a proud mother and grandmother and she gave us the greatest gift any mother could give her children, truth and love. We grew up strong because she weeded out whatever could go wrong, she'd say the straight and narrow is the toughest road but it’s the only road worth being on. Her garden: Daughter Anita Hardy, (son’s) Billy Hardy, Jared Hardy, daughter Krystle Miracle and her husband Shaun Miracle and their children Landon, Liam, Brooke and Ezekiel and daughter Jessica Jackson and her Husband Joshua Jackson and their girls Cedar and Brooke. Her favorite thing to do was to read, sing and dance to her grandkids. Her face would light up with pure joy and love. No words can describe how much love our mother poured into her family and the burden she had to serve the Lord and teach us to do the same. Our dear Father saw her job was done and that it was time to take her on home, we thank Him for the time he gave us with her and now she can rest in Him. Below is the song she would put her grandchildren to sleep singing: From the dust of the earth, God created man, His breath made man a living soul. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, and that is why I love Him so. I was made in his likeness, created in his image, for I was born to serve the Lord, and I can't deny him, I'll always walk beside him, for I was born to serve the Lord. My hands were made, to help my neighbor, my eyes were made to read God's word, my feet were made to walk in his footsteps, my body is the temple of the Lord. I was made in His likeness, created in His image for I was born to serve the Lord and I can't deny Him 'll always walk beside Him, for I was born to serve the Lord. I will serve thee, because I love thee For I was born, to serve the Lord. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Harris Sr.

James B Harris Sr., 95, Hernando, FL
James Burl Harris Sr. of Hernando, FL passed away at his daughters’ home while surrounded by his loving family on November 21, 2021, at the age of 95. He was born to the late Russell and Emma (Pelfrey) Harris on April 3, 1926, in Frenchburg, KY. James proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army and was a Veteran of World War II. Following his military service, he went to work for the Refrigeration Division of General Motors as a Production Foreman. He was married to his wife Lavana Harris for 58 years until her passing on March 15, 2004. Following his retirement from General Motors, he and Lavana made Citrus County their home in 1986. Those left to mourn James’ passing include his son, James B. Harris Jr., and his wife Sheila; daughters: Emma Marie “Cricket” Scott and her husband Mack, Janet Elaine Edwards, Tonda Kaye “TK” Payne, and her husband David; grandchildren: Sherry Ann (Harris) Wiseman, Peggy Elaine (Harris) Hickey, Daniel Clay Moore, Kimberly Kaye Moore, Aaron David Payne, Ashley Danielle Payne, Dustin Jordan Payne, Trevor Kyle Payne, and many great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Lavana, James was preceded in death by sons: Gary Lee Harris, Robert Wayne Harris, and grandsons: Michael David Barrett and Mark Kevin Barrett. Sadly, just two days after James Sr. passing, the family announces the passing of James’ grandson, James Benjamin Harris. The family has asked that funeral services and burial information be kept private. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marie Hartley

Marie G Hartley, 84, Inverness, FL
Marie G. Hartley of Inverness passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on October 26, 2021 at the age of 84. She was born to the late Raymond and Goldie (George) Gottstein on February 15, 1937 in Bloomsburg, PA. Marie was married to her loving husband James Hartley for 51 years until his passing on March 20, 2018. She made Citrus County her home over 30 years ago after relocating from Valley Forge, PA. In her spare time she enjoyed being outdoors and gardening. She also enjoyed boating and going out fishing. Marie had a great love for dogs and had many faithful companions over the years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her grandchildren. Those left to mourn Marie’s passing include her son, Jack Hartley and his wife Holly Hartley of Inverness; stepchildren: James M. Hartley and his wife Karen of Bensalem, PA, Gail Ann Freedman and her husband Phillip of Media, PA, and Susan Bauhof and her husband John of Bensalem; brothers: Leonard and Walter Gottstein; sister, Josephine Keyser; and grandchildren: Tyler and Makayla Hartley. She was preceded in death by sister, Julia Kasmitskie. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, November 15 at 10:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel. Following the chapel service, Marie will be laid to rest with her husband James at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 11:30 AM. A procession to the cemetery will depart the funeral home at 10:45 AM for those that wish to attend the cemetery committal service. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Paul Hellstern, Sr.

Paul A Hellstern, Sr., 87, Hernando, FL
Paul Aloysius Hellstern Sr., 87, resident of Hernando, Florida, passed away peacefully November 12, 2021, at Superior Residence. Born September 2,1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Marie and Aloysius Hellstern. He was the third of six siblings. He married his first wife Beverly A. Hellstern on July 30, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2000, he retired to Hernando Florida and remarried in 2004 to Adele Kut. He is survived by his first wife Beverly A Hellstern; his son Mark and Michelle Hellstern, Annapolis MD, Ann Marie and Timothy Burnell, Richmond, Texas; son Paul Jr. MD. and Falon Hellstern, Crystal River, Fl and Kenneth and Karen Hellstern, Rochester NY; He is survived by his 8 grandchildren; Ahmad Hellstern, Hannah and Alexander Burnell, Lauren and Emily Hellstern, Nathan, Kyle and Caroline Hellstern. Mr. Hellstern was preceded in death by his second wife Adele, his first grandson Clark Hellstern and his siblings, Mark, Jean Marie, Francis, Mary Carrol, and John. A private Church service and memorial will be held in Inverness Florida at a later date. A Memorial Fund has been set up at: mssociety.donordrive.com/campaign/Hellstern-Memorial—Fund. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Hylen, Sr.

Robert R Hylen, Sr., 88, Lecanto, FL
Robert R. Hylen, Sr. of Lecanto, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital on September 4, 2021 at the age of 88. He was born to the late Arthur and Evelyn (Hawkins) Hylen on December 29, 1932 in Randolph, MA. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Robert received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Following graduation, he went on to work in the new and emerging refrigerated foods industry. After many years of service, Robert retired from the Pillsbury Corporation as their National Sales Manager. On June 18, 1955 he married Paula (Schwind) with whom he shared 66 years of loving marriage. Robert and Paula made Lecanto their home in 1998. He loved his family, his church, playing golf, traveling and playing cards. Robert also liked to volunteer his time. In addition to his wife Paula, those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his children: Andrea Hylen, Joanne Brown (Patrick), Robert Hylen, Jr; grandchildren: Mary (Jesse), Elizabeth, Amy (Patrick), Julie (Thomas), Hannah, Lucas, Matthew, Nathaniel, Makenna; great grandchildren: Lucille, James, Evelyn. Robert was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Hylen; grandchild, Cooper; brothers: Ronald Hylen, David Hylen; sister in law, Ellen Hylen. Robert will be laid to rest with full military honors at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on October 8, 2021 at 11:30 AM. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frank Irvin

Frank Irvin, 43, Beverly Hills, FL
Frank “Frankie” Irvin, 43, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away on September 20, 2021 in Hernando, FL. He was born to the late Leon Irvin and Angela (Nola) Tucker on May 19th, 1978 in Yonkers, NY. Frank will be remembered as being a good friend to all who had the privilege of getting to know him. He is described as someone who never gossips or has an ill word to say about anyone. He was an all-around good person and he will be missed deeply. Those left to cherish Frankie’s memory are his children, Frank Irvin, Jr. of Inverness, FL and Kalyn Ivin of Inverness, FL; his mother, Angela Tucker; his siblings, Vincent Irvin and Angelina Irvin; and his cherished granddaughter, Linzie Irvin. Arrangements for Frankie are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


David Jayne

David K Jayne, 83, Inverness, FL
David K. Jayne, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 9th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late George and Esther May (Cole) Jayne on November 25th, 1937 in Dundee, NY. He was a Jet Engine Mechanic when he honorably served in the United States Air Force. He preceded a career at Pan Am for 29 years. He and his wife, Cecelia, made Citrus County their home 15 years ago when they moved from Davie, FL. David was an avid crossword player, loved cornhole, loved beating everyone in Dominos, loved deer hunting with his father, he was a Pittsburg Steelers fan he loved NASCAR and go kart racing (go 7NY) and working out in his garden. He will be remembered for being there for whoever needed him. David was preceded in death, along with his parents, by six of his brothers and sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Cecelia; his children, David A. Jayne, Cheryl & Alan Salisbury, Nancy Magrene, Margherita & Jerry Bovee, Cecelia & Mark Kidwell (his longtime racing buddy), Lora Prior, Peggy & Shawn Brace, Maria Pecoraro; his brother, Bobby Jayne; his sisters, Velma Silliman and Carolyn Merritt and his many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. David will be laid to rest at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Ida Johnson

Ida H Johnson, 77, Inverness, FL
Ida Helen Johnson, age 77, Inverness, FL passed away November 20, 2021 at Bayfront 7 Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. A native of Cologne, Germany, she was born January 3, 1944 to the late Antoni Marzewski and Anna Katawa Marzewski and moved to Florida in 1996. She was employed as a Financial Analyst for Citi Bank in New York City. Survivors include 2 daughters, Cindy S. Johnson and Robin V. Johnson. Cremation arrangements are private. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine M Johnson, 77, Homosassa, FL
Lorraine M. Johnson, 77, of Homosassa, FL passed away on October 22nd, 2021 under the care of Superior Residences of Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Lloyd and Alma Rabideau Bresette on November 7th, 1943 in Buffalo, NY. She married her beloved husband, Joseph in 1985 and together, they made Citrus County their home in 2018 after many years of snow-birding from Keeseville, NY. She was a Coronary Care Technician for many years and was involved in the medical industry for 20+ years overall. Lorraine was an avid bowler and loved to gamble. She was active in the Ladies of the Elks where she was President for some time. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joseph; her children, Paul “Travis” Santorella, Heidi Walker, and Toni Griffith; her two brothers, Wayne and Bernard Bresette; and her several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Arrangements for Lorraine are private at this time. She will later be laid to rest in New York. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ronald "Butch" Johnston

Ronald "Butch" J Johnston, 81, Floral City, FL
Ronald “Butch” Jackson Johnston, Sr. of Floral City passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 10, 2021, at the age of 81. He was born to the late Norman James and Beatrice (Thurman) Johnston on July 19, 1940 in Bronx, NY. Ronald made Floral City his home in 1997 after residing most of his life in Pinellas Park and Idaho. Butch was an incredibly hard worker who never had a desire to retire. After many years working as a Truck Driver and Auto Body Technician, he most recently was as a Heavy Equipment Operator and a Jack of All Trades for Cliff’s Septic Services in Brooksville, FL. In his down time, Butch enjoyed acrylic painting, drag racing, motocross and watching Dale Earnhardt races. He was the champion of Figure-8 stock car racing at the Sunshine Speedway in Pinellas Park in the 60’s. Those left to mourn Ronald’s passing include his son, Ronald Johnston, Jr. and his wife Lori, daughters, Kimberly Triano and her husband Timothy, Ronda Van Diver and her husband Ronnie; Grandson, Jake Chason and his wife, Monica, granddaughters, Alexandra Johnston and her fiancé Josh, Brittany Baylis and her husband Brian, Courtney Chase and her fiancé Jessica, and Emily Nickell and her husband Brett; as well as seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters and a brother. Butch never said Goodbye when leaving or hanging up the phone, always just “love ya tons”. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Akram Kader

Akram A Kader, 74, Inverness, FL
Akram Alex Kader, 74, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 2, 2021 at his home. He was born to Ahmed Kader and Deebeh Yahya in Ajjul, Jordan on June 8, 1947. Akram earned a bachelor's degree in Arabic Literature from Beirut Arab University and taught Arabic in middle schools and high schools in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Algeria before relocating to Northern California in 1974. One of Akram’s favorite hobbies was capturing family moments in home videos. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, watching movies, WWE wrestling, 49ers football, and in his retired years, playing cards at home with Yvonne while enjoying an occasional martini. Akram lived for his family, especially later in his life, and was known to say, "Happiness is being a grandfather." Akram is survived by his loving partner of 15 years Yvonne Evans; his ex-wife Maria and their three children, Sommer (husband Jason), Sami (wife Megan), and Dina (husband Davede); his brothers, Fuad, Oscar, Maurico, and Khalid; many beloved nieces and nephews; and his seven cherished grandchildren, with one on the way. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 am on November 17, 2021 at the Calvary Cemetery and Funeral Center in Citrus Heights, CA, with visitation from 9-11. In lieu of flowers, Yvonne and Akram had expressed remembrances in the form of contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on their behalf. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Pamela Keith

Pamela J Keith, 71, Beverly Hills, FL
Pamela Johanna McCracken Keith, lovely known as PJ, passed away on November 8, 2021 in Beverly Hills, FL at her home. She was born on June 21, 1950 in Bucyrus, Ohio to Ward and Doris Kaler McCracken. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Patricia and sister Marilyn Koons. She is survived by daughter Alissa Nelson, son Christopher Keith and granddaughters, Emma and Molly Nelson, sister Delores Kalb, brothers Carl (Marilyn) McCracken and Walter (Franki) McCracken, and brother-in-law Delbert Koons. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and former husband Richard Keith. She graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Dayton, Ohio in 1971. She was a career registered nurse that served in numerous professional capacities. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and was an avid dog lover. She was very involved in making a difference with non-profit groups throughout her life. She is loved by many and will be dearly missed. Arrangements for Pamela are private at this time. There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Dennis Kielan

Dennis R Kielan, 75, Lecanto, FL
Dennis Kielan, 75, of Lecanto, FL passed away on October 28th, 2021 at his home. He was born to the late Chester and Bernice (Kalin) Kielan on March 29th, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Vietnam Vet. In 2007 he moved to Lecanto, FL (Citrus County) when he relocated from Illinois. Dennis enjoyed playing Golf, liked to travel and was a life time member of VFW. He was also a member of American Legion. Along with his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Corinne who passed away on August 26th, 2015. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Kimberly McAlpine (Robert) of Ottawa, IL, Dawn Szymanski (Paul) of Houston, TX, Alan Kielan (Angie) of Appleton, WI, and Joseph Kielan (Tabitha) of Ottawa, IL, his sister, Carol Puszcz (Dave); his two brother-in-laws, Mike Kliffel (Michelle) and Danny Davidson (Elaine); his 13 cherished grandchildren; his 13 adored great-grandchildren; his two nephews, 3 nieces and many other extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 6th, 2021, at 3 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Tejada officiating. A gathering of family and friends for a time of fellowship will begin at 2 PM. Military Honors will be rendered for Dennis’ dedicated military service. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Dennis name to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675- 8516 or go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org to donate.


Donald Lake

Donald W Lake, 61, Citrus Springs, FL
Donald William Lake, 61 of Citrus Springs, passed away November 20, 2021 at the Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point in Hudson, FL. Donald was born in Alpena, Michigan on April 6, 1960 to the late William C. and Susan (Henry) Lake, and came to Citrus County in 1999 from his native Alpena. Donald worked for the last 16 years at the Citrus County Jail as a corrections assistant, and prior to that he worked in the health care field. Donald loved his family and friends, his beloved dogs, and the Detroit Red Wings. He also loved his tattoo, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5-9. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 30 years, Kristie Lake; his children: Jordan Lake and his wife Josephine McMullen, of Canton, GA, Ethan Lake of Citrus Springs and Collin Lake of Citrus Springs; his twin brother, Hank Lake and his wife Diane, of Alpena, MI, brother, Charlie Lake and wife Joann, of Grand Blanc, MI; and his sister Nancy Thatcher, Alpena, MI. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted on Friday, November 26, at 11:00 AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, with Chaplain Daniel Savage, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial to: The Citrus County Animal Shelter Building Fund.


Louise "Weezie" Lanzendorfer

Louise "Weezie" M Lanzendorfer, 85, Inverness, FL
Louise Marie “Weezie” Lanzendorfer of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 3, 2021 at the age of 85. She was born to the late Charles and Lillian Nittel on July 4, 1936 in New York, NY. Weezie worked in the technology industry for a number of years as a programmer. In 1989 she married Joseph Lanzendorfer with whom she shared 31 years of loving marriage until his passing on August 22, 2020. Weezie and Joseph were Florida “snowbirds” for a number of years but made Florida their permanent home in 2019 and were members of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness. She enjoyed traveling and taking cruises with her husband, especially cruises to the Caribbean islands with the Share Club. Weezie is survived by her son, Keefe Doelling; stepchildren: Daniel Lanzendorfer and his wife Pamela, Cheri Miller and her husband Jerry, Patricia Kelly and her husband John; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be laid to rest with her family at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donald Lassiter

Donald E Lassiter, 66, Inverness, FL
Donald Everett Lassiter’s love of life did not come to an end with his death. Donnie passed away peacefully at the age of 66 on November 22, 2021 of natural causes; surrounded by his loving family and his beautiful friends. He is now dancing on the streets of gold in heaven with his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! Donald was born in St. Louis, MO on March 22, 1955 to Lamar Everett & Beulah Mae Lassiter. He grew up in Cincinnati, OH with his parents, 2 brothers: Bob & Jim, and his Sister Sue. After leaving his childhood home, he thrived at Key Light Homes where he worked and lived for almost 40 years. He loved his life in the Key Light community where friends became family. Donnie was the most loving Uncle to his many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. “Uncle Donnie” loved to play and was the biggest kid of them all. He loved Batman, Bowling, Classic Cars, Gospel Country Music and Hee Haw. Donnie’s favorite thing was a trip to McDonald’s for a cheeseburger, fries and a coke! Donald is survived by many members of his loving family & friends. He is a treasured son, a loving brother, the cherished “Uncle Donnie”, and a wonderful friend. Don loved everyone unconditionally and everyone he met was his friend. Donnie is God’s angel, and he touched the lives of all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 3rd, 2021, at 2:00 P.M.,from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Donald’s family officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness, beside his parents. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until service time. Reception and Memorial Tree Planting will be immediately following the burial at Key Light 2 ~ 402 Dampier Street, Inverness, FL 34450. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Key Training Center ~ In Memory of Donald Lassiter, 5399 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy Lecanto, FL 34461.


Barbara Lawton

Barbara J Lawton, 75, Inverness, FL
Barbara Jean Lawton of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully on November 9, 2021 at the age of 75. She was being visited and comforted by family and friends at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center at the time of her passing. She was born to the late Harold E. and Katherine (Boles) Lawton on September 25, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY. Barbara was employed as an accountant at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ for over 20 years. In 2012 after retiring from the casino she made Inverness, FL her home. Once she was settled in, she decided to return to work and was employed at the CVS in Inverness for over 3 years. Barbara was also a volunteer election poll worker. She had a terrific sense of humor and loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed watching sports and was a huge fan of the New York Giants and the Florida State Seminoles. Barbara loved the holidays, especially Christmas, and was known to spoil her friends and family with many gifts. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and shopping. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold J. Lawton and sister-in law Maxine. Those left to mourn Barbara’s passing include her niece, Kendra and her husband Obi; nephew, Wayne and his wife Jennifer; grandnephews: Sean, AJ and Jide; grandnieces: Kate and Adora; her dear friends: Donna and Mary Ann; and a great many friends and “adopted” nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Barbara was an animal lover and especially loved dogs including her puppies Domino, Coco, Pepper, Duchess and Bosco. Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Citrus County Animal Shelter.


Donald Leuallen

Donald J Leuallen, 86, Inverness, FL
Donald J. Leuallen, born June 23rd, 1935 in Salem, NJ, went peacefully to be with the Lord on September 9th, 2021 under the care of hospice at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Mary A. Burk Leuallen; his 2nd wife, Arlette Gifford Leuallen; his parents, William and Mary (Schultz) Leuallen; and his brother, Billy Leuallen. Those left to cherish Donald’s memory are his daughters, Julia A. Leuallen Rinnier (Steve King) and Diana Leuallen Lilla (Terry); his cherished grandchildren, Mary Scott Booth (Alan), Angela Ulissi, Valerie Rinnier Johnson (Robert), and Natalie Rinnier Specie (Sean); his adored great-grandchildren, Gage, Allora, Dakota, Madison, Dalton, and Gemma; and his friend and companion, Mary Merrick. Donald enjoyed baseball, fishing, football, and talking sports. He enjoyed taking care of his Orchids and working in his garden. He also loved traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He was an active animal lover and enjoyed spending time with his cats. He was also an active member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Inverness. He was involved in several committees and served as a Worship Leader. Donald will be remembered for his way of bringing joy in others. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Life for Donald will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at a later date, when friends and family can all be together. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Citrus County Animal Services of Inverness, FL, 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness, FL 34450 or to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 114 N. Osceola Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.


Anna Lipford

Anna J Lipford, 92, Inverness, FL
Anna Jean Lipford, 92, of Inverness, FL passed away October 5, 2021 at Cates House in Ocala, FL. She was born in Montgomery, W.VA on June 29, 1929 to the late Charles J. and Willa L. (Walker) Filbin. Jean was a retail sales representative in the banking industry, and enjoyed dancing. She originally arrived in this area in 1989, and then returned in 2003. She attended Ft. Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness. Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, William Richard Lipford, then her second husband, Cecil Bryant Lovan, and three brothers: Jackie Filbin, Jerry Filbin of Kentucky, and Thomas Filbin of Maryland. She is survived by her children William Lipford of Petersburg, VA, and Sherry Kalasnik of Ulysses, PA; step children: Randy, David, and Kevin Lovan, and Carolyn Bates and Patricia Tabor, all of California; brother, Charles Filbin of W. VA; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A celebration of Life for Jean will be held at Ft. Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness, on Thursday, November 4th, at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Ft. Cooper Baptist Church, 4222 S. Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450 or to the Centralia Presbyterian Church, 4625 Centralia Road, Chester, VA 23831. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Nancy "Sue" Loftin

Nancy "Sue" Loftin, 83, Hernando, FL
Nancy “Sue” Loftin of Hernando, FL went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 24, 2021, at the age of 83, at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers Hospital. She was born on December 4th, 1937 in Knoxville, TN. On August 26, 1978 she married Robert “Bobby” L. Loftin with whom she shared 43 years of loving marriage. They made Citrus County their home in 2001 after relocating from Atlanta, GA. Sue was a Christian by faith and a member of North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs, FL. Sue retired as an administrator for General Motors. But she also studied cosmetology, professional cake decorating, floral design, photography and calligraphy. Sue enjoyed word puzzles, all types of crafts. cooking, baking and shopping. Sue was at ease in her home where she created delicious meals. She was very active at North Oak and loved to fellowship with her church family. In addition to her husband Robert “Bobby” those left to mourn Sue’s passing include her daughter, Michelle Anne Barnes and her husband Robert of Savannah, GA, Luther and Kathy Willis and family, all her NOBC family and her dear friend, Betty Pendley. She was preceded in death by her Mother and Father and siblings: David Rose and Sheila Kirchoff. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled at North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs, FL for Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM and will be conducted by Pastor Stan Stewart. Friends are invited to gather for visitation with the family beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, Sue requests that memorial donations be made to North Oak Baptist Church in her memory. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Leona Lotz

Leona M Lotz, 91, Hernando, FL
Leona M. Lotz, 91, of Hernando, FL went home peacefully into the arms of God, on September 16th, 2021, under the loving care of her daughter Karen Lewis, grandson Eric Lewis and family. Leona was born in East Boston, Massachusetts, February 13th, 1930 to Walter and Lena Stoney. Leona came from a large family consisting of several brothers and sisters, during the Great Depression. She graduated high school and went on to complete business school whereafter she was employed as a secretary in Boston at the State House. From there she met the love of her life, Peter E. Lotz who sadly preceded her in death on December 6, 2011. It was love at first sight while waiting in line to see a movie with her mother. Peter turned around and bought a ticket and sat down next to Leona. Much to Leona’s father’s surprise she had brought back Peter who was in the Coast Guard at the time. Her love for him never died as everyday she thought of him and kept him in her prayers. They had a wonderful life together and enjoyed entertaining their friends, boating, and traveling in their RV out west. Leona’s main profession in life was an executive secretary in which she retired from Carborundum, an abrasives company in Niagara Falls. After leaving New York to move to St. Petersburg Beach in order to take care of Peter’s father, she also worked at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, as their secretary. After moving to Citrus county she then volunteered at Citrus Memorial Hospital where her daughter worked, to assist her when needed. Leona loved her three children immensely and enjoyed the times she spent with them. Peter S. Lotz of Niagara Falls, NY is a Master Falconer and she put on the glove at the Erie County Fair to handle a European Barn Owl. John R. Lotz of Middleport, NY would take her riding on his Harley and she loved every minute of it. Karen L. Lewis of Hernando, FL devoted her love and care and shared many happy times together. Leona loved to sing and play her guitar and once was on stage singing with Ramblin Lou, a popular country western singer, in upstate New York. On a trip to Nashville she cut a 45 singing Crazy, by Patsy Cline. Everyone that met her knew she was as honest as they come. Always smiling and willing to listen and help out if she could. Leona was very devoted to her family and always put them first. Mom, we were blessed for the time God gave you to us. You were the best mother a son or daughter could ever hope to have. You have brought value, love, and hope into our lives. We each have our own special memories that we will hold close to our hearts and remember you each day forever until we meet again. Left to cherish your memory are 3 children: Peter S. Lotz and his wife Pauline of Niagara Falls, New York, John R. Lotz and his wife Vicki of Middleport, New York, and Karen L. Lewis and her husband John of Hernando, Florida; 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; sister, Jeanne Stoney of Spring Hill, Florida and brother, Raymond Stoney of North Carolina and several siblings. Cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Inurnment to take place at Riverdale Cemetery, New York at a later date.


Wilfred Lugo

Wilfred Lugo, 73, Floral City, FL
Wilfred Lugo, 73, of Floral City, FL peacefully went to meet with his Lord and savior on October 1st, 2021 at his home. He was born to the late Rafael and Dolores Vega Lugo on November 26th, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY. He bravely served as a member of the United States Army and was a Viet Nam Vet. Wilfred made Citrus County his home in 1979 after moving from Bay Shore, NY. He worked for at Citrus Memorial Hospital for 26 years in Plant Maintenance. Wilfred will be remembered for being a devoted husband for 51 years, a committed and dedicated parent, who loved being an active part in his children’s lives, church, sports and school activities. He loved fixing and tinkering with things to make them work, gardening, sports, and volunteering anywhere he could which included: Hospice of Citrus County , Fort Cooper State Park, the Citrus County Soccer and youth Baseball teams, Floral City United Methodist Church, Camp E-Nini-Hassee,the Citrus County Health Department and most recently the Brooksville Wesleyan Church. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Wendy Collazo. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kenia; his sons, Daniel Lugo and Jamie Lugo (wife Sondra); his brother, Jonathan; his sisters, Rafaela Molonini (husband Alfred) and Dolores Jablonski (husband Mike); and his four grandchildren, Maddox, Myla, Raena, and Ryker. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at 11 AM at the Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd. Brooksville, FL where friends and family are welcome to gather beginning at 10 AM until the hour of service. Wilfred will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Keri Manchester

Keri L Manchester, 52, Inverness, FL
Keri Lynn Manchester, age 52, Inverness, FL went to her eternal home on November 23, 2021. Keri was born in Ft Lauderdale, FL on September 24, 1969 to Ronald and Sharon (Faucetta) Hansen and came to Citrus County 19 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Glenn A. Manchester, Inverness, FL; her parents, Ronald E. and Sharon Hansen of Inverness; 4 sons: Andrew V. (Anahi) Manchester of San Antonio, TX; Matthew, Marc, and Jonathan Manchester, all of Inverness; 1 brother, Steven (Trish) Hansen of San Antonio, TX There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled for Keri on December 21, 2021 at 11AM at Tree of Life Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard L. Arndt officiating. Private cremation was with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Giles Marino

Giles A Marino, 56, Homosassa, FL
Giles Alexandre Marino went home to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 6, 2021, at the age of 56. Beloved husband of Heather Marino (Trewin); Cherished son of Jeannine and the late Angelo Marino; Brother to Melvin (Cheryl) and Michael (Marcia) Marino; Loving son-in-law to David & Joan Trewin; Brother-in-law to Brian (Sheila) and Stephen (Jennifer) Trewin. Also will be missed by his uncles, Maurice and Serge Meunier, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He had a deep, abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, with a passion for guitars and motorcycles. His infectious laughter and his keen wit will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a big brother and mentor to many teenagers in the church youth group over the years, guiding them spiritually and teaching discipline in his Christian rock band. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at Calvary Chapel of Inverness. Friends are invited to join Giles’ family in visitation, beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, friends are invited to join the family at Calvary Chapel’s Holy Grounds Café for live music and refreshments. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compassion International (www.compassion.com).


Maxine Matilainen

Maxine R Matilainen, 94, Inverness, FL
Maxine R. Matilainen of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 28, 2021 at the age of 94. She was born to the late Charles and Esther (Lodge) Wade on January 31, 1927 in Indianapolis, IN. Maxine was married to her husband Eero E. Matilainen for 47 years until his passing in 2017. After leaving Indiana, she made Florida her permanent home and most recently moved in with her daughter who was also her caregiver for the last few years. A Christian by faith, Maxine most recently attended worship services at First Lutheran Church of Ridge Manor, FL. In her spare time she enjoyed crazy quilting, sewing and playing cards, especially the game of hand and foot. Maxine is survived by her daughter, Diana Johnston; brother, James Wade; grandchildren: Rena Cooper, Renee Hartz, Leah Price, Ronald Terrell, Jr. and Kris Terrell. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas McMath

Thomas S McMath, 64, Hernando, FL
Thomas Scott McMath of Hernando, FL passed away at Select Specialty Hospital in Oxford, FL on November 15, 2021 at the age of 64. He was born to James A. McMath and the late Wanda (McClain) McMath on May 4, 1957 in Indianapolis, IN. Tom earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. For 3 years he was a Professor at Florida State University teaching Diesel Mechanics. However, his main occupation throughout his lifetime was restoring classic cars and building cars. Tom loved all things to do with cars and it was his life’s passion. Whenever he had spare time, he would be working on cars as well as taking on home improvement tasks. He was talented in so many areas and always did a wonderful job on any project he took on. In 2018, Tom and his wife Gail found the perfect home with some land on which they were able to build his dream garage. Tom was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the Hills Church in Beverly Hills, FL. He had a deep abiding love for the Lord and was very active in his church. He volunteered much of his time helping out many of the older members of the congregation to run errands. He would drive them to the grocery store as well as help out around their house if needed. Tom enjoyed reading his Bible and his daily devotional. When he took time out for himself, he liked going swimming and working out at the YMCA. He also enjoyed running. Tom would also like people to know that he was very patriotic and proud to be an American. Those left to mourn Tom’s passing include his wife of 14 years, Gail McMath; daughters: Tonya Leonard of California and Tammi McMath of Ohio; his father, James A. McMath of Indiana; brother, Michael McMath of Indiana; sisters: Sherry Cooper and her husband Gary of Indiana, Cynthia Karr of Indiana; and grandchildren: John and Zoey. Tom will also be missed by his beloved Beagle and running partner, Thunder. He was just recently preceded in death by his mother, Wanda McMath. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is being planned by Tom’s family for Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM at The Hills Church and will be conducted by Pastor Phil Horn. The Church is located at 2 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rosemarie Meyer

Rosemarie L Meyer, 95, Inverness, FL
Rosemarie Laura Meyer of Inverness, FL passed away at New Horizon Assisted Living on October 20, 2021 at the age of 95. She was born to the late Clarence and Grace (Florip) Higley on August 1, 1926 in Detroit, MI. Rosemarie and her family made Stockbridge, MI their home in 1957 and were the Pioneer Family in the first act of the Centennial Pageant in 1960. She worked at the Stockbridge Post Office as a clerk and in the Postmasters absence she worked as the clerk in charge. She eventually retired after 20 years of dedicated service. Rosemarie had many loves from working in her flower garden to listening and singing to music. All of us kid's have many fond memories of our mother and father. My father would be playing the piano and my mother would be singing along with him. She enjoyed meeting her group of friends at the coffee shop in the mornings. She enjoyed working out on her exercise bike and she loved to read all kinds of things. Her favorite was Western's and watching Western's on TV. She also very much enjoyed collecting ceramic Dolls and jewelry. Rosemarie and her husband first met at a “tip toppers club”, a club specifically for tall people. Her greatest joy and love was for her family and spending time with them. My mother and father met at the tip topper's club for those not in the know it's a club for tall people. My Mother's Absolutely biggest love was her family. Rosemarie is survived by her daughter, Karen Ann Vallejo and her husband Ray of Beverly Hills, FL; sons: Keith R. Kothe and his wife Meira of Bat Shemesh, Israel, Gregory A. Kothe of Inverness, FL, Tony Jenkins and his wife Mona of Tazewell, VA; daughter in law, Helen Kothe of Glen Burnie Marilyn; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren and several Nieces and nephews. Rosemarie was preceded in death by her first husband and mother of her children, Gerard “Bob” Kothe on May 15, 1988; her second husband, Georg William Meyer on June 4, 2006; brother, Raymond Higley; sisters: Laurine Bailey and Virginia Burke; daughter in law, Sherry Kothe; and great granddaughter, Jade Kothe. Rosemarie will be laid to rest alongside her husband Bob at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge, MI at a later date. Arrangements in Michigan will be under the care of Purse Funeral Home in Adrian, MI. Florida arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


MSG Raymond Michael Jr. US Army (Ret)

MSG Raymond L Michael Jr. US Army (Ret), 85, Inverness, FL
MSG Raymond Linden Michael, Jr., US Army (Ret) passed away on September 9th, 2021 at the age of 85 under the care of hospice at home. He was born to the late Raymond Linden Michael Sr. and Audrey Louise (Shank) Michael on February 4th, 1936 in Romney, West Virginia. Raymond bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. After 21 years of dedicated service, he retired as a Master Sergeant and became a ROTC Instructor for Dixie Hollins High School in Pinellas County for 15 years. In 1991 he and his wife Patricia made Citrus County their home and he dedicated much of his time to faithfully serving in the local Baptist churches and throughout the community. Raymond was a member of and very involved in multiple veteran organizations and other societies including the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 776, Citrus County Veterans Coalition, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign War, Korean War Veterans Chapter 192, American Legion Post FL #0225, Vine Grove Lodge #603 and Osiris Shrine in Wheeling, West Virginia. In the late 1960’s, he was appointed as a Kentucky Colonel by the State Governor. He loved fishing and participated in many bass fishing tournaments with his buddies. Working in the yard and tinkering in his many tool sheds were among his favorite pass times. Family was very important to Raymond and family get-togethers were numerous and memorable. Those left to cherish Raymond’s memory are his wife of 64 years, Patricia; his children, Michael C. Michael of Inverness, FL, Raymond L. Michael III (wife Barbara) of Hernando, FL, and Mark A. Michael of Seminole, FL; his sister, Peggy St. Marie; his five grandchildren, Michael Jr., Sarah, Andrew (wife Sheena), Amanda, and Chase; his great-grandchild, Roxanne; and (Kathy) mother of Michael Jr. and Sarah, and (Paige) mother of Chase. A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness, FL. Raymond will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on Friday, October 8th, 2021 at 12:30 PM. Full military honors will be rendered. For those who would like to attend the Florida National Cemetery service, a gathering of family and friends will begin at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home that morning at 10:30 AM and will last until the time of departure for the cemetery, which will take place at 11:45 AM. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Richard Mills

Richard R Mills, 67, Inverness, FL
Mr. Richard Ross Mills was born at Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, Louisiana on 10 September 1954. Richard Mills is preceded in death by his Father LTC Charlie Mills, his Mother Mrs. Jean Mills. Richard (Rick) as he was known by, traveled the world with his military family as a young boy. When his family temporarily settled in Hawaii Richard graduated high school and went on to college. He attended Hawaii Baptist Academy and graduated in 1973. From there he went to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and earned his BS Degree in Cinematography and History in 1978. Richard was never one to settle down in just one place after college. He continued to travel the World and used his education to film in many different countries. He was in Yugoslavia filming the war of Bosnia. He also traveled to Central and South America and used his trade in Cinematography as a War Correspondent. Richard finally came back home and found work at KNCT TV for PBS in Killeen Texas as a Producer and created many wonderful public information commercials for PBS and for the 1st Cavalry Division on Fort Hood. His work can still be seen on some affiliate stations of PBS in the Central Texas area to this day. When Richard finally came back home, he settled down and raised a small family. He is survived by his oldest son US Army SSG Christopher Mills and his wife Mrs. Samantha Mills, his other son Mr. Sean Mills and his daughter Ms. Lara Mills both from Miami Florida. He is also survived by his sister Kaaren Woods and her husband Alvin Woods that both live in Texas. It is worth mentioning that Richard treasured his three children. His two sons and his daughter were a source of pride with Richard. Richard continued his passion for reading, writing and photography until his end. He enjoyed life and shared his passions with those around him. He always brought joy and a little bit of dry humor to every situation he faced. Richard R. Mills will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him best. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael Mokszycki

Michael F Mokszycki, 93, Lecanto, FL
Michael Frank Mokszycki of Lecanto, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 29, 2021 at the age of 93. He was born to the late William and Kunegunda (Oko) Mokszycki on September 23, 1928 in Athens, NY. On October 18, 1953 he married Barbara (Albrecht) with whom he shared 68 years of loving marriage. Michael worked as a Corrections Supervisor for the New York Department of Corrections and retired after 25 years of service. Together he and his wife Barbara made Lecanto, FL their home 30 years ago after relocating from Athens, NY. A Catholic by faith, he was a parishioner of St. Scholastica Catholic Church. Michael loved the outdoors and being outside. He was a very handy man and in his spare time he enjoyed working in his shop and was almost always tinkering or working on a project. He wasn’t one to sit around. In addition to his loving wife Barbara, those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his sons: Steven (Suzanne Zindell) Mokszycki, Joseph (Donna) Mokszycki, William (Debbie) Mokszycki, David (Mary Jane) Mokszycki; daughter, Diane (Kevin) White; brother, John Mokszycki; sister, Victoria Borgen; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Michael was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Mokszycki; brothers: Joseph and Andrew Mokszycki; and sister, Anna Mokszycki. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto, FL on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM and will be conducted by Father Jose Tejada. Additional services will be held for Michael in New York and are being planned by his family. He will be laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Catskill, NY at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lawrence Montag

Lawrence A Montag, 57, Floral City, FL
Lawrence Allen Montag of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on October 2, 2021 at the age of 57. He was born to Allen Dale Montag and the late Leah Joyce (Oesterling) Montag on October 10, 1963 in Cabot, PA and was a Christian by faith. Lawrence made Floral City his home 3 years ago after relocating from New York. He enjoyed watching television, movies and fishing. He also enjoyed collecting knives. Lawrence was a true patriot and had a great love for the United States of America. Lawrence is survived by his father, Allen Montag (Velma); his sister, Diane Rigos; brother, Rodney Montag; nieces: Tara Montag, Cori Whitehurst, Theresa Montag; and seven great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leah Montag in 2003. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joanne Murphy

Joanne Murphy, 66, Inverness, FL
Joanne Murphy (Grossmann), 66, passed away October 14th, 2021 after a courageous battle illness. Joanne was born in Nassau County, New York on June 28th, 1955 to Frank and Joan Grossmann. She relocated to Inverness Florida 34 years ago in 1987. Joanne, survived by her husband of 37 years – James V. Murphy, her daughters Tina (Rob) Wright, Tara (Jon) Freund, and son Kevin (Jennifer) Murphy, 8 grandchildren Brecken, Cooper, Max, Bentley, Jaxson, Sophia, Layla and Grayson, Sister Carol (Willy) Schledorn, and Brother Tom(Sue) Grossmann, many nieces and nephews and her best friend Linda. She was proceeded in death by her mother Joan and father Frank as well as her brother Bobby. Joanne’s greatest blessings called her Nan which was her most cherished title in life. Whether it was a school event, a sporting event of just play – she enjoyed all of their activities and looked forward to spending time with them. She rearranged her time to make it to as many events as she could sometimes flying back and forth so she didn’t miss a birthday. Joanne was a giver. She was a giver of her time, gifts big or small and most of all her heart. She could always be counted on to volunteer whether it was class representative or scout leader and remained very engaged in her children's lives. She thought of others, not of herself. Her time in scouts created an opportunity to form lasting friendships that were important to her throughout her life. She loved shopping and would spend hours circling the store to find the perfect gift to give. Joanne loved traveling and seeing new places – Alaska and Hawaii being two of her favorites as well as anywhere she could go to be with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Friday, October 22nd at 11 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home – 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness FL 34450. Lunch reception to follow. While flowers are welcome, the family requests memorial donations are made in Joanne’s honor to the Citrus County Family Resource Center Home (ccfrc.org).


Mary Nelson-Watson

Mary B Nelson-Watson, 83, Inverness, FL
Mary B. Nelson-Watson of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 6, 2021 at the age of 83. She was born to the late John Ford and Martha Jane (Burdiss) Boles on April 28, 1938 in Cabin Cove, WV. Mary moved to Florida with her family in 1952 and graduated as class Valedictorian from Citrus High School in 1956. She was also a cheerleader, played in the band and a member of all the higher educational clubs. Mary went on to attend Madison College in Harrisonburg, WV and became a teacher. She was an educator for 50 years and retired as an elementary school principal. Mary was a very determined woman and always strived for the best. If she became a member of an organization, she would work to become the president of that organization. She could accomplish just about anything she set her mind to. Those left to mourn Mary’s passing include her husband, Harold Donald Watson of Inverness; her sons: Orville “Tripp” R. Nelson, III and his wife Annie of Newport News, VA, Scott Nelson and his wife Theresa of Winter Haven, FL; granddaughter, Hope Nelson; grandson, Ramsey Nelson. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Mary is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Mary will be laid to rest privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date.


Harmon  Nevils

Harmon R Nevils, 79, Inverness, FL
Harmon Raleigh Nevils of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 20, 2021 at the age of 79. He was born to the late Charlie Cohen Nevils and Louise (Hendrix) Nevils on November 24, 1941 in Register, GA. Harmon proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division. Following his military service he worked in the construction industry. Harmon made Citrus County his home over 20 years ago after relocating from Pompano Beach and was a dedicated member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness for over 15 years. He served as a missionary for Compassion International Missions for a number of years and helped bring the word of the Lord to children all over the world including Guatemala, Mexico and the Philippines. In his spare time he really enjoyed working in his garden and loved planting flowers. Harmon also enjoyed fishing and watching football. Those left to mourn Harmon’s passing include his wife Rufina (Luzada) Nevils; sons: William “Bill” Nevils and his wife Regina, Jack Nevils and his wife Maria; daughter, Michelle Nevils Chisholm and her husband Michael; stepson, Dick Luzada; stepdaughters: Rose Luzada Mitillia and Annie Luzada Mayer; brothers: David Nevils and his wife Wanda, Ronnie Nevils and his wife Roberta; and six grandchildren: William “Woody”, Bronte, David, Savannah, Cody and Camille. Harmon was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Nevils on October 17, 2007. He was also preceded in death by one brother. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Darrell Reneau. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in Harmon’s memory to the Cornerstone Baptist Church building fund. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alma Nibling

Alma M Nibling, 92, Floral City, FL
Alma M. Nibling, 92, of Floral City, FL., passed away November 4, 2021, at the Marliere Hospice House in New Port Richey, FL. Alma was born in Akron, Ohio on May 29, 1929, to the late Chester and Mary Catherine (Mulhair) Udell. On January 3, 1946, Alma married the love of her life, Cecil Nibling, with whom she shared 70 years of marriage. For years Alma enjoyed life as a homemaker, one who had several exceptional talents including professional cake decorating & catering, seamstress, and artistic painting, with reverse glass painting her specialty. Later Alma began working in the medical field as a physician assistant. In 1990, Alma and Cecil moved from Akron, Ohio to Floral City, Florida. Alma continued working as a physician assistant until retiring; she continued painting and also took up card-making. Alma attended New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City during her time in Florida. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Sandra Meyers and husband, David, of Akron, OH; and Carolyn Pennell of The Woodlands, TX; grandchildren: Scott Meyers, Brian Meyers, and Jennifer Pennell; and great grandchild, Jennifer Meyers. In addition to her husband Cecil, she was preceded in death by her sons, Bruce Nibling in January 2002, John Nibling in September 2021; and her four siblings: Anita Miller, Ellanore Bilich, Gerald Udell and Elmer Udell. Alma will be interred with her husband at the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, OH. Private cremation with care is provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patrick Palmer

Patrick G Palmer, 63, Floral City, FL
Patrick Gerald Palmer, 63, Beloved Husband, Father, Son and Brother, died September 17, 2021. He is survived by his loving mother, Erika, wife Amanda and sons: Garrett and Connor, and 5 Brothers and Sister. Pat was born in Oregon, OH, but was an adopted resident of the State of Florida for 35+ years. He worked as a General Manager with Wendy’s for the last 33 years and built long-lasting friendships along the way. He took time to embrace life – he loved his dogs, horses, the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, creating amazing meals for others and making amazing margaritas. But his greatest achievement and adventure was creating an amazing lifetime of memories with his loving family Funeral services for Patrick will be conducted on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 12 noon, from the New Testament Baptist Church, with Pastor Ledford Hodges, officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may call at church from 10:30 AM until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Flowers: Waverly Florist, 302 NE 3rd Street, Crystal River, FL 34429, 352-795-1424. Church: New Testament Baptist, 9850 S. Parkside Ave., Floral City, FL 34436.


Alfred Parker

Alfred H Parker, 91, Inverness, FL
Alfred Holcomb “Bill” Parker, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 30th, 2021 under the care of VITAS Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late Edward R. and Sarah E. (Mumford) Parker on April 5th, 1930 in Lyons, GA and in 1983, married his beloved wife, Linda L. Parker. He was a Truck Driver for over 48 years and even owned and operated, with his wife, two Mexican Restaurants in Oklahoma. He and his wife made Citrus County their home 9 years ago when they moved from Bradenton, FL. Bill will be remembered for being a great story teller to his children and grandchildren, for loving the Lord and his church, He loved walking on the beach and going to gospel concerts. He enjoyed playing golf and picked up the sport at the age of 80 years old. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy and by several of his brothers and sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda; his brother, Virgil Smith (Joann) of Brunswick, GA; his children, Wayne Parker (Norma Jean) of Inverness, FL; Steve Parker (Marsha) of Swansea, SC, Sandra Parker Rouse of Woodland Park, CO; Todd Parker (Tiffany) of Fort Smith, AR, Darrell Parker (Jean) of Florida; his 14 cherished grandchildren; his 25 adored great-grandchildren; and his 10 beloved great-great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life, held by Bill’s family, will take place on Tuesday, December 7th, 1pm, at the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his church. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Edward "Cameron" Parker

Edward "Cameron" Parker, 59, Brooksville, FL
Edward “Cameron” Parker, 59, of Brooksville, FL, passed away at Oakhill Hospital on November 24, 2021. He was the son of the late John & Elsie Parker, and the husband of the late Debra DeCosta Parker whom passed on March 3, 2019. The family moved to Florida from Canada in 1976. Prior to Cameron’s illness, he was the chef at the VFW Post 7122, in Floral City, FL along with his wife Debra. Cam is survived by his In-laws: Joan David DeCosta, Dawn DeCosta, and Hayley Gallo. A Gathering of Friends is scheduled for Saturday, December 4th, from 3:00 to 5:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to: VFW Post 7122, in Floral City, FL. Cameron will be laid to rest next to his wife in Tiverton, R.I. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL is assisting the family with Cremation with Care arrangements.


Lynn Parker

Lynn I Parker, 74, Nobleton, FL
“The other night dear, while I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms but when I awoke dear I was mistaken and I hung my head and cried. You are our sunshine!” Lynn Irene Parker, 74, of Nobleton, FL, passed away September 24, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Lynn was born on July 14, 1947, in Akron, OH, to the late Edward W. and Isabelle Laura Parks. She came to Florida as a child, and was a lifelong Floridian. Lynn was a homemaker and loved the outdoors, enjoying all the animals and plants, and especially being with her family and friends. She thoroughly loved riding her golf cart in Croom and taking her pontoon “The Nobleton Express” out on the Withlacoochee. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Deanna Kohler of Floral City and her son, Varick Kohler of Titusville, FL; her grandchildren: Troy Eric Ferguson II, of North Carolina, Jill Kohler of Nobleton, and Varick Kohler III. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Raymond Parker

Raymond A Parker, 94, Hernando, FL
Raymond A. “Ray” Parker, 94, of Hernando, FL and W. Chatham, MA passed away September 14, 2021 under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Ray was born on May 6, 1927 in Waltham, MA, to the late C. Joseph and Dorothy (Gillespie) Parker. He came to Citrus County 40 years ago from West Chatham, MA. Ray served his country in the US Army during WWII and retired as Vice President of the Optics Division of Itek Corp. He attended Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, FL when in Florida. He summered in West Chatham, MA and attended Brewster Baptist Church in Brewster, MA when in Massachusetts. He enjoyed building model ships and carved duck buoys, and loved 50’s music. Ray loved his family; he was a good husband and enjoyed golfing. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 72 years, Florence Parker; his children, Douglas Avard Parker and his wife, Jane, of Bonita Springs, FL and Cindy E. Parker of Massachusetts; his cherished grandchildren, Jason A. Parker and his wife, Cara and Bradford A. Parker and his wife, Allison; and his adored great-grandchildren, Chase, Noah, and Kennedy. Graveside services for Ray will be conducted on Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Full military honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Timothy Paul

Timothy L Paul, 69, Floral City, FL
Timothy L. Paul, 69, of Floral City, FL passed away on November 13th, 2021 under the care of Oak Hill Hospital of Brooksville, FL. He was born to the late Robert Carmen and Irene L. (Blevins) Paul on December 13th, 1951 in Clarksville, Indiana. He was an automobile body painter for Ford Motor Company for over 34 years and also painted cars during his time of running his own auto body painting business. Timothy will be remembered for his love of fishing. Many in his neighborhood will remember Timothy as the person riding around on his golf cart, visiting with all of the other neighborhood men, drinking coffee and having morning chats together. Timothy enjoyed attending First Christian Church of Inverness, FL with his wife of 50 years, Mary. Together, they made Citrus County their home when they moved here in 2005 from Indiana. Along with his parents, Timothy is preceded in death by his brother, John Kevin Paul. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Mary; his children, Timothy Michael Paul of Inverness, FL and Lisa Romeo (Nick) of Lanesville, Indiana; his siblings, Anthony Paul of Jacksonville, FL and Carmen West of Gulf Breeze, FL; his six adored grandchildren, Olivia, Lily, Nathan, Jacob, Alayna, and Gabriel Romeo; and his many dear neighborhood and church friends. A Celebration of Life, held at First Christian Church of Inverness, on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00AM. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Bertha Podwys

Bertha U Podwys, 98, Brooksville, FL
Bertha U. Siegl-Podwys was just sixteen days short of her 99th birthday when she passed away peacefully early evening Friday November 12th, 2021, in the care of Hospice with her family by her side. Born on November 28th, 1922, raised on her family’s farm in Berwick Pennsylvania as the twelfth of thirteen children by Paul and Bertha Urban. As a young child, Bertha enjoyed playing outdoor sports with all her older brothers. So, it’s no surprise that she would pursue a career which would do something involving planes. Her career started with Grumman Aerospace as a part assembly worker, and later with Northrup Grumman Aerospace as a bookkeeper. While working with Grumman Bertha joined their Bowling and Golf teams and excelled and asked to be on the company’s team of competition in both area of sports which would involve travelling within the United States and playing against other company teams in which she won several single and team tournaments and accumulated a vast collection of first place awards. During this time at the brink of the United States entering World War II Bertha met and married Private Godfrey H. Siegl who would later become Spec Tech II as an Interpreter for the U.S. Army. They married June of 1942 in Brooklyn, New York and upon his return they had four children and moved to Hicksville, Long Island, NY. Bertha remained betrothed until his death in April of 1981. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1976, they relocated down to Citrus County Florida, where they purchased a home at the residence in the town of Inverness. Bertha obtained her GED at the age of 65 and Bertha continued to serve her community as a school bus driver and later as a driver of the Handicap school bus for a total of 10 years in the school system. It was not too long before Bertha met Stanley Podwys a retired Ford Engineer while taking ballroom dance lessons which led to their marriage in October of 1987. Together, they shared the same common interest of flying airplanes, enabling her to finally complete her lifelong dream in obtaining a Pilot license June 23rd 1990, at the age of 68. Over the years, Bertha enjoyed life and traveling the world over with her new husband. She was a proud member of the 99er’s Club of Women Pilots in the Florida Suncoast Chapter. She also relished the time she shared with family and friends on outings and functions. She is preceded in death by both of her first husband Godfrey H. Siegl and her second husband Stanley Podwys. She is survived by her four children: Joan Rudolph of Floral City, Fl, Godfrey “Fred” Siegl Jr. and wife, Judy Siegl of Paw-Paw, Mi, Jean Holloway of Beverly Hills, Fl and Robin Dombroski of Brooksville, Fl, seven grandchildren Debbie Rudolph of Ocala, Fl, Dawn Libardi of Floral City, Fl and Jessica Kubik and Fred Siegl 3rd of Dowagiac, Mi, Jeffrey Holloway of Berwick, Pa, Andrew Dombroski of Brooksville, Fl and Brynn Dombroski of Charlotte, NC and five great Grandchildren: Jacqueline Libardi of NY, Vincent Libardi of Floral City, FL . Allyssa, Dylan, and Lily of Dowagiac, Mi. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday, November 20th at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


James Poitras

James Poitras, 83, Inverness, FL
James Poitras, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully on September 6th, 2021. He was born in New York City, NY to the late James and Mary (Conti) Poitras on June 2nd, 1938. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy. James made Citrus County his home in 1996 when he moved from Vermont. James retired from UPS with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, RVing, snow-mobiling, and was an avid model car/truck collector, NASCAR and Patriots fan. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Carole; his children, Donna (Gary) Poitras, James (Tammy) Poitras, Jeffrey (Dawn) Poitras, Jerrold Poitras, and Sandra (Bryant) Campbell; his nine cherished grandchildren; and his three adored great-grandchildren. Arrangements for James are private at this time. Cremation with Care under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


David Preast

David E Preast, 75, Inverness, FL
David Eugene Preast of Inverness, FL went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, his loving family by his side at Vitas Hospice on November 19, 2021 at the age of 75. He was born to the late Jennings and Elsie (Skaggs) Preast on March 6, 1946 in Crab Orchard, WV. David proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving from 1966 to 1968. Following his military service, he became a cook for the Veterans Medical Center retiring after 34 years of dedicated service. While working at the hospital he met a nurse named Pamela O’Neal whom he married one month after their meeting. They went on to share 46 years of loving marriage together. David and Pamela became Florida “snowbirds” in January of 2007 but decided to make Citrus County their permanent home later that same year. He was a Christian by faith and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness where he enjoyed attending services and fellowship with his church family. In his spare time he loved biking the Withlacoochee state trail, riding 25 to 30 miles daily except on Sunday’s. David also loved football, especially West Virginia football. He was able to do a fair amount of traveling with his wife Pam over the years and prior to their move to Florida they took many guided bus tours all over the United States. Once they made Florida their home they enjoyed taking cruises together. David loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed family dinners and holidays. He will be remembered for his kindness, gentle spirit and warm nature. He always had a welcoming smile on his face. In addition to his wife Pamela, those left to mourn David’s passing include his brother, Robert Preast and his wife Helen; sister, Alberta Petros; and a great many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He will also be missed by his bike riding pal, Carl Mutter. He was preceded in death by brothers: Jack, George and Jerry Preast; sisters: Helen Durham, Betty Dancy, Mina McCoy and Frances Caudill. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Darrell Reneau of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by VFW Post 4337 Honor Guard. Friends are invited to join David’s family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make donations to Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness at https://atthecorner.churchcenter.com/giving or Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Provost

James C Provost, 56, Floral City, FL
James Curtiss Provost, “Jim”, 56, of Floral City, FL passed away on September 29th, 2021 at his home. He was born to the late John H. and Linda Mary Houle Provost on February 12th, 1965 in Burlington, Vermont. Jim moved to Florida and made it his home in 1975 when he moved from Burlington. He honorably served our country as a member of the United States Army for 23 years. He served in several Operations during his time in the service. Jim enjoyed woodworking and was a gun enthusiast. He spent some of his free time scalloping, fishing, and riding on his motorcycle. He loved to watch old western movies and the Dallas Cowboys. His family describes him as a good family man and a great husband, father, brother, and friend. Jim especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife of 25 years, Christina; his three children, Daniel, Mark, and Jessica Provost; his three brothers, John (Angela), Timothy (Joann), and Michael Provost; and many cherished extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at 12:00 PM at New Testament Baptist Church of Floral City, FL. Calling hours will be from 11:30 AM until the hour of service. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery following the services, where Military Honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert Putney

Robert J Putney, 76, Hernando, FL
Robert J. Putney, 76, of Hernando, FL passed away on September 17th, 2021. He was born on March 23, 1945 in Bronx, NY to the late George and Mary (Bragers) Putney. He bravely served his country as a member of the United States Army. He made Citrus County his home 40 years ago after moving from Bronx, NY. He will be remembered for being a very simple and great man, who loved his family dearly. His quick wit and sense of humor will continue to lighten the hearts of those he left behind. Robert was preceded in death, along with his parents, by his wife, Frances Putney, who passed on July 9th, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, George and Thomas. Those left to cherish his memory are his brother and sister, Eugene (Ann) Putney and Joan (Jim) Byrne, and extended family. Robert 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.


Clarence Raby Jr.

Clarence W Raby Jr., 73, Inverness, FL
Clarence “Wayne” Raby, Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 17, 2021 at the age of 73. He was born to the late Betty Jane (Morricel) and Clarence Wayne Raby, Sr. on March 16, 1948 in Hartford City, IN. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military service, Wayne began a career in carpentry and eventually owned and operated his own company called Anything Cedar in Fort Myers, FL. On March 18, 1972 he married Mary Lou (Schlotter) with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Together they made Citrus County their home 32 years ago after relocating from Fort Myers, FL. Wayne was the caretaker at Good Counsel Camp in Floral City for 5 years. He was a Catholic by faith and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. In his spare time Wayne loved to read and would finish a book he was interested in within a day. He liked to tinker and enjoyed taking on projects around the house. Wayne also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing scrabble and yahtzee with them. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, generosity and love of cooking. In addition to his wife Mary Lou, those left to mourn Wayne’s passing include his sons: Christopher Alan Raby and his wife Yarelys of Inverness, FL, Clarence Wayne Raby, III and his wife Tina of Kingston, MO; sister, Lynn Daugherty of Inverness, FL; and his grandchildren: Chance, Trent, Logan, Tarra, Hope, Katrina, CJ and Gabby. The Mass of Catholic Burial will be offered on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at the outdoor chapel of the Good Counsel Camp in Floral City, con-celebrated by Fr. James Johnson and Msgr. Bob Morris. Following the Mass, full military honors will be rendered by the VFW Honor Guard #7122 of Floral City. Friends are invited to fellowship with the family following the Mass, at the Camp mess hall. Wayne will be laid to rest privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. The family would appreciate guests to please wear masks at all times. In lieu of flowers, Wayne’s family would like donations made to Good Counsel Camp at 8888 E. Gobbler Dr., Floral City, FL 34436, or the Citrus County Veteran’s Coalition, 1081 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, FL 34453. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Peter Ricci

Peter J Ricci, 86, Inverness, FL
Peter Joseph Ricci of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on October 29, 2021 at the age of 86. He was born to the late Eligio and Marie (Cammerino) Ricci on May 27, 1935 in Hackensack, NJ. Peter proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, serving in Korea. Following his military service he attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art in Newark, NJ. After graduation he became a commercial artist for the retail industry. On December 17, 1977 he married Jane (Sweeney) Ricci and together they shared 43 years of loving marriage. Peter and Jane made Citrus County their home in 2000 after relocating from Virginia Beach, VA. He was a lifetime member of Hernando VFW #4252 and in his spare time he enjoyed golfing, painting and creating art. Peter also loved spending time with his family and soaking up the sun. In addition to his wife Jane, those left to mourn Peter’s passing include his sons: Kurt Ricci, Peter Ricci and his wife Karan, Patrick Ricci, Christian Ricci; daughters: Sally Miller, Lisa Imbert and her husband Frank, Jessica Nuanes and her husband Brandon Nuanes; several grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters. A committal service is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL where full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vitas Hospice. 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E232399&id=1


Anthony Rizzo

Anthony R Rizzo, 74, Inverness, FL
Anthony R. Rizzo of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 17, 2021 at the age of 74. He was born to the late Ruth (Smith) and Anthony Rizzo, Sr. on September 20, 1946 in Chicago, IL. Anthony was a 1964 graduate of Andrean High School in Gary, IN. He proudly served his country as a member of the 173rd Airborne Division of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Viet Nam War. In 1970, following his military service, he began a career in law enforcement working at Lake County Sherriff’s Office in Lake County, IN and most recently was a Deputy for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. Anthony dedicated much of his life to serving his community and his fellow veterans. He is the former Vice President-Director of the Pinellas County Veterans Liaison Council and Deputy Representative for the Bay Pines Veterans Administration. He also served as Council Representative for the Veterans Congressional Advisory Council with Gus Bilirakis and was a Committeeman for the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee. Anthony was a member of a great many organizations including Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #43, Society of the 173rd Airborne, Viet Nam Family Association, American Legion #273, VFW Sunshine Post, Tampa All Airborne Association, Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee, St. Petersburg Republican Club and St. Petersburg Elks Lodge #1224. Prior to moving to Citrus County 1½ years ago, Anthony resided in St. Petersburg and was a parishioner of St. Jude’s Cathedral Catholic Church and a 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus Council #14178. Those left to mourn Anthony’s passing include his significant other, Kim Rizzo; sons: Anthony Rizzo, Jr. and Allan Hernandez; daughter, Nicey Rizzo; sisters: Marie Floros, Patty Mendyke; several grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for 11:30 AM on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be officiated by Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW Post #4337 Honor Guard. Anthony will be laid to rest privately at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Louis Royer

Louis A Royer, 87, Inverness, FL
Louis A. Royer, 87, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 24th, 2021 under the care of Cypress Cove Care Center of Crystal River, FL. He was born to the late Luis Vera and Maria Leontine in Chile on May 29th, 1934 and was an Owner and Operator of his own Barber shop for many years. He was a skilled craftsman and a very mild and humble man. He loved his God Jehovah and was a missionary for many years, particularly in Chile, where he not only survived the near impossible but also spread the gospel to as many as he could. He was dearly beloved and will be greatly missed. Arrangements for Louis are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert Schantz

Robert A Schantz, 85, Inverness, FL
Robert A Schantz, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away November 18, 2021 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Robert was born in Gibson City, IL on December 1, 1935. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Albert P. Schantz & Hazel D. Schantz and brother, Delmar Schantz. Bob graduated from Gibson City High and earned a full athletic scholarship toward his college BS degree. He was inducted into the Gibson City High Hall of Athletic Fame in 2013 for his efforts in basketball and football. After 18 years coaching and teaching in Fort Lauderdale, he moved to Inverness in 1977. He taught Metal and Wood Shop, Drafting and Drivers’ Ed at Crystal River High School until his retirement in 1995. He then worked parttime at Plantation Golf Course for 25 years. Bob enjoyed Tennis, Golf, woodworking, traveling, fishing, RV camping and spending time with his family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Josephine Davis Schantz; 2 children; Robert Schantz, Jr and his wife Shelley of Inverness; Deanna Hadley and husband Jeffrey of Citrus Springs; 1 brother, Edward Schantz; 4 sisters: Betty Sallee, Ruth Mettauer, Jean Williams and Wilma Streenz; 5 grandchildren: Sydney, Taylor and Tyler Schantz; Tyler and Trent Hadley. There will be a private Memorial Service soon. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Dorothy Schutt

Dorothy N Schutt, 83, Inverness, FL
Dorothy Nell Schutt of Inverness, FL passed away at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab in Lecanto on November 7, 2021 at the age of 83. She was born to the late Lemunal and Anna (Ford) Meadows on October 18, 1938 in Detroit, MI. On April 26, 1968 she was united in marriage with Gaylord H. Schutt with whom she shared 28 years of loving marriage until his passing on October 24, 1996. Dorothy and her husband resided in New Baltimore, MI but made Hilman, MI their home in 1989. In 1992, they became Florida “Snowbirds” and eventually made Inverness, FL their permanent home. Dorothy’s activities included being a Den Mother, Softball Coach and helping out with the New Baltimore Wrestling Team. Once she made Inverness her home she became a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the VFW and IRRU. Dorothy is survived by her children: Wayne Caruthers, Nancy Bayonces, Thomas Caruthers, Laura (Chris) Bianco, James Caruthers, Donna Kleb, Jeffery (Laurie) Schutt, Lemual (Melissa) Schutt, Earl (Kim) Schutt and Anna (Rick) Rhein. She is also survived by stepchildren: Henry (Lark) Schutt, August Schutt, John Schutt, Ernie (Sharon) Schutt, Alfred (Terry) Schutt, Kathy Parr and Wanda Sampson. Dorothy also leaves behind a great many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Caroline Bayles; stepchildren: Jeanette Coulon, Gaylord H. Schutt, Jr., Delores Harm, Joyce Martis; sister, Della Absher; brother, Paul Meadows. Services for Dorothy will take place in Michigan at a later date and will be under the direction of Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home in Mount Clemens, MI. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Herbert Scribner

Herbert L Scribner, 87, Inverness, FL
Herbert Lee Scribner, 87, of Inverness, FL, passed away on October 23rd, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late Clyde Scribner and Calista Avant Scribner Holley on April 25th, 1934 in Winter Garden, FL. He made Citrus County his home in 1992 when he moved from Lilburn, Georgia. He retired as Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force where he bravely served our nation for 20 years. Herbert enjoyed reading, fishing, and spending time with his family and old Air Force brothers in arms. Herbert was preceded in death, along with his parents, by his daughter, Marcele Garner. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sarah; his daughters, Corlis Thornton, Lilburn, GA and Michele Milligan, Lilburn, GA; his brother, Michael Wade Holley; his sisters, Jean Taylor, Wanda Sue Thibodeaux, Joy Golden, and Janice Fernatt; his five cherished grandchildren; his 11 adored great-grandchildren; and his one beloved great-great-grandchild. Herbert will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 1:30 PM. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert Sedler

Robert C Sedler, 71, Inverness, FL
Robert C. Sedler of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on October 25, 2021 at the age of 71. He was born to Robert Melvin and Lois (Pifer) Sedler on May 3, 1950 in Erie, PA. Robert proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He made Florida his home in 2009 after relocating from Pennsylvania. Robert was an extremely hard worker and skilled contractor having renovated and built many homes from the ground up. Additionally, Robert owned and managed many of his own rental properties. His favorite pastime activity was riding motorcycles. He also loved horses and horseback riding. Robert had always owned horses throughout his lifetime. Those left to mourn Robert’s passing are his loving son, Robert “Bobby” Sedler of Crystal River, FL; brother, Dennis Sedler and his wife Carol of Erie, PA and sister, Cheryl Allen of Fort Myers, FL. He also leaves behind his dear lifelong friend Eric Staley and his significant other Joyce Cottrill of Inverness, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jodi Seto

Jodi B Seto, 47, Dunnellon, FL
Jodi Barbara Seto of Dunnellon, FL passed away at Ocala Regional Hospital on September 13, 2021 at the age of 47. She was born to Harold Eugene and Louise Ruth (Oliver) Gore on October 2, 1973 in Boynton Beach, FL and was a lifelong Floridian. In her spare time, Jodi enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and her children. She was a Christian by faith. Jodi is survived by her husband, William Seto; children: Daniel Thayer Crapps and Summer Louise Crapps; father, Harold Gore; mother, Louise Whiting; brothers: Dana Gore and Christopher Gore; sister, Kelli Melton; A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for 3:00 PM on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel, Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Sickler

Patricia A Sickler, 68, Lecanto, FL
It is with great sadness the family of Patricia A. Sickler announces her passing on September 23, 2021. Patricia is a native of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, born August 7, 1953 to Charles and Betty Lou Ellingham. Patricia graduated from McAuther High School and graduated college at Tennessee Temple and College of Central Florida. Patricia was on the dean’s list and part of the Phi Cheta Kappa. Patricia found joy in her family and always put them first. Patricia was a loving and amazing mother of 11 girls and 2 sons, with 2 she adopted. Patricia knew how to brighten your day with her amazing smile and contagious laugh. Patricia is survived by the love of her life and husband of 47 years, Herbert Aaron Sickler Sr. of Lecanto, Florida. Her children Holly Sheppard (Derek), Heidi Brown (Ryan), Heather Edwards (John Sr.), Hope McBride (Kevin), Hannah Long, Harmony Goley (Paul), Hillary Sickler (Terrence), Helen Sickler (Julian), Hilda Just (Alex), Haylee Sickler, Herbert Jr. (Samantha), Diamond Rowe-Sickler, and Derek Rowe-Sickler; siblings Beverly Mohme (Mike), Barbara Potter (David), Betty Scott (Bill), Linda Garcia (Rigoberto), Charles Ellingham, Jr. and Kenneth E. Ellingham (Paula); grandchildren, Tiffany, Miranda, Ashlee, Riley, Rachel, John Jr., Clayton, Emily, Julia, Gage, Alexander, Nicholes, Connor, Zachary, Ethan, Mason, Martha, Lauraly, Herbie III, and Houston; 5 great-grandchildren, 2 deceased and one expecting grand baby. Friends will be received on Friday, October 1st, 2021 where a funeral service will take place at 11 AM with Mark A. Garcia conducting the service. Calling hours will begin at 10 AM until the hour of service, all taking place at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1005 Hillside Court, Inverness, FL 34450. Arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Doris Sissom

Doris A Sissom, 82, Inverness, FL
Doris Ann Sissom, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away on October 31st, 2021 under the care of her family at her home. She was born to the late Elmer and Eleanor White Johnfauno on March 2nd, 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She and her late husband, Lelon, made Citrus County their home in 1971 after moving from Indiana. She was married to her beloved husband for over 40 years before his passing in January 2003. Doris enjoyed shopping, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family, especially all of her cherished grandchildren. Along with her parents and husband, Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Rogers and by her brother, Richard “Bud” Johnfauno. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Beverly Frazee of Floral City, FL, Patricia Tongate of Inverness, FL, and Brenda Wilfong (Ralph) of Springhill, FL; her brother, James Thomas “Tom” Johnfauno; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed deeply. Arrangements for Doris are private at this time. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL alongside her husband. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation in Doris’ name. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Antoinette Smith

Antoinette Smith, 80, Inverness, FL
Antoinette “Toni” Frances Smith, age 80, Inverness, FL passed away October 19, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. “Toni” was born in East Meadow, NY on November 12, 1940 to the late Frank A. Roenbeck and Mary Rossato Roenbeck and moved to Florida from Farmingville, NY in 1989. She was a faithful member of the Ft Cooper Baptist Church for many years. She and her late husband, Rodger A. Smith, operated a painting business. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Marc A. Smith, Inverness; his brother, Walter Roenbeck, Fruitland Park, Fl; 5 grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on November 21, 2011; her son, Michael Smith in 2008; 4 brothers: John, Ernest, Frank, and Arthur Roenbeck. Private burial was in Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Joanne Smith

Joanne A Smith, 91, Inverness, FL
Joanne A. Smith of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on October 28, 2021 at the age of 91. She was born to the late Donald and Irene (Heinz) Carlile on September 24, 1930 in Peoria, IL. Following high school, Joanne attended St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria, IL and became a Registered Nurse. She and her husband made Citrus County their home in 1974 after relocating from Beloit, WI. Joanne worked as a nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital for 17 years. She had previously worked as a clinic nurse and a school nurse over the years. Joanne was a member of the R&R Retired Nursing Club, Inverness VFW Post #4337 and Inverness Moose Lodge #2112. She was a Christian by faith and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Those left to mourn Joanne’s passing include her daughter, Cynthia Tobin and her husband Thomas of Inverness, FL; sons: Daniel Smith and his wife Alice of Jacksonville, FL, Steven Smith and his wife Sun-Hee of San Antonio, TX; brother, James Carlile and his wife Lynn of Peoria, IL; sisters: Julia Ann Thompson and her husband Jim of Chillicothe, IL, Flo Krueger and her husband Jim of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandchildren: Joshua, Jennifer and her husband Edgar, Katie, Sarah, Kenneth, Katherine, Samuel; and 2 great grandchildren: Emilio and Ezekiel. She will also be missed by her dear cat, Angel. Joanne was preceded in death by her loving husband of 43 years, Kenneth Smith on June 5, 1995 and sister, Mary Lou Dowd. A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Joanne is scheduled for Thursday November 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Darrell Reneau of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, a brief committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 12:30 PM. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Smith

Robert H Smith, 86, Hernando, FL
Robert Herman “Pops” Smith, 86 of Hernando, FL, passed away on November 24, 2021 at his home in Hernando with his loving family by his side. He was born to the late Grover and Doris (Mann) Smith on January 22, 1935, in Hackensack, NJ. His passion was driving semi trucks all over the United States. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. He and the love of his life, his late wife Elizabeth “Liz” made Citrus County their home in 1975, after making the move from New Jersey. Pops enjoyed driving his semi (being on the open road), watching Fox news, baseball (especially the NY Mets and Tampa Bay Rays), and spending time with his dog “Peanut” and his family, eating breakfast at Mama’s Kuntry Kafe. He also loved to watch his son race. Pops, along with his parents was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Elizabeth “Liz”, in July of 2019; 4 sons, 2 brothers, Grover (Junior Smith and Harold (Fritz) Smith. Left to cherish his memory are his living children: Donna (Lloyd) Orfield of Colorado Springs, CO, Bobby Smith of Vero Beach, FL, Jimmie (Vicki) Smith of Dunnellon, Jamie Smith, Tommy (Nikki) Smith, Richie (Claudette) Smith, all of Hernando, BJ Smith (Angela) and Christie Smith (Denny) of Inverness, Kristy Key of Kissimmee, FL; a brother Barry Smith of Middletown, NY; 37 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service of remembrance will be held on Saturday December 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with Pastor Dave Maddox, officiating. A visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. Because of Robert’s dedicated military service, full military honors will take place at the funeral home following the services. Robert along with his wife, Elizabeth will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Steven Smolensky

Steven W Smolensky, 52, ,
On the morning of November 30, 2021 Steven Wayne Smolensky was taken too soon from his family and friends at the young age of 52. Steve was born to Wayne and Carine Smolensky on February 22, 1969 in Tampa, FL. He is preceded in death by his daughter Meagan Ashley Smolensky. He is survived by his wife, Katie Smolensky, two daughters, Jennifer Smolensky of Longwood, FL, and Caitlyn Smolensky of Crystal River, FL, step-son Jacob Everett, his parents Wayne and Carine Smolensky of Inverness, FL, his first best friend, sister Stacey Engstrom and her children Alyssa and Mitchell Engstrom. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-law family, and loved friends. Sadly, Steve lost his first love and first born daughter, Meagan Ashley, in 1994. He went on to have two more beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Catie. They were his greatest pride and joy and loved them with his whole being. He was also very proud of his step son Jacob, who is currently following in his footsteps with a career in law enforcement. Steve married the love of his life and best friend, Katie, in 2017. They shared their lives together in Inverness, FL doing all the things they loved and living their best lives. In his youth, Steve was a Boy Scout. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with troop 302 from Inverness, FL. He graduated from Citrus High School in 1987. Steve started his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer when he became a deputy with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in 1992. After 25 years, he completed that mission retiring in 2017 doing what he loved; by serving his great community of Citrus County. Steve also obtained his Bachelor of Science and Management Degree in 2011. Steve was currently working for Suburban Propane as a bobtail delivery driver and regional driver trainer. He proudly served no matter where he was needed. A few of Steve's greatest passions were being on the water in his boat or with his RV at a campground riding his golf cart or motorcycle. He lived his life to the fullest. He also had a great love for movies and music, with a great fondness for Neil Diamond who is the "greatest singer/songwriter/performer of this and any other generation". A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th at 2:00 PM at Calvary Chapel Church, 960 South Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL. Dr. Doug Alexander will officiate. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


William Soper, M.D.

William D Soper, M.D., 79, Hernando, FL
William Donald Soper, M.D. of Hernando, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on November 20, 2021 at the age of 79. He was born to the late Donald and Emogene (Parks) Soper on September 1, 1942 in St. Joseph, MO. William was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard for many years. After earning his Doctorate Degree in Medicine, he went into private practice and owned and operated the Liberty Clinic in Liberty, MO for almost 50 years. William established a home here in Citrus County 7 years ago and enjoyed spending time playing golf with his friends at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. He also had an artistic flair and greatly enjoyed photography and woodworking and had made many spice racks and cutting boards for family and friends. He also enjoyed technology and learning and keeping up with the latest advances and innovations available. William was Catholic by faith and a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, MO. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his wife of 39 years, Patricia Soper; his sons: Doug Soper and his wife Margaret, Greg Soper, Jon Soper and his wife Keri; stepson, Mark Thompson; stepdaughters: Colleen Pelletier and Bridget Sonnleiter; sister, Jo Anne Groenenboom; grandchildren: Kirra, Billy, Morgan, Sara, Aubrey; great grandchildren: John, Grace, William and Hudson. He will also be missed by his faithful Lhasa Apso, Annie. William was sadly preceded in death by his son in law, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Jason E. Pelletier in 2020. A Gathering of Bill’s Family and Friends is planned for Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Garden Room at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club in Hernando. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rev. Mark Steinke

Rev. Mark Steinke, 62, Homosassa, FL
Pastor Mark Steinke was welcomed into the Church Triumphant on September 15, 2021, at the age of 62. He was born on May 13, 1959 in Midland, Michigan to Walter and Vernadine Steinke. He became a beloved child of God through baptism and then confessed his lifelong faith in confirmation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Midland. Mark is a graduate of Midland High School in Midland, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained as a pastor in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church (LCMS) in June 1985. In 1982, Mark was married to his beloved wife Laurie. Pastor Steinke served the Lord at numerous parishes in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida, and in 2019 accepted the call to be Pastor at Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Inverness, FL. Mark also taught science and math in several middle and high schools, sharing the light of the Gospel in everything he did. Mark will be remembered by many for his gentle and caring heart, his kind smile, and his love for jokes and making people laugh. Mark loved the challenge of building or fixing everything he could. He loved visiting Disney World with Laurie, his children, and his grandchildren. Above all, Mark will be remembered mostly for his life’s mission to share the hope of eternal salvation through his Savior, Jesus Christ. He demonstrated in everything that he was a saved child of God and used every opportunity to witness to everyone he came across about God’s love for them. Mark’s love, influence and memories live on in his wife Laurie; their daughter Sarah (Derek) Augustynowicz of Highland, Indiana; their son Tim Steinke of Boston, Massachusetts; and their grandchildren Catherine and Daniel Augustynowicz. He is also survived by his brother David (Connie) Steinke, his sister Debbie (Joe) Jubinski, and seven nieces and nephews and their spouses. Mark is rejoicing in Heaven with his Savior and with his parents Walter and Vernadine Steinke, and his father- and mother-in-law Bernhard and Ida Callies. Funeral services of comfort for God’s people and gratitude for Pastor Steinke’s life will be on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Charles E Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, Florida. There will be a public viewing at 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. There will then be a processional to Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Inverness, FL, with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Pastor Steinke’s name can be given to Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Inverness, Florida.


David Streicher

David L Streicher, 73, Lecanto, FL
David L. Streicher, 73, of Lecanto, FL passed away on September 30th, 2021 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. He was born to the late Lee G. and Sharon (Seale) Streicher on February 22nd, 1948 in Covington, Kentucky. David bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army National Guard. He was a Carpenter in Miami for many years and after relocating from Miami, made his home in Citrus County in 1979. Prior to retirement, he went to work for the Citrus County Facilities and Maintenance Department. David enjoying hunting, fishing, and was a member of the National Rifle Association. Additionally, he was a member of the Masons and The Shriners. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He made his own ammunition for his guns and enjoyed working with his hands. Along with his parents, David was preceded in death by his brother and sister, Lee S. Streicher and Lisa Streicher. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Joy; his children, Roy Streicher (Polly) of Jacksonville, FL and Christina Crotty (late John) of Tallahassee, FL; his sister, Tara Couture (Glen); and his grandchildren, Kathryn, Sarah, Jacob, and Rachel. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, where full Military Honors will take place. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 AM and last until the hour of service. David will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in David’s memory to any Parkinson’s Charity or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Linda Sword

Linda G Sword, 76, Hernando, FL
Linda Gail Sword of Hernando, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on October 5, 2021 at the age of 76. She was born to the late Raymond L. and Evelyn Naomi (Durrett) Briggs on July 26, 1945 in Nashville, TN. In 1966 she married Leonard Sword with whom she shared 55 years of loving marriage. Linda and Leonard made Citrus County their home in 1977 after relocating from Safety Harbor, FL. Prior to retirement, they owned and operated the H&R Block Tax Preparation offices in both Inverness and Crystal River. Linda was a Christian by faith and a member of the Inverness Church of Christ. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling and always looked forward to the annual trip she would take to North Carolina with her family. Family was so very important to Linda and she loved spending time with them. She also liked gardening, being outdoors and feeding the birds. Linda was truly loved by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity towards others. In addition to her husband Leonard, those left to mourn Linda’s passing include her two daughters: Lesli Amato, Larissa Maloney and her husband Matt; brother, Wayne Briggs; sisters: Faye Collins, Mary Reed, Diana Tew; grandchildren: Stuart Maloney and his wife Rebecca, Savannah Maloney, Angelina Amato; and great grandchild, Reid Mason Maloney. Linda was preceded in death by two brothers: Alfred and Kenneth Vetzel. Private services will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Ann Terrian

Mary Ann Terrian, 72, Inverness, FL
Mary Ann Terrian, 72, of Inverness, FL passed away on October 22nd, 2021 under the care of her family and hospice at her home. She was born to the late Raphael J. and Sabina Ward Kessler on September 19th, 1949 in Saginaw, Michigan and made Citrus County her home with her late husband, Howard in 1982. In her younger years, Mary Ann enjoyed playing pool, shooting guns, and going hunting. Spending time with her family was her favorite thing to do and she will be greatly missed. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Howard L. Terrian, Jr. who passed away on August 24th, 2007, her granddaughter, Mya Lynn Terrian Lerche, on September 14, 2021; and by her siblings, Jack and Karen. Those left to cherish Marry Ann’s memory are her children, Jason Charles Terrian, Bob Terrian, and Aaron Michael Terrian; her siblings, Ronald, Terry, Sabina, and Donna; her 9 cherished grandchildren; and her 5 adored great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. on Monday, November 29, at 3:00 P.M. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service. Mary Ann will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Chris Theibert

Chris J Theibert, 58, Inverness, FL
Chris J. Theibert, 58, of Inverness, FL passed away October 20, 2021 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and arrived in this area in 1995, coming from Detroit. He was an installer in the propane gas industry and Catholic by faith. Chris enjoyed fishing, boating and golfing. He is survived by his children Craig Theibert of Duran, MI, Jessica La Valley and her husband Rick of Howell, MI, and Cora Jane Theibert of Inverness, parents Herbert and Carol Theibert of Inverness, sisters Julie Ann Wilson and Michele Kolar; and grandchild Vinney La Valley. A Celebration of Life for Chris will be held in Michigan at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Sylvia Thomas

Sylvia L Thomas, 75, Lecanto, FL
Sylvia Lee Thomas, 75, of Lecanto, passed away September 18, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Sylvia was born on September 3, 1946 in Ocala, FL, to the late Julian and Marion (Sanders) Kelly. She came to Citrus County in 1947 from Cotton Plant, FL. Sylvia was an accountant for Southeast Region LKQ Automotive Recycling, a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Crystal River, and graduated from Citrus High School. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Ellis Herman Roberts and wife, Teresa of Cape Canaveral, FL, Jon Michael Roberts and wife Amber of Lecanto, FL, Danny Lee Thomas of Lecanto, Deanna McGee and husband Stephen, of Lecanto; brothers: Milton F. Kelly, Inverness, Julian “Pete” Kelly and wife Delores of Inverness, Don B. Kelly and wife Cheryl of Springhill; sisters: Nancy Houle and husband John of Lakeland, Patricia Archer of Lecanto; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, FN Thomas, her son, Allen Carroll Roberts, and brothers: Richard Kelly and Jon Kelly. A Celebration of Life Service for Sylvia, will be conducted on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the First Assembly of God Church in Crystal River, with Pastor Richard Hart officiating. Burial will follow at the Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto. Missions were a priority in Sylvia’s life. In Lieu of flowers, those so inclined may give to: First Assembly of God – Missions, 5735 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Crystal River, FL 34429. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness.


Mary Timpone

Mary Timpone, 98, Inverness, FL
Mary Timpone, age 98 of Inverness, FL passed away November 23, 2021 in the Vitas Hospice Care Center in Lecanto. Mary was born in Jamaica, NY on August 12, 1923 to the late Anthony and Anna (Mandolia) Federice and came to Citrus County 36 years ago from East Meadow, NY. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She will be lovingly remembered by her three children: Joseph P. Timpone and wife Barbara of Inverness; John A. Timpone and wife Helen of East Meadow, NY; Jennifer Story and husband “Marty” of Inverness; 8 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Steven Timpone on Feb 13, 1992; her daughter, Jo Ann Timpone; her brother Frank and sisters: Rose Colle, Elizabeth Willett, and Concetta Albravia A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Thelma Tobbe

Thelma J Tobbe, 57, Inverness, FL
Thelma Jane Tobbe of Inverness, FL passed away at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab on November 20, 2021 at the age of 57. She was born to the late Russell and Luetta Jane (Sweeney) Dodge on September 8, 1964 in Ashtabula, OH. Thelma left Ohio 35 years ago to make Citrus County, FL her home. She had many different careers throughout her lifetime including working as a CNA, delivering newspapers and working at different Circle K and convenience store locations in the area. Those left to mourn Thelma’s passing include her daughter, Rebecca Suppes and her husband Tim of Ocala, FL; son, Bradley Joe Tobbe of Mansfield, OH; grandchildren: Brenny, Nathaniel, Wesley, Olyvia, Justin and Bella; and her dear friend and caregiver of 28 years, Jean Thrasher. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ann Vander Geld

Ann C Vander Geld, 76, Inverness, FL
Ann C. Vander Geld, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away on October 25th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. She was born to the late Mervil and Myrtle Ryan Magoon on June 13th, 1945 in Rutland, VT. She was married to her beloved husband, Bernardus Vander Geld for 52 years before his passing on September 1st, 2021. They made Citrus County their home together in 1998 after moving from Michigan. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Bernard (Yolanda) Vander Geld of Baldwin, Michigan, William (Sondra) Vander Geld of Dutton, Michigan, Vincent Vander Geld of Spring Lake, Michigan, Dawn (Ted) Sullivan of Cutlerville, Michigan, and Tammy (Robert) Smith of Castroville, Texas; her sister, Geraldine Felker; her several cherished grandchildren; and her many adored great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers: Edward Magoon in 1999 and Thomas Magoon in 2011. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be conducted on Friday, October 29th, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Calling hours will begin at 10:00 AM and continue until the hour of service. Ann will be laid to rest, alongside her husband, Ben, following the conclusion of the services at Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Leroy Walker

Leroy R Walker, 79, Hernando, FL
Leroy R. Walker of Hernando, FL passed away at home with his loving children by his side on October 23, 2021 at the age of 79. Leroy was born to the late Walter and Rosie (Banks) Walker on September 29, 1942 in Chicago, IL. Leroy proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. He also obtained a Master’s of Science in Education from Chicago State University. Leroy would go on to teach physical education and special education at the Cook County Jail York High School in Chicago, IL -retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. He made Citrus County his home in 2007 after leaving the bitter Chicago winters behind. He enjoyed all sports and won trophies for golf, basketball, bowling, wrestling, baseball, and gymnastics. However, his true passion was golfing and bowling. In his spare time, he loved to read. Leroy served as a board member and treasurer for the non-profit, Project H.E.R.O. He participated in the United Golfers Association and once caddied for Joe Louis and Athena Gibson. Some of Leroy’s most valued trophies came from playing in the association’s tournaments. Leroy was a full member placed on the rolls of the Saint James A.M.E. Church in Inverness, FL. Those left to mourn Leroy’s passing include his daughter, Kyna Kyles Maynard of Lebanon, TN; son, Deion Whittington and his wife Tamara of Belleville, IL; brother, Walter Walker of Chicago, IL; sisters: Elaine Arrington, Rosetta White both of Chicago, IL; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Keith Walker; brother, Howard Walker; and sisters: Eva Bedar McCluster and Elizabeth Beal. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward Wallace Jr.

Edward H Wallace Jr., 71, Inverness, FL
Edward H. Wallace Jr., 71, of Inverness, FL passed away October 8th, 2021 at his home. He was born in Waterbury, CT on August 11, 1950 to the late Edward H. Wallace Sr. and Marcia V. Wallace. Retired Master Sergeant Wallace served in the Vietnam War, travelled the world and served his country with distinction for 20 yrs. He retired to Homosassa, FL where he opened Ed Wallace's Woodshop. His passion was refinishing and restoring beautiful antique furniture. He serviced the local community as well as many out of state clients. He was an avid gardener and flower enthusiast with the greenest thumb. He enjoyed fishing, listening to oldies music and perfecting his stamp collection. Along with his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his sister Judith Heins. Edward is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Wallace of Clarksville, TN, his son Edward H. Wallace III of Homosassa, FL, his wife Melissa Tallent of Inverness, FL, her daughter, Payton Tallent of Inverness FL, and his ex-wife the mother of his children, Marsha Wallace of Homosassa, FL. Services for Edward, with Military Honors, will be conducted on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 1:30PM, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kim Watkins

Kim M Watkins, 58, Hernando, FL
Kim Marie Watkins, 58, of Hernando, FL—beloved wife, mother, daughter, and friend—passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she lived most of her life in New Jersey where she still has many friends. Kim is survived by her husband of 30 years, Matthew; her son, Brian; daughter, Nicole; parents, Larry and Josie Blazic; and brothers, Kevin Blazic (Belinda), Kent Blazic, and Keith Blazic (Stacie). Kim worked as a travel agent before becoming a full-time mom, which included leadership roles in girl scouts and boy scouts, volunteering at school, and parent organizer for the GCIT FIRST Robotics team. Kim enjoyed music, bowling, travel, ancestry, playing cards, diamond painting (her newest hobby), and talking with friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Jose “Jo-Jo” Tejada of St. Scholastica Catholic Church officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Cremation arrangements will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Moffitt Cancer Center (milesformoffitt.org click to donate, and then search teams for Watkins Warriors).


George Webb

George J Webb, 78, Floral City, FL
George J. “Jerry” Webb, Jr., of Floral City, FL passed away on December 1st, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, at the age of 78. He was born to the late George J. Webb, Sr. and Martha (Zellner) Webb on March 30th, 1943 in Jacksonville, FL. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy for 28 years and retired from the service as Captain. Jerry is survived by his wife of nearly 11 years, Linda. Arrangements are private at this time. Jerry will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL in honor of his dedicated and extensive Military Service. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth Wescott

Elizabeth A Wescott, 81, Inverness, FL
Elizabeth A. Wescott, “Betty”, 81, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 19th, 2021 under the care of Citrus Health and Rehab of Inverness. She was born to the late William M. and Ione E. (Smith) Justice on September 20th, 1939 in Jacksonville Beach, FL. She made Citrus County her home in 2004 after moving from Merritt Island with her late husband, William. She was a Real Estate Broker for 22 years in Orlando, FL. Elizabeth will be remembered for her love of Ballroom Dancing, Golfing, and most importantly, being a loving mother and dedicated wife. Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, William, in July of 2017, by her son, James R. Cole, Jr., and by her brother and sister, William M. Justice, III and Dorothy Jean Justice. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Daniel Cole, John Wescott, Gerald “Jerry” Wescott, Janet Kendrick, and Barbara Shmitte and her many beloved and deeply cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements for Betty are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Paul Wilkins

Paul M Wilkins, 68, Crystal River, FL
Paul Michael Wilkins, 68, of Crystal River, FL passed away on November 23rd, 2021 at Largo Medical Center of Largo, FL. He was born to the late Wallace Lynn and Dorothy Louise (Buck) Wilkins on August 16, 1953 in Tampa, FL. He worked for St. Pete Times for many years before finally enjoying his retirement. Those left to cherish his memory are his brother and sister, Kenneth Wilkins of Sebring, FL and Kim Johnson of Bushnell, FL; his aunt, Sharon Baumgartner and her husband, Steve; and many cherished cousins. Arrangements are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.