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Marjorie Allion

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


Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth R Anderson, 89, Inverness, FL
Elizabeth “Randolyn” Anderson of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on June 26, 2021 at the age of 89. She was born to the late Lillie (Jacobs) Grant and Randolph C. Grant, Sr. in Wilmington, NC on January 2, 1932. Randolyn was married to Edgar D. Anderson, Jr. until his passing on July 13, 2015. Prior to retirement she was employed by the New Hanover County, NC Inspections Department. She was a Christian by faith and a member of the Windermere Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Randolyn was also a member of Cape Fear Chapter #346 Order of the Eastern Star. She made Inverness, FL her home in November of 2018 after relocating from Wilmington. In her spare time she liked to travel and spend time with her family. Those left to mourn Randolyn’s passing include her son, Edgar “Dave” Anderson, III of Inverness, FL; daughters: Deborah Anderson (Bill Campbell) of Wildwood, FL, Beth Whitley (Doug Whitley) of Wilmington, NC; sister, Shaaron Aldridge of Southport, NC; grandchildren: Sharon, Heather, Melissa, Stephanie, David, Shawn; great grandchildren: Edison, Hannah, Chase; and her special “adopted son”, William Leddin of Dade City, FL. In addition to her husband, Randolyn was preceded in death by her brother Randolph Grant, Jr.; and her great granddaughter, Susan Carson Davis in 2018. Services for Randolyn will be held in Wilmington, NC at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sarah Andreichuk

Sarah Andreichuk, 89, Inverness, FL
Sarah Andreichuk of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on June 24, 2021 at the age of 89. She was born to the late Walter and Cecile (Andrews) Krick on August 3, 1931 in Van Wert, OH. Sarah was married to her loving husband Gregory Andreichuk for 67 years. Together they made Inverness their home in 1995 and were members of the First Presbyterian Church. Sarah enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was a member of the Lions Club of Citrus County and enjoyed giving back to her community. She knitted scarves for charity through her church and frequently visited nursing facilities in the area with a therapy dog. In addition to her husband Gregory, Sarah’s passing will be mourned by her daughters: Stephanie Van Den Hurk and her husband Arnold of Stark, FL, Melanie Sukh and her husband Deepak of Randolph, NJ, Valerie Andreichuk and her husband Greg Nichols of Largo, FL; sister, Nancy Thompson of Brea, CA; 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A Celebration of Sarah’s life is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness and will be conducted by Interim Pastor, Jim Capps. Friends are invited to join Sarah’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Stacey Arnold

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


George Ayers

George R Ayers, 70, Inverness, FL
George Raymond Ayers of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on July 4, 2021 at the age of 70. He was born to the late Milton and Dorothy (Wunderlich) Ayers on July 15, 1950 in Bronx, NY. He 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, George began a career in auto services and owned and operated his own shop prior to his retirement. George was an avid chess player and enjoyed playing on his computer late in life. He loved riding his motorcycle, riding up and down the east coast multiple times. George also loved bicycling. In Florida, he could frequently be found on the trails on his recumbent bike. This no doubt added years to his life. Those left to mourn George’s passing include his son, Adam Ayers and his wife Molly of Bronx, NY; daughter, Dianne Osmin and her husband Jason of Bath, NY; grandchildren: Adrian Ayers, Bryan Ayers, Rita Osmin, Aiden Osmin; and former wife Rita (Ortman) Ayers. George was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Ayers in 2006. A committal service is scheduled for Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:30 AM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Prior to the service at the cemetery, friends and family are invited to gather at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 10:00 AM where George’s son Adam will eulogize his father. The procession from the funeral home to the cemetery will leave promptly at 10:45 AM. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.


Susan "Suzie" Bass

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


Douglas Baxendale, Sr.

Douglas J Baxendale, Sr., 82, Hernando, FL
Baxendale, Douglas James, Sr, age 82, departed from the living on Sunday, July 18, 2021 after a short battle with COVID-19. Doug was born in Fall River, Mass to the late Althea and Norman Baxendale, on December 31, 1938. Doug was married to his late wife, Jean, on August 24, 1963. They made their home originally in Fall River and raised their 4 children in Swansea. Doug was a 1958 graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School where he was a 3 sport standout athlete. Doug went on to play baseball at Rollins College, where he played in the 1959 NAIA College World Series and graduated in 1962. Doug was elected into both the Durfee HS and Rollins College Hall of Fame. After college graduation, Doug was a High School teacher and coach for 11 years before entering the Insurance industry. Doug was a very successful insurance executive with MEIE/AIM Mutual for over 20 years; where he retired in 2010. After retiring, Doug enjoyed his time living in Florida, golfing every day and spending time with his special friend, Lin Bryant. Doug was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean. He is survived by his four children, son, Douglas Jr and his wife, Paula; daughter, Robin and her husband, Tim; son, Greg and his wife, Shea and daughter, Donna; his 8 grandchildren, Albert, Zachary, Justice, Austin, DJ, Blake, Bailey, Brooks, Stephen and Annika. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Robert and his wife, Karen and his nieces and nephew, Christie, Courtney, Riley and Ryan. Private funeral services for Douglas James Baxendale, Sr, will be held in both Florida and Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Burial will be beside his wife, Jean, in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River, MA. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. chasdavis.com


Susie Bethel

Susie Bethel, 95, Floral City, FL
Frances (Susie) Bethel, 95, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 16, 2021, while surrounded by her loving family. Susie was born on July 10, 1926 in Paxton, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Gene Bethel. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Hannie (husband Steve), granddaughter Jennifer Pensinger, grandson Jeffrey Hannie and great grandchildren Madison Pensinger, Landon Pensinger, and Aiden Hannie. Susie and her husband moved to Floral City from Normal, Illinois in 1975, where she and Gene owned and operated a printing business. She loved to work in her yard, read and work jigsaw puzzles. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Floral City, and enjoyed volunteering there, especially at the food pantry. Other than her Lord, her family meant everything to her. She was always there for us, no matter what, ready and willing to do whatever needed to be done. And she was everything to her family. She is missed greatly, and will always be loved beyond measure. A Life Celebration will be offered on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the First Baptist Church of Floral City with Pastors Eddie Quates and Mike Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 1:00PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the food pantry program at First Baptist Church of Floral City. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Michael Brunn

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


Barry Buchanan

Barry L Buchanan, 53, Hernando, FL
Barry Lee Buchanan, 53 of Hernando passed away on July 2, 2021. He was born in St. Charles, Missouri on November 20, 1967, to the late William and Sandra Buchanan. Barry moved to Citrus County with his family in 1976 after they relocated from St. Charles. He was the owner and operator of H.E. Smith HVAC Electrical Company. Barry was a big and loud “Gator” fan! He enjoyed watching TV and his favorite movies were 300, Tombstone and The Punisher. Barry always wore caps, obviously his favorite ones were his Gator caps. He was a calm and peaceful person who really cared for his family and tried to take care of everyone around him. He would cook steak and nuggets for his little love, his dachshund, Toby, who passed away earlier this year on February 15th. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Sharon; his son and dear friend, Christopher Lee Buchanan and his wife, Heather, of Hernando, FL; his daughter, Tabitha Carson and her wife, Shelby, of Crystal River, FL; his step daughter, Tacarra Washington of Tallahassee, FL; his brother Danny Buchanan, his wife Debbie and their sons: Derrick and Dawson Buchanan, of Holder, FL; his two grandchildren: Christopher Buchanan, Jr. and Aliyah Washington; his uncle, Robert Buchanan of Sikeston, MO; and an abundance of friends. A Service of Remembrance for Barry will be conducted on Saturday July 17th, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Crematory, Inverness, with Bishop Douglas Alexander, of the New Church Without Walls Church, officiating. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers please consider bringing balloons to the service. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


David Cagwin

David E Cagwin, 64, Inverness, FL
David Eaton Cagwin, 64, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on July 2nd, 2021 under the care of hospice and surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 6th, 1956 in Buffalo, NY to the late Ward and Betty Pierce Cagwin. He was an Electrician for many years and made Citrus County his home, along with his family, in 1982 when they moved from Pinellas County, FL. David will be remembered for being a loving husband and father, he spent many evenings and weekends at the soccer field with his kids. Always willing to help family and friends with jobs big and small. He also built his own house, with the help of his family and friends, who he loved dearly. Those left to cherish David’s memory are his wife of 39 years, Debra; his two children, CJ and Erin Cagwin of Inverness, FL; his two brothers, Jay (Sharon) and Terry (Carol) Cagwin both of Largo, FL; his sister, Martha (Don) Wilson of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and friends. A gathering of family and friends for a time of fellowship and remembrance will begin at 3 PM to 5 PM on Saturday, July 10th, 2021 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Joyce Calabrese

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


Melissa Candrilli

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


Bruce Clark

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


CarolAnn Clay

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


Melissa Collazo

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


Frank Cooper Jr

Frank P Cooper Jr, 87, Inverness, FL
Frank Perrin Cooper, Jr. age 87, died on June 21, 2021, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL following a lengthy illness. Frank was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on December 16, 1933, to the late Gladys Duderstadt and Frank P. Cooper, Sr. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen Roselynd Howard Cooper on October 19, 2012. Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Linda Cooper Gray (Thomas Tuite) of Hernando, FL; David (Karen) Cooper, Sr. of Snellville, GA; and Robert Cooper of Inverness, FL. He will also be dearly missed by his brother, John “Jack” (Shannah) of Gloucester, VA; his five grandchildren who felt their grandfather was one of the kindest, most generous and funniest grandpas of all time: David (Nicole) Cooper Jr; Jillian Gray (Cameron) Smith; Jonathan (Heather) Cooper, Matthew Cooper, Peter Michael (Briana) Gray and two great grandchildren: Collins Kathleen Cooper and Ellie Rose Gray. Frank grew up in Cranford, New Jersey spending summers at the Jersey shore. He graduated from Cranford High School and then from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He played baseball at both institutions with dreams of making it to the majors. In addition to baseball, he was President of the Intra-Fraternity Council and Chapter President of Tau Kappa Epsilon while at Davis & Elkins. Upon college graduation, Frank married his high school sweetheart, Kathy, on July 23, 1955 and soon moved to Youngstown, OH to begin his 30+ year career with Republic Steel and to start a family. He began his career in accounting with stints in other areas before retiring as the Director of Administration, Manufacturing Division. Frank also had his own tax preparation/bookkeeping business for over 30 years. While living in Youngstown, Frank and Kathy were very involved in their community. Frank was instrumental in the growth of the Wedgewood Park Baseball Association, where he helped to build both the field and program from the ground up. Friends of his children all loved him as he was a light in their childhood and has remained so to this day. His love for the game of baseball continued when Frank and Kathy moved to Inverness, FL in 1994 and he quickly became a devoted fan of the Tampa Bay Rays. Frank jumped into Florida life right away by playing golf and enjoying social activities at Inverness Golf and Country Club. The mild Inverness weather vs. Ohio winters found him enjoying wearing his shorts in December, often saying “The Chamber of Commerce pays me to wear shorts in the winter.” Throughout the years, Frank has enjoyed family beach trips, cruising and traveling with his good friends, fishing, golfing, boating, reading, and keeping abreast of the daily news. He attended the sporting and school events of his children and grandchildren with enthusiasm and great support. Frank will be remembered for his great sense of humor and quick wit. Frank could set up a joke and wait months before you knew you had been had. Recognized as a conservative, sincere and thoughtful thinker, he was very generous and appreciative. “Fun loving” with a tremendous smile, he gave BIG hugs to his family and friends. A Celebration of Life for Frank is scheduled for Saturday, July 10th at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 AM until the service begins at 11:00 AM. Pastor Paul Giglio will officiate along with close family and friends. Burial will follow later at Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Anita Crosby

Anita Crosby, 83, Lecanto, FL
Anita Crosby, 83, of Lecanto, FL passed away on June 19, 2021 under the care of Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL. Anita was born to the late Henry and Margaret (McGowan) Ross on May 11, 1938 in Carterville, IL. She was a Service Chief for Veteran’s Affairs for many years. Anita loved bowling, fishing, square dancing, camping with her husband, Dennis in an RV, and baking for their Good Sam’s Camping Club friends. She was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her late husband Ronald Crosby in 2014. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of just shy of two years, Dennis Banks; her children, Ronald Martin (Kara) and Tina Hodges (Donald); her step-children, Kenney, Ray, Mike, and Joseph Crosby, Vicki Rhodes, Betty Hunnicutt, Lester and Gregory Lytle, Karen Kratzer and Barbara VanCamp; her brother, Michael; and her many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements for Anita are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Col. Lonnie Davidson, US Army (Ret.)

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


Doris Denicola

Doris M Denicola, 98, Inverness, FL
Doris Marie “Dorie” Denicola, 98, of Inverness, FL passed away on July 9, 2021 under the care of VITAS Healthcare of Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Earl Caswell and Edna Drager on February 9, 1923 in Maumee, OH. She made Citrus County her home in 2005 after moving from Guntersville, Alabama. Doris loved thrifting, reading and listening to music. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, her son, Christopher and his wife Charlene, and her sister Betty (James) Rimel. She leaves behind a half-sister Edwina (Harold) Cox, a daughter, Sandra Vogel; her three grandchildren, Sean Vogel, Kristen Vogel, and Angela (David) Weible of Michigan; and her four great-grandchildren, She will be greatly missed. Arrangements for Doris are private. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, alongside her late husband, at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Patrick Devitt

Patrick D Devitt, 82, Lecanto, FL
Patrick David Devitt of Lecanto, FL passed away at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehabilitation on July 12, 2021 at the age of 82. He was born to the late Edward P. and Helen F. (Biba) Devitt on June 9, 1939 in Chicago, IL and was Catholic by faith. Patrick proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as the Chief Engineer of Klaff Realty in Chicago, IL for over 17 years. He relocated from Chicago in 2001 and made Citrus County his home. Those left to mourn Patrick’s passing include his brother, Ronald Devitt and his wife Barbara; and sisters: Helen Wheeler and Lois Foy. He was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Devitt. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Patrick has been scheduled for Friday, July 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Patrick will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Dollar

Robert L Dollar, 83, Lecanto, FL
Robert Lee Dollar, age 83, Lecanto, FL passed away at home on July 20, 2021 under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Mr. Dollar was born in Pelham, GA on November 4, 1937 to the late Johnnie and Romie (Vickery) Dollar and came to Citrus County in 1962 from Tampa. He was the founder and owner of the Robert Dollar Plumbing and Electric Co., and D&D, Inc. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Inverness. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, spending time with the family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 59 years, Juanita (Christianson) Dollar; 2 sons: Robert Lee Dollar, Jr. and wife, Gloria of Dunnellon, FL; David James Dollar and wife, Melissa of Hernando, FL; 2 daughters: Wanda Justine Durbin and husband, Mike of Lecanto, FL; Penny Sue Smith of Lecanto, FL; 4 sisters: Grace Tribble and Dot DeVane, both of Plant City, FL; Pat Parrish of Wildwood, FL; Gaynel Buckaloo of Lakeland, FL; 12 grandchildren: Britton, Brandon, Logan, Sabrina, Casey, Codi, Randy, Bobby, Shane, Kyle, Brandy, and Pepper; 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers: Buford, Paul, Dennis, James, and Ray. His sisters: Margaret & Ollie Mae. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Rev. Terry Roberts, pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum of Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 12:00 noon until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: The ALS Association @ donation.als.org


John Embry, Sr.

John J Embry, Sr., 65, Ocala, FL
John J. Embry, Sr. age 65 of Ocala, FL passed away at his sons home located in Inverness on June 29, 2021 under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. John was born in Lake Worth, FL on December 29, 1955 and lived a long, adventurous life. Loving father of John J. Embry, Jr. (Lisa A. Embry), Virginia Embry, Samantha Embry (Shawn Watkins, Sr.), James Embry (Cheyenne Embry). Proud papa of Cheyenne, Brittany, Skyler, Shawn, Jr., Aaliyah, Joslyn and Ivy. Proud great papa of Isaac. He is further survived by his beautiful sister Peggy and nieces and nephews. John was a talented welder and a jack of all trades. His moto was “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Georgia Kel Eye

Georgia Kel Eye, 63, Dunnellon, FL
Georgia Kel Eye of Dunnellon, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Cate’s House Hospice in Ocala on July 12, 2021 at the age of 63. She was born to the late Paige and Hannah (Phelps) Creech on April 15, 1958 in Richmond, VA. She made Florida her home in 1983 after relocating from Illinois with her young family. Kel lived her life in the service of caring for others. She was known for giving her time and energy to those who needed it the most. Her love for her family was felt through time spent walking hiking trails, enjoying the serenity of nature and through her many artistic creations. Kel’s sense of humor, love for her family and her dedication to her community will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. Those left to mourn Kel’s passing include her son: Dalan Eye; daughters: Saundra Jarrett and Deanna Miller; brothers: Kurt Creech and the late “Bubba” Creech; sister: Janda Wilson; and 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Kel decided to donate her body to science and will be transferred to the University of Florida in Gainesville for anatomical donation. Her selfless gift and act of kindness will help train and further the education of future physicians and healthcare professionals. Local arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Hospice of Marion County.


Eva Ferguson

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


Delbert Freeze, Sr.

Delbert L Freeze, Sr., 77, Floral City, FL
Delbert Lee Freeze Sr long-time resident of Floral City, FL, passed away on July 24, 2021 at the age of 77. He was born in Iowa, and was the 17th out of 18 Brothers and Sisters. After his service in the Air Force, He continued his love for traveling by acquiring his CDL and driving a Semi truck across the country, after that He worked at Seco for 20+ years as a mechanic where he became Mr. Fix It if he could hear the noise he knew what the problem was, he accomplished all this while balancing being a Volunteer Fire Fighter for Floral City Fire Department. He was an outdoor enthusiast, very family oriented and the best Horseshoe partner ever. He never met a stranger and would do anything for anybody. He loved Peanut butter cookies, carrot cake, goulash and coca cola. He was such a hard worker and had the biggest heart. He loved his family more than ever. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Leo Faye and Verena Catherine Freeze, 8 Sisters,5 Brothers, and Son Delbert L Freeze II . He is survived by Sister Clara L. Proksch, Brothers, Leroy, Leland, Daughter's Katherine, Linda, Dawn, Veronica and Son Robert, 17 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren with one on the way. The family is asking for those who wish to show their respects to make a donation to Moffitt Cancer Center in lieu of flowers. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Gillespie

James A Gillespie, 81, Floral City, FL
James A. Gillespie, 81, of Floral City, FL passed away on July 1, 2021 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He was born to the late Alfred and Delia Beauchane Gillespie on January 29, 1940 in Jacksonville, FL and he made his home Citrus County 23 years ago with his wife, Billie, when moving from Pasco County, Florida. He was a Code Enforcer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department for many years. Those left to cherish James’ memory are his wife of 23 years, Billie; his son, James Gallagher and his wife, Jennifer of Houston, TX; his “adopted” daughter, Stacy Davis of Floral City, FL; and his four grandchildren, Christopher, Amber, Trevor Gallagher, and Miranda Scott. He was loved deeply and will be missed by many. Arrangements for James are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Charlotte Giordano

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


Ryan Gobble

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


Jose Gonzalez

Jose D Gonzalez, 68, Citrus Springs, FL
Jose D. Gonzalez, born on January 24th, 1953, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Jose was a proud father, army veteran, and a beloved husband. Jose peacefully passed away at the age of 68 on Thursday June, 24th, 2021. He is survived through his wife; Gloria I. Gonzalez, daughter; Taina I. Gonzalez, son; Jose D. Gonzalez Jr., son-in-law Erik R. Miner, and granddaughters Annie K. Miner, and Jasper L. Miner. Jose was an army veteran of 21 years, retiring as a Sargent First Class. It was during his time in the service that he met the love of his life, Gloria. On June 30th, 1990, Jose and Gloria were married. Within the next few years, their children, Taína and Jose Jr. were born, and the family was complete. Jose then spent another 21 years with the Citrus County School Board as a bus driver. Through out his career, he was known for being one of the biggest personalities in the room. His smile and laughter was contagious, and he still would always go out of his way to make anyone laugh. His caring nature and charming personality made him extremely memorable. Whether you knew him for 10 years or 10 minutes, everyone who came in contact with Jose have nothing but loving memories of him. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 8th at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Grace, 6 Roosevelt Blvd, in Beverly Hills, Florida. Following the service, the Interment will be held at 1:30PM at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave in Bushnell, Florida. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Glenn Gonzalez, Sr.

Glenn Gonzalez, Sr., 66, Inverness, FL
On Thursday, June 10, 2021 Glenn Gonzalez, Sr. (Double G/DaBullG) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Born in Tampa, FL to Johnnie and Grace Gonzalez, he remained a Tampa resident until moving to Inverness, FL when he semi-retired in 2015. Glenn held many positions throughout his life, but his two most loved careers were as a Hillsborough County deputy and working over 30 years in the radio industry as a Promotions Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Fleet Manager, Engineer Tech and pirate ship float driver. Well, basically, anything and everything, except for being a DJ. As others have said, WQYK Radio’s legacy was built on the back of Double G. He was a man who never met a stranger and easily made and maintained relationships with all types of vendors with whom he could call on to make every event or task he was involved with work smoothly. He loved to please and would not turn down a request for help. But his greatest joys in life were his family, cooking and fishing and all the better when they were combined. He loved putting on a huge spread for all the holidays, always bringing a large group of family and friends together. Glenn was predeceased by his father Johnnie and son Justin. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his mother, Grace, wife Laura; sons Glenn Gonzalez Jr. (Gina), Michael Gonzalez, Jonathan Gonzalez (Kathi), and Joshua Gonzalez (Kaitlyn), daughters Marissa Nuce (Dennis), Christina Schleman and Sadie Rau (Joshua), sisters Janet Rifkin (Steve) and Doreen Moore (Johnny), former stepdaughter Ashley, nine grandchildren (soon to be twelve!), one great-grand son and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Life was held on July 17 at the Dallas Bull in Tampa, FL.


Karen Hahn

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


Shawn Hanlin

Shawn A Hanlin, 59, Inverness, FL
SHAWN ADAM HANLIN, 59, a much beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, died Monday, June 21, 2021,with his family by his side in Inverness, Florida. Shawn was born July 10, 1961, in Baltimore Maryland to Walter N. Hanlin Jr., and Ann Shirley Boni Hanlin. His father was self employed owning his own shoe repair business, Hanlin Shoe Repair, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for over 30 years. His mother was a Deli Manager for Winn Dixie in Ft. Lauderdale where she retired after 25 years. They moved to Inverness, Florida in 2010. Shawn grew up in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, along with his large Irish/Italian family consisting of his parents, five brothers and three sisters, moving there in 1971. He attended New River Middle School and Stranahan High School. Shawn was a jack of all trades you could say. He held his General Contractor's license for the past 20 years, and prior to that had done a plethora of jobs, including traveling sales, electrical contracting, glazier contracting, and the list goes on. He was very talented on many levels and was a quick study. Shawn loved traveling and had seen most of the contiguous United States during his many journeys. He had a generous heart full of empathy and compassion for others and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He also loved animals and they loved him in return. Shawn never met a stranger. He had the best personality and charm galore. And you couldn't miss those big baby blue eyes or resist them. But most of all, Shawn loved his beautiful Italian Mother, Ann. She was everything to him... along with her spaghetti and meat sauce of course, his favorite, which she would always fix for him every time he came home to visit. Shawn is survived by his father, Walter N. Hanlin, jr., his sisters, Crystal Ann Hanlin Chasan, Dawn Lynn Hanlin Lalibertie, Anna Mae Hanlin, and one brother, Kelly John Hanlin of Ft.Lauderdale, Fla., along with a special mention to Maggie Auletta, Roger, and his many special nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his Mother, Ann S. Boni Hanlin originally of Follansbee WVA, his brothers, Walter Norris Hanlin, III, Timothy J. Hanlin, and Stacy Lee Hanlin, all of Ft.Lauderdale, Fl. A Memorial, and Celebration of Life afterwards, will be held on July 10, 2021, Shawn's 60th birthday, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at Lauderdale Memorial Gardens, wherein a special Niche will be interned at the Columbarium to memorialize him always. Shawn was immensely loved and will be sorely missed by all. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Betty Harrison

Betty L Harrison, 68, Inverness, FL
Betty L. Harrison, 68, of Inverness passed away June 29, 2021, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Betty was born on March 5, 1953 in Headland, Alabama, to the late Eugene and Mattie (McKee) Ward. She came to Citrus County in 1972 from Winter Garden, FL. Betty was the Seafood Manager at Winn Dixie Grocery Store, and was a member of the Redemption Point Assembly of God Church. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Mark Harrison, Sr.; her sons: Mark Harrison, Jr. and his wife Lindsay of Lake Butler, FL, David Brian Harrison and his wife Monica, of Murphy, NC, her daughters: Kimberly Morris and her husband Joseph, of Alaska and Ashley Harrison of Inverness; her brothers: Carlton Ward of Woodfin, NC, Stancil Ward of Slocomb, AL; her sister, Annette Ulry of Marianna, FL; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson Drew Morris, her brother, David Ward, and her sister, Betty G. Ward. Celebration of Life Services for Betty will be conducted on Monday, July 5, 2021, at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor Tim Rose and Mr. Mark Harrison, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Hills of Rest Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until service time.


Richard Heymer

Richard L Heymer, 64, Hernando, FL
Richard Luke Heymer, age 64, Hernando, FL passed away June 30, 2021. Cherished husband of Lorraine (Zakrzewski) Heymer; Beloved son of the late Richard and Doris (Peters) Heymer; loving brother of 4 brothers and 4sisters; Father of the late Christopher Heymer (1983) Funeral services from Konopka Funeral Home in North Bergen, NJ with burial to follow in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Hackensack, NJ. A Memorial Service will be held at Gulf to Lake Church on Friday, August 6th, at 11:00A.M.In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Gulf to Lake Church, Crystal River, FL. Under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL


Dale Hissim

Dale A Hissim, 76, Crystal River, FL
Dale A. Hissim, 76, of Crystal River, FL passed away June 27, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Easton, PA on July 8, 1944 to the late Herman and Mary (Morris) Hissim. Dale was a construction contractor, and arrived in this area many years ago. He is survived by his sons Doug Hissim of North Carolina, and Dale Hissim of South Carolina. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dawn Horton

Dawn M Horton, 52, Floral City, FL
Dawn Michelle Horton, age 52, Floral City died suddenly on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at home. Dawn was born in San Diego, CA on October 3, 1968 to the late Grover Henry Drake and Patricia Kay Bick-Drake and came to Citrus County from South Carolina in 2017. Dawn was a kind and selfless woman. She was adventurous, intelligent, strong willed, and tough. She loved her children and everyone else's children too!! She will be forever remembered for "No Rules Day"!!! Dawn traveled the world at an early age as a military brat. She loved to travel, especially taking cruises and going to the beach. Dawn loved to be around family and always enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was always a very hard worker and had many professions. We can definitely say she was always tougher than most, she grew up as her dad's son lol (Doing all the things a son would normally do). As a child she practiced ballet and played multiple instruments including clarinet, flute, and violin. She had a love for Motorcycles like no other, it was the freedom she got from every ride she couldn't find anywhere else. If you ride you know!!! She was also very creative; she had many hidden talents in arts and crafts. Definitely loved shopping. One thing we know is that Dawn touched more hearts than we could ever imagine. From her smile to her contagious laugh. The memories we are left with shall carry us each through these difficult times. We all love you so much and miss you even more! With this we leave you with this poem. SHIP BEYOND THE HORIZON The human soul is like a ship Sailing proudly on Life's seas, With sails hoisted in magnificence She sails upon the buoyant breeze. Then, as she fast approaches The horizon far away, She slips gently from our site Towards another day. Although we cannot see her Nor no longer gaze in awe, She still sails proudly onward Too far off distant shore. Those waiting on that distant shore For our loved ones who have passed, With open arms will welcome them And Embrace them at long last. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Lathie E. “Mo’ Horton of Floral City; 2 sons: Kevin Benjamin Suta and his wife Amy of Floral City; Geoffrey Drake Shirling and his wife Amber of Floral City; 2 grandchildren, Nolan and David.


Phyllis Hovious

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


Margaret Immerso

Margaret A Immerso, 87, Lecanto, FL
Margaret A. “Mickey” Immerso, 87, of Lecanto, FL passed away on July 25, 2021 under the care of HPH Hospice in Lecanto. She was born on December 29th, 1933 in Bronx, NY and was a convenience store manager for many years. She made her home in Citrus County in 1979 after moving from Bronx. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, collecting old coins, and was a member of TOPS. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph in 1983. Mickey 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.


Georgia Inman

Georgia L Inman, 96, Inverness, FL
Georgia L. Inman of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on July 10, 2021 at the age of 96. She was born to the late Emanuel Franklin and Hilda (Riffer) Rubley on April 8, 1925 in South Bend, IN. Georgia was married to her loving husband Lloyd D. Inman for 70 years until his passing on September 18, 2011. Together they made Citrus County their home in 1980 after relocating from Largo, FL. She was a Christian by faith. Georgia enjoyed traveling and loved the outdoors. In her younger years she was an award winning archer. A talented seamstress, she very much enjoyed making quilts. She crafted and donated hundreds of quilts to Citrus County charities over the years. Georgia was such a talented seamstress, she made high end clothing for serious Barbie doll collectors. Some of her designs included real fur and even long full length gloves for the Barbie’s hands. Those left to mourn Georgia’s passing include her sons: Larry Dean Inman and his wife Amy and Richard Kenneth Inman. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jeff Inman and his wife Melissa Inman, Zach Inman; great grandchildren: Ken Inman, Noah Inman, Victoria McCarty, Kambryan Wegner, Jacob Inman, Lucas Inman; 4 great great grandchildren; and siblings: Marceline Inman, Eldean Rubley and Mercedese Frank. In addition to her husband Lloyd, Georgia was preceded in death by her sister, Juanita Bratina. Georgia will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A committal service is scheduled for Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:30 AM and will be conducted by Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel of Inverness. Friends are invited meet Georgia’s family at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home prior to the service to join the procession to the cemetery which will depart promptly at 10:45 AM. The family requests no flowers. Please consider a donation to the American Heart Association in Georgia’s memory. Donations can be made to: American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE South Tower, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Arthur Jakeway

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


Ruby Johnson

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


Gilbert Johnson, MSgt  USAF Retired

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


Dorothy Kelly

Dorothy M Kelly, 91, Hernando, FL
Dorothy Mae Kelly, 91, of Inverness, Florida passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Bayfront Hospital in Spring Hill. Dorothy Mae was born May 22, 1930 in Gorman, TN. She was the 3rd child of six. After marrying the paper boy, Willie O. Kelly, they moved to Nashville surrounded by family where they added 6 children. Dorothy was a godly woman, devoted wife and mother. She made quilts for all her children and grandchildren. Other people were also touched by her and her abilities as she made blankets, scarves, baby items for everyone she knew. Those left behind to cherish her memory, husband of 73 years, Willie O. Kelly, Sr.; sons: Leon, Roger, Jeff and daughter, Valerie Camacho. She was preceded in death by sons, David and Willie, Jr. and her 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. We will always carry her memory with us. As a member of the Trinity Baptist Church her goal and wish was for everyone to know Christ. For those who wish to honor her memory, in lieu of flowers, donating can be made to the Trinity Baptist Church, 2840 E. Hayes Street, Inverness, FL 34453; 352-726-0100. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the Trinity Baptist Church of Inverness with Pastor Jerry Bloxton officiating. Interment at a later date in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, TN. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Sara Kelly

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


Millie King

Millie King, 83, Inverness, FL
Millie King, 83 of Inverness, passed away June 20, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Millie was born on April 13, 1938 in New York City, NY, to the late John and Mary (Chuprun) Markovich. She came to Citrus County in 1991 from Stockton, California, and was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Inverness. She was a transcriber with the Citrus County Sheriff’s office for 11 years and was in law enforcement for 46 years. Millie’s affiliations include: Past President of the East Citrus Republican Club, Committee Woman for the Republican Executive Committee, Secretary for the Friendship Quilters Guild, President of the Inverness Chapter of Mended Hearts, Member of the Women of the First Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran Church Alter Guild. Left to cherish her memory are her son: Ronald Lebed; her sister, Susie Yakabooski, her step daughter, Donna Plichta and husband Michael, and step son Stephen King; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend and caregiver, Thala Duteau. Millie was preceded in death by her first husband, John Lebed, who was killed in the line of duty in New Jersey in 1960; her second husband, Donald King in 2018, her son John Lebed in 2021, and her brother John Markovich and sisters, Katherine Letosky and Maryanne Smaligo. Funeral services for Millie will be conducted on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, in Inverness, with Rev. Tom Beaverson, Pastor of the First Lutheran Church in Inverness. Millie’s urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, at a later date, with her husband Donald. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: Mended Hearts, Inc., 1500 Dawson Road, Albany, GA, 31707.


Audrey Klauza

Audrey Klauza, 84, Hernando, FL
Audrey Klauza, 84, of Hernando, Fl, passed away July 16, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Audrey was born on April 22, 1937 in Escanaba, Michigan, to the late Richard C. and Alice (Frappier) Williams. She came to Citrus County 7 years ago from Southgate, M. She worked for many years as a legal secretary before retiring. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Terry Stevens and his wife Patricia; Timothy Stevens and Nicholi J. Klauza; her sisters, Sally Barnes and Mary Alice Finlan; 5 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Pauline Stevens Yeakel; her sister, Margaret Hardwick and brothers: Richard C. Williams, Jr. and Bill Myers. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothea MacKenzie

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


Elizabeth Mackey - LeBar

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


Patricia Marcuri

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


Pamela McCullough

Pamela A McCullough, 66, Floral City, FL
Pamela Anne McCullough of Floral City, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 3, 2021, at the age of 66. Pamela was born on January 1, 1955 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Charles and Veronica Long. On June 14, 1974 Pamela married Dale McCullough, whom she shared 47 years of a loving marriage. Pamela was a homemaker for her two daughters and loved reading and word search puzzles. She was a Christian by faith. In addition to her husband, Pamela’s passing will be mourned by her two daughters Tanya and Jennifer, her sister, Pat and her brothers, Jimmy and Chuck. Also she has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Pam was preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers: Eddie and Tommy Long. Funeral services for Pam are scheduled on Friday, July 9th , 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City FL. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Pauline McKenzie

Pauline E McKenzie, 102, Floral City, FL
Pauline Estella McKenzie of Floral City, FL passed away at her home on June 29, 2021 at the age of 102. She was born to the late Charles and Gladys (Primm) Taylor on December 1, 1918 in Phillipsburg, KS. Pauline moved to Florida 4 ½ years ago after relocating with her daughter to be closer to family. She was a Catholic by faith and a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville, KS. Having lived through the depression era, Pauline became a very resourceful woman. She was an experienced farmer, an avid gardener and a talented seamstress. She could also construct and build anything. Pauline was also extremely creative. She enjoyed writing and even sold some of the articles she had written. Those left to mourn Pauline’s passing include her daughter, Linda Lee of Floral City, FL. She is also survived by a great many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandbabies. They were truly the loves of her life. Sadly, Pauline was preceded in death by 3 of her children, two sons, Chesley and Thomas McKenzie and one daughter, Sharon Keathley. Following cremation, Pauline will be laid to rest with her family in Coffeyville, KS. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Linda McKettrick

Linda G McKettrick, 63, Inverness, FL
Linda Gail McKettrick, age 63, Inverness, FL passed away June 29, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Linda was born in Inverness on November 10, 1957 to the late R.G and Jonnie (Beatty) Grumbling. She was a lifetime resident, having attended local schools and working in the family printing business , R.G. Printing, until R.G. and Jonnie retired. Linda then worked for the Citrus County Chronicle and eventually moved to the county office. She also worked for Excel Printing and finally retired from WYKE Radio/TV station. She was of the Presbyterian Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, Guy K. McKettrick; her 2 children: Kenny McKettrick and his wife Christina of Inverness, FL; Kimberly Seal and her husband Scott of Citrus Springs, FL; 2 brothers: Stewart Grumbling of Crystal River and Billy Grumbling of Brooksville; 1 sister, Debbie Carpenter of Shady Grove, FL; 4 grandchildren: Savannah, Haley, Emma, and Cole; many nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Grumbling on November 12, 2015 A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with family members and friends officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Key Training Center. Cremation with care provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.


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

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


James Merenda

James Merenda, 89, Lecanto, FL
James Merenda, 89, of Lecanto, FL passed to be with his Lord and Savior on July 3, 2021 at his residence in Lecanto. He was born in Newark, NJ on February 18, 1932 to the late John and Harriet (Pott) Merenda. Jim served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was a homicide detective for the Baltimore MD police department, and arrived in this area in 2002, coming from Englewood, FL. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time outdoors and in his workshop. He had a great sense of humor, but most importantly, he knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife Suella in 2017, his sister Grace Crouse, and his grandchild, Travis. Mourning his passing are his children Michael Merenda and his wife Susan of Nokomis, FL, and Kathryn Jamrock and her husband John of St. Charles, MO; step daughter Roxanne Umstot of Hyndman, PA; and grandchildren Christina, Logan, and Hans. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Scott Miller

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


Barbara Monahan

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


Alane Montgomery

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


Gerald Motta

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


Mary O'Brien

Mary V O'Brien, 95, Inverness, FL
Mary Virginia O'Brien, age 95 passed away June 25, 2021. She was born 6-21-26 in Lafayette, IN where she went to Jefferson High School. Her husband was Lloyd O'Brien and they were married September 3, 1949 and lived in Anderson, IN. Virginia worked at Community Hospital until retiring in 1990. She and her husband moved to Inverness, FL in 1995. Lloyd died in 2001. She is survived by her daughter Peggy Muir, daughter Bonnie Rinker and son Mike O'Brien. Mrs. O'Brien was an active member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church where she was a member of Daughters of the King. The memorial service will be held on June 30, 2021 at 10am at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and burial in their memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Osceola Ave., Inverness, FL 34450 or to the charity of your choice. Cremation With Care - Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Virgil Oliver

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


Janet Peel

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


Heather Peffers

Heather A Peffers, 57, Floral City, FL
Heather Ann Peffers, 57, Floral City, formerly of Saint Petersburg, FL. Passed away on July 20th 2021 at home. She was born in, Springfield, MA to the late Francis and Ruth Ann (Miller) Walsh and came to Citrus County from Saint Petersburg. She was a ray of sun shine and made friends wherever she went. Her friends and family would call her a social butterfly. She loved her cubby mermaids (manatees). She loved spending time with family, Camping, Traveling, and Shopping. She always had a smile on her face and was always in a good mood. She loved being a Gigi and loved her Grandson so much. She loved her family and all her friends, she loved working at Sleepy Hollow Fish Camp, she would always talk about it, it was her favorite place on the Island. She is survived by her Husband, Richard Alan Peffers, 1 Daughter Fawn Marie McCoy (Michael), 1 Grandson, Maverick Alan McCoy 1 Brother, Heath Walsh (Amy), 3 Sisters Amy Jo McClain (Chuck), Charlene Leckie (Buddy), Buffy Snow (Phillip), She was a aunt to 15 nieces and nephews. Cremation with care Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Lawrence Penrod

Lawrence J Penrod, 80, Bushnell, FL
Lawrence Joel Penrod of Bushnell, FL passed away at his home while under the loving care of his family and Cornerstone Hospice on July 27, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born to the late Estel and Helen (Ward) Penrod on October 25, 1940. Lawrence relocated from Toledo, OH in 1974 to escape the harsh winters. He originally settled in St. Petersburg and relocated to Bushnell, Sumter County in 2000. In his spare time he enjoyed playing games on his computer. Lawrence was a sports fanatic. He had been a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since the 70’s when they didn’t have the greatest record. He also liked the Tampa Bay Rays and really enjoyed watching baseball and football on television. Those left to mourn Lawrence’s passing include his wife of 55 years, Joyce Penrod; daughters: Debbie Spinoso and her husband Joe, Michelle Berry, Lisa Sanagustin and her husband Rod; sisters: Carol Rigg, Colleen Staley and Ruth Rivera; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Lawrence was preceded in death by grandson, Buddy McRae; brother, Wesley Penrod; sisters: Kathleen Zimmerman and Karen Drill. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Pindell, Jr.

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


Eugenio Pinero

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


William Pitts

William H Pitts, 83, Citrus Springs, FL
William H. Pitts, “Bill”, 83, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away on July 23rd, 2021 under the care of Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Charles and Anna (Taunitis) Pitts on June 11th, 1938 in Girardville, PA. He honorably served our country as a United States Army Officer and bravely served in Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart. He worked as a Financial Systems Analyst for many years and was able to travel with his wife, Regina, for many years due to his line of work. He was a people-person who loved to socialize and talk with friends, family, and even strangers on the street. He loved making new friends and memories. He also loved fishing, golfing, and antique cars. He was an avid gun enthusiast and loved to collect antique paper bills and coins. He was a member of the Inglis Masonic Lodge #324. Bill was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles, Edward, and Helen. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 36 years, Regina; his children, William, Vaughan, Nancy, and Kathleen; his step-son, Steven Rome; his siblings, Robert and Mary Jean; his six cherished grandchildren; and his one adored great-grandchild. Arrangements for Bill are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Phillips Porter Jr.

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


Donald Purcell

Donald E Purcell, 89, Inverness, FL
Donald E. Purcell of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family while under the care of Vitas Hospice on July 11, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born to the late John C. and Irene (Maze) Purcell on March 3, 1932 in New Castle, IN. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, working in intelligence during the Korean War. Donald attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN and went on to earn his Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame. He then began a long career in education as a math teacher for both high school and college level math classes. Donald was married to his loving wife Nancy for 64 years. Together they lived in Arlington Heights, IL, moved to Evansville, IN for a few years then settled in Inverness 25 years ago. After making Florida his home, Donald took up bicycle riding and became an avid rider who really enjoyed riding the Withlacoochee State Trail. He also loved to play golf in his spare time. Another pastime he enjoyed was watching horse racing. He once took a class on handicapping skills for races and won a contest on the same day, correctly picking 7 out of the 9 races. Donald greatly enjoyed sports and coached both football and baseball for his sons’ teams when they were teenagers. In addition to his wife Nancy, those left to mourn Donald’s passing include his sons: Michael Purcell and his wife Ellie of Inverness, Rick Purcell and his wife Amy of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren: Molly Purcell and D.J. Purcell of Phoenix, AZ, Keith Purcell of Atlanta, GA, Kyle Purcell of Orlando, FL; step grandchildren: Chase Musser and his wife Meghan of Orlando, FL, Lauren Gras and her husband Ben of Orlando, FL; sister in law, Lynda Purcell of Inverness, FL; brothers in law: Jerry Winters and his wife Mary of Fort Wayne, IN, Keith Winters and his wife Jean of Inverness, FL, John Shultz of Lakeland, FL. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Purcell; sisters in law, Sheila Shultz and Julia Nuss; and brother in law, David Nuss. A gathering of Donald’s friends and family for sharing and remembrance will take place at the Inverness Golf and Country Club on Saturday July 17th 2021 from 3PM to 5PM. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Nancy Reeder

Nancy P Reeder, 88, Inverness, FL
Nancy P. Reeder of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on July 25, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born to the late Milton Holmes and Margaret Elizabeth (Slinghoff) Probasco on August 22, 1932 in Trenton, NJ. Nancy made Citrus County her home 15 years ago after relocating from Trenton. She was a Christian by faith and a member of the Allentown Presbyterian Church in Allentown, NJ. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed needlepoint and baking. Those left to mourn Nancy’s passing include her daughter, Nancy Pullen of Inverness, FL; son, David Reeder and his wife Debbie of Allentown, NJ; six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, David S. Reeder; her daughter, Jill Snyder; and sister, Mary Alice Rue. Burial will take place in her home state of New Jersey at a later date. Cremation with care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Leslie Rhodes

Leslie N Rhodes, 69, Floral City, FL
Mr. Leslie Neal Rhodes of Floral City, FL passed away at his home while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice on July 9, 2021 at the age of 69. He was born to the late Lloyd E. and Elsie M. (Keefer) Rhodes on November 17, 1951 in Hancock, MD. Leslie made Floral City his home in 2009 after relocating from the east coast of Florida. He was a skilled woodworker and an extremely talented craftsman. Many of his woodworking creations including tables, hutches and built-in wall units are still being used in many restaurants and businesses on the east coast of Florida. Most recently, Leslie took part in the repainting and some maintenance of his sister and brother in law’s church, the Fifth Street Church of Christ in Crystal River. He will be remembered by his family as a loving father and brother. Those left to mourn Leslie’s passing include his daughter, Dawn Baughman and Phil; son, Richard Rhodes and Laurie; brothers: Harold “Dusty” Rhodes, Joseph “Joe” Rhodes and his wife Linda; sisters: Kathleen Chastain and her husband Byron, Marian Johnson and Edith Rhodes. He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Rhodes. A Celebration of Leslie’s life will take place at the Lecanto Church of Christ located at 797 S. Rowe Terrace, Lecanto, FL 34461 on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:30 AM until the hour of service. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Rivard

David A Rivard, 75, Hernando, FL
David Alan Rivard, Sr., 75, of Hernando, FL passed away on June 23, 2021 at his home under the care of VITAS Hospice and surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Albert J. and Dorothy Coleman Rivard on April 13, 1946 in Leominster, Massachusetts. He began work in “Plastic City” in Leominster, MA, first beginning on the floor as a plastic-manufacturing machine operator and worked his way up to Assistant Plant Manager at the plastic factory. He made Citrus County his home with his wife, Terry at the very beginning of this year, after they moved from Leominster, Massachusetts to follow David’s dream of wanting to live in Florida for the last few years. He and his wife have celebrated 58 years of marriage together, and he was deeply loved and cherished by her. Dave will be remembered for having a big heart, being sensitive but ornery, and an all-around family-oriented man. He loved visiting Hawaii with his wife, and taking cruises with her. He belonged to the Leominster Sportsman Club, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors. He also belonged to the Exchange Club of Montachusett Area and then the Exchange Club of North Worcester County. He was also known as “Mayor on the Hill” to his neighbors. Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Rivard who passed in 1980. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Terry Rivard; his children, David Alan Rivard, Jr. of Clearwater, FL, Tammy Anne Gaydos wife of Edward of Freeport, FL, and Dawn Marie Thibaudeau, wife of Dave of Fitchburg, MA; his sister, Debra Ann Attreau wife of Richard of Inverness, FL; his eight cherished grandchildren, Crystal Lynn Rivard, David Albert Rivard, Sean Michael Rivard, Jonathan Andrew Gaydos, Steven Alan Rivard Howell, Ashley Nichole Gaydos, Samantha Jean Gaydos, and Tabitha Lee-Anne Taylor; and his six adored great-grandchildren, Jalynn Rivard, Aliece Almestica, Damian Almestica, David Parry Rivard, Aiden Michael Rivard, and Annabelle Joy Gaydos. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed. In Lieu of flowers, donations to his church, Horizon Christian Fellowship, 356 Broad St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Dwayne Roehm

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


Georgiana Ronk

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


John Roos

John W Roos, 67, Inverness, FL
On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, John W. (Flynn) Roos, loving husband and father to four children, passed away at the age of 67. John was born on April 1, 1954 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Jack and Wilma (Brandt) Flynn. He earned his BA in English from the University Of New Hampshire while serving his country in the US Air Force. He retired from 20 years of active duty as a Tech Sergeant having served during both the Vietnam and First Gulf Wars. He then went on to serve the Citrus County School District as a Journeyman Trades Worker HVAC before retiring a second time in 2019. In 2009, he married Lynn Hillis of Floral City, FL where they shared her two boys, Michael and Steven. Preceding this, on April 29, 1978, he married Rebecca Sue Estes of Norwich, VT and raised their son Jason and for a time, Dr. Wesley Mann of Gainesville, FL. John had a passion for history. He loved ancient cultures and spent a lot of his free time learning about Roman, Greek, Aztec, and Mayan civilizations. He also loved old maps, nautical charts, and books. Professionally, John was known for his courteousness, politeness, and assiduousness. John was amicably thought of as a ‘gentle giant.’ John was preceded in death by his father, Jack Flynn, his mother, Wilma (Brandt) Roos, and his stepfather, Ralph Roos. He is survived by his wife Lynn Hillis, his four children – Jason, Wesley, Michael and Steven, his daughter-in-law Heidi, his grandchildren Arihana and Bryson, his brother Gary, his Sister Jane, and several nieces, and nephews. John will be laid to rest in Spokane, Washington at a later date. There will be a celebration of life on Thursday July 1, 2021, at 2pm at Redemption Point Assembly of God 4201 S. Pleasant Grove Rd, Inverness, Florida 34452, Ph: 352-726-1107. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family.


Edith Rosio

Edith Rosio, 55, Homosassa, FL
Edith “Edie” Marie Rosio of Homosassa, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on July 3, 2021 at the age of 55. She was born to the late Ernest Clarence and Joan Nellie (Bombard) Drake on December 16, 1965 in Keene Valley, NY and was Catholic by faith. Edie made Florida her home in 1997 after relocating Au Sable Forks, NY. She managed and operated the Nature Coast Charity Thrift Store and was very proud of the fact that the funds they raised were used to assist veterans in need. Edie was known for her charitable, kind and giving nature and the incredible lengths she went to care for others less fortunate. She truly did the work of an angel. She fed the homeless and even kept a refrigerator stocked with food in her garage so any child in her neighborhood could have a good meal if they couldn’t get one at home. Edie was really considered a mother to everyone around her. She also gave clothing and shoes to those who needed them. Edie’s family was her greatest joy and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family always came first. Those left to mourn Edie’s passing include her husband of 37 years, Kevin Rosio; her children: Jayson Rosio and Cyndel Rosio of Homosassa, Tiffany Reynard and Daniel Reynard of Beverly Hills; brothers: David Drake (Diane), Edward Drake (Helen), Frederick Drake (Wanda), Howard Drake (Amy) and Richard Drake all of Au Sable Forks, NY; and 7 grandchildren. A Celebration of Edie’s Life is scheduled for Sunday, July 11 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Whispering Pines Park Recreation Center in Inverness. It is requested of those who are planning to attend, to please bring along a covered dish for everyone’s enjoyment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Edie’s memory in care of Kevin Rosio. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Ruth Sabrosky

Ruth A Sabrosky, 77, Brooksville, FL
Ruth Ann Sabrosky, 77, of Brooksville, FL passed away in Brooksville at BayFront Hospital on July 12, 2021. She was born to the late Charles W. Miller and Viola G. (Burris) Miller on May 18, 1944 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was a dedicated homemaker and a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years. She married her late husband, Dean, in 1992. He passed away on September 21st, 2006. Ruth made Citrus County her home 9 years ago when she moved from the state of Michigan. She was an avid arts and crafter, and loved coming up with new craft ideas. Ruth, along with her parents and husband, was preceded in death by her siblings and by her grandson, Donavan. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Heath Walsh (Amy) of Seminole, FL, Charlene Leckie (Buddy) of Colorado Springs, CO, Heather Peffers (Richard) of Floral City, FL, Buffy Snow (Phillip) of Centerville, MI, and Amy McClain (Chuck) of Sturgis, MI; her brother, Charles Miller; her sister, Eleanor Sanger; her 16 grandchildren, Fawn, Jeremy, Aaron, Kaitlyn, Nick, Sarah, Wendy, Amber, Jacob, Daniel, Betty, Melissa, Abigail, Abraham, Thomas, and Sarah; and 25 cherished great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Local arrangements and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held in Michigan at Hackman Family Funeral Home at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Lighthouse, Brooksville, FL


Wolfgang Schwickerath

Wolfgang Schwickerath, 59, Inverness, FL
Wolfgang Mathias Schwickerath, 59, of Inverness, passed away with his loving wife by his side at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville on July 21, 2021. Wolfgang was born in Monheim, Germany on December 28, 1961 to the late Peter Edmund and Gertrud (Junker) Schwickerath. He came to Citrus County in 2000 from Cologne Germany. After coming to Floral City, Wolfgang purchased the Shamrock Inn. He loved good food and enjoyed spending time with his customers at the Shamrock. His favorite day was Saint Patrick’s Day. He also enjoyed fishing, going out on his boat and playing darts with his employees. Wolfgang is survived by his wife, Regina Freywald who he married on November 19, 2008, having known each other since 1977. He treasured his time with her and their dog Max. A Celebration of Wolfgang’s life will be held at the Shamrock at a later date. Please check the Shamrock’s Facebook page for future details. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Scott

Patricia G Scott, 71, Crystal River, FL
Patricia G. Scott, 71, of Crystal River, FL, passed away June 28, 2021 at Bayfront Seven Rivers Hospital. Patricia, known to her friends and family as Pat, was born in Indian Rocks Beach, FL on March 26, 1950, to James E. and Betty (Moore) Meares. Pat and her late husband, Mike, moved to Citrus County in 1977, and established Mike Scott Plumbing in 1987. Together with their children, they expanded the business and supported many youth programs, organizations and founded a scholarship program. Pat enjoyed tremendous success in business, but she was most proud of her family. In addition to spending time with her family, Pat also enjoyed fishing and playing cards. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Shawn Scott and his wife Samantha, of Floral City, Jason Scott and his wife, Heather, of Beverly Hills, and Tracy Hinde and her husband Mike, of Hernando; her mother Betty Holcomb; brother Michael Meares; sisters: Cheryl Dykstra and Nancy Kelly; her grandchildren: Sabrina, Mercedes, Jacob, Evan, Aubree, Michael, and Savannah; great grandchildren: Brayden and Brixton. In addition to her husband of 51 years, Mike, Pat was preceded in death by her father, James Meares. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. With respect to Pat’s wishes, there are no funeral services planned.


Debralee Shaw

Debralee A Shaw, 60, Hernando, FL
Debralee Anne Shaw of Hernando, FL passed away on July 15, 2021 at the age of 60. She was born to the late Ronald and Dorothy (Lesko) Hopper on October 31, 1960 in Yonkers, NY. Debralee had various professions throughout her lifetime to include waitressing, hairdresser and most recently working as a certified nursing assistant. She made Citrus County her home in 2007 after relocating from Bradenton, FL. Debralee was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed the simple things in life such as shopping and coffee. She was an avid gardener and loved her fur babies. She had a kind heart and was a loving and caring person who was always there to help others. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Those left to mourn Debralee’s passing include her husband, Stephen Crews; sons: Kody Crews, Jason Shaw; daughters: Lauren Gould and her husband Jared, Kayla Crews. Sisters: Elizabeth Owens and Nancy DeFeo. Grandchildren: Jason, Amelia, Abigail, Paige, Justin, Alyssa, Yaya and Alana; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel of Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Lynda Simmons

Mary Lynda Simmons, 70, Hernando, FL
Mary Lynda Simmons, age 70, Hernando, FL passed away July 23, 2021 at The Grove Health & Rehab Center. Lynda was born in Hernando, FL on February 2, 1951 to the late Clyde and Joyce (Bell) Alexander. She enjoyed a 30 year career at Citrus Memorial Hospital, attaining the title of Business Manager for several departments prior to retirement. She was a member of The New Church Without Walls in Lecanto. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 49 years, Melvin Lamar Simmons, Sr.; 3 children: Byron (Marie) Simmons, Citrus Springs, FL; Dana (Charles) Thomas, Hernando, FL; Alexia (Jose) Torres, Orlando, FL; 6 Brothers: Bishop Dr. Douglas ( Teresa) Alexander, Citrus Hills, FL; Clyde (Claudette) Alexander, Madison, FL; Clarence Alexander of Hernando, FL; Tommie, Johnell, and Kermit Alexander, all of Hernando; 5 Sisters: Brenda (Wayne) Thomas, Inverness, FL; Joanne Bass, Tampa, FL; Travis Ford, Madison, FL; Pearlina Alexander, Inverness, FL; Stephanie Richardson, Beverly Hills, FL; mother- in- law, Freddie Lee Simmons, Hernando, FL; daughter-in-law, Elonza Hendred, Inverness; aunt & uncle, Frank and Jewell Adkins, Holder; many adored grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lynda was preceded in death by her son, Melvin “Luke” Simmons, Jr. on October 8, 2019 and her brother, Wyndell Alexander Oct 9, 2016. The Celebration of Life Home Going Service is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2021, 11:00 AM at The New Church Without Walls in Lecanto with Rev. Robert Simmons, Rev. Dr. David Houston, and Bishop Dr. Douglas Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Hernando Community Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM to view Lynda and pay their respects to Melvin and the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the “Luke” Simmons Scholarship Fund. You may donate: paypal.me/elonzahendred


Willys Smelser

Willys L Smelser, 94, Inverness, FL
Willys Lee Smelser of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on July 5, 2021 at the age of 94. He was born to the late Charles Ernest and Bertha Jane (Crothers) Smelser on September 25, 1926 in Cumberland, MD. Willys proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. Following his military service, he went on to become the Corporate Safety Security Director for the Kelly Springfield Tire Company. After retirement, he and his wife became Florida “Snowbirds” for a number of years and made Florida their permanent home in 2015. One of Willys favorite activities was camping and traveling in his RV. Following retirement he spent 5 months on the road traveling around the country. He made a number of friends over the years during his travels. Willys other favorite past time activity was square dancing. He and his wife were members of a square dancing group that traveled together for a number of years. Willys was a Christian by faith and most recently attended the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Those left to mourn Willys’ passing include his loving wife of 73 years, Leona (Collins) Smelser; daughter, Patti Johnson and her husband Stephen of Inverness; grandchildren: Jennifer Lloyd, Melanie Meunier and her husband Kyle, Shane Ebhardt, Austin Johnson and 9 great grandchildren. Willys was preceded in death by sons: Scott Steven Smelser in 1963, William Charles Smelser in 1984; and brother, Royce Arthur Smelser in 2000. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Following the service, friends that were unable to attend the service are welcome to join the family in visitation from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Following cremation, Willys will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park in Cumberland, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family would request memorial donations be made in Willys’ memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children Charity. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kenneth Spoon

Kenneth J Spoon, 73, Hernando, FL
Kenneth J. Spoon, 73, was born in Oneida, NY on May 1, 1948 to the late Lyle and Shirley Spoon. He went home to be with the Lord on June 30, 2021 after a long courageous fight with cancer. Kenny is survived by his beloved wife, Anita Spoon, four children (two by birth, two by choice) Jason (Margaret) Spoon, and Brandy Wheeler (Ed Banach) both of Williamstown, NY, James Champion of Mexico, NY and Jenna Champion of Cohoes, NY; one grandchild, Logan Spoon; two brothers, Robert (Alex) Spoon of Camden, NY and Gary (Kristen) Spoon of Williamstown, NY. He is also survived by multiple extended family and friends. Kenny proudly served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army from 1968 until 1975, doing two tours in Viet-Nam. He retired from the Syracuse VA as a Police Officer. He was a longtime member of the Amboy and New Haven Fire Departments. Kenny also loved many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and boating around Panther Lake. He passed this love on to all his children. He also enjoyed sitting on his front deck watching the world around him with his beloved dogs. Kenny attended the First Baptist Church of Hernando, FL, and the Amboy Center United Methodist Church in Amboy, NY. A Celebration of Life service for Kenny will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local SPCA, or the American Cancer Society. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alice Stavola

Alice M Stavola, 94, Beverly Hills, FL
Alice M. Stavola of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice on July 25, 2021 at the age 94. She was born to the late Emile and Nancy (Noble) Travers on July 20, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY. Alice was married to her loving husband Thomas Stavola for 60 years until his passing on January 22, 2009. She and Thomas came to Citrus County 30 years ago after relocating from Staten Island, NY and is a former parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, FL. In her spare time Alice enjoyed making ceramics and spending time with her family. Those left to mourn Alice’s passing include her sons: James Stavola and his wife Carol of Beverly Hills, FL, David T. Stavola and his wife Sandy of Ocala, FL; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by grandson, David Stavola; brothers: George and Robert Travers; and daughter in law, Denise Stavola. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness with Father Tim Cummings, Celebrant. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home at 1:00 PM and are also invited to join the procession to the church which will depart from the funeral home promptly at 1:45 PM. Following cremation, Alice will be laid to rest with her husband 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.


William Stewart

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


Juliet Stone

Juliet M Stone, 70, Inverness, FL
Juliet Mary Stone of Inverness, FL passed away at Advent Health in Ocala on July 26, 2021 at the age of 70. She was born to the late Frank and Anna (Falotico) Iovine on October 28, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY and was a Catholic by faith. On May 14, 1987 she married Thomas Stone with whom she shared 27 years of loving marriage until his passing on November 15, 2014. Juliet was a longtime Citrus County resident and a Registered Nurse by profession. She worked at Lowell State Prison in Ocala, retiring after 30 years of service to them. Most recently she worked in home health care. In her spare time she loved to go shopping! She also enjoyed gambling trips with her family and friends. Those left to mourn Juliet’s passing include her sons: John H. Hoffmeister V and his partner, Amy Oberhauser, Frank V. Hoffmeister; brothers: Jerry Iovine, John Iovine and his wife Ellen; grandchildren: John Hoffmeister VI, Brooke Hoffmeister, Anelaine Oberhauser; and sister in law and dear friend, Laura Iovine; and nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join Juliet’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service burial will take place at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kenneth Strictland

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


Doris Tecce

Doris A Tecce, 84, Inverness, FL
Doris A. Tecce, 92, of Inverness, FL passed away July 16, 2021 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 29, 1928 to the late Joseph and Helen (Cupo) Diferdinando. Doris was an assembly worker for Proctor & Gamble (Vicks), and arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Quakertown, PA. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, and loved spending time with her family. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Tecce in 2003. Her survivors include her children Eugene D. Tecce, Jr., and his wife Tammy of Williamsburg, VA, Deborah Tecce of Collegeville, PA, and Dolores Rouse of Inverness. 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Jerry Thompson

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


Olga Tropila

Olga Tropila, 90, Beverly Hills, FL
Olga Baron Tropila, age 90, Beverly Hills, FL died suddenly on June 23, 2021. A native of New Jersey, she was born on December 7, 1930 to the late Leon and Rose (Walcilchicki) Baron and moved to Florida in 1984 from Edison, NJ. She is survived by her loving son, Allen Tropila of Beverly Hills with whom she made her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Tropila on November 20, 2005. She also was preceded by her children, Larry, Tina, and Arlene tropila. She will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery next to her husband. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Anne Tynes

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


Francine Van Dyke

Francine Van Dyke, 97, Inverness, FL
Francine Van Dyke of Inverness, FL passed away at New Horizons Assisted Living Facility on June 27, 2021 at the age of 97. She was born to the late Harold E. and Mildred (Bartlett) Owens in Elwood, IN on April 4, 1924. In 1942, Francine graduated high school in Anderson, IN at the age of 18. She was married to Billy L. Van Dyke, her loving husband of 68 years until his passing on November 22, 2014. Francine and Billy made Citrus County their home in 1989 after relocating from Barnesville, GA. In her spare time she enjoyed writing and was an avid reader. Francine was very musical and greatly enjoyed playing the piano. Her other favorite pastime activities include spending time with her family. Those left to mourn Francine’s passing include her sons: Jay Van Dyke, Jerry Van Dyke, Michael Van Dyke and Steven Van Dyke, all of Inverness, FL and David Van Dyke (Julie) of Middletown, IN; She is also survived by a multitude of grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Francine was preceded in death by her dear sister, Harriett Miller. Following cremation, Francine will be laid to rest in Anderson, IN at a later date. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elisha Vardaman

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


Joseph Walicki

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


Jerry Weaver

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


Herbert Weigold

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


Betty Welte

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


Maureen Whipkey

Maureen S Whipkey, 64, Inverness, FL
Maureen Suzanne Whipkey, 64, of Inverness, FL passed away on July 19, 2021 in Inverness. She was born to the late Clarence Owen Jr. and Barbara Timmons Owen on June 24, 1957 in Tampa, FL. She was a very accomplished, award-winning employee at Alcatel Network Systems in Longview, TX for many years. Maureen enjoyed photography, going on cruises, and sitting and watching the ocean, and fishing with her late husband, Dave. She also enjoyed cake-making and made professional cakes for birthdays and weddings of family and friends at no charge. Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dave Whipkey, her sister, Linda Page, brother-in-law, Arthur Wayne Page, and her brother, Chuck Owen. Those left to cherish her memory are her two children, Billy Davis of Inverness, FL and Shauna McKinney (husband Graham) of Lake Jackson, Texas; her brother, Don Lambertson; her sister, Diane Barnett; her five grandchildren, Audrey McKinney, Kade Davis, Cayman Howell, Charley Davis, and Grayson Davis; and her three great-grandchildren, Aibree Davis, Paxton Davis, and Sutton Howell. Arrangements for Maureen are private. She will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Joyce Wilhelm

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


Wesley Williams

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