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Julia Amatuli

Julia Amatuli, 96, Beverly Hills, FL
Julia Amatuli, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at her home on January 4th, 2020 at the age of 96. Julia was born to the late Vincenzo and Rose Zammiello on August 28, 1923 in New York, New York. She was a homemaker and was married to her beloved late husband, Nicholas, for 52 years. Though formally from Smithtown, NY she relocated to the beautiful Beverly Hills area in 1980 and lived here for the remainder of her years. Julia will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched during her life. Her husband preceded her in death Jan 11, 2008. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, January 10th at 11:00 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Deacon Joseph Medeiros of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery.


Bradley Arndt

Bradley H Arndt, 72, Inverness, FL
Bradley Howard Arndt, age 72, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 25, 2019. Brad was born on May 28, 1947 in Rockford, IL to the late Robert Hawkins and Jean Marie (Coupie) Arndt. He served his country as a member of the United States Army. Brad married his wife Darlene on February 17, 1968 and they shared 51 years of loving marriage. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, traveling and watching the History and Discovery channels. Brad was also an amazing bowler, having bowled perfect games in the past and winning tournaments. He also enjoyed growing orchids, feeding the birds, crossword puzzles and soduko. He could fix and repair just about anything and was known as “Mr. Fix-It” to his family and friends. In addition to his wife Darlene, those left to mourn Bradley’s passing include his daughter, Kimberly Arndt of Miami, FL; son, Brian Arndt and his wife Emilia of West Palm Beach, FL; his grandchildren: Justin, Sofia and Krystal; his brother Jay; and sister, Shelly. In addition to his parents, Brad was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie. A gathering with the Arndt family will begin at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to share their favorite memories and stories of Bradley beginning at 5:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lynnette Besett

Lynnette Besett, 85, Floral City, FL
Lynnette Besett, age 85, Floral City, FL passed away at home on January 12, 2020. A native of Lakewood, OH, she was born November 5, 1934 to the late Alfred C. Hodge and Margaret Quati Hodge and came to Florida in 1985 from No. Olmstead, OH with her late husband, Delbert. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2017. Left to cherish her memory are 4 sons: Robert Sandvick, No. Royalton, OH; Kenneth Sandvick, Olmsead Falls, OH; Tim Sandvick, Reminderville, OH; Rick Sandvick, Floral City, FL; 3 daughters: Sherri Quati Goodlin, Indiana, PA; Karen Sandvick, New Symirna Beach, FL; Michelle Hugar, Homosassa, FL. many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Hodge. Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM from Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City with Pastor Rick Welshans officiating. She is in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home


Richard Brown

Richard S Brown, 65, Inverness, FL
Beloved husband and father, Richard Brown, 65, of Inverness, went home to be with the Lord after a long fight with cancer on October 31, 2019. He was born in Merced, California and moved to Inverness at the age of 12. He graduated from Citrus High School (’72) and received Associates Degrees in Criminal Justice and Business from Central Florida Community College. He worked for the City of Inverness Police Department until 1978 when he went to work at Brown’s Chrysler Dodge Plymouth and enjoyed working for Crystal Motor Car Company after selling until present. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness. Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Chrissie Cappola Brown; his son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Dayton Brown, Chattanooga, TN; his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Sam McLain, Inverness, FL; 3 Sisters: Beverly Davis and husband, Tom of Inverness, Patty Compton and husband Mitch of Murfreesboro, TN, and Diane Shuler and husband Perry of Bryson City, NC; 3 grandchildren: Hannah, Caleb, and Linley. They will miss their tractor rides, playing in the sprinkler, and watching their favorite shows with him. Those who will also miss him are extended family, friends, and many young adults whose lives he impacted with his milkshakes and nuggets of wisdom. Richard also had several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newman and Kathryn (McMurry) Brown. Richard’s Celebration of Life Service will be on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, P.O. Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623 – 3827. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frances Bruner

Frances L Bruner, 94, Inverness, FL
Frances L. Bruner of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on December 7, 2019 at the age of 94. Frances was born in Montgomery, AL on February 3, 1925. She was married to her loving husband Ellis Bruner for 60 years until his passing on December 24, 2001. Frances and Ellis made Citrus County their home in 1981, relocating from Madeira Beach, FL where together they had owned and operated the Bruner Construction Company. She was a member of the Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach but attended worship services locally at the Inverness Church of God. Frances enjoyed playing golf and would visit residents at assisted living facilities and nursing homes in her spare time. She was an excellent cook and a wonderful giving, caring, friendly and kind woman. Frances is survived by her loving son in law and caregiver, Fred Nason of Inverness, FL; grandson, Robert L. Renner and his wife Hiromi of Tokyo, Japan; and great grandson, Robbie Renner. In addition to her husband, Frances was preceded in death by her daughter, Eleanor Nason in January of 2017. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Una Burgos

Una M Burgos, 82, Inverness, FL
Una M. Burgos, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away at Opis Indian River Center in Melbourne, FL on January 5th, 2020. She was born to the late Fritz and Margarethe Lowenhagen in Mineola, NY on June 21st, 1937. She worked as an Obstetrics RN for 45 years at Brooklyn Hospital, NY. Originally from Staten Island, NY, she has resided in the Inverness area for the last 13 years. Along with her parents, Una is preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Burgos, who passed away on February 18th, 2016. She is survived by her special friend, Laurie Clark. A Private Cremation with Care is arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


JoAnn Burton

JoAnn F Burton, 81, Beverly Hills, FL
JoAnn Fern Burton, 81, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away at Life Care Center of Lecanto, FL on December 31st, 2019. She was born to the late George and Fern Coslet on August 12th, 1938 in Porter, IN. JoAnn was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her big family. She married Robert Burton in June of 1960. Formally from LaPorte, IN, she relocated four and a half years ago to reside in beautiful Beverly Hills, FL. JoAnn enjoyed playing Bingo, bowling, and, after moving to Florida, swimming and dancing in the pool all day long while listing to music with her daughters. She will be remembered by her family as being a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother and she loved spending time with all of her family and friends. Before moving to Florida, she loved attending Porter United Methodist Church and remembered her beloved church and her church family fondly. In addition to her parents, JoAnn is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her three sons, Jackie Burton, Ricky LaHayne, and Scott Holdren; her brother, Lynn G. Coslet; her two sisters, Judith L. Rumbut and Jerilyn Esslinger; and her two granddaughters, Melissa and Christina. She is survived by her six daughters, Cindy (Danny) Smyth of Beverly Hills, FL; Judy (Antonio) Reales of Chesterton, IN; Shelley (Keith) Hale of Valparaiso, IN; Susan (Troy) Deso of Valparaiso, IN; Stacey (Mark) Schultz of Valparaiso; and Melissa (Keith) Mackey of Portage, IN; her grandchildren, Richard, Christopher, Joshua, Katie, Ellie, Nicole, Amanda, Cooper, Jordan, Trisha, Dawnie, Jackie, Joshua, and Hushton; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services are to be held in Indiana with her family at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Burton

Mary J Burton, 92, Floral City, FL
Mary Jane Burton, a retired nurse, beloved mother and grandmother, and a long-time resident of Citrus County, passed away on January 7, 2020. She was 92. She was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania on October 17, 1927. She lived in the Amish country region of Pennsylvania through high school and then graduated from the Lakenau Hospital Training School in Pennsylvania and began a career as a registered nurse. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in the 1950s. There, she met Samuel Burton at a bowling alley where he was working. She married Sam in 1959, and she became the stepmother to three boys. She and Sam later had three more sons. The family moved to Floral City in 1974 and she worked at hospitals in Brooksville, Ocala and Inverness before retiring. Mary Jane was a member of the Inverness VFW, a hospice volunteer, a former leader in the local retired nurses’ group and an avid bowler. She is survived by her sons Robert Burton and wife Carol Burton, John Burton, Tom Burton and wife Susan Burton, Michael Burton and wife Ruby Burton, and Christopher Burton and wife Gayle Burton. Mary Jane also has 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband Samuel Burton, son William Burton, daughter-in-law Ledi Burton and her parents Howard and Hannah Walton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Vitas Healthcare Hospice, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Adam Byrnes

Adam Byrnes, 38, Homosassa, FL
Adam Byrnes, 38 of Homosassa, passed away unexpectedly on November 27, 2019 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Adam was born on February 10, 1981, in Ridgewood, NJ to David and Laura Byrnes. He came to Citrus County in 1996 from Honesdale, PA. Adam enjoyed cooking and was a trained chef. He also enjoyed re-building cars in his free time. Adam was Catholic by faith. Left to cherish his memory in addition to his parents David and Laura, are his children George Byrnes and Holley Byrnes, both of Homosassa; his brothers: Marc Byrnes of Homosassa, Gary Byrnes of Merritt Island, FL and Ryan Byrnes of Charlotte, NC; his sister: Sharon Slack of Homosassa and several nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Hazel Campbell

Hazel R Campbell, 89, Inverness, FL
Hazel R. Campbell, from Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare of Lecanto, FL at the age of 89. She was born to the late Roosevelt and Virginia (Waters) McPherson on January 22, 1930 in Frenchburg, KY. Hazel moved to the Inverness area in 1992 from Morehead, KY and attended the First Church of God, Inverness, FL. Along with her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Carpenter; her 2 sons, Eddie Carpenter and Charles Carpenter; her daughter, Olivia Douglas; her brother, Estill McPherson; and her 2 sisters, Pearl Carpenter and Euna Baker. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Lafonda Mauldin and Melody Carpenter; her 2 sons, Manuel (Rita) Carpenter and Teddy (Alicia) Carpenter; her brother, Earl McPherson (Connie); her 2 sisters, Ann Spivey and Lorena Burton; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many. Hazel’s Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL with Pastor Dave Shirkey of Vine Life Cowboy Church of Beverly Hills, officiating. The family will receive friends and family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. A procession will depart from the funeral home to Hills of Rest Cemetery, in Floral City where Hazel will be laid to rest alongside her children following the chapel service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Susan Cappas

Susan F Cappas, 75, Inverness, Fl
Susan F. Cappas, age 75, Inverness, FL passed away Nov. 4, 2019 at the Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville, FL. Susan was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 20, 1943 to the late Robert and Evelyn (Gottlieb) Rich and came to Citrus County in 2006 from there. She was a server in the food service business. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, James “Jimmy” Cappas, Inverness, FL ; 3 children: James Cappas, Jr., Deer Park, NY, George (Maria) Cappas, Lynbrook, NY, and Melissa M. Newbill and fiancée John, Homosassa, FL; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Private cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Robert (Bob) Close, Jr.

Robert (Bob) J Close, Jr., 82, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Robert (Bob) J Close Jr., also known as “Digger”, of Lake Panasoffkee, passed away on December 1, 2019, with his family by his side. He was born to the late Florence and Robert Close Sr. on May 30, 1937, in Millersburg, Ohio. He is survived by his three children: Connie (Jerry) Hays of Lake Panasoffkee, Randy (Meresa) Boutwell of Ocala, and Robert “Bumper” (Jamie) Close of Inverness. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a host of loved ones. Robert is predeceased by his wife, Peggy Joyce Close, along with his son, Russell “Skeeter” Close, his granddaughter, Shyanne Close, and his grandson, Jordan Hays. Robert loved his family and leaves behind joyful memories. He was a wonderful husband, father, and Pa. He had a love for construction and fishing, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services for Robert will be held on Monday, December 9th, 2019 at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The service times are as follows: Family at 9:00 a.m., Visitation at 10:00 a.m., and a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 12:30 p.m. Flowers may be sent to 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness Fl, 34450.


William Cooney Jr

William A Cooney Jr, 82, Floral City, FL
William Augustine Cooney, Jr., 82 of Floral City, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Born in Boston, MA on February 2, 1937, to the late William A. and Helen (Collins) Cooney, he came to Citrus County 22 years ago from Boston. Bill served his country honorably in the US Marine Corps from March 1954 to March 1957. He was a retired Police Officer with the Boston Police Department, with 25 plus years of service. During his tenure with the Boston Police Department, he spent 18 years as a motorcycle officer. Throughout his life he enjoyed owning and riding motorcycles. Left to cherish his memory are: his wife of 56 years; Veronica (Doherty) Cooney, his daughter, Bernadette Cooney of Belen, NM; his son, Michael Cooney of Norton, MA; sister, Priscilla O’Hearn of Laconia, NH; and brother, Dwight Cooney of Bourne, MA. A Catholic Prayer Service with a gathering of family and friends for Bill, will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, at 10:00 AM. Visitation will continue until 12:00 Noon. Military committal services will follow on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM. The procession to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Bill’s memory, to the Vitas Hospice House at 3350 Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis with Crematory in Inverness.


Rita Curley

Rita Curley, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Rita Curley, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the loving care of her daughter and Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on November 16, 2019 at the age of 87. Rita was born to the late Luigi and Domitilla (Di Arcangelis) Maconi in Bronx, NY on May 15, 1932. She was married to Matthew J. Curley until his passing in April of 2010. Rita and Matthew made Citrus County their home in 1984 after relocating from Long Island, NY. She was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills and enjoyed taking part in the activities and volunteer opportunities offered through the church. Rita also enjoyed visiting the Citrus Co. Resource Center twice a week. Rita is survived by her daughter, Diane Thompsen of Ocala, FL; her three sisters: Connie, Jean and Nellie; granddaughter, Michele Thompsen-Welch and her husband Sean of Apopka, FL; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Rita was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Curley in 1986. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Larry Darling

Larry R Darling, 49, Inverness, FL
Larry Raymond Darling, Jr., age 49, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at his home on December 20, 2019 after a brief illness. Larry was born in Clearwater, FL on October 20, 1970 to Deborah (Agen) Darling-Head and Larry Darling, Sr. Larry made Citrus County his home in 2011 after relocating from Pinellas County. He was a talented upholsterer and owned and operated his own business, Rockin Interiors, for over 25 years. Larry was a devoted father that adored his three sons and his grandchild. He was also a talented guitarist and musician who wrote, played, and sang his own music. Larry passed his intense love of life and music onto his sons. He liked living on the water and enjoyed fishing, boating, nature and loved watching sunsets. Larry will be remembered for his beautiful smile and for being a caring, loving person. Those left to mourn Larry’s passing and cherish his memory are his sons: United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Zachary Darling and his wife Hope of Valdosta, GA, Lars Darling and his girlfriend Jordyn of Largo, FL, Luke Darling and his girlfriend Jessica of Beverly Hills, FL; his mother, Deborah Darling-Head of Inverness, FL; father, Larry Raymond Darling, Sr. and his wife Sonya of Chassahowitzka, FL; and granddaughter, Layla Evarose Darling. He will also be missed by his best friend Holly Smith and her son Tanner, whom Larry loved, mentored and was always there for. Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Hope Darling in 1990. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Virginia Dean

Virginia T Dean, 70, Inverness, FL
Virginia T. “Ginger” Dean, 70, of Inverness, passed away December 3, 2019 at her home. Ginger was born on September 1, 1949 in Manhattan, NY, to the late Charles S. and Terri (Pertoso) Dembinski. She came to Citrus County 11 years ago from San Diego, CA. Ginger was a senior accountant with the Federal Reserve. According to her friend George, he said that in the time he spent with that beautiful lady, he was proud to know and share his life with her. He came to know her as an amazing and strong woman but sometimes naïve. Some of the other people in her past took her love for granted and put her in harms’ way. But through all of the bad things she endured, she still came through to meet her challenges. Her biggest fight was with cancer. It tested her will every day, and she made the choice to fight the big fight, as he stayed by her side. George and her friend will always love her forever. Their beautiful, Ginger, may she rest in peace now with her God and her Mother and Father. They will all meet again. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Michael Delaney

Michael J Delaney, 93, Inverness, FL
Michael J. Delaney, age 93, of Inverness, FL, passed away under the care of Vitas Suites at the Plaza, Gainesville, FL, on December 27, 2019. Mike’s life began by being found as a newborn in the rubble of a devastating hurricane that hit Miami, FL the first week of August in 1926. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. His birth parents were never found so his birth date was estimated as August 9th. He was later taken home by a couple, Michael and Margret Delaney, who were visiting at Jackson Memorial Hospital. They adopted and raised him until their passing. Mike attended first and second grade at Gesu Catholic School in Miami and finished the third – sixth grade at Buena Vista Elementary School, also in Miami, FL. He then attended Lindsey Hopkins Technical School where he was later awarded the equivalent of a high school diploma. Mike enlisted in the Navy on October 5th, 1943, and was honorably discharged on June 1st, 1946, with the rank of Seaman First Class V-6. He served in Miami, Sanford and Melbourne, FL on an aircraft support team, where his lifetime love of airplanes and flying began. He continued his education in aviation mechanics at Embry Riddle, after which he gained employment at Eastern Airlines as an airplane mechanic. He retired with over thirty years of service. He was able to own, fly and maintain two single engine airplanes over this period of time. He retired and moved to Inverness with his wife Shirley in 1995. He made many friends and acquaintances at places where they ate and at the local airport. Mike was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Shirley Anne Uslan Delaney. Left to cherish his memory is Mike’s brother-in-law, James E. Uslan and wife, Louise of Warthen, GA; two nephews; one niece; and several grand nieces. A graveside service will be held at a later date, in the spring of 2020, in Spencer, Iowa. Cremation care arrangements are provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Dorr

William P Dorr, 77, Homosassa, FL
William Peter Dorr of Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on January 12, 2020 at the age of 77. William was born in New London, CT on May 11, 1942 to the late William C. Dorr and Gertrude (Brodersen). He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was employed by General Dynamics for 37 years as a Design Supervisor. William made Citrus County, FL his home 10 years ago after relocating from Pine Island, FL and was a Parishioner of Shepherd in the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto. He had a passion for hot rods and loved working on and showing his cars at car shows and hanging out with his buddies, “The Geezers”. William enjoyed working in the yard and soaking up the Florida sunshine. He was a Master Mason, Franklin Lodge #20 in Westerly, RI being his home lodge. William was also a member of the Inverness Elks Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Inverness Moose Lodge. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his daughter, Rachel Mutimer and her Partner, Roddy Doran of New Port Richey, FL; son, William P. Dorr, Jr. and his wife Dr. Jill Barton of Davie, FL; grandchildren: Megan, Vance, Alexandra and Will; and the mother of his children, Stacy Dorr of Hobe Sound, FL. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverend George A.M. Conger of Shepherd in the Hills Episcopal Church officiating followed by Masonic Funeral Rites by Masonic Memorial Lodge #914. Friends are invited to join William’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Drake

Robert W Drake, 70, Tarpon Springs, FL
Robert W. Drake, 70, of Tarpon Springs, FL passed away November 21, 2019 in Floral City, FL. Robert was born in Attleboro, MA on May 3, 1949 to the late James T. and Mary Evelyn (Binkie) Drake. Robert was a painter, was involved in historical restoration projects in Boston, MA, and worked on Mease Manor Retirement Center in Dunedin, FL. Robert served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bellerica, MA. Robert loved his work, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was a very social person. Robert is survived by his loving companion of 28 years, Cindy Freeman. Other survivors include his children Robert W. Drake, Jr and his wife Tracey of Floral City, Betsy Felt and her husband Brad of Moyock, NC, brothers James Drake of Largo, FL and Larry Drake of Attleboro, MA; and 4 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael Ermann

Michael E Ermann, 70, Hernando, FL
Michael Earl Ermann, 70, of Hernando, FL passed away January 16, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born in Van Buren, AR on February 17, 1949 to the late Gregory Bernard and Emma Joe (Parrish) Ermann. Mike was a truck driver and arrived in this area in the 1970’s, coming from South Florida. He was Catholic by faith and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, singing, and playing the guitar. Left to mourn his loss is his girl friend Carol Davis. Michael’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth Frady

Ruth R Frady, 79, Inverness, FL
Ruth Rudell Frady, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away December 18, 2019 in the Arbor Trail Health & Rehab Center in Inverness. Ruth was born on December 31, 1939 in Dunleary, KY to the late Jesse and Harriett (Wright) Bryant. She moved to Citrus County in 2005 from St. Petersburg, FL where she was employed at Northside Hospital as a unit coordinator and secretary. She was Baptist by faith. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Amanda Frady of St. Petersburg and Michael (Patrica) Bryant of Largo, FL . 1 sister, Nancy Smallwood of Inverness; 1 grandson, Cody Wyatt Day. She was predeceased by 4 brothers and 1 sister, Evelyn Tuttle on Oct 3, 2017. At Ruth’s request, there will be no services. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, Inverness, FL


Wilford Friesland

Wilford S Friesland, 93, Homosassa, FL
Wilford S. Friesland, age 93, Homosassa, FL went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2019 in the Diamond Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center, Lecanto, FL. He was born April 2, 1926 in West Jefferson, NC to the late Spencer and Ella (Hodgson) Friesland and came to Florida in 2000 from Columbus, OH where he grew up. He retired from the Westinghouse Corporation ( Electrolux Division) with 34 years of service and served our great nation in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He was B-51 bomber tail gunner, serving in the China Berma India Theater. He was a member of the Disabled American Vets and the National Rifle Association and a member of the Hernando Church of The Nazarene. While living in Worthington, OH, he was a member of the Grace Brethern Church where he taught Sunday School and served as the Sunday School Superintendent for several years. He loved his God, church, and family and practiced his Christian faith daily. He enjoyed spending time with his family traveling, hunting, and camping. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 75 years, Marilyn McCandlish Friesland; 2 children: Ronald Lee Friesland of Homosassa, FL and Pamela (Daniel) Meyer of Blowing Rock, NC; 2 grandchildren: Tamara (Jim) Smith and Gretchen (Jimmie) Bayne; 4 great grandchildren: Sydney and Tucker Smith and Caleb and Joshua Bayne. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Hernando Church of The Nazarene with Rev. Nate Price and family members officiating. Following Christian services, Military Honors will be rendered by the VFW. Friends may visit with the family and view Mr. Friesland from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. He will be laid to rest in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Boone, NC under the direction of Hampton Funeral Service. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Hernando Church of The Nazarene in Wilford’s memory.


Brenda Frye

Brenda C Frye, 57, Hernando, FL
Brenda Caryn Frye, 57, of Hernando, passed away November 11, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Brenda was born in Leesburg, VA on February 16, 1962 to the late Elvin Lee and Ethel Frances (Haynes) Dodson. She came to Citrus County in 2010 from Virginia. She was a construction project manager and Baptist by faith. The love of Brenda’s life was her family and her “fur babies”. She was a foster Mom for over 350 animals, for the Citrus County Animal Shelter, and had 7 cats and 2 dogs of her own. Brenda was always known as a very honest person. Brenda is survived by her loving companion of 8 years, Edward Stoddard; her brother, Dale Dodson, WV; sisters: Mabel Costello, WV and Merri C. Hamilton, Dunnellon, FL; son, Rickey Fry, Jr, VA and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, William Dodson, and one sister, Sheilah Crim. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Havril Gabay

Havril L Gabay, 88, Citrus Springs, FL
Havril Lyle Gabay of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on November 24, 2019 at the age of 88. Havril was born in Barrett Town, Jamaica to the late Clifford and Lucille (Anderson) Gabay on October 12, 1931. He was married to Madeline Gabay until her passing on May 14, 2017. Havril worked as a bus driver for the City of New York. After retirement, he and Madeline left New York in the late 1980’s to make Florida their home. They loved spending time and working in their home garden. The Citrus Chronicle would periodically run photos of their beautiful gardening work. Havril also enjoyed photography, and music. He was a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness and attended the Kingdom Hall in Lecanto, FL. Havril greatly enjoyed the time he spent performing field work for his faith. Those left to mourn Havril’s passing include his brother, Nerval Gabay; his sisters: Inez Gabay, Marie Rodney, Cynthia Gabay; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends and family members who were blessed to have known him. A Memorial Service is being planned by Havril’s family and will take place at the Kingdom Hall in Lecanto, FL in January of 2020. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jean Giesow

Jean L Giesow, 86, Beverly Hills, FL
Jean L. Giesow, 86, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away on January 14th, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare of Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Emil and Lillian (Pecina) Nadherny on January 30th, 1933. She moved to the Beverly Hills area from Bartlett, IL and has been in this area for the last 28 years. Prior to retirement, she worked as a Legal Secretary for 20 years. Jean attended Joy and Praise Fellowship in Beverly Hills, FL where she enjoyed church worship and fellowship with her grandson and family. Jean was an avid doll collector and had a huge collection that she was very fond of. She especially loved researching dolls and finding out about their history as well as walking other people through the process of researching their own dolls collection. She also enjoyed crafting and had a fondness for sewing, which she acquired the love for from her father who was a tailor. She would use her sewing skills to create wonderful costumes for her grandchildren throughout the years. Jean was a golfer and enjoyed playing golf with her husband. She also enjoyed bowling and had participated in a bowling league with her husband. Jean loved to dance and met her beloved husband at a ballroom. Jean was a devoted and very involved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always very active in their lives and activities. Jean was loved by many and will be missed by all of the people that got the pleasure of knowing her in her life. She is survived by many wonderful family and friends including her son, Gary (Dianne) Giesow of Brighton, MI; her daughter, Diane (John) Blean of Pleasant Plains, IL; her sister, Vera Hanzlik of LaGrange, IL; her grandchildren, John R. (Jennifer) Blean, Michael Blean, Eric (Erica) Giesow, and Matthew (Jenna) Giesow; and her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jeremiah, Jaylee, Ella, Eli, Ezra, and Charlee Kay. Along with her parents, Jean is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert, who passed away on December 16th, 2009 and her brother, John Nadherny. Jean is having a private Celebration of Life arranged by her family. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, alongside her husband, at a later date. The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial donations to Vitas Hospice Healthcare, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Goddard

Robert C Goddard, 71, Inverness, FL
Robert Charles “Chuck” Goddard, 71 of Inverness, FL passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Chuck was born in East Liverpool, OH on May 26, 1948, to the late Charles W. and Lenora (Cottrill) Goddard. He proudly served our country 4 years in the U S Navy, 1966-1970, as an avionics technician. For 1 ½ years he served on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) off the coast of Vietnam, Tonkin Bay. He served an additional 27 years with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as an avionics technician, retiring as a Master Sergeant Aircraft (E-7) Avionics. He was deployed supporting the Persian Gulf War. Chuck came to Citrus County in 2012 from Charleston, SC. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Katherine (Carnegie) Goddard; his son, Joshua C. Goddard and wife, Tomoko, of Charleston, SC; his daughter, Jaime C. Spivey and husband Jason of Charleston, SC; 1 brother: Colin D. (Deborah) Goddard of East Liverpool, OH; 3 sisters: Cathleen M. (Sam) Schultz of Searcy, AR: Bonnie C. (William) Persohn of Wellsville, OH: Lois A. (Jay) Arcuri of North Ridgeville, OH; two grandchildren: Mia A. Goddard and Finn S. Goddard, both of Charleston, SC. Chuck was passionate and loved extensively renovating his four (4) homes through the years. Upon discharge from the US Navy he was a rough carpenter for Ryan Homes and Bryan Homes, Pittsburgh, PA. He was energetic, always willing to lend a hand. He helped friends build homes and add-on additions, and he led the building of an educational wing at his family’s church. Chuck was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved life to the fullest. He was always positive and happy, and possessed a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He loved people and he loved his many rescued dogs and cats during his lifetime. Funeral services for Chuck will be conducted on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Kell, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time. Burial with full military honors provided by the Citrus County Honor Guard on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM , at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 10:45 AM.


Joan Griffin

Joan M Griffin, 68, Hernando, FL
Joan Mary Griffin, age 68, Hernando, FL passed away at her home on November 6, 2019 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Joan was born in Jamaica, Long Island, New York on May 14, 1951 to the late John and Yvonne (Humbert) Nash and moved here 12 years ago from Baiting Hollow, Long Island, NY. She was a Computer Security Analyst for the Verizon Telephone Company prior to her retirement. Joan was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. She was a gaming organizer and was responsible for forming several groups of people who played cards, bingo, and ect. She also enjoyed watching Nascar racing. While living in New York, she was the recipient of many awards and accolades. Joan was recognized by the Calverton Civic Association for her many years of dedicated service; the Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead for coordinating “A Day At The Races”; Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps where she was inducted in their Hall of Fame, class of 2019, for her years of dedication to the Corps; she established the Altruism Through Aluminum program in Riverhead. This program assisted children going through dialysis and kidney disease to attend Frost Valley YMCA camp in the Catskills. She raised funds by collecting hundreds of thousands of aluminum tabs, then selling them to pay for the children’s camp expenses. That equates to over 3 55 gallon barrels of tabs. Left to mourn her loss is her devoted husband of 45 years, John J. Griffin of Hernando, Florida. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, November 13th at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills with Msgr. Cesar Petilla, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in the St. Andrews Catholic Church Cemetery, Sag Harbor, NY. Friends are invited to visit the family at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Tuesday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.


Clark Gunn

Clark H Gunn, 91, Floral City, FL
Clark Henry Gunn, age 91, Floral City, FL passed away November 29, 2019 at the Royal Dalton House in Homosassa, FL. Mr. Gunn was born in Valrico, FL to the late Arthur Gunn and Gertrude Davis Gunn and moved to Citrus County in 1985 from Tampa where he owned and operated Gunn Printing for many years. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Michael J. Gunn and Patrick (Shannon) Gunn, both of Tampa; 2 daughters: Carol (Paul) Dolcemascolo, Floral City and Linda (John) Crandall, Weeki Wachee, FL; 2 brothers, Donald and Chester Gunn, both of Brandon, FL; 1 sister, Laura Conard, Lakeland, FL; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters and his wife, Edna Mae Gunn on November 15, 2011. Graveside services with Military Honors will be conducted on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM. from Florida National Cemetery. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL


James Handy, Jr

James A Handy, Jr, 58, Homosassa, FL
James Alfred Handy, Jr. of Homosassa, FL, passed away at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL on December 21, 2019 at the age of 58. Jim was born in Hackensack, NJ on July 11, 1961 to the late Jean Elizabeth (Darden) and James Alfred, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, Bravo Company 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Ariel Exploration) Wiesbaden Germany and was a Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veteran in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. Following his military service, Jim began a long career as an Information Technology Specialist, working for many companies through the years. Jim relocated to Citrus County with his family in 2014 from Colchester, VT. Jim loved Star Trek and was patiently waiting to be beamed up. He was an avid gamer and roll player, which included War Thunder, Star Trek Online and World of Warcraft. Jim also enjoyed fishing, collecting and creating witty T-shirts and bowling; he participated in the Essex Senior League on team Chuck Norris Kids, while living in Vermont. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Jim will be remembered for his wicked sense of humor and his large witty T-shirt collection by all of his loving family and friends. If you would like details ask Derek about their Hostess cupcake Twinkie war or Nickolas about the dehydrated water. Along with his late father and mother, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Jason McCluskey in 2010 and his beloved Chihuahua, Pablo. He is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Maureen Handy; his son, Nickolas Handy of Homosassa, FL; his step-son, Jeremy Jarvis of Key West, FL; his brother, Derek (Cassandra) Handy of Los Angeles, CA; his cousin who was like a sister to him, Anita Leverett Jones of Hillcrest, NY; his two dogs, Odin (a Chihuahua) and Ginger (a Yorkie) and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Jim was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held on January, 24th, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Peggy Hoyle officiating. His family will be receiving his many friends and family at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. A service with full military honors will be rendered at a later date. In Lieu Of flowers contributions to the family would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joan Hemsworth

Joan D Hemsworth, 97, Lecanto, FL
Joan D. Hemsworth, 97, died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Hospice House in Lecanto, Florida. She was one of nine sisters, a WWII nurse, and the mother of seven. She resided at Cedar Creek Assisted Living Facility in Crystal River for the last five years. She was the widow of Edward J. Hemsworth (Oct. 20, 2016). They were married for 67 years. Joan is survived by four children; Patricia of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Janet Mulligan (Gerry) of Crystal River; Robert (Cathy) of Staten Island, N.Y.; and MaryAnne of East Stroudsburg, Pa. Three of her seven children are deceased - Edward, Joan Marie and Eileen. She is survived by one sister, Kathleen Polomene of Staten Island, N.Y. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Joan grew up on Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary and St. Peter’s High School. She then attended St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn. Following graduation and passing the state boards, she joined the Army Nurses Corp. She served during WWII and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. She married in 1949 and worked in Richmond Memorial Hospital. When her youngest child entered school, she decided to keep the same hours as her children. Her next assignment was as a school nurse and she also worked in a child health clinic. Her husband retired from the New York City Fire Department and upon retirement they relocated to Inverness, Florida. Joan continued to work as a nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital and then as a volunteer school nurse. They lived in a home they built at the Inverness Golf and Country Club where they were both active golfers. Joan was an active bowler in Inverness for many years. She was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. For the last five years they lived at Cedar Creek in Crystal River and made many new friends. Thank you to the staff for their excellent service. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. where there will be a Wake Vigil Service at 6:30 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 9th at 10:30 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors.


Paul Horch

Paul A Horch, 88, Floral City, FL
Paul (Jimmy) A. Horch, 88, of Floral City, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Mount Vernon, NY on December 9, 1931 to the late Paul A. and Violet (Favre) Horch. Paul served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a mechanic and a Catholic by faith. Paul known by all as Jimmy retired from the Town of Greenwich in 1992 and retired full time to Floral City with his wife Edie in 1999 coming from Greenwich, Ct. He was a member of the Coast Guard both in CT and FL. He loved his family, boats, and tinkering with anything mechanical. He also loved camping with his wife, family, and friends. He is survived by his children, Christian Horch and his wife Lisa of Stratford, CT, Tiffany Chila and her husband Steven, Heather Chila and her husband Patrick, all of Weston, CT, and Hillary Clifford and her husband Steven of Greenwich, CT, his sister in law Pamala Merrit and her husband Robert; and 8 grandchildren any many nieces and nephews. Paul is predeceased by his wife Edith in 2017, and his first born son Christopher in 1959. He also leaves behind his long time companion Sarah "Sally" Faso. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Friday, January 24, 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home at 2pm, one hour prior to the service.


Mott Howard

Mott G Howard, 85, Bushnell, FL
Mott Griner Howard, 85 of Bushnell passed away November 6, 2019, at home under the care of his loving family and Cornerstone Hospice. Mott was born in Woodville, FL on October 27, 1934 to the late Keight and Naomi Griner Howard and came to this area from Sarasota, FL in 1969. He was a former sales representative for Liberty National Life Insurance and among other things, owned and operated his own cabinet shop (Kountry Kitchen Kabinets). Left to cherish is memory is his wife of 61 years, Faye Peters Howard of Bushnell; 5 children: Mott Judson Howard, Havana, FL, Naomi Gail Fletcher, Louise Dale Couch, and Melissa Lynn Howard, all of Bushnell, and Dawn Elaine Case, Ponce Inlet, FL; 1 brother and sister, Jeff Howard of Jacksonville, FL and Frances Schroeder of Gainesville, GA; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mott’s family will celebrate his life and share their memories at his home at a later date. Cremation with care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.


Willa Hutchins

Willa J Hutchins, 86, Inverness, FL
Willa Joyce Hutchins, of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on December 1, 2019 at the age of 86. Willa was born to the late John Theron and Della Pearl (Decker) Merrill on October 14, 1933 in Elsie, NE. She was married to Clement C. Hutchins for 41 years until his passing on January 18, 1993. Willa was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for 17 years as a Medical Secretary. Willa enjoyed gardening and planting beautiful flowers, crocheting, doing wood crafts, and especially, reading her Bible and spending time in God’s Word. She also loved spending time with and spoiling all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Along with Willa’s parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicky J. Huddleston and her two sisters, Barbara O’Dea and Elsie Kerchall. Those left to mourn Willa’s passing include her sons: Arthur A. Hutchins, John T. Hutchins, Richard E. Hutchins; daughter: Brenda J. Hosier; brother, Richard Merrill; sister: Marilyn Koelmel; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Willa is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel officiating. Friends may join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the service, Willa will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Georgia Johnson

Georgia M Johnson, 91, Inverness, FL
Georgia “Maxine” Johnson, age 91, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 21st, 2019 at the Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Facility of Inverness, FL. Maxine was born on February 11th, 1928 to the late George W. and Lela May (Hodge) Young. She was married to the late Kenneth G. Johnson in 1962 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage together. She moved to the Inverness area over 40 years ago from Clearwater, FL and attended First United Methodist Church of Hernando, FL. Maxine belonged to the United Methodist Church’s Women’s Group and was involved in “Blessings in a Backpack” as she was very active with charity. Along with her parents and husband, Maxine is preceded in death by her son, David Johnson. She is survived by her nieces: Ruby Dougherty of South Carolina, Anice Froberg of Florida; nephew, Revbin Chandler of South Carolina; and her large and loving church family and friends. Maxine also leaves behind her very dear friend, Thala Duteau. A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Hernando, FL on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM and her urn will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers it is requested memorial donations be made to the Hernando United Methodist Church, 2125 E. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Hernando, FL 34442. Cremation care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ray Johnson

Ray L Johnson, 79, Inverness, FL
Ray Lary Johnson, Sr., 79, of Inverness, Florida and previously of Falling Waters, WV passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at The Grove Rehabilitation Center in Hernando, Florida. Born in Baltimore, MD on October 17, 1940, he was the son of the late Luther Walter Johnson and the late Myrtle Fick. He was employed at Mack Trucks as a UAW representative and retired after 40 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Connie R. Johnson, his daughters, Kimberly A. Faith of Falling Waters WV., Kristine R. Johnson and her fiance, Richard Hann, Jr, of Hagerstown MD, his son, Ray L. Johnson, Jr, of Hedgesville, WV., his grandchildren, Casey E. Oyler and wife Kayla, Sarah A. Faith, and Joshua J Faith, as well as two great grandchildren, Emeri and Kinley Oyler. He is also survived by two sisters, Gloria Staub and Shirley Crowlof Hanover, Pa. and many nieces and nephews. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Margaret Kapphahn

Margaret B Kapphahn, 100, Floral City, FL
Margaret B. Kapphahn passed away on Sunday, November 17th, 2019, at the age of 100 years. A resident of Floral City, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Fred Kapphahn and her daughter, Theresa Kapphahn Tompkins and her parents James A. and Florence C. Byrd. Margaret was born in East Point, GA on May 20, 1919 and attended Campbell High School, Fairburn, GA and Draughns Business College in Atlanta, GA. After graduation, she was employed by various business establishments in Atlanta, GA. She was married in 1943 to the late E. Fred Kapphahn who served in the military until the end of World War II. After his discharge from the service, they moved to Hollywood, FL and she was employed by the city of Hollywood as an Administrative Assistant for a number of years. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Floral City, FL where she immediately became an active member of her church, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, the Inverness Women’s Club, the UDC, and the DAR where she served in many positions. Her motto was that any challenge she and her family faced, was not beyond hope. Margaret is survived by one sister, Rosemary Mathews, Monroe, GA; two grandchildren, Harley F. Spurlock, Gainesville, FL; Melissa T. Shotwell (Garrett), Lecanto, FL; son-in-law, Ramone “Sonny” Tompkins, Floral City, FL; three great-grandchildren, Avery Spurlock and Camden Spurlock, Gainesville, FL, and Chase Shotwell, Lecanto, FL; and many nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Margaret at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Monday, November 25th, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Margaret will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Jerry Kite

Jerry A Kite, 71, Beverly Hills, FL
Jerry Allen Kite, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at his home on January 5, 2020 while under the care of Vitas Hospice at the age of 71. Jerry was born to the late Glen F. Kite and Eunice Hamilton in Harrisonburg, VA on October 13, 1948. Prior to his retirement, Jerry owned and operated his own lawn care company. He made Citrus County his home 5 years ago after relocating from Virginia and was Methodist by faith. Those left to mourn Jerry’s passing are his daughters: Stephanie Garrison and her husband Jamie of Waynesboro, VA, Tina Lawson and her husband Darrell of Elkton, VA; brother, Steve Kite; sister, Dorothy Shuey; grandchildren: Ashton Knighton and Dustin Lawson. Per Jerry’s request, there will be no funeral services. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward Koster

Edward O Koster, 86, Inverness, FL
Edward Otto Koster, age 86, Inverness, FL, passed away December 23, 2019 at Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Mr. Koster was born in Lakeview, NY on January 13, 1933 to the late Edward A. and Kathryn (Lockwood) Koster and moved to this area in 2015. He retired from the heavy construction industry as an operating engineer (heavy equipment) and served our great nation in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are 3 children: Kevin (Sandra) Koster and Gary (Susanne) Koster, both of Farmingville, NY, and Allison Koster of Inverness, FL; 2 brothers: William and George Koster; 2 sisters: Anna Mitchell and Theresa Keating; 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Alma Koster on September 3, 2015 and his son, Ronald Koster. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Kell officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 9:30 AM on Friday until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors.


Edward Labretone, Jr

Edward J Labretone, Jr, 50, Inglis, FL
Edward J. Labretone, Jr., age 50, Inglis, FL passed away November 14, 2019 in Bayfront Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River, FL. Born in St. Petersburg, FL on February 5, 1969 to Edward J. and Josephine (Kluck) Labretone, he was employed in the construction industry. Survivors include his two children, Jeffrey and April Labretone, both of Alabama; 3 brothers: Jeremy, Gary, and Mark Labretone; 3 sisters: Cindy Pidgeon, Sandra Bowen, and Jennifer; his father, Edward Labretone, Sr and step-mother, Sandra Wilson; nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Labretone. A Celebration of Life Service will be offered in North Carolina at a later date. Cremation with care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Sarah Lawson

Sarah J Lawson, 56, Inverness, FL
Sarah Jean Lawson, age 56, Inverness, FL passed away November 2, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Sarah was born in Brooksville, FL on July 18, 1963 to the late Milton Dunn and Eula Roberts and came to this area in 1990. She was employed in the food service industry. She loved watching Johnny Depp movies and had a crush on him. Her favorite drinks were coffee and Pepsi. She loved to play Donkey Kong. She loved roses and always was trying to add to her garden. She really cherished the times and moments she had with her children and grandchildren. Building great relationships with them and keeping in touch with her children was the highlight of her life. She was a very kind hearted and loving person. Left to cherish her memory are her 5 children: Valerie Moore, William Langford, III, Tracy Strabel, Kayla McNabb, and Justin Langford; her sister, Sandra Clevenger; and 4 grandchildren. She also leaves her dog whom she adored and considered her sixth child, “Taz”. He was her constant companion. The family would like to say thank you to Sarah’s best friend and roommate, Eric Jones. He helped her so much when her health was declining. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, November 15th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Greg Kell will officiate. Family and friends are invited to attend. The family will greet friends at 2:00 PM until the hour of service.


Bart Lay, Jr.

Bart B Lay, Jr., 92, Inverness, FL
Bart B. Lay JR. died peacefully on December 23rd in Inverness, Florida at the age of 92. Bart leaves his sons Bart B. Lay III of Gainesville, FL, Greg Lay of Madison, WV, daughter Pam Lay of Homosassa, FL, sister Doris “Chic” Ferrell of Little River, SC, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Rev. B.B. Lay Sr., mother Opal Wallace Lay, sister Wanda Watts, brothers Billy H. Lay and Cleo Lay and his beloved wife of 65 years, Gaynell “Pete” Lay, née Ferrell. Born in Gordon, WV, Bart spent much of his life in Madison, WV and is an Army Veteran of WWII and member of the VFW. He served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Gospel Center Tabernacle in West Madison, a church founded by his father. After retiring and moving to Florida, he became a member of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene and served on its Board of Directors. A longtime member of the United Mine Workers of America, Bart held several positions in two local unions and ultimately served as president of both. He was also a founding member of the UMWA COMPAC, which is still dedicated to giving UMWA members a prominent voice in the elections process. Bart had a long history with mineworkers’ health and safety beginning in the 1950s. After working 29 years both underground and on the surface in the coal industry, Bart became Deputy Director of the West Virginia Department of Mines in 1978. In 1985, he was appointed Director by Gov. Arch Moore, where he served the state until his retirement in 1991. In 1992 the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association created the annual Bart B. Lay, Jr., Milestone Safety Award, the state's top safety award for surface mines. WVMRA President Ben Green stated, “Nothing could be more fitting than naming this award for Bart Lay, who has overseen the greatest progress in coal mine safety in the history of West Virginia.” He served as the President of both the WV and national chapters of the Holmes Safety Association. He was also a member of the West Virginia Mining Reclamation Association. As a retiree in Florida, Bart remained a diehard Mountaineer fan. He was a beautiful whistler, could sing impressive bass harmonies in church groups and loved big bowls of soup beans with cornbread – fresh ramps when he could get them. Services will be held January 3rd, 2020 at Hernando Church of Nazarene, in Hernando, FL. Viewing begins at 10:00 AM, services at 11:00. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gerald Le Vasseur

Gerald Le Vasseur, 80, Inverness, FL
Gerald Thomas Dennis LeVasseur of Inverness, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 15, 2020 at the age of 80. Gerald was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 9, 1939 to the late Bernard Raymond and Anna (Moran) LeVasseur. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was Catholic by faith. Gerald had many careers throughout his professional life and eventually retired after working for a number of years as a Student Counselor. On October 18, 1988 he married his wife Judy, with whom he shared 31 years of loving marriage. Gerald and Judy made Citrus County, FL their home in 2013 after relocating from Lockport, NY. He was a member of the American Legion and also Inverness VFW #4337. In addition to his loving wife Judy, those left to mourn Gerald’s passing include his daughter, Jeanne LeVasseur; brother, Bernard LeVasseur; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by the great many friends he made since moving to Florida. Gerald was preceded in death by his son, Paul La Vasseur. A Memorial Service with Full Military Honors is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Gerald’s honor to the Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard, 906 Highway 44 East, Inverness, FL 34450. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Leonardi

Robert A Leonardi, 87, Inverness, FL
Robert Angelo Leonardi, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL on December 27, 2019 at the age of 87. Robert was born in Cleveland, OH on July 29, 1932 to the late Charles and Mary (Lintini) Leonardi. Robert’s passing will be mourned by his daughter, Michelle Pittsenbarger and her husband Matt of Dublin, OH, and their children: Maddison and Michael Pittsenbarger. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dolores Long

Dolores E Long, 86, Inverness, FL
Dolores Ellen Long of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 8, 2020 at the age of 86. Dolores was born to the late John and Ellen (Ryan) Long in Bronx, NY on December 10, 1933. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Jacobi Hospital in Bronx, NY as a secretary. Dolores made Citrus County her home in 1991. In her spare time she enjoyed watching old movies and listening to music. She especially enjoyed listening to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. Those left to mourn Dolores’ passing include her sister, Veronica Barker and her husband Robert; brothers: Eugene Long, Walter Long and his wife Carol; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Richard and John Long; and sisters: Geraldine Lennon and Jacqueline Reilly. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


James Loomis

James F Loomis, 83, Inverness, FL
James F. “Jim” Loomis, of Inverness, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 31, 2019 at the age of 83. Jim was born in Lake County, OH to the late Raymond and Minnie (Clark) Loomis on August 5, 1936. He proudly served his country as a member of the National Guard and also worked for Sears Roebuck as a Service Technician. On February 2, 1957 he married the love of his life, Brenda (Cain), with whom he shared 62 years of loving marriage. Following his retirement, Jim and Brenda made Citrus County their home in 1999 after relocating from Pennsylvania and were Christian by faith. Jim was an extremely skilled wood carver, a talent that he and his wife both shared. He was a member and Treasurer of the Nature Coast Carving Club and his creations won several awards and ribbons over the years. Some of Jim’s work is currently displayed at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. In his spare time, he also enjoyed playing golf, fishing and was an avid online gamer, World of Warcraft being his favorite online game. Jim loved giving back to his community and was a volunteer for the hospice thrift store and the Citrus County Citizens Patrol group. In addition to his wife Brenda, Jim’s passing will be mourned by his daughter, Kristin Nichols and her husband Nick, of Inverness and his sister, Trudie Mattson, of Plantation, FL. “Pop Pop” will also be missed by his grandchildren: Rachel, Jacob, Kaycee, Meredith, Karen, Laura, Marcy, Elizabeth; and his 11 great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roger Lovely

Roger T Lovely, 84, Floral City, FL
Roger Thornton Lovely, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home while under the care of his loving family and HPH Hospice. He was 84 years old. Roger was born in Somerville, MA to the late Albert and Ruth Frances (Whitcher) Lovely on August 7, 1935. For 20 years, Roger proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and had attained the rank of Master Sergeant at the time of his retirement. On August 3, 1958 he married Barbara (Nenney) with whom he shared 61 years of loving marriage. Roger and Barbara made Floral City their home in 1999 after relocating from Brooksville, FL. He was a member of Floral City VFW #7122 and the American Legion. Roger was also a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the American Motorcycle Association. He once made the trip from Tampa, FL to Sturgis, SD on his BMW motorcycle for the 50th anniversary of the annual bike rally. Roger also loved to play golf any chance he could. However, his favorite activity was traveling in his RV to Colorado to spend the summers with his grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife Barbara, those left to mourn Roger’s passing include his sons: Roger (Carol) Lovely of Brooksville, FL, Robert Lovely of Brooksville, FL, Richard (Debbie) Lovely of Thornton, CO, Randell Lovely of Plantation, FL; sister, Judith Chenowith and her husband Robert of Bushnell, FL; grandchildren: Richard Michael Lovely II, Hannah Lovely, Sarah Lovely; nephew, Chad; and niece, Kimberly. Roger was preceded in death by one son, Russell Lovely on March 17, 1998. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Friends are invited to join Roger’s family in visitation beginning at 9:00 AM until service time. Following the service, a procession will depart from the funeral home to the Spring Lake United Methodist Church Cemetery in Brooksville, FL where graveside military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Roger’s memory to HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461 Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Paul Lowery

Paul R Lowery, 87, Lecanto, FL
Paul R. Lowery, Jr. of Lecanto, FL passed away at Legacy House Hospice in Ocala on December 8, 2019 at the age of 87. Paul was born in Indianapolis, IN on November 10, 1932 to the late Sylvia and Paul Lowery, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service, Paul went on to become a professional Long Haul Truck Driver and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union No 135 in Indianapolis, IN. He made Florida his home in 1986 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lecanto. Paul shared 12 years of loving marriage with his wife Cora whom he married on October 13, 2007. He was an extremely skilled bowler and excellent dart player. He also enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Paul was a member of American Legion Post #155 in Crystal River, FL. VFW Post #10087 of Beverly Hills, FL, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4272 in Homosassa Springs, FL. In addition to his loving wife Cora, those left to mourn Paul’s passing include his daughter, Mary Frances Wooden and her husband John of Plainfield, IN; son, Don Hallaman and his wife Barbara of Seymour, CT; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his brother, James and his sister, Patricia. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, December 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Following the chapel service, a committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 11:30 AM where full military honors will be rendered by Crystal River American Legion #155 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ronald Lundberg

Ronald J Lundberg, 85, Hernando, FL
Ronald Jensen Lundberg (July 28, 1934 – January 14, 2020) Our loving Husband, Father and Papa went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He lived his life by the principles learned in becoming an Eagle Scout which are - be “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent." He married his bride Mary Eller Lundberg in 1955 who he cherished and loved his entire life. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors degree, was Captain of the drill team and Cadet Colonel of the ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army as First Lieutenant at Redstone Arsenal Guided Missile School in Huntsville, Alabama. He worked at the Travelers Insurance Company as a Programmer/Analyst and then at IBM for 22 years, first as a Systems Engineer and then a Sales Representative. He took an early retirement package from IBM and then worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in sales also receiving an early retirement package prior to forming a software reseller company. His work ethic mantra was "honesty, integrity and credibility - be prepared". In 2001 he moved with his bride Mary to Beverly Hills, Florida. He became very active in the community. He wanted to add “value” to anything he got involved with. He took great joy in being a role model, shaping and forming hearts and minds, positively influencing where he was called and moved by God to serve. He only volunteered where his contribution could make a difference. He often shared that “failure is not an option”. Because he knew his life was so blessed, he devoted his retirement years serving in the community. At 74, he went on two mission trips to Honduras and Panama, helping to build churches and schools, sponsored by Meadowbrook Church where he was an active member. He participated in Veterans in the Classroom where he encouraged students to live life with commitment and your WORD is your bond! He served as a member of the County Planning and Development Commission, the Inverness Rotary Club, and currently the King’s Bay Rotary Club where he established the King’s Bay Rotary Foundation - Haiti to raise funds for fresh water wells in Haiti. The motto for Rotary is “Service Above Self”. He also was a member of many boards, MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) as a Legislation Officer, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Dementia Education, NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), Lighthouse and a Veterans Foundation Director. He was a Godly man who lived by Godly principles and his wife Mary and six children Ronda & Dan Lanzi, Sharon Lundberg, Carl & Margie Lundberg, Eric (deceased) & Judy Lundberg, Greta & Michael Pacilio and Heather & Karsten Kibbe, nine grandchildren and a great grandson adored being with him. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 25th at Grand Living, 850 W. Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando, FL. Additional parking available at CVS, 700 W. Norvell Bryant Highway with golf cart transportation to Grand Living. Please come and share your relationship and experiences with his family starting at 1:00 with a worship service at 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be sent to Citrus County Veterans Foundations Inc., P.O. Box 678, Lecanto, FL 34460, www.citrusvf.org. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Lyons

Patricia M Lyons, 79, Inverness, FL
Patricia Marguerite Lyons, 79, of Inverness, FL passed away November 19, 2019 at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Dorchester, MA on October 18, 1940 to the late Patrick and Mary (Murray) Diggins. Patricia arrived in this area in 1960, coming from Dorchester, and was the owner of Lyons Mane Hair Salon for 6 years. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, loved “clogging” and crafted porcelain dolls. Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 59 years James F. Lyons, Jr. Other survivors include her sons, James F. Lyons III of Inverness, Brian T. Lyons of Spring Hill, FL, and Shawn P. Lyons and his wife Melissa of Inverness; sister Denise F. Monroe; and 2 grandchildren. A Catholic Memorial Service for Patricia is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Fr. Claudius Mganga officiating.


Anibal Maldonado

Anibal Maldonado, 71, Inverness, FL
Anibal Maldonado, age 71, of Inverness, FL passed away from those who love him in his home on Friday, December 13, 2019 with the caring support of hospice. He was born at home on September 3, 1948 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and served honorably for 2 years. Anibal was wounded while serving in Vietnam. He and his wife Valerie moved from Maryland to Inverness in 2003 when he retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years of service. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which he survived for 16 years. In addition to his loving wife of 29 years, Valerie, those left to cherish Anibal’s memory are his son, Anibal Maldonado; and daughter, Melisse Sheets; brother, Nelson Maldonado. He is also survived by Valerie’s sons and grandchildren, his 4 grandchildren, and loving nieces and nephews. There will be no remembrance service at his firm request. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Fl.


William Martin

William H Martin, 91, Beverly Hills, FL
William H. Martin of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice and his loving family at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness on January 13, 2020 at the age of 91. William was born to the late William and Alma (Chapman) Martin on February 4, 1928 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Christian by faith. He was married to his loving wife Catherine J. Martin for 68 years until her passing on May 5, 2015. William was employed by the United States Postal Service as a Postal Inspector until his retirement in 1986 when he relocated from Connecticut to Citrus County, FL. He was a Parishioner of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness where he was an active volunteer for the church’s Feed My Sheep program. Additionally, William was a member of the Inverness Elks Club and in charge of the Bingo games at the Veteran’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL that was sponsored by the Elks. In his spare time he enjoyed dancing and was an avid golfer. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his daughter, Sally Jane Mirakian and her husband, John of Beverly Hills, FL; brother, George Martin; sister, Eugenia Shaw; grandchildren: Kelly, Susan, Katrina, Holly, Korinne, Carrie, Laura; fourteen great grandchildren; and son in law, Conrad Yantz. In addition to his loving wife, William was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Jean Yantz; great grandchildren: William and Cyrus; brother, Roland Martin; sisters: Marion Relyea and Effie Chambers. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness, FL and will be officiated by Father Eugene Reuman. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Claudine Martone

Claudine E Martone, 79, Inverness, Florida
Claudine Elizabeth Martone, 79, Inverness, Florida went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 17, 2020 in Citrus Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Claudine was born in New Britain, CT to the late Richard and Elizabeth (Roach) Magendanz on August 20, 1940. She and her family came here in 1975 from Miami, FL. She worked in the medical profession as a secretary for many years prior to retirement. She was a faithful and committed member of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Her memory will be cherished by her devoted husband of 59 years, Louis A. Martone, Jr.; her 3 sons: Richard Martone, James (Robin) Martone, and Chris (Dawn) Martone, all of Inverness; her 10 grandchildren: Nicholas (Brandi) Martone, Kyle Martone, Lena Rose Martone, Haley Martone, Max Anthony Martone, Christian Tyler Martone, Luke Martone, Travis Phelps, Nicole Phelps, Julia Martone; 3 great grandchildren: Austin, Madisyn, and MaKenzye. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Hoyle. Claudine will be remembered at a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1005 Hillside Court, Inverness, FL. Rev. Ryan Jeffes will officiate. Friends are invited to fellowship with the family at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1005 Hillside Court, Inverness, FL 34450. Claudine is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Janice Mass

Janice K Mass, 75, Floral City, FL
Janice K. Mass, “Mama Jan”, of Floral City, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto on November 6, 2019 at the age of 75. Jan was born on September 24, 1944 in Carmi, IL to the late Jess and Ruth (Christy) Risley and was Baptist by faith. She was employed as a hospital nurse for over 40 years. Jan was married to her husband Ronald for 35 years until his passing in 2010. She made Citrus County, FL her home in 1994 after relocating from Kissimmee, FL and was a member of the Floral City VFW Post #7122. In her spare time, Jan enjoyed playing bingo. She also loved having family and friends over to her home so she could cook and entertain. Those left to mourn Jan’s passing include her daughter, Tiffaney Benson and her husband David of Kathleen, GA; sons: Joseph Brown of Floral City, FL, Thomas Brown of St. Cloud, FL; stepdaughter, Lisa Mass of Waterville, ME; brothers: Jerry and John Risley; and her loving grandchildren. Jan was preceded in death by her sisters: Sandra Mass in 2013 and Tammy Sutphin in 2004. “Mama Jan’s” family are organizing a cookout at her home that will take place sometime in the spring so her friends and family can gather together to remember her, celebrate her life and legacy, and share their favorite stories of her with one another. “Mama Jan” would ask that you not be sad and mourn her passing. But, to think back fondly on the memories you’ve made together. She was so much, to so many. An amazing mother, loving wife, daughter, sister, and cherished grandmother. A heartfelt, and loyal friend. She gave with her whole heart, never asking or expecting anything in return. She never turned away a soul in need, always welcoming, caring and encouraging us to be the best person we could be. Lifting us up when we were down. Always showing us the positive side of life and celebrating our accomplishments right alongside. When you think back, think fondly of me, know I am at peace and will always be with you, watching over you. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Raiganna Morrow

Raiganna R Morrow, 38, Inverness, FL
Raijanna Rose Morrow of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on December 3, 2019 at the age of 38. Raijanna was born in Gainesville on March 14, 1981 to the late Jason and Kevon (Arthurs) Morrow. A resident of Inverness until the age of 4, she then resided in several states over the years with her family including Oregon, California, Arizona and Kansas. Raijanna returned to Inverness in 2015. While she was a professional bookkeeper and tax preparer, she had many other wonderful talents. She was a gifted writer, had hosted her own radio talk show (“Raijanna’s Night Life”) while living in California, and most recently was the host of the “Just Be You” Podcast. Raijanna is survived by her loving daughter, Mackenzie Vilceanu and her husband Vlad of Reno, NV. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alice Mosure

Alice M Mosure, 78, Hernando, FL
Alice M. Mosure, 78, of Hernando, FL passed away at her home on January 20th, 2020. She was born to the late George and Agnes (Kearns) Gannon in Brooklyn, NY on October 11th, 1941. She worked as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service for 24 years and in October of 2012, she relocated form Oakfield, NY to the Hernando, FL area. Alice loved to go on walks, gardening, and volunteering her time at animal shelters. Alice is survived by her three sons, Douglas Mosure and his spouse, Lynn of Chula Vista, CA, Richard Mosure of Clifton Springs, NY, and Gregory Mosure and his spouse, Christian of Marcellus, NY; her two daughters, Denise and her spouse, Keith of Hernando, FL and Teresa Skelton and her spouse, Jeffrey of Perrineville, NY; her sister, Jessica Tarcan of Brooklyn, NY; 14 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Alice was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Cremation Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Colleen Neese

Colleen L Neese, 89, Inverness, FL
Colleen Leona Neese, 89, passed peacefully at home, meeting her late husband Archie in Paradise on October 27, 2019 at 6:25 P.M. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Gladys and Earl Haltom, sister Earline and brother Sterling. She is survived by her son Greg Neese of Inverness. Colleen retired from The Allison Division of General Motors in Indianapolis. She also spent 7 years as the Executive Secretary to the high school principle and later superintendent of Cloverdale Community Schools. She was a past member of the Eastern Star and United Methodist Church of Cloverdale, where she also taught Sunday school. Born July 17, 1930, Colleen enjoyed golf, long walks, bicycling, and feeding the wildlife. Above all, Colleen was a ferociously loyal and loving mother and wife to her family. She was forever supportive of any endeavor her husband and son were involved with. She was a great American of the highest moral standards. She will be sadly missed by those who knew her. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Colleen will be held on Thursday, November 7, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Colleen’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. The family wishes to thank Vitas Healthcare Hospice for their wonderful assistance with mom’s passing.


Thomas "TJ" Neil, JR

Thomas "TJ" J Neil, JR, 45, Lecanto, FL
Thomas James Neil, JR "TJ" passed away while under the care of his loving family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on January 12, 2020 at the age of 45. TJ was born on September 13, 1974 in Quincy, MA to Jean (Rengucci) Neil and the late Thomas James Neil, SR. He made Citrus County his home in 1986 after relocating from New Hampshire with his family. An extremely talented artist, TJ attended the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota and excelled as a Sculptor. He and his father designed and constructed the turtle sculptures located at Cooter Pond and Liberty Park in Inverness as well as numerous sculptures around Citrus County, the state and the southern U.S. TJ was also a gifted singer. Those left to mourn TJ's passing include his sons: Thomas James Neil, III "T3" and Ryan James Neil of Carriere, MS; his mother, Jean Neil of Lecanto; sisters: Theresa Jean Savery and her husband Terry Murray of Homosassa, Angie Keeney of Beverly Hills, Tina Hayes and her husband Kurt of Lecanto; his nieces: Alyssa, Stephanie, Samantha, Nicole and Gabrielle and his nephew Derek. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vitas Hospice House Lecanto, FL c/o Leigh Anne Silva.


William Nielsen

William J Nielsen, 68, Lecanto, FL
William James Nielsen, 68, of Lecanto, FL, passed away at home on December 7, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born to James and Beatrice (Nicholson) Nielsen in Concord, CA, on March 27, 1951.  William moved to the Lecanto, FL area from Lynchburg, VA, in 1983. He served our country honorably in the United States Navy and is a plank owner of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).  He worked for many years as a project manager in the Nuclear Power industry. William enjoyed sailing, woodworking, and involvement in youth soccer as a referee and coach.  Above all, he valued the time he spent with his family, friends, and especially, his many grandchildren. William will be missed by many. William was preceded in death by his father, James R. Nielsen and his stepfather Charles A. Moore. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 48 years, Donna; his daughter, Sandra (Mathew) Bass of Oxford, FL; his son, Cory (Jamie) Nielsen of Boise, Idaho; his mother, Beatrice Moore, his three brothers, Skip Bjorn, Steve Nielsen, and Tom Moore; his two stepsisters, Debbie Shoffner and Janie Doucette; his six grandchildren, Jessica (Shane) Boram, Abigail Bass, Mathew Bass, Saylor Nielsen, Sydney Nielsen  and Scarlet Nielsen; and one soon-to-be great-grandchild. William’s Celebration of Life will be held at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL, on Monday, December 16, 2019, at 10:00 AM. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 9:30 until the hour of service. Following the Celebration of Life, an Honor Guard service will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at 11:30 AM.  The procession to the cemetery will depart from the funeral home at 10:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, William's family is requesting donations be made in his name to Vitas Hospice at https://vitascommunityconnection.org/ or The American Cancer Society.


Bettye Nipper

Bettye S Nipper, 89, Citrus Hills, FL
Bettye Sue Scholes Nipper, 89, of Citrus Hills, died on January 16, 2020. She was an avid Citrus Hills gofer, bridge, and Mah Jongg player. She traveled extensively with her late husband, invariably declaring on returning home each time, "that was the best trip that ever was." Prior to her retirement, she worked in women's fashion in New York City for Bonwit Teller and Alexander's. Bettye was later an area manager for Lillie Rubin stores in NC, SC, and TN. Survivors include sons Mike Scholes of Citrus Hills and Joe Scholes of New Jersey, daughters Susan Chinoransky of Texas and Amye Robb of St. Augustine, ten grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Alice Humphries of Kentucky and brother, Pat Burton of Texas. A celebration of life will be held with her family; private burial in the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name would be welcomed to Vitas Health Care, 3550 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael O'Rourke

Michael J O'Rourke, 85, Inverness, FL
Michael John O’Rourke of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on December 3, 2019 at the age of 85. Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late John and Elizabeth (McDonald) O’Rourke on May 30, 1934. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, Michael wore many different hats throughout his professional career. He had worked as a Steeplejack then, went on to work for Grumman Aerospace Corporation building lunar modules. Ultimately, he would retire from the New York School System as their Head Custodian. On November 30, 1956 Michael married Barbara (Bruton) with whom he shared 63 years of loving marriage. Michael and Barbara made Citrus County their home in 1997 after relocating from Long Island and were parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He was also a member of Inverness VFW #4337. Michael was an extremely talented artist and enjoyed creating beautiful oil paintings as well as pen and ink drawings. He was a loving father that enjoyed spending time with his children playing pool and playing cards. Michael will be especially remembered for his fantastic sense of humor. In addition to his wife Barbara, those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his sons: Michael O’Rourke (Susan) of Jacksonville, FL, Robert O’Rourke (Catherine) of Inverness, FL, Stephen T. O’Rourke of Inverness, FL, Frank P. O’Rourke (Kathy) of Farmingdale, NY; daughter, Barbara M. Vuolo (Nick) of Preston Hollow, NY; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima, Celebrant. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 PM where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Christopher Obrien

Christopher M Obrien, 66, Inverness, Florida
Christopher Michael O’Brien, 66, of Inverness, FL passed away January 7, 2020 under the care of Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. He was born on March 24, 1952 in Alexandria, VA to the late Vincent Robert and Jane M. (Joseph) O’Brien. Christopher was an entertainer/ singer, and arrived in this area in 1990. He was Christian by faith, and loved singing and playing the guitar. He enjoyed helping people and loved nature. Christopher was preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Myers. He is survived by his siblings William R. O’Brien of Inverness, Charlie O’Brien of Ruckersville, VA, and Carolyn Henkel of Forest Hill, MD. Private Cremation With Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robbin Palmer

Robbin L Palmer, 72, Floral City, FL
Robbin Lee Ausbrook Palmer was born February 3rd, 1947 in Berkley, California to the late Gladys Ausbrook and her step-father, Jewel Dean “J.D.” Strain. Robbin passed away on November 10, 2019. Robbin did not graduate high school and never received a GED; when Robbin was asked why she did not receive either, she replied “I had to stay moving. I lived in the moment!” Robbin’s greatest accomplishments were: “My two beautiful children, Dean and Stephanie”. She worked in various restaurants and coffee shops, but the most memorable job was working for the Alaskan Pipe Line alongside her Dad, “J.D.”. She retired in 2007 from “The Chronicle” after 18 years of employment. Robbin was very active with the Floral City VFW Post #7122 for over 24 years, serving most recently as Parson (sending out sympathy cards and congratulatory cards to families and members of the VFW family). Robbin’s favorite color was yellow and her favorite flower was a daffodil. Her favorite song was “I Did It My Way!” and her favorite saying was “It’s never too late!” Robbin’s message to leave behind to present children, present grandchildren, and present/future great grandchildren is, “It may not seem that I cared about them but I did. I had different ways of showing that I loved.” One word to leave with remaining family members is simply the word, “Love”. Advice for remaining family members is, “When you want advice, choose someone you can trust and explain to them in detail what you are talking about”. Robbin stated, “I give horrible advice”. After she laughed for a brief moment, Robbin stated, “That’s true”. For Robbin’s dear friends and family, remembering her witty sense of humor will not be forgotten. Smile with love in knowing Robbin is no longer in pain, no longer suffering, but in Heaven with Christ, in fields of Daffodils, in streets of “yellow” gold, and filled with God’s LOVE! Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Faye Pearce

Faye A Pearce, 70, Floral City, FL
Faye A. Pearce, 70, of Floral City, FL passed away on November 17, 2019 at Vitas Hospice, Lecanto, FL. Faye was born in Baltimore County, MD on October 24, 1949 to the late William and Helen (Spencer) Abbott. She was a custodian for the Pasco County School System for 22 years, and moved to Floral City in 2006 from Spring Hill, FL. Faye will be remembered by her friends and family as a lover of playing cards (uno and solitare) and bird watching as well as being a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. Faye is preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Van Fossen. Faye is survived by her loving husband, George M. Pearce, Sr. of 47 years. Other survivors include two sons, George M. (Karen) Pearce, Jr. of Webster, FL and John E. Pearce of Floral City, FL and one daughter, Bonnie L. (Sport) Wilson of Floral City, FL; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Faye will be held on Friday, November 29th, 2019 at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Faye’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.


David Pearson, Jr.

David L Pearson, Jr., 77, Inverness, FL
David L. Pearson, Jr., of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare Hospice on November 7, 2019 at the age of 77. David was born in Brownsville, PA on October 23, 1942 to the late Alice (Harger) and David L. Pearson, Sr. A former resident of West Palm Beach, FL he was employed as an Engineering Assistant for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for a number of years. In 1984, he married Nancy (Timmons) with whom he shared 35 years of loving marriage. David and Nancy made Inverness, FL their home in 1998 and he went to work for Publix for a number of years. In his spare time he enjoyed watching automobile racing and computer research. David also loved to go skydiving. In addition to his wife Nancy, David is survived by his son, David L. Pearson III of Loxahatchee, FL; daughter, Dawn Anderholt of Loxahatchee, FL; stepsons: Robert Heck of Tucson, AZ, John Heck of Phoenix, AZ and Mark A. Heck of West Palm Beach, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Harold Phillips

Harold J Phillips, 87, Hernando, FL
Harold Junior Phillips, 87, of Hernando, FL passed away December 28, 2019 at Hernando Pasco Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Freemont Township, MI to the late William and Daisey (Wilson) Phillips. Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Evans during the Korean War. He arrived in this area in 1987, coming from Clearwater, FL Harold was an electrical engineer in the aeronautics industry, and a Christian by faith. He was preceded in death his first wife, Patricia Phillips, and by one son, Darrell Phillips. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Katherine Phillips; his daughters Michelle Dew and her husband Dale of Hernando, FL, and Pamela Phillips of Palm Harbor, FL; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service for Harold with military honors is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, at 1:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with Pastor Ken Lawson of Grace Bible Fellowship Church officiating. Harold’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.


Mary Pynes

Mary Pynes, 63, Hernando, FL
Mary Pynes of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 16, 2020 at the age of 63. Mary was born in Groveland, FL to the late Winford and Millie Hamilton. She was married to her loving husband Bobby for 30 years. Mary was a loving caregiver, providing home healthcare and companionship to many people throughout the years. She was a Christian and her faith was very important to her. Mary made sure to watch Pastor Arnold Murray every morning at 5:00 AM for worship and to hear the word of the Lord. In addition to her husband Bobby, Mary is survived by her son, Lonnie Lamkin of Kenton, TN. She was preceded by three children: Angela Lamkin-Moore, Mary Christine Lamkin and Roger Lamkin. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elias "Loopy" Ramos

Elias "Loopy" Ramos, 76, Inverness, FL
Elias Ramos of Inverness FL, known by friends and family as Loopy, passed away December 20, 2019. He is survived by his wife Robin Ramos, son Ocean Ramos, sisters Jeanette Kinaka and Virginia Babinau, grandchildren Tiq, Dezi and Kiera Ramos, and many extended family and friends who loved him dearly. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Louisa and Ray, his sister Patricia Eleonor King, brother Robert Ramos – and most recently his son Sean Elias Ramos (4/7/19). Loopy was originally from the Philippines but moved to Hawaii as a small child where he grew up. At the age of 18 he took a job on a ship from Hawaii which led to his career as a lifetime Merchant Marine. Early in his career he sailed for NOAH through University of Miami oceanographic research which landed him in South Florida where he met his wife of 35 years, Robin. Through his work he led a very adventurous life sailing to all parts of the world. He loved the ocean and loved telling stories about being at Sea and about people and places he encountered. He did not have a formal maritime education, but through his incredible work ethic he achieved becoming a Maritime Officer by taking courses and studying hard to pass the required exams with the Coast Guard. His peers, employees and superiors all respected Loopy and loved working with him, and many became lifetime friends. Loopy embraced his family and was a devoted husband and father to his two sons. He raised Sean, who was inflicted with a physical birth defect, with such a deep devotion that Sean never for an instant doubted how proud his father was of him and never felt as if he were different than any other child in his father’s eyes. He was well grounded in his genuine acceptance of all people from all walks of life. He collected friends easily as people were instantly comfortable around him. Everyone knew him as a kind and gentle soul who remitted warmth and kindness. He smiled a lot when he was with friends and family, made every occasion a good time, and only saw the good in other people. Besides work and loved ones, his greatest passion was his Harley Davidson.Loopy loved everything having to do with martial arts, listened to country music and was very talented in creating things with ropework and knots. He was very adamant about recycling to protect the earth! Loopy’s memory leaves a warm feeling and many smiles for those that know him who will remember him most for his sincere kindness, being the life of the party and as a man of exceptional character. Services to celebrate Loopy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450 with Reverend Ballard officiating.


Ernest Ramsey

Ernest W Ramsey, 73, Inverness, Florida
Ernest “Butch” Ramsey, 73, Inverness, Florida passed away January 7, 2020 at Advent Health Hospital in Ocala, FL. Butch was born on October 9, 1946 in Monroe, MI to Ernest William Ramsey, Sr. and Mary Ann Thomas Ramsey. He was a professional musician for most of his life, playing in traveling bands around the country as well as locally. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 28 years, Judy (Harvey) Ramsey; his 5 children, several brothers and sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Butch’s life will be remembered at a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 PM from Barb’s Barn Country Music, 10191 C.R. 223, Oxford, FL. All of Butch’s family and friends are invited. Private burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Rand

Patricia A Rand, 65, INVERNESS, FL
Patricia Ann Rand, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away on December 29th, 2019 at her Florida home. She was born to Thomas and Mary Upton on April 15th, 1954 in Chelsea, MA. Formally from Londonderry, NH she relocated to the Inverness area in 2011 with her husband of 48 years, James Rand. Patricia worked for many years as an insurance saleswoman. Patricia will be remembered for her love of nature, boating, fishing, and visiting the Manatees. She also enjoyed shopping and going to yard sales, reading, and playing card games. She was happiest spending time with her family. She put her grandchildren above all else. Her grandchildren were her world and she was a very proud grandmother. Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Nelson Upton and her granddaughter, Katelynn Amanda. Patricia is survived by her loving husband, James; her three daughters, Kerri (Robert) Howe of Laconia, NH, Kelleen Gaspa (John Caravona) of Laconia, NH, and Kiley (Joey) Johnson of Laconia, NH; her three brothers, Thomas Upton, Russell Upton, and Kenneth Upton; her two sisters, Kathleen Nowell and Pamela Lalama; her eight grandchildren, Chad, Alexis, Mackenzie, Austin, Christian, Rebecca, Megan, and Devon; and many cherished nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at the Inverness Women’s Club from 6pm-8pm. A New Hampshire Celebration of Life will be hosted by Patricia’s family at a later date. Cremation with Care is provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lois Richardson

Lois L Richardson, 82, Brooksville, FL
Lois L. Richardson, 82, of Brooksville, FL passed away on November 18, 2019 at Sturgill Hospice of Brooksville, FL. Lois was born on December 22, 1936 to the late Lonzo and Ida (Blackburn) Lowe. She worked as a clerk in Environmental Health for the State of Florida. Lois was preceded in death by her last husband, William T. Richardson on April 12, 2001. Lois is survived by her sons, David (Beverly) Lowe of Riverview, FL, Arthur C. (Dawn)Springer of Brooksville, FL, and Philip H. Springer of Brooksville, FL; her step-son, Lawrence Richardson; her step-daughters, Mary Lou Malloy, Mary Lou Nix, and Joan Claire Phillips; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Louis was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Lois’s urn will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Rideout III

George R Rideout III, 72, Inverness, FL
George R. Rideout III, 72, from Inverness, FL passed away on November 19th, 2019 at Citrus Health and Rehab Center, Inverness, FL. He was born in Boston, MA on January 30, 1947 to the late George R. Rideout Jr. and Marion (Noble) Rideout. He relocated to the Inverness area in 2005 from Silver Springs, FL and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. George bravely served our country in the United States Navy and worked as an Operations Manager at GE for 20 years, and Data General for 15 years. George was an avid Patriots fan, “Dilly-Dilly”, and loved all New England sports. He loved playing softball, water sports, hockey, bowling, golf, and “couldn’t be beat at a game of cards”. When he wasn’t getting involved in some type of sports activity, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was a true family man. George is preceded in death by his two brothers, William and Richard Rideout. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Betty Rideout; his three daughters, Jean (Jeffrey) Lombardi of Worcester, MA, Clarissa (Terry) Ciancia of Inverness, FL, and Samantha (Matthew) Greiner of Middleburg, FL; his brother, Bruce Rideout; his three sisters, Loretta Graf, Diane Schreiber, and Marion Stuckey; his three grandchildren, Corey, Olivia, and Vincenzo; and his four great-grandchildren, Braden, Jonathan, Noah, and Zack. A Celebration of Life Service with military honors will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 am. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Floyd Robare

Floyd B Robare, 77, Ocala, FL
Floyd Bruce Robare, 77, of Ocala, FL passed away November 16, 2019 at Avante at Inverness, Inverness, FL. He was born in Holyoke, MA on November 11, 1942 to the late George N. and Gertrude (Jarvis) Robare. Floyd was a supply technician at Westover Air Force Base near Springfield, MA and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army while being stationed in Korea. He arrived in the area in 2015, coming from Chicopee, MA and was Catholic by faith. Floyd was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed coin collecting. He is survived by his daughters, Dianne Robare of Agawam, MA, Marianne Pritchard of Ocala, and Alessandra Reyna of Halton City, TX; stepsons Erick and Richard Funk and their families; brothers Rodney and Dennis Robare; and grandson Vincent Rodier. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Rose

Patricia L Rose, 87, Spanish Fort, AL
Patricia Louise Rose, age 87, Spanish Fort, AL passed away suddenly while visiting at her sister’s residence in Inverness, FL. Mrs Rose was born in Knoxville, TN on January 30, 1932 to the late Samuel C. and Mary Elizabeth (Monday) McCrary. Prior to retirement, she worked in retail sales. She is survived her sister Suzanne Grapel of Inverness and was preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Rose. Following her return to Alabama, there will be services scheduled at the Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL. She is in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home locally.


Willamay Runk

Willamay Runk, 94, Inverness, FL
Willamay Runk, 94, of Inverness, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing facility of Inverness, FL on December 4th, 2019. Willamay was born on September 15, 1925 to the late Victor and Edith Root in Missouri. She moved to the Inverness, FL area from Miami in 1977. Along with her parents, Willamay is preceded in death by her loving husband, William “Jack” R. Runk and her son, William D. Runk. She is survived by her four daughters, Joy (David) Streicher of Lecanto, FL; Connie (Tommy) Shaw of Inverness, FL; Vicki (John Marxen) Evans of Morrow, GA; and Jacqueline (Steven) Roddy of Harvest, AL and seven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Willamay was Baptist by faith and she enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, crocheting rugs, baking, listening to country music karaoke at the park, and spending time with her family and friends. Willamay will be missed by many Willamay’s Celebration of Life will be on December 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM with a gathering of friends and family at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery alongside her husband at a later date.


Matthew Ryan

Matthew S Ryan, 26, Hernando, FL
Matthew Sean Ryan, age 26, Hernando, FL passed away November 23, 2019 at Vitas Hospice Facility in Lecanto following a lengthy illness. Matthew was born in Middletown, NY on January 18, 1993 to Kevin Sean and Rebecca (Lyons) Ryan. He worked in the automobile detailing business. Left to cherish his memory is his son, Channing Ryan of Conway, SC; his father, Kevin of Lecanto; 1 brother, Jacob Medlin of Conway, SC; 2 sisters, Jessica Medlin of Conway, SC and Erin Ryan of Athens, GA; his paternal grandmother, Karen Ryan of Lecanto and maternal grandmother, Joyce Lyons of Virginia. He was predeceased by his daughter, Avanna, his mother, Rebecca, and his sister, Kylee Ann. The family will celebrate Matt’s life following the holidays at a later date. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Theresa Samoraj

Theresa M Samoraj, 76, Inverness, FL
Theresa M. Samoraj, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on January 1st, 2020. She was born in Farmingdale, NY to the late Anthony and Theresa Losaso on April 30th, 1943. She relocated to the Inverness area in 1975 and was Catholic by faith. Theresa loved to play Bingo and do crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed shopping, reading, and watching game shows. She is preceded in death by one sister, Diane Walker. Theresa is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Jerzyk “George” Samoraj; her daughter, Melissa Samoraj of Inverness, FL; her three brothers, Robert Losaso of Kissimee, FL, Phillip (Angie) Losaso of Citrus Springs, FL, and Joseph Losaso of Long Island, NY; her sister, Virginia Stahl of Arrowhead, FL; and one grandchild, Amy Shumway. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Theresa is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Luke Scanlan, Jr.

Luke F Scanlan, Jr., 81, Inverness, FL
Luke F. Scanlan, Jr., 81, of Inverness, FL passed away October 22, 2019 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. He was born in Northhampton, MA on Septmber 17, 1938 to the late Luke F. and Evelyn (Damon) Scanlan, Sr. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bronson, FL, and was an automotive mechanic who loved working on cars, and enjoyed racing. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sheila Scanlan. Other survivors include his children Luke F. Scanlan III of Ocala, FL, Kerry P. Scanlan of Bristol, CT, and Michele Scanlan of Gainesville, FL; brother John Scanlan; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Michael Scott

Michael J Scott, 69, Crystal River, FL
Michael James Scott, age 69, Crystal River, FL passed away on January 15, 2020 in an automotive accident. Mike was born in Toledo, OH on May 27, 1950. He was raised by his parents, Terrance and Barbara (Purcell) Scott. As a soldier in the United States Marine Corp, he proudly served the country in Vietnam. The Scott family moved to Citrus County from Indian Rocks Beach in 1977 where he worked as a plumber. In 1987, he founded Mike Scott Plumbing. Now serving seven central Florida counties, Mike Scott Plumbing has become an industry leader adhering to his example and the strong core values it was founded on. Widely known for his commitment to the communities he served, he was a strong supporter of youth programming and athletics, education, and more. He took pride in his business, but he was most proud of his family. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 51 years, Patricia Meares Scott; his three children: Tracy Hinde and her husband Michael of Hernando; Shawn Scott and his partner Samantha of Floral City; Jason Scott and his wife Heather of Beverly Hills; 2 brothers: Gregory Scott of Crystal River and Terrance Scott of Homosassa; 1 sister, Brenda Taylor of Homosassa; 7 grandchildren: Sabrina, Mercedes, Jacob, Evan, Aubree, Michael, and Savannah; 2 great grandchildren: Brayden and Brixton. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. The family will greet friends from 3:00 PM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the “Pipeline For Success Scholarships” C/O of Mike Scott Plumbing, 668 E. Overdrive Circle, Hernando, FL 34442. Mike is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Carl Shaut, Sr.

Carl R Shaut, Sr., 93, Floral City, FL
Carl R. Shaut, Sr., age 93, Floral City, FL passed away suddenly at home on November 23, 2019. A native of Bath, NY, he was born February 23, 1926 to the late Fred E. and Ethel (Salisbury) Shaut and came to this area 32 years ago from Binghamton, NY. He was employed by the Conrail Railroad System for 40 years in their maintenance division. He served our country in the Army Air Corps during WW II where he was deployed in the European Theatre. He was an aerial gunner and awarded the Air Medal with 1 Bronze Cluster. His affiliations include the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, American Legion Post 77, and the 2nd Air Division Association. Left to cherish his memory are three children, Carl Shaut, Jr. and wife Susan of Floral City, FL, Charles Shaut and wife Helen of Harpursville, NY, and Thomas Shaut and wife Theresa of Grand Haven, MI; 1 Sister, JoAnne Quick, Hernando, FL; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred Alice Shaut on Feb 10, 2018. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Pfeifer, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Carl’s memory.


Cornelius Sheehan

Cornelius P Sheehan, 77, Hernando, FL
Cornelius Patrick Sheehan, of Hernando, passed away November 6, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto at the age of 77. Cornelius was born in Bronx, NY on January 16, 1942 to the late Cornelius and Bridget (Feeney) Sheehan and served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He went on to work as an investment banker for Citibank retiring from them after 56 years. Cornelius made Citrus County, FL his home in 1996 after relocating from New York and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. He was an Altar Server and responsible for the traveling vocational chalice for the church. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and was past Grand Knight of Council # 6168, where he also served as the Vocation Ministry Director. Cornelius will be remembered as a very kind and generous man that always had a smile on his face and truly loved others. Cornelius is survived by his wife of 10 years, Filipinas “Pearl” Santillan; son, Cornelius Sheehan; stepson, Dennis Santillan and his wife Michele; stepdaughters: Dr. Anna Marie Santillan-Mamaril and her husband Blas, Lourdes Townsend and her husband John, Suzanne Williams and her husband Shawn; brother, Thomas Sheehan and his wife Charlotte; sister, Barbara Pinella and her husband Salvatore; and grandchildren: Lauren Mamaril, Nicholas Williams and Julianna Santillan. Cornelius was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Sheehan. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr., Cesar Petilla, Celebrant. Visitation will be held at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A service will be offered during the visitation at 4:00 PM by the Knights of Columbus Council 6168. Cornelius will be laid to rest at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Denby Shields

Denby L Shields, 67, Inverness, FL
Denby Lew Shields, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on November 13, 2019 at the age of 67. Denby was born in Bloomington, IN on January 3, 1952 to the late Luther E. and Barbara Colleen (Deckard) Shields. On July 24, 1970 he married Mary Marvina Hailey with whom he shared 49 years of loving marriage. Denby and Mary made Inverness their home in 1982 after relocating from West Palm Beach, FL and attended worship services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. For a number of years he owned and operated his own trucking company and later went on to become a builder of custom homes. Denby enjoyed traveling, his favorite destination being Canada. He recently took a wonderful Alaskan cruise with his family in September. Denby loved old cars. He was the proud owner of a 1937 Ford Humpback that he called “Humpy”. Denby will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to his family. He was a great spiritual leader that had tremendous faith and truly loved the Lord. In addition to his loving wife Mary, Denby is survived by his son, Shawn Shields (Tracy) of Olive Branch, MS; daughter, Karen Barlow (Arthur) of Inverness, FL; brothers: Kim Shields (Teresa) of Inverness, FL, Bruce Shields (Leslie) of Maynardsville, TN; nine grandchildren: Brianna, Morgan, Aaron, McKenzie, Rebekah, Isaac, MaKayla, Casandra, Shannon; and three great grandchildren: Rory, Willow, Kai. Denby is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Denby’s life will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rettalee Simon

Rettalee Simon, 91, Floral City, FL
Rettalee Simon, of Floral City, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Nursing and Rehabilitation on November 15, 2019 at the age of 91. Rettalee was born in Clarksburg, WV on April 27, 1928 to the late George and Opal (Elliott) James. She was married to her loving husband Roy Simon, Jr. for 59 years until his passing on October 25, 2008. Rettalee and Roy made Citrus County their home in 1985 after relocating from Whispering Pines, NC. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, golfing and clog dancing. Those left to mourn Rettalee’s passing include her son, Christopher David Simon of Floral City, FL; daughters: Michelle Kearney (Timothy) of Epping, NH, Carissa Simon Baker (Tom) of Citrus Hills, FL, Candace David Barnhart (Barry) of Pelham, AL; her brother, Charles Edward James (Vi) of Naples, FL; sister-in-law, Norma Jean Stern (Bill) of Citrus Hills, FL; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one niece and one nephew. Cremation care by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elsie Sine

Elsie M Sine, 94, Inverness, FL
Elsie Mae Sine, 94, Inverness, FL passed away November 28, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Elsie was born in Lansdale, PA on May 20, 1925 to the late Elmer Hager and Lillie Grebe Hager and moved to Florida from Quakertown, PA. She was employed for over 20 years with Clemen’s Supermarkets in Lansdale as a cashier. After retirement she relocated to Florida. Elsie was of the Lutheran faith, but attended the First Presbyterian Church in Inverness. She is survived by her niece, Nancy Brady and her grand niece, Jodie; 3 grandchildren: Connie Bond; and great grandchildren: Kristin and Nicholas Sutliff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralston, a son James, a grandson, Danny Sine, and 3 brothers, Raymond, Norman, and Horace Hager. At Elsie’s request, there will be no funeral. Burial will be private in Oak Ridge Cemetery beside her husband. She was under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


David Small

David G Small, 82, Inverness, FL
David G. Small, 82, October 5, 1937-January 8, 2020, of Inverness, Florida, former resident of Fairview, Michigan passed away January 8, 2020. A great man of the great lakes, David was born October 5, 1937 to the late David and Violet Small of East Tawas, MI, growing up an avid sailor on the waters of Tawas Bay, and serving as Commodore of the Tawas Bay Yacht Club. After 30 years of service to the people and State of Michigan, David retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1995. He and his beloved wife then set sail on a grand adventure, living aboard the Trawler “Otter”, cruising down the Mississippi River, visiting many Eastern U.S. ports and the Bahamas, until settling in Citrus County to further enjoy their retirement. He was an officer of the Tri-county RC Flying Club, making and flying numerous model airplanes. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Owen Small, Robert Small, and Alice (Small) Pennewell. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 53 years, Judie R. Small, daughter Rebecca Bearden and son-in-law Kenneth Bearden, and beloved grandsons Alexander and Maxwell Bearden. A service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s memory to Salvation Army are appreciated.


Ruth Sorensen

Ruth E Sorensen, 91, Hernando, FL
Ruth Elaine Sorensen of Hernando, FL passed away at her home on December 8, 2019 at the age of 91. Ruth was born in Wildwood, FL on December 3, 1928 and was one of four children born to the late Hubert J. and Etta Ruth (Brooks) Denham. She was married to Richard E. Sorensen, Sr. for 42 years until his passing on March 3, 2009. Ruth and Richard made Citrus County their home in 1968 after relocating from the St. Petersburg area and attended worship services at the Inverness Church of God. She loved nature and going for long walks in peaceful surroundings. Ruth also liked tending to flowers, taking time to prune them and arrange them to showcase their beauty. She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother to her children. Those left to mourn Ruth’s passing include her daughters: Yvette Spires of Inverness, FL, Mary McKinley and her husband Ivan of Hernando, FL; son, John Alan Moore and his wife Joanne of St. Cloud, FL; stepson, Richard E. Sorensen, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Jerry and Tommy Denham; and sister, Esther Denham. Ruth’s children plan to have a private celebration of life service in her honor at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alex Sosnicki

Alex D Sosnicki, 91, Inverness, FL
Alex D. Sosnicki, 91, of Inverness, FL died on November 18, 2019 at Vitas Hospice of Lecanto, FL. Alex was born on December 7, 1927 to the late Alec and Katherine (Martin) Sosnicki. He arrived to the area in 1980 coming from Brentwood Long Island, NY, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. Alex belonged to the Knights of Columbus and he enjoyed gardening, dancing, and eating out at various restaurants. He was politically active in Inverness and even helped in the many establishments of sidewalks and safety areas around Inverness due to his participation in city council meetings. Alex loved doing charity work and helping out his community. He will be remembered by his family and friends as very mild-mannered, kind hearted, man who enjoyed much of his time with his family and friends. Alex is preceded in death by his late wife, Ellen, of 46 years and his twelve siblings. He is survived by his current loving wife of 10 years, Ann Cross; sons, Alex (Linda) Sosnicki of Floral City, FL and Joseph Sosnicki of Inverness, FL; daughters, Margaret (Joseph) Fastaia of Brooksville, FL and Theresa Ault of Inverness, FL; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass we be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 11:00 AM., with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Committal services with Military honors will be at Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Beverly Soule

Beverly H Soule, 92, Lecanto, FL
Beverly Hollis Soule – April 12, 1927 – November 7, 2019 Beverly, beloved mother and wife of 65 years to her late husband Frederick L Soule, a WWII veteran, passed on November 7, 2019. She was born and married in Oswego County, NY and moved to Orange County, NY in the 1950s where they raise three children: Brenda, Allan and Jeff. Beverly went to college part time at Orange County Community College while being a devoted Mom. After graduating with honors, she worked for the Orange County Department of Health as a sanitarian inspecting restaurants to see that they complied with established health and cleanliness codes. Upon retirement in 1982, they moved to Hernando, FL and kept themselves busy at their antique shop, refinishing furniture and volunteer work. Beverly earned the Hernando Citizen of the Year Award for her community service, which included volunteer work for Hospice. Beverly decided it was time to slow down earlier this year and sold her house and moved into Brentwood, a retirement community in Lecanto, FL. She suffered a fall at home and had a severe heart attack on the way to the hospital. She was moved to Hospice and passed a couple of days later. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and many of us will miss her variety of holiday cookies next month. Her husband and daughter predeceased her and she is survived by her sons in AL and CT. Arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Wilbur Spafford

Wilbur L Spafford, 77, Beverly Hills, FL
Wilbur Lester Spafford, Jr., of Beverly Hills, passed away at his home on November 2, 2019 at the age of 77. Born in Rochester, NY on April 11, 1942, he was one of five children born to the late Dorothy Alice (Akey) and Wilbur Spafford, Sr. Wilbur proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. After his military service, he went on to become a Truck Driver in the Commercial Trucking Industry. He made Florida his home in 1959 after relocating from Fairport, NY. Wilbur is survived by his children: Wilbur L. Spafford, III of Inverness, FL, Gregory D. Spafford of Seminole, FL, Jeffrey S. Spafford of Inverness, FL and Mary Beth Sweat of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by his brothers: Sidney Spafford of Fairport, NY, Roger Spafford of Syracuse, NY; sisters: Sharon Padgett of St. Cloud, FL, Amy Barker of Iowa; nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Wilbur will be laid to rest with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donna Spaulding

Donna J Spaulding, 87, Summerfield, FL
Donna Jean Spaulding of Summerfield, FL and formerly of Inverness, passed away October 26, 2019 at The Villages Regional Hospital at 87 years of age. Donna was born on January 19, 1932 in Battle Creek, MI to the late William and Cecile (Shed) Hepler. On December 22, 1950 she married Adolph B. Spaulding with whom she shared 50 years of loving marriage until his passing on December 28, 2000. Donna and Adolph made Florida their home in 1981 after relocating from Battle Creek, MI. Donna is survived by her loving children: Gerald Spaulding of Summerfield, FL, Diana Davis of Ocala, FL and Denise Griffin of Summerfield, FL. Following cremation, she will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jody Stewart

Jody M Stewart, 57, Chassahowitzka, FL
Jody Mae Stewart of Chassahowitzka, FL passed away while under the care of Sturgill Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, FL on December 5, 2019 at the age of 57. Jody was born in Waukegan, IL to the late Norman James and Edith Mae (Doty) Stewart on March 2, 1962. She and her family made Florida their home in 1971 after relocating from Chicago, IL. Jody enjoyed the game of baseball and was an avid Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs fan. She was also a talented artist and was an excellent photographer, painter, singer and poet. She had a wonderful knack for comedy and making crafts. Jody was a talented landscaper and an excellent floral designer that loved visiting garden centers and working with plants. She had the ability to add a wonderful creative flair to everything she did. In addition to her wonderful creative abilities, she was also mechanically inclined and able to work on and repair cars, trucks, lawnmowers, appliances and wound vac machines bedside in the hospital. Jody had a love for animals and nature. She enjoyed water activities on the Chassahowitzka River and loved all animals but a few she especially loved dearly dogs: Boots, Bo, Zoey, and Coco; Cats: Doobie, Mini, Dolly and Dora the Explorer; horses, Leo; tigers and hamsters. Jody was fond of camping and campfires with her family. In her youth she was a member of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC-CRPS). Jody worked primarily in sales much of her life and as a P.E. Aide in the Pinellas County Schools. She was employed by Home Depot, Scotty’s, Ritz Cameras, and the Key Training Center under the profound friendship of Gwen and the clients. In the last few years she maintained a lawn mowing and landscaping service with limited accounts due to her limitations. Many nights while living with her sister and brother in law from 2013 to 2018, she was using her floral design talents next to her sister. During their brief time as produce stand owners, they worked alongside each other once again. She liked pulling all the bad items to make delicious salsas, bread and bakery items once they returned home. She loved to shop and her and her sister had every kind of kitchen product known during that time. Those left to mourn Jody’s passing include her sister, Jude Hobson and her husband Randy of Lecanto, FL; Jody’s delight and only niece, Veronica Hope Palmer; great nephews: Tyler, Travis & Trevor – better known at the “3Ts” Jamie Kustra, Jeremy Borrego and Joshua Borrego, the children she raised with Marlys Reddemann by their sides and their mom, Debra Siner; Jeremy and Josh also having children she loved. Cousins’ from her father’s side of the Stewart / Hampton families, along with Aunt Myrna Doty of Illinois and cousins from our mother’s side of the Stewart / Doty families; Darleen Hannssen, our mother’s cousin as well. Jody had other loves throughout her lifetime of living in Citrus and Pinellas Counties. Mommie Dearest, Flo Pender; Eva and Randall and family; Barbara McCormick, Debbie Gulley, Cora Helms, Pattie Shanks (deceased) all were significant to her. By all means, Fredrick and Debi Harmon, and Craig Hermann our “adopted” brother. Two of Jody’s favorite Bible verses are: Second Corinthians 5:8…”absent for the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Philippians 4:6…”Be anxious for nothing.” A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, December 29th, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the North Citrus Christian Church, 6442 N. Elkcam Blvd., Citrus Springs, FL 34433. (352) 527-0021. The service will take place from 2:30 to 3:00 PM and a light reception will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Cremation care was provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Aries Thomas

Aries C Thomas, 23, Hernando, FL
Aries C. Thomas, 23, from Hernando, FL died on November 13, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Aries is described by his mother and grandmother as “a character” who will always be remembered as a bright light in this world. Aries was very witty, strong willed, and always kept a positive attitude. He enjoyed playing video games, watching Netflix, playing online puzzle games, and playing and browsing on Facebook. Aries is survived by his loving mother, Lolly Thomas of Hernando; his brother, Brandon Thomas of Orlando; his half-brother, Marshall Thomas of Orlando; his half-sister, Sharra Koll of Orlando; his grandmother, Bernice Thomas of Hernando; his cousin, Holly Wilson (J.C.) of Orlando; and his uncle and aunt, Robert and Ethel Carroll. Every day, Aries loved getting and giving hugs and kisses from his mom and grandma and saying many “I love you’s”. The family wishes to extend a huge thank you to Vistas Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care that Aries received. Cremation with care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL.


Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend

Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend, 71, Homosassa, FL
Lorraine Louise Serra Townsend, beloved Wife, Mom, Sister, Gigi, and friend. On the morning of January 21, 2020, she went home to be with the Lord. Lorraine was born in Tampa, Florida on February 22, 1948 to the late Laurence and Gloria (Muniz) Serra. She graduated Chamberlain High School in 1966 and later attended the University of South Florida, studying nursing, until her marriage to Raymond. Lorraine and Ray started Citrus Well Drilling in 1972, and continued to work there. She has been a Citrus County resident for 50 years. Lorraine was a faithful member of St. Scholastica Church in Lecanto for over 30 years. Prior to joining St. Scholastica, she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Inverness. She taught 5th grade Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at Our Lady of Fatima and St. Scholastica. Lorraine loved animals, and the beach. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, fishing and tending her roses. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Raymond Townsend; her children: Todd (Kim) Townsend of Pine Ridge and their daughters, Regan Alexandra (Adam) Burns and Tate Meredith Townsend; Tracy (Rod) Miedema of Homosassa and their children Jacob Todd Miedema and Taylor Lauren Miedema; her brother, Laurence (Cynthia) Serra; her sister, Dayna Waldman; brother in law, William “Billy” Townsend; and several nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM from St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto with Fr. Jose Tejada, Celebrant. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Sunday from 2-4 PM, where a Wake Vigil Services will be offered at 3:30 PM with Deacon Nick Nowak officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Scholastica Church, 4301 W. Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, FL 34461. She is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Verna Van Fleet

Verna M Van Fleet, 95, Hernando, FL
Verna M. Van Fleet, age 95, Hernando, Florida passed away November 27, 2019 at home under the loving care of her family and Hernando-Pasco Hospice. A native of Westfield, MA., she was born July 6, 1924 to the late Leonard B. and Myrtle (Smith) Kenniston and moved to this area in 2011 after leaving Miami and Ocala. She attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. Verna enjoyed crocheting afghans for all of her children and grandchildren and working her puzzles. Active in her community, she was a Life Member of the Florida Arabian Horse Association and served as their show secretary for 20 years. She also was a member of the Ft. Cooper Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Order of Eastern Star. She attended Colby Junior College in New London, NH and while living in Miami, was a faithful volunteer for South Miami Hospital with 12 years of service Left to cherish her memory are 5 children: Katherine V. Echlin (James), Hernando; Robert J. Van Fleet (Dianne), Ocala; Patricia V. Rioux (Michael), Jacksonville; John K. Van Fleet (Kim), Ocala; Kimberly V. Poole (David), Hernando; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Robert J. Van Fleet and her three sisters, Geraldine, Virginia, and Marion. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2019 , 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family


Mauricio Velasquez

Mauricio O Velasquez, 80, Lecanto, FL
Mauricio “Maurice” Velasquez, age 80, Lecanto, FL., formally of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa died Nov 21, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice Unit in Lecanto, FL. A native of El Salvador, he was born April 6, 1939 to the late Joaquin C. and Concepcion (Menjivar) Velasquez, and came to this area from Miami in 2006. He retired as a corporate accountant and manager for the Best Foods grocery chain following 30 years of service and was a member of St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa, FL. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Margaret Flaherty Velasquez of Lecanto; 1 brother and sister, Alfredo Valasquez and Gloria Lopez, both of California; nieces & nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019. Entombment will follow in Olivet Memorial Park in Colma, CA. Local arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Herbert Wampler, Jr.

Herbert F Wampler, Jr., 92, Inverness, FL
Herbert F. Wampler Jr., 92, of Inverness, FL passed away at Avante’ of Inverness, on December 5, 2019. Herbert was born on March 29, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Marguerite (Williams) and Herbert F. Wampler. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. Herbert made Citrus County Florida his home in 1989 after relocating from West Chester, PA and was Methodist by faith. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Herbert was a 70 year member of Masonic Community Lodge #744 in Broomall, PA. Herbert is survived by his daughter Sharon Napoli, and his sister, Anita Maurer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda “Sis” Wampler and brother, Bruce Wampler. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sarah Watson

Sarah A Watson, 24, Benton, TN
Sarah Ann Watson of Benton, TN and formerly of Inverness, FL passed away unexpectedly in Crystal River, FL while visiting her dear friends on December 21, 2019. Sarah was 24 years old. She was born in Dalton, GA on January 30, 1995 to Sherri (Stuart) Cody and George Watson, Jr. Sarah moved to Inverness with her family in 2003 and attended the Academy of Environmental Sciences in Crystal River and graduated from Citrus High School in 2013. She was active with the drama club throughout junior high and high school and had performed in numerous plays. Sarah was a talented photographer and an excellent photo editor. In 2016, Sarah moved to Tennessee and was employed as a Lab Technician for the Denso Corporation, an auto parts manufacturer. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother, loving daughter and dear friend. Those left to mourn Sarah’s passing include her 2 year old son, Wilbert Ethan Watson; mother, Sherri Cody of Benton, TN; father, George Watson, Jr. of Ellijay, GA; brothers: Austin Watson of Ellijay, GA and Adam Conner of Greenville, TN. Sarah was preceded in death by her stepfather, Wilbert Cody in 2013. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Carl Wiggs Jr

Carl H Wiggs Jr, 68, Floral City, FL
Carl Henry (Chip) Wiggs, Jr., age 68, passed away November 5, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Connie Wiggs, and his nephew David Richbourg. He leaves behind four sisters, Connie Kauffman (Rusty), Catherine Wiggs, Cindy Williams (Terry), and Carol Bumpers (Philip). He is also survived by the following nieces and nephews: Chris Williams (Adrean), Eric Williams (Sharon), Jennifer McDevitt (Neal), Rebecca Myers (Daryl), Clay Bumpers (Ashley), Payton Bumpers, Conor Bumpers (Kayla), along with numerous great- nieces and nephews. Chip was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 1, 1951. He was raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1969. He also graduated from John Patterson Technical College as a systems analyst. Chip was a certified scuba diver, and enjoyed diving in some of the most beautiful waters in the world. He worked at Saint George’s Lodge in Belize as a scuba instructor for several years. He retired to Floral City, Florida, where he resided until his death. A memorial service will be planned at a later date, as his wishes were to have his ashes scattered over the beautiful waters of Belize. Some of Chip’s greatest loves were his cats, who were like his children. A donation to your favorite animal shelter or rescue would certainly be appreciated. Alternately, memorial donations may be sent to: NAMI Citrus County P.O. Box 832 Inverness, FL 34451 Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dolores Williams

Dolores Williams, 64, Inverness, FL
Dolores Williams, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on January 1, 2020 at the age of 64. Dolores was born in Tampa, FL on March 25, 1956 to the late J.D. and Edith (Connell) Williams. She worked for the Pasco County School System for 24 years as a Bus Driver. Dolores made Citrus County her home 3 years ago after relocating from Zephyrhills, FL. In her spare time she enjoyed making crafts, watching movies and shopping. Dolores had great organizational skills and especially enjoyed cleaning and keeping her house spotless! Those left to mourn Dolores’ passing include her son, Todd Black and his wife Constance of Inverness, FL; daughters: Pam Guinta and Alexis Goins, both of Zephyrhills, FL; brother, Jimmy Williams and his wife Janice of San Antonio, FL; sisters: Audrey Michewicz and her husband Steve of Cookville, TN, Patricia Ann Quest of Scottsboro, AL, Julia Williams of New Port Richey, FL; and grandchildren: Jabin and Alydia. A Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Friends are invited to join the family to share their favorite stories and memories of Dolores. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michael Yingling

Michael A Yingling, 70, Floral City, FL
Michael Albert Yingling of Floral City, FL, passed away November 30, 2019 at the age of 70. Michael was born in Toledo, OH to the late Harley and Sylvia (McMullen) Yingling on July 27, 1949. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and went on to become a commercial plumber. He owned and operated Commercial Plumbing Systems in the Longwood / Orlando, FL area for several years. Michael relocated to Floral City in 2006 where he established and operated CPS Plumbing. In his spare time he enjoyed “tinkering” with and working on motors, riding in his airboat and fishing. He also liked playing poker with his buddies. Those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his loving companion of 23 years and fiancée, Pamela Oesch; sons: Michael Wheelock, Brandon Yingling; daughters: Jennifer Yingling-Stoner, Sara Yingling-Chivonic; stepson, Ian Keller Oesch; stepdaughter, Summer Oesch-Brennan; and several grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Matthew Yuhas

Matthew J Yuhas, 43, Lecanto, FL
Matthew Joseph Yuhas of Lecanto, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on January 6, 2020 at the age of 43. Matt was born on September 5, 1976 in Scranton, PA to Jo Ann Tinklepaugh and the late Joseph John Yuhas. He made Citrus County, FL his home in 2001 after relocating from Pennsylvania and worked as a Lineman for Davey Tree Service. Matt liked horses and had owned a few in the past. In his spare time he enjoyed video games and also playing “store”, “kitchen” and having tea parties with his stepdaughter. Matt’s favorite activity was spending time with his family. Those left to mourn Matt’s passing include his son, Joshua Yuhas; his loving fiancée, Cindy McMurry; his mother, Joann Yuhas and her husband, Frank Oliva; grandchildren: Isabella and Micah; stepdaughters: Tiffany Fernandez, Christina Walko; grandmother, Toni Tinklepaugh; his uncle, Marc Tinklepaugh; his aunt, Jane Matthews; his uncle, John Kofel; his dear friend, Josh “Red” Taylor; and many cousins. A Celebration of Matthew’s life is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Springs Presbyterian Church of Dunnellon, FL and will be officiated by Pastor Keeth Statton. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.