For the Last 3 Months.
Richard P Albrecht, 77, Inverness, FL
Richard Paul Albrecht, Sr., 77, of Inverness, FL passed away July 7, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Manhassett, NY on December 14, 1941 to the late Martin and Marion (Marcy) Albrecht. Richard was an automotive mechanic and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Long Island, NY. He was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed mechanic work and riding motorcycles. He also liked shooting pool, watching political news and playing golf. He also enjoyed listening to Do-Woop and Country Music. Richard was a body builder for many years, as well as a boxer. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda M. Albrecht. Other survivors include his son Richard Albrecht, Jr., brother Kelvin Albrecht; sisters Evelyn Christensen, and Dottie Clyde; loving niece Debra Albrecht; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Dave Austin, 60, Inverness, FL
Dave Austin, 60, of Inverness, FL passed away August 26, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born in South Boston, Virginia on September 6, 1958. Dave was a lineman for Dominion Power in Kill Devil Hills, NC, he retired in 2016 and arrived in this area in 2018. Dave was a hardworking man, with a kind heart that would do anything for his family. He enjoyed golfing, working on cars, riding motorcycles, and playing with his dog “Maddox”. Dave was preceded in death by his father Marshall Calvin Austin, and one son Nicholas David Austin. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Collier Austin. Other survivors include his daughters Shannon Leigh Austin Flynn and her husband William Flynn of Virginia Beach, VA, and Katie Ide of Fredericksburg, VA; sisters Diane Austin Cottrell of Hernando Beach, FL and Terry Lynn Maple of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and 2 grandchildren, Rex and Nicholas. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Alan "Al" J Bailey, 73, Inverness, FL
Alan “Al” Jon Bailey, age 73, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home after a lengthy battle with ALS on August 26, 2019. He was under the care of HPH Hospice and his wife Penny. Born in Cedar Rapids Iowa on November 20, 1945, Al was one of four children born to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Daker) Bailey. He attended Harrison Grade School, Roosevelt Junior High and Thomas Jefferson Senior High in Cedar Rapids. He spent his summers playing baseball and was a member of the Roosevelt baseball team. In 8th grade, Al was introduced to golf by his best friend. Ultimately he abandoned baseball and golf became his lifelong career path. After graduating from Jefferson High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1963, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR and was a member of the freshman golf team. The next year he transferred to State College of Iowa in Cedar Falls. In 1965, Al married his longtime girlfriend, Penny McDaniel in Cedar Rapids. He then transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City and played on the golf team his senior year. Al turned Pro in August of 1967 and accepted his first job as 2nd Assistant Pro at Happy Hollow Country Club in Omaha, NE where John Frillman was the Head Pro. His next positions were all in the Chicago area: • March 1, 1968 – November 1, 1971 Assistant Pro at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northbrook, IL Bob Harris, Head Pro • March 1, 1972 – November 1, 1972 Assistant Pro at Ravinia Green Country Club in Deerfield, IL Pete Mazzetta, Head Pro • March 1, 1973 – November 1, 1973 Al is the Head Pro at Kankakee Elks Country Club, Kankakee, IL • March 1, 1974 – November 1, 1976 Al is the Head Pro at Midlane Country Club in Waukegan, IL At the end of the season in 1976, the club was sold and the owner gave the Head Pro position to a friend. Al’s contract wasn’t renewed for 1977. In the spring of 1977, Al moved to the Quad Cities and ran a driving range for a friend, where he also gave golf lessons. In 1978, Al was hired by Dunlop Maxfli as a sales representative covering 5 states for 2 years. In 1980, an Iowa territory for Titleist opened up and Al got his “Dream Job” as a sales representative. He and Penny moved backed to Iowa and lived in Des Moines for the next 12 years. Al spent a total of 23 years with Titleist. 12 years in the Iowa territory, 5 years in the Memphis based territory and 6 years as Sales Automation Trainer for Titleist and Footjoy worldwide. Al had so many accomplishments in his golf career, there are just too many to mention them all. However, here are just a few from his professional PGA days: • 1970, won the Illinois open at the Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort, IL • 1970, qualified and played in the US Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, MN. • Al made it to the finals of the PGA Tour Qualifying School which earned him a sponsor exemption to the 1971 “Western Open” at the Olimpia Fields Country Club in Olimpia Fields, IL. After regaining his amateur status in 1980, Al won the Des Moines City Tournament 3 out of the 4 years he lived there (1982, 1984, 1985) which was held at the Waveland Golf Course. Al worked hard, played hard and lived his life to the fullest with no regrets at the end. He loved golf, college football, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks, “Hogs” and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also loved any and all technology, especially computer and camera technology. Al enjoyed riding his recumbent bike on the trails in Citrus County, FL with his family where he lived. He was super intelligent, witty, funny, and a “hardass” at times but, his family and friends loved him. His Titleist and Footjoy families meant so much to him. Many of the relationships he formed there would be lifelong. Al had so many friends from his golfing days in Iowa and here in Florida. He missed “The Dunes” and “Silverthorn” golf buddies so much as he couldn’t play golf the last year of his life due to the progression of his A.L.S. disease. He will be missed so much by his family and many friends. In addition to his parent’s, Al was preceded in death by his brother, Lee Bailey and his sister, Nancy Bailey. Al is survived by his loving wife Susan “Penny” Bailey, his brother, Jim Bailey and his wife Marilyn of Clive, IA; sister in laws, Pam Wharton and her husband John, Patrice Jackson and her Fiancé, Steve Corpstein; brother in law, John McDaniel and his wife Julie and special dog, “Huck” whom Al loved. Al is also survived by nephew, Dr. Skiff Bailey, his wife Jenny and their 3 sons; nephew, Randy Bailey; nephew, Mark Bailey, his wife Barbara and their sons; nephew, Shannon Rippey, his wife Andrea; nephew, Josh Wharton, his wife Natasha and their daughter, nephew, Gregg Bailey, his wife Sara and their 2 sons and 1 daughter; nephew, Matthew Wharton, nephew, Drake Zabloudil and wife Paige; niece, Cheryl Hochstein, her husband Chris and their 2 children; niece, Jennifer Rippey; niece, Abby Jackson-Tschechaniuk, her husband Phil; niece, Erica Bascom, her husband Ryan and their children; niece, Abbie Rathje, her husband Scott and their children; niece, Kylea Zmoos, her husband Zach and their children. Per Al’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no services. Al’s wife Penny has made plans to have a portion of his ashes spread at a couple of golf courses Al played throughout his career, as well as his former college Alma Maters. Penny also plans to take some of his ashes to the Gulf of Mexico, where he loved to fish and the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes where he lived. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Joan A Ballweg, 77, Inverness, FL
Joan A. Ballweg, age 77 of Inverness, passed away June 30, 2019 under the loving care of her family at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto. Born in Bronx, New York on June 29, 1942 to the late John and Elizabeth (Kearns) Fiore, Joan came to Citrus County 30 years ago from Long Island, NY. She was a retail sales clerk and Catholic by faith. Joan loved gardening, was an expert house cleaner, and a great homemaker. She was just the perfect wife and mother. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Robert, with whom she would have shared 56 years of marriage on July 6th; her children: Robert Ballweg and wife Angel of Inverness, Raymond Charles Ballweg and Peggy McNew of Tampa and Debra Ann Peters and her husband, Paul of Dickinson, TX; her sisters: Carmella Raguseo, Inverness, Patricia Damien, Casselberry, FL, Eileen Warren, Aransas Pass, TX; her grandchildren: Colin, Payton, Allen, Chase, Cassidy and Caliegh. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Schnepf. A Celebration of Joan’s life is scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, and will be conducted by her son, Raymond Ballweg. Friends are invited to join Joan’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Christopher A Bresnahan, 47, Ocala, FL
Christopher Allen Bresnahan, age 47, of Ocala and formerly of Lecanto, FL passed away on July 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Chris was born on January 27, 1972 in Hollywood, FL to Patricia (Snow) Bresnahan and the late Paschal “Pat” Bresnahan. He moved to Lecanto, FL in 1973 when his family relocated from Miami, FL. He was a graduate of Lecanto High School and earned his degree in nursing from Rasmussen College in Ocala, FL. Chris worked as a Registered Nurse and was loved by his coworkers and patients. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, shopping, hockey, riding roller coasters and shoes! Those left to mourn Christopher’s passing include his loving partner of 16 years, Patrick Scalzo of Ocala, FL; mother, Patricia Bresnahan of Lecanto, FL; brother, Michael Bresnahan and his wife Kim of Lecanto, FL; and sister, Rebecca Bresnahan of Lecanto, FL. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members out of state. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Christopher’s memory to the Humane Society of Marion County, 701 NW 14th Road, Ocala, FL 34475 or http://thehsmc.org/donate/ Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Rose E Capps, 85, Floral City, FL
Rose Etta Capps, 85, of Floral City, FL passed away August 26, 2019 at her residence in Floral City. She was born in Cantoment, FL on September 27, 1933 to the late Frank and Mary (Smith) Ard. Rose was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, and a Baptist by faith. She arrived in this area in 1980, coming from Sanford, FL and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and sewing. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Capps in 1988; two sons, Albert Capps and Herbert Capps; one daughter, Carolyn Capps , one sister, Bernice Ard; and three brothers, Charles Ard, David Ard and Willie Ard. She is survived by her children Frank Capps of Floral City, Claude Capps of Tennessee, Marc Capps and his wife Amanda of Inverness, FL, Joanne Jones of Floral City, Diane Logan and her husband Jack of Floral City, and Marilyn England and her husband Carl of Sanford, FL; brothers Walter, Edward, and Benjamin Ard; and sisters Dollie Byrd and Janie Ard; 20 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Geraldine Carlson, 97, Towson, Md
Geraldine “Gerry” (Pezzanite) Carlson, age 97, of West Virginia, a state she deeply loved, passed away while under the care of Gilchrist Hospice on August 12, 2019. Gerry was born on September 15, 1921 in Alderson, WV to the late Larry Vincent and Anna Georgia (Elkins) Pezzanite. She attended Alderson High School where she was a cheerleader in 1937. After leaving Alderson, WV in 1940, Gerry went to work for an air cargo carrier that flew freight to Central and South America. She wore many hats throughout her professional career including being on the corporate board of a major corporation, to selling real estate, to raising money for charitable organizations. In 1942, Gerry was noticed by a talent scout in Baltimore, MD. She was urged to go to South America to star in movies there but, due to the language barrier, ultimately decided against the idea. In 1957, she married her husband, Frederick Conrad Carlson with whom she shared 46 years of loving marriage until his passing on October 4, 2003 in Gainesville, FL. Gerry is survived by her son, Frederick R. Carlson and his wife Mary; sister, Natalie Phillips; 2 grandchildren, Zachary and Zoe Carlson. Gerry will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A committal service will take place at the cemetery on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery which will depart promptly at 12:15 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Buddy Carver, 63, Hernando, FL
Willis Clarence “Buddy” Carver, Jr., 63 of Hernando, FL, passed away July 2, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto. Buddy was born in Brooksville, FL on September 26, 1955 to the late Willis C. and Mildred L. (Kirkland) Carver. He came to Citrus County in 1996 from Naples, FL. Buddy worked as a cook in the restaurant business. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Samantha Bain of Savannah, TN; Steven Carver , Kristy Carver and Jonathan Carver and his wife, Heather, all of Naples, FL; 1 brother, Robert Carver of Hernando, FL; 3 sisters, Margaret English of Hernando, FL; Joyce Gail Brooks of Brooksville, FL, and Linda Simpson of Inverness, FL; 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Eloise Rouse in 2006. Private cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Dorris Clark, 78, Hernando, FL
Mr. Dorris Clark, age 78, of Hernando, FL passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 22, 2019. Dorris was born on July 8, 1941 in Cumberland, KY to the late Joe Clark and Edna (Paul) Clark-Morris. On April 8, 1962 he married Yvonne Boggs with whom he shared 57 years of loving marriage. Dorris and Yvonne made Citrus County their home in 1983 after relocating from Ypsilanti, MI. They owned and operated the K&K Mini Market in Inverness until their retirement in July of 2015. Prior to owning the convenience store, he worked as a driver for Ready Mix and also as a mechanic. Dorris inherited his grandfather’s 1941 Dodge pickup truck, the truck on which he learned to drive. He spent many years and numerous hours lovingly restoring the truck to its original beauty. When he had some time to spare, Dorris loved sitting in his back yard feeding the birds and enjoying nature. In addition to his loving wife Yvonne, Dorris is survived by his sons: Kevin Clark of Citrus Springs, Keith Clark and his wife Michelle, of Citrus Springs; grandchildren: Korey, Jack and Kerrigan; step grandchildren: Chris and Shannon; two brothers and six sisters. He is also survived by his very special great-great niece and nephew: Kylie and Sean, who considered Dorris to be their loving grandfather. Dorris is preceded in death by two sisters. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Bishop Dr. Douglas Alexander Sr. of the New Church Without Walls officiating. Following the service at the funeral home, Dorris will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Jack L Cochran, 71, Beverly Hills, FL
Jack L. Cochran, 71, Beverly Hills, FL passed away June 25, 2019 under the care of Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. He was born in East Liverpool, OH on October 1, 1947 to the late Everett Roscoe and Sadie Irene (Dailey) Cochran. Jack was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, and a Christian by faith. He arrived in this area in 1983, coming from East Liverpool, and was a very talented steel guitar player who also enjoyed fishing. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Cochran. He is also survived by his sons Stephen and Tracy Cochran, both of Beverly Hills, and former daughter in law Shannon Redenbo of Floral City, FL; and 1 grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Raymond T Collins, 88, INVERNESS, FL
Raymond Thomas Collins (Mixie), 88, of Inverness Florida, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019. Ray was born on March 7, 1931 in Turners Falls, MA, to the late John and Lillian V. (Maddern) Collins. His father emigrated from County Galway, Ireland and he was proud of his Irish heritage. Ray graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1948. He enlisted in the Navy for four years during the Korean War, where he was awarded the Air Medal for multiple hazardous missions, as a crew member of a PB4Y2 patrol bomber. After his discharge, Ray used the GI Bill to attend the Universities of Massachusetts and Delaware, which culminated in earning him a Masters Degree in Entomology. Upon graduation he joined the US Agency for International Development. He was stationed in Hue and Danang, South Vietnam and worked in the Malaria Eradication Program. Ray was later transferred to the Federal Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in Atlanta, GA and continued working in Vietnam until he was transferred to the Philippine Malaria Program. He served there until 1972. Ray set up and routinely monitored several Research Villages for over 10 years while working for the US Government in Vietnam and the Philippines, and later under the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Ray and Bernardita retired to Inverness Florida, where he was active in the local Barbershop quartet. He was an active member of the Moose club, and served on the Cambridge POA as president and later as Treasurer. He and his wife Bernardita hosted many parties especially St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Ray and Bernardita (Bernie) were married on the fourth of July, 1972, in a Muslim Ceremony in Indonesia and on the following day, at the same location, by Father Saplala, a Catholic Priest. Left to cherish Ray’s memory are: his wife of 47 years, Bernardita Collins, nieces and nephews including: Gary Collins (Mary Ann), John Collins, Kevin Collins (Charlene), Karen Collins (Jon), Lori Pulaski (John). He also leaves many extended family members in the United States and the Philippines. He leaves many friends. He was preceded in death by his parent’s John and Lillian, his brother, John, and his sister in law, May. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial offered Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Fr. Erwin Belgica, Celebrant. Committal services will follow at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors being rendered by V.F.W. Post 4337. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Ray’s memory.
Robert L Corey, 72, Hernando, FL
Robert L. Corey, 72, of Hernando, FL passed away August 27, 2019 at his residence in Hernando. He was born in Putnam, CT on January 7, 1947 to the late Leonard and Ruby (Morrisson) Corey. Robert retired from Public Works and then worked at E. Joly and Sons. Following retirement he relocated to Hernando, coming from Connecticut. He loved NASCAR, and enjoyed football, antiquing ,old cars, and watching TV. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sue Corey, and his daughter Laurie LePine and her husband Christopher. Additional family members Kristen, Rob, Emerson, and Mason Joly. He was predeceased his son, Justin L Corey. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Frederick E Darmstadt, 86, Bever.y Hills, FL
Frederick E. Darmstadt of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on September 12, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family. Frederick was 86 years old. He was born on June 12, 1933 in New York City, NY to the late Frederick R. and Ann M. (Doyle) Darmstadt. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, Frederick earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant in the telephone / communication industry for over 30 years. On August 18, 1981, he married Sharon (Gundlah) with whom he shared 38 years of loving marriage. Frederick and Sharon made Beverly Hills, FL their home in 1996 after relocating from Pearl River, NY. In his spare time, Frederick enjoyed playing bridge and golfing. He was also an avid reader and a member of the Telephone Pioneers organization. In addition to his loving wife Sharon, those left to mourn Frederick’s passing are his sons: Rik Darmstadt and his husband John Graziadei of Schenectady, NY, Jon Darmstadt and his wife Renee of Plainfield, IL, James Darmstadt and his wife Cate of Louisville, KY, Hugh Johnson and his wife Tracey of Oak Island, NC; daughters: Jennifer Maraday and her fiancé Jay Hannigan of Newburgh, NY, Katrina Como and her husband Paul of Wilmington, NC; and grandchildren: Harley, Spencer, Sophia, Johnathan and Aniela. In lieu of flowers, Frederick’s family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy N.E., South Tower, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Ted A Davis, 66, Webster, FL
Ted Arthur Davis, age 66, passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2019 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Ted was born in Brooksville, FL to Harold Lee and Juanita (Gilmore) Davis on February 16, 1953. He grew up in Inverness and graduated from Citrus High School in 1971. Ted proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and following his military service, he became a grocery store manager. Most recently, he worked for Winn Dixie in Dade City and had retired just one month ago. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Minnie “Kitten” (Thomas) on February 19, 1972. Together, they shared 46 years of loving marriage. A Christian by faith, he attended worship services at the Church of Christ in Bushnell, FL. In his spare time, Ted loved fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed working around the house and spending time with his family. In addition to his loving wife Kitten, those left to mourn Ted’s passing include his daughter, Alicia Victoria Davis of Brooksville, FL; grandchildren: Kyndal Davis Neff and her husband Austin of Webster, FL and John Dalton Coleman of Jacksonville, FL. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Edward M DeVita, 79, Dunnellon, FL
Edward M. DeVita, age 79, of Dunnellon, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on July 2, 2019. Ed was born on the 15th of September in 1939 to the late Pasquale and Helen (Gibson) DeVita. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserves and went on to become a Firefighter in Hollywood, FL. Ed married to Janice (Foster) DeVita in 1976 and together they made Dunnellon their home in 2002 after relocating from Davie, FL. He was Episcopal by faith and enjoyed fishing and making stained glass. Ed was a member of Masonic Lodge #398. In addition to his loving wife Janice, Ed is survived by daughter, Frances Jayme Conklin and her husband Craig of Saudi Arabia; son, Nicholas DeVita and his wife Ivy of Crystal River, FL; stepson, Thomas A. Robinson of Georgia; sister, Patricia Nortman; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Joseph Dionizio,Jr, 68, Inverness, FL
Joseph Dionizio, Jr, 68, of Inverness, FL passed away July 13, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness after a short, but fierce battle with cancer. He was born in Providence, RI on November 22, 1950 to the late Joseph and Evangelina (Barraca) Dionizio. Joseph was a machinist by trade, and arrived in Florida in 2013, coming from Rhode Island. Joseph had a passion for riding his motorcycle, camping, and flea markets, but above all, he loved being outside having a good time. Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph Dionizio III and his wife Tara from Cranston, RI, and his daughter, Joanna Leard and her husband Brian from Fairfield, Maine; 3 grandchildren; and his beloved partner, Lynn Babbitt of Inverness. Joseph’s urn will be laid to rest in Rhode Island at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Patricia A Doddato, 83, INVERNESS, FL
Patricia Ann Doddato, 83, Inverness, FL passed away at her residence on July 10, 2019. She was born in Addison, New York on July 19, 1935 to the late Gilbert James and Catherine (Hauff) Doddato and came to his area from Miami 19 years ago. She was employed at Habitat For Humanity as a Human Resource supervisor and was of the Catholic Faith. She served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Her memory will be cherished by her sister, Virginia Jones of Ralston, PA; 4 nephews, John Doddato, Gary Jones, Michael Jones, and Jay Jones; several great nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Doddato in addition to her parents. At her request, she will be received at Florida National Cemetery for columbarium entombment with no services. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Grace L Driskill, 86, Inverness, FL
Grace Lee Driskill, age 86, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Grace was born to the late Floyd and Mary Elizabeth (White) Goodman on March 21, 1933 in Maysville, KY. She made Citrus County her home in November of 2002 after relocating from Fort Lauderdale and was a member of the Citrus Springs VFW #4864. Grace is survived by her daughters: Deb Driskill of Inverness, FL, Cheryl Toski of Naples, FL; grandchildren: Chrissie Graeber, Laura Anstead and Mallory Raby; and six great grandchildren. Private burial for Grace will be at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Stefani J Dugas, 28, Inverness, FL
Stefani Jo Dugas was a little girl with a head of ringlets and a mischievous smile, always trying to keep up with her older sister and cousins. Born on September 25, 1990 in Indianapolis, IN, her childhood was spent at her grandparents’ campground, where she sledded down snowy hills screaming with laughter, swam in the pool like a mermaid with her eyes wide open, and fished in the pond on long summer days. Surrounded by her loving family in Indiana, Stefani’s life was rooted by the devotion of her grandmother, Patsy Swain and her grandfather, Jim Swain (deceased), her sister, Heather Reynolds, and her mother, Staci Baker (deceased). The four cousins (Stefani, Heather, Zachery (Tia) Campfield, and Brittni Campfield (deceased)) were her “siblings” and meant the world to her – they were her protectors and her first friends. Her aunts Shelli Bailey and Sheri Swain (Kathy Kiely) were also an integral part of Stefani’s life, a close-knit family with a common goal to be there for each other. Stefani moved to Inverness, FL in 2000 with her grandparents and sister. A student at Pleasant Grove Elementary and a graduate of Citrus High School, Stefani benefited greatly from the educators who helped her learn valuable life skills so she could live an independent life. Her beloved grandmother, Patsy, was the guiding force who made sure that Stefani had the strength and confidence to handle anything life put in her path, and who taught her persistence, a trait all who knew her would certainly agree that she mastered. It was at Citrus High School where Stefani met the love of her life and husband, Jeffery Dugas. In fact, Stefani’s proudest two words were “my husband.” Her 4-year marriage (and 11-year relationship) were the foundation of Stefani’s adult life. Stefani and Jeff were known around town by a network of friends and family at various workplaces like Citrus Memorial Hospital, Arbor Trail Rehabilitation Center, Angelo’s Pizza, and Walmart. They loved to go out to eat at Applebee’s, Joe’s Family Restaurant, and Wendy’s – and you could guarantee that soup was usually part of those meals. That girl sure loved her soups. Stefani was a huge fan of thrills: she loved scary movies and especially terrifying rollercoaster rides – the faster, the higher, the better. She would crack up, wanting to go on the rides again and again, usually while Jeff opted to wait for her elsewhere (as much as Stefani was a fan of these thrills, Jeff was… not). Her honeymoon at Universal and Disney were some of the happiest days of her life. Some of her happiest days also included time with her second cousin, Lily Williams, and her little nephew, TaytonLee Stone Keyes. Her connection with kids was pure – they always related so well to her that you weren’t sure who was the kid and who was the adult. Being Aunt Stefani brought her immense joy and we were never quite sure who would giggle the loudest when Stefani played together with either Lily or Tayton. Stefani was also a proud aunt to Jeff’s many nieces and nephews, and an important part of the Dugas clan. Losing Stefani suddenly on August 19, 2019 has brought her family and friends deep sadness. Stefani was a lifelong fan of Winnie the Pooh, just like Brittni, the cousin she lost just two years ago. Stefani’s character grew from the Hundred Acre Wood – a fusion of Pooh’s simple wisdom, Piglet’s pragmatism and Eeyore’s skepticism. Like the family did for Brittni, we now remind ourselves of these profound life lessons, and in this case, draw inspiration from Winnie the Pooh for the way Stefani lived: “You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” May the memories of Stefani’s infectious laugh, her bright smile, her sense of playfulness, her love for her family -- and the surety that an angel has just gotten her wings -- bring her family and friends comfort. A gathering for family and friends will be on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 12 noon, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Culbert "Lee" Duncan, SR, 67, Floral City, FL
Culberth “Lee” Duncan, Sr., age 67, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on July 5, 2019 with his loving wife by his side. Lee was born in St. Petersburg, FL on March 5, 1952 to the late Charles and Myrtle (Williams) Duncan. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and went on to become a Truck Driver. He married his loving wife, Carolyn Diane Duncan, in 1989. In addition to his wife, those left to mourn Lee’s passing include his siblings: Nathan Duncan and his wife Robin, Dennis Duncan and his wife Charlene, Annie Riley and her husband Durwin, Frank Bernaldo and his wife Rhonda, Randall Willis and his wife Gabrielle; and nieces and nephews: Jessica Thomas and her husband Eric, Jamie Mekler, Jack White and family, Jessica Duncan, Erin Duncan, Justin Duncan, Curtis Bernaldo, Cody Bernaldo, James Arbello; and stepsons: Robert, James and William Edwards. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Richard A Edinger, 85, Floral City, FL
Richrd A. Edinger, 85 of Floral City, passed away September 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Born in Indian Lake, NY on September 21, 1933, to the late George K. and Lucy (King) Edinger, Richard came to Citrus County in 2000 from Indian Lakes. Richard served our Country with the US Marine Corps, retiring as Master Sergeant as a Field Music Drum Major after 20 years of service. He was Methodist by faith, and was an outdoors-man who enjoyed shooting, hunting and trapping. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 63 years, Kazuko (Hirao) Edinger and his sister, Nancy Thorson of Indian Lake, NY. Graveside Memorial Service will be conducted on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with military honors provided by the US Marine Corps Detachment #819. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Arthur C Fischofer, 81, Inverness, FL
Arthur Charles Fischofer, age 81, Inverness, FL passed away September 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Charles was born in New Orleans, LA on May 6, 1938 to the late Arthur Charles Fischofer, Sr. and Ruth Lacas Fischofer and came to this area from Orlando in 2005. He was a retired manager in the automotive repair business and member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. He was a very proud graduate from the University of Miami and then served our country in the U.S. Army. Charles, better known to his family and many friends as Charlie, was an avid outdoorsman, a boater, hunter and fisherman. As a younger man he spent many hours air boating in the Everglades. More recently, he and his family enjoyed fishing and diving for scallops in the Gulf near the family retreat at Horseshoe Beach. Charles also thoroughly enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball for many years plus watching and attending the Major League Baseball Games especially the Boston Red Sox. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Joan (Carrow) Fischofer; 3 children: Craig W. Fischofer and his wife Holly, Spring Hill, FL; Arthur Charles Fischofer, III and his wife Margaret, Augusta, GA; Susan Amanda Floyd and husband Robert, Augusta, GA; 7 grandchildren: Bryce, Kelsie, Brent, Connor, Emily, Elizabeth and Charles, IV; He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Martin. The Requiem Eucharist Mass is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Fr. Eugene Reuman, celebrant. Committal services will follow in the church’s memorial garden. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. If someone would like to donate funds to the Horseshoe Beach Fireworks Fund. Contact: Nikki Selph at Horseshoe Beach Fireworks Fund Donations, P.O.Box 244, Horseshoe Beach, Florida 32648 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alvina R Flanagan, 84, Floral City, FL
Alvina Ruth Flanagan, age 84, of Floral City, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on August 18, 2019. Alvina was born on August 1, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH to the late William and Flossie Frye. She was married to Kenneth Flanagan for 40 years until his passing in 1994. Alvina and her family made St. Petersburg, FL their home in 1956 after relocating from Cincinnati and then settled in Floral City in 1980. A Christian by faith, she was a devoted member of the First Christian Church of Inverness. Alvina loved going to church for worship. In her spare time she enjoyed playing the organ at home and taking day trips with her husband. Those left to mourn Alvina’s passing include her sons: Kenneth Flanagan of Floral City, Curtis Flanagan and his wife Connie of Floral City, Paul Flanagan of Inverness; stepson, Barry; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Alvina was preceded in death by her son, Michael in 2015, stepson, Tommy in 1979 and two brothers and three sisters. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Mary H Gates, 94, Inverness, FL
Mary Huntington Gates of Inverness, Florida died peacefully of natural causes while hiking alone along the Citrus County Wildlife Management Trails near her home on September 7, 2019. She was 94. Mary was born on July 26, 1925 in Westport, Connecticut, the eldest daughter of Reverend Edmund Jayne Gates and Marjory Coley Gates. Most of her childhood was spent in Waterville, NY where she attended public school and was salutatorian of her class of 1943. Mary went on to graduate from Connecticut College for Girls in 1947; later she earned a master’s degree in special education from Stamford University, CA. In the fall of 1954 Mary set out for California with her younger brother Roger. She made Pacific Grove on the Monterrey Peninsula her home and began her long career as a teacher and school administrator. Shortly after arriving in California she joined the Sierra Club—she would end up passing the sixty year mark with that organization—and threw herself into the strenuous, adventurous life she would always love: camping, hiking and canoeing in the wilderness. In summers during the 1960s and early 70s she led bicycle tours across Europe, often averaging one hundred miles a day, always staying in hostels at night. She remained a patron and passionate advocate of international hostels for the rest of her days. After retirement Mary returned to her native upstate New York, living for a number of years in Oriskany Falls and then Clinton. She devoted much of her time to serving as a literacy volunteer, choosing to work in prisons in both New York State and in Florida. At the age 88 Mary packed up and set out again, this time for a place she had grown to love over the course of many years—Inverness, Florida. Mary Gates was predeceased by three brothers, one sister and two sisters in law: Edmund J Gates Jr, Stephan Gates, David Gates, Barbara Gates Pattison, Phyllis Roberts Gates(wife Of Edmund) and Evangeline(Jill) Senior Gates(wife of Roger). She is survived by her brother Roger C. Gates of Clinton, NY and sister Catherine Gates Miller of Salem, Connecticut as well as eleven nieces and nephews. The Gates family wishes to express their enormous gratitude to many in Inverness who opened their hearts to Mary in her final years there and did so much to care for her, especially: Cindy Hines, Sandra and Arthur Coker, Janie and Billy Baker. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with Cremation Care arrangements.
Ann "Nancy" C Gibboney, 81, Hernando, FL
Ann Carol “Nancy” Gibboney, age 81, of Hernando, FL and former Miami resident, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on August 13, 2019. Nancy was born in Orange, NJ on July 15, 1938. She worked as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines for 26 years and was based out of Miami. She relocated to Hernando, FL 18 years ago with her husband of 54 years, Philip Gibboney. Nancy touched many lives with her laughter, smile, and generosity. She had a passion for reading, enjoyed cooking, and was an amazing cook. Nancy always found time during the holidays to donate to some worthy cause enriching the lives of others. She will be missed but not forgotten. Her laughter will ring in our thoughts and her smile etched in our memories. Catholic by faith, she had a “BIG” heart. In addition to her loving husband Philip, Nancy is survived by a stepson, Larry Gibboney of Salt Lake City, UT; a stepdaughter, Anita Gibboney of Doral, FL; brothers: Shaun Murphy of California, Jerry Murphy of New Jersey; and a sister, Maureen Cohen of Stuart, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Irene C Goetz, 95, Homosassa, FL
Irene Charlotte Goetz, age 95, of Homosassa, FL passed away at the Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River on August 1, 2019. Irene was born in Vilshofen, Germany to the late Max and Mary (Dobler) Hoefler. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 5. Irene was married to John Goetz for 68 years until his passing on June 26, 2011. She and John made Florida their home in 1989 after relocating from Middleburg, NY. Irene was a Catholic by faith and faithfully said her prayers every night before going to bed. She loved playing Bingo and Canasta. For a number of years, Irene and her husband enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and Biloxi. Those left to mourn Irene’s passing include her devoted niece, Mary Ann Vantine; nieces: Meghan Vantine, Heather (Tim Webb) Vantine; nephews: Raymond, Herman and Leonard; and great nieces: Harper Webb, Ruth Webb. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her stepson Ronald in 2011 and by three brothers and two sisters. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Donna C Greer, 52, Inverness, FL
Donna Carole Greer, age 52, of Inverness, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 7, 2019. Donna was born to Carole “Lynn” (Struble) and the late Donald A. Baker on March 26, 1967 and had been a resident of Citrus County since 1980. Donna is survived by her two children: Gavin Greer and Paisley Greer; her mother, Carole “Lynn” Baker; and sister, Susan Martinez and her husband Stephen. Donna was preceded by her father, Donald A. Baker in 1995. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Harry W Hall, 72, Inverness, FL
Harry Willis Hall passed away at his home with his loving wife by his side on September 7, 2019 at the age of 72. Harry was born in Fort Meyers, FL on July 1, 1947 to the late Ivan and Edith (McKinney) Hall. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and later as a member of the Florida National Guard. On June 9, 2001 he married Elsie (Dumosmog) with whom he shared 18 years of loving marriage. Prior to his retirement, Harry worked for the Florida Department of Transportation as a Mechanic. He and Elsie made Citrus County, FL their home in 2012 after relocating from Labelle, FL. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, cooking and working in his yard. In addition to his wife, Harry is survived by his sons: John Thomas Hall and Harry Coleman Hall; daughter, Trista Hall; siblings: Edward, Elizabeth and Sarah; and 2 great grandchildren. Following cremation, Harry’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Patricia M Hershey, 84, Lecanto, FL
Patricia M. Hershey, 84, Lecanto, FL went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2019, at Brookdale Citrus Assisted Living Facility under the care of Vitas Hospice. Patricia was one of three children, born to the late James E. and Elizabeth (Smink) Breen on August 25, 1934 in Cleveland, OH. She came to Florida from Strongsville, OH in 2000, with her husband, Harry. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness FL, where her husband was their organist until his passing on September 10, 2015. Those left to cherish Patricia’s memory include her children: David Hershey of Parma, OH, Donna Lea of Ashburn, VA, Kathleen Hershey of Akron, OH; her brother, Fred Breen (Judy) Sylvania, OH; her sister, Elizabeth Burnworth (Newton), Hernando, FL; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Harry E. Hershey. Patricia’s life will be remembered and celebrated at Sunset Chapel, North Olmsted, OH, on Thursday, July 25th. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL assisted the family with Florida arrangements.
Judith A Herwat, 76, Floral City, FL
Judith Ann Herwat, 76, of Floral City, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born in Toledo, OH on May 17, 1943 to the late Donald and Hazel F. (Murphy) Vermett. Judith was a school bus driver for 25 years, and a Methodist by faith. She arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bellevue, OH. Judith enjoyed reading, cryptoquote and jigsaw puzzles, and fishing. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Harry F. Herwat. Other survivors include her children Christopher H. Herwat and his wife Michelle of Huron, OH, and Karen M. Harris and her husband Jeremy of Rutherfordton, NC; sister Jeanette Jump of Toledo; and 6 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Nicholas Hrycaj, 41, Jacksonville, FL
Nicholas Hrycaj, of Jacksonville, FL passed away at his father’s home in Inverness, FL after a lengthy battle with cancer on September 3, 2019. Nicholas was 41 years of age. He was born in Detroit, MI on December 2, 1977 to Stefan Hrycaj and the late Judith Ellen (Clay) Hrycaj. He had resided in Jacksonville, FL since 1993 after his family relocated from Michigan. Nicholas had been employed by Bank of America for over 23 years, with his latest position being that of ATM Fraud Analyst. He was part of a bank team that regularly did community service work. He was passionate about the game of baseball, loving his Detroit Tigers and playing the game himself since grade school. He was also the coach and player of a Co-Ed Softball team. When he wasn’t playing baseball, Nicholas enjoyed a good round of golf with friends as well as support all sporting events in Florida and beyond. He loved to travel going on road trips, taking cruises, or finding an adventure with friends. He liked Florida life and greatly enjoyed going to the beach along with seeing live music. Nicholas had a great many friends in which he made laugh, inspire, smile and most importantly have fun. He embraced life to the fullest and made sure there was never a dull weekend to be had. At a young age he embraced the ethos of Superman, a quality that was very evident to his family and friends as he bravely battled his illness without fear. Nicholas will be remembered for his great positive attitude that was contagious to all he encountered, his beautiful smile and his wonderful laugh. He was a fearless man that was never afraid to be himself or just act a little silly for the common wellbeing of others just to make someone else feel good. Nicholas was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Hrycaj in 2016. He is survived by his father, Stefan Hrycaj, and his sister, Lara Hrycaj of Dearborn, MI. A celebration of life memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday September 11 at 11:00am from the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness with Reverend Ron Pfeifer officiating. Reception to follow the service. Cremation care provided by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Louis "Corky" Iturbide, 73, Floral City, FL
Louis E. “Corky” Iturbide, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on August 31, 2019 at the age of 73. Corky was born to the late Phillip and Leonor (Narveaz) Iturbide in Mexico City, Mexico on June 18, 1946. He proudly served in the United States Army. After his military service Corky had several different occupations but, eventually became a truck driver for Chicago, IL Local Union #705. He became a Florida “Snowbird” in 2000 and made Florida his permanent home in 2008 after his retirement. Corky absolutely loved music and enjoyed going to music festivals as often as he could. He also enjoyed the beach, one of the reasons he made Florida his permanent home. Corky also enjoyed traveling and had traveled throughout the United States and Mexico extensively. He was an extremely kind, hard working, generous man that loved spending time with his family and friends. Those left to mourn Corky’s passing include his brother, Joe Iturbide and his wife Karen of Glendale Heights, IL; four nephews and two nieces. In addition to his parents, Corky was preceded in death by his brothers: Phillip and John Iturbide; and niece, Phyllis. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Kenneth G Johnson, 93, Hernando, FL
Kenneth George Johnson, age 93, of Hernando, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto on July 13, 2019. Kenneth was born to the late Carl and Dolly (Ottinger) Johnson in Batavia, IL on January 24, 1926. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and worked as a salesman after his military service. Kenneth was married to Georgia “Maxine” Johnson for 57 years. He and Maxine made Citrus County their home 40 years ago after relocating from Clearwater, FL. Kenneth was an active and devoted member of the Hernando United Methodist Church and former President of their men’s group. He loved devoting his time to the church and also enjoyed going to yard sales. In addition to his loving wife Maxine, those left to mourn Kenneth’s passing include his half brother, Paul Eryston; half sister, Jean Carlson; and his dear friend, Thala Duteau. He is also survived by his large and loving church family. Kenneth was preceded in death by his son David, and brothers: Harold and William Johnson. A Celebration of Kennth’s life is planned for August 7, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hernando United Methodist Church and will be conducted by Pastor David Spaulding. A luncheon will follow the service. 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 or to Vitas Healthcare Hospice, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Deanna L Johnston, 63, INVERNESS, FL
Deanna Lynn Johnston, age 63, Inverness, Florida passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Deanna was born in Lakeland, FL on December 24, 1955 to the late Robert Owen Pate, III and Ruth Cox Pate and came to Citrus County in 1972 from there. She was employed by the Citrus Co. School Board as a bus driver for 20 years and was a member of Hope Baptist Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, Harold Ray Johnston of Inverness; her three children, Christie (Charles) Garza of Derwood, MD, Michael (Nicole) Johnston of Floral City, FL, and Kara (Kyle) Williamson of Inverness, FL; 4 sisters, Jennifer Williamson of Inverness, Georgia Shelar of Smyrna, DE, Holly Roberts of Baileyton, TN, and Kaywood Pate of New Jersey; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Harold Ray Johnston, Jr in 1976. Deanna loved to cook, read and scrapbook. She was an amazing seamstress and an avid bowler. But mostly she loved spending time with her family, friends and church. There will be a Memorial Service scheduled on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 3:30 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Smith of Hope Baptist Church officiating The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00- 7:00 PM.
Eileen A Kaplan, 71, Inverness, FL
Eileen A. Kaplan, age 71, Inverness, FL passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Eileen was born in Queens, NY on March 11, 1948 to the late Stephen and Rita (Curtin) Cieslewicz and moved here in 2012 from there. She was employed as a clerk in the Finance Dept for the City of New York for 30 years and earned her Associates Degree in Business Management. Eileen loved Christmas! Her decorating started in early October to celebrate that special season and continued well into the new year. She was an avid buyer on television with the Home Shopping Network and enjoyed watching re-runs of the television production, “Mash”. She was of the Catholic Faith. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 36 years, Bruce Kaplan and her brother, Steve Cieslewich and his wife, Gloryann, both of Inverness. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2:30 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00 noon until the procession departs for the church at 2:00 PM
Lynda J Kennedy, 78, Lake Suzy, formerly of Homosassa, FL
Lynda J. Kennedy, 78, Lake Suzy, FL, formerly of Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Health Care Hospice in Lecanto. Lynda was born in Toledo, OH, on August 18, 1940, one of 12 children, to the late William J. and Jennie Kennedy. After leaving Ohio, she spent over 50 years in the Long Beach, CA area before moving to Florida. She was formerly employed in the pharmaceutical industry and was of the Protestant Faith. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading. Left to cherish her memory are 4 sisters, Evelyn Plontz of Lake Suzy, FL, Lois Cornell of Nevada, Carol Kennedy of Michigan, and Jennie Minnick of Pensacola, FL; her brother, Joseph Kennedy of California; many nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia and her brothers, Bob, Jim, George, Gerald, and Bill. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Following the Inverness arrangements, she will be transferred to Gardena, CA for entombment in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.
Terry A Ladd, 59, Chipley, FL
Terry Allen Ladd, 59, of Chipley, FL passed away June 22, 2019 at Avante at Inverness, Inverness, FL. He was born in Chipley on March 30, 1960 and arrived in this area in 2015, coming from Chipley. He was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed gambling, fishing, shooting pool, working outside, and loved playing “shoot the line”. Terry was preceded in death by his father, Clyde B. Ladd. He is survived by his children Adam Allen Ladd of Chipley, and daughter Kellie Ladd Millard of Chipley; his mother Shirley Morris Johnston of Bonifay, FL; sisters Diane Richards and Peggy Jeffery, both of Bonifay; 4 grandchildren and 1great grandchild. A Celebration of Life for Terry will be arranged by his family at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Margaret L Lesh, 94, Geneva, OH
Margaret L. Lesh, age 94, passed away September 1, 2019 at Geneva Village. She was born April 7, 1925 to Frederick A. and Esther P. (Maybee) Sheeley in Ridway, PA. Margaret lived most of her life in Geneva and lived in Florida for 18 year. She enjoyed sewing, camping, fishing, yard-saling and antiquing. Margaret was a member of the Fun Frolic group in Geneva where she played cards and had luncheons with other members. Survived by: Children: Nancy (Donald) Bell of Jefferson; Linda (Stephen) Heil Sr. of Goldsboro, NC; Grandchildren: Dennis Bell; Brian Bell; Angela Bell; Brook Davis; Stephen Heil, Jr.; and Matthew McGraw; Great Grandchildren: Trista Bell; Brent Bell; Caiden Davis; Aubree Bell; Olivia Bell; Danica Bell-Darrow; Nephew: Dennis Morgan. Preceded by: Husband: Robert H. Lesh; Sisters: Marjorie Morgan; Virginia Tamblin. A funeral service for Margaret was held at the Walker Funeral Home in Geneva, OH on September 5, 2019. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Florida arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Barbara J Lewis, 75, INVERNESS, FL
Barbara Jean Lewis, age 75, Inverness, Florida passed away August 26, 2019 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Barbara was born in Salem, IN on November 8, 1943 to the late Oliver and Audrey Jean (Smith) Tolbert and came to this area in 1970 from Scottsburg, IN. She was employed at Citrus High School for 30 years, where she served as the face of the front office and was secretly known as the “real” boss. Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Mark Hancock and his wife, Lorelei of Clermont, FL, Lori Hancock Galiana and her husband, Alex of Marco Island, FL, and Cheryl Lewis of Palm Beach, FL; 5 grandchildren, J.T. Hancock, Parker Hancock, A.J. Galiana, Max Galiana, and Savannah Howard. Additionally, her dearest friends from early childhood, Cindy Brannen, Diane Maxwell, Judy Rodriquez, Vickie Murray, Charlotte Mobley, Ruthie Maryland, and Claire Woodruff - more commonly known as her “Ya-Ya Sisters”. They have all been friends since middle school, traveling together to places such as Albany, Savannah, Italy, Paris, and Graceland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Jeff Lewis on April 27, 2009. Upon moving to Inverness, Barb became a dedicated member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, forming lifetime friendships and bringing lots of laughter into her life. She will be sorely missed by the thousands of Citrus High students who affectionately knew her as Mama Lewis because she treated them as her own children by consoling them in their worst moments, cheering them on in their best, and by giving them a good finger shaking when they needed straightening out. Barb loved her CHS faculty family and after retirement became a proud member of the Old Goats retirement group. Mama Lewis loved to watch her CHS Hurricanes and lived to cheer on her beloved Gators as a season ticket holder for UF football games for 38 years. The neighbors all heard her as she watched them play on TV; her last memory of the Gators was watching them beat the Miami Hurricanes. Her affection for animals was endless as she always had pets running around the house or in her lap. When she eventually got to a point where she couldn’t care for animals of her own, she took to the internet to watch giraffes across the globe; she became emotionally attached to them as if they were her own pets and gave her loved ones daily updates on giraffe births across the world. “Mama Lewis’ Homecoming” is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Citrus High School Cafeteria. Pastor Doug Alexander along with many family members and friends will share their memories and celebrate the life of Barbara Lewis. You may fellowship with the family from 2:00 PM until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted for the Barbara J. Lewis Memorial Scholarship fund at the event on Sept. 14th or mail to: Brannen Bank, 320 US Highway So., Inverness, FL 34450. Indicate check to: Barbara J. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Cremation with care is entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Roy A MacDonald, 75, Inverness, FL
Roy Alan MacDonald, age 75, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on June 28, 2019. Roy was born in Natick, MA to the late Homer and Gladys (Clark) MacDonald. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Roy married Hazel (Philbrick) on August 22, 1971 and together they made Florida their home in 1982, eventually settling in Floral City in 1997. Roy was an extremely talented songwriter and musician. He wrote over 300 songs and performed at the Special Olympics in Washington, DC in 1980. He greatly enjoyed playing the guitar and had taught guitar lessons for a number of years. In his spare time Roy loved to fish. In addition to his wife Hazel, Roy is survived by his 2 sons: Chad MacDonald and his fiancée Tina of Bushnell, FL, Jason MacDonald and his wife Tracey of Cottonville, TN; brother, William MacDonald; and grandchildren: Christopher, Ciarra, Brian, Tristen, Theresa and Robin. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
John E Malloy, 79, Hernando, FL
John Edward Malloy, 79, of Hernando, FL passed away August 23, 2019 at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 20, 1940 to the late John J. and Margaret (Pease) Malloy. John was a trolley car mechanic in the Philadelphia area, and served our country honorable in the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 1993, coming from Feasterville, PA. John was a Catholic by faith, and loved fishing. He also enjoyed boating, hunting, archery, and shooting. John was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John and James J. Malloy. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Nancy C. Malloy. Other survivors include brothers Gerald B Malloy of Feasterville, PA, Eugene Malloy of Largo, FL, and sister Pat Porzone of Bensalem, PA. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Charles D Marchildon, 71, Lecanto, FL
Charles D. Marchildon, 71, of Lecanto, FL passed away September 3, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto. He was born in Crookston, MN on April 11, 1948 to the late Donovan and Alta (Ostenaa) Marchildon. Charles was a history teacher, and arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Glebokie, Poland. He served our country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Viet Nam War. During his time in service, he received several awards which included the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and the Purple Heart medal. He was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed traveling, taking walks, and reading. Charles is survived by his loving wife Ewa; his daughter Anabel Marchildon of Lecanto; and sisters Dawn Hovden of Fargo, ND and Pat Astrup of Dilworth, MN. A Celebration of Life for Charles will be taking place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 4:00PM with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant, from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL, is assisting the family with cremation care arrangements.
John Q Marshall, MD, 90, Hernando, FL
John Quincy Marshall, M.D., age 90, of Hernando, FL, died at home on August 28, 2019, under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Dr. Marshall was born in Lowell, MA on May 23, 1929 to the late Orland Marshall, M.D. and Stella (Conti) Marshall, and came here in May of 1995, from Ft. McClellan, Alabama. He was a retired medical doctor, having practiced with the Citrus Memorial Hospital staff, his own private practice, and retiring from the Citrus Cardiology Group. Dr. Marshall served our country in the U.S. Army and later in the Reserves. Left to mourn his loss are his wife, Mary (Kasyan) Marshall of Hernando, FL; children: John Marshall and wife, Geneva of Billerica, MA, Peter Marshall, M.D. of Augusta, ME, Kate Poirier and husband, Greg, of Salem, MA, Jessica Henry and husband, John of Wesley Chapel, FL, Jerome Fleeman and wife, Jennifer of Panama City, FL; and 6 grandchildren: Attie, Robert, Gregg, Jenna, Evan, and Rachel. Graveside services with Military Honors will be conducted at Florida National Cemetery on Friday, September 13th at 11:30 A.M. with V.F.W. Post # 4337 officiating. Friends may join the family at the funeral Friday at 10:00 AM. The procession will leave promptly at 10:30 A.M. for the cemetery. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.
Jonas Masaitis, 83, Lecanto, FL
Jonas Masaitis of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice Healthcare on July 23, 2019 at the age of 83. Jonas was born in Boblaukis, Lithuania to the late Jonas and Antania (Priespylaite) Masaitis on January 21, 1936. He shared over 56 years of loving marriage with his wife Dagmar (Suchanek) Masaitis. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, he started a new career at AT&T where he was employed for 40 years as an Engineer Associate. In 1998 Jonas and Dagmar relocated from Addison, Illinois to Lecanto, Florida. This relocation started their retirement. Jonas loved sailing and spending time on the water. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He passed time by fixing or building things at home. For many years he made handcrafted wine as a hobby. When Jonas had down time you could usually find him napping in his favorite reclining chair, reading, listening to music, or playing his harmonica. Every year his children and grandchildren had Happy Birthday played to them by Jonas on his harmonica to help them celebrate their special day. In addition to his loving wife Dagmar, those left to mourn Jonas’ passing include his daughter, Zita Hopgood and her husband Mark of Nolensville, TN. Also left to mourn are his five grandchildren: Marissa Hopgood and Zachary Hopgood (Nolensville, TN), Marina Hopgood (Roselle,IL) as well as Rebecca and Amanda Masaitis(Huntley,IL). Jonas was preceded in death by his son Jonas in 2012; and his sisters: Petre Balutis and Eugenia Uogintas, both of Edmonton, AB, Canada. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Edward W McGray, 83, Lecanto, FL
Edward “Ed” Wayne McGray, 83, peacefully passed away on July 14, 2019 at his residence in Lecanto, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on September 17, 1935 to the late Edward J. and Anna Mae (Kennedy) McGray. Ed was a metal fabricator for many years and served in the U.S. Army. He was an avid fisherman and successfully operated a charter boat out on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin for many years. He loved music and could play the piano by ear, becoming good enough to play professionally. Ed received a heart transplant in 1990, allowing him to live a full and happy life -“strong like bull”- as he would say. He was always the life of the party and had a great sense of humor – a real people person. He was always there to lend a helping hand and was a great husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family as often as possible. Those left to cherish Edward’s memory include his beloved wife and best friend of 32 years, Kathleen “Kathy” McGray of Lecanto, FL, along with his daughter Lisa McGray of Waukesha, WI, daughter Laura Sawyer (Tim) of East Troy, WI, and his four amazing grandchildren: Michael McCarthy, Kayla Stuht (Casey), Lukas Sawyer, and Miranda Sawyer. A special thanks for all the love, support and care from friends, his family, the Lord, Vitas Healthcare, and to the Citrus Memorial Hospital emergency room staff – specifically Dr. Scott Grayner and nurse Kaelee Ross for going above and beyond when caring for Ed when he was there. Edward donated his body to science and, per his wishes, his ashes will be spread over the Gulf of Mexico when it is time. Arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A memorial gathering is being planned for the immediate family at a future date.
Chatelle B Medashefski, 25, Hazelton, PA
Chatelle B. Medashefski, 25, born in Hazleton Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, in Greenville, North Carolina. Chatelle was born on March 12th, 1994. Chatelle loved spending time with her family and friends. As a child, Chatelle did pageants growing up and dance. Chatelle loved fashion, everything always had to match! She also loved the singer Cardi B. Chatelle loved to cook and always said that one day she wanted to open up her own food truck and travel the country. She always had a smile on her face that lit up a room. Chatelle is survived by her father, Edward J. Medashefski. Grandmother, Barbara Whittaker. Brothers: William T. Whittaker, Michael T. Medashefski, and Eddie J. Medashefski. Sister, Cailey L. Fiore and Cailey’s husband, Eric J. Fiore. Chatelle has 4 nieces and 1 nephew, 4 uncles 2 aunts, and cousins. Chatelle is reunited in heaven with her grandfather, Paul J. Whittaker; her brother, Ryan; and her mother, Rosemarie Whittaker. Chatelle will forever be in our hearts and forever missed. A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 1:00 PM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Mark S Millican CW03, 65, Inverness, FL
Mark Stephen “Big Chief” Millican, CWO3, US Army, Retired, 65 of Inverness, passed away July 17, 2019 at his home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Mark was born in Oak Ridge, TN, on September 11, 1953, to the late Thomas Ben and Violet (Smith) Millican. Mark served 20 years active duty in the Army and an additional 15 years as a civilian Logistics Specialist for the Army. Mark enjoyed spending time with his family and his pets. He was known for his sense of humor and his knack for finding the absolute worst movie on television at any given time and making his family watch it. He loved listening to music from the 1960s (Bob Dylan, in particular), watching Fox News, reloading, target practice and being surrounded by nature. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Mandy Millican of Pasco County, FL and Elizabeth Millican of Los Angeles, CA; his brother: Thomas Millican, Jr. of La Belle, FL, and his sister, Gail Millican Thiel of Jacksonville, FL. Mark was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, April, on January 21, 2016. A Celebration of Life Service for Mark, will be conducted on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12 Noon, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, with Mark’s brother, Thomas Millican, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 PM, with Military Honors at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Frederick M Muroff, 86, Inverness, FL
Frederick Michael Muroff, age 86, Inverness, FL passed away July 1, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehab. Fred was born in Buffalo, NY on November 8, 1932 to the late Fred M. and Mayme (Alex) Muroff and came to this area in 1994 from Erie, PA. He was employed at the Erie, PA plant for General Electric Corporation as a Winder and Assembler with 25 years of service and was a Korean War Veteran in the U.S. Army. He attended the First Christian Church of Inverness, was involved in a clown ministry, and also the Kairos (prison) ministry. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Rachel Woodward Muroff; 1 son, William Muroff, Erie, PA; 2 step sons, Keith Rogers, Kersey, PA and Dean Rogers, Bolder, CO; 3 daughters, Cindy Shilling, Erie, PA; Vikki Muroff, Garland, TX; Kelly Muroff, Erie, PA; a half brother, Paul Crowe, North East, PA; half sister, Mary Kunik, Wattsburg, PA; 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 2 step grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life Service scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church of Inverness with The Rev. Tom Thomas officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorials to: First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL 34453 Cremation care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Agnes O Nixon, 91, Lecanto, FL
Agnes O. (Gay) Nixon, of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice on September 5, 2019 at 91 years of age. Agnes was born in Phenix City, AL to the late Otis O. and Lym (Pinckard) Gay on September 14, 1927. She left Phenix City in 2009 and moved to Florida to be closer to her children. Agnes was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and most recently attended services at the LDS Church in Lecanto, FL. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading the Bible and The Book of Mormon. Agnes also enjoyed playing dominos in her spare time, especially Mexican Train. Agnes is survived by her son, Edward Nixon; daughter, Linda Smith; grandchildren: Brett Nixon and his wife Claudia, Tonya Schillen and her husband Dave; great grandchildren: Nathan, Jacob, Zachary, Riley, Allen and Ella. Agnes was preceded in death by 5 brothers: Andrew, Oscar, Clyde, Robert, Minuard Gay; 4 sisters: Mattie Day, Mary Sue Arnold, Nell Gay and Kathryn Tice. She was also preceded in death by her daughter in law, Sandra Nixon in May of 2018; and son in law, Walter Smith in September of 2018. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lecanto, FL and will be conducted by Bishop Jerry Campbell. Friends are invited to join Agnes’ family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Agnes will be laid to rest with her family at Lakeview Memory Gardens in Phenix City, AL. A graveside service will be conducted on Thursday, September 12, 2019 and will be under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Home in Phenix City, AL. Florida arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Richard K Normand, Sr., 90, Inverness, FL
Richard Kenneth Normand, Sr., passed away at his home in Inverness, FL on September 1, 2019 at the age of 90. Richard was born in Holyoke, MA on October 6, 1928 to the late Adjutor “Archie” and Blanche (Richards) Normand. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy where he worked as a Fireman. He was a truck driver for many years and retired from Rountree Transport after twenty years of service. He made Citrus County his home in 1989 and was a Volunteer at Citrus Memorial Hospital for seven years. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Edna Normand in 2007 and his great grand-daughter, Katy Tuck in 2014. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Linda Tuck and her husband Robert Tuck of Floral City, FL; two sons: Richard Normand, JR of N. Miami Beach, FL, Robert Normand and his wife Melanie of Jacksonville, FL and an adopted son, Anthony Verdoni and his wife Christine and their children of Inverness, FL. Richard also has four sisters: Emily Corey, Anne DePalma, Jenny Shoup, Karen Normand; and five brothers: Paul Normand, David Normand, Jonathan Normand, Mark Normand, and Joel Normand. Richard is also survived by five grandchildren: Mike, Cheryl, Jenny, Chris, Kim.; and six great grandchildren: Dylan, Samantha, Sarah, Ava, Robbie and Bradley. A memorial service with full military honors is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Billie J Oliphant, 90, Apopka, FL
Billie “Jean” Oliphant, age 90, Apopka, FL., formerly of Inverness, FL passed away at her residence Aug 9, 2019 following a lengthy illness. She resided in the Florida Retirement Community facility after moving from Inverness. She moved to Florida in 1979 from Cleveland, TN. Jean was a member of the Eden Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church while residing in Inverness. She was employed in the secretarial field prior to retirement. There are no immediate survivors living. Following cremation, her urn will be transferred to the Keene Memorial Park Cemetery in Cleburne, TX for final interment. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Elizabeth B Osmond, 66, INVERNESS, FL
Elizabeth Brooks Osmond, age 66, Inverness, FL passed away at her home on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Liz was born in Boston, MA on March 26, 1953 to Donald and Constance Osmond and moved to Citrus County from Hernando County in 1980. Liz received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from the University of South Florida and her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (JD) from Stetson University Law School. She worked as a newspaper reporter for the Hernando Sun Sentinel, the Citrus County Chronicle and the St. Pete Times. She was a schoolteacher in Citrus County and primarily taught gifted children in the community. As an attorney she worked for both the Offices of the State Attorney and the Public Defender. Elizabeth volunteered at the local domestic violence shelter and regularly attended mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She adored animals and always had at least one dog. She loved her family, spending time with her grandchildren, any and all sports, orchids, Christmas, and fishing. Her ashes will be spread at one of her favorite fishing spots. Liz was a kind heart who helped many people in our community and will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Connor Mulligan and his wife, Nicole of Floral City, Fl and Christopher Mulligan and his wife, Gabrielle of Weeki Wachee, FL; two sisters, Karen Gaffney and Deborah Frankel, both of Inverness; her mother, Constance Gracy of Inverness; and four grandchildren, Ailey, Emmet, Maya, and Colin Mulligan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on August 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Following the mass, a Celebration of Life will take place from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM in the old Courtroom of the Citrus County Courthouse. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to the Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) at 1100 Turner Camp Rd. Inverness, FL 34450.
Oma "Bunny" Pantridge, 74, Land O' Lakes, FL
PANTRIDGE, Oma "Bunny" Students of special needs have lost one of their advocates. Oma Pantridge passed away September 12, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Although her Masters Degree from University of South Florida was in Speech Language Pathology, Oma dedicated her life to advocating for children with special needs. She began her career in Pinellas County where she was the Supervisor of Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS). In 1997 she was the recipient of the Landis M. Stetler Memorial Fellowship Award. From there, Oma moved to Pasco County and was the Supervisor and Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Although her office appeared disorganized, Oma was extremely capable and organized in her mind. She always put the needs of her students before anyone. Whether it was attending Special Olympics events or an Individualized Education Program (IEP), she was dedicated to the students. After her retirement Oma continued to educate and advocate at USF and Saint Leo University. As a humanitarian Oma was an active member in the Suncoast Chapter of Friendship Force International. Oma enjoyed spending time with family, friends, her beloved cats, and traveling throughout the world. She was a good will ambassador for us all. Bunny, as her family called her, leaves behind brother, Tom (Catherine) Mobley of St. Petersburg, FL; and her sister, Lee (David) English of Lecanto, FL; nieces, Tomi (Gene) Smith of Hernando, FL, Trina (Tom) Curtin of Wilson, OK; and nephews, Mark Mead of Land O' Lakes, FL and Todd (Cindy) English of Scholls, OR and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Caroline F Parrish, 79, Inverness, FL
Caroline Frances Parrish, age 79, of Inverness, FL passed away at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL on August 19, 2019. Caroline was born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 28, 1939 to the late William and Dorothy (Hale) Devine. She was married to Thomas Parrish with whom she shared 57 years of loving marriage. A Catholic by faith, she was a Parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Alpharetta, GA. After 50 years of living in Roswell, Tom and Carol moved to Inverness 4 years ago for their new home. In her spare time she loved to sew, knit, paint and crochet. She also enjoyed making crafts and attending her Floral City Crafter Club meeting each Tuesday. Caroline never met a stranger and loved going to the beach. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her husband Thomas, those left to mourn Caroline’s passing include her children: Tommy (Sheree) Parrish of Cumming, GA, Cathy (Todd) Palmer of Roswell, GA, Pamala (Andy) Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL; siblings: Dorothy (Pete) Agnew of State College, PA, Cele Dittinger of California, Katherine Devine of Alaska, Butch (Linda) Devine of Mobile, AL, Karen McGuire of Reno, NV; and grandchildren: Laci (Jon) Matteson, Farrah (Matt) Power, Austin Parrish, Carey Palmer, Will Palmer, Hayes Johnson and Bennett Johnson. Caroline was preceded in death by her sister, Janet and her brother, Bill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Caroline’s memory to Moffitt Cancer Center: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation PO Box 23827 Tampa, FL 33623-3827. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
George L Patton, 60, Homosassa, FL
George L. Patton, age 60, of Homosassa, FL passed away peacefully on July 17, 2019 at the Cypress Care Center in Crystal River, FL. George was born to Marie L. (Dickinson) and the late Robert C. Patton on March 11, 1959 in Wheeling, WV. A former resident of Belmont, OH he moved to Lake Wales FL with his family and made Homosassa, FL his home in 2008. George worked at the Key Training Center for a number of years. He was a kind and loving person that enjoyed swimming and bike riding. George collected football cards and had a huge collection of ball caps and matchbox cars. George also enjoyed watching football games. A Christian by faith, he attended worship services at the Suncoast Baptist Church in Homosassa, FL. George is survived by his mother, Marie Patton; two sisters: Christine (Paul) Tomer of Sullivan, OH, Carol (Michael) Gearhart of Pine Ridge, FL; brother, Robert “Wayne” (Charlotte) Patton of Belmont, OH; and several nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Patton. A memorial service will be held later at the Suncoast Baptist Church in Homosassa, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
George H Perkins, 79, Floral City, FL
George Henry Perkins, Jr., 79, of Floral City, FL passed away August 31, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital – The Villages. He was born in Baltimore, MD on February 12, 1940 to the late George H. and Mary E. (Dignan) Perkins, Sr. George was a Regional Sales Manager in the auto parts industry, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. He arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Long Neck, DE. George was a Catholic by faith, and was a member of the Marine Corp League. He enjoyed swimming and travel. George was a good man, whose favorite saying was, “Once a Marine, always a Marine”. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Genevieve Perkins. Other survivors include his children Ronald Perkins and his wife Kim of Duluth, GA, Craig Perkins and his wife Nancy and Rex Perkins, all of Baltimore, MD, and Deanna Jones and her husband Bill of Fredericksburg, VA; sisters Rita Hundley of Towson, MD and Jane Kolb of Indiana, PA; and 6 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Ida M Ponton, 92, St Petersburg, FL
Ida Mae Ponton, 92, St. Petersburg, FL passed away July 29, 2019 at Lexington Health & Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Ponton was born in Chincoteague Island, Virginia on June 6, 1927 to the late Andrew and Lillian (Whitlock) Wage. She came to Floral City from St. Petersburg, and later returned there to be near her family. She had resided at Lexington for the past 5 years. Ida was a retired bookkeeper and while living in Floral City, was a active member of V.F.W. Post No.7122 Auxiliary, where she was a Life Member and served as the Post Treasurer. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Wilfred E. Ponton, Jr and his wife Monica of St. Petersburg, FL; her sister, Blanche Hitchens of Laurel, Delaware; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; Sister in law, Virginia Wage, Seaford, DE; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred E. Ponton, Sr, on March 18, 2001, her son, Charles R. Ponton on March 4, 2004, her daughter, Patricia March; her sisters, Agnes Wolf, Mary Quesenberry, Elizabeth Phillips, and her brother, James Wage. Following cremation, Ida’s urn will be placed in the columbarium beside her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Albert L Powell, 79, Floral City, FL
Albert Lee Powell, age 79, of Floral City, FL, passed away on August 22, 2019 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born on July 8, 1940, in Steedman, Callaway County, MO, to the late Paul I. Powell and Edith P. (Hampton) Powell, both of Callaway County, MO. He was raised in part by his grandparents, Amos L. and Martha Hampton, in the "Dixie" community. Alberta attended high school in New Bloomfield and Fulton, MO. He served our country the U S Air Force, from 1960 thru 1963. He worked and maintained an electronic service business in and around Columbia MO until he retired to Florida in 2003. Those left to cherish his memory are his brother, Wendell R. Powell of Clarksville AR; several half brothers and sisters from his father: Oleta F., James B., Vivian P., Amy R., Shirley M., Debra K., Sharon M., Norma B., Helen M., Melody L., and the late Glenn E. Powell. Cremation with care arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Bob L Ramsey, 89, Lake Wales, formerly of Inverness, FL
Bobbie “Bob” Lee Ramsey, age 89, Lake Wales, FL, formerly of Inverness, FL passed away June 22, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, FL. Bob was born in Casey, IL on October 27, 1929 to the late Earl and Clara (Comer) Ramsey. He served our country in the United States Air Force and was a retired meat cutter. He formerly attended the Living Water Fellowship Church. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Bates) Ramsey; his step-son, Andrew Youngman, three sons, Robert, Thomas, and Daniel Ramsey; 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 2 great great grandchildren. Following cremation, Bob’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Erik D Raynor, 47, Inverness, FL
Erik Daniel Raynor, age 47, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 23, 2019 following a lengthy illness. Erik was born in Southampton, NY on September 30, 1971 to Frank Overton Raynor, Jr. and Beverly Jane (Mack) Raynor. He came to Citrus County in 1988 from Hampton Bays, NY. Erik taught school at Central Ridge Elementary School and attended Methodist churches in Florida and New York. He graduated from Citrus High School (1989) and received his Bachelor’s Degree in education from the University of Central Florida in 1993. His passion was fishing and enjoyed watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was very outgoing and his quick wit made others laugh. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Crystal Lynn Raynor; his parents: Frank “Bud” and Beverly Raynor; 2 children: Christian Raynor and Joshua Raynor, both of Crystal River, FL; stepdaughter, Madison Behrend, of Crystal River; his brother, Dr. David Bryan Raynor and his wife, Theresa, Inverness; and his aunt, Marion Burns, West Islip, New York. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with The Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt officiating. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Erik’s memory are being received by the American Kidney Fund. Please visit kidneyfund.org for donation information.
Mirtha Riveron, 89, Inverness, FL
Mirtha Riveron, age 89 of Inverness, FL and formerly of Miami, FL, passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on August 27, 2019. Mirtha was born in Havana, Cuba on March 12, 1930 to the late Augustine Fernandez and Mercedes (Gil). She was Catholic by faith and relocated from Miami 3 years ago to make Citrus County her home. Mirtha is survived by her grandchildren: Richard, Dania and Chuck; great grandchildren: Austin and Dean; dear friend, Judy Fitzpatrick; and sister in law, Alina Unzueta. She was preceded in death by her husband Mario Riveron and her son, Mario Luis Riveron. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Carol J Rogers, 86, Hernando, FL
Carol Jean Rogers, who was born to Leo and Eunice (Olson) McKenna in Madison, WI on December 12, 1932, died at her home in Hernando, FL on July 6, 2019 with her loving sister by her side. Carol was married to Homer Rogers until his passing on September 27, 2014. She was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith. Those left to mourn Carol’s passing include her sister and caregiver, Kathryn White; nephew, Michael White; and niece, Kelly Reyes. In addition to her husband, Carol was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra and her brother Leo. Carol will be laid to rest with her husband Homer at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Ronald M Rome, 82, Citrus Springs, FL
Ronald M. Rome, 82, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Sussex, NJ on February 1, 1937 to the late Henry and Serena (Post) Rome. Ronald was an owner/operator of Rome’s High Point Exxon in Sussex. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and was Presbyterian by faith. Ronald arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Sussex, and enjoyed going to the casino, golfing, and watching the Tampa Bay Rays baseball. He loved adult coloring books and puzzles. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marie in 2018. He is survived by his children David Paulussen of Long Valley, NJ, Rhonda Rome of Citrus Springs, Robyn Sparta and her husband Brad of Sussex, and Renee Westerkamp of Sussex; brothers Virgil Rome of Newton, NJ, Roy Rome of Sussex, and Calvin Card of Bradenton, FL; and 4 grandchildren, Kelsey, Colin, Haley, and Sidney. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Hazel M Scheer, 80, Homosassa, FL
Hazel M. Scheer, 80, of Homosassa, FL passed away July 19, 2019 at her residence in Homosassa. She was born in London, England on July 17, 1939 to the late Anthony and Emily Mary (Collier) Mariner. Hazel was a book keeper in the healthcare industry, and arrived in this area in 2002, coming from Malverne, NY. Hazel loved volunteer work. She volunteered and was a member of the Elks Lodge #1515 in Lynbrook, NY, and the Elks Lodge #2693 in Homosassa. Hazel also volunteered for the food bank, and was “Queen Mum” of the Red Hats. She had been a Cub Scout den mother, and most of all, was extremely proud of her U.S. citizenship. Hazel is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Frederick J. Scheer. She is also survived by her children, Andrew Scheer and his wife Laura of Lords Valley, PA, Susan Conway of Homosassa, Michael Scheer of Pooler, GA, and Arleen Spiegel of Homosassa; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with crematory, Inverness, FL.
Laraine E Schoeneweis, 78, Inverness, FL
Laraine Schoeneweis, 78, Inverness, FL passed away August 16, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehabilitation Center. Laraine was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on November 3, 1940 to the late Larry and Ann Siana and came to this community in 2015 from Toms River, NJ. She was a retired Legal Secretary and of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her granddaughter, Alyssa Davis of Inverness; 2 great grandchildren, Ryan Michael and Taylor Michelle Davis; 1 sister, Teresa O’Connell, Toms River, NJ. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Michael Scott and Mark Schoeneweis. Private cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
David L Short, 73, Floral City, FL
David L. Short, 73, of Floral City, FL passed away September 5, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born August 4, 1946 in Kawkawlin, MI to the late Paul and Helen (Bridge) Short. David was a Superintendent in the construction industry, and arrived in this area in 1991, coming from Bradenton, FL. He enjoyed showing horses and loved his horse “Wilt”. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and shooting pool. David is survived by his loving partner Susan Shaw and her daughter Heather Shaw. Other survivors include his daughters Annette Short and Bridgette Rider, both of Inverness, and Collette Short of Tampa, FL; brother Lee Short of Floral City; sisters Beverly Stockton and Marion Goulet of MI; and 5 grandchildren, Aubree, Makayla, Gavin, Michael, and Nathan. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness
Dawn Simon, 75, Inverness, FL
Dawn O’Day Simon, “Dusty”, 75 of Inverness FL passed away on August 18, 2019 at home under loving care of family and Vitas Hospice Care. Dawn was born in Richlands, VA to Virginia Ann and Ernest Edward Crawford. Dawn was the loving wife and life partner to Lewis Simon for 38 years. Dawn loved to cook so much that she won several cooking contests over the years from San Diego, CA to Florida. She also had a green thumb and could make any garden look beautiful. Dawn and Lew had many adventures that took them all around the world covering almost every state and many countries. They loved to travel with friends and family and even made at least 5 trips this past year. Dawn and Lew were partners in many businesses until retiring 2 years ago. After retiring, she loved volunteering on different committees at the First Baptist Church of Inverness where she loved her Sunday school class. Many afternoon naps were taken with her cat “Spooky” who loved to cuddle in bed under the covers. She was the loving sister to John Crawford and Rebecca Crawford (pre-deceased). Left to cherish her memories are Patricia Guessford of Hagerstown, MD, Pete Crawford and wife Trish of Brooksville, FL, Mike Crawford and Mary of Clearwater, FL, sister-in-law Judy Simon Schmutzer, Clearwater, FL. Also 5 daughters Ginger Szewc and husband Mike, Sandra Freeman and husband Tom, Cindy Simon Collins, Terry Taylor and husband Keith, and Sandra Simon. Grandchildren: Brittany, Alysha, Owen, Luke, Aly, Cody, Jordon, Cassie, Kira and 5 Great Grandchildren. Private cremation is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Inverness or Vitas Hospice.
Robert P Skerski, 79, Beverly Hills, FL
Robert Philip Skerski, 79, Beverly Hills, FL passed away July 5, 2019 at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River, FL. Mr. Skerski was born in Detroit, MI on July 3, 1940 to the late Philip and Eleanor (Kochanowska) Skerski and came to Florida 25 years ago from Armada Township, MI. He was employed as a machine repairman for the Ford Motor Company and served our country in the U.S. Navy. In Florida, he was a member of the Beverly Hills surveillance unit for 15 years. Left to cherish his memory is his companion of 30 years, Helga Anne Juenger of Beverly Hills, FL; his children: Marie (Roy) White, Burtchville, MI, Brian (Monica) Skerski, North Port, FL, Laura (William) Wilsher, Lake Orion, MI; and Helga’s daughters: Marion Moran, Memphis, MI, and Angela Juenger, Sarasota, FL; his brother, Leonard (Lorraine) Skerski, Lake City, MI; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and his dog, Boomer. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Ronald Keller and Philip Skerski. A Celebration of Robert’s Life is scheduled for Thursday, August 8th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Stewart Jamison of the Family Fellowship Church of Beverly Hills officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3505 E. Frontage Road #145, Tampa, FL 33607. Cremation Care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Elizabeth "Liz" A Smith, 67, Hernando, FL
Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Smith, age 67, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly at home on July 16, 2019. “Liz” was born in Suffern, New York on September 2, 1951 to the late Thomas and Christina (Flanagan) Gormley and came to Florida in 1975 from Saddle River, NJ. Her passion was her family and raising the children, spending as much time with them as possible. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 47 years, Robert H. Smith; 4 children: Tommy Smith and Nikki, B.J. Smith and Angie, Richie Smith and Claudette, all of Hernando, FL, and Christie Smith, Inverness, FL; 4 stepchildren: Jimmie Smith and Vicki, Citrus Springs, FL, Bobby Smith, Vero Beach, FL, Jamie Smith , Hernando, FL, and Kristy White Key, Kissimmee, FL; 1 sister, Eileen Edwards , New York State; 10 grandchildren, many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also, there are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Halee Benson in June, 2000. There is a Celebration of Life Service scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Maddox of the Providence Baptist Church of Bushnell, FL officiating. Interment will follow at a late date in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 PM until the hour of service.
Jason E Smith, 41, Inverness, FL
Jason Elliott Smith, age 41 of Inverness, passed away at his home on Friday, July 19, 2019. Jason was born to the late James E. and Janet G. (Burris) Smith on June 26, 1978 in Pahokee, FL. He made Citrus County his home in 1992 after relocating from Belle Glade, FL. Jason was a skilled mechanic by trade and could repair just about anything and everything - from watches, to automobiles, to diesel engines – he could fix it. His hobby was diesel mechanics and he participated in performance diesel drag racing. Prior to his racing hobby, Jason was a steer wrestler and a member of the PRCA. He loved honky-tonk, outlaw country music. Jason was a kind person that was always willing to help someone out and an outstanding brother. He will be mourned by his two brothers: Jeffrey Smith of Ocala, FL, James Smith of Inverness, FL; niece, Emily G. Smith of Ocala, FL; and nephew, Connor G. Smith of Ocala, FL. He was preceded in death by his father James in 1995 and his mother Janet in 2017. A Celebration of Jason’s Life is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Jason’s brother, Jeffrey. 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 the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Rosemary E Smith, 73, Floral City, FL
Rosemary E. Smith, age 73, of Floral City, passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing Facility on July 27, 2019. Rosemary was born on October 3, 1945 in Danbury, CT to the late Charles and Gladys Drozd. She was married to her husband Robert for 43 years and together they made Florida their home over 40 years ago. She was a Baptist by faith and attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and also enjoyed working with plants and gardening. In addition to her husband Robert, those left to mourn Rosemary’s passing include her daughter, Melanie Smith and her Fiance’ Chris Briggs; sons: Bryan Hughes, John Little and his wife Denise; stepdaughters: Melissa Rowe, Michelle Krim and Fiance’ Jeff; stepson, Michael Smith; and step-grandson, Joshua Rowe. Rosemary was preceded in death by her sister, Wendy Drozd. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Stephen J Smith, Jr, 74, Cape Coral, FL
Stephen J. Smith Jr. (Butch/Steve), age 74, beloved brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather, (Papa), brother-in-law, and uncle passed away on August 18, 2019, surrounded by his family in Cape Coral, FL. Born in Wayland, MI on October 10, 1944; the youngest of nine children. He married Marilyn Goings of Holly, MI on December 8, 1966. They were married for 32 years until the time of Marilyn’s death in 2002. Stephen lived in Wayland the majority of his life; raising five children together with his wife. He enjoyed deer hunting, ice fishing and morel mushroom hunting; he was always ready with a joke to tell and loved spending quality time with family and friends. After retiring from Spartan Foods with thirty-two years of service, he and Marilyn relocated to Floral City, FL. In 2016, he moved to Cape Coral, FL to be near his daughter Linda and her family. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn; daughters: Ruth Ann Smith and Pam Morales; Parents: Stephen Smith and Hazel (Jones) Harrington; Brothers: John, Sam and Arnold Harrington; Sisters: Alice Belka, Dorothy (Dot) DeHaan and Shirley (Jean) Sonner. He is survived by his remaining loved ones: Son: Leon Morales (Arch), GA; Daughters: Becky (Pete) Lango, GA; Beth (Tom) Miros, GA; Linda (Lane) Crowe, FL; Sisters, Peg Merren and Annette Snyder, both of MI; Grandchildren, Stephanie Toris, Stephen Miros, Shane Toris, Richard Toris, Geremy Jones, Rio Crowe, Brooklyn Crowe and Alexis Crowe as well as fourteen (14) Great-Grandchildren; and two sister-in-laws, Margaret (Larry) Harden, FL and Susan (Art) Parks, MI and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held at Charles E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness FL on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with a graveside burial following at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Ronda Stacks, 52, Inverness, FL
Ronda Stacks, 52, of Inverness, FL passed away July 24, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Decatur, IL and arrived in this area this year, coming from Myakka, FL. With her husband Mike, she was co-owner of Prism Contractors, Inc. She enjoyed watching General Hospital on TV daily, loved her dogs, listening to Led Zeppelin, and spending time with her family. Ronda was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Yates. Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 33 years, Mike Stacks. Other survivors include her mother, Linda Sue Yates of Ft. White, FL; brothers Ronald Yates, Jr. and Brian Yates, both of Ft. White, FL; and her sister Lisa Yates of Lakeland, FL. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
William W Stein, 85, Inverness, FL
William “Bill” Whitman Stein, age 85, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on July 30, 2019. Bill was born to the late E. Russell and Kathryn (Murrin) Stein on March 17, 1934 in Martins Ferry, OH. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Bill shared 65 years of loving marriage with his wife Nancy (Johnston) Stein. He and Nancy made Citrus County their home in 1996 after relocating from Winter Park, FL and owned and operated Advantage Printing in Inverness. A Christian by faith, he was a faithful and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Bill loved going to church and rarely missed a Sunday service. He also enjoyed getting together with his neighbors for their weekly “Monday Night Breaks” to socialize and play cards. Bill also loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his loving wife Nancy, those left to mourn Bill’s passing include his daughters: Dana Rodriguez (Zoilo) of Inverness, FL, Debra Deutsch (Mark) of Anderson, SC, Diana Hoelle (Christopher) of Jacksonville, FL, Donna Mojica (Jimmy) of Sanford, NC; sister, June Lucas of The Villages, FL; grandchildren: Billy, Nicholas, Leah, Kayla, Joseph, James, Jacob; and great grandchildren: Valerie and Skylar. Per Bill’s request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to First Presbyterian Church of Inverness would be appreciated. Checks should be mailed to: 206 Washington Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Please indicate in the memo line the donation is in memory of Bill Stein. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Gerald "Gerry" E Stiles, 65, Inverness, FL
Gerald “Gerry” Ernest Stiles, age 65, Inverness, Florida passed away suddenly on August 22, 2019. Gerry was born in Hornell, NY on December 7, 1953 to the late Ernest W. and Marilyn (Budde) Stiles and moved to Inverness in 1984. He was the owner and operator of G E Stiles Cabinets in Inverness for 35 years. When visiting his shop, you could always expect to stay awhile and talk wood and local news with Gerry and his part-time woodworking buds. It was important for him to preserve the history of natural wood. His appreciation for wood and preserving it in its natural state would result in many long conversations with friends and clients. Gerry was a master craftsman whose custom wood cabinets and furniture can be found from the Bahamas to New York. He would use custom wood ordered from all over the world; he even had to use turn of the century church pews given to him to create masterpieces for his friends and many customers. He had a soft spot for helping children with their projects in Cub and Eagle Scouts. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. Left to mourn his loss are his brothers: David Stiles of Wayland, NY and Raymond Stiles of Rexville, NY; his sister, Elora Ringelberg of Hilton, NY; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date in October. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family with cremation care arrangements.
Virginia L Strianese, 50, Inverness, FL
Virginia Lynn Strianese, 50, of Inverness, FL passed away August 18, 2019 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born on December 9, 1968 to the late Edward and Sarah L. (Carroll) Graves. Virginia arrived in this area 25 years ago, coming from Tennessee, and was Baptist by faith. She loved animals, enjoyed going to Disney Epcott, and spending time with her family. Virginia is survived by various family members in Maryville, TN. Virginia’s urn will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Marguerite J Thomas, 86, Inverness, FL
Marguerite Josette Thomas, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away August 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born on November 29, 1932 in Montpellier, France to the late Argante and Oliva (Merlini) Prodiguerra. Marguerite loved the United States. During WWII, when Germany invaded France, her and her husband Gilbert left France to build a new life in this country. She was a devoted homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1973, coming from Bayonne, NJ. Marguerite was Catholic by faith, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She believed in fitness, and attended Melody’s Gym 3 times a week. She loved to travel to France to be with family and friends, and enjoyed spending time here with family and friends. Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert J. Thomas in 2013, one son, George A Thomas, and one daughter, Susan C. Lindsey. She is survived by her granddaughters, Corinne Lindsey of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Lauren Thomas of Hernando, FL. and 2 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Marguerite on Wednesday, 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, with family and friends meeting at the church for the Mass. Marguerite’s urn will be laid to rest with her husband Gilbert at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Major Brenda F Turner, 74, Floral City, FL
Major Brenda Faye Turner was Promoted to Glory on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Brenda was born January 18, 1945 in Henderson, North Carolina to the late William J. and Lucille Andrews Smith. At the age of eight, she was invited to attend Vacation Bible School at The Salvation Army after which she began attending Sunday School and youth activities. Brenda was faithful at the Corps until the early part of her tenth grade. She decided to stop attending the Corps because it took too much of her free time, and she wanted to go to the movies and do things like her other friends at school. After two or three weeks away from the Corps Brenda said, “I was miserable. I missed the activities at church, and I found I didn’t enjoy the same things my friends seemed to enjoy.” Regarding her calling as an officer she said, “At Y. P. Councils, when the film on Korea was shown, I think God told me He could use me if I would give my life completely to Him for guidance and direction. So, I did.” Brenda was commissioned June 5, 1965 as a Lt., a member of the Proclaimers of the Faith Session. She served as Assistant Officer in Wilson, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Prince Georges, MD; Alexandria, VA and Hagerstown, MD. While serving in Hagerstown, MD, Brenda met a young man by the name of Dan Turner. They fell in love and were married August 10, 1969 in Hagerstown, MD. The Turners served in command of Front Royal, VA; Parkersburg, WV; Dallas Temple, TX; Abilene, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; Midland, TX; Winchester, VA and Loudon County, VA. Majors Turner served as the administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Centers in Little Rock, AR; Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN and Baltimore, MD. At the retirement of Majors Turner on February 1, 2011, Brenda was recognized for her faithful 43 years, 9 months and 25 days of service as a Salvation Army officer. Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Dan; three sons: Adam, Christopher and Eric; two grandchildren: Christian and Addison; her faithful friend and caregiver, Luci Rodriquez; and her special niece, Janice Watson. Brenda is predeceased by her parents, William J. and Lucille Smith; her three brothers: William J. Smith Jr., Robert Smith and David Smith: and her eight sisters: Alma Moss, MaryLee Edwards, Mildred Edwards, Irene Bowen, Mattie Hendricks, Ruthann Moorefield, Linda Gupto and Pattie Smith. Please continue to lift the Turner family in prayer as Brenda will be missed by many family members and friends. Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 31. 2019 at 10:30 am—Major Ken Fagan—Officiating The Salvation Army 712 S School Ave. Lecanto, FL 34461
Chester L Walsh, 87, Hernando, FL
Chester L. Walsh, 87, of Hernando, FL passed away June 25, 2019 at his residence in Hernando. He was born on September 18, 1931 in Quincy, MA to the late Chester Leo and Esther (Dolan) Walsh, Sr. Chester was a manager for General Electric Aircraft Engine Division, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Chester was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading. He is survived by his loving wife Marion Walsh. Other survivors include his daughters Christina Brooks and her husband Gary of Detroit, MI, Suzanne Walsh of San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Fowler of San Diego, and Maria Jump of Charleston, SC; step brother John Fleming of Lecanto, FL; 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Beulah E Ward, 94, Inverness, FL
Beulah E. (Welch) Ward passed away on September 11, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL while surrounded by her loving family. She was 94 years old. Beulah was born in Mount Clare, WV to the late George and Mary (Harman) Welch on August 17, 1925. She married her loving husband Ralph on July 19, 1942. They shared 76 years of loving marriage together until his passing on December 5, 2018. Beulah and Ralph were Florida “Snowbirds” for a number of years but left West Virginia in 2005 to make Florida their permanent residence. In her spare time, Beulah enjoyed watching television, working crosswords and crocheting. She was also a good cook. Beulah had enjoyed traveling with her husband in their R.V. Over the years they visited 49 states, only missing out on Hawaii. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Those left to mourn Beulah’s passing include her sons: Ralph “Dusty” Elwood Ward, Jr. of Shinnston, W.V., Charles “Dave” Ward and his wife Paula of Inverness, FL, Willard “Woody” Ward of Oberlin, OH; grandchildren: Missy, Mike, Mark, Kelly, Ron, Katie, Krysti, Ronnie, Jeannie; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Beulah was preceded in death by her siblings: Gene Hoblitzel, Marie Lanham, Bee Welch, Beatrice Bennett, Nellie Cunningham, Edward Welch, Dora Underwood and Charles Welch. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Beulah will be laid to rest with her husband Ralph at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A brief graveside service will take place following the chapel service at 11:30 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Roy E Waters, 64, Crystal River, FL
Roy Edward Waters, Jr., 64, Crystal River, FL passed away suddenly at home on July 1, 2019. "Rusty" was born in Cincinnati, OH to Roy Edward Waters, Sr and Linda Lou (Glasburnner) Waters and came to this area 5 years ago from Midlothian, VA. He was a talented musician and song writer as well as a very gifted and meticulous carpenter and woodworker. He could create most anything from wood. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Devan D. Waters and her two children, Jackson and Kaleb Dodge of Vershire, VT; and Ashley Carter and her daughter, Makennah of Erlanger, KY; his mother, Linda Waters of Crystal River, FL; 2 brothers, Michael Waters of Williamsburg, OH and Daniel Waters of Batavia, OH; his sister, Tammy Lynn Waters-Hynes of Bay City, MI. He was preceded in death by his father. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled by his family at a later date. Cremation with care was provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Peggye J Weissmuller, 85, Inverness, FL
Peggye “Jean” Weissmuller, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away July 14, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Dennis, MS on December 9, 1933 to the late John Evin and Edith Irene (McAnnaly) Virden. Jean was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1984, coming from New Jersey. She attended 1ST United Methodist Church in Inverness, which she helped build. In her younger years, she enjoyed golfing and always enjoyed socializing. Jean had a close relationship with her sister, Dorothy Gilbert, who took special care of her towards the end. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Adam P. Weissmuller in 2011, and her brothers, Jack, John, and Carl Virden. Jean is survived by her 3 sons, Johnny Weissmuller and his wife Lynda of San Antonio, TX, Kurt Weissmuller and his wife Diane of Houston, TX, and Philip Settles and his wife Cindy of Williamsburg, Michigan; her sister Dorothy Gilbert of Inverness; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Jean’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Norma J Willis, 80, No. Tonawanda, NY
Norma Jean Willis died peacefully on September 17, 2019 under the care of Niagara Hospice. Norma was born in North Tonawanda on November 30, 1938, the daughter of Martin Potzger and Mildred Demler Potzger. Among those waiting in heaven for her were her parents, loving husband James; her brother, John Potzger; and step-daughter, Margaret Faust. Norma is survived by her sister, Carol (Larry) Human; brother, Robert Potzger; nephew, Daniel (Rebecca) Human; great nephew, Henry; great nice, Harper; and step-daughter, Shirley (James) Adymy. Norma and her husband Jim moved to Inverness, Florida after his retirement. She lived there, in the home that they built, until returning to North Tonawanda seven years ago. Norma’s artistic skills blossomed in Florida. Her favorite medium was watercolor and she was co-founder of the Citrus County Watercolor Club. Several of Norma’s watercolors won prizes in surrounding art shows and galleries. Norma was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Inverness, Florida. After returning to North Tonawanda, she joined the congregation at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Funeral services are scheduled in Inverness on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Pratt of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with burial following in Oak Ridge Cemetery. A memorial to Norma will be held at 2:00 pm, on Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, North Tonawanda, NY. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, or to the United Methodist Church, Inverness, Florida.
Robert O Wilson, 84, Inverness, FL
Robert O. Wilson, 84, of Inverness, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Robinson, IL on April 16, 1935 to the late Perry Owen and Grace (Anderson) Wilson. Robert was a train master for the railroad, and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Indiana. He was a member of the Crossgate Church of God in Inverness, acting as a trustee, usher, and volunteer at the church. He enjoyed traveling back to Indiana and Ohio to visit family and friends, and golfing. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Wilson. Other survivors include his daughters Lou Ann Mobley and her husband Mark of Indianapolis, IN, and Melanie Park of San Diego, CA. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Kathryn M Wykle, 70, Dunnellon, FL
Kathryn Marie (Harburger) Wykle, age 70, passed away September 10, 2019. Kathryn was born in Queens, NY on November 9, 1948 to the late Walter A. and Ann (Murphy) Harburger and came here in 2005 from Sayville, NY. She was employed by the federal government as an Executive Secretary for the probation department and was of the Catholic Faith. She attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs prior to her illness. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Patrick Jon Wykle of Dunnellon, FL; 1 brother, John Harburger of Wantagh, NY; 3 sisters, Eileen Harburger of The Villages, FL, Margaret (Michael) Gilmartin of Moriches, NY, and Jane (George) Chavez of The Villages, FL; her daughter in law, Anna Dugin of Dunnellon, FL; 2 grandchildren, Shannon and Patrick Wykle, Jr; 1 niece, Patricia Chavez; 3 nephews: Daniel and Nicholas LaLota, and David Harburger The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs with Fr. Sojan Punakkattu, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Long Island, NY. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family in Florida.
Donna A Xenophon, 54, Inverness, FL
Donna Ann Xenophon, age 54, of Inverness, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. One of eight children, Donna was born on April 17, 1965 in Jamaica Queens, NY to the late Nicos and Edna (McBride) Xenophontos. She made Citrus County her home in 1978 after relocating from Malverne, NY and attended worship services at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto. Donna was an extremely talented softball player and was a member of the Santa Fe College women’s softball team. She and her teammates made it all the way to the state championships. After college, Donna went to work as a Corrections Officer for the Sumter County Corrections Facility for over ten years. In her spare time she loved playing bingo. She also enjoyed spending time on the computer, playing jackpot games and a little gambling. Those left to mourn Donna’s passing include her precious daughter, Laura Carley of Inverness; brother, Nic Xenophon (William Jayne) of Costa Rica; sisters: Debra Helm of Tallahassee, Rosemary (John) Maisel of Floral City, Gigi (Bob) Klein of Inverness, Laura Clark of Martin, GA, Patricia (Raymond) Velez of Birmingham, AL; nieces: Linda Helm, Donnamarie Whittle, Nicole Carpenter, Jesse Klein, Ashley Rose Dodd, Sarah Hall, Mariah Clark, Samantha Catland, Megan Sortino; nephews: Jon Xenophon, Colin Xenophon, Jimmy Helm, Paul Xenophon, Mark Xenophon, Shane Maisel; sister in law, Lori Xenophon; and the father of her child, Derek Carley, stepbrother, Peter Panayi. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Chris Xenophon and stepmother, Maria (Efthathion). The family plan to hold a private memorial service at a later date. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.