For the Last 3 Months.
Raja W Abdul-Karim, 93, Inverness, FL
Raja W. Abdul-Karim M.D. F.R.S.H. went to his Lord on Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2023 with his loving wife Margaret at his side. Raja and Margaret’s marriage of 61 years was one of love, devotion and respect. Meeting in Lebanon and marrying there, settled in Syracuse, NY where they raised their two sons, Christopher and Kenneth. Raja attended the American University of Beirut receiving his M.D. He received his Fellowship in Fertility and Endocrinology at UCLA. In 1963, he started his long career at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY in the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was appointed Director of numerous divisions including the 3rd Medical Student Clerkship. Twice he received the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Raja was well known and respected as an author, educator, and consultant both nationally and internationally. He was acclaimed for his research on “The Effect of Oxytocin on Renal Function in Human Pregnancy” and “The Role of Estrogens in Fetal Development and Blood Flow Distribution”. His motto throughout his medical career was “Encourage/Enhance/ Develop Analytical/Critical Thinking”. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, his sons Christopher and Kenneth, his brother Kamal Abdul-Karim (Leila) and loving nephews and nieces. Raja was predeceased by his father Wadi Abdul-Karim, his mother Alice Shehadi Abdul Karim, his brother Nabil and sister Suha. Raja’s many friends, patients, and colleagues mourn his passing and celebrate his life and their connection with this kind and gentle man. Services for Raja were held on Sunday, November 26, 3:00pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Internment occurred after the service at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL.
Ronald M Ackley, 82, Inverness, FL
Ronald M. Ackley, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away October 29, 2023 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Netcong, NJ on May 9, 1041 to the late Russell S. and Beatrice (Francisco) Ackley. Ronald was a explosives supervisor for the U.S. Government and served our country in the U.S. Marine Corp. He arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Stanhope, NJ and was Methodist by faith. Ronald enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing cards. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 28 years, Sandra Ackley. Other survivors include his daughter Lorinda (Jesus) Acosta of Floral City, FL; step daughter Robin Ghebreal; brother Gary Ackley; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Elizabeth D Adams, 95, Hudson, FL
Elizabeth (Betty) D. Adams, age 95, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully on October 3, 2023, in Hudson, FL. Elizabeth was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 29, 1927, to the late James and Lena (Barone) DeFrancesco and came to Inverness, FL in 1985 from Essex, VT. She was a New Yorker in heart and spirit. While retired in Inverness, FL, she attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Catholic Women’s Club. She was also a “Helping Hands” volunteer and a member of the Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 15 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Adams, on November 18, 2003; her son David, in 1967; her brother, Charles; and sisters: Anne, Mary, Antoinette, and Helen. Elizabeth is lovingly remembered by her children: Richard R. Adams, Jr of London, England; Paulette (Tom) Hager of Akron, OH; Nicholas (Christy) Adams of Hudson, FL; and grandchildren: James, Savannah, Riley, John, and Elise. Our mom was a devoted wife to our dad, an amazing mother, and a fun grandmother. She was a world traveler who could not wait to plan her next adventure. She enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino, and celebrating the holidays with her family. The impact mom has left on all of us can’t be expressed in words and our love for her is impossible to measure. There is a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 11:00 AM with Fr. Mike Suszynski, celebrant. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until 10:45 AM, at which time the procession will depart for the church.
Mario G Aguilera, 89, Lecanto, FL
Mario G. Aguilera, age 89, of Lecanto and Hernando, passed peacefully at the Grove Health and Rehab on October 26, 2023. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday November 11, 2023 at 3pm at the Chas E. Davis Chapel. Mario is survived by his wife Sadith and daughter Ariadne, both of Panama; his daughter Sadith of Georgia; his son Mario, Jr. of Lecanto; and grandchildren and great granchildren.
Gary L Anderson, 78, Floral City, FL
Gary L. Anderson of Floral City passed away October 1st at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 78. Born in Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, Gary lived most of his life in Illinois and was a distributor for Pepperidge Farm, until 1999 when he and Karen moved to Dunnellon. He was also a distributor for Joyce Beverages. Gary and Karen moved to Floral City in 2021. Gary also served in the US Air Force during Vietnam, and was a very proud veteran. He thoroughly enjoyed golfing with his buddies, grilling, and boating. He loved his family very much, and he considered their neighbors on their little island family as well. Gary is survived by his loving wife Karen; daughter Julie Rhoades (Wayne); son David Anderson (Denise); brother Ross Anderson; sister Deidre Anderson; and grandchildren Darian and Derek Anderson and Ryan Rhoades. There will be a service with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery on Friday October 20, 2023 at 10:30am. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, 3075 S. Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450.
William E Anderson, 82, Inverness, FL
William Michael Anderson, D.M.D., husband of Melissa Beck Anderson, cherished father of Billy Anderson (Jenny) and Krista (Alan Boling), children with Janice Remle Anderson; devoted grandfather of Morgan (Tommy Hemingway), Grace, Sophie, Anna, and Davis and loving great grandfather to Charlie, Teddy, and Sully. He is also survived by his sister, Cookie Westgate. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Ruth Anderson and brother Bob Anderson. Bill passed away unexpectedly at Citrus Memorial Hospital on Friday, September 29th at the age of 82. Dr. Anderson was born in Cincinnati and graduated from Western Hills High School in 1958, the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1962 and was in the first graduating class of the University of Kentucky’s School of Dentistry in 1966. He loved learning and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. He practiced dentistry in Florence, Kentucky for 54 years until June of 2020 when he and Melissa retired to Inverness, Florida. He was passionate about dentistry, his patients, and friends, but was also an incredible woodworker, an accomplished skydiver, golfer, culinary enthusiast, and enjoyed taking motorcycle trips with his buddies. Donations may be directed to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, www.dentistry.uky.edu. Cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Richard J Anzalone, Jr., 70, Inverness, FL
Richard Joseph Anzalone, Jr., 70, of Inverness, FL passed away September 14, 2023 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was born in New Castle, PA on August 24, 1953 and was a maintenance supervisor in the real estate industry. Richard arrived in this area in 2011 coming from Sarasota, FL and was Roman Catholic by faith. He served our country in the U.S. Army, and enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, and cooking. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Lou Anzalone. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Judith A. Anzalone Other survivors include his sons Richard J. Anzalone III and his wife Melissa, and Jason J. Anzalone, both of New Castle, PA; father Richard J. Anzalone, Sr, step sons Randall Rubeis of Houston, TX, and Anthony Rubeis and his wife Stacey of Inverness, FL; sisters Kate Jaworski and Tina Marshall; and 7 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Michael W Bandy, 62, Floral City, FL
Michael Wayne Bandy, “Mike”, 62 of Floral City, Florida, passed away on Saturday, October 21st, 2023, after a long struggle with head and neck cancer. Mike was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 25th, 1961, to his father Lester C. Bandy, “Tom”, and his mother Patricia K. Smith. He was in the U.S. Army and after an honorable discharge became a framer in the construction field. He always joked “Jesus was a long-haired carpenter, and so am I.” Mike worked for Classic Carpentry for 31 years, where he was often a mentor to several young men. Mike enjoyed boating on his pontoon boat, where, while boating one day he met his future wife Vickie while helping her to clear lily pads from the entrance to the lake. Mike and Vickie were later married at their home in Floral City on August 27th, 2016, and continued to enjoy boating every chance they got. He loved to play acoustic guitar. Some of his friends called him “Guitar” or “Guitar Mike.” Places would call Mike, and his brother-in-law, “Banjo” John (Roach) often at the last minute, so we called our little band “The Last Resort” and when we got on stage, or even a picnic table, playing and singing our hearts out. Mike would share the music with anyone that would listen, having so much fun. He would say “If you know how to play G, C, and D, you can play anything!” He mentored his niece Tina and nephew J.D., and a few others when it came to the guitar. He loved life and had a personality that was bigger than life. He was a warm, loving, honest, loyal, and heart-felt man. Mike was pre-deceased by his dad, Tom Bandy. He leaves behind his loving wife Victoria Wyatt Bandy, his mom Patricia K Smith, his daughter Jamie Brooks, stepsons Dustin Spears and Michael Paul, three grandchildren: Hannah Brooks, Logan Spears, and Payton Spears, brothers William Bandy and David Bandy and sisters Virginia Roach and Cheryl Starr. Cremation will be under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Services will be held at Fort Cooper Baptist Church at 4222 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 on November 11th, 2023, at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Bently S Banfield, 65, Lecanto, Florida
Bently Syd Banfield, 65 September 2, 1958 – September 20, 2023 Patient, Gentle, and Giving. All things a great man should be and that he was. Bently, was born in Sumter, South Carolina and passed in Lecanto, Florida. He was the middle son of three boys. He was an engineer at heart and loved anything machines, space, motorcycles, and movies. The Army was his life and family was his core. Bently was an Army veteran who served his country proudly. He was an Honorable Discharge; he served from 1975 – 1992. He served in places such as: New Jersey / Seoul, Korea / Jacksonville, Florida / Nuremberg, Germany / and Fort Ord, California. His highest ranking was an E6, Staff Sergeant. His decorations/ medals / badges include: Army Service Ribbon / Army Lapel Button / Army Good Conduct Medal / Diver and Mechanic Badge / Army Achievement Medal / Overseas Service Ribbon / Army Commendation Medal / Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon / Sharpshooter Badge w/Rifle. After the service, he went on to serve in the National Guard and then the Reserves until he began civilian work at the “Nuclear Power Plant” in Crystal River, FL. He is survived by his children: Linda Leath, Charles & Lynn Banfield, and Judie & Joe-Joe Panyko. He is survived by his five grandchildren: Jade, Joey, Nina, Maddie, and Milo. He is survived by his extended family / friends: Joe & Karin Panyko, Mariea Panyko, Jeremy Douglas, Sophiea, Maxwell, Jeremy II, Angela Panyko, Terrence Orr, Fallon, Taevon, Tylah, Kyrie, Tabias, Kaiden, Terrence, Vicky Courterier, Michael Linary, The Compostella’s, and Al & Denise Lowdenslager. He is survived by his brothers: Perry & Dale Banfield. He is joined in Heaven with his mother, Ann Blanchard, father, George Banfield, & his grand-daughter’s (Jade) fiancé, Nate Reynolds. Services will be held at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date.
Diane Bange, 91, Lecanto, FL
Diane Bange, age 91, Lecanto, FL, passed away September 29, 2023 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Mrs. Bange was born in Kansas City, MO on July 13, 1932 to the late Fred and Catherine (Moyhan) Zaiss and moved to this area in 1989 from Miami, FL. She was a librarian clerk and in Citrus County a former “weather girl” on television. Both Diane and her husband, Pat, worked for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, PA. Pat was a News Anchorman. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and enjoyed reading, traveling, and boating. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 63 years, Patrick “Pat” Bange of Lecanto; four daughters: Bonnie Bange of Arvada, CO; Jackie Bange Strickland and husband, George of Riverwoods, IL; Debbie Bange of Sanford, FL; Rebecca Matusevic and her husband, Steve of Chuluota, FL; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Fred Zaiss. The will be a Mass of Christian Burial offered on Thursday, October 19th at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Interment will follow at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery. --
Joshua L Barnhart, 40, Hernando, FL
Joshua Lee Barnhart, age 40, Hernando, FL passed away at home on November 26, 2023. He was born in Dayton, OH on July 6, 1983. He grew up in Citrus County, attending Pleasant Grove Elementary and Inverness Middle School prior to graduating from Citrus High School, Class of 2001. Joshua worked in the construction industry, utilizing his many talents starting in the H-Vac business, along side his late Uncle Steve, in carpentry, electrical work, and home remodeling. Left to cherish his memory are two loving children, Joshua, Jr and Alayna; his mother, Karen; father Eric, brother, Sean Barnhart (Sarah Elliott), and his “granny” Sandra Webb. Additionally, he leaves his significant other, Amber Ramage. Family and many friends A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Family and friends will be sharing their memories. The family will greet friends beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Howard E Barrett, Jr., 94, Hernando, FL
Howard E. Barrett, Jr., a true adventurer at heart, was born on October 8, 1928, in Louisville, Kentucky. He peacefully departed this world on September 6, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, life, and indomitable spirit. Howard answered the call of duty during the Korean War, where he served with distinction in the United States Army, ultimately achieving the rank of Captain. His dedication to his country reflected his unwavering sense of honor and commitment. One of Howard’s most daring adventures was in 1968 when he took to the skies, piloting a Cessna 172 from Bowman Field in Louisville all the way to Shannon, Ireland. This incredible journey symbolized his boundless love for life and his fearless pursuit of new experiences. Following his honorable service in the Army, Howard embarked on a new path, training as a Chemical Engineer and joining the esteemed ranks of BF Goodrich. His work took him on a global odyssey, allowing him to explore the world’s wonders. He embraced every culture, making friends wherever he roamed. It was during one of these international assignments, in Venezuela, that Howard’s life took a romantic turn. There, he met his beloved wife, Antonia, and together, they embarked on a journey filled with love and adventure. They sailed across the vast Atlantic, on a small 27 foot sailboard from England to the Canary Islands and then to the Caribbean in just 35 days, sharing the beauty of the worlds and each other’s company. Howard leaves behind his devoted wife, Antonia, and his loving children. His family and friends will forever hold dear the memories of his zest for life, his boundless love, and his relentless enthusiasm for each new experience. Howard Barrett’s absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we celebrate his life, we honor his legacy by embracing the same spirit of adventure and love for life that defined his remarkable journey. Services provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Joe Bega, 67, Inverness, FL
William “Joe” Bega, Jr., age 67, Inverness, FL passed away September 21, 2023 at Advent Health Center in Orlando. Joe was born in Bloomington, IN on October 2, 1955 to the late William and Ruth (Sappenfield) Bega, Sr. and came to Florida in 1973 from Linton, IN. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy and was the owner and operator of Apopka Marine in Inverness for 42 years. He grew Apopka Marine to be a nationally recognized Yamaha marine dealership. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 years, Linda (Derewenko) Bega; his daughter, Janet Bega of Inverness; his sister, Carol Mullins of Bloomington, IN; 1 grandchild, Camryn and Linda’s parents George and Carol Derewenko of Inverness. To say Joe loved the outdoors is an understatement. He enjoyed a lifetime of hiking, hunting, traveling, diving and fishing with his family and friends. Any hobby he took on, he did with great passion. Exotic family trips that spanned the world are a tradition that will be greatly missed. The last decade drew him to pursue a passion and hobby that not everyone understood, but they did get an education on it! He became dedicated to land conservation and reforestation based on rebuilding the longleaf pine ecosystem. He was committed to this project and he leaves behind big shoes for his family to fill in carrying on his legacy. Joe was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart and wonderful sense of humor. He had a contagious zest for life and adventure. He was generous, loyal and brave. He was clever and full to the brim with knowledge gained through all of his life experiences. He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with his family and friends. He will be missed dearly. There will be a Celebration of Life on Monday, October 2, 2023, Joe’s birthday, at The Swampwater Farm at The Cove from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The address is 1242 South Cove Camp Road, Inverness, FL. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend and recall their memories of Joe and his family. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers please make a monetary or nonmonetary donation in memoriam to Citrus United Basket https://citrusunitedbasketonline.org/donations.html
Candace J Boothe, 78, Crystal River, FL
Candace Jane Boothe, age 78, Crystal River, FL passed away October 8, 2023 at the JFL Medical Center in Atlantis, FL following a lengthy illness. Candace was born in Lexington, KY on October 28, 1944 to the late Joseph and Patricia (Clifton) Riggle. She was a retired Certified Nursing Assistant and a member of Chapter 136, O.E.S. She also was a member of the German Shepherd Club of America, Yankeetown Woman’s Club, DeRosa Civic Association, and a Rainbow Girls Advisor. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Augusto Valderrama, her son, David Scott Newell of Sanford, FL; her daughter, Cynthia Cole of Orlando; Grandchildren, Mathew Wayne Cole and wife, Antonia Cole of Eustis, FL and Kyle Andrew Cole of Sanford, FL; 3 Great grandchildren, Gabriel, Michael, and Wyatt. She was preceded in death by her third husband, William H Boothe in July 2, 2005. Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023, at 12:30PM, with Fr. Michael Suszynski, of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida
James W Briley, 83, Lecanto, FL
James Wallace Briley, age 83 of Lecanto, FL passed away on September 7, 2023 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Jim was born in Atlanta, Michigan on January 9, 1940 to the late Carl H. and Isabelle (Mulholland) Briley. He was a retired Certified Public Accountant, a profession he practiced for over 35 years. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Valerie (Ferguson) Briley; 2 sons, James W. Briley, Jr and wife Elaine of Lecanto; Brett Briley and wife Torry of The Colony, TX; and 1 daughter, Kimberly Dahl and husband Mike of Claremore, OK; 2 sisters, Geraldine Klein of Atlanta, MI and Marlene Harrison of Alpena, MI; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Theodore Briley and his sister, Carlabelle Gardner. There are no services scheduled. Burial will follow at a later date in Atlanta, MI. Cremation was entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL. Jim will be missed by all that knew him.
Frank H Brosius, 86, Hernando, FL
Frank H. Brosius, of Hernando, passed away on Tuesday October 17, 2023. He was 86. He was born in Mt. Holly, NJ. Frank began serving in the U.S. Navy when he was 18, and was honorably discharged after serving almost 6 years. After the Navy, Frank went to work at Unisys as a Sr. Product Support Specialist. Frank and his wife Susann have been active members in the Hernando Church of the Nazarine. Frank enjoyed playing the trombone in the Nature Coast Community Band and the church band. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Susann Brosius; son Keith Frank Brosius; daughter Jennifer Sarah Strickling; four grandchildren, Clover, Lena, Kindle, and Samara; and three great grandchildren, Penelope, Riley, and Lilith. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations please be made in memory of Frank to the Salvation Army of Citrus County 712 S School Ave, Lecanto, FL 34461, or to the Hernando Church of the Nazarine 2101 N Florida Ave, Hernando, FL 34442. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.
Joy Buchan, 91, Lecanto, FL
Joy Buchan, 91, of Lecanto, FL passed away November 20, 2023 at Superior Residences in Lecanto. She was born in Nevada, Iowa on August 5, 1932, and arrived in this area in 1972, coming from Iowa. Joy was a realtor in the real estate industry, and attended the 7th Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed going to the beach and playing the piano and organ. She is survived by her son Mark Hunter of Floral City, FL; and 3 grandchildren, Devin, Keenan, and Nick. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Iwan Butenko, 78, Ocala, FL
Iwan Butenko, 78 of Ocala, FL, passed away at Advent Health, Ocala, FL on September 8, 2023. Iwan was born in Italy on April 15, 1945 to the late Paul and Maria (Chuenko) Butenko. He was a retired commercial truck driver and moved to Ocala in 2020 from Howell, New Jersey. Iwan served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He attended St. Raphael Orthodox Church in Inverness. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 51 years, Nina Butenko; his daughter, Tania Allison of Ocala; his granddaughter's Alexandra Rodier and Cassandra Rodier and his sister Maria Habermas of Fairfield, NJ. Services for Iwan will be held at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ Friday, September 14th at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at the St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Christian Cemetery in Jackson, NJ. Local arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church construction at the Holy Cross Monastery, 505 Holy Cross Rd, Wayne, West Virginia. Link is below: https://www.holycross.org/pages/new-church
Laura M Byrnes, 62, Dunnellon, FL
Laura Mae Byrnes, 62, of Dunnellon, FL passed away on November 4, 2023, at her residence in Dunnellon. She was born in Patterson, NJ on January 12, 1961 to the late George and Barbara (Buydos) Thaler. Laura was an HOA Community Director and arrived in this area in 1993, coming from Pennsylvania. She was Catholic by faith, and enjoyed watching sports, going to the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. Laura was preceded in death by one son, Adam Byrnes. She is survived by her children Marc Byrnes and Sharon Slack both of Homosassa, FL, Gary (Kayla) Byrnes of Merritt Island, FL, Ryan (Amanda) Byrnes of Charlotte, NC; sisters Barbara Ann Thaler and Maria Burns; 10 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL
Richard W Chandler, 78, Inverness, FL
Richard Walter Chandler, age 78, Inverness, FL passed away at home under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice on October 23, 2023. Beloved Husband, Father, and Pop Pop, “Rich” was born on July 3, 1945 to the late Libert T. Chandler and Isabelle (Goodman) Kline in Norwalk, CT and came to this area from Dowagiac, MI in 1980. He was the founder and former owner of Protech Appliance Repair for many years. He served our country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. Rich was always the life of the party. He loved family, the beach, bodysurfing, traveling, and tinkering with everything. He always had a story to tell, advice to give, and was sentimental at an instant. Rich often quoted ‘IT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE’! Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 45 years, Deborah Kay (Privett) Chandler; 5 children: Kathleen (Tony) Rinaldi, Inverness, FL; Shannon (Jim) Castonguay, Inverness, FL; Robert (Jennifer) Chandler, Viera, FL; Richard (Kelly) Chandler Jr, Inverness, FL; Chad (Mollie) Chandler, Lecanto, FL; 1 sister: Deborah Chandler (Kent) Thomas, Trumbull, CT; 2 brothers: Christopher Shaw and Richard Shaw, both of Yarmouth, ME. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Shaw. Rich is also survived by 10 grandchildren: James Kuter, Alexis Chandler, Elizabeth (Eddy) Valenz, Annaliese Chandler, Madison Chandler, Matthew Rinaldi, Olivia Chandler, Leanndra Chandler, Sloane Chandler, Everlie Chandler, and 1 great grandchild, Kendon Chandler and Caretaker Catherine Savage. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. from the Cornerstone Baptist Church. The Rev. Michael Kramer, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness and Bishop Douglas Alexander, pastor of the Church Without Walls will co-officiate. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. In lieu of flowers, consider American Diabetes Association (https://donors.diabetes.org)
Wallace W Clyde, 87, Inverness, FL
Wallace W. Clyde, of Inverness, died peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side. He was 87. Wallace was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, NY, to Wallace Clyde and Elizabeth Pike Clyde. He and Ruth have been down here since 2004, having come down here from Gahanna, Ohio. Wallace loved the Lord and was a very devoted husband and father. He was a very proud United States Marine veteran, having served six years on active duty. After his service, Wallace became a master mechanic, who also enjoyed fishing with his sons, biking on the trail and tinkering in his yard. He loved all animals, enjoyed his ice cream, and he never met a stranger. Wallace is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Ruth Clyde; his three sons Scott Clyde (Hazel), Kevin Clyde (Holly), and Michael Clyde; seven grandchildren Nicole, Kyle Coutney, Cameron, Nathan, Thomas (Julie) Clyde, and Cassidy (Landon) Meahl; and seven great grandchildren, Asher, Kyrie, Kai, and Adeline Clyde, Jessie, Jane, and Audry Meahl. Services will be held on Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 11:30am, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 34450.
Georgianna R Cook, 95, Hernando, FL
Georgianna Ruth Cook, of Hernando, passed away peacefully under hospice care on Monday October 30, 2023. She was 95. Georgianna was born in Bennington, VT to the late Gardner and Sadie Mae Whittemore Davis. She was a beautician and book keeper for many years. She enjoyed many different activities including riding motorcycles, national and international travel with her husband Clayton. She was devoted to her family and friends. She loved her family, and she gave of her time in many ways to her communities. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Inverness. Georgianna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elijah Clayton Cook in 2018. Those left to cherish her memory are her three sons Bruce Cook (Joanne), Michael Cook (Sherry), and Mitchell Cook; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450.
Kathryn C Cox, 95, Inverness, FL
Kathryn Cook Cox, 95, of Inverness, FL passed away November 15, 2023 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Tallahassee, FL on February 1, 1928 to the late Dessie R. and Eva L. (Patterson) Cook. Kathryn was a homemaker and Baptist by faith. Kathryn arrived in this area 35 years ago, coming from Callahan, FL. She was a hospital volunteer and enjoyed cooking, crafting, traveling, entertaining, and sewing. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Gilmore M. Cox. Kathryn is survived by her sons William I. Cox of Inverness, and Marvin R. Cox of Grapevine, TX; and her sisters Kate Cook Rawlerson of Fleming Island, FL and Betty Cook Miller of Callahan, FL. A Celebration of Life for Kathryn will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 11:00am at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Friends may gather at the funeral home one hour prior to service. After the service, Kathryn’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Hospital.
Marie E Davidson, 96, Inverness, FL
Marie Elizabeth Poore Davidson, of Inverness, passed peacefully October 11, 2023 at her home in Highland Place. She was 96. She was born in Crawfordsville, IN. Marie was a dispatcher for many years for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, and lived in New Port Richey, until marrying R.L. Davidson and moving up to Georgia. She moved back down to this area in 2017. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, R. L. Davidson, her sister Robin Moffatt, bother Richard L. Poore, and her step-son Roger Davidson. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Bob and Jan Poore; step-sons Robert and Mahlon Davidson; step-daughter Marsha Jackson; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and great, great grandchildren. Services will be held on Tuesday October 24, 2023 at the Davis Chapel at 1:00pm, with the family receiving friends for one hour prior. A committal service will follow at the East Elfers Cemetery in New Port Richey. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Inverness 550 Pleasant Grove RD Inverness, FL 34452. Arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 34450.
Donna M Davis, 72, Floral City, FL
Donna Marie Davis, 72, of Floral City, passed away in Loris, South Carolina on September 23, 2023. Donna was born on February 9, 1951 in Cooperstown, NY, to the late Squire and Luella (Lincourt) Taylor. She came to Citrus County in 1997 from Wildwood, FL. Donna was employed by Dairy Queen as a manager for 14 years. Left to cherish her memory is her children: Sharlyn “Lynn” Djoseland (Justin Djoseland) and Phillip H. Davis, Jr.; her brothers: Squire Lonnie Taylor (Patricia Perez Taylor); Russell Taylor (Patilyn Everington Taylor) eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip H. Davis on September 27, 2010 and her son Christopher Davis. A Celebration of Life for Donna will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until service time.
Dr Augustine L Davis, 90, Inverness, FL
Dr. Augustine L. “Dave” Davis III, age 90 of Inverness, FL, passed away November 9, 2023 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. He was born on February 6, 1933 in Huntington, WV to the late Augustine and Billie (Burton) Davis. Upon graduation from high school, Dave joined the US Air Force and participated in the Korean War as a teletype operator. He said that “he wasn’t likely to get shot there with the Generals in Tokyo.” When he returned from the war, he earned a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. He started his career for the US Department of Agriculture in Virginia and then moved with his family to Florida where he has lived for the past 58 years. Along with his wife, Betty, they were instrumental in getting the Rails to Trails started in Inverness. They organized and ran the annual bike ride along the trail for many years. For his 80th birthday, Dave rode 80 miles on his bike. Dave’s other love was the theme parks. He always told the grandkids that he owned the keys to Disney, and he had season passes to the parks and attended often. His other great passion was college football. The family spent many Saturdays cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. He loved when the Dawgs won the Georgia/Florida game, so the local gator fans wouldn’t give him a hard time! He loved games of all kinds but especially Monopoly which they played by special rules to keep game time shorter than normal. Cycling was always a big part of Dave and Betty’s life. They participated in many statewide bike rides throughout the years. They also took a bicycle tour around New Zealand, after they retired. They both said it was the best vacation they ever took. They also got the “cruise bug” and enjoyed many cruises throughout the Caribbean and Alaska. Dave is survived by his wife, Betty, his sons: David and Paul; grandchildren: Kristen, Tom and Danielle and six great grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness on Friday, November 17th at 10:30 A.M. with The Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 9:30 AM until the service begins . The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness assisted the family.
Nancy E Dearbeck, 88, Hernando, FL
Nancy E. Dearbeck, 88, of Hernando, FL passed away October 16, 2023 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Corry, PA on December 21, 1934 to the late Orren and Jennie (Muir) Long and came here in 2011 from Pennsylvania. She was a vocational rehabilitation secretary. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Paul R. Dearbeck, and one daughter Tanya Merritt. She also lost a sister, Patricia Benton. Nancy loved horses, cats, reading, and watching Western TV shows and movies. She is survived by her daughters Linda (George) Webb of Hernando, Jennie (Charles) Caldwell of Zebulon, NC; Stacey Bedow of Ocala, FL; 1 brother, Howard (Rose) Long of Ohio; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Nancy’s urn will be laid to rest with her husband Paul at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Concetta J DeLuca, 95, Inverness, FL
Concetta Joan DeLuca It is with deep sorrow that our family announces the passing of Concetta DeLuca, 95, of Inverness, Florida on September 16, 2023. She was born June 20, 1928 to Antoinette and Raulo Ciancarelli in Brooklyn, New York. Concetta was a dearly loved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, September 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 US Hwy 41, Inverness, in the chapel, with Father Michael Suszynski officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery located at Hill Street and Line Avenue. Concetta was an elementary school teacher. She shared the joy of learning with her children and grandchildren. She taught us to enjoy nature, gardening, cooking, picnics and a cup of tea around the kitchen table after dinner. We learned to be grateful for small things. Our family will remember her love of reading, quilting, birds, flowers, jigsaw puzzles and each of us. Our beautiful Mother was independent, intelligent, resilient, tireless and strong. She was observant, preferring the background. Her generosity, curiosity and her selfless nature will always resonate in our lives. A dedicated parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for 40 years, Concetta was devout, faithful and humble. She gave of her time serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Parish Council Member, Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Club Member and Helping Hands Volunteer. Concetta DeLuca has touched so many in her lifetime. Our family is comforted knowing that anyone who has given love will live on forever in others hearts. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL is assisting the family with services.
John P Donahue, 52, Floral City, FL
John Phillip Donahue, age 52, of Floral City, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on November 18, 2023. Born in Miami, FL on July 1st, 1971, to William and Martha Donahue. He loved to be around his family and friends, he was a very selfless, loving soul that would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. His favorite pastimes were fishing, karoking, racing at Citrus County Speedway and riding his lawn mower. But the one he most adored was spending time with the ones he loved, especially his dog, Hooch. He is survived by his children: Christopher and Mandy Baker of Inverness, FL, Jennifer Baker and Kevin Ryan of Beverly Hills, Shawn and Amber Baker of Brooksville, FL, Brandon Williams of Floral City, FL; grandchild: Junior Baker; siblings: Mary Rider, Margaret Farmer and Joseph Donahue; nieces and nephews: Amanda and Torrie Cook and their 4 children, Laura and Sheena Beckwith and son, Raven and Cj McGowin and their one son; Nicole and Heath Hounshell and their 2 children, Amber Uzar and Robert Wiley and their 3 children, Kali Farmer and Joshua Thompson, Cody Stephens and his 2 children, Jimmy and Ashley Donahue and their 4 children, Jody and Austin Davis and their 4 children. A Celebration of Life service for John will be announced at a later date. All family and friends are welcome. The family requests donations for John’s Celebration of Life and expenses to: $JennyB97 (cashapp)
David D Dunlap, 81, Hernando, Florida
David D. Dunlap of Hernando died under Vitas Hospice care on September 11, 2023. He was 81. Born in Sod, West Virginia, he and his loving wife of 53 years, Cathryn, moved down to this area in 1987. Following his tour of duty in the US Army, he worked as a boilermaker his entire career until retirement. He worked all over, wherever the work took him. He loved and owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as Corvettes. Black and red were his favorite colors. David is preceded in death by his brothers, Louie Dunlap and Gary Dunlap. He is survived by his wife Cathryn Dunlap. A service of honor will be held at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory on Thursday September 14, 2023 at 1:00pm. He will be interred in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations please be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Ste. 800 Miami, FL 33131 or go to Parkinson.org.
Bessie Eads, 86, Hernando, FL
Bessie “Bea” Eads, widow of Thomas H. Eads, Jr., passed away at the Suncoast Hospice Care Center in Pinellas Park, FL, on October 21, 2023. She was born December 21, 1936, in Anderson County, KY, to her parents Nora Howard-Cheak and William Raymond Cheak. Bea was a licensed beautician her entire working life in St. Petersburg, Hernando and Inverness, FL, until she retired in 2007. She was the owner and operator of Bea and Tootsie’s Beauty Salon in Inverness, FL. She adored her family and enjoyed many years of living and fishing on the Withlacoochee River in Arrowhead (Hernando), FL. She was also a member of the Citrus County, FL, bowling league, an avid dancer, raised several Chihuahuas, loved writing poems, playing pool, and solving crossword puzzles. Bea is survived by her children, Roxane (Tom) Sweeny, Tom (Ann) Eads, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Kenneth Ray Cheak and sister, Shirley McGeuhy. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please donate to cancer research or an animal shelter of your choice. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. A marker to be placed for her next to Thomas H. Eads, Jr., at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
Kathryn P Endicott, 70, Inverness, FL
“Where there is love, life begins, over and over again.” Kathryn Patricia Endicott, age 70, of Inverness Florida, passed away peacefully on September 9th, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Kathryn was born October 26, 1952 in Newark New Jersey, to Pasqual Gerard DiGuglielmo and Catherine Ferguson. She attained a BSN from George Mason University in Alexandria Virginia (1989) and her Masters Degree in Nursing from George Washington University School of Medicine (1997). Kathryn enjoyed her career as a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Internal Medicine. She practiced as an ARNP in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Florida. She was incredibly dedicated to and dearly loved by her patients. Kathryn will be remembered for her compassion to those she attended and her ability to comfort all. Kathryn was an avid runner who enjoyed a variety of interests including biking, tennis, gardening, traveling and spending time with the people she loved. She is survived by her adoring wife, Donna Spangler, her daughters: Leslie Salinas (sp. Thomas Salinas), Allison Endicott, and Kathryn Armstrong (sp. Charles Armstrong); her grandchildren: Campbell Endicott, David Salinas, Charlotte Salinas, and Julia Thomsen, her siblings: brother Patrick DiGuglielmo (sp. Consuela DiGuglielmo), and sister Tracy Britton (sp. Scott Britton), and her beautiful tuxedo cat, Abby III. One of Kathryn’s favorite songs epitomized her mantra for life: “Though we know we will never come again, where there is love, life begins, over and over again.” (I Want to S pend my Lifetim e Lov ing You ; James Horner, composer). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), or the Alzheimer’s Foundation (https://alzfdn.org/) The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness FL is assisting the family.
Charles H Fair, 99, formerly of Inverness, FL
Charles H. “Charlie” Fair, 99, formerly of Inverness, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2023 in Orlando, FL. Charles was born on May 29, 1924 in Decatur, IL, to the late Harrison Fair and Clara (Anderson) Fair. He came to Citrus County from there in 1985. Charles was a US Army Veteran serving during WWII with the 147th Armored Signal Company. He served in Rome, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a Decatur Police Officer of 20 years and a member and past president of the Police Benevolent Association in Decatur and member of the Decatur BPOE Elks. While in Citrus County he was a member of the Inverness 1st United Methodist Church and Connell Lake Golf and Country Club. During his 48 years of retirement he loved spending time with his family, cross-stitching, and meeting his friends for coffee. He loved cars and owned 67 in his lifetime. He is survived by his son, Scott (Chris) Fair of Concord, NC; and his daughter, Kathy (Doug)Stearns of Orlando, FL; his niece Sharon McBroom, Leesburg, FL; four grandchildren: Jason (Becky) Fair, Elburn, IL, Bobbie (Luis) Silva, Longwood, FL, Jennifer (Jay) Foster, Kannapolis, NC, Karla (Matt) Lambson, Holly Springs, NC; and nine great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife Hedwig “Heddy” Fair, February 11, 2014 and his brothers, Sam, Wayne, Donald, and sister, Viola. A Celebration of Life Service for Charles will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 9:30 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Jason Fair officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with full Military Honors. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:00 AM until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Police Benevolent Association in Decatur, Illinois.
Dorothy W Ferris, 78, Beverly Hills, Florida
Dorothy Reilly Ferris, 78, of Beverly Hills, breathed her last on September 18th. Exceptionally kind to friend and stranger alike, she reached out to everyone and blessed their lives. Born in Kew Gardens, NY in 1945 to Merwin and Grace (Gay) Westerberg, she spent most of her growing years in the greater Washington, DC area and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. Future education came from numerous training courses in the series of jobs she explored, including telemarketing for United Airlines and as a department head at Woodward & Lothrop, the Capital’s leading department store. She found her career in 1984 when she joined the United States Customs Service, working in the Assistant Commissioner’s office in the District of Columbia. Over 22 years, her importance grew to the job of Congressional Liaison, where she and staff met the challenges that every Congressional office required from the Service. She traveled often to the Southwest border, most frequently during the inauguration of the Service’s Tethered Aerostat Radar System program, a deterrent to illegal crossings. She retired in 2006. An early marriage yielded a daughter, Mary Grace, born with congenital abnormalities that caused her death in less than five years. In 1973, she married Stephen Creskoff, a father of two boys, Edward, age three and Jeffrey, age six months. She took the children under her wings, and despite the eventual dissolution of that marriage, she remained the mother of “her boys” until her death. Edward and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Jacob and Asher. Jeffrey and his wife, Gina, have three daughters, Sofia, Emma and Mia. In 1985, she met Donald Ferris, a recent transfer from New England who shared her love of sailing. Don and Dot lived together in Arlington and sailed on Chesapeake Bay every chance they got. In 2000, after rebuilding a shore cottage near Annapolis into a little two story Victorian, they sold the boat and switched to RV adventuring. With a 40’ “Fifth Wheel” in tow, they explored all of the Lower 48 states over the next twenty years. A historical chronicle of their travels exists on the Internet. Dorothy’s love for and attention to people was matched by another passion. In 1990, she met Popo, a Schipperke (Belgian barge dog) while anchored in a nearby harbor. Entranced by the breed, she found a two year old rescue in a pound in Northern Maryland and brought him home. Renamed Barnacle, the little black devil never left her side until he perished in 2002. Feeling empty, the couple quickly found and brought home a needy six year old. Before they were through, they rescued 14 Schipperkes over a 30 year period. Two, Tauri and Captain Jack, are still at home with Don while Dot frolics with the other twelve at “The Bridge.” Hundreds of people, from relatives and friends to virtual strangers, have contacted Don, Edward, Jeffrey and Dot’s brother, Stanley Schiffman and his partner Ray Bryk of Vero Beach, FL, expressing their deep love for her goodness and thankfulness for all she had done for them. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held in November, with information appearing on Facebook and in e-mails. Arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home 3705 S Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450
Jesse A Fisher, 60, Crystal River, FL
Jesse Albert Fisher, age 60, Crystal River, FL passed away November 22, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jesse was born in Millville, NJ on November 2, 1963 to Perry M. and Greta Fisher and came to this area in 1996 from Port Jervis, NY. He was an Assistant Manager for Big Lots Store. He enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities. Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Greta Fisher Logothetis of Hernando, FL; 1 brother, Robert Allen of Hernando, FL; 2 sisters, Darlene Nangle of Hawley, PA, and Robin Fisher of Hernando, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Fisher. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastors Jonathan Beard and Joe Hupchick officiating. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Wilhelmina Freiwald, 92, Lecanto, FL
Wilhelmina “Mickey” Freiwald, 92 of Lecanto, passed away September 5, 2023 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. Mickey was born in the Netherlands on June 5, 1931 to the late Theodorus and Wilhelmina (Schrier) Anneese. She came to Citrus County in 1992 from New Jersey. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Lucy Kelmer of Brandon, FL, Wilhelmina Kelly of Bradenton, FL, and Patrick Freiwald of Port Orange, FL; her granddaughter, Michele Kelmer and husband Victor Kaposonore and great grandchildren: Chloe Kaposonore and Isaac Kaposonore and granddaughter Amanda LaVaria; step-son Cliff Freiwald of Atlanta, GA, and step- daughter Barbara Conklin of Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Robert, in 2008, her son Roger Freiwald and step-daughter Roberta Edsal. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Robert E Futch, 79, Dunnellon, Fl
Robert Eugene Futch, age 79, Dunnellon, FL passed away suddenly on Sept 13, 2023 at the TimberRidge Emergency Department. He was a professional firefighter for 43 years. He served the Marion Co. and Orlando Fire Departments. Additionally, he was employed by Sears in their warehouse division. He leaves 2 sons, Douglas Ray Futch and Randy Futch. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia in 2018. Cremation arrangements are private at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Susan J Gissy, 61, Crystal River, FL
Susan J. Gissy, age 61, Crystal River, FL passed away September 5, 2023 under the loving care of her family and HPH Hospice. Susan was born in Wareham, MA on December 20, 1961 to Robert and Dorothy (Lino) Payne. She moved to Florida from Falmouth, MA. Susan was a Postal Carrier for the United States Postal Service. She had a zest for life, a compassionate heart, and will always be remembered for her contagious laughter and an endless love for her children. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Donald Gissy of Crystal River, FL; 2 daughters: Rachel Grillo and husband of Denver, CO and Shelby Mulligan of Crystal River, FL; her mother, Dorothy Payne; 2 sisters: June Brenner of Falmouth, MA and Karen Mapp of Beverly Hills, FL; 4 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Payne. At Susan’s request, there are no services scheduled. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
Kathy A Goll, 72, Inverness, FL
Kathy Ann Goll, of Inverness and Irons (MI), passed peacefully the early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, 2023. She was 72. She was retired from the Meijer Corporation in Michigan, which is a supermarket chain. Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Roger Goll; daughter, Tonya Williams; and sister Tammy Quick. A celebration of life will be held sometime in the spring up in Michigan. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.
Norman T Grady, 96, Hernando, FL
Norman Thomas Grady, 96 years, of Hernando, FL, passed away on September 17, 2023, at HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. He was born on March 23, 1927 to Thomas and Anna (O’Donnell) Grady, in Lynn, MA, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, MA. After serving two years in the US Army with the 88th Division in Italy, he attended Boston College for two years; New England Law School for one year; and extended courses at M.I.T., Harvard, Northeastern, and Babson. In 1951, he joined the Lynnfield Police Department, and became the first Sergeant in history of the department, and attained the rank of Captain, retiring after 23 years. During his police career, he won several medals for shooting perfect scores in competition. He was awarded a citation from the City of Lynn for jumping into the ocean during a hurricane and pulling an unconscious Phil Philpott to safety. Norman was an accomplished organist and enjoyed playing with a band and solo for numerous clubs and restaurants, and finally became manager of three organ stores for Conn Organ of Boston. He became a Security Lieutenant for Raytheon Co. serving in Waltham and Andover for eleven years retiring and moved to Florida in 1989. He then was the first Security Officer for Central Florida College in Lecanto retiring after ten years. He was an organist for the Inverness Elks #2522 for 20 years, also playing for the Elks dinner trade two Fridays of every month. A life member of VFW Post #4252, past member of Legion Post #155, Narleo, and a volunteer at CMH for 17 years. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Katherine, and leaves behind his wife of 75 years, Marjorie of Hernando, FL; his daughter, Sharon LeGault of The Villages, FL; five sons: Stephen Grady of N. Carolina; Paul Grady of Groton, MA; Robert Grady of Murphy, NC; John Grady of Crystal River, FL; Brian Grady of Tampa, FL; Ten grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Thursday, October 26th at 10:00 AM from St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto, FL The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL is assisting the family with Cremation with Care arrangements.
George L Gurnsey, 79, Inverness, FL
George LeRoy Gurnsey of Inverness, FL passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at the age of 79. He was born on June 3, 1944, the son of the late George and Anna (Mahosky) Gurnsey and stepfather, Ralph Verdolini. George enlisted in the Army straight from high school and was stationed in Key West, FL. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Rae. George worked at various companies as a skilled carpenter. Over the years, he was a member of the Troy Rod & Gun Club, member and Past Master of Trojan Masonic Lodge 306 in Troy, Pennsylvania and a 32nd degree Mason in the Valleys of Towanda and Williamsport Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites, and past President of the Sundowners Club. George was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved to snowmobile, and play cards. He loved spending time with his family and his friends especially his classmates of the Class of 1962. George retired from The Wood Store in 2006. George and Sharon relocated to Inverness, FL in 2012. He volunteered for the Citrus County Crime Watch, enjoyed countless dinners, and card games with “the gang”. George was a loving husband, Daddy, grandfather & great grandfather (known as Boppa), brother, uncle, and friend. His jokes and funny remarks will be missed by many. George is survived by daughters: DeAnna Lynne Carpenter of Trout Run, PA and Michelle Lanne (Sean) Kallaugher of Berlin, CT and his granddaughters: Meagan Rae (Shannon) Bump, Samantha Leah Carpenter, Sydney Rae Kallaugher and great grandson: Brycen William Bump; sisters: Dorothy (Wayne) Biby of Roseland, VA and Connie (Ken) Rusin of Inverness, FL, several nieces & nephews, and special friends. In addition to his parents, George is preceded in death by Sharon Rae Gurnsey, his wife of 51 blessed years. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at a memorial in PA to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Trojan Masonic Lodge 306 of Troy, PA in his memory. Cremation entrust to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Dale B Haley, 60, Hernando, FL
Dale B. Haley, age 60, Hernando, FL passed away on November 8, 2023 in the Ocala Regional Hospital. Dale was born in Nashua, NH on December 30, 1962 to Byron P. Haley, Jr. and Nancy Foss Haley. He attended Mount Hope School in Nashua New Hampshire and then graduated from Merrimack New Hampshire High School. He resided in Hernando ,Florida at the Journey House in Citrus Springs. Dale will forever be remembered for his love of Batman. He also enjoyed listening to music, drawing, playing basketball, visiting with his local community, and shopping. He is lovingly remembered by his mother, Nancy Haley and his sister, Deborah Bickford. He was predeceased by his father, brother, and sister, Jeffrey Scott Haley and Julie Ann Haley. Dale also leaves behind his beloved dog Coco. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. Dale’s urn will be laid to rest in his family cemetery in Lee, New Hampshire. Cremation was entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Freddy E Hamilton Sr, 85, Floral City, FL
Freddy Eugene Hamilton, Sr., age 85, of Floral City, FL, passed away on October 6, 2023 at the Buffalo Crossings Health & Rehab Center in the Villages, FL. Fred was born in Enigma, GA on September 28, 1938 to the late John and Mildred (Robinson) Hamilton. He was a long time resident of Tampa and served in United States Coast Guard and a firefighter for the Tampa Fire Department for over 20 years. He was also a restaurant and bar owner for many years in the Tampa Bay Area. His memory will be cherished by two sons, Freddy E. Hamilton, Jr. of Dunnellon, FL; John S. & wife Valerie Hamilton of Land O’ Lakes, FL; 2 brothers: Wayne Hamilton of Ocala, FL; Jim Hamilton, Sr. of Tampa, FL; and 2 grandchildren: Freddy P. Hamilton, III. and Isabella D. Hamilton. Graveside Service with Military Honors is scheduled at Florida National Cemetery on Thursday October 26 at 1:00 PM. VFW Post 4337 Honor Guard will officiate. Family & friends may gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and join the procession to the cemetery at 11:30 am.
Jerry T Hamm, 59, Inverness, FL
Jerry passed suddenly at home on December 2, 2023 Private cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Anthony D Huston, 51, Homosassa, Florida
Anthony “Tony” D. Huston, 51, of Homosassa, FL passed away October 30, 2023 at Bravera7 Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. He was born Dubuque, IA on April 2, 1972, and was a Registered Nurse by profession. Tony served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 2011, coming from West Burlington, IA and was Catholic by faith. Tony loved spending time with his family and his dogs. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Jennifer Dooley-Huston. Other survivors include his children Jonathan Dooley of Homosassa, and Emily Lapp (Brandon) of Abbotsford, WI; brother Rod Huston; sister Danielle Morstadt; and one grandchild on the way. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Tony’s urn will be laid to rest with military honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on November 17, 2023 at 11:00am. A Celebration of Life will follow at VFW Post #10137, 6036 Co Rd 618, Bushnell, FL 33513.
Cynthia Hutchinson, 70, Hernando, FL
Cynthia May Hutchinson, age 70, Hernando, FL passed away September 10, 2023 at her home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Cynthia was born in Worcester, MA on March 14, 1953 to the late Joseph and Claire (Vanasse) O’Connor. She was employed with Publix Supermarkets in the bakery department. Left to cherish her memory are 2 sons, Jason Smith of Hamden, CT and Jeff Smith of Hudson, MA. There are 3 grandchildren. At Cynthia’s request, there will be no funeral ceremony. Cremation was entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Pearl M Kahl, 87, Inverness, FL
Pearl Madeline Kahl, age 87 of Inverness, FL passed away on September 8th, 2023 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Pearl was born in Queens, NY on May 27th, 1936 to the late Pearl and Robert Huscher. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 68 years, Robert; daughter Carolann (John); son-in-law Tim; grandchildren John (Christie), Timothy (Kristin), Lauren (Sean), Ryan (Kelly), Corey, Rebecca (Brandon); along with her great grandchildren: Grace, Madeline, Kaius, Harlow, John and Bodhi. Pearl has now joined her beautiful daughter Roberta in Heaven. Additionally, many nieces, nephews and friends have loved Pearl through the years including Kurt and family, Elizabeth and family, Alice, Rudy, Annie, Christine, Pattie and AL. A woman of many names – Pearlie, Mommy, Grandma ,Hot Pearlie, GG and Pearlie Girl, was loved by all who knew her. Pearl loved her family deeply and though separated by miles, she looked forward to photos and calls as they made her smile. Throughout her life she found enjoyment driving her school bus, painting, playing cards and checkers with her grandkids, spending her days with Bobby watching the hummingbirds out their kitchen window…oh, and eating Peppermint Patties. She enjoyed decorating her home with her colorful, Pearlie style. At one time with Spanish flare, to a collection of dolls and family photos. Pearlie’s silly sense of humor, quick-wit, and bright blue eyes will be missed and remembered by all who loved her. Private cremation entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. So loved, so missed, so very dear”
James G Keenan, 85, Inverness, F:
James Gerald Keenan, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away November 22, 2023 in the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto. He was born in Manhattan, NY on January 15, 1938 to the late John and Margaret (Cawley) Keenan and came to his area in 1998 from New York. He was employed as a stationary engineer for Westchester County, NY. He served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a communicant at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Jim was a very kind and loving man and never missed an opportunity to travel to foreign countries. Fishing was his sport of choice. Playing cards with his family made him happy, especially when he won! His laugh was contagious and brought on more laughter. He was very much loved and is dearly missed. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Catherine Leahy Keenan; one son, James P. Keenan and wife Elizabeth of Vero Beach, FL; three grandchildren: Cole, Shemus, and Torin along with nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack Keenan. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 12:30 PM. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Willie Kelly, 93, Hernando, FL
Willie Odum Kelly, Sr. died peacefully on Sun. Oct. 15, 2023 at his home in Hernando. He was 93. Willie was born in Leoma, TN, and worked many years in maintenance for the Nashville Metro School System. He and his late wife moved here in 1985 from Nashville, TN. They were both active members of Trinity Baptist Church in Inverness. He was a wood carver, and even won awards for his craftsmanship. Willie was a jokester and was loved by everyone. He was a man of God and he loved his family. Willie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 73 years, Dorothy Kelly; sons David and Willie, Jr.; and brother Robert Kelly. Those left behind to cherish his memory are sons Leon, Roger, and Jeff Kelly; daughter Valerie Camacho; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A celebration of life was held at the Trinity Baptist Church of Inverness with Pastor Jerry Bloxton officiating . Interment will be private at a later date in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, TN. Arrangements were provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, 3075 S. Florida Ave Inverness, FL 34450.
Carolyn E Koehler, 74, Inverness, FL
Carolyn Elizabeth Koehler, 74 of Inverness passed away October 27, 2023 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. Carolyn was born on September 12, 1949 in Freeport, NY, to the late Edward W. Koehler and Edith (Mundy) Koehler. Left to cherish her memory are her sisters: Sheryl Losito of Inverness, Kathleen Tomas of South Carolina and her brother, Robert Koehler of Inverness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Brian and Don Koehler and her sister, Nancy Schill. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Phyllis M Ladd, 89, Inverness, FL
Phyllis Marie Ladd, age 89, Inverness, FL passed away October 27, 2023 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. She was born in Wilmington, NY on October 19, 1934 to the late Hiram and Bridget Denton. She was employed as a teller in the banking industry. Survivors include her husband, Earl Ladd, 1 brother, James Denton. She was predeceased by her sister, Frances Bessey. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13th at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery.
Heather E Lee, 39, Inverness, FL
Heather Denise Lee, age 39, Inverness, FL passed away September 14, 2023 following an extended illness. Heather was born in Leavenworth, KS to Donald H. Moore and Tina Justice Moore and came to his area from Arkansas. She taught elementary education in several Citrus County schools. Left to cherish her memory is her mother, Tina M. and her husband, Glenn Rorie of Inverness; 1 son, Shane D. Artis of Inverness; her father, Donald Moore of Brooksville; 1 brother, Johnathan Lee of Arkansas. There will be a family gathering and Celebration of Life at a later date. Cremation arrangements are with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Lloyd A Lockliear, 92, Hernando, FL
Lloyd Alan Lockliear, 92, Hernando, FL passed away at home on November 7, 2023. Lloyd was born on December 16, 1930 in Waycross, GA to the late Clarence C. and Vivian (Maloon) Lockliear. He grew up in Maine and Miami, FL, moving to Bradenton, FL in 1974. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1948, retiring from the USMC Reserves in 1980 as Master Gunnery SGT. While in the Marines, he served in Korea receiving a Bronze Star Medal and three Purple Heart Medals in combat, being shot in the chest. He worked for Florida Power & Light for 38 years, retiring in December 1998. He worked his way up from digging holes for poles to lineman, then underground cable splicer, supervision including trouble department, yard superviser, power plant construction, and transmission line construction all over the state. He was an avid shooter winning 1970 USMC National Pistol Champion and many other civilian and military pistol matches. He was a NRA instructor and ran the rifle range for West Bradenton Baptist Church Youth Camp for 18 years. Over the years, he invented techniques and tools for FP & L and personal life including a handmade cannon that actually shot cannonballs. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and diver. He was very good with his hands and was an artist. He served in prison ministry for 17 years. He taught Sunday School for many years and did anything and everything that needed to be done in West Bradenton Baptist Church. He was also a Masonic member. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Inverness, FL. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Ruth Lockliear; his children: Duane Lockliear and wife Debbie of Palm City, FL; Forrest Lockliear and wife Sue of Waverly Hall, GA, and DeLania Locklier of Myakka City, FL ; his brother, Bruce Lockliear and wife Anita of Dade City, FL; three grandchildren. Graveside services are scheduled for Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 12:30 PM from the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL with Rev. Robert Allen officiating followed by full military honors being rendered by the US Marine Corps League. Arrangements are entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL
Frances Lombardo, 99, Shirley, NY
Frances Conncetta Lombardo, age 99, Shirley, NY, formerly of Inverness died on November 6, 2023 in the Long Island Community Hospital, East Patchogue, NY. Born in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Thomas and Jennie (Basirico) LaVecchia; Loving wife of the late Vito Lombardo; devoted mother of Peter Lombardo and Linda Filosa; loving grandmother of 6, great grandmother of 16; her brother, Thomas LaVecchia preceded her in death. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Center Moriches, NY on Friday, November 10th. Additional services scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 9:30 AM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery beside her husband, Vito Lombardo.
Joh M McAvoy, 87, Floral City, FL
Jon Michael “Mike” McAvoy, 87, of Floral City, FL passed away November 11, 2023 at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Akron, OH on December 9, 1935 to the late Emmett Patrick and Helen Mildred (Weaver) McAvoy. Mike was a supervisor for Goodyear Tire Company and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He arrived in this area in 2016, coming from Berea, KY and was Christian by faith. He loved history, and enjoyed collecting antique toys and sketching model cars. Mike was preceded in death by one sister, Kathy McAvoy. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Bonita McAvoy. Other survivors include his children, Chris McAvoy, Joel McAvoy, and Kim Geiger, all of Jackson, MI, Tim Hyden (Maureen) of Clermont, FL, and Don Hyden (Bridget) of Crystal River, FL; 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Herbert M McMackin, 80, Inverness, FL
Herbert M. McMackin (Known as Mack) 05/26/1943 - 09/22/2023 It is with deep sadness and respect that we announce that Mack passed away at the age of 80 on Friday September 22nd 2023 at home with his loved one. Mack formally served his country in his younger years and later owned Monroe Sales in Lecanto, FL for many years and enjoyed his wheeling and dealing. He also had a lifetime love for bass fishing, and poker nights. At Mack's request, no services will be held. Cremation with care, Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Veronica L Meyer, 76, Floral City, FL
Veronica L. (Ronnie) Meyer. On September 14th, 2023, Veronica’s Lord & Savior called her home to spend eternity with him. Veronica is survived by her husband Ernest A. (Ernie) Meyer V, son Ernest A. (Ernie) Meyer VI and his wife (Amanda). Two sisters Dee Mazerski, Baltimore and Linda Myers (Jack), Delaware and brother Sonny Schultz (Baltimore). She was predeceased by mother Ruth Louise Kathary, her father William Thomas Grey, and two sisters, Patty Brylie Balto & Cindy Morgan Balto. Veronica and her husband came to Citrus County in 1979 from Largo, FL. Veronica was full of life and love and never feared any challenges and did everything with that beautiful laugh & Smile. She had to be busy and had to serve others, she truly had a servant’s heart. She was a member of the Floral City PTO, a soccer mom, 4-H Club leader, Superintendent of Rabbits & Poultry for the Citrus County Fair Association. Then to help our family income she switched gears to what I believed was her true calling, but it took her hard work to get her there. She worked in many convenience stores in Citrus County while getting her GED, then her state license for substitute teacher and finally ending up at her true calling health care in Citrus County. First came her HHA license which was for different home health agencies, nursing homes, and activity director at River Oaks. She obtained her CNA license and eventually got hired at Hospice of Citrus County. She loved that job, it was her goal to give each of her patients and their families the best possible care, love, compassion & Support. She talked about everything from everyday activities to where are you going to spend eternity, Veronica loved to tell people about Jesus. Veronica settled that question for herself when in 1995 we went to a Revival meeting at New Testament Baptist Church, in Floral City. She realized she was a sinner and needed a Savior, Romans chapter 3 verse 10 says as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. Romans chapter 3 verse 23 says for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans chapter 6, verse 23 says for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans chapter 10 verse 9 says that if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. Romans chapter 10 verse 13 says, for who so ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Veronica realized that her being a good person, or her good works wasn’t getting her to heaven. She needed a savior, and the only link between sinful man and Holy God is the Lord Jesus Christ. Her life was changed forever that night and is the reason I have no doubt to where she will spend eternity in the loving arms of her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. After retiring from Hospice, she continued her service to the community by volunteering at the Connections Clinic in Hernando, FL for the homeless & underserved, she also was happy taking on new duties at our church. Veronica loved teaching her young people in Sunday school class & singing with her beautiful voice in the choir. Her favorite verse was Psalms 100. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2023 at 11:00 am at our church below. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to New Testament Baptist Church missions fund: 9850 South Parkside Ave., Floral City, FL 34436. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Francine Moss, 47, Inverness, FL
Heaven has gained a new angel, Francine Fiorentino-Moss, age 47 of Inverness, FL passed away November 22, 2023 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Francine was born in Riverhead, NY on March 30, 1976 to Stephanie Mazur Fiorentino and the late Frank Fiorentino. She moved to Citrus County in 1980 and attended local schools while growing up and enjoyed playing softball in her youth. Francine graduated from Citrus High School, class of 1994. Following graduation, she became a floral designer at which she excelled with her amazing creativity. Francine enjoyed the outdoors and was especially fond of kayaking, swimming with the manatees and trips to Sea World. But Francine was most in her element when spending time with her beloved son Kolyn and her many fur babies. Kolyn was her whole world. Francine was a blessing to all she met, always thinking of others above herself. She will be missed beyond measure. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Kolyn Moss of Inverness; her mother, Stephanie Fiorentino of Inverness, 2 brothers, Jim Fiorentino of Las Vegas, NV and Andre Fiorentino of Woodstock, GA., her Aunt Irene Mazur of Inverness, several nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to count. “Your presence we miss, your memories we treasure…Loving you always, forgetting you never”. Arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Nikkia Motika, 96, Summerfield, FL
Nikkia Motika, age 96, Summerfield, FL passed away November 10, 2023 in UF Health Shand’s Hospital, Gainesville, FL. Services are Monday, November 27th at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr Sergious Gerken, pastor of St. Raphael Orthodox Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Florida National Cemetery. Nikkia was born in Columbus, OH to the late Thomas and Mary (Lagurrellis) Kellis on January 28, 1927. She moved to Florida from Ohio where she was employed as a Human Resource officer in a hospital. She was a member of St Raphael’s Orthodox Church She was predeceased by her husband, George Motika on May 26, 2020. Also predeceased by her children, grandchildren, and a sister. Her other sister, Fany Kellis is surviving and lives in Summerfield.
Rebecca A Nurse, 53, Beverly Hills, FL
Rebecca Ann Nurse, age 53, Beverly Hills, FL passed away September 15, 2023 in the Vitas Hospice Unit in Lecanto. Rebecca was born in Milford, CT on September 3, 1970 to Edward and Carojen Nurse and moved to Florida with her family in 1982. She worked in the real estate profession. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Grace Strike of Winnipeg, Canada; her Mother, Carojen Lindsey of Beverly Hills, FL; her Father, Edward Nurse of Milford, CT; 2 brothers: Edward Lawrence, III and Matthew Phillip Nurse; 2 sisters: Stephanie Nurse and Laurie Brown, both of Beverly Hills, FL; and 1 grandchild, Isabella Landers. At Rebecca’s request, she did not wish a funeral service. Cremation was entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Benjamin G Ohnefloss, 81, Lakeside Park, KY
Benjamin Gilbert Ohnefloss, of Floral City, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday October 29, 2023. He was 81. Benjamin was born in Covington, KY to the late Gilbert and Helen Felten Ohnefloss. Those who are left to cherish his memory is David Ohnefloss; five grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements.
Betty L Olmen, 91, Inverness, FL
Betty Lou Olmen, age 91, of Inverness, FL passed away on September 30, 2023. Betty was born in Miami, FL to the late John D. and Emma (Cooper) Still. She graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School, in the class of 1950, where she proudly served as a cadette. After graduation, Betty began her 25 year career working at Southern Bell (AT&T) in the Centralized Repair Department. In 1986, she moved from Miami to Inverness. Betty was a Charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church where she and her second husband served faithfully for 15 years in the Homebound Ministry, visiting and ministering to those who were unable to attend church. She loved this ministry and helping people. In addition, she served in the AWANA ministry for several years working with children. Betty was the ultimate caregiver. She took care of many family members over the years and was happy to be able to do so. She was outgoing and would greet everyone with a kind word and a cheerful smile. She truly cared about people. Betty loved to work in her yard, pull weeds and could tell you the name of most any flower, tree,or plant and how to care for them. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing all kinds of card, board and tabletop games. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Pamela Bradford Darnell and her husband Roger of Inverness; Cheryl Anderson and her husband Gary of Fort Lauderdale; 2 grandchildren,Ricky Bradford (Rachelle) of Berkeley, CA; Katie Krieger (Jonathan) of Fort Lauderdale; 5 great grandchildren, Sophie, Luka, Nora, Jesse and Henry; 1 niece and 1 nephew, Becky (Robert) McIntire and Robert Brice. Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Elbert Mingo, of 41 years, her second husband, Robert Olmen, of 18 years, and her sister, Emilie Sluyter. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Friday, October 6, 2023 at 3 PM at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Inverness, with the Rev. Darrell Reneau officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the church on Friday, from 2 PM until the service begins at 3 PM. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with crematory.
Micheline Ouellette, 77, Inverness, FL
Micheline Ouellette passed away October 18, 2023. She was born November 7, 1945 to Lionel Roy and Cecile Roy of Riviere Du Loup, Canada, deceased. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Leontine and Charles Beaulieu in Lewiston, Maine from the age of 5, and a brother Richard Beaulieu. She was pre-deceased by a brother Jean-Claude Roy and has a living sister, Geatane Malenfant in Canada. She was also preceded in death by several step-sisters and two step-brothers: Diane Roy, Frances Roy, Nicole Roy, Lise Roy, and Renee Roy. She married her high school sweetheart in 1966 to George Oullette, and now resides in Inverness, FL. Michelline was a Eucharistic minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lewiston, Maine, and at Our Lady Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She was an active volunteer and past President of Our Lady of Fatima Helping Hands Thrift Store. She was also a volunteer for Highlands Crime Watch for 10 years. She loved doing puzzles, and especially watching Nascar Racing. She is survived by her husband George; 3 sons, John (Katherine), Paul (Lucille), and Richard (Samantha); seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She will be missed by family and many friends. A funeral mass will be held on Monday October 23, 2023 at 4pm at Our Lady Fatima Catholic Church, with Fr. Mike Suszynski officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine. Arrangements are under the care of the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.
Sharon A Owens, 80, Hernando, FL
Sharon Ann Owens of Hernando passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 25, 2023. She was 80, just shy of 81. She was born in Topeka, KS on October 29, 1942. Sharon was a very proud homemaker, military wife, and mother. She and her family lived in many different and interesting places, before settling down in Florida. She was living in St. Petersburg when her husband passed, then she eventually moved to Hernando. She enjoyed crafts, gardening, and planting plants in her garden. Sharon was very involved in and proud of Alanon, and enjoyed her early morning walks with her neighbors. She loved her family, her friends, nature, and her doggie “Sweetie.” Sharon is preceded in death by her husband Gerald N. Owens. She leaves behind her two loving sons Jerry Dike (Andrea) and Michael Dike (Mary); her brother Robert Lamont, Jr.; her sisters Marilyn Walters and Carol Weiss; two grandchildren Meagan and Michael, Jr.; and six grandchildren Tanner, Connor, Braylee, Jaycee, Adrianna, and Lucas. A celebration of her life will be held at the Chas E. Davis Chapel on Sunday October 29, 2023 at 1:00pm. She will be buried with Gerald at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.
Joe D Pagan, 85, Floral City, FL
Joe Dale Pagan, age 85, Floral City peacefully passed away September 9, 2023 Joe was born in Slick, OK on June 23, 1938 to the late Everett and Pearl (Jones) Pagan. He retired as a Rural Mail Carrier for the U.S. Postage Service, working out of the Brooksville office for 32 years. He served our country in the United States Navy, working as an aviation electronics specialist. Joe served his church as a deacon and treasurer at Ft. Cooper Baptist Church where he and his wife Yvonne are longtime members. Previously, Joe helped establish the New Testament Baptist Church of Floral City and served as deacon and treasurer. He also served at Eden Baptist Church as the Sunday School director and deacon for over 11 years. Joe was known to his fellow church members as hardworking, dedicated, and a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He always believed that God played a major part in his daily life. He also enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, Yvonne Martin Pagan of Floral City; son, Johnnie Joe Pagan and his wife Terri of Inverness, FL; 3 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Naomi “Marie” Spencer, whose husband Mike still survives. He also lost a grandson, Jared Dale Spencer. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Ft. Cooper Baptist Church with Pastor Marne Palmani officiating. Burial will follow in Lake Lindsey Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 9:30 AM until the service starts. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family
Ronald E Pekins, 71, Floral City, FL
Ronald Eugene Pekins, age 71, Floral City, FL passed away October 13, 2023 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Ron was born in Arlington, MA on April 6, 1952 to the late Everett and Nancy (Lynch) Pekins. Ron Graduated in1970 from Carlisle High School in Concord, Ma. After high school Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Navy for 6 years. Ron and his family moved to Inverness in 1989 from Boxborough, MA. He was the former owner and operator of Collision Tech Automotive Body Shop in Inverness. Ron was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his time on the boat and working on his fishing gear. Ron was able to fix absolutely anything that needed fixing. Left to cherish his memory are 2 children: Ronald E. Pekins, Jr of Chesapeake, VA and Candace Banks and her husband Jason Banks of Vero Beach, FL: 1 sister, Dee Baietti of Yarmouth, ME; 2 grandchildren, Hudson Grace Banks and Phoenix Grayson Pekins. There will be a Celebration of Life held on 11/19 at 12pm at the Cove. Please Contact Candace at email@example.com if you plan on attending. Cremation arrangements were with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Raymond J Pilaske, 96, Hernando, FL
Raymond John Pilaske, age 96, of Hernando FL passed away into the Lord’s embrace on November 13, 2023 surrounded by loved ones and under the supportive care of Vitas Hospice. Born in Detroit, MI on November 9, 1927, he was the son of the late Polish immigrants Michael and Lottie (Witkowski) Pilaske. In 1995, Ray moved to Citrus County from Taylor, MI after he retired from 30 years of dedicated work with Ford Motor Company. He served our country in the Korean War as a member of the US Army. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He enjoyed bowling, watching sports and game shows, spending time with family, and had a strong sweet tooth. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Carole (Cypress) Pilaske; 3 children: Sue (John) Pell of Orlando, FL; Matthew (Sharon) Pilaske of Linwood, MI; and Anthony (Tracy) Pilaske of Flat Rock, MI; 8 grandchildren: Caleb, Kayli, Corbin, Rowan, Cheyenne, Aidan, Alise, and Gabby; and 2 great-grandchildren, Drew and Wells. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Friday, November 17 at 3:00pm from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga officiating. Military Honors will be presented by VFW Post 4337 of Inverness. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ray’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Evelyn L Pricher, 82, Inverness, FL
Evelyn Louise Pricher, age 82, Inverness, FL passed away October 2, 2023 in the Diamond Ridge Rehab Center. Evelyn was born in Tampa, FL on April 24, 1941 to the late Leo and Eva (Rhymes) Smith and moved to Citrus County from Port Charlotte, FL. She was a Teller and Operations Manager in the banking industry prior to retirement. Evelyn was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City. She enjoyed tennis, gardening, cooking, and crafts. Left to cherish her memory are 2 sons: Ken Pricher of Inverness and Rob Pricher of Texas; 1 daughter, Pat Pricher of Evansville, IN; 2 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Smith; and 2 sisters, Betty Godwin and Mary Ann Shoaff. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Ledford Hodges, of the New Testament Baptist Church officiating. Evelyn will be laid to rest in the LaGrange Cemetery, Mims, FL. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 AM until services begin at 11:00 AM.
Ralph W Radant, 94, Beverly Hills, FL
Ralph W. Radant, 94, of Beverly Hills, Florida passed away peacefully September 14, 2023 at New Horizons Assisted Living Residence in Inverness, Florida. Ralph was born on February 4, 1929 in Fairbault, Minnesota to the late William E. and Irma (Krause) Radant. Ralph was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Roberta J. Radant. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter Roxanne Hindson and her husband Ted of South Windsor, CT, and his son Russell Radant and his wife Sandra of Central Village, CT. In addition to Roxanne and Russell, he leaves behind seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Ralph was preceded in death by his sister Rachel Auer of Columbus, Ohio. After marrying Roberta they lived in New York and Maryland before settling down in Vernon, CT to raise their family. Ralph and Roberta lived in Vernon for 27 years before retiring and moving to Beverly Hills, Florida in 1993. While in CT Ralph was a member of the First Congregational Church of Vernon. Ralph grew up and graduated high school in Minnesota before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1946. After his enlistment he graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in Minnesota, and after a brief stint in teaching, went on to work in the insurance field where he met his wife Roberta. Ralph and Roberta were both keen sports fans and loved to spend their time together attending sporting events. Ralph at various points in his life was involved in running and tennis, but settled on golf as his favorite pastime. He was a member of the Skungamaug River Golf Club in Coventry, CT for 20 years and while in Beverly Hills he was a member of Pine Ridge Golf Club and active in the local VFW post. Ralph will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Private cremation arrangements entrusted to Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Larry Rhyndress, 74, Homosassa, FL
Larry R. Rhyndress, 74, of Homosassa, FL passed away October 15, 2023 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Detroit, MI on November 8, 1948 to the late Leon and Beatrice (Van Meer) Rhyndress. Larry was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, and arrived in this area in 1985, coming from Michigan. He was Christian by faith, and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, horseback riding, and spending time with family and friends. Larry is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Pamela Rhyndress. Other survivors include his daughter Samantha Stayler, granddaughter Krista Stayler, and sisters Genice Riley, Barb Anderson, and Eileen Alexander. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Elena F Riechman, 97, Inverness, FL
Elena Flora Dizon Riechman of Inverness, age 97, died peacefully at her home on September 24, 2023. She was predeceased by her parents Braulio and Victoria Patiu Dizon, and her four siblings Jose Dizon,Gelasia Carbungco, Teofila David and Sor Tomasina, OP (Lourdes Dizon). In 1961 she left her hometownof Angeles City in Pampanga, Philippines to pursue an education in nursing. In 1964 she graduated from the Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA . In 1971 she received herBachelor of Science in Education from Temple University and in 1975 she received her Master inEducation from Temple University. She was a registered nurse in Philadelphia and Massachusetts, andhelped deliver many babies through the years. Aside from being a second mother to many., Elena was also a generous benefactor. She believed in the true value of an education. Elena’s hobbies included arts and crafts, gardening, cooking, baking, sewingand embroidery. Elena is survived by many family members from California, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas,Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia including Larry and Tina Purpura and Family, Mely Dizon and Family, next of kin: Sylvia Carbungco Nulud, Danilo Dizon, Emilia David Lawson, Adoracion David Lewis, Jesusa David Pastrana and Enrique David, friends and caregivers, Cheryl Cassidy and Joy McCurdy. Elena lived a full life. Elena retired to Citrus Hill in 1999 after living in Philadelphia for 38 years. On September 15, 2022, her husband Roy Riechman of 48 years, preceded her in death. Elena’s parting words were “ Roy is a good man. He loved me very much”. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 US HWY 41, Inverness, FL 34450. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, 3075 S Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450
Jay B Rockafellow, 73, Floral City, FL
Inverness, Florida - Jay "Rocky" Rockafellow, age 73, peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at his residence. Born on June 12, 1950 in Poughkeepsie, New York to the late Edward and Reita (Ostrander) Rockafellow, Rocky lived in Sussex County most of his life before moving to Inverness, Florida in 2021. He was a Local 15 union carpenter for 35 years. Rocky was a past Exalted Ruler of the Sussex Elks Lodge and enjoyed golfing, motorcycles, and his corvette. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Donna Holleran Rockafellow for 53 years. Besides his wife, Rocky is survived by his daughter, Stacey Pochis and her husband John; his son, Jay B. Rockafellow; his granddaughters, Jaylin, Jacklyn, and Payton; his sisters, Donna Rockafellow Saletto and Bonnie Scott and her husband Wayne; his brother, Gene Rockafellow and his wife Karen; his brother-in-law, Jay Holleran and his wife Nancy; his sister-in-law, Connie Holleran Domicolo and her husband Brian; and adored by many other family members. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jay Rockafellow’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL. 60601. Private cremation services are being held at the convenience of the family. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas E Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450
Patricia Anne Roenbeck, 76, Hernando, FL
Patricia Anne Roenbeck, age 76, Hernando, FL passed away October 14, 2023 at the Vitas Hospice Facility in Lecanto. Patricia was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 11, 1947 to the late George and Catherine (Vonbraunsberg) Richards. She came to Citrus County 3 years ago from Ocala where she was an Administrative Assistant for the Oakhurst Health & Rehab Center. She was employed there for many years. She was Catholic by faith. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children; Krista Charboneau of Beverly Hills, Anne Roenbeck of Ocala, and Thomas Roenbeck of Wildwood, FL. She is also survived by her brother and sister, Michael and Kathleen. There are also 4 grandchildren, Megan, Reed, Ryan, Shelby and 1 great grandchild, Emma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Roenbeck in 2016. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, October 21st at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Mike Suszynski of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery.
Andrew A Rogers, 51, Homosassa, FL
Andrew Allen Rogers, age 51, Homosassa, FL passed away October 12, 2023 at his residence under the loving care of his family. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on October 27, 1971 to Richard and Nancy (Kowalczyk) Rogers and moved to Citrus County in 1975 from there. Andrew graduated from Lecanto High School in 1990 where he was a member of the FFA, 4H and a member of the Cheerleading Squad. He then attended Pasco Hernando College where he became a Licensed Emergency Medical Technician. In 1995 Andrew became a commercial truck driver and traveled the United States. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lecanto. Andrew was an avid reader and enjoyed a good book. He loved the outdoors. His best times were when he was able to go fishing or hunting with his son. Andrew advocated for firearm education and taught many children and adults alike gun safety as well as the wonders of target practice and hunting. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Jenniffer (Pingot) Rogers, his son, Wyatt and his father, Richard Rogers. His mother, Nancy Rogers preceded him in death on March 14, 2021. There will be a Celebration of Life on October 21st at 1:00pm from the First Baptist Church of Lecanto with Pastor Gary Bailey officiating. Cremation was entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory
Elsa R Rojo, 93, Beverly Hills, FL
Elsa passed away Oct 22, 2023 at The Grove Assisted Living in Lecanto. Lovingly missed by 2 children, Pablo and Liliane. Private arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Janice E Rymar, 91, Crystal River, FL
Janice Eleanor Rymar, 91, of Crystal River, Florida passed peacefully on September 25, 2023. Jan was born on September 15, 1932, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She worked as a superintendent of condominium enterprises and as a real estate sales associate. She was devoted Methodist, reading then listening to Bible scripture. She was strong-willed, which helped her to deal with life’s challenges including macular degeneration, three cancers and other disorders. Her canine companion, Buffy, was dear to her. Jan is predeceased by her mother Annette L. Beaver Josephson and Father William Warren Beaver. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years Frank J. Rymar and four children: Jacalyn Dourm Carden (William), Diana Dourm Eckhardt and grandsons Nicholas and Steven; Dennis E. Dourm (Trish) and three granddaughters—Amanda Ciadella (Sam), Amy Moore (Wayne) and Megan Castro (Chris) and two step-grandsons Sean DuBois (Laynee Nadal) and Kevin Nichols; Jonathan A. Dourm (Linda) and grandchildren Sherry Horne (Tyler) and Jonathan James Dourm; and six great grandchildren; and step daughters Andrea Smith, Stephanie McLean, their spouses, and their children. The funeral service will be held on November 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Crystal River Community Church (CRCC) at 4801 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online to the CRCC Church Ministries at CRUMC.com/Giving. Arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Brenda L Saddlemire, 74, Floral City, FL
Brenda L. Saddlemire, 74, of Floral City, FL formerly of Binghamton, NY, passed away on October 21, 2023. She was born on May 21, 1949, in Norwich, NY. Brenda had many jobs in her lifetime: waitress, seamstress, hairdresser, and most important was being a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Brenda enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching, sewing, quilting, and gardening. Brenda was preceded in death by her husband Jack; mother Marilyn; father Albert and stepmother Shirley Jennings; daughter Kelie L. Saddlemire; son Timothy W. Saddlemire; sister-in-law Midge Gregory and her husband David; brothers-in-law Lee Saddlemire, Frank Saddlemire, Floyd Smith, and Harry Reynolds; and mother-in-law Pearl Saddlemire and father-in-law Lee Saddlemire. She is survived by her loving daughter Cindy L. Martin; son-in-law Edward H. Martin; and grandsons Travis Saddlemire (Nicole), Edward Martin (Kathryne), and Gabriel Martin. Other survivors include daughter-in-law Wendy Saddlemire; sisters-in-law Barbara Jean Wilson and her husband Richard, Pearl Smith, Beverly Long, and Jane Saddlemire; and several nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Omar R Santiago, 26, Zolfo Springs, FL
We are sad to announce the passing of Omar Ramon Santiago, age 26, Zolfo Springs, FL, formerly of Floral City, passed away Oct 1, 2023. Omar was born in Homestead, FL on June 3, 1997 he lived in Texas the first few years of his life and he grew up in Citrus County. He attended local schools and was very athletic focusing on football and weightlifting. He graduated from Zolfo Springs High School after placing sixth in the State of Florida for weightlifting. He served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Although he struggled with health issues, his loving heart left a beacon of light for all in the community. Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Melanie Strickland; 2 brothers and 1 sister: Michael, Mathew and Stella of Floral City; Maternal grandmother, Lynn Hebert of Zolfo Springs; Maternal great grandmother, Mary Lou Baker; Paternal grandfather, Raymond Spangenberg of Floral City; his uncle, Steven Spangenberg. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Kenny Hebert and his great grandfather, Arthur Baker. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial offered on Friday, October 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery. We are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through. Please join us in celebrating Omar’s life at The Cove in Inverness following. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family
Joan M Schubert, 56, Homosassa, FL
Joan Marie Schubert, age 56, Homosassa, FL passed away October 30, 2023 in Vitas Hospice under the care of her family and the hospice staff. Joan was born in East Meadow, LINY, one of 7 children, on July 20, 1967 to the late Anthony and Margaret (Gerrity) Bittner. She was employed at the Plantation Inn Resort in Crystal River. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: Jennifer Petrucci, Anthony and Jeffrey Schubert, and Austin Fletcher; 6 sisters: Kathy, Mariann, Donna, Linda, Ellen, and Margaret. Cremation arrangements are private with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Robert Schweickert, 83, Inverness, FL
Robert Schweickert, age 83, Inverness, FL passed away November 18, 2023 at home under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. He was born in Orange, NY on March 9, 1940 to the late John and Ruth (Potter) Schweickert and came here in 2003 from St. Petersburg, FL. He was a retired Registered Nurse and served our country in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed running marathons, snow skiing, gardening, building homes, and spending time with his pets. He was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Wendi Hannigan and 2 children, Robert Jr. and Robin. Private burial arrangements are in Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL
Vernard "Butch" L Shampine, 79, Inverness, FL
Vernard Lloyd “Butch” Shampine, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away September 12, 2023 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Butch was born in Massena, NY on November 4, 1943 to the late Carlton and Esther (Yerdon) Shampine and moved to this area in 2006 from Virginia Beach, VA. He spent 26 years serving our country in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) and served during the Viet Nam war. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Kathryn (Rennie) Shampine; 2 children: JoAnn Sawyer and husband Timothy; Jean Brim and husband Harry, both of Virginia Beach, VA; 2 sisters: Christine (Bill) Countryman of Carthage, NY; Doreen Hall of Virginia Beach, VA; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Carol MacMartin in June, 2023; and his sister, Vernita Bowen. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 12 Noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Family and friends will share their memories. Burial with Military Honors will commence at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery with the U.S. Navy and VFW Post 4337 rendering honors.
Bruce D Sheldon, 76, Citrus Springs, FL
Bruce D. Sheldon, 76, Citrus Springs, FL passed away December 3, 2023 under the care of her loving family and Vitas Hospice. Life Celebration scheduled at North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs on Wednesday, December 13th (time to be announced) Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Craig H Simpson, 85, Inverness, FL
Craig H. Simpson, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away Nov. 24, 2023, at Vitas Hospice House under the loving care of his family and Hospice staff. Craig was born in Springfield, MA on July 14, 1938, to Frank and Harriett Simpson and moved to this area in 2001 from Westfield, MA. He was employed by AT&T Telephone as an Engineer prior to retirement. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Donna (Ligus) Simpson, Inverness, FL; 1 brother, Lee Simpson; 3 sisters: Barbara Price, Carolyn Simpson, and Deborah Bandis; godchild Kimberly McCann, her family and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Simpson, and his sister Susan Simpson. Craig will also be remembered by his “girls” Stacy and Shannon Ferraro, who he served as a friend, mentor, and father figure through over twenty years of friendship. Craig was a long time member of the Inverness Elks Lodge 2522 in Hernando for 30 years. He was also a member of the Inverness Moose Lodge 2112 for 18 years. Craig was an avid Yankees fan and lover of baseball. He played on a recreation softball league well into his seventies and when the day came he could no longer partake in softball, he picked up the love of golf and spent every Friday afternoon out on the golf course. As all that know him Craig was quick witted and enjoyed the company of many. Earlier in his life he relished his time in Western Massachusetts with many hours spent around a table playing a good game of pitch – always for the championship of the universe! Craig and his wife Donna took the opportunity to travel the world together visiting the likes of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Africa and China to name a few. Craig was passionate about enjoying a good meal and a spirited “Cheerio” among friends. Craig will be remembered for all the love and laughter he shared with family and friends. Craig carried himself through life with dignity, strength and love. He will be missed dearly. Military graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, December 7, at 2:00 PM, at The Florida National Cemetery (Bushnell). Friends are invited to join the procession to the cemetery at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home; 3075 S. Florida Avenue; Inverness, FL. The procession will leave for the cemetery at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vitas Hospice; 3350 W Audubon Park Path; Lecanto, FL.
Marie R Snyder, 80, Inverness, FL
Marie R. Snyder, age 80, Inverness, FL passed away Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the Vitas Hospice Care Center in, Lecanto, FL. Marie was born in Manhattan, NY on January 5, 1943 to the late James and Marie (Barber) McKenna and came to this area in 1985 from Staten Island, NY. She was employed in the food service profession for many years and a long time member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Richard Snyder of Staten Island, NY; three sisters, Joan Correa, Violet Ambrosie, and Patricia McKenna; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Richard Snyder on March 8, 2022; her son, Dominick in 1978, her daughter, Mary R. McKenna in 1965, and her three brothers, Robert, James, and Joseph McKenna. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 10:00 AM, from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, celebrant. Marie’s urn will be laid to rest in Ocean View Cemetery in Staten Island, NY. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.
William R Stender, 86, Inverness, FL
William Robert Stender, age 86, Inverness, FL passed away September 15, 2023 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing Center. Bill was born in New York, NY on December 19, 1936 to the late William and Anna Opalecky Stender and moved to this area in 2005 from Ft. Lauderdale. He was a retired Registered Nurse, having worked at the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. He not only served in the nursing capacity but was on the administrative staff of the hospital as well. He lectured on his profession at the University of Miami and served on the teaching staff. His passion was rescuing German Shepherd Dogs and worked locally with Citrus County volunteers. In addition to being in the medical field, he moved to Puerto Rico and opened a “guest house” which he operated before he sold it and moved back home. Bill also served our country as a Captain in the U.S. Army for 2 years. Bill was never married. He was one of 3 children. His sister, Barbara Shortreed lives in Inverness and his brother, Raymond died in 2022. There are still 3 nieces and 1 nephew surviving. Bill’s urn will be placed in a niche at Florida National Cemetery. Cremation was entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.
Margaret E Stilts, 76, Hernando, FL
Margaret Ellen “Margie” Stilts, 76 of Hernando, FL, passed away September 10, 2023 at her home under the loving care of her family. Margie was born on May 12, 1947 in Dennison, Ohio, to the late Stephen and Theresa (Feiler) Kasco and came to Citrus County in 2000 from Sarasota. She was a homemaker and a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Inverness. Margie loved music , dancing, and singing. She was a big Elvis Presley fan. She also loved to embroidery and do puzzle books. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 19 years, Wayne R. Stilts; her brother Steve Kasco, sisters: Carol Kasco, Kathleen Fatta and Joyce Shimble. She was preceded in death by her son Bennie Hayden, her brothers Earl and Tony Kasco and sister, Doris Kasco. A Celebration of Life for Margie will be conducted on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Dr Jon Groves, pastor of Victory Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until service time. Burial will be private at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
Marilyn Stokes, 78, Beverly Hills, FL
Marilyn Stokes, age 78, Beverly Hills, FL passed away November 19, 2023 at her home under the loving care of her family. Marilyn was born in Hartford, CT to the late Lloyd and Vera (Christensen) Johnson. As an educator for 30 plus years she made lasting impacts on many families in the local community. She was a very active member of her church group at Shepard of the Hills. Marilyn was incredibly talented and passionate with her quilt work. Left to cherish Marilyn’s memory are son Eric Stokes with his wife Ann Stokes of Beverly Hills, FL and daughter Dawn Stokes Stanley of Bradenton, FL and her sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Raymond Young of Naples, FL. Her grandchildren: Patrick, Cassie, Katie, Bailey, and Erin and great grandchildren: Colton, Camden, Anna, Lucas, Caleb, Colton, Cooper, Rocky, Evie, Odin and Henry were treasured immensely and will disperse her love for generations to come. Honorary brothers will also aid to keep her memory alive; Howard, Tom, Mark, and Dick with their families. She rejoins Ronnie Stokes, her husband of 53 years, who passed December 10, 2016. Marilyn also rejoins bothers Michael and Lloyd Johnson, and brother-in-law Danny. Private Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness Florida.
Barbara J Sylvia, 90, Inverness, FL
Barbara Joanne Sylvia passed away October 5, 2023 at age 90. She lived in Inverness for the past 23 years. Born in Fond Du Lac, WI, she spent her childhood vacationing with her family in Door County, WI at her uncle’s Lake Michigan cabin. She had many fond memories of this time and loved improving her artistic talents by taking Door County art classes and workshops. Her grandparents owned Calumet Brewing Company in Chilton, WI, where Barbara grew up. Barbara graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Barbara was a homemaker who had many interests and hobbies. She was an active member of the Elm Grove (WI) Garden and Woman’s Clubs, a floral arranger, an Elm Grove librarian, a cookbook editor for Ideals Publishing, and an illustrator for Arizona calendars that she and her mother created. She also started a bird sanctuary in Elm Grove. Barbara loved crossword puzzles and reading, especially about Florida history and the writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. She was privileged to have once met the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Barbara was a Lutheran by faith. Barbara survived three husbands: Norbert Nevid, Paul Schmidlkofer, and Dale Sylvia. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Kryka (James), her sons Nathan “Nate” Nevid (Anne), and Nicholas “Nick” Nevid; 2 grandchildren, Jeff Kryka and Amy Taplin; 2 great grandchildren, Sterling and Maverick (and another on the way); her “Very Special Friend” Tom Mayberry; long-time friends Ken and Diane Gatzke; and her dog Bella. A Service of Remembrance will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 11a.m. at the Davis Chapel. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, located at 3075 S. Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450.
Lawrence R Tharp, Jr, 72, Prairie du Chien, Iowa
Lawrence R Tharp Jr. passed away October 17th, 2023, at Sunny Crest Manor, Dubuque, Iowa. Larry was born June 20, 1951, at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of Lawrence and Violet (Sawvell) Tharp. He then came to live in the Dubuque area from 1957-1964, where he went to live at Woodward State Mental Hospital from 1964-1979. From there he moved back to Dubuque and lived at the Area Residential Care facility from 1979 until 1988, moving back to Woodward until 1999. Then he took residence at the Sunny Crest Manor from 1999 until his death, spending most of his time at the Sunrise Unit Facility. Larry loved music and he loved to dance. He especially loved the Prom Night that was held at Sunny Crest where he enjoyed both the music and dancing. He also loved nature and the outdoors. Larry is remembered best in his earlier years for having fiery red hair. Larry is survived by three sisters, Bernadine Geer of Crystal River, Florida, Debbie Grassel of Paige Texas, Marilyn Tharp Smith of Lincoln Texas, and a brother, Charles Tharp of Dubuque, Iowa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Larry was proceeded in death by his parents and a brother, Brian L Tharp. The family would like to thank the Sunny Crest Manor staff, nurse, and guardian for their service and care for Larry. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Larry’s brother, Charles will officiate. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is part will be done away.” ‘For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. “Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I am known” (1 Corinthians 13: 9, 12).
Arena S Thompson, 83, Inverness, FL
Arena S. Thompson, age 83, Inverness, FL passed away September 16, 2023 at the HPH Hospice Care Center in Lecanto. Arena was born in Ocala, FL on September 10, 1940 to the late A.W. Strickland and Leone Williams Strickland. She moved to Inverness in 1958 with her family and completed her senior year at Citrus High School, graduating in May of 1959. On June 14, 1959 she married George D. Thompson at First Baptist Church. In August of 1960 their first child was born, a daughter named Renee. They moved to Ocala FL for George’s job with Florida Power, then later to Fellowship, FL where their second child was born, another daughter named Melissa. They moved back to Inverness in 1971 from Waverly, FL. Arena was a 15 year employee of Citrus Memorial Hospital in the Medical Records Department but her greatest achievement was being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A note of interest, George, Arena, Renee and Melissa all graduated from Citrus High School. GO ‘CANES!!!! Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 64 years, George and her two daughters: Renee Carlson and her husband Greg of Huntsville, AL along with Melissa Miller and husband Barry who recently retired and moved to Inverness. There are 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren in addition to several nieces and nephews. Arena was from a large and loving family of 9 children. She and sister Norine Gilstrap were the last two Strickland children left until this past Saturday, September 16, when amazingly both she and Norine passed away a little over an hour apart. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Connection Church of God . Private entombment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Mary L Thompson, 99, Citrus Co, FL
Mary Lee Thompson (née Hansburger) slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord Tuesday October 10, 2023. She is preceded in death by two sisters, a brother, and by her belovedhusband, Gene. Born April 28, 1924 in Worthington, Minnesota, she left home after high school graduation in 1942, eventually joining her sister Kathryn in southern California. There she met the father of her three children: Scott Sisson of Corpus Christi, Texas, Crysta Pefley of Palm City, Florida and Shannon Reitz of Burbank, California; all of whom survive her. Also, she is survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was of Alsatian and British stock, but never knew her mother who died giving her birth. Since leaving Worthington in 1942, she lived in no less than nine cities in the continental United States, finally ending up in Stuart Florida after the death of her second husband Gene Thompson of Indianapolis. After having her first born in 1949, she became a stay-at-home mom until her children entered their teens. Thereafter, she worked retail until becoming an entrepreneur. Having studied under and modeling for Patricia Stevens Model Casting Service of Hollywood California in the 40s, she initiated, owned and operated a modeling studio and agency in Dayton, Ohio for over 20 years. After leaving Dayton with Gene for Cleveland, she continued the endeavor as a private modeling and charm tutor and promoter/moderator of fashion shows for several shopping malls in the Cleveland area before Gene’s retirement to Hernando, Florida. She was a beautiful, brilliant and savvy women, accomplished entertainer and conversationalist to which friends and family can all attest. “Each man’s death diminishes me….Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” - John Donne 1623.
Sunday Tipton-Tripp, 72, Inverness, FL
Sunday Tipton-Tripp, 72, of Inverness, FL passed away November 2, 2023 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Tampa, FL on May 20, 1951 to the late James B. and Alice L. (Griffitts) Kenney. Sunday was employed in customer service in the retail industry, and arrived in this area in 2008, coming from Ocala, FL. and was Pentecostal by faith. She was preceded in death by her husband Fredrick in 2018. Survivors include her children Randall Tipton of Lutz, FL, April Tipton of Inverness, and Tina Tipton of Lutz, FL; stepchildren Michael S. Tripp of Tampa, FL. Kyle D. Tripp of Birmingham, AL, Joshua T. Tripp of TN, Paula Linhardt of Rockford, IL, and Mandy Osborne of Tampa, FL; and 16 grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 11:00am until 12:00pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Zethyr O Uhrich, 61, Inverness, FL
Zethyr Opal Uhrich, 61, of Inverness, FL passed away November 6, 2023 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in charlotte, NC on November 16, 1961 to the late Sterling E. and Margaret (Chapel) Privatte. Opal was an owner of a hardware store and arrived in this area in 2015, coming from Eutawville, SC. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading, fishing, bowling and occasionally playing bingo. She was preceded in death by 2 siblings, Sterling E. Privatte and Patricia A. Batt. Opal is survived by her loving husband Francis G. Uhrich of Inverness; brother Steve C. Privatte of Charleston, SC; and sister Brenda Hodge of Spring Hill, FL. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Anthony J Venero, 81, Inverness, FL
Anthony James Venero, Sr., age 81, of 8300 E. Ft. Cooper Rd, Inverness, FL passed to Heaven on December 1, 2023 at 7pm peacefully at his home with family by his side. Tony was a devoted husband to Dolores Ann Stokes Venero for 59 years; a loving father to his daughter Angelia Venero (Michael Peters) of Ocala, FL, and to his son, Anthony J. Venero, Jr. (Stacy Peacock Venero); brother to Vincent Venero (Paula Venero) of Inverness and Lenora Antunes of Tallahassee, FL; “Papa” to Grand Children Allen Anthony Clifton (Denise Clifton) of Denver, Colorado, Jeff Clifton of Winter Garden, FL, Victoria M. Rogers (Christopher Rogers) of Inverness, FL, Kaitlyn A. Venero (Jacob Lemieux) of Inverness, FL, Great Granddaughter, Layla B. Clifton, and Great Grandson Anakin J. Lemieux. Additionally, he leaves his sister in law, Barbara Kay Rodgers. Tony was preceded in death by his mother and father Eleonor and Robert Venero; his brother Robert Venero and sister Roseann Lumpkin. Tony was born April 12, 1942 in Islip, New York and entered the Marine Corp at 17 years of age. After his tour in Okinowa and his military service was fulfilled, Tony relocated to Inverness, FL where he met his bride. They relocated to Ocala shortly after their union and began a life of love and happiness. Tony was a plant manager for Skyline Corporation for 14 years and had the opportunity to purchase a family business in Inverness, FL; Citrus Marine Center. Tony and Dolores built their business and later acquired Venero Snapper, Inverness, FL. Tony retired at 59 to work his farm, hunt, and travel. He enjoyed time spent working his crops and could usually be found on his tractor, in a dear stand on his homestead, or teaching one of his children/grandchildren how to build or fix something. Tony will forever be known as a “pleaser of many” and an honorable Husband, Father, Papa, Friend, and MARINE. May he rest in peace among the angels of the Heaven, just as he walked this earth as the angels among us. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 3:00 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church with Pastors Marne Palmani and David Maddox officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Leukemia Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 33450.
James J Whitlock, 86, Beverly Hills, FL
James Joseph Whitlock, 86, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away November 20, 2023 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 20, 1937 to the late Jesse and Elizabeth (Wilson) Whitlock. James was a Captain for the Merchant Marines, and arrived in this area in 1977 coming from Chicago. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy, and enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling. James was a boat captain on the Great Lakes for Hannah Marine Corp. in Chicago, and a member of the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Whitlock in 2012. Survivors include his sons James J. Whitlock, Jr. of Wauwatosa, WI, and Michael A. Whitlock of Beverly Hills, FL; and 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.
Kimberly A Wood, 53, Floral City, FL
Mrs. Kimberly Ann “Kim” (Wolf) Wood, of Floral City, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2023, surrounded by her loving family, at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital. She was 53 years old. Kim was born in Milford, Delaware on October 10, 1970. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Joyce Ann Harrell; her Grandparents, Dale M. & Verna M. Workman and James A. & Alma D. Wolf. Kim is survived by her loving husband of 13 years Jay Wood; her son Dustin Matthew Reynolds; her father James A. Wolf (Lynne Anne); her sisters, Gina deFreitas (Lou) and Lisa Long. She has six nieces and nephews; Jason deFreitas (Laura), Josh deFreitas (Shelby), Danielle Carey (Jared), Derek ‘DJ’ Long (Kailee), Lauren Brown (Alexander), Jesse Long (Brittany). Kim is blessed to be a ‘Great’ Aunt to: Emma, Liam and Ford deFrietas, Lorelei and Montgomery Carey, Beckham Brown and Karsyn Long. Kim has been in Citrus County for four years and worked as a Coordinator for AirFX, Incorporated. Before that, she was employed as Customer Service Manager at M&T Bank, formerly Allfirst Bank for close to 20 years. Kim loved animals, especially her precious dogs. She enjoyed the beach and spending time with friends and family. In her spare time, she loved to bake all kinds of desserts and would generously share them with others. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.
Ruth C Zoellner, 89, Lecanto, FL
Ruth Carole Zoellner, 89, of Lecanto, FL passed away November 20, 2023, at her residence in Lecanto. She was born in Trenton, NJ on October 22, 1934, to the late Horace and Beatrice (Evernham) Danley. Carole was the youngest of seven children. She moved to Miami, FL when she was 11 and came to Crystal River in 1971. Carole worked in the banking industry, working her way up from teller to manager. Later, Carole went to work as a receptionist for Crystal River Primary School and retired from there. She was a member of Seven Rivers Church and her Christian faith was important to her. She and her husband hosted a church life group for many years. Her hobbies were fishing, watching her grandchildren play sports, Rays baseball, cooking for her family and spending time with her sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband Mike Zoellner in 2016 and Buddy Poole in 1978. Survivors include her daughters, Charlene (Butch) Mire of Crystal River, FL, Sherry (Denny) Allen of Beverly Hills, FL, and Shirley Ann (Jimmy) Edwards of Lecanto, FL; two sisters, Marjorie Jackson of Lecanto, FL, Shirley Culbreath of Crystal River, FL and sister-in-law, Ila Maxwell of Winder, Ga.; 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Donations in memory of Carole may be made to Seven Rivers Christian School Athletic Dept.