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Roger Adams

Roger D Adams, 75, Hernando, FL
Roger Dale Adams, 75, Hernando, FL passed away June 11, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice Facility in Lecanto, FL. Roger was born in Omar, WV on March 27, 1944 to the late Raymond and Edna (Messer) Adams and came to Citrus County in 2012 from Muncie, IN. He was honorably discharged from the US Army after serving his country in Vietnam, with a rank of E5. Roger retired in 1999 after 30 years with General Motors. Roger believed Jesus is the Son of God, that God is the All Mighty and when asked who he wanted to see when he got to heaven, he replied, “Jesus”. His favorite hymns were The Lord’s Prayer, In The Garden, Amazing Grace and Just As I Am. He enjoyed bowling, playing guitar, gardening, boxing, home building, refrigeration repair, and listening to wife sing at karaoke. Loving husband and father, with a heart of gold, who provided everything that was needed or wanted. He was someone we could bring our troubles to and he turned those troubles into joy. He was someone we could depend on and he made us feel safe. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Melody (Kennedy) Adams, Hernando, FL; sisters: Nan Simpson, Debbie Livingston (Tom), and Pam Hanlon (Jim); sons, Jeffrey (Andrea), Chandler (fiancée Masha); grandson, Ethan and several nieces and nephews that will cherish his memory. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Adams and sister, Donna Justice. Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org/donate. Following a private family service, cremation care was provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Richard Albrecht

Richard P Albrecht, 77, Inverness, FL
Richard Paul Albrecht, Sr., 77, of Inverness, FL passed away July 7, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Manhassett, NY on December 14, 1941 to the late Martin and Marion (Marcy) Albrecht. Richard was an automotive mechanic and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Long Island, NY. He was a Catholic by faith, and enjoyed mechanic work and riding motorcycles. He also liked shooting pool, watching political news and playing golf. He also enjoyed listening to Do-Woop and Country Music. Richard was a body builder for many years, as well as a boxer. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda M. Albrecht. Other survivors include his son Richard Albrecht, Jr., brother Kelvin Albrecht; sisters Evelyn Christensen, and Dottie Clyde; loving niece Debra Albrecht; and 2 grandchildren. Private cremation under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Linda Armstrong

Linda D Armstrong, 73, Inverness, FL
Linda Diane Armstrong, age 73, of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto on June 14, 2019 with her loving family by her side. Linda was born on December 27, 1945 in Berea, OH to the late Donald Dwight and Elrose Alverna (Speck) Armstrong. She made Florida her home in 1975 after moving from Ohio and relocated to Citrus County in 1980. Linda had a strong faith in God and dedicated her life to him in 1958. She worshiped locally at the Kingdom Hall in Homosassa, Fl and had the opportunity to travel to Berlin, Germany for the International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A trip that was both inspirational and precious to her. She also had the opportunity to travel to Austria, and loved to take cruises with her family and friends. Linda’s faith was such a strong part of her life. It helped guide her and comfort her through good times and bad. Linda also had an immense love for her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She spent 3 years volunteering in the deaf and hard of hearing community, helping individuals and families learn the Bible in American Sign Language. In her spare time she liked working on crossword puzzles and reading. Linda was always trying to learn new things. Those left to mourn Linda’s passing include her daughters: Suzanne Bonilla of Inverness, FL, Lynell Cole and her husband Harvey of Alma, GA; stepsons: Daniel Finkel and his wife Audrey of Medina, OH, Clair Finkel of Cleveland, OH, Jeffrey Finkel and his wife Jeanne of Cypress, TX, Dale Finkel, Edwin Finkel and his wife Victoria, both of Brunswick, OH, Scott Finkel and his wife Christine of Cleveland, OH; brothers: James Armstrong and his wife Shannon of Georgetown, TX, Dennis Armstrong and his wife Beverly of Katy, TX; sister, Rosemary Doehring and her husband Raymond of Mentor, OH; grandchildren: Felicia, Hillary, Rebecca, Aaron; and great grandchild, Abigail. A Celebration of Linda’s life is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1175 S Skyway Ave, Homosassa, FL 34448. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Florence Asta

Florence B Asta, 91, Inverness, FL
Florence B. Asta, age 91, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Florence was born to the late Pasquale and Caterina (Favaroso) Baio in Brooklyn, NY on June 26, 1927. She was married to Charles N. Asta for 59 years until his passing on December 30, 2006. Florence and Charles made Florida their home in 1989 after relocating from Middle Village, N.Y. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at Providence Baptist Church in Lecanto, FL. Florence was a talented seamstress and liked decorating her Florida home to create a beautiful environment for her friends and family. Those left to mourn Florence’s passing include her son, Ronald Asta and his wife Susan Brendle of Holtsville, NY; daughter, Valerie Arcese of Queens, NY; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Florence was preceded in death by her son, Gary Asta on January 13, 2005; daughter, Roseanne Sakatis on December 20, 2000; and brothers: Vincent and John Baio. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Reverend Martin Hoffman of Providence Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, Florence will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joan Ballweg

Joan A Ballweg, 77, Inverness, FL
Joan A. Ballweg, age 77 of Inverness, passed away June 30, 2019 under the loving care of her family at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto. Born in Bronx, New York on June 29, 1942 to the late John and Elizabeth (Kearns) Fiore, Joan came to Citrus County 30 years ago from Long Island, NY. She was a retail sales clerk and Catholic by faith. Joan loved gardening, was an expert house cleaner, and a great homemaker. She was just the perfect wife and mother. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Robert, with whom she would have shared 56 years of marriage on July 6th; her children: Robert Ballweg and wife Angel of Inverness, Raymond Charles Ballweg and Peggy McNew of Tampa and Debra Ann Peters and her husband, Paul of Dickinson, TX; her sisters: Carmella Raguseo, Inverness, Patricia Damien, Casselberry, FL, Eileen Warren, Aransas Pass, TX; her grandchildren: Colin, Payton, Allen, Chase, Cassidy and Caliegh. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Schnepf. A Celebration of Joan’s life is scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, and will be conducted by her son, Raymond Ballweg. Friends are invited to join Joan’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Judith Becker

Judith T Becker, 72, Inverness, FL
Judith T. Becker, who is affectionately called Judy/Mom/Nanny, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL, at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Judy was born to the late Gilbert C. and Anne (Coyle) Johnson on December 21, 1946 in New Haven, CT. She moved to FL in 1969, and called it home ever since. Judy made Citrus County, FL her home over 20 years ago, after relocating from Miami. The majority of her career was spent as a Surgical Technologist. Judy was an avid animal lover and immensely enjoyed being at the ocean or out in nature. To say she was the world’s biggest Elvis Presley fan is a huge understatement. Judy was a beautiful soul inside and out, and a pure joy to spend time with. To know her was to love her. Judy lived every moment of her 72 years of life in a vibrant and fiercely loving manner. Her exceptional strength, fortitude and resilience, paired with her incredibly nurturing nature deeply connected her heart to so many. Judy will be greatly missed in her role as the caring matriarch of her large and close-knit family. She will be fondly remembered as someone that truly loved unconditionally and with all of her heart. Those left to honor her legacy and celebrate Judy’s life include her beloved husband of 25 years, Ronald A. Becker; sons: Byron C. Carhart, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, Robert E. Carhart of Coral Springs, FL, and Ty G. Carhart of Destin, FL; daughters: Sondra L. King of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Lisa Leahy of Meriden, CT; sisters: Jacquelyn M. Johnson of Chico, CA, Jo A. Johnson of Bridgeport, CT, (and Judy was preceded in death by her sister Adrienne K. Rizzo). Judy is dearly loved by 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, as well as many others. A celebration of Judy’s life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in the vibrance of Fall, at Bradley Point in West Haven, CT, to honor her wishes. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marianne Boyer

Marianne E Boyer, 87, Floral City, FL
Marianne Riehle Boyer, 87, Floral City, FL passed away June 9, 2019 at her residence under the care of Vitas Hospice and her family. Marianne was born in Olean, NY on September 12, 1931 to the late Lawrence and Julia (Crane) Riehle and came to Citrus County in 1993 from Plantation, Florida. She retired from the Prudential Life Insurance Company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as an Office Manager with 36 years of service and was of the Catholic Faith. She was a loving and caring person to all of her family. Her favorite past times were shopping and collecting teddy bears. She collected hundreds of them over the years. Additionally, she enjoyed fishing, taking trips in the RV, and being a member of the “Red Hatters”, but among all of the above, shopping was her favorite as she looked for bargains anywhere and everywhere. Left to mourn her loss are her husband of 40 years, Richard “Dick” Boyer of Floral City; one brother, Lawrence Riehle and wife Shirley, Friendship, NY; 2 nephews: Michael (Brenda) Riehle and Steve (Jackie) Riehle; 3 nieces: Michele ( Mike) Bidwell; Sharon (Jerry) Glasspoole; and Tracey (John) Brinkmann. Also, many great nieces & nephews and her loving Yorkshire Terrier, “Teddi”. She was predeceased by her parents, a special aunt, Beatrice, and her uncle, Fred Mitchell. The Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.


Christopher Bresnahan

Christopher A Bresnahan, 47, Ocala, FL
Christopher Allen Bresnahan, age 47, of Ocala and formerly of Lecanto, FL passed away on July 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Chris was born on January 27, 1972 in Hollywood, FL to Patricia (Snow) Bresnahan and the late Paschal “Pat” Bresnahan. He moved to Lecanto, FL in 1973 when his family relocated from Miami, FL. He was a graduate of Lecanto High School and earned his degree in nursing from Rasmussen College in Ocala, FL. Chris worked as a Registered Nurse and was loved by his coworkers and patients. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, shopping, hockey, riding roller coasters and shoes! Those left to mourn Christopher’s passing include his loving partner of 16 years, Patrick Scalzo of Ocala, FL; mother, Patricia Bresnahan of Lecanto, FL; brother, Michael Bresnahan and his wife Kim of Lecanto, FL; and sister, Rebecca Bresnahan of Lecanto, FL. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members out of state. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Christopher’s memory to the Humane Society of Marion County, 701 NW 14th Road, Ocala, FL 34475 or http://thehsmc.org/donate/ Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gloria Buchanan

Gloria J Buchanan, 90, Hernando, FL
Gloria Jane Buchanan, age 90, passed away June 19, 2019 while under the care of HPH hospice at her residence in Hernando. Gloria was born to the late Howard Raymond and Gladys Theresa (Rollins) Blodgett on September 22, 1928 in Bethlehem, NH. She was married to her loving husband Murdock ‘Bucky’ Buchanan for 68 years until his passing on April 30, 2018. Gloria and Murdock made Florida their home 2 years ago after relocating from Gray, ME. In her spare time she enjoyed golf, reading, listening to hymns, and bingo. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed cooking. Gloria loved dogs and horses, and enjoyed camping in New Hampshire as a young woman and traveling. She was a woman of deep faith, and her joy was her family and grandchildren and her life was centered on them. Her caring and loving nature extended beyond her family, as she truly enjoyed helping and caring for others. Those left to mourn Gloria’s passing include her son, Thomas Buchanan and his wife Pamela of The Villages, FL; daughters: Debra A. Hale and her husband Donald of W. Burke, VT, Bette J. Harmon and her husband Paul of Inverness, FL, Barbara J. Foster and her husband Phil of Gray, ME; brothers: John Blodgett and his wife Mary of W. Burke, VT, William Blodgett and his wife Marge of Littleton, NH; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Gloria was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Wayne and Robert Blodgett; and sister, Janice Drew. Gloria will be laid to rest with her husband Murdock at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Burns

James H Burns, 80, Inglis, FL
James H. Burns, age 80, of Ingliss, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 22, 2019. James was born in Pennsylvania to the late Henry and Ingrid Burns on June 7, 1938. He worked as an equipment operator in the construction industry throughout his life and made Inglis, FL his home 10 years ago after relocating from Idaho. In his spare time, James liked to fish, hunt and watch NASCAR. Those left to mourn James’ passing include his son, Douglas Burns and his wife Amanda of Inglis, FL; and grandchildren: Francesca, Tiffany, Sarah, Tyeler, Lilli and Lane. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Buddy Carver

Buddy Carver, 63, Hernando, FL
Willis Clarence “Buddy” Carver, Jr., 63 of Hernando, FL, passed away July 2, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto. Buddy was born in Brooksville, FL on September 26, 1955 to the late Willis C. and Mildred L. (Kirkland) Carver. He came to Citrus County in 1996 from Naples, FL. Buddy worked as a cook in the restaurant business. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Samantha Bain of Savannah, TN; Steven Carver , Kristy Carver and Jonathan Carver and his wife, Heather, all of Naples, FL; 1 brother, Robert Carver of Hernando, FL; 3 sisters, Margaret English of Hernando, FL; Joyce Gail Brooks of Brooksville, FL, and Linda Simpson of Inverness, FL; 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Eloise Rouse in 2006. Private cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Dorris Clark

Dorris Clark, 78, Hernando, FL
Mr. Dorris Clark, age 78, of Hernando, FL passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 22, 2019. Dorris was born on July 8, 1941 in Cumberland, KY to the late Joe Clark and Edna (Paul) Clark-Morris. On April 8, 1962 he married Yvonne Boggs with whom he shared 57 years of loving marriage. Dorris and Yvonne made Citrus County their home in 1983 after relocating from Ypsilanti, MI. They owned and operated the K&K Mini Market in Inverness until their retirement in July of 2015. Prior to owning the convenience store, he worked as a driver for Ready Mix and also as a mechanic. Dorris inherited his grandfather’s 1941 Dodge pickup truck, the truck on which he learned to drive. He spent many years and numerous hours lovingly restoring the truck to its original beauty. When he had some time to spare, Dorris loved sitting in his back yard feeding the birds and enjoying nature. In addition to his loving wife Yvonne, Dorris is survived by his sons: Kevin Clark of Citrus Springs, Keith Clark and his wife Michelle, of Citrus Springs; grandchildren: Korey, Jack and Kerrigan; step grandchildren: Chris and Shannon; two brothers and six sisters. He is also survived by his very special great-great niece and nephew: Kylie and Sean, who considered Dorris to be their loving grandfather. Dorris is preceded in death by two sisters. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Bishop Dr. Douglas Alexander Sr. of the New Church Without Walls officiating. Following the service at the funeral home, Dorris will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jack Cochran

Jack L Cochran, 71, Beverly Hills, FL
Jack L. Cochran, 71, Beverly Hills, FL passed away June 25, 2019 under the care of Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. He was born in East Liverpool, OH on October 1, 1947 to the late Everett Roscoe and Sadie Irene (Dailey) Cochran. Jack was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, and a Christian by faith. He arrived in this area in 1983, coming from East Liverpool, and was a very talented steel guitar player who also enjoyed fishing. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Cochran. He is also survived by his sons Stephen and Tracy Cochran, both of Beverly Hills, and former daughter in law Shannon Redenbo of Floral City, FL; and 1 grandchild. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Therese Daigneault

Therese C Daigneault, 95, Lecanto, FL
Therese C. Daigneault, age 95, of Lecanto, FL passed away at Brentwood Health Care Center on May 26, 2019 with her daughters, Lorraine and Janet, and grandson, Stephen Rymszewicz, by her side. Therese was born to the late Amedee and Aurore (Masse) Hamel on January 23, 1924 in New Bedford, MA. She was a talented seamstress and worked in clothing manufacturing throughout her life. Therese was married to Alfred Daigneault for 59 years until his passing on June 13, 2005. She and Alfred made Citrus County their home in 2003 after relocating from New Bedford, MA. A Catholic by faith, she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. In her spare time Therese loved to garden and tend to her roses. She also enjoyed playing cards and board games with her family. Therese was a great cook and had enjoyed making New Year’s Day meals for her entire family for a number of years. She will be remembered as a wonderful loving mother, grandmother and sister. Those left to mourn Therese’s passing include her daughters: Lorraine Rymszewicz of Floral City, FL, Janet Hodson and her husband Paul of New Bedford, MA; sister, Doris Hargraves of Wildwood, FL; grandchildren: Stephen, Paul II, Victoria; and great grandchildren: Colin, Derik, Megan, Robert. In addition to her husband Alfred, she was preceded in death by her son in law, Stephen Rymszewicz; brothers: Robert, Raymond, Rudolph; and sisters: Lillian, Alida, Claire, Irene, Noella. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Following the mass, Therese will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ted Davis

Ted A Davis, 66, Webster, FL
Ted Arthur Davis, age 66, passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2019 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Ted was born in Brooksville, FL to Harold Lee and Juanita (Gilmore) Davis on February 16, 1953. He grew up in Inverness and graduated from Citrus High School in 1971. Ted proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and following his military service, he became a grocery store manager. Most recently, he worked for Winn Dixie in Dade City and had retired just one month ago. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Minnie “Kitten” (Thomas) on February 19, 1972. Together, they shared 46 years of loving marriage. A Christian by faith, he attended worship services at the Church of Christ in Bushnell, FL. In his spare time, Ted loved fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed working around the house and spending time with his family. In addition to his loving wife Kitten, those left to mourn Ted’s passing include his daughter, Alicia Victoria Davis of Brooksville, FL; grandchildren: Kyndal Davis Neff and her husband Austin of Webster, FL and John Dalton Coleman of Jacksonville, FL. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward DeVita

Edward M DeVita, 79, Dunnellon, FL
Edward M. DeVita, age 79, of Dunnellon, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on July 2, 2019. Ed was born on the 15th of September in 1939 to the late Pasquale and Helen (Gibson) DeVita. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserves and went on to become a Firefighter in Hollywood, FL. Ed married to Janice (Foster) DeVita in 1976 and together they made Dunnellon their home in 2002 after relocating from Davie, FL. He was Episcopal by faith and enjoyed fishing and making stained glass. Ed was a member of Masonic Lodge #398. In addition to his loving wife Janice, Ed is survived by daughter, Frances Jayme Conklin and her husband Craig of Saudi Arabia; son, Nicholas DeVita and his wife Ivy of Crystal River, FL; stepson, Thomas A. Robinson of Georgia; sister, Patricia Nortman; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joseph Dionizio,Jr

Joseph Dionizio,Jr, 68, Inverness, FL
Joseph Dionizio, Jr, 68, of Inverness, FL passed away July 13, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness after a short, but fierce battle with cancer. He was born in Providence, RI on November 22, 1950 to the late Joseph and Evangelina (Barraca) Dionizio. Joseph was a machinist by trade, and arrived in Florida in 2013, coming from Rhode Island. Joseph had a passion for riding his motorcycle, camping, and flea markets, but above all, he loved being outside having a good time. Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph Dionizio III and his wife Tara from Cranston, RI, and his daughter, Joanna Leard and her husband Brian from Fairfield, Maine; 3 grandchildren; and his beloved partner, Lynn Babbitt of Inverness. Joseph’s urn will be laid to rest in Rhode Island at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Doddato

Patricia A Doddato, 83, INVERNESS, FL
Patricia Ann Doddato, 83, Inverness, FL passed away at her residence on July 10, 2019. She was born in Addison, New York on July 19, 1935 to the late Gilbert James and Catherine (Hauff) Doddato and came to his area from Miami 19 years ago. She was employed at Habitat For Humanity as a Human Resource supervisor and was of the Catholic Faith. She served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Her memory will be cherished by her sister, Virginia Jones of Ralston, PA; 4 nephews, John Doddato, Gary Jones, Michael Jones, and Jay Jones; several great nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Doddato in addition to her parents. At her request, she will be received at Florida National Cemetery for columbarium entombment with no services. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Grace Driskill

Grace L Driskill, 86, Inverness, FL
Grace Lee Driskill, age 86, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Grace was born to the late Floyd and Mary Elizabeth (White) Goodman on March 21, 1933 in Maysville, KY. She made Citrus County her home in November of 2002 after relocating from Fort Lauderdale and was a member of the Citrus Springs VFW #4864. Grace is survived by her daughters: Deb Driskill of Inverness, FL, Cheryl Toski of Naples, FL; grandchildren: Chrissie Graeber, Laura Anstead and Mallory Raby; and six great grandchildren. Private burial for Grace will be at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Culbert "Lee" Duncan, SR

Culbert "Lee" Duncan, SR, 67, Floral City, FL
Culberth “Lee” Duncan, Sr., age 67, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on July 5, 2019 with his loving wife by his side. Lee was born in St. Petersburg, FL on March 5, 1952 to the late Charles and Myrtle (Williams) Duncan. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and went on to become a Truck Driver. He married his loving wife, Carolyn Diane Duncan, in 1989. In addition to his wife, those left to mourn Lee’s passing include his siblings: Nathan Duncan and his wife Robin, Dennis Duncan and his wife Charlene, Annie Riley and her husband Durwin, Frank Bernaldo and his wife Rhonda, Randall Willis and his wife Gabrielle; and nieces and nephews: Jessica Thomas and her husband Eric, Jamie Mekler, Jack White and family, Jessica Duncan, Erin Duncan, Justin Duncan, Curtis Bernaldo, Cody Bernaldo, James Arbello; and stepsons: Robert, James and William Edwards. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Elmore

George R Elmore, 90, Phoenix, AZ
George Raymond Elmore, age 90, Phoenix, AZ and former resident of Homosassa, FL passed away in Phoenix on June 17, 2019 under the care of Hospice of The Valley. Mr. Elmore was born in Detroit, MI on March 6, 1929 to the late George M. and Florence (Kunkel) Elmore and came to Florida in 1993 from Taylor, MI. He was a retired locomotive engineer, having worked 42 years with the Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton and the Grand Trunk Railroads. He served our country in the U.S. Army and was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish his memory are four children: Paul (Denise) Elmore, Sugarland, TX; Philip (Sabrina) Elmore, Taylor, MI; Teresa (James) Ortner, Chandler, AZ; Cynthia (Barry) Steele, Riverview, MI; two brothers: William Dimock of North Carolina and Richard Dimock of Michigan; two sisters: Shirley Ghena and Barbara Smillie, both of Michigan; seven grandchildren: Jennifer, Scott, Sarah, Jimmy, Jake, Noelle and Jaycie; three great grandchildren: Adrian, Ashton and Reese. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Elmore on July 6, 2015; his son, Stephen Elmore; two brothers, David and Jack Dimock; and his sisters, Helen Rouleau and Dorothy Doka. There is a Celebration of Life Scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Parish officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until the hour of service at the funeral home.


Anthony Fontaine

Anthony C Fontaine, 74, Inverness, FL
Anthony C. Fontaine, age 74, Inverness, FL passed away June 9, 2019 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, June 14th at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, celebrant. Burial will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills, FL. Friends may view at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM when the cortege departs for the church. Mr. Fontaine was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Frances Fontaine


Jean Forbus

Jean Forbus, 89, Inverness, FL
Jean Forbus, age 89, of Inverness, FL passed away with her loving family by her side on June 21, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Jean was born on December 14, 1929 in Huntington, WV to the late Joseph Dwight and Vivian (Quickle) Powell. She was married to her loving husband Hubert Forbus for 59 years until his passing on May 15, 2013. A woman of strong Christian faith, she was an active and faithful member of the Bellmead United Methodist Church in West Virginia for 20 years. After Jean and her husband Hubert relocated from Point Pleasant, WV 35 years ago, they made Citrus County, FL their home and became active members of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene in Hernando, FL. Jean participated in Franklin Graham’s Samaritans Purse Program and would donate about 20 shoeboxes a year that would be filled with gifts and given to children as an expression of God’s tangible love. A loving and caring mother, she was a Den Mother for her sons Scout troops when they were young, and a member of the Homemakers club. Outside of the home, Jean worked at the Peoples Bank in West Virginia for 10 years and once she became a Florida resident, she worked at the Bank of Inverness for 17 years prior to retirement. In her spare time, Jean enjoyed traveling with her husband. They visited all 50 states and their capitals. They also traveled Canada, Germany and Paris, France. She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. Jean will also be remembered as an avid Tampa Bay Rays fan. Those left to mourn Jean’s passing include her sons: David Forbus of Point Pleasant, WV, Zach Forbus and his wife Carmon of Inverness, FL; brother, Joseph Powell of S. Leesburg, FL; two grandchildren: Colton, his wife Kelsey, and McKenzie; and two great grandchildren: Damon and Rhett. In addition to her loving husband Hubert, Jean was preceded in death by her brothers: Tommy and Bobby Powell. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL and was conducted by Pastor Marne Palmani of Fort Cooper Baptist Church. Jean will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jean’s family requests memorial donations be made to Samaritans Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org/donate or to Vitas Hospice Healthcare, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Freeman

William P Freeman, 45, Floral City, FL
William Phillip Freeman, age 45, of Floral City, passed away as the result of an accident on May 27, 2019. William was born in Tawas City, MI on October 12, 1973 to Carla Sue (Strayer) Frederick and the late David Alva Freeman. He made Citrus County his home 25 years ago after relocating from Michigan and worked in the commercial construction industry as an electrician. In his spare time William enjoyed fishing, boating and riding his Harley. He was an outgoing and charismatic man that never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his mother, Carla Frederick of Floral City; daughters, Elaini English and her husband Jeffery of Blairsville, GA, Sylvia Freeman and her mother, Nicole Walters, of Citrus Springs, FL; brother, Willard Chandler of Inverness; grandchildren: Oliver and Jackson English; and close friend, Dena English of Inverness, FL. In addition to his father, William was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Kimberly Strayer and Lorene Freeman. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Fyler

Thomas R Fyler, 66, Inverness, FL
Thomas Robert Fyler, 66, of Inverness passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Mr. Fyler was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on December 4, 1952, to the late Elvin and Josephine (Kramer) Fyler, and came to Citrus County in 2009 from California. He was a fish culturist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judi Fyler; children: Colin Fyler of Grenada, CA, Bryan Fyler of Colorado Springs, CO and Kathryn Burns of Inverness ; eight grandchildren and a great grandchild. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Elvin “Bob” Fyler. Cremation Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Ann "Nancy" Gibboney

Ann "Nancy" C Gibboney, 81, Hernando, FL
Ann Carol “Nancy” Gibboney, age 81, of Hernando, FL and former Miami resident, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on August 13, 2019. Nancy was born in Orange, NJ on July 15, 1938. She worked as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines for 26 years and was based out of Miami. She relocated to Hernando, FL 18 years ago with her husband of 54 years, Philip Gibboney. Nancy touched many lives with her laughter, smile, and generosity. She had a passion for reading, enjoyed cooking, and was an amazing cook. Nancy always found time during the holidays to donate to some worthy cause enriching the lives of others. She will be missed but not forgotten. Her laughter will ring in our thoughts and her smile etched in our memories. Catholic by faith, she had a “BIG” heart. In addition to her loving husband Philip, Nancy is survived by a stepson, Larry Gibboney of Salt Lake City, UT; a stepdaughter, Anita Gibboney of Doral, FL; brothers: Shaun Murphy of California, Jerry Murphy of New Jersey; and a sister, Maureen Cohen of Stuart, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Irene Goetz

Irene C Goetz, 95, Homosassa, FL
Irene Charlotte Goetz, age 95, of Homosassa, FL passed away at the Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River on August 1, 2019. Irene was born in Vilshofen, Germany to the late Max and Mary (Dobler) Hoefler. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 5. Irene was married to John Goetz for 68 years until his passing on June 26, 2011. She and John made Florida their home in 1989 after relocating from Middleburg, NY. Irene was a Catholic by faith and faithfully said her prayers every night before going to bed. She loved playing Bingo and Canasta. For a number of years, Irene and her husband enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and Biloxi. Those left to mourn Irene’s passing include her devoted niece, Mary Ann Vantine; nieces: Meghan Vantine, Heather (Tim Webb) Vantine; nephews: Raymond, Herman and Leonard; and great nieces: Harper Webb, Ruth Webb. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her stepson Ronald in 2011 and by three brothers and two sisters. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Edward "Clay" Graves

Edward "Clay" Graves, 86, Inverness, FL
Edward “Clay” Graves, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away May 26, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness. He was born in Blount County, TN on May 31, 1932 to the late Edward and Mae (Nuchols) Graves. Clay was a vending machine mechanic, and arrived in this area 25 years ago, coming from Tennessee. He was a Baptist by faith, and enjoyed bowling, golfing, and fishing. Clay was preceded in death by his loving wife Sarah in 2018. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Graves of Inverness; his brother Gary Graves and sister Bobbie Young, both of TN. Clay will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donna  Greer

Donna C Greer, 52, Inverness, FL
Donna Carole Greer, age 52, of Inverness, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 7, 2019. Donna was born to Carole “Lynn” (Struble) and the late Donald A. Baker on March 26, 1967 and had been a resident of Citrus County since 1980. Donna is survived by her two children: Gavin Greer and Paisley Greer; her mother, Carole “Lynn” Baker; and sister, Susan Martinez and her husband Stephen. Donna was preceded by her father, Donald A. Baker in 1995. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Charlotte Harrison

Charlotte L Harrison, 91, Inverness, FL
Charlotte L. Harrison, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away May 22, 2019 at Avante of Inverness. She was born in Homosassa, FL on February 6, 1928 to the late Charlie and Lillie (Murkerson) Henley and was a lifelong resident. Charlotte attended the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, and was a fabulous bible teacher, church leader, and had a passion for her faith. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Donald Harrison in 2013. Charlotte is survived by her sister Ruby Taylor of Inverness. A Celebration of Life Service for Charlotte will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory on Saturday, June 8, at 11:00 A.M, with Pastors Tom Thomas and Dr. Ray Kelley from the 1st Christian Church of Inverness officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to service.


Bonnie Hedden

Bonnie M Hedden, 88, Inverness, FL
Bonnie Marie Hedden, 88, of Inverness, FL passed away May 20, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Mankato, KS on May 28, 1930 to the late John and Pearl Mary (Fordham) Johnson. Bonnie worked in the Udall school cafeteria as a cook, and arrived in this area in 2015 coming from Kansas. She enjoyed doing word searches and puzzles, and enjoyed going on motorcycle rides with Darren and loved watching him race sprint cars. Bonnie was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 50 years, John Hedden in 2006 and her son, Clyde Hedden in 2017. She is survived by her children Bill Hedden and his wife Adelia of Winfield, KS, Bonita Nichols and her husband Darren of Inverness, Pam Shockey and her husband Duane of Haysville, KS, and Annette Enegren and her husband Brad of Wellsville, KS; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Private cremation with care arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Hershey

Patricia M Hershey, 84, Lecanto, FL
Patricia M. Hershey, 84, Lecanto, FL went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2019, at Brookdale Citrus Assisted Living Facility under the care of Vitas Hospice. Patricia was one of three children, born to the late James E. and Elizabeth (Smink) Breen on August 25, 1934 in Cleveland, OH. She came to Florida from Strongsville, OH in 2000, with her husband, Harry. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness FL, where her husband was their organist until his passing on September 10, 2015. Those left to cherish Patricia’s memory include her children: David Hershey of Parma, OH, Donna Lea of Ashburn, VA, Kathleen Hershey of Akron, OH; her brother, Fred Breen (Judy) Sylvania, OH; her sister, Elizabeth Burnworth (Newton), Hernando, FL; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Harry E. Hershey. Patricia’s life will be remembered and celebrated at Sunset Chapel, North Olmsted, OH, on Thursday, July 25th. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL assisted the family with Florida arrangements.


Barbara Holstein

Barbara L Holstein, 94, INVERNESS, FL
Barbara Lucille Holstein, age 94, Inverness, Florida passed away June 13, 2019 in the Arbor Trail Rehabilitation Center under the care of Vitas Hospice. Mrs Holstein was born October 23,1924 in Charleston, WV to the late Enoch L. and Mamie (Harmon) Goff and moved to Citrus County from Brooksville, FL in 2015. She was a homemaker and of the Christian Faith. Barbara loved West Virginia. She thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors and taking in the natural beauty of the rural areas of the state. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and was always helping her neighbors in need. She had a delightful sense of humor and laughter filled her home. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Robert B. Holstein, D.O. and his wife Jean, who reside in Venice, FL; 4 grandchildren: Scott, Stacy, Bobbie, and Tommy and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Judy Gail Seats and Sherry Jean Campbell and her grandson, Henry. Following cremation, her urn will be laid to rest in the family plot at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, WV. Cremation care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Judith Ingrassia

Judith M Ingrassia, 74, Inverness, FL
Judith Mary Ingrassia, 74, Inverness, FL passed away May 25, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Judy was born in Paterson, NJ on December 6 1944 to the late Emil Gustav Johnson and Mary Van Rosenbergh Johnson. Judy came to Florida in 1972 from New Jersey. She was a Surgical Nurse (LPN), working in hospitals before moving to Florida. She enjoyed collecting tea pots (well over 100 of them), scuba diving, and fishing (big fish). Judy loved to paint and was an accomplished artist and was active in the Citrus County Art League for many years. In addition to these talents, she was a “sharp shooter”, having won several trophies over the years. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 51 years, Angelo A. Ingrassia; her daughter, Rosemary Amerson of Murphysboro, TN; 2 brothers, Robert Johnson of Tacoma, WA and Walter Johnson of Springfield, MO; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two children, her son, John Knowles in 2005 and her daughter, Donna Ingrassia in 2000. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to visit the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Her urn will be laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date. Judy loved flowers so they will be gratefully accepted at the Celebration of Life. Cremation with care at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Eleanor Johnfauno

Eleanor M Johnfauno, 97, Inverness, FL
Eleanor Marie Johnfauno, age 97, Inverness passed away May 19, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. A native of Peoria, Illinois, she was born on Aug 7, 1921 to the late Leroy and Pearl (Morris) White and moved to Florida in the early 80’s. She was a homemaker, enjoyed painting in oils, and taught piano lessons. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. Left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory are two children, James T. Johnfauno and Doris Sissom, both of Inverness; 8 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Johnfauno in 1975, a son, Richard K. Johnfauno, and her brother and sister, Richard Worth and Elsie Johnson. She will be laid to rest in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. A Celebration of Life is planned at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family with their local arrangements.


Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson, 63, Bushnell, FL
Charlotte Johnson, age 63 of Bushnell, FL passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at her daughter’s home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Charlotte was born in Painsville, OH on February 11, 1956 to the late George William and Bernadette Josephine (Krisher) Prosser. She made Florida her home 30 years ago after relocating from Georgia. Charlotte worked as a beautician throughout her professional career and was a Christian by faith. She was a member of the Wahoo Baptist Church in Bushnell. Charlotte was also an Auxiliary member of the Lake Panasoffkee VFW. She loved thrift store shopping, fishing, crafts and spending time with her family. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Tracy West Bumpus and her husband Michael, Kimberly Olinger and her husband Daniel, all of Bushnell, and Alison West of Inverness; sisters: Audrey Prosser (Bruce) and Louise Peters (Stan) both of Chardon, OH; grandchildren: Morgan, Sera, Christian, Taylor, Dakota, Charli, Ann Marie, Americus, Kyleigh, Gage and Cooper; her former husband, Emory Johnson of Floral City; and sister in law Debbie Prosser. She was preceded in death by her brothers: George William “Bill” Prosser II, Andrew “Andy” Prosser and the father of her children, William “Bill” West. Charlotte has chosen to give the gift of her body donation for medical and scientific research. Assisting with her arrangements is the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth G Johnson, 93, Hernando, FL
Kenneth George Johnson, age 93, of Hernando, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto on July 13, 2019. Kenneth was born to the late Carl and Dolly (Ottinger) Johnson in Batavia, IL on January 24, 1926. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and worked as a salesman after his military service. Kenneth was married to Georgia “Maxine” Johnson for 57 years. He and Maxine made Citrus County their home 40 years ago after relocating from Clearwater, FL. Kenneth was an active and devoted member of the Hernando United Methodist Church and former President of their men’s group. He loved devoting his time to the church and also enjoyed going to yard sales. In addition to his loving wife Maxine, those left to mourn Kenneth’s passing include his half brother, Paul Eryston; half sister, Jean Carlson; and his dear friend, Thala Duteau. He is also survived by his large and loving church family. Kenneth was preceded in death by his son David, and brothers: Harold and William Johnson. A Celebration of Kennth’s life is planned for August 7, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hernando United Methodist Church and will be conducted by Pastor David Spaulding. A luncheon will follow the service. In lieu of flowers it is requested memorial donations be made to the Hernando United Methodist Church, 2125 E. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Hernando, FL 34442 or to Vitas Healthcare Hospice, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Jones

John R Jones, 86, Hernando, FL
John Richard “J.R.” Jones, 86, of Hernando, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. J.R. was born on December 31, 1932, in New Boston, Ohio, to the late Ralph Edward and Elizabeth (Crager) Jones. He joined the US Marine Corps and learned the electrical trade. He owned J.R. Jones Electric for 33 years. His accomplishments included being the assistant chief of the volunteer fire department in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. He was a city councilman and later the mayor of Lauderdale Lakes. After spending weekends and vacations hunting in the Withlacoochee National Forest, he decided to invest in real estate and later relocate to Citrus County in 1971. He was a member of the Gideons and assisted in the building of several churches in Citrus County, as well as holding offices as deacon, youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, bus driver, RA Director, and President of Board of Directors of First Baptist Church of Hernando. He enjoyed traveling and photography. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Marjorie Jones; 3 sons: Richy Davy Jones and his wife Marianne of Bakersville, NC; John Todd Jones of Little Rock, AK; Justin Kirt Jones and wife Trish of Jarvisburg, NC; daughters: Brenda Kelley of Clermont, FL; Donna Downing and husband Tom of Charleston, SC; Margie Hatfield and husband J.D. of Lecanto, FL; brother, Ted Jones and wife Bonnie of Enon, OH; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Jones, and sisters, Ruth Fugate and Helen Channell. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Hernando with Pastors Keith Dendy and J.D. Hatfield conducting. The family will receive friends at the church one-half hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the First Baptist Church of Hernando would be appreciated. Following the church service, J.R. will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, where full military honors will be rendered by Marine Corps League Archambault Detachment 819. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Tina Jones

Tina M Jones, 56, Inverness, FL
Tina Marie Jones, age 56 of Inverness, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2019 at Avante in Inverness. Tina was born in Stillwater, Minnesota on November 28, 1962. She came to Citrus County over 20 years ago from New Mexico. Sue was a member of the Floral City Baptist Church and was a very spiritual person who loved the Lord. She enjoyed riding her Honda Gold Wing, enjoyed making crafts, embroidery and shopping. Tina was a former Girl Scout Troop Leader. She had a great love for her family and was a wonderful sister. She had many friends who will greatly miss her. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Brandy S. Denny and husband Joey of Mansfield, OH; mother, Cheryl Haas of Minnesota; brothers: Roger Haas of Ohio and Greg Haas of Rio Rancho, NM; sisters: Brenda Iams-Faust of St. Petersburg, FL, Susan Hobson and husband Sergio of Albuquerque, NM; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Jones; her father, Roger Haas; brother, Harold Haas; and sister Tammy Haas. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Eileen Kaplan

Eileen A Kaplan, 71, Inverness, FL
Eileen A. Kaplan, age 71, Inverness, FL passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Eileen was born in Queens, NY on March 11, 1948 to the late Stephen and Rita (Curtin) Cieslewicz and moved here in 2012 from there. She was employed as a clerk in the Finance Dept for the City of New York for 30 years and earned her Associates Degree in Business Management. Eileen loved Christmas! Her decorating started in early October to celebrate that special season and continued well into the new year. She was an avid buyer on television with the Home Shopping Network and enjoyed watching re-runs of the television production, “Mash”. She was of the Catholic Faith. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 36 years, Bruce Kaplan and her brother, Steve Cieslewich and his wife, Gloryann, both of Inverness. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2:30 PM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00 noon until the procession departs for the church at 2:00 PM


Lynda Kennedy

Lynda J Kennedy, 78, Lake Suzy, formerly of Homosassa, FL
Lynda J. Kennedy, 78, Lake Suzy, FL, formerly of Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Health Care Hospice in Lecanto. Lynda was born in Toledo, OH, on August 18, 1940, one of 12 children, to the late William J. and Jennie Kennedy. After leaving Ohio, she spent over 50 years in the Long Beach, CA area before moving to Florida. She was formerly employed in the pharmaceutical industry and was of the Protestant Faith. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading. Left to cherish her memory are 4 sisters, Evelyn Plontz of Lake Suzy, FL, Lois Cornell of Nevada, Carol Kennedy of Michigan, and Jennie Minnick of Pensacola, FL; her brother, Joseph Kennedy of California; many nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia and her brothers, Bob, Jim, George, Gerald, and Bill. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Following the Inverness arrangements, she will be transferred to Gardena, CA for entombment in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.


Marion Kline

Marion C Kline, 93, Floral City, FL
Marion Catherine Kline, 93, of Floral City, FL passed away May 27, 2019 at Arbor Trial Health & Rehab. She was born in Theresa, NY on March 10, 1926 to the late Victor and Mellie (Massey) Perry. Marion was a pressing specialist in the dry cleaning industry, and arrived in this area 1971 coming from Watertown, NY. She was Episcopalian by faith, and enjoyed quilting and reading the daily newspaper. Marion is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Robert H. Kline. She was preceded in death by her sister Victoria Lee. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Krebs

Robert E Krebs, 92, Dunnellon, FL
Robert Edward Carl Krebs, age 92, of Dunnellon, FL passed away at his home on June 2, 2019. Robert was born to the late Edwin and Emeline (Ostman) Krebs on May 16, 1927 in Orange, NJ. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. Robert went on to work as a manager for Lear Jet. After retirement, he made Florida his home in 1988 after relocating from Michigan. A Christian by faith, he was an active member of the Living Water Wesleyan Church in Dunnellon, where he often served as a greeter. Robert was an avid collector of model trains. He was a founding member of the Citrus Model Railroading Club and had created a scale model of the Inverness railroad station. Robert was extremely talented at creating model rail lines that his work was featured in a 2017 model railroad collector calendar. He enjoyed music a great deal and his favorite musical was The Music Man. Robert recreated the railroad village from the musical in model form. Those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his loving wife of 8 ½ years, Betty Krebs; sons: Steven (Laurie) Krebs of Marquette, MI, Robert “Butch” (Deb Crown) Krebs of South Royalton, VT; daughter, Kathleen Cottingham of Durham, NC; stepchildren: Jan (Keith) LaDucer of Ocala, FL, Marie Steinhaus of Foley, AL, Norma Jean Lafferty of Ocala, FL, Jonathan Lafferty of Belding, MI, Benjamin Lafferty of Ocala, FL; grandchildren: Jennifer Aerts, Brian (Lacey) Cottingham, Kevin Cottingham; and a great many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his daughter, Shari Krebs Aerts; and sister, Joanne Bodkin. Robert will also be missed by his Shih-Tzu, Sandy. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Living Water Wesleyan Church in Dunnellon. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Terry Ladd

Terry A Ladd, 59, Chipley, FL
Terry Allen Ladd, 59, of Chipley, FL passed away June 22, 2019 at Avante at Inverness, Inverness, FL. He was born in Chipley on March 30, 1960 and arrived in this area in 2015, coming from Chipley. He was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed gambling, fishing, shooting pool, working outside, and loved playing “shoot the line”. Terry was preceded in death by his father, Clyde B. Ladd. He is survived by his children Adam Allen Ladd of Chipley, and daughter Kellie Ladd Millard of Chipley; his mother Shirley Morris Johnston of Bonifay, FL; sisters Diane Richards and Peggy Jeffery, both of Bonifay; 4 grandchildren and 1great grandchild. A Celebration of Life for Terry will be arranged by his family at a later date. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mae Langlois

Mae E Langlois, 97, Inverness, FL
Mae E. Langlois, 97, of Inverness, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness. Mae was born on December 20, 1921 in Charlton, Massachusetts to the late Harry W. and Minnie (Beckwith) Clarke, and came to Citrus County in 1951 from her native Charlton. Mae was a sales clerk for Allen’s Five and Ten (currently the “Stumpknockers” location) and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Inverness. She loved to play dominoes, and solving crossword and word and puzzles. She enjoyed gardening and loved to cruise and travel. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Barbara Hernandez and her husband Victor, of Hernando, FL; her sisters Ruby Vitzus and her husband John of Dudley, MA , and Anna Wolfenden of Charlton, MA; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Arthur Langlois, her sons: Edgar A. and Ronald W. Langlois, her daughter, Delia Graham, and her brother Walter Clarke A Celebration of Life Service for Mae will be conducted on Thursday, June 13, 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Kip Younger officiating at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 9:30 A.M. until the hour of service. Interment will be private at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Carlton Luizzi

Carlton E Luizzi, 99, Floral City, FL
Carlton E. Luizzi passed away on June 2, 2019 in Ocala, FL. He was born in Gloversville, NY on Oct. 30, 1919 to Earl and Bessie (TenEyck) Luizzi. Carlton and his late wife Helen moved to Floral City, FL in 2002, having been snowbirds until that time. Carl and his brother Thomas ran Luizzi Bros., in Gloversville, an industrial stitching machine repair and manufacturing business. Carlton enjoyed bowling, playing baseball and softball, hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. One of his greatest joys was singing with the Empire Statesmen for two decades, a championship barbershop chorus from central New York. Carlton was an upbeat, outgoing person with a good sense of humor. He prided himself on ice skating and rollerblading well into his 90’s. He had a creative gift of being able to fix or make a part for anything. Carlton is survived by his daughter Susan Moses of Rexford, NY and his nieces Patti (Mark) Jagielski and Pam (Rich) Green and sister-in-law Eleanor Luizzi. His brother Thomas predeceased in January 2019. Private cremation with care arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roy MacDonald

Roy A MacDonald, 75, Inverness, FL
Roy Alan MacDonald, age 75, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on June 28, 2019. Roy was born in Natick, MA to the late Homer and Gladys (Clark) MacDonald. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Roy married Hazel (Philbrick) on August 22, 1971 and together they made Florida their home in 1982, eventually settling in Floral City in 1997. Roy was an extremely talented songwriter and musician. He wrote over 300 songs and performed at the Special Olympics in Washington, DC in 1980. He greatly enjoyed playing the guitar and had taught guitar lessons for a number of years. In his spare time Roy loved to fish. In addition to his wife Hazel, Roy is survived by his 2 sons: Chad MacDonald and his fiancée Tina of Bushnell, FL, Jason MacDonald and his wife Tracey of Cottonville, TN; brother, William MacDonald; and grandchildren: Christopher, Ciarra, Brian, Tristen, Theresa and Robin. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jonas Masaitis

Jonas Masaitis, 83, Lecanto, FL
Jonas Masaitis of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice Healthcare on July 23, 2019 at the age of 83. Jonas was born in Boblaukis, Lithuania to the late Jonas and Antania (Priespylaite) Masaitis on January 21, 1936. He shared over 56 years of loving marriage with his wife Dagmar (Suchanek) Masaitis. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, he started a new career at AT&T where he was employed for 40 years as an Engineer Associate. In 1998 Jonas and Dagmar relocated from Addison, Illinois to Lecanto, Florida. This relocation started their retirement. Jonas loved sailing and spending time on the water. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He passed time by fixing or building things at home. For many years he made handcrafted wine as a hobby. When Jonas had down time you could usually find him napping in his favorite reclining chair, reading, listening to music, or playing his harmonica. Every year his children and grandchildren had Happy Birthday played to them by Jonas on his harmonica to help them celebrate their special day. In addition to his loving wife Dagmar, those left to mourn Jonas’ passing include his daughter, Zita Hopgood and her husband Mark of Nolensville, TN. Also left to mourn are his five grandchildren: Marissa Hopgood and Zachary Hopgood (Nolensville, TN), Marina Hopgood (Roselle,IL) as well as Rebecca and Amanda Masaitis(Huntley,IL). Jonas was preceded in death by his son Jonas in 2012; and his sisters: Petre Balutis and Eugenia Uogintas, both of Edmonton, AB, Canada. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Eileen McCloskey

Eileen E McCloskey, 95, Inverness, FL
Eileen Esther McCloskey, age 95, of Inverness, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehabilitation and Nursing facility on June 19, 2019. Eileen was born on December 12, 1923 in Allen County, IN to the late Ray and Goldie (Weaver) Keplinger. She made Florida her home in 1996 after relocating from Logansport, IN. A Christian by faith, Eileen was a longtime active member of the Highway 44 Church of God in Inverness, FL. She will be remembered for her loving, caring and kind manner. Eileen is survived by her nephews: Rex Addy and his wife Jean of Dunnellon, FL and Charles Addy of Spring Hill, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilmer on November 24, 2004. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vella McDannel

Vella F McDannel, 72, Floral City, FL
Vella Faye McDannel, 72, Floral City on June 20, 2019. Vella was born in St Petersburg, Florida on September 16, 1946 to the late Charles and Mary (Anderson) Carter and moved to this area in 1988. She enjoyed caring for her plants and crocheting. Survivors include her son, Steven Harrison Cross, Floral City, FL; 2 daughters, Angela Louise Provost, Bradenburg, KY and Jennifer Lynn Gregory, Homosassa, FL; 8 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. McDannel on January 27, 2009 and her sister, Sally Taylor. Private cremation care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Lamar McDonald

Lamar E McDonald, 61, Inverness, FL
Lamar Eugene McDonald, age 61, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 25, 2019. Lamar was born to the late Jackie Lamar Hill and Sonia Lee Teller on September 27, 1957 in Corona, CA. He was a carpenter by trade and made Florida his home over 40 years ago after relocating from Biloxi, MS. In his spare time, Lamar enjoyed building things and “tinkering”. He also enjoyed fishing and tending to his garden. Lamar was a friendly and outgoing man that loved hanging out in his backyard around his fire pit, drinking beer with his friends and swapping stories. Those left to mourn Lamar’s passing include his daughter, Jennifer Herrick and her husband Dave of Lakeland, FL; son, Jason Michael McDonald of Crystal River, FL; and grandchildren: Chapin, Kolbie, Keilah, Chase, Bailey and Shelby. Lamar was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Lee McDonald. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward  McGray

Edward W McGray, 83, Lecanto, FL
Edward “Ed” Wayne McGray, 83, peacefully passed away on July 14, 2019 at his residence in Lecanto, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on September 17, 1935 to the late Edward J. and Anna Mae (Kennedy) McGray. Ed was a metal fabricator for many years and served in the U.S. Army. He was an avid fisherman and successfully operated a charter boat out on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin for many years. He loved music and could play the piano by ear, becoming good enough to play professionally. Ed received a heart transplant in 1990, allowing him to live a full and happy life -“strong like bull”- as he would say. He was always the life of the party and had a great sense of humor – a real people person. He was always there to lend a helping hand and was a great husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family as often as possible. Those left to cherish Edward’s memory include his beloved wife and best friend of 32 years, Kathleen “Kathy” McGray of Lecanto, FL, along with his daughter Lisa McGray of Waukesha, WI, daughter Laura Sawyer (Tim) of East Troy, WI, and his four amazing grandchildren: Michael McCarthy, Kayla Stuht (Casey), Lukas Sawyer, and Miranda Sawyer. A special thanks for all the love, support and care from friends, his family, the Lord, Vitas Healthcare, and to the Citrus Memorial Hospital emergency room staff – specifically Dr. Scott Grayner and nurse Kaelee Ross for going above and beyond when caring for Ed when he was there. Edward donated his body to science and, per his wishes, his ashes will be spread over the Gulf of Mexico when it is time. Arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A memorial gathering is being planned for the immediate family at a future date.


Steven McKenzie

Steven J McKenzie, 57, Inverness, FL
Steven Jay McKenzie passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2019 with his family at his side. Steven was born December 18, 1961 near Levittown, PA. He attended high school at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA, graduating in 1979. Following high school, Steven served his country honorably in the United States Navy in the early 1980s as a Quartermaster aboard ship. Steven travelled the world extensively and achieved the rank of Petty Officer (2nd class). Following separation from the service Steven enjoyed long term employment at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, CT and worked in a variety of positions including Test Grinder and Pressure Valve Tester in the construction of submarines for the navy. Steven is preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Peterson McKenzie, born in Sterling, MA, and by his father, James Law McKenzie born in Leicester, MA and a long time resident of Inverness, FL. Steven leaves behind his ex-wife and friend, Madeleine Fendell McKenzie of Inverness, FL, and a child from that union, Joseph James McKenzie of Wildwood, FL. Steven also leaves behind his two brothers, James M. McKenzie of North Syracuse, NY, and Scott McKenzie of Inverness, FL, and one sister, Lisa McKenzie Brygger of Inverness, FL. Steven was a man of strongly held opinions, and a Christian who studied the Bible and tried to live by its teachings. He devoted his life to the care of his autistic son, Joseph (Joey). A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held on June 25, 2019 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home located at 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL at 11 AM with Reverend Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel of Inverness officiating. Friends are invited to join Steven’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, Steven will be laid rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Chatelle Medashefski

Chatelle B Medashefski, 25, Hazelton, PA
Chatelle B. Medashefski, 25, born in Hazleton Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, in Greenville, North Carolina. Chatelle was born on March 12th, 1994. Chatelle loved spending time with her family and friends. As a child, Chatelle did pageants growing up and dance. Chatelle loved fashion, everything always had to match! She also loved the singer Cardi B. Chatelle loved to cook and always said that one day she wanted to open up her own food truck and travel the country. She always had a smile on her face that lit up a room. Chatelle is survived by her father, Edward J. Medashefski. Grandmother, Barbara Whittaker. Brothers: William T. Whittaker, Michael T. Medashefski, and Eddie J. Medashefski. Sister, Cailey L. Fiore and Cailey’s husband, Eric J. Fiore. Chatelle has 4 nieces and 1 nephew, 4 uncles 2 aunts, and cousins. Chatelle is reunited in heaven with her grandfather, Paul J. Whittaker; her brother, Ryan; and her mother, Rosemarie Whittaker. Chatelle will forever be in our hearts and forever missed. A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 1:00 PM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Mark Millican CW03

Mark S Millican CW03, 65, Inverness, FL
Mark Stephen “Big Chief” Millican, CWO3, US Army, Retired, 65 of Inverness, passed away July 17, 2019 at his home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Mark was born in Oak Ridge, TN, on September 11, 1953, to the late Thomas Ben and Violet (Smith) Millican. Mark served 20 years active duty in the Army and an additional 15 years as a civilian Logistics Specialist for the Army. Mark enjoyed spending time with his family and his pets. He was known for his sense of humor and his knack for finding the absolute worst movie on television at any given time and making his family watch it. He loved listening to music from the 1960s (Bob Dylan, in particular), watching Fox News, reloading, target practice and being surrounded by nature. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Mandy Millican of Pasco County, FL and Elizabeth Millican of Los Angeles, CA; his brother: Thomas Millican, Jr. of La Belle, FL, and his sister, Gail Millican Thiel of Jacksonville, FL. Mark was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, April, on January 21, 2016. A Celebration of Life Service for Mark, will be conducted on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12 Noon, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, with Mark’s brother, Thomas Millican, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 PM, with Military Honors at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Mills

Thomas J Mills, 69, Inverness, FL
Thomas James Mills, age 69, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on June 4, 2019. Thomas was born to the late Thomas and Muriel Frances (Harrison) Mills in Lackawanna, NY on October 1, 1949. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Thomas was Catholic by faith and made Florida his home 30 years ago after relocating from Buffalo, NY. He was employed as an over the road truck driver for over 30 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and going out for boat rides. Thomas also loved spending time with his youngest son and his grandchildren. Those left to mourn Thomas’ passing include his loving wife of 12½ years, Molly; his son, Thomas Mills, Jr.; stepchildren: Johnny White and his fiancée Michelle, Crystal Cornwell and her husband Thomas Cornwall, Pauline Brinkerhoff and her husband Jeremy Malatt, Sarah Brinkerhoff, Raquel Alfonso, Chyanna Alfonso; brother, Jimmy Mills; sister, Judy Paepke and her husband Tim; grandchildren: Keyanne, Katreana, Kamirra, Keisha, Kilynn, Jeremy JR, Jacob, Tommy, Tasha, Vanessa, Mitchell, Skilynn, Jeremy JR, Jace, Aubree, Adrian, Grace, Nelson JR; nieces: Colleen Green, Judy Cruden. Thomas is also survived by 2 other sons and 2 other daughters. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frederick Muroff

Frederick M Muroff, 86, Inverness, FL
Frederick Michael Muroff, age 86, Inverness, FL passed away July 1, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehab. Fred was born in Buffalo, NY on November 8, 1932 to the late Fred M. and Mayme (Alex) Muroff and came to this area in 1994 from Erie, PA. He was employed at the Erie, PA plant for General Electric Corporation as a Winder and Assembler with 25 years of service and was a Korean War Veteran in the U.S. Army. He attended the First Christian Church of Inverness, was involved in a clown ministry, and also the Kairos (prison) ministry. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Rachel Woodward Muroff; 1 son, William Muroff, Erie, PA; 2 step sons, Keith Rogers, Kersey, PA and Dean Rogers, Bolder, CO; 3 daughters, Cindy Shilling, Erie, PA; Vikki Muroff, Garland, TX; Kelly Muroff, Erie, PA; a half brother, Paul Crowe, North East, PA; half sister, Mary Kunik, Wattsburg, PA; 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 2 step grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life Service scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church of Inverness with The Rev. Tom Thomas officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorials to: First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL 34453 Cremation care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Theresa Newberry

Theresa M Newberry, 78, Inverness, FL
Theresa M. Newberry, age 78, Inveness FL passed away at home on May 31, 2019. Terry was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 25, 1940 to the late Charles J. and Marie (Lynch) Magee. She moved to Citrus County in 1986 from St Petersburg, FL. After graduating from high school Terry worked for Bell Telephone Company. She was then recruited by an advertising company in St. Petersburg. She worked with her father in his accounting business and when he died she inherited his business. She closed it when she retired and moved to Floral City, but continued as an accountant at H & R Block. She became president of the Floral City Garden Club and an active member of the Floral City Historical Society. She was also an active member of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Left to mourn her passing is her daughter, Marian Borchers of Inverness and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Newberry on December 20, 2018 and a brother, Charles Joseph Magee. There will be a Requiem scheduled for Terry on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church with Pastor Eugene Reuman as celebrant. There will be a reception at the church following service. Committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery at a later day. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family.


Joseph O'Malley

Joseph R O'Malley, 89, Hernando, FL
Joseph Raymond O’Malley, age 89, a resident of Hernando, FL and Columbus, OH, passed away at Bayfront Health at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on June 12, 2019. Joseph was born on June 24, 1929 in Columbus, OH to the late Joseph and Katherine (Nagy) O’Malley. He proudly served his country as a member of the National Guard for 2 years. Joseph was an Electrical Foreman by trade and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He was married to his wife Joan for 67 years. Joseph and Joan became “Snowbirds” in 1990, traveling from Ohio to spend the winter months in Florida. He loved animals and liked keeping and training harness horses. In addition to his loving wife Joan, Joseph is survived by his son, Mark O’Malley of Clearwater; daughters: Patty Kinsey of Texas, Carol Thompson and Susan Griffin of Columbus, OH; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Billie Oliphant

Billie J Oliphant, 90, Apopka, FL
Billie “Jean” Oliphant, age 90, Apopka, FL., formerly of Inverness, FL passed away at her residence Aug 9, 2019 following a lengthy illness. She resided in the Florida Retirement Community facility after moving from Inverness. She moved to Florida in 1979 from Cleveland, TN. Jean was a member of the Eden Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church while residing in Inverness. She was employed in the secretarial field prior to retirement. There are no immediate survivors living. Following cremation, her urn will be transferred to the Keene Memorial Park Cemetery in Cleburne, TX for final interment. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Elizabeth Osmond

Elizabeth B Osmond, 66, INVERNESS, FL
Elizabeth Brooks Osmond, age 66, Inverness, FL passed away at her home on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Liz was born in Boston, MA on March 26, 1953 to Donald and Constance Osmond and moved to Citrus County from Hernando County in 1980. Liz received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from the University of South Florida and her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (JD) from Stetson University Law School. She worked as a newspaper reporter for the Hernando Sun Sentinel, the Citrus County Chronicle and the St. Pete Times. She was a schoolteacher in Citrus County and primarily taught gifted children in the community. As an attorney she worked for both the Offices of the State Attorney and the Public Defender. Elizabeth volunteered at the local domestic violence shelter and regularly attended mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She adored animals and always had at least one dog. She loved her family, spending time with her grandchildren, any and all sports, orchids, Christmas, and fishing. Her ashes will be spread at one of her favorite fishing spots. Liz was a kind heart who helped many people in our community and will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Connor Mulligan and his wife, Nicole of Floral City, Fl and Christopher Mulligan and his wife, Gabrielle of Weeki Wachee, FL; two sisters, Karen Gaffney and Deborah Frankel, both of Inverness; her mother, Constance Gracy of Inverness; and four grandchildren, Ailey, Emmet, Maya, and Colin Mulligan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on August 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Following the mass, a Celebration of Life will take place from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM in the old Courtroom of the Citrus County Courthouse. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to the Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) at 1100 Turner Camp Rd. Inverness, FL 34450.


George Patton

George L Patton, 60, Homosassa, FL
George L. Patton, age 60, of Homosassa, FL passed away peacefully on July 17, 2019 at the Cypress Care Center in Crystal River, FL. George was born to Marie L. (Dickinson) and the late Robert C. Patton on March 11, 1959 in Wheeling, WV. A former resident of Belmont, OH he moved to Lake Wales FL with his family and made Homosassa, FL his home in 2008. George worked at the Key Training Center for a number of years. He was a kind and loving person that enjoyed swimming and bike riding. George collected football cards and had a huge collection of ball caps and matchbox cars. George also enjoyed watching football games. A Christian by faith, he attended worship services at the Suncoast Baptist Church in Homosassa, FL. George is survived by his mother, Marie Patton; two sisters: Christine (Paul) Tomer of Sullivan, OH, Carol (Michael) Gearhart of Pine Ridge, FL; brother, Robert “Wayne” (Charlotte) Patton of Belmont, OH; and several nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Patton. A memorial service will be held later at the Suncoast Baptist Church in Homosassa, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Perez

James Perez, 85, Inverness, FL
James Perez, 85 of Inverness, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 under the care of his family and Hospice at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Born on January 18, 1934 in New York, NY, to the late Rogelio and Emilia (Santana) Perez, Jim came to Citrus County in 1987 from Southington, CT. He retired from the Otis Elevator Company as a draftsman with over 30 years of service. Jim was a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a US Navy Veteran, and a member of the Spanish American Club of Citrus County. He was an accomplished photographer, he enjoyed woodworking, bowling and loved traveling and camping. Jim was always hosting pool parties and BBQ’s. He also joined the “Hen House” veteran’s breakfast club, where he was an official “Rooster”. Left to cherish his memory are his children; Jim Perez, Jr. and his wife Terry, of Inverness, Diane Kaufman and husband Wayne, of Westbury, NY, and Debora Davis and her husband, James, of Archer, FL; 7 grandchildren: Tanya, Jason, Cory, Nicholas, Rebecca, Seth Michael and Stefanie; 2 great grandchildren, Lexus and Connor and a great granddaughter on the way. A special thank you to Christy Bahhur, for her care of both Jim and his wife, Josephine . Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Josephine on July 8, 2017 and his brother Raul Perez. A Celebration of Life service for Jim will be conducted on Monday, June 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Raul Toro, Jr., officiating, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, in Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time. Graveside committal services with military honors will be conducted on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The procession for the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday at 9:15 AM.


Loretta Philips

Loretta E Philips, 80, Lecanto, FL
Loretta Elizabeth Philips, age 80 of Lecanto, FL passed away June 14, 2019 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Philips was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 27, 1938 to the late Edward and Anna (Kalix) Layton. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Susan Brink of Media, PA; John Philips of Pennsylvania; Peggy Lodise and husband Rinaldo Barbier of Lecanto, FL; Robert Philips and wife Janine of Glenolden, PA; 1 brother, John Layton; 17 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She had a son, Edward Philips whom preceded her in death. Services and burial will be at a later date in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA. Cremation with care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Ida Ponton

Ida M Ponton, 92, St Petersburg, FL
Ida Mae Ponton, 92, St. Petersburg, FL passed away July 29, 2019 at Lexington Health & Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Ponton was born in Chincoteague Island, Virginia on June 6, 1927 to the late Andrew and Lillian (Whitlock) Wage. She came to Floral City from St. Petersburg, and later returned there to be near her family. She had resided at Lexington for the past 5 years. Ida was a retired bookkeeper and while living in Floral City, was a active member of V.F.W. Post No.7122 Auxiliary, where she was a Life Member and served as the Post Treasurer. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Wilfred E. Ponton, Jr and his wife Monica of St. Petersburg, FL; her sister, Blanche Hitchens of Laurel, Delaware; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; Sister in law, Virginia Wage, Seaford, DE; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred E. Ponton, Sr, on March 18, 2001, her son, Charles R. Ponton on March 4, 2004, her daughter, Patricia March; her sisters, Agnes Wolf, Mary Quesenberry, Elizabeth Phillips, and her brother, James Wage. Following cremation, Ida’s urn will be placed in the columbarium beside her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bob Ramsey

Bob L Ramsey, 89, Lake Wales, formerly of Inverness, FL
Bobbie “Bob” Lee Ramsey, age 89, Lake Wales, FL, formerly of Inverness, FL passed away June 22, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, FL. Bob was born in Casey, IL on October 27, 1929 to the late Earl and Clara (Comer) Ramsey. He served our country in the United States Air Force and was a retired meat cutter. He formerly attended the Living Water Fellowship Church. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Bates) Ramsey; his step-son, Andrew Youngman, three sons, Robert, Thomas, and Daniel Ramsey; 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 2 great great grandchildren. Following cremation, Bob’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Erik Raynor

Erik D Raynor, 47, Inverness, FL
Erik Daniel Raynor, age 47, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 23, 2019 following a lengthy illness. Erik was born in Southampton, NY on September 30, 1971 to Frank Overton Raynor, Jr. and Beverly Jane (Mack) Raynor. He came to Citrus County in 1988 from Hampton Bays, NY. Erik taught school at Central Ridge Elementary School and attended Methodist churches in Florida and New York. He graduated from Citrus High School (1989) and received his Bachelor’s Degree in education from the University of Central Florida in 1993. His passion was fishing and enjoyed watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was very outgoing and his quick wit made others laugh. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Crystal Lynn Raynor; his parents: Frank “Bud” and Beverly Raynor; 2 children: Christian Raynor and Joshua Raynor, both of Crystal River, FL; stepdaughter, Madison Behrend, of Crystal River; his brother, Dr. David Bryan Raynor and his wife, Theresa, Inverness; and his aunt, Marion Burns, West Islip, New York. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with The Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt officiating. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Erik’s memory are being received by the American Kidney Fund. Please visit kidneyfund.org for donation information.


Anthony Rizzitano

Anthony J Rizzitano, 78, Inverness, FL
Anthony J. Rizzitano, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away June 2, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Concord, MA on February 28, 1941 to the late Joseph and Josephine (LaCroix) Rizzitano. Anthony was a restaurant owner/operator and arrived in this area in 2000, coming from Bonita Springs, FL. He was Catholic by faith, and loved to repair and flip houses. His greatest enjoyment was singing. At one time, he was a singing bartender, and he loved singing karaoke. Anthony is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Carol Rizzitano. He is also survived by his children, Joseph Rizzitano and his wife Terry of Londonderry, NH, Joanne Rizzitano of New York, and Suzanne Rizzitano of Leominster, MA; brother Victor Rizzitano and several grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Thomas "TJ" Rochford

Thomas "TJ" Rochford, 32, Inverness, FL
Thomas Joseph “TJ” Rochford, age 32, of Inverness passed away at his home on May 27, 2019. TJ was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico to Andrea (Cabrera) Rochford and the late Terrence Rochford. He became a resident of Citrus County when he was 5 years old after his family relocated from Puerto Rico. He was employed as the head cook for Angelo’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills. TJ was a past Volunteer Firefighter for the City of Inverness and a talented musician that played the bass guitar. He and his friends from high school formed a band in the early 90’s. In his spare time he enjoyed playing video games and spending time with his family. Those left to mourn TJ’s passing include his mother, Andrea Rochford; sister, Debra DeJesus Jackson and her husband Rafael; brother, Dennis DeJesus and his wife Vanessa; fiancée, Rochelle Berglund; stepson, Kalon Bossinger; 5 nieces; 6 nephews; and the Cabrera Family and Rochford-Paulson Family. On Saturday, June 1, 2019 there will be a Gathering and Sharing of Remembrance for TJ’s family and friends at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.


Carmen Julia Rodriguez

Carmen Julia Rodriguez, 79, Inverness, FL
Carmen Julia Rodriguez, age 79, Inverness FL passed away June 1, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto. Carmen Julia was born on March 21, 1940 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, to the late Gabriel and Maria Perez Albarran. She and her husband, Luis, moved to Florida in 2002 from Waukegan, IL. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 60 years, Luis A. Rodriguez; 3 sons, Ruben Rodriguez, Chicago, IL; Ivan Rodriguez, Inverness, FL; Luis A. Rodriguez, Jr., Waukegan, IL; 2 daughters, Maria Elena Fernandez, St. Cloud, FL; Eneida Bermudez, Boynton Beach, FL; 5 brothers: Angel, Rene, Benny, Gabby, and Jessie Albarran; 3 sisters: Mercedes Soto, Lucy Munoz, and Esther Gonzalez; 10 grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Carmen Julia was gifted as a seamstress, florist, gardener and most of all a wonderful cook. She had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and shared her faith through caring for others. She was a woman who knew no stranger, friendly, outgoing and a heart for those in need. When you entered her home there was always a smile and a plate of food. Carmen Julia was infamous for her Puerto Rican "pasteles", people would come from miles around to buy her wonderful homemade food! She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and woman of God! There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, June 4th at 11:00 AM. at Calvary Chapel on 960 South US Hwy 41 in Inverness, FL. Her daughter, Maria Elena Fernandez and other family members and friends will officiate. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Calvary Chapel Fellowship Hall. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL


Carol Rogers

Carol J Rogers, 86, Hernando, FL
Carol Jean Rogers, who was born to Leo and Eunice (Olson) McKenna in Madison, WI on December 12, 1932, died at her home in Hernando, FL on July 6, 2019 with her loving sister by her side. Carol was married to Homer Rogers until his passing on September 27, 2014. She was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith. Those left to mourn Carol’s passing include her sister and caregiver, Kathryn White; nephew, Michael White; and niece, Kelly Reyes. In addition to her husband, Carol was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra and her brother Leo. Carol will be laid to rest with her husband Homer at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Hazel Scheer

Hazel M Scheer, 80, Homosassa, FL
Hazel M. Scheer, 80, of Homosassa, FL passed away July 19, 2019 at her residence in Homosassa. She was born in London, England on July 17, 1939 to the late Anthony and Emily Mary (Collier) Mariner. Hazel was a book keeper in the healthcare industry, and arrived in this area in 2002, coming from Malverne, NY. Hazel loved volunteer work. She volunteered and was a member of the Elks Lodge #1515 in Lynbrook, NY, and the Elks Lodge #2693 in Homosassa. Hazel also volunteered for the food bank, and was “Queen Mum” of the Red Hats. She had been a Cub Scout den mother, and most of all, was extremely proud of her U.S. citizenship. Hazel is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Frederick J. Scheer. She is also survived by her children, Andrew Scheer and his wife Laura of Lords Valley, PA, Susan Conway of Homosassa, Michael Scheer of Pooler, GA, and Arleen Spiegel of Homosassa; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with crematory, Inverness, FL.


Audrey Shallcross

Audrey L Shallcross, 89, Orlando, FL
Audrey Louise Shallcross, 89, passed from death June 10, 2019 to life to join her beloved George, only son Gary, brother Wayne, parents, Edith and John Dupler and nephew Kenneth Hodson. Audrey (Mom) attended Abbington Hospital School of nursing in Philadelphia. She was a secretary in the loan department for Penn Mutual. She met the love of her life when she was sent to the “Jackpot” to buy ice cream for her mother, a diabetic, for whom sweets were her only pleasure. She and George were married to start she thought, a quiet life as the wife of a psychology teacher, Instead, Dad enlisted his junior year of college for WWII and spent 90 days on the front. With a lifelong interest in flying, Dad began his career in the Army after graduating college from F&M, and Mom’s “career” as the perfect Army Colonel’s wife began. They traveled throughout the US and Europe. They were at Ft. Rucker, Ft. Polk, Ft. Benning, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Leavenworth, Washington DC (assigned to the Pentagon), and Maxwell Air Force Base, and had assignments abroad in Stuttgart and Ansbach, Germany and London, England. Audrey maintained the fort and a meticulous household, raising 4 children when George was sent on short tours (and long ones) to South Korea and Vietnam twice. Audrey was a seamstress, exceptional cook, decorator, Red Cross volunteer coordinator and most of all devoted wife and mother. She always wanted to do the right thing and was a caring kind person. She was active as a den mother, Girl Scout/Brownie leader and all around driver. She supported everyone in all activities of choice, including swim team, tennis and sometimes of the “parents” choice: summer camp. Being a seamstress, she was always called upon to make costumes for her children’s plays and even cheerleading uniforms which she did without complaint. Well…maybe a little complaint. Mom and Dad were holiday people and took special care to decorate for each season, including a Valentine Fairy tradition in February. In early years and until retirement to Florida, they loved to entertain and dance and attended many formal functions and not so formal ones. While he was commander for many units, she was the commander of the House, and so dubbed “Queen of the Kitchen”. With her family roots from a farming family in Poland (present day Ukraine), she inherited her father’s green thumb and could make anything grow. She was especially proud of her tomato vegetable garden in Germany. After her stroke, Audrey made a gallant effort to recover and be independent again. Even in therapy she worried that she could not send graduation, birthday, and Christmas cards, or go out to buy the perfect presents for family and friends. Using the phone was difficult for her so she was saving all those calls for when she could return home. Now she is in her true home and while we were graced with 8 extra years, we will all miss her signing off with “Be careful, Be safe, I love you”. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Linda Shallcross of Orlando, FL, Karen DiPippa (John) of Little Rock, AR and Diane Shallcross-Stair (Richard) of Grimesland, NC; her brother, Jack Dupler of Pennsylvania; nephews and nieces: grandchildren: Joel (Amanda), Andrew (Morgan), Micah (Kelly), Nikolai (Cydney) and great grandchildren: Paige, Liliana, Thatcher, Italy, Greenlee, and Poppy, and a granddaughter arriving in August. In addition to her husband of 54 years, Col. George W. Shallcross, she was preceded in death by her son, Gary Shallcross. A graveside service of remembrance was held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM from the Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Beverly Hills, with Fr. Sojan Punakkattu of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs. A special thanks to Wayne Dupler and family for their support, prayers and kindness and all those too numerous to name, who showed her special care. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to organizations that support veterans and their families, animal rescue organizations, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


John "Buddy" Sims

John "Buddy" H Sims, 76, Floral City, FL
John “Buddy” Hancock Sims, 76, born and raised in Tampa, recently relocated to Floral City, died on June 14, 2019. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a reserve officer for the Tampa Police Department for a number of years, also owning and operating Turn Key Telcom for over 40 years. John loved boating and classic cars. Surviving family members include his son, George Alan Draffin and his wife Lynda of Floral City; sister, Alice Dean of St. Petersburg; step-grand and great grandchildren; nephew, Rick Shoun and his wife Vicki; niece, Sheila Pierce and her husband Bill; beloved grandnieces and grandnephews, and many friends. John was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Myra Caroline Sims on June 5, 2017. A committal service is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL where full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Please visit Legacy.com to leave condolences to the family.


Robert Skerski

Robert P Skerski, 79, Beverly Hills, FL
Robert Philip Skerski, 79, Beverly Hills, FL passed away July 5, 2019 at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River, FL. Mr. Skerski was born in Detroit, MI on July 3, 1940 to the late Philip and Eleanor (Kochanowska) Skerski and came to Florida 25 years ago from Armada Township, MI. He was employed as a machine repairman for the Ford Motor Company and served our country in the U.S. Navy. In Florida, he was a member of the Beverly Hills surveillance unit for 15 years. Left to cherish his memory is his companion of 30 years, Helga Anne Juenger of Beverly Hills, FL; his children: Marie (Roy) White, Burtchville, MI, Brian (Monica) Skerski, North Port, FL, Laura (William) Wilsher, Lake Orion, MI; and Helga’s daughters: Marion Moran, Memphis, MI, and Angela Juenger, Sarasota, FL; his brother, Leonard (Lorraine) Skerski, Lake City, MI; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and his dog, Boomer. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Ronald Keller and Philip Skerski. A Celebration of Robert’s Life is scheduled for Thursday, August 8th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Stewart Jamison of the Family Fellowship Church of Beverly Hills officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3505 E. Frontage Road #145, Tampa, FL 33607. Cremation Care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth "Liz" Smith

Elizabeth "Liz" A Smith, 67, Hernando, FL
Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Smith, age 67, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly at home on July 16, 2019. “Liz” was born in Suffern, New York on September 2, 1951 to the late Thomas and Christina (Flanagan) Gormley and came to Florida in 1975 from Saddle River, NJ. Her passion was her family and raising the children, spending as much time with them as possible. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 47 years, Robert H. Smith; 4 children: Tommy Smith and Nikki, B.J. Smith and Angie, Richie Smith and Claudette, all of Hernando, FL, and Christie Smith, Inverness, FL; 4 stepchildren: Jimmie Smith and Vicki, Citrus Springs, FL, Bobby Smith, Vero Beach, FL, Jamie Smith , Hernando, FL, and Kristy White Key, Kissimmee, FL; 1 sister, Eileen Edwards , New York State; 10 grandchildren, many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also, there are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Halee Benson in June, 2000. There is a Celebration of Life Service scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Maddox of the Providence Baptist Church of Bushnell, FL officiating. Interment will follow at a late date in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 PM until the hour of service.


Jason Smith

Jason E Smith, 41, Inverness, FL
Jason Elliott Smith, age 41 of Inverness, passed away at his home on Friday, July 19, 2019. Jason was born to the late James E. and Janet G. (Burris) Smith on June 26, 1978 in Pahokee, FL. He made Citrus County his home in 1992 after relocating from Belle Glade, FL. Jason was a skilled mechanic by trade and could repair just about anything and everything - from watches, to automobiles, to diesel engines – he could fix it. His hobby was diesel mechanics and he participated in performance diesel drag racing. Prior to his racing hobby, Jason was a steer wrestler and a member of the PRCA. He loved honky-tonk, outlaw country music. Jason was a kind person that was always willing to help someone out and an outstanding brother. He will be mourned by his two brothers: Jeffrey Smith of Ocala, FL, James Smith of Inverness, FL; niece, Emily G. Smith of Ocala, FL; and nephew, Connor G. Smith of Ocala, FL. He was preceded in death by his father James in 1995 and his mother Janet in 2017. A Celebration of Jason’s Life is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Jason’s brother, Jeffrey. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rosemary Smith

Rosemary E Smith, 73, Floral City, FL
Rosemary E. Smith, age 73, of Floral City, passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing Facility on July 27, 2019. Rosemary was born on October 3, 1945 in Danbury, CT to the late Charles and Gladys Drozd. She was married to her husband Robert for 43 years and together they made Florida their home over 40 years ago. She was a Baptist by faith and attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and also enjoyed working with plants and gardening. In addition to her husband Robert, those left to mourn Rosemary’s passing include her daughter, Melanie Smith and her Fiance’ Chris Briggs; sons: Bryan Hughes, John Little and his wife Denise; stepdaughters: Melissa Rowe, Michelle Krim and Fiance’ Jeff; stepson, Michael Smith; and step-grandson, Joshua Rowe. Rosemary was preceded in death by her sister, Wendy Drozd. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ronda Stacks

Ronda Stacks, 52, Inverness, FL
Ronda Stacks, 52, of Inverness, FL passed away July 24, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Decatur, IL and arrived in this area this year, coming from Myakka, FL. With her husband Mike, she was co-owner of Prism Contractors, Inc. She enjoyed watching General Hospital on TV daily, loved her dogs, listening to Led Zeppelin, and spending time with her family. Ronda was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Yates. Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 33 years, Mike Stacks. Other survivors include her mother, Linda Sue Yates of Ft. White, FL; brothers Ronald Yates, Jr. and Brian Yates, both of Ft. White, FL; and her sister Lisa Yates of Lakeland, FL. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


William Stein

William W Stein, 85, Inverness, FL
William “Bill” Whitman Stein, age 85, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on July 30, 2019. Bill was born to the late E. Russell and Kathryn (Murrin) Stein on March 17, 1934 in Martins Ferry, OH. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Bill shared 65 years of loving marriage with his wife Nancy (Johnston) Stein. He and Nancy made Citrus County their home in 1996 after relocating from Winter Park, FL and owned and operated Advantage Printing in Inverness. A Christian by faith, he was a faithful and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Bill loved going to church and rarely missed a Sunday service. He also enjoyed getting together with his neighbors for their weekly “Monday Night Breaks” to socialize and play cards. Bill also loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his loving wife Nancy, those left to mourn Bill’s passing include his daughters: Dana Rodriguez (Zoilo) of Inverness, FL, Debra Deutsch (Mark) of Anderson, SC, Diana Hoelle (Christopher) of Jacksonville, FL, Donna Mojica (Jimmy) of Sanford, NC; sister, June Lucas of The Villages, FL; grandchildren: Billy, Nicholas, Leah, Kayla, Joseph, James, Jacob; and great grandchildren: Valerie and Skylar. Per Bill’s request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to First Presbyterian Church of Inverness would be appreciated. Checks should be mailed to: 206 Washington Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Please indicate in the memo line the donation is in memory of Bill Stein. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Scott Streicher

Scott Streicher, 57, Inverness, FL
Scott Streicher, 57, of Inverness, FL passed away May 24, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto. He was born in Covington, KY on May 28, 1961 to the late Lee George and Sharon (Seal) Streicher. Scott arrived in this area 25 years ago, was a carpenter in the construction industry, and enjoyed spending time with friends. He is survived by his brother David Streicher and his wife Joy of Lecanto, and his sister Tara Couture and her husband Glen of Eureka Springs, AR; 1 niece and 1 nephew. Private cremation with care arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Arvid Swanson

Arvid W Swanson, 90, Inglis, FL
Arvid William Swanson, age 90, Inglis, FL passed away at home on June 2019 under the care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Mr. Swanson was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 3, 1929 to the late Arvid and Dorothy Swanson and moved to this area in 1993 from North Miami, FL. He was a retired Security Officer and served our country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He served with the 1st Battalio, 3rd Marine Division. He retired as a Gunnery Sergeant with 23 years of service. Left to cherish his memory are 5 children: Patrick Swanson and wife Anne of Sugarloaf Key, FL; Christopher Swanson, Tallahassee, FL; Claudia Swanson of Pompano Beach, FL; Laura Lee Ward and husband, Wesley of Tallahassee, FL, and Timothy Hsieh; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; 2 Nieces, Linda Ambraz and husband, Pete, and Karen Webb. Another son, Carl Swanson, preceded him in death. Graveside Military Honors will be conducted at Florida National Cemetery on June 6, 2019 at 10:00 with the Marine Corps League officiating. Family and friends may gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 9:00 and follow the cortege to the cemetery.


Gary Swing, SR

Gary D Swing, SR, 59, Floral City, FL
Gary Dean Swing SR, age 59, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on May 30, 2019. Gary was born to the late Theodore and Lois (Curry) Swing on November 5, 1959 in Fort Myers, FL and was a lifelong Floridian. He was a heavy equipment mechanic by trade and could repair just about anything. Gary served in the United States Navy and was a member of Floral City VFW #7122. He spent a great deal of time collecting for Veteran’s Charities. Gary loved racing, especially figure 8 racing, figure 8 school bus racing and street stock racing. He enjoyed fishing and was a great cook that liked fixing barbeque while spending time with his family and friends. He especially treasured the time he spent with his daughter Casey. Gary will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Those left to mourn Gary’s passing include his daughters: Casey Swing, Lisa Ann (Bill) Barter, Logan Santmyer; sons: Gary Swing JR, Ricky Mitchell; brothers, Theodore Swing, Jr., Darryl (Jean) Eldon; sisters: Juanita Swing, Joy (Larry) Everett, Lisa (Laurie Frutchey) Swing; sister in law, Iva Lou Eldon; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and his loving girlfriend, Janet Noble. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Eldon. Cremation care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate and welcome donations to help offset the cost of Gary’s final expenses.


Marguerite Thomas

Marguerite J Thomas, 86, Inverness, FL
Marguerite Josette Thomas, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away August 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born on November 29, 1932 in Montpellier, France to the late Argante and Oliva (Merlini) Prodiguerra. Marguerite loved the United States. During WWII, when Germany invaded France, her and her husband Gilbert left France to build a new life in this country. She was a devoted homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1973, coming from Bayonne, NJ. Marguerite was Catholic by faith, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. She believed in fitness, and attended Melody’s Gym 3 times a week. She loved to travel to France to be with family and friends, and enjoyed spending time here with family and friends. Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert J. Thomas in 2013, one son, George A Thomas, and one daughter, Susan C. Lindsey. She is survived by her granddaughters, Corinne Lindsey of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Lauren Thomas of Hernando, FL. and 2 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Marguerite on Wednesday, 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, with family and friends meeting at the church for the Mass. Marguerite’s urn will be laid to rest with her husband Gilbert at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Major Brenda Turner

Major Brenda F Turner, 74, Floral City, FL
Major Brenda Faye Turner was Promoted to Glory on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Brenda was born January 18, 1945 in Henderson, North Carolina to the late William J. and Lucille Andrews Smith. At the age of eight, she was invited to attend Vacation Bible School at The Salvation Army after which she began attending Sunday School and youth activities. Brenda was faithful at the Corps until the early part of her tenth grade. She decided to stop attending the Corps because it took too much of her free time, and she wanted to go to the movies and do things like her other friends at school. After two or three weeks away from the Corps Brenda said, “I was miserable. I missed the activities at church, and I found I didn’t enjoy the same things my friends seemed to enjoy.” Regarding her calling as an officer she said, “At Y. P. Councils, when the film on Korea was shown, I think God told me He could use me if I would give my life completely to Him for guidance and direction. So, I did.” Brenda was commissioned June 5, 1965 as a Lt., a member of the Proclaimers of the Faith Session. She served as Assistant Officer in Wilson, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Prince Georges, MD; Alexandria, VA and Hagerstown, MD. While serving in Hagerstown, MD, Brenda met a young man by the name of Dan Turner. They fell in love and were married August 10, 1969 in Hagerstown, MD. The Turners served in command of Front Royal, VA; Parkersburg, WV; Dallas Temple, TX; Abilene, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; Midland, TX; Winchester, VA and Loudon County, VA. Majors Turner served as the administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Centers in Little Rock, AR; Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN and Baltimore, MD. At the retirement of Majors Turner on February 1, 2011, Brenda was recognized for her faithful 43 years, 9 months and 25 days of service as a Salvation Army officer. Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Dan; three sons: Adam, Christopher and Eric; two grandchildren: Christian and Addison; her faithful friend and caregiver, Luci Rodriquez; and her special niece, Janice Watson. Brenda is predeceased by her parents, William J. and Lucille Smith; her three brothers: William J. Smith Jr., Robert Smith and David Smith: and her eight sisters: Alma Moss, MaryLee Edwards, Mildred Edwards, Irene Bowen, Mattie Hendricks, Ruthann Moorefield, Linda Gupto and Pattie Smith. Please continue to lift the Turner family in prayer as Brenda will be missed by many family members and friends. Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 31. 2019 at 10:30 am—Major Ken Fagan—Officiating The Salvation Army 712 S School Ave. Lecanto, FL 34461


Chester Walsh

Chester L Walsh, 87, Hernando, FL
Chester L. Walsh, 87, of Hernando, FL passed away June 25, 2019 at his residence in Hernando. He was born on September 18, 1931 in Quincy, MA to the late Chester Leo and Esther (Dolan) Walsh, Sr. Chester was a manager for General Electric Aircraft Engine Division, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He arrived in this area in 2006, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Chester was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading. He is survived by his loving wife Marion Walsh. Other survivors include his daughters Christina Brooks and her husband Gary of Detroit, MI, Suzanne Walsh of San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Fowler of San Diego, and Maria Jump of Charleston, SC; step brother John Fleming of Lecanto, FL; 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roy Waters

Roy E Waters, 64, Crystal River, FL
Roy Edward Waters, Jr., 64, Crystal River, FL passed away suddenly at home on July 1, 2019. "Rusty" was born in Cincinnati, OH to Roy Edward Waters, Sr and Linda Lou (Glasburnner) Waters and came to this area 5 years ago from Midlothian, VA. He was a talented musician and song writer as well as a very gifted and meticulous carpenter and woodworker. He could create most anything from wood. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Devan D. Waters and her two children, Jackson and Kaleb Dodge of Vershire, VT; and Ashley Carter and her daughter, Makennah of Erlanger, KY; his mother, Linda Waters of Crystal River, FL; 2 brothers, Michael Waters of Williamsburg, OH and Daniel Waters of Batavia, OH; his sister, Tammy Lynn Waters-Hynes of Bay City, MI. He was preceded in death by his father. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled by his family at a later date. Cremation with care was provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Peggye Weissmuller

Peggye J Weissmuller, 85, Inverness, FL
Peggye “Jean” Weissmuller, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away July 14, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Dennis, MS on December 9, 1933 to the late John Evin and Edith Irene (McAnnaly) Virden. Jean was a homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1984, coming from New Jersey. She attended 1ST United Methodist Church in Inverness, which she helped build. In her younger years, she enjoyed golfing and always enjoyed socializing. Jean had a close relationship with her sister, Dorothy Gilbert, who took special care of her towards the end. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Adam P. Weissmuller in 2011, and her brothers, Jack, John, and Carl Virden. Jean is survived by her 3 sons, Johnny Weissmuller and his wife Lynda of San Antonio, TX, Kurt Weissmuller and his wife Diane of Houston, TX, and Philip Settles and his wife Cindy of Williamsburg, Michigan; her sister Dorothy Gilbert of Inverness; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Jean’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


George Wise

George J Wise, 96, Inverness, FL
George Joseph Wise, 96, Inverness, Florida passed away June 21, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Mr. Wise was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 8, 1923 to the late George W. and Anna (Schauer) Wise and moved to Florida in 1981 from Long Island, NY. He worked for Long Island Lighting as a sub-station inspector with 32 years of service and served our country in the Army Air Corp during WW II. After moving to Florida, he became a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He enjoyed carpentry, fishing, and boat building. Left to cherish his memory are 4 daughters: Carol (Mike) Stewart of Bayshore, NY; Ginny (Bob) Joseph, Jacksonville, FL; Patty (Matthew) VanBourgondien, East Hampton, CT; Dotti (Tom) Christiansen, Inverness, FL. There are 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Dolores Wise on Dec. 27, 2013; his son, George “Mickey” Wise, Jr. in 2018; 3 brothers, William, Charles, and Joseph Wise, and his sister, Mary Mileleczjak. He also lost 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:00 Noon from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit the family at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home from 9:30 until the cortege departs promptly for the church at 11:45 A.M. For those who wish to donate in Mr. Wise’s memory, please consider Vitas Community Connections. This organization assists hospice patients and families in need. Their website is: Vitas Community Connection. Org.