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Patricia Almand

Patricia S Almand, 83, Inverness, FL
Patricia S. Almand, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 9, 2021 under the care of VITAS hospice of Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Joseph and Nora (Miles) Murphy on February 18, 1937 in Connellsville, PA. She was a bookkeeper for the majority of her life and in 1979, married her beloved late husband, Wilbur, who passed away on February 27, 1996. After visiting and spending weekends with friends at Turner’s Fish Camp for several years, they loved the area so much that they decided to purchase their retirement home here where they spent most every weekend until retiring and relocating from Tampa in the mid 80’s, enjoying the outdoors fishing from their canal, boating out to the lake or gathering with friends at Turner’s. She thoroughly enjoyed shopping, could always find a bargain and couldn’t pass up the newest item from “As Seen on TV”. She loved her crafts, making sequined patterns on t-shirts and jackets she created from sweatshirts to give as gifts to family and friends. She loved all animals and couldn’t resist giving it a rub and some love, even if it was a reptile. Those left to cherish Patricia’s memory are her step-daughter and caretaker, Laura Gonzalez (Glenn) of Inverness and step-son Jeffrey Almand (Ellie) of Land O’ Lakes and; her “adopted daughter”, Becky Behrman of Inverness; three adored grandchildren, Marissa, Christina, and Taylor; and three cherished great-grandchildren, Lily, Will & Kayden. She is also survived by her loving cousins Jean Starling, Rich & Leah Robinson, Paula Baker, Ralph Robinson and Jim Robinson. Patricia will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL alongside her husband, Wilbur and a Celebration of Life will be held by the family at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Sandra Altomare

Sandra W Altomare, 72, Inverness, FL
Sandra W. Altomare, age 72, Inverness, FL passed away at home on December 19, 2020 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Mrs. Altomare was born in Mount Holly, NJ on December 8, 1948 to Harry M. and Doris (Morning) Wilkinson and came to Citrus County in 1983. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Sandi loved art and interior design, but her greatest passion was her family; three children and six grandchildren. She was the best wife, mother and grandma that we could’ve asked for. She enjoyed baking and doing whatever made her family happy. Christmas was her favorite time of year. Each year she would spend three weeks decorating the interior of her home beginning on Halloween. Her love of Christmas and decorating can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViyCelHfzvc&t=11s. Sandi was a talented floral designer, owned and operated Flowers by Sandi in Hernando for many years; loved interior decorating and one stroke painting. She was vice-president of a communications and electronics firm that she and her husband operated for 30 years. She was loved by everyone she met, was kind, thoughtful, caring, loving and a beautiful person in body and spirit. Our tears will be never ending for our loss. We miss you so much. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 51 years, James Altomare, Inverness, FL; 3 children: Timothy Altomare and wife Melissa, San Diego, CA; Catherine Pacheco and fiancé Ron Tanner, Inverness, FL; Angela Anderkin and husband Jason, Inverness, FL; her Mother, Doris Wilkinson; 2 brothers: Michael Wilkinson, Floral City, FL and Jeffrey Wilkinson and wife Janet, Littleton, MA; 6 grandchildren: Tiani, Christian, Madison, Montana, Sebastian, and Meleana. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Chas. E Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.


Paula Anderson

Paula M Anderson, 57, Inverness, FL
Paula Marie Anderson, 57, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 14, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born to John G. Borson, Jr. and Joyce Ann (McCormick) Halicky on July 10, 1963 in Melrose Park, IL. She was a homemaker for many years and enjoyed 34 beautiful years of marriage with her beloved husband, James. Paula made Citrus County her home 6 years ago after moving from Pana, IL. She loved to crochet, pencil sketch, paint, and was an all around very creative person. She was the caregiver of her father since her mother’s passing and was such a helpful, kind person to everyone. Paula was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith. In addition to her loving husband James, those left to mourn Paula’s passing include her loving father, Harry Halicky of Inverness, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Samuel Armstrong

Samuel G Armstrong, 51, Inverness, FL
Samuel Glen Armstrong of Inverness, FL passed away on January 12, 2021 at the age of 51. He was born to the late Harold Armstrong and Leila (Blakeslee) Armstrong on July 2, 1969 in Jamestown, NY and graduated from Randolph Central High School. He was a corrections officer for many years and was very proud to be involved in law enforcement. He made Citrus County his home three years ago after moving from Randolph, New York. Sam enjoyed caretaking the Whispering Pines City Park and being with the people he worked with. He also loved riding motorcycles and adored his church, Calvary Chapel of Inverness, and church family dearly, always looking for ways to get involved. He was very involved in his church’s Christmas play, where Sam held the role of playing an elderly man. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and traveling the world. Sam was a big people person and made friends wherever he went. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and help others in need. Along with his father, Harold, he is preceded in death by his sister, Susan Lea Armstrong. Those left to cherish Sam’s memory are his mother, Leila, of Randolph, NY; his brothers, Harold Armstrong (Karen) of Randolph, NY, Kenneth Armstrong (Kellie) of Randolph, NY, and Christopher Armstrong (Ellie) of Sayerville, NJ; his sister, Annette Church (Mark) of Otto, NY; and many adored friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Calvary Chapel of Inverness. Pastor Kevin Ballard is officiating. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Samuel will be laid to rest in New York, beside his father, at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Howard Arnold

Howard Arnold, 85, Hernando, FL
Howard Arnold of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 21, 2021 at the age of 85. Howard was born to the late Alyse (Spooner) and Morris Howard Arnold, Sr. in River Junction, FL on February 3, 1935. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his time in the military, Howard began a long career in Law Enforcement. He worked for the City of Jacksonville as a Police Officer, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department then the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. When he wasn’t on street duty with the police department, he was doing public relations work for the Police Department. Howard also taught defensive tactics for women classes in Jacksonville. Howard made Citrus County his home in 1984 after relocating from Jacksonville. He was the founder of the Officer Friendly Program in Citrus County, Jacksonville and Lake County and took many children on an exciting trip to Washington, DC. Howard was very dedicated to the youth of Florida and tried to make an impact on their lives. He volunteered his time to coach football and basketball at the YMCA over the years. Howard was very charismatic and a “people person” who loved to tell stories. Those left to mourn Howard’s passing include his loving wife of 67 years, Barbara Arnold; daughters: Marci Lockliear of Inverness, Tammy Grubb of Tega Cay, SC; son, Rock Arnold of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren: Stephanie Billick, Rachel Billick, Christopher Aaron Grubb, Cassie Grubb, Devon Miller; and great granddaughter, Hailey Billick. In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Scott Arnold in April of 1983 and grandson, Brad Parker in February of 2018. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Dan Rushing, Associate Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Ocala. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. The family would like to request that those attending the service bring a flower with them to the service. Howard always said he wanted everyone to bring a flower to his funeral so he could look down and see how many people attended his service. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Helen Balchunas

Helen V Balchunas, 98, Inverness, FL
Helen V. (Wyka) Balchunas, born October 6, 1922 died on December 25, 2020 at the age of 98 in Inverness, Florida while battling the COVID-19 virus. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Helen grew up in Hicksville, a township of Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. The oldest of 13 children born to Polish immigrants, Helen learned the value of love and family that stayed with her throughout her entire life. After marrying her husband George, Helen moved to Floral Park, Long Island, New York, where she was a devoted mother and raised her beloved son Theodore Balchunas. In 1977, Helen moved to Inverness, Florida with her husband where she became a business owner and member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was well loved by her neighbors and an active member at the Whispering Pines Villas. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Helena Wilczewska and Henryk Wyka, her husband George Balchunas as well as 12 brothers and sisters. Helen is survived by her son Theodore Balchunas, two grandchildren Jason Balchunas and Jessica (Balchunas) Ratzker, along with 3 great grandchildren, Ayla Balchunas, Emmy Ratzker and Elijah Ratzker. Helen is affectionately known as Aunt Helen to 20+ nieces and nephews as well as their children. She will be greatly missed by all of them as the memories of her love will live on forever. Helen’s grandchildren, Jason and Jessica, have wonderful memories spending time with their grandmother every summer. For 15 years, Jason and Jessica looked forward to those endless summers with their grandparents. Helen went above and beyond to fill those weeks with constant entertainment. They traveled to different amusement parks and Floridian attractions, highlighted by a memorable week at New Smyrna Beach. The love they have for their grandmother isn’t because she spoiled them and took them to amazing places, it’s about the special bond that they formed and the wonderful memories that were made. Some of the most special moments took place locally in Inverness, fishing or when she took the kids for evening walks in the dark with flashlights or staying up late watching Johnny Carson. Helen also sang a lullaby that her mother sang to her, which Jessica now sings to her daughter. The original song was in Polish but Helen translated it to English. Simply put, Helen was the best. She was always filled with love and ready to give it. She never stood on ceremony, she just always had unconditional love. The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and a Funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church followed by a procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband George.


Ted Balchunas

Ted G Balchunas, 75, Inverness, FL
Ted G. Balchunas of Inverness, FL passed away at his residence on January 24, 2021 at the age of 75. Ted was born to the late George and Helen (Wyka) Balchunas in Brooklyn, NY on October 12, 1945. Ted Balchunas came from a warm and loving family and passed that along to his children and the rest of his family. He loved to entertain and celebrate the holidays. Christmas was always an event in the Balchunas home. Ted was an educated man and was proud of his many accomplishments. He also pushed his children to be the best that they can be and always wanted them to follow their own dreams. He was always willing to provide the love and support they needed. There are so many good memories to share and he will certainly be missed. He leaves behind 2 children and 3 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Following the chapel service, Ted will be laid to rest with a brief committal at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Betty Barry

Betty M Barry, 94, Inverness, FL
Betty M. Barry of Inverness, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on February 10, 2021 at the age of 94. Betty was born on July 27, 1926. She traveled extensively throughout her lifetime and was quite adventurous. Betty’s favorite mode of travel was by RV. In fact, she met her husband Richard at a motor home park in Bushnell, FL. She was driving a 40 foot RV at the time when she asked a kind gentleman to assist her with parking. They were married on January 1, 2012. Betty could navigate and drive just about anything and never had an accident. She had navigated a 64 foot yacht and was a twin engine airplane pilot that had flown throughout the mainland United States, Alaska and South America. Betty’s last RV trip occurred at the beginning of 2019 when she and her husband Richard went to the motor home park where they met in Bushnell, FL and spent some time there to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Betty will be deeply missed by her husband Richard. She was preceded in death by several siblings. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marie Barth

Marie E Barth, 82, Crystal River, FL
Marie E. Barth, 82, passed away February 6, 2021 while under the care of Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River, FL. She was born in Paterson, NJ on December 4, 1938 to the late Henry and Catherine (Smiley) Renes. Marie was a devoted wife and mother of 5 children: Debra Gipson, Roger Vandergriff, Yvonda Barth, Lavonda Rickel and Carl Barth, Jr. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. In her spare time Marie loved to go shopping and care for her home and family. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Barz

Patricia A Barz, 87, Homosassa, FL
Patricia Ann “Pat” Barz, 87, of Homosassa, FL passed away on December 29, 2020 at Oak Hill Hospital of Brooksville, FL. She was born to the late John William and Georgena Loretta (Blair) Hale on August 22, 1933 in Holidays Cove, WV. She and her husband, Gordon, have enjoyed 68 years of marriage together and in 2012, they made Citrus County their home after moving from Stratton, Ohio. Pat was a homemaker for many years but also worked as telephone operator for some time, as well as various other jobs where she was always sure to make many dear friends. Pat was a people person and not only loved to make friends, but was a world traveler. Sometimes, she would travel and make memories with her husband or at other times, she would travel solo and make many personal memories that she would later share the details of to her family and friends. Pat traveled to Africa, Spain, England, and Portugal just to name a few. She loved to pamper herself and get her hair and nails done at the salon and enjoyed shopping. She was a card player and enjoyed playing cards with her friends, accompanied by her husband. Pat was a very likable person and made friends and memories anywhere she went. She was loved for the one of a kind person she was and will be deeply missed by all who got the privilege to know her. Pat, along with her parents, was preceded in death by her daughter, Dawna J. Churchman, and by her sister. Those left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Gordon; her two sons, William L. Barz (Skye) of Homosassa, FL and Bruce A. Barz of Bradenton, FL; her brother, John W. Hale; and her five cherished grandchildren and five adored great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell at 2:00 PM with Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel of Inverness officiating. A visitation at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home will begin at 12:15 PM, for a time of fellowship and remembrance. For those family and friends who would like to attend the services at Florida National Cemetery, a procession will be leaving from the funeral home to the cemetery at 1:15 PM following the visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Georgiana Baum

Georgiana H Baum, 91, Inverness, FL
Georgiana H. Baum, age 91 of Inverness, Fl passed away January 29, 2021 in the Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Georgiana was born in Valley Stream, NY on September 4, 1929 to the late Frederich and Gladys (Hyer) Beck and moved to this area in 1978 from Massapequa, NY. She was an Administrative Clerk for Grumman Aerospace on Long Island, N.Y. before moving to Inverness where she was a restaurant hostess and waitress. Left to cherish her memory are 4 sons: John J. Baum, Jr, Cochecton, NY; Robert (Deborah) Baum, Scott Baum, and Stephen Baum, all of Inverness; 1 daughter, Nancy (Carmine) Urgola, Inverness; 1 brother, George Beck, Belleview, Fl; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and “1 on the way”. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Baum Sr Feb 25,2003, step brother, Carl Beck, and step sister, Joan Beck There is a Celebration of Life Scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home (time to be announced). Burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery next to her late husband.


Roger Beckner, Jr.

Roger E Beckner, Jr., 75, Inverness, FL
Roger Eugene Beckner Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL on December 11, 2020 at the age of 75. Roger was born to the late Mary Bertha Hinchliffe and Roger Eugene Beckner, Sr. in Gainesville, TX on December 4, 1945. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he became a Contractor and owned and operated the family construction business. He was actively involved working with the third generation of family members up until his passing. Roger held both a pilot’s license and helicopter license and enjoyed flying in his spare time. He also loved riding his Harley and boating. Those left to mourn Roger’s passing include his loving wife of 4 years, Lee Beckner; son, Roger “R.E.” Beckner, III and his wife Jennifer; grandchildren: Jacob Beckner and his wife Andie, Zane Beckner, Kaleb Beckner, Aubrey Beckner; and great granddaughter: Scout Ryan Beckner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gay Anne Wheeler Beckner in 2007 and his son, Mark Wheeler Beckner in 2002. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Bishop Dr. Douglas Alexander, Sr. of the New Church Without Walls, Lecanto. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Roger will be laid to rest with his family at Memorial Park Cemetery in Pinellas Park at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family has designated Florida Vascular Foundation; 6816 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 1000; Jacksonville, FL 32211 for memorial contributions in Roger's name.


Clyde Bedenbaugh

Clyde V Bedenbaugh, 82, Hernando, FL
Clyde V. Bedebaugh, 82, of Hernando, FL passed away on December 17, 2020 under the care of Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late Charles and Mary (Cunningham) Bedenbaugh on September 16, 1938 in Arcadia, Indiana. He was a supervisor for Ford Motor Company for many years. He made Citrus County his home after moving from Cleveland, Ohio in 1996. Arrangements for Clyde are private and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Patsy Beitz

Patsy A Beitz, 85, Inverness, FL
Patsy Ann Beitz of Inverness, FL passed away on January 19, 2021. Patsy was born to the late Clyde W. and Bertha Montgomery on March 24, 1935 in Bay City, Michigan. She was fun-loving and always spoke fondly of her childhood spent diving off the docks of Lake Huron to impress the tourists. She married Kenneth Beitz, her late husband and high school sweetheart, in 1954. She and her beloved "Kenny" settled in Clio, Michigan and had three children of whom she was incredibly proud. After working as a secretary in a doctor's office for many years, Patsy spent her retirement working at the historical Crossroads Village in Flint, Michigan. Dressed in turn of the century fashion, she crocheted and taught visitors about history. In 2013, she and Kenneth decided to make the move to Florida, and Inverness became their home. Patsy was an especially sweet spirit and was adored by her family and friends. She showed her love for her 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren through cooking and baking, camping and traveling, and being genuinely kind and affectionate. Patsy loved reading, shopping and playing games. She was a softy for animals and was known to take in a stray or two over the years. Most of all, Patsy was inseparable from her husband of 66 years. She and Kenny were truly best friends. "Grandma Pat and Grandpa Red" were a beautiful example of love and devotion. Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Beitz on February 15, 2020. She is also preceded in death by her two brothers, Wade and Jake Montgomery; and her sister, Jeanette Gibbs. Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Daniel K. Beitz of Rochester Hills, Michigan; Gina Atkin and husband Jeff of Inverness, Florida; and Pamela Worthing and husband Steven of Clover SC; her two sisters Joyce Klenow and Karen Curtis; her five grandchildren, Stephanie McPherson, Angela Dolan, Eric Dolan, Steven Worthing Jr, and Shawn Worthing; and her 10 great-grandchildren, Grace, Lucas, Alayna, Jackson, Kellan, June, Janie, Mac, Calleigh and Jace. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 3:30 PM until the hour of service. Patsy will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL alongside her husband, Kenneth, at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Ellen Berger

Ellen M Berger, 82, Inverness, FL
Ellen May Berger, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away on December 12, 2020 at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab in Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Harold and Alice (Appel) Sunkle on May 20, 1938 in Baroda, MI. She married her beloved husband, Dennis, on October 24th, 1977 and was a homemaker for many years. She and her husband moved to Citrus County 30 years ago from Blissfield, MI. She loved puzzles, cross stitching, collecting blue glass, playing Eucher with her family, and most especially, being with and spending time with her husband whom she loved dearly. Along with her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by her five sisters. Those left to cherish her memory are her spouse of 43 years, Dennis; her two sons, Bob Butts (Michelle) of Ohio and Duane “Buddy” Butts (Chris) of Orland, FL; her step children, John Berger of Adrian, MI and Denise Berger James of Adrian, MI; her four brothers, Harold “Bud”, Richard “Dick”, Darcy, and Don; her cherished numerous grandchildren; and her adored two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is being held at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, FL on Monday, January 4th, 2021 at 3:00 PM with Pastor Darrell Reneau officiating. Friends and family are welcome to gather beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Heather Bishop

Heather M Bishop, 48, Inverness, FL
Heather Marie Bishop, age 48, Inverness, FL passed away January 3, 2021 at home under the loving care of her family. Heather was born in Brooksville, FL on March 13, 1972 and resided in Citrus County since then. She graduated from Citrus High School (Class of 1990) and the University of Central Florida where she attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She was an exceptional educator that truly loved her profession, having taught the children at Floral City Elementary School for 25 years. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 24 years, Jonny Bishop; her 2 sons, Brennen J. and Connor J. Bishop, both of Inverness; her mother, Althea Kjos and Roy Green Floral City; brother, Jason O. (Tracy) Kjos and their children, Kyler and Kaley of Inverness; sister, Nicolle E. (Andrew) Tompkins and their daughter, Madison of Inverness; maternal grandparents, Bob & Betty Metz, Floral City; her aunt, Cheryl Scruggs and her children, Ashley and Justin, Floral City; brother in law, Larry Bishop and wife, Gloria of Inverness, brother in law, Mark Bishop of Pageland South Carolina and his children, Mike and Makayla, mother and father in law, Norma and Larry Bishop of Monroe, North Carolina. Heather’s family will receive friends on Saturday, January 16th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the “Heather Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund.” Please make donations payable to “Citrus High School-Heather Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund.” For those wishing to mail their donation, the address for Citrus High School is 600 W. Highland Blvd. Inverness, Fl. 34450. There will be a Celebration of Life for family members at a later date followed by burial in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City.


Meldon Bishop

Meldon F Bishop, 71, Floral City, FL
Meldon F. Bishop, 71, of Floral City, FL and formerly of Seasport, Maine, went home to be with the Lord on December 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 30, 1949 to the late Gerald and Georgianna (York) Bishop in Belfast, Maine. Meldon enjoyed sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone he met. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States National Guard. He was Christian by faith and enjoyed attending the Fort Cooper Baptist Church as well as Istachatta Baptist Church. Meldon loved to sing, go yard saleing, and do yard work with his Kubota. He enjoyed spending time on his back porch watching his horses, dokeys, and mini steer in the field. Meldon often traveled to Maine to visit his family and friends in his hometown. His work in the transportation industry began with his job as an engineer for Belfast Moosehead Lake Railroad. Meldon then followed his father’s footsteps and began his career in trucking, where he would continue for more than 42 years. Meldon’s dream of owning his own trucking company would eventually come true in which his hard work and dedication to his profession earned him the respect of both his employees and customers. Meldon is preceded in death by his brother, Dana Bishop and his parents Gerald and Georgianna (York) Bishop. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years, Yvonne Bishop; children, Shirley Partridge and her husband Matthew Partridge, David Hall and his wife, Jamie Hall, Sharon Keach and her husband Greg Keach, Christopher Hamilton, Brandi Bishop, Danielle Bishop, Mahayla Bishop, and Kayla Bishop; his nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brothers, Gerald “Sonny” Bishop, his twin Milford Bishop, Javan “Joe” Bishop; and his two sisters, Terry James and Darlene “Velvet” Curtis. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Maine and will be arranged by Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast, Maine. Meldon will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery in Searsport, Maine. Local arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Betty Blanton

Betty Blanton, 93, Inverness, FL
Betty Lou Tucker Pittard Blanton. On the day of November 28, 2020 at 9:01 AM, Jacob’s beautiful wife, Betty Lou went to a better place called heaven. She is now in the house of our Lord and Savior, one of God’s children. To know her was to love her, she loved to travel and went to many countries around the world. But she loved home in the United States best of all. Betty loved music, always had a smile on her face and kind words for everyone. She never met a stranger. Betty Lou and Jacob E. Blanton’s , lives together started eighty three years ago. Eighty three years of friendship and twenty two of those years as man and wife, all were a blessing. Betty Lou was born January 29, 2927 in Ohio and moved to Miami, Florida as a young girl. She met and married her first husband and had three children: Cliffard Pittard, who preceded her in death, Steve Pittard of Blairsville, GA, and Tina Spain of Stone Mountain, GA. She has five grandchildren: Dodd Spain, Stone Mountain, GA, Ron Spain of Stone Mountain, GA, Kelley Levy of Bronson City, NC, Kim Baxter of Bronson City, NC and Kasey Nazaire of Bronson City, NC. There are no services at this time, but at a later date, at the Seven Mile bridge, in Key West, some of her cremains will be released into the Atlantic Ocean, where they will take their last voyage. Her urn will be interred at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness, where someday she and Jacob will be together again. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in Betty’s memory to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Marion Boyd

Marion D Boyd, 87, Inverness, FL
Marion Doris Boyd of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness on February 19, 2021 at the age of 87. Marion was born to the late Elmer and Margaret (Schroder) Nickel on February 6, 1934 in Detroit, MI. She made Florida her home after relocating from Michigan and settled in Inverness in 2002. Marion was a Christian by faith and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. On November 9, 1950 she married her husband, Gerald H. Den Otter with whom she shared 50 years of marriage until his passing on December 17, 2000. In 2003, Marion married her husband Raymond Boyd with whom she shared 7 years of marriage until his passing on February 12, 2010. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting and sewing. Marion’s favorite past time however, was spending time with her beloved grandchildren. Those left to mourn Marion’s passing include her daughter, Diane Dooge of Inverness; sons: Dale and Douglas Den Otter, both of Inverness; grandchildren: Matthew (Lisa), Amy (Chris), Jon, Mark (Jen), Angelene, Andrew (Carly), Suzanne (Eric), Miranda; and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to her husbands, Marion was preceded in death by her son in law, Neil Dooge in 2009 and brothers: Donald and Robert Nickel. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Reverend Dr. Dennis R. Bennett of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Marion will be laid to rest beside her husband Gerald at Mission Hills Cemetery in Nile, MI at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Walter Bradway

Walter N Bradway, 78, Inverness, FL
Walter Norman Bradway, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 16, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Ralph Norman and Virginia (Chapman) Bradway on November 22, 1942 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Air Force for 30 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He later worked for the United States Post Office for 15 years. He married his beloved wife, Barbara, in 1965 and together, they made Citrus County their home in 1990 after moving from Pouquoson, Virginia. Walter enjoyed stock car racing and watching and attending NASCAR races, including the Daytona 500. He loved camping with his family and volunteering at the “Rails to Trails” Park, now known as the Withlacoochie Trail, with the Sheriff’s Department and enjoyed his days outdoors. Walter is preceded in death by his son, Gregg Alan Bradway. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara; his two sons, Gary Brian Bradway (Kimberly Moore) of Inverness, FL and Eric Walter Bradway Wolf (Asha Wolf) of Longmont, Colorado; his three brothers, Bruce, Brian, and George Bradway; his two sisters, Pauline and Virginia Lee; his many nieces and nephews; and his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Penny Horner of Inverness, FL. Walter will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Yasmin "Jaz" Brice

Yasmin "Jaz" A Brice, 38, Oxford, FL
Yasmin Amor S. “Jaz” Brice, 38y/o of Oxford, FL., experienced cardiac arrest after a long battle with cervical cancer, at her home and was presumed deceased at The Villages Regional Hospital. Yasmin was born in Laguna, Philippines, on April 17, 1982, to Wilson Sycaoyao and Delia Arce-Sycaoyao. She came to Florida to join her husband in 2008 from the Philippines, and was a customer service representative for Publix Supermarkets, a Manager at Panda Express, and a member of the Live Oaks Community Church. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 14 years, Gregory H. Brice; their son Mark W. Sycaoyao; their daughters: Mei Barbie Lyn S. Brice, Mei Athena Jean S. Brice, Mei Charlene Lee S. Brice all from Oxford, Fl.; her brothers: Glen Mark A. Sycaoyao, Kristopher Dennis A. Sycaoyao; her sisters: Ariane Joy A. Sycaoyao, Diane Hazel S. Ong; her mother Delia A. Sycaoyao; She was also preceded in passing by her father, Wilson Sycaoyao. Yasmin is a true believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Over the 38th month battle with cervical cancer she persevered through the many treatments, biopsies, many months of continuous and immeasurable pain with such grace. She did so because she wanted to love and be with her family as long as she could. She is an angel there is no doubt, and we are so blessed to have her in our lives before in the flesh and now in spirit always with us. A Celebration of Life Service for Yasmin will be held on January 7th, 2021 at 12:00 Noon eastern time, with an 11:00 A.M. visitation, from the Live Oaks Community Church, with Orin Wiseman, Associate Pastor and family friend officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Sandra Broadley

Sandra D Broadley, 79, Inverness, FL
Sandra D. Broadley, age 79, Inverness, FL passed away December 27, 2020 in the New Horizon Assisted Living Center. Sandra was born in Bristol, CT on July 29, 1941 to the late Howard and Dorothy (Burke) Gobar and moved to Inverness 4 years ago from the Clearwater, FL area. She was Christian by Faith. Left to cherish her memory are eight children: Edmund, John, and Jeremiah Murphy; George, Howard and Dana Broadley; Pam Murphy and Kathy Boulerisse; two sisters: Charlene and Diane; and many grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:00 Noon.. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 AM until the hour of service


Lorraine Brunson

Lorraine Brunson, 94, Inverness, FL
Lorraine Brunson, 94, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family by her side on December 23, 2020. She was born to the late Emil and Nina (Boyer) Heinz and was later lovingly adopted by the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Riley of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was a school bus monitor for the Orange County School System for many years. She made Citrus County her home in 2008 after moving from Orlando, FL. Lorraine, most known as Rainey, enjoyed attending Fort Cooper Baptist Church of Floral City and she was Christian by faith. She will be remembered for her avid love of reading and making people laugh. She is lovingly described as a comedian, always looking for a way to put a smile on someone’s face. She loved talking on the phone to her friends and family and watching Gunsmoke and Billy Graham on TV. Her family remembers her as an “angel on Earth” and “the life of the party”. She was a cowgirl at heart and she loved to play the piano. Rainey will be remembered for many great things—but most of all, she will be remembered for her radiant, loving glow that she had about her and being a remarkable mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend. She was preceded in death by her son, Kerry Brunson a.k.a. “Birdie”. Those left to cherish Rainey’s memory are her children, Patrick Brunson of Orlando, FL, Riley Brunson of Inverness, FL, Daniel Brunson (Sandy) of Floral City, FL, Timothy Brunson of Inverness, FL, and Tamera Criddle of Noblesville, IN; her adored 10 grandchildren; and her 10 cherished great-grandchildren. Arrangements for Rainey are private and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Rollie Budd

Rollie L Budd, 84, Inverness, FL
Rollie LeRoy Budd, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away February 2, 2021 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Rollie was born in Hopewell, FL on November 23, 1936 to the late Rollie Lamar Budd and Bertie (Boone) Budd and came to this area in 1958. He served our country in the U.S. Navy and retired from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department with over 25 years of service following his Naval career. He was of the Baptist Faith. Rollie was an avid hunter and fisherman, fishing from Florida all the way to Alaska. He grew the best vegetables which he shared with his family and neighbors. Folks called from all around asking his advice on how to farm. Rollie was a wonderful father, father-in-law, and Papa “Pop”. Additionally, he was a great friend and certainly will be missed by all who knew him Left to mourn his loss are his wife of 62 years, Marjorie (Baldree) Budd, Inverness, FL; 3 sons: Robert Lamar (Doreen) Budd, Kenneth Van (Shannon) Budd, and Michael V. (Donna) Ketchel, all of Inverness; 7 grandchildren: Justin, Amanda, Chelsie, Lauren, Sierra, Anna Grace, and Breanna; 3 great grandchildren: Luke, Selah, and Logan. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Heyward and Robert Budd. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Dr. Douglas Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ronald McDonald House in memory of Rollie Budd.


Angelina Bustamante

Angelina L Bustamante, 75, Inverness, FL
Angelina L. Bustamante of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 13, 2021 at the age of 75. Angelina was born to the late Thomas and Angelina (Russo) Cucuzzo on November 21, 1945 in Queens, NY. On May 26, 1973 she married her husband Herbert Bustamante with whom she shared 47 years of loving marriage. Angelina and Herbert made Citrus County their home in July of 2000 after relocating from Long Island, NY. She was a Catholic by faith and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Angelina found great joy in her grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She enjoyed crocheting and had crocheted each of her 9 grandchildren a baby blanket. She also liked sewing and word puzzles. In addition to her loving husband Herbert, those left to mourn Angelina’s passing include her son, Herbert A. Bustamante of Inverness, FL; daughters: Kristina Baird and her husband Christopher, Tara Strickland and her husband Jonce of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; sister, Vita Cucuzzo-Maupin of New York; and grandchildren: Nathan, Mackenzie, Zachary, Dylan, Mason, Anthony, Courtney, Katelyn and Cole. Angelina was preceded in death by sisters: Catherine and Rosemarie. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Tom Thomas of the First Christian Church of Inverness. Angelina will be laid to rest on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 9:30 AM. A procession to the cemetery will depart from the funeral home promptly at 8:45 AM on the morning of the service. In lieu of flowers, Angelina’s family requests that memorial donations be made in her memory to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at https://www.lbda.org/donate. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marguerite Butler

Marguerite Butler, 85, Crystal River, Fl
Marguerite “Rita” Butler, age 85, Crystal River passed away December 15, 2020 at The Grove Health & Rehab Center in Hernando following a long battle with Cancer and Alzheimers’ Disease Rita was born in Thomasville, GA on February 5, 1935 to the late Robert and Mattibel (Blanton) Dollar and came to this area from Bartow, FL. She graduated Leon High School in 1953. She attended Florida State College for almost two years, then became an Eastern Airlines Stewardess in 1956. Rita married Herman (Hank) Butler, Jr. in 1966, that became a great marriage for 54 years. In 1967 she decided to become a teacher, receiving an associate degree at Polk Community College in early 1968. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida in 1970, and a Masters degree at Valdosta State College in 1976. Rita taught elementary school (K-6) beginning in 1971 and retired in 1994. She taught in Bartow, FL, Ft. Meade, FL and Cairo, GA. When Rita and Hank married, she didn’t know what was required of Hank and the Florida National Guard. As commander of a unit, his requirements to respond quickly, were hard to understand, but soon she accepted and really enjoyed being part of some of his activities, especially the military balls and the retiree conferences at Camp Blanding. Hank said “she became a great trooper”. After Hank’s military retirement in 1985, Rita and Hank and high school friends in Tallahassee, Chuck and Maryann Mohr, traveled Space A on military aircraft to many places, including Great Britain, Spain, Puerto Rico, Panama, Alaska and Hawaii. Rita enjoyed her Blanton family reunions that started in 1958 in Cairo, GA and has continued every year since, with this year’s reunion in July on Zoom. She loved fishing and after moving to Crystal River in 1994, caught “tons” of grouper while trolling in the Gulf. Rita began her residence in memory care facilities in 2016 and on December 2020 lost her battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer, and is now living with Jesus and family already there. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Herman Butler, Jr.,( their 54th anniversary would have been on December 30, 2020); her son: Michael D. Butler and wife Jan of Lakeland, FL; her daughters: Nan Burton and husband Leland of Crawfordville, FL and Michelle Diehl of Apollo Beach, FL; her grandchild, Kristen Langston and great grandchildren: Jackson Langston, Amelia Langston, Gaven Langston and Bohdi Ketzel. She was predeceased by her son Kelly L. Butler in November, 2020 and her sister, Joanne Myers Everett in 2019.. Private graveside services will be conducted from Florida National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:30 PM. Interment will follow. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s/ Cancer Research or your favorite charity.


Sherry Butler

Sherry E Butler, 82, Beverly Hills, FL
Sherry Earline Butler, age 82, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away January 16, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Sherry was born in Eureka, KS on August 22, 1938 to the late Earl and Phoebe (Fry) Buffington and moved to this area in 1975 from St. Petersburg, FL. She and her late husband, Fred Knoffloch, owned and operated the Roscow Insurance Agency for many years prior to his death. Sherry was a member of the Hills Church of Beverly Hills. She was a champion skeet shooter, enjoyed playing golf, a member of the Noble Ladies of the Shrine, a supporter of the 4H Clubs, the VFW Auxiliary, a volunteer for Hospice for over 5 years, a member of the Elks Auxiliary and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Fred Knoffloch in 1982, Preston “Pete” Butler in 2001, and by her companion, Raymond Albright in 2017. Left to cherish her memory are her step-children: Preston Lee “Lee” Butler, Jr. and his wife, Colleen, of Winter Springs, FL; Barbara Brotherton; and Sandra Morgan and her husband, David, of Dade City; her brother, Buff Buffington and his wife Pam; her sister, Linda Schlup; her four cherished step-grandchildren: Erica, Chris, Tommy and Kenny, Jr; Her niece Trisha, nephews Travis Trey and Tyson. Along with many step-great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Sherry’s life will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL with Reverend Phil Horn, officiating. Burial will follow at the Lake Lindsey Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 2-4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.


Bobbie Chenowith

Bobbie D Chenowith, 77, Bushnell, FL
Bobbie Dean Chenowith, also known as Robert, 77, of Bushnell, FL passed away on February 18, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. He was born to the late Martha Gall on March 16, 1943 in Elkhart, Indiana and 56 years ago, married his beloved wife, Judy. Together, they made Sumter County their home 15 years ago when they moved from Indiana. Bobbie was an Engineer and worked for Miles Lab for over 40 years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy, where he was a Submariner. He was a district and region quarter master of the Bushnell VFW, enjoyed golfing, and fishing. Those left to cherish Bob’s memory are his wife, Judy; his son, Chad; his three adored grandchildren, Cotie, Michaela, and Breanna; and his five cherished great-grandchildren, Tifa, Moxxie, Bryleigh, David “Bucky”, and Kendallyn. He was loved dearly and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Florida National Cemetery, where the Marion County Honor Guard will render full military honors in honor of Bob’s dedication to his country. A visitation will take place prior to the service at 11:30 AM, the same day, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, where the procession to the cemetery will leave at 1:15 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Gertrude Cheresko

Gertrude D Cheresko, 93, Beverly Hills, FL
Gertrude “Trudy” Dietz Cheresko left this world to be with our “Heavenly Father” on December 3, 2020. She was born on July 11, 1927, the daughter of the late Henry E. and Gertrude DePuy Link, on Staten Island, New York. Trudy was of family of the original French Huguenots on her mother’s side. From age four to 14 she was a child star, dancing and singing, on radio on The Children’s Hour of Horn and Hardharts. She was a graduate of Port Richmond High School and was very active in sports where she excelled in tennis and bowling. Trudy and two others won the first award of bowling for their school. In 1948 she married a government man, William Monahan, a marriage that lasted 40 years until he passed away in 1988. In 1992 she married Captain Harry Dietz, an airline pilot for PanAm. He passed away in 1998. In 2002 she married Frank Cheresko, a millwright who passed away on March 30, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Don Sullivan, who she married in 2012. The Mass of Christian Burial for Trudy will be offered on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. She will be buried at the Shehawken Cemetery in Shehawken, PA. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Monday from 9:00 AM until the procession to Church at 10:45 AM.


Reginald Clarke

Reginald A Clarke, 84, Beverly Hills, FL
Reginald A. Clarke (ETC, SS Ret.), age 84, died on December 22, 2020 at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers Hospital after a long battle with the COVID-19 virus. Born December 25, 1935 he grew up in Harlem, New York City. Reginald envisioned a career that far exceeded what Harlem offered. His love for country led him to enter the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Reginald served with distinction from 1953 to 1975 and was proud to serve as an instructor of Race Relations due to the increasing role of minorities in the Navy. The U.S. Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment laid the foundation for what became a very successful career. He gained the respect of co-workers, fellow veterans, and people throughout the community with his work ethic, determination, and caring. The discipline he learned while serving in the U.S. Navy for over 22 years never left him as he entered the civilian workplace. He worked as a correction officer in Montville CT while attending college. He then moved on to work as a computer field engineer with Honeywell for 25 years while simultaneously being employed by the Town of Marlborough CT as a constable for 18 years. Reginald retired with his wife Carole Clarke and moved to Pine Ridge in Beverly Hills Florida in 2000. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 155, A Voiture 1219, VFW Post 10087, Submarine Holland Club Veterans Association, ELKS, and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-01. Reginald is survived by his wife Carole Clarke, 5 Children Courtnay Clarke, Reginald Clarke III, Nedra Clarke, Karen Johnson, and Michael Williams. Six Grandchildren Anastasia Magee, Kaya Carter, Dylan Ekstrom, Aliana Williams, Eliza Williams, Cameron Delaney and his great grandson Aiden. Reginald, also known as Mickey is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, numerous friends and extended family. A Celebration of Reginald's life is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at The Pavillion at The Depot of Inverness, 300 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Military honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #155 and Subvets. Dhilwayo words express Reginald’s life best. “A sailor is not defined as much by how many seas he has sailed than by how many storms he has overcome.” Reginald will be cremated at the Charles Davis Funeral Home and his ashes spread at sea to continue his journey.


Charles Clay

Charles E Clay, 83, Hernando, FL
Charles Edward Clay of Arbor Lakes, Hernando, FL passed away February 10, 2021 at Vitas Health Care in Lecanto, FL. Mr. Clay was born March 23, 1937 in Davy, West Virginia. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Inverness, FL. He loved his church family dearly. Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 62 years, Wanda; his son, James Douglas “Doug” Clay and his wife Debbie; his grandson, Jared; his granddaughters, Linda Todd (Zack) and Jordan Clay; his great-granddaughter, Teagan; his sister, Vickie Malone (Steve); his brothers-in-law, Vern Jr. (Betty), Robert (Carol), Damon (Nickie), Dallas (Nina); and the entire Pigott Family. Those gone before Charles include his wonderful step-father William Blizzard and his mother, Colleena Blizzard; his father, John C. Clay; and his brothers, Ronnie and Butch (Faye). Mr. Clay was in the United States Air Force for 8 years, where he bravely served our country. He was also a retired Executive Vice President of Bank of America and was President of North Fort Myers Rotary Club. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club. Charles was also Director of Wallace International and Past President of Florida Bankers Association. He was a graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida. Charles was a Deacon of the North Fort Myers First Baptist Church and was a very devoted Christian who loved the Lord and his family dearly. A Special Acknowledgement to Dr. Ralph Abadier and Dr. Vikas Kamat for their incredible care and compassion during Charles’ life. Charles’ Celebration of Life is private and will be conducted with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Friends may sign the online guest book once the obituary is published online, by going to the Citrus County Chronicle website at www.chronicleonline.com, clicking on the “obituaries” tab, searching for Charles’ obituary, scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the obituary, and leaving a memory or condolence underneath the “memories and condolences” section. Charles’ family would very much appreciate this being done in Charles’ memory. Arrangements and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Juan Colon

Juan A Colon, 51, Inverness, FL
Juan Antonio Colon passed away gently into the arms of Jesus on December 22, 2020 at the age of 51 years old, following a fatal tragic accident. Juan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 15, 1969 to his parents Abigail Carrasquillo and his father Juan B. Colon that is deceased since 2013. He was an amazing warrior with a contagious smile. At the age of 51 years old he taught everyone around him to treasure life and always be happy. He loved football, He loved music and dancing, and most of all he loved his daughter Ashley. Despite the short time on earth, he was deeply loved by all and brought immense joy to those around him. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Abigail, his brother Cesar Colon, his sister Madeline Colon and Elsie Gonzales, his nephews Luis, Alex, Cesar, his only niece Cierra, his sister in Law Ida Colon, brother in law Hector Hernandez; following his Aunt Mayra Colon and all his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that loved him dearly. He will be especially missed by his one and only daughter, Abigail Ashley Colon. “ To My Dear Daughter Ashley: When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears, and hug your sorrow through the years. But start out bravely with a gallant smile, and for my sake and in my name, live and do all the things the same. Feed not your loneliness on empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways. Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near, and never, never be afraid to die. For I am waiting for you in the Sky!"


Jeffrey Cook

Jeffrey J Cook, 32, Inverness, FL
Jeffrey Jay Cook of Inverness, FL passed away unexpectedly at his home on December 24, 2020 at the age of 32. He was born in Inverness on June 23, 1988 and was the son of Linda (Tippin) and Donald Cook. Jeffrey was a true Floridian that loved the outdoors and was most at home on the Withlacoochee River or fishing and hunting in a swamp. In addition to his parents, Jeffrey is survived by his son, Jacob Nealey; brothers: Steven, Torrie and Stacy; sisters: Brittany, Tiffany, Jessica, Sherri and Desiree; and a great many nieces and nephews. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Inverness, FL.


Ramona Cordova-Vazquez

Ramona Cordova-Vazquez, 86, Apollo Beach, FL
Ramona Cordova-Vazquez, 86 of Apollo Beach, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, on February 3, 2021. Ramona was born on August 9, 1934 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, to the late Marcelo Cordova-Rivera and Berhida Vazquez. She came to Citrus County a year and a half ago from Puerto Rico. She was of the Catholic faith. Ramona loved her grand-babies! She enjoyed cooking, socializing and just entertaining friends and family. She also loved to travel. Left to cherish her memory are her children: George Vazquez and wife, Iris, of Orlando, FL, Iris Elliott and husband Kevin, of Apollo Beach, FL, Wanda Vazquez of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Aileen Vazquez of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her brother, Cloti Cordova of Humacoa, PR, her sisters: Mina Cordova, of Humacoa, PR, Julia Ortero, husband Antonio, of New York, Juanita Martinez, San Juan, PR; her 4 grand-babies,11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A Service of Remembrance will be conducted on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness, with Fr. Tim Cummings, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Inverness. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness.


Robert Corlett

Robert L Corlett, 85, Floral City, FL
Robert Leroy Corlett of Floral City, FL passed away at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville on November 28, 2020 at the age of 85. Robert was born to the late Willard George and Myrtle Geneva (Hicks) Corlett in Vermilion, OH on December 26, 1934. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. In 1981 he married his wife Roberta with whom he shared 39 years of loving marriage. Robert and Roberta made Citrus County their home in 1982 after relocating from Brooksville. He was a Christian by faith and most recently attended worship services at Calvary Church in Inverness. Robert loved to work and “putter around” in the yard and really enjoyed his riding lawnmower. He was one to always stay busy and didn’t sit still very long. He could always find a project or something to do. Robert was an excellent cook and loved cooking meals for his family, especially big meals at the holidays. He enjoyed watching westerns and was a fan of John Wayne. Robert’s other favorite past time was spending time with his grandbabies and great grandbabies. In addition to his wife Roberta, those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his sons: Eric Corlett and Dewane Corlett, both of Floral City; daughters: Terry Linhart and her husband Gene of Cocoa Beach, and Robin Center Holderbaugh of Floral City; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Robert’s life was held at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home on Monday, November 30, 2020 and was officiated by Pastor Harvey Dunn. Full military honors were rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Private burial at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Melanie Davis

Melanie J Davis, 65, Lecanto, FL
Melanie Jeanne Davis, 65 of Lecanto, passed away December 16, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Melanie was born on January 12, 1955 in New Bern, North Carolina to Lawrence G. and Sylvia (Gardner) Davis, and came to Citrus County in 1981. Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Sylvia Davis of Mt. Dora, FL and her sister, Laura Lynn McDonald of Eustis, FL. Melanie was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence G. Davis on May 5, 2012. Following cremation Melanie will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, along with her father, Lawrence. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Violet Davy

Violet C Davy, 101, Dunnellon, FL
Violet Catherine Pearl Davy, 101, of Dunnellon, FL passed away on January 27, 2021 in Homosassa, FL. She was born to the late John and Stella (Davis) Pontiere on September 2, 1919 in Penn’s Grove, NJ. She married Charles Alton Davy and soon thereafter became a homemaker. Violet made Citrus County her home after moving from St. Pete, FL. She was preceded in death by John and Jack Pontiere, her two brothers. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Dava McGahee, her five grandchildren, and her one great-grandchild. Arrangements for Violet are private and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth "Beth" DeFazio

Elizabeth "Beth" L DeFazio, 82, Floral City, FL
Elizabeth Lucille “Beth” DeFazio, 82, of Floral City, FL passed away on December 31, 2020 at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing of Inverness, FL. She was born to the late Phares Green and Dorothy Esther (Woods) Bithell on July 11, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years and in 1982, married her beloved late husband, Dominic. She and her husband Dominic made Citrus County their home that same year when they moved from St. Petersburg, FL. Elizabeth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, FL where she was a member of the Tuesday Ladies’ Circle. Elizabeth will be remembered for being a friend to everyone; she was always there for anyone that needed a helping hand, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on. She loved to volunteer for various organizations and charities and was very involved in volunteering at her church. She participated in Meals on Wheels and enjoyed serving others. Elizabeth also volunteered her time and visited with patients in the hospital or those under hospice care. Elizabeth was one of a kind who overflowed with compassion and love for others. Elizabeth, along with her parents, was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dominic; her one brother; and her two sisters. Those left to cherish her memory are her five children, David Lewis (Angie) of Floral City, FL, Jeffrey Lewis (Brenda) of Lady Lake, FL, Elmer Lewis (Liz) of Floral City, FL, Darryl Lewis (Cyndi) of Ravensdale, WA, and Gregory Lewis (Rachelle) of Kirkland, WA; her 15 cherished grandchildren; and her 10 adored great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mike Fonfara officiating. Friends and family are welcome to gather for a time of fellowship, beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Elizabeth’s urn will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Dominic, at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements and Cremation with Care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Toni Demonbreun

Toni J Demonbreun, 57, Floral City, FL
Toni Jayne Demonbreun, 57, of Floral City, passed away February 4, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Toni was born in Hollywood, FL on February 27, 1963. Toni was a Florida girl born & raised! She came to Citrus County in 1972 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 1981 she graduated from Citrus High School in Inverness and was baptized at the Floral City Baptist Church. Her personality was brutally honest and she could give people a hard time. Toni ran her family business, Mancini Tile, after her parents passed. She loved animals and her cats and dogs were her babies. She had her Pitbull, Max, who is14 years old and her 3 legged cat, who is 9 years old. She loved to work, and even built a house. She also enjoyed knitting and would knit in her spare time. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 17 years, Darrell Demonbreun; her daughter Kathryn Tobianski; step-daughters: Kimberly Kirkland, Megan Demonbreun; step-sons, Kristopher Kirkland and Tim Demonbreun; two brothers: Howard and Tommy; eight sisters: Justine Selzer of Hollywood FL; Kathy Kester of Nevada; K.C. Cook of California; Polly, Tracy, Donna, Shelvie, and Karen; her grandchildren: Kenneth, Sean and Kayla Hoon, Eli Demonbreun, and Faith and Grace Miller. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Arrangements for Toni are private and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Warren Dove

Warren C Dove, 69, Inverness, FL
Warren C. Dove, 69, of Inverness, FL passed away on February 4, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. He was born on December 26, 1951 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Warren C. Dove and Margaret Smith. He was a minister for many years, where he led a United Methodist Church in West Virginia and he was a very devout Christian. Warren made Citrus County his home after moving from West Virginia, in 2013. He bravely and honorably served our country as a member of the United States Coast Guard, and he was in service for 11 years. He was a loyal veteran and loved his country dearly. He and his beloved wife, Mary F. Dove, enjoyed 40 beautiful years together and along with Mary, those left to cherish his memory are his children, Joshua Dove, Jonathan Racer, Jamie Dove, and Nicole Brink (Beau); his seven cherished grandchildren, Blake, Kaitlyn, Ciarrah, Brendon, Kaylee, Bryson, and Grayson; his two adored great-grandchildren, Dakota and Paizlee; and his aunt, Dorothy Cook of Crystal River, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 4 PM at the First Baptist Church of Inverness, FL with Reverend Dr. Byron Brown officiating. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 3 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to CCRTL, or, Citrus County Right To Life; more information can be found at: www.citruscountyrighttolife.com.


Juan Duffau

Juan L Duffau, 63, Dunnellon, FL
Juan Lorenzo Duffau of Dunnellon, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 25, 2021 at the age of 63. Juan was born to Mara (Martin) and the late Martin Juan Duffau on August 10, 1957 in Jovellanos, Cuba. He was raised in Tampa, FL and made Dunnellon his home 17 years ago. He was a Truck Driver by profession. Juan loved raising and caring for the animals on his farm. He also loved the game of baseball and enjoyed collecting baseball memorabilia. Juan’s passing will be mourned by his wife, Onelia Duffau; his son, Juan Duffau and his wife Sandra of Palm Harbor, FL; his mother, Mara Duffau of Tampa, FL; brothers: Martin Duffau of Florida and Michael Duffau of California; and grandchildren: Khloe and Javier Duffau of Palm Harbor, FL. Cremation with care under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lorraine Dwinell

Lorraine S Dwinell, 88, Homosassa, FL
Lorraine S. Dwinell, 88, of Homosassa, FL passed away January 25, 2021 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL. She was born on April 22, 1932 in Hempstead, NY, and was a high school teacher. She arrived in this area in 2020, coming from Clearwater, FL. Lorraine also was a orchestral viola player and enjoyed painting and embroidering pictures. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert M. Dwinell in 1984, and one sister, Regina Sherlock. Survivors include her sons, Paul and Robert Dwinell, both of Homosassa, and one sister Eleanor Zimmerman. A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Thursday, February 11 between the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ron Ferrara

Ron P Ferrara, 77, Citrus Springs, FL
Ronald Peter Ferrara of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on February 3, 2021 at the age of 77. Ronald was born to the late John and Catherine (LaPadula) Ferrara on July 28, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Ronald went on to become a Machinist and Engineer, designing and producing many products throughout his career. In 1969, Ron married his wife Jacqueline with whom he shared 52 years of loving marriage. He and Jacqueline made Citrus County their home in 1989 after relocating from Liberty, NY. Ron was a Catholic by faith and a Parishioner of St. Peters Catholic Church in Liberty. Ron thoroughly enjoyed designing and building things from start to finish; he was a true engineer at heart. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. Ron also loved to race cars and motorcycles with his brother when they were younger. They traveled together and raced all over the state of Florida. He would do the repair work and his brother would race. Ron was a kind man with a big heart and absolutely loved all animals. He would always stop to assist a turtle crossing the road or help any animal in need. He enjoyed spending time with the horses, pigs and especially goats at his sons house and cared for their wellbeing. In addition to his wife Jacqueline, those left to mourn Ron’s passing include his son, Ronald Ferrara, Jr. and his wife Susan of Williston, FL; daughter, Jacqueline Van Natter and her husband Jeffery of Spring Hills, FL; brother, Robert Ferrara; grandchildren: Kaitlyn Incremona, Jeffery Van Netter II, Cody Van Netter, Hunter Ferrara, Jessica Ferrara; and great grandchildren: Killian Incremona and Carson Van Natter. Ron was preceded in death by his brothers: Dennis and Leonard Ferrara. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Raymond Fink

Raymond C Fink, 88, Beverly Hills, FL
Raymond Clayton Fink, of Beverly Hills peacefully left us on Sunday, December 13th, 2020, at home following an issue with his heart. He was 88 years old. He had a sense of humor, a love of the land, was quick with a joke, had a strong handshake, and lived with his commitment to family and friends. He loved to work with his hands and help others and enjoyed taking vacations with his family. Ray was born on August 2, 1932, in York County, PA, the third child of Raymond H. and Mary P. Fink, who were lifelong farmers. Ray, known to his family and friends as “Sonny”, spent his youth working hard on the farm. Summers were spent planting and harvesting crops, “bringing in the hay”, tending to livestock, and he continued that effort throughout his adult years. He married Madeleine, “Maggie” Wert in June of 1953, and went to work for the American Can Company in Lemoyne, PA, with an entry-level position. He educated himself and became a mechanic rebuilding can lines and advanced himself to the level of machinist, the highest position in can production machining the parts needed to create various sizes of cans. Work at the can company escalated in the summer months as did the work on the farm. He frequently put in over 90 hours a week at the can company and spent many more hours of physical work assisting his parents with the farm until they sold it in 1973. Hard work didn’t scare Ray! After retirement he moved to Florida in 1984 with Maggie where they built a home, created a lawn cutting business, and joined the Elks lodge in Inverness which became his passion for the remainder of his life. Ray embraced the Elks, went through all of the Chairs, served a term as Exaulted Ruler in 1993/1994 where he spent the year committed to improving and building the lodge. He went on to become a Trustee and served in that position for many more years. His love of the Lodge centered and grounded him following the death of his wife in 2014. He continued to make his famous prime rib dinners and attend lodge functions, and met his new life partner, Judith Flegle who loved and cared for him through the remainder of his life. Ray enjoyed the undying love of two women and they each meant the world to him. Ray’s life was a good one and his passage was swift. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debra Fink Yeager and Max Yeager of Boulder, CO; his life partner, Judith Flegle of Beverly Hills, FL; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Barbara Fink of York, PA; dozens of nieces and nephews; and many, many friends across the country. He is predeceased by his parents; brother and sister-in-law Ken and June Fink; and a sister and brother-in-law, Fairy Fink Bear and Jim Bear; all of York County, PA. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2021, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Lodge in Hernando, FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ray’s name to the Florida Elk’s Youth Camp, P.O. Box 49, Umatilla, FL 32784, Attn: Jen. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Garcia

David Garcia, 84, Inverness, FL
David Garcia of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on January 1, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born to the late Ben and Olivama Garcia of Pueblo, CO on October 14, 1936. In October of 2000 David married his loving wife Jeanne with whom he shared 20 years of loving marriage. He and Jeanne made Inverness their home in 2005 after relocating from Colorado and attended the Redemption Point Assembly of God in Inverness. David was a welder by profession but also used his skills as a welder to create beautiful pieces of art out of steel. He spent many days working in his home workshop creating remarkable original works of art and became a talented woodworker in his later years. In addition to his loving wife Jeanne, those left to mourn David’s passing include his sons: David Garcia of Inverness, FL, Bob Garcia and his wife Cheryl of Simi Valley, CA, Mark Garcia of Pueblo, CO, Jim Garcia of Santa Fe, NM; daughter, Kathy Garcia of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Rosie Arestegui of Hawthorne, CA; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his loving wife of 28 years and mother of his surviving 5 children, Mary F. Garcia. He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters: Suzie, Tabby and Angie and niece, Barbara Arestegui. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2021 with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM followed by a chapel service at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Kennie Berger of Redemption Point Assembly of God. Following the chapel service, David will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This is David’s Life’s Verse.


Mary Gibson

Mary K Gibson, 88, Floral City, FL
Mary K. Gibson of Floral City, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2020 at the age of 88. Mary was born in Manhattan, NY to the late Howard Charles and Mary (Karling) Kiehn on December 14, 1931. She was responsible for starting the first non-profit daycare facility in New York in the early 1970’s when she saw a need for working women entering the workforce. Mary remained the director of that facility for over 8 years. She relocated to Florida in 1979 and eventually made Citrus County her home in the early 1990’s after relocating from Pinellas County, FL. Mary continued to give back to her community and enjoyed volunteer work. She was very involved with hospice services and worked with their legacy program. Mary also enjoyed attending theater productions and musicals. She attended many of the community theater productions at the ARTS Center in Lecanto, FL. Those left to mourn Mary’s passing include her children: Elizabeth Chadwell of Floral City, FL and William Snedden of Sarasota, FL; and her grandchildren: Jonathan Chadwell and Quinn Snedden. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Tait Snedden, second husband, Lewis Gibson and third husband, Lawrence Call. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Genevieve  Gleason

Genevieve L Gleason, 89, Inverness, FL
Genevieve L. “Jenny” Gleason, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away January 30, 2021 at The Grove Health and Rehab in Hernando, FL. She was born in Shinglehouse, PA on September 1, 1931 to the late Guy and Lillian (Peterson) Nolan. Jenny arrived in this area in 1974, coming from Celron, NY and was Presbyterian by faith. She enjoyed playing cards and games, and loved cooking and having dinner parties. But she especially loved her dog “Buster”. Jenny was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lyle Gleason. She was also preceded by her sisters, Amelia Johnson, Luella Kemp, Louise (Peg) Summerfield, and Virginia (Ginny) Hamilton. She is survived by her son Terry Gleason of Inverness, and one brother, William Nolan. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donald Goclon

Donald J Goclon, 86, Hernando, FL
Donald Julian Goclon of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on February 2, 2021 at the age of 86. Donald was born to the late Julian and Elenor (Geyer) Goclon in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 1934. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Following his military service, Donald became a Machinist by trade and eventually owned and operated his own machine shop in Compton, CA for a number of years. Following retirement, Donald relocated to Arizona but made Florida his home 20 years ago. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, enjoyed reading western books, and partying. Those left to mourn Donald’s passing include his wife of 22 years, Beverly Goclon; stepdaughters: Sharise McKeever and her husband Earl; Stacey Barnes, her husband Andrew, and grandchildren Sabrina and Michael, Donald was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty J. Goclon on March 10,a 1997. Step-granddaughter, Yvette Jenkins, her husband Tim and great-granddaughters: Paige and Heather; and 2 great-great grandchildren Alayna and Aiden. Donald will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA alongside his first wife, Betty J. Goclon. Florida arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Anna Gowan

Anna L Gowan, 90, Inverness, FL
Anna L. Gowan of Inverness, FL passed away at her home with her loving husband by her side and while under the care of HPH Hospice on December 1, 2020 at the age of 90. Anna was born to the late Palestine Wesley and Bertha May (Roland) Higginbotham in Cincinnati, OH on October 13, 1930. In 1986 she married her husband Anthony E. “Tony” Gowan with whom she shared 36 years of loving marriage. She and Tony made Citrus County their home in 2000 after relocating from Bradenton Beach, FL. Anna was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the Highway 44 Church of God in Inverness. In her spare time she liked going to the beach and shopping. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and her grandchildren. In addition to her husband Tony, those left to mourn Anna’s passing include her sons: Michael Thomas Leece and Timothy Wesley Leece; her stepson, Eric James Gowan; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ann was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Daniel Leece in 2003; her daughter, Connie Ann Leece in 2018; one brother and one sister. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Graham

James H Graham, 88, Floral City, FL
James Huston Graham, 88, of Floral City, FL passed away January 6, 2021 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Cochran, GA on December 3, 1932 to the late Sam and Maroy (Fowler) Graham. James was employed by and retired from the Department of Defense where he worked as a contract inspector, which included working on the space shuttle guidance systems. He arrived in this area in the late 1970’s coming from Clearwater, FL. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. James was a devout Christian and attended the Inverness Church of God for over 40 years, serving many years as a Church Elder. James enjoyed fishing, traveling and camping, but most of all being with his family. He was preceded in death by one son, Del Huston Graham; 2 brothers, John and William Graham; and 2 sisters, Lucille Owens and Rosa Robinson. James is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Johnnie Gay Graham; son James Darvin Graham and his wife Delene of Inverness, FL, daughter Virginia Denise Slusser and her husband Butch of Inverness, sister Shirley Shelton of Hawkinsville, GA; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Inverness Church of God on Saturday, January 30, 11:00 A.M. with Pastors David Lucas, Harvey Dunn and Larry Powers officiating. The service will be live streamed on the church’s facebook page. James’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Grant

George F Grant, 65, Hernando, FL
George Foster Grant of Hernando, FL passed away at Advent Health in Ocala, FL on December 17, 2020 at the age of 65. George was born in Melrose, MA to the late Allen and Gladys (Manley) Grant on October 15, 1955. On May 17, 1975 he married Jeanne (Bittner) with whom he shared 45 years of loving marriage. Prior to retirement, George was employed as an Electrical Lineman for the City of Littleton, MA. He and Jeanne made Citrus County their home in 1997 after relocating from Townsend, MA. In his spare time George enjoyed forging steel and making homemade knives. He loved traveling with his wife and had traveled to Alaska on two different occasions. George also liked going to the gun range and being outdoors however, his favorite pastime was spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren. While he was a friendly and outgoing man that never met a stranger, family was George’s everything and he preferred to spend any spare time he had with them. After being diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 49, George and Jeanne decided life was too precious to “wait” to grow old together. They began to travel more and try to enjoy their children and grandchildren as much as possible. George had an immense zest for life and fought hard to beat down his cancer on several occasions. In addition to his wife Jeanne, those left to mourn George’s passing include his daughters: Emilie Poots and her husband Thomas of Ocala, FL, Cassandra Iverson of Hernando, FL; son, George Grant II and his wife Shaina of Pine Ridge, FL; sisters: Judy Reed of Las Vegas, NV, Suzanne Chase of Providence, RI; grandchildren: Angelique, Savannah, Adaira, Kayden, Ava, Max, Ryan, Isla Charlotte and Willow. George was preceded in death by his brother, Ernie Grant on July 4, 2017. A Memorial Service will be determined at a later date in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kathryn Gronauer

Kathryn M Gronauer, 98, Spring Hill, FL
Kathryn M. Gronauer, 98, of Spring Hill, FL passed away on January 1, 2021 at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL. She was born to the late August and Ina (Haworth) Woerner on May 2, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was a Secretary for The American Red Cross for many years and made Citrus County her home in 1999 after moving from Ft. Myers, FL. She enjoyed 74 beautiful years of marriage to Donald R. Gronauer before his passing on July 18, 2015. Kathryn was an avid golfer and it was one of her most loved hobbies. Along with her beloved husband, Donald and her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister. Those left to cherish her memory are her two children, John Gronauer (Emily Harris) of Brooksville, FL and Janice Goodwin (late Gerald) of Dunedin, FL; her four grandsons; and her six great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Kathryn is on Tuesday, January 19, at 2:30 PM, at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. A procession to the cemetery from the funeral home will depart at 1:45 PM, friends and family are welcome to gather at the funeral home prior to the procession leaving. Kathryn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery alongside her husband, Donald. Arrangements and Cremation with Care are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Michael Gross

Michael A Gross, 67, Inverness, FL
Michael Allen Gross of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on November 27, 2020 at the age of 67. Michael was born in Pinellas Park, FL to the late Homer B. and Ethel M. (Jones) Gross on November 12, 1953. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a Glass Installer for Weber Glass in Inverness, FL for a number of years. Those left to mourn Michael’s family include his daughters: Jennie Shepard of Inverness, FL and Michelle Coy of Taylorville, IL; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Enid "Tish" Hand

Enid "Tish" L Hand, 76, Inverness, FL
Enid Letitia “Tish” Hand of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 21, 2021 at the age of 76. Tish was born to the late Ralph and Dorothy (McInturff) Daniels in Enid, OK on September 20, 1944. She was married to her husband Richard Keith Hand I for 31 years until his passing in 1996. Tish made Inverness her home in 2008 after relocating from Oklahoma to escape the cold winters. In her spare time she enjoyed online gaming and especially enjoyed playing fantasy and sci-fi games. Her favorites were Destiny, Tomb Raider and games with a zombie theme. Tish would often play online against opponents that were much younger than her. She was an incredibly artistic person and a skilled painter. In addition to her artistic skills, she was an accomplished and published author of 5 sci-fi books and 1 romance novel. There weren’t many challenges that Tish was not willing to take on. When she was told by a contractor that a fireplace could not be put into her home, she took it upon herself to knock out the wall and install her own gas fireplace, including laying the necessary gas lines. She was 70 years old at the time. When a mechanic was going to charge her a small fortune to change a clutch cable in her Volkswagen Rabbit, she decided that she was better off to just do it herself. Tish also enjoyed sewing and had made many pageant gowns for her granddaughter when she was young. She enjoyed riding a Segway and was a former member of the Segway Riders Club of The Villages. Tish’s favorite activity in her free time was singing karaoke. Her absolute favorite song to sing was “let the bodies hit the floor” by Drowning Pool. Not the typical karaoke choice you would expect from a woman in her 70’s. Tish had a great love for animals and her pets were the loves of her life. She will be remembered for her kind and generous nature and deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. Those left to mourn Tish’s passing include her sons: Robert Hand and his wife Monica of Orlando, FL, Richard Hand II and his wife Bonnie of Edmond, OK; brother, Dale “Butchy” Daniels and his wife Judy of Stillwater, OK; sisters: Sherry Walls of Enid, OK, Betty Hall and her husband Venis of Westlaco, TX; grandchildren: Richard “Keith” Hand III, Katelyn “Katie” Hand, Rebecca “Becca” Hand and Charlotte Hand. In addition to her husband Richard Hand I, Tish was preceded in death by her daughter, Kasandra (Hand) Young and her brother, Ralph Duane “Chipper” Daniels. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kristi Hardgrove

Kristi L Hardgrove, 57, Crystal River, FL
Kristi Lee Hardgrove of Crystal River, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on January 2, 2021 at the age of 57. Kristi was born to Sally Ann (Everett) and the late Edward Rudolph Metzger on October 28, 1963 in Bath, ME. She made Crystal River her home 5 years ago after relocating from Connecticut. Kristi was a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in healthcare. She was an extremely loving and caring individual and was a dedicated and kind caregiver to many of those who had no one to care for them in their later years. She truly loved others and was very generous with her time and her actions. Even though she was in failing health, over the Thanksgiving holiday, Kristi cooked a prepared a full Thanksgiving feast and proceeded to contact her neighbors and personally share plates of food with those who needed it. That was just the kind of caring and loving person she was. Her generosity was one of her outstanding traits. When she wasn’t taking care of others, in her spare time she enjoyed crocheting and knitting. Prior to moving to Florida, Kristi loved spending time on the Connecticut River with her family. Those left to mourn Kristi’s passing include her sons: Sean Hardgrove and his wife Heidi of Higganum, CT, Joshua Hardgrove and his wife Jamie of Agawam, MA, Ryan Hardgrove and his significant other, Jamie Talbot of Higganum, CT; mother, Sally Metzger of Hernando, FL; brother, Dan Metzger of Maryland; grandchildren: Paisley, Michael, Sadie, Harper, Noah, Skylar, Vayda and Braxtyn. Kristi was preceded in death by her father, Edward Metzger in 2012, and her sister, Kerri Metzger in 2001. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Fl.


Mildred "Millie" Hatt

Mildred "Millie" A Hatt, 71, Inverness, FL
Mildred “Millie” Alice Hatt of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on December 25, 2020 at the age of 71. Millie was born to the late Raymond and Florence (Sargent) Williams on November 23, 1949 in Haverhill, MA. After relocating to Citrus County from Massachusetts, she became an Aide at the Key Training and Rehabilitation Center. Millie is survived by daughters: Stacy Hollis and Teri Corda; sister, Alma Duquette; brothers: Richard, Eddie and Norman Williams; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy David Hatt and brothers, Raymond and Robert Williams. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dale Havre, M.D.

Dale C Havre, M.D., 85, Inverness, FL
As Citrus County’s first ophthalmologist, Dale Charles Havre served thousands of patients in the 20 years of his career spent at his practice in Inverness, FL. Preceded in death by his parents Charles Havre, Jr. and Violet Lewis Havre, Dr. Havre passed away on January 16, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Prior to moving to Inverness with his family in 1975, Dr. Havre practiced in northeast Ohio where he was born on August 26, 1935. Following his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, Dr. Havre earned his medical degree from (Case) Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He also served in the U.S. Air Force in Orlando, FL, achieving the rank of captain and receiving commendation for his service as Chief, Ophthalmology Services and Officer in Charge of the Air Force Clinic. In addition to his ophthalmology practice in Inverness, Dr. Havre was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church. A lifelong learner, he frequently penned a column for the Citrus Chronicle in the 1980’s and served as editor of The Journal of the Florida Medical Association for many years. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and being with family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Carol (Vargo) Havre; four children: Julie Havre of Inverness, FL; Charles Havre and wife Deborah of Tampa, FL; John Havre and wife Heather of Shaker Heights, OH; and Cynthia Preston and husband David of Bay Shore, NY; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Fatima on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The Chas. E Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations to be made to the Humane Society of Citrus County.


Annie Hensley

Annie M Hensley, 94, Inverness, FL
Annie May Hensley, age 94, Inverness, FL passed away at home on December 29, 2020 with her son Rocky at her side. Annie May was born in Archer, FL on May 12, 1926 to the late Clarence A. and Bernice (Nelson) Vause, and came to Citrus County in 1932. She attended almost all of her school years in Citrus County where she graduated with the class of 1945 from Citrus High School. She worked for several county government offices and retired from the Citrus County Property Appraiser in 1988 after serving the people of Citrus County for 31 years in a variety of positions. Annie May was a Certified Observer for the Aircraft Warning Service under the US ARMY during WW II. She kept watch for enemy aircraft from the tower of the Historic Courthouse in Inverness. She also enjoyed being in “Follow that Dream” movie with Elvis Pressley as an extra in the courthouse scene. She always said he gave her a piece of gum. She loved Nascar and Football! (Loved the Gators) If you wanted a mean piece of fried chicken, you just had to ask! A cast iron skillet was all she needed ….many a Sunday lunch was spent eating her delicious meals cooked with love in her heart! Also had plenty in case anyone stopped by for a visit. Nothing made her happier than having her family all around her. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Hershel “Rocky” Hensley and his wife, Melanie, Inverness, FL; 2 grandchildren: Kristen Todd and Hillary Hammerle (John); 4 great grandchildren: Makayla, Kinnley, and Jackson Todd, and Myles Hammerle. She is also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters: Betty Lee McIntyre and Jeannette Walter, who predeceased her two years ago on the very same day. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Byron Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by Citrus County Blessings, PO Box 42, Lecanto Fl. 34460 or Boys & Girls Club of Citrus County PO Box 907, Lecanto, Fl. 34460


Patricia Hoffman

Patricia S Hoffman, 87, Tampa, FL
Patricia Suzanne Hoffman of Tampa, FL passed away at Brandon Regional Hospital on December 29, 2020 at the age of 87. Patricia was a native Floridian and born to the late Alva and Marie (Montgomery) Warne on July 27, 1933 in Haines City. She shared 51 years of loving marriage to her husband Larry Hoffman, who preceded her in death in June of 2020. Patricia is a former resident of Citrus County and relocated to Tampa 6 years ago to be closer to her daughter and son in law who also became her caregivers. Patricia was known to be a “Social Butterfly”. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and loved to play golf. She was an excellent cook and a wonderful baker. Patricia also enjoyed traveling and had traveled to a great many destinations all over the world with her husband over the years. Those left to mourn Patricia’s passing include her daughter, Kim Weed and her husband Paul of Temple Terrace, FL; sons: Barton Bradshaw and his wife Tobi of Texas, Darrel Hoffman of Osage Beach, MO; and 5 grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Patricia was preceded in death by 1 brother and 1 sister. A graveside committal service is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness, FL and will be conducted by the Reverend Greg Kell, retired Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jeffrey Hudson

Jeffrey D Hudson, 68, Citrus Springs, FL
Jeffrey Duncan Hudson of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at his home on December 26, 2020 at the age of 68. Jeffrey was born to the late Arlington Mayes and Elsie Dove (Eichhorst) Hudson in St. Louis, MO on February 4, 1952. On July 3, 1988 he married his loving wife Donna (Hassler) with whom he shared 32 years of loving marriage. Jeffrey was a 1974 graduate of Indiana University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry. He went on to become a professional landscape designer and gardening was his passion. Jeffrey loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, fishing and canoeing. In addition to his wife Donna, those left to mourn Jeffrey’s passing include his sons: Zachary Hudson (Carrie) of Bloomington, IN, Matthew Daggy (Gelly) of Homosassa, FL, John Michael Hudson (Paola) of Washington, DC, Elijah Daggy (Alejandra) of Tarpon Springs, FL; daughter, Emily Rose Michael (Peter) of Tarpon Springs, FL; brothers: Jerome Hudson (Darlene) of Bloomfield, IN, Jonathan Hudson (Marlaine) of Ammon, ID, Jameson Hudson (Donna) of Pagosa Springs, CO, Jackson Hudson (Jennifer) of Ingram, TX, Joseph Hudson (Cecilia) of Arvada, CO; twin sister, Jennifer Lynn of Binghamton, NY; sister, Jeanna Hudson of Coral Springs, FL; 11 grandchildren: Henzly, Hazel, Luke, Ayanna, Angelia, Sakellarios, Sofie, Apollo, Luca, Leland, Calvin; ; and his former wife and family friend, Susan Hicks of Bloomington, IN. Jeffrey’s family is planning a memorial service at a later date, possibly in April of 2021 so they can celebrate and remember his wonderful life. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL


Anthony Hughes

Anthony W Hughes, 69, Inverness, FL
Anthony Wayne “Tony” Hughes of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on December 12, 2020 at the age of 69. Tony was born in Bristol, PA to the late Wayne and Doris (Curry) Hughes on December 7, 1951. Prior to retirement, he was an Industrial Brick Layer for the Steel and Foundry Industry. On September 27, 1980 Tony married his wife Margaret “Maggie” (Waligorski) with whom he shared 40 years of loving marriage. He and Maggie moved to Florida and made Citrus County their home in 2016 after relocating from Pennsylvania. Tony loved going to and watching horse racing, especially the harness horse races. He also enjoyed gardening and swimming in his pool. In addition to his wife Maggie, those left to mourn Tony’s passing include siblings: Wayne Hughes of Citrus Springs, FL, Mark Andrew Hughes of Mainesburg, PA and Elizabeth Ann Cummings and her husband Dennis of Travelers Rest, SC. Tony was preceded in death by his sister in law, Maggie Hughes on November 27, 2017. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory Inverness, FL.


James Jones

James E Jones, 92, Inverness, FL
James E. Jones of Inverness, FL passed away at New Horizon Assisted Living on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the age of 92. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. James was married to his loving wife Nancy Lee Jones for 63 years until her passing on November 18, 2013. He and Nancy made Inverness their home 22 years ago after relocating from Manassas, VA. James was a Christian by faith and a lay minister. He most recently attended worship services at the Inverness Church of God. In his spare time he liked camping, fishing, traveling and enjoyed meeting new people along the way. James was a master gardener and could grow anything, his favorite being tomatoes. He learned these skills while growing his own food as a youth in Virginia. Those left to mourn James’ passing include his children: Stephen Jones and his wife Debby, Audrey Morgan and her husband Frank, Phillip Jones and his wife Johnnie Lynn, Keith Jones, Eric Jones and his wife Linda; sister, Betty Lou Jones; grandchildren: Tracey Ayres, JoAnna DesFonds and her husband John, Zachary Morgan and his wife Lindsay, Summer Morgan, Ashley Klotzbach and her husband Roy, Bryan Jones and his wife Connie, Suzanne Jones, Amanda Banks and her husband Daniel, Logan Jones, Chelsea Runkles; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Friends are invited to join in visitation with the family beginning at 3:30 PM. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


June Kelly

June S Kelly, 93, Inverness, FL
June S. Kelly, 93, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home in Inverness on February 9, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late John and Hattie (Reeves) Allen on September 11, 1927 in Sanford, FL. She was a loan officer for Bell South Credit Union for many years before retiring in 1980. She and her late husband, Roy, built their home in Inverness in 1981; the peacefulness and quietness of Inverness is what attracted the couple to Citrus County. June also loved fishing, playing tennis in her younger years, and was a former member of the Sweet Adeline Chorus, of Miami, in the 1940s-1950s. June was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her beloved husband of 50+ years, Roy Kelly in June 11, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jan Dalrymple who passed in 2002; her brother and sister, James Allen and Marline Leigh; and her grandchild, Thomas Kelly. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Dale Kelly (late wife, Linda) of Inverness, FL; her grandchildren, Brian Dalrymple and Dawn Smith; and her great-grandchildren, Samantha Fliming, Jackson Fliming, Hannah Kelly, and Noah Smith. Local arrangements for June are private. At a later date, June will be inurned at Palmetto Cemetery in Palmetto, FL alongside her husband, Roy. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Vivian Kohn

Vivian J Kohn, 92, Inverness, FL
Vivian J. Kohn, 92, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 2, 2021 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late James C. and Mary G. (Dawson) Martin on October 2, 1928 in Greentown, Ohio. She married her beloved husband, Joel, in 1947 and became a homemaker and a blessing to her family. She made the Citrus County her home when she and her husband moved here in 1990 from Hiawassee, Georgia. Vivian loved to sew and volunteer at hospitals. She will be remembered for being a very kind, caring person who was always willing to help out anyone she met. Along with her parents, her husband preceded in her in death on March 30, 2003 and her son, Terence Kohn also preceded her in death.. Those left to cherish Vivian’s memory are her children, Ryan Kohn (Terri) of South Carolina, Shannon Kohn (Stacy) of Stuart, FL, and David Kohn of Inverness, FL; her seven cherished grandchildren; and her seven adored great-grandchildren. Services for Vivian are private and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Vivian will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Joel, at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date.


David Koonce Jr

David F Koonce Jr, 87, Inverness, FL
Trains, planes, and automobiles were major parts of the life of Fred Koonce, a Dunnellon native who traveled the world in his career, always appreciating the opportunity that the G.I. Bill gave him to attend college and expand his horizons. Born January 28, 1934 in Ocala to Leona Haire Koonce and David Frederick Koonce, he grew up in Dunnellon where he graduated from high school in 1952 as class valedictorian. After traveling many miles from his home town, he found no better place to retire than close to where he started. He moved to Inverness in 1999. He died February 6, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease. His paternal grandfather was a foreman on the phosphate mines around Dunnellon and in Citrus County during the boom days of phosphate. His mother was born in Citrus County near one of the phosphate pits around Holder. After working for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad for a year building boxcars in the hot steamy railroad yards in Waycross, Georgia, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force toward the end of the Korean War. Stationed in Japan for two years, he took part in collecting and analyzing radioactive samples from nuclear testing activities being conducted in nearby countries. He also formed lifelong friendships around the large model railroad layout at the base and continued that hobby for most of his life. Following his four years of service, he used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend the University of Florida, where he majored in mechanical engineering and met his future wife, Sandra Settle, another Florida native. They were married on June 5, 1960 and graduated on their first anniversary, June 5, 1961. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. Following graduation, Koonce took a job with the Babcock and Wilcox Research Center in Alliance, Ohio and subsequently worked for Diamond Power Corporation in Lancaster, Ohio; Ethyl Corporation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Heat Research Corporation and M.W. Kellogg in Houston, Texas where his major work included the design of oil refineries and steam boilers. When the oil recession in the mid-1980s affected the Houston job market, he accepted a position with Kinetics Technology International (KTI) in Los Angeles, California as engineering manager. After five years in that position, he returned to Houston as vice president/manager of the Houston operation for Birwelco International, a British-based company. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Texas. Following his retirement, he was often called back to the field as a consultant on steam boilers for projects all over the world. His lifelong love affair with trains found family vacations planned to ride behind steam engines and to explore historical and ghost railroad sites across the United States. He was especially proud of being part of a volunteer effort, while living in California, of the restoration of a retired Santa Fe Engine (number 3751) which is one of the largest working steam locomotives remaining in America. When the restoration was completed, he “engineered” the gathering of antique private passenger cars from all over America for two fan trips. In addition to his railroad hobbies, he was a licensed private pilot, and, after retirement, restored a 1956 Ford Fairlane which was shown at many Friday night car shows in the area where its distinctive two-tone mandarin orange colors brought many compliments. He also was a Citrus County Master Gardener and active volunteer for several years. He was a member of Conrad Lodge #271, Free and Accepted Masons, Alliance Ohio; Arabia Shrine, Houston, Texas; and the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. For the last ten years he has suffered the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, which slowed his body, but not his mind. He raced through hundreds of books during that period and was one of the consistent winners at his duplicate bridge club. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Lt. Col. (retired) David F. Koonce and his wife, Stefi, of Stuttgart, Germany; a daughter, C. Jill Koonce Godwin and her husband, Robert, of Elk Grove, California; three grandchildren, Ashlyn Koonce, Lakeland; Addilyn Koonce, a student at the University of North Georgia; and Christopher Godwin, Elk Grove, California; a sister, Frances Brown and her husband, Jim, of Blairsville, Georgia; and two sisters-in-law, Sally Barrow of Inverness and Sue Getch of Monticello, FL. Additionally, he cherished several life-long friends who made his journey on earth more special: his life-long model railroad buddy, Ron Lane and wife Peggy, of Columbus, Indiana; and friends made over gourmet dinners more than 50 years ago in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who have since been traveling companions on many interesting trips, Joe and June O’Connell of Mission Viejo, California and Jim and Mary Ann Crowe of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Because family and friends are far flung and travel for most impossible because of COVID restrictions, a memorial service will be held via Zoom at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 18 through the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. If interested in attending, please call 352-341-1747 so an invitation can be sent. Interment will be held through Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL, and burial will be at the Florida National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. Those wishing to remember Fred with a memorial gift are invited to consider Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.


Eugene Kunit

Eugene R Kunit, 77, Hernando, FL
With great dignity, I announce the passing of Eugene Robert Kunit. His spirit will live on in his sons Greg and Michael with whom he shared his vast knowledge and wisdom. Visionary, artist, poet, warrior, architect, athlete, intellect, teacher, lover of nature and the divine creator’s gifts to us all, he leaves behind a life well spent, with no regrets. He spent his entire career as a landscape architect making the world a more beautiful place. His great works were acknowledged and published worldwide in numerous Garden Magazines worldwide such as “Better Homes and Garden, Sunset, Home and Garden” and many more. Gene’s beloved mother, Ethel, also a brilliant artist, gave birth to him on March 26, 1943, while his father John, an historian and H.S. principal, was, as the custom of the day, waiting in the expectant fathers room. He was a middle child, between his sister Elene, and brother John. His family relocated from Queens to Glen Cove Long Island shortly before his High School years. John wanted his sons to play football and have an active athletic program at the High School. The Glen Cove High school won all honors in all athletic abilities once the brothers took to the field and gym. He captained its championship football team, a member of the league championship basketball and baseball teams. He now has a plaque on the Glen Cove Hall of Fame. Gene gained New York street smarts early on while working in the garment district of New York City. Defeat was not in his vocabulary. He was High School Senior President, and received many academics accolades throughout his high school years. He received a perfect score on the SAT’s and was accepted to Cornell University, graduating in the class of 1964 with a degree in Floriculture. During that time he was “All Ivy” Football, gracing the University with winning season after season in Football. He also won the HeavyWeight Boxing, and wrestling Championship, for Cornell. He belonged to the Sigma Nu fraternity, where his college antics have become lore. He was approached by The Los Angeles Rams, The San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Cardinals, and many others, but chose the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not a man who liked to be told what to do, his decision was partly based on his respect for The Head Coach of the Steelers at the time, R.K. Buddy Parker, who personally approached Gene. The rapport was immediate. When the coaching staff changed, Gene decided to further his academic education and was immediately accepted to the prestigious Landscape Architectural Program at the University of Michigan. With a Masters Degree in hand, he headed west to fulfill a dream by landing a position with the top San Francisco Landscape Architectural firm of its time. This choice enabled him to work and thrive in such projects as The Santa Barbara Coastal Planning, project.. He especially enjoyed working in unison with the Chumash, Native Americans.. His goal was always to preserve the natural beauty, never disrupting, but skillfully enhancing Mother Nature's Creations. Gene eventually formed his own Design and Build Company, Gene Kunit & Assoc. Always needing an outlet for his abundant energy and power, Gene began Power Lifting, capturing the a Gold medal at the World Games. He also won the Gold again in the Senior Olympics. In his mid years he walked through life with his beloved Life Partner of 29 years, Linda S. DeGuere, and her loving daughter Shayna. He loved and worked from his estate in Sebastopol, California before moving to Citrus County in 2010. Each weekend he would go to the California Coastline and do plein aire paintings, capturing the raw natural coast at its best. Upon retirement, He was able to devote his time to his art in oil, acrylic, and watercolor...his true passion. He became an avid golfer, having only begun to play in his retirement years. Being a natural athlete he learned the ever challenging game at a fast pace. He could not wait for his days to play with his best friends of 4, Art, Johnny, and Mike. His legacy will live on in the over 550 Gardens, Estate, and Vineyards throughout California. He so graciously provided plans whenever a person requested his designs after seeing his work. He took great pride knowing that his designs and plantings were used all over the world. His designs and structures were far ahead of his time. He got great joy in traveling throughout the country and spotting one of his gates here, or Gazebos there. He fought right up to the end. Never complaining, always with the determined goal of overcoming the numerous health challenges he faced throughout the last two years. Gene began his right of passage on Jan 23, 2020 with Linda by his side.


Robert Kutz

Robert E Kutz, 78, Inverness, FL
Robert E. Kutz of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on January 6, 2021. Robert was born to the late Charles and Ruth Kutz on June 14, 1942 in Allentown, PA. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service he became an assembler for the trucking industry. He enjoyed getting up early and meeting his friends for breakfast. He had a kind and gentle spirit and will be greatly missed. Those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his wife, Leslie White of Inverness, FL; his loving daughter, Cheryl Wagner and her husband Joe of Deland, FL. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Kutz. Robert will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Karl Langlois

Karl H Langlois, 63, Hernando, FL
Karl Henry Langlois of Hernando, FL passed away at his residence on January 21, 2021 at the age of 63. Karl was born to Edith (Fish) and the late Harold Henry Langlois on August 19, 1957 in Providence, RI. He worked for the Cessna Airline Company as an airline mechanic in Wichita, KS prior to moving to Florida 25 years ago. Karl absolutely loved cars and was an avid NASCAR fan who had collected much NASCAR memorabilia over the years. Those left to mourn Karl’s passing include his children: Kevin Langlois and Julie Langlois, both of Wichita, KS; his mother, Edith Langlois currently of Lecanto, FL; his brother, Steven Langlois of Buford, GA; and three grandchildren. Karl was preceded in death by his father, Harold in 2012 and his brother, Paul in 2002. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frances Leahy

Frances K Leahy, 78, Floral City, FL
Frances Katherine Leahy of Floral City, FL passed away at her home on January 18, 2021 at the age of 78. Fran was born in Ridley Park, PA to the late Francis and Rebecca (Dougherty) Lambs on June 9, 1942. She was employed by the Coca Cola Bottling Company for over 10 years as a Bookkeeper. She made Citrus County her home 18 years ago after relocating from Clearwater, FL. Fran was Catholic by faith and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. While residing in Clearwater, she provided housekeeping services for St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Fran was a member and the bugler for Floral City VFW #7122 for over 17 years. She honored many Veterans over the years with her support and participation in the Honor Guard. Fran loved working for and with Veterans. In her spare time she enjoyed being with her friends at the VFW. Those left to mourn Fran’s passing include her daughters: Rebecca Leahy of Chattanooga,TN and Margaret “Meg” McKenzie of Hudson, FL, ; sons: Sean Francis Leahy and his wife Lu of Gardena, CA, Albert D. Leahy Jr. of Floral City, FL; sisters: Joanne Lambs and Mary La Mastra; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Merrihue on April 19, 2016, brother, Daniel Lambs and Albert Donald Leahy, Fran’s first husband of 19 years A Celebration of Fran’s Life is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1 PM at Floral City VFW #7122. She will be laid to rest privately alongside her husband Robert at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of Flowers, it was Fran's wish that any donations be made in her memory to the VFW Post and Auxiliary of 7122. (8191 S. Florida Ave. Floral City, FL 34436)


Christopher Leonard

Christopher M Leonard, 34, Inverness, FL
Christopher Michael Leonard of Inverness, FL passed away on February 16, 2021 at the age of 34. He was born to Michael James and Esther Gail (Moore) Leonard on August 28, 1986 in Tampa, FL. He became a resident of Citrus County in 1998 although most weekends from his birth were spent on the lake in Hernando. Christopher loved being out on the water fishing and boating. He will be dearly missed and always loved. In addition to his parents, Christopher is survived by his daughters: Alexus Leonard and Hailey Leonard, his grandfather, Lester Moore of Inverness. Uncles Rick (Silvia) and Kevin (Donna) Moore, Mark Leonard, Aunts Cheryl and Michelle Leonard and Debbie Hunt. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Richard LIttle

Richard L LIttle, 94, Citrus Springs, FL
Richard L. Little, 94, of Citrus Springs, Fla., passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 in Inverness, Fla. He was born on August 3, 1926 in East Peoria, Ill to Roy and Oneita Little. Rich was married on March 3, 1951 to Bonnie L. Price and was a devoted husband for 61 years. As a young man, he was proud to serve in the United States Navy as a Motor Operator Machinist (MOMM3) from 1944-1946. He served during World War II in the South Pacific. While living in Illinois, Rich worked at Cilco Light Company and was the owner/operator of a Dairy Queen restaurant and the Dream Hut (an independent ice cream parlor). Throughout his life, Rich enjoyed traveling, square dancing, fishing, playing cards, serving on the Englewood Turtle Patrol, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was survived in life by sons; Edwin Little of Inverness Fla., and Richard Little and wife Melody of Marquette Heights, Ill.; brothers, Leroy Little and wife Joanne of Williamsfield Ill., Dale Little and wife Carol of Avon Ill.; sister, Valerie Pecoy of Williamsfield Ill.; eight grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents Roy Little and Oneita Billmeyer; wife, Bonnie L. Little; daughter, Teresa S. Smith; brother, Gene Little; and sisters, Fern Rodemich, Leona Yelm, and Phyliss Kness. Rich was a strong, proud, and good man. He will be missed by many! A private memorial service and inurnment will be scheduled at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.


Walter Long

Walter D Long, 76, Dunnellon, FL
Walter Daniel Long, 76 of Dunnellon, passed away at home under the loving care of his family on January 2, 2021. Walter was born in the Bronx, NY, on January 9, 1944, to the late Jack and Helen (Ryan) Long. Walter came to Citrus County in 1972 from Queens, NY. He was the owner of Fair Rate Movers and a graduate of La Salle Academy in New York City. Devoted husband of Carol (Burns) Long for 53 years and loving father of Colleen (Long) Rowley of New Jersey, Vincent (Julann) Long of Tallahassee, Laurene Long of Inverness and Ryan Long of Dunnellon. Proud grandfather of Kristeen, Katie, Kalyn, Kellen, Jack, JJ and Riley, and great grandfather of five. Brother of Eugene (and the late Patricia) Long of Lecanto and Veronica (Bob) Barker of Beverly Hills, and preceded in death by brothers: Vincent Long and John Long and sisters: Doloris Long, Jacquelene Riley and Geraldine Lennon. Further survived by beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Walter will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a tirelessly hard working and honest man, a loving husband and father, a doting grandfather, a cherished uncle, a loyal friend and a devout Catholic. Memorial services for Walter will be conducted on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 3:00 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Reverend Vincent Marchese

Reverend Vincent G Marchese, 90, Floral City, FL
Reverend Vincent George Marchese of Floral City, FL, passed away while under the loving care of his family and VITAS Hospice, Lecanto, on January 3, 2021 at the age of 90. Up until a few days before his passing, he had lived a healthy and independent life. Vincent was born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Vincent James Marchese and Minnie Gertrude (Gilleo) Durbin. He has been married to his loving wife, Ruth (Olsen) Marchese, for more than 50 years. Vincent and Ruth made Citrus County their home 22 years ago after relocating from Babylon, NY. Vincent was an ordained Assemblies of God minister for the majority of his life and last pastored Babylon Assembly of God church. Locally, he and his wife were members of First Church of God in Inverness. Vincent also provided ministerial services to Sanctuary Mission, Bushnell, an organization providing assistance to those who have been released from incarceration and are rebuilding their lives. In his spare time, he most enjoyed fishing and bowling. In addition to his wife Ruth, those left to mourn Vincent’s passing include his son, David Marchese and his wife Ruth of Cary, NC; daughters: Miriam Trimmer and her husband Michael of Chino, CA, Amy Fox of Chino, CA; grandchildren: Will, Michael & Samantha, Mark & Angelica, Emma, Christiana; great grandchildren: Archer and Theodore. Vincent was preceded in death by his first wife, Beatrice Grace (Dove), who died at the age of 39 in 1969. His two brothers have also passed: Francis and William. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor David McCane of the Inverness First Church of God. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Vincent will be cremated. His remains will be laid to rest, at a future time, with his surviving and devoted wife, Ruth.


Kellie Marino

Kellie Marino, 54, Inverness, FL
Kellie Marino of Inverness, FL passed away at her home with her loving family by her side and while under the care of Vitas Hospice on November 27, 2020 at the age of 54. Kellie was born to Lynne (Schwartz) Marino and the late Jack Spinelli in Brooklyn, NY on October 30, 1966. She served her community as a Police Officer for the City of New York for over 10 years. She then went on to become a caregiver for those in need. Kellie became a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and cared for patients that suffered from memory issues, living in their homes and caring for them round the clock, 24 hours a day. She truly was a selfless person who always put others needs before her own. 17 years ago she made Inverness her home after relocating from New York. Here in Florida, Kellie provided transportation services to others that needed rides to doctors appointments or a lift to the airport. It was also here that she met and married the love of her life, Cynthia (Krueger) Marino. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the New Church Without Walls in Lecanto, FL. Kellie was a huge fan a sports and especially loved football, hockey and baseball. Her favorite teams were the New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Lightening and the New York Yankees. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling and especially loved trips to the beach. Kellie also enjoyed shopping, a lot! In addition to her loving wife Cynthia, those left to mourn Kellie’s passing include her mother, Lynne Marino; her brothers: Jerry Marino and his girlfriend Gina Valvo and William Spinelli; and her sister, Kim Spinelli-Young; nieces and nephews: Savannah, Isabella, Christopher, Nicholas, Phillip, Justin and Jordon; aunts and uncles: Marcia and Ramon Jean, Harold and Ellen Zeiker, Lee and Marla Schwartz, Guy and Stacey Schwartz, and Carol Gavin; cousins: Heather, Evan Z., Shereen, Joseph, Lauren, Ellyana, Edward, Jason, Evan S., Darcy, Jorden, Jesse, Giana and Valerie; her brother and sister in law: Ruben and Patricia Cardona; and dear friends: Tammie Wypcha and Mary Kimble. Kellie was preceded in death by her grandparents: Harry and Ethel Schwartz and William and Beatrice Spinelli. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Alan "AJ" Martin

Alan "AJ" Martin, 66, Inverness, FL
Alan J. “AJ” Martin, 66, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 22, 2021 at Seven Rivers Hospital of Crystal River, FL. He was born to the late Afton and Clara (Harrison) Martin on January 28, 1954 in St. Petersburg, FL. He was an Electrician for over 50 years and owned and operated his own company, “AJ’s Electric” in St. Pete for many years. He married his beloved wife, Elaine, almost 6 years ago and they have enjoyed many special memories together, including watching romance movies, going out to eat several times a week at various local restaurants, adding two much loved puppies, Bailie and Bella, to their family, spending time with family and friends, and many, many more. AJ loved classic cars and going to car shows. A dream of his was always to build and restore a classic car with his very good friend, Chuck Kanehl. He loved wood working and making picture frames and other wood projects. Harley Davidson was near and dear to him and he loved to ride his Harley. AJ also loved guns and his gun collection and spent many afternoons out on the gun range target practicing. He will be remembered as being a very fun loving, kind, and helping person. AJ was a people person and always loved helping others in any way that he could. He was a family man and never met a stranger a day in his life. He was one of a kind and very spiritual in nature. He and his wife loved to talk about Jesus together and he had a very close, personal relationship with the Lord. AJ had many talents, friends, and memories with those he loved and he will be deeply missed. AJ is preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Martin and by his sister, Joyce Johns, who passed in June of last year. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Elaine; his two children, Jeremy Martin of St. Petersburg and Lisa Wilkinson (Matt) of St. Petersburg; his sister, Ginger Jaspers. A Celebration of Life for AJ is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 3 PM with Pastor Greg Kell officiating at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 2 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Invernress, FL.


Ruby McKinnon

Ruby J McKinnon, 84, Hernando, FL
Ruby Jane McKinnon of Hernando, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving daughters on February 3, 2021 at the age of 84. Ruby was born in Hodgesville, KY on April 22, 1936. She was married to her loving husband, Clarence R. McKinnon for 56 years until his passing on August 11, 2011. Together they made Citrus County their home in 1984 after relocating from Indianapolis, IN. Ruby was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the First Baptist Church of Inverness. In her spare time she enjoyed going on shopping trips and watching television. Those who will mourn Ruby’s loss include her daughters: Teresa “Terri” McKinley of Hernando, FL and Tina Mikels and her husband Dave of Indianapolis, IN. In addition to her husband, Ruby was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Ruby will be laid to rest with her husband Clarence at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Earnest Meadows Sr

Earnest E Meadows Sr, 78, Inverness, FL
Earnest Eugene Meadows, Sr., 78 of Inverness, passed away February 3, 2021, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mr. Meadows was born October 1, 1942 in Stotesbury, West Virginia, to the late Roy O. and Millie (Blevins) Meadows. He was a US Army Veteran and retired industrial welder. Earnest was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church, where one of his favorite things was to give a gift to every child at every service. They knew to find “Pop” when they came through the door. His family was his greatest joy, he loved them all. He also enjoyed reading war books and studying the history of war. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Nina Meadows; his son, Earnest Meadows, Jr., of Dunnellon, FL; his daughters: Lorie Bloxton and her husband, Jerry, of Inverness, Kina Hoffman of Dunnellon; his brother, Roy Meadows and his wife, Lou, of Maryland; his sisters: Eva Pritchett of Virginia, Charlotte Walton and her husband Jimmy, of Pennsylvania, Beverly Surber and her husband Mike, of Virginia; his 5 grandchildren: Kelli (Ryan) Derryberry, of Brooksville, FL, Mark (Emily) Bloxton of Georgia, James Shaw of Dunnellon, Justan (Lynn) Shaw of Pennsylvania, Vance Meadows of Maryland; his 5 great grandchildren: Max Bloxton, Memphis Bloxton, Paislee Bloxton, Jaxon Shaw and Wesley Shaw. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Meadows, son in law, Doug and brother in law, Charles Pritchett. Private graveside services with Military Honors, will be conducted at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Phyllis Meyers

Phyllis R Meyers, 74, Inverness, FL
Phyllis R. Meyers, 74, of Inverness, FL passed away on February 6, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Harold R. and Marie (Hofstetter) Simmons on October 7, 1946 in Bay City, Michigan. Phyllis was a traveler who loved to stay on the move. She traveled to and from Citrus County for many years before finally settling down here in October of 2019. She took on various job avenues throughout her life and was skilled at every one of them; from working as a CNA, to a retail worker, to a factory worker, she really did it all and found joy no matter what she did. Phyllis enjoyed playing cards and BINGO, gambling, fishing, and spending time with her beloved family and friends. She will be remembered for being a very caring person and would help anyone that asked. She was truly her family’s rock, someone that they could always count on to support them and lean on during hard times. Phyllis will be deeply missed. Phyllis, along with her parents, was preceded in death by her former husband, Roger Meyers, when he passed in February of 2018. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, John Caspers when he passed on June 28, 2018, her cherished grandson, Cody on May of 2019, and her sister, Pat Betzold in April of 2018. Those left to cherish Phyllis’ memory are her children, Connie Meyers of Hernando, FL, Bonnie Meyers of Inverness, FL, Clara Sumlin (David) of Floral City, FL, and, loved and raised like Phyllis’ own child, David Meyers; her two brothers, Harold Simmons and Ricky Simmons; her two sisters, Bobsey Morse and Joan Sattler; her six adored grandchildren, Matthew, Nicole, Bradley, Alisha, Joshua, and Jessica; and her 12 beloved great-grandchildren and one great-grandbaby on-the -way. A Celebration of Life to honor Phyllis’ memory will be held on July 9, 2021, in Michigan. Local arrangements and Cremation with Care are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Anthony Milazzo, Sr.

Anthony C Milazzo, Sr., 62, Inverness, FL
Anthony Charles Milazzo, Sr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 13, 2020 at the age of 62. He was born to Peter Joseph and Eleanor (Packlian) Milazzo on August 13, 1958 in Trenton, NJ. Anthony proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He went on to work as a Conductor for the Amtrak Railroad Company retiring after 36 years of service. He is remembered by his family and friends as a kid-at-heart. Tony had a strong faith in God and loved his family beyond measure. Some of his hobbies were traveling, scuba diving, and the outdoors which included a love of planting trees and gardening. He also loved to sing and dance. Tony believed the best in everyone and had a huge heart. He believed in treating everyone how he would want to be treated and was loved by many for this philosophy. His sense of humor and lovable personality will always be remembered. Those left to mourn Anthony’s passing include his brother David Milazzo; his wife, Kathy (Kell) Milazzo; his sons: Paul Milazzo, David Toothman, Anthony Milazzo, Jr., Robert Milazzo, Timothy Milazzo; daughters: Dalena Celeri, Melissa Kubler, and Mary Despain; his grandchildren: Mackenzie, Mason, Willow, Waylon, Alessa, Ellie, Piper, Noah, Penny, Hazel, Lyanna, and Eli. Additionally, he is survived by loving nieces, nephews, and a host of lifelong friends to include: the Mielke and Martone family, Redemption Point (Assemblies of God) church family, Calvery Church family, and his Amtrak family. A memorial service will be held on Monday December 21st, 2020 at Redemption Point Church starting at One o'clock. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John "Jack" Monck

John "Jack" W Monck, 87, Brooksville, FL
John William “Jack” Monck of Brooksville, FL, graduated to Heaven at Bayfront Health of Brooksville on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2021, at the age of 87. Jack was born to the late Matthew and Mary (Shibley) Monk on November 8, 1933 in Homestead, PA. He proudly served his country as a member of both the United States Army and the United States Navy. Jack earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and worked as a consulting engineer for city utilities. On April 21, 2000, he married Winifred “Louise” (Walsh) with whom he shared 20 years of loving marriage. Jack was a charter member of New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City, FL. He and Louise taught the Nursery Sunday School Class and the Children's Missionary Class for many years. Some of their students are grown and serving the Lord on the mission field. Jack also enjoyed working in his yard, gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Louise, Jack is survived by his son, John W. Monck, II of Ocala; daughter, Joann Peeples, and her husband, Kevin, of Floral City; stepsons, Mark Rigsby and his wife, Brenda, of Brooksville; Terry Rigsby and his wife, Diane, of Demorest, GA; stepdaughter, Marsha Milburn, and her husband, Craig, of Burlington, KY; son in law, Daniel Seest, of Floral City; 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Monck, in 1992, daughter, Jennifer Seest, in 2018, great grandson, David Liam Peeples, in 2018, and 3 brothers and 2 sisters. A celebration of Jack’s life is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City and will be conducted by Pastor Ledford Hodges. Military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Private burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Missions Fund at New Testament Baptist Church of Floral City, which supports missionaries and the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Melva Monfette

Melva J Monfette, 91, Homosassa, FL
Melva June Monfette, 91 of Homosassa, passed away December 31, 2020 at Sunflower Springs ALF, in Homosassa. Melva was born on March 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Melvin Ernest Stone Mann and Amanda M. Valentine. She came to Citrus County in 1998 from Perkinsville, VA. She was a cardiac nurse. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Lisa J. Ealey of Emerald Isle, NC, Kirk L. Hemelberg of Westminster, VA and Hans M. Hemelberg. She was preceded in death by her first husband Lorne Leo Hemelberg in 1970 and her second husband John Paul Monfette in 2013. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, FL.


James Moon

James E Moon, 74, Inverness, FL
James Edward “Jimmy” Moon, also known by his friends and family as “Moonie”, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 27, 2021 at the age of 74 in Inverness. He was born to the late Isaac C. Moon, Sr. and Evelyn M. Deshefy on September 24, 1946 in Marietta, Georgia. He is described as a “Georgia Peach”, just like his father. He grew up in Uncasville, Connecticut, graduated from New London High School in New London, CT in 1964 and had many friends there. He made Inverness his home in 1976 after moving from his hometown in Connecticut. Jimmy was a subcontractor, doing drywall work, and even owned and operated his own business, James Moon Drywall for many years. He also had a knack for welding, and worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat for a period of time. Jimmy was also a member of Boilermakers Union. He was a devout Catholic attending worship services at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness where he also worked as an usher. He is described as a good brother and friend, and Jimmy will be missed by many. Jimmy is preceded in death by his brother, who was a dear friend to him, Donald, in 2015 and by his Significant Other of 35 years, Shirley Roberts who also passed away in 2015. Those left to cherish Jimmy’s memory are his two brothers, Lawrence (Vicki) of Missouri and Isaac (Beth) of Leesburg, FL, by many cherished nieces and nephews, and by his dear friends that he has made along the way through work, church, and other areas of his life. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL, with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Church officiating. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10 AM until the hour of service for a time of remembrance and fellowship. The family kindly requests that no flowers be delivered on behalf of Jimmy’s passing; instead, the family requests memorial donations be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Arrangements and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Jack Nash

Jack B Nash, 95, Inverness, FL
JACK BROWN NASH World War II Army Veteran, Jack Brown Nash, passed peacefully on Dec. 17, 2020 in Inverness, Florida at 95 years old. Born in 1925 in Bluefield, Virginia he spent his early years fishing local streams and hunting on East River Mountain. He carried that love of the outdoors throughout his life. After entering the Army in 1943, he served in the 164th Combat Engineers during the Western front of World War II—landing on Utah Beach, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and protecting the Bridge at Remagen from German forces. His detailed tales of the War were always enjoyed and will be deeply missed. A Florida resident since 1959, he raised his family and coached little league baseball in Lantana, Florida. After retiring from Flowers Baking Company he spent his time at “frog level” in Citrus County. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Anne Nash and brothers Alvin and Ray Nash. He is survived by his brother Paul Nash and loving children Jack W. Nash, Gail Holland and Pam Morrison; stepdaughter Pat Rothenberg and family and by those who call him “Poppy”. He will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery on Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 2:20 PM with private military honors and committal service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to The Honor Flight Network. https://www.honorflight.org/


Cynthia Neuhausen

Cynthia I Neuhausen, 49, Inverness, FL
Cynthia Irene Neuhausen of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 2, 2020 at the age of 49. Cynthia was born on December 31, 1970 in St. Petersburg, FL to James Henry Neuhausen and Penelope Dorcas (Rute) Wood. She made Citrus County her home 1½ years ago after relocating from Tarpon Springs. Photography was her passion and she was extremely talented. For a time Cynthia worked for a studio that took portraits of school children. She also loved anything related to Disney. Cynthia was a collector of PEZ dispensers and her collection is well over 1000 at this point. Several times throughout the years her collection would go on display at libraries throughout the area. Those left to mourn Cynthia’s passing include her partner of 7 years, Christopher Scutt; her mother, Penelope Wood; her father, James Neuhausen; and brother, Christopher J. Wood. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Nelda Ollmann

Nelda M Ollmann, 98, Beverly Hills, FL
Nelda Maye Ollmann, 98 of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away February 16, 2021, under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Nelda was born in Kingston, Illinois on May 24, 1922, to the late Frank and Mayme (Armbruster) Jackson. She took on several occupations during her life, serving as a farmer’s wife, waitress, and owner/operator of her own childcare business before retiring in the early eighties and becoming a snowbird, living between Belvidere, Illinois and Lakeland, Florida. In 2020, she made Citrus County her home. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere and deeply loved and served her Lord. She also regularly volunteered for various organizations and charities. Nelda was known by many as a “people person”, as she greatly enjoyed spending time with her Lakeland “kids”/neighbors playing shuffleboard, attending block parties, throwing her annual pie party, playing cards and going out to eat. She often said, “No matter what anyone is doing, I am up for it!” Throughout her life, Nelda loved camping, knitting, sewing, crafting, cooking and especially baking, being considered by loved ones as the “best pie maker on Earth”. She also had a passion for traveling; she loved cruising and most recently spent her 90th birthday in Hawaii and 95th in the North Carolina mountains. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Lyla (Jan) Tews, and DeeAnn (Cliff) Grice, both of Beloit, WI, Kimberly (Buddy) Bush-Klinefelter of Beverly Hills, FL; daughter-in-law, Deborah Ollmann of Kingston, IL; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons: Ralph (1970) and Roger Ollmann (2016) and husbands Roy Ollmann, Jr. (1986) and Herman Steinke(2013), and her grandson, Scott Maynard (1999). Her funeral service is scheduled February 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Beverly Hills, Florida. Friends are invited to visit with family from 1:30 PM until the hour of service. The service will be live streamed for those unable to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer (FightCRC), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Immanuel Lutheran Church. At a later date, her urn will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Highland Garden of Memories in Belvidere, IL. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Louis Perry

Louis H Perry, 87, Inverness, FL
Louis Henry Perry, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away at home on February 5, 2021, under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Louis was born in Sault St Marie, MI on August 2, 1933 to the late Louis G. and Yvonne (Roy) Perry and came here in 2003 from Monroe Falls, OH. He served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict on the USS Ingersoll. Follow his discharge, he was a sales representative in the window treatment and hardware industry. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 years, Mary Saghy Perry. They were married June 30, 1972. Also surviving: Scott Perry of Pennsylvania Michael Perry and David Perry, both of California; a step son, Carl Green of Ohio. He was predeceased by a step daughter, Lindsey Green and his two sisters, Delores Slovic and Carol Brewer. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Following cremation there will be a Celebration of Life in the Fall. His urn will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory


Matthew Peters

Matthew C Peters, 35, Inverness, FL
Matthew Charles Robert Peters, 35, of Inverness, FL passed away January 5, 2021. He was a lifelong resident of Citrus County, Fl. By trade, Matthew was a master service technician and owner/operator of his own air conditioning company. After graduating from Citrus High School, class of 2003, Matthew joined the United States Air Force. His hobbies included hanging out with his friends, sports, fishing, boating, camping and making people laugh. Matthew lived his life to the absolute fullest with the biggest smile on his face. He is preceded in death by his sister, Jennifer Austin, his nephew, Tyler Hopkins, and his grandparents Charles and Rose Marie Peters. Living survivors are his mother, Rebecca Duarte and her husband Frank Duarte, his father, Gerald Peters and step-brother Jonathan Duarte. He also left numerous aunts and uncles, nephews and cousins. Among these were James Austin and Christian Duarte. He also left many devoted friends were also Matthew’s family. and of course Marley, his beloved dog. Matthew was truly loved by everyone he came in contact with, and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Sunday, January 17, 2:00 P.M. at the New Church Without Walls in Lecanto, FL. with Dr. Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Peters

Robert A Peters, 85, Inverness, FL
Robert A. “Bob” Peters passed away December 12, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida after experiencing a battle with Covid-19. Bob was a retired Cuyahoga Falls Police Officer, serving nearly 30 years working with the school patrol, school crossing guards, Law Enforcement Explorers, the Police Reserves and serving as the Ranger Officer. He was a nationally recognized ace marksman. After his retirement he enjoyed sitting on his deck overlooking East Harbor and wintering in Florida. Bob was an avid boater and enjoyed taking boat trips with his many friends from Bass Haven. He probably got this love of boating after traveling across the ocean with his mother on the Queen Mary as a child. He loved hot rods, fast cars, planes and motorcycles. He earned his pilot license in his 60’s and was still actively riding his motorcycles at age 85. Bob could fix or build anything. If he didn’t have a tool for it, he made one. He was famous for saying “let’s make a gig for it.” This came from his years as a machinist and finish carpenter in his younger days. He was an active member of the Moose Club, the Eagles and the Elks Lodge 1718 where he enjoyed socializing and sharing his many jokes. Bob was a man who enjoyed life and loved to teach others what he knew often serving as a mentor. His children are very grateful for everything he taught them and will hold that knowledge for the rest of their lives. He was a man’s man and lived life to the fullest every day, some even considered him their hero. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mary Ann who he missed dearly since her passing in 1998; parents Howard and Elanor (Goodall) Peters. Bob and Mary Ann are famously remembered for their annual Christmas Eve parties. He is survived by his children, Robert Jr. (Faith) Peters, Alice (Jerry) Francini, Loretta (Ray) Traster; grandchildren, Sarah Peters, Jennifer (Johnny) Lee, Carol (Joshua) Spangler, Vincent Francini; 4 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the health care workers during these hard times, especially those at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A private funeral service will be held at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date, it will be one heck of a party. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity. Florida arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth A Phillips, 76, Inverness, FL
Elizabeth Ann Phillips, also known as Jill, of Inverness, FL passed away on February 10, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness at the age of 76. She was born to the late Leo and Lillian Stanton Shuley on June 16, 1944 in Newark, OH. She made Citrus County her home after moving from Ohio. She retired from the United States Postal Service and about 5 years ago, married her beloved, Ed Reese in a simple but beautiful church ceremony at the First Christian Church of Inverness. She enjoyed boating and traveling with Ed, as well as going on Alaskan trips, camping, and visiting the Ocala Forest and she absolutely adored her dog, Gena. Along with her parents, Elizabeth is preceded in death by her brother, Terry. Those left to cherish her memory are her four children, Richard “Rick” Boley (Kristy) of Newark, OH, Jackie Berger (Dan) of Dunnellon, FL, Margaret Kidwell “Peggy” of Inverness, FL, and Lisa Dodson of Newark, OH; her many cherished grandchildren; and her several adored great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Arrangements for Jill are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Janice Pinney

Janice Y Pinney, 78, Inverness, FL
Janice Yvonne Pinney of Inverness, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on February 15, 2021 at the age of 78. Janice was born to the late Edgar and Luree (Arnold) Padgett in Hackettstown, New Jersey on August 18, 1942. She was married to her husband Gary Pinney for 47 years until his passing on January 16, 2010. Janice and her husband made Citrus County their home in 1979 after relocating from Oak Harbor, WA. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling with her friends and was on a bowling team for a number of years. She was also a member of Inverness VFW #4337. Those left to mourn Janice’s passing include her son, Gary L. Pinney, Jr. of Hernando, FL; daughter, Yvonne Pinney of Hialeah, FL; brother, Buddy Padgett and his wife Matilda; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Janice was preceded in death by her son, Elton E. Pinney in 2013; and 2 sisters: Edith Mincey and Penny Miller. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Dennis Jacobson of North Oak Baptist Church. Following the chapel service, Janice will be laid to rest with her husband Gary at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 1:00 PM. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Piombino

John Piombino, 100, Hernando, FL
John Piombino, age 100, resident of Hernando, FL passed away on December 2, 2020 at The Grove Health and Rehab Center in Hernando, FL. John bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy. Arrangements for John are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Pomahac Sr

Thomas J Pomahac Sr, 86, Inverness, FL
Thomas J. Pomahac Sr, of Inverness, Florida died at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, Florida on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at the age of 86. Tom was born to Joseph and Eleanore Pomahac on January 11th, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Cicero, Illinois and graduated from J Sterling Morton East HS before enlisting in the US Navy. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and his first born daughter Christine. Tom married Patricia Fierst on April 23, 1960. They raised their family in Lombard, Illinois. Tom and Pat retired to Florida in 1997. They were married for 58 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of St. Scholastica where he was a eucharistic minister. Tom is survived by his son Thomas J. (Carrie ) Pomahac Jr., Geri ( John ) Cedarburg, son-in-law David Buzenius, grandfather of Heather ( Ian ) Stites, Jamie Pomahac, Sarah Buzenius, Joseph Pomahac, Anna Cedarburg, Kenny Buzenius, Axel Cedarburg, and Matt Cedarburg. Great grandfather to Nora Ingram, Evie Lynn and Noelle Stites. Tom loved dancing, square-dancing for years with his wife. He loved to play the piano and play cards. He also loved his rose garden taking pride in being a self – proclaimed rosarian. He loved his family and will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial will be held in honor of Tom on Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Brookdale Citrus Memory Care Facility at 2341 W. Norvell Bryant HWY, Lecanto, Fl., 34461. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Nathan Proctor

Nathan S Proctor, 62, Inverness, FL
Nathan S. Proctor, 62, of Inverness, FL passed away on January 26, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born to (late) Sherry C. and Esther (Moss) Proctor on January 27, 1958 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He married his beloved wife, Mary, four years ago and they have enjoyed many beautiful memories together since. Nathan enjoyed attending Trinity Independent Baptist Church of Inverness. Nathan was a man of God and would do anything for anyone. He will be remembered as always being willing to help another person out, even going so far as to actually give the shirt off of his back. He always gave people rides when they needed it and would gift people with food from the food pantry that he knew could benefit from it. He looked out for others and always had their best interest at heart. He loved to pray daily and would pray over his friends, neighbors, and family and make sure that everyone always had everything that they needed. Nathan enjoyed raising butterflies, and had backyard full of Milkweed for his butterflies and would often release his butterflies that he raised, into his backyard for them to enjoy. He loved flowers and nature, and was able to enjoy nature in almost every state in the US and in many other countries, thanks to his travel as part of his carnival work experience. He loved being connected with nature and made that connection a priority. Nathan was a family man, who adored his wife, step-children, and grandchildren. He was recently gifted with a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jersey for Christmas and it was the highlight of his year. He loved people, making friends, and gathering memories along the way. Nathan was one of a kind who will be missed dearly. Those who have preceded him in death are his father, Sherry and his sister, Gaylen. Those left to cherish his memory are his cherished wife, Mary; his step-children, Randy (Cassandra), David, Robert, and Shannon Miniaci; his brother, Seth; his three sisters, Hannah, Lauren, and Eliza; and two adored granddaughters. A Celebration of Life will be held at Trinity Independent Baptist Church of Inverness at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Helen Roberts

Helen R Roberts, 86, Inverness, FL
Helen Roberta Roberts, age 86 of Inverness, FL passed away December 15, 2020 at her residence. Mrs. Roberts was born in New Lexington, OH on May 11, 1934 to the late Robert and Margaret (McMillan) Morton. She moved from Ohio to Florida in 1993 after retiring from A.T.&T., having spent 20 years as a draftswoman. She was a long time member of Crossroad Baptist Church in Inverness. Her life was devoted to her family and her Lord Jesus. She enjoyed reading, shopping and caring for others. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: Randy (Susan) Roberts, Bessemer, AL; Pastor Terry (Tammy) Roberts, Inverness, FL; Chuck (Debbie) Roberts, Dalton, OH; Elaine Burdge, Leesburg, FL along with 3 siblings: 1 brother, James David (Linda) Morton, McConnellsville, OH and 2 sisters: MaryBell (Harry) Goldsberry, New Lexington, OH and Bonnie (Dick) McElhiney, McConnellsville, OH as well as 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Her husband, Wendell E. Roberts preceded her in death on January 23, 2011. They were married 57 years. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow the next day in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 9:30 AM. Friends may visit with the family on Monday at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until the hour of service.


Gregory Ross

Gregory L Ross, 64, Inverness, FL
Gregory Lynn Ross of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 25, 2021 at the age of 64. Greg was born to the late Theodore and Arlene (Swope) Ross on September 17, 1956 in Bedford, PA. While born in Pennsylvania, he was a lifelong resident of Florida. In 1972 he met Terry Lynn Yates while they were both working at Citrus Memorial Hospital. On April 17, 1976 they were married and shared 44 years of loving marriage together. Both Greg and Terry previously participated in the Volunteer Deputies program for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department. Greg was employed as a truck driver and made many deliveries of Apple Butter to Washington DC. He had also been employed as a heavy equipment operator and also worked in construction. He was a man of tremendous faith and was a licensed minister. Greg was extremely knowledgeable about the teachings of the Bible and ministered Gods word to anyone he encountered. Greg attended worship services at the Abundant Life Church. In his spare time his greatest joy was woodworking and he was extremely skilled. He also enjoyed horseback riding with his wife. In addition to his wife Terry, those left to mourn Greg’s passing include his brothers: Harry Ross and Kirk Ross; sisters: Susan Ross, Sharon Ross, Deborah Ross and Connie Feester. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Johnnie Royal

Johnnie M Royal, 72, Inverness, FL
Johnnie Mack Royal of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 2, 2020 at the age of 72. Johnnie was born in Autryville, NC to the late Roland Duval and Alma Inez (Hall) Royal on June 22, 1948. He made Citrus County his home 5 years ago after relocating from Tennessee. Although a car accident rendered Johnnie a quadriplegic, he was an extremely independent man. He was a volunteer at Cape Fear Valley Regional Rehabilitation for a number of years. It was there he helped teach and train others with quadriplegia and spinal injuries how to care for themselves including dressing and feeding themselves. He was a skilled photographer and earned an Associates Degree in Information Systems from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2002. Johnnie had participated in various wheelchair athletic events when he was younger. He enjoyed playing pool and loved hot rods and cars, especially El Camino’s. Johnnie really liked going to the Friday night car shows in Inverness. He had a great love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Those left to mourn Johnnie’s passing include his daughter Tammy Arnold and her husband Sam; brother, Roger Royal; sisters: Carol Stamp and Kathy Cluster; grandchildren: Dana Lawson, Michael Lawson, Trevor Arnold, Shelby Arnold and Connor Arnold. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Grace Royal; daughter, Deborah Renee Cartrette; and sister, Margaret Collier. Johnnie will be laid to rest in North Carolina at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Rupp

Patricia J Rupp, 73, Hernando, FL
Patricia J. Rupp, 73 of Hernando, passed away December 7, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Patricia was born on January 17, 1947, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Carmine and Marie (Coyne) Forzono. She came to Citrus County 24 years ago from Woodbury, CT. She was a graduate of the University of New York in Oswego, NY. She was a flight attendant with PanAM airlines for over 18 years. Patricia was very involved with animal rescues for over 20 years. She loved her horses and all the dogs she had over many years. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of over 39 years, Ned Rupp; two step-sons: Jeff and Steve Rupp; her brothers: James, John and Carmine Forzono. Memorial services for Patricia will be deferred for several months. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Edward Salatino

Edward J Salatino, 64, Floral City, FL
Edward James Salatino, a retired meat cutter in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and resident of Floral City since 2015, entered into eternal rest on November 29, 2020. Born on August 11, 1956 in New York City to Frank and Noreen (née Quinn) Salatino, he grew up in Brooklyn and was of the Catholic faith in the parish of St. Athanasius. Edward is survived by his mother Noreen of Floral City, brother Frank of Floral City, brother Anthony and his wife Mary of Floral City, sister Florence and her husband Joe Marsiello of Coral Springs, Florida. He is the beloved uncle of 7 nieces and nephews as well as 13 great- nieces and great- nephews. He is predeceased by his daughter, Noreen and his father, Frank. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, Florida on Saturday January 9, 2021 at 11AM. Interment will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City. Friends may visit with the family beginning at 9:30AM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, until the procession leaves for church at 10:45AM.


Frances Sartin

Frances M Sartin, 82, Florence, SC
Frances Marie Sartin, 82, of Florence, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Mrs. Sartin was born a daughter of the late Edna Irene Combs Scott and Eugene Scott. She was a member of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Robert Lee Sartin; brother, Albert Eugene Scott, and grandson, Shawn Eugene Campbell. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Jones (Robbie) of Florence, Sandra Pyle (Jeffrey) of Kenneth City, FL, Donna Steger (Mike) of Florence and JoAnn Steger of Salisbury, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie Lamb, Melissa Chapman, Jeffrey Pyle, Jr., Nicholas Pyle, Christopher Steger, Michelle Steger, Justin Steger and Jillian Jordan; and great-grandchildren, Hailey, Lilly, Raegan, Kylee, Bailey, Julie, Tyler. Lucas, Marshall, Braxytn, and Stella Jo. Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 15, 2021, at Hills of Rest, Floral City, FL, directed by Charles E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 South Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450. Family will receive friends on Friday, February 12, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home in Florence. Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th Street, Suite 6E, New York, NY 10022. Please sign the tribute wall for the family at www.stoudenmiredowling.com.


Carrie Scheu

Carrie L Scheu, 65, Inverness, FL
Carrie Lynn Scheu of Inverness, FL passed away at The Villages Regional Hospital on November 28, 2020 at the age of 65. Carrie was born to the late Roger and Thelma (Lander) Tallman on October 10, 1955 in Manistique, MI. She made Citrus County her home in 1986 after relocating from Chatham, MI. Those left to mourn Carrie’s passing include her husband, Frederick Scheu of Inverness; daughter, Kim Nicole Strickland and her husband Jason of Williston, FL; son, Ryan Paul Salminen of Inverness; brother, Kirk Tallman of Florida; sisters: Debra Powelson of Inverness and Frances Head of Hernando. Cremation care by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frederick Scheu

Frederick R Scheu, 85, Inverness, FL
Frederick Robert Scheu, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away December 6, 2020 at his residence. Fred was born in Everett, MA on February 14, 1935 to the late Arnold and Louise (Lettney) Scheu and came to this area in 1990 from Rochester, NY where he was employed by Eastman-Kodak in their construction department. He also was employed as a lineman with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local # 104 out of Boston, MA. Fred served our country in the United States Army in Co. C-325th Infantry and was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 4337 of Inverness. Left to cherish his memory are 3 children: Frederick Scheu, Jr., Bonnie Mae Smith, and Donna Scheu; two brothers: Arnold and David Scheu; 1 sister, Carol Steven; 6 grandchildren. He was just preceded in death by his wife Carrie Lynn Salminen on November 28, 2020. A Celebration of Life will take place at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Stephen Sellars

Stephen L Sellars, 72, Hernando, FL
Stephen Lee Sellars of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 20, 2021, he was 72. Stephen was born to the late Marvin and Annie (Ellis) Sellars in Atlanta, Ga. Steve graduated from Citrus High School in May of 1967, and at the encouragement of his father, joined the military the very next day. Steve proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military career, he returned to Citrus County and began work with Larry Grant Plumbing. Before leaving Grant Plumbing and taking on his position with SECO, Larry took Steve on a long drive and shared the Gospel with him. This was a very special moment for Steve, and he recalled it over the years fondly with his wife Frances. Steve and Frances were married May 14, 1988. Francie loved him from the moment they met, and the feeling was mutual. Their bond of marriage, 32 years, is certainly a testament to their love for each other and their faith in God. After Grant Plumbing, Steve began his career with SECO where coworkers quickly became friends and they remained close even after his 39 years of employment. Retirement brought a new season in life for Steve. It made more time for things he really enjoyed. He liked the solitude of the outdoors and became a hunting, boating and biking enthusiast. Steve was well read and enjoyed reading the styles of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey western books. Through these books, based on historical events in early America, he established a knowledge base of geography and history. He also loved music; Big Band Era, 40's, 50's and Old Time Gospel. Steve loved God, he was a faithful Christian man who lived his life to be pleasing to the Lord and a blessing to others. He was kind, loving, and gentle to his wife and friends. As the years passed, he became less self servicing and more serving toward others around him through Christ Jesus. Steve attended worship services with Frances at United Church, in Wildwood Florida. Steve was one of four siblings and is preceded in death by his sister Susan A. Williams who died earlier just this month on January 13, 2021. Their surviving siblings are Marvin “Tim” Sellars and his wife Julie of Hernando, and Rosalee Mae Craig of Rhome, TX, and Ron L. Williams (brother in law) along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Stephen will be laid to rest with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. A Celebration of Life has been planned at the Solid Rock Church of God in Inverness, FL on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 11:00am and will be conducted by Pastor Timothy Miller. Steve may have been a man of few words, but, there is no question that he loved his wife Francie, his family, and his friends. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a veteran and a lineman. But most of all, he would want people to know, he was a born again child of God. Steve would encourage you today to do the same. As the lyrics of the song goes, "Won't you firmly promise me that you will meet me by the river and I'll make you this promise too". (song "I Firmly Promise You" written by Albert Brumley and performed by Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters). In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Stephen’s memory to the local hospice organization of your choice. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Martin Share

Martin N Share, 87, Inverness, FL
Martin N. Share, 87, passed away December 12, 2020 at his home in Inverness, FL. Marty was born June 4, 1933, in London (Greenford), Middlesex, England, to Charles Roberts Share and Edna Ray Martin Share. He was raised in England during the difficult years of World War II, surviving numerous bombings. A cherished memory of his childhood was attending the 1948 Summer Olympics in London with his grandmother. He served in the Royal Navy from 1950-53 and shortly thereafter emigrated to Canada. A few years later he discovered the warm weather in Florida and immigrated to the United States, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1979. He married his sweetheart, Mary Merle Jenkins, in1958, and they became the parents of three daughters. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He worked in construction as a tile setter before starting and operating his own successful swimming pool construction company in central Florida. Marty loved to grow palm trees, especially rare palms, and planted hundreds of palms all over Marco Island, FL, during the 1980s and ‘90s. He was known locally as a palm expert. He also loved golfing and boating and was devoted to serving the Lord in church and at home. Marty was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rosemary Holman. He is survived by his loving wife and their three children: Vicki (Robert) Albretsen, Karen (Clifford)Ellis, and Gail (Derek) Berge,15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and his sister,Judith Kimber. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto, FL. Burial will follow at the Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Beverly Hills. Friends may call at the Church from 12:00 Noon until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Vitas Hospice, PO Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Masks are respectfully requested.


Lawrence "Larry" Smith

Lawrence "Larry" H Smith, 80, Inverness, FL
Lawrence “Larry” H. Smith, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on December 15, 2020 under the care of hospice. He was born to the late James H. and Ann (Lynn) Smith on February 10, 1940 in Miami, FL. He worked as a Contractor and owned and operated Larry Smith Construction for many years. Citrus County has been his home for five years after moving here with his wife, Barbara. Larry was an avid fisherman and loved boating and being out on the water. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Victoria Yarbrough. Those left to cherish Larry’s memory are his beloved wife of 40 years, Barbara; his children, Tamara L. Cook, Tracy Y. Salamone, Adam B. Smith, Matthew K. Smith, Kimberly A. Schuldes, James A. Barker, and Travis E. Bell; his 12 cherished grandchildren; his three adored great-grandchildren; and his two sisters and one brother. Arrangements for Larry are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Ann Soletto

Ann D Soletto, 85, Floral City, FL
Ann Delia Soletto, 85, of Floral City, FL passed away on February 15, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family and under the care of VITAS healthcare. She was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ to the late Wilfred and Olive (Peterson) Saindon on August 10, 1935. She later got married to Tony and moved to Middlesex, NJ with him. She later relocated to Inverness, Florida in 1995, and finally, made her home in Floral City with her daughter, Jean, for the past year and a half. She loved bowling, playing BINGO, enjoyed watching and spending time with her grandchildren, putting jigsaw puzzles together, and going on annual vacations with her sisters. She enjoyed attending Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church of Inverness, FL. She was a homemaker and raised four children, Anthony M. Jr. (Pamela) of New Jersey, Jean McKinney (J.L.) of Florida, Annette Vecchio of New Jersey, and Patricia Scheiderman (Karl) of New Jersey all who are left to cherish Ann’s memory. Along with her children, her survivors include her three sisters, Carol Michonski, Jane Rogers, and Catherine O’Brien; her 13 adored grandchildren; and her five beloved great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Tony. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 2-4 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 9:30 AM on Monday, February 22, 2021 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Father Claudius Mganga officiating. Following the services, a procession to Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL will take place, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to VITAS Healthcare: PO BOX 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Betty Sperry

Betty L Sperry, 83, Lecanto, FL
Betty L. Sperry, age 83, of Inverness, FL, passed away January 14, 2021. Betty was born in Omaha, NE to the late Robert & Louise (Springer) Wheeler. On May 21, 1983, she married Robert Sperry with whom she shared 35 years of loving marriage. In 1990, Betty and Bob moved to Inverness, Fl after relocating from Madison, WI. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. Betty was a co-founder of the Wisconsin Club of Citrus County and was an active member for several years. She was “Queen Mom” of the Copula Queens Red Hat Ladies Group, in which she formed in Inverness. She also belonged to the Garden Club, Quilters Guild, Inverness Women’s Club and volunteered for numerous years at the Boys & Girls Club in Inverness. She was a loving and caring individual. She was always busy with the clubs she was a member of, crafting or helping out someone else. She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Those left to mourn Betty’s passing include her daughters, Debra (Kent) Ritchie, Michelle (Steven) Hale; a son, Carl Hanson; step-daughters, Lauretta (Dennis) Kluge, Deborah (Don) Willis, Cathy (Tim) Severson; step-son, Michael Sperry; sisters-in-law, Gloria Sperry and Beverly Sperry; brother-in-law, Roger Sperry; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; brother, Robert M. Wheeler; daughter, Teresa Tremelling; father, Robert Wheeler and mother, Louise Wheeler. A celebration of life service is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness with Dr. Dennis Bennett, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking you make a donation to the Citrus County Animal Services, 4030 S Airport Rd, Inverness, Fl 34450. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary St Onge

Mary St Onge, 99, Inverness, FL
Mary St Onge of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Health and Rehab in Hernando on December 14, 2020 at the age of 99. Mary was born to the late Giovanni and Petrina DiMarco in Borgetto, Sicily on July 11, 1921 and immigrated to the United States in 1955. She was a Seamstress by trade and a member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. Mary made Citrus County her home in 1975 after moving from Queens, NY and was Catholic by faith. Mary is survived her son, Vincent Salomone and his wife Paula of Inverness, FL; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vincent Salomone and her second husband, Jerry St. Onge. A graveside committal service is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness at 11:30 AM and will be conducted by family friend, Kevin Holdren. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory Inverness, FL.


Gail Stafford

Gail A Stafford, 59, Citrus Springs, FL
Gail Ann Stafford, 59, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away on January 5, 2021 in Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Robert William and Patricia Gail (Keller) Thompson on April 10, 1961 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She made Citrus County her home in June 2011 after moving from Pompano Beach, and shortly after, she married her beloved husband, Robert on August 25, 2011. She enjoyed attending Christ Community Church of Lecanto, FL. Gail loved to cook and play and watch outdoor sports. Along with her parents, Gail is preceded in death by her sister, Kathleen Ramey. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert; her brother, Paul Michael, Jacksonville, FL; and Robin Stroh of Cooper City, FL. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, January 15. 2021 at 11 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL with Pastor Brian Sullivan of Christ Community Church of Lecanto, FL officiating. A visitation of family and friends will begin at 10 AM until the hour of service. Gail will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa, FL at https://moffitt.org/give. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Harvey Stocker

Harvey A Stocker, 92, Hernando, FL
Harvey Arthur Stocker of Hernando, FL passed away at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center on December 18, 2020 at the age of 92. Harvey was born to the late Joseph and Ruth (Osborn) Stocker in Utica, NY on September 23, 1928. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. In 1950 Harvey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University. He went on to work for the Mobil Oil Corporation for 38 years retiring as the Managing Director of the Chiba, Japan Refinery. Harvey loved music and was known for his beautiful singing voice. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Lodge #1111 in West Seneca, NY. He came to Citrus County in 2005 after relocating from Bedford, TX. Harvey was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. He absolutely adored his family. His family and his faith were the most important things in his life. In his spare time he enjoyed reading and puzzles. Those left to mourn Harvey’s passing include his wife of 9 years, Nancy L. Stocker; his daughter, Sharon Pages and her husband Charles of Peoria, AZ; son, Gary Stocker and his wife Susan of Hernando, FL; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Harvey was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Eleanor (Bayly) Stocker in 1995 and his second wife of 8 years, Margaret (Krett) Stocker in 2007. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Virginia Stoll

Virginia L Stoll, 85, Hernando, FL
Virginia L. Stoll, 85 of Hernando, passed away February 5, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital with COVID19. Virginia was born in Coldwater, Ohio on September 6, 1935 to the late Orvin and Eleanora (Klosterman) Sodders. She and her husband came here in 1996 from Connecticut and was a woman of faith. Virginia graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing (affiliate of Perdue University), Fort Wayne Indiana in 1956. She started her nursing career in trauma. She later moved to labor and delivery, and ended her career as a nurse at Kimberly Hall Nursing Home in Windsor Connecticut. Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, stencil painting and playing cards and Mahjong. She was a member of the garden club in Connecticut prior to moving to Florida. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 64 years, Paul W. Stoll; her son Brent Stoll of Hernando; six grandchildren: Charlotte (Daniel) Levis, Andrew (Amber Lynn Craig), Lucas, Angeline, Susannah, Peter; and several great-grandchildren. She will be remembered by numerous extended family, and dear friends. A Celebration of Life service for Virginia will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Father Claudius of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. To participate in the service virtually please visit the funeral home’s Facebook page at: Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. As a COVID19 precaution, masks and social distancing are required at all services. The family would like to thank all the people who offered love and support to Virginia especially in her last years. Thank you to Betty and Max, Shirley and Gail, and household helpers, Dennis, Kathy and Denise.


Anne Stone

Anne M Stone, 88, Inverness, FL
Anne Marie Stone, 88, of Inverness, FL, died 11 December 2020, at Vitas Healthcare of Lecanto FL. She was born 13 July, 1932, in Boston, MA, to Charles Winslow and Irene Hart. Anne spent many years in remote areas of the wilderness, including the Everglades and the Rocky Mountains. She attended St. Anne’s School for Girls in Arlington, MA, and received her B.A. from the University of Miami. She did post-graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at NYU; she received her M.A. from Middlebury College. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi. She taught French all of her life, and ultimately settled in Inverness, FL, teaching at Citrus High School for the remainder of her career. She also taught Continuing Education classes in both French and Spanish at Withlacoochee Tech, and tutored adult students at her home. She taught 5th grade Sunday School at St Benedict Catholic Church in Crystal River, FL. Her interests included family, travel, and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and friends. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Calvin Tiger of Davie, FL, Heather Martin of Marietta, GA, and Timothy Stone of San Francisco, CA, 11 cherished grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons, Joseph Stone and Stephen Tiger. She kept every single Christmas card she received, neatly stored and labeled in boxes by year, going back to at least the early 80s. Arrangements for Anne are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.


Mildred Stone

Mildred E Stone, 96, Inverness, FL
Mildred “Mickey” Stone, 96, of Inverness went home to be with her Lord on January 5, 2020, under the loving care of her family. She was born August 10, 1924 in Avon, PA, daughter of the late John and Lizzie (Snyder) Zweir. She graduated from Lebanon High School, took up nursing, and in 1946 married Levi Stone and began a new life in Bushnell, FL, where his sister lived. During that time Mickey was a nurse in Leesburg, before moving to Inverness in 1949. Levi and Mickey loved to fish in the Gulf and then enjoy fried fish and hush puppies. She also worked in the school lunchroom and put her cooking skills to work baking cakes. She baked cakes for family, friends and whom ever needed a special cake. She baked cakes for many years for the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home to give away at Christmas. Mickey taught Sunday school and was the pianist for many years at the Assembly of God Church in Inverness. In January 1968, when the new nursing home , Inverness Health Care (now named Avante), opened, she worked the 11 – 7 shift for the next 18 years. She and Levi began their summer travels in 1986 and ended up in Sequim, Washington. They enjoyed the sunsets, the snow capped mountains and their many friends including the Judge from Yakama County. On September 11, 2001, they returned home and due to Levi’s sickness, they never returned. Mickey was the oldest member of Victory Baptist Church in Inverness, where she was very active and will be sadly missed by all. In addition to her parents, Mickey was preceded in death by her husband Levi, of 61 years; two sisters: Catherine Kirkessner and Helen Opp; her niece Patricia Stann and her granddaughter, Debbie Jermmott. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Rebecca “Becky” Worrell of Inverness, Jane Gromling and her husband Donald, of Inverness, and her son L. Frank Stone and his wife Dinah of Floral City. She leaves her granddaughters: Ashley Worrell and Britney Stimson and her husband TJ; her grandsons: Edward and Jim Gromling and Bobby Demaris and his wife Ashley; seven great grandchildren, including, Davis Alan. Mickey will be laid to rest with Levi, at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Graveside services are private. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Path of Citrus County or to the Mission in Citrus Homeless Shelter, 2488 Pennsylvania Ave., Crystal River, FL 34428. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


David Stoner

David G Stoner, 74, Floral City, FL
David G. Stoner, 74, of Mechanicsburg, PA and long time winter-resident of Floral City, FL, passed away on January 17, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Lawrence and Lillian (Sherman) Stoner on October 7, 1946 in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was a collator for many years, working for Rite Aid’s Print Shop. He also worked at Highmark Blue Shield and Creekview of Loyalton Assisted Living Home as a bus driver, where all of the residents loved him. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. He married his beloved wife, Colleen, 34 years ago and they have shared much love together. David is lovingly remembered as being such a character; he was a big jokester and loved to always make people laugh. His nickname is “Web Cam King”, and he obtained that by lovingly, and jokingly, holding a large sign that stated “I KNOW JACK!” to a broadcasting webcam on a popular beach in Delaware. He knew where many web cams were and took that opportunity to make lots of people smile. David absolutely loved playing BINGO online and collecting coins and he considered himself an elite member—he played BINGO any chance he could get. He also enjoyed the lottery and bought tickets every week, hoping for that chance to win. Along with David’s wife, Colleen, those left to lovingly cherish his memory are his step-son, Richard D. Bender (Christina) of Shippensburg, PA; his two brothers, Jack and Dale Stoner; his two sisters, Susan Hoffman and Edith Warfel; and two cherished step-grand-children, Abigail and Anna; his brother-in-laws, Jeff Shipman and David Shipman; his mother-in-law Loretta Shipman; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for David will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania, where he will also be laid to rest. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. David Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Sally Sullivan

Sally A Sullivan, 81, Floral City, FL
Sally Anna Kauer Sullivan, 81 of Floral City, FL loving wife, mother, sister, and Nana went to be with the Lord on December 24th, 2020 peacefully in her sleep. Born on June 10, 1939 in Middletown, N.Y, Sally is preceded in death by her Mother Evelyn Ellis and Father Gottlieb Kauer. She had two children Fred Hawkins Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL and Allison Kaye Hawkins, of Floral City FL. Two sisters Catherine Underwood (Earl Williams) of Floral City FL and Linda Sholes (Harold) of Floral City, FL. 5 Grandchildren Melissa Lee Sims of Sarasota, FL. Fred Hawkins III of Zephyrhills, FL Chelcie Miller of Zephyrhills FL. Brooke Hawkins of Zephyrhills FL, and Samantha Hall deceased. She had 4 nieces and nephews and 5 great nieces and nephews. Sally lived a long and fulfilling life. She was a mother before she was anything else. Sally moved to Florida at the age of 10 with her parents and her sisters, she graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa FL where she was a Majorette and went on to become a perfect housewife. Sally enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, pottery, art, and making and collecting teddy bears. She will jokingly be remembered by her family for always washing laundry. The family wishes to deeply thank the care and compassion that was given to her by Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness, FL and wants to remind everyone to hug and kiss your loved ones every day because life is fragile and very short. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL with a visitation beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel of Inverness is officiating. A procession to Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City, FL will take place immediately following the services, where Sally will be laid to rest.


Ryan Sweeney

Ryan M Sweeney, 41, Inverness, FL
Ryan Michael Sweeney of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on February 9, 2021 at the age of 41. Ryan was born to Richard and Jacqueline (Dempsey) Sweeney in Inverness on October 27, 1979 and was a lifelong resident of Citrus County. On April 23, 2016 he married his loving wife Celina (Mayeu) Sweeney. Ryan was a Christian by faith. He was an electronics systems designer by profession and also enjoyed working on electronics in his spare time. Ryan also liked shooting, target practice and a good game of golf. He loved going on hikes, looking for waterfalls and spending time with his family. Those left to mourn Ryan’s passing include his wife, Celina Sweeney of Inverness; his parents: Richard and Jackie Sweeney of Inverness; son, Brenden Lasher of Inverness; daughter, Peyton Raye Sweeney of Inverness; brothers: Kyle Ashton Sweeney and his wife Candice of Fuquay Varina, NC, Sean Patrick Sweeney and his wife Melissa of Citrus Springs, FL. A celebration of Ryan’s life is scheduled for Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Andy Heer of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. Friends are invited to join Ryan’s family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sweeney Family Journey at gf.me/u/zihfpw or to the family PayPal at rcbp11@gmail.com. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Cottrell Thomason

Cottrell L Thomason, 89, Inverness, FL
Cottrell L. “Cowboy” Thomason, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away on December 8th, 2020 under the care of HPH hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late Cottrell L. and Florence (Danison) Thomason on September 22nd, 1931 in West Palm Beach, FL. He was a Crew Chief for Palm Beach County Utilities for 30 years and bravely and honorably served our country as a member of the United States Navy. He and his wife, Dagmar, moved to Citrus County together 9 years ago from North Carolina and made Florida their forever home. Those left to cherish Cottrell’s memory is his wife of 60 years, Dagmar; his daughter Kimberly Perron and her husband, Keith of West Palm Beach, FL; his two grandchildren, Kevin and Kurt Perron; and of course, many cherished friends that he made along the way. Arrangements for Cottrell are private, and Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Angelina Trascoy

Angelina T Trascoy, 87, Inverness, FL
Angelina Theresa Trascoy of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 8, 2020 at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, with whom she shared 67 years of loving marriage, just 3 days prior on December 5, 2020. Angelina was born to the late Joseph and Theresa (Crisico) Poniatowski on April 6, 1933 in Queens, NY. She and her husband Robert made Citrus County their home in 1988 after relocating from Elmont, NY. She loved attending the bingo games at Our Lady of Fatima on a weekly basis. Angelina is the former Vice President of the Citrus County Italian American Club, she was also a member of the New York Club of Citrus County and Inverness VFW #4337. In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards with her friends but her favorite pastime was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Those left to mourn Angelina’s passing include her daughter, Tina Digangi and her husband Robert of Weeki Wachee, FL; son, Robert Trascoy and his wife Silvia of Seaford, NY; sisters: Dorothy and Dolores; grandchildren: Robert, Rose-Ann, Frank, Robert and Michael; and great grandchildren: Mila, Gavin, Makayla and Morgan. Angelina also leaves behind many dear friends. She was preceded death by her daughter, Kathleen Gut and her brother, John. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Angelina and her loving husband Robert is scheduled for Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until the hour of service. Angelina will be laid to rest alongside her husband at the St. Charles Cemetery in Long Island New York at a later date. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Trascoy

Robert J Trascoy, 89, Inverness, FL
Robert Joseph Trascoy of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on December 5, 2020 at the age of 89. Robert was born to the late Frank T. and Jennie (Bozenski) Trascoy in Queens, NY on May 18, 1931. On March 28, 1953 he married Angelina (Poniatowski) with whom he shared 67 years of loving marriage. Prior to retirement, Robert owned and operated his own Sanitation Company. He and Angelina made Citrus County their home in 1988 after relocating Elmont, NY. He volunteered much of his time over the years to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department. Robert was a member of the Citrus County Italian American Club. He enjoyed food shopping and cooking for his family. Robert was a dedicated family man who adored his children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He loved sharing his life stories and experiences with others. Those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his daughter, Tina Digangi and her husband Robert of Weeki Wachee, FL; son, Robert Trascoy and his wife Silvia of Seaford, NY; sister, Regina Plucinsk; grandchildren: Robert, Rose-Ann, Frank, Robert and Michael; and great grandchildren: Mila, Gavin, Makayla and Morgan. Robert also leaves behind many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen Gut and his brother, Frank. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Robert and his loving wife Angelina is scheduled for is scheduled for Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until the hour of service. Robert will be laid to rest at the St. Charles Cemetery in Long Island New York at a later date. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Francis R. "Dick" Troy

Francis R. "Dick" Troy, 87, Inverness, FL
Francis Richard “Dick” Troy of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 24, 2021 at the age of 87. Dick was born to the late Edward J. and Velma (Scahill) Troy in Port Huron, MI on November 28, 1933. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Following his military service, he went on to work as a Tool Grinder for Mueller Brass, retiring after 38 years. On September 15, 1962 he married Mary Jane (Wheelihan) with whom he shared 58 years of loving marriage. Dick and Jane made Citrus County their home in 1997 after relocating from Port Huron, MI. He was a Catholic by faith and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. In his spare time he loved to play golf and go fishing. He also enjoyed watching all sports on television. Dick formerly coached football at St. Stephens Catholic School in Port Huron, MI. In addition to his loving wife Jane, those left to mourn Francis’ passing include his son, Michael Richard Troy and his wife Rene of Port Huron, MI; daughter, Michele Troy-Berberian and her husband Christopher of Fort Gratiot, MI; brother, James; sisters: Joan, Margaret and Mary; grandsons: Nathan (Jillian) Troy, Tyler Berberian, Ian Berberian; and great granddaughter, Adaline Troy. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ruth Tuck

Ruth I Tuck, 99, Floral City, FL
Ruth Isabella Shaores Tuck, died December 7th, 2020 at Brentwood Assisted Living Facility under the care of Hospice. Ruth was born February 8th, 1921, in Gloucester, MA to the late Gerry Shoares and Isabella Shoares. Ruth was a mother and a housewife all of her life. Ruth was preceded in death by her ex-husband, George Tuck of 36 years in 2003 and Katy Tuck, her great-granddaughter in 2014. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Robert Tuck and his wife, Linda Tuck of Floral City, FL and James Tuck of Texas. She also leaves behind her five grandchildren, Mike, Cheryl, Crystal, Koby, and Kitsy and six great-grandchildren, Dylan, Frankie, Casey, Jaxon, Hartley, and Emily. No memorial service will be held for Ruth. Ruth will be laid to rest at Mount Pleasant Memorial in Gloucester, MA. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Margaret Underwood

Margaret A Underwood, 77, Inverness, FL
Margaret Ann Underwood, age 77, Inverness, FL passed away January 2, 2021 in the Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL. Mrs. Underwood was born in Leoma, TN on January 1, 1944 to the late Lloyd P. and Mayme (Newton) Honeycutt and came to this area from Pahokee, FL. She attended Ft. Cooper Baptist Church. She was employed with the Palm Beach School System in the food service department. Additionally, she enjoyed baking and had her own baking business. Her family described her as an entrepreneur, having been involved with several businesses. Left to cherish her memory are 2 sons: Windom K. Underwood, Inverness, FL and James Franklin Underwood of Clewiston, FL; 3 brothers: George Honeycutt, Bristol, TN; Terry Honeycutt, Canal Point, FL; Reed Honeycutt, Hayden, AL; 2 sisters: Bernice Sizemore, Summertown, TN; Linda Spruill, Okeechobee, FL; 2 grandchildren: Ashley Rene and Camila Ann Underwood; 1 great grandchild: Sawyer James Morris. Margaret was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Windom Underwood, on November 18, 2020. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, with Asst. Pastor Dan Riley of Fort Cooper Baptist Church presiding. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery on January 18, 2021 at 9:30 AM. Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 2:00 PM until the hour of service at the funeral home.


Denzel Upton

Denzel Upton, 81, Lecanto, FL
Denzel Upton, 81 of Lecanto, passed away December 14, 2020 at the HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. Denzel was born in Danville, Kentucky on November 10, 1939 to the late Alexander P. and Edith Mae (Hamby) Upton. He was a retired computer technician. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Shirley Vanhoose Upton; his children: Stephanie Spackman, Scott Upton and Sandy Conder; grandchildren: Kanon, Justin, Ashley, Jessica, John and Michael; great grandchildren: Gwen, Graham, Grayson, Grant, Jaden, Nicholas, Maximus and Haley; Brothers: Donald Upton, Winfield Kelly II; and sisters: Katherine Hunstead and Juanita Corby. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


David Vance

David W Vance, 68, Inverness, FL
David Westley Vance of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on February 14, 2021 at the age of 68. David was born to the late Carroll and Artie (Donohoe) Vance on August 17, 1952 in Wayne, WV. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV and went on to work as an administrator for the V.A. Hospital. He was married to his loving wife Debora (Van Tassel) Vance for 29 years. David and Debora made Citrus County their home 22 years ago after relocating from Erie, PA. He was a Catholic by faith and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. David enjoyed watching football, especially his alma mater, Marshall University. He also loved to work on and refurbish pocket watches. David would purchase broken pocket watches, take the time to restore them and gift them to his family members or sell them on E-Bay. He did so with no formal training in watch making or refurbishment. In addition to his wife Debora, those left to mourn David’s passing include his sons: Shawn Vance and his wife Alissa of Mount Dora, FL, Tyler Vance of Peekskill, NY, Austin Vance of Savannah, GA; brother, Joseph Vance and his wife Mary of West Virginia; sisters: Vivian Atkinson, Jenny Lambert and Liz Bradley, all of West Virginia; and grandchildren: Katie, Jacob, Kristina and Michael. David was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Junkin in 2010. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Darlene Verdun

Darlene S Verdun, 96, Lecanto, FL
Darlene Sarff Verdun (August 14, 1924 – January 2, 2021), age 96 was born in a small farm town in Bath, Illinois in 1924. Darlene was predeceased by her husband, Francis (Fred) L. Verdun. They were married 62 years. Together they had three children, Michael Douglas Verdun, Cynthia Verdun Jensen and Kathleen Verdun Baggott (deceased 2008). Darlene was also predeceased by her, sister, Evelyn Sarff Johnson, her father Ed Sarff and mother, Daisy Eads. Darlene and Fred established their residence and raised their children in Illinois and eventually retired to Homosassa, Florida. Darlene had a career as a homemaker and Fred had a career in education. Darlene was best remembered for her kindness and soft heart, known to be easy going, friendly and always with a positive attitude. Darlene enjoyed a happy life and later had enjoyed her four grandchildren, Marianne Verdun, Daniel Jensen, Michael Jensen and Ashley Baggott Vonderhaar and her four great-grandchildren, Skye Gagnon, Rusty and Sunny Jensen and Jameson Vonderhaar. She will always be loved and dearly missed. May she rest in peace. A graveside committal service is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:00PM from Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL and will be conducted by Father Jonathan Loverita. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ralph Walker, Sr.

Ralph C Walker, Sr., 81, Inverness, FL
Ralph C. Walker, Sr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on January 29, 2021 at the age of 81. Ralph was born to the late Ralph and Evelyn (Van Why) on May 3, 1939 in Allentown, PA. Prior to retirement, he worked in food management for hospitals and had also been a florist. Ralph made Citrus County his home 18 years ago after relocating from Pennsylvania. He truly loved gardening, doing yard work and being outdoors. Ralph was very creative and enjoyed oil painting and decorating in his spare time. He also had a great love for animals, especially the 4 wild cats he had been caring for in his neighborhood for a number of years. Those left to mourn Ralph’s passing include his brother, John Walker of Brooksville, FL; sisters: Lois Harrison of Inverness, FL, Bernadina Fleming of Swansea, IL, Florence Johnson of Thomasville, GA. He also leaves behind his dear friend Thomas Grabosky of Zephyrhills, FL. Ralph was preceded in death by his son, Ralph C. Walker, Jr. in 2019. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Connie Waller

Connie J Waller, 63, Citra, FL
Connie Jean Waller, 63, of Citra, FL passed away January 14, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Brooksville, FL on June 24, 1957 to the late Anthony M. and Joyce (Denny) Moses. Connie was a retail salesperson and arrived in this area 35 years ago, coming from Brooksville. She was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed spending time with her family. She especially loved her grandchildren as they were the light of her life. Connie is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Boyd Waller. Other survivors include her son, Jamie Moses and his wife Tabitha of Fort Bragg, NC, and her daughter Stephanie Webber and her husband Robert of Citra; brothers Jeff and Anthony Moses; sisters Sandra Norfolk, Teresa Martin, Tina Rusch and Jessica Robuck; and 6 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dora Walters

Dora B Walters, 89, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Dora Bell Walters of Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away at Advent Health Waterman Hospital in Tavares, FL on February 19, 2021 at the age of 89. Dora was born to the late Silas Lee and Margaret (Campbell) Johnson on June 26, 1931 in Bath County, KY. She just celebrated 70 years of loving marriage to her husband Andrew J. Walters in January of this year. Dora and her husband Andrew made Florida their home in 1976 after relocating from Kentucky. She was a Christian by faith and enjoyed baking and needlepoint. Dora also enjoyed working puzzles of all kinds, especially crossword puzzles. In addition to her husband Andrew, Dora’s passing will be mourned by her sister, Jessie York of Montverde, FL. “Aunt DoDo” will be missed by her nieces and nephews: Margaret (Jeff) Alberts of Florida, Raymond (Vivian) Setters, Bonnie Dailey and David Jackson (Penny) Setters, all of Kentucky. A Memorial Service is planned for Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL and will be conducted by the Reverend Greg Kell.


John Weatherhead

John T Weatherhead, 62, Inverness, FL
John T. Weatherhead, 62 of Inverness, passed away February 15, 2021 at Life Care Center in Lecanto. John was born on November 2, 1958 in Camden, New Jersey to Robert F. and Retta (Earle) Weatherhead. John was a truck driver and a US Army veteran. He was a member of the Calvary Chapel in Inverness and was a very giving person, volunteering for Calvary’s food bank. He loved the Lord. During his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, taking walks and just being outdoors, and was a family oriented man. Left to cherish his memory are his mother: Retta Weatherhead, his son, John R. Weatherhead, his brother, Shawn Weatherhead, his sisters: Retta Volpa and Kathy Nelson, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert on Oct. 22, 2012 and brothers: Robert Weatherhead, Jr. and Mark Weatherhead. Graveside funeral services for John, will take place today, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:00 PM at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, with Rev. Paul Giglio, officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


Dorothy Webb

Dorothy J Webb, 85, Floral City, FL
Dorothy Jean Webb of Floral City, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Nursing and Rehab in Inverness on February 8, 2021 at the age of 85. Dorothy was born to the late William and Lucy (Garrett) Peed on August 6, 1935 in Largo, FL. She was married to her loving husband Alfred Webb for 60 years before his passing on September 13, 2011. Dorothy and Alfred made Citrus County their home in 2005 after relocating from Largo. In her spare time she liked watching sports, especially baseball and football. One of her greatest joys was watching her children play sports while they were growing up. Dorothy enjoyed spending time at home with her family and cooking. Those left to mourn Dorothy’s passing include her daughter, Kathy Castellano and her husband Jerry of Floral City, FL; sons: Dennis Webb and his wife Lisa of Largo, FL, Steve Webb and his wife Diane of Palm Harbor, FL, Eddie Webb and his wife Bridgett of Brooksville, FL; brother, David Peed and his wife Kay of California; sisters: Ethel Small and her husband Harold of Maine, Elma Salls of Ocala, FL; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband Alfred, Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, Mark Webb and her sister, Doris Stephens. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by the Reverend Greg Kell, former pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for use at the funeral home. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Wellman

James Wellman, 77, Hernando, FL
James Wellman left us January 28, 2021 to be with his Heavenly Father. He was born October 16, 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island to the late Joseph S. D’Onofrio and Gladys M. Wellman. He was a dedicated Army Veteran who served three tours in Vietnam!! In 1980, he moved his beloved family from Hollywood, FL to Citrus County. Mr. Wellman worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for twenty-five years with Citrus County. When Mr. Wellman did anything, it was with a loving and compassionate heart. He loved being with his family, going fishing, Bar-B-Ques, riding his motorcycles, he was an avid gun collector, and loved going to church to serve his Heavenly Father. Mr. James Wellman is preceded in death by his two loving wives, Hedy Patricia 64-95 and Sally Ann 96-2016; his two sons, Ralph I and Ralph II; his two step-sons, Gregory and Timothy; his two step-daughters, Cathy and Brenda. Also preceded in death by his loving parents, Ralph and Gladys Crabtree and one sister, Anne King. Mr. Wellman is survived by his three sons, Jeffery Wellman of Missouri, James (Blanca) Wellman of Crystal River, and Jessie Lee of Homosassa, FL; his three daughters, Donna VanAuken (Alan) of Hernando, FL, Carolyn Brown of Hernando, FL, and Kelly Wellman (James) of Hernando, FL; his two step-daughters, Lori of Bellview and Marcia of Illinois; and two step-sons Denny and John; one step-brother, Sheridan Crabtree; also survived by 22 loving grandbabies and 14 great-grandbabies who he cherished and loved very much. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL where full military honors will be rendered. A gathering of family and friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home will begin at 12:45 PM until 1:15 PM, where a procession will then leave for the cemetery. James will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery following the services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert Wellman

Robert J Wellman, 86, Beverly Hills, FL
Robert J. Wellman of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on January 27, 2021 at the age of 86. Robert was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on September 13, 1934 to the late Guy and Edythe (Castle) Wellman. In 1955, he married Beverly with whom he shared 65 loving years of marriage before her passing in 2020. Together, they made Florida their home in 2004 after relocating from Terre Haute, Indiana and attended church at the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. Robert loved his family well and enjoyed spending time with friends. One of his passions was RV camping with family and friends including his camping club in Indiana. Robert also enjoyed his long career as a plasterer and was a member of the plaster’s union more than 60 years. Those left to cherish Robert’s memory include his sons Brent Wellman and his wife Belinda of Delray Beach, FL; Brian Wellman and his wife Vicki of Strongsville, OH; grandchildren: Nicola Wellman, Angela Wellman, Calvin Wellman, Luke Wellman, Lindsey Keenan and her husband Ben; and great grandchild, Azariah Keenan. Arrangements for Robert are private at this time. Robert will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL alongside his wife, Beverly, at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Beverly Werner

Beverly M Werner, 83, Inverness, FL
Beverly Miller Werner of Inverness, Fl passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on February 20, 2021. Beverly was born to the late Harold Miller Brice and Sylvia Brice on November 2nd 1937 in Somerville , N.J. Beverly was married to Francis ‘Frank’ Werner for 57 years until his passing. Beverly and Frank made Citrus County their home after Franks Retirement from the Navy. Beverly had a music career early in life, appearing on the Nashville Stage. She made Album plus singles, knew many of the old greats. Beverly and her Mother Sylvia, known as the Brice Sisters, played many venues. Her Heritage, mother and dad opened the first women’s boutique in downtown Inverness until retirement. Her brother, LeRoy Brice and his wife Phyllis, opened Brice Insurance and retired after 30 years. Beverly worked in administration at the Citrus Memorial Hospital when it was the original hospital. She went on to graduate college and became a Psychiatric Nurse. She worked for the VA Hospital in Gainesville for many years until she was injured. Beverly leaves behind, her brother LeRoy W. Brice and sister in law Phyllis Brice; Nephews: Gregory Brice and Anthony Brice; Great Nephews: Dillion and Lee Brice; Nieces: Keanna Brice, Alexandria Brice; Great-Great Nieces: Barbie, Charlene and Athena Brice. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Beverly will be laid to rest privately with her husband Frank at Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Fayetta Whytsell

Fayetta Whytsell, 94, Inverness, FL
Fayetta “Jean” Whytsell, 94 of Inverness, passed away at the Legacy House Hospice in Ocala on December 3, 2020. Jean was born on January 23, 1926 in Green Bank, West Virginia, to the late Ray L. and Florence May (Jones) Lambert. She came to Citrus County over 40 years ago from Bradenton, FL and was Baptist by faith. Jean enjoyed crochet, sewing and playing the piano. She enjoyed living at Highland Place in Inverness, and especially enjoyed the activities there. Her favorite eating spot was the Olive Garden restaurant. Those left to cherish Jean’s memory are her granddaughter, Dr. Tina Whytsell Merritt of Rogers, AR; her great grandchildren: Colton Hatley of Rogers, AR, and Johnathan Hatley of Fairbanks, LA; her nieces: Dee Conrad and her husband Del, Paula K. Ringer and Cheryl Wilt; nephew, Rocky Ramsey; 5 sisters: Eloise, Sherlene, Arlene, Peggy and May. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Roland E. Whytsell on February 26, 2011, and her 3 sons: Ric, Danny and Roger. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Phyllis Wickberg

Phyllis Wickberg, 84, Lecanto, FL
Phyllis Wickberg age 84 of Lecanto, FL passed away peacefully at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center under the care of HPH Hospice on December 16, 2020. Phyllis was born in Minneapolis, MN on September 2, 1936 to the late Arnold and Florence (Williams) Carson. She graduated from high school in Minneapolis and eventually married Hallard Corey. She was a devoted wife and mother of two sons and worked tirelessly to care for her family inside and outside the home. Phyllis sold Avon products door-to-door before serving many years in the Fridley school district. She later had a lengthy career of 20 years with American Guidance Service, a company which published and provided a variety of educational materials to schools throughout the U.S. and world. Phyllis began as the administrative assistant to the general manager, moving on to become the supervisor of customer service, and eventually retiring as the company’s Human Resource Director. Her wonderful personality and strong work ethic carried her far. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards, and enjoying visiting with her many friends. In the late nineteen eighties she was remarried to Dennis (Denny) Wickberg and resided in Forest Lake, MN. They enjoyed playing golf together and traveled to many courses outside the state. Flea markets and other shopping were typically on the agenda too. After retiring from their careers, they relocated to sunny Florida in December of 1999 to continue their passion of playing golf (year-round of course) and socializing with friends. Unfortunately, Denny passed away suddenly in April 2001. Thankfully, Phyllis was surrounded by many special friends and after a period she was introduced to Don Chopp, who became her close friend and golfing companion through her remaining years. They spent summers at Madeline Island on Lake Superior to escape the Florida heat and enjoy golfing in cooler breezes. When Phyllis was not on the golf course, she was busy socializing and laughing with friends, knitting, exercising, or reading. She was a devout Christian who loved her Lord and Savior. She was a compassionate and generous person who was thrilled to be an active member of the International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood which provided college scholarships to women.In addition to her parents and husband, Denny, Phyllis was preceded in death by her sister Arlene (Larry) Swinnerton. She is survived by her sons Scott (Kate) Corey and Todd (Dale Elizabeth) Corey; brothers David (Claudia) Carsonand Larry (Lisa) Carson; and several nieces and nephews. Cremation and memorial services are being provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Following cremation, Phyllis’ urn will be interred with her husband Denny at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers and Phyllis’ love for the P.E.O. Sisterhood’s efforts for assisting women with academic opportunities, check donations can be made out to “Cottey College” and mailed to: Institutional Advancement, Cottey College, 1000 West Austin, Nevada, MO 64772, In Memory of Phyllis Wickberg. Memorial services will be announced at a future date.


Sammy "Sam" Williams

Sammy "Sam" Williams, 73, Lecanto, FL
Sammy A. “Sam” Williams of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice, Lecanto on February 19, 2021 at the age of 73. Sam was born to the late Adolf and Jewell (Martin) Williams in Bragg City, MO on October 2, 1947. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. On December 17, 1983 he married Cynthia (White) Williams with whom he shared 38 years of loving marriage. Sam and Cynthia made Citrus County their home in 2005 after relocating from St. Louis, MO and were members of Beverly Hills VFW #10087. He was an incredibly hard worker and an avid golfer in his spare time. He also loved to ride his Harley and was a longtime member of Rolling Thunder Chapter 7. In addition to his wife Cynthia, those left to mourn Sam’s passing include his sons: Chris Williams of Citrus Springs, FL, Jason Clark and his wife Lisa of Savannah, GA; daughter in law, Sarah Webster-Smith; and grandchildren: Hayden, Logan, Jessa, Katherine and Olivia. Sam will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:30 PM with full military honors being rendered by the all Citrus County Honor Guard. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness beginning at 10:30 AM on the morning of the service. A procession to the cemetery will depart from the funeral home promptly at 11:45 AM. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Wanda "Sue" Wiltshire

Wanda "Sue" Wiltshire, 82, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Wanda “Sue” Wiltshire of Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away on February 2nd, 2021. She was 82 years old when she passed peacefully at Osprey Point Nursing Center in Bushnell, FL. Sue was born to the late Charles and Ione Weeks, of Dexter Missouri, on August 6th, 1938. In 1961 Sue married Johnny Wiltshire whom she celebrated 59 years of marriage before he preceded her in death, on December 6th, 2020. John and Sue had recently relocated to Lake Panasoffkee, Florida after living most their lives in Alton, Illinois. They were both Catholic by Faith. Sue was active with the Girl Scouts for more than ten years. She enjoyed traveling around the country, with John, on their motorcycle. She absolutely loved sports. She was a big fan of the St. Louis Browns that later turned to St. Louis Cardinals. After raising her girls, Sue went back to school to become a CNA and worked for VIP Manor in Woodriver, Illinois before retiring in 2000. What Sue was most proud of were her grandchildren. She loved spending time with them and taking them on summer vacations. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and puzzles. Wanda was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Mike Dobbs, in 2017. Those left to mourn Sue include her daughters: Catherine Hokenson-Price and her husband Gary Price of Cottage Hills, IL & Doris Dobbs of Murphysboro, IL; brother: Grogean Weeks; sister: Charles Ann Deghuee; her 6 grandchildren and her great grandchildren. A celebration of Sue’s life will be held on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 3pm at Chas E Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. and will be conducted by Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel, Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Sue will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Burial will be private. Arrangements are under care of Chas E Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.