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Harold "Hesh" Ackerman

Harold "Hesh" Ackerman, 92, Inverness, FL
Harold “Hesh” Ackerman of Inverness, FL passed away at his home with his loving wife by his side on April 7, 2020 at the age of 92. Harold was born in New Brunswick, NJ on July 6, 1927 to the late Philip and Minnie (Berkowitz) Ackerman. He was a manager and supervisor for the retail industry, and proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. Along with his parents, Hesh was preceded in death by his two brothers, Irving and Ed and by his nephews, Donnie and Jason. He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Wilma and by his cherished 14 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews, and many great-great-nieces and nephews. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Hesh, under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Gary Ahart Sr

Gary L Ahart Sr, 80, Inverness, FL
Gary L. Ahart, Sr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Lake City VA Medical Center on April 29th, 2020 at the age of 80 years. He was born to the late George Ernst and Dorothy Rief on December 4th, 1939 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He married his late wife, Cynthia, in 1963 and moved to Florida from Mississippi in 1987; he then relocated to the Inverness area in 2007 from St. Pete, FL. He worked as a Property Manager for the Mississippi University for Women for many years and bravely and honorably served our great country as a member of the United States Army. Gary loved collecting civil war memorabilia and vintage cast iron toys. He also enjoyed flea markets, thrift stores and antique malls. He enjoyed attending Floral City Methodist Church. Along with his parents, Gary is preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia, who passed away on June 17th, 2012 and by his brother, Robert. Gary is survived by his son, Gary L. Ahart, Jr. and many loving, cherished friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 10 am, with military honors presented by Floral City VFW Post #7122. Calling hours will be from 9 am until the hour of service. Arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Albro

William B Albro, 71, Inverness, Florida
William B. Albro, 71, Inverness, FL William Beattie Albro (“Wild Bill”) passed away at home Tuesday May 12, 2020, under the care of his loving wife and HPH Hospice. He was born March 22,1949, the second son and fourth of six children born to John I. Albro, Jr. and Gertrude (Gifford) Albro. He grew up in West Greenwich, Rhode Island where he served as a Police Constable and was a Past Commander of the VFW. He worked in construction with his father in the Lake Mishnock and West Greenwich area and later worked at Star City Glass in Coventry. He proudly served his country in the US Army. A Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served two tours of duty as a helicopter crew chief, and was a victim of Agent Orange. His hobbies included restoring his ‘55 Chevrolet, riding his Harley and watching NASCAR until the loss of the late, great Dale Earnhardt. He was into all things electronic, computers, smart TVs and more. He married Tanya (Ligon) almost 48 years ago on September 2, 1972. They owned property and visited family in Inverness for many years and finally became permanent residents in 2012. He was predeceased by a sister Barbara Jean in 1952, his father in 2000, his mother in 2001 and his older brother Richard in 2010. Besides Tanya he is survived by his three sisters; Doris Graska, Inverness and her children Glenn Corp and Lane Shaw; Priscilla Fabbri (Carmine), Cranston, RI and her children Bonnie Savella, Kathy Lima and Scott Harrington, all of Rhode Island. Donna Young (Rex), Inverness and her children Eric Hunt of Tennessee and Jackson Hunt, of Florida and a special young man Cameron Coutu. Bill & Tanya helped raise Cameron, now 21, after Bill made a promise to Cameron’s father Joel just before Joel lost his life in a tragic accident when Cameron was an infant. Cameron lives with his mother Rachel Lagasse in Sterling CT. Bill is also survived by several nieces and nephews in addition to those previously listed: Richard’s children: Richard “Rick” Albro, Deborah Brown, Diana Hammond, and Dean Albro, all of California, His grand nieces residing in Florida; Jessica Shaw of Tampa and Annabelle and Amelia Hunt of Gainesville. Life has many twists and turns, people come into our life for a reason or a season, if Bill was a part of your life and not acknowledged here, you know who you are and what you meant to him. Cherish that. He was one of a kind and will be missed. Cremation with Care arranged by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. His ashes will be scattered at the Albro homestead in West Greenwich, joining his parents. The family will have a Celebration of Life between Hurricanes this summer.


Clara Autenrieth

Clara J Autenrieth, 88, Inverness, Florida
Clara Jean Autenrieth, age 88, Inverness, FL passed away April 26, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Jean was born in Tarpon Springs, FL on May 9, 1931 to the late Anthony and Irene (Rasmussen) Thomas and came to Citrus County in 1978 from Clearwater, FL. She worked in the medical field as a Nurses Aid. Left to cherish her memory are 5 children: Michele Autenrieth, Melissa Houston, and Michael Autenrieth, all of Inverness; Melanie Castellano, Hernando, FL; Joseph Levy, Apopka, FL; 1 sister, Betty Collier of Georgia; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Autenrieth on August 6, 1980 and her 3 brothers. Jean’s life will be remembered at a private family service on Wednesday, April 29th at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with her grandson, Dylan Autenrieth officiating. Interment of Jean’s urn will be in Hills of Rest Cemetery following her cremation.


Bette Ayers

Bette V Ayers, 95, Floral City, FL
The children of Bette V. Ayers were by her side to say goodbye as she passed from this life on May 18, 2020. Also, sharing time with her during her transition were her caregivers, Cheri and Linda. Bette was born in Pensacola, FL on August 13, 1924 to the late John H. and Bertie (Jones) Varnum. She moved to Floral City from Ft. Walton Beach, FL in 2002. Bette was an outstanding soprano vocalist who directed the Chancel Choir at First Baptist Church of Frederick, Maryland for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress, crafter and artist and she loved gardening. Neighborhood friends fondly remember seeing ninety-four year old Bette, in her wide-brimmed sunhat, riding her recumbent trike. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Owen W Ayers, Jr in 2002, her sisters Eleanor Mangovich, Sybil McGuire and Jean Johnsen, and grandsons, Eron Patrick Ayers and Evan Christopher Ayers. She is survived and missed by her family: Owen (Wyn) W. Ayers III, and his wife, Laurie, Cathi Ayers and her husband Barry Pendry, and Marilyn Ayers; 6 grandchildren (Adam, Jeremy, Kevin, Andrea, Patrick, Candace) and 6 great-grandchildren (Allison, Breanna, Caroline, Lio, Jason and Lena). Bette will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Herbert Baker

Herbert N Baker, 96, Lecanto, FL
Herbert Norman Baker of Lecanto, FL passed away at his home on June 17, 2020 at the age of 96. Herbert was born in Jackson, MI on November 1, 1923 to the late Herbert John and Florence Marie (Cuff) Baker. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. He served for 3 years and was stationed in the South Pacific. Upon his return home, he married Elaine (Buseth) with whom he shared 74 years of loving marriage. Herbert and Elaine moved to St. Petersburg, FL where he developed his business, the Herb Baker Construction Company. They had 3 wonderful children: Laurene Bunn and Marcia Mills, both of South Carolina, and Bruce Gombrelli, who currently resides in California with his wife, Stephanie. In 1976, Herbert and his family relocated to Gunnison, CO where he continued working in the construction business. After 8 years of living in Colorado, they returned to Florida and settled in Citrus County where he again continued his construction business. His wife Elaine Baker is a pianist and organist who teaches piano privately. Herb was an avid hunter and golfer who enjoyed the outdoors immensely. After retirement, his greatest joy was working in his yard. He was deeply saddened when his health would no longer allow him to continue his gardening and landscaping. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by 2 granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren who all reside in South Carolina. Herb was the oldest of 4 children and is survived by siblings: David Baker of Texas, Betty Witham of Arkansas and Belva Soper of Michigan. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by the Reverend Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness. A committal service will take place the following day on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery where full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Fl.


Lowell Baker

Lowell M Baker, 88, Floral City, FL
Lowell Morton Baker, age 88, Floral City, FL passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at his home under the care of his loving family and Vitas Hospice. Mr. Baker was born in Bucklin, MO on March 6, 1932 to the late Amil T. and Eller Mae (Bergman) Baker and moved to this area in 2006 from Ft. Myers, FL. Prior to moving to Florida, he resided in Hazel Park, MI. He served our country in the U.S. Navy and was a retired Sales Engineer in the automotive industry, having worked at Orland Gear & Machine Co. in Detroit and retiring from Moore Products Co with 35 years of service. Lowell worshipped at the Inverness Church of God until his health would not permit him to do so. Left to cherish his memory are 6 children: Jeffrey (Elaine) Baker, Farmington Hills, MI; Kevin (Jodi) Baker, Eaton Rapids, MI; Jonathan Baker, Floral City, FL; Deborah Baker, Farmington Hills, MI; Karen (Fredrick) Hite, Rochester Hills, MI; Janet Baker, Sterling Hts, MI; 2 brothers: Amil Baker, Floral City, FL; Edsel Baker, Gainesville, FL; 1 sister: Dorothy Andrews, Oxford, MI; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Cook Baker on May 9, 2011; his brothers, Kenneth and Lloyd and 2 sisters, Maxine Craig and June Weeks. Celebration of Life Service scheduled on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00 am (private, family members only please) at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Private burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery.


Mary Bamford

Mary L Bamford, 76, Floral City, FL
Mary Louise Bamford, wife of Robert E. Bamford went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2020 after a long illness at the age of 76. Mary was born in Veazie, ME on August 4, 1943, the daughter of the late William R. and Doris K. (Bussell) Potter. She was predeceased by her parents and her only brother, William R. “Bill” Potter, Jr. She is survived by her husband, their son Jay A. Goodie and his wife Deborah of Floral City, FL and Wasilla, AK; grandchildren: Kristopher Goodie of Sacramento, CA and McKenna Goodie of Palmer, AK; a very special niece, Cheyenne Ellis and her husband Zachariah; nephew, Glenn Potter; and nieces: Cheryl Marschke and Sharon Heuer. Mary graduated from Bangor (Maine) High School, class of 1962 and the Eastern Academy of Cosmetology where she went on to become and instructor. Her real passion was flowers. She worked at local florist shops beside some of the best designers in the business. Mary later opened her own shop in Hampden, ME called the Flower Patch and was known by business associates throughout the county by her many award-winning floral designs. She and her husband retired and moved to Florida in 2009 where they continued attending the United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be scheduled for a later date at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Joyce Dunne of the Floral City United Methodist Church. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Kenneth Beachler

Kenneth F Beachler, 61, Inverness, FL
Kenneth Fairfax Beachler, 61, of Inverness, FL passed away on May 23, 2020. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on January 7, 1959 to the late Donald G. and Genevieve F. (Pierce) Beachler. Ken was a plasterer for the construction industry and arrived in this area in 2008, coming from Largo, FL. He was a Christian by faith. Ken enjoyed target shooting. He also enjoyed tinkering by taking things apart. Putting them back together again, however, was a challenge. Ken is survived by his 2 brothers, Michael Beachler and his wife Carolyn of Tampa, FL, and Garry Beachler of Crawfordville, FL. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Judy Jo Bills

Judy Jo Bills, 64, Inverness, FL
Judy Jo Bills, age 64 of Inverness, FL passed away at the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson, FL on June 9th, 2020. Judy was born in Muskegon, MI on October 3, 1955 to the late David Rhodes Jackson and Belva Arlene (Johnson) Jackson. She was a Massage Therapist and practiced her profession at the Florida Artist Gallery and Head To Toe Salon as well as a personal client base. She enjoyed 21 years of marriage to her beloved husband, Thomas Bills. . Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Thomas; her daughter, Stacey Pearo of West Palm Beach, FL; her three brothers, Brian Jackson, Ferrysberg, MI, Barry Jackson, Holton, MI, and Tracy Jackson, North Muskegon, MI; her two sisters, Terese Moore, LaBelle, FL, and Linda Jackson, North Muskegon, MI; and many nieces and nephews. Last but not least, her beloved animals, Mork, Bailey, Max, Roger, Coco, Sonny, Pandora, Dollar, and her “granddog”, Elena. She loved all creatures great and small. The Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th at 2 pm at the Calvary Chapel of Inverness, FL. Family and friends are cordially invited. Cremation With Care, Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patsy Burgess

Patsy L Burgess, 65, Homosassa, FL
Patsy Lynn Burgess, 65, of Homosassa, FL, passed away May 26, 2020 at Bayfront Health in Brooksville, FL. Patsy was born in Richwood, WV to the late Elbert and Ruby (Cavendish) McCutcheon on October 2, 1954. Patsy moved with her family to St. Petersburg, FL in 1959, where she enjoyed many family adventures, including camping trips, weekends at the lake in Hernando and vacations and holidays with relatives up north. Patsy enjoyed the snow, family and food (not necessarily in that order). It was while on one of her later vacations that she met and fell in love with her late husband, Darrell Burgess. They were married September 7, 1973 and had 20 wonderful years together before Darrell’s untimely passing in 1993. Patsy enjoyed flea markets, thrift stores, and the hunt for a good deal or special find. She was PTA President and Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. She had love for many things: knowledge – obtaining her Master’s Degree from St. Leo College in 2003; friends, family, music, animals and God (definitely not in that order). Obtaining her Master’s was not an easy task as you can imagine. Patsy was always humble and never boasted about her own accomplishments. However, her pride for her family, especially her children was always evident, and she was never happier than when she was talking about Sarah and Josh and their accomplishments. She especially enjoyed picnics, reunions, and get-togethers with her cherished family. Patsy was a long time member of the Hernando United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities, including as a member of the church’s Women’s Group, always with love and compassion for others. Along with her parents, Patsy is preceded in death by her husband, Darrell and her sister, Peggy. Patsy is survived by her children, Sarah and Josh Burgess; her brother Tom (Kathy), and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life for Patsy will be held at a later time and her ashes will be scattered at Zoar Church in Keslers Cross Lanes, WV, joining her husband, Darrell. Cremation with care is arranged by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, FL.


Sue Burkhard

Sue F Burkhard, 75, Inverness, FL
Sue Frances Burkhard of Inverness, FL passed away at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville on June 8, 2020 at the age of 75. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, William “Bill” Burkhard; and sisters: Iva Brown of Lecanto, FL and Shirley King of Lecanto, FL A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Harvey Dunn. Following the chapel service, burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Estelle Butner

Estelle W Butner, 93, Floral City, FL
Estelle Butner, age 93, Floral City passed away May 24, 2020 at the Citrus Health & Rehab Center following a lengthy illness. Estelle was born in Plant City, FL on October 28, 1926 to the late Dewey Brown and Mabel Summerall Brown and came to Citrus County in 1995 from there. She worked as a cosmetologist for many years and was of the Baptist Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Donna Willis Carter and her husband Don of Floral City; her step-son, Richard A. Butner and wife Cindy of Lithia, FL; 1 brother, Dewey Brown, Jr. of Plant City, FL; 1 sister, Barbara Brown, Plant City, FL; 2 grandchildren, Kristi Collins and Don “Mack” Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert A. Butner on October 29, 2014 and 2 sisters, Marie Gill and Vivian Jerkins. Private services for the family are scheduled for Friday, May 29th with burial to follow in Florida National Cemetery. Mrs Butner is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Lee Cable

Lee F Cable, 73, Lecanto, FL
Lee F. Cable of Lecanto, FL passed away while under the care of her family and Vitas Hospice on June 7, 2020 at the age of 73. Lee was born in Malden, MA on April 9, 1947 to the late Leo and Florence (Ferris) Dugas. She was a bookkeeper for several firms in the New Hampshire including McGill Development Corporation, where she met her husband Ray. After moving to Florida in 1989, she worked as an accountant for Peter Johnston, CPA. Her life always revolved around her church, her family and her work. Lee was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church and was active in Central Florida Cursillo. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing. Lee is survived by her daughter, Mindy Lewis and her husband Ray of Summerfield, FL; stepsons: Robert Cable of Hernando, FL, David Cable of Tampa, FL,; brother: William Dugas and his wife Susan of Sanbornton, NH; daughters in law: Debbie Huber of Zephyrhills, FL, Christa Cable of Artesia, NM; grandchildren: Shaun Cable, Kaitlyn Cable, Torin Cable, Taylor Lewis and Kendall Lewis. Lee was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ray H. Cable and her son, Aaron Cable. The Mass of Resurrection will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopalian Church in Lecanto, FL at a later date. Cremation with care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory


Alexandra Caceres

Alexandra B Caceres, 71, Inverness, FL
Alexandra B. Caceres, Inverness, FL went to be with her Lord and Savior at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on April 12th, 2020 at the age of 71. She was born to the late Julio Caceres and Maria Bellido Caceres on March 6th, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to Florida in 1980 from Long Island, NY and worked as a Hair Dresser, owning and operating her own business, “Designing Woman” in Inverness, for more than 20 years. Running her business and building personal relationships with all of her clients and their families were her passions. She loved every single one of her clients and their families, even going so far as to attend their weddings, celebrations, and be there with them for every milestone. Alexandra will be remembered for being such a “people-person” and building so many relationships throughout her life. She loved the sea and spending time at the beach. She also enjoyed singing and could frequently be heard singing “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon to her son and grandson, and it was one of her most favorite lullabies to sing. She loved spending time with her family and was extremely devoted to her church, Our Lady of Fatima. Alexandra was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, best friend and hair dresser. She will be missed by all who got the privilege of meeting her. Along with her parents, Alexandra was preceded in death by her two brothers, Larry Caceres and Johnnie Caceres and her two sisters, Lillian Blass and Theresa Caceres. She is survived by her beloved son, Chadd B. Malone; her brothers, Julio Caceres, Jr. and Wendell Ceceres; her sisters, Penelope Caceres, Elsie Philips, and Rosita Wright; her grandson, Nolan Malone; and many, many cherished nieces and nephews, including Gerry Nieves, Timothy Philipps, Jeffery Morales, Steven Morales, Johnnie Morales, Dawn Caceres Digange, and Doreen Philipps. Alexandra was loved immensely. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Alexandra in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled and hosted by her family at a later date.


Cody Carter

Cody T Carter, 27, Inverness, FL
Cody Thomas Carter sadly and unexpectedly passed away at his home in Inverness, FL, on May 30, 2020, at the age of 27. Cody was born in Nashville, TN, on January 28, 1993, to James Thomas Carter and Lovella (Kinlaw) Sigler. He recently moved to Inverness (two months ago) from Tennessee. Cody attended the Nashville School of Arts, where he played guitar. Cody had a great love for animals, being outdoors, music, and history (especially about the Vikings.) He enjoyed spending time fishing, camping, and hiking. Cody also loved playing video games with his dad and brother. Cody possessed a great sense of witty humor that could make anyone smile. Those left to mourn Cody’s passing include his father, James Thomas Carter and his wife Alisha of Inverness, FL; mother, Lovella Sigler and her husband Jim of Whitehouse, TN; Paternal Grandmother Diana Reed, Grandmother Carol Cannon Carter, his niece Mya Saint Carter, Aunt Inez Kinlaw, Cousins: Brianna Jones (Michael), Teresa Kinlaw (Abigail Harmon & Madelyn Kinlaw), Nancy Wiggins, Alec and Declan Henderson, Luke Carter and Summer Carter, his Uncle Jason Carter, stepsisters, and stepbrother: Crystalyn Bush, Ashley Bush, and Zack Bush. Cody was preceded in death by his younger brother, Austin Carter, in February of this year, paternal grandmother Marjorie Dechman, paternal grandfather James F. Carter, and Great Grandmother Mabel White Plummer. Cremation with care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Karen Clark

Karen A Clark, 62, Hernando, FL
Karen Ann Clark, age 62, Hernando, FL passed away at home on June 28, 2020 under the loving care of her family and Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Karen was born in Buzzards Bay, MA on April 10, 1958 to Donald L. and Barbara (Butler) Stubstad and moved to this area in 1998 from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. She served our country in the U.S. Air Force, being discharged as a Master Sargeant (E-7) following 20 years of service. She was of the Lutheran Faith. She is survived by her son, Peadar Clark and his wife Kimberly of Hanscom AFB, MA; her Mother, Barbara Stubstad, Inverness; 3 brothers: David Stubstad of Brooksville, Fl; Dale Stubstad of Inverness, FL; Donald Stubstad, Buzzards Bay, MA; 1 sister, Bobbi Carter of Houston, TX; 1 grandchild, Riley Clark; Her companion and best friend of 12 years, Jimmer Gordon. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM. Following cremation, Military Honors will be rendered by the MacDill AFB Honor Guard on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Karen’s memory to a local veterans organization of your choice.


Lester Coley

Lester E Coley, 75, Hernando, FL
Lester Eugene Coley of Hernando, FL passed away at his home on June 17, 2020 at the age of 75. Lester was born to the late Rubert Eugene and Marilyn Pauline (Johnson) Coley on February 12, 1945 in Indianapolis, IN. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was Catholic by faith. Prior to retirement, Lester was employed as a Line Supervisor for the Coca Cola Corporation. On August 27, 2001, he married his wife Mary with whom he shared 18 years of loving marriage. Lester and Mary made Citrus County their home in 2006 after relocating from Indianapolis, IN. Lester had been a coach for Catholic girls intramural basketball for many years. In his spare time he enjoyed watching any kind of sports but was especially a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and college basketball. Lester enjoyed playing fantasy football and fantasy baseball. One of his favorite pastimes was going to the beach. In addition to his wife Mary, those left to mourn Lester’s passing include his son, Kevin Coley and his wife Tracy of Indianapolis, IN; daughters: Kimberly Coley of Beverly Hills, FL, Keri Hutson and her husband Tim of Indianapolis, IN; stepdaughter, Anne Gruis of Inverness, FL; sister, Linda Bowman of Hernando, FL; 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Lester was preceded in death by his great granddaughter, Kyrstin Alger; his brother, Thomas Coley; and sister, Sharon Hinsley. Cremation with care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Connor

John T Connor, 94, Inverness, FL
John Timothy Connor, age 94 of Inverness, FL passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Highland Place Assisted Living. Mr. Connor was born in Weymouth, MA on June 19, 1926 to the late John A. Connor and Mary Sullivan Connor and moved to Florida in 1979 from there. He served for 30 years at the Weymouth Fire Depart where he was a fire fighter and mechanic. He was of the Catholic Faith and a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are his children, John Michael Connor of Preston, GA; Mary Elizabeth Cope of Waldoboro, ME and Kathleen Brady of Plymouth, MA ; 2 sisters: Catherine Regan of Bettendorf, Iowa and Dorothy Rowe of Pembroke, MA; 6 grandchildren , 7 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Connor on March 6, 2009, 2 brothers, James and Donald, and 2 sisters, Alice and Margaret. A Wake Vigil Service and Homily will be offered at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM with Fr. Tim Cummings officiating. Military Honors will follow. Private burial will be in Florida National Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2:00 PM until the hour of service.


Franklin Cooper III

Franklin D Cooper III, 18, Inverness, FL
Franklin Delano Cooper III, age 18, Inverness, FL passed away in an automobile accident on April 15, 2020. Franklin was born in Oregon, Ohio on November 21, 2001 to Franklin Delano Cooper, Jr and Carrie Lynn Miller and moved to Florida from Toledo, OH in 2016. He was a student at Citrus High School. Franklin was a kind person all the way around. He treated everyone with respect, no matter the situation. He was a senior in high school and ready to graduate in May. He was sworn into the USMC in November when he turned 18. His plans for boot camp were delayed, although he was ready to go to boot camp. He loved all kinds of music, but favored NF, Eminem, and Post Malone. He would go on "dates" with his mom, he made time to go with her one on one to spend time with her. He loved skateboarding and taught his cousin, Aedyn, as much as he could. His older brother and sister were his best friends. They liked a lot of the same things. They would play video games for hours. You would have to drag both of them out of Chuck E. Cheese. Franklin and Laura shared a love of band. They both were in percussion. He loved playing any drum he could get his hands on. He loved hanging with friends at home, because Mom was cool like that. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Carrie and Franklin, Jr; his brother and sisters: William Bryant, Toledo, OH; Petra Gilbert, Toledo, OH; Ashley Marie Gonzalez, Ft. Pierce, FL; Casey Konvalinka(Cooper), Pittsburgh, PA; Laura Cooper, Holiday, FL; Maternal Grandparents, Grace and Richard Miller; Paternal Grandmother, Karen Cooper, Maternal Great Grandmother, Shirley Gorsuch; Maternal Great Grandfather, the late Gordon Gorsuch. There will be a Celebration of Life Service scheduled for Franklin at a later date. He is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Donald Crews

Donald R Crews, 82, Inverness, FL
Donald Revis Crews, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away June 8, 2020 in Avante at Inverness. He was born on October 20, 1937 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Jodie R. and Ferrell P. (Davis) Crews. Donald arrived in this area in 1961, coming from Waycross, GA. He was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith, and an avid gardener. Donald enjoyed dancing and had a great sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his siblings Jahu and Carl Crews, Theresa Molcany and Theda McTaggert. Donald is survived by one brother, George Marlin Crews of Brooksville, FL. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donna Croft

Donna F Croft, 92, Inverness, Florida
Donna Faye Croft, age 92, resident of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on June 3rd, 2020. She was born to the late Walter and Anna (Kline) Hershberger on December 25, 1927 in Akron, Ohio. Donna married her beloved husband, Chester, in 1945 and enjoyed 56 wonderful years together before his passing on November 3rd, 2001. She made Citrus County her home in 1980 when she moved from her hometown of Akron, Ohio. She was Baptist by faith and a very devout Christian. Along with her parents and her husband Chester, Donna is preceded in death by her brothers, Jack, Robert, and Richard Hershberger; her sister, Alice Cline; and one grandchild, Jennifer Dick. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Chester M. Croft Jr. of Mansfield, OH and Lynda Treen of Ohioville, PA; her grandchildren, Adam and Jon Treen; and her six great-grandchildren, Max, Austin, Danica, Zachary, Megan, and Jarod. The family would like to extend warm gratitude and thanks to Liz Ragsdale, Joe Cicenia, Dave and Bettie Lacy, and the staff of Vitas Hospice for their generous support, care, and love during Donna’s life. At the request of Donna, there will be no funeral services. Private Burial will follow next to her husband Chester, at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Johnathan Crowder

Johnathan F Crowder, 35, Crystal River, FL
Johnathan Frederick Crowder (John), 35, Crystal River, Florida, passed away peacefully in his sleep May 27th, 2020. He was born October 16th, 1981 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in 1984. He attended Floral City Elementary and Inverness Middle School and was acceptance to the Lecanto High School "Fine Arts" Program, which he graduated from in 2003. In 2016 he graduated from the Withlacoochee Technical College of Massage Therapy. John was a talented photographer, artist and musician, performing at many venues and benefits for causes throughout the Citrus County region. John was employed by WAWA, Inc., Lecanto, FL where he was a trusted employee and will be truly missed by his managers and co-workers. John is survived by his Father, David Crowder Sr., Floral City, FL; Mother, Alana Rich, Phoenix, AZ; Sisters, Amanda (Dane) Nelson, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Rebecca (Justin) DeMarco, Phoenix AZ; Brother David (Stacy) Crowder, Jr., Crystal River, FL; Grandparents Curtis and Vangie Rich, Highlands, NC; Great-Aunt, Cheryl (Jimmy) Riddle, Cullman, AL; Uncles: John Crowder, Orlando, FL; Mark (Sharyn) Crowder, Tampa, FL; Paul (Diana Marcum) Crowder, Inverness, FL; Thomas (Millie) Crowder, Floral City, FL; Curtis (Kimberly Porter) Rich II, Crystal River, FL; Bill (Shane Wilson) Swigert, Oklahoma City, OK; Brett (Nancy) Swigert, Ocala, FL; Bill (Debbie) Wheeler, Tallahassee, FL. John had many cousins, nieces and nephews he loved very much. A celebration of Johnathan's Life will be held at Charles Davis Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 2pm Gathering and Service starting at 3 p.m. John has left a "Legacy of Love" to the hundreds of dear friends and family members he leaves behind. His family is grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support received. We thank each of you for your kindness and prayers.


Andrew Cuttic

Andrew Cuttic, 74, The Villages, FL
Andrew Cuttic, age 74 of The Villages passed away May 30, 2020 in the Leesburg Regional Medical Center. Andy was born in Frackville, PA on December 4, 1945 to the late Michael and Eva (White) Cuttic and moved to Florida from Allentown, PA in 2008. He was an administrator in the textile industry and a graduate of Penn State University. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. Andrew was a man of strong faith in the Lord. He loved his church and its sacraments and was a faithful member of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, Florida. He was a loving husband to Karen and fiercely devoted to his son Ben and grandsons Hunter and Clayton. He performed in community theatre; served on his church council and sang in the church choir. Upon moving to The Villages, Andy embraced The Villages lifestyle and served as a lobby host, allowing him to share everything The Villages has to offer with potential new residents. He volunteered at The Villages Hospital. Andy was a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid golfer, hiker and biker, at one time biking 60 miles. He also loved to learn new things and prided himself in keeping abreast of the newest technology and innovations. He built intricate 3D puzzle masterpieces with LED lighting. These included the intricate St. Basil's Cathedral in Russia, Black Beard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, the famous Notre Dame de Paris, and St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Andy loved a challenge and began learning to play the organ when he was 71. He became proficient in playing beloved songs and hymns, often giving impromptu concerts for neighbors and friends. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Karen (Brown) Cuttic of The Villages; 1 son, Ben A Cuttic, Highlands Ranch, CO; 2 grandchildren, Hunter and Clayton Cuttic. He was predeceased by 2 brothers, Basil and Michael Cuttic and his sister, Eugenia Holowaty. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered at St Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Fr. John Chudik, celebrant. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church, 1277 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, FL 34453. Private burial arrangements in Florida National Cemetery will follow at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL is handling arrangements.


Cheryl DeVore

Cheryl A DeVore, 75, Hernando, FL
Cheryl Ann DeVore, age 75, surrounded by family and dear friends, was lifted up to our heavenly father, Saturday, June 27, 2020 to join God’s kingdom in praise and worship. She is reunited with the love of her life, Ronald DeVore (United States Army), whom preceded her in death, September 10, 2010 and a son, Donald William Schiel, August 7, 2019. Cheryl is survived by her mother, Ernestine Lucille Lombard who is 94 years young residing in Colorado, her son Jeffrey James Schiel and wife Mary (Michigan), her step-son Todd DeVore and wife Becky (Alabama) and grandson’s Jeremy Ryan Schiel (California) and Milo Devore (United States Air Force, California) and granddaughter Brittany Chase-Schiel (Colorado) as well as a sister, Shirley Williams (Colorado). Cheryl loved all people and served as an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church, Inverness, Florida. Cheryl also was involved with Stephen Ministries for many years, providing comfort and love to all who needed supplement pastoral care and support. She was a strong member of the community in Naples, Florida where she and Ron lived before moving to Hernando, Florida in 2006. She was born in Denver, Colorado but also lived in California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Washington. Cheryl was an avid game player, enjoying friendly card & tile games, golf and sporting events dearly loving the Tampa Rays. A member of an eight lady book club, Cheryl loved to read and was devoted to her friends and neighbors. The family wishes to extend their gratitude and love to Cheryl’s beautiful friends and their wonderful families for their kindness and selfless devotion and for the wonderful meals and desserts! We also want to thank all the nurses and Dr. Glenn with Vitas Healthcare (Hospice) of Citrus County, Florida and Cheryl’s neighbor and Dr. Craig England for his kindness. In Cheryl’s honor, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 South Florida Avenue, Inverness, Florida 34450. Dr. Dennis Bennett, a longtime friend and servant in ministry, will be officiating. Face masks would be appreciated and there will be a sanitizing station set up by the entrance. In lieu of flowers, the family requests anyone that would like to make a memorial contribution in Cheryl’s behalf, to please make donations to First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington, Avenue, Inverness, Florida 34450.


Charlotte Donaghy

Charlotte M Donaghy, 77, Inverness, Florida
Charlotte D. Donaghy, age 77, resident of Inverness, FL passed away on May 30th 2020 at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness, FL. She was born to the late Robert H. and Betty E. Brown Stavely on October 29, 1942 in Palmyra, NJ. She made Citrus County her home in 2000 when she relocated from New Jersey. Charlotte enjoyed fishing, gardening, and watching old movies. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, who passed away on May 25th, 2019. Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Keith of West Everett, New Jersey and Kevin Donaghy; her two brothers, William E. and Robert H. Stavely; and her two sisters, Nancy Jean Riley and Carol Ann Aydelot. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Charlotte . Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Darrel Ellenberger

Darrel S Ellenberger, 73, Geneva, IN
Darrel Stanley “Stan” Ellenberger of Geneva, IN and part time resident of Floral City, FL passed away at his Florida home on April 21, 2020 at the age of 73. Stan was born on May 9, 1946 in Jay County, IN and was one of twelve children born to Herman and Flossie (Calhoun) Ellenberger. In July of 1964 he married Carol (Hiday) with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Stan was a Tool and Die Maker by trade and together with his wife Carol, owned and operated Stan’s Machine and Tool in Geneva, IN from 1977 to 1998. He starting visiting Florida in 1992 and eventually purchased a home in Floral City, FL. Following retirement in 1997, Stan became an official Florida “Snowbird”, spending a few months out of the year in the Sunshine State. He loved fishing and greatly enjoyed taking charter fishing boat trips from Tarpon Springs, FL and fishing from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, FL. Stan also enjoyed buying and selling antiques from tractor shows, antique fairs and markets. In addition to his loving wife Carol, those left to mourn Stan’s passing include his daughter, Jeannell Neuenschwander and her husband Allen of Geneva, IN; grandson, Carl Masters of Berne, IN; great grandchild, Adrieen Masters; brothers: Larry Ellenberger of Bryant, IN, Myron “Mike” Ellenberger and his wife Gladys of Reiffsburg, IN; sisters: Bonnie Fear and her husband Melvin of Bryant, IN, Carolyn Rouch and her husband Elwood of Middlebury, IN. He was preceded in death by his dear granddaughter and “best buddy”, Megan Grayson in December of 2019. He was also preceded in death by seven siblings. Stan will be laid to rest alongside his granddaughter Megan at Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton, IN. Indiana arrangements will be under the care of the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Chapel in Berne, IN. Florida arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joanie Eschenfelder

Joanie M Eschenfelder, 54, Floral City, FL
Joan Marie “Joanie” Eschenfelder, age 54, Floral City, FL passed away April 11, 2020 at the HPH Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. Joanie was born in St. Petersburg, FL on January 25, 1966 to John T. and Joan Wagenblast Eschenfelder and moved to Citrus County in 1973 with her parents from there. She was a student and participated in the Key Training Center’s programs for many years. Joanie was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory are her parents, John and Joan Eschenfelder of Floral City; her brothers and sisters: John T. (Dodra) Eschenfelder of Cleveland, GA; Mark F. (Venessa) Eschenfelder of Zephyrhills, FL; Anna Marie (David) Sowell, Floral City, FL; Theresa Marie (Phillip) Hayward of Hernando, FL; many nieces and nephews. Private services for family members only will be on Friday, April 17th, 2020 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Fr. Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima will officiate. Interment will follow in Florida National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service for Joanie, will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to HPH Hospice or the Key Training Center.


Frank Ferguson

Frank B Ferguson, 77, Lecanto, FL
Frank Beauregard Ferguson November 24, 1942 to June 4, 2020. This southern gentleman was born in Huntsville, AL and grew up in a Marine family, living in Pearl Harbor, where he was the local paper boy. Frank’s family moved on to Quantico, VA and eventually settled in Winter Park, FL where he attended school and made many lifelong friends. Frank loved all sports, especially football and played at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. He later attended UF to complete his education and became a true Gator. Frank was a well traveled man. He owned his own insurance agencies, loved sailing, playing golf but, most of all he loved his family. He was a beloved husband, father, papa and grandfather. Frank was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Cecelia Ferguson and son, William (Bill) Ferguson. He is survived by his wife Maggie Ferguson; two sons, Richard Ferguson and his wife Darcie of Nashville, TN, James Townsley and his wife Myrna of Sanford, FL; daughter, Kristy Harper of Venice, FL; granddaughters: Arielle Ferguson of Hannover, Germany, Ryan Ferguson of Los Angeles, CA, Sarah Elkinton of Santa Rosa, CA, Haley Harper of Venice, FL, Tiffany Townsley USAF; grandsons: Beau Ferguson of Los Angeles, CA, Benjamin Elkinton of Ormond Beach, FL; great grandsons: Carson and Parker Elkinton of Ormond Beach, FL. Frank put one foot in front of the other battling cancer for many years. He did so with a positive attitude, courage and integrity. A Celebration of Life Memorial service is being planned for a later date. Cremation with care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461


Barbara Ficara

Barbara J Ficara, 72, Floral City, FL
Barbara Jean Ficara of Floral City, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on June 12, 2020 at the age of 72. Barbara was born in Ronkonkoma, NY on February 5, 1948 to the late John and Helen (Creo) Aloia. On January 31, 1970 she married Santo Joseph Ficara with whom she shared 33 years of marriage until his passing on December 17, 2003. Barbara and Santo made Citrus County their home 32 years ago after relocating from Valrico, FL. A Catholic by faith, she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. She enjoyed spending time outdoors and especially loved gardening. Barbara liked Disney and going to Disney Springs with friends. Those left to mourn Barbara’s passing include her son, Michael Ficara (Louise) of Inverness, FL; daughter, Michelle Ficara (Manuel) of Big Pine Key, FL; brother, Michael Aloia; sisters: Susan Kitson, Patty Ocuto, Helen Leserra; grandchildren: Michelle Dustin, Marisol Jaimes; and several nieces and nephews. Barbara will also be missed by her 2 Boxers: Bella and Dakota. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends may join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Barbara will be laid to rest with her husband Santo at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Larry Fleming

Larry R Fleming, 76, Inverness, FL
Larry Ray Fleming of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on April 14, 2020 at the age of 76. Larry was born on August 16, 1943 in Detroit, Mi to the late Russell and Margaret (Blevins) Fleming. He made Citrus County, FL his home in 1997 after relocating from Martin County, FL and was a Baptist by faith. Larry is survived by three children: Michael Fleming, Sherry Fleming, Angella Bloom; siblings: Roger Fleming, Jerry Fleming, David Fleming, Glenna Deangelis, Sue Harlow; and three grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Rhonda Fleming. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Foley

James R Foley, 77, Hernando, FL
James R. Foley, resident of Hernando, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, on May 21st, 2020 at the age of 77. He was born to the late Jack and Louise Cassie Foley on July 4, 1942 in Portland, Maine. He worked as a Journeyman for many years and has made Citrus County his home for the past 35 years after moving from St. Petersburg, FL. James loved air-boating, hunting, fishing, farming, and anything to do with the outdoors. He was a huge fan of eating oysters, Lobster, and Clam Dip. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and he was also an avid book reader and was especially fond of reading suspense novels. He loved going to Stokes Flee Market every Wednesday and cherished John Wayne movies. He will be fondly remembered for his love of his solo cup of whiskey and water. For the past six years, has been a member of the Moose Lodge. James was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed. Along with his parents, James was preceded in death by his three brothers, John, Ronald, and Donald Foley. He is survived by his significant other, Geri “Cookie” Anderson; his son, Jason Foley (Melissa) of Hernando, FL; his daughter, Charlotte Foley (John) of Inverness, FL; his step-daughter, Cindy Connolly; and his six grandchildren, Lain Brown, Dallas Foley, Hunter Foley, Kailey Rutherford, Taylor Foley, and Lacey Kelly; his step-grandchild, Kacey Hutchins; and his step-great-grandchild, Sienna Hutchins. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for James, under the careful direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL.


Wanda Giddens

Wanda L Giddens, 88, Inverness, FL
On May 8, 2020 while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice Care, Wanda Lavennie Giddens lost her courageous fight with cancer. She was born on February 1, 1932 in Tallahassee, FL and left this world to join many members of her family in heaven, including her father Tommy B. Stanaland, mother Ruth Allen Stanaland, and two sons: Thomas Phillips and Rodney Phillips. Left to join her at a later time are sons: Bruce Phillips and Leroy Phillips; sisters: Thala Duteau and Betty Ruth Robinson; brother, Tommy Stanaland; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends. She was a Christian by faith. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Suzanne Grapel

Suzanne M Grapel, 86, Inverness, Florida
Suzanne McCrary Grapel of Inverness, FL, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Citrus Memorial Hospital at the age of 86. Suzanne was born September 10, 1933 to the late Mary Monday McCrary and Samuel Clyde McCrary in Knoxville, TN. She grew up in Knoxville where she graduated from Knoxville High School and the University of Tennessee in fine arts. She taught art in elementary schools in Oak Ridge and Kingsport, TN, and in Homestead, FL, for 46 years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia McCrary Rose. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Arnold Christian Grapel, her cousin Jim Giffin, Birmingham, AL, and many friends and sorority sisters. After retiring, she and Arnold moved to Inverness where they were active members of Fort Cooper Baptist and then New Testament Baptist Church in Floral City. As a very talented artist, she continued to enjoy painting beautiful pictures in her studio at home until she died. A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Clarence Helms and Ledford Hodges officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Fero Memorial Gardens on Saturday at 10:00 AM. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Hope Children’s Home, 11415 Hope International Drive, Tampa, FL 33625


Robert Hailey Jr.

Robert H Hailey Jr., 61, Inverness, FL
Robert Haven Hailey, Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL while surrounded by his loving family on June 15, 2020 at the age of 61. Robert was born in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Letitia (Slaughter) and Robert Haven Hailey, Sr. on July 31, 1958. On July 29th he would have celebrated 31 years of loving marriage to his wife Mildred (Wood) Hailey. He and Mildred visited Citrus County for a number of years before relocating from North Carolina to make it their permanent home 10 years ago. Robert was an expert in car restoration and really enjoyed attending car shows. He also enjoyed fishing, spending time on his boat and tending to the cows on his farm. Robert truly adored his wife and daughters and loved spending time with “his girls”. In addition to his wife Mildred, those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his daughters: Channing Hailey of Syracuse, NY, Chapell Hailey of Salem, OR, Deborah Hunter and her husband Daniel of Franklin, NC; his 16 year old granddaughter, Emily Hunter and his 12 year old grandson, Cayden Hunter. Cremation with care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elsie Hall

Elsie Hall, 59, Inverness, FL
Elsie Hall of Inverness, FL passed away at her home while surrounded by her loving family on April 25, 2020 at the age of 59. Elsie was born in Davao City, Phillipines on June 20, 1960 to the late Pedro and Tina (Pactor) Dumosmog. On June 9, 2001 she married Harry Hall with whom she shared 18 years of marriage until his passing on September 7, 2019. Elsie and Harry made Citrus County, FL their home in 2012 after relocating from Labelle, FL. She was Catholic by faith and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Those left to mourn Elsie’s passing include her daughters: Christine Dumosmog and Angela Demicais; sisters: Nelly Taipen, Rosebetty Saludares, Mereline Ingrassia, Evelyn Ballard; brother, Henry Dumosmog; and several nieces and nephews. Following cremation, Elsie will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Hamilton

John P Hamilton, 72, Dunnellon, FL
John P. Hamilton, age 72, resident of Dunnellon, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto on April 29th, 2020. He was born in Manassas, Virginia on March 16, 1948 to the late Houston and Martha Arizona (Dotson) Hamilton. John married his beloved wife, Carole, in 1986 and worked as a Carpenter for many years. He made Florida his home 15 years ago after relocating from Stephens City, VA. John was an outdoorsman, who will be remembered for his avid love of game hunting, ginseng hunting, bike riding, fishing, and being out in the woods. He was a jokester, always making people laugh about any topic that came up. His family lovingly describes him as a “Comedian”. John was preceded in death by his parents and those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Carole; his children, John Jr. (Patricia) Hamilton of Bridgewater, VA and Cindy Cook of Front Royal, VA; his three brothers, Richard, Kenny, and Jay Hamilton; his six sisters, Zelma Swanson, Bertha Long, Mabel Cook, Sue Ayler, Mary Gallihugh, and Jessie Siegel; his five grandchildren, Curtis Hamilton, Tory Shaffer, Heather Hamilton, Tim Cook, and Danny Cook; and his seven great-grandchildren, Madison Hamilton, Nathaniel Hamilton, Olivia Hamilton, Natalie Shaffer, Benjamin Shaffer, Jacob Shaffer, and Dylan Stahl. John was deeply loved and will be missed by many. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for John, in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Diane Harr

Diane M Harr, 60, Inverness, FL
Diane Marie Harr, 60, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 21, 2020 at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Diane was born to the late Carmine and Joyce (Ott) D’Ambrosio on May 12th, 1959, in Passaic, New Jersey. Diane married her beloved husband, Gary, on January 20th, 2001, and has made Citrus County her home the past 9 years after moving from Milford, Pennsylvania. Diane is survived by her loving husband, Gary; her children, Jessie Wilks (Stepanie) of Savannah, GA, Arick Nugent of Inverness, FL, Michael Harr of Mascotte, FL; Jesse Harr (Rebecca) of Crofton, MD, and Jeff Harr (Jennifer) of Clermont, FL; her brothers, John D’Ambrosio (Joan) and Mike D’Ambrosio; and her grandchildren, Juliana, Ava, Teagan, and Sophie. Diane was loved by many and will be missed dearly. A Celebration of Life will be hosted by Diane’s family at their home on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 beginning at 12 Noon. Cremation care arrangements have been scheduled for Diane, under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marie Harrison

Marie L Harrison, 99, Brooksville (formerly), FL
Marie Landrum Harrison, age 99, peacefully passed away on June 8, 2020. Marie was born in rural Brooksville, FL, in 1920 to Evan Price Landrum and Mary Tennessee Dingus Landrum. She graduated from Citrus High School in Inverness, FL. She attended the University of Florida and graduated from Tampa University with a degree in education. She began her teaching career at age 20 in a small school that consisted of eight grades with only one teacher in Hernando County, FL. She taught various levels of students in Florida public schools for 43 years! In addition to teaching many children in public schools, she taught children in Sunday School for years. She also taught adult ladies in Sunday School classes and worked in her church daycare and nursery until she was 94! Marie enjoyed helping others gain knowledge and skills that would help them in life, regardless of age! She just loved teaching! She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Edwin Watts Harrison, and her sons Edwin Watts Harrison, JR, and Russell Wade Harrison- also her brother and four sisters. She is survived by her twin sister Mary Landrum Harrison of Floral City, FL, and her sister Juanita Thomason of Baker City, OR. Because of failing health in 2015, she left her home of fifty years in the Tampa, FL, area and moved to the Atlanta, GA, area to live with her loving niece and her husband, Lynn and Rudy Hagen. Marie was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Brandon, FL. She was a dedicated Christian who served the Lord in various ways for many years. She now abides with her Savior forever! A graveside memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Lake Lindsey Cemetery, Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, FL 34601. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness is assisting the family.


Julia Heath

Julia H Heath, 99, Lecanto, FL
Julia Helen Heath, 99, of Lecanto, passed away May 12, 2020 at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab Center. Julia was born on March 26, 1921 in Terre Haute, IN, to the late Michael and Elizabeth (Ganzler) Huth. She came to Citrus County in 1986 from Ferguson, MO. Julia was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness and a former member of the Main Street Baptist in Inverness. Julia enjoyed being a full time homemaker, loved her family and all her friends, and she just enjoyed life to the fullest. Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Roland W. Heath and his wife Bonnie , of Herculaneum, MO and Joseph S. Heath and his wife Deb, of St. Charles, MO; her daughter-in-law Jackie Heath of Crystal River; her grandchildren: Josh Heath, Kelly Heath, Eric Heath, Mike Heath, Jeremy Heath and Jason Heath; and several great grandchildren. Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Benjamin, on November 7, 2012, her son, Michael Heath, on November 3, 2015; and her 7 sisters and two brothers. A Celebration of Life Service for Julia will be conducted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Rev. Greg Kell, officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may visit with the family at the time of service. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


Helene Heesemann

Helene L Heesemann, 84, Hernando, Florida
Helene Lillian Heesemann, age 84, of Hernando, FL passed away suddenly April 22, 2020. Helene was born in Manhattan, NY on August 26, 1935 to the late Ralph J. and Elizabeth (Wolff) Cossidente and moved to Florida from Woodhaven, NY (after a brief stay in Worcester, MA). After graduating from Franklin K. Lane HS, she began her career at NY Telephone. She was a stay at home mom for many years. Amongst her careers, she was a paraprofessional in the education field, a secretary, a waitress, substitute teacher, and a proctor for nursing exams. She worked into her 70’s before retiring in Fort Myers, Florida. She volunteered at Hospice and the Lee Memorial Hospital Foundation while in Fort Myers. She also volunteered at all the schools her daughter taught at in Maine, South Carolina and Florida. In Citrus, she volunteered for the Citrus County Education Foundation. She enjoyed traveling (especially by cruise ship), doing puzzles, playing Mahjong and cards, doing needlepoint, knitting and crocheting. She was famous for her Christmas cookies and NY crumb cake and cheese cake. She especially loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was smart, independent, and like a true New Yorker, was not afraid to voice her opinion. For the last ten years of her life she lived with her daughter Karen, and they had many adventures together. She will miss her dearly. Left to cherish her memory are her 3 children: Gary E. (Colleen) Heesemann, New Hyde Park, NY; John R. (Laura) Heesemann, Breezy Point, NY; Karen Lisa, Hernando, FL; one sister, Theresa Brooks, Inverness, FL; four grandchildren: Courtney, Kerri-Leigh, Daniel, and Keith; three great grandchildren: Aiden, Taylor, and Jackson. She was predeceased by her sister Joan Dahl of Inverness, FL. A Celebration of Life Service will be scheduled at a later date by her family. As per her wishes, she will be cremated under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.


Frederick Heiney, Jr

Frederick Heiney, Jr, 86, Inverness, FL
Frederick Heiney, Jr. of Ottawa Lake, MI and part-time resident of Inverness, FL passed away at his Florida home on April 27, 2020 at the age of 86. Fred was born in Toledo, OH on April 1, 1934 to the late Frederick T. and Marion Pauline (Keeler) Heiney. On April 7 of this year, he celebrated 60 years of marriage with his wife Shirlie (Hawkins) Heiney. Prior to retirement, Fred had many professions. He was employed as a Dental Technician for some time but most recently worked as a Millwright in the manufacturing industry. Fred and Shirlie became Florida “Snowbirds” in 2007, spending a few months of the year in the Sunshine State and attended the Inverness Seventh-day Adventist Church. Fred had a knack for construction and liked building and painting pole barns. He also enjoyed anything to do with trucks and tractors. Fred absolutely loved country music and country living. In addition to his loving wife Shirlie, those left to mourn Fred’s passing include his daughter, Audrey Townsend and her husband Jack of West Hills, CA; son, Michael Heiney of Ottawa Lake, MI; sister, Carole Bear of Inverness, FL; and sisters in law: Kay Heiney of Ottawa Lake, MI, Ruth Heiney of Clinton, TN. Fred was preceded in death by 2 brothers: William and Robert Heiney. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. A Memorial Service is scheduled for August 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio.


Loretta Heyboer

Loretta E Heyboer, 82, Inverness, FL
Loretta E. Heyboer, age 82, resident of Inverness, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on June 12th, 2020. Loretta was born to the late Clarence and Georgina (Pettit) Elder on February 15th, 1938 in Centralia, Washington. She worked as a General Forman for General Motors for 18+ years, and in 1995 married Orville, who preceded her in death on December 22nd, 2011. She made Florida her home with her husband in 1998 and by the year 2000, she was living in Citrus County, where she lived the remainder of her years. Loretta attended First Church of Christ of Inverness, FL and was a very devout Protestant by faith. She enjoyed shopping and loved to splurge on new clothes. She also spent her past-time bowling on a bowling league with General Motors when she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, Karaoke-ing with her friends and family, and being a member of the Eagles. She was very fond of her three Maltese dogs and was an avid animal lover. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Orville, her son, Thomas Justice of Nevada who passed away on May 17th, 2019, her daughter, Marilyn Gabela of Grand Rapids, MI who passed away on April 2nd, 2019, her sisters, and two beloved grandchildren. Those left to cherish her memory are her two children, Daniel Justice (Debbie) of Pe Ell, Washington and Rosenna Ritchie of Inverness, FL; her three step-children, Connie Zuidema, Carol Palmer, and Cathy Stark; her brother, Bob Elder; numerous grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Loretta was clearly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who got the privilege of meeting her and getting to know her throughout her life. Cremation with Care arrangements are scheduled for Loretta. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL alongside her dearly departed husband, Orville, at a later date. Arrangements are under the careful direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Stephen Hladik, Jr.

Stephen M Hladik, Jr., 77, Beverly Hills, FL
Stephen Martyn Hladik, Jr., 77, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away May 6, 2020 at the New Horizons Assisted Living Facility in Inverness. Stephen was born in Gloversville, NY, to the late Stephen M. and Mary Hladik. He was a supervising sales representative with the Camfil Industrial Filters Company for over 43 years. Stephen came to Citrus County in 2017 from Forest, Virginia. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Donna (Burgett) Hladik; his brothers: Tom Hladik and his wife Vickie, of Orlando, Bernie Hladik of Jacksonville, FL; his sister, Judy Bourke and several nieces and nephews including : Bryan Cichocki, Alexander Hladik and Jared Cichocki. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Robert Holt

Robert B Holt, 81, Hernando, Florida
Robert W. “Bob” Holt, age 81, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly at his home on April 14, 2020. Bob was born in Raleigh, NC on April 25, 1938 to the late Lucas and Odessa Holt and moved to Citrus County in 1988 from Miami. He was employed at Burdines Department Store in Miami as a sales clerk. After moving to Citrus County, he worked in the construction industry. He was a member of the Inverness Elks Lodge No. 2522 for many years as a very active member. He was a Past Exalted Ruler (1988-1989) and served on all major lodge committees, Board of Trustees, and major offices. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Marie Holt on February 25, 2016. They were married for 52 years. Bob is survived by his brother, Jack Holt; 3 step children: John Hogan of Michigan, Daniel Hogan of Hollywood, FL and Patricia Schrader of Palm City, FL; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Bob is under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. At his request, there will be no services. The Inverness Elks Lodge will remember him at a later date.


Janice Hubacz

Janice Hubacz, 78, Citrus Hills, FL
Janice Hubacz, 78, a winter resident of Citrus Hills in Hernando, since 1989, from North Brookfield, MA, passed away April 29, 2020 at Kindred Hospital in Tampa, FL. Janice was born in Spencer, MA, on August 10, 1941, to the late Robert and Jeanette (Bosse) Meacham Jr. Left to cherish her memory are her husband and the love of her life for 53 years, Edward S. Hubacz; their children: Edward J. Hubacz and his wife Lisa of Oakham, Karen Hubacz-Kiley and her husband Dale of North Brookfield, MA; her two brothers - Robert Meacham III and Mark Meacham. Four granddaughters - Sadie, Haylea , Hannah, Sophie and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Dennis Meacham. Janice was an owner and shareholder of Bond Construction Corporation of Spencer. She played a pivotal role in assisting her husband, Brother-in-law Joseph Hubacz Jr. and his wife Lois in growing their small family business into the success that it is today. Janice loved traveling with Eddie in their motorhome. She especially enjoyed trips to their land overlooking East Grand Lake in Weston, Maine and their annual trip south to Florida for the winter. She enjoyed golfing, her weekly Mahjong games with her girlfriends, dining out and most notably her glass of Pinot Grigio. Janice’s greatest joy in life was spending time with family and friends. She was always the life of the party, always had a quick laugh and that beautiful smile that lit up the room. A ‘Celebration of Her Life’ will be held later when her family and friends are able to come together in remembrance and celebration in a way that she would have wanted. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL.


Viola Iocca

Viola G Iocca, 88, Floral City, FL
Viola G. Iocca, age 88, resident of Floral City, FL passed away on June 10th, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. She was born in New York City, NY on July 10th, 1931. She married her beloved husband, Edward, on September 16th, 1951 and worked as a secretary for a lawyer’s office for many years before finally enjoying her retirement. She has made Citrus County her home for the past 38 years, after moving form Middle Village, NY. Viola will be remembered for being a very strong, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. While Viola enjoyed many hobbies, her favorite past times were playing Bingo, doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, and making delicious cookies. Viola was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. Along with her father, Phillip Exle, her mother, and her siblings, Viola is preceded in death by her husband, Edward, who passed away on December 29th, 1993. Those left to cherish Viola’s memory are her children, Joseph Iocca (Claire) of East Northport, NY and Debra Iocca of East Jewett, NY and her granddaughter, Danielle Iocca (Shane). Cremation with Care is scheduled for Viola under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. There will be a Celebration of Life held by Viola’s family at a later date in New York, where Viola will be laid to rest next to her husband, Edward.


Shirley Ivey

Shirley M Ivey, 72, Floral City, FL
Shirley M. Ivey of Floral City, FL, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL on April 24, 2020 at the age of 72. Shirley was born in Milford, MA on July 29, 1947 to Anthony J. Tieuli, SR. She spent her life as a caregiver for others, specifically developmentally delayed adults. Shirley even took many of those she cared for into her own home so they could have a comfortable and happy home life outside of an institution. 12 years ago, she relocated to Floral City, FL from Douglas, MA with her husband Larry. Shirley was Catholic by faith and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Inverness, FL. In her spare time she enjoyed baking and was an excellent Italian cook making some of the best eggplant parmesan and pasta e fagioli you have ever tasted. She loved to dance and she loved her family fiercely. Those left to mourn Shirley’s passing include her husband of 12 years, Larry Ivey of Floral City, FL; her father, Anthony J. Tieuli, SR of Inverness, FL; daughters: Kimberly Tougas of Floral City, FL, Amy Santos and her husband Jesse of Sebago, ME, Amanda Ivey-Beatty and her husband Dan of Sturbridge, MA; brothers: Tony and Ron Tieuli, both of Whittinsville, MA; Baby sister, Linda Veneziano of Bellingham, MA; grandchildren: Madison Tougas and Emily Santos, her many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and extended family. Shirley was preceded in death by her first husband, Errol Tougas in 2001, stepmother, Gilda (Mancini) Tieuli and her sister, Ruthann Toledo in April, 2020. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Jackson

William R Jackson, 85, Inverness, FL
William Robert “Bob” Jackson, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away May 20, 2020 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness. He was born in New Bedford, MA on July 3, 1934 to the late Albert and Theresa (Leland) Jackson. Bob was an electronics specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration and arrived in this area in 1990 coming from Miami, FL. He served our country in the U.S. Navy. Bob was Past Master of the Floral City Masonic Lodge # 133 F&AM, a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Ocala, the Panama Canal Zone Shrine, the Royal Order of Scotland, Past royal Patron Crystal Court #48, the Grand Royal Patron Order of Amaranth (state of Florida), the International Order of Rainbow Girls, and Chairman of Board Assembly #124. Bob was preceded in death by one brother, Edmund Jackson, and one sister Eileen Racine. He is survived by his children, Robert Shaun Jackson and his wife Debbi of Jensen Beach, FL, Kelly DelVecchio of Indian Land, SC, his loving companion of over 20 years, Shirley Hall, and granddaughter Chelsea Jackson. A Celebration of Life Gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, May 26, from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Afterwards, military honors will be rendered by VFW Post # 4337 of Inverness. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Phyllis Jason

Phyllis Jason, 84, Inverness, FL
Phyllis Jason, 84, of Inverness, FL passed away June 14, 2020 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Worcester, MA on July 17, 1935 to the late Joseph and Nellie (Kaslauskas) Rowland. Phyllis was a convenience store manager, and arrived in this area in 1981, coming from Hubbardston, MA. She had attended St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Crystal River, FL. Phyllis enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She loved cooking and going fishing. Phyllis was preceded in death by one son, Frank Cassano, one brother, Richard Rowland, and one sister, Eleanor Meservey. She is survived by her children Steven and Joseph Cassano of Webster, MA, Robert Cassano of Hubbardston, MA, James Cassano and his wife Carrina of Barre, MA, and Cheryl Prescott and her husband Russell of Barre, MA.; numerous grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Jong Ja Jenkins

Jong Ja Jenkins, 89, Hernando, FL
Jong Ja Jenkins of Hernando, FL and Stony Brook NY passed away with loving family by her side under the wonderful care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto FL on May 1 2020 at the age of 89. Jong Ja was born in Seoul, Korea to the late Bon Sun Byun and So Sun Ko. She worked for the Associated Press in Korea as a translator before leaving Seoul for the U.S. with her late husband Gary H. Jenkins, whom she met during the Korean War. They married in the Church of Sweden in Seoul and came to the U.S. via his hometown of Wichita KS and shortly thereafter moved to New York City. She worked for American Express on Wall Street before becoming the mother of 5 children within ten years. During this time she and Gary moved to Long Island to raise their family, where he ran the Seawanhaka Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, Long Island and later the New York Yacht Club in Newport RI. They settled in Stony Brook LI where Jong Ja attended Stony Brook University to study fine arts and worked part time as a floral designer in Stony Brook Village. Over the years, she became an accomplished artist showing her abstract work in oils, acrylics, and sculpture at Smithtown Arts Council, North Fork Bank, Gallery North, Huntington Arts Council, and Guild Hall in East Hampton, Long Island. She was also published in the New York Art Review, and the New York Times featured an article on her work in the East End section. She was a member of the Guggenheim Museum and MOMA of New York. She enjoyed day trips to the city to visit galleries and museums with her various art organizations in the Three Village area on Long Island. Upon Gary’s retirement, they moved to Citrus County where she enjoyed volunteer work as a member of the board at the Ocala Art Museum, and as a greeter at the former Ted Williams Museum, and floral design instructor at Withlacoochee Technical College. She was also an active member of the Citrus Art League and Citrus Watercolor Club, and continued to show new works, consistently winning awards in two new media: photography and computer art at the Central Florida College in Ocala, Rainbow Springs Art Festival, Inverness Chamber of Commerce (among other venues) in her later years. She enjoyed solo group travel for the first time in her late 60s and early 70s after Gary passed suddenly at the early age of 66 on April 25, 2000, one year within his retirement to Hernando. She told me when my father died, that her “world ended.” But she found the strength to continue onward and she eventually travelled to the Bahamas, Paris, South of France, Prague, Florence, Siena, Tuscany and other European towns and cities along the way and continued her involvement in the Citrus and Marion County arts community. Her beautiful smile, talent, and kindness touched everyone she met. Jong Ja is loved very much by her immediate and extended families, many friends, neighbors, and co-members of her art groups, and will be missed very much. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. As her daughter, I learned through her life on this earth the meaning of true love and the importance of commitment and working at something for yourself as a woman regardless of the traditional roles as wife and/or mother. As my mother, she was a true artist, a strong, courageous independent spirit that lived an incredible journey from Asia, to the U.S., to Europe, and continues onward to new realms. She remains lovingly in our hearts forever. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Giancarlo Lasio; sons Andre (Debbie), Keith, Marcus, and Reuven (Leah) Jenkins; grandchildren Ryan, Jocelyn, Xander and one great grandchild; and dear companion Yana Bartsch along with her daughter Natasha and Baby Lucy. A funeral mass will be offered for both Jong Ja and her husband Gary on Monday May 11, 2020 from St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto FL at 2:00PM with Father Jojo Tejada, Celebrant. A Celebration of Life will be postponed until later in the year due to the current health advisories. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL is assisting the family with cremation care arrangements. Arrangements are under the care of Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness FL.


Joyce Johns

Joyce M Johns, 71, Inverness, FL
Joyce M. Johns passed away at her home in Inverness, FL on June 24, 2020 at the age of 71. Joyce was born in St. Petersburg, FL to the late Afton and Clara (Harrison) Martin on October 20, 1948. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1967. On December 14, 1985 she married her husband Darius “Dave” Johns with whom she shared 34 years of loving marriage. Joyce and Dave made Citrus County their home in 2005 after relocating from St. Petersburg, FL. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed gardening and planting, and arranging flowers. Joyce loved animals, and nature. She could often be found sitting on her back porch swing reading or taking a nap. Joyce liked shopping and keeping up with friends on Facebook. In addition to her husband Dave, those left to mourn Joyce’s passing include her son, Christopher Herring of Largo, FL; daughter, Nicole Ahrens and her husband Danny of Inverness, FL; brother, A.J. Martin and his wife Elaine Casebolt of Inverness, FL; sister, Ginger Jaspers of Clearwater, FL; grandchildren: Sydney Herring, Cameron Herring and Aydan Ahrens. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Martin. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to join Joyce’s family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that considerations for donations be given to Joyce’s favorite animal charities, ASPCA.org or alleycat.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy W Johnson, 67, Homosassa, FL
Jimmy W. Johnson, age 67, resident of Homosassa, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on June 9th, 2020. Jimmy was born in Moultrie, GA to the late Herman C. and Ollie Mae (Stanfill) Johnson on August 11th, 1952. In 1978, he moved to the Citrus County area from Pinellas Park, FL where he lived the remainder of his years, working as a roofer. He will be remembered for being the cool, quiet friend and confidant who would light up the room wherever he went. Jimmy loved NASCAR, and, like his name suggests, greatly admired the NACAR racer, Jimmie Johnson, #48. Jimmy is described as a very hard worker and is fondly remembered as a “giver” of himself or his time. He had many close friends. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Ollie Mae. Those left to cherish his memory are his siblings, Bill Johnson of Broadway, VA, his sister, Sherrie Knaust (Wayne) of Hudson, FL, and Patti Hunt (John) of Ocala, FL. Cremation with Care is scheduled for Jimmy, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Norma Jones

Norma J Jones, 84, Inverness, Florida
Norma Josephine Jones, age 84, Inverness, FL passed away at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Mrs Jones was born in New York, NY on April 21, 1936 to the late Joseph and Josephine (Vitale) Rappa. She came to Citrus Co. in 1973 from Queens, NY. She was a homemaker and of the Christian Faith. She volunteered for the Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as a past President in that role. Although she enjoyed cooking, shopping, and watching movies, her greatest passion was for her family. Left to cherish her memory are 6 children: Robert J. (Cathie) Jones, Edgewater, FL; George M. (Melissa) Jones, Inverness, FL; Mark C. (Elesha) Jones, Lakeland, FL; Karen M. Genzardi, Lecanto, FL; “Jo” (Chet) White, Inverness, FL; Suzanne (Mike) Hill, Winter Park, FL; 14 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Jones on March 16, 1986, her brother, John Riccobono, and 4 sisters, Angie D’Allura, Nancy D’Alessio, Mimi Paladino, and Annie Costa. Norma's impact on her family is everlasting. She was the epitome of Motherhood. She sacrificed all, and in return ,has earned the love and respect of all who are blessed to call her Mother, Mom, Grandma, Gigi, Nanny and MeeMaw . Her love has impacted 4 generations and will continue on in her memory. She was adored by those who she encountered in the medical field and had a special fondness for her physician, Dr Mostafa Elyman. A private Celebration of Life for the family only will be Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with The Rev. Dana Clark officiating. Following cremation, her urn will be laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery beside her late husband. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Florida Society of Clinical Oncology, FLASCO Foundation, 10022 Water Works Lane, Riverview, FL 33578 or Vitas Hospice, PO Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.


Michael Kennedy

Michael A Kennedy, 56, Inverness, FL
Michael Anthony Kennedy, age 56, Inverness, FL passed away May 10, 2020 at the HPH Hospice facility in Lecanto, FL. Michael was born in Albany, NY to Ronald and Joan (Kuon) Oropallo. He was a Correctional Lieutenant in the Federal Prison System. His latest assignment was at the Coleman Correctional Facility. Michael was of the Catholic Faith. His memory will be cherished by his parents and a brother, Jon Michael Oropallo of Malone, NY; nephew, Adam Oropallo and niece, Keelie Hall. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Rannels Kepner, Jr.

Rannels A Kepner, Jr., 74, Inverness, FL
Rannels A. Kepner, Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the age of 74. Rannels was born to the late Rannels A. and Geraldine (Sunderland) Kepner on November 29, 1945 in Granville, PA and he made Citrus County his home in 1999 when he relocated from Lewistown, PA. Rannels worked as a school custodian for many years, including working as the Citrus County and the Mifflin County, PA school system custodian. Rannels proudly and honorably served our great country as a member of the United States Army. Rannels will be remembered for his love of hunting and air-boating. He was also an avid “car guy” and cherished his classic cars dearly. Rannels is preceded in death by his dear sister, Brenda Moist. Those left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Peggy and his daughter, Amy. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Rannels in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Anne King

Anne E King, 36, Palm Harbor, FL
Anne Elizabeth King, 36, of Palm Harbor, FL, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020. Anne was born in Leesburg, FL on September 20, 1983 to Donald King and Cynthia Bostic King. Anne was a lifelong resident of Inverness, attending Inverness Primary, Inverness Middle and Citrus High schools. She was a 2019 graduate of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus. Anne was a former member of Ft. Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness and was currently a member of the Starkey Road Baptist Church in Largo. She was a marketing representative for the Pinch-a-Penny Company. Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Cynthia King of Inverness; her father, Donald King of Floral City; her brother, Jason King and his wife Nichole of Dunedin, FL; two nephews: Noah and Jonah King of Spring Hill; her aunt and uncle and several cousins. A Celebration of Life Service for Anne will be conducted on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Ft. Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness, with Pastor Marne Palmani and Pastor Dave Maddox, officiating. Burial will follow at the Stage Stand Cemetery in Homosassa. Friends may call at church from 10:00 AM until service time. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Hope Children’s Home, 11415 Hope International Dr., Tampa, FL 33625. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness.


Betty Krum

Betty J Krum, 95, Inverness, FL
Betty J. Krum, 95, of Inverness, FL passed away June 12, 2020 at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Milton, PA on February 11, 1925 to the late Benjamin and Alice (Sanford) Cooper. Betty was a devoted homemaker and arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Northport, FL. She was a Methodist by faith, and enjoyed quilting and loved fishing. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, Lester E. Krum, Sr. in 2013. She is survived by her children Dennis (Bernadette) Krum of Naples, FL, and Leslie (John) Brusik of Inverness. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Michael Kruse

Michael R Kruse, 34, Floral City, FL
Michael Robert Kruse of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on May 11, 2020 at the age of 34. Michael was born on May 7, 1986 in Clearwater, FL to Dale Kruse and the late John Kruse. He was an extremely talented handyman and could repair and overhaul anything. He was truly a “Mr. Fix It”. Michael was beloved to his family and friends for his sweet and giving nature. His quick and easy humor brought a smile to all who knew and loved him. Those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his mother, Dale Kruse; brothers: David Giovagnorio and his wife Kathy, Louis Giovagnorio; sisters: Tracey Kruse, Lisa Dieffenthaller and her husband Richard, Janice Liscinski and her husband Drew; and niece and nephews: Danielle, Aaron, A.J., Ryan and Rich. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Lack

Patricia A Lack, 65, Spring Hill, FL
Patricia Ann Lack, age 65, Spring Hill, FL passed away May 17, 2020 in the Bay Front Health at Spring Hill. Patricia was born in Bronx, NY on April 23, 1955 to the late Richard and Lorraine (Beck) DeLaunay and moved here in 1993 from Newburgh, NY. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic Faith, attending St Francis Cabrini parish. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John Charles Lack, Jr., Spring Hill, FL; 3 children: John Richard (Yara) Lack, Inverness, Amanda (Matthew) Lack, Weeki Wachee, FL, and Christina (Oshea Launier) Lack, Spring Hill, FL; 3 brothers: Albert, Dennis, and Brian DeLaunay, all of New York State; 1 sister, Karen DeLaunay, New York State; 7 Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol DeLaunay. There will be a Celebration of Life for Patricia on Saturday, July 18th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Visitation from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Cremation with care by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home.


Patsy Landri

Patsy Landri, 94, Inverness, FL
Patsy Landri, age 94 of Inverness, FL passed away on June 3, 2020 at the Vitas Hospice facility in Lecanto. Patsy was born on August 8, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Pasquale and Raffaela (Mastelone) Landri. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and Patsy proudly served our nation in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He loved serving his country and went all around the world. After the War, he was honorably discharged and worked as a foreman in construction. He was a proud 67 year member of Local 6-A, Cement and Concrete Workers Union in Flushing, NY. He worked on the Twin Towers, Yankee Stadium and many other major projects. He, his wife Eleanor and family relocated to Inverness in 1972 where he spent hours in his huge garden. Neighbors and those that passed by always knew him by his garden and would wave or stop for a visit. There would never be a time he wouldn’t share arm loads of vegetables for them to take home to their families. He was a very generous man who loved his family very much. In later years, his main focus was being with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was so amazed and honored when he became a great-great grandpa.. Left to cherish his memory are 3 children: Patsy (Celeste) Landri, III of Ocala, FL; Donna (Byron) Freeman of Floral City; Linda Richards of Homosassa; 2 sisters: Gloria Tilleli and Mary Mondi, both of New York; 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Fazio Landri on September 10, 1995; his daughter, Raella Nowisczski on August 6, 2004; 7 brothers and sisters: Neal, Frank, Tony, Vincent, Jimmy, Anna, and Gigi.. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Fero Memorial Park in Beverly Hills. The family will receive friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM.


Jay "Stretch" Lange

Jay "Stretch" W Lange, 63, Inverness, FL
Jay “Stretch” Walter Lange, age 63, Inverness, FL passed away suddenly on July 1, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Lange was born in Baltimore, MD on June 2, 1957 to the late Walter “Dutch” and Celestine “Sally” (Crosse) Lange and moved to Citrus County following his discharge from the Navy in 1980. He was an appliance repair technician and worked with Welch Appliances for over 20 years before the appliance store closed. He was a repair man through and through and always there to help when someone needed it. He was a rocker at heart and loved riding his Harley Davidson. His daughter was the love of his life and worked heard everyday to give her the best life. The apple to his eye was his granddaughter, Brooklyn. He loved playing with her in the pool, throwing snap-pops, and receiving her hand drawing cards and pictures. He was so proud to be her “Papa”. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Jessica Gallant and her husband “Bo”, Inverness, FL; Step-son, Doug Kelsey, Eustis, FL; Father, John Piombino, Hernando, FL; 3 brothers: Michael, Patrick, and Timothy Lange; 2 sisters: Patricia Turner and Shaun Dunn; Nephew, Eric Turner, Wesley Chapel, FL; 1 grandchild, Brooklyn Faith Gallant. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with The Rev. Dr. Doug Alexander of the New Church Without Walls officiating. Following Pastor’s service, Military Honors will be rendered. Jay’s urn will be laid to rest at a later date in Florida National Cemetery.


Eugene Lanzilla

Eugene E Lanzilla, 91, Inverness, FL
Eugene E. Lanzilla of Inverness, FL passed away at New Horizons Assisted Living Facility on May 12, 2020 at the age of 91. Eugene was born on July 4, 1928 in Boston, MA to the late Joseph and Amelia (Frongillo) Lanzilla. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Korean War. After his military service, he attended Boston College where he earned 2 Master’s Degrees. Following graduation, Eugene went to work for New England Telephone from 1955 to 1979. He then moved his family to New Jersey in 1979 to start working for AT&T until his retirement in 1983. Eugene then relocated to South Yarmouth, MA and came out of retirement to go to work as an ESE teacher, as he had a special place in his heart for special needs children. He made Florida home in 1991, originally settling in Ocala, and eventually Citrus County in 2000. A Catholic by faith, Eugene was a Parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Always trying to give back to his community, Eugene was a member of the AT&T Volunteer Network, the Kiwanis Club and the Sons of Italy. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, reaching the 4th Degree, which is the highest and most prestigious degree within the Knights of Columbus. Those left to mourn Eugene’s passing include his wife of 68 years, Margaret Lanzilla; sons: Stephen Lanzilla, Paul Lanzilla and his wife Maryellen, Mark Lanzilla and his wife Jeanne, David Lanzilla and his wife Suzanne; brother, Louis Lanzilla and his wife Joyce; grandchildren: Joseph, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Matthew and Christina. Eugene was preceded in death by his daughter in-law, Beverly (Stephen’s wife) in 2017; his brothers: Joseph, Vincent, Alfred; and sisters: Rose and Gloria. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, May19, 2020 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Celebrants, Fr. Tim Cummings and Fr. Claudius Mganga. Immediately following the Mass, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337. Eugene will be laid to rest 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.


Robert LaVorgna

Robert J LaVorgna, 95, Hernando, FL
Robert Joseph LaVorgna, 95, of Hernando, FL passed away May 18, 2020 at The Grove Health & Rehab in Hernando. He was born in Paterson, NJ on April 9, 1925 to the late Patrick and Maria (Cielo) LaVorgna. Robert was a bakery manager for Grand Union Company for many years, first in New Jersey, and then transferred to Miami, Fl to oversee the opening of a new bakery plant. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Tamarac, FL and was Catholic by faith. Robert was a very avid tennis player who continued playing into his 90’s. He was preceded in death by 7 siblings. Survivors include his loving wife Helen LaVorgna of Hernando, children Robert P. LaVorgna of Hernando, Gay Couch and her husband Jack of Jacksonville, FL. granddaughter Katie Commissaris and great-granddaughter Penelope Commissaris. Robert’s urn will be laid to rest with military honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Beverly Lee

Beverly R Lee, 89, Floral City, FL
Beverly R. Lee of Floral City, FL passed away while surrounded by her loving family at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on June 9, 2020 at the age of 89. Beverly was born in Ithaca, NY on October 2, 1930 to the late Glen and Bernice (Covert) Raymond. In 1948 she married Mervin Lee with whom she shared 51 years of marriage until his passing in 2000. Beverly came to Citrus County 3 years ago after relocating from Winter Garden, FL where she was a member of the Winter Garden Methodist Church for a number of years. In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards and working crossword puzzles. Those who were blessed by Beverly’s life and loving touch include her sons: Gary Lee and his wife Kerri of Inverness, FL, Craig Lee and his wife Marlana of Floral City, FL; grandchildren: Shelly, Chad, Heather, Johanna, Kristie, Jennifer; and 12 great grandchildren. Cremation with care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Fl.


Gage Lingo

Gage K Lingo, 18, Beverly Hills, FL
Gage Kennith Lingo, 18 of Beverly Hills, FL passed away June 15, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Inverness, FL on September 25, 2001. Gage was a lifelong resident of Inverness, and enjoyed drawing, playing video games, music, and loved playing with his niece Theresa Smith. Gage is survived by his parents David Edward Lingo and Jennifer McElroy, brothers David Edward Lingo, Jr and Joseph Lingo; sister Lauren Smith and her husband Edward; niece Theresa Smith, and several aunts and uncles. Gage’s urn will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness at a later date. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Walter Mabie

Walter E Mabie, 93, Inverness, Florida
Walter E. Mabie of Hernando, FL passed away May 1, 2020 while under the care of Vitas Hospice at the age of 93. Born in Akron, IN on December 8, 1926 to Walter K. and Beulah (Floor) Mabie, Walter was raised on a farm near Green Oak, IN. He entered the Navy in August of 1944 and served in Guam and Okinawa during World War II. Following his military service, Walter graduated from the American Institute of Baking in Chicago, IL in August of 1948. He joined Channell Target Associated Bakeries in Dallas, TX in September of 1948. In 1965, he went on to become the President of Colonial Bakery in Muncie, IN and served for 16 years. After leaving Colonial Bakery, he moved to Fort Wayne, IN and worked for the Holsum Baking Company where he served as President until moving to Albuquerque, NM in 1979 where ran Mead’s Baking Company. Walter eventually retired to Hernando, FL in 1982 and was a member of Hernando United Methodist Church. He loved the game of baseball and was a dedicated fan of the Chicago Cubs. Walter was a life member of the Elk’s for 58 years. He went through the chairs and became Exalted Ruler of Inverness Elks #2522 from 1987 to 1988. He was lodge secretary for 18 years and served as Esquire at the age of 88. Walter was a past District Vice President, Grand Exalted Ruler, State Ritual Judge and served on the Board of the Children’s Hospital for 6 years. In 1964 he joined the Masons and became a 32nd Degree Mason in 1966. He was a Past Master of Citrus Masonic Lodge No.118 in Inverness. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Those left to mourn Walter’s passing include his daughter, Tina Mabie of Hernando, FL; sons: Gary Mabie of Jacksonville, AL; Robert Scott Mabie of Spencer, WV; a step son, Scott Mowry (Arlene) of Sanibel, FL; sister, Freida Lewis of Kokomo, IN; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, “Lille” Mabie on July 5, 2016; his daughter, Cheryl Browning; a step daughter, Lynn Niblick; two brothers, Morris and Richard Mabie, and his sister, Esther Ferguson. Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM from the Fountains Memorial Park Cemetery in Homosassa. The Rev. David Spaulding, pastor of the Hernando United Methodist Church will officiate. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum. Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. The Inverness Elks Lodge will conduct their service at 5:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 No. Lakeview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Due to the Covid 19 virus and the CDC guidelines, there will be 50 persons permitted in the chapel. That represents 25% of the funeral chapel capacity and is within the CDC recommendation. Additionally, friends may visit with each other in other separate visitation rooms provided. Please wear masks and maintain proper separation.


Richard Mangels

Richard W Mangels, 86, Inverness, FL
Richard W. Mangels, age 86, a resident of Inverness, FL, passed away on May 2nd, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born in Davenport, Iowa on May 6th, 1933 to the late Carl H. and Amy (Foster) Mangels. He worked as a Draftsman for a farm machinery manufacturing company for many years and married his beloved late wife, Ellamae, on October 5th, 1957. They had been married for 60 years before she passed away on July 24th, 2018. He made Florida his home in 2003 when he moved from his hometown, Davenport, IA. Richard was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, and the Moose Lodge. He is described by his family as being “a character” and always making people laugh. He loved to joke around and was very fun-loving. He had a huge heart and a lot of love to share with others. Richard enjoyed riding motorcycles, leather-working, and shooting guns. He loved to tell stories and spend time with his family. Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ellamae and by his brother, Kenneth. He is survived by his two daughters, Diane (Chris) Johnson of Davenport, IA and Denise (Steve) Rusk of Bettendorf, IA, his three grandsons and his five great -grandchildren, and his good friends, Brian and Rebecca Doy of Inverness, FL. Richard will be greatly missed. Private cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Richard, in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Debra Marr

Debra I Marr, 62, Inverness, FL
Debra I. “Debbie” Marr, 62, of Inverness, FL passed away April 21, 2020 at her residence. Debbie was born in Erie, PA on November 14, 1957, and arrived in this area in 2013 coming from Cambridge Springs, PA. She was Christian by faith and a caregiver. Debbie loved gardening and making people laugh. She was a very positive person and an amazing mom who loved spending time with her family. Debbie was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Charles J. Marr in 2015, her father George Aulenbacher, and one brother Harry Aulenbacher. She is survived by her sons Donald Johnson and James Johnson both of Inverness, and Timothy Johnson of Erie, PA; brothers George, William (Janet), Mark (Judy) and David (Rachel) Aulenbacher; and 2 grandchildren, Donald and Camelle Johnson. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Martinez

George A Martinez, 77, Floral City, FL
George A. Martinez, age 77, of Floral City, FL passed away at home on June 25th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 1st, 1942 to Antonio and Magnalena (Aguirre) Martinez in Christine, Texas. George worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Road Department, primarily working the “road grater”. George and his wife, Angelita, were married in 1962. Together, they moved to Florida in 1971 from Texas, and in 1972, made Citrus County their home where George lived the remainder of his life. He enjoyed attending First Baptist Church of Floral City, FL and later, started attending Wahoo Baptist Church of Bushnell, FL. George loved life and lived it to the fullest. He will be remembered most for his loving, big heart—George would give you the shirt off of his back, and was always looking for a reason and a way to help someone. He loved all people, no matter their background or color of their skin. George was an avid outdoorsman, frequently teaching his children wilderness survival skills. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and doing anything outside, especially tending to his garden. He loved flowers, but the Yellow Rose of Texas was his favorite. He taught his children how to play Softball and how to whistle—George loved to teach and pass on his knowledge to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. George was a Boy Scout Leader for many years, and also dabbled in Carpentry. He loved cookouts with his big family, dancing, and is lovingly described by his family as a “social butterfly”. George was preceded in death by his parents and many of his brothers and sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Angelita; his son, George Anthony Martinez of Ocala, FL; his three daughters, Martha Bass (William) of Floral City, FL, Mary Ann Lozoya (Arturo) of Floral City, FL, and Melissa Martinez of Floral City, FL; his two brothers, Ralph Martinez of Brownfield, TX and Rudy Martinez of San Saba, TX; his sister, Nora Garcia of Richland Springs, TX; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. George was loved by many and will be missed dearly. A Celebration of Life will be conducted by the family and will take place on Friday, July 10th, 2020 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Wahoo Baptist Church of Bushnell, FL, with Pastor Santiago Huron conducting the services. Friends and family are welcome to attend the services. For those attending the service at the church, the church requests that everyone wear a mask. Flower arrangements are appreciated, and the family asks that the arrangements be sent directly to the Wahoo Baptist Church on Friday, July 10th by 10 am. Cremation with Care. Chas. E. Davis.


Kay Matthews

Kay Matthews, 77, Cameron, NC
Kay Matthews, 77, of Cameron, North Carolina, passed away at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on April 17th, 2020. She was born to the late Frank M. and Gertrude (Kane) Applegate on March 12th, 1943 in Mount Holly, New Jersey and she worked as a Hair Dresser and Cosmetologist for many years. Along with her parents, Kay was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herbert and by her son, Frank David Matthews. Those left to cherish Kay’s memory are her siblings, William of Hiawassee, GA and Debra McCarthy of Barnegat, New Jersey; her granddaughter, Tiffany Hurd of Inverness, FL; her great-daughter, Holly Hurd. Kay was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Cremation arrangements with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Lawrence May

Lawrence D May, 71, Inverness, Florida
Lawrence David May, age 71, Inverness, FL passed away May 14, 2020 at the Vitas Hospice facility in Lecanto. Lawrence was born in Kenova, WV on July 19, 1948 to the late Cleo and Helen (Blanton) May and came to Citrus County in 2012 from Hinesville, GA (Fort Stewart). He served our country in the U.S. Army and retired as an E-7 following 20 years of service. Following his retirement from the service, he was a sales representative for several different businesses. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Nancy Williams May of Inverness, FL; 2 sons, Larry David May and wife Tinza, and Joey Lee May, both of Alabama; 1 sister, Ginger May, Huntington, WV; 1 grandson, Andrew May. Graveside military honors will be scheduled at a future date at Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Dwayne McCullough

Dwayne H McCullough, 57, Fort White, FL
Dwayne Harrison McCullough of Fort White, FL passed away at Lake City Medical Center on June 28, 2020 at the age of 57. Dwayne was born in Miami, FL on August 6, 1962 to Price Harrison and Joyce Irene (Easter) McCullough. On October 28, 2012 he married Nitaya (Nitisamphand) with whom he shared 7 years of loving marriage. Dwayne worked as a Physical Therapist and enjoyed watching football and listening to music in his spare time. He was a Christian by faith. In addition to his wife, Dwayne’s passing will be mourned by his father, Price; son, Lawrence; daughters: Macey, Jessica and Miranda; brother, Dale; sister, Brenda; and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Joyce on February 25, 2011. A Graveside Committal Service is scheduled at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM and will be conducted by Pastor Dale Marshall. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Luella McKay

Luella F McKay, 95, Orlando, formerly of Hernando, FL
Luella Purscell McKay Born on Dec. 9th, 1924, Luella Faye Winger was the oldest daughter of Edna Phillips and Leo Winger, followed by sisters Irmalee and Nettie, and a brother, Don. They were raised in Southern Iowa until their mother moved them to Des Moines. In what would have been her senior year of high school, Luella went to work with her mother making bullets for the soldiers in WWII. That’s when she met her husband, Joseph Edward Purscell, who drove the bus and talked to her every day during the trip from Des Moines to the Ordnance Plant in Ankeny, Iowa. Joe and Luella married in 1950 and raised three children: Mary Jo, Melvin and Richard. They lived at 1235 5th Avenue on the north side of Des Moines, near Mercy Hospital, until they retired to Florida in 1972. Joe died in Hernando, Florida in 1986 and is buried in his home town, Winterset, Iowa. For many years, Luella was a lunchroom clerk at Sabin Elementary School in Des Moines. After her husband died, she became the night cafeteria manager at Withlacoochee Area Vocational-Technical College in Inverness, Florida. She retired, and enjoyed many years of traveling and camping with her second husband, Robert McKay, who was a companion and friend, until he died in 2006. She loved to garden, sew and cook. After a serious fall and rehabilitation in 2018, she was able to be home with her son, Richard and grandson, Sean for Thanksgiving, her 94th birthday, and Christmas. She spent the last year of her life at Metro West Nursing Home in Orlando, near her daughter. She loved sitting in the garden at her home and spent dozens of hours with Mary Jo, talking about family and personal experiences in life. They listened to her favorite old time Country music… and now she bids us Farewell. She died in her sleep on June 19, 2020. She was 95, and will be buried next to her husband and her son, Melvin in the Winterset Memorial Cemetery. She is survived by her sister, Irmalee in Forest City, Iowa; her daughter, Mary Jo Pezzi in Orlando; and her son, Richard in Hernando. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Shodie Kafcas in Lutz, Florida; Sean Purscell in Hernando; Thomas Lloyd, Jr. in Deltona, Florida; Melissa Johnson in Chanhassen, Minnesota; Joe Purscell in Waukee, Iowa; Laura Kinnard, Julie Purscell, Karen Purscell, and Christina Purscell in Des Moines; 20 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.


Carol McQuillin

Carol A McQuillin, 66, Inverness, FL
Carol A. McQuillin, age 66, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness FL on June 15th, 2020. She was born to George and Esther (Gillespie) Wulff in Heidelberg, Germany on March 7th, 1954. She worked as an RN until 1993 when she had to stop for health reasons and in 2010, made Citrus County her home when she moved from Delta, Ohio. Carol was a member of the Home Owners Association of Stone Ridge Landing and she loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her cherished grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Esther. Those left to cherish Carol’s memory are her husband of 48 years, and high school sweetheart, Allan McQuillin; her children, Aaron McQuillin (Brenda Palmer) of Bridgeport, OH, Adam McQuillin (Tricia) of Willis, MI, and Andy McQuillin (Shelley) of Wauseon, OH; her brother, David Wulff of Lyons, OH; five grandchildren, Marisa, Dustin, Austin, Aiden, and Lindsey; two great-grandchildren, Bella and Vinny; and her beloved dog, Babe who she loved to take for walks. Cremation with care is scheduled for Carol under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Paul Meyer

Paul H Meyer, 85, Homosassa, FL
Paul Herman Meyer, age 85, of Homosassa, Florida passed away June 15, 2020 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, after a brief illness. Paul was born May 12, 1935 in Freeland, Maryland, to Louis and Elizabeth (Eiermann) Meyer. He and his family moved shortly after his birth to Cambridge, Maryland where he resided until he moved to Florida in 2012. Paul enlisted in U.S. Navy and proudly served from 1955 to 1959. In 1963, Paul married the love of his life, Bonnie Banning. They were married for 43 years until her death in 2006. Paul worked for AT&T/Verizon for 42 years. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his late wife, reading, and especially watching NFL football. Paul always said he just loved watching a good game. But his heart always belonged to the Baltimore Ravens. Besides his parents, and beloved wife, Paul is preceded in death by his son Patrick . Survivors include daughter Paige Meyer Stine ( Barry) of Homosassa Fl, Son Michael Meyer of Groton, Ct. ( Laura), Brother in Law Ed Banning, four grand children: Michelle Curchdoyle, Michael Meyer, Ashley Fuda, and Amber Meyer And nine great grand children. A memorial service is being planned at a later date. Burial services will follow at Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, MD In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a veteran charity of your choice. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Stephen Mikulas

Stephen J Mikulas, 70, Homosassa, FL
Stephen J. Mikulas, 70, of Homosassa, FL passed away May 2, 2020, at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL. He was born in Youngstown, OH on March 16, 1950 to the late Stephen A. and Helen (Hlad) Mikulas, and was also loving known to his family and lifetime friends as (Pucker Up) Piffy. Steve was a Steel Worker for U.S. Steel for 35 year was and a loyal member of the Steel Workers of America Union. He arrived to the Florida area in 2007, coming from Pittsburgh, PA. Steve was Roman Catholic by faith. Additionally, he was a member of the 40/8, Voiture 1219 Citrus County, and the American Legion Post 155, Crystal River, FL. Steve enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends, and often volunteered his services to the same organizations. One of his most favorite pastimes was to D.J. his voluminous collection of music, especially Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Jubak. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Shawn Mikulas of Homosassa; son Michael Mikulas of Easley, SC; and his extended family consisting of two cats, Romeow and Juliat; brother Rick Jubak; sisters Connie (Mikulas) Solomon, Kimberly (Jubak) Palm, Helen(Jubak) Malloy, Pat (Jubak) Lombardo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Stephen’s Urn will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care arrangements, under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Mock

James D Mock, 72, Dunnellon, Florida
James David Mock, age 72, Dunnellon, FL passed away June 14, 2020 at home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. Cremation arrangements with care. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Rhoda Neiswender

Rhoda T Neiswender, 84, Inverness, FL
Rhoda T. Neiswender, age 84, Inverness, FL, passed away May 21, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Rhoda was born in Pemberton, WV on March 9, 1936 to the late Walter and Gaytha (Farley) Holliday and moved to Inverness from Georgia in the mid 80’s. She was a licensed beautician and hair stylist. She attended the Victory Baptist Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Jimmie (Toni) Harlow of Leesburg, FL; daughter, Michaela Harlow of Charlotte, NC; brother, Walter J. Holliday of Inverness, FL; 3 sisters: Rebecca “Joy” Holliday of Inverness, Kitty Collins of Hernando, FL and Sandra Hamilton of Valrico, FL; 4 Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Rhoda was preceded in death by her two children, Terry Harlow and Vicki Harlow. At Rhoda’s request, there will be no services. Cremation with care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Billy Newman

Billy D Newman, 84, Inverness, FL
Billy D. Newman, resident of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on May 21st, 2020 at the age of 84. He was born to the late Robert H. and Jessie Jones Newman on August 13th, 1935 in Galax, Virginia. Billy married his beloved wife, Valerie, in 2001 and in 2002, he made Inverness his home when he moved from Hampton, Virginia. He managed and owned his own auto dealership for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. Billy enjoyed traveling, boating, and fishing, and he loved the ocean. He was also a master diver and skier. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge and The Shriners. Billy was preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Valerie; his two sons, Kevin B. Newman (Nancy) of Virginia and Steven “Craig” Newman of New Orleans, Louisiana; his grandchild, Michael; and his great-grandchild, Anthony. Billy will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Billy, in the careful direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Anthony Noble

Anthony Noble, 86, Inverness, FL
Anthony Noble, 86, of Inverness, FL passed away on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL with his loving family by his side. He was born to the late Bartolo and Ida (DeFalco) Noble on September 20th, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. Anthony married his beloved wife, Margaret, on July 30th, 1960 and enjoyed 60 beautiful years of marriage together. In 1976, the two of them moved to Florida from Oakdale, NY where Anthony lived the remainder of his years. Anthony worked as a machinist for the Mergenthaler Linotype company for many years. He also bravely served our great country as a member of the United States Navy. Anthony will be remembered for his love of all types of dancing, especially with his wife. Dancing allowed him to really express who he was and make many friends along the way. Along with his parents, Anthony is preceded in death by several siblings, family members, and friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Margaret; his siblings, Cecelia Noga “Tootsie” of Maryland, Bernard Noble “Junior” of New Jersey, Emily Noble of New Jersey, Gennaro Noble “Jerry” of Beverly Hills, FL, and Kathe Blum; his cousin, Pat DeFalco of Citrus Springs, FL; his brother and sister in law, Chas and Shirley O’Brien of Inverness, FL; his niece and God-child, Donna O’Brien; his niece Deborah O’Brien; and his nephew, Bart O’Brien. He was loved by so many and will be missed greatly. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Anthony. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery. Anthony is in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Budd Norman

Budd L Norman, 89, Citrus Springs, FL
Budd LeRoy Norman, 89 of Citrus Springs, passed away on June 16, 2020 under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice, at his home. Born in Kalamazoo, MI on September 12, 1930, to the late Dale and Viola (Davenport) Norman, he came to Citrus County 17 years ago from Michigan. A Baptist by faith, he was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Citrus Springs. He loved his church and all the church activities. He served the Lord as a Missionary for the Continental Baptist Mission for over 30 years. He also enjoyed farming and drove 18 wheelers. Budd proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Shirley Norman; his sons: Steven Norman of Plainwell, MI, Lester Norman and his wife Tammy of Hudsonville, MI and Ricky Norman of Wyoming, MI; grandchildren: Michelle, Michael (Jane), Sophia, Gabriella, Jason (Leslie); and 3 great grandchildren. Budd was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Norman in 1986. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Grace Baptist Church in Citrus Springs and will be conducted by Pastor Bob Ladygo. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Immediately following the church service, full military honors will be rendered by the Marion County Memorial Honor Guard. Budd will be laid to rest 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.


Mary Norton

Mary A Norton, 81, Inverness, Florida
Mary Ann Norton of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on June 16, 2020 at the age of 81. Mary Ann was born in Rocky Face, GA on August 18, 1938 to the late Rose (Miller) and E. Buster Sisk, Jr. She was married to her husband Robert E. Norton until his passing on September 25, 2013. Mary Ann and Bob made Citrus County their home in 1978 after relocating from Orlando. A Christian by faith, Mary Ann attended worship services at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. Mary Ann had many passions in life including her love for Jesus Christ which drove her to participate in many different community ministries, including decorating, which lead to her successful career in Citrus County, and tennis where she played, taught, and helped organize tennis tournaments which raised funds for Hospice of Citrus County. Those left to mourn Mary Ann’s passing include her daughters: Robin Martone and her husband James of Inverness, FL; Beth Dennis and her husband Jim of Orlando, FL; brother, George Edward Sisk of Cartersville, GA; sister, Marjorie Clements of Rocky Face, GA; and grandchildren: Kristopher, Christine, Nicholas and Brandi, Lena Rose and David, Brooke, and Max. In addition to her husband, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her daughter, Angela Blasl and brother, Jerry Sisk. There will be a family visitation on Friday, June 19th, 11:30 AM to 12 Noon followed by A Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 12 Noon from the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Inverness. Pastor Ryan Jeffers will officiate. Interment will follow at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Healthcare, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home assisted the family.


Irene Nunes

Irene M Nunes, 87, Inverness, FL
Irene Mae Nunes, 87, of Inverness, FL passed away at her residence on June 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Boston, MA on July 26, 1932 to the late Kenneth and Violet (Anderson) Wilder. Irene was a Registered Nurse and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from Connecticut. She was Baptist by faith. Irene enjoyed golfing, photography, sewing, and camping. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Joseph Nunes in 2012, one son, Paul Nunes in 2001 and one daughter, Nancy Buebendorf in 2018. Survivors include her children Joseph Nunes, Jr. and his wife Susan of Inverness, Diane Kearns and her husband Patrick of Southbury, CT; brother Kenneth Wilder, Jr. of Spring City, PA, and sister Priscilla Dais and her husband Earle of Rehoboth, MA; 6 grandchildren and 4 great children. A Celebration of Life Service for Irene is scheduled for Friday, July 3, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel officiating. Irene will be laid to rest with her husband Joseph at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. at a later date.


Carl Page, Sr.

Carl H Page, Sr., 87, Inverness, FL
Carl Hazen Page, SR of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on May 18, 2020 at the age of 87. Carl was born on December 21, 1932 in Newton, NH to the late William Hazen and Rose (Sorel) Page. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army serving during the Korean War era. Carl was married to his loving wife Donna E. Page for 61 years until her passing on September 20, 2016. He and Donna made Citrus County their home in 1979 after relocating from Miami, FL. Carl had many professions during his working life and most recently worked as a Roofer. He is a former Newton, NH Police Officer, Past Director of the American Dairy Goat Association, former Animal Control Officer in Newton, NH, was a Volunteer Fireman in Inverness and also raised livestock. Carl loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and trapping. Those left to mourn Carl’s passing include his son, Carl “Buster” Page, Jr. and his wife Melanie of Salt Springs, FL; daughters: Patti Ballard and her husband Michael of Inverness, FL, Jackie Hudson and her husband Bryan of Havana, FL; brother, Roland Page and his wife Fran of Amesbury, MA; grandchildren: Jason, Jenna, Annie, Maggie, Seth, Josh, Carl, Hannah, April, Dirk, Emily, Elizabeth; and great grandchildren: Kaitlin, Keira, Christopher, Aiden, Charlie, Ellie, Luna, Aiden, Raleigh and Sidney. In addition to his wife Donna, Carl was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Chase; and brothers: Edward, Richard, Norman and Francis Page. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home where full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Carl’s memory to Vitas Hospice Healthcare, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frederick Parsons

Frederick A Parsons, 65, Inverness, FL
Frederick Allen Parsons of Inverness, FL passed away and went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the age of 65. Fred was born in Newark, OH on September 21, 1954 to the Bud and Ruby (Waldeck) Parsons, who were also former residents of Inverness. He graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High in Carol City, FL in 1973. Fred was a simple man that truly loved life, enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. Those left to mourn Fred’s passing include his sons: Michael and Brian Parsons; granddaughter, Victoria; and grandson, Kent. He also leaves behind his brothers: Roger of Lee, FL, Steve of Inverness, FL, Russell of King George, VA, David of Levittown, NY; and his sister, Linda of Dunedin, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ronald Peddle

Ronald J Peddle, 82, Beverly Hills, FL
Ronald James Peddle of Beverly Hills passed away at Bayonet Point Medical Center on April 20, 2020 at the age of 82. Ronald was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 21, 1937 to the late Ronald S. and Marie (McGrath) Peddle. He relocated from Queens, NY to the St. Pete Beach area where he worked as a plumber by trade for over 20 years. Upon retirement, he moved to Citrus County where he lived out the remainder of his life. In his spare time he enjoyed studying history and watching history documentaries. Ronald also liked watching Jeopardy on television and testing his trivia skills. He was extremely patriotic and had a deep love for our country and an enormous respect for our military veterans. He was a member and an officer of Beverly Hills American Legion #237. Ronald was so proud of his son who retired from the Army after serving for 21 years. Those left to mourn Ronald’s passing include his son, Ronald F. Peddle of Citrus Springs, FL; granddaughters: Maryann Peddle, Crystal Sheedy, Jennifer Peddle; six great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters: Joan Bufe of Polk City, FL, Bette Morris of Henrico, VA; his former wife and loving partner of many years, Sally Peddle of Beverly Hills, FL; stepsons: Michael Lyden of Jacksonville, FL, Mitchell Lyden of Warrens, WI, Jeffrey Lyden of Tomah, WI. He also leaves behind Precious, his miniature Rottweiler Pinscher mix. Ronald was preceded in death by his dog Rocky, his beloved Golden Retriever mix. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Howard Peel, Jr.

Howard L Peel, Jr., 73, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Howard Louis Peel, Jr. of Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away at his home on May 7, 2020 at the age of 73. Howard was born in St. Petersburg, FL on September 26, 1946 to the late Ethel (Hill) and Howard Louis Peel, Sr. On April 26 he celebrated 55 years of loving marriage with his wife Janet K. (Jackson) Peel. Howard and Janet made Lake Panasoffkee their home in 1987 after relocating from Pasco County, FL. He owned and operated H.L. Peel Roofing Company in Hernando County for 40 years. Howard liked shopping of any kind but especially enjoyed shopping for antiques and online shopping with Amazon. He loved fishing and R.V. traveling with his wife, his favorite destination being the Smoky Mountains. Howard would often tell his family “the mountains were calling him”, and have the R.V. packed up and ready to leave the very next day. In addition to his loving wife Janet, those left to mourn Howard’s passing include his son, Howard Peel III; daughters: Lori Levesque, Dawn Broxson, Nichole Holden; brothers: Donald Peel, Billy Gardner; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his long time friends, Ken Nesselrotte and Alan Holmes. Cremation care is by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vaneda Peters

Vaneda A Peters, 86, Hernando, FL
Vaneda Ann Peters, age 86, Hernando, FL passed away April 9, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. A native of Zion, IL, she was born on September 27, 1933 to the late Veryl and Anna (McElroy) Doty and moved here in 1997 from Kenosha, WI. She worked for the Kenosha Co. Sheriff’s Dept as a Jail Matron. Left to mourn her loss are four children: Scott E. Peters of Hernando, FL; Forrest L. Peters of Kenosha, WI; Ella R. Peters of Ocklawaha, FL; Kathleen Thornton, Beverly Hills, FL; 6 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted at All Saints Cemetery in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum. The Proko Funeral Home in Kenosha handled the arrangements. Local arrangements were with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra M Peterson, 31, Inverness, FL
Cassandra Marie Peterson, 31 of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at her home in Inverness on May 1, 2020. She was born in Dayton, OH on November 26, 1988, and arrived in this area in 2014, coming from Ocala, FL. Cassandra was a restaurant manager, and a Christian by faith. She enjoyed dancing and was a member of the MECCA Program in Marion County. She loved people and especially her children. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her and loved her. Cassandra is survived by 2 sons, Gabriel and Christian Peterson. 2 daughters, Elleceia and Giovanna Peterson; her parents Eric and Daphne Peterson; and her sister Sarah Peterson. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Cassandra will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL at a later date.


Larry Posey

Larry D Posey, 61, Hernando, FL
Larry Dean Posey of Hernando passed away peacefully at the Health Center at Brentwood in Lecanto on May, 7, 2020 at the age of 61. Larry was born in Shirley, MA on September 13, 1958 to Lewis F. Posey and the late Denelda (McGowen) Tanguay. He attended Holt High School in Lansing, MI and was an excellent baseball player, specifically 3rd baseman. In 10th grade, Larry was selected to become a member of the All Star Team. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Those left to mourn Larry’s passing include his father, Lewis F. Posey of Hernando, FL; his dear cousin, Shelly Smith of Michigan; stepbrothers: Michael, Steven and David Rickly; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Denelda Tanguay; stepmother, Leyla Posey; brother, Michael Lance Posey; and nephew, Michael Lewis Posey. A graveside committal service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness and will be conducted by Pastor Troy Shepphard of Citrus Missionary Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Roberta Pult

Roberta J Pult, 95, Inverness, FL
Roberta J. Pult, age 95, resident of Inverness, FL passed away on May 31st, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. She was born to the late Frank C. and Alice L. Molloy Watters on December 1st. 1924 in Saginaw, Michigan. In 1989, she made Citrus County her home when she moved from Chicago, IL. Along with her parents, Roberta was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Bill, who passed away on October 31st, 2006. She is also preceded in death by her four brothers, Frank, James, John, and Wesley Watters and by her three sisters, Mary Alling, Beulah Hollebeck, and Ruth James. Those left to cherish her memory are her two children, Robert W. Pult (Mary Ellen) of Dundee, IL and Carol A. Jalocha (Thomas) of Chicago, IL and two grandchildren, William and Nicholas. Roberta will be remembered for her deep admiration and love for nature. She enjoyed going on peaceful nature walks, especially at Whispering Pines and Withlacoochee State Trail. She also loved afternoons with her friends and spending time with family. Roberta was very fond of reading, the classics and poetry being her favorites. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Roberta under the careful direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gary Reel

Gary G Reel, 69, Floral City, FL
Gary Gene Reel of Floral City, FL passed away at his home on May 14, 2020 at the age of 69. Gary was born in Marion, IN on August 2, 1950. 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, Gary went to work for the National Cemetery Association and was the Head Groundskeeper for the Marion National Cemetery in Marion, IN. He retired in 2005 after 35 years of dedicated service. He was also a skilled referee and would referee all sorts of high school sporting events including basketball, baseball and soccer games. Gary always loved visiting Florida and in 2010 relocated from Indiana to make Floral City, FL his permanent home. He truly enjoyed Florida life and especially loved playing golf. Those left to mourn Gary’s passing include his loving wife, Nancy Reel; stepson, Brenton Ray Folkner of Marion, IN; stepdaughter, Dana Larae Cole and her husband Jay of Alexandria, IN; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Justin Roberge

Justin R Roberge, 18, Floral City, FL
Justin Robert Roberge, age 18 of Floral City, Fl passed away in an automotive accident on May 4, 2020. Justin was born in Largo, FL on September 2, 2001 to Deva Marie Anderson and Jean Paul Roberge. Left to cherish his memory are his Mother, Deva Marie Anderson of Floral City, Father Jean Paul Roberge of Largo, Fl; daughter Serenity Noelle, brother James Neidinger (Amber) of Largo, FL, maternal Grandparents, John and Debra Wasserlein of Floral City, Daniel and Maxine Laurita of SC. Paternal Grandmother Rene Roberge of NC. He also is survived by various Aunts, Uncles, Great Aunts and Uncles as well as Cousins and Step Sisters. Celebration of Life at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Harold Rouse

Harold D Rouse, 82, Floral City, FL
Harold D. Rouse, 82, of Floral City, FL passed away at home Wednesday, April 22, 2020, under the care of his family and Hospice. Harold was born to the late Nova and Goldie (Roberts) Rouse on February 2, 1938 in Worthington, MO. Harold worked as a Carpenter Contractor for many years, as well as being a “jack-of-all-trades” and working in many different avenues all around the United States. Harold made Florida his home in 1970 when he relocated from Rockford, IL. Harold enjoyed riding motorcycles, especially his Honda Gold Wing and was a proud member of the Florida Retreads. He loved fishing, hunting, and doing any type of water sports. He also loved traveling all over the US. Along with his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen, of 28 years. He is survived by his children, Lonnie Rouse (Laurie) of Groveland, FL, Randy Rouse (Tangi) of Ocala, FL, Terry Rouse (Melaine) of Zephyrhills, FL, and Deana Rouse of Ocala, FL; his brother, Dwayne Rouse of Inverness, FL; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Harold in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Michael Santucci

Michael J Santucci, 72, Hernando, FL
Michael J. Santucci, resident of Hernando, FL passed away on May 15th, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family, at 72 years of age. He was born to the late Joseph and Lillian Messier Santucci on November 17th, 1947 in Palmer, Massachusetts. He made Citrus County his home in 1990 when he moved from Massachusetts and he worked as a sales person in RV sales for many years before enjoying his retirement. Michael was a man after God’s heart and will be remembered fondly for his devotion to God; Michael was always reading, listening, or talking about scripture. He could often be found talking to and spending time with God. Michael was very outgoing and love to talk to his family and friends and tell lots of stories. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors by fishing and tending to his landscaping. Michael loved swimming in his pool and staying as active as he could. Michael will be deeply missed. Along with his parents, Michael is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Janet E. Santucci, who passed away on December 30th, 2011. Those left to cherish his memory are is son, Jeff Santucci of Ocala, FL; by his daughter, Christina Letts (Joe) of Inverness FL; and by his grandson, Justin Scott and his companion of 7 years, Rita Bosse. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Michael, in the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Carolyn Simmons

Carolyn M Simmons, 85, Inverness, FL
Carolyn M. Simmons, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away at home on June 30, 2020 under the loving care of her family and Hernando Pasco Hospice. Carolyn was born in Brattleboro, VT on March 25, 1935 to Lloyd H. and Bernice (Rhoades) Longueil and moved to this area in 1999 from Virginia. She was a very gregarious person, enjoying socializing with others. Additionally, she enjoyed working with her plants and spending time with her cats. Carolyn also served our country in the U.S. Navy. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: Steven (Phyllis) Simmons, Eustis, FL; Brent (Mitzie) Simmons, St Petersburg, FL; Joy Turner, Inverness, FL; 1 sister, June of Arizona; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Simmons on July 24, 2013 and her son, Wade Simmons on January 12, 2017. She also lost 3 brothers, Frankie, Sheldon, and Howard; 2 sisters, Betty and Barbara. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Family members and friends will officiate. Military Honors will follow. Private burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery.


Margaret Smith

Margaret E Smith, 72, Hernando, FL
Margaret E. “Margie” Smith, 72, Hernando, FL Margie passed away at home May 29, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Margie was born March 5, 1948 in New York, NY and moved to St. Petersburg, FL with her family in 1950. Margie graduated from St. Paul’s Catholic High School in St. Petersburg. She married the love of her life, Wayne, her husband of 53 years in 1967. Margie began her career working for Harvard & Jolly Architects. Alongside her husband, Margie owned and operated several businesses over the years, including Interbay Realty and Insurers and The Army Navy Store in St. Petersburg. Margie retired in 2014 to enjoy their beautiful lakeside log home. Margie loved hosting family and friends, she was an avid collector of antiques and had a passion for documenting family fun with photos. She had a kind heart and a sweet smile. Margie was a dedicated wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as “Nana”. She was blessed with seven amazing grandchildren, they were her “Pride and Joy”. Margie was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Madelyn Feeley, and her two brothers, Eddie and Thomas Feeley. Margie will be sorely missed by her loving husband, Wayne E. Smith, her daughters, Karen Taylor(Chris), St. Petersburg, FL, Beth Zubowicz (Steve) Aurora, CO; her grandchildren, Ryan Taylor, Katie Taylor, Ashley Taylor, Trevor Taylor, Andrew Zubowicz, Amanda Zubowicz, and Alexis Zubowicz; her sister, Maureen Stroemich; sister in law, Anne Feeley, and many special nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, June 27, 2020 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. Visitation with family 10am, mass immediately following at 11am. Margie will be laid to rest at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Citrus County HPH Hospice. www.chaptershealth.org Cremation with care Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Robert Smith III

Robert B Smith III, 77, Inverness, FL
Robert Bretland Smith III of Inverness, FL died peacefully at home on May 9th, 2020 at the age of 77 years. He was born in Elyria, Ohio, attended local schools receiving a 2 year degree from Lorain County Community College in Mechanical Engineering and also attended Kent State University. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and trapping as a child and enjoyed fishing the Withlacoochee River out of Turner Camp. He inherited a set of tools from his grandfather which began a lifelong love of restoring antique cars. His 1914 Model T touring car took national 1st place in 1982. He moved to Inverness, Florida in 1987 where he worked at various Florida Power Corporation power plants on the travel crew. He met and married Toni, his wife of 32 years. He is survived by his children, Christine McKim, Cheryl Smith, and Candace Brown from a previous marriage and Rhonda and William Davis, daughter-in-law Nicole, grandchildren Ember and Michael, niece Tiffany Briscoe, and nephew Joshua Briscoe from his marriage to Toni. Bob is also survived by his sister Karyl Young, nephews Brett and David Hemminger, great-nephew Alex, and his cousin Andrea Trow. Cremation arrangements have been scheduled for Robert, who is in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL .


Naomi "Marie" Spencer

Naomi "Marie" Spencer, 57, Inverness, FL
Naomi Marie Spencer, 57, of Inverness, FL passed away Monday, April 20, 2020, at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Marie was born in Brooksville, FL on January 16, 1963, and arrived in this area in 2018, coming from Bradford County, PA. She was a Christian by faith. Marie was a missionary, serving the New Tribes Mission for almost 30 years. She also served as a church secretary and enjoyed playing the piano, and reading. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 34 years, Michael Spencer; her sons Paul Spencer and his wife Amanda of Auburn, NY, John Spencer and his wife Lily of Inverness, and Jeremy Spencer and his wife Summer of Reading, PA; her parents Joe and Yvonne Pagan, Floral City; her brother John Pagan, Land O'Lakes, FL; 8 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Jared Spencer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Ft. Cooper Baptist Church on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Marne Palmani officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL. the family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until service time. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Landuma Bible Translation, c/o Enthos 360, 312 W. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771


Raymond Stanage

Raymond L Stanage, 56, Floral City, FL
Raymond L. Stanage “Tree Man Ray”, age 56, resident of Floral City, FL passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on June 15th, 2020. Ray was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to his parents, Gilbert A. and Janell (Saffell) Stanage on January 8th, 1964. He worked as a “Tree Man”, owning and operating his very own business, “Ray’s Tree Care” for many years, where he removed trees from people’s and business’ property. He bravely and honorably served our country as a member of the United States Army and has been with his lovely companion, Dianne Triano, for the past 28 years. Ray made Citrus County his home in 1985 after moving from Michigan, where he lived the remainder of his life. He will be remembered fondly for his love of fishing, four-wheeling with his grandchildren, and for his adventurous spirit. He is described lovingly as an “avid supporter of Anheuser-Busch” and enjoyed spending his free time with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Janell Stanage. Those left to cherish Ray’s memory are his companion, Dianne Triano; his children, Marisa Romano (Joseph) of Inverness, FL, Tiffany Simpson (Allen) of Tampa, FL, Nicole Rice (Jonathan) of Inverness, FL, and Tim Triano (Kimberly) of Hernando, FL; his two brothers, Clyde Stanage of Michigan and Allen (Barbara) Stanage of Floral City, FL; his sister, Sandy Biastock (Richard) of South Carolina; his nine grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his cherished Rottie pup, Buddy. Raymond was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Cremation with Care is arranged for Raymond, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. The family is planning a Celebration of Life that will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Ray & Dianne’s home, where family and friends are welcome to attend and witness a scattering in honor of Ray’s memory and life.


Goodwin Stanton

Goodwin G Stanton, 87, Citrus Springs, FL
Goodwin “Goody” G. Stanton, age 87, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away on June 2nd, 2020 at VITAS Inpatient Hospice in Lecanto, FL surrounded by his loving family. Goody was born to Claude and Rose (Lipson) Stanton on February 14th, 1933 in St. Petersburg, FL. Goody married his beloved wife, Mary Alice (Sirmons) Stanton, in 1958, and they made their home in St. Petersburg for 40 years before moving to Citrus County in 2003. Goody and Mary Alice enjoyed 59 beautiful years of marriage, before her passing in January, 2018. Goody served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 through 1957. He was a retired truck driver for Shell Oil Company and a faithful servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to his church, North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs, FL. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, fishing, NASCAR, and snow skiing. Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Susan McAuley (David) of Gray, TN, Stephanie Tomlinson (Craig) of Hudson, IA, and Stacey Bryant (Alan) of Bradenton, FL; his sister, Anita Padgett of DeFuniak Springs, FL; his seven grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew, and Brandon (Meagan) McAuley; Nathan and Nolan Tomlinson; and Alex and Ashley Bryant; and one great-grandchild, Eli McAuley. Goody had a unique sense of humor and loved sharing stories about his life and adventures. He will be remembered as a cherished friend, faithful husband, and a loving father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held in Goody’s memory, hosted by the family, at a later date. More information to be announced. The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff at Life Care Center of Citrus County, especially Hannah Mand, RN and the great end-of-life care provided by VITAS Inpatient Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to North Oak Baptist Church.


Carol Starkey

Carol A Starkey, 86, Inverness, FL
Carol Ann (Leib) Starkey, 86, went to be with her Lord on May 11, 2020, at her home in Inverness, FL. Born in 1934, in Akron, OH, to Paul Sylvester and Klytia (Snader) Leib, Carol grew up in a close knit family of 6 children. At age 17, in 1951, Carol married her sweetheart, Calvin “Curt” Starkey. They shared a wonderful life together, moving to Orlando, FL in 1956, where Curt began his career as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA. In 1967, the family moved on to Miami, FL, where Carol lived for the next 52 years of her life. Throughout that time, she was an active member of Coral Park and Gateway Baptist Churches, enjoying deep friendships and cooking many meals for church gatherings. She loved bowling with the Ladies Bowling League of Bird Bowl, winning many trophies. In 2019, Carol relocated to Inverness, FL, purchasing a home near her daughter, Sharron. They shared many happy moments furnishing and decorating her new home together. A faithful child of God, Carol had accepted Christ as her savior as a young girl; throughout her life, she exemplified Christ’s precious love for us all. She always put the needs of others ahead of her own, touching many lives with her kindness. She will be greatly missed. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Sharon Lobman (Steve) of Inverness, FL; Robert C. Starkey (Marjorie) of St. Augustine, FL; and David R. Starkey (Barbara) of Miami, FL; her beloved grandchildren: Lisa Lobman Urofsky (Jason) and Karl Starkey; her siblings: sister, Shirley Julian of Crossville, TN; brother, Glenn Leib (Cheryl) of Wadsworth, OH; her sister-in-law, Sharon Leib of Massillon, OH; and many dear nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin “Curt” Starkey in 1995; her sister, Pauline “Pete” Julian; and brothers: Kenneth Leib and James Leib. Carol will be interred at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Akron, OH, in August, 2020. Cremation with care Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sharon Mary-Jane Stephenson

Sharon Mary-Jane Stephenson, 69, Inverness, FL
Sharon Mary-Jane Stephenson, 69, of Inverness, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020 at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Sharon was born on February 9, 1951 in Edison, NJ to the late John C. Green and Mary (Waggenhoffer) Green. She came to Citrus County in 1978 from Clovis, New Mexico. She worked at Sears for 30 years and the past 15 years she worked for Weight Watchers. Sharon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved socializing with friends, decorating for holidays and traveling, but her biggest joy was making her family happy, especially her grandchildren. She was extremely proud of her family, and always wanted to tell everyone about them. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 25 years, William A. “Bill” Stephenson; her son Jared Czachorowski and his wife, Colleen of Windermere, FL; her grandchildren: Bryce, Mary and “Samy”; her sister Cathleen Matlosz of Mesa, AZ; nieces and nephews. A private Mass of Christian Burial for Sharon will be offered from Our Lady of Fatima Church, with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Our Lady of Fatima Helping Hands. A Celebration of Life service for Sharon will be announced at a later date. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Ethel Stevenson

Ethel J Stevenson, 95, Floral City, FL
Ethel June Stevenson, age 95, of Floral City, Florida passed from death to life at her home on April 25, 2020 under the loving care of her family and VITAS Hospice. Ethel was born in Tampa, Florida on June 15, 1924 to the late Charles and Lottie (Rourke) Glover and came to Citrus County in 1964. In 1940 she met a young airman, Ben Stevenson, at church. He was on the first B-17 to be stationed at the new airfield, MacDill Air Force Base. They were married on June 16, 1942, one day before Ben was stationed in England during World War 2. They shared 68 years together before Ben passed away in 2010. Ben served 23 years in the Air Force with Ethel by his side. They were stationed in many of the States along with a tour in Germany. Ben spent one year remote in Turkey. They were stationed in Anchorage, Alaska from 1960-1964. The next station was Key West, Florida from which they retired to the small town of Floral City. She was a faithful member of the Istachatta Church of Christ. She loved children and taught Bible classes into her 70’s. She loved to cook and entertain her family and friends in her home. She loved to paint and gave many of her paintings away as gifts. She enjoyed working in her flower garden. She gave of her wisdom, love, and shared her faith. If there was a need she was always there to help. She believed in God’s promise of everlasting life and is now in paradise and is awaiting the Lord’s return so she can enjoy all the pleasures in the place that Jesus has prepared for her! Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: Darlene LaFayette, Katie Hughes, and Gary Stevenson; 1 sister, Ellen Tate; 3 grandchildren, David Stevenson and his wife Nancy, Devin Stevenson, and Joshua LaFayette; 2 great grandchildren, Lee and Shane Stevenson and his wife Valana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Stevenson on October 3, 2010; a granddaughter, Christina Peschard in 1988; her brother, Chester Glover; and her parents Charles and Lottie Glover. Following cremation, there will be a Celebration of Life for Ethel on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 3:00PM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Ethel’s memory to: Mount Dora Children’s Home, 301 W. 13th Avenue, Mount Dora, FL 32757.


Gerald Stires

Gerald C Stires, 87, Inverness, FL
Gerald C. Stires, age 87, resident of Inverness, FL unexpectedly passed away on June 30th, 2020 under the care of Legacy House Hospice in Ocala, FL. He was born to the late Harvey and Eva Grace (Cole) Stires on September 30th, 1932 in Phillipsburg, NJ. Gerald bravely served our country as a member of the United States Coast Guard. Gerald is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marleen; his son, Terry Stires of Inverness, FL; his daughter, Cynthia Stires of Jacksonville, FL; and his two grandchildren, Lexie and Janelle Stires. Gerald’s urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL. Cremation with Care. Chas. E. Davis.


Jeanie Stratton

Jeanie A Stratton, 63, Inverness, FL
Jeanie Ann Stratton of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on May 5, 2020 at the age of 63. Jeanie was born in Mount Vernon, IL on October 30, 1956 to the late James Albert and Gloria (Brookman) Stratton. She made Citrus County her home in 2004 after relocating from West Palm Beach, FL. Jeanie is survived by her sister, Martha Turner and her husband Keith of Port St. Lucie, FL; brother, Bart Stratton and his wife Toni of Westville, IN; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Angel Chevre; and brothers: David and Jimmy Stratton. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Surles

David A Surles, 79, Hernando, FL
David A. Surles of Hernando, FL and formerly of North Port, FL passed away while under the care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on June 8, 2020 at the age of 79. David was born in Hartsville, SC on November 10, 1940 to the late William B. and Beatrice (Bass) Surles. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. David was awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism as a result of his actions during an Air Force accident off Nantucket Island, MA on July 12, 1965. Following his military service, he went on to become an Engineer in the Aerospace Industry. In 1994, David married his wife, Frances (Lowell) Surles with whom he shared 25 years of loving marriage. He and his wife Fran made Hernando their home 3 years ago after relocating from North Port, FL and were Methodist by faith. In addition to his loving wife Fran, David is survived by his stepdaughter, Lea M. Benvenuti of Stratford, CT; stepson, John L. Benvenuti of Monroe, CT; and sister, Becky Jackson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Edna; and brother, Sonny. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to The Shriners Hospital for Children, Vitas Healthcare or the charity of your choice. Cremation with care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vivian Taylor

Vivian L Taylor, 87, Inverness, Florida
Vivian Louise Taylor of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on May 3, 2020 at the age of 87. Vivian was born in Chester, PA on June 3, 1932 to the late Jack and Gladys (Lundberg) Llewellyn. She was married to her husband Jack C. Taylor for 32 years until his passing in September of 1996. Vivian and Jack made Citrus County their home in 1981 after relocating from Dowingtown, PA and was a member of Hernando United Methodist Church. She was a Member and Past President of the Inverness Does Drove #232. Vivian enjoyed spending time with her many friends in her spare time. Those left to mourn Vivian’s passing include her daughter, Vera Milia; stepdaughters, Sandy Orellano and Sharon Mattson: stepbrother, Fred Osborne; granddaughter, Dana (Mark) Jones; great granddaughter, Rory Michelle Jones; In addition to her husband, Vivian was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth in 1999; her brother, John Llewellyn, and her sister, Twila Emuryan. Celebration of Life scheduled on Friday, June 12th at 3:00 PM from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor David Spaulding of the Hernando United Methodist Church officiating. Vivian’s urn was buried beside her husband Jack in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Cremation was under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Vitas Hospice, PO Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460


Lynda Tillie

Lynda M Tillie, 64, Hernando, FL
Lynda Marie Tillie, age 64, Hernando, FL passed away at home on May 21, 2020. Lynda was born in Frankenmuth, MI on October 30, 1955 to the late John G. and Beverly (Burkholder) Tillie and moved to Citrus County in 2002 from Georgia. She was employed for several years in an automotive parts factory. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Amber Tillie, Venice, FL; 2 brothers, John B. Tillie of Texas and Tim Tillie of North Carolina; 2 grandchildren, Mason Tillie and Thian Talley. She was predeceased by her husband Michael Davidson in 2018 and a brother, Christopher Tillie in 2013. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled by Amber and her family at a later date. Cremation with care is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Jean Van Beughem

Jean A Van Beughem, 74, Hernando, FL
Jean Alberta Van Beughem of Hernando, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice and her loving family on May 19, 2020 at the age of 74. Jean was born in Bronx, NY on September 11, 1945 to the late Harold Lee and Alberta (Murphy) Muire. She made Hernando her home in 2014 after relocating from New York, NY. Jean worked as a Registered Nurse throughout her career. She absolutely loved swimming and also enjoyed reading and playing scrabble. Jean was a Christian by faith and a member of the Living Church of God. Those left to mourn Jean’s passing include her daughters: Dawnmarie Van Beughem of Lecanto, FL, Stacey Ann O’Rourke of Hernando, FL; son, Ronald Melville of New York, NY; sister, Susan Muire of Forest Hills, NY; grandchildren: Eric Belz of Inverness, FL, Kaitlyn O’Rourke of Largo, FL, Kevin O’Rourke of Daytona, FL; nieces: Jacqueline Feinberg-Ruiz-Scarsdale and Deborah Chaleff, both of East Islip, NY; and her two very dear friends: Timmy Hogan of Hernando, FL, Elaine Roldan of Hernando, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marjorie Van Vleck

Marjorie L Van Vleck, 90, Inverness, Florida
Marjorie L. Van Vleck, age 90, Inverness, FL passed away June 24, 2020 at Vital Healthcare in Lecanto. Due to the Covid 19 virus restrictions and for the safely of those attending, the Celebration of Life for Marjorie will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation with care Chas. E. Davis. A full obituary will be published later.


Joan Verity

Joan M Verity, 89, Inverness, FL
Joan M. Verity, age 89, resident of Inverness, FL passed away on June 20th, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. She was born to Charles and Madeline (Walters) Vollmer on February 13th, 1931 in Babylon, NY and on August 5th, 1950, married her beloved husband, John L. Verity. John preceded Joan in death when he passed on September 26th, 2019. Joan and John made Citrus County their home in 1993 when they moved from Long Island, NY, where Joan lived the remainder of her life. She was a homemaker and loved to serve her dear family and her community. Joan helped organize the FFRA, or the Families and Friends Reaching Beyond the Disabilities organization; she was also a member of Family Care Council and a member of Pa-Qua-Tuck Camp Squaws, where she raised funds for the Pa-Qua-Tuck Camp. Joan was fondly known as the “Craft Lady”, as she could always be found doing some sort of arts and craft. She was especially known for making wreaths, which she would sell to raise donations for charity—Joan made at least a thousand wreaths during her community work. She also loved church, and would frequent the Methodist Church of Inverness often. When she lived in New York, she was a Sunday School Teacher at the Methodist Church of Amityville, NY. Joan loved working with children of all abilities, and teaching them the love that Christ has for them. Joan is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John, who was laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, John C. Verity (Debi) of Becket, MA, William Verity (Beth Ann) of South Bend, IN, David Verity of Inverness, FL, and Irene Nicola of Sarasota, FL; her nine grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; and of course by all of those whose lives were touched by Joan’s compassion and love. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. Cremation with Care is scheduled for Joan, and her urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL alongside her husband, John. Joan is under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Richard Wagner

Richard L Wagner, 80, Inverness, FL
Richard Leroy Wagner of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 12, 2020 at the age of 80. Richard was born in Paterson, NJ on April 11, 1940 to the late Richard and Phoebe (Forbes) Wagner. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was a Catholic by faith. On November 8, 1975 Richard married Elisa (Casa) with whom he shared 45 years of loving marriage. In addition to his wife Elisa, those left to mourn Richard’s passing include his sons: Richard Wagner of Dobbs Ferry, NY, Benjamin Wagner of Armenia, NY, Stephen De Fiore of Howell, NJ; daughters: Jennie Marie Sherman of Holmdell, NJ, Dina Marie Lucchese of Lincroft, NJ; and 16 grandchildren. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donald Watkins

Donald L Watkins, 84, Hernando, FL
Donald L. Watkins of Hernando, FL and Newaygo, MI passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on June 28, 2020 at the age of 84. Donald was born on June 3, 1936 in Syracuse, NY to the late Frank and Mae (Lanning) Watkins. On May 1, 1999 he married his wife Patricia with whom he shared 21 years of marriage. He and Patricia were “Snowbirds”, spending 6 months of the year in Michigan and 6 months in Florida. Donald served as a member of the National Guard for many years but his main profession was Elevator Mechanic. He enjoyed woodworking, working outside, mowing his lawn and eating a good meal. Donald was a devout Christian and attended the Hernando Church of the Nazarene in Hernando, FL and the Church of the Nazarene in Sparta, MI. In addition to his wife Patricia, those left to mourn Donald’s passing include his children: Donald Watkins, JR (Lori), Dayle DeAngelo (Mike), David Watkins, Dawn Unger (Dave), Daniel Watkins, Deanna Giachetti; stepchildren: John Latreille (Brenda), Robin Giese (Mario); grandchildren: Kyle, Taylor, Matthew, Brian, David Jr., Tabitha, Cassandra, Samantha, Cassidy, Kiara, Brett, Alexis, Nicholas; step-grandchildren: Chandler, Kelsey, Jacob, Derek. Donald was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Watkins, grandson, Patrick Unger, and stepson, Robert Latrielle. Graveside services will take place at a later date at Valley Cemetery in Syracuse, NY and will be under the direction of the Butler-Badman Funeral Home. Florida arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Christopher Webb

Christopher H Webb, 35, Inverness, FL
Christopher Howard Webb, age 35, passed away on June 5, 2020. He was born in Inverness, FL on September 7, 1984, raised by Stephen Webb and family. A graduate of Citrus High School. Christopher was a local business owner of Christopher Webb Painting. Christopher will be joined with his father Stephen Webb and cousin Brian Hepfer. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Nicole and her brother, Dean; Nephew, Julius; 3 sisters, Patricia, Jamie, and Jessica; 2 brothers, Kevin and Johnny; Christopher’s dog, Max as well as a host of family and friends. The Celebration of Life will be held on July 11th at 3pm, at Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Christopher Webb fund.


Janet Weiss

Janet L Weiss, 65, Fort Wayne, IN
Janet Merry Weiss, 65, resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana and former resident of Sumter County, FL, passed away at her home on May 9th, 2020 at 8:40 am. She was born to the late Kenneth and Venita Merry on June 11th, 1954 in St. Pete, FL. Janet worked as a Public Servant for many years, fulfilling her call to serve and help others as a Marion County Police Officer, Sumter County Fire Fighter, head of the Non-Emergency Transport of Sumter County, Founder of The Fire Explorers of Sumter County, and Lieutenant of Sumter County. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Venita Morris of Inverness, FL and her son, Christopher Weiss of Fort Wayne, Indiana; her grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, Devin, Bella, Charles, Kelbi, Serenity, Leigh, and a newly welcomed grandbaby, Faith. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 6, 2020 at 4 pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. Friends and family are welcome to gather at the funeral home starting at 3 pm, until the hour of service. The Honor Guard of Sumter County Fire Department will be rendering honors for Janet’s brave and honorable service to her community and country. Services are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL.


Shannon-Rose Welcome

Shannon-Rose M Welcome, 24, Beverly Hills, FL
Shannon-Rose Mary Welcome, 24, of Beverly Hills, FL away April 8, 2020. Born in Nashua, NH, March 4, 1996, Shannon-Rose was adored by those fortunate enough to meet her, and the apple of her grandparents eyes. Her determination for undertaking anything new that interested her, is where she’d shine. She worked as a kitchen manager at Margarita Grill, made many friends, and enjoyed making people laugh. Her little sister called her “Din Din” when she first learned to speak, and that nick-name was used affectionately by her closest friends. She had a passion for dogs, owning several rescue dogs herself, and her compassion spilled over to those she knew. Always lending an ear, trying to help ease another person’s pain, never asking for anything in return. Shannon-Rose had many caring friends. Shannon-Rose was an accomplished horseback rider, avid outdoors girl, swimming, hiking, camping with her husband, Austin Woodworth, and of course, the dogs, but also loved to read, and was hooked on Dr. Phil. She will be greatly missed. Shannon is survived by her loving husband Austin Woodworth, her mother Kathleen Welcome and her husband Steven West, and her sister Brigid Jatkwicz. Private Cremation with Care arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Beverly Wellman

Beverly C Wellman, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Beverly C. Wellman of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Citrus Health and Rehab Center in Inverness on April 28, 2020 at the age of 83. Beverly was born in Terre Haute, IN on June 9, 1936 to the late Elson and Helen (Gaines) Land. In 1955 she married Robert Wellman with whom she shared 65 years of loving marriage. Beverly and Robert made Florida their home in 2004 after relocating from Terre Haute, IN and attended worship services at the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and working in her garden. Beverly and her husband enjoyed the outdoors and were avid campers. Beverly was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Terre Haute for over 50 years. In addition to her loving husband Robert, those left to mourn Beverly's passing include her sons: Brian Wellman and his wife Vicki of Strongsville, OH; Brent Wellman and his wife Belinda of Delray Beach, FL; grandchildren: Luke Wellman, Lindsey Keenan and her husband Ben, Nicola Wellman, Angela Wellman, Calvin Wellman; and great grandchild, Azariah Keenan. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service has been scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. 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 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.


Patricia Williard

Patricia J Williard, 71, Lecanto, FL
Patricia Jane Williard of Lecanto, FL passed away at her home with her loving family by her side on May 6, 2020 at the age of 71. Patricia was born in New Britain, CT on January 27, 1949 to the late Herbert Tag Skoglund, Jr and Victoria Ann (Jaslowski) Skoglund and was raised a devoted Catholic. She is a 1967 graduate of Pulaski Senior High School in New Britain, CT. On October 14, 1973 she married Lysle Williard with whom she shared 46 years of loving marriage. Lysle affectionately referred to Patricia as “Lovey”. After marriage, the couple resided in New Britain, CT then moved to Plantsville, CT. In 1979 they chose to settle in Lebanon, CT where they would start a family and raise their two children, Calvin and Victoria. Patricia and her family enjoyed numerous yearly summer vacations to visit family in Western Pennsylvania and upstate New York. In 2006, Patricia and Lysle decided to make Florida their home. She had many different professions throughout her lifetime including working as a Receptionist, Waitress, Cosmetologist and Certified Nursing Assistant. She was also employed at Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, CT, Windham Memorial Hospital in Willimantic, CT and The Spa at Grand Lake in Lebanon, CT. Patricia was an extremely hard worker and liked to stay busy. In 2014 she retired from her job at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center in Inverness, FL. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. She loved spending time with family, watching movies and had a tremendous love for all animals. She enjoyed attending numerous car shows throughout the state of Connecticut with her family. Patricia and her daughter always made Dunkin’ their spot every week for coffee and donuts. She was a “Big Time” Beall’s Department Store shopper and always fell in love with every item in the store. Her favorite television programs were Fast N’ Loud, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Nat Geo Wild. Patricia had been dealing with a serious, prolonged illness and her one regret was that she would have loved to have been able to travel and see more of the world. Never once did she complain about her illness and was a fighter until she took her final breath. Throughout it all she remained beautiful, courageous, kind, honest, generous and caring to everyone, even when some others failed to show her the same kind of love, support and respect during her final days. In addition to her husband Lysle, those left to mourn Patricia’s passing include her daughter, Victoria Williard of Lecanto, FL; son, Calvin Williard of Beverly Hills, FL; brother, Donald Skoglund of Naples, FL; and brother in law, Russell Leonard of Plantsville, CT; and her 2 beloved Chihuahuas: Sadie and Lacy. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn (Skoglund) Leonard in 2018. Cremation with care is by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Juanita Wolf

Juanita L Wolf, 96, Inverness, FL
Juanita Leona Wolf, age 96, Inverness, FL passed away April 13, 2020 at Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs. Wolf was born in Wheeling, WV on November 7, 1923 to the late Walter and Hilda (Henderson) Thornburg and came to Citrus County from St. Petersburg. She had been a weekend resident for 20 years until moving here permanently in 2007. She was a member of the Citrus Co. Fair Association and the Women’s Service League. Juanita was employed by the Pinellas County School Board as a secretary. Her memory will be cherished by her son, Thomas Wolf of Inverness, FL. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Charles on May 22, 2011; and her sister, Lucille. Because of the COVID- 19 Virus, services are private. They are scheduled for Friday, April 17th, 2020 from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery.