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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.


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.


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


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.


Roger Clark

Roger P Clark, 70, Floral City, FL
Roger Perry Clark of Floral City, FL passed away at his home in the loving care of his family on July 7, 2020 at the age of 70. Roger was born in Elwood, IN on December 20, 1949 to the late Fawnie Gene and Alice Marie (Carr) Clark. On April 10, 1982 he married his wife Terri (Keesling) with whom he shared 38 years of loving marriage. Roger was a Christian by faith and baptized in April of 1965. He graduated from Hamilton Heights High School in 1968 then went on to attend Lincoln Technical Institute. He served as a member of the Army National Guard from September 1973 to June 1976. Roger was a faithful member of The Floral City Lions Club for 35 years. Roger was part owner of Clark & Son Trucking Company in Omega, IN for over 16 years and went on to work for McMann Foods in Noblesville, IN for 3 years. After relocating to Florida, Roger owned and operated Clarks Auto Paint and Body Shop in Inverness from 1985 to 1997. He eventually retired from the State of Florida as an electrician after 15 years of service, Roger then worked at Save Buck RV for 6 years. In his spare time he enjoyed NASCAR, boating, riding his tractor and collecting. Roger also had a great love for his dear family. In addition to his wife Terri, those left to mourn Roger’s passing include his sons: Craig Clark and his wife Stephanie of Mount Pleasant, SC, Chad Clark and his wife Stacey of Jonesboro, IN, Carl Clark of Floral City, FL; daughter, Channon Robb and her husband Jason of Owensville, IN; sisters: Shirley Watts of Omega, IN, Judy Temme and her husband Mike of North Ft. Myers, FL; brother, John Clark and his wife Theresa of Frankton, IN; 6 grandsons, 2 step-grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 6 step-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents: Roger was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Ray Clark. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Reverend David Shepard. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, Roger will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL. In lieu of flowers, Rogers family requests memorial donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the service at the Lake Lot in Floral City.


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.


Lenore Cowles

Lenore R Cowles, 91, St. Simons, GA
Lenore R. Cowles, age 91, of St. Simons, Georgia, formally of Citrus County, FL passed away on July 27th, 2020 at her home. She was born to the late Donhan and Louise (Stephenson) Watkins in Columbus, OH on February 4th, 1929. Lenore graduated from college with her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State where she went on to work as a teacher. In 1996, she made Citrus County her home after moving from St. Pete, FL. Along with her parents, Lenore is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Thomas, who passed away on May 20th, 2012. Those left to cherish Lenore’s memory are her two sons, Christopher Alan (Ruth) Cowles and Jeffrey David (Cindy) Cowles of St. Simons, GA and her brother, Marvin Watkins. Private burial arrangements will be held at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, Lenore’s wishes were that memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at http://www.michaeljfox.com or to Georgia Hospice Center at http://ghchospice.com.


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.


James DeVerna

James C DeVerna, 73, Inverness, FL
James “Jim” C. DeVerna, age 73, of Toledo,OH passed away suddenly on July 12, 2020 in Inverness, FL where he lived from October to June since 2015. Jim was born in Toledo, OH on Sept 1, 1946 to the late Clyde and Betty (North) DeVerna and moved to this area in 2015. He was retired, having being a Refuse Truck Driver for over 40 years for the City of Toledo, Ohio. James also served our country in the U.S. Army. He was Lutheran by faith and a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodge. He is survived by his loving wife, Robin (Romans) DeVerna of 49 years; 2 sons: Brian DeVerna of Northwood, OH, and Benjamin DeVerna of Toledo, OH; 4 brothers; his sister; 4 granddaughters: Kelcee, Hailey, Britney and Olivia; 1 grandson, Stephen; 2 great grandsons: Javier and Jaxon. Jim loved his Pontoon Boat, fishing, and being out on the water. He also loved his friends at “Wild Wings” Campground in Oak Harbor, OH that he has known the past 21 years. His friends were his main reason for going North for a few months in the summer. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. --


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.


Mavis Dickerson

Mavis D Dickerson, 85, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Mavis Delain Dickerson, 85, of Lake Panasoffkee, FL passed away on July 23rd, 2020 under the care of hospice at Cornerstone Hospice located in The Villages. Mavis, lovingly known as “Dee”, was born to the late Jake and Sabra Marie (Carter) Howard in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, on November 4th. 1934. She worked as a waitress for many years, but her Care-giving role was priceless to her and her family. She moved to the Lake Panasoffkee area in 1972 with her husband, Spencer. Mavis was a caregiver for many of her beloved family members and is remembered as the family’s “rock”. Mavis was dedicated to her family and especially devoted to the Lord. She loved flowers and gardening, as well as cooking, eating, listening to music, and singing for the Lord. She is described as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and role model. Along with her parents, Mavis was preceded in death by her son, Michael David Dickerson; her two brothers, Orear Howard and Johnny Howard; and her two sisters, Sue Marie Roberts and Emogene Dickerson. Those left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, Spencer Dickerson, whom she married on February 6th, 1955; her daughter, Susie Scott of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; her son, Scott Dickerson (Tiki) of Inverness, FL; her brother, David Howard of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; her four grandchildren, David Scott Garnett, Jake Scott, Jesse Scott, and Michael David Dickerson, Jr.; and her eight great-grandchildren, Nolin Scott, Khale Scott, Lauryn Scott, Gage Parrott, Braxton Dickerson, Korah Garnett, Lea Garnett, and Millie Garnett. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 11 am with George Lee and Janet Wilson conducting the services. Calling hours start at 10 am until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to be made to the Cornerstone Hospice at cornerstonehospice.org. Cremation with Care, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


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.


William Douglas

William A Douglas, 96, Floral City, FL
William Austin Douglas of Floral City, FL passed away at his home with his loving family by his side on August 1, 2020 at the age of 96. William was born in Akron, OH on June 20, 1924 to the late Harry Verling and Nora Elizabeth (Barber) Douglas. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a Veteran of World War II. After his military service, he went to work in Construction as a Carpenter. William made Citrus County his home in 2009 after relocating from Pine Island, FL. He was a member of Floral City VFW #7122 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Inverness, FL. In his spare time he enjoyed tinkering around the house and singing karaoke with his friends. Those left to mourn William’s passing include his daughters: Kay Midgett of Port Charlotte, FL, Janie D. Walker and her husband Ricky of Caruthersville, MO; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion of many years, Karen White. William was preceded in death by his wife Juanita (Vance) Douglas; daughter, Annette Douglas; son in law, James Midgett; sisters: Blanche Vincent and Cherie Manhart. William will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


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.


Vivian Fintel

Vivian A Fintel, 93, Floral City, FL
Vivian Alice Fintel, 93, of Floral City, FL passed away July 5, 2020 at Osprey Point Nursing Center in Bushnell, FL. She was born in Pawnee City, NE on August 29, 1926 to the late Jacob and Helen (Hunsecker) Johnson. She arrived in this area in 2001, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. Vivian was head baker for the Pinellas County School System, and attended New Hope United Methodist Church in Istachatta, FL. She loved her church, and participating in church activities. Vivian also enjoyed flower gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Erwin Fintel in 2007, and seven brothers: Irvin, Edward, Kenneth, George, Charles, John, and Clyde Johnson, and daughter in law Diane Fintel. Survivors include her son Robert L. Fintel of Floral City; sister Marj Fossum; grandchildren Rebecca Warg and Tracy Fintel; and great grandchild Alexander Warg. A Celebration of Life for Vivian will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. with Pastor Carol Roberts of the Istachatta United Methodist Church officiating. Vivian’s urn will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL next to her husband Erwin at a later date.


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.


Teresa Garay

Teresa Garay, 78, Hernando, FL
Teresa Garay, age 78, Hernando, FL passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Teresa was the daughter of Rafael and Isiabel Maldonado Correa born in the beautiful island of Manati, Puerto Rico in 1941. Her entire family moved to New York in 1955. She attended the public schools of New York and graduated with a High School diploma. In those early school years, she and her husband, Jose, became sweethearts. Later, they married in 1961 and were blessed to have three beautiful and amazing daughters: Yvonne, Cynthia and Melissa. She came to Citrus County in 2004 from Islandia in Long Island, NY. In the lower Eastside of New York, she worked as a public school crossing guard for many years. Teresa and Jose relocated to Florida in 2004. She enjoyed her days relaxing in her beautiful home, going to the casinos with her friends. But her biggest enjoyment was when her family came to visit and spend time with her. She was a communicant at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 65 years, Jose Garay; 2 daughters, Cynthia Garay-Holley, Islandia, NY and Melissa Garay of Hernando, FL; her brother, Jose; her sister, Rosa; her grandchildren: Evan, Yvonna, Aiden, Baylee and Wilson, and step granddaughter, Nicolle. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Yvonne Garay in 1991. Again, as always, she was friends to many and admired by all that revolved around her life. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Father Erwin Belgica, Celebrant. Additional graveside services and burial will be at the Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, NJ.


Earlene Gaylord

Earlene L Gaylord, 81, Floral City, FL
Earlene L. Gaylord, 81, of Floral City, FL passed away August 6, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born in Shreveport, LA on January 22, 1939 to the late Earl and Minnie (Johnson) Kightlinger. Earlene was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Bonita Springs, FL. She was a Methodist by faith by enjoyed playing tennis. Earlene volunteered for church functions with First United Methodist Church of Bonita Springs and Floral City. She also served as treasurer for United Methodist Women. Earlene is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Kester Gaylord. Other survivors include her sons Kyle Gaylord of Naples, FL, and William H. Gaylord and his wife Michelle of Ft. Myers, FL.; brothers Ray and Neil Kightlinger; sister Donna Houston; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Sheila Getzoff

Sheila R Getzoff, 71, Floral City, FL
Sheila R. Getzoff, age 71, of Floral City, FL passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on August 3rd, 2020. She was born to the late Henry W. and Mary (Lennon) Ronayne on August 18th, 1948 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Sheila graduated from the Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a Pharmacy Technician for many years. She married her beloved husband, David, on June 30th, 1970 and together, they made Citrus County their home in 2012 when they relocated from Boyertown, PA. She enjoyed attending First Lutheran Church of Inverness, FL where she had many dear friends. Sheila will be remembered for her zest for life—she was always smiling and cheerful, and spreading joy to others around her. She is described as a loving mother who was very devoted to caring for and loving her family. She was a member of the local knitting club, called the “Hookers” where she donated her time, efforts, and knitting talents, to knit sweaters for more unfortunate children. She also loved reading novels, particularly Danielle Steel and other romance novels. Sheila was a very kind hearted woman who will be missed dearly. Those left to cherish Sheila’s memory are her husband, David; her three children, Randal J. (Alicia) Getzoff of Boyertown, PA, David H. (Melissa) Getzoff of Allentown, PA, and Cheryl (Tim) Reynolds of Dubuque, Iowa; one grandchild, Charles T. Getzoff. Sheila also loved and cherished all her families pets; Grand Dogs Marley and Linda Lou, cats Zoey and Cleany and Grand Ferret Watson. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sheila that will be held on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at 11 am at the First Lutheran Church of Inverness, FL with Pastor Beaverson officiating the services. Calling hours will be from 10 am until the hour of service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 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.


Janet Glenn

Janet A Glenn, 58, Inverness, Citrus County
Janet Adell Glenn, age 58, Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Janet was born in Miami, FL on January 16, 1962 to Juan and Teresa Acosta and came to Citrus County from Lake Wales, FL. She is survived by her two sons, Bruce Arnold and his wife Sunshine of Inverness, FL and Christopher Carruth of Lake Wales, FL; 1 brother and sister, Gene Acosta and Teresa Rutherford; 3 grandchildren, Bella, Cade, and Kai. Private cremation with care- Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Mary Godsey

Mary E Godsey, 97, The Villages, FL
Mary Ellen Godsey, age 97 of The Villages and formerly of Inverness (The Inverness Club), passed away on July 19, 2020 at the Buffalo Crossing Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Covington, Ohio, Mary Ellen Miller was born on 26 October 1922. She lived in the Dayton, Ohio area until 2004 when she moved nearer her daughters in Florida. She is survived by her children, Becky, Linda and Dan, who are the offspring of her marriage to Roy Sage. Also, surviving are a son-in-law, Dennis Webb, a daughter-in-law, Vicki Sage, 7 grandchildren, Rita Carroll, Carl Wiegand, David Wiegand, Julia Kane, Amy Sage Webb, Taylor Sage, Daniel Roy Sage plus 7 great grandchildren, Rachel Gourley, Joseph Carroll, Charlie Mitchell, Zachary Wiegand, Jacquline, Chelsea and Austin Kane plus 2 great-great grandsons, James and Jackson Gourley. She was preceded in death by a half brother, Forrest Miller; 2 sisters: Jeannie Miller and Katie Miller; 2 half sisters: Ethel Cree and Helen, and son in-law, Carl Wiegand. After being widowed, she was married to the late Victor Godsey for 23 wonderful years. She was not able to complete her preparation to become a missionary but did not let this deter her from a life of service through her church support/outreach activity, setting up and chairing a transport van service for her church, teaching Sunday School and as an LPN. (She completed this nursing training with honors when she was 45.) She lived independently and enjoyed her life in the Inverness Club in Florida; their activities, evening meals and friends, especially Angel Cortez. She lived independently until the last few months of her life. Her children, their spouses and her grandchildren remember her caring and warmth (especially the warmth of her kitchen as she pulled those hot loaves of cinnamon bread from the oven or tasted her homemade chicken pot pie or homemade peanut brittle). The leisure activities that she was passionate about were her book reading, Bible study clubs, writing stories, crossword puzzles, hand-and-foot cards, games and watching Jeopardy and mysteries. She set a true example of how to accept life's changes with acceptance and grace; even until her last day of life. Her compassion, dry humor and ready companionship are missed by her friends and family. Bless you, Mother, grandmother, friend. And, thank you for all the life gifts you gave us. Cremation arrangements with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Shirley Granneman

Shirley L Granneman, 91, Seminole (formerly of Floral City), FL
Shirley Lucille Granneman (Howard) passed away August 4, 2020 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Largo, Fl. Born in St. Louis, MO, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Howard and Genevieve Calliott. She married the late Richard W Granneman and in 1956 they moved to St. Petersburg Fl to escape the harsh winters and enjoy the beautiful beaches. After church on most Sundays, Pass-a-grille beach was the family destination. Shirley was a stay- at- home wife and mother of 5 children: Candace Coughlin, Stephanie Sands, Denise Armstrong, Matthew W. and Rick A. This kept her very busy but she also enjoyed sewing and making clothes for her children. After Richard retired in 1986, they moved to Floral City, Fl, purchased land and built a new home. Shirley joined an exercise group class and became a volunteer for several organizations and the local hospital. She also enjoyed gardening, growing African Violets and playing Bunko with her lady friends regularly. She is survived by her 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Cremation with care: Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


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.


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.


Margaret Heffley

Margaret E Heffley, 83, Hernando, FL
Margaret E. Heffley, 83 of Hernando, passed away July 7, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto. Mrs. Heffley was born in Inverness, FL on January 19, 1937, to the late Wallace and Maryclare (Savery) Cooper and has been a lifelong resident of Citrus County. Margaret was a food service worker with the Citrus County School System. She attended the First Presbyterian Church in Inverness and the New Church Without Walls. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, loved to dance and was a loving fan of Elvis Presley. Her favorite TV shows were Dancing with the Stars and Truth or Consequences. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Ken Heffley of Floral City; Barbara “Clare” Patty of Ocala, and Kathrine “Kathy” Collett (John Tigue) of Hernando; her brother, Charles James Cooper; 6 grandchildren: Jason Patty, Loretta Wardrup, Patricia Rhodes, Johnny Paquin II, Cory Heffley and Brenda Vanover; 5 great grandchildren: Matthew,Mia, Sailor and Grace Patty, and Jordon Paquin. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Heffley and her brother John Wallace Cooper, Jr. A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Dr. Doug Alexander, Pastor of the New Church Without Walls, officiating. Friends may call from 2:00 PM until service time. Margaret’s urn will be interred at the Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date.


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.


Bessie Hill

Bessie D Hill, 88, Inverness, FL
Bessie Dean Hill, 88, of Inverness, FL passed away on July 13th, 2020 at her home, under the loving care of her family and VITAS Hospice. She was born to the late Pleze D. and Pearl (Powell) Kittle on January 22nd, 1932 in Oakman, Alabama. Bessie married her beloved husband, Lewis K. Hill on September 6th, 1952. Together, they traveled the world with the 22 years of service in the Air Force. Upon his retirement, they moved to the Citrus County area in 1975 from Orange Park, FL. Lewis preceded Bessie in death on November 30th, 2011. They had been married 59 years. Bessie was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and reading the newspaper on a daily basis. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Bessie was at her best in the kitchen. She was in charge of that domain. She loved the nights when she would hold court in the retelling of family get-togethers. While small in stature, her giving heart was as big as they came. Along with her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brother and sister, Charles Leon Kittle and Dorothy Jean Kittle Ragan and by her grandchild, Paul Hill. Those left to cherish Bessie’s memory are her children, Gregory Lewis Hill (Flora) of Canton, Georgia and Marsha (Hill) Tyler (Bobby) of Gainesville, FL and her grandson, Jason E. Hill (Lisa). A Celebration of Life will be hosted by her family at her home at a later date. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date as well, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Lewis. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Mary Lou Hunter

Mary Lou Hunter, 86, Inverness, FL
Mary Lou Hunter of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 19, 2020 at the age of 86. Mary was born in Corning, NY on November 23, 1933 to the late Lorey and Editha (Gee) Allington. On February 19, 1960 she married Milford Hunter with whom she shared 60 years of loving marriage. Mary and Milford made Citrus County their home in 1993 after relocating from Corning, NY. She loved taking her family camping when her children were young. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren and family. In addition to her loving husband Milford, those left to mourn Mary’s passing include her daughters: Barbara Garber (Samuel), Brenda Hunter (John Cavallaro); brother, Donald Allington; sisters: Betty Robenolt, Jacqueline Allington; grandchildren: Tori Garber and Mary Beth Garber. Mary was preceded in death by brothers: James and Thomas Allington and sister, Eleanor Cole. A Gathering and Sharing of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness. Burial will be private at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.


Bette Iley

Bette L Iley, 91, Inverness, FL
Bette L. Iley of Inverness, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing Facility on July 30, 2020 at the age of 91. Bette was born in Lawrence Township, PA to the late Sarah (Lawhead) and Lloyd Morris, SR on September 23, 1928. In 1949 she enlisted in the United States Army and was an Army Nurse in Washington, DC at Walter Reed Hospital. Bette married Reno Iley in 1950 and left Washington DC to move to Florida to raise her growing family. After her children were grown and started their own lives, she moved back to DuBois, PA and became the Director of Nursing for DuBois Nursing Home. Following her retirement in 1998, she returned to Florida. She enjoyed going to the beach and reading. Bette also loved spending time with her family. Those left to mourn Bette’s passing include her daughters: Billie Dall and her husband Kevin of Ormond Beach, FL, Rena’ Wood and her husband Joe of Inverness, FL; 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Bette was preceded in death by 1 daughter, 1 brother and 3 sisters. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, 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.


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.


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.


Eleanor Joppie

Eleanor R Joppie, 98, Inverness, FL
Eleanor Ruth Joppie, 98, of Inverness passed away August 4, 2020 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing, in Inverness. Eleanor was born in Grand Rapids, MI on October 27, 1921 to the late Dale E. and Letha H. (Branyan) Powers. She came to Citrus County in 1982 from Lansing, MI, where Eleanor was a dispatcher for the Lansing Police Department. Eleanor was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Inverness and was a very devout person. She and her husband, Maurice, enjoyed playing cards with friends and she enjoyed sewing and knitting. She loved her 2 parrots who would talk to anyone who was around to listen. Left to cherish her memory are her sons: William D. Joppie of Perrinton, MI, and David W. Joppie, of Lansing, MI; 7 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Maurice in 2004 and her daughter, Ardis in 2006. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness on Sunday, August 9th, from 2-4 PM. Eleanor will be entombed with Maurice at the Deepdale Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Lansing, MI. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Ronald Kach

Ronald J Kach, 78, Inverness, FL
Ronald Joseph Kach, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on July 8th, 2020. Ron was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 25th, 1941 to the late Joseph and Olga (Lopata) Kach. He was raised in Monroe, CT, and lived most of his life in Seymour, CT. He worked as an owner and operator of his own painting and remodeling business for many years. In 2010, he and his wife, Sharon, made Citrus County their home after moving from Connecticut. Ronald is described by his family and friends as being a “fun, loving guy”. He especially enjoyed being out in nature, hunting, golfing, and NASCAR racing. Ron is also fondly remembered as a “jolly soul” who always had a laugh to share with his loved ones. Ron was one of a kind who will be missed dearly. Along with his parents, Ron is preceded in death by his son, Ronald J. Kach, Jr., who passed away on December 16th, 1995. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon; his son, Joseph Kach of New Milford, CT; his sister, Nancy and her husband, Lee Caudle with several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. Ron’s family will be hosting a Celebration of Life in his memory in Connecticut at a later date, where his urn will be laid to rest. Cremation with Care. Chas. E. Davis.


Louise Keenan

Louise B Keenan, 79, Hernando, FL
Louise Blossom Keenan of Hernando, FL passed away while under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on July 8, 2020 at the age of 79. Louise was born in New York, NY on January 22, 1941 to the late Frank and Kveta (Hruska) Zavodsky and was Episcopalian by faith. In 1957 she married William Keenan with whom she shared 62 years of loving marriage. Louis and William made Citrus County their home in 1971 after they relocated from Altamonte Springs, FL. She enjoyed spending time with her husband and swimming in her pool. In addition to her husband William, Louise is survived by son, William Keenan II of Dunnellon, FL; daughter, LuAnn Peters of Land O’ Lakes, FL; stepson, Edward Keenan of St. Petersburg, FL; and several grandchildren. She is also survived by her dear friend and caregiver, Jim Fergerson of Hernando, FL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Louise’s urn will be laid to rest privately at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, FL at a later date. Arrangements under care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William "Bill" Keenan

William "Bill" E Keenan, 87, Hernando, FL
William “Bill” Edward Keenan of Hernando, FL passed away at his home while under the care of Vitas Hospice on July 29, 2020 at the age of 87. Bill was born to the late Irvin and Anna (Butler) Keenan in Persinger, WV on March 19, 1933. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Bill was married to his loving wife Louise for 62 years. She just recently passed away on July 8, 2020. He and Louise made Citrus County their home in 1971 after relocating from Altamonte Springs, FL. Bill worked as a heavy equipment mechanic throughout his life. In his spare time he enjoyed working in his flower garden and especially liked growing tulips in his backyard and tending to the pineapple plants that lined his driveway. He took a lot of pride in his home and garden and loved the blue bottle trees he had in his yard. In addition to his yard work, Bill always enjoyed working on his farm and raising cows. For vacations, he liked going on cruises with his wife Louise. Bill is survived by sons, Edward Keenan of St. Petersburg, FL; William Keenan II of Dunnellon, FL; daughter, LuAnn Peters of Land O’ Lakes, FL; sister, Irene Thomas of Summersville, WV; and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend and caregiver, Jim Fergerson of Hernando, FL. Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Kirkland. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


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.


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 at Bayfront Health in 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. Patty was a wonderful wife, big sister, amazing mom, beautiful friend, and a one in a million grandma. She was the person who gave, even when she couldn’t, and expected nothing in return. Her greatest joy in life was being a grandma (M’Rama) and her grandbabies adored her. Patty holds a special place in all our hearts. We will see you again one day. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John Charles Lack, Jr., Spring Hill, FL; 3 children: John Richard (Yara) Lack, Inverness, Amanda (Matthew Hay) Lack, Weeki Wachee, FL, and Christina (Oshea Launier) Lack, Spring Hill, FL; 3 brothers: Albert, Dennis, and Brian DeLaunay, all of New York State; sister, Karen DeLaunay, New York State; 7 Grandchildren. 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.


Margaret Lancaster

Margaret M Lancaster, 99, Inverness, FL
Margaret Marie Lancaster, 99, of Inverness, FL passed away at her assisted living residence in Inverness, on August 3rd, 2020. She was born to the late Wright and Ethel (Dearden) Madill on May 21st, 1921 in Toronto, Canada and she grew up in Keego Harbor, Michigan. She married her beloved husband, Norman, on May 1st, 1942 and in 1954, she and her husband moved to Dunedin, FL where they lived for many years. Marie and Norman later moved to Floral City in 1984 and then finally, made one more move to Inverness, FL where she lived the remainder of her life. Marie was a devoted wife and mother, working as a homemaker and serving her family and her children as her children grew up. Marie will be remembered for her love of bowling, boating, traveling, and Bridge. She will also be remembered for all of her volunteer work, which included serving on the Pinellas County Girl Scout Council, serving as President of Clearwater Altrusa Club, and serving at the Citrus Memorial Hospital as their longest volunteer, where she served for 20+ years. Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Norman, who passed away on March 18th, 2005; her two brothers, Donald and James; and her sister, Bernice Maun. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Gary Lancaster of Tallahassee and Joanne Shinkman of Radcliff, Kentucky; her 3 grandchildren; and her 8 great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly by all who got the privilege of meeting her. Marie will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


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 hard 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.


Janet Lemieux

Janet L Lemieux, 76, Inverness, FL
Janet L. Lemieux, 76, of Inverness, FL passed away July 7, 2020 at Vitas Healthcare in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Boston, MA on April 24, 1944 to the late Wesley C. and Hazel F. (Borden) Smith. Janet was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years, retiring in 2005. She arrived in this area in 1978, coming from Holbrook, MA. She attended Floral City Baptist Church and First Christian Church in Inverness and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and reading. She served as past president of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Safely), and volunteered for Humanitarians of Florida, a cat rescue organization, and enjoyed shopping at Habitat for Humanity of Florida. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Arthur Lemieux in 2015, and a brother George Smith. Survivors include her children Richard G. Lemieux of Largo, FL, Jeffrey Lemieux and his wife Tamy of Oldsmar, FL, Brian W. Lemieux and his wife Lauren of Bushnell, FL, and Jennifer Johnson and her partner Ruben Castillo of Inverness, FL; brother Robert Smith; sisters Jean Sheehan and Robin Belmore; and 5 grandchildren Dalton, Alex, Atticus, Oliver, and Georgia. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday, July 18, at 3:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 2:00 P.M. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, a donation to her favorite charity, Humanitarians of Florida, would be greatly appreciated.


Judith Lemond

Judith A Lemond, 76, Hernando, Citrus County
Judith Ann Lemond, age 76, Hernando, Florida passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice Center in Lecanto. Judy was born in Paterson, NJ on July 19, 1943 to the late Albertus White and Corine Blair White and came to Citrus County in 2001 from Glen Rock, NJ. She was employed as a cashier for the A & P Grocery Stores prior to retirement. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Judy had a love for Disney and vacationed there often, bringing her daughter, Megan, family and friends. You could always count on a beautiful Disney ornament or gift from Judy during the holidays. She loved life, staying busy, traveling, seeing family and friends, catching up on the phone, receiving school and sport pictures of her nieces and nephews, being active for many years with the Special Olympics, seeing shows and movies with her daughter, liked to laugh over the latest celebrity gossip, loved pets and spoiled them, like she did everyone else. Judy had a quiet strength that was admired by all; she was the kindest, most helpful and loving lady around, and family meant the world to her. We are all better off for knowing and loving such an amazing and generous woman. Touching the hearts of many, Judy leaves behind many adoring family members and friends. We will cherish our fond memories with her forever. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Megan Elizabeth Lemond of Hernando, FL; brothers: William White and his wife Carol and Bruce White and his wife, Francis, both of New York; nieces and nephews: Deborah Ann White, William J. White and his wife, Lisa, Kenneth White, Michael White and his wife, Denise, Christine White, William Helms and his wife Barbara, Jeffrey Helms and his wife Diane, Chris Helms and his wife, Shari; great nephew and niece are Ryan and Katie Helms. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Robert Peter Lemond, who passed away December 22, 2008. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Doug Alexander will preside. Family and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy’s memory to: HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461, phone 352-527-4600. Cremation with care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


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.


Mark Marques

Mark J Marques, 44, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Mark J Marques II age 44 from Lake Panasoffkee, Florida passed away at home on July 14th, 2020. Mark was born April 14th, 1976 in Flemington, New Jersey to Anthony Marques and Marian (Smaldone) Kobb. Mark is predeceased by his father Anthony, maternal grandmother Frances Smaldone, and his uncle Vincent Smaldone. Before moving to Florida, Mark was a resident of Brick, New Jersey where he worked as a talented irrigation specialist and continued his line of work in Florida. Mark will always be remembered for his boisterous laughter and his ability to always make sure that everyone was smiling. In his spare time he loved the freedom he felt riding his motorcycle and listening to the music that he deeply related to. He was a loyal and beloved husband, son, brother and uncle who cared and loved passionately to his inner core. Mark was truly a man that would have your back in any situation he believed in. He protected and defended his family and friends fiercely. He was definitely a "ride or die" man with the highest level of loyalty you will ever find in a person. Mark was Christian by faith who wouldn't think twice to give the shirt off his back or give his last dollar to anyone in need. Mark is survived by his mother Marian (Smaldone) Kobb and his stepfather Brian Kobb of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida. Mark was the loving husband to Kathleen Palmer Marques of Brick, NJ. Kathy was the center of his world whom he loved deeply and unconditionally, as she did with him as well. She will miss him tremendously forever. Surviving also are his siblings whom he held a very tight-knit relationship with Jennifer Marques-Compostella and her husband Joseph of Inverness, Florida, his adored brother Mathew Marques and his wife Katherine, his nephew and niece Gabriel and Hailey Marques, along with Vinny, Alexis and Joey Compostella who will miss the love, fun, and laughter their uncle so selflessly provided and Mark always made sure they had in his presence. Mark also leaves behind his "brother from another mother" and best friend Jerry Velazquez and his wife Patty along with many other friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, sister-in-law's, that will forever miss him especially during holiday family gatherings where he would break out his guitar, play, and sing for everyone's delight and entertainment. Mark always knew the right music to play to capture the moment perfectly and emotionally. Mark was a very fortunate man who was able to spread his infectious love and happiness to everyone he crossed paths with and was loved by so many including his loyal dog Dinky. A celebration of life for Mark will be held on Friday July 24th 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the service at 5:00 p.m. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


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.


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


William McCabe

William J McCabe, 78, Inverness, FL
William James McCabe, 78 of Inverness, passed away July 31, 2020 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. William was born April 17, 1942 in Albany, NY, to the late Burton and Edith (Stephens) McCabe. He was a US Army veteran and an iron worker in the construction industry. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Sean McCabe of Albany, NY, Cynthia McCabe of Safety Harbor, FL, Tami McCabe of Saratoga Springs, NY and Shannon McCabe of Albany , NY. He is also survived by his brother, Ted Simons of Nashville, TN and his sisters Barbara Jancek of Inverness, FL and Janice Vester of Tennessee; 2 grandchildren and his dog, “Kellie”. Following cremation, William’s urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Cremation with care. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


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.


Dolores McFayden

Dolores V McFayden, 96, Hernando, FL
Dolores Victorine “Rene” McFayden, 96 of Hernando, FL, passed away at home on July 28, 2020 under the care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Rene was born on January 18, 1924 in Moneague - St. Ann, Jamaica, to the late Victor Webster and Christine (Flash) Waddington. She was a faithful member of the Hernando United Methodist Church. She was a woman of worth whose children rose up and called her blessed. Her beautiful smile and sweet disposition drew everyone that she met. Hers was a loving, giving, generous heart towards all. Always missed, forever remembered. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Anthony McFayden and Joan Blair-Henry, both of Hernando, FL, Robert McFayden and wife, Debra of Orlando, Beverly McFayden-Francis and husband, Stephen of Herndon, VA, and Suzanne McFayden of Austin, TX; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. Rene was preceded in death by her husband Vincent McFayden in 2005 and her brother, Headley G. Waddington of London, England in 2019. A celebration of Rene’s life will be held at a later date at the Hernando United Methodist Church. Her urn will be interred at the Hernando United Methodist Memorial Garden. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


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.


Tony Medlock

Tony H Medlock, 61, Hernando, FL
Tony Medlock, 61, of Hernando, FL passed away at home on July 8th, 2020. He was born to Ronald A. Medlock (Geneva) and the late Barbara (Elder) Medlock on September 13th, 1958 in Albany, GA. He made Citrus County his home for the past 10 years when he moved to Hernando, FL from Tampa. Tony worked as a Construction Superintendent for TWT Restaurant Design for many years. Tony was a nature lover who enjoyed fishing from his dock with his grandkids, riding and tinkering with his motorcycle, and driving his sports car. Tony had an infectious laugh coupled with aneverlasting sense of humor that will be cherished by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Tony is preceded in death by his mother, Barbara and those left to cherish his memory are his children, Matthew Medlock (Tiffany) of Mississippi, Brittany Grau (Jeremy) of Florida, and Austin Medlock (Teresa) of Georgia; his two brothers, Ronald and Terry; his sister, Katherine Hanna; his seven grandchildren, Amber, Alex, Hannah, Elijah, Hayden, Tallan, and Millie. Tony’s love reached far beyond those listed here. He was loved by many and will be missed greatly. Private arrangements have been scheduled for Tony. Cremation with Care. Chas. E. Davis.


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.


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.


Daniel Olinger

Daniel Olinger, 57, Bushnell, FL
Daniel Olinger of Bushnell, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on July 2, 2020 at the age of 57. Daniel - Danny, Dancing Bear, Big O, Colonel, Coach O, but most importantly Dad - was born in Tampa, FL to Mary (Kril) Olinger and the late George William Olinger on December 14, 1962. In 2007 he married his wife, Kimberly (West) with whom he shared 12 years of marriage. Danny had a career in Law Enforcement that spanned over 30 years. He worked as a Corrections Officer for the State of Florida then went on to work for the Sumter County Sheriff’s office until his retirement in 2016. A Baptist by faith, he attended worship services at the Wahoo Baptist Church in Bushnell. Being born and raised in Florida, Danny was a Gator fan through and through, those FL-GA games were always exciting in a house divided. He was also a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (something the whole family could agree upon!) and a lifelong season ticket holder. He’ll be watching those New England transfers from his new box seats upstairs. Danny loved spending time on the water with his family and friends. He also dedicated a significant amount of his time coaching baseball and Pop Warner football in Sumter County. He was a mentor not only to the children he coached over the years but, also to his community and the fellow officers he worked with throughout his extensive career in law enforcement. In addition to his wife Kimberly, those left to mourn Danny’s passing include his children: Cooper Olinger, Sera Prenzlow, Charli Cassidy, Americus Cassidy, and Kyleigh Cassidy; and his mother, Mary Olinger. He is also survived by sisters: Verda Watson and Stella Olinger; dear sisters in law: Tracy West Bumpus, Alison West; and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 3:00 PM at Calvary Chapel located at 960 S. US-41, Inverness, FL 34450 and will be conducted by Pastor Paul Alonzo of Wahoo Baptist Church, Bushnell. The family will receive friends in visitation beginning at 1:30 PM until the hour of service. Following the chapel service, honors will be rendered by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


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.


Lucille Peavy

Lucille G Peavy, 99, Citrus Springs, FL
Lucille Gravely Peavy of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility in Lecanto on July 19, 2020 at the age of 99. Lucille was born in Lake Toxaway, NC on June 29, 1921 to the late John L. and Mary R. (Clark) Gravely. She was married to her husband Pink Eldridge Peavy for 65 years until his passing in 2004. Lucille made Citrus Springs her home 3½ years ago after relocating from Fort Lawn, SC. A Baptist by faith, Lucille was a member of the Fort Lawn Baptist Church and attended worship services locally at the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Citrus Springs. Prior to retirement, Lucille was an underwriter for I.N.A. (Insurance Company of North America) from 1964 to 1982 and had worked in offices located in San Jose, Sacramento and Tampa. After retirement she enjoyed painting and reading. Those left to mourn Lucille’s passing include her daughter, Mary Peavy and her wife Carly Cain; sons: Phillip Edward Peavy and Lewis Lee Peavy; sisters: Delia Ann Byrd and Alta Mae Drummond; grandchildren: Vanessa Grossart, Aaron Peavy and John Eric Peavy. Lucille’s family plan to hold a graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery in Fort Lawn, SC, at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Wayne Pike

Wayne L Pike, 89, Inverness, FL
Wayne Leon Pike, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully July 10, 2020 surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born in Dayton, OH on June 4, 1931. He lived in Sidney, OH until 1969 when he moved his family to Florida, and then settled down in Citrus County in 1972. Wayne served his country in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. After his military service, Wayne became a linotype operator for the Sidney Daily News. Wayne was a very avid reader and enjoyed riding his bike, walking his dogs, and working in his garage. He was preceded in death by his mother Esther Gillespie, step-father Robert Gillespie, and father Hubert Pike; sisters Dorothy Moses, Katherine Chiles, and Clara Carey; son-in-law Raymond Cubero, and grandson SGT Robert Surber. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Vera Hoover Pike; sister-in-law Esther Carey; children Kyle Pike and Kerri Surber; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs Booter and Puggie. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Wayne will be held on Friday, July 24, at 11:00 A.M. at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Raymond Pletz

Raymond O Pletz, 88, Hernando, FL
Raymond O. Pletz, 88, of Hernando, was lifted to Heaven by an Angel from God, on Monday, July 6, 2020 at his home, while under the loving care of his companion, Robert. Ray was born in Villa Park, Illinois on September 15, 1931 to the late John G. and Aida (Phillips) Pletz. He and Robert came to Citrus County in 1994 from Largo, FL. Ray was the manager of the St. Vincent du Paul Food Center in St. Petersburg, FL, prior to his retirement. Ray enjoyed fishing, gardening and performing Karaoke. He was the most caring, loving, kind and giving person. Ray was a very outgoing person who loved making new friends. Forty-two years ago, Bob asked God for someone who would love him and that he could love, and along came Ray! They have both felt blessed with love and happiness since. Left to cherish his memory is his loving companion of 42 years, Robert “Bob” L. Smith and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Ray’s life will be conducted on Friday July 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, with Fr. Robert Swick, officiating. His urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, at a later date.


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.


William Reis

William E Reis, 65, Hernando, FL
William E. Reis, 65, of Hernando, FL passed away on July 26th, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Ralph E. and Margorie (Plenick) Reis in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on August 28th, 1954. William worked as an Automotive Mechanic for many years. William enjoyed fishing and bowling. Those left to cherish William’s memory are his four siblings, Robert, Ralph, Karen Blank, and Kathy Reis. Private cremation arrangements have been scheduled for William, under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. His urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.


Morris Rosen

Morris M Rosen, 66, Inverness, FL
Morris M. Rosen, age 66, of Inverness, FL, passed away on July 29th, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Morris was born to the late Edward and Sunny (Howell) Rosen on October 8th, 1953 in North Miami, FL. He worked for the Department of Homeland Security as a TSA Agent for many years and bravely served our nation as a member of the United States Navy. Morris moved to Inverness two years ago from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Morris will be remembered as a very kind, gentle person. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycles, adored Bully dogs, and was a gun enthusiast through and through. Morris loved his classic cars and was known, at least a time or two, to have a need for speed. He was most proud of his accomplishments and success as a TSA Agent for Homeland Security. Along with his parents, Morris is preceded in death by his sister, Roslyn Jane Rosen. Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Stefanie Adelman of Georgia; his sister, Gloria Rosen Pete; and his “adopted brother” and dear friend, JD Hade. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. A private Celebration of Life will be held by his family at a later date. Cremation with Care will take place under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Rosemary Sanders

Rosemary Sanders, 96, Inverness, FL
Rosemary Sanders, 96, crossed over Jordan July 7, 2020, in Lecanto, Florida. Born on January 20, 1924, she spent her childhood in Central City, Kentucky, where she met her husband, Jack. They married in Chicago in 1942 and for 56 years lived a magical life together in seven states, having two daughters along the way. After she lost her husband and confidant in 1998, Rosemary marched on to live a full and fruitful life for another twenty years---even traveling around the world on the Queen Elizabeth with her sister, Martha, at 78 and celebrating her 90th birthday in Las Vegas with family and friends. No matter where she lived, Rosemary brought joy into the lives of all who knew her and was an inspirational mentor and friend to many. She was the life of the party, the hostess with the mostest, and pretty much a mini celebrity wherever she went. Whatever task or game or delight before her--be it decorating a home, cooking a meal for her family, playing tennis or bridge, walking and traveling with her friends, working crossword puzzles or whistling the blues--- she embraced it with all her heart and soul. Over the years, Rosemary was proudest of her grandchildren, who affectionately called her Moppa. Their words capture her spirit best. “Moppa was Neverland for Grandchildren, the bad Mamma Jamma. …so formidable she once killed a snake with a steam iron. She was a ray of sunshine on my face and had a keen eye for the finer side of living, not a pillow out of place or a sheet unironed. Moppa was my biggest cheerleader,a rock, larger than life,a mover and a shaker, always growing and learning new things…and dancing, sweet but sassy, dressed to the nines. She could annihilate you on the tennis court and inexplicably make you feel good about it… just completely present when she was with you. Words don’t do her justice. If there ever was doubt she truly believed in me, I never saw it, not once.” Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents, Sadie Nunley Jones and Mitchum “Pat” Nunley, her husband, Jack Sanders, her sisters, Ruth Peacock, EloiseStirsman, and Patty Beaver, her granddaughter, Martha Cook, and her great grandson, Samuel Carroll. She is survived by her sister, Martha Vanderspool, her daughters Mary Milan Cook(George) and Betsy Schneider-Akins (Bruce), her grandchildren Mary Catherine Cook (AL), Matthew Cook (Heather), Andrew Cook (Lanette) , Milan Davis (Jeannine), Katie Carroll (Justin), Elizabeth Walker (Gerald), Jenny Beckhorn and Rosemary Cook, her great grandchildren , Zachary, Jeremiah, Grace, Maddie, Sophie, Sadie, Alex, Emma Catherine, Caroline, Liam, Chloe, Violet, Harrison, Rosemary, Ethan and Mitchum, and her great great grandchildren Jacob, Matthew, Sadie Grace and Emma Jane. The family would like to thank the Oxford Unit staff at Diamond Ridge in Lecanto for their loving care of our beloved Mom and Moppa in her final two years. We will be eternally grateful. A graveside service will be held at the family cemetery in Tennessee when the pandemic subsides. Private Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


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.


Nancy Smallwood

Nancy L Smallwood, 83, Inverness, FL
Nancy Louise Smallwood of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 27, 2020 at the age of 83. Nancy was born in Praise, KY on February 1, 1937 to the late Jesse and Harriett (Wright) Bryant. She was married to her husband Johnny Scott Smallwood for 42 years until his passing on May 3, 1999. Nancy and her husband made Citrus County their home in 1978 after relocating from Summersville, WV. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the Inverness Church of God. Prior to retirement, Nancy was employed as the Food Service Manager at Citrus Memorial Hospital for 19 years. In her spare time she enjoyed making bead necklaces and playing solitaire. Nancy was a caregiver by nature. Not only did she care for both her husband and son prior to their passing but, she also was a dedicated caregiver for many friends over the years. Those left to mourn Nancy’s passing include her son, Johnny Smallwood; grandson, Justin Smallwood; and great grandson, Easton Smallwood. In addition to her husband, Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Robert Kevin Smallwood; and sisters: Evelyn Tuttle and Ruth Frady. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11:30 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor David Lucas of the Inverness Church of God. Following the chapel service, a committal service will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 1:00 PM. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


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

Robert W Smith, 80, Floral City, FL
Robert W. Smith of Floral City, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on July 5, 2020 at the age of 80. Robert was born in Lynn, MA on December 13, 1939 to the late William and Florence (Waterhouse) Smith. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Christian by faith. Robert was married to his wife Rosemary for 43 years until her passing on July 27, 2019. He and Rosemary made Citrus County their home over 40 years ago and attended worship services at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. In his spare time he enjoyed watching television and spending time with this family. Those left to mourn Robert’s passing include his daughters: Melanie Briggs and her husband Chris, Michelle Krim, Melissa Rowe; son, Michael Smith; stepsons: Bryan Hughes, John Little and his wife Denise; sisters: Joyce Shaw and Susan Wells; and 2 grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved Chihuahua, Casper. Robert’s family will lay him to rest at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


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 .


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, on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at 1 pm at the North Oak Baptist Church of Citrus Springs, FL. Visitation will be from 12 pm until the hour of service. 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.


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.


Mathilda Stone

Mathilda Stone, 87, Dunnellon, FL
Mathilda “Tillie” Stone, aged 87, passed away on July 4, 2020 after a battle with kidney disease. She was surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Lewis and Mary Hancock on June 11, 1933 in Hudson, FL. She graduated from The Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa, in 1949. From there Tillie went on to be a bookkeeper. In 1953, she married the love of her life, her “hunk”, Lyman “Rocky” Stone. He passed away in 2010. Together they built a loving family. Tillie is survived by sons Martin, Michael (Julia), Douglas (Shelly), Gerard (Beth), and daughters Rachel Ewing (Butch), and Rose Schellinger (Mark). She had 18 grandchildren (one on the way), and 24 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by brothers Lewis and William, and by sisters Blanche Hatch, Mary Godwin, and Ethel Barthle. Tillie was a devout Catholic. Wherever she lived, she always found her way into the choir. She loved to sing. She also loved to crochet, sew and cook. She was a member of the Honeybees Craft Club in Inverness before she moved to Dunnellon when her health declined. Tillie had a heart of service, whether to her family or church. She was always found in the middle of family gatherings making sure everyone was taken care of and had everything they needed. Tillie was often heard telling people to “have a safe way home.” She would tell her family, “I’ve loved you longer.” The viewing for Tillie will be a Charles Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on July 9, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Citrus Springs on July 10, 2020 at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Tillie to HPH Hospice 2939 Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto FL 34461.


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.


Thomas Taylor

Thomas M Taylor, 65, Floral City, FL
Thomas Michael Taylor of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on July 25, 2020 at the age of 65. Thomas was born in Mount Vernon, NY on February 13, 1955 to the late Thomas and Patricia Taylor. On October 26, 1980 he married Mary (Sisti) with whom he shared 39 years of loving marriage. Thomas and Mary made Citrus County their home over 20 years ago after relocating from New Jersey. He was an extremely skilled auto mechanic and knew everything there was to know about cars. In 2001 he began Citrus Tools, an online auto parts business. In his spare time, Thomas loved bowling and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife Mary, those left to mourn Thomas’ passing include his son, Michael Taylor of Inverness, FL; daughter, Jennifer Taylor of Spring Hill, FL; and sisters: Dawn Cheski and Barbara Hess both of New Jersey. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Thurman

John P Thurman, 73, Dunnellon, FL
The Honorable John Patrick Thurman of Dunnellon, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on July 8, 2020 at the age of 73. John was born on October 7, 1946 in Benton Harbor, MI to the late Francis and Virginia (McLin) Thurman and was Catholic by faith. He was married to his loving wife Karen (Loveland) for 47 years. John and Karen settled in Dunnellon in 1974 after relocating from Gainesville. He attended Valencia Community College, enlisted in the Navy, was a corpsman, then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida. John earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Florida. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish, hunt, snorkel and explore the beautiful waterways of Florida with his family and friends. He loved to travel, both domestically and internationally. He was a student of history and knew every road and landmark. It was one of his passions. He also took great pleasure in cooking for his family, friends and community. And on any given night you might find him playing card games or a vicious game of Sorry. He also enjoyed bowling. In the fall, his favorite past time was to go to Gator games and when he couldn’t go, he was watching his beloved gators on TV. You could hear him yelling all the way down the road for the Gators. For 47 years, after every touchdown John would always kiss his wife. He had the same excitement in watching his two granddaughters play volleyball. His professional profile, he graduated from UF law school, March 16, 1974 and admitted to the Florida Bar on October 25, 1974. He was a strong believer in justice for all. His peers considered him to be evenhanded, impartial, knowledgeable, respectful and consistent. He received numerous awards for his work. Moving to Dunnellon in 1974, he involved himself in the Dunnellon community as a Fire Department volunteer, a member of the Elks Club, Lions club, Dunnellon Little League baseball coach and a member of the Concerned Citizens of Chatmire. He valued and loved the small community of Dunnellon. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 47 years, Karen (Loveland) Thurman; his son, McLin Searl Thurman (Demarce) of Orlando, FL; daughter, Liberty Lee Thurman of Ocala, FL; brother, Frank Thurman of Citrus Springs, FL; grandchildren: Karlee Thurman, Madison Thurman and Lawson Burns. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Thurman and Marie Ann Thurman McCreedy. The family will receive friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon from 5-7 PM. A graveside committal service will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, FL on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to The Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, PO Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187.


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.


Mark Wakefield

Mark E Wakefield, 58, Spring Hill, FL
Mark Edward Wakefield, 58, of Spring Hill, FL passed away July 26, 2020 at HPH Hospice in Brooksville, FL. He was born in Lansing, MI on September 16, 1961, to the late Alvin and Nancy (Schroeder) Wakefield. He arrived in this area in 1974, coming from Michigan. Mark was a painter in the construction industry and a Christian by faith. He was every bodies friend. Mark enjoyed yard work, and going to car shows. He loved his pickup truck and enjoyed watching wrestling. Mark was very neat and clean, and had a great sense of humor. He was preceded in death by one sister Kimberly Lynn Wakefield. Survivors include his sons Joshua Wakefield and Andrew Wakefield and their mother Andrea Mitterer of Destin, FL, and Jason Loria of Michigan; grandchild Kelsy Loria; brothers Alan Scott (Robin) Wakefield of Graceville, FL, and Alvin Paul (Patricia) Wakefield of Inverness, FL; and sisters Julie (Greg) Adams of Brooksville, and Lisa (Todd) Goetz of Brooksville, and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 3:30 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness; FL. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home at 2:30 P.M. until time of service. Mark will be laid to rest at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL after the services.


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.


Frank Williamson

Frank L Williamson, 90, Lecanto, FL
Frank L. Williamson, 90, Lecanto, FL passed away July 26, 2020 ( Sunday) at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Frank was born in Tampa, FL on May 13, 1930 to the late Wright Alexander Williamson and Lottie Lee Carriker and moved here over 50 years ago from Odessa, FL. He owned and operated a cement pre-casting business and also was a commercial fisherman. Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, and horse racing. (He owned a racing horse at one time.). Left to cherish his memory is his son, Lamar (Melanie) Williamson of Inverness; 1 brother, Orville Williamson of New Port Richey; 4 grandchildren: Heather, Kyle, Albert, and Andy; 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Williamson on September 11, 2018, 6 brothers, and 3 sisters. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 31, 2020 at 12:30 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 10:30 until the hour of service.