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Bradley Arndt

Bradley H Arndt, 72, Inverness, FL
Bradley Howard Arndt, age 72, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 25, 2019. Brad was born on May 28, 1947 in Rockford, IL to the late Robert Hawkins and Jean Marie (Coupie) Arndt. He served his country as a member of the United States Army. Brad married his wife Darlene on February 17, 1968 and they shared 51 years of loving marriage. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, traveling and watching the History and Discovery channels. Brad was also an amazing bowler, having bowled perfect games in the past and winning tournaments. He also enjoyed growing orchids, feeding the birds, crossword puzzles and soduko. He could fix and repair just about anything and was known as “Mr. Fix-It” to his family and friends. In addition to his wife Darlene, those left to mourn Bradley’s passing include his daughter, Kimberly Arndt of Miami, FL; son, Brian Arndt and his wife Emilia of West Palm Beach, FL; his grandchildren: Justin, Sofia and Krystal; his brother Jay; and sister, Shelly. In addition to his parents, Brad was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie. A gathering with the Arndt family will begin at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to share their favorite memories and stories of Bradley beginning at 5:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dorothy Balliet

Dorothy L Balliet, 92, Inverness, FL
Dorothy Louise Balliet, 92, of Inverness, FL departed to be with her Lord and Savior on September 25, 2019 at New Horizon Assisted Living in Inverness. She was born in Scranton, PA on November 18, 1926 to the late O. Emil and Elizabeth (Simmen) Strauch. Dorothy was a homemaker and arrived in this area in 1985, coming from Scranton. She attended the First Assembly of God in Inverness, and later the Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Inverness. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Frederick G. Balliet in 2016. Celebrating her arrival in heaven are her daughters, Marilyn, Virginia “Ginny” and her husband Jerry and Susan and her husband Eric ; 2 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. A Graveside Service for Dorothy will be held on Friday, October 4, 11:00 A.M. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. with the Pastor Ken Lawson officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, from 9:30 A.M. through 10:00 A.M. The funeral procession will be departing the funeral home at 10:15. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marcella Bobbert

Marcella A Bobbert, 74, Floral City, FL
Marcella A. “Marcy” Bobbert, age 74, Floral City passed away October 8, 2019 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Oxford, FL, following an extended illness. Marcy was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 22, 1945 to the late Stanley and Viola (Noreski) Knapp. She came to Citrus County in 1998 from Spartansburg, PA and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 56 years, James Bobbert, her son, James Bobbert, Jr, of Spring Hill, FL; two brothers: James and Paul Knapp of Pittsburgh, PA; two sisters: Eileen Bright and Rose Marie; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle Bobbert in 1985 and sisters: Mary Lou and Rita. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Church, with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Interment will be at a later date in Pennsylvania.


Gary Borgeson

Gary S Borgeson, 64, Inverness, FL
Gary S. Borgeson, 64, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully October 8, 2019. He was born in Sandusky, OH on April 24, 1955. He was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn (Kaczorowski) Borgeson, and his father in law and best friend Jon F. Zimmerman. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Victoria Borgeson. Other survivors include his daughter Christine (Marc) Herring of Inverness; brother Charles Borgeson of Norwalk, OH; nephews Nathan and Benjamin (Jennifer) Borgeson, 3 grandchildren, Marcus, Lexus, and Kandus, many sister and brother in laws, and mother in law Gloria Zimmerman. Gary served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He retired in 2007 as a Captain for the Florida Dept. of Corrections. He was Christian by faith and loved the Lord. He loved bass fishing, baseball, and going to the gym. Gary was loved by all who knew him, and will be truly missed. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Gary will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2:00 P.M. at the First Christian Church of Inverness with the Pastor Tom Thomas officiating. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Candace Bose

Candace M Bose, 74, Inverness, FL
Candace Mary Bose, age 74, Inverness, Florida, passed away suddenly at home on October 15, 2019. Candace was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 23, 1945, to the late John Gaccione and Muriel (Moller) Gaccione and came to Florida in 1992 from Staten Island, NY. She retired from the Citrus County School System as a substitute teacher, having taught in most of the area high schools. She had a special passion for challenged students and spent many hours teaching and caring for them at the Renaissance Center and the Withlacoochee campus. She always made sure her students were properly fed in the morning before their classes. Often, she used her own funds to purchase their food. During her tenure with the Citrus County School System, Candace was selected as “Support Person of the Year”. Candace was dedicated to her children and family, and she had a great love for animals. She and her husband, Frank, rescued many animals throughout the years, often finding suitable homes, neutering and rendering medical assistance at their own expense. Additionally, many will remember her as a server at the Outback Restaurant in Inverness, always taking special care of her customers. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 45 years, Frank Edward Bose; her two daughters: Eydie Jackson of Inverness, FL and Amanda Bose of Fort Mill, SC; brother, Thomas Gaccione of Staten Island, NY; granddaughter, Nicole Apicerni; and a great grandson, Solomon Vivas. She was preceded in death by her sister, Janice Barrett. At Candace’s request, there will private services for the family. There will be no calling hours. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Richard Brown

Richard S Brown, 65, Inverness, FL
Beloved husband and father, Richard Brown, 65, of Inverness, went home to be with the Lord after a long fight with cancer on October 31, 2019. He was born in Merced, California and moved to Inverness at the age of 12. He graduated from Citrus High School (’72) and received Associates Degrees in Criminal Justice and Business from Central Florida Community College. He worked for the City of Inverness Police Department until 1978 when he went to work at Brown’s Chrysler Dodge Plymouth and enjoyed working for Crystal Motor Car Company after selling until present. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness. Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Chrissie Cappola Brown; his son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Dayton Brown, Chattanooga, TN; his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Sam McLain, Inverness, FL; 3 Sisters: Beverly Davis and husband, Tom of Inverness, Patty Compton and husband Mitch of Murfreesboro, TN, and Diane Shuler and husband Perry of Bryson City, NC; 3 grandchildren: Hannah, Caleb, and Linley. They will miss their tractor rides, playing in the sprinkler, and watching their favorite shows with him. Those who will also miss him are extended family, friends, and many young adults whose lives he impacted with his milkshakes and nuggets of wisdom. Richard also had several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newman and Kathryn (McMurry) Brown. Richard’s Celebration of Life Service will be on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, P.O. Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623 – 3827. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vernon Brown

Vernon R Brown, 72, Inverness, FL
Vernon Richard Brown, age 72, Inverness, FL passed away Oct 10, 2019 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Vernon was born in Ft. Meade, FL on July 4, 1947 to the late Donald Hugh Brown, Sr. and Cleo Pippin Brown and moved to Citrus County in 1988 from there where he was employed in the phosphate industry as a Superintendant for many years. Vernon was an avid bow hunter and loved to spend time in the woods. He enjoyed the tranquility and peacefulness. He also had a passion for cooking and loved watching football and baseball, especially when the Buccaneers or Tampa Bay Rays would play. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 28 years, Jacqueline Owen Brown of Inverness; his 2 daughters: Krista Adams and husband Robert of Lakeland, FL and Jennifer Chancey of Cleveland, TN; 3 stepdaughters: Teena Wasik, Delano, MN, Crystal McFarland, Unity, ME, and Joni McFarland, Inverness, FL; 1 sister, Frances Brown Douglas and her husband Bobby, Lake Mary, FL; 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald H. Brown, Jr. Vernon’s family will schedule a Celebration of Life in his memory at a later date. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Jewell Burkhalter

Jewell D Burkhalter, 77, Inverness, FL
Jewell Dean Burkhalter, age 77, Inverness, FL passed away October 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Dean was born in Cullman, AL on November 22, 1941 to the late John Gordon Steele and Tennie Smith Steele. Jewell Dean graduated from Lake Weir High School in 1960. She worked for the telephone company in Ocala, Fl. She met her husband, Larry in Jacksonville, FL and they married on April 9, 1970 in Washington, DC. She was a homemaker and worked for the Citrus Co. Chamber of Commerce. Jewell Dean loved gardening. She took pride in her plants and flowers. She also loved music and dancing, especially the jitterbug. While she was a fierce defender of her family and friends, her heart was larger than life. Her grandson, Joshua, was the light of her life. Her home was her castle. She adored cooking and fed anyone and everyone who walked in the back door. If you left her house hungry, it was your own fault. She was a straight shooter. You always knew where you stood. She was truly a jewel! Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 49 years, Willy L. Burkhalter; 2 children: Robert Ryland Burkhalter, Inverness and Brenda Rae Locklear and her husband Dexter of St. Mary’s Georgia; 2 brothers, Jerry Steele of Ocala, Fl and Rayburn Steele of Loveland, CO; 1 grandson, Joshua Locklear. She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Steele. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, October 25th at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Kell of the Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Evelyn Burnell

Evelyn K Burnell, 77, Inverness, FL
Evelyn Kay Burnell, of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL, at the age of 77. Evelyn was born in St. Paul, MN, on July 13, 1942 and adopted at the age of 5 along with her loving brother John, by Elmer and Marie Taxdahl. They and her 2 sisters, Lillian and Lucille, have precede her in death. She was married to James Burnell for 22 years until his passing on July 13, 1995. Evelyn made Florida her home in 2001 after relocating from South Dakota. She loved to golf with the Snowbirds Club. She enjoyed her friendships she made, watching the boaters in the canal, the birds, squirrels and others feeding from her feeders, and playing pool at her residence while listening to her favorite music. Evelyn is survived by her loving daughters: Susan Bull and her husband Scott, Linda Dembinske and her husband Dave and their children and grandchildren. Evelyn will be inurned at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. No memorial services or viewing will be held at Evelyn’s request. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jacqueline Butler

Jacqueline R Butler, 62, Floral City, FL
Jacqueline Ruth Butler, 62, Floral City, FL passed away October 18, 2019 at home under the care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Jacqueline was born in Blossburg, Pa on October 29, 1956 to the late Howard and Winifred (Mapes) Beckhorn and came to Florida 3 years ago from Andover, NY. She worked in the trucking industry as a pilot driver and escorted commercial trucks all over the country and Canada. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 37 years, Stephen Philip Butler, Floral City, FL; 4 children: Ervin Elias, Midland, TX; Howard Elias, Hornell, NY; Michael Butler, Honeoye, NY; Allen Butler, Riverside, CA; 6 brothers and sisters: Lanny, Carlyle, Creed, Mark, Roy, and Winifred Beckhorn; 5 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Jane Kelley and Christine Estrada.


Adam Byrnes

Adam Byrnes, 38, Homosassa, FL
Adam Byrnes, 38 of Homosassa, passed away unexpectedly on November 27, 2019 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Adam was born on February 10, 1981, in Ridgewood, NJ to David and Laura Byrnes. He came to Citrus County in 1996 from Honesdale, PA. Adam enjoyed cooking and was a trained chef. He also enjoyed re-building cars in his free time. Adam was Catholic by faith. Left to cherish his memory in addition to his parents David and Laura, are his children George Byrnes and Holley Byrnes, both of Homosassa; his brothers: Marc Byrnes of Homosassa, Gary Byrnes of Merritt Island, FL and Ryan Byrnes of Charlotte, NC; his sister: Sharon Slack of Homosassa and several nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Campbell

William E Campbell, 68, Floral City, FL
William Edward “Bill” Campbell, age 68, Floral City, FL passed away October 17, 2019 at his residence under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Bill was born in White Plains, NY on September 26, 1951 to Harry W. Campbell and Sarah (Voris) Campbell. He moved to Floral City this year after residing in New Port Richey for 30 years. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the engine repair business. He was especially proficient in repairing and building race cars. Bill also enjoyed hunting. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Diane (Willman) Campbell, Floral City, Fl; 3 children: William Edward Campbell, Jr. and wife Danielle, Port Richey, FL, Kevin Patrick Campbell and wife Rebecca, Floral City, FL, and Christina Falakos and husband Minas, Spring Hill, FL; His mother, Sarah Campbell, Gibston, FL; 2 brothers: Roy Campbell, Bradenton, FL and Robert Campbell of Gibston, FL; his sister, Linda Crisp, Gibston, FL; 7 grandchildren: Tiffany, Derek, Demetri, Andrew, Hailey, Emma, and Kelsey: 1 great grandchild, Emery. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry W. Campbell A Service of Remembrance will be offered on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Ballard, pastor of Calvary Chapel Officiating. Military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery at 2:30 PM. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Usf Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf To Lake Highway, Lecanto, FL 34461


Susan Cappas

Susan F Cappas, 75, Inverness, Fl
Susan F. Cappas, age 75, Inverness, FL passed away Nov. 4, 2019 at the Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville, FL. Susan was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 20, 1943 to the late Robert and Evelyn (Gottlieb) Rich and came to Citrus County in 2006 from there. She was a server in the food service business. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, James “Jimmy” Cappas, Inverness, FL ; 3 children: James Cappas, Jr., Deer Park, NY, George (Maria) Cappas, Lynbrook, NY, and Melissa M. Newbill and fiancée John, Homosassa, FL; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Private cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Robert (Bob) Close, Jr.

Robert (Bob) J Close, Jr., 82, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Robert (Bob) J Close Jr., also known as “Digger”, of Lake Panasoffkee, passed away on December 1, 2019, with his family by his side. He was born to the late Florence and Robert Close Sr. on May 30, 1937, in Millersburg, Ohio. He is survived by his three children: Connie (Jerry) Hays of Lake Panasoffkee, Randy (Meresa) Boutwell of Ocala, and Robert “Bumper” (Jamie) Close of Inverness. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a host of loved ones. Robert is predeceased by his wife, Peggy Joyce Close, along with his son, Russell “Skeeter” Close, his granddaughter, Shyanne Close, and his grandson, Jordan Hays. Robert loved his family and leaves behind joyful memories. He was a wonderful husband, father, and Pa. He had a love for construction and fishing, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services for Robert will be held on Monday, December 9th, 2019 at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The service times are as follows: Family at 9:00 a.m., Visitation at 10:00 a.m., and a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 12:30 p.m. Flowers may be sent to 3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness Fl, 34450.


William Cooney Jr

William A Cooney Jr, 82, Floral City, FL
William Augustine Cooney, Jr., 82 of Floral City, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Born in Boston, MA on February 2, 1937, to the late William A. and Helen (Collins) Cooney, he came to Citrus County 22 years ago from Boston. Bill served his country honorably in the US Marine Corps from March 1954 to March 1957. He was a retired Police Officer with the Boston Police Department, with 25 plus years of service. During his tenure with the Boston Police Department, he spent 18 years as a motorcycle officer. Throughout his life he enjoyed owning and riding motorcycles. Left to cherish his memory are: his wife of 56 years; Veronica (Doherty) Cooney, his daughter, Bernadette Cooney of Belen, NM; his son, Michael Cooney of Norton, MA; sister, Priscilla O’Hearn of Laconia, NH; and brother, Dwight Cooney of Bourne, MA. A Catholic Prayer Service with a gathering of family and friends for Bill, will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, at 10:00 AM. Visitation will continue until 12:00 Noon. Military committal services will follow on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM. The procession to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Bill’s memory, to the Vitas Hospice House at 3350 Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis with Crematory in Inverness.


Emilio Cruz

Emilio Cruz, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Emilio Cruz, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 16, 2019. He was 83 years of age. Emilio was born in Puerto Rico on December 8, 1935 to the late Pablo and Juana (Garcia Barbosa) Cruz. He was married to Nadia (Melendez) Cruz for 62 years until her passing on March 31, 2016. Emilio and Nadia were residents of Bay Shore, Long Island, NY then relocated to Ensenada, Puerto Rico. They eventually made Beverly Hills, FL their home in 1991 and were parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Emilio is survived by his children: Maria Lanzarone and her husband Robert of Beverly Hills, FL, Jose Cruz and his wife Susan of West Islip, NY, Isaac Bracero and his wife Olivia of Spanish Fort, AL; grandchildren: Jennifer, Robert Jr., Joseph, Stephanie, Michael, Dillon, Alex, Wesley, Nicholas; great grandchildren: Isaac, Lydia, Mikey, Christopher, Kaylee, Easton, Brody, Carter, Colby, Avery, Brennen. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Islip, NY at a later date. Following the Mass, Emilio will be laid to rest with his wife Nadia at The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Cremation care provided by Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Raymond Cubero

Raymond Cubero, 60, Inverness, FL
Raymond Cubero of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at his home on October 2, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Vitas Hospice Healthcare. Raymond was 60 years old, born in Manhattan, NY on January 22, 1959 to Ernesto and Socorro Cubero. He is pre-deceased by his father Ernesto Cubero and stepson SGT Robert Surber, He proudly served his county as a member of the United States Army and has continued to be a proud supporter of the military, veterans, and local veteran groups in the community. Raymond was a dedicated and accomplished handyman. He loved to work on old cars and to ride his motorcycle. He was a reliable and good man who loved his family and friends above all else. Those left to mourn Raymond’s passing include his loving companion of 28 years, Kerri Surber; daughter, Melody Cubero; stepdaughter, Jennifer Surber; three grandchildren: Raiden Robert, Elora Grace and Teagan Lyanna; his mother, Socorro; brother, Ernesto; and sister, JoAnne. A celebration of Raymond’s life is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Reverend Dr. Douglas Alexander of the New Church without Walls. Friends are invited to join Raymond’s family in visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rita Curley

Rita Curley, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Rita Curley, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the loving care of her daughter and Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on November 16, 2019 at the age of 87. Rita was born to the late Luigi and Domitilla (Di Arcangelis) Maconi in Bronx, NY on May 15, 1932. She was married to Matthew J. Curley until his passing in April of 2010. Rita and Matthew made Citrus County their home in 1984 after relocating from Long Island, NY. She was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills and enjoyed taking part in the activities and volunteer opportunities offered through the church. Rita also enjoyed visiting the Citrus Co. Resource Center twice a week. Rita is survived by her daughter, Diane Thompsen of Ocala, FL; her three sisters: Connie, Jean and Nellie; granddaughter, Michele Thompsen-Welch and her husband Sean of Apopka, FL; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Rita was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Curley in 1986. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Frederick Darmstadt

Frederick E Darmstadt, 86, Bever.y Hills, FL
Frederick E. Darmstadt of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL on September 12, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family. Frederick was 86 years old. He was born on June 12, 1933 in New York City, NY to the late Frederick R. and Ann M. (Doyle) Darmstadt. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, Frederick earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant in the telephone / communication industry for over 30 years. On August 18, 1981, he married Sharon (Gundlah) with whom he shared 38 years of loving marriage. Frederick and Sharon made Beverly Hills, FL their home in 1996 after relocating from Pearl River, NY. In his spare time, Frederick enjoyed playing bridge and golfing. He was also an avid reader and a member of the Telephone Pioneers organization. In addition to his loving wife Sharon, those left to mourn Frederick’s passing are his sons: Rik Darmstadt and his husband John Graziadei of Schenectady, NY, Jon Darmstadt and his wife Renee of Plainfield, IL, James Darmstadt and his wife Cate of Louisville, KY, Hugh Johnson and his wife Tracey of Oak Island, NC; daughters: Jennifer Maraday and her fiancé Jay Hannigan of Newburgh, NY, Katrina Como and her husband Paul of Wilmington, NC; and grandchildren: Harley, Spencer, Sophia, Johnathan and Aniela. In lieu of flowers, Frederick’s family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy N.E., South Tower, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. The Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Jonnie Davis (Brunswick)

Jonnie S Davis (Brunswick), 62, Floral City, FL
Jonnie Sue Davis (Brunswick), of Floral City, FL, passed on October 9, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Susie was born August 7, 1967, the daughter of Richard Lott and Rebecca Davis. She is survived by her two children, Lydia M. Wiley and Robert L. (Curley) Wiley, and her seven grandchildren. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness


Virginia Dean

Virginia T Dean, 70, Inverness, FL
Virginia T. “Ginger” Dean, 70, of Inverness, passed away December 3, 2019 at her home. Ginger was born on September 1, 1949 in Manhattan, NY, to the late Charles S. and Terri (Pertoso) Dembinski. She came to Citrus County 11 years ago from San Diego, CA. Ginger was a senior accountant with the Federal Reserve. According to her friend George, he said that in the time he spent with that beautiful lady, he was proud to know and share his life with her. He came to know her as an amazing and strong woman but sometimes naïve. Some of the other people in her past took her love for granted and put her in harms’ way. But through all of the bad things she endured, she still came through to meet her challenges. Her biggest fight was with cancer. It tested her will every day, and she made the choice to fight the big fight, as he stayed by her side. George and her friend will always love her forever. Their beautiful, Ginger, may she rest in peace now with her God and her Mother and Father. They will all meet again. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Donna DeCarlo

Donna M DeCarlo, 77, Inverness, FL
Donna Marie Hill DeCarlo, age 77, Inverness, FL, passed away September 26, 2019 at home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Donna was born in Waterbury, CT on February 6, 1942 to the late William and Marie (Triano) Hill and moved to Citrus County in 1974 from Arlington Heights, IL. She was a retired Registered Nurse and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 55 years, William “Bill” DeCarlo; 3 children: Joseph William DeCarlo (Kathleen), David Michael DeCarlo (Sherri), and Andrea DeCarlo Muzzupappa (Ken Coral), all of Inverness; 1 sister, Marsha Minicucci (John), Naugatuck, CT; 2 brothers, William Hill, Scottsdale, AZ and Mark Hill, Naugatuck, CT; brothers-in-law, James DeCarlo (Linda) and Alan DeCarlo (Deborah); 4 grandchildren: Brian Pearson (Charlotte), Cameron DeCarlo, Blake DeCarlo (Lauren) and Vincent Muzzupappa; 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Doug Klish. Heaven received an upgrade. If you didn’t love Donna, there is something seriously wrong with you. If anyone deserved nicer words, it was Donna. Wherever she went, she was the most decent person in the room. Because of her, her children and their children and their children will never run with scissors. She had a marvelous and wholesome laugh. We would constantly tease her just to hear her laugh. She would always send us birthday cards full of confetti; when you opened the envelope, confetti would fly all over the place. Often, the cards would arrive 2 months late, so the confetti wasn’t expected. Family would curse her all while laughing their asses off. We didn’t want her to go and she didn’t want to leave. When she did, she was with her children whom she adored, and her husband who she unconditionally loved. Heaven definitely got an upgrade. We hope they appreciate her. Oh yeah, the next time it snows, look for confetti. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donna’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, alzheimersfamily.org. Arrangements are private. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Drake

Robert W Drake, 70, Tarpon Springs, FL
Robert W. Drake, 70, of Tarpon Springs, FL passed away November 21, 2019 in Floral City, FL. Robert was born in Attleboro, MA on May 3, 1949 to the late James T. and Mary Evelyn (Binkie) Drake. Robert was a painter, was involved in historical restoration projects in Boston, MA, and worked on Mease Manor Retirement Center in Dunedin, FL. Robert served our country honorably in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bellerica, MA. Robert loved his work, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was a very social person. Robert is survived by his loving companion of 28 years, Cindy Freeman. Other survivors include his children Robert W. Drake, Jr and his wife Tracey of Floral City, Betsy Felt and her husband Brad of Moyock, NC, brothers James Drake of Largo, FL and Larry Drake of Attleboro, MA; and 4 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Richard Edinger

Richard A Edinger, 85, Floral City, FL
Richard A. Edinger, 85 of Floral City, passed away September 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Born in Indian Lake, NY on September 21, 1933, to the late George K. and Lucy (King) Edinger, Richard moved to Citrus County in 2000 from Indian Lake. Richard served our Country with the US Marine Corps, retiring as Master Sergeant as a Field Music Drum Major after 20 years of service. He was Methodist by faith, and was an outdoors-man who enjoyed shooting, hunting and trapping. After retirement from the Marines, he became a licensed plumber and also operated a shrimp boat in North Carolina. Moving back to Indian Lake in the 1980s, he worked for the town and was the fire tower lookout at Wakely Mtn. for a few summers. He also worked to control black flies by helping administer the town’s BTI program. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 63 years, Kazuko (Hirao) Edinger, his sister, Nancy Thorson of Indian Lake, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews who referred to him affectionately as Uncle Dicky. Graveside Memorial Service will be conducted on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM from the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, with military honors provided by the US Marine Corps Detachment #819. A celebration of life will immediately follow at the Cove Pub & Grub, 1242 South Cove Camp Point, Inverness, FL. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Doris Falzarano

Doris E Falzarano, 95, Inverness, FL
Doris Elizabeth Falzarano, age 95 of Inverness, passed away October 10, 2019 at Highland Place ALF in Inverness. Doris was born December 5, 1923 in Guilderland Township, NY, to the late Frederick R. and Caroline H. (Stutsrim) Blackman, Sr. Doris had the distinction of being the first woman employee at the GE lab in Schenectady, NY. She was married to Douglas C. Conkling, for 28 years, living in Stratford, CT for most of that time raising her 3 children. She was very active in the women’s circle at the Methodist Church in the ‘60s, and was very involved with office work for the volunteers and “candy stripers”, at the Bridgeport Hospital. After a move to Spring Hill, FL in 1980, she was employed as an administrative assistant in a urology office. In 1983 she married Louie Falzarano and they moved to Inverness. Doris was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, needlepoint and traveling the US. Her labor of love was knitting winter hats for the homeless and lap robes for nursing home residents. She had a quick wit and loved a good hug. Doris was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas Conkling and her second husband, Louie Falzarano, her brother Frederick R. Blackman, her daughter Jane Liebert, and stepson, Richard Falzarano (Dolores). Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Gail Southard (Ed) of Inverness, her son, Robert Conkling of Newport, TN; stepdaughter, Bonnie Wilder of Inverness, and stepson, Joseph Falzarano (Vanessa) of Cobleskill, NY, five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Doris will be conducted on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt of the First United Methodist Church in Inverness, officiating. Committal services will follow at a later date.


Arthur Fischofer

Arthur C Fischofer, 81, Inverness, FL
Arthur Charles Fischofer, age 81, Inverness, FL passed away September 15, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Charles was born in New Orleans, LA on May 6, 1938 to the late Arthur Charles Fischofer, Sr. and Ruth Lacas Fischofer and came to this area from Orlando in 2005. He was a retired manager in the automotive repair business and member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. He was a very proud graduate from the University of Miami and then served our country in the U.S. Army. Charles, better known to his family and many friends as Charlie, was an avid outdoorsman, a boater, hunter and fisherman. As a younger man he spent many hours air boating in the Everglades. More recently, he and his family enjoyed fishing and diving for scallops in the Gulf near the family retreat at Horseshoe Beach. Charles also thoroughly enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball for many years plus watching and attending the Major League Baseball Games especially the Boston Red Sox. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Joan (Carrow) Fischofer; 3 children: Craig W. Fischofer and his wife Holly, Spring Hill, FL; Arthur Charles Fischofer, III and his wife Margaret, Augusta, GA; Susan Amanda Floyd and husband Robert, Augusta, GA; 7 grandchildren: Bryce, Kelsie, Brent, Connor, Emily, Elizabeth and Charles, IV; He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Martin. The Requiem Eucharist Mass is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Fr. Eugene Reuman, celebrant. Committal services will follow in the church’s memorial garden. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. If someone would like to donate funds to the Horseshoe Beach Fireworks Fund. Contact: Nikki Selph at Horseshoe Beach Fireworks Fund Donations, P.O.Box 244, Horseshoe Beach, Florida 32648 or email: horseshoebeachto@bellsouth.net


Brenda Frye

Brenda C Frye, 57, Hernando, FL
Brenda Caryn Frye, 57, of Hernando, passed away November 11, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Brenda was born in Leesburg, VA on February 16, 1962 to the late Elvin Lee and Ethel Frances (Haynes) Dodson. She came to Citrus County in 2010 from Virginia. She was a construction project manager and Baptist by faith. The love of Brenda’s life was her family and her “fur babies”. She was a foster Mom for over 350 animals, for the Citrus County Animal Shelter, and had 7 cats and 2 dogs of her own. Brenda was always known as a very honest person. Brenda is survived by her loving companion of 8 years, Edward Stoddard; her brother, Dale Dodson, WV; sisters: Mabel Costello, WV and Merri C. Hamilton, Dunnellon, FL; son, Rickey Fry, Jr, VA and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, William Dodson, and one sister, Sheilah Crim. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Havril Gabay

Havril L Gabay, 88, Citrus Springs, FL
Havril Lyle Gabay of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on November 24, 2019 at the age of 88. Havril was born in Barrett Town, Jamaica to the late Clifford and Lucille (Anderson) Gabay on October 12, 1931. He was married to Madeline Gabay until her passing on May 14, 2017. Havril worked as a bus driver for the City of New York. After retirement, he and Madeline left New York in the late 1980’s to make Florida their home. They loved spending time and working in their home garden. The Citrus Chronicle would periodically run photos of their beautiful gardening work. Havril also enjoyed photography, and music. He was a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness and attended the Kingdom Hall in Lecanto, FL. Havril greatly enjoyed the time he spent performing field work for his faith. Those left to mourn Havril’s passing include his brother, Nerval Gabay; his sisters: Inez Gabay, Marie Rodney, Cynthia Gabay; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends and family members who were blessed to have known him. A Memorial Service is being planned by Havril’s family and will take place at the Kingdom Hall in Lecanto, FL in January of 2020. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mary Gates

Mary H Gates, 94, Inverness, FL
Mary Huntington Gates of Inverness, Florida died peacefully of natural causes while hiking alone along the Citrus County Wildlife Management Trails near her home on September 7, 2019. She was 94. Mary was born on July 26, 1925 in Westport, Connecticut, the eldest daughter of Reverend Edmund Jayne Gates and Marjory Coley Gates. Most of her childhood was spent in Waterville, NY where she attended public school and was salutatorian of her class of 1943. Mary went on to graduate from Connecticut College for Girls in 1947; later she earned a master’s degree in special education from Stamford University, CA. In the fall of 1954 Mary set out for California with her younger brother Roger. She made Pacific Grove on the Monterrey Peninsula her home and began her long career as a teacher and school administrator. Shortly after arriving in California she joined the Sierra Club—she would end up passing the sixty year mark with that organization—and threw herself into the strenuous, adventurous life she would always love: camping, hiking and canoeing in the wilderness. In summers during the 1960s and early 70s she led bicycle tours across Europe, often averaging one hundred miles a day, always staying in hostels at night. She remained a patron and passionate advocate of international hostels for the rest of her days. After retirement Mary returned to her native upstate New York, living for a number of years in Oriskany Falls and then Clinton. She devoted much of her time to serving as a literacy volunteer, choosing to work in prisons in both New York State and in Florida. At the age 88 Mary packed up and set out again, this time for a place she had grown to love over the course of many years—Inverness, Florida. Mary Gates was predeceased by three brothers, one sister and two sisters in law: Edmund J Gates Jr, Stephan Gates, David Gates, Barbara Gates Pattison, Phyllis Roberts Gates(wife Of Edmund) and Evangeline(Jill) Senior Gates(wife of Roger). She is survived by her brother Roger C. Gates of Clinton, NY and sister Catherine Gates Miller of Salem, Connecticut as well as eleven nieces and nephews. The Gates family wishes to express their enormous gratitude to many in Inverness who opened their hearts to Mary in her final years there and did so much to care for her, especially: Cindy Hines, Sandra and Arthur Coker, Janie and Billy Baker. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with Cremation Care arrangements.


Robert Goddard

Robert C Goddard, 71, Inverness, FL
Robert Charles “Chuck” Goddard, 71 of Inverness, FL passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Chuck was born in East Liverpool, OH on May 26, 1948, to the late Charles W. and Lenora (Cottrill) Goddard. He proudly served our country 4 years in the U S Navy, 1966-1970, as an avionics technician. For 1 ½ years he served on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) off the coast of Vietnam, Tonkin Bay. He served an additional 27 years with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as an avionics technician, retiring as a Master Sergeant Aircraft (E-7) Avionics. He was deployed supporting the Persian Gulf War. Chuck came to Citrus County in 2012 from Charleston, SC. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Katherine (Carnegie) Goddard; his son, Joshua C. Goddard and wife, Tomoko, of Charleston, SC; his daughter, Jaime C. Spivey and husband Jason of Charleston, SC; 1 brother: Colin D. (Deborah) Goddard of East Liverpool, OH; 3 sisters: Cathleen M. (Sam) Schultz of Searcy, AR: Bonnie C. (William) Persohn of Wellsville, OH: Lois A. (Jay) Arcuri of North Ridgeville, OH; two grandchildren: Mia A. Goddard and Finn S. Goddard, both of Charleston, SC. Chuck was passionate and loved extensively renovating his four (4) homes through the years. Upon discharge from the US Navy he was a rough carpenter for Ryan Homes and Bryan Homes, Pittsburgh, PA. He was energetic, always willing to lend a hand. He helped friends build homes and add-on additions, and he led the building of an educational wing at his family’s church. Chuck was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved life to the fullest. He was always positive and happy, and possessed a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He loved people and he loved his many rescued dogs and cats during his lifetime. Funeral services for Chuck will be conducted on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Kell, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until service time. Burial with full military honors provided by the Citrus County Honor Guard on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM , at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The procession to the cemetery will leave the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home at 10:45 AM.


Joan Griffin

Joan M Griffin, 68, Hernando, FL
Joan Mary Griffin, age 68, Hernando, FL passed away at her home on November 6, 2019 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Joan was born in Jamaica, Long Island, New York on May 14, 1951 to the late John and Yvonne (Humbert) Nash and moved here 12 years ago from Baiting Hollow, Long Island, NY. She was a Computer Security Analyst for the Verizon Telephone Company prior to her retirement. Joan was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. She was a gaming organizer and was responsible for forming several groups of people who played cards, bingo, and ect. She also enjoyed watching Nascar racing. While living in New York, she was the recipient of many awards and accolades. Joan was recognized by the Calverton Civic Association for her many years of dedicated service; the Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead for coordinating “A Day At The Races”; Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps where she was inducted in their Hall of Fame, class of 2019, for her years of dedication to the Corps; she established the Altruism Through Aluminum program in Riverhead. This program assisted children going through dialysis and kidney disease to attend Frost Valley YMCA camp in the Catskills. She raised funds by collecting hundreds of thousands of aluminum tabs, then selling them to pay for the children’s camp expenses. That equates to over 3 55 gallon barrels of tabs. Left to mourn her loss is her devoted husband of 45 years, John J. Griffin of Hernando, Florida. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, November 13th at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills with Msgr. Cesar Petilla, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in the St. Andrews Catholic Church Cemetery, Sag Harbor, NY. Friends are invited to visit the family at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Tuesday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.


Clark Gunn

Clark H Gunn, 91, Floral City, FL
Clark Henry Gunn, age 91, Floral City, FL passed away November 29, 2019 at the Royal Dalton House in Homosassa, FL. Mr. Gunn was born in Valrico, FL to the late Arthur Gunn and Gertrude Davis Gunn and moved to Citrus County in 1985 from Tampa where he owned and operated Gunn Printing for many years. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Left to cherish his memory are 4 children: Michael J. Gunn and Patrick (Shannon) Gunn, both of Tampa; 2 daughters: Carol (Paul) Dolcemascolo, Floral City and Linda (John) Crandall, Weeki Wachee, FL; 2 brothers, Donald and Chester Gunn, both of Brandon, FL; 1 sister, Laura Conard, Lakeland, FL; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters and his wife, Edna Mae Gunn on November 15, 2011. Graveside services with Military Honors will be conducted on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM. from Florida National Cemetery. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL


Harry Hall

Harry W Hall, 72, Inverness, FL
Harry Willis Hall passed away at his home with his loving wife by his side on September 7, 2019 at the age of 72. Harry was born in Fort Meyers, FL on July 1, 1947 to the late Ivan and Edith (McKinney) Hall. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and later as a member of the Florida National Guard. On June 9, 2001 he married Elsie (Dumosmog) with whom he shared 18 years of loving marriage. Prior to his retirement, Harry worked for the Florida Department of Transportation as a Mechanic. He and Elsie made Citrus County, FL their home in 2012 after relocating from Labelle, FL. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, cooking and working in his yard. In addition to his wife, Harry is survived by his sons: John Thomas Hall and Harry Coleman Hall; daughter, Trista Hall; siblings: Edward, Elizabeth and Sarah; and 2 great grandchildren. Following cremation, Harry’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Judith Herwat

Judith A Herwat, 76, Floral City, FL
Judith Ann Herwat, 76, of Floral City, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. She was born in Toledo, OH on May 17, 1943 to the late Donald and Hazel F. (Murphy) Vermett. Judith was a school bus driver for 25 years, and a Methodist by faith. She arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bellevue, OH. Judith enjoyed reading, cryptoquote and jigsaw puzzles, and fishing. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Harry F. Herwat. Other survivors include her children Christopher H. Herwat and his wife Michelle of Huron, OH, and Karen M. Harris and her husband Jeremy of Rutherfordton, NC; sister Jeanette Jump of Toledo; and 6 grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dale Horn

Dale E Horn, 93, Inverness, FL
Dale Eugene Horn, of Inverness, FL and formerly of Clearwater, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on October 15, 2019. He was 93 years of age. Dale was born in Loudonville, OH to the late Herman and Harriet May (Lebkisher) Horn on September 15, 1926. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1944 to 1969, having attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Dale was a Veteran of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. After his military service, Dale went to work for the State of Colorado as a Computer Programmer. On April 25, 1975 he married the love and light of his life, Sonja (Van Moorsel) with whom he shared 44 years of loving marriage. Dale and Sonja enjoyed going out dancing and spending time together. He was a member of American Legion Post 7 in Clearwater, FL and a member of the Scottish American Society. Dale will be remembered as a kind father and loving husband that was extremely dedicated to his wife. In addition to his wife Sonja, those left to mourn Dale’s passing include his son, Robert Horn of Rancho Palo Verdes, CA; stepdaughters: Judy Doyle of Inverness, FL, Joyce Ehler of Albuquerque, NM, Janet Plinski of Minnesota; brother, Darl Horn of Mechanicsburg, PA; sister, Barbara Sylte of Cleveland Heights, OH; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Per Dale’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Mott Howard

Mott G Howard, 85, Bushnell, FL
Mott Griner Howard, 85 of Bushnell passed away November 6, 2019, at home under the care of his loving family and Cornerstone Hospice. Mott was born in Woodville, FL on October 27, 1934 to the late Keight and Naomi Griner Howard and came to this area from Sarasota, FL in 1969. He was a former sales representative for Liberty National Life Insurance and among other things, owned and operated his own cabinet shop (Kountry Kitchen Kabinets). Left to cherish is memory is his wife of 61 years, Faye Peters Howard of Bushnell; 5 children: Mott Judson Howard, Havana, FL, Naomi Gail Fletcher, Louise Dale Couch, and Melissa Lynn Howard, all of Bushnell, and Dawn Elaine Case, Ponce Inlet, FL; 1 brother and sister, Jeff Howard of Jacksonville, FL and Frances Schroeder of Gainesville, GA; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mott’s family will celebrate his life and share their memories at his home at a later date. Cremation with care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.


Willa Hutchins

Willa J Hutchins, 86, Inverness, FL
Willa Joyce Hutchins, of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto, FL on December 1, 2019 at the age of 86. Willa was born to the late John Theron and Della Pearl (Decker) Merrill on October 14, 1933 in Elsie, NE. She was married to Clement C. Hutchins for 41 years until his passing on January 18, 1993. Willa was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for 17 years as a Medical Secretary. Willa enjoyed gardening and planting beautiful flowers, crocheting, doing wood crafts, and especially, reading her Bible and spending time in God’s Word. She also loved spending time with and spoiling all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Along with Willa’s parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicky J. Huddleston and her two sisters, Barbara O’Dea and Elsie Kerchall. Those left to mourn Willa’s passing include her sons: Arthur A. Hutchins, John T. Hutchins, Richard E. Hutchins; daughter: Brenda J. Hosier; brother, Richard Merrill; sister: Marilyn Koelmel; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Willa is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Ballard of Calvary Chapel officiating. Friends may join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following the service, Willa will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Carol Jacob

Carol A Jacob, 82, Inverness, FL
Carol Ann (Marble) Jacob, 82, Inverness, died Thursday, Oct. 3, under the brief but essential care of HPH Hospice. Born May 28, 1937, in Norway, Maine, to Ernest and Elizabeth (MacLean) Marble, she was the eldest of three children. While attending Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, she met and married Piers Jacob, following him as he entered the Army after he graduated. They married June 23, 1956, moving to Florida from Oklahoma in 1959. They raised two daughters, the late Penelope Jacob, and Cheryl, moving the family from Gulfport to Inverness in 1977. Carol loved to read, mostly British Regency romance novels, first in print and later in ebook format. She collected dragonfly artwork and images of Florida’s wildlife. She volunteered at the outreach center of the Citrus Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) for nine years before her health declined, forming friendships with the advocates at the women’s shelter. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Piers; daughter Cheryl; son-in-law John, granddaughter Logan and sister Jane (Cary) McConnell, all of Eugene, Oregon; and brother Curt Marble of Harvard, Massachusetts. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to CASA, www.casafl.org or P.O. Box 205, Inverness, FL 34451. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory, Inverness.


Georgia Johnson

Georgia M Johnson, 91, Inverness, FL
Georgia “Maxine” Johnson, age 91, of Inverness, FL passed away on November 21st, 2019 at the Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing Facility of Inverness, FL. Maxine was born on February 11th, 1928 to the late George W. and Lela May (Hodge) Young. She was married to the late Kenneth G. Johnson in 1962 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage together. She moved to the Inverness area over 40 years ago from Clearwater, FL and attended First United Methodist Church of Hernando, FL. Maxine belonged to the United Methodist Church’s Women’s Group and was involved in “Blessings in a Backpack” as she was very active with charity. Along with her parents and husband, Maxine is preceded in death by her son, David Johnson. She is survived by her nieces: Ruby Dougherty of South Carolina, Anice Froberg of Florida; nephew, Revbin Chandler of South Carolina; and her large and loving church family and friends. Maxine also leaves behind her very dear friend, Thala Duteau. A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Hernando, FL on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM and her urn will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers it is requested memorial donations be made to the Hernando United Methodist Church, 2125 E. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Hernando, FL 34442. Cremation care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kathleen Jordon

Kathleen C Jordon, 91, Inverness, FL
Kathleen C. Jordon of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on October 20, 2019 while surrounded by her loving family at the age of 91. Kathleen was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 12, 1928, and was one of five children born to the late James and Bridgett (Kilduff) Leonard. She was married to her husband David Jordon until his passing on January 6, 2011. A Catholic by faith, Kathleen made Inverness her home in 1991 after relocating from Warwick, RI and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Kathleen is survived by her son, Michael Jordon and his wife Diane of Youngstown, OH; daughter, Ann Williamson of Inverness, FL; grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, David in 2011; her son, David Jr. in 2019; her son in law, Paul in 2011; brother, James Leonard; sisters: Theresa Chouinard, Margaret Gardner and Mary Brooke. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. Kathleen will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Burial will be private and no graveside services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dolores Kanka

Dolores M Kanka, 92, Floral City, FL
Dolores Mary Kanka, 92, of Floral City, FL passed away September 26, 2019 at Arbor Trail Health and Nursing in Inverness, FL. She was born in Detroit, MI on November 27, 1926 to the late Ignatius J. and Stella (Wojciechowski) Szyszka. Dolores was a dental assistant, and arrived in this area in 1987, coming from Farmington Hills, MI. She was Catholic by faith, and an avid gardener. She was a devoted wife of 57 years to Frank J. Kanka, until his passing in 2004. Dolores is survived by her daughter Carol Joy Kanka of Floral City, her sister Barbara Truszkowski, and her devoted dog “Sassy”. In Memoriam to Dolores: God looked around His garden and found an empty space. He then looked upon the earth and saw her tired face. He put His arms around her and lifted her to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful. He always takes the best. He knew that she was suffering. He knew she was in pain. He knew that she would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb so He closed her weary eyelids and whispered “Peace Be Thine”. It broke our hearts to lose her but she didn’t go alone for part of us went with her the day God called her home. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Margaret Kapphahn

Margaret B Kapphahn, 100, Floral City, FL
Margaret B. Kapphahn passed away on Sunday, November 17th, 2019, at the age of 100 years. A resident of Floral City, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Fred Kapphahn and her daughter, Theresa Kapphahn Tompkins and her parents James A. and Florence C. Byrd. Margaret was born in East Point, GA on May 20, 1919 and attended Campbell High School, Fairburn, GA and Draughns Business College in Atlanta, GA. After graduation, she was employed by various business establishments in Atlanta, GA. She was married in 1943 to the late E. Fred Kapphahn who served in the military until the end of World War II. After his discharge from the service, they moved to Hollywood, FL and she was employed by the city of Hollywood as an Administrative Assistant for a number of years. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Floral City, FL where she immediately became an active member of her church, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, the Inverness Women’s Club, the UDC, and the DAR where she served in many positions. Her motto was that any challenge she and her family faced, was not beyond hope. Margaret is survived by one sister, Rosemary Mathews, Monroe, GA; two grandchildren, Harley F. Spurlock, Gainesville, FL; Melissa T. Shotwell (Garrett), Lecanto, FL; son-in-law, Ramone “Sonny” Tompkins, Floral City, FL; three great-grandchildren, Avery Spurlock and Camden Spurlock, Gainesville, FL, and Chase Shotwell, Lecanto, FL; and many nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Margaret at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Monday, November 25th, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Father Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Margaret will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Phil Kirby

Phil Kirby, 74, Hernando, FL
Boyd “Phil” Kirby passed away suddenly in the early morning hours of October 19th, 2019 at his home in Hernando. He was born November 9, 1944 in Bruce, Mississippi. He was preceeded in death by his mother, Peggy Watson Kirby and his father, Boyd Fletcher Kirby and was an only child. Phil was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith H. Kirby, two daughters, Pamela Dawson (and husband Mike) of Inverness, FL and Patricia Stafford (and husband Tom) of Cookeville, TN, six granddaughters, Ashley, Amber, Meagan, Morgan, Lauren & Emily, and six great grandchildren, Cruz, James, Amelia, Romy, Desmond & Katherine. Phil loved music including playing guitar and he had a beautiful voice. He also enjoyed the great outdoors, gardening, fishing and being with his family and friends. Phil greatly loved his country. As a veteran, he served in the US Army during Vietnam. Phil was a military trained dental technician for many years and owned his own dental laboratory. He was formerly a member of the Jaycees, VFW and the Elks Lodge. At his request, there will be no funeral. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered into the ocean, a place of peace and contentment in his life. Cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Michael Kushaney

Michael G Kushaney, 85, Inverness, FL
Michael George Kushaney, of Inverness, FL went home to be with his Lord and Savior at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL on October 18, 2019. He was 85 years old. Born in Auburn, NY on May 26, 1934, he was one of eight children. Michael proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marines Corps and was a Korean War Veteran. Following his military service, Michael worked for the Steel Industry. In 1960, he married Jennie (Albu) with whom he shared 59 years of loving marriage. Michael and Jennie made Florida their home in 1989 after relocating from Ohio. He enjoyed watching The Shepherds Chapel on television. Michael also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and enjoyed playing the accordion and harmonica. He was an extremely hard worker and his family considered him the original “McGyver” since he could repair and fix anything. Michael will be remembered as a loving husband and wonderful father. In addition to his wife Jennie, those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his son, Michael Kushaney, (Michele) of Haslet, TX; daughter, Lisa Kushaney of Knoxville, TN; granddaughter, Lisa Coleman of Las Vegas, NV; and great granddaughter, Gianna of Las Vegas, NV. He will also be remembered by his dear friend, William “Al Capone” Smith of Knoxville, TN. Michael will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Edward Labretone, Jr

Edward J Labretone, Jr, 50, Inglis, FL
Edward J. Labretone, Jr., age 50, Inglis, FL passed away November 14, 2019 in Bayfront Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River, FL. Born in St. Petersburg, FL on February 5, 1969 to Edward J. and Josephine (Kluck) Labretone, he was employed in the construction industry. Survivors include his two children, Jeffrey and April Labretone, both of Alabama; 3 brothers: Jeremy, Gary, and Mark Labretone; 3 sisters: Cindy Pidgeon, Sandra Bowen, and Jennifer; his father, Edward Labretone, Sr and step-mother, Sandra Wilson; nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Labretone. A Celebration of Life Service will be offered in North Carolina at a later date. Cremation with care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


John Lawrence

John C Lawrence, 67, Lecanto, FL
John C. Lawrence of Lecanto, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare on September 24, 2019 at the age of 67. John was born in Pontiac, MI on August 29, 1952 to Shirley Ann (Spencer) and the late John S. Lawrence. He was married to his loving wife Gail for 40 years until her passing on December 13, 2014. He and Gail made Florida their home 30 years ago after relocating from Michigan. John was a Mechanic by trade and enjoyed off road sports. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Those left to mourn John’s passing include his son, John C. Lawrence, JR and his wife Stephanie of Crystal River, FL; daughter, Ann Christensen and her husband Dirk of Lecanto, FL; brothers: Boone and Kenny; sisters: Linda, Mary and Kathy; and grandchildren: Ian McCully, Kirstin Lawrence and Katie Christensen. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sarah Lawson

Sarah J Lawson, 56, Inverness, FL
Sarah Jean Lawson, age 56, Inverness, FL passed away November 2, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Sarah was born in Brooksville, FL on July 18, 1963 to the late Milton Dunn and Eula Roberts and came to this area in 1990. She was employed in the food service industry. She loved watching Johnny Depp movies and had a crush on him. Her favorite drinks were coffee and Pepsi. She loved to play Donkey Kong. She loved roses and always was trying to add to her garden. She really cherished the times and moments she had with her children and grandchildren. Building great relationships with them and keeping in touch with her children was the highlight of her life. She was a very kind hearted and loving person. Left to cherish her memory are her 5 children: Valerie Moore, William Langford, III, Tracy Strabel, Kayla McNabb, and Justin Langford; her sister, Sandra Clevenger; and 4 grandchildren. She also leaves her dog whom she adored and considered her sixth child, “Taz”. He was her constant companion. The family would like to say thank you to Sarah’s best friend and roommate, Eric Jones. He helped her so much when her health was declining. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, November 15th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Greg Kell will officiate. Family and friends are invited to attend. The family will greet friends at 2:00 PM until the hour of service.


Roger Lovely

Roger T Lovely, 84, Floral City, FL
Roger Thornton Lovely, of Floral City, FL passed away at his home while under the care of his loving family and HPH Hospice. He was 84 years old. Roger was born in Somerville, MA to the late Albert and Ruth Frances (Whitcher) Lovely on August 7, 1935. For 20 years, Roger proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and had attained the rank of Master Sergeant at the time of his retirement. On August 3, 1958 he married Barbara (Nenney) with whom he shared 61 years of loving marriage. Roger and Barbara made Floral City their home in 1999 after relocating from Brooksville, FL. He was a member of Floral City VFW #7122 and the American Legion. Roger was also a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the American Motorcycle Association. He once made the trip from Tampa, FL to Sturgis, SD on his BMW motorcycle for the 50th anniversary of the annual bike rally. Roger also loved to play golf any chance he could. However, his favorite activity was traveling in his RV to Colorado to spend the summers with his grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife Barbara, those left to mourn Roger’s passing include his sons: Roger (Carol) Lovely of Brooksville, FL, Robert Lovely of Brooksville, FL, Richard (Debbie) Lovely of Thornton, CO, Randell Lovely of Plantation, FL; sister, Judith Chenowith and her husband Robert of Bushnell, FL; grandchildren: Richard Michael Lovely II, Hannah Lovely, Sarah Lovely; nephew, Chad; and niece, Kimberly. Roger was preceded in death by one son, Russell Lovely on March 17, 1998. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL with Reverend Greg Kell of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating. Friends are invited to join Roger’s family in visitation beginning at 9:00 AM until service time. Following the service, a procession will depart from the funeral home to the Spring Lake United Methodist Church Cemetery in Brooksville, FL where graveside military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Roger’s memory to HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461 Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rowena Lynch

Rowena P Lynch, 82, Inverness, FL
Rowena P. Lynch, 82, of Inverness, FL passed away October 11, 2019 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Wilmore, KY on March 17, 1937 to the late Rev. C. Raymon and Gladys (Clos) Konkright. Rowena was a Medical Assistant and arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Hollywood, FL and was Methodist by faith. She loved her cat, the ocean enjoyed crocheting afghans, and  was an avid reader. Rowena was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Lynch in 2012, and one daughter, Debbie Abbott. She is survived by her loving daughters Kelly Nelson of Inverness, and Julia Stroup of Springfield, OH; 3 grandchildren, Connor Nelson (Brianne), McKenzie Nelson (Braden) and Hillary Abbott. and 2 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patricia Lyons

Patricia M Lyons, 79, Inverness, FL
Patricia Marguerite Lyons, 79, of Inverness, FL passed away November 19, 2019 at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Dorchester, MA on October 18, 1940 to the late Patrick and Mary (Murray) Diggins. Patricia arrived in this area in 1960, coming from Dorchester, and was the owner of Lyons Mane Hair Salon for 6 years. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, loved “clogging” and crafted porcelain dolls. Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 59 years James F. Lyons, Jr. Other survivors include her sons, James F. Lyons III of Inverness, Brian T. Lyons of Spring Hill, FL, and Shawn P. Lyons and his wife Melissa of Inverness; sister Denise F. Monroe; and 2 grandchildren. A Catholic Memorial Service for Patricia is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Fr. Claudius Mganga officiating.


Richard Mackling

Richard M Mackling, 81, Inverness, FL
Richard M. Mackling of Inverness, FL passed away at his home on October 20, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born on July 1, 1938 in Stony Ridge, OH to the late Guy and Florence (Holthperry) Mackling. He proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps Reserves for 8 years. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Navastar and was a member of the United Auto Workers Union. Richard was married to his loving wife Barbara for 60 years until her passing on April 21, 2019. He and Barbara made Florida their home 20 years ago after relocating from Ohio and attended worship services at the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. In his spare time he enjoyed reading. Richard is survived by his children: Guy Mackling II and his wife Virginia of Hickville, OH, Annette L. Durre and her husband Dennis of Mishawaka, IN, Tod Mackling of Inverness, FL,; and three grandchildren. In addition to his wife Barbara, Richard was preceded in death by his sister. Patsy. Richard will be laid to rest with Barbara at the Lake Township Cemetery in Millbury, OH. Services in Ohio will be under the direction of the Eggleston Meinert and Pavley Funeral Home in Oregon, OH. Florida arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Janice Mass

Janice K Mass, 75, Floral City, FL
Janice K. Mass, “Mama Jan”, of Floral City, FL passed away at Vitas Hospice Healthcare in Lecanto on November 6, 2019 at the age of 75. Jan was born on September 24, 1944 in Carmi, IL to the late Jess and Ruth (Christy) Risley and was Baptist by faith. She was employed as a hospital nurse for over 40 years. Jan was married to her husband Ronald for 35 years until his passing in 2010. She made Citrus County, FL her home in 1994 after relocating from Kissimmee, FL and was a member of the Floral City VFW Post #7122. In her spare time, Jan enjoyed playing bingo. She also loved having family and friends over to her home so she could cook and entertain. Those left to mourn Jan’s passing include her daughter, Tiffaney Benson and her husband David of Kathleen, GA; sons: Joseph Brown of Floral City, FL, Thomas Brown of St. Cloud, FL; stepdaughter, Lisa Mass of Waterville, ME; brothers: Jerry and John Risley; and her loving grandchildren. Jan was preceded in death by her sisters: Sandra Mass in 2013 and Tammy Sutphin in 2004. “Mama Jan’s” family are organizing a cookout at her home that will take place sometime in the spring so her friends and family can gather together to remember her, celebrate her life and legacy, and share their favorite stories of her with one another. “Mama Jan” would ask that you not be sad and mourn her passing. But, to think back fondly on the memories you’ve made together. She was so much, to so many. An amazing mother, loving wife, daughter, sister, and cherished grandmother. A heartfelt, and loyal friend. She gave with her whole heart, never asking or expecting anything in return. She never turned away a soul in need, always welcoming, caring and encouraging us to be the best person we could be. Lifting us up when we were down. Always showing us the positive side of life and celebrating our accomplishments right alongside. When you think back, think fondly of me, know I am at peace and will always be with you, watching over you. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Letty Monforte

Letty A Monforte, 83, Beverly Hills, FL
Letty A. Monforte, age 83, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away October 10, 2019 under the care of Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Letty was born in the Philippines on February 3, 1936, one of ten children, to the late Alfredo and Cecelia (Mann) Amaranto and came to this area in 1996 from Hicksville, Long Island, NY. Letty was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. Letty was a devoted loving, caring, strong, sensitive, and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Alejandro “Alex” Monforte; 3 daughters: Mellissa “Kira” Kavall, Beverly Hills, Alyssa Monforte-Lindner, Briarcliff Manor, NY, and Treena Catalfamo, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; two brothers, Alfredo Amaranto, Jr., Vancouver, BC, Lester Amaranto, British Columbia; six sisters: Leila Trinidad, Alma DeLeon, Gail Tarampi, and Ann Campbell, all of Canada; Mely Masil and Armi, both of the Philippines; and her granddaughter, Alexia Toni Catalfamo. She was preceded in death by a brother, Antonio. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, FL on Monday October 14th at 10:00 AM with Fr. Erwin Belgica, Celebrant. Committal services will be at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Jack Nahmias

Jack M Nahmias, 91, INVERNESS, FL
Jack M. Nahmias, 91, Inverness, Florida, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. Jack was born in Rochester, New York on November 29, 1927 to the late Jack and Sarah (Davidow) Nahmias. He was a US Navy veteran, serving in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean areas during the end of WWII. He attended the University of Miami (Florida). Jack was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Inverness. He worked for several years at American Machine and Foundry. Then he worked at Pratt Whitney Aircraft (United Technologies), for 34 years as a manufacturing engineer, before retiring to Inverness, FL in 1991. He was enrolled in the United States Naval Memorial in Washington, DC., and was a charter member of the USS Little Rock Association and a member of the Allen Rawls Post #77, American Legion. Jack was an avid reader and accomplished photographer. He loved traveling, and was a supporter of many wildlife and environmental causes. Jack is survived by his son, Gary, of San Antonio, TX, his brother, Charles Maddelena of West Haven, CT, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Janet, his mother and father and his step-father, Dominick Maddelena. Funeral Services for Jack will be conducted on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 11:00 AM, from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Claudius Mganga, of Our Lady of Fatima Church officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.


Colleen Neese

Colleen L Neese, 89, Inverness, FL
Colleen Leona Neese, 89, passed peacefully at home, meeting her late husband Archie in Paradise on October 27, 2019 at 6:25 P.M. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Gladys and Earl Haltom, sister Earline and brother Sterling. She is survived by her son Greg Neese of Inverness. Colleen retired from The Allison Division of General Motors in Indianapolis. She also spent 7 years as the Executive Secretary to the high school principle and later superintendent of Cloverdale Community Schools. She was a past member of the Eastern Star and United Methodist Church of Cloverdale, where she also taught Sunday school. Born July 17, 1930, Colleen enjoyed golf, long walks, bicycling, and feeding the wildlife. Above all, Colleen was a ferociously loyal and loving mother and wife to her family. She was forever supportive of any endeavor her husband and son were involved with. She was a great American of the highest moral standards. She will be sadly missed by those who knew her. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Colleen will be held on Thursday, November 7, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness. Colleen’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. The family wishes to thank Vitas Healthcare Hospice for their wonderful assistance with mom’s passing.


Viola Nickerson

Viola Nickerson, 93, Inverness, FL
Viola Nickerson, 93, of Inverness, FL passed away October 6, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Woodstown, NJ on December 12, 1925 to the late William and Linda Mae (Goforth) Holmes. Viola was a dedicated homemaker, and arrived in this area in 1981, coming from Carney’s Point, NJ. She was a Christian by faith, and enjoyed playing cards, baking, telling stories, and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband James Nickerson in 1998, and two sisters, Anna Mae Roone and Mary Ellen Magargal. Viola is survived by her children James H. Nickerson, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL, Timothy Nickerson and his wife Deana of Summerfield, FL, and Beth Cantin of Tampa, FL; sisters Marian Bacon and Joan Sharp; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Michael O'Rourke

Michael J O'Rourke, 85, Inverness, FL
Michael John O’Rourke of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on December 3, 2019 at the age of 85. Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late John and Elizabeth (McDonald) O’Rourke on May 30, 1934. 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, Michael wore many different hats throughout his professional career. He had worked as a Steeplejack then, went on to work for Grumman Aerospace Corporation building lunar modules. Ultimately, he would retire from the New York School System as their Head Custodian. On November 30, 1956 Michael married Barbara (Bruton) with whom he shared 63 years of loving marriage. Michael and Barbara made Citrus County their home in 1997 after relocating from Long Island and were parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He was also a member of Inverness VFW #4337. Michael was an extremely talented artist and enjoyed creating beautiful oil paintings as well as pen and ink drawings. He was a loving father that enjoyed spending time with his children playing pool and playing cards. Michael will be especially remembered for his fantastic sense of humor. In addition to his wife Barbara, those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his sons: Michael O’Rourke (Susan) of Jacksonville, FL, Robert O’Rourke (Catherine) of Inverness, FL, Stephen T. O’Rourke of Inverness, FL, Frank P. O’Rourke (Kathy) of Farmingdale, NY; daughter, Barbara M. Vuolo (Nick) of Preston Hollow, NY; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Father Claudius Mganga of Our Lady of Fatima, Celebrant. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 PM where full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robbin Palmer

Robbin L Palmer, 72, Floral City, FL
Robbin Lee Ausbrook Palmer was born February 3rd, 1947 in Berkley, California to the late Gladys Ausbrook and her step-father, Jewel Dean “J.D.” Strain. Robbin passed away on November 10, 2019. Robbin did not graduate high school and never received a GED; when Robbin was asked why she did not receive either, she replied “I had to stay moving. I lived in the moment!” Robbin’s greatest accomplishments were: “My two beautiful children, Dean and Stephanie”. She worked in various restaurants and coffee shops, but the most memorable job was working for the Alaskan Pipe Line alongside her Dad, “J.D.”. She retired in 2007 from “The Chronicle” after 18 years of employment. Robbin was very active with the Floral City VFW Post #7122 for over 24 years, serving most recently as Parson (sending out sympathy cards and congratulatory cards to families and members of the VFW family). Robbin’s favorite color was yellow and her favorite flower was a daffodil. Her favorite song was “I Did It My Way!” and her favorite saying was “It’s never too late!” Robbin’s message to leave behind to present children, present grandchildren, and present/future great grandchildren is, “It may not seem that I cared about them but I did. I had different ways of showing that I loved.” One word to leave with remaining family members is simply the word, “Love”. Advice for remaining family members is, “When you want advice, choose someone you can trust and explain to them in detail what you are talking about”. Robbin stated, “I give horrible advice”. After she laughed for a brief moment, Robbin stated, “That’s true”. For Robbin’s dear friends and family, remembering her witty sense of humor will not be forgotten. Smile with love in knowing Robbin is no longer in pain, no longer suffering, but in Heaven with Christ, in fields of Daffodils, in streets of “yellow” gold, and filled with God’s LOVE! Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jeffrey Palmyra

Jeffrey R Palmyra, 69, Inverness, FL
Jeffrey Richard Palmyra of Inverness, FL passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on September 22, 2019. He was 69 years old. Jeffrey was born in Coral Gables, FL to the late Joseph and Helen (Sanders) Palmyra on February 15, 1950. Jeffrey proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. During his military service, Jeffrey counseled numerous Veterans returning home from the war in Vietnam. Following his military service he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work he was employed by the state of North Carolina, where he was able to continue his career as a Social Worker. On June 11, 1995 he married Donna (Stanley) with whom he shared 24 years of loving marriage. Jeffrey and Donna made Citrus County, FL their home in 1998 after relocating from Crossnore, NC. He was an extremely talented musician that could play the guitar as well as the harmonica, mandolin and ukulele. While residing in North Carolina, Jeffrey was a member of the Boone’s Fork Band. When he wasn’t playing music, he enjoyed swimming, carpentry and watching his favorite baseball team, The San Francisco Giants. Jeffrey also had a love for cars and liked working on them and reconditioning them. In addition to his loving wife, those left to mourn Jeffrey’s passing include his son, Joseph Palmyra and his wife Kelli of Pineola, NC; daughter, Rebecca Pinto and her husband Tony of Linville, NC; stepsons: Matthew McClellan and his wife Donna of Linville Falls, NC, Robert McClellan and his wife Julie of Knoxville, TN; sisters: Nancy Hale and Linda Staub, both of Boca Raton, FL; and grandchildren: Tyler and Bryce. A Celebration of Jeffrey’s life is planned for Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the Unity Church of Citrus County in Lecanto, FL and will be conducted by Reverend Lauri Gist. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Oma "Bunny" Pantridge

Oma "Bunny" Pantridge, 74, Land O' Lakes, FL
PANTRIDGE, Oma "Bunny" Students of special needs have lost one of their advocates. Oma Pantridge passed away September 12, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Although her Masters Degree from University of South Florida was in Speech Language Pathology, Oma dedicated her life to advocating for children with special needs. She began her career in Pinellas County where she was the Supervisor of Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS). In 1997 she was the recipient of the Landis M. Stetler Memorial Fellowship Award. From there, Oma moved to Pasco County and was the Supervisor and Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Although her office appeared disorganized, Oma was extremely capable and organized in her mind. She always put the needs of her students before anyone. Whether it was attending Special Olympics events or an Individualized Education Program (IEP), she was dedicated to the students. After her retirement Oma continued to educate and advocate at USF and Saint Leo University. As a humanitarian Oma was an active member in the Suncoast Chapter of Friendship Force International. Oma enjoyed spending time with family, friends, her beloved cats, and traveling throughout the world. She was a good will ambassador for us all. Bunny, as her family called her, leaves behind brother, Tom (Catherine) Mobley of St. Petersburg, FL; and her sister, Lee (David) English of Lecanto, FL; nieces, Tomi (Gene) Smith of Hernando, FL, Trina (Tom) Curtin of Wilson, OK; and nephews, Mark Mead of Land O' Lakes, FL and Todd (Cindy) English of Scholls, OR and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Joyce Partridge

Joyce A Partridge, 69, Inverness, FL
Joyce Ann Partridge, 69, Inverness, FL passed away Oct 18, 2019 at her residence. Joyce was born in Nebraska City, IA on July 14, 1950 to the late Gerald Dean Mattes and Norma Deane Nicks Mattes. She came to this area in 2008 from the Tampa area. She was a professional caregiver. A Life Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th from the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah, IA. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Local arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory


Faye Pearce

Faye A Pearce, 70, Floral City, FL
Faye A. Pearce, 70, of Floral City, FL passed away on November 17, 2019 at Vitas Hospice, Lecanto, FL. Faye was born in Baltimore County, MD on October 24, 1949 to the late William and Helen (Spencer) Abbott. She was a custodian for the Pasco County School System for 22 years, and moved to Floral City in 2006 from Spring Hill, FL. Faye will be remembered by her friends and family as a lover of playing cards (uno and solitare) and bird watching as well as being a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. Faye is preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Van Fossen. Faye is survived by her loving husband, George M. Pearce, Sr. of 47 years. Other survivors include two sons, George M. (Karen) Pearce, Jr. of Webster, FL and John E. Pearce of Floral City, FL and one daughter, Bonnie L. (Sport) Wilson of Floral City, FL; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Faye will be held on Friday, November 29th, 2019 at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. Faye’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date.


David Pearson, Jr.

David L Pearson, Jr., 77, Inverness, FL
David L. Pearson, Jr., of Inverness, FL passed away at Vitas Healthcare Hospice on November 7, 2019 at the age of 77. David was born in Brownsville, PA on October 23, 1942 to the late Alice (Harger) and David L. Pearson, Sr. A former resident of West Palm Beach, FL he was employed as an Engineering Assistant for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for a number of years. In 1984, he married Nancy (Timmons) with whom he shared 35 years of loving marriage. David and Nancy made Inverness, FL their home in 1998 and he went to work for Publix for a number of years. In his spare time he enjoyed watching automobile racing and computer research. David also loved to go skydiving. In addition to his wife Nancy, David is survived by his son, David L. Pearson III of Loxahatchee, FL; daughter, Dawn Anderholt of Loxahatchee, FL; stepsons: Robert Heck of Tucson, AZ, John Heck of Phoenix, AZ and Mark A. Heck of West Palm Beach, FL. Cremation care provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Doreen Picard

Doreen A Picard, 61, Hernando, FL
Doreen Anne Picard, 61, of Hernando, passed away October 21, 2019 at home under the loving care of her family and hospice. Doreen was born in Portland, ME, to the late Clifton Moberg and Lillian Marcoux. She has lived in Florida for many years and was the owner and operator of Citrus County Courier. It also brought her great joy to work disaster relief missions by installing temporary power generators with FEMA, most recently as part of the relief effort in Puerto Rico. Her great passion was her grandchildren. She also enjoyed scuba diving, traveling, and dancing. Doreen will be remembered as a loving Mom, Wife, and Nana. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 3 years, Willis “Pic” Picard; two sons: Donald Merrill and wife Michelle, of Lecanto, Gerard Loranger II and wife, Kerri of Grand Rapids, MI; two brothers: Clifton Moberg of Inverness, Jason Moberg and wife Shannon of Danville, NH; sister, Julie Thayer of Biddeford, ME; 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service for Doreen will be conducted on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, with Rev. Lloyd Bertine of Gulf to Lake Baptist Church, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until service time. In lieu of flowers, Doreen’s family would ask that memorial donations be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center in her memory. Their mailing address is: The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, PO Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623-3827. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lois Richardson

Lois L Richardson, 82, Brooksville, FL
Lois L. Richardson, 82, of Brooksville, FL passed away on November 18, 2019 at Sturgill Hospice of Brooksville, FL. Lois was born on December 22, 1936 to the late Lonzo and Ida (Blackburn) Lowe. She worked as a clerk in Environmental Health for the State of Florida. Lois was preceded in death by her last husband, William T. Richardson on April 12, 2001. Lois is survived by her sons, David (Beverly) Lowe of Riverview, FL, Arthur C. (Dawn)Springer of Brooksville, FL, and Philip H. Springer of Brooksville, FL; her step-son, Lawrence Richardson; her step-daughters, Mary Lou Malloy, Mary Lou Nix, and Joan Claire Phillips; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Louis was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Lois’s urn will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Rideout III

George R Rideout III, 72, Inverness, FL
George R. Rideout III, 72, from Inverness, FL passed away on November 19th, 2019 at Citrus Health and Rehab Center, Inverness, FL. He was born in Boston, MA on January 30, 1947 to the late George R. Rideout Jr. and Marion (Noble) Rideout. He relocated to the Inverness area in 2005 from Silver Springs, FL and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. George bravely served our country in the United States Navy and worked as an Operations Manager at GE for 20 years, and Data General for 15 years. George was an avid Patriots fan, “Dilly-Dilly”, and loved all New England sports. He loved playing softball, water sports, hockey, bowling, golf, and “couldn’t be beat at a game of cards”. When he wasn’t getting involved in some type of sports activity, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was a true family man. George is preceded in death by his two brothers, William and Richard Rideout. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Betty Rideout; his three daughters, Jean (Jeffrey) Lombardi of Worcester, MA, Clarissa (Terry) Ciancia of Inverness, FL, and Samantha (Matthew) Greiner of Middleburg, FL; his brother, Bruce Rideout; his three sisters, Loretta Graf, Diane Schreiber, and Marion Stuckey; his three grandchildren, Corey, Olivia, and Vincenzo; and his four great-grandchildren, Braden, Jonathan, Noah, and Zack. A Celebration of Life Service with military honors will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 am. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Floyd Robare

Floyd B Robare, 77, Ocala, FL
Floyd Bruce Robare, 77, of Ocala, FL passed away November 16, 2019 at Avante at Inverness, Inverness, FL. He was born in Holyoke, MA on November 11, 1942 to the late George N. and Gertrude (Jarvis) Robare. Floyd was a supply technician at Westover Air Force Base near Springfield, MA and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army while being stationed in Korea. He arrived in the area in 2015, coming from Chicopee, MA and was Catholic by faith. Floyd was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed coin collecting. He is survived by his daughters, Dianne Robare of Agawam, MA, Marianne Pritchard of Ocala, and Alessandra Reyna of Halton City, TX; stepsons Erick and Richard Funk and their families; brothers Rodney and Dennis Robare; and grandson Vincent Rodier. Private arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Ronald Rome

Ronald M Rome, 82, Citrus Springs, FL
Ronald M. Rome, 82, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Sussex, NJ on February 1, 1937 to the late Henry and Serena (Post) Rome. Ronald was an owner/operator of Rome’s High Point Exxon in Sussex. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and was Presbyterian by faith. Ronald arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Sussex, and enjoyed going to the casino, golfing, and watching the Tampa Bay Rays baseball. He loved adult coloring books and puzzles. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marie in 2018. He is survived by his children David Paulussen of Long Valley, NJ, Rhonda Rome of Citrus Springs, Robyn Sparta and her husband Brad of Sussex, and Renee Westerkamp of Sussex; brothers Virgil Rome of Newton, NJ, Roy Rome of Sussex, and Calvin Card of Bradenton, FL; and 4 grandchildren, Kelsey, Colin, Haley, and Sidney. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Willamay Runk

Willamay Runk, 94, Inverness, FL
Willamay Runk, 94, of Inverness, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing facility of Inverness, FL on December 4th, 2019. Willamay was born on September 15, 1925 to the late Victor and Edith Root in Missouri. She moved to the Inverness, FL area from Miami in 1977. Along with her parents, Willamay is preceded in death by her loving husband, William “Jack” R. Runk and her son, William D. Runk. She is survived by her four daughters, Joy (David) Streicher of Lecanto, FL; Connie (Tommy) Shaw of Inverness, FL; Vicki (John Marxen) Evans of Morrow, GA; and Jacqueline (Steven) Roddy of Harvest, AL and seven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Willamay was Baptist by faith and she enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, crocheting rugs, baking, listening to country music karaoke at the park, and spending time with her family and friends. Willamay will be missed by many Willamay’s Celebration of Life will be on December 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM with a gathering of friends and family at 11:00 AM at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery alongside her husband at a later date.


Denna Sadler

Denna E Sadler, 72, Hernando, FL
Dade E. (Denna) Sadler, 72, of Hernando, FL passed away October 16, 2019 at her residence in Hernando. She was born in Miami, FL on May 18, 1947 to the late Dade Victor and Irene E. (Rudd) Morrow. Denna was the owner of a day spa in Maryland for many years, and arrived in this area in 2000. She was Catholic by faith, and loved to cook and dance. She was preceded in death by one son, Michael in 2018. Survivors include her loving husband John J. Sadler, her son Anthony Sadler of Hockessin, DE, and her daughter Tiffany Sadler of Lecanto, FL.; half sister Patty McMullen; 5 grandchildren, several great grandchildren; and many cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 24, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, FL. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Santoro

Thomas A Santoro, 83, Hernando, FL
Thomas Alfonso Santoro, age 83, Hernando, FL passed away September 30, 2019 at his residence under the loving care of his family. Thomas was born in Astoria, NY on April 26, 1936 to the late Alfonso and Gilda (Pagano) Santoro and came to Citrus County in 2002 from Hudson, FL. Prior to that, he lived in St. Petersburg, FL where he owned and operated several service stations and automotive repair garages. After moving here, he was employed by Auto Zone where he assisted many customers with their automotive needs. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Amanda (Smith) Santoro; 3 children: Michael Marchese, Rock Hill, SC; Deano Marchese and wife Felecia, Valdosta, GA; and Tina Mellert, Hernando, FL; 1 brother, Eugene Santoro of Tampa, FL; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home where Fr. Tim Cummings will conduct a Catholic Prayer Service at 6:30 PM. Cremation with care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


William Sauer

William J Sauer, 97, Inverness, FL
William John Sauer, 97, Inverness, FL died October 12, 2019 at Citrus Health & Rehab Center. Mr. Sauer was born in St. Ansgar, IA on October 12, 1921 to the late Michael Sauer and Theresa Wiesenmayer Sauer. He was a retired machine maintenance technician for Baxter International, a medical equipment manufacturer and served our country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He is survived by his two daughters, Vivian Kaczmarek of Barrington, IL and Susan Sauer, Inverness, FL; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His late wife, Vivian J. Sauer, died January 24, 2009. Private cremation care with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Luke Scanlan, Jr.

Luke F Scanlan, Jr., 81, Inverness, FL
Luke F. Scanlan, Jr., 81, of Inverness, FL passed away October 22, 2019 at Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing in Inverness. He was born in Northhampton, MA on Septmber 17, 1938 to the late Luke F. and Evelyn (Damon) Scanlan, Sr. He arrived in this area in 1996, coming from Bronson, FL, and was an automotive mechanic who loved working on cars, and enjoyed racing. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sheila Scanlan. Other survivors include his children Luke F. Scanlan III of Ocala, FL, Kerry P. Scanlan of Bristol, CT, and Michele Scanlan of Gainesville, FL; brother John Scanlan; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Carl Shaut, Sr.

Carl R Shaut, Sr., 93, Floral City, FL
Carl R. Shaut, Sr., age 93, Floral City, FL passed away suddenly at home on November 23, 2019. A native of Bath, NY, he was born February 23, 1926 to the late Fred E. and Ethel (Salisbury) Shaut and came to this area 32 years ago from Binghamton, NY. He was employed by the Conrail Railroad System for 40 years in their maintenance division. He served our country in the Army Air Corps during WW II where he was deployed in the European Theatre. He was an aerial gunner and awarded the Air Medal with 1 Bronze Cluster. His affiliations include the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, American Legion Post 77, and the 2nd Air Division Association. Left to cherish his memory are three children, Carl Shaut, Jr. and wife Susan of Floral City, FL, Charles Shaut and wife Helen of Harpursville, NY, and Thomas Shaut and wife Theresa of Grand Haven, MI; 1 Sister, JoAnne Quick, Hernando, FL; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred Alice Shaut on Feb 10, 2018. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Pfeifer, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Carl’s memory.


Cornelius Sheehan

Cornelius P Sheehan, 77, Hernando, FL
Cornelius Patrick Sheehan, of Hernando, passed away November 6, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto at the age of 77. Cornelius was born in Bronx, NY on January 16, 1942 to the late Cornelius and Bridget (Feeney) Sheehan and served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He went on to work as an investment banker for Citibank retiring from them after 56 years. Cornelius made Citrus County, FL his home in 1996 after relocating from New York and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. He was an Altar Server and responsible for the traveling vocational chalice for the church. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and was past Grand Knight of Council # 6168, where he also served as the Vocation Ministry Director. Cornelius will be remembered as a very kind and generous man that always had a smile on his face and truly loved others. Cornelius is survived by his wife of 10 years, Filipinas “Pearl” Santillan; son, Cornelius Sheehan; stepson, Dennis Santillan and his wife Michele; stepdaughters: Dr. Anna Marie Santillan-Mamaril and her husband Blas, Lourdes Townsend and her husband John, Suzanne Williams and her husband Shawn; brother, Thomas Sheehan and his wife Charlotte; sister, Barbara Pinella and her husband Salvatore; and grandchildren: Lauren Mamaril, Nicholas Williams and Julianna Santillan. Cornelius was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Sheehan. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr., Cesar Petilla, Celebrant. Visitation will be held at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A service will be offered during the visitation at 4:00 PM by the Knights of Columbus Council 6168. Cornelius will be laid to rest at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Denby Shields

Denby L Shields, 67, Inverness, FL
Denby Lew Shields, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on November 13, 2019 at the age of 67. Denby was born in Bloomington, IN on January 3, 1952 to the late Luther E. and Barbara Colleen (Deckard) Shields. On July 24, 1970 he married Mary Marvina Hailey with whom he shared 49 years of loving marriage. Denby and Mary made Inverness their home in 1982 after relocating from West Palm Beach, FL and attended worship services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. For a number of years he owned and operated his own trucking company and later went on to become a builder of custom homes. Denby enjoyed traveling, his favorite destination being Canada. He recently took a wonderful Alaskan cruise with his family in September. Denby loved old cars. He was the proud owner of a 1937 Ford Humpback that he called “Humpy”. Denby will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to his family. He was a great spiritual leader that had tremendous faith and truly loved the Lord. In addition to his loving wife Mary, Denby is survived by his son, Shawn Shields (Tracy) of Olive Branch, MS; daughter, Karen Barlow (Arthur) of Inverness, FL; brothers: Kim Shields (Teresa) of Inverness, FL, Bruce Shields (Leslie) of Maynardsville, TN; nine grandchildren: Brianna, Morgan, Aaron, McKenzie, Rebekah, Isaac, MaKayla, Casandra, Shannon; and three great grandchildren: Rory, Willow, Kai. Denby is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Denby’s life will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Luke Simmons

Luke Simmons, 47, Hernando, FL
Melvin “Luke” Simmons, Jr., age 47, Hernando, FL passed away suddenly at home on October 8, 2019. “Luke” was born in Inverness, Florida on March 7, 1972 to Melvin Lamar Simmons, Sr. and Mary Lynda (Alexander) Simmons and was a lifetime resident of Citrus County. He was a Prevention Specialist & Mentor for the Citrus County School System and Eckerd Corporation. Luke graduated from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, IA in 1996 with a degree in Sports Administration. He was a 1990 graduate of Citrus High School where he excelled in all sports, especially basketball. He was named the most valuable player during the district championship season. His love for the game of basketball lead him to his coaching and teaching. He served as the assistant basketball coach at Citrus High School. He was an AVID fisherman, especially bass fishing, and Miami Hurricane’s #1 fan. He enjoyed barbecuing, and when he cooked, folks came from surrounding communities to enjoy his pitmaster skills. He was considered a BBQ Master. Additionally, he was an avid cruiser with Carnival Cruise Lines, trying to book at least 6 trips or more each year. Luke was a Community Philanthropist, the Honorary Mayor of Hernando and he was known for the phrase “Straight Outta Hernando”. Left to his cherish memory are three children: twins, Desmond and Treleasha Simmons, and Jaylin Truss, all of Inverness; his parents, Melvin and Lynda Simmons, Hernando; brother, Byron Simmons and wife Marie, Hernando; sister, Dana Thomas and husband, Charles of Dunnellon; numerous aunts and uncles; 6 nieces and nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Citrus High School Cafeteria with Rev. Robert Simmons, Sr. and Rev. Dr. Douglas Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Hernando Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: LUKE SIMMONS Scholarship Fund, c/o The New Church Without Walls, 965 No. Beatrice Terrace, Inverness, FL 34453; or Paypal.me/elonzahendred (please memo Luke Simmons Scholarship Fund).


Rettalee Simon

Rettalee Simon, 91, Floral City, FL
Rettalee Simon, of Floral City, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Nursing and Rehabilitation on November 15, 2019 at the age of 91. Rettalee was born in Clarksburg, WV on April 27, 1928 to the late George and Opal (Elliott) James. She was married to her loving husband Roy Simon, Jr. for 59 years until his passing on October 25, 2008. Rettalee and Roy made Citrus County their home in 1985 after relocating from Whispering Pines, NC. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, golfing and clog dancing. Those left to mourn Rettalee’s passing include her son, Christopher David Simon of Floral City, FL; daughters: Michelle Kearney (Timothy) of Epping, NH, Carissa Simon Baker (Tom) of Citrus Hills, FL, Candace David Barnhart (Barry) of Pelham, AL; her brother, Charles Edward James (Vi) of Naples, FL; sister-in-law, Norma Jean Stern (Bill) of Citrus Hills, FL; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one niece and one nephew. Cremation care by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Elsie Sine

Elsie M Sine, 94, Inverness, FL
Elsie Mae Sine, 94, Inverness, FL passed away November 28, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Elsie was born in Lansdale, PA on May 20, 1925 to the late Elmer Hager and Lillie Grebe Hager and moved to Florida from Quakertown, PA. She was employed for over 20 years with Clemen’s Supermarkets in Lansdale as a cashier. After retirement she relocated to Florida. Elsie was of the Lutheran faith, but attended the First Presbyterian Church in Inverness. She is survived by her niece, Nancy Brady and her grand niece, Jodie; 3 grandchildren: Connie Bond; and great grandchildren: Kristin and Nicholas Sutliff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralston, a son James, a grandson, Danny Sine, and 3 brothers, Raymond, Norman, and Horace Hager. At Elsie’s request, there will be no funeral. Burial will be private in Oak Ridge Cemetery beside her husband. She was under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Alice Sorrentino

Alice R Sorrentino, 90, Inverness, FL
Alice R. Sorrentino, 90, of Inverness, FL went to be with the Lord and her preceded loved ones on September 30, 2019 under the care of Vitas Healthcare, Lecanto, FL. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 18, 1929 to the late Joseph and Rose (D-Agostino) Longo. Alice retired from Lake Forest Elementary School after many wonderful years as their bookkeeper. She arrived in this area in 2005, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and loved all religious faiths. Her passion for life was to be surrounded by family and good friends. Alice was preceded in death by one son, Michael Rao, who was married to Lydia Rao for 40 years. She is survived by her children, Gaye Swenson of Inverness, and Richard Rao of North Florida; 3 grandchildren, Tammy, Shawn, and Stephenie; and 8 grandchildren, Michael, Jr., John, Shane, Kayleah, Seth, Richard, Bobby, and Myla. Alice’s family plan to have a Memorial Service for her at a later date. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Alex Sosnicki

Alex D Sosnicki, 91, Inverness, FL
Alex D. Sosnicki, 91, of Inverness, FL died on November 18, 2019 at Vitas Hospice of Lecanto, FL. Alex was born on December 7, 1927 to the late Alec and Katherine (Martin) Sosnicki. He arrived to the area in 1980 coming from Brentwood Long Island, NY, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. Alex belonged to the Knights of Columbus and he enjoyed gardening, dancing, and eating out at various restaurants. He was politically active in Inverness and even helped in the many establishments of sidewalks and safety areas around Inverness due to his participation in city council meetings. Alex loved doing charity work and helping out his community. He will be remembered by his family and friends as very mild-mannered, kind hearted, man who enjoyed much of his time with his family and friends. Alex is preceded in death by his late wife, Ellen, of 46 years and his twelve siblings. He is survived by his current loving wife of 10 years, Ann Cross; sons, Alex (Linda) Sosnicki of Floral City, FL and Joseph Sosnicki of Inverness, FL; daughters, Margaret (Joseph) Fastaia of Brooksville, FL and Theresa Ault of Inverness, FL; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass we be offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 11:00 AM., with Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Committal services with Military honors will be at Florida National Cemetery. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Beverly Soule

Beverly H Soule, 92, Lecanto, FL
Beverly Hollis Soule – April 12, 1927 – November 7, 2019 Beverly, beloved mother and wife of 65 years to her late husband Frederick L Soule, a WWII veteran, passed on November 7, 2019. She was born and married in Oswego County, NY and moved to Orange County, NY in the 1950s where they raise three children: Brenda, Allan and Jeff. Beverly went to college part time at Orange County Community College while being a devoted Mom. After graduating with honors, she worked for the Orange County Department of Health as a sanitarian inspecting restaurants to see that they complied with established health and cleanliness codes. Upon retirement in 1982, they moved to Hernando, FL and kept themselves busy at their antique shop, refinishing furniture and volunteer work. Beverly earned the Hernando Citizen of the Year Award for her community service, which included volunteer work for Hospice. Beverly decided it was time to slow down earlier this year and sold her house and moved into Brentwood, a retirement community in Lecanto, FL. She suffered a fall at home and had a severe heart attack on the way to the hospital. She was moved to Hospice and passed a couple of days later. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and many of us will miss her variety of holiday cookies next month. Her husband and daughter predeceased her and she is survived by her sons in AL and CT. Arrangements under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Wilbur Spafford

Wilbur L Spafford, 77, Beverly Hills, FL
Wilbur Lester Spafford, Jr., of Beverly Hills, passed away at his home on November 2, 2019 at the age of 77. Born in Rochester, NY on April 11, 1942, he was one of five children born to the late Dorothy Alice (Akey) and Wilbur Spafford, Sr. Wilbur proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. After his military service, he went on to become a Truck Driver in the Commercial Trucking Industry. He made Florida his home in 1959 after relocating from Fairport, NY. Wilbur is survived by his children: Wilbur L. Spafford, III of Inverness, FL, Gregory D. Spafford of Seminole, FL, Jeffrey S. Spafford of Inverness, FL and Mary Beth Sweat of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by his brothers: Sidney Spafford of Fairport, NY, Roger Spafford of Syracuse, NY; sisters: Sharon Padgett of St. Cloud, FL, Amy Barker of Iowa; nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Wilbur will be laid to rest with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Donna Spaulding

Donna J Spaulding, 87, Summerfield, FL
Donna Jean Spaulding of Summerfield, FL and formerly of Inverness, passed away October 26, 2019 at The Villages Regional Hospital at 87 years of age. Donna was born on January 19, 1932 in Battle Creek, MI to the late William and Cecile (Shed) Hepler. On December 22, 1950 she married Adolph B. Spaulding with whom she shared 50 years of loving marriage until his passing on December 28, 2000. Donna and Adolph made Florida their home in 1981 after relocating from Battle Creek, MI. Donna is survived by her loving children: Gerald Spaulding of Summerfield, FL, Diana Davis of Ocala, FL and Denise Griffin of Summerfield, FL. Following cremation, she will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ray Stewart

Ray N Stewart, 98, Hernando, FL
Ray Noel Stewart, 98, of Hernando, FL passed away September 21, 2019 at Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Lima, OH on June 4, 1921 to the late Jesse and Caroline (Kraus) Stewart. Ray was a crane operator in the recycling industry, and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from New Hampshire. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn Stewart in 2004, one brother, Joe Stewart, and one sister Doris Gebert. He is survived by his son David E. Stewart and his wife Anne of Hernando, FL; grandchildren Melissa, and Sabrina Stewart; and great grandchildren, Carly and Lila Vale, and Maya Stewart. Graveside services with military honors are scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 2:30 P.M. from Florida National Cemetery. A procession for the cemetery will depart the funeral home at 1:45 P.M. Cremation with Care under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Aries Thomas

Aries C Thomas, 23, Hernando, FL
Aries C. Thomas, 23, from Hernando, FL died on November 13, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Aries is described by his mother and grandmother as “a character” who will always be remembered as a bright light in this world. Aries was very witty, strong willed, and always kept a positive attitude. He enjoyed playing video games, watching Netflix, playing online puzzle games, and playing and browsing on Facebook. Aries is survived by his loving mother, Lolly Thomas of Hernando; his brother, Brandon Thomas of Orlando; his half-brother, Marshall Thomas of Orlando; his half-sister, Sharra Koll of Orlando; his grandmother, Bernice Thomas of Hernando; his cousin, Holly Wilson (J.C.) of Orlando; and his uncle and aunt, Robert and Ethel Carroll. Every day, Aries loved getting and giving hugs and kisses from his mom and grandma and saying many “I love you’s”. The family wishes to extend a huge thank you to Vistas Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care that Aries received. Cremation with care provided by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness, FL.


Verna Van Fleet

Verna M Van Fleet, 95, Hernando, FL
Verna M. Van Fleet, age 95, Hernando, Florida passed away November 27, 2019 at home under the loving care of her family and Hernando-Pasco Hospice. A native of Westfield, MA., she was born July 6, 1924 to the late Leonard B. and Myrtle (Smith) Kenniston and moved to this area in 2011 after leaving Miami and Ocala. She attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. Verna enjoyed crocheting afghans for all of her children and grandchildren and working her puzzles. Active in her community, she was a Life Member of the Florida Arabian Horse Association and served as their show secretary for 20 years. She also was a member of the Ft. Cooper Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Order of Eastern Star. She attended Colby Junior College in New London, NH and while living in Miami, was a faithful volunteer for South Miami Hospital with 12 years of service Left to cherish her memory are 5 children: Katherine V. Echlin (James), Hernando; Robert J. Van Fleet (Dianne), Ocala; Patricia V. Rioux (Michael), Jacksonville; John K. Van Fleet (Kim), Ocala; Kimberly V. Poole (David), Hernando; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Robert J. Van Fleet and her three sisters, Geraldine, Virginia, and Marion. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2019 , 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness with Rev. Greg Kell officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family


Mauricio Velasquez

Mauricio O Velasquez, 80, Lecanto, FL
Mauricio “Maurice” Velasquez, age 80, Lecanto, FL., formally of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa died Nov 21, 2019 at the Vitas Hospice Unit in Lecanto, FL. A native of El Salvador, he was born April 6, 1939 to the late Joaquin C. and Concepcion (Menjivar) Velasquez, and came to this area from Miami in 2006. He retired as a corporate accountant and manager for the Best Foods grocery chain following 30 years of service and was a member of St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa, FL. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Margaret Flaherty Velasquez of Lecanto; 1 brother and sister, Alfredo Valasquez and Gloria Lopez, both of California; nieces & nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019. Entombment will follow in Olivet Memorial Park in Colma, CA. Local arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Gloria Velez

Gloria L Velez, 86, Inverness, FL
Gloria L. Velez, of Inverness, FL passed away at her home on September 27, 2019 at the age of 86. Gloria was born on June 10, 1933 in Honduras to the late Calixto and Beatriz (Ramos) Lainez. She was married to her partner and husband of 42 years Joseph Velez, JR until his passing on September 14, 2017. Gloria worked as an Administrator for a Medical Clinic and made Citrus County her home after relocating from Manhattan, NY. Those left to mourn Gloria’s passing are her children: Jorge, Eduardo and Delia, all of Honduras; and her loving brother in law, John Velez of Inverness, FL. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Verity

John L Verity, 90, Inverness, FL
John Lewis “Hike” Verity, age 90, Inverness, Florida passed away September 26, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. John was born in Baldwin, NY on April 28, 1929 to the late Lewis and Nellie (Horton) Verity and came here 27 years ago from Center Moriches, NY. He retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local # 138 in New York, and served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed bowling, wood carving, and volunteering his time for the Family Care Council and F.F.R.A. John was a dedicated fire fighter and a member of the Amityville, NY Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years. Left to cherish is memory is his wife of 69 years, Joan Vollmer Verity; 4 children, John C. Verity and wife Debi, Center Moriches, NY, William Verity and wife Beth Ann, South Bend, IN; David Verity, Inverness, and Irene Nicola, Sarasota, FL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Military graveside honors will be conducted on Friday, November 29, 2019, at 11:30 A.M., at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 A.M. until the procession departs for the cemetery at 10:45 A.M. Friends are invited to accompany the family to the cemetery. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Herbert Wampler, Jr.

Herbert F Wampler, Jr., 92, Inverness, FL
Herbert F. Wampler Jr., 92, of Inverness, FL passed away at Avante’ of Inverness, on December 5, 2019. Herbert was born on March 29, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Marguerite (Williams) and Herbert F. Wampler. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of World War II. Herbert made Citrus County Florida his home in 1989 after relocating from West Chester, PA and was Methodist by faith. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Herbert was a 70 year member of Masonic Community Lodge #744 in Broomall, PA. Herbert is survived by his daughter Sharon Napoli, and his sister, Anita Maurer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda “Sis” Wampler and brother, Bruce Wampler. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Beulah Ward

Beulah E Ward, 94, Inverness, FL
Beulah E. (Welch) Ward passed away on September 11, 2019 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL while surrounded by her loving family. She was 94 years old. Beulah was born in Mount Clare, WV to the late George and Mary (Harman) Welch on August 17, 1925. She married her loving husband Ralph on July 19, 1942. They shared 76 years of loving marriage together until his passing on December 5, 2018. Beulah and Ralph were Florida “Snowbirds” for a number of years but left West Virginia in 2005 to make Florida their permanent residence. In her spare time, Beulah enjoyed watching television, working crosswords and crocheting. She was also a good cook. Beulah had enjoyed traveling with her husband in their R.V. Over the years they visited 49 states, only missing out on Hawaii. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Those left to mourn Beulah’s passing include her sons: Ralph “Dusty” Elwood Ward, Jr. of Shinnston, W.V., Charles “Dave” Ward and his wife Paula of Inverness, FL, Willard “Woody” Ward of Oberlin, OH; grandchildren: Missy, Mike, Mark, Kelly, Ron, Katie, Krysti, Ronnie, Jeannie; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Beulah was preceded in death by her siblings: Gene Hoblitzel, Marie Lanham, Bee Welch, Beatrice Bennett, Nellie Cunningham, Edward Welch, Dora Underwood and Charles Welch. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Beulah will be laid to rest with her husband Ralph at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A brief graveside service will take place following the chapel service at 11:30 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Watson, Jr

John B Watson, Jr, 91, Inverness, FL
John B. Watson, Jr., 91, of Inverness, FL passed away October 12, 2019 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Viper, KY on April 29, 1928 to the late John B. and Laura B. (Fields). John was a tool maker with General Motors for 36 years, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was Protestant by faith, a member of the Anderson Masonic Lodge F&AM. and the Citrus Masonic Lodge in Inverness. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. John was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Watson in 2012. He is survived by his children John L. Watson of Soppchoppee, FL, and Pam Holley and her husband Randy of Tallahassee, FL; sister Joyce Learned of Indiana; step son Dennis Cooper and wife Cathy of Markleville, IN; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Garland Wheaton

Garland T Wheaton, 71, Homosassa, FL
Garland Thomas Wheaton of Homosassa, FL peacefully passed away at his home on September 29, 2019. He was 71 years of age. Garland was born in Lincoln, ME on October 6, 1947 to the late Freese and Joan (York) Wheaton and had been a resident of Florida for the past 16 years. He was previously employed by Lincoln Pulp and Paper and the James River Paper Company in Old Town, Maine. After relocating to Appleton, WI, he went to work for the Beloit Corporation. After retiring from the paper industry, Garland worked as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Appleton. Once he relocated to Homosassa, FL, he became a small business owner and operated Wheaton’s Home Services until he retired. Garland is survived by Christine (Curtis) Wheaton, his loving wife of 50 years; daughters: Cathy Lison and her husband Tom of Appleton, WI, Heidi Hull and her husband Jeff of Avon Lake, OH; two beloved grandsons; two brothers; and one sister. Following cremation, Garland’s family will spread his ashes in Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


Carl Wiggs Jr

Carl H Wiggs Jr, 68, Floral City, FL
Carl Henry (Chip) Wiggs, Jr., age 68, passed away November 5, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Connie Wiggs, and his nephew David Richbourg. He leaves behind four sisters, Connie Kauffman (Rusty), Catherine Wiggs, Cindy Williams (Terry), and Carol Bumpers (Philip). He is also survived by the following nieces and nephews: Chris Williams (Adrean), Eric Williams (Sharon), Jennifer McDevitt (Neal), Rebecca Myers (Daryl), Clay Bumpers (Ashley), Payton Bumpers, Conor Bumpers (Kayla), along with numerous great- nieces and nephews. Chip was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 1, 1951. He was raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1969. He also graduated from John Patterson Technical College as a systems analyst. Chip was a certified scuba diver, and enjoyed diving in some of the most beautiful waters in the world. He worked at Saint George’s Lodge in Belize as a scuba instructor for several years. He retired to Floral City, Florida, where he resided until his death. A memorial service will be planned at a later date, as his wishes were to have his ashes scattered over the beautiful waters of Belize. Some of Chip’s greatest loves were his cats, who were like his children. A donation to your favorite animal shelter or rescue would certainly be appreciated. Alternately, memorial donations may be sent to: NAMI Citrus County P.O. Box 832 Inverness, FL 34451 Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Sue Willcut

Sue A Willcut, 87, Inverness, FL
Sue Ann Willcut, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away September 24, 2019 in the Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs Willcut was born in Emporia, KS on January 11, 1932 to the late Clinton Griffin Henning and Gladys (Wilks) Henning and moved here in 2018 from Wichita, KS. Left to cherish her memory are two children, Kemper Willcut and his wife Lou Ann of Inverness and Kirt Willcut and his wife Lisa of Wichita, KS. Private cremation care under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Norma Willis

Norma J Willis, 80, No. Tonawanda, NY
Norma Jean Willis died peacefully on September 17, 2019 under the care of Niagara Hospice. Norma was born in North Tonawanda on November 30, 1938, the daughter of Martin Potzger and Mildred Demler Potzger. Among those waiting in heaven for her were her parents, loving husband James; her brother, John Potzger; and step-daughter, Margaret Faust. Norma is survived by her sister, Carol (Larry) Human; brother, Robert Potzger; nephew, Daniel (Rebecca) Human; great nephew, Henry; great nice, Harper; and step-daughter, Shirley (James) Adymy. Norma and her husband Jim moved to Inverness, Florida after his retirement. She lived there, in the home that they built, until returning to North Tonawanda seven years ago. Norma’s artistic skills blossomed in Florida. Her favorite medium was watercolor and she was co-founder of the Citrus County Watercolor Club. Several of Norma’s watercolors won prizes in surrounding art shows and galleries. Norma was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Inverness, Florida. After returning to North Tonawanda, she joined the congregation at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Funeral services are scheduled in Inverness on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Donald Pratt of the First United Methodist Church of Inverness with burial following in Oak Ridge Cemetery. A memorial to Norma will be held at 2:00 pm, on Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, North Tonawanda, NY. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, or to the United Methodist Church, Inverness, Florida.


Robert Wilson

Robert O Wilson, 84, Inverness, FL
Robert O. Wilson, 84, of Inverness, FL passed away September 8, 2019 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. He was born in Robinson, IL on April 16, 1935 to the late Perry Owen and Grace (Anderson) Wilson. Robert was a train master for the railroad, and arrived in this area in 1988, coming from Indiana. He was a member of the Crossgate Church of God in Inverness, acting as a trustee, usher, and volunteer at the church. He enjoyed traveling back to Indiana and Ohio to visit family and friends, and golfing. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Wilson. Other survivors include his daughters Lou Ann Mobley and her husband Mark of Indianapolis, IN, and Melanie Park of San Diego, CA. Cremation with Care by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Kathryn Wykle

Kathryn M Wykle, 70, Dunnellon, FL
Kathryn Marie (Harburger) Wykle, age 70, passed away September 10, 2019. Kathryn was born in Queens, NY on November 9, 1948 to the late Walter A. and Ann (Murphy) Harburger and came here in 2005 from Sayville, NY. She was employed by the federal government as an Executive Secretary for the probation department and was of the Catholic Faith. She attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs prior to her illness. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Patrick Jon Wykle of Dunnellon, FL; 1 brother, John Harburger of Wantagh, NY; 3 sisters, Eileen Harburger of The Villages, FL, Margaret (Michael) Gilmartin of Moriches, NY, and Jane (George) Chavez of The Villages, FL; her daughter in law, Anna Dugin of Dunnellon, FL; 2 grandchildren, Shannon and Patrick Wykle, Jr; 1 niece, Patricia Chavez; 3 nephews: Daniel and Nicholas LaLota, and David Harburger The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs with Fr. Sojan Punakkattu, Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Long Island, NY. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family in Florida.


Michael Yingling

Michael A Yingling, 70, Floral City, FL
Michael Albert Yingling of Floral City, FL, passed away November 30, 2019 at the age of 70. Michael was born in Toledo, OH to the late Harley and Sylvia (McMullen) Yingling on July 27, 1949. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and went on to become a commercial plumber. He owned and operated Commercial Plumbing Systems in the Longwood / Orlando, FL area for several years. Michael relocated to Floral City in 2006 where he established and operated CPS Plumbing. In his spare time he enjoyed “tinkering” with and working on motors, riding in his airboat and fishing. He also liked playing poker with his buddies. Those left to mourn Michael’s passing include his loving companion of 23 years and fiancée, Pamela Oesch; sons: Michael Wheelock, Brandon Yingling; daughters: Jennifer Yingling-Stoner, Sara Yingling-Chivonic; stepson, Ian Keller Oesch; stepdaughter, Summer Oesch-Brennan; and several grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.