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Alexis Adamson

Alexis J Adamson, 24, Floral City, FL
Alexis Jade Adamson, 24, of Floral City, FL passed away on April 25, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. She was born to Patrick Adamson and Jessica (Lanting) McClendon on January 1, 1997 in Pawpaw, Michigan and immediately brightened the lives of those around her. Citrus County has been her home since 2011 after moving with her family from Kalamazoo, Michigan and she attended Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness. Alexis will be remembered for having a smile that could light up a room and for her love of music, more specifically, her love of Frank Sinatra. Alexis was given the opportunity to participate in the Make A Wish Foundation, where she and her family got to take a trip to Disney in Orlando, FL and Alexis had a great time. She loved to mimic her grandma, and was always making everyone around her smile. Alexis is preceded in death by her grandmother, Thelma Adamson and by her cousin, Unit Commander of Nature Coast Young Marines, Lisa Gonzales. Those left to cherish her memory are her mother and step-father, Jessica McClendon and Justin Knight; her father, Patrick Adamson; her eight siblings and step-siblings, Christopher Adamson, Joshua McClendon, Aaliyah McClendon, Justin Knight II, Kandyce Fields, Jordyn Knight, Aleyah Knight, and Madison Knight; her grandmother, Elizabeth Sherman; her grandfather, Michael Lanting; her step-grandfather, James Wrinkle; her special person, Michael McClendon; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and teachers. She was clearly loved by many and will be missed dearly. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 3 PM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness, FL. A visitation of family and friends will begin at 2 PM and continue until the hour of service. Reverend Darrell Reneau will be officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Alfred Allard

Alfred J Allard, 77, Inverness, FL
Alfred James Allard, 77, of Inverness, FL passed away on February 23, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Elmer and Lucy (Chase) Allard in Wareham, Massachusetts on June 2, 1943. He was a Nutritional Specialist at Citrus Memorial Hospital for some time and also bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. He served in Vietnam and was very proud of his military service and his dedication to his country. He married his beloved wife, Pamela, in 1969 and together, they made Citrus County their home in 2000 from Wakefield, Massachusetts. Alfred enjoyed attending Seventh Day Adventist Church in Inverness, FL and was a very devoted Adventist. He was a Train Enthusiast and enjoyed riding on trains, watching them, and building model trains and tracks. He will be remembered for being a very funny person and having a great sense of humor. He was a very generous and loving father and will be deeply missed by all who got the privilege of meeting and knowing him throughout his life. Along with his parents, Alfred was preceded in death by his two sisters, Ruth and Dorothy. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Pamela, his son, Scott Michael Allard (Jessica Bishop) of Melbourne, FL, his daughter, Colleen Marie MacVeigh (Michael Hanney) of Norwood, Massachusetts, and his five adored grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Alfred will be on Thursday, March 4, at 4:00PM, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 3:00PM, until the hour of service. Alfred will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, in honor of his dedicated military service, at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL.


Troy Andrade

Troy Andrade, 54, Floral City, FL
Troy Andrade, 54, of Floral City, FL passed away at his residence in Floral City. He was born in Baltimore, MD on June 21, 1966, and arrived in this area 23 years ago, coming from Baltimore. He was Presbyterian by faith, and owned and operated his own computer company. Troy was a talented guitar player, and a loving son. He was preceded in death by his father Daniel T. Andrade, one son, Justin Andrade, and one brother, Daniel Andrade, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn J. Andrade. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roland Aragunde

Roland Aragunde, 71, Inverness, FL
Rolando “Roland” Mario Aragunde, Jr. of Inverness, FL passed away at Advent Health of Ocala on April 20, 2021 at the age of 71. He was born to the late Anna Maria (Figueroa) and Rolando Mario Aragunde, Sr. in Allapattah, FL on August 16, 1949. Roland proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Prior to retirement, he owned and operated his own window and door installation company. Roland made Citrus County his home 5 years ago after relocating from Hollywood, FL and was a Christian by faith. Roland was truly an outdoorsman and enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding and kayaking. He also enjoyed fishing, shooting and hunting. He was very good at landscaping and enjoyed working in his yard and was also very good at building things. Roland had just recently remodeled his entire kitchen. He will be remembered as a kind and compassionate man that was always ready to go above and beyond for others. Roland’s outgoing and loving nature meant that he never met a stranger. Those left to mourn Roland’s passing include his loving companion of 12 years, Deborah “Debbie” Whitaker; son, Roland Aragunde IV; stepdaughter, Kayla Creager; brother, Tom Aragunde; sisters: Anna Aragunde-Deardorff and Margaret Mounteney; and grandchildren: Samantha, Kiley, Alyssa and Emily Aragunde. Roland was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Aragunde on January 19, 2004. A Celebration of Roland’s Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Inverness Church of God located at 416 S. US Highway 41, Inverness, FL 34450 and will be conducted by Pastor David Lucas. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Roland will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL


Mildred Aumack

Mildred C Aumack, 65, Inverness, FL
Mildred C. Aumack, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 25, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. She was born to the late Luther and Frances Downing on September 1, 1955 in St. Petersburg, FL. She was an estate manager for over 17 years, and held various managerial positions throughout her working life. She made Citrus County her home in 1987 after moving from Ocala, FL with her husband of 38 years, Frank. For 14 years, Millie supervised county Inmates cleaning up roadsides and illegal dump sites for the Citrus County BOCC. She was a very involved mother who was always attending sporting events with her son, Daniel and supporting him in his summer camps, scouts, and other clubs that he was involved in growing up. She loved to bird watch and fish, and was a huge animal lover, and adored her dogs: Bella, Stella and Fella, and her horse, Tornado. Millie was preceded in death by her two sisters. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Frank; her son, Daniel (Sara) of Inverness, FL; her mother and father-in-law, Carol and Frank Aumack; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements for Millie are private at this time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Janice Babineau

Janice F Babineau, 63, Floral City, FL
Janice Faye Babineau of Floral City, FL passed away at her home on March 2, 2021 at the age of 63. She was born to the late William Junior and Wilma Jean (Robison) Stucker on May 28, 1957 in South Gate, CA. On February 29, 2008 Janice married Gary Babineau with whom she shared 13 wonderful years of marriage. She and Gary traveled in their RV together for many years before settling down in Floral City 9 ½ years ago. Much of the time she spent traveling up and down the gulf coast so her husband Gary could play music with various bands and artists. She loved spending time with him. Janice also enjoyed gardening and liked caring for her various plants and flowers. She was talented at crochet and had crafted many toys over the years. Janice liked going to the beach and had an enormous love for dogs. In addition to her loving husband Gary, those left to mourn Janice’s passing include her son, Matthew Mercer of Eureka, CA; daughter, Angel Jean of Poplar Bluff, MO; brother, Randy Stucker of Eminence, MO; and her beloved Weimaraner, Buddy. A Celebration of Janice’s life is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel, Inverness. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Charlotte Banks

Charlotte F Banks, 83, Inverness, FL
Charlotte Frances Banks, 83, of Inverness, FL passed away March 8, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She was born in Nyack, NY on October 16, 1937 to the late Charles Frank and Helen Augusta (Holznagel) Bozdech. Charlotte was an auditor for Blue Cross-Blue Shield and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from Middletown, NY. She attended Ft. Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness. Charlotte enjoyed sewing and Sudoku puzzles, but especially loved “Marbles Night with the Ladies”. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 21 years, Floyd R. Banks, one son, Dale R. Conklin, one daughter, Billie Jean Quimby, one sister, Deborah F. Conklin, and one step daughter Debra Springstead. Charlotte is survived by her children William M. Conklin and his wife Elizabeth of Middletown, NY, Dirck M. Conklin and his wife Katherine of Goshen, NY, Patricia Shaw of Goshen, NY, and Lillian M. Hager and her husband John of Middletown, NY; and stepdaughter Joyce Williams and her husband Bill of Liberty, NY; 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Charlotte’s urn will be laid to rest with her husband Floyd at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Betty Barry

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


Marie Barth

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


Gordon Barz

Gordon L Barz, 90, Homosassa, FL
Gordon Lee Barz of Homosassa, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville on March 24, 2021 at the age of 90. He was born to the late Carl Herbert and Iloe Sylvia (Pepper) Barz in Hampton, IA on October 1, 1930. Gordon proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service, he went on to own and operate M&M True Value Hardware Store in Steubenville, OH for 35 years. In 1952 he married Patricia (Hale) Barz with whom he shared 68 years of loving marriage until her passing on December 29, 2020. Gordon and Patricia made Citrus County their home in 2012 after relocating from Stratton, OH. They had enjoyed traveling together throughout the years and liked getting gathering with friends to socialize and play cards. Gordon absolutely loved to garden and work in his yard, even though his family admits he was never really very good at it, he enjoyed it nonetheless. Those left to mourn Gordon’s passing include his sons: William L. Barz and his wife Skye of Homosassa, FL, Bruce A. Barz of Bradenton, FL; his 5 beloved grandchildren and his 5 cherished great-grandchildren and his special parrot pal, Chica. In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawna J. Churchman on May 20, 2004. Gordon will be laid to rest with his wife Patricia at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM with full military honors. The funeral procession will depart from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home at 10:15 AM. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bernard Belanger

Bernard Belanger, 83, Floral City, FL
Bernard Belanger of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on April 11, 2021 at the age of 83. Bernard was born to the late Ovila and Dorothy Belanger on March 27, 1938 in Caribou, ME. He proudly served his country as a Sgt. of the United States Army Reserves. Following his military service, he began a career in Construction and worked as a Supervisor for Construction Union Number 85 retiring after 38 years of service. In 1958 he married his wife Sara (Burke) with whom he shared 63 years of loving marriage. Bernard and Sara made Citrus County their home in 1990 after relocating from Perkinsville, NY. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and created most of the furniture in their home. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed being involved with the Knights of Columbus at his church Our Lady of Fatima. Bernard was a standout soccer and basketball player, playing on varsity teams all 4 years of high school. He was all county for soccer and basketball his junior and senior years. In addition to his loving wife Sara, those left to carry on his love and memories include his sons: Bernard Belanger (Cheryl), Mark Belanger (Angie), Todd Belanger (Tina); daughter, Rebecca Belanger; daughter-in-law: Charlene Belanger; brother: Mike Belanger; sister: Vella Rouse-Kiser. Grandchildren: Brittany Mannix (Patrick); Brandon Belanger (Nikki); Jareth Belanger; Cassandra Belanger; Joshua Belanger; Jessica Bower (Zack); Julia Belanger; Chelsie Pifer (Gilbert King); Sara Spurlock (Joseph); Mark Delaney (Tiffany Carter); Lauren Nicoletti; Sam Monti; Dalton Monti; Tiffany Wichman (Diego); Casey Wichman (Ashley); Joseph Harvill (Kaelyn McCoy); Matthew Harvill; Stephanie Harvill (TK Moore). Great-grandchildren: Jameson, Bailey, Lucas, Olivia, Leo, Zev, Syra, Kaia, Tyler, Rylie, Levi, Maverick, Amos, Lois, Mason, Aria and Laccie. Bernard was preceded in death by his son, Scott Christopher Belanger (2001) and sister Elizabeth Martin. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday. April 17, 2021 at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Father Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation beginning at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Bernard will be laid to rest at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Perkinsville, NY at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Shirley Benke

Shirley L Benke, 78, Homosassa, FL
Shirley Lucille Benke, 78 of Homosassa, passed away April 8, 2021 at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. Shirley was born in Chicago, IL on November 24, 1942, to the late George Daniel and Aurora Blanche (Nickels) Ross. She came to Citrus County in 2004 from Gulfport, FL Shirley was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker and of the Lutheran Faith. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 58 years, Charles A. Benke; 1 son: Scott Charles Benke, Gulfport, FL ; two daughters: Debra Jean Overton, Grand Junction, MI; Susan Marie Newkirk, Homosassa, FL; her sister: Janet Bitunjac, Chicago, IL; 2 Grandchildren: David Charles and Michelle Catherine Overton. Shirley’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Beaverson of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery.


Lawrence Benz

Lawrence H Benz, 86, Floral City, FL
Lawrence H. Benz, 86, of Floral City, FL, formerly from Springville, NY. July 10, 1934 – April 10, 2021. Lawrence began working at a young age at the Benz family gravel pit. He served in the United States Army as a member of the Military Police during the Korean War. He was a member of the Local 17 International Union of Operating Engineers where he worked for many years and retired. He made his home in Citrus County Florida in 2000. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and was known for his good sense of humor and his contagious smile. He loved to reminisce about the changes in the towns, landscapes and roadways that he had worked on throughout his lifetime. He was predeceased by his parents John L. and Margaret (Schweickert) Benz: His brothers James (Gloria), Donald (Rita), and John Jr. and sister Beatrice Noeson (Frank). Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 55 years, Carol Benz (nee Cowan); his children, Lori LaCosse (Steve) of West Valley, NY, Larry D. Benz (Teresa) of Harrisburg, NC, Karl Benz (Cheri) of Kannapolis, NC, and Michelle Martens (Steven) of Springville, NY; his sister, Margaret (Benz) Dolecki (Richard Corsette) of Bradenton, FL; his brother, Daniel Benz (Linda) of St. Augustine, FL; also survived by thirteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Arrangements for Lawrence are private at this time. Flowers are gratefully declined. Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


James Blackmer

James L Blackmer, 74, Bushnell, FL
James Leroy Blackmer, age 74, Bushnell, FL passed away March 26, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital under the care of Vitas Hospice. James was born in Flint, MI on August 1, 1946 to the late Edwin and Nelly (DeRoucher) Blackmer and came to Florida as a permanent resident 3 years ago from Fostoria, MI. He retired from General Motors Corporation after 32 years of service, working on the assembly line for several years before assuming other responsibilities prior to his retirement. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bushnell, FL. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sheryl Thorp Blackmer, Bushnell, FL; 2 children: Anthony James Blackmer of Caro, MI and Jamie Kay Beals of Muskegon, MI; two brothers: Edwin and Rick Blackmer of Michigan and his sister, Edna Sue Marlow, also of Michigan; and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Ernie Blackmer and his sister, Margaret Harmon. Jim’s life will be remembered and celebrated on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 5599 C.R. 316-S. Bushnell, FL. Additional services and burial will follow later in Michigan. Cremation With Care. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Lorraine Bourque

Lorraine S Bourque, 88, Inverness, FL
Lorraine S. Bourque, 88, of Inverness, FL passed away March 8, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. She was born in Fitchburg, MA on October 21, 1932 to the late Paul and Gwendolyn (Wright) Santella. Lorraine was a beautician and arrived in this area in 1995, coming from West Townsend, MA. She was Catholic by faith and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Lorraine loved to travel, and enjoyed fine cuisine and doing needlepoint. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert D. Bourque of 56 years, and her brother Richard Santella. Survivors include her son, Robert D. Bourque, Jr. and daughter Jacqueline Amico of Fitchburg, MA; 2 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, and close friends Leonard Chester and his wife Kim. A Celebration of Life Catholic Prayer Service for Lorraine will be offered on Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Father Tim Cummings officiating. Friends are invited to the funeral home for a gathering one hour prior to service.


Marion Boyd

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


Jerry Butler

Jerry D Butler, 75, Floral City, FL
Jerry Donald Butler, 75, of Floral City, FL passed away March 15, 2021 in Floral City. He was born in Lakeland, FL and arrived in this area in 2001, coming from Nobleton, FL. He was Christian by faith, and a U.S. Army veteran. Jerry enjoyed fishing, landscaping, and being outdoors. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Kathryn Butler in 2020, and several siblings. He is survived by his son, Jerry Brian Butler and his wife Jennifor of Edmonton, KY; sister Betty Prescott of Plant City, FL; 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


June Butler

June A Butler, 73, Lecanto, FL
June A. Butler of Lecanto, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the age of 73. June was born to the late Donald and Geraldine (Scudder) Van Hoesen on June 23, 1947 in Laurens, NY. She moved from Oneonta, NY and made Florida her home over 30 years ago, settling originally in St. Petersburg then Crystal River. Prior to retirement, June worked as a Sales Associate in retail sales. In her spare time she enjoyed coloring books, reading, puzzles and going shopping. She also enjoyed watching movies and Star Wars was one of her favorites. June really loved her circle of friends and liked the time she got to spend with them and socializing with others. Those left to mourn June’s passing include her sons: Todd Tucker and his wife Heather of Sandy Hook, CT, Zach Tucker and his wife Victoria of Albany, NY; daughter, Rani Tucker and her long time partner J.R. Wunder of Copperopolis, CA; sisters: Donna Van Hoesen of Hernando, FL, Linda Culver of Spring Hill, FL, Phyllis Becker and her husband Gary of Oneonta, NY; grandchildren: Natalie Tucker, Dominic Wunder and Avery Wunder. June’s family plan to have a private Service with burial at Oneonta Plains Cemetery in Oneonta, NY at a later date. Donations in June’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Henry Callahan

Henry S Callahan, 91, Inverness, FL
Henry S. “Red” Callahan, 91, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 14, 2021 peacefully at his home. He was born to the late Claude and Beulah (Lawrence) Callahan on May 1, 1929 in Toledo, OH. He worked as an owner and operator of his own home improvement business for many years and will be remembered for there not being anything he couldn’t accomplish. He made Citrus County his home in 2011 after moving from Michigan. He bravely served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He was a hard worker, loved fishing, and was a member of The Eagles in Inverness, FL. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 30 years, Nyoka Mason; his two daughters, Shirley and Vonda; his step-son, Blake (Tonya) Green; his sister, Dixie Armstrong; his three grandchildren, Diane, DJ, and Nicole; and his two grandsons, Andrew (Ashley) Green and Joshua (Ashley) Green. Arrangements for Henry are private and cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Bobbie Chenowith

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


Charles Clay

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


Dorothy Cooney

Dorothy A Cooney, 88, Inverness, FL
Dorothy A. Cooney passed away February 27, 2021 in Inverness, FL. She was born in Monterey, TN September 4, 1932 to the late Johnie and Willie Walker. As a child they moved to Dayton, OH where she met and married Gerald Cooney, her late husband who passed away in 2009. Gerald and Dorothy moved to Florida in 1972. Dorothy was a homemaker and a Baptist, a devoted Christian. She is survived by 3 daughters: Beverly (Steve) Holland, Vicki (Gary) Davis and Tina (Jim) Koutsky; one brother, Gene Walker of Xenia, OH and her sister, Sandra Webb of Inverness, FL. Her brother, Benton Walker of Crystal River, FL passed away in 2015 and many other family members and a dear friend, Freida. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Daniel Sr.

George M Daniel Sr., 99, Inverness, FL
George Monroe Daniel, Sr., 99, of Inverness, passed away April 26, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. George was born on February 21, 1922 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to the late Joel and Mary (Diehl) Daniel. He came to Citrus County in 1987 from Tarpon Springs, FL. George was a WWII Naval Veteran, retiring after 20 years as a Senior Chief. He later worked at Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Lab Technician for 28 years. George is survived by his sons: George M. Daniel, Jr., and Robert R. Daniel; his brother, Edward Daniel and sister, Betty Jean; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maner, on May 23, 2012; and his sister, Mary Jane. A Graveside service of Honor will be conducted on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:30 PM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Full military honors will be offered by the Hernando VFW #4252. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, from 12 noon until the procession leaves at 12:45 PM.


William Davis

William S Davis, 71, Inverness, FL
William S. Davis, 71, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 24, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. He was born to the late William J. and Ann E. (Bryant) Davis on August 27, 1949 in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He was a musician for many years and was a master steel guitar player. He married his late wife, Margaret “Peggy” Besser Davis in 2010 and together, they made Citrus County their home about 12 years ago when they relocated from Longview, Texas. William was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is described as being dog crazy and frequenting the Crystal River, FL Rural King. William, along with his parents, was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy, in 2018 and his two brothers, William Joseph “Cush” Davis and Ricky Davis. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, William “Billy” David of Inverness, FL, Stephen Davis of West Virginia, and Shauna McKinney (Graham) of Lake Jackson, Texas; his four sisters, Bonnie Lawrence, JoAnn Davis, Brenda Davis, and Vickie LaMarche; his five grandchildren, Audrey McKinney, Kade Davis, Cayman Howell, Charley Davis, and Grayson Davis; his three cherished great-grandchildren; and his friends at Rural King. A special recognition and thank you goes out to the all of the staff at Crystal River, FL Rural King for making William feel at home every time he stepped foot into Rural King and for treating him like a dear friend. Your kindness towards William does not go unnoticed. William was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Arrangements for William are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Michael Donovan

Michael R Donovan, 79, Inverness, FL
Michael R. Donovan, 79, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 13, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Daniel and Mary (Hartman) Donovan on September 14, 1941 in Wales, NY. He worked as a truck driver for many years and bravely and honorably served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He recently married his beloved wife, Mary Ann, on December 5, 2020. Michael will be remembered as being a very generous and giving man. He loved to ride around in the “Treat-Mobile” with his best companion and partner in crime, Little Buddy, and give out treats to the other dogs in the neighborhood. He was very witty and had a great sense of humor and was an all around very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Those who have preceded him in death are his late wife, Gail Willetts Donovan; his four brothers, Robert, John, Kenneth, and Daniel Donovan; and his three sisters, Lilian Ellessor, Gladys Campanella, and Kitty Eames. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Ann Arsenault; his three children, Jeffrey Donovan of Bear Creek, NC, R. Scott Donovan of Delevan, NY, and Wendy Morehead of Lumberton, NC; his three brothers, Gerald, Dennis, and Edward Donovan; his five sisters, Mary Donaldson, Pat McDonald, Jan Webster, Sandy Antoine, and Nancy Clark; his six cherished grandchildren; his five adored great-grandchildren; and his very loved dog, Little Buddy. Arrangements for Michael are private. Michael will be laid to rest in North Carolina. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Jimmie Douglas

Jimmie N Douglas, 99, Citrus Springs, formerly of Hernando, FL
Jimmie Nell Douglas, age 99, Citrus Springs, FL, formerly of Hernando, FL died at home on April 5, 2021under the care of her family and HPH Hospice. Mrs. Douglas was born in Winfield, AL on January 22, 1922 to the late Earley and Myriel (Cook) Pate. She moved to Citrus County with her late husband, Almer L. Douglas in 1976. She was a homemaker and a long time member of the Inverness Church of God. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Alma Nell Tankersley, Citrus Springs, FL; 1 brother, Ernest Pate, Riviera Beach, FL; 4 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Almer L. Douglas on October 18, 1989; her son, Wyman Blair Douglas; 2 sisters: Willie Paulk and Bonnie Bowers. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness with Rev. David Lucas, pastor of the Inverness Church of God officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service.


Porter Downey

Porter H Downey, 95, Hernando, FL
Porter Hanning Downey died peacefully on Monday, April 19th at the age of 95 in Inverness, Florida. Mr. Downey is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Dickie Young Downey, his sister Barbara Winecoff, and his sister Rachel Ann Bennett. Mr. Downey is survived by his sister, Janice Anderson of Farmington, Connecticut. Mr. Downey is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Lynne Downey Goldsmith (Robert) of Broomfield CO and Janice Anne Donoghue (Michael) of Plandome, NY, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Downey was born in Los Angeles, CA on March 13, 1926. He graduated from Canton High School, in Canton, CT and enlisted in the US Navy. After his honorable discharge in February, 1946, he went on to Wesleyan University in Connecticut, earning his BA in 1950. He and his father, William Downey jointly published the Farmington Valley Herald, until the elder Mr. Downey’s death in 1955. Mr. Downey had a distinguished career at a Life Insurance Company, an executive in public relations and advertising from 1955 until he retired in 1988. Mr. Downey lived in Simsbury, CT most of his adult life serving in various capacities, including as Republican Town Chairman for the town of Simsbury. He was instrumental in protecting wetlands, and in the development of the McClean Game Reserve. He was also a Connecticut delegate to several Republican national presidential conventions. He and Betty moved to Florida in 1997 to enjoy the warm weather and golfing all year round. They were members of St. Margaret’s church in Inverness. A Requiem Eucharist will be offered on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM from St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Inverness and will be conducted by Fr. Eugene Reuman. Cremation care by the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lillian Eadie

Lillian T Eadie, 87, Inverness, FL
Lillian Theresa Eadie of Inverness, FL passed away at Brentwood Healthcare Center in Lecanto on April 11, 2021 at the age of 87. Lillian was born to the late James and Clara (Brown) Harvey on January 31, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to retirement, she worked as a Public Relations Specialist for the Grumman Sperry Electrical Company. Lillian made Citrus County her home in 1985 after relocating from Long Island, NY. She was married to Robert Walter Eadie until his passing on August 14, 1980. Lillian was a very outgoing and social lady and loved living in the Royal Oaks Community of Inverness where she could spend time with her friends, play cards and go to theater performances and concerts. Lillian was also an extremely talented singer and a member of the Sweet Adelines Women’s Chorus. Those left to mourn Lillian’s passing include her son, Robert Eadie and his wife Doreen of Shirley, NY and three grandchildren. In addition to her husband Robert, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Harvey; and her significant other for many years, Tom Cavanaugh. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert  Edson

Robert C Edson, 66, Inverness, FL
Robert Carver “Gator” Edson, Jr., 66, of Inverness, FL passed away March 3, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. He was born in Brooksville, FL on January 24, 1955 to the late Robert C. and Kate (Mc Leod) Edson, Sr. Gator was a life long resident of Inverness and attended Trinity of Life Church. He enjoyed fishing, draft horses, and crafts. Gator was preceded in death by one son, Cory Edson. Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife of 16 years, Rebecca Jones. Other survivors also include daughter Amy Edson, step daughter Andrea Jones, brother: Jack Edson, sisters: Frances Dolbow and Brenda Kennedy, 1 grandchild and 1 great grandchild. A Celebration of Life for Robert is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10. 6:00 PM at New Birth Gospel Tabernacle Church, Inverness with Pastor Tammy Langley officiating.. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Susan Eland

Susan E Eland, 58, Inverness, FL
Susan Ellen Eland of Inverness, FL passed away while surrounded by her loving family at her home on February 19, 2021 at the age of 58. Sue was born to in Indianapolis, IN on February 17, 1963. She came to Florida in 1992 from Indianapolis and settled in Inverness just 4 years ago. After earning an Associate Degree in Nursing, Sue worked as a Surgical Nurse and was most recently employed by West Marion Hospital in Ocala, FL. She was a Christian by faith and most recently attended worship services at The Father’s House in Leesburg, FL. Sue is survived by her sons: Philip Eland of Fruitland Park, FL, Patrick Stewart and his wife Lillian of Inverness, FL; adopted son, Levi Eland; brothers: Mark Zierer and Mike Zierer both of Indianapolis, IN; and five grandchildren. Sue’s family are planning to have a memorial service for her at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


George Ely

George D Ely, 83, Homosassa, FL
George D. Ely of Homosassa, FL passed away at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL on March 12, 2021 at the age of 83. George was born to the late Lester and Palma (Pritcher) Ely in Syracuse, NY on November 18, 1937. Prior to retirement, he worked as an Iron Worker in the Construction Industry and was a member of the Iron Workers Union of Syracuse Local 60. George made Homosassa his home 20 years ago after relocating from Jordan, NY. In his spare time he enjoyed stock car racing and he raced up until the age of 73. He also enjoyed building and repairing cars with his good friend Tom White. As a skilled welder, George could pretty much build or fix anything and could often be found tinkering in the garage. Those left to mourn George’s passing include his sons: Mike Ely, Ron Ely (Ashley), John Ely (Tammy); daughters: Michelle Young (Paul), Dawn Ely, Margarite Ely, Arlene Barber; brothers: Fred Ely, Pete Ely, Dick Ely; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Charlie and Don Ely. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Steven Farmer

Steven W Farmer, 79, Floral City, FL
Steven W. Farmer, 79, of Floral City, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL on March 9, 2021. He was born to the late Wesley R. and Lima (Dubois) Farmer on June 8, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was an Audio Engineer for WTVJ Channel 4 (later known as NBC 6) in Miami for 35 years and he also bravely served our country as a member of the United States Air Force. He married his beloved wife, Margaret, in June of 1968 and they celebrated 52 years of marriage together before his passing. They made Citrus County their home after retirement in 2003, when they relocated from Miami. Steve enjoyed playing guitar with his band in his younger days and he had just recently started guitar lessons to better his guitar skills. He loved old cars and was very actively involved in the restoration of his cherished 1967 GTO and his El Camino. He was very involved in car shows all over Florida, including Inverness. He and his wife also enjoyed attending the Turkey Run Car Show in Daytona, FL. He followed the Stock Market avidly, and loved vacationing in Georgia in his vacation home with his family. Steven is preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Gary Farmer (Linda) who passed in September of 2020. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Margaret; his two sons, Michael Farmer (Tiffani) of Louisiana and Scott Farmer (late wife, Amy) of Texas; his eight grandchildren, Stacy, Kit, Kaleb, Leo and Liana, MicKayla, Andrew, and Logan; his two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Kayla; and his sister-in-law, Patty Troutman of Floral City, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Jean Frank

Jean D Frank, 86, Floral City, FL
Jean Delores (Cahill) Frank of Floral City, FL passed away at her home while under the care of her family and HPH Hospice on March 6, 2021 at the age of 86. She was born to the late Walter and Lucy (Phillips) Cahill on November 7, 1934 in New Britain, CT. Jean made Floral City her home in 1986 after relocating from Apple Valley, CA. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at Floral City United Methodist Church. Jean worked in accounting as a bookkeeper throughout her lifetime. In her spare time she enjoyed taking RV trips and camping. Those left to mourn Jean’s passing include her son, Michael Cypcar of Floral City, FL; and sisters: Phyllis Vallera of Newington, CT, Shirley Sapia of Old Lyme, CT, Margaret Rubino of Southington, CT; stepsons: Ronald Craig Frank and wife Kathleen of Brookpark, Ohio, Hugh Langin, Jr and his wife Susan of Bethlehem, CT, Stephen Langin; and stepdaughters: Lynne Ann Moran and husband Patrick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Deborah Warga and her husband Craig of Bethlehem, CT; Jean was preceded in death by husbands: Hugh Langin in 1995, Melvin Frank in 2014; and sister, Lucy Wyzatecki. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Gamble

David L Gamble, 71, Floral City, FL
David L. Gamble, 71, of Floral City, FL, passed away on April 7, 2021 at his home under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice. He was born to the late Lenzo and Martha L. (Speer) Gamble on March 17, 1950 in Jamestown, AL. He made Citrus County his home in 1953 after moving from Alabama. David will be remembered for his love of hunting and fishing and being a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed nighttime bon fires, cold beer, and country music. He was a Rock Mining construction worker for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith Brandi Medina in January of 2019, his two brothers, Charles and William Gamble, and his sister, Sue. Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Douglas A. Gamble (Mary) of Floral City, FL; his brother, Carl Gamble of Alabama; his sister, Cathy Parker of Palm Coast, FL; his four grandchildren; his two great-grandchildren; and a family friend, Janice Medina of Floral City, FL A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 12 Noon, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor David Lucas of the Inverness Church of God, officiating. Burial will follow at the Florida National Cemetery, with full military honors rendered in honor of his brave military service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Evelyn Garafola

Evelyn A Garafola, 69, Inverness, FL
Evelyn Ann Garafola of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on April 22, 2021 at the age of 69. She was born to the late James and Marianne (Belante) Bullock on September 30, 1951 in Fort Campbell, KY. Evelyn’s family left Kentucky when she was a child and resettled in San Diego, CA where she was raised. She and her husband Frank settled in Inverness 18 years ago after relocating from Rhode Island where they had lived for 23 years. Evelyn truly enjoyed spending time with her husband Frank and they both loved to travel in their RV together. Much of their time on the road was spent shopping for and buying antiques. They visited over 30 states throughout the years. In addition to Frank Garafola, Evelyn’s husband of 44 years, those that will mourn her passing include her son, Dave Olivas of California; stepson, Frank Garafola, III of North Carolina; stepdaughter, Collene Garafola of North Carolina; foster daughter, Michelle Hennigan of Arizona; brother, James Bullock of Nevada; four grandchildren: Madison and Kayla Olivas and Ryan and Donald Boldt and 5 great grandchildren. Evelyn was preceded in death by her sister, Terry Ellis in 2019. Written by Frank Garafola for Evelyn: "My heart is broken now but, I need to get repair. For she deserves the very best for her to live in there. Her body is gone but, her spirit remains with me. How do I know? When I close my eyes, it is her face I see. She wanted to be the first to go. It would be too much pain if it was me. I will gladly take the job so you will not have the pain for thee. The longer we were together, the better it became. Everything we had was true and love. We didn’t play a game. Her love was the best thing I ever knew and I know it was the same for her. It will always be that way. Her head on my chest, face in my fur. God has a special angel. Of this I surely know. I will have a place with her when it is my time to go. Until then I will remain here with family and friends, the ones who helped me through this time of the end. It will be light to darkness and darkness to light. I know it will take awhile but, I will be all right. God will not give you more than you can handle, and in my life he has tried me many times. It should make one a better person, like poetry and nursery rhymes. She leveled me out, she made me whole. Her love is deep into my soul. Evelyn, my heart, my soul, my love. I will wait by the window for you, my dove. Frank Garafola."


Phyllis  Giansanti

Phyllis V Giansanti, 96, Beverly Hills, FL
Phyllis V. Giansanti, age 96, Beverly Hills FL passed away April 16, 2021 at the Cedar Creek Assisted Living Facility in Crystal River. Phyllis was born in Connellsville, PA on November 16, 1924 to the late John and Ethel Mae (Gamble) Gaal and relocated to Citrus County in 1985 from Miami. She was a retired Civil Service employee, and a cheerful volunteer at Seven Rivers Hospital, the Skill Bank of Beverly Hills, Fleet Reserve Association of Citrus County, and the Beverly Hills Library. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: Kristine Devlin, Largo, FL; Rosemary Giansanti, Tallahassee, FL; Teresa Ann Kirby, Austin, TX; John P. Giansanti, Winter Springs, FL; and 6 Grandchildren; Keleigh, Timothy, Ryan, Sean, Andrea, and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Giansanti on February 4, 2014 and her son, Lawrence Giansanti on March 9, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted on April 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in her name.


Jeanna M Gladhill-Hall, 57, Beverly Hills, FL
Jeanna Marie Gladhill-Hall of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River on February 5, 2021 at the age of 57. She was born to the late Floyd and Marie (Pryor) Gaver on November 27, 1963 in Waynesboro, PA. Jeanna was employed as a Marketer for the Travel Industry. She was a very outgoing “people person” that never met a stranger and was very generous to all she knew. Jeanna was loving, kind and also had a beautiful singing voice. She was the type of person that lit up a room just by entering into it. Those left to mourn Jeanna’s passing include her daughter, Bobbie Anne Carter and her significant other, Kevin Carver; brothers: Jonathan Gaver and Joel Gaver; and grandchildren: Heaven, Trenton and Hunter. Jeanna was preceded in death by brothers: James and Geoffrey Gaver. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Thomas Gregory

Thomas A Gregory, 88, Lecanto, FL
Thomas Alfred Gregory of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on March 18, 2021 at the age of 88. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 20, 1932 to the late Thomas I. and Dorothy (Page) Gregory. Thomas proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service, he went to work in Law Enforcement and was a Communications Officer for the Southampton, NY Police Department for 17 years. On May 10, 1956, Thomas married Masako (Hashikawa) Gregory with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. He and Masako made Citrus County their home in 1996 after relocating from Hampton Bays, NY. In his spare time, Thomas enjoyed watching sports, reading, gardening and working puzzles. Those left to mourn Thomas’ passing include his daughter, Susan R. Gatto and her husband Charlie of Inverness, FL; son, Steven T. Gregory and his wife Elaine Fredrick of Providence, RI; sister, Barbara Trounson of Wilmington, NC; and grandchildren: Melissa Murphy and her husband Sean, Christopher Gatto, Hanako Gregory and Pauline Gregory. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home and will be conducted by Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel of Inverness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Thomas’ memory to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.


Lt Commander Thomas Hampton (Ret)

Lt Commander Thomas D Hampton (Ret), 87, Inverness, FL
Lt. Commander Thomas David Hampton, U.S. Navy (Ret) died at home on April 3, 2021 under the care of Vitas Hospice and his family. Tom was born in Gainesville, FL on February 19, 1934 to the late William F. Hampton and Grace Dobbins Hampton and moved to Citrus Co. 21 years ago from Miami. After leaving high school in the tenth grade, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an Aviation Electronics Technician, flying as a radar operator off the aircraft carriers USS Midway and USS Bennington. After completing his enlistment, he earned a degree in building construction from the University of Florida. He then rejoined the Navy and graduated from flight training in 1960. Subsequent assignments ranged from hurricane reconnaissance to conducting magnetic surveys around the world, including Southeast Asia (Vietnam) and Spain. He retired from the Navy after 22 years of service as a Lieutenant Commander. Tom was just 43 years of age and a new career was beckoning. He was hired by Dade County at the Miami International Airport as a Ramp Supervisor for 20 years before retiring for a second time. He enjoyed traveling around Europe and scheduled a major trip almost every year. He especially liked attending reunions and gatherings over the years with former naval officer friends and acquaintances. Tom was a Life Member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Left to cherish his memory are two children: Linda F. Kirk, Charlotte, NC and Thomas D. Hampton, Jr. of Inverness, FL; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. As per Tom’s request, his cremains will be scattered. His epitaph is to be the last line from Leoncavallo’s Opera I Pagliacci: “La commedia e finite” which means “the comedy is finished”. Cremation With Care by Chas. E. Davis.


William "Bill" Harms

William "Bill" E Harms, 73, Citrus Hills, FL
William Ernest “Bill” Harms of Citrus Hills, FL passed away at Bayfront Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, FL on March 21, 2021 at the age of 73. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military career, Bill had a career as a Police Officer and eventually as the Associate Planner for the City of Hollywood, FL. He was married to his loving wife, Jean (Parker) Harms for 42 years until her passing on March 15, 2016. Bill and Jean made Citrus County their home in 2000 after relocating from Lake Worth, FL. He was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at the Cowboy Church of Lecanto. Bill was also a Mason and members of Lodge #133 and Lodge #398. Those left to mourn Bill’s passing include his very dear friends: Bridget Didsbury, Jan Devita, Dr. Allan Rubin and Shelly Mayes. Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Anthony Hatten

Anthony J Hatten, 61, Inverness, FL
Anthony J. Hatten, Sr., also known as Lil T or T-Bone, who worked at Tony Collision Center since he was 17 years old, went to the Lord on April 22, 2021. Born on February 3, 1960, to Ophelia Pagano Quintana Hatten and Ray Quintana, Sr. in Denver, Colorado, he was the youngest of 10 children. He was preceded in death by his mother Ophelia Hatten, his father Ray Quintana, Sr., an adopted father, Evan Hatten, three brothers, Eddie Quintana, a baby by the name of Ray, and another brother by the name of Ray Quintana, and one sister, Mary Jane Quintana. He is survived by his wife of 40+ years, Sandra (Sandi) Foster Fisher Hatten, four sons and one daughter, Anthony J. Hatten (AJ), Jessica Hatten, Colt Hatten, Joseph Hatten, and Jacob Hatten, four grandchildren, Ashley Klink, Ayden Hatten, Sophie McGill, and Lauren Hatten (LoLo), one brother, Randy Quintana and his wife Debbie and four sisters, Debra Ayden, Sally Quintana, Carmen Camocho, and Peggy Morris. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 3 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends for a time of fellowship will begin at 2 PM until the hour of service. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Julie Havre

Julie A Havre, 62, Floral City, FL
Julie Anne Havre, age 62 of Floral City, FL passed away unexpectedly while visiting family in Windsor, OH, on April 16, 2021. Born in Cleveland, OH on January 24, 1959, to Dale and Carol (Vargo) Havre, Julie moved to Florida in 1983. A dog lover and gentle soul, Julie was devoted to her family. She was also an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are two children: Abbey Pomrenke of Jacksonville, FL and Megan Chmura of Inverness, FL; her mother, Carol Havre, Inverness, FL; brothers: Charles (Deborah) Havre, Tampa, FL, and John (Heather) Havre, Shaker Heights, OH; and sister, Cynthia (David) Preston, Bayshore, NY; and four grandchildren: Jaiden, Kamryn, Emmarie, and Zeke. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Dale Havre, MD (January 16, 2021), and her grandson, Evan Dale (2011). The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, April 23, 2021, at 2:30 PM at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with The Rev. Fr. Tim Cummings, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL. Friends may visit with the family Friday from 12 noon at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home until the procession departs for the church at 2:00 PM.


Alan Hendrickson

Alan Hendrickson, 68, Lecanto, FL
Alan Hendrickson, 68 of Lecanto, passed away March 26, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Alan was born in Albany, NY on September 13, 1952. He came to Citrus County 10 years ago from South Carolina. He was a retired telephone lineman and enjoyed fishing, farming and football. He was a quiet and reserved person. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 27 years, Betty Hendrickson, her daughter, Jennifer Sullivan and her children and grandchildren. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Betty Hendrickson

Betty A Hendrickson, 68, Lecanto, FL
Betty A. Hendrickson, 68 of Lecanto, passed away April 8, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Betty was born in Altoona, PA on May 10, 1952 to the late Darwin D. and Elizabeth Ann (Ickes) Miller. She came to Citrus County 10 years ago from South Carolina. Betty was a retired telephone operator. She loved life, enjoyed shopping and going to the beach. She was cheerful, loving and giving person. She especially loved her family who were first with her! Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Jennifer Sullivan; her grandchildren: Lily, Elizabeth, Abigail, Hope, Mary Beth and Stephen; her great grandchildren: Daxton, Charlotte, Oliver and Isabella. She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Alan Hendrickson. Private cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Paul Hennessey

Paul D Hennessey, 85, Floral City, FL
Paul Douglass Hennessey, 85, of Floral City, FL passed away April 21, 2021 under the care of Life Path Hospice in Tampa, FL. He was born in New York, NY on May 30, 1935 to the late William T. and Evelyn (O’Connor) Hennessey. At age 25, Paul began his data processing career with Florida Steel Corporation and for the next 31 years he helped bring the company into the computer age. His early retirement ended quickly as Paul rejoined the company (currently Gerdau) as Director of Corporate Responsibility. In retirement, he fulfilled a life-long dream of completing his college education, earning his Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from St. Leo University. He arrived in this area in 1991, coming from Tampa, to be closer to his wife’s parents. He joined them in attending Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. Paul enjoyed golfing with his brother-in-law and running with friends and family. He completed a marathon and then participated in triathalons with his wife. Once again, his desire to work led him to Walmart, Inc., where he enjoyed working until his 80th birthday. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Finkenor, and two sisters, Olive Aaronson and Patricia O’Neal. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Suzanne Gustafson Hennessey. Also mourning his loss are his children, Paul D. Hennessey II and his wife Carol of Lake City, FL, Barry E. Hennessey of Orlando, FL, Loretta Holtkamp and her husband Michael of Tampa, Sheryl Dunn and her husband Byron, and Sheila Hennessey, all of Floral City; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; and a host of family and friends grieving the loss of a beloved friend who was always ready to help, Semper Paratus. Paul celebrated the beauty of creation and all its complexities in his writings throughout his life. A Celebration of Life Service for Paul will be held on Saturday, May 8, 11:00 A.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Inverness, FL, with Fr. Tim Cummings of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. To the Ruby Team at LifePath Hospice, thank you for the loving care, comfort, and dignity you gave Paul. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to LifePath Hospice, Chapters Health Foundation, 3010 W. Azeele Street, #120, Tampa, FL 33609 or at https://www.chaptershealth.org/give/donate or your local Hospice Organization.


Frances Inzitari

Frances Inzitari, 91, Inverness, FL
Frances Inzitari of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Health and Rehab in Inverness, FL on February 20, 2021 at the age of 91. Frances was born to the late John and Josephine (Misa) Kmiotek on November 2, 1929 in Queens, NY and was Catholic by faith. She made Florida her home 15 years ago after relocating from New York. Frances loved smoking her cigarettes and enjoyed a good cup of coffee. She used to joke and tell her kids, “I’m going to puff now”. Frances also enjoyed playing bingo. She was a fan of Betty Boop and had amassed quite a collection over the years. Those left to mourn Frances’ passing include her sons: Joe Inzitari (Susan) of Levittown, NY, Raymond Inzitari of Homosassa, FL, Thomas Inzitari of Inverness, FL; daughters: Dee Marcellino of Bellmore, NY, Carol Inzitari of Inverness, FL; sister, Maryanne Coffey of Long Island, NY; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vernon "Sonny" Johnson

Vernon "Sonny" Johnson, 91, Floral City, FL
Vernon “Sonny” Johnson of Pasco County, FL passed away at the AdventHealth Center in Zephyrhills on February 24, 2021 at the age of 91. Sonny was born to the late Howard “Howdy” Vernon and Mildred Rebecca (Forbes) Johnson on January 1, 1930 in Canton, OH. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in Orlando, FL for several years before moving to Texas for his career. Sonny went to work in Aeronautics and retired in 1999 as a Senior Engineer from Lockheed Martin in Austin, TX after 20 years of service. He returned to Florida after his retirement. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and was an excellent bowler. Sonny was a naturally talented artist and very good at drawing and painting. Those left to mourn Sonny’s passing include his daughters: Linda Lacaze and her husband James of Floral City, FL, Terry Carpenter and her husband Les of Duluth, MN; sons: Martin Johnson and his wife Sandy of Stark, FL, Jeffrey “Scott” Johnson of Houston, TX; and grandchildren: Anease Lacaze of Jacksonville, FL, Jeffrey Lacaze and his wife Patricia of Hudson, FL, Skyler Johnson of Eau Claire, WI and Kaylin Johnson also of Eau Claire, WI. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inveress, FL.


Francis Kampfer

Francis R Kampfer, 89, Homosassa, FL
Francis Robert Kampfer, 89, born on June 16, 1931, in New York City, NY, passed away on April 8, 2021. He resided in Homosassa, Florida with his family at the time of his passing. This memorial is to celebrate the life of our beloved Father. His friends knew him as Bob, Ollie, Fritzi, PopPop, Chop Meat, Mickey Mandel and many more nicknames. All of us admired him for so many things – his hard work ethics, devotion to his family, big personality, enormous heart & generosity, amazing humor, incredible determination, his zest for life and his love of Golf and “Happy Hour”. His sense of humor touched many lives and his nicknames for people and crazy sayings made everyone laugh. Francis was born in New York City, NY to Frank and Paula (Jung) Kampfer. As a young boy, while visiting family in Germany, WWII broke out and they could not return to America until after the war. Francis had a tough childhood. Eventually, as a true American Patriot, Francis enlisted in the United States Army in 1949. He was a Combat Medic during the Korean War and was nicknamed “DOC”. He was Honorably Discharged in 1953 and received a Korea Service Medal with 5 Campaign Stars, a United States Service Medal, Korean Presidential Citation and Medical Combat Badge. Francis owned and operated a successful Meat Provisions Route in New Jersey and made Citrus County his home in 1993 after retiring and moving from Toms River, NJ to Citrus Hills with his late wife Roselma, whom he married in 1952. Francis devoted his time to playing Golf with his friends at Citrus Hills Country Club. He always believed that life should be passionate, full of fun, and everyone should have a “cock-a-tail” with him. He loved the NY Yankees and followed all Sports. Let’s just say he was always in control of the TV remote control. This is the legacy Francis leaves behind. The memories he gave us will live on forever. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roselma and his brother, Paul. Those left to cherish his memory are his four daughters, Roselma Kruschke and husband Tom, Debra Magno, Susan Maczik and husband Joe, Diane Schmidt and husband Skip (Coach Ray) ; his four grandchildren, Robert Hurley and wife Amanda, Erica Jernigan, Anthony Peifer, and Christina Corcoran; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is being held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:30am est at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home – Inverness FL. A procession to Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL will immediately follow for immediate family, where full military honors will take place. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to HPH Hospice, 2939 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto FL 34461


June Kelly

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


Katherine Kennedy

Katherine A Kennedy, 81, Inverness, FL
Katherine Ann Kennedy , age 81, Inverness, FL passed away March 7, 2021 at the Hernando Pasco Hospice in Lecanto. Katherine was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 27, 1939 to the late Joseph and Katherine Tustin and came to this area in 1997 from there. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Left to cherish her memory are two children: John Kennedy and Kathleen Kennedy, both of Inverness; 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Kennedy and two sons, Michael and Thomas Kennedy. She also was preceded by three brothers, James, Bill, and Joe Tustin and her sister, Margaret Hoppel. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial announced at a later date with burial following in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.


Donald Koehler

Donald G Koehler, 60, Inverness, FL
Donald George Koehler, age 60, Inverness, FL passed away March 4, 2021 at his residence. Don was born in No. Babylon, NY on December 23, 1960 (1 of 7 children) to the late Edward and Edith (Mundy) Koehler and came to Citrus County in 1975. He was employed by the Citrus County School System Maintenance Department as an Air Conditioning Journeyman Technician. Most important to Don was taking care of family and friends. He was a hard worker and believed in doing his job to the best of his ability every day. As a child he enjoyed taking apart small machines which led to his favorite hobby as an adult. He could frequently be found in the garage making repairs for family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He truly was one of a kind and will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 31 years, Sandra Koehler; 2 daughters: Emily Roth of Atlanta, GA and Alissa Koehler of Inverness; 1 grandson: Xander Roth of Atlanta, GA; 1 brother: Bobby (and Elaine) Koehler of Inverness; 3 sisters: Carolyn Koehler and Sheryl Losito, both of Inverness, and Kathy (and Mike) Tomas of Simpsonville, SC; 1 brother-in-law Kenny Schill of Spring Hill, FL; his brother, Brian Koehler and sister, Nancy Schill preceded him in death. There will be a Memorial Gathering on Saturday, March 13th from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on South Florida Avenue in Inverness. Friends and neighbors may gather with the family, fellowship, and share their memories of Don. Committal services will be scheduled by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by either the Hernando Elementary or Pleasant Grove Library Programs.


David Koonce Jr

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


Shirley Lambert

Shirley H Lambert, 85, Inverness, FL
Shirley H. Lambert, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 21, 2021 at The Grove Health and Rehab Center of Hernando while under the care of HPH Hospice. She was born on July 22, 1935 in Ona, FL to Walton L. and Flossie (Stephens) Youngblood. She was a Secretary for over 30 years for the telephone company, GTE in Tampa, FL. Shirley married her beloved husband, William, in December of 2005 and together, they loved to do lots of traveling and take long cruises. She also enjoyed gardening, reading and talking on the phone with her friends. While she was a lifelong Floridian, she made Inverness her home 16 years ago from Tampa, FL. Shirley was preceded in death by two of her children. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Bill; her son, Brent Tanner of Tampa; and several grandchildren. Arrangements for Shirley are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Eugene "Gene" Larimer

Eugene "Gene" Larimer, 80, Inverness, FL
Eugene “Gene” Larimer, 80, of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness on February 22, 2021. He was born to the late Larry and Evelyn (Nicels) Larimer on March 31, 1940 in Galesburg, Illinois. He was a Truck Driver for many years and moved to Citrus County with his beloved wife, Barbara, in 1983 from Illinois. Gene loved camping with his family, restoring golf carts and tractors with his son, David, and he thoroughly loved life. He will be remembered for being a very hard worker who enjoyed the outdoors and riding on his golf cart, visiting with his neighbors, and spending time with his two puppy dogs, Bandit and Blaze, his beloved cat, BayBay, and his granddog, Zeus. He was a very humble and kind man who loved his family dearly, and his family very deeply loved him. Those who are left to cherish Gene’s memory are his wife of 63 years, Barbara; his children, Don (Kelly) Larimer of Illinois, Diane Unzicker of Illinois, and David Larimer of Inverness; his four step-siblings, Kevin, Larry, Linda, and Lisa; his five cherished grandchildren, Dustin, Koree, Derek, Jason, and Ryan; and his 11 adored great-grandchildren. He was loved by many and he will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held on Wednesday March 31st, at 3:00P.M., at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL, with Pastor Terry Roberts, of Crossroad Baptist Church, officiating. A Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM until the hour of service. Memorials in Eugene’s memory would be appreciated to Habitat for Humanity, 3703 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Inverness, FL 34453.


Duanne Cy Laughlin

Duanne Cy Laughlin, 91, Floral City, FL
Duanne Cy Laughlin, age 91, of Floral City, Florida, and formerly of New Philadelphia, died Thursday, February 25, 2021, in Highland Place, at Inverness Florida. Born on April 9, 1929, in Coshocton, Ohio, Cy was a son of the late Duanne Billingsly and Mary Elizabeth Lummis Laughlin. He was a Navy Veteran who proudly served his country during the Korean War and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from THE Ohio State University. On March 17, 1956, he married the former E. Jane Laughlin. Together the couple had two sons and shared in 48 years of marriage prior to Jane’s passing on May 29, 2004. Professionally, Cy worked for many years at ODOT and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church at New Philadelphia. He served for more than 20 years as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 181 at New Philadelphia. Cy was passionate about bringing up the next generation of youth by teaching skills they could use for a lifetime. Most recently, Cy has lived in Florida where he even affiliated himself with a Boy Scout Troop in the area and was instrumental in helping them relocate to a new building and grow their program. In his free time Cy was an avid gardener and bowler who also loved genealogy, woodworking, home repair projects, camping and attending Summer Showcase programs at Tuscora Park and being a part of Family Reunions. Cy was also a long-standing member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the New Philadelphia VFW, New Philadelphia Elks #510 and the Dover Moose and Eagles. He is survived by his two sons, Duanne R. (Cheryl) Laughlin and Steven L. Laughlin all of New Philadelphia; his grandchildren, Stacy Laughlin of Georgia, Elizabeth (Sean) Lee of Arizona, Tawnya (Rob) Baker of Kentucky, Melissa (Micah) Wissman, and Victor (companion, Jennifer Raleigh) Paris of Cincinnati. And his great-grandchildren, Johanna Dillon, Rachel Lee, Fitzgerald Lee, Charlie Baker, Micah Wissman, and Cecilia Wissman. A graveside service, with military honors, will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 11 AM in the Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia. Instead of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Cy’s name be directed to any Hospice Charity of the donor’s choice. Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Cy by visiting the funeral home’s website at www.GeibCares.com. Florida arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Karen Lee

Karen E Lee, 64, Inverness, FL
Karen Elizabeth Lee of Inverness, FL passed away while under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice on March 12, 2021 at the age of 64. She was born on October 18, 1956 in Naples, FL. Karen was one of six children born to the late Jesse and Naomi Joyce (Lucas) Sanders. She had many professions throughout her lifetime but truly excelled at cooking. Karen had worked for many fine dining establishments through the years. She enjoyed decorating, making things beautiful and gardening but her all time favorite pastime was shopping. Karen absolutely loved to shop, especially for clothes and home goods. She made Citrus County her home in 2003 after relocating from Naples and was a member of the Inverness Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3992. Those left to mourn Karen’s passing include her husband, Gary Lee of Inverness; daughters: Shannon Martin of Ocala, Karen Gail Moore of Inverness, Nicole Walker of Arcadia; brother, Larry Dale Sanders of Crystal River; sisters: Shelly Hollingshead (Mike) of Marco Island, Roxanne Vining of Dunnellon; fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Karen was preceded in death by her daughter, Felicia Walker in 2014 and brothers: Steve Sanders and Greg Sanders. Karen’s family plan to hold a memorial service at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Betty Lefevers

Betty M Lefevers, 88, Inverness, FL
Betty Lefevers, age 88, of Inverness, Fl., passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at her home under the loving care of her family. Betty was born in Cumberland, Kentucky on May 9, 1932 to the late George and Octavia Johnson, and came to Citrus County in 1973 from Pineville, Ky. Ms. Lefevers graduated from Knoxville General Hospital School of Nursing in Knoxville, Tn. in 1952. Upon arrival in Inverness in 1973, she worked at Citrus Memorial Hospital in various roles. Ms. Lefevers’ responsibilities grew as the little country Hospital went from 25 beds to 200. Ms. Lefevers worked in many areas of the Hospital including O.B., nursery, and I.C.U./C.C.U., and at times was the only Registered Nurse at night. She delivered several babies in her career when the new arrivals decided not to wait for the doctor. Ms. Lefevers served in many leadership roles, these included Infectious Disease, Same Day Surgery, Quality Assurance, and Head Nurse for many years. Ms. Lefevers was instrumental in the early success of the Infectious Disease program at Citrus Memorial Hospital. The Nursing Supervisor Mrs. Marjorie Budd stated, “Betty worked well with all staff and was praised by the doctors.” “She was always calm, cool, and collected.” Ms. Lefevers retired from Citrus Memorial in 1997. After retiring, she was very active in her community. Areas she was most proud of were the ReadingPals program and Camp Good Hope. She was a volunteer Quality Assurance Nurse for Hospice, serving others as she had done during her 45 years as a Registered Nurse. She was a founding member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Ms. Lefevers is survived by her 4 children: Her son William Lefevers and his wife Angelica, daughters Brenda Freeman and her husband David, Marsha Herring, and Frances Gillette. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 1 great-great-grand child. There will be no services scheduled at this time. Cremation with care by Chas. E. Davis. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Betty Lefevers, R.N. to the College of Central Florida: www.CF.edu/give or via mail: CF Foundation, Inc. 3001 SW College Rd. Ocala, Fl. 34474-4415


Christopher Leonard

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


Joan Lessmeier

Joan A Lessmeier, 91, Deland, FL
Joan Aileen Lessmeier of Deland, FL and formerly of Inverness, FL, passed away at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona, FL on February 26, 2021 at the age of 91. Joan was born to the late John S. and Muriel A. (Philps) Davis on June 8, 1929 in Detroit, MI. She was married to her husband Robert Lessmeier for over 30 years until his passing on August 26, 2007. Joan and Robert made Florida their home in 1984 after relocating from Eben Junction, MI. She moved to Deland 5 years ago to reside with her daughter. Joan owned and operated a great number of businesses throughout her lifetime including a travel agency, video stores, a campground, grocery store, bar and tavern, and a pool service company. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling and especially liked to go to casinos and gamble. Some of her favorite destinations were Las Vegas, NV and Biloxi, MS. Joan loved spending time with her grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching them compete in their various sporting activities over the years. Those left to mourn Joan’s passing include her daughter, Leslie Berridy and her husband Chuck of Deland, FL; sons: Timothy McKendry and his longtime girlfriend Barbara of Inverness, FL, Michael McKendry and his wife Tara of Inverness, FL; grandchildren: Jennifer, Mark, Adam, Michael, Brianne, Cynzia, Kaeleb, Wade, Rebecca, Chris, Sara, Caryn, Chaz, Niki; and also several great grandchildren. Following cremation, Joan will be laid to rest privately with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Gerald Little

Gerald W Little, 81, Inverness, FL
Gerald Wayne Little, 81, of Inverness, FL passed away February 15, 2021 at Crystal Always There ALF in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Akron, OH on April 11, 1939 to the late Wayne Leslie and Beryl (Smith) Little. Gerald was a U.S. Army veteran of the Viet Nam war, and an Expeditor for Lockheed-Martin and was an active snow bird between Florida and Ohio. He was a Christian by faith and loved sports. He coached little league sports high school football, as well as umpiring for High School softball games. Gerald is listed in the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame (umpire). Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife of 54 years, Harryette Little. Private Cremation with Care arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Littlefield

David W Littlefield, 75, Lecanto, FL
David W. Littlefield, 75, of Lecanto, FL passed away unexpectedly March 9, 2021. He was born in Rockland, Maine on October 21, 1945 to the late Carl and Viola (Weymouth) Littlefield. David was the supervisor of a vocational training facility in Freeport, Maine, and arrived in this area in 2000 after retirement. He was Christian by faith. He loved to work cutting lawns and helping people in need with his handyman skills. He also enjoyed golfing with his buddies, kayaking, and riding the bike trails. He was also lucky to have a neighbor, Paxson Rose who became his best friend. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Littlefield. David is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Brenda Littlefield. Other survivors include his children Nathanael Littlefield and his wife Leigh of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rebeca Norton and her husband Eric of New Gloucester, Maine, and Lisa Hall and her husband Jay of Lancaster, PA; Keagan Whitney of Gray, Maine; and brother Donald Littlefield and his wife Ruth of Portsmouth, NH; niece Jennie Windscheffel and nephew Tyler Littlefield; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service for David will be held in Maine at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Rafael Llanis

Rafael A Llanis, 73, Lecanto, FL
Rafael A. Llanis, 73, of Lecanto, FL passed away on April 19, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. He was born to the late Rafael A. and Marie (Menendez) Llanis on August 22, 1947 in Puerto Rico. He was a salesman for auto finance for the majority of his life and loved his farm where he kept goats and horses. He was a car guy and was a devoted Christian. He was very proud of his culture and loved Puerto Rico. He loved attending church and enjoying going to Church Without Walls in Lecanto, FL. He was always a very happy person who was full of life and spirit. He was a great husband and father and loved his family dearly. He made Citrus County his home 25 years ago when relocating from Puerto Rico. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Rafael A. Llanis in 2019. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 17 years, Yamile; his son, Carmichael Llamis (Sarah) of Lecanto, FL; his daughter, Ingrid Llanis (Alberto) of Lecanto, FL; his sister, Marilyn Llanis; and his five cherished grandchildren, Stella, Paola, Mia, Cloe, and Dennis Michael. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with a visitation beginning at 2:00 PM, where everyone is welcome to attend for a time of fellowship. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert Lund

Robert C Lund, 70, Crystal River, FL
Robert C. Lund, 70, of Crystal River, FL passed away March 29, 2021 at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI on September 13, 1950 to the late Jack and Ruth(Everhart) Lund. Robert was a heating and air conditioning repairman and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He arrived in the area in 2014, coming from Mundelein, IL. Robert was Lutheran by faith, and enjoyed fishing in his boat, dining on fine cuisine, and taking care of his wife Bobbie and also a big Cubs fan. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #2112, Inverness, FL. He was preceded in death by one brother, Donn Lund, and his beloved dog “Cubbie”. Left to mourn his passing is his wife of 40 years, Bobbie Lund, step-children Jeffrey Maki and his wife Louise of Barrington, IL, Darcy Hutton and her husband Daniel of Mundelein, IL; sisters Shauna Lund and Susan Scotner; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Michelle Marques

Michelle A Marques, 60, Inverness, FL
Michelle A. Marques, 60, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 15, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Robert and Rose Mary (Zieminski) Burns on June 1, 1960 in New York and she and her beloved husband enjoyed 15 beautiful years of marriage together before her passing. She made Citrus County her home in 1990 after moving from the Wyoming Valley area in Pennsylvania. She was a nurse for over 40 years, and worked in various hospitals across the state including Citrus Memorial Hospital, The Villages Hospital, and others. Michelle was a music and animal lover and a fantastic wife and mother. She had many talents, one of them being her ability to play Bass Guitar, in which she learned to play to be in Tony’s band. Those left to cherish Michelle’s memory are her beloved husband, Tony; her four children, Justin Saslo, Kyle Marques, Austin Marques, and Chelsey Marques; and her three cherished grandchildren, Jessica, Jamie, and Raelynn. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 3 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 2 PM and last until the hour of service. A time of fellowship and food will be held at 9065 S, Brittany Path, Inverness, FL 34452 following the services. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Robert "Bo" Maynard

Robert "Bo" W Maynard, 77, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Robert “Bo” W. Maynard, 77 of Lake Panasoffkee, FL was granted his angel wings on March 21st, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on October 6th, 1943 in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Robert served our country in the United States Coast Guard from 1963 to 1967. He is survived by his loving life partner, Sylvia Martin of Lake Panasoffkee, children Wendy (Brian) Elliot of Towanda, PA; Robert Maynard of Towanda, PA; Amy Jeukeng of Galveston, TX; 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. Robert was predeceased by his parents Claude and Betsy Maynard of Rome, PA; Sister Nancy Ruger of Rome, PA; Brother Charles Maynard of Rome, PA and his daughter Michelle Martin of Rome, PA. An inspiration to many, Robert enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, loved life and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday March 27th at 2:00 PM at the Methodist Church of the Fisherman, Lake Panasoffkee. Robert will be honored for his time serving our country and will be laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Robert Maynard. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Mark McClendon

Mark A McClendon, 63, Floral City, FL
Mark McClendon transitioned to Spirit on April 13, 2021. After a long illness cared for at home by family and Vitas Hospice, his human experience ended. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patty, his brother John, step-children Megan Storm (Roger) and Marty Thompson (Sydney), Grandson Ryan Colpoys and his beloved niece Lakshmi Pirez (Diana) and nephews Stacy McClendon and Lynn McClendon. His mother Barbara preceded him in death by one year on February 29, 2020. Mark was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957 and raised in Tampa, Florida by his mother, Barbara and grandmother, Pearl. His important accomplishments in life all originated with God and he learned forgiveness, patience, tolerance and compassion, loving-kindness for all people. He was an excellent listener and you always felt accepted in his presence, he let you know you mattered. A man after God’s own heart and he came pretty close. He wished to thank the men who embraced him when he moved to Citrus County in 2011. He was welcomed and accepted by the men at Floral City Methodist Church and New Hope Methodist Church, something he didn’t expect being a long haired, motorcycle riding fellow. He came as an outsider and was welcomed and accepted by these very loving congregations. God also provided him with a select group of special men in recovery who guided his spiritual journey in ways that increased his love or all of humanity. Mark would want to thank you all for journeying with him and encourages you in your own journeys. God Bless us All. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at New Hope United Methodist Church on May 1st at 11AM. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Ronald McKinney

Ronald C McKinney, 79, Hernando, FL
Ronald Calvin McKinney, 79, of Hernando, FL passed away March 26, 2021 at his residence in Hernando. He was born on March 5, 1942 in Dansville, NY to the late Oather C. and Beatrice I. (Kenyon) McKinney. Ronald was a sewing machine mechanic and served our country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He arrived in this area in 1967, coming from Brooksville, FL. Ronald was Baptist by faith, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by one son, Mark Oather McKinney and one sister, Josephine N. "Joe" Harris. Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lucy McKinney. Other survivors include his daughter Stacey Marleena McKinney of Inverness, FL; brother Roger D. McKinney; and sister Wanda Earner; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Jarvis "Jerry" Merrick

Jarvis "Jerry" J Merrick, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Jarvis J. “Jerry” Merrick of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at his home while under the loving care of his family and Vitas Hospice Healthcare at the age of 87 on February 14, 2021. Jerry was born on September 12, 1933 in Somerset, KY to the late Willie and Elizabeth Merrick. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army serving in the 82nd Airborne and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was married to his loving wife Wanda Merrick for 48 years until her passing in August of 2008. Jerry and Wanda made Citrus County their home in 2000 after relocating from Boynton Beach, FL. Jerry was a member of the Cowboy Church of Hernando. In his spare time he enjoyed caring for his yard and gardening. He was a generous man that was always ready to lend a helping hand to others in their time of need. Those left to mourn Jerry’s passing include his children: Sherry Kindall of Beverly Hills, FL, James Merrick and his wife Ursula of Beverly Hills, FL, Michael Surfus and his wife Gloria of Indiana, Robin Prospere of Boynton Beach, FL, Christopher Merrick of Bushnell, FL; brother: Charles Merrick; sister, Christine Rowley; 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his very special and dear friend, Irene Sharpe of Beverly Hills, FL. He was preceded in death by brothers: Bill, Marlon, Don and Garvin Merrick; and sister June. A Celebration of Jerry’s life is scheduled for Sunday, March 14 at 3:00 PM at the Cowboy Church of Hernando located at 3962 N. Roscoe Road, Hernando, FL 34442. The family would like to request that all of those attending the service please wear a mask. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Phyllis Meyers

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


Kathleen Missett

Kathleen Missett, 81, Inverness, FL
Kathleen (Walters) Missett, 81, passed peacefully with her family by her side on March 12, 2021. She was born in Rimersburg, PA on August 10, 1939 to the late George and Mabel (Schoening) Walters. She moved to Warren, MI in 1945 and married her late spouse, William Stevens, in 1956 and they were married until 1980. He later passed in 2014. She then married Donald Missett in 1986. She is a loving mother of two daughters, Bonnie (Jeff) Schumaker and Michelle (Scott) Thams; step-mother to Michael (Lynette) Missett and Peggy Sue Missett; sister to Helen Kasky; grandmother to Heather (Glenn) Black, Jennifer (Lee) Cole, Chris Farguhar, and Melanie Schumaker; great-grandmother to Cameron, Robert, Hunter, Mitchell, Correy, Stone, and Chloe; step-grandmother to Nichole (Richard) McGrail and Chris Missett; and step-great-grandmother to Olivia, Gabriele, and Serenity. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mabel Walters and her brothers, Robert (Joann) Walters and John (Judy) Walters. Kathy loved crafts and was a talented jewelry designer and crochet pattern designer. Memorial donations can be made to Vitas Hospice, P.O. Box 1330 Lecanto, FL 34460. Arrangements for Kathy are private. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


John "Jack" Monck

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


Carol Morgan

Carol A Morgan, 77, Inverness, FL
Carol Ann Morgan of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital with her loving family by her side on April 22, 2021 at the age of 77. She was born to Martha (Moulaison) Collupy and the late Robert Collupy on February 7, 1944 in Melrose, MA. Carol was married to her loving husband, Paul Morgan for 39 years. Together, she and Paul made Citrus County, FL their home 8 years ago after relocating from Waterboro, ME. She was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at Floral City Baptist Church. In her spare time, Carol loved knitting and making quilts. In addition to her husband Paul, those left to mourn Carol’s passing include her 98 year old mother, Martha Collupy; sons: Andy Brown and Rob Brown; daughters: Jill Viel (Andy) and Pamela Havey (John); brothers: Robert, James and Wayne Collupy; sister, Nancy Collupy; and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


John Murphy Jr

John V Murphy Jr, 82, Inverness, FL
John V. Murphy, Jr., 82, of Inverness, FL passed away at home on Monday, April 26, 2021. He was born in Staten Island, NY to the late John and Ona Murphy, Sr. John was a retired New York City fireman and Army veteran. He was a Catholic by faith, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, and brothers Bill and Tom. Survivors include his sons John V. Murphy III and his wife Valerie, and Douglas E. Murphy and his wife Jane, both of PA; 4 grandchildren, Kathleen, Jane, Margaret and Michael; and his sister, Mary Barile of NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, April 30, at 2 pm from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. The family will be receiving friends from 12 pm until 1:45 pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. The procession to the church will depart the funeral home at 1:45 pm. John’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family.


Shirley O'Callaghan

Shirley M O'Callaghan, 92, Homosassa, FL
Shirley Myrtle O’Callaghan of Homosassa, FL passed away at Arbor Trail Rehab and Nursing on March 28, 2021 at the age of 92. She was born to the late Bruce and Harriet (McNeil) Watson on August 16, 1928 in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. Shirley was married to her husband Jack O’Callaghan for 58 years until his passing in December of 2009. She made Citrus County Florida her home 55 years ago after relocating from British Columbia. Shirley was Catholic by faith and enjoyed dancing in her spare time. Prior to retirement, she worked as a Nurse’s Aide in Nursing Homes. Those left to mourn Shirley’s passing include her sons: Michael O’Callaghan and his wife Connie of Homosassa, FL, Steven O’Callaghan and his wife Lynn of Marshfield, MA, Ricky O’Callaghan of Spring Hill, FL; daughter, Rhonda McMannis and her husband Kevin of Spring Hill, FL; and 9 grandchildren. Shirley will be laid to rest alongside her husband Jack at Meadowlawn Cemetery in New Port Richey, FL at a later date. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Virgil Oliver

Virgil L Oliver, 84, Inverness, FL
Virgil Lynn Oliver of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 2, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born to the late Charles Virgil and Helen (Hill) Oliver on January 27, 1937 in Toledo, OH. Virgil proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service, he began a career in law enforcement and was a Police Officer for the City of Toledo, OH retiring after 20 years of service. Virgil made Citrus County his home 20 years ago after relocating from Ohio. He enjoyed woodworking and was a member of the Nature Coast Wood Carvers Club. Virgil loved horses and was also a member of the Central Florida Buggy Friends Club, an organization that brought members together to explore the trails of Florida by horse and buggy and enjoy the outdoors. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. Those left to mourn Virgil’s passing include his son, Jeffrey Oliver and his wife Kathy of Toledo, OH; daughters: Kathy Conrad of Inverness, FL, Kristine Oliver of Toledo, OH; brother, Gordon Oliver and his wife Diana of Perrysburg, OH; and 4 grandchildren. Virgil was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene (Beaupry) Oliver in April of 1987 and brothers: Melvin and Dennis Oliver. A Gathering of Friends and Family is scheduled for Monday, May 10, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Full military honors will be rendered by Floral City VFW #7122. Immediately following the service at the funeral home, friends are invited to join Virgil’s family for further fellowship at the I.R.R.U. Family Social Club located at 922 S. US Highway 41, Inverness, FL 34450. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Nelda Ollmann

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


Barbara "Jeanne" Overlander

Barbara "Jeanne" Overlander, 83, Inverness, FL
Barbara Jeanne Overlander, 83, of Inverness, passed away April 2, 2021 at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, FL. Jeanne was born on October 21, 1937 in Tioga Center, NY, to the late Charles L. and Eleanor (Ross) Pelham. She came to Citrus County 22 years ago from New York State. Jeanne attended the Floral City United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. She also volunteered at Planned Parenthood and the local library in New York. She was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 65 years, Robert Overlander; her sons: Michael Paul (Terry) Overlander of Calhoun, GA and Allen Jay Overlander of Oviedo, FL; her brother, Steven Pelham of Hickory, NC; her sisters: Dawn McCoy and Phyllis Kraph, both of Nichols, NY; granddaughters: Sarah, Ellen and Amanda; great grandchildren: Cailin and Scott. She was preceded in death by her son, David James Overlander. A Celebration of Jeanne’s life will be conducted on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 11 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Pastor Joyce Dunn, officiating. Interment will be at the Tioga Cemetery in Owego, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10AM until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.


Nancy Patton

Nancy L Patton, 90, Homosassa, FL
Send Plaque: Winston Patton, 6580 E. Glencoe, Inverness, FL 34452 Nancilou Patton passed away at home on April 10, 2021. She was born June 25, 1930 in Dallas, PA to the late John and Lulu Anderson. She graduated from Dallas Township High School and Wharton School of Business. Nancilou spent her early years being a majorette in high school and with her horse, Gypsy, participated in barrel riding competitions. She then worked in a department store in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was a TV model for them for several years. Nancilou moved to Florida in 1972. She purchased her 1972 XKE Jaguar convertible car and competed locally and nationally for 38 years. She sold her dream car and purchased a 1998 Jaguar convertible for competition again. She was a competitive golfer as a member of the Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas. Then as member in Florida with Cypress Run Country Club and now a member of Sugarmill Woods Country Club, where she still played golf. After coming to Florida she worded as District Assistant to Congressman Richard Kelly in his local office and in Washington, DC. She then was employed at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, and was secretary to the Chief of Human Resources until her retirement. Not to be idle, she began showing white standard poodles in competition and now she has two rescue poodles, Lucy and Desi. They are from the producer of the Lucy and Desi movies, after he died, and now are playing in her yard. Nancilou lived on the water in New Port Richey, so she got interested in sailing and received her Captain license for charters and also had her own crew of ladies on her sailboat “Tenacious”. Again, she couldn’t stay idle, so she purchased alpacas from Alpaca Magic and was taught how to show them. So she again, was competing in the ring, this time with her white alpaca. With all the years of travel and competition and on the go, she had her permit to carry and she was not to be reckoned with. Never to be idle, this country girl also worked for 20 years with the team at Dudley’s Auction in Inverness. Nancilou is survived by her husband, Winston A. Patton and sister in-law, Judy Anderson of PA; her three nieces: Brenda, Carolyn, Cindy; and her 7 great nieces and nephews. Nancilou loved life. She never knew a stranger. She was a loving friendly and warm person. She will always be remembered for her “feisty spirit” and the love she so unselfishly shared with all who knew her. A Celebration of Life service for Nancilou will be held on April 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, with Fr. Eugene Reuman of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Nancilou’s urn will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell , FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Southeastern Guide Dogs or local dog rescue organizations.


Louis Perry

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


Elizabeth Phillips

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


Eugenio Pinero

Eugenio Pinero, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Eugenio Pinero of Beverly Hills, FL passed away while under the care of Hospice of Marion County in Ocala on May 2, 2021 at the age of 87. He was born to the late Eugenio and Adela (Zabala) Pinero on October 1, 1933 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Eugenio proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Following his military service, he became a member of the Merchant Marines and worked various jobs before going to work for the New York Transit Authority as a City Bus Driver, retiring after 20 years of service. He shared 55 years of loving marriage to his wife Teresa Pinero until her passing on December 31, 2007. Eugenio and Teresa made Citrus County their home in 1992 after relocating from Bronx, NY. He was a Christian by faith and a member of the First Hispanic Church of Citrus County in Inverness. During much of his retirement, Eugenio spent time as a missionary in Cuba and Central America. In his spare time, he liked reading and especially enjoyed auto mechanics. Those left to mourn Eugenio’s passing include his daughter, Ivonne Rodriguez and her husband Fernando of Ocala, FL; sons: Eugenio Pinero, Jr. and his wife Priscilla of Cedar Grove, NJ, Jaime Pinero and his wife Nancy of Wyckoff, NJ; brother, David Pinero of Beverly Hills, FL; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Teresa, Eugenio was preceded in death by brothers: Eugenio Pinero, Jr., Samuel Pinero; sisters: Nilza Ester, Elena Pinero, Ramona Rivera and Samuel Pinero. A Funeral Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness and will be conducted by his son Eugenio Pinero, Jr. and his brother, David Pinero. Following the chapel service, full military honors will be rendered by Inverness VFW #4337 Honor Guard. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Janice Pinney

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


Thomas Pomahac Sr

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


George Putney

George J Putney, 70, Inverness, FL
George J. Putney, 70, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 3, 2021 at his home. He was born to the late George and Mary (Bragers) Putney on October 12, 1950 in Bronx, NY. He made Citrus County his home since 1976. He was a Senior Investigator for Adult Protective Services for many years. He proudly served his country in the army. A stranger, never stayed one for long. He had a special way of connecting with people, which was abundantly evident in his personal and professional life. To know this man was to love him and to be in his presence was a gift. He had a way of making you feel seen and heard, just as you were. George loved without conditions. Just by being himself he created a space for you to be fully who you are. He was an inspiration to his family. He found joy everywhere and never ceased to be amazed by the beauty of a sunset. He would watch and say "how could you not believe in something". His faith in God was always strong. He persevered throughout his life, when many would have given up. He loved life and lived his to the fullest. He taught us that life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain. And oh how he loved to dance. Now he can do so freely. George was preceded in death by his brother, Tom Putney. Those left to keep the party going are his two brothers Eugene (Ann) and Robert (Fran, deceased); his sister Joan (Jim) Byrne; his nieces and nephews, Jacqueline, Pamela, Claudine, Eugene, Mary Rose, Jimmy and Bridget; and the countless hearts he has touched. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with Father Tim Cummings officiating. Calling hours will begin at 9:00 AM and continue until the hour of service. A procession to the Florida National Cemetery will take place following the services, where full military honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Cynthia Rabelo

Cynthia M Rabelo, 25, Richmond, IN
Cynthia Melanie Rabelo, age 25, Richmond, IN passed away suddenly at home on March 6, 2021. Cynthia was born in Fall River, MA on August 28, 1995, cherished daughter of Hector and Cynthia Cordero. She was a happy person and devoted mother, always smiling and truly enjoyed being with her children and family. Cynthia enjoyed music, especially Disney music. Additionally, she enjoyed drawing and crafting during her spare time. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: Cayson Moncrieft, Richmond, IN; Landon Wiens, New Mexico; Addison McMiller, Richmond, IN; 3 brothers: Johnnie Delvalle, Inverness; Elving Delvalle, Brockton, MA; Juan Carlos Rabelo, Fall River, MA; many nieces, nephews, and extended family loved ones including her boyfriend, Franklin McMiller. There is a Celebration of Life Service scheduled for Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, Fl. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Monday from 12:00 Noon until the services begin.


J. Peter Redston

J. Peter Redston, 84, Inverness, FL
J. Peter Redston, 84, of Inverness, FL, passed away February 19, 2021 at HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. Peter was born on July 31, 1936 in Quebec, Canada, to the late John and Kathleen (Cutler) Redston. He lived most of his adult life in Connecticut (Greenwich and Stamford) before coming to Citrus County 11 years ago. Peter grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and upon graduation from high school, attended the General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan. He later served his Country in the New Jersey National Guard. In his over 50 years in the automobile industry included sales, service and his own dealerships. At one point in his career he was promoted from district manager to regional manager. The youngest to be promoted to that position. Peter was great fun to be around. He had an infectious laugh and humor and a keen knowledge of cars and boats and corny jokes. He had a tremendous love of the sea and was often seen on one of the many boats he owned. His ports of call ranged from the south shore of long Island, New York, Long Island Sound near New England and up to Kingston, NY, on the mighty Hudson River. In recent years, he was a proud member of the Crystal River Boat Builders Club. “The Spirit”, a 32 FT. boat built by hand is on display in Crystal River, and just one of the many projects he and his boat builder colleagues completed. Funny stories of some of “Uncle Pete’s Antics” have come pouring in from his sons, and Canadian and American nieces and nephews. Peter was a man of great courage and perseverance. In the past 10 years he had experienced many physical challenges, all of which he accepted with dignity and resolve. He was a true role model of life on life’s terms. Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life, Mary Schaps; his sons: Jeffrey (Sue) of Monroe, CT, David (Laurie) of Shelburne, NH; his sister, Marcia (Mike) Barr of Santa Fe, NM and three grandchildren: Blake, Kelly and Jesse. He is also survived by seven nieces: Kathy Mahood Ernest (Michael), Marcia Mahood Duric (Neb), Elizabeth Redston, Jennifer Redston (Don), Susan Barr Davis (Scott), Diana Barr Wisniewski (Dan), Jillian Barr Joncas (Michael). He is also survived by his nephews: Robert Mahood (Susan) and Bill Mahood (Maria). A Celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11 AM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, with Rev. Jim Capps, officiating. The family of J. Peter Redston, who passed away on February 19th, 2021, is inviting you to Zoom meeting for a “Celebration of Life” in his honor at 11AM on Saturday, March 13. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041945914?pwd=ZjZHbTRvUHNQOERBZFVuZnczMlhnZz09 The Zoom meeting will be opened for joining at least one hour before the service begins. At the end of the service there will be an opportunity for individuals to give personal remembrances of Pete. Pete’s memorial will be hosted by his brother-in-law Mike Barr. Meeting ID: 820 4194 5914 Passcode: 650063


Nancy Rogers

Nancy A Rogers, 81, Homosassa, FL
Nancy Ann Rogers, age 81, Homosassa, FL passed away suddenly at home on March 14, 2021. Nancy was born in Hamtramck, MI on January 11, 1940 to the late Stanley and Wanda (Stanglewicz) Kowalczyk. Nancy came to this area in 1962 from California where she served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1961. She was a Registered Nurse, certified in Oncology, and worked in several hospitals including Citrus Memorial. Nancy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lecanto and active in the Gideon’s Auxiliary. She was a volunteer at Romeo Elementary, Central Ridge Elementary, and Forrest Ridge Elementary schools assisting the children with their learning assignments and reading skills. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 59 years, Richard Eugene Rogers, Homosassa, FL; her son, Andrew A. Rogers and wife, Jenniffer of Beverly Hills, FL; her brother, Donald Kowalczyk of Shelby Township MI; and her grandson, Wyatt Dare Rogers. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Eugene Rogers, Jr; her daughter, Wanda Therese Rogers Beck; brother, Ralph Kowalczyk, and 2 sisters, Sylvia Day and Delphine Whitesock. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:00 am from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, with Pastor Gary Bailey of the First Baptist Church of Lecanto officiating. Burial will follow in Stage Pond Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 am until the service begins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: www.gideons.org/donate


Frances Sartin

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


Gerald Schloss

Gerald A Schloss, 89, Inverness, FL
Gerald A. “Gerry” Schloss, 89, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 26, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late William and Helen (Hauptman) Schloss on April 19, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY and made Citrus County his home in 1996. He was a Computer Consultant for FMC Corporations for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. Gerald will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and sailing with his wife. Together, they liked traveling in their motor home, visiting almost every state and Mexico. In his free time, Gerry was a voracious reader enjoying in particular fictions. Along with his parents, Gerry was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Silverman. Those left to cherish his memory, including his wife of 48 years, Mercedes, are his three children, Jeffrey A. Schloss (Annette) of Stratton, New Hampshire, Gary H. Schloss (Kimberly) of Danbury, Connecticut, and Michele Sokolovic (Frank) of Washington Township, New Jersey; his sister, Stella Salkin; and his two grandchildren, Allison Beth Schloss and Frank Gerald Sokolovic. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, and Gerald will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at that time. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Carmen Schweitz

Carmen A Schweitz, 71, Ocala, FL
Carmen Ann Schweitz, 71, of Ocala, FL, passed away April 29, 2021, at her home under the loving care of her family and Kindred Hospice. Carmen was born on November 29, 1949 in Easton, Maryland, to the late Paul and Kathryn (Bradley) Dawkins. She relocated to Ocala from Dunnellon in 1999. Carmen worked in the advertising industry as a graphic artist, and was Methodist by faith. When we were kids, Mom loved fishing and camping on the Ocklawaha River. She also was known to cut a rug whenever the music moved her and she knew all the words to an Elvis Presley or Merle Haggard song when it played on the radio. She was known by her friends as Charmin' Carmen because of her charismatic nature. Everyone who knew her knew Mom had the gift of art and creation as she designed numerous billboards around Marion County. In her early years I would watch Mom airbrush everything from T shirts to air boats. My brother and I spent a fair amount of time watching her make clocks out of cypress stumps and sell them at local fairs and farmer's markets. My brother would often accompany her to install commissioned pieces that she had designed for friends and businesses. She had a great sense of humor and you saw that instantly when you were in her company. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jason Worth and his wife, Vicki, of Ocala, and Amy A. Struke of Ocala; her sisters: Donna Kimbrough of North Carolina and Lisa Freeman of Bushnell, FL; three grandchildren: Scott, Virginia and Jessica, and great grandchild Easton. Carmen was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, on May 8, 2012; her sister, Noreen; and her brother, Chucky. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 12 Noon, with Pastor Paul Giglio of the Calvary Chapel Church, officiating. Interment will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, beside her husband, Arnold. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, from 11:00 AM until service time.


Brenda Sheldon

Brenda J Sheldon, 73, Citrus Springs, FL
Brenda Joyce Sheldon of Citrus Springs, FL passed away at Bay Front Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River on March 2, 2021 at the age of 73. She was born to the late Thadis and Lela (Francois) Brown on January 8, 1948 in Alexandria, LA. Brenda proudly served her country as a member of the United States Air Force for 12 years. On August 15, 1974 she married her husband, Bruce Sheldon with whom she happily shared 46 years of marriage. Brenda and Bruce made Florida their home 20 years ago and attended worship services at North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs. She owned and operated many businesses and had many occupations after her military service. Some of those include dog training, gun safety and gun ownership responsibility courses, and working as a hairstylist and salon owner. While serving in the military she earned the title of Female Worldwide Military Power Lifting Champion, even though she weighed in at only 105 pounds! In addition to her husband Bruce, Brenda’s passing will be mourned by her son, Brandon Sheldon. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the North Oak Baptist Church located at 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd., Citrus Springs, FL 34433. The spiritual message will be offered by Stan L. Stewart, Lead Pastor of North Oak Baptist Church. Full military honors will be rendered following the chapel service. Friends are invited to join in fellowship and visitation beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


William Shevlin

William D Shevlin, 64, Citrus Springs, FL
William D. Shevlin, “Bill”, 64, of Citrus Springs, FL has left us today on April 16, 2021. He’s sad to be leaving his family and friends and will miss us all. But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Private services are to be held with friends and family. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Richard Skiles

Richard H Skiles, 85, Inverness, FL
Richard H. Skiles, Jr., 85, of Inverness, FL passed away on March 20, 2021 at Pleasant Grove Manor in Inverness. He bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Jean Skinner

Jean F Skinner, 89, Inverness, FL
Jean Frances Skinner of Inverness, FL passed away at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center on March 5, 2021 at the age of 89. She was the daughter of the late Pearson and Marion (Tracy) Cazeault. She grew up in Weymouth, MA as an avid Boston Red Sox fan and had nine siblings, and had a family nickname of “Benny”. After High School she went to work in Washington DC, and then went to Verdun, France to support the Marshall Plan rebuilding efforts. She was married to the late Raymond Skinner of Westport, CT where they lived and volunteered for 45 years. They moved to Citrus County, FL in 1986, where she owned a local travel business, was a member of the Citrus American Italian Social Club and volunteered at the Ted William Museum. She was an avid reader, enjoyed volunteering and was forever ready for a good flea market, yard sale, or auction. Jean tool great pride and joy in her family and is survived by her daughter Gail Toivonen and her husband William, their three children, Amira, Annika and Aila; her brothers Joseph, Paul and Richard Cazeault; sisters Marion Cross, Gail Robertson and Sara Benson, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, James and Jon Cazeault. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date when it is safer to gather.


Rev. Loran Smith

Rev. Loran E Smith, 89, Smith, Jr, FL
The Rev.Loran E. Smith, Sr., age 89, Lecanto, FL passed away March 20, 2021 at Vitas Hospice. A native of Stearns, KY, he was born April 8, 1931 to the late John W. Smith and Alcie Stephens Smith and came to Florida 20 years ago from Kentucky. He retired from the Indianapolis plant of Ford Motor Company with 40 years of service. When he retired, he was a job setter. Additionally, he was an Ordained Minister. Loran was a Korean War Veteran, having served our country in the U.S. Army, and was a member of Ft. Cooper Baptist Church. He is survived by: his wife of 38 years, Patricia (Lewellen) Smith; his surviving children are: Loran E. Smith, Jr, Vickie Davis, Gena Roland, Daphne Gist, and Stephanie Ball. He was predeceased by his daughter, Elsie McKeeman. Patricia’s children are: William Bandy, Michael Bandy, David Bandy, Virginia Roach, and Cheryl Starr. Loran is also survived by his brother, Carl Smith and his sister, Bonnie Haynes. There are 19 grandchildren surviving and many great and great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Ft. Cooper Baptist Church with Rev.Marne Palmani officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM


Thomas Smith

Thomas M Smith, 32, , Indiana
Thomas Michael Smith, 32, of Indiana, passed away on March 20, 2021 in Inverness, FL. He was born to Richard and Jamie Smith on October 13, 1988 in Greenfield, Indiana and he made his home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thomas loved reading, writing, and will be remembered for being a very outgoing, funny, and a one-of-a-kind person. He enjoyed playing and watching sports and was a Fighting Irish fan. Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Richard Smith of Indiana and Jamie Smith of Floral City, FL; his three brothers, Patrick Smith of Inverness, FL, Alex Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Jackson Smith of Indiana; his two sisters, Zoe Smith of Floral City, FL and Kira of Indiana; his aunt, Kelly Keesling; and his nephew, Malachi Smith. Thomas was loved by many and will be missed dearly. A private Celebration of Life will be held in Indiana at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Ann Soletto

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


Janet Spivey

Janet M Spivey, 82, Hernando, FL
Janet Marie Spivey, 82, Hernando, FL passed away on April 5, 2021 at The Grove Health and Rehab of Hernando, FL. She was born to the late Earl M. and Evelyn V. (Pruett) Hicks on April 2, 1939 in Bluefield, West Virginia. She loved driving school buses, and did that for many years. She was multi talented, and picked up new arts very easily. She was a dedicated painter and would paint beautiful, realistic floral and landscape pieces on canvas. She also loved to sew and was very active in her church choir. As a young girl, she was also active in her high school’s choir and Drum and Bugle club, and will be remembered by her family as being a friendly, full of life, animal lover. She was also very devoted to her children throughout her adult life and even a supporter to children in her neighborhood—she always made sure that the children in her neighborhood had a ride to after school activities and sports, and always made the children of her neighborhood feel accepted, loved, and included. Janet was preceded in death by her son, Earl Randall Spivey, who passed in October of 1983. Those left to cherish Janet’s memory are her husband of 61 ½ years, Earley Spivey; her children, Boyd M. Spivey (Vicki) of Webster, FL, Robert J. Spivey (Reba) of Inverness, FL, and Lisa Elmore (Matt) of Hernando, FL; her brother, Eric Randall Hicks (Barbara) of Radford, VA; Vicki Lynn Dalton of Narrows, VA; and her three grandchildren, Christopher Henderson, Amanda Spivey, and Charles Spivey. A Celebration of Life will be held by her family at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


William Spooner

William H Spooner, 95, Inverness, FL
William H. Spooner, 95, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 26, 2021 at New Horizon Assisted Living in Inverness. He was born to the late Thomas and Mildred (Peckham) Spooner on February 18, 1926 in Newport, Rhode Island and made Citrus County his home in 1988. He was a Clerk in Civil Service for many years and bravely served our country as a member of the United States Navy, serving in both WWII on the USS Terror and the Korean War on the USS Wisconsin. William will be remembered as being a very funny person who was always able to have a great sense of humor despite any circumstances he may be in. At one time, he owned and operated his own painting business, Spooner Painting” where he painted houses. He was a very hard worker and loved to stay busy. Along with his parents, William was preceded in death by his two brothers, Edward and Thomas Spooner. Those left to cherish his memory, including his wife of 35 years, Sally, are his seven children, William Spooner, Robert Spooner, Michael Spooner, Jane Foss, Amanda Ennis, Alexander Netten, and Theodore Netten and several grandchildren. Arrangements for William are private at this time. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Walter Sportsman

Walter H Sportsman, 82, Lecanto, FL
Walter Hugh Sportsman of Lecanto, FL went into the arms of Jesus on February 26, 2021 at the age of 82. Walter ( Bud ) was born to the late James and Elma (Sisk) Sportsman in Garden Plain, KS on November 9, 1938. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service, Walter worked as an arborist with the City of Sioux Falls and retired after 25 years of service. He married the love of his life on April 7, 1958 in Fall River MA. They made their home in Sioux Falls SD where they raised their brood and attended Faith Temple Church. After retiring they relocated to Hot Springs Village Arkansas where he enjoyed traveling, golfing spending time with family and whatever projects Mom had for him! Shirlee passed away in September of 2005 while they were vacationing with friends. Walter made Florida his home in 2015 after relocating from Hot Springs Village AR and attended the Cowboy Church in Lecanto. He loved playing golf in his spare time and could build and construct almost anything. Left to cherish his memory are his son, David James Sportsman and wife Carlyn, of Yantis, TX; his daughters: Pamela Blackman and husband Ozzie, of New Port Richey, FL, Lori Pulford and husband Tim, of Newport TN, Sandee Sportsman and husband Mike of Dallas, TX; his sister, Pat McGee of Port Orange, FL; companion of 10 years, Amalia Thayer; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his brother Robbie and sisters Sue and Sandra. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Regina Stauff

Regina F Stauff, 81, Hernando, FL
Regina F. Stauff, 81, of Hernando, FL passed away on April 19, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 26, 1939 in New York City to the late John F. and Marie C. (Winters) Fox. She married her beloved husband, John, in December of 1964. Regina loved learning and had multiple degrees—two of them being Nursing and Computer Science. She worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in her younger years after graduating from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York. Later, after discovering the world of computer science, she returned to school at Ocean County College and subsequently worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories for 10+ years as a Software Engineer. She retired from AT&T in 1998. Together, she and her husband made Citrus County their home in 2001 after relocating from Toms River, New Jersey. Regina, along with her parents, was preceded in death by her brothers, John Fox and Peter Fox and her sister, Mary Ann Jackson. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, John; her son, Dr. Jon Stauff of Brookings, South Dakota; her brother, William (Joan) Fox of The Villages, FL; and her two sisters, Rita T. Fox of Princeton, NJ and Alice C. Memmen (Robert) of Stuart, FL. Arrangements for Regina are private. She will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery of Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Lula Stayner-Hiller

Lula G Stayner-Hiller, 81, Floral City, FL
Lula Gay Stayner-Hiller, 81 of Floral City, FL, passed away March 19, 2021Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point, in Hudson. Gay was born September 3, 1939 in Fulks Run, VA, to the late Howard E. and Emma (Hess) Stayner. She came here 21 years ago from Broadway, VA. Gay owned and operated a pest control business, prior to her retirement. She enjoyed boating on the lake, working out at the gym, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Greg Mick of Mechanicsville, VA; her daughters: Lisa Gay Mick-Baer and her husband, Larry, of Broadway, VA, Angela Daniel and her husband, Steve, of Yonkers, NY; her brother, Tenny Stayner; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jamie Ferber. A Celebration of Life service for Gay, will be conducted on Tuesday, March 23, 2020 at 7:15 PM, from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, with Pastor Paul Giglio, officiating. Cremation arrangements provided by the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Lula Gay Stayner Hiller, 81, of Floral City, FL passed away March 19, 2021 at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, FL. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 7:15 P.M. at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL with Pastor Paul Giglio of Calvary Chapel officiating.


Walter "Jerry" Steed, Jr.

Walter "Jerry" Steed, Jr., 76, Inverness, FL
Walter Gerald “Jerry” Steed, Jr., age 76, Inverness, FL passed away April 10, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital - The Villages, with his loving family at his side. Jerry was born in Brooksville, FL on February 2, 1945 to the late Walter G. Steed, Sr. and Myrtle M. (Markham) Steed. He lived in the Citrus County area most of his life. He practiced barbering for 53 years in both Inverness and Bushnell since 1967. He proudly served our nation in the U.S. Air Force. After returning home, he further fulfilled his civic duty by serving in the position of an elected Citrus County Commissioner. Jerry loved the Lord. He was excited to share the Word of God with everyone he met. For 45 years, he served as a youth minister, Sunday School teacher and deacon. For the past nine years, he was a faithful member of The City Ministries Church in Wildwood where he served as an Elder. Outside of Church, Jerry loved to farm, garden and raise animals. He shared many fond memories fishing, hunting and camping with his children and grandchildren. Jerry also loved music, played the guitar, fiddle and had a beautiful singing voice. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tarliece Steed, Inverness, FL; three children: Marie Steed-Tharp, Inverness, FL; John (Michelle) Steed, Floral City, FL; Paul Steed, Mayo, FL; two stepsons: Devin Chavers of Missouri and Donovan Chavers of Illinois; four brothers: Larry Steed, Floral City, FL: Wayne Steed, Bushnell, FL; Don (Diane) Steed, Floral City, FL; Elwyn Steed, Floral City, FL; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Steed in 1986; his son in law, Brian Tharp; two sisters in-law: Renee and Marie Steed. In addition, there are two gentlemen who were “best of friends” to Jerry: his Bishop, Tony Jones (Pastor, The City Ministries) and Gerry Wimer; and a host of other family members and friends. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Monday, April 19th at 11:00 a.m. at The New Church Without Walls in Lecanto with Bishop Douglas Alexander and Bishop Tony Jones officiating. Private burial for family members will follow at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. There will be a viewing at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Live plants are welcomed or monetary donations sent to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


William Stewart

William C Stewart, 81, Inverness, FL
William Charles Stewart, age 81, Inverness, FL passed away April 30, 2021 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto. Mr. Stewart was born in Akron, OH on April 20, 1940 and relocated to Citrus County in 2005 from Islamorada, FL. Prior to retirement, he worked for several railroad systems as an engineer. His last employment was with Tri Rail South Florida Transportation Authority. He served our country in the Ohio National Guard for several years. Left to cherish his memory are two children, Anthony J. Stewart of Tavernier, FL and Anjanette Kinser and husband Sheldon of Inverness, FL; Two brothers, Thomas and James Stewart and three sisters; 1 grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Saundra Stewart on July 25, 2012. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Virginia Stoll

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


Josephine Stonitsch

Josephine T Stonitsch, 106, Henrico, VA
Josephine T. Stonitsch died peacefully in her sleep on February 24, 2021. She was born December 11, 1914 in Chicago Heights, IL to Joseph Anthony Smith and Clara Alice Masters. She was married to the late Harold John Stonitsch. Jo grew up in Chicago Heights with her 8 siblings, and recently she triumphantly declared that she was “the last of the Mohicans,” having outlived all her siblings. Her life was centered around her love for her family and her dedication to her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, VA and a resident of Henrico County for the past 11 years. Prior to that, she lived in Crystal River, FL and was a founding member of St. Scholastica Parish in Lecanto, FL, a school aide at St. John Paul II Catholic School also in Lecanto, and a member of The Benedictine Oblates. When she lived in Orlando, FL she was the secretary of Good Shepherd Parish and taught religion there for 18 years. It was there in Orlando where Jo and Harold raised 5 children: the late Harold William Stonitsch, Mary Jo Zkiab, Joseph James Stonitsch, Clenise White, and Rita Lepinskie. She is survived by 7 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, and was predeceased by one grandchild. Jo was a veteran of World War II and served as one of the first WAACS who enlisted from the Chicago Heights area. She was in the Women’s Army Corps for 3 ½ years and rose to the rank of Sergeant. Jo was looked upon as a mother to many besides her own children. Many adopted her as their mother wherever she lived, and she was called Mom, Mama Jo, Mom #3, Momma Stonitsch, and many other endearing names. She often said: “I preach love” and that was certainly true. She was known for her quick wit and sometimes blunt honesty which made her even more lovable. She loved to work crosswords puzzles throughout her entire life, and even won a competition run by the newspaper in Chicago Heights as a youngster. Besides family and friends, others who didn’t even know her would save up crossword puzzles to mail to her, and she kept up with writing to family and friends on a weekly basis throughout her lifetime. She learned how to text on her iPhone in recent years and spent time communicating daily with her children on her GrandPad, determined to use emojis as often as possible! Writing, crocheting, reading, and praying were her longtime companions, as was watching daily Mass in her later years. She was a constant and loyal friend to her family and to so many others who saw her as a truly remarkable 106 year old. A Mass of Christian Burial from St. Scholastica Catholic Church will be Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Burial at later date in Florida Nat'l Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her parish St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Human Concerns & Social Justice Ministry), 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23229 or to a charity of your choice. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL in charge of Florida arrangements


Verlee Stryker

Verlee Stryker, 94, Inverness, FL
Verlee Stryker, Inverness, FL, died Feb 27, 2021. She was born in Arkansas January 5, 1927 to Royce and Mary Greene. In 1943 Lee met Robert Stryker on a blind date in Memphis. They corresponded as Bob soon shipped overseas with the Navy. Bob proposed by sending her a ring while serving in the Pacific. They married on January 17, 1946. Lee was a mother, homemaker, seamstress, real estate agent and became a dedicated volunteer at CUBS until the day she died. Lee was known for her strong independent nature and exceptional health and energy. She was loved by her family and is dearly missed. Survivors include son Lawrence "Larry" Stryker (Carol), La Crescent, MN; daughters Carolyn J. Gendron (Gary) of Hernando, Florida and Susan Lucas (Bill), of Huntington, W.V.; 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and one due soon. She is also survived by her loving friend Marvin K. Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother and her parents. She was surrounded by loved ones during her final days. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2021, 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Dr. Byron Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Citrus United Basket, P.O.Box 2094, Inverness, FL 34451. Burial will be at a later date beside her husband, Robert, at Florida National Cemetery.


Ryan Sweeney

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


James Taylor

James E Taylor, 85, Floral City, FL
James Earl Taylor Sr., 85, of Floral City, FL passed away unexpectedly February 28, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. He was born in Mansfield, OH on December 22, 1935 to the late Harlon M. and Gladys (Crose) Taylor. James was preceded in death by his brother Bob Taylor, two grandchildren; Derrick and Blake and his beautiful beloved wife and mother of five children; Carolyn (Jones) Taylor in 1983. Blessed to find love again, he also mourned the loss of his 2nd wife and very loved stepmother; Betty Jean Byers-Taylor. James survived by his children Paula Holmes (Richard), Sheryl Hall, Susan Pence, James E. Taylor Jr (Christina) and Nancy Hue' Taylor. Also, brother; William Taylor, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren with many nephew and nieces, James arrived in this area over 25 years ago after he retired as a millwright in Mansfield, Ohio. He was known for being a hardworking man, dedicated to working from sunup to sundown. He had a gifted business sense, being a master of skilled trades; building homes, owning a car lot with exceptional mechanical and auto body talent. He definitely fit the profile for being a Jack-of-all-trades with a unique ability to teach, providing his children the tools necessary for independence. Always finding time for fun whether planning a trip in an RV or hitting the road on his motorcycle, the one consistent thing absolutely everyone knew him for was his energy and enthusiastic love for dancing. His signature move was to shake it down low (all the way to the floor) and back up with ease as he'd share a flirty grin and wink to those decades younger trying to keeping up with him. He also enjoyed singing and when the mood hit, him he wouldn't hesitate to break out in song anywhere and at anytime. One of his favorites being Conway Twitty's famous hit; 'Hello Darling!' Staying active and hard work is what kept him so young and strong but the most impressive memory of Jim's journey was watching him choose to accept his disappointments and redirect his focus on enjoying every precious moment of life. A lesson he left behind for all of us. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida.


Brenda Thompson

Brenda S Thompson, 68, Floral City, FL
On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Brenda Sue Thompson, 68, of Floral City, Florida, passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida, after a brief illness. Brenda was born on October 8, 1952, in Washington D.C. She grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland. She worked for several years for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union in Washington, DC doing administrative work before retiring. She was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, enjoyed her pets, coffee, eating Maryland blue crabs, playing cards and games, decorating for holidays, and spending time with family. She deeply loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents James T. Thompson Sr. and Judy F. Thompson, and is survived by her sister Linda Giampapa (William), brother James (Jimmy) Thompson Jr. (Diane), her son David Thompson (Patricia), and grandchildren Emily, David Jr., and Abigail. Memorial service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society-Citrus County, Florida (Because of her love of rescuing animals). Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


David Vance

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


Stanley Vandergrift

Stanley C Vandergrift, 86, Leesburg, FL
Stanley Charles Vandergrift of Leesburg, FL passed away at his home while under the care of his loving family and Cornerstone Hospice on March 29, 2021 at the age of 86. He was born to the late Stanley Elmer and Louise (Taylor) Vandergrift on June 12, 1934 in Arlington, NJ. Stanley proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Following his military service, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to retirement, Stanley worked in Marketing and Sales for IBM. He was married to his loving wife Rose Marie (Gamble) Vandergrift for 60 years until her passing on February 6, 2020. Stanley and Rose Marie made Florida their home 20 years ago after relocating from Big Canoe, GA. He was a parishioner of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL. Stanley is survived by his daughter, Deborah Vandergrift, his granddaughter, Serena Vandergrift, and his son-in-law, Craig Louie Baxter of Northfield, IL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Vandergrift. A Funeral Service for Stanley is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM from St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Inverness, FL and will be conducted by Father Sergious Gerken. Friends are invited to join the family in visitation and repose at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Following cremation, Stanley will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with full military honors being rendered by Floral City VFW #7122 Honor Guard on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Stanley’s memory to: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, MBC FOUND, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dean Walsh

Dean T Walsh, 40, Bradenton, FL
Parents are not engineered to bury their children. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. Dean was only 40 years old. At the age of 9, his mother married me and poor Dean met his new siblings, Michael and Kim. For 31 years they laughed, fought, and most importantly, loved each other as brothers and sisters do. Dean was the red headed stepchild, but we never considered him anything other than a brother, and a son. He ushered at his brothers’ wedding, his sisters’ wedding and, yes, the day his mother married me. Dean’s life was not always easy. He had, like all of us, his own personal demons. He fought them as best he could. Sometimes he won, sometimes he lost. But no matter what, he was always first in line if you needed help. If he had something and you needed it, it was yours. I often disapproved of things Dean did; but I never disapproved of the person he was. Now that he’s gone, social media is full of stories about how great he was and how much he will be missed. I wonder if it would have made a difference if we had all told him how much we loved him while he was still alive. Pretty sure the answer is yes. Everyone who knew Dean has a story about him. Most of them start with “he was a pretty cool guy”. There are worse ways to be remembered. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Dora Walters

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


John Weatherhead

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


Dorothy Webb

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


Beverly Werner

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


Donald Whitehead

Donald L Whitehead, 85, Inverness, FL
Donald L. Whitehead, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away on April 14, 2021 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born to the late Harry and Edith (Kauterman) Whitehead in Reading, PA on December 4, 1935. He was a World Wide Director of Purchasing for United Technologies for 25 years, which allowed him the great opportunity of traveling the world. He made Citrus County his home, alongside his wife, Sylvia, 21 years ago when they moved from Avon, Connecticut. Donald was a member at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church of Lecanto, FL and was always very involved in church throughout his life. He was also very involved in Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, Connecticut, where he served as a Deacon, an Elder, and a Church Chairman. He was truly a student of the Bible, and taught many Bible Classes. Donald loved playing golf and watching baseball, and was a huge Tampa Bay Rays Fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be remembered for being a great father and grandfather. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Sylvia; his children, Douglas (Meredith) of Ft. Myers, FL, Peter (Jennifer) of Cleveland, OH, Thomas (Kathleen) of Washington, DC, and Diane Respess (Langley) of Atlanta, GA; and his 11 cherished grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is being held in Shillington, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 23, 2021. He will be laid to rest at Lauerldale Cemetery of Reading, Pennsylvania. Local arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Issie Whitehead

Issie B Whitehead, 89, Inverness, FL
Issie Baker Whitehead went to be with the Lord on April 9th 2021 at the age of 89. She lived in Inverness for nearly 40 years and was a member of First Christian Church of Inverness where she sang in the choir and was an active participant in church missions. Her mother died when Issie was a toddler, and she was raised by her great aunt and uncle, Flossie and Horace Cox, in Richmond, Kentucky. She was a much-loved member of the family where she gained sisters Ernestine and Wanda and brother Albert, all deceased. She graduated from high school in Hamilton, Ohio, where she lived with her father, Lilburn Baker. She met her husband Elmer Whitehead there and had a long career as an administrative assistant with Pease Housing Corporation in Hamilton. After her husband retired, they moved to Inverness where he passed away in 1992. In addition to church-related activities, Issie enjoyed her weekday ritual of joining friends at the Hen House or the 88¢ Breakfast for an early breakfast. Issie met her second husband Karl J. (KJ) Starzinger at church. They enjoyed three years together before KJ passed away in 2018. She is survived by her cousins Barbara and Mike Moore and Ann Cox Davis and step-children Erich Starzinger and Tanya Davis as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Cheryl Starzinger, and sister-in-law Joanna Wilson. She also leaves her friends Jim Anderson, and Debbie Fulps. Her half sister, Caroline Baker Johnson, predeceased her. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, April 16th at 11:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Thomas and Dr. Ray Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 AM. Memorials are appreciated. Please consider First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL 34453 or HPH Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele Street, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33609


Sammy "Sam" Williams

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


Eileen Wisnieski

Eileen J Wisnieski, 58, Floral City, Fl
Eileen Jane Wisnieski, 58, of Floral City, FL passed away March 8, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, FL. She was born to Sandra (Bowyer) Wisnieski and the late Richard Wisnieski in Bay City, MI on July 10, 1962. Eileen made Floral City, FL her home in 2011 after relocating from Bradenton, FL. She was a Registered Nurse and in her spare time she enjoyed world travel and sailing. She is survived by her mother, Sandra Wisnieski and her life partner of 27 years, Lee Short. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Leonard "Len" Wozniak

Leonard "Len" E Wozniak, 79, Inverness, FL
Leonard “Len” Edward Wozniak of Inverness, FL passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 26, 2021 at the age of 79. He was born to the late Leonard W. and Anne Wozniak on May 20, 1941 in Hamtramck, MI. Len attended Florida Southern College and was a member of the basketball team. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1963 and that very same year he married Sue Wozniak, with whom he shared 57 years of loving marriage. Prior to retirement, Len was a salesman in the computer industry. He and Sue made Inverness their home 18 years ago after relocating from Livonia, MI. Len was outgoing, with a great sense of humor, usually with a good joke to tell. (He never wanted to peak early) He was active in the local, state and national Jaycees- where he enjoyed lifelong friendships. He was a member of Inverness Elks Lodge #2522 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Inverness Lodge #2112. In his spare time, Len enjoyed fishing, playing golf, Michigan basketball and listening to the oldies. He also loved watching his grandkids play sports. In addition to his wife Sue, those left to remember Len include his son, Len Wozniak (Karen) of Ann Arbor, MI; daughters: Roni Murphy (Tom) of St. Petersburg, FL, Jacci White (Scott) of St. Petersburg, FL; brother, Ron Wozniak(Gerry) of Port Charlotte, FL; and 6 grandchildren: Krystal, Raelyn, Reese, Erin, Margaret and Evan. A Celebration of Life is being planned for Len later this year. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.