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Joyce Albury

Joyce Albury, 82, Inverness, FL
Joyce Kathleen Albury, 82 of Inverness, passed away at home under the loving care of her family, on March 13, 2024. Joyce was born on February 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Dury and Neola (Hollembaek) Greer. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Joyce came to Citrus County in 1976 from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a member of the Redemption Christian Church in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Erin Wade Albury and wife, Lindsey of Monticello, FL, Jared Wayne Albury and wife Nicole Coleman of Lake City, FL, and Tracy Townsend and husband Joe, of Inverness; her brother, Rodney Greer; three grandchildren: Ty Townsend (Bryanna Wilburn), Ryley Albury, and Easton Albury. In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Gerald on June 27, 2017 and her brother, Robert Greer. A Celebration of Life service for Joyce will be conducted on Monday, April 1st, 2024 at 12 Noon, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Langdon, pastor of the Redemption Christian Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until service time. Committal services will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


Jacqueline Allard

Jacqueline Allard, 91, Hernando, Florida
Jacqueline G. “Jackie” (Forand) Allard, of Hernando, passed away peacefully under Hospice care on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. She was 91. Jackie was born on April 2, 1932, to Stanislas and Eloysia (LaFrance) Forand of Westport, Massachusetts. She attended Westport High School graduating in 1950. In 1952, Jackie met her future husband, Walter, while working at the Center Theater in Fall River, Massachusetts. They were wed in 1954 and went on to have one child, Robert. They resided in Fall River until 1965 when the family relocated to Westport, Massachusetts. Jackie went to work in the town’s Tax Collector’s office where she remained for over 25 years. Jackie and Walter retired to Florida in October 1998. They attended worship services at the Hernando Church of the Nazarene. Jackie was an avid reader who also enjoyed cats, collecting recipes, playing cards with her family and shopping at yard sales and flea markets. She was the youngest of eleven children, all of whom preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of almost 70 years Walter Allard of Hernando; her doting son Robert Allard and his wife Nora of Norton, Massachusetts; and her two beloved grandchildren Nigel and Jillian Allard. A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 12 Noon at the Hernando Church of the Nazarene 2101 N Florida Ave, Hernando, FL 34442. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Elaine Bergstrom

Elaine Bergstrom, 92, Lecanto, Florida
Elaine A. Bergstrom, 92 of Lecanto, passed away April 9, 2024 at Compass Rose of Lecanto assisted living facility. Elaine was born on January 31, 1932 in Akron, Ohio, to the late Alva B. and Ruth E. (Stage) Allison. She came to Citrus County in 1997 from Tampa. Elaine was a devoted wife, mother and a devout Christian. Elaine attended Calvary Chapel Church in her later years. She loved music and sang with the church choir or congregation. Elaine was a loving homemaker and a fabulous cook and baker. She created countless wonderful meals from scratch, including her own pastas, bread, and loved canning. Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Glenn E. Herman and wife Dinah of Floral City, FL and Paul E. Herman and wife Roxanne of North Georgia; her sister Carol Bishop and husband Dale of Akron Ohio; three grandchildren: Michael, Daniel and Elizabeth Herman and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 23 years, Paul W. Herman in 1973, and second husband of 33 years, Lyle "Richard" Bergstrom in 2011. A Celebration gathering will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 1pm until 2:30pm at the Davis Funeral Home chapel. Following cremation, Elaine will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery with her husband, Lyle. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. One of Elaine's favorite religious songs she would sing is called "Suppertime", which harkens to God calling us to heaven as would a mother calling for her children in the evening to suppertime. The song's refrain is "Come home, come home, it's suppertime. The shadows lengthen fast. Come home, come home, it's supper time. You’re going home at last".


Della Bishop

Della Bishop, 92, Inverness, FL
Della Mae Bishop, of Inverness, passed away at her home under Hospice care on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. She was 92. Della was born to Aimar and Alma (Kinard) Martin in Ruffin, SC. She was a proud homemaker, who loved her family very much and enjoyed taking care of them. After she was already a wife and a mom to her four children, she decided to go back to school to earn her high school diploma and graduate from Chamberlain High School, and did so one year before her oldest child graduated! They moved up to this area in 1971 from Tampa. Della was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 55 years Winston Bishop, Sr., her son Winston Bishop, Jr., her daughter Rebecca Coons, her granddaughter Sylvia Sharpe, her grandson Michael Faucett, her brother James Martin, and her sister Betty Kendall. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters Wanda Sharpe of Inverness and Barbara Ongemach (Ken) of Tampa; her brother Albert Martin of Ruffin, SC; many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Funeral services for Della will be held on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 2:30pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, with a visitation beginning at 1:30 until service time. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to Winston.


Mattie Bliss

Mattie E Bliss, 98, Inverness, FL
Mattie J. Bliss, age 98, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at the New Horizons Senior Home under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. She was born in Campbell County, KY on May 27, 1925 to the late Calvin and Ada (Sellers) Huff and moved to his area from St. Petersburg, FL. She touched many lives while employed as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed quilting, and gardening. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Marilyn Davis, Frances Bell, Bob Hazel, and Steve Hazel; 5 grandchildren: Michell, Kerri, Alex, Shannon, and Nichole; 3 great grandchildren: Charlie, Hudson, Adeline, Evin, and Austin. At Mattie’s request, there will be no services. As per her wishes, her cremated remains are to be scattered. Private cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Gregory Boardman

Gregory G Boardman, 74, Inverness, FL
Gregory G. Boardman, of Inverness, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024. He was 74. Greg was born in York, Maine and served in the US Army. He retired from shop 64 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Greg and his beloved wife Nancy followed their daughters to Florida in 2007, landing in Inverness. He enjoyed all sports, especially golfing, watching the Red Sox and The Patriots. Greg was preceded in death by his loving wife Nancy, parents Richard and Ingrid Boardman and brother Scott Boardman. Those left to cherish Greg’s memory are his loving daughters Jennifer Howarth (John) of Inverness and Christine Sullivan (Mark Chase) of Clearwater grandsons Tyler and Brady Sullivan; sister Heidi Eldredge of Maine; brothers Gary Boardman of Maine and Robert Boardman of New Hampshire. Greg’s family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date in Maine. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Mackenzie Boots

Mackenzie R Boots, 29, Tampa, FL
Mackenzie Reed Boots, 29, of Tampa, FL passed away January 25, 2024 at his residence in Tampa. He was born in Tampa and was a lifelong resident there. Mackenzie was a chef and a Christian by faith. He enjoyed pickle ball, shooting pool, golfing, and loved baseball and sports. Mackenzie was pre-deceased by his Grandparents Rudolph and Mildred Boots of Inverness, FL and Julius Buford of Tallahassee, FL. Mackenzie is survived by his parents, Michael (Joanie) Boots of Live Oak, Fl, and Alycia (Brent) Boudreau of Lutz, FL; his siblings, Michael (Ciara) Boots of Jacksonville, FL, Christopher Boots of Live Oak, FL, Samuel Rink of Lutz, FL, Victoria Cunningham of Live Oak, FL, and Madeleine Rink of Lutz, FL; stepsiblings, Brent Boudreau Jr., Devon (Taylor) Boudreau, and Greyson Boudreau; and maternal grandparents Jane and Rob Tessmer of Inverness, FL. He is also survived by his beloved dog/daughter, Ophelia, who was his constant companion and the absolute joy of his life. Mackenzie was also loved dearly by his uncles Rob Jr. (Jen) Tessmer, James Boots, Thomas (Barbara) Boots, and aunts Carol (Frank) Yanossy, Christine Boudreau, and Darien (Levi) Gallian, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was larger than life. He overcame many hardships in his short life time and still came out on the other side. Mackenzie was a good son, a good brother, and a good friend. He was fiercely loyal and always wore his heart on his sleeve. If you were lucky enough to be loved by him, then you were lucky enough. A Celebration of Life Service for Mackenzie will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, 12:30pm at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Pastor Mike Wilburn officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 11:00am until the time of service.


Gregory Bradshaw

Gregory Bradshaw, 75, Hernando, FL
Gregory Lansing Bradshaw, 75 of Hernando, FL, passed away at home on March 7, 2024. Gregg was born to the late Donald and Dorothy Ann (Chappell) Bradshaw on December 4,1948, on the UF campus in Gainesville, where his dad attended Law School. At one year old his family moved to Inverness where he grew up. Gregg excelled at sports, making varsity football and baseball at Citrus High school his freshman year. Gregg was also was able to play football with Elvis Presley in 1961 while Elvis was here filming “Follow That Dream.” Gregg served his country as a US Navy Seal and was a construction superintendent and gifted blueprint layout designer. He was a terrific provider to his family. He led by example, teaching loyalty, pride and love for one another. Gregg had an incredible sense of humor and quick wit. His children and grandchildren will always remember him as an amazing story teller. He would have them all captivated with tales from his childhood and adventurous life. He was our Hero! Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Erinn Bradshaw; his children: Cassandra (Chris) Anderson of Hernando, Stacy (Bryan) Slaughter of Inverness, Bryan Bradshaw, of Beverly Hills, FL and Dustin Bradshaw of Hernando; his brothers: Barton Bradshaw of Chestertown, MD, Donald “Gator” Bradshaw of Ocala, FL, Wesley “Wes” Bradshaw of Inverness; his sisters: Kimberly Weed of Tampa, FL and Leigh Nuzum of Tampa; and his grandchildren: Kylee, Daisy, Caitlyn and Peyton. Graveside services for Greg will be conducted at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 1:30 PM. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 11:00 AM. The procession to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 12:45 PM.


Harold Breese

Harold M Breese, 87, Beverly Hills, FL
Harold Morris Breese, Jr., 87, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away Monday, April 22, 2024 at his residence in Beverly Hills. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 31, 1937 to the late Harold Morris and Muriel (Hagadon) Breese. Harold was an internal auditor for the banking industry, and arrived in this area in 2021, coming from Lansing, NC. He enjoyed sports, fishing, and bowling. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Tommie Breese. Other survivors include his children Scott (Johanna) Breese of Floral City, Florida, and Donna (Rick) Dunham of Rockwell, TX; 4 grandchildren Jennifer, Tyler, Austin, and Jennifer; and 2 great grandchildren, Dylan and Audrina. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


James Britain

James Britain, 91, Beverly Hills, Florida
James A. “Jim” Britain passed away on March 25, 2024, at HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was 91 years old. James was born in Hartford, CT on January 15, 1933, to Aubrey A. and Alice (Holland) Britain. He grew up in Marblehead, MA, and graduated from Marblehead High School. For over 40 years, he lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was a die-hard Brewers and Packers fan. Jim was many things to many people. First, he was a son, as well as a brother to sister, Alice Griffin (1937 – 2016). He was a patriot. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Morse Code Decoder. He was a graduate of Norwich University with a degree in Business Administration. He was a true salesman and worked as a Real Estate Broker and Insurance Agent. He was a devout Catholic with unyielding faith, and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim was a husband, father and grandfather, mentor, and friend, Jim was a recovering alcoholic with over 40 years of sobriety. His life was one of hard work, dedication, determination, devotion, strength, love, and recovery. These are the characteristics that led him to help establish the Pass it on Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Recognizing the struggles faced by many people in his community, he wanted to establish, a place for those battling addiction to find guidance, support, and hope. He sponsored and mentored many people on their road to overcoming addiction. Jim tried to live his life by two mottos “One Day at a Time” and “Do the Next Right Thing.” These words gave him direction and purpose. He was an example and inspiration to those who knew him, and he will be missed. Jim is survived by his wife of 40+ years, Judith; his three children Timothy Britain, Claire Cerrato, and David Britain from his first wife Patricia (Healy) Britain Cavagnaro ; their spouses, Jane, Bill, and Mariela; his two children Shannon Davis and Jamie Cotton from his second wife Ardith (Rome) Britain; their spouses, Jeff and Tirrell; his fourteen grandchildren, Lara Miller, Conor Britain, Meaghan Nickols, Colleen Britain, Brett Cerrato, Sam Cerrato, Allison Britain, Austin Davis, Hannah Davis, Aliya Matzke, Mia Cotton, Celine Cotton, Tidus Cotton, Aidan Cotton; his ten great grandchildren, Michael Miller, Lydia Miller, Rose Britain, Owen Britain, Tristan Nickols, Olivia Cerrato, Braxton Cerrato, Giacomo Cerrato, Connor Cerrato, Jonah Davis. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on May 29, 2024, at St. Augustine Church at 2530 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53207 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Pass It On Club at 6229 W. Forest Home Avenue in Milwaukee, WI in honor of Jim’s commitment to addiction recovery.


Colleen Brown

Colleen E Brown, 65, Inverness, FL
Colleen S. Brown, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born in Ayer, MA on July 10, 1958 to the late Bruce and Sandra (Chamberlin) Bennett. Colleen was a bartender, and arrived in this area in1984, coming from Palm Beach, FL. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed reading and riding motorcycles. Survivors include her children David Stearns and his fiancé Savannah Kinsora of Inverness, and James Bennett of Xenia, OH; brothers Bruce and Walter Bennett; sister Sandra Bennett; several nieces and nephews, and close friend Teresa Bradley. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Shawna Brown

Shawna Brown, 47, Inverness, FL
Shawna Leigh Brown, 47, of Inverness, passed away April 5, 2024 at her residence. Shawna was born in Ashland, KY on March 20, 1977 to the late Walter Edward Stone Jr., and Vicki Gail (Fannin) Stone, and came to this area in 2016 from there. Left to cherish her memory are two aunts: Carol Ritchie and Kimberly Hulett, both of Ashland, KY; 3 nephews: Larry Gene Ritchie and wife Teria, Edward Dean Ritchie and wife Wanda, and Timothy James Ritchie, all of Ashland, KY; one niece, Tabitha Jayne Pauley and husband John, of Houston, TX; and half-brother, Casey Roberts. Private cremation arrangements entrusted to the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Wayne Brown, MD

Wayne E Brown, MD, 84, Crystal River, FL
Wayne E. Brown, M.D., 84, of Crystal River, FL passed away February 3, 2024 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Lake City, FL on November 5, 1939 to the late William Elmo and Flossie (Freeman) Brown. After graduating Columbia High School class of 1958, he enlisted in the US Navy where he served 2 years active and 4 years Navy reserve as a Medic/Physician Asst. After the Navy he attended Radiology School trough Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. He retired from Department of Veteran Affairs in Lake City, FL after 34 years of service. He also worked nights in Radiology at Lake City Medical Center and 7 Rivers Hospital ER. He arrived in this area in 1990, coming from Lake City and was Baptist by faith. He owned and managed Sal’s Restaurant located in Beverly Hills, FL, for many years. He enjoyed flying his personal airplanes, riding motorcycles, boating, snorkeling, and diving. He had a great love for his pets. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Jessica Brown (furbabies Gabby and Peru). Other survivors include his daughters Lisa (Bill) Moore and Michelle (David) Gore, both of Lake City; sister, Frances Howton; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Wayne is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 12:00 pm at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Military honors for Wayne will be rendered at that time.


Rosemarie Burnett

Rosemarie Burnett, 76, Inverness, FL
Rosemarie Burnett, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at HPH Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. She was 76. Born in Landshut, Germany as one of thirteen children, Rosemarie met a young American military man, and when his service brought him back to the states, he brought her with him as his wife. They lived and raised a family in Massachusetts before moving to New Hampshire almost 25 years ago. From there, they moved to Citrus County about 20 years ago. Rosemarie was a proud homemaker who loved music, tanning, and was a fanatic about keeping a clean home. She was always up on the latest fashion! Most of all, she loved her family and her animals, especially her grandkids and great grandkids. Rosemarie was preceded in death by all of her siblings, except her twin sister; her pups Fritzi, Shane, and JJ; and several kitties. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 60 years Bruno Burnett of Inverness; her daughters Marisa Chaloux (Tom) and Michelle Felice (Ernie); her sons Robert Burnett (Angela) and Bobby Burnett (Anne Gruis); grandchildren Thomas Chaloux (Kate), Korianne Wheatley (James), Shayne Chaloux (Destiny), Justin, Tyler, and Kennady Burnett, and Braleigh, Bella, and Blitzen Burnett; great grandchildren Landon, Maci, and Noah Wheatley, Teagan, Lucas, and Brantley Chaloux; her twin sister Annemarie Asenbauer; her pups Sunshine and Bear; several nieces and nephews out of state and in Germany, four of which were extremely close enough to be her own children, Tanja Neuhauss and Marianne Fruith of Germany, and Debbie and Mike Gormely of Massachusetts. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care in Inverness.


Louis Calabrese, Jr

Louis Calabrese, Jr, 83, Floral City, FL
Louis Calabrese, Jr., age 83 of Floral City, FL passed away March 18, 2024 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Lou was born in Lorain, OH on July 11, 1940 to the late Louis and Lucy (Sorino) Calabrese, Sr and came to this area from Clearwater in 1993. He was a retired commercial truck driver and served our country in the U.S. Army. He had a zest for life and a very positive outlook wherever he went. He never met a stranger. He loved gardening, and loved to ride motorcycles. Lou was an accomplished musician, upholsterer, and a very hard worker. But most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed all gatherings with them. He always had great words of advice and encouragement. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Left to cherish his memory is 1 daughter, Lisa Marie Antonetti and her husband, Peter of Floral City; 1 sister, Loretta Ricco of Elyria, OH; 4 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Also 2 nieces as well. He was predeceased by his son, Todd Calabrese on March 10, 2022 and his grandson, Stanley M. Haybron,III on December 27, 2021. At Louis’ request, there are no services. His urn will be laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Cremation arrangements are being arranged with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Matthew Canning

Matthew Canning, 80, Inverness, Florida
Matthew Charles Canning (Matt) passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 in Inverness, Florida. Matt was born October 5, 1943 on a farm in Kiltykreevaugh, Ireland to Ann (Faughnan) and John Canning. After spending his teen years in post WWII London, Matt immigrated to the United States to his mother’s sister, Ellen Faughnan, on Long Island. Matt served in the US Army as an MP and a Sargeant in Vietnam, became a United States citizen, and continued his service in the National Guard. After retiring from United Telephone/Sprint in Inverness as a telephone engineer, Matt enjoyed spending his time with friends, traveling, and collecting antiquities and folk art. He made beautiful stained-glass panels and lamps, paintings, and upcycled found-objects into whimsical sculptures. He was a fine poet, exercising his wit and words in prose, editorial cartoons, various civic service organizations, and at breakfast with friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his two daughters Gillian Krivit (Keith), Tallahassee, Florida, and Kelly Remsey (Jim), Columbia, South Carolina, three grandchildren, brother Michael Canning, sister Patricia Shultz, many nephews, nieces and cousins, and his loving companion Beverly Moose and her children and grandchildren. A commemoration of Matt’s life will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 2:00pm, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, 3075 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness, Florida. Burial will follow at a later date, in Ireland.


Thelma Carlson

Thelma J Carlson, 90, Bushnell, FL
Thelma “Joanne” Carlson, 90, of Bushnell, FL passed away Sunday, March 10, 2024 at her residence in Bushnell. She was born in Fairview, MI on August 29, 1933 to the late Don and Millie (Aldridge) Marsh. Joanne was a property manager, and arrived in this area 37 years ago coming from Clearwater, FL. She was Methodist by faith, and enjoyed coloring books, reading, playing bingo, and going to garage sales. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Eugene H. Carlson in 2022, two sons, Robert and Martin Carlson, her parents Don W. and Millie (Aldridge) Marsh, and her six (6) siblings, Don, Kenneth and John Marsh, Doris McAnallen, Edith Emond, and Frances Keenan. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Roy David Carroll

Roy David Carroll, 77, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Roy David Carroll, of Lake Panasoffkee passed away at his home on Monday January 29th, 2024. He was 77. Roy was born in Stockbridge, GA and spent most of his life in St. Petersburg, FL. He served in the US Marine Corps Infantry during the Vietnam War. Roy spent his career as a project manager in the construction industry, working on large scale projects until his retirement in 2005. He was passionate about fishing, horses, his collection of Harley’s and most of all about his family. Roy was preceded in death by his younger brother Stephen Carroll. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved daughter Jan Patterson along with her husband Taylor and their boys, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl as well as his big sister Ann Sitterson of Citrus Springs and her children. Roy's family will hold a private service with military honors at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Private cremation arrangements at Chas. E. Davis


John  Clark

John Clark, 92, Inverness, Florida
John B. and Patsy J. (Ramsey) Clark, of Inverness, both passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. She died in the early morning hours under Hospice care, and he died later in the day of Broken Heart Syndrome. John and Patsy were married almost 70 years, and were always by one another’s side. They were both born in Tennessee, not long after the great depression. He was a police officer and loving husband and father, and she was a doting homemaker and loving wife and mother. They spent many years raising their family in Colorado Springs while he was in law enforcement. John and Patsy moved here in the mid-1980s following his retirement. They both loved reading, and John also loved working puzzles in the newspaper, and he was known as a “Mr. Fixit.” He could fix, put together, or build almost anything. She also loved sewing, crocheting, and gardening. John was preceded in death by his brother Winston Clark, Jr., and they were both preceded in death by their daughter-in-law Deborah Clark. Those left to cherish John and Patsy’s memories are their children Bradley Clark of California and Melissa Barker of North Carolina; grandchildren Megan Boyle (Patrick), Emily Phelps (Chase), John Clark, and Patricia Clark; five great grandchildren; Patsy’s siblings Peggy Ramsey and John Ramsey; and several nieces and nephews. Both John and Patsy Clark will be greatly missed by those who knew them. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care, and burial will take place in the Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Patsy Clark

Patsy Clark, 90, Inverness, Florida
John B. and Patsy J. (Ramsey) Clark, of Inverness, both passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. She died in the early morning hours under Hospice care, and he died later in the day of Broken Heart Syndrome. John and Patsy were married almost 70 years, and were always by one another’s side. They were both born in Tennessee, not long after the great depression. He was a police officer and loving husband and father, and she was a doting homemaker and loving wife and mother. They spent many years raising their family in Colorado Springs while he was in law enforcement. John and Patsy moved here in the mid-1980s following his retirement. They both loved reading, and John also loved working puzzles in the newspaper, and he was known as a “Mr. Fixit.” He could fix, put together, or build almost anything. She also loved sewing, crocheting, and gardening. John was preceded in death by his brother Winston Clark, Jr., and they were both preceded in death by their daughter-in-law Deborah Clark. Those left to cherish John and Patsy’s memories are their children Bradley Clark of California and Melissa Barker of North Carolina; grandchildren Megan Boyle (Patrick), Emily Phelps (Chase), John Clark, and Patricia Clark; five great grandchildren; Patsy’s siblings Peggy Ramsey and John Ramsey; and several nieces and nephews. Both John and Patsy Clark will be greatly missed by those who knew them. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care, and burial will take place in the Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


Ruth Clyde

Ruth K Clyde, 85, Inverness, FL
Ruth K. Clyde, 85, of Inverness, FL passed away peacefully with loving family by her side on January 25, 2024 at New Horizon in Inverness. She was born in Huntington Station, LI, NY to the late Dominick and Katherine (Cozzetto) Bruno. Ruth loved the Lord and was a very devoted wife and mother. She was a fabulous cook who also loved to garden. She loved painting, writing poetry and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ruth dedicated her early adult life to helping others as part of the Teen Challenge program in Brooklyn, NY and Rehrersburg, PA. She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher for several decades and remained active at Crossgate Church of God in Inverness until the end. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wallace Clyde in 2023. Survivors include her sons Scott (Hazel) Clyde of Inverness, Kevin (Holly) Clyde of Fredericksburg, VA, and Michael Clyde of Gahanna, OH; sisters Theresa Arnold and Victoria Sawransky; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Ruth will be held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, on Saturday, February 3, 11:00am.with Pastor Junior Branson of Crossgate Church of God officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. Ruth will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.


James Collins

James M Collins, 68, Inverness, FL
James Monroe Collins, age 68, Inverness, FL passed away at home on February 1, 2024 following a long illness. Jim was born in Whitesburg, KY on October 4, 1955 to Sharkey and Allie Sue Tracy Collins and came to this area 20 years ago from Tampa. He was a boilermaker working out of Tampa Local # 433 and served our country in the U.S. Army Left to cherish his memory is his loving partner of 30 years, Sandra Medich Smith of Inverness; 1 son, James Monroe Collins, Jr and his wife Terri of Apollo Beach, FL; 2 brothers, Sharkey and Ronald Collins and his sister, Nancy Lyons. He also leaves several nieces and nephews and many grandchildren. There will be a graveside service scheduled at Florida National Cemetery Friday, Feb 16th at 1:00 PM with V.F.W. Post 4337 conducting military honors. Arrangements under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.


Walter Cortright

Walter L Cortright, 85, Floral City, FL
Walter J. Cortright, of Floral City, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness. He was 85. Wally was born in Port Jervis, NY to Harold and Alice Acton Cortright. He moved to this area in 2009 from St. Petersburg. Wally was a commercial painter. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Donna Cortright in 2020; and his three siblings. Those left to cherish Wally’s memory are his many nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Bonnie Zarek of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Patrick R Curtin, 66, Hernando, FL
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, Patrick R. Curtin of Hernando, Florida (formerly of Milford, Connecticut). He died on March 7, 2024, at age 66, after a short illness. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Details of a Memorial Service to be held this spring in Milford will be announced at a later date. In his memory, donations can be made to VITAS Hospice, PO Box 1330, Lecanto, FL. 34460.


Betty Davis

Betty M Davis, 89, Inverness, FL
Betty Pittard Davis, age 89 of Inverness, FL passed away March 20, 2024 under the care of her family and Vitas Hospice following a long illness. Betty was born in Winterville, GA on November 8, 1934 to the late Harold and Mollie (Dawson) Pittard. After graduating from high school, Betty attended Young Harris College followed by Emery University where she acquired her nursing degree. Later in life, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Central Florida. Betty moved to Inverness in 1966 with her husband Dave and their two children. She worked as a Public Health Nurse at the Health Department in Inverness for over 20 years. During that time, she headed up many programs including vaccinations at the schools, Scoliosis identification and treatment, and anti-smoking campaigns. Her passions were walking, running, cycling, and travel. Even in her 80s, she routinely walked over 10,000 steps a day. At age 79, she had a top 50 half marathon time for her age group from a run through Disney World. The highlight of her retirement was to take the grandkids to the theme parks as she enjoyed the parks just as much as they did. Betty’s retirement was also filled with many cruises as she enjoyed those trips with her husband, Dave, and the rest of the family when possible. She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness Betty is survived by her sons David and Paul, 3 grandchildren Kristin, Tom, and Danielle, and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Augustine Davis on November 9, 2023 There is a Celebration of Life scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness on Wednesday, March 27th at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley will officiate. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery beside her husband on Thursday at 10:00 AM. There will be no viewing prior to services.


James Derry

James E Derry, 81, Dunnellon, FL
James E. Derry, of Dunnellon, passed away in Crystal River on Sunday, February 4, 2024. He was 81. Jim was born in Macon, GA and served three years in the US Army as a military intelligence specialist, one of which he served in Vietnam. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and loved watching his Yellow Jackets play football. Jim was in medical sales for years. Jim and Donna moved to Florida from New Orleans in 1993, living in Crystal River for many years and finally moving to the Dunnellon area. They are members of Gulf to Lake Church in Crystal River. Jim loved scalloping, boating, fishing, hunting, traveling, golf, football and Fox News. While living in New Orleans he was a member of the Endymion Krewe for many years. He also loved his church, family, friends, and pets. Jim was very technically minded, having won first place in a state science competition during high school for building a binary code computer. He was known as “Mr. Fix It.” Jim was preceded in death by his parents Edward Neidlinger and Gladys Derry; his stepfather William Derry; a daughter Kristin Derry McBride; and his sister Sheila Weddon. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his loving wife of 37 years Donna Hinely Derry of Dunnellon; his son James E. Derry, Jr. (Andrea) of Mandeville, LA; his daughter Cynthia Derry Boucher of Monson, MA; grandchildren Collin Boucher, Mackenzie Boucher, Maegan Boucher, Ella Derry, Lucy Derry, and Blair Bourgeois. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Gulf to Lake Church, 1454 N Gulf Ave, Crystal River on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm. The family requests that memorial donations please be made in Jim’s memory to Key Training Center https://keytrainingcenter.org/kcf/donate/. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Laura Dixon

Laura Dixon, 87, Inverness, FL
Laura Dorothy Dixon, age 87, Inverness, FL passed away March 24, 2024 at the Grand Living Senior Center. She was a compassionate and caring mother, grandmother, and friend. Mrs Dixon was born in Jersey City, NJ on December 12, 1936 to the late John and Carrie (Osborne) Antanies and moved to Florida in 1979 from Far Hills, NJ. She dedicated herself to caring for others as a nurse for over 35 years and was proud to serve as the VP of Nursing at Citrus Memorial Hospital. One of her passions was the Citrus County Fair Association where she worked tirelessly and served on the Board of Directors. She was the center of the family, deeply loved and will be missed. Left to cherish her memory are three children: C.J. Dixon of Inverness, Denmar Dixon of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Valerie Hale of St. Augustine, FL; 1 brother, John Antanies of Colorado; 2 sisters: Margie Radil and Mary Paolacci, both of New Jersey; 9 grandchildren: Kimberly, Audrey, Eileen, and Cole Dixon; Danielle Phillips and Nicole Dew; Preston, Emery and Evan Hale; 4 great grandchildren: Maverick and Bronson Dew and Christopher and Brian Phillips. The family has made a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Laura’s name; a charity that she generously supported throughout her life. If friends and family would like to make an additional contribution, they may do so online at https://www.stjude.org/donate or donations can be mailed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at P.O. Box 1999, Memphis,TN 38101. Cremation arrangements are with the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory.


Joan Dolan

Joan Dolan, 85, Inverness, Florida
Joan Rita Dolan, age 85, Inverness, FL passed away March 9, 2024 at 4:25 PM at the Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center, Inverness Joan was born in Queens, NY on June 16, 1938 to the late Clinton and Elizabeth (Schlosser) Christ. She moved from Elmont, NY in 1975 and relocated in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are 4 children: Mark Dolan of Inverness; Kathleen (Peter) Matarese of Murfreesboro, TN; June (Gary) Meier of Inverness; Karen (Philip) Owen of Inverness; brother, Clinton (Amanda) Christ of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Betty Barry of Long Island, NY; 11 grandchildren: Leanne, Kimberly, Billy, Stephanie, Courtney, Mandy, Nikki, Bobby, Heather, Brittany, and Ryan; 23 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Joan was predeceased by husband, William Dolan in 1978; her son, Matthew Dolan, her daughter, JoAnne Wyka, and her sister, Valerie Bekemeyer. The family will plan a Celebration of Life at a later date. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family.


Jimmy Edwards

Jimmy Edwards, 82, Inverness, FL
Jimmy Ray Edwards, of Inverness, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at his home. He was 82. Jimmy was born in Memphis, Tennessee to James and Frances (Wylie) Edwards. He served his country proudly in the US Army, and retired after 33 years of service. Jimmy and his late wife Marilyn moved to this area in 1999 from Kissimmee, and he was very active in the Eagle’s Lodge, Moose Lodge, and VFW Post #4337. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marilyn Edwards of 25 years in 2016, and his son Jason Edwards (Wendy), who passed in January of this year. Those left to cherish his memory are his son Justin Edwards of Tampa; his daughters Tina Horton of Ohio, Sherry Luebbe (Doug) of Ohio, and Tammy Thomas of Ohio; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held at the VFW Post #4337 on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 1:00pm. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Lucretia Ekeli

Lucretia Ekeli, 83, Inverness, FL
Lucretia D. “Cre” Ekeli, age 83, Inverness, FL passed away February 8, 2024 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. “Cre” was born in Long Island, NY on August 19, 1940 to the late Wesley and Dorothy (Baumler) Ekeli and came to this area in 1974 from there. She faithfully served as the Secretary of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness for over 28 years. Left to cherish her memory are 2 children, Craig Ekeli and his wife Lisa of Inverness and Nancy Wilt of Beverly Hills; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She also is survived by her daughter in law, Julie Ekeli Spong and a sister in law, Myra Pye She was preceded in death by her husband, Arne Ekeli on September 28, 2022. They were married for 58 years. Additionally, she lost her son, Steven Ekeli in 2017 and her brother, Wayne Pye in 2004. Funeral services on Thursday, February 15th at 1:00 PM from The First Lutheran Church of Inverness. The Rev. Tom Beaverson will officiate. Following cremation, burial of the cremains will be laid to rest beside her husband in the church’s memorial garden.


Michael Engel

Michael Engel, 76, Floral City, Florida
Michael L. “Mike” Engel, of Floral City, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto, surrounded by his family. He was 76. Mike was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Edward and Hazel (Clair) Engel, and was one of nine children. Mike worked in maintenance as a supervisor, but also managed ABC Liquors for many years, moving all around the states managing their rotating bars. He and his family moved to this area from Ohio 44 years ago. Since Mike was a workaholic and always focused on providing for his family, he didn’t have many hobbies, other than watching wrestling. He did love tinkering with mechanic work on cars. Mike was preceded in death by his son Mark Engel; and his brothers and sisters Dorothy, Mary, Eddie, Richie, Joey, and Davy. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of nearly 50 years Shirley Engel of Floral City; sons Brian Engel (Teresa) and Michael L. Engel, Jr.; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.


Phillip Ewald

Phillip E Ewald, 81, Homosassa, FL
Phillip E. Ewald, 81, of Homosassa, FL passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024 at HPH Hospice in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Adrian, MI on March 31, 1943 to the late Ellsworth E. and Jean (Schmitz) Ewald. Phillip was a truck driver and arrived in this area 63 years ago coming from Adrian, MI. He served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed truck driving, fishing and guns. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 25 years, Teresa Ewald, and one son, Jeff Ewald. Survivors include his children Joseph (Audrey) Davenport of Dixon, Missouri, Billy Bishop of Homosassa, Travis Davenport of Seneca, SC, Tammy Ewald of Tyler, TX, Jamie Barton and her fiancé Derek West of Homosassa, and Lisa Ewald of Detroit, MI; brothers George (Cindy) Bishop and Dale Ewald; sister Jane Ewald; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; and his beloved dog Emma. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Emanuel Falcone

Emanuel Falcone, 94, Hernando, FL
Emanuel Robert Falcone, of Hernando, passed away under hospice care on Saturday, February 24, 2024. He was 94. He was born in Coney Island, NY to James "Jimmy" and Joephine Falcone. He was a businessman. He was preceded in death by sons Robert and Arthur, daughter Patricia, and brother Gustino. He is survived by his wife Patricia Falcone of Michigan; daughter Jane Lessard of California; niece Susan Falcone of Hernando; and step-daughter Roslyn Amor of Michigan. Private cremation with care.


Herman Fowler

Herman Fowler, 86, Homosassa, FL
Herman Edwin Fowler of Homosassa passed away peacefully on February 29, 2024, after an extended pneumonia illness. He was raised in Connecticut and served in the United States Marine Corps. Herman retired after a 37-year-long career at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Frances Fowler. He also leaves behind 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous brothers and sisters. Beloved by anyone who knew him, he had a keen sense of humor, rugged zest for special repair projects, a passion for gardening and planting, and enjoyed tinkering in his shop with his ’55 Chevy. He was known for being personable and would initiate conversations with anyone. Herman traveled throughout the United States and parts of the world, experiencing many adventures with his wife. He was a devoted husband, father, and all-around family man who will be dearly missed. Service will be held on Friday, March 8th at 11 a.m. at Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 3075 S. Florida Ave., Inverness, FL.


John Fowler

John Fowler, 91, Dunnellon, FL
John A. Fowler, of Dunnellon, passed away under Hospice care on February 17, 2024. He was an Army veteran, and an accountant. He was preceded in death by his wife Edna in 2022. He is survived by his son John T. Fowler and two grandchildren, all of Maryland. Private cremation arrangements.


Thomas Gardner

Thomas E Gardner, 81, Floral City, FL
Thomas E. Gardner, 81, of Floral City, FL passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL. He was born in Dayton, OH on July 29, 1942 to the late Howard R. and Katherine (Mc Fall) Gardner. Thomas was a plumber for General Motors, Corp. and arrived in this area in 2014, coming from his summer home in West Milton, OH. He was Christian by faith, and enjoyed riding motorcycles. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy Lee Gardner. Other survivors include his children Michael (Nicole) Gardner of Snohomish, WA and Christina Honeycutt of Ludlow Falls, OH; brother Marvin R. Gardner; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Patricia Gaston

Patricia Gaston, 76, Inverness, FL
Private arrangements with Chas. E. Davis


Kellie Gattone

Kellie Gattone, 34, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Kellie Crystal Gattone, 34, passed away March 27, 2024 in Mission Hills, California. Kellie was born on January 5, 1990 in Camden, New Jersey. She is survived by her mother, Erin Lore, her father, John Gattone and wife Mary of Lecanto; brothers: Ryan Gattone and Jason Gattone (Gia Cinelli); and fiancé Dustin Treadway, many aunts uncles nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her step father, Paul Lore in 2013. Kellie will always be remembered as a very caring, loving woman to all her family and friends, but she always loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first. She was a member of the Church by the Glades in Ft. Lauderdale where she resided. Her personality and beauty are just a few reasons why so many people were drawn to her. She always wore a big smile and had a great sense of humor. Kellie would help anyone that needed her. She was one to not let you see if she was in pain or worrying. We will always remember hearing her quote her favorite thing to say, “I got this!!”. She loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and they with her. Kellie was engaged and planning a future together with Dustin, but her life here was cut short. She will be missed tremendously! Services for Kellie will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at 1:00 PM from the Calvary Chapel Church in Inverness, 960 US Highway 41. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to: Wayside House (women’s rehabilitation center) https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=75c15e71-6419-4954-9366-67a24be16f34. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Judy Gerwe

Judy Gerwe, 79, Inverness, Florida
Judy Jean Gerwe, of Inverness, passed away at home under hospice care, surrounded by family. She was 79. Judy was born in Elkhorn, WI to Edward and Grace Frye Janney. She was preceded in death by her husband Barry Gerwe. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Sheli, and two nieces Delinda and Debbie, who was her main caregiver. Private cremation arrangements.


William Glass

William L Glass, 75, Inverness, FL
William Lloyd Glass, Jr., 75, of Inverness, FL passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at Citrus Health & Rehab in Inverness. He was born in Tampa, FL on February 8, 1949 to the late William Lloyd Glass, Sr and Truva (Robertson) Glass. William arrived in this area in 1951, coming from Tampa. He was Baptist by faith, and loved fishing. Willliam is survived by his daughter, Hilda Gillette, and 2 grandchildren, Felicitie and Chloe, and nephew Eric Glass of Floral City, FL. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Alfred Gogan

Alfred J Gogan, 85, Homosassa, FL
Alfred J. Gogan, Jr., of Homosassa, FL passed away peacefully at Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto at the age of 85. Alfred (AJ) was born in Trenton, NJ to Alfred, Sr. and Ada Mae Bice Gogan. He served in the US Navy, and following his military career, he was a paid driver, as well as a volunteer firefighter for Rusling Hose Volunteer Fire Department for more than 15 years. He was a bus driver for NJ Transit for 10 years before moving to Ladson, SC in the late 80’s, where he also worked as a bus driver with Van Com for 11 years. He retired in 2003 and moved to Homosassa with his late wife, Maryann. He loved fishing, music, and playing the keyboard. He was active in the Forest View HOA & Social Club. AJ was also an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, where he was an altar server and later a sacristan. Finally, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held the position of treasurer for a number of years. AJ is survived by his sister, Kathleen Elias (Charles), 5 children (and their spouses), 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held for AJ on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 1:00pm at St. Benedict Catholic Church 455 S Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34429. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida Avenue Inverness, FL 34450. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to St. Benedict Catholic Church (www.stbenedictcrystalriver.org).


Eleuterio Gonzalez

Eleuterio Gonzalez, 96, Inverness, FL
Eleuterio Gonzalez, 96, Inverness, FL passed away March 3, 2024 in Lecanto at the HPH Hospice facility. A native of Puerto Rico, he was born April 28, 1927 to the late Paulino and Amalia Rivera Gonzalez. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a Jehovah Witness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aida Gonzalez in 2006. He also leaves his children and grandchildren as well as his caregiver of 17 years, Wanda Montanez Services will be announced at a later date at the Hernando Spanish Congregation’s Kingdom Hall. Following cremation, burial will be private at Florida National Cemetery. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Billy Gordon

Billy D Gordon, 77, Brooksville, FL
Billy Gordon, of Brooksville, passed away under Hospice care on Saturday, February 3, 2024. He was 77.


Christopher Gore

Christopher Gore, 53, Inverness, FL
Christopher M “Chris” Gore, of Inverness, passed away on Thursday morning, March 14, 2024. He was 53. Chris was born in Boynton Beach to Gene Gore and Louise Whiting on 12/5/1970, and has remained in Florida his whole life. He was a resident of the Key Training Center, and worked a few years at Wal-Mart as front-end service personnel. Chris loved race cars, from Hot Wheels to NASCAR, he just absolutely loved them. Chris had an enormous love for life and truly found happiness in everything and everyone. He was preceded in death by his sister Jodi Seto in 2021. Those left to cherish Chris’ memory are his mom Louise Whiting of Inverness; his dad Gene Gore and Pauline Woodham of Live Oak; his sister and her husband, Kelli and Jonathan Melton of Inverness; his brother Dana Gore of Inverness; his nephew and his wife Kyle and Heather Durr of Live Oak; his niece and nephew Daniel and Summer Crapps. A celebration of Chris’ life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel, with the family receiving friends from 10:30 until time of service. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE, Inverness FL 34450.


Dana Gore

Dana Gore, 58, Inverness, Florida
Dana S. Gore, of Inverness, passed away at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson on Friday, March 29, 2024. He was 58. Dana was born in Boynton Beach, FL to H. Gene Gore and Louise (Oliver) Whiting. He was a lifelong Florida resident. Dana loved ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and helicopters and anything else that made loud noises. He also had a devious sense of humor and loved to play tricks on his brother and sisters. Dana’s younger brother Chris passed just 15 days prior to Dana’s passing, and the most interesting thing about these two is that they were always together. Dana was also preceded in death by their sister Jodi Seto in 2021. Those left to cherish Dana’s memory are his mom Louise Whiting of Inverness; his dad Gene Gore (Pauline Woodham) of Live Oak; his sister and her husband Kelly and Jonathan Melton of Inverness; his nephew and his wife Kyle and Heather Durr of Live Oak; and his niece and nephew Daniel and Summer Crapps. A celebration of Dana’s life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 11:30am, in the Davis Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until time of service. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Stephen Gosselin

Stephen J Gosselin, 82, Citrus Springs, FL
Stephen J. Gosselin, 82, of Citrus Springs, FL passed away January 30, 2024 at Diamond Ridge in Lecanto, FL. He was born in Lynn, MA on September 22, 1941 to the late Irving and Shirley E. (Glover) Gosselin. Stephen was Protestant by faith, and served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He loved fishing and gardening. Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carmelina Gosselin, and his sister Sally Gosselin. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Vincent Gracchi

Vincent Gracchi, 89, Orange Park, FL
Vincent J Gracchi, 89 of Orange Park, formally Brooksville, FL, passed on February 17, 2024 at the HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital in Orange Park, FL. Vincent was born on June 12, 1934 in the Bronx, NY, to the late Vincent and Kate (Leggio) Gracchi. He moved to Brooksville in 2009 from New Jersey, after commuting as “snowbirds” for half the year since 2005. He later moved with his wife, Elaine Gracchi, to Orange Park, FL, to be closer to his youngest daughter and son-in-law. Vincent served his country in the US Army National Guard as a tank commander. He was a beloved retired math teacher of 48 years and it was his true calling. Vincent loved his family dearly, but also enjoyed baseball and was a devout Yankees fan. He also enjoyed fishing, and in his retirement, assisted young people with their math at the public library. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of over 63 years, Elaine Gracchi; his daughters: Elaine Nabors and husband Chad of Florida and Lisa Gracchi of Pennsylvania; his son, Vincent Carl Gracchi of Alabama; two grandsons: Jeffrey and Christopher. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie. Graveside services with Military Honors for Vincent will be rendered at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, on Friday, April 12, 2024, time to be announced. Friends may gather at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, on April 12, 2024 prior to the procession leaving for the cemetery at. An open house will be available immediately after the graveside service at the home of Robert Morhard at 2047 W. LaBonte Circle in Beverly Hills.


Shirley Greenberg

Shirley Greenberg, 90, Inverness, FL
Shirley Jean Greenberg, age 90 of Inverness, FL passed away on March 26, 2024 at home under the loving care of her family. Shirley was born in Harrisburg, PA on November 1, 1933 to the late Nevin and Meulah (Davis) Carson. She moved to Florida in 1975 from Long Island, NY. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Elliott’s Floor Covering in Inverness. Left to cherish her memory are 3 children: Leonard “Lenny” Greenberg of Inverness; Sharon (Al) LaPage of Inverness; Barbara (Randy) Hernandes of Floral City; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


Robert Hays

Robert Hays, 93, Inverness, Florida
Robert L. “Bob” Hays, of Inverness, Florida, passed away at home on Thursday, March 21, 2024. He was 93. Bob was born on September 10, 1930 to the late Walter and Carrie (North) Hays in Streator, Illinois. He is a veteran of the US Navy, and served his country proudly. Bob was a machinist by trade, and he loved fishing. He was preceded in death by his children Daniel Hays and Dawn Hillman; and his brothers Donald, Arthur, and Jack Hays. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving companion of many years, Mary Clevenger of Inverness, Florida, his children Dale Hays of Spring Hill, Florida, Diana Stephenson and David Hays, both of Galesburg, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Robert will be interred with Military Funeral Honors at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.


Peggy Heatley

Peggy L Heatley, 88, Inverness, FL
Peggy Lou Heatley, 88, of Inverness, FL passed away Thursday, March 28, 2024 at HCA Citrus Hospital in Inverness. She was born in McKeesport, PA on July 2, 1935 to the late Albert and Jean Stella (Jordan) Larson. Peggy was a dedicated homemaker and arrived in this area in 1989, coming from North Huntingdon, PA. She was Christian by faith and attended Calvary Chapel in Inverness. She enjoyed her church, catching up with friends, spending time with her family, and homemaking. Peggy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, James Francis Heatley. She is survived by her children Mark (Cora) Heatley of Big Springs, TX, Matthew (Nicole) Heatley of Inverness, Deborah Ann (William) Wagner of Houtzdale, PA, and June (Joel) Clark of Port St. John, FL; grandchildren Joshua, Jordan, Hannah, and Klara; and great grandchild Giuliano. A Celebration of Life for Peggy is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 11:00 am at Calvary Chapel in Inverness. The family will be receiving friends at Calvary Chapel one hour prior to services. Peggy will be laid to rest with her husband James at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Doreen Hennessey

Doreen Hennessey, 68, Inverness, Florida
Doreen Ann Hennessey, of Inverness, passed away peacefully at home under Hospice care with her family by her side. She was 68. She was an insurance examiner, who loved the outdoors, hiking and gardening, cooking, and traveling. Doreen moved here in 2018 from Moro Plantation, Maine. She was a catholic. Doreen was preceded in death by her sister. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband of 49 years, Daniel Hennessey; her three sons Daniel, Timothy, and Keith Hennessey; and three grandchildren. Private cremation, Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Trudy Hermann

Trudy Hermann, 82, Inverness, FL
Trudy Hermann, age 82, Inverness, FL passed away February 28, 2024 under the care of her family following an extended illness. Trudy was born in Chicago, IL on June 16, 1941 to the late Frank and Gertrude Olinski Sims and came to Inverness from Orange Park,FL. Before she retired, she was a bookkeeper and employed at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Left to cherish her memory are three children: Robert and Raymond Hermann and Susan Cummins. Additionally, there are 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are with Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness, FL


Joanne Holm

Joanne Holm, 86, Floral City, FL
Joanne Holm, of Floral City, passed away in Brooksville Florida on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She was 86. Joanne was born in Rochester, NY to Carl and Concetta Damico Devola. She moved with her family to Miami, Florida early in her life. She had four children, all born in Miami. Joanne moved to the Tampa area and eventually settled in Floral City. Joanne was a wonderful homemaker, a loving wife and a devoted mother. Joanne spent time working as an office administrator and a sales representative during her working career, but her passion was serving others, volunteering, and giving her time to the community. Joanne loved to travel but her delight was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Floral City. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Jon Holm, her brother Russell Frank Privitera and stepson Jon Holm. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Robert Edmunds (Nancy), Alan Edmunds, Lanette Mendez (Michael), and Kevin Edmunds (Renee); her grandchildren, Katie & Ashley Edmunds, Ian Edmunds, Gianna Barto (Dusty), Imogen & Braden Edmunds; her great-grandchildren, Soren Edmunds and Greyson Barto. Also left to cherish her memory are her stepchildren, Olaf "Mick" Holm (Amy), Cindy Robinson (Mark), and Robert Holm (Michael); step grandchildren Bryan Holm, Sarah Jo Holm, Mickey Holm (Nicole), and Timothy Robinson; step great-grandchildren Benjamin Swaggerty, Kaden, Ollie, Avory & Walter Holm. Graveside service for Joanne will be held at Florida National Cemetery, in Bushnell Florida, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 10:30AM. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


Norabelle Holmes

Norabelle Holmes, 97, Lecanto, FL
Cremation arrangements are private with Chas. E. Davis


George Hooker

George L Hooker, 96, Homosassa, Florida
George L. Hooker, of Homosassa, passed away under Hospice care in Lecanto on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. He was 96. George was born to the late John L. and Louise (Crowe) Hooker in Sidney, Florida. He served in the US Navy proudly. George worked many years as a building contractor. He was a long-time member of the Church of Christ in Inverness. George was preceded in death by his loving wife Wilma Hooker and his daughter Carol Bigelow. Those left to cherish his memory are his son Jere Hooker (Darlene) of Homosassa; sisters Marion and Linda; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


Wera Howard

Wera F Howard, 86, Bushnell, FL
Wera Faye Howard, 86, of Bushnell, FL passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at her residence in Bushnell. She was born in Gaskin, FL on December 29, 1937 to the late Hubert and Margaret Louise (Tidwell) Peters. Faye was a book keeper and arrived in this area in 1969, coming from Sarasota, FL. She was Christian by faith, and enjoyed gardening, reading, taking walks and spending time with her family and friends. Faye was preceded in death by her husband Mott G. Howard in 2019, one daughter Melissa Lynn Howard, and one brother Billy Jerome Peters. She is survived by her children Mott Judson (Abigail) Howard of Fincastle, VA, Naomi Gail Fletcher and Louise Dale Couch, both of Bushnell, and Dawn Elaine (David) Case of Ponce Inlet, FL; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Bob Huscher

Bob Huscher, 86, Inverness, FL
Bob Huscher, beloved husband, father, grandfather and Navy veteran passed away on February 12, 2024, at the age of 86. Born on January 23, 1938, he dedicated 24 years of his life to serving his country in the US Navy, where he exhibited unwavering courage and commitment. His service took him to distant shores and instilled in him a deep sense of duty and honor. In 1963, Bob married the love of his life, Joan, with whom he shared 53 years of unwavering companionship until her passing in 2016. Together they raised two children Bob and Kellie, and welcomed an amazing daughter in law, Debbie. Bob’s greatest pride and joy was his grandsons Zach, Bobby, Rowan and Jack. Bob’s adventurous spirit led him to establish the US Navy Bobsled Team, after being dared to try the sport himself. This bold initiative culminated in their Olympic debut in 1968. His dedication and skill propelled the team to success, securing record times, World Cup victories and many prestigious awards. Beyond his accomplishments on the ice, Bob volunteered for the Sheriff’s department and was deeply involved in various veterans’ organizations. Known for his patriotism, Bob always carried flags with him, ready to replace worn-out flags as a symbol of his enduring love for his country and community. He will be deeply missed by his family friends and all who had the privilege of knowing him. As his Bobsled Mates used to say “Bob – you had a great run!” A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on March 23, 2024, at 3:00PM, at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Florida, with Rev. Mike Kramer of the First United Methodist Church in Inverness.


Marcia Jensen

Marcia B Jensen, 70, Beverly Hills, FL
Marcia B. Jensen, of Beverly Hills, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital, surrounded by family. She was 70. Marcia was born in Miami, Arizona to Bill and Nita Heder Bodine. She was a Registered Nurse. Marcia and Darwin moved to this area seven years ago from Blackfoot, Idaho. Those left to cherish Marcia’s memory are her loving husband of 53 years Darwin Jensen; sons Darwin Alan Jensen, Jared lee Jensen, Michael Aaron Jensen, and Bill Glenn Jensen; daughters Lisa Jensen Webb, Heather Jensen Tucker, and Heidi Jensen Graham; brother Bill G. Bodine; sisters Laura Bodine Merkling, Shirley Bodine Elzworth, and Joi Bodine; and thiry-one grandchildren. Funeral services will be in Toquerville, Utah on the 24th of February. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Dorothy Johnson

Dorothy Johnson, 92, Floral City, FL
Dorothy J. Johnson, 92, of Floral City, FL passed away Saturday, March 9, 2024 at her residence in Floral City. She was born in Coffee County, AL on January 8, 1932 to the late Billie Bob and Esther Mae (Lunsford) Leighton. Dorothy was a battery charger technician for Chloride Battery. She arrived in this area in 1977, coming from Tampa, FL, and was protestant by faith. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, loved reading and spending time with her grandbabies and was dedicated to her family. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband James A. Johnson in 1994; one son, James A. Johnson, Jr.; and 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Roberta (David) Boden of Melbourne, FL, and Cynthia (Bobby) Jackson of Andalusia, AL; brothers Dawson and Doyle Leighton; sisters Donie Pruett and Doretha Spier; 2 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Keith Jones

Keith J Jones, 81, Crystal River, FL
Keith G. Jones, age 81, of Crystal River, FL passed away March 31, 2024 at the Ocala Regional Medical Center. Keith was born in Akron, OH on June 27, 1942 to the late Kenneth and Opal (Carr) Jones and came to this area in 1984 from Gulf Breeze, FL. He retired from the construction trade after 58 years, many of those serving as general superintendent. He also was a United States Army veteran, avid golfer and life-long Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He and his wife Marilyn worshipped at the Faith Lutheran Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Marilyn Dubble Jones whom he married in 1964. Other survivors include his son, Keith Douglas Jones and wife Angel of Shell Knob, MO, 2 grandchildren, Anna and Austin Jones, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christina Marie and a sister, Barbara Carol Daberko A graveside service with military honors will be held at Fero Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills, Fl. on May 11, 2024 at 10:30 AM. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family. Reception immediately following service at Fero Life Celebration Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=faq-how-to-donate-text or Shriners Hospitals for Children. https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/478950/#!/donation/checkout?amount=50&c_src=google&c_src2=brand. The family kindly invites attendees to dress casually and wear red/white in honor of Keith’s love for the Ohio Buckeyes.


Linda Kelley

Linda Kelley, 76, Floral City, FL
Linda Jean Kelley, age 76, Floral City, FL passed away February 24, 2024 under the loving care of her family. Linda was born in Ventura, CA on January 29, 1948 to the late Felix and Delores (Wade) Bouchard and came to this area in 1971 from Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine, she accepted a teaching position at Floral City Elementary. She was a dedicated educator, having served the Citrus County School System as s a teacher, principal, and retiring as Assistant Superintendent following 35 years of service. Linda enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved spending time with family and friends and traveling. She was of the Catholic Faith. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 56 years, James O. Kelley of Floral City; 2 children, Mason Kelley and his wife, Sandra of Renton, WA; Heather Signoretti and her husband Anthony of Inverness; 1 grandchild, Cole Signoretti. She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Hales. There is a Celebration of Life scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 6:00 PM from the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home. Fr Claudius Mganga, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church will officiate. Family members and friends may also share their memories during the service. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until the hour of service. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery at a later date.


William Kelley

William Kelley, 66, Inverness, FL
William “Bill” Eugene Kelley, age 66, passed away on March 28, 2024, after a lengthy illness. Born in Ocoee, Florida, he was the son of the late Ronald Eugene and Norma Jean Kelley. Bill moved to Citrus County in 1972, where he lived in Inverness thanks to the generosity of different families that allowed him to live with them so he could continue his education at Citrus High School. Bill graduated from Citrus High School where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He received several scholarship offers from various colleges but decided to pursue his dream of playing Major League Baseball. After graduating high school, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox where he played alongside players such as Wade Boggs and Chico Walker. After a career ending injury, Bill returned to Citrus County. Bill began working for the county delivering milk to the schools, when then Sheriff Charles Dean convinced him to pursue a career in law enforcement. Bill attended the law enforcement academy; where he became dual certified in law enforcement and corrections. Bill held positions as a Deputy Sheriff, Field Training Officer, and Sergeant with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. He held these positions with dignity, honor, empathy, and dedication. He showed leadership and was a mentor to new recruits beginning their careers. He served the citizens of Citrus County for 25 years, before his retirement in 2012. Bill’s greatest accomplishment was being a loving father and role model to his son, Matthew Ryan Kelley. He was excited to watch his son follow in his footsteps as he pursued his love of baseball. Bill loved nothing more than hitting the ballfield with Matthew to pitch batting practice. Bill coached Little League baseball and provided encouragement and mentoring to the young men playing. He even created custom-made baseball bats on his free time for the senior members of the Citrus High School baseball and softball teams. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Ronald Kelley and Norma Jean (Bosler) Kelley, brother Stephan Alan Kelley (Orlando, FL), brother Robbin Dean Kelley (Springfield, MO), brother Gary Eugene Kelley (infant). Bill is survived by his son Matthew Kelley (Woodstock, Illinois), sister Rhonda Kelley Ijams (Wichita, Kansas) and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday April 6, 2024, at Charles Davis Funeral Home at 3075 S Florida Avenue, Inverness, Florida 34450. Visitation will be held at 10 am and services will be at 11 am.


Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca N Kelly, 72, Citrus Springs, FL
Rebecca Nelson Kelly, 72, of Citrus Springs, Florida was born April 22, 1951, passed away March 4, 2024 at Citrus Springs Hospital of cancer. Rebecca was born in Marion, Indiana to the late Donald and Jackie Nelson. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lewis R. (Bo) Kelly, brother Don Nelson, sister Deborah Bertsch, and daughter Sonya Fillion. She is survived by her brother Fred Nelson, daughter Candice Johnson, grandsons Joseph Clary (Teri Thompson) and Codie Hancock, great grandchildren Halie Clary, Jacob Clary, and Mason Hancock, and her beloved dog Soldier Girl, extended family in Indiana, Polk City and Brandon, Florida, and many friends. Her many passions included the American Legion Post #246 in Beverly Hills and Post #155 in Crystal River where she served many years on the board including secretary and president. She enjoyed helping the homeless vets, going to yard sales and playing darts and cards with her friends. Most of all, she loved spending time with her great grand children, they were her greatest joy. She will be remembered most for her loud, boisterous, fun loving attitude and her generosity to her fellow veterans. She loved her country and served as a volunteer for many projects. Her family knows she is now at peace with her husband, sister and daughter that she greatly missed. A Celebration of Life for Rebecca to be scheduled will be held at American Legion Post #155, Inverness. Memorial services will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Anne Krause

Anne Krause, 83, Hernando, Florida
Anne B. Krause, of Hernando, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2024 at HCA Ocala. She was 83. Anne was born in Cleveland, OH to Michael and Mathilda (Sauer) Riemer. She loved bowling, boating, gardening, and her family (including the grand puppies). She and her husband moved here in 1998 from Wooster, OH when they retired. Anne was a member of Our Lady of Grace, as well as the Inverness Elks Lodge #2522. She previously worked as an office clerk with Sears and Clear Picture in Wooster, Ohio. Anne was preceded in death by her sisters Emily Grant and Adelle Shupe. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 66 years Richard Krause; her son Dave Krause (Judi) of Gilbertsville, PA; her daughter Karen Artayet (Alain) of Douglasville, GA; three grandchildren Alex Artayet (Haley), Matt Artayet (Vicki), and Rachel Bruce (Matt); three great grandchildren; and her grand puppies. Calling hours will be Monday, April 29, 2024 from 5:00-6:30pm, with a service at 6:30, held at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will occur at the Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, OH at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, PO Box 49 Umatilla FL 32784-0049.


Raymond LaBumbard

Raymond LaBumbard, 86, Floral City, FL
Raymond “Bill” “Raymie” LaBumbard Our Raymie passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, February 1st, at the age of 86, after a brief illness. He was born and raised on the family farm in Litchfield NY. When he left the family farm Raymond married his first love, Patricia Miner. After 4 children and 20+ years of marriage, they divorced. He later married his wife and business partner, Norma Cook. He made so many lifelong friends and memories behind the bar at Bill’s Valley Inn and with their circle of motorcycle friends. After Norma’s passing in 2001, Bill took to the road to seek new adventures, heading out West to spend time with his sister. Eventually ending up on his favorite place, the Sunshine State of Florida. This is where he found his last love, Linda Vojtash. He and Linda spent time enjoying life, traveling, and playing the slots, with many trips to Biloxi MS and of course Las Vegas. We can’t forget the many friends he made in their neighborhood of Castle Lake and the local internets around the area. Bill had several jobs throughout his life, making valued friendships at each one. He worked at Chicago Pneumatic, Hyck Trucking Corp, to name a few. He spent many hours in the cab of a tractor trailer, driving cross country and later doing local runs, hauling “doubles” across the state. Finally retiring from Continental Bakery aka Wonder Bread in 1998, after 25 years. Raymie leaves behind his fiancé of 20+ years, Linda Vojtash. His “baggage” of 4 children, Donna (Dennis) Milsten, Waynesboro VA/Portugal, Nels LaBumbard of West Winfield NY, Marcia (Mike) McNamara, Bridgewater NY and Linda Williams, West Winfield NY, along with 8 grandchildren, 4 (almost 5) great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was so proud of his family and despite the differences he loved them all! Bill was predeceased by his parents Nels and Lucy (Trenary) LaBumbard, along with his 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Services will be held at the convenience of the family in West Winfield NY. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family


Arthur Lance

Arthur J Lance, 81, Beverly Hills, FL
Arthur J. Lance Jr. (November 2, 1942 to February 16, 2024) Arthur (known as Art) Lance Jr. 81 of Beverly Hills, FL went to his heavenly home on February 16, 2024. Art was born in Perth Amboy, NJ to Arthur J and Helen Barcheski Lance. Art and his Wife, Valerie K. Lance, moved to the Beverly Hills area in 2017 from Punta Gorda, FL and became very active in their community. Art was drafted in the Army in 1966 and held many different careers throughout his life, including long distance truck driving for Mayflower and hauling gasoline. He was a Thoroughbred Horse trainer (winning the Duke Ellington Award). He was one of the top-rated realtors for ReMax in Fort Myers, Florida. (Attaining #1 Realtor in the World: 2003 & 2005 and #1 Realtor in Florida in 2003, ‘04, ’05 & ’06). Art was an Avid Fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. Art was a pilot and loved to fly his own plane. He was a NASCAR enthusiast (following Jeff Gordon and Kyle Larson). Additionally, Art held a race car competition license driving a Spec Corvette and winning many races. He enjoyed watching football and was a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Gadomski. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 18 years, Valerie K. Lance; his sons David W. Carnes (Logan Strike) and Steven Carnes; his grandchildren, Bradley and Ariana Carnes; nieces and nephews, Albert and Arthur Gadomski, Teresa Carruthers, Gail Overbaugh and Geri Kruckenberg, and Valerie’s Mother and Father, Vincent and Harriet Stolfi. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Arthur J. Lance, please send to Tunnels to Towers Foundation. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


James Lange

James Lange, 80, Homosassa, FL
James “Jim” Lange, of Homosassa, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 in Crystal River. He was 80. Jim was born in Jersey City, NJ to George and Madeline Kemmet Lange. He was a grocery manager with Pathmark Supermarkets in New Jersey. Jim and his wife Joan moved to Florida in January 2012, and into a community of peers who have become close friends of theirs. He enjoyed fishing on Fridays with his buddies and enjoyed watching sports, most especially his Philadelphia Eagles. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his loving wife of 57 years Joan Lange; son and daughter James Lange and Trish Pagnotto (Kevin); stepson and stepdaughters Walter Hubbs, Renee Atwater, and Kathy Caruso; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Rose Lee

Rose P Lee, 99, Inverness, FL
Rose P. Lee, 99, of Inverness, FL passed away January 26, 2024 at her residence in Inverness. She was born on November 4, 1924 in Tampa, FL to the late Antonino and Giovannina (Pascuita) Perricone. Rose was a dedicated homemaker and arrived in this area in 2004, coming from Land O’ Lakes, FL. She was Baptist by faith, and loved dancing. Rose was preceded in death by one son, Dominick Romano in 2002, one grandchild, Philip Romano and two brothers, Joe and Biaggo Perricone. Survivors include her daughters Jovanna Williams and Sarah Moye, both of Inverness; and grandchildren Christopher Giddens, Lena Webb, and Donna Stevenson. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Inverness. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Eleanor Marks

Eleanor J Marks, 75, Inverness, FL
Eleanor J. Marks, 75, of Inverness, FL passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab in Inverness. She was born in Eastport, Maine on December 27, 1948. Eleanor was a restaurant waitress and arrived in this area in 2007, coming from Lake Park, GA. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, and gardening. She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, John Marks. Other survivors include her children Timothy Small, Melissa Combs, and Walaka Pendergrass, all of Georgia, April Profano of Nebraska, and Crystal Bew of Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Nancy McCann

Nancy McCann, 90, Inverness, Florida
Nancy J. McCann (Nana), of Inverness, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, April 13, 2024. She was 90 years young. Nancy was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Carl and Elsa (Ungerer) Breining on August 18, 1933. She married Acel A. McCann on December 8th , 1956 and in the early 70s they moved to Dunedin, Florida. They had one Daughter Kathy Lynn (Wiggins) Palmer. Nancy spent her early working years as a switchboard operator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Once she moved to Florida she worked as a purchasing agent for Pioneer Bank in Pinellas County till she retired. In 1991, they moved up to Inverness to be close to her grandchildren. She also worked for a few years at the Citrus County Red Cross. She loved her family and her neighbors in her neighborhood, and was very active in the First Lutheran Church in Inverness for many years. Nana enjoyed walking and despite being completely blind she continued to keep walking well into her 80s. Nana loved her dog Sophie and every other dog in her neighborhood! She loved to quilt, sew and was an avid painter in her spare time. Nana was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Acel McCann; her daughter Kathy Lynn Palmer; her parents Carl Ray and Elsa Breining; her brothers Carl, Robert, Richard, and Jim Breining; and her sisters Dorothy Stalker, Mary Freolich, and Sally Ashley. Those left to cherish her memory are her 99 year old sister Shirley Edwards and her doting grandchildren Kimberly Robbins (Daniel), Elizabeth King (William) and John Palmer; great-grandchildren Timothy Robbins, Ryan Robbins (Amanda), Joshua Robbins (Sailor), and Bayley Paige; five great-great-grandchildren and with another on the way; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Nancy will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11am from Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with the family receiving friends one hour prior to service time. She will be laid to rest at a later date with her husband Ace in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to a local non-profit: Joshua's House for Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary Inc. of Lecanto. 595 S West Bend Pt Lecanto, FL 34461.


Harold Meyer

Harold Meyer, 90, Dunnellon, FL
Harold W. Meyer, formerly of Inverness, passed peacefully under Hospice care in Clermont. He was 90 years old. Harold was born in Flasher, ND, spent his school years in Oxford, NY, but has been in Florida for many years. He worked as a utilities operator throughout Florida, including Orange, Osceola, and Sarasota counties. Harold has been in this area since 2003, having moved to Inverness from Sumter County. He served in the US Army, and owned and operated his own farm when he was discharged from the service. Harold was a member of the Moose Lodge, and the VFW. He was preceded in death by his brother Albert Meyer and two sisters, Agnes Rowe and Lois Crandall. Harold is survived by his wife of 70 years Shirley Meyer of Wildwood; sisters Louise Pike and Arlene Meyer, both of Norwich, NY; brother John Meyer of Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held for Harold on Monday, February 12, 2024 from 11:00-11:30am at the funeral home, and a service with military honors will follow at 12:30pm at Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE Inverness, FL 34450.


James Miller

James Miller, 68, Hernando, Florida
James G. “Jimmy” Miller, of Hernando, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024. He was 68. Jim was born in Galion, OH. He worked as a lineman for Verizon in New Jersey. Jim moved to Hernando, Florida in 2018, where he became an integral part of the local performance community. Most recently Jim was a guitarist for The Fabulous Firebirds Band. He also played with Single Shot and Jimmy’s Dance Band. Jim was known to be a passionate photographer. On cooler days he could be seen riding his bicycle around Hernando and Inverness, enjoying being out in nature. Jim was a cherished uncle to his nieces and nephews, being a kid at heart himself. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Miller. Those left to cherish Jim’s memory are his sister Janet Miller Eidem (Will) and his brother Robert E. Miller (Joyce). Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care. Memorial and burial will take place at a later date in Naples, FL.


Barbara Muench

Barbara Muench, 90, Inverness, FL
Barbara Ann Muench, age 90, Inverness passed away April 22, 2024 at Arbor Trail Nursing & Rehab Center. Barbara was born in Jersey City, NJ on February 7, 1934 to the late James and Marion (Thornton) Bryant and came to Florda from Iselin, NJ. She attended the Lutheran Church. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Gary and wife Julie Muench of Inverness; 2 brothers, Russell Bryant of Woodbridge, NJ and Neil Bryant of Lewes, DE; 1 sister, Marilyn Kilpatrick of Inverness; 4 grandchildren: Katrina, Kristl, Callie, and TJ; 1 great grandchild, Elena. She is also loved by many nieces and nephews She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Muench on December 16, 1998; her son, James Muench (June 2005); her daughter, Patricia Muench (October, 2010) There will be a visitation on Sunday, April 28th, from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL


Richard Nizza

Richard Nizza, 82, Inverness, FL
Richard Louis Nizza, 82, of Inverness passed away at home on January 26, 2024. Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 1941 to the late Louis and Mabel (Fell) Nizza. Richard served his Country in the US Navy. He retired after 40 years as a partner and court reporter with Huron Reporting, in Michigan. He was a big Detroit Lions fan and hoped to see them win the Super Bowl this year. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and kayaking. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Kay Wells who he married on Valentines day 2016; his sisters: Theresa Buffone (John), Linda Shea (Dan), Diane Jarzeboski, and Jayne Nizza; brother: Louis Nizza; many nieces and nephews; step-children: Marikaye (Rob), Bridgit (Bill), Kevin(Sue) and many step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Martha. Following cremation Richard’s urn will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Pamela Noel

Pamela Noel, 69, Hernando, Florida
Pamela Jean Noel, of Hernando, passed peacefully at home under Hospice, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. She was 69. Pamela was born in Bloomington, Illinois to Bob and Patricia (Blaine) Deerwester. She was retired as a customer service specialist with State Farm Insurance. Pamela and her husband Curtis moved here in 2007 from Bloomington. She loved fixing things (sewing and crafts), and she loved to sing, which she did in the church choir while her kids were growing up. She was even known to go out and sing karaoke. Pamela also baked the best Texas sheet cake! She belonged to the Citrus Garden Club, and was a faithful protestant. Pamela was preceded in death by her loving husband Curtis in 2021, and by her brother David Deerwester. Those left to cherish her memory are her mother Patricia Deerwester, sisters Debbie (Charlie) DeBolt, Patty (Mark) Ballinger, and Carol (Steve) Mitchell; her children Chris and Mindy Noel of Normal, Illinois, and Stephanie Noel of Homosassa, Florida; and six grandchildren. A celebration of Pamela’s life will be held at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Friday April 26, 2024 at 11:00am. Her urn will be laid to rest with Curtis in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that anyone wishing to send condolences instead make a donation to one of the following organizations in Pamala’s honor. • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation • American Cancer Society • Red Cross • Biker’s Against Trafficking


Theresa Norton

Theresa A Norton, 81, Inglis, FL
Theresa A. Norton, 81 of Inglis, FL passed away February 1, 2024 at Tampa General Hospital Crystal River, FL. She was born in South Bend, Indiana on January 17, 1943 to the late Henry and Anna (Kaman) Strantz. Theresa was Catholic by faith, and arrived in this area in 1995, coming from South Bend. She enjoyed sewing and knitting. Theresa was preceded in death by her husband Donald R. Norton in 2008, and one step son, Donnie Norton in 1976. She is survived by her son Eric Berkland of New Port Richey, FL; step daughter Peggy Stephens of Inglis; sister Donna (Brent) Albertson of Punta Gorda, FL; 2 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Theresa’s urn will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Marie O'Brien

Marie O'Brien, 94, Inverness, Florida
Marie F. O’Brien, 94, Inverness, FL Marie F. O’Brien passed away Sunday March 10, 2024 at The Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hernando, FL. Marie was born in Sardinia, OH in 1929 to the late William Clarence Cooper and Jesse Mae (Hartman) Cooper. She and her late husband of 53 years John M. O’Brien - recently returned World War II veteran from the Philippines - married in December 1945. A few years later, in 1951 they relocated from Louisville, KY to Miami, FL with their young family. When asked about the move to Florida, Marie replied, “I thought I died and went to heaven.” She and Johnnie enjoyed the adventure of expanding and engaging their family in the various pioneer experiences afforded by post World War II developments taking place in the Sunshine State. Among the many wonderful memories her family share about Marie are her ability to take advantage of opportunities and her near-fearless approach to dealing with the challenges and hardships life sometimes presents. She had boundless love for her family and genuine empathy for those facing tough times. She exhibited an amazing faithfulness to God, family and friends – in short, she was a good and decent mother, wife, human being. Her regular regimen included personal time for daily prayer, meditation, and recitation of the rosary (often outdoors). She enjoyed gathering with others for celebration of Sunday Mass and special church activities; and having fun at family events. A lifetime enjoyment was going to the track for seasonal horse racing, especially during husband Johnnie’s career as a jockey – and of course, watching the Kentucky Derby. She was energized by shopping sprees at flea markets, going out for breakfast and dinner, playing cards and dominoes, participating in dance and exercise activities. Her son and daughters laugh about her insatiable desire for all things chocolate and Blue Bunny strawberry cheesecake ice cream. In recent years, the challenges and hardships of aging progressively chipped away at Marie’s ability to engage in activities she had enjoyed for much of her life. For those who have loved Marie, there is consolation and peace knowing that the hardships have ended and she has moved into the joy of the eternal life. Marie is survived by a sister, Joyce (Don) Gill in Greenville, OH; her five children: Beverly, aka Sister Brendan O’Brien, CSFN, Philadelphia, PA; Jonnie M. O’Rourke, Tulsa, OK; Juanita J. Simpkins (Robert), Inverness, FL; Michael P. O’Brien (Kathy), Deland, FL; and Susan A. Kelly, Lakeland, FL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren; and extended family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Suszynski, Celebrant. A private burial is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2024 at Florida National Cemetery near Bushnell in Sumter County, FL. Arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Anne O'Reilly

Anne O'Reilly, 82, Lecanto, FL
Anne P. O'Reilly, 82, of Lecanto died Sunday, April 7th at Compass Rose of Citrus County under the care of Hospice. She was born April 22nd, 1941 in New York City to John and Carmela Bruno and moved to Citrus County in 1990 from Bayside, N.Y. She worked for Con Edison in Manhattan, where she met the love of her life, Ed. They were happily married for 28 years until Ed's passing in 2007. Anne was a die-hard N.Y. Mets fan. When she wasn't busy rooting for the Mets, she enjoyed volunteering at Citrus Memorial Hospital, playing Bingo and cards with her friends, and hunting for a good bargain. Survivors include her son, Anthony Pagnotta (Luisa), daughter, Linae O'Reilly (Chris), and granddaughter, Rylee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and three brothers, Angelo Bruno, Nicholas Bruno, and Joseph Bruno. Her family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at Compass Rose of Citrus County for their unwavering and compassionate care of Anne over the years. Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, April 15th at 11:00 AM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory with Fr. Michael Suszynski of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Following cremation, her urn will be placed next to her husband in Florida National Cemetery


Robert Overlander

Robert Overlander, 87, Inverness, Florida
Robert A. Overlander, of Inverness FL, passed at his home on Sunday, March 17, 2024. He was 87. Robert was born in Endicott, NY to the late Ralph and Pauline (Anderson) Overlander. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, and worked several different careers, but mostly he worked as a design engineer with a mechanical manufacturing company. Robert and his late wife Jeanne retired and moved down here from NY State 25 years ago. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge, the Tri-County Radio Control Club, and even volunteered his time with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. He was a devoted member of the Floral City United Methodist Church, and will be missed by many. Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years Barbara “Jeanne” Overlander in 2021 and his son David J. Overlander. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons Michael P. Overlander and his wife Terry, of Georgia, and Allen J. Overlander, of Oviedo, FL; his sister Elizabeth Hills of Floral City; his three granddaughters Sarah, Ellen, and Amanda; and great grandchildren, Cailin and Scott. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30 am at the Floral City United Methodist Church. Interment will take place at a later date in the Tioga Cemetery in Owego, NY, where he will be laid to rest next to Jeanne. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care 3075 S. Florida AVE, Inverness FL 34450.


Francisco Padilla

Francisco A Padilla, 78, Inverness, FL
Francisco A. Padilla, Jr, 78, of Inverness, FL passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 at his residence in Inverness. He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on September 8, 1945 to the late Francisco A. Padilla and Lydia (Bobadilla) Padilla. Francisco was an ambulance driver and arrived in this area in 1999, coming from New York. He was Christian by faith, and loved fishing and camping. Francisco is survived by his children Angel Padilla, and Gabriel and Frances Padilla, both of Nevada. Brothers Juan and Louis Padilla, and sister Carman Padilla; and 5 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Kathleen  Palyo

Kathleen Palyo, 73, Inverness, FL
Kathleen Mary Palyo, age 73, Inverness, FL passed away February 26, 2024 in the Arbor Trail Rehab Center. Kathleen was born in Yonkers, NY on August 23, 1950 to the late Joseph and Mary Patricia (Simmons) Palyo. Left to cherish her memory are her brother and sister, Alexander Palyo of Charleston, SC and Mary McDowell of Inverness. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Claudius Mganga, Celebrant. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City at a later date. Chas.E.Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family


Winston Patton

Winston Patton, 87, Inverness, FL
Winston Allen Patton, 87 of Inverness, passed away April 9, 2024 at the HCA Ocala Regional Hospital. Winston was born in Gorman, Texas on October 19, 1936 to the late Jesse and Sally (Reid) Patton. He served his country in the US Navy for 20 years as an Aviation Electronics Technician, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. Winston came to Citrus County in 2008 from New Port Richey, FL. He was also involved in Real Estate Development. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Inverness, Chief Petty Officers Association , Inverness Elks Lodge, Porsche Club of America, Mercedes Benz Club of Tampa Bay, Suncoast Jaguar Club, and the National Rifle Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing. Left to cherish his memory are his son: Jeffrey A. Patton; his daughters: Teresa C. Renfroe of Thomaston, GA and Debbie Patton of Odessa, FL; 1 brother, Joe Don Patton; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Patton in 2021 and his two sisters, Elizabeth Shaw and Barbara Fox. A Celebration of Life Service for Winston will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 9:30 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness with Pastor Byron Brown of the First Baptist Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for children.


Vera Pike

Vera E Pike, 89, Inverness, FL
Vera Hoover Pike, age 89, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Vera was born in Shelby County, OH and resided in Sidney, OH until 1969 when she moved to Florida with her family, settleing in Citrus County in 1992. She was a graduate of Sidney High School and became a Key Punch Operator and a Proof Reader for the Sidney Daily News. She enjoyed collecting antiques, reading, and caring for her beloved dogs, PeeTee, Booter, and Puggie. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Wayne Pike, her parents, John and Esther Hoover; 4 brothers, Don, Virgil, Ivan, and Lloyd; her sister, Esther, and her grandson, Sgt. Robert Surber and son in law, Raymond Cubero. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Kyle Pike (Nancy Gallo); her daughter, Kerri Surber (Ronald Swesey); 7 grandchildren including Jennifer, Melody, and Leslie; 8 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd at 10:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL. ____Oh Well!!_____


Benton Prather, III

Benton Prather, III, 82, Beverly Hills, Florida
Benton Taylor Prather III (1942-2024). Benton was a kind-hearted and loving man who dedicated himself to enriching the lives of his family and friends with adventure and wisdom. He will be remembered for his fiery spirit, wit, and compassion, and his love of nature and philosophical approach to life has been inherited by his two daughters and grandson. Benton Taylor Prather III, 82 of Pine Ridge, FL, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 16th, 2024. Benton, fondly known by his friends as “Trip”, was born in St. Petersburg, FL, on January 9th, 1942 to Benton Taylor Prather Jr. (a pharmacist) and Pauline “Polly” Prather. His grandparents, Benton Taylor Prather Sr. ( a doctor) and Annie Prather, played an active role in raising him during his childhood – some of his fondest memories as a child were during his time spent attending house calls with his grandfather or fishing at the St. Petersburg Pier with his Grandmother, where he came to know the ocean as “His only joy”. Fishing also became a lifelong hobby of Benton’s, with most of his best fishing stories originating from the Florida Keys. After high school, Benton became a member of the merchant marines. He then attended the School of visual Arts in New York City before taking up a career as a photojournalist and photographer. Throughout his adult life Benton enjoyed restoring and fixing up old houses, employing his artist eye to find a new beauty in the property through renovation and landscaping projects. He often was able to turn a profit upon selling the homes, and maintained a comfortable lifestyle this way. He even used his carpentry skills to build toys and children’s furniture from rocking chairs to toy boxes. He would have his daughters test them out before being sold. It was a very Norman Rockwell Life at one point in time. Benton was also a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas for some time (He liked to joke that he was a jack of all trades) where he was able to interact with and charm people from all walks of life. This was how he best developed his people skills. Benton found the love of his life in his 2nd marriage in Mary Ann Lucas, who soon became Mary Ann Prather. Mary was a flight attendant for Delta airlines, so the rest of their youth was spent traveling the world going on adventures, where Benton would frequently enjoy the opportunity to show off his photography skills. Mary struggled with several health issues in her later years, including diabetes, so Benton assumed the role of caretaker for his wife. He even donated a kidney to her when she needed a transplant and it was determined he was a match. The pair spent their golden years entertaining their grandson Shane, who they spent every weekend with (Scrabble games at night with a classic film on in the background were a weekly tradition). They were heavily invested in Shane’s growth as a child, and Benton often referred to Shane as “the Apple of his eye”. Benton and Shane were best friends. Benton was always guiding Shane while having fun along the way – from showing him how to catch fireflies, play sports, or shoot a gun, to introducing him to old movies, or just having long talks about life together. After Benton was confident in Shane’s scholastic potential, he invested in a prepaid college fund for Shane while he was only 5 years old. Shane is now a mechanical engineer, currently employed as a rocket scientist. Benton will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness and his fun, rebellious attitude in life. I don’t think there will ever come a day where any of us can fully accept that he’s gone, but we are comforted to know he has gone on to be with Mary Ann. We couldn’t have asked for a better dad or grandparent, and will be grateful every day to have known him so closely. He will continue to live on through his family, who he has left a lasting mark on each one of. Benton was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Prather, and is survived by his daughters, Ashley (Terry) Breaux and Harlow Prather-Nieves (Elliot) and his grandson Shane Prather. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital in honor of Benton and would be greatly appreciated. Cremation is under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.


Wanda Preece

Wanda Preece, 75, Floral City, Florida
Wanda Sue Preece, of Floral City, passed away at HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on Thursday, March 28, 2024. She was 75. Wanda was born in Pikeville, KY to the late Chester and Pauline (Wolford) Preece. She moved to this area about ten years ago from Michigan. She was preceded in death by her sister Causby Tincher. Those who are left to cherish her memory are her brothers Chester Preece of Irons, MI and Kenneth Preece of Floral City; her brother-in-law Roy Tincher, Jr. of Floral City; and two grandchildren.


Mark Pullen, 66, Inverness, FL
Mark Pullen, 66, Inverness died Feb 6, 2024. Left to cherish his memory are Joanne Clark, Nathan, Jonathan, Aaron, and Emily Pullen; 4 grandchildren. Private cremation arrangements with Chas. E. Davis


June Queripel

June B Queripel, 95, Inverness, FL, FL
June Beverly Queripel, age 95, Inverness, FL passed away on March 3, 2024 at the Vitas Hospice House in Lecanto following a lengthy illness. June was born in Bridgeton, NJ on September 29, 1928 to the late Harold and Laura (Hand) Porter. She graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1946 and graduated from John Robert Powers Modeling and Finishing School in Philadelphia. June was a certified dance instructor and with her husband Vincent taught at Carnegie Dance Studio in Bridgeton, NJ for many years. She also operated Carnegie Charm and Modeling School. June and Vince retired to Florida in 1993. June was a member of the Kumquat Pie Society ukulele group and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She attended the First Christian Church of Inverness. Left to treasure her memories are three children, Linda Foster of Inverness, Kenneth Queripel (Deborah) and Ronald Queripel of Bridgeton, NJ; 4 grandchildren, Jillian Queripel, Christine Queripel, Lisa Seitzinger and Amy Phillips; and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Vincent Queripel on June 26, 2013 and William Riffe on February 27, 2023. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Thomas of the First Christian Church of Inverness officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in New Jersey.


Marguerite Radke

Marguerite Radke, 78, Inverness, Florida
Marguerite Carmen Radke (“Marge”), of Inverness, passed away at her home under Hospice care. She was 78. Marge was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has been in this area since 1994. She worked as a Nursing Assistant, a Notary, and also a Business officer. Marge was a member of the Italian American Social Club of Citrus County as well as the Citrus County Women’s Bowling Association. She was also a member of First Lutheran Church of Inverness. Marge was preceded in death by her loving husband in 1999, Herman Radke and her brother Joe. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Will Dougherty; her brothers, Michael Leo and Louis Leo; three grandchildren; and her partner Chris. Arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Sarah Rausch

Sarah E Rausch, 66, Floral City, FL
Sarah E. Rausch, of Floral city, passed away peacefully under Hospice care on Sunday, February 4, 2024. She was 66.


Roxanne Rector

Roxanne Rector, 88, Crystal River, FL
Roxanne W. Rector (“Roxie”), of Crystal River, passed peacefully surrounded by her husband of 35 years, Richard Rector, daughters Rebecca (Panek) Kitzmiller and Leah Panek-Shirley, and granddaughters Katherine “Katie” Kitzmiller and Elia Kitzmiller at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto on Sunday, February 25, 2024. She was 88. Roxie, born in Maryland to John A. Wagner, Jr. and Margaret Rutherford Wagner, led an amazing life as a “Jill of all Trades” through many different careers. Her great love of horses began at a young age and included competitive jumping in venues such as Madison Square Garden, providing riding instruction at the Homestead in Virginia, and training hunter-jumpers at her own farm, Variety Hill. As a young independent woman, she earned her way in life as a thoroughbred exercise rider at Pimlico and other northeastern racetracks and later as a secretary following her graduation from the Bard Avon Secretarial School. Due to her skills, she held senior secretarial positions with Aircraft Armament and Applied Physics Laboratory (Maryland). While at AAI APL she held Secret clearance from the Inspector and Naval Material and Q clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission. Combining her horse and secretarial skills, she earned her large “R” judge and steward certification from the American Horse Shows Association and served nearly two decades as secretary for the Maryland Horse Shows Association. Even as her daughters grew and began their own adventures, hers were just beginning again. She earned her realtor’s license and her Commercial Driver’s License. After an accidental meeting in Culpeper, VA she found love again, marrying Richard in 1988. They moved from their home in Maryland to Florida in 1990. They travelled the entirety of the continental US and parts of Canada for more than 20 years as owner-operators of Rector Trucking. In that time, they transported such unusual items as an Apache helicopter, honeybees, elephants, and tigers for organizations from the US Government to Disney On Ice, Ringling Brothers Feld Entertainment, and Universoul Circus, along with a lot of hot tubs, commercial air conditioners, and so much more. Rich and Roxie continued their adventures after retiring as owner operators in 2013 when they lived in Jacksboro, TX to work the oil fields. In 2015, they sold their home and down-sized to Nature Coast Landings with visits from and to family in North Carolina and Buffalo, NY. Those left to cherish Roxie’s memory are her loving husband Richard Rector of Crystal River; her two daughters Rebecca Kitzmiller (John) of North Carolina and Leah Panek-Shirley (Jeff) of Buffalo, NY; her three grandchildren Katherine Kitzmiller (Aidan) of Tacoma, WA, Elia Kitzmiller of Columbia, SC, and Daniel Shirley of Buffalo, NY; and their cat, Thomas. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care. Roxie will be interred in the Wagner family plot in Mt. Prospect Hill, York, PA.


Candace Richardson

Candace R Richardson, 35, Brooksville, Fl
Candace R. Richardson, 35, of Brooksville, FL passed away February 12, 2024, in Jacksonville, FL. She was born in Charleston, SC on September 22, 1988. She enjoyed boating, loved nature, and spending time with family and friends. Candace is survived by her parents, Candace McCutcheon and Don Scullion, and by her uncles, Larry Russell and Scott Russell and their families. Private cremation services have been arranged under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Robert Russell

Robert N Russell, 88, Hernando, Florida
Robert Neil Russell, age 88, of Hernando, Florida, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2024. He was born to the late Paul and Mary Lou Russell on February 25, 1935, in Charlotte, NC. He married the love of his life, his beloved wife of 64 years, Charlotte, on December 29, 1956, and raised two children together: Karen Russell Bean (Mark) and Robert Brian Russell (Kim) both of Georgia. Neil and his wife Charlotte made Citrus County their home in 2001 when they moved here from their hometown of Marietta, GA. Neil worked in the printing industry his entire career before retiring. His work spanned roles in managing printing operations, providing consulting services, and troubleshooting issues with companies in the printing business. Eventually, both Neil and Charlotte successfully owned their own company that specialized in managing and selling ink and supplies to printing companies across the Southeastern region of the United States. Neil is affectionately remembered for his service as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp and his status as a veteran of the Korean War. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed studying Bible prophecy, and was loved by countless family members, friends, and members of his community. He was fondly referred to as Uncle Neil by numerous nieces and nephews that he cherished deeply. He was Baptist by faith and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Crystal River, Crystal River, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul, and Mary Lou Russell; his wife, Charlotte Owenby Russell; his brother Bill Russell and his sister Lynda Kelley. Those left to cherish Neil’s memory are his two children, Karen Bean (Mark) and Brian Russell (Kim) both of Georgia; his two grandchildren, Corbin, and Brianna; his brother Truett Russell (Emily) of Georgia; his sister-in-law Martha Naessig (Tom) of Florida, sister-in-law Taftene Baker (Jerry) and sister-in-law Joyce Warren both of Georgia. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Pat Cooney for her dedicated and attentive care of Neil. Her steadfast commitment to accompanying him to countless doctor’s appointments and managing his medical needs is greatly appreciated by the family. According to Neil’s wishes, a small, private family gathering will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. The date is yet to be determined. Cremation with Care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL.


Linda Schlaudraff

Linda Schlaudraff, 80, Inverness, FL
Linda Anne Schlaudraff, age 80, Inverness, FL passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2024 under the loving care of her family and Vitas Hospice. Linda was born in Potsdam, NY on August 3, 1943 to the late Glenn and Margaret Patricia (Olmstead) Irish. Mike and Linda moved to this area from Tampa in 1986. He preceded her in death on February 17, 2022. They were happily married for 59 years. She retired from AmeriGas/Suburban as an accounting clerk. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and would volunteer at bingo on Thursday evenings in memory of her late mother. Linda was an avid reader and would have a different book for every room, even her car. She was known for her Linda "flowers" and had them for every season and holiday. Linda was member of the Aaron Weaver Military Order of Purple Heart ladies auxiliary. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Shellie Cornell and her husband Chris of Inverness and Regina Lemons and her husband Rick of Gallatin, TN; her brother and sister, Jimmy Irish of Brooksville and Susan Hurin of Tampa; 3 grandchildren: Amanda, Rachel, and Emily; and 2 great-grandchildren, Keira and Ethan. She was predeceased by her brother Francis Irish and her sister, Cynthia Schlaudraff. As the oldest of 5 siblings Linda was the rock of the family and was given the title Mother Superior. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM. Fr. Mike Suszynski will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aaron Weaver Chapter 776, Military Order of The Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1346, Lecanto, FL 34460. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.


Mary Seabolt

Mary Seabolt, 77, Inverness, FL
Mary Maureen (Casto) Seabolt, 77, of Inverness FL, and formerly Belle WV went to her heavenly home peacefully on February 6, 2024. Mary was a 1965 graduate of DuPont High School, Belle WV and attended Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville TN. She retired in 2005 from her longtime administrative assistant position with RGIS Inventory Specialist. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to brag about her family, especially her grandchildren. A life long member of the Church of the Nazarene she loved her Jesus and was a mentor, teacher and prayer warrior for many, both family and friends. She also had the gift of hospitality and loved to open her home to family and friends. She is survived by her high school sweetheart, life long love and husband of 56 years, Charles, her daughters Cathy Taylor of West Grove PA and Carrie(Michael) Friddell of Nashville TN , her 4 grandchildren, her sister Helene(Bill) Heaton of Farmington Hills, MI and many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents E.B. and Lucy Casto of Belle, WV. A service will be held at Chas. E. Funeral Home, Inverness FL on Sunday February 11, 2024 at 2 pm with visitation at 1 pmprior to the service. There will also be a graveside service on Saturday February 17, 2024 at 11am at Montgomery Memorial Park in London, WV with an opportunity after to celebrate her life and visit with the family at Belle Church of the Nazarene Activity Building Belle, WV. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home will be assisting the family with the graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to your local Hospice or a charity of your choice.


M. Cynthia Seyerle

M. Cynthia Seyerle, 87, Inverness, Florida
M. Cynthia Seyerle, of Inverness, passed away surrounded by family at HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 5, 2024. She was 87. Cynthia was born in Los Angeles, CA, and was a graduate of Hamilton High School. In her younger years she was cast in many different shows/movies as an extra and was proud to have been a part of the Screen Extras Guild, a member of the Deseret Theatrical Artists Club, and in having sang in the Southern California Mormon Choir. She was a teacher’s aide with the Wilsona School District where she worked with children with speech impediments and assisted the Theater Director with planning and executing the school plays. During that time Cynthia was a columnist for the Foothill News where she wrote many “Whispering Winds” articles in her pen name, Walks Babbling. She later served as a volunteer in the Cancer Center at the West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana. Cynthia loved horses and dogs and was quite the equestrian back in her prime. She often shared pictures and stories of when she showed both horses and Collies. Cynthia loved her family dearly, and enjoyed doing anything with them: playing games, watching movies, going camping, out to eat, etc. She was a proud mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Cynthia was preceded in death by her husband David Tjulander, her brother Grenade Curran, and her grandson James William Tjulander. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons Mike (Mellodie) Tjulander of Inverness, Florida, Rick (Joanne) Tjulander of Prineville, Oregon, John Tjulander of Thousand Oaks, California, and her daughter Carol Lynne Tjulander of Kenner, Louisiana; twelve grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. A Celebration of Life will be held for Cynthia at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 3474 W. Southern Street, Lecanto, FL. 34461, on April 20th at 2:00 p.m. EST.


Ellen Sherrod

Ellen D Sherrod, 73, Floral City, FL
Ellen D. Sherrod, of Floral City, passed away at her home on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. She was 73. Ellen was born in Waltham, Massacusetts to Russell and Marilyn Sumner Hurd. She was a Sunday School teacher for a long time after graduating from high school. Ellen has been in this area for forty years, and even played a critical part of the VFW #7122 getting started. She was the canteen manager for over thirty-five years, and was one of the first Auxillary honor guard and riflemen team members. She will be missed greatly for all she did and who she was. Those left to cherish Ellen’s memory are her life partner of many years Marty Theobald; her daughter Lacey Snyder; her sons Jay Snyder and Adam Gosselin; her brothers Dean Hurd, Stephen Hurd, and Russell Hurd, Jr.; sisters Kathy Frost, Susan Jones, and Stacey Miller; Todd Monroe and Donnie Bullock; and four grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 1-4pm at the VFW Post #7122. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Edmund Staninas

Edmund A Staninas, 74, Inverness, FL
Edmund Allen Staninas, 74, of Inverness, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at HCA Florida Citrus Hospital. Edmund was born on in Hackensack, NJ to Edmund Anthony and Ethel Elizabeth (Harrison) Staninas. He moved to this area in 1993, having come from New York. Edmund had many different careers, however his last was as night RN nursing supervisor at Citrus Memorial Hospital (HCA). Edmund was a devoted Catholic. He enjoyed life, and loved riding motorcycles, flying airplanes, hunting, fishing and traveling. He especially enjoyed feeding and watching the wild birds around his home, and enjoyed listening to classical music. Edmund was preceded in death by his loving wife Marie Staninas in 2022. Those who are left to cherish his memory are his beloved daughter Jill Staninas (Mike Pitts) of Homosassa. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 Highway 41 South, Inverness, FL 34450. Committal service will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 AM until service time. Arrangements are in the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Norman Sutton

Norman Sutton, 94, Inverness, FL, FL
Norman E. Sutton, age 94, Inverness, FL passed away March 1, 2024 at his son’s residence in Homosassa, FL. He was born in Coxsackie, NY on March 11, 1929 to the late Russell and Irene (Morse) Sutton and came to this area in 1983 from Midway, NY. He was a retired prison guard from the Coxsackie Prison System with 20 years of service and served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He is survived by 1 son, Matthew J. Sutton and his wife Marketta of Homosassa, FL; 2 brothers, Dale and David Sutton; 1 sister, Janet Pratt; 1 grandchild, Sammantha Sutton. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Gerald and Winifred Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 13th at 11:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 PM from the Florida National Cemetery with V.F.W Post 4337 rendering Military Honors. The procession will depart the funeral home at 1:15. Family and friends are invited to attend.


David Tapley

David A Tapley, 63, Lecanto, FL
David A. Tapley, 63, of Lecanto, FL passed away Monday, March 25, 2024 at his residence in Lecanto. He was born in Ft. Myers, FL on March 12, 1961 to the late Carl and Elizzabeth (Cochran) Tapley. David was a truck driver for a trash company, and arrived in this area in 1967 coming from Sanford, FL. He enjoyed riding horses, spending time outdoors, and car racing. David is survived by his siblings, Steven C. Tapley, Donna Beville, and Sharon K. Tatum. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.


Janice Taweel

Janice Taweel, 73, Dunnellon, FL
Janice Taweel, age 73, Dunnellon, FL passed on January 31, 2024. Cremation arrangements are private


Kathy Teepell

Kathy L Teepell, 65, Inverness, FL
Kathy Lynn Teepell, 65, of Inverness, FL passed away February 12, 2024 at HCA Florida Largo Hospital in Largo, FL. She was born in Endicott, NY on June 21, 1958, and arrived in the area in 1978, coming from St. Petersburg, FL. Kathy was Southern Baptist by faith, and enjoyed making wreaths and crafting, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother Phyllis (Roberts) Ellis. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Charles “Bucky” Teepell of Inverness; daughter Constance Faith Blanton (Randy King) of Inverness; brothers Richard (Heather) Ellis of Citrus Springs, FL, and Randy (Karen) Ellis of Hernando, FL; sister Ann (Brent) Fults of Dunnellon, FL; 2 grandchildren, Conner and Colby Blanton; and her father Robert Gene Ellis, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Kathy will be held on Friday, February 16, 4:30pm at the Lakehouse. Private cremation arrangements under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Robert Terry

Robert Terry, 83, Crystal River, Florida
Robert E. "Bob" Terry, of Crystal River, passed away under Hospice care on Sunday, March 10, 2024 in Lecanto. He was 83. Bob was born in Cleveland, OH to the late Earl and Victoria Terry. Bob served his country proudly in the US Army. He and his loving wife, Jacqueline, dabbled in many careers and occupations, including trucking and landscaping. Bob and Jackie have been married 54 years, and he leaves behind many friends and family who loved him.


Heriberto Torres, Jr

Heriberto A Torres, Jr, 44, Beverly Hills, FL
The Rev. Heriberto (Eddie) Torres, Jr., age 44 of Beverly Hills passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024, in the HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness, FL. Pastor Torres was born in Hartford, CT on December 14, 1979, to Heriberto Torres, Sr., and Carmen (Martinez) Torres. They moved to Florida from Pennsylvania. Eddie spent most of his adult career working in real estate and banking, however he served as the Executive Pastor of Redemption Point Assembly of God Church in Inverness since 2019. He earned his master’s degree from Liberty University and was scheduled to complete his Doctor of Urban Ministry degree in 2024. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Zugeilmarie (Ortiz) “Zully” Torres and 4 wonderful children: Jailene Montalvo-Torrez of Beverly Hills, Gisela Torres of Orlando, Bryana Ortiz-Torres of Beverly Hills, and Xavier Ortiz-Torres of El Paso, TX; his beloved parents, Heriberto, and Carmen Torres; 4 Sisters: Mabel Figueroa, Ruth Clark, Yelitza Torres, and Elizabeth Metallo; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He also loved his dogs, Gucci, Chanel, Armani, Ruger, and Dutch. Pastor Eddie Torres was a friend to all who knew him. He loved people and spent hours praying for them. Along with his administrative role as Executive Pastor managing Redemption Point and working with the church staff, he spent the last year developing and teaching two men’s Bible studies where he grew close to and impacted men of all ages. He also was in the process of developing and launching a ministry school on the campus of Redemption Point. When Eddie wasn’t working hard doing the Lords business, he enjoyed playing practical Jokes on those around him and loved to laugh. His hobbies included customized Jeeps and collecting sneakers. He enjoyed going to Jeep shows with his wife and his parents. Pastor Torres’ life will be celebrated at the Redemption Point Assembly of God Church on Thursday, March 7th. 2024 with The Rev. Stephen Miller officiating. Other members of the church staff and family members will participate and share their memories. Services are scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM. There will be a visitation at the church from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Eddie’s honor to Redemption Point Church, Attn: Zully Torres. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is serving the family.


Kerry Uzell

Kerry Uzell, 83, Inverness, FL
Kerry Peter Uzell, Sr. 83, of Inverness, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto,FL on February 19, 2024. He was born on November 23, 1940 in Stafford, Connecticut to the late Peter and Helen (Mitkus) Uzell. He came to Citrus County in 1978 from Enfield, CT to be closer to his parents. Kerry was a Sales Manager for a RV Sales Company for most of his 46 years in Florida, as well as working in Sales at a local Ford Dealership. Left to cherish his memory are his surviving children: Debra MacCoy of Vernon, CT., Jamie Summers of Vernon, CT., Kerry Peter Uzell, Jr., of Vernon, CT, Christine Dill of Dunlap, Illinois, and Michael Uzell of Sayville, NY, and step daughter, Lisa Cortese of Tolland, CT; 8 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Kerry was preceded in death by his brother Peter Uzell, III and his sister, Gwendoline Burkhart. Also left to cherish his memory is his very dear friends, Carolyn Moss, Norman Koof, and Jan Uzell. Kerry loved the races, playing golf, and recreational casino nights. He charmed the ladies with his bright smile, blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair. A ladies man and a guys-guy he got along with everyone. Kerry has had pets his whole life but had a special connection to his beloved cat, Oliver, who he rescued 3 years ago, many would say Oliver rescued him. Kerry didn’t want people to mourn his death rather he wanted a celebration of life, which will be in Connecticut on May 19 at his ex-wife, Norah’s, house in Vernon, CT where family and friends are welcomed. Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, in Inverness, Florida. In memory of Kerry Uzell donations can be made to a local pet shelter.


Rose Valent

Rose Valent, 95, Floral City, FL
Rose Valent ("Rootbeer Rosie"), 95, of Floral City, Florida, passed away on April 20, 2024. She was born on December 23, 1928 in Tamaqua, PA. Rose, known for her love of singing spiritual songs with the Calvary Chapel singers at local nursing homes and her devotion to the Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima, will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Rose is survived by her 3 daughters: Roseann Straub of The Villages, Diane Valent of Inverness, and Mary Ellen Valent-Keane and husband Brian Keane of Alpha, NJ; 1 son Martin Valent and wife Ana Valent of Hillside, NJ; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her infant son Jackie Valent, her husband John (Jack) Valent, and her partner Albert Giacchi. During her career, Rose worked as a waitress for 30 years in Somerville and Bound Brook, NJ. She was an active member of TOPS #373 Inverness and found joy in her involvement with the organization. Rose found solace in her faith and attended services at Floral City Baptist, Our Lady of Fatima, and Calvary Baptist. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family extends their gratitude to all the staff at The Grove Health and Rehab and HPH Hospice for their compassionate care during Rose's final days.


Willem Verhoef

Willem Verhoef, 74, Inverness, FL
Willem “Will” Verhoef, age 74, Inverness. FL passed away March 23, 2024 in the HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital. Mr. Verhoef was born in Zaandam, Netherlands on October 23, 1949 to the late Willem and Gerdiena Laurina Verhoef. He was a seasonal resident of Inverness, FL. Back in his homeland, he was an owner and operator of an aluminum anodizing factory and an entrepreneur of other businesses as well. He and his family attended the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Slootweg “Nell” Verhoef; 2 children: Petra Leene and her husband Marco of Crystal River, FL and Joel Verhoef and his wife Rosalie of Bonaire, Lesser Antillees; 4 grandchildren. Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd at 2:00 PM at the Oak Ridge Cemetery of Inverness with Pastor Ray Cortese officiating. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled by the family at a later date. The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Nancy Whigham

Nancy Whigham, 89, Inverness, FL
Nancy Brightman Whigham, age 89, Inverness, FL passed away March 23, 2024 under the care of HPH Hospice. Nancy was born in Montgomery, AL on January 23, 1935 to the late Chalmers and Mary Ann (McWhorter) Whigham and moved to Citrus County in 1990 from Largo, FL. She retired as a Home Economist in the County Extension Service and was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. A true treasure to family and friends. She will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled on Friday, March 29th at 11:00 AM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL


Roger Whitehead

Roger Whitehead, 83, Inverness, Florida
Roger Allen Whitehead, age 83, Inverness, FL, passed away on March 5, 2024, at the Citrus Health & Rehab Center following a lengthy illness. Roger was born in Newark, NJ on May 15, 1940, to the late Charles and Ellinor (Blackmon) Whitehead and came to this area in 1983 from St. Petersburg. He graduated from Northeast High School (Class of 1958) and served our country in the U.S. Army as a Medic. He worked for Florida Power and Light Company for over 30 years and also operated a carpet company in St. Petersburg. He and his wife were avid fishermen. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 42 years, Sarah (Spahr) Whitehead; son, Michael (Paula) Whitehead of Hiawassee, GA; and their children Zachary and Hannah; stepson, Andrew (Dianna) Francis of Easley, SC; and their children Justin Francis and Jessica Owen and their children River Hawk and Forrie Faye Owen; one brother, Lawrence (Georgia) Whitehead of Georgia. He was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Jessica Francis, on November 20, 2023, and his brother Charles Whitehead in 2010, and sister, Joan Cole in 2001 There will be a memorial service at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.


Mary Williams

Mary L Williams, 66, Lecanto, FL
Mary Louise Williams, of Lecanto, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 3, 2024. She was 66 years of age. Mary was born in Elmer, New Jersey to Anthony and Estelle Boren Mastroeni. She and her late husband, Sanford, moved here in 2006 from West Virginia. Mary was a baker for Winn Dixie grocery stores. She treasured her beautiful plants, her good friends, she loved her grandchildren and she adored her family/extended family. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Sanford T. Williams and her only brother Phillip J. Mastroeni. Those who are left to cherish her memory are her son Sandy Williams, of Lecanto; her daughters Rebecca Williams and her spouse Carl Osborne of Lecanto, Tracy Williams and her Spouse Bryan Stallings of Maryland; four grandchildren; Austin Williams, Alexis Stallings, Brayden Stallings, Britton Osborne and her sister-in-law Angie Mastroeni of New Jersey . Mary’s family plans a private service at a later date, and she will join her husband in burial at Florida National Cemetery. Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Cremation Care.


Gregory Yule

Gregory Yule, 67, Gainesville, FL
Gregory William Yule, age 67, Gainesville, FL resident passed on January 28, 2024 in Lecanto under Hospice Care. He was as a Security Guard and a Navy veteran. He leaves his brothers Shaun Yule of Deland and Stephen Yule of Tennessee, and sister Mary Yule of Georgia to cherish his memory. Private cremation arrangements.