History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home began in 1923 when DeWitt C. Jones founded Jones Funeral Home. We have honored DeWitt’s commitment to serving the community by naming a chapel in our Starke location in his honor.
Our Starke location was rebuilt in 2009 to allow families more convenience to our chapel, by providing ample parking as well as a reception space with a kitchen.
Our Valued Staff
Joe Gallagher, Owner/Funeral Director
Joe was a former partner of Blake Funeral Home in Chelmsford, MA for 21 years, before relocating to Florida. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Florida, Massachusetts as well as Pennsylvania. Active in the community, Joe’s civic involvement includes membership of the Starke Rotary Club, board member of the Bradford Education Foundation, the North Central Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Sacred Heart Church in Fleming Island. Joe and his wife, Gayle, have three children, Kaitlin, Lindsay, and Ryan.
Kelli Parks Moreland, Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Monument Sales
Kelli joined the Jones-Gallagher family in 1995 after receiving her Associates Degree in Funeral Service from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. She is a member of the Independent Funeral Directors Association as well as Trinity Baptist Church of Keystone Heights and the Amerian Legion Auxillary Post #202. Kelli has one son, Austin.
Laura Crews, Office Manager
Laura is a native of Clearwater and has been with Jones-Gallagher since 1999. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Starke, where she previously served on board of trustee’s and as trustee chairperson. Laura and her husband, James, have resided in Starke for over 37 years. The couple has one son, Matthew. In her spare time, Laura enjoys vegetable gardening, home canning, sewing and going to church.
Melody Kay Abercrombie, Funeral Assistant; Licensed Pre-Need Counselor
Melody joined the Helm-Gallagher Family in 2011. She is a lifelong resident of Green Cove Springs, and a graduate of Clay High School Class of 2000. Melody is a Notary Public for the State of Florida and a Licensed Pre-Need Counselor. She attended the Green Cove Springs Church of Christ for 25 years and currently visits the Christian Fellowship Church. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, singing and dancing, and spending time with her daughter, Sydney Kay.
P. Steven Futch, Previous Owner and Licensed Funeral Director (Part Time Staff)
Quentin Chism, Funeral Director Assistant
Quentin is a native of Starke and a 1994 graduate of Bradford High School. He joined Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home in 2012, and is currently perusing his Bachelors through Argosy University. He attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in his spare time he enjoys crafting Archery equipment and is also a member of the Bradford Alumni.