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.

Our History

Our History

Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home & Crematory has been family owned and operated since 1921 with locations in Starke and Keystone Heights serving Bradford, Clay, Union, Putnam, Alachua and surrounding areas.  Both locations have off street parking and feature large chapels that can be decorated to display your loved one’s life and passions.

Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory is committed to providing you an exceptional level of personalized service and with Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home’s newly on-site crematory your loved one NEVER leaves our care. Regardless of circumstances or budget, whether you choose burial, cremation or celebration of life services every family will be treated with dignity and respect.

Whether you are pre-planning a funeral or making final arrangements for a loved one, our funeral directors and staff  at Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory are here for you.

Our Valued Staff

  • Joe  Gallagher

    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, North Central Florida Chamber of Commerce, Clay County Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Sacred Heart Church in Fleming Island. Joe is also a former board member of the Bradford Education Foundation. Joe has three children, Kaitlin, Lindsay, Ryan and a grandson Rory.

  • Kelli Parks  Moreland

    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

    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.

  • Austin Gaver

    Austin Gaver, Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Austin is a Licensed Funeral Director and the newest member of our team. Austin graduated with his Associate in Science in Funeral Services degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2011. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida in 2009. Austin and his wife, Courtney, are longtime residents of northeast Florida. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida State Seminoles.

  • Melody Kay Abercrombie

    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. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, singing and dancing, and spending time with her daughter, Sydney Kay.

  • P. Steven  Futch

    P. Steven Futch, Previous Owner and Licensed Funeral Director (Part Time Staff)

  • Quentin  Chism

    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.

  • Lonnie  Olive, Jr.

    Lonnie Olive, Jr., Part Time Staff