The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 4, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013


Pete J. Francesa

Pete J. Francesa of the McLean Addition, Beckley, passed into the presence of our Lord on Saturday, Nov. 30th, 2013, after a 13-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 72 years of age.

Born January 24th, 1941, he was the son of the late Z. M. and Adelma Francesa. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dea Francesa McDaniel, and brother-in-law, Richard McDaniel.

Pete retired from Roche Laboratories in 2000 after a successful career in sales.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Beckley where he served on the Board of Trustees. Pete also served on the Raleigh County Board of Health for many years, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, was a former member of the Beckley Rotary Club as well as a Beckley Common City Council interim member.

He is survived by Beverly “Cookie” Thompson Francesa, his wife of 46 years; his nephew, Jim McDaniel (Vicky), and their children, Jason and Amber, niece, Deborah McDaniel, and her son, Joey; sister-in-law, Marilyn Montgomery, and her sons, Michael and Gant.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, at 2 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley, with Rev. Donald “Doc” Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Highlawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill. Friends may call at the mortuary two hours prior to the service.

The family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the First Baptist Church, 422 Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801, or the Salvation Army, PO Box 1573, Beckley, WV 25802.

Pallbearers will be Dave Abrams, C.E. Byron Jr., John Hedrick, John Lostetter, Jim McDaniel, John Thomas and honorary pallbearer is Howard Mollohan.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Joseph Lawrence Gallagher

Joseph Lawrence Gallagher, 54, beloved son and brother, of Flat Top Lake, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Born April 17, 1959, in Beckley, he was the son of Doris Alma Martin Gallagher of Flat Top Lake and the late Vincent O’Connell Gallagher.

Joseph was formerly employed by the Cotter Corporation at Schwartzwalder Mine in Golden, Colo. He also worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Beckley and Excel Home Builders. Joseph was a member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley. He enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

In addition to his mother he is survived by brothers, Vincent Gallagher of Beckley, Michael Gallagher and wife Nancy of Barboursville, W.Va.; sisters, Rita Gallagher of Scott Depot, W.Va., Martha Baker and husband Wayne of Beckley; nieces and nephews, Andrew, Daniel, Thomas, Antonio, Mandy, Phillip, Anne, Adell; great nieces and nephews, Michael, Violet, Caleb, Hattie; his best friend, a golden retriever named Sadie and numerous friends.

A funeral liturgy will be recited at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. A rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Calfee Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. Don Wise.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Jones, Daniel Jones, Thomas Jones, Antinio Jones, Phillip Baker and Larry Lilly.

On line condolences may be left at

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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