The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 5, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 5, 2013


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.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Jones, Daniel Jones, Thomas Jones, Antonio 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 by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Steve Hardy

MULLENS — Steve Hardy, 47, of Mullens, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Bettina Virginia Breeden King

Bettina Virginia Breeden (Snootie, Toonie) King went to be with the Lord suddenly at 9:14 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013. She was born on March 29, 1927, at home in Glen Hedrick, now Beaver, WV. She was the youngest of 7 children born to the late Joseph Henry Breeden and Roxie Allie Narcissus Chissum Pack Breeden.

She was a 1944 graduate of Shady Spring High School and attended Beckley College.

She married the late Joseph Ellis King, Sr., of Lyman, MS, on February 8, 1952, in Daniels, WV. They met at the Beckley Veterans Administration Hospital where they both worked and she was one the first employees hired.

Her two children survive her. Her son, Joseph Ellis King, Jr., and his wife Martha of Houston, TX, and her daughter, April Dianne King of Daniels, with whom she made her home; one grandson, John and his wife Susanne, and 2 great-grandsons, Carsten and Christian, and by her beloved dogs Daisy and Bandit along with her service dog Cessna.

She worked most of her life as a legal and medical secretary and lived with her family in New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas before again making West Virginia home for the last 30 years.

She was an avid horsewoman, dog and cat lover and loved the outdoors and traveling to 48 of the 50 states and Canada in her RV. She loved working and playing on the computer and blogging with friends.

She was preceded to heaven by her parents and 3 sisters, Cora Mae Breeden Pettry, Fay Olivia Breeden Meador, Gaye Breeden Lewis, and by her 3 brothers, Henry Myrl Breeden, James Breeden and Jack Charles Breeden, Sr.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Freda Krise, Margaret Pettry, Peggy Turner, Martha Butts, Bobby Pettry, Lois Covey, Dotty Gaye Kantor, Mary Lee Cromer, Ginger Smith, Jimmy Breeden and Karen McLeod, along with many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to  Rhonda’s Pharmacy and the most caring Dr. Todd Bramlee.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Gospel Chapel, 1134 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV, with Pastor Luke Richmond officiating. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery at Shady Spring. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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