Joseph Thomas Mealey Sr., of Bradfordsville Kentucky, formerly of Wilmington Delaware, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went to Heaven in the arms of his guardian angels on September 23, 2016. He died peacefully in his home of 39 years surrounded by loving family.Born in Wilmington Delaware, Joe was a graduate of Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Delaware and went on to graduate from the American Academy of Mortuary Science in New York City, New York. On April 22, 1961 he married his lifelong sweetheart Marie Patricia Gifford. They made their home in Wilmington. With his father and brothers, he owned and operated the family funeral home, Michael A Mealey & Sons Funeral Home in Wilmington. He spent many years as a volunteer firefighter at the Talleyville Fire Company in Talleyville, Delaware. In 1977, he and his family moved to a farm in Bradfordsville, Kentucky, which he owned and operated, with the help of his wife and children. There they were welcomed and helped by many members of the Bradfordsville community. Joe was always an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing when time allowed.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie Patricia Gifford Mealey, children Marie Elizabeth Wright of Lebanon, KY, Joseph Thomas Mealey Jr. (Barbara Jean Murphy) of Suffolk VA, Margaret "Peggy" Ann Mealey-Miles (Stuart Stroud Miles) of Prospect KY, John Patrick Mealey (Paula Jean Mays) of Lebanon KY, 9 grandchildren and spouses; William Wesley Wright (Kimberly Lynn Hamilton) of Lebanon KY, Thomas Casey Wright (Elizabeth Faith Medley) of Lebanon KY, Ralph Dooley Wright (Sara Beth Mattingly) of Springfield KY, Megan Marie Luckett of Prospect KY, Kaitlyn Marie Mealey of Portsmouth VA, Madison Susann Miles of Prospect KY, Lauren Renee Luckett of Prospect KY, Christian Thomas Mealey of Lebanon KY, and Aubrey Jean Mealey of Lebanon KY, 6 great-grandchildren William Isaac Wright of Lebanon KY, Wesley Owen Wright of Lebanon KY, Ellie Kaye Wright of Lebanon KY, Jake Dooley Wright of Springfield KY, Lane Thomas Wright of Lebanon KY, and Mattingly Annabelle Wright of Springfield. He is also survived by siblings; John Joseph Mealey Jr. (Joan Avery Mealey) of Ocean City MD, Eleanor Kelly Mealey of Wilmington DE, Mildred Bradley Mealey of Fort Pierce FL, Ann SusanDemusz (John Demusz) of Magnolia TX, Patricia Alexandra Edwards (William Norman Edwards) of Columbus OH, Robert John Mealey (Josie Mealey) of Aston PA.
Preceded in death by; son William Ralph "Tom Dooley" Wright, parents John Joseph Mealey Sr. and Ann Frances Romanack, Howard Aloysius Gifford and Marie Elizabeth McDonough Gifford, brothers Michael A. Mealey II and Charles Frances Mealey. He is preceded in death by one nephew and lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services and visitation for Joseph Mealey will be private. In lieu of flowers and memorial items, please donate to Talleyville Fire Company (3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE 19803) or Bradfordsville, Gravelswitch, or Lebanon Fire Departments.
Campbell-DeWitt Funeral Home, Lebanon, KY, is in charge of all arrangements.