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Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Edna Owens Croley Early

Edna, the daughter of the late Andy Bud Owens and Eva Bunch, attended Union College, Eastern Kentucky University and is a graduate of Cumberland College. She married Paul Croley in 1947. Their son, Jerry was born in 1949. Paul's experience included working for Holley Funeral Home in Clinton Tennessee, Kincaid Funeral Home in Corbin, Kentucky, and Ellison Funeral Home. He was a World War II Army Veteran and served as the Whitley County Tax Commissioner for 8 years. Edna taught school for 30 years. Together they founded Croley Funeral Home.

In 1970, Edna married Cecil Early, a Kentucky State employee and World War II Navy Veteran. Cecil was a licensed EMT and was employed at the Funeral Home for 30 years.

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Jerry Wayne Croley Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer Kentucky and Tennessee Licensed jerry@croleyfuneralhome.com

Jerry is lifelong resident of Whitley County with rich roots in the community. Jerry attended Williamsburg Elementary School and Williamsburg High School and Graduated from the Tennessee Military Institute. He started his career at the Croley Funeral Home in 1967 following his high school graduation. While attending college at Cumberland College he obtained his Kentucky Certified Emergency Medical Technician where the funeral ran an Ambulance service. Jerry is a graduate of Cumberland College with a B.S. in Science in Education, and Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He received his Kentucky and Tennessee Funeral Directors Licenses.  Jerry has two sons, Paul K. Croley and Jerry Andrew Croley two grandchildren Alicyn Cari Croley and Jerrod Andrew Croley.

Jerry was appointed Deputy Coroner in 1974 and currently the Chief Deputy Coroner. Jerry has a strong passion for the youth of Whitley County serving has an organizer and coach for over 40 years in Little League baseball football and basketball. Jerry still acts as an official in club football programs and supports all area teams. Jerry spends his time with his grandchildren and the great outdoors.

 

 

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J. Andrew Croley Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer Kentucky and Tenessee Licensed andy@croleyfuneralhome.com

Andy Croley is a lifelong Williamsburg Resident. He graduated from Williamsburg High School, has his B.S. in Aeronautical Science and a Masters in Forensic Science. Andy is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Services. He is the Past President of the Southeastern Funeral Directors District.

Andy attended the American College of Forensic Examiners and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine's School of Medicolegal Death Investigation. He is a Certified Medicolegal Investigator and is a member of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. A Certified Forensic Consultant, he serves as an expert witness in Federal and State Courts. He has been a member of the US DMORT Team and the DMORT WMD team, since 1994 and has provided services in the World Trade Center disaster, Walker County Georgia Tri-State Crematory, Hurricane Katrina and Comair Crash Flight 5191. Andy is also a member of the Kenyon International Disaster response team. He has attended numerous training events throughout the U.S.

Serving as the Deputy Coroner of Whitley County since 1995, Andy became the County Coroner in 2002. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge 490# F & AM, Williamsburg Commandry #50, Whitley Country Shrine Club, Chairman of the Child Fatality Review Team, Chairman of the Border Bowl All-Star high school football game. Adjunct Professor at the University of the Cumberlands teaching in the Criminal Justice Program. He is married to Tracy Davis Croley of Corbin, Kentucky and they have two children, Alicyn Cari Croley and Jerrod Andrew Croley.  

 

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Terry "TJ " Hamblin Funeral Director terry@croleyfuneralhome.com

TJ is a licensed Kentucky Funeral Director for Croley Funeral Home.

He was born August 26, 1990 to Terry and Matilda Hamblin. He is a lifelong resident of Whitley County. He graduated Whitley County High School class of 2008, he also attended Eastern Kentucky University and University of the Cumberlands where he studied Education and Criminal Justice.

TJ started his work in funeral service at Croley Funeral Home in April 2011.

TJ is a member of Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #490, Williamsburg York Rite Bodies, Lexington Scottish Rite, and Venus Chapter #179 Order of the Eastern Star. He also serves on the Whitley County Fair Board.

He was married to Cynthia Knuckles on November 19, 2016. He and Cynthia have 2 children, Kendrick Jay and Elsie Dale. They attend Buffalo Missionary Baptist Church, and currently live in the Maple Creek Community of Whitley County.

TJ enjoys fishing, hunting, serving the community, and most of all spending time with his wife and kids.

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Natalie Young Office Manager, Funeral Director nyoung@croleyfuneralhome.com

Natalie Young serves a receptionist, office manager and funeral director at Croley Funeral Home where she has been employed since 2005.  She has been a licensed funeral director since 2012.

Born in Columbus, Ohio and formerly of Lexington, Kentucky; she is the daughter of the late Dr. Kenneth and Karen Tufts. She has been married to her second husband, Rick Young since 2000 and is happy to call Williamsburg her home.  She is the proud mother of three sons, four grandsons and a granddaughter that live in Lexington.

She attends Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and is a member of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington. She enjoys going to the beach, gardening,  UK sports, her minature animals, reading and spoiling her grandchildren. She is a supporter of animal rights, Hospice, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and Grace English Church in Guatemala.

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William "Bill" Meadors Funeral Director bmeadors@croleyfuneralhome.com

William has been in the funeral service since 2011 and a Funeral Director for Croley Funeral Home and Deputy Coroner for Andy Croley, since 2013.  A graduate of Whitley County High School, Williamsburg, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University,  He retired from the Kentucky Department of Parks after 31 years of service.  He is the pastor of Sanders Creek Church of God.  Son of the late Vergil "Eddie" Meadors and Mary (Campbell) Meadors.  William is married to Donna (Sulfridge) Meadors.  They have three children, Rebekah Gregory, Cody Meadors and Noah Meadors, and two grandchildren, Isabella Gregory and Karsten Gregory.

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Cody Cooper Level 2 Apprentice Funeral Director cody@croleyfuneralhome.com

Cody is a level 2 apprentice funeral director and embalmer for Croley Funeral Home.

He is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, Kentucky. He was born April 27, 1992 to Greg Cooper and Carla Jeffers. He is a graduate of Whitley County High School Class of 2011. Cody has been working in the funeral industry since 2011 and has been employed at Croley Funeral Home since 2013.

Cody enjoys farming, horseback riding and spending time with his friends and family.

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Jerry Elliott Embalmer, Funeral Director

Jerry has been in the funeral service business since May 1971. and currently is the Funeral Director/Embalmer for Croley Funeral Home. He has held this position since January 2000. A graduate of Corbin High School, Corbin, Kentucky, Jerry attended Cumberland College at Williamsburg, Kentucky and is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana. He is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. The son of the late Rev. Elmer F. and Ada Spradlin Elliott, Jerry is married to Joyce Patterson Elliott. They have one daughter, Sonya Clabaugh, and 2 Grandsons, Guy Reed III and Jerry Keith Reed.

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Jimmy Brown

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Willard Earl Douglas Greeter

Willard was born and raised at Jellico Creek Kentucky. He married Maymie Andrews in 1953 they have two children Rebecca Johnson and Marty Douglas. Willard and Maymie have two Granddaughters April Gibson and Heather Douglas. They have two Great Grandchildren Zack and Tristian Gibson.

Willard along with his uncle Earl Douglas and father started Douglas Brothers Texaco. They operated it from 1958 until 1966. Willard retired from American Greeting Corp. after 23 1/2 years. Since retirement Willard enjoys singing at various churches and working for the Lord, he also enjoys fishing and camping with his family and friends.

Willard has been employed at Croley Funeral Home since May 2005.

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Terry Hamblin Greeter

Terry is a greeter at Croley Funeral Home. 

Born September 16, 1966 to William Hamblin and Carol and Eddie Sears. He is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, KY

He married Matilda Ann Elswick on June 16, 1987 and they have two Children Terry Hamblin Jr. and wife Cynthia and Lesa Hubbard and husband Westley and two grandchildren Kendrick Jay and Elsie Dale. 

Terrry is a deacon at Calvary Missionary Batist Church and a member of Williamsburg Masonnic Lodge, Williamsburg York Rite Bodies, Venus Eastern Star.

He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. 

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Gene Collins Greeter

Gene is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg.  He was born to Oscar and Italy (Phillips) Collins.  He is a graduate of Williamsburg High School.  He married Irene Underwood Collins in 1970.  Gene served two terms as president of Whitley County Shrine Club.  He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge #490 for over 50 years.  He is also a member of Commandry #50, Whitley County York Rite and Lexington Scottish Rite.  Gene served as commissioner for Williamsburg Cub Scout Pack 15 for 7 years.  His work history includes 10 years for Meadors Garage, 10 years with Roper Corp., and 23 years with O'Dell's Jewelry.  He is a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and is a deacon there.  In addition, he conducts church services every Wednesday morning for the Corbin and Williamsburg Comprehesive Care Centers.  He has been employed by the Croley Funeral Home since 2014.  

Edna Owens Croley Early

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Edna, the daughter of the late Andy Bud Owens and Eva Bunch, attended Union College, Eastern Kentucky University and is a graduate of Cumberland College. She married Paul Croley in 1947. Their son, Jerry was born in 1949. Paul's experience included working for Holley Funeral Home in Clinton Tennessee, Kincaid Funeral Home in Corbin, Kentucky, and Ellison Funeral Home. He was a World War II Army Veteran and served as the Whitley County Tax Commissioner for 8 years. Edna taught school for 30 years. Together they founded Croley Funeral Home.

In 1970, Edna married Cecil Early, a Kentucky State employee and World War II Navy Veteran. Cecil was a licensed EMT and was employed at the Funeral Home for 30 years.

Jerry Wayne Croley

Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer Kentucky and Tennessee Licensed
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Jerry is lifelong resident of Whitley County with rich roots in the community. Jerry attended Williamsburg Elementary School and Williamsburg High School and Graduated from the Tennessee Military Institute. He started his career at the Croley Funeral Home in 1967 following his high school graduation. While attending college at Cumberland College he obtained his Kentucky Certified Emergency Medical Technician where the funeral ran an Ambulance service. Jerry is a graduate of Cumberland College with a B.S. in Science in Education, and Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He received his Kentucky and Tennessee Funeral Directors Licenses.  Jerry has two sons, Paul K. Croley and Jerry Andrew Croley two grandchildren Alicyn Cari Croley and Jerrod Andrew Croley.

Jerry was appointed Deputy Coroner in 1974 and currently the Chief Deputy Coroner. Jerry has a strong passion for the youth of Whitley County serving has an organizer and coach for over 40 years in Little League baseball football and basketball. Jerry still acts as an official in club football programs and supports all area teams. Jerry spends his time with his grandchildren and the great outdoors.

 

 

J. Andrew Croley

Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer Kentucky and Tenessee Licensed
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Andy Croley is a lifelong Williamsburg Resident. He graduated from Williamsburg High School, has his B.S. in Aeronautical Science and a Masters in Forensic Science. Andy is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Services. He is the Past President of the Southeastern Funeral Directors District.

Andy attended the American College of Forensic Examiners and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine's School of Medicolegal Death Investigation. He is a Certified Medicolegal Investigator and is a member of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. A Certified Forensic Consultant, he serves as an expert witness in Federal and State Courts. He has been a member of the US DMORT Team and the DMORT WMD team, since 1994 and has provided services in the World Trade Center disaster, Walker County Georgia Tri-State Crematory, Hurricane Katrina and Comair Crash Flight 5191. Andy is also a member of the Kenyon International Disaster response team. He has attended numerous training events throughout the U.S.

Serving as the Deputy Coroner of Whitley County since 1995, Andy became the County Coroner in 2002. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge 490# F & AM, Williamsburg Commandry #50, Whitley Country Shrine Club, Chairman of the Child Fatality Review Team, Chairman of the Border Bowl All-Star high school football game. Adjunct Professor at the University of the Cumberlands teaching in the Criminal Justice Program. He is married to Tracy Davis Croley of Corbin, Kentucky and they have two children, Alicyn Cari Croley and Jerrod Andrew Croley.  

 

Terry "TJ " Hamblin

Funeral Director
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TJ is a licensed Kentucky Funeral Director for Croley Funeral Home.

He was born August 26, 1990 to Terry and Matilda Hamblin. He is a lifelong resident of Whitley County. He graduated Whitley County High School class of 2008, he also attended Eastern Kentucky University and University of the Cumberlands where he studied Education and Criminal Justice.

TJ started his work in funeral service at Croley Funeral Home in April 2011.

TJ is a member of Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #490, Williamsburg York Rite Bodies, Lexington Scottish Rite, and Venus Chapter #179 Order of the Eastern Star. He also serves on the Whitley County Fair Board.

He was married to Cynthia Knuckles on November 19, 2016. He and Cynthia have 2 children, Kendrick Jay and Elsie Dale. They attend Buffalo Missionary Baptist Church, and currently live in the Maple Creek Community of Whitley County.

TJ enjoys fishing, hunting, serving the community, and most of all spending time with his wife and kids.

Natalie Young

Office Manager, Funeral Director
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Natalie Young serves a receptionist, office manager and funeral director at Croley Funeral Home where she has been employed since 2005.  She has been a licensed funeral director since 2012.

Born in Columbus, Ohio and formerly of Lexington, Kentucky; she is the daughter of the late Dr. Kenneth and Karen Tufts. She has been married to her second husband, Rick Young since 2000 and is happy to call Williamsburg her home.  She is the proud mother of three sons, four grandsons and a granddaughter that live in Lexington.

She attends Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and is a member of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington. She enjoys going to the beach, gardening,  UK sports, her minature animals, reading and spoiling her grandchildren. She is a supporter of animal rights, Hospice, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and Grace English Church in Guatemala.

William "Bill" Meadors

Funeral Director
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William has been in the funeral service since 2011 and a Funeral Director for Croley Funeral Home and Deputy Coroner for Andy Croley, since 2013.  A graduate of Whitley County High School, Williamsburg, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University,  He retired from the Kentucky Department of Parks after 31 years of service.  He is the pastor of Sanders Creek Church of God.  Son of the late Vergil "Eddie" Meadors and Mary (Campbell) Meadors.  William is married to Donna (Sulfridge) Meadors.  They have three children, Rebekah Gregory, Cody Meadors and Noah Meadors, and two grandchildren, Isabella Gregory and Karsten Gregory.

Cody Cooper

Level 2 Apprentice Funeral Director
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Cody is a level 2 apprentice funeral director and embalmer for Croley Funeral Home.

He is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, Kentucky. He was born April 27, 1992 to Greg Cooper and Carla Jeffers. He is a graduate of Whitley County High School Class of 2011. Cody has been working in the funeral industry since 2011 and has been employed at Croley Funeral Home since 2013.

Cody enjoys farming, horseback riding and spending time with his friends and family.

Jerry Elliott

Embalmer, Funeral Director
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Jerry has been in the funeral service business since May 1971. and currently is the Funeral Director/Embalmer for Croley Funeral Home. He has held this position since January 2000. A graduate of Corbin High School, Corbin, Kentucky, Jerry attended Cumberland College at Williamsburg, Kentucky and is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana. He is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. The son of the late Rev. Elmer F. and Ada Spradlin Elliott, Jerry is married to Joyce Patterson Elliott. They have one daughter, Sonya Clabaugh, and 2 Grandsons, Guy Reed III and Jerry Keith Reed.

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Willard Earl Douglas

Greeter
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Willard was born and raised at Jellico Creek Kentucky. He married Maymie Andrews in 1953 they have two children Rebecca Johnson and Marty Douglas. Willard and Maymie have two Granddaughters April Gibson and Heather Douglas. They have two Great Grandchildren Zack and Tristian Gibson.

Willard along with his uncle Earl Douglas and father started Douglas Brothers Texaco. They operated it from 1958 until 1966. Willard retired from American Greeting Corp. after 23 1/2 years. Since retirement Willard enjoys singing at various churches and working for the Lord, he also enjoys fishing and camping with his family and friends.

Willard has been employed at Croley Funeral Home since May 2005.

Terry Hamblin

Greeter
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Terry is a greeter at Croley Funeral Home. 

Born September 16, 1966 to William Hamblin and Carol and Eddie Sears. He is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, KY

He married Matilda Ann Elswick on June 16, 1987 and they have two Children Terry Hamblin Jr. and wife Cynthia and Lesa Hubbard and husband Westley and two grandchildren Kendrick Jay and Elsie Dale. 

Terrry is a deacon at Calvary Missionary Batist Church and a member of Williamsburg Masonnic Lodge, Williamsburg York Rite Bodies, Venus Eastern Star.

He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. 

Gene Collins

Greeter
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Gene is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg.  He was born to Oscar and Italy (Phillips) Collins.  He is a graduate of Williamsburg High School.  He married Irene Underwood Collins in 1970.  Gene served two terms as president of Whitley County Shrine Club.  He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge #490 for over 50 years.  He is also a member of Commandry #50, Whitley County York Rite and Lexington Scottish Rite.  Gene served as commissioner for Williamsburg Cub Scout Pack 15 for 7 years.  His work history includes 10 years for Meadors Garage, 10 years with Roper Corp., and 23 years with O'Dell's Jewelry.  He is a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and is a deacon there.  In addition, he conducts church services every Wednesday morning for the Corbin and Williamsburg Comprehesive Care Centers.  He has been employed by the Croley Funeral Home since 2014.