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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.

Jerry Wayne Croley
Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer
Kentucky and Tennessee Licensed

Attended Williamsburg Elementary School and Williamsburg High School

Graduated Tennessee Military Institute 1967

Employed at Croley Funeral Home in June 1967

Kentucky Certified Emergency Medical Technician 1971

Graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science February 1972

Received Kentucky Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer 1974

Received Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer December, 1978

B.S. Degree University of Cumberlands May 1978

B.S. Degree Science and Education

Two Sons: Paul Kenneth Croley II, Jerry Andrew Croley

Appointed Deputy Coroner in January 1974

Received Basic Training at Department of Criminal Justice Training

Eastern Kentucky University

Received Advanced Coroner Training from Department of Criminal Justice Training from 1974-2006

Whitley County Chief Deputy Coroner since January 2003

Jerry has been a little league coach in football, basketball, and baseball for over 35 years. He still coaches a little league baseball team in Williamsburg, The Croley Funeral Home Undertakers.

J. Andrew Croley
Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer
Kentucky and Tenessee Licensed

Andy Croley is a lifelong Williamsburg Resident. He graduated from Williamsburg High School, has his B.S. in Aeronautical, Masters in Forensic Science and is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Services. He is the Past President (2 times) 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 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 Commandary #50, Whitley Country Shrine Club, Chairman of the Child Fatality Review Team, Chariman of the Border Bowl All-Star high school football game. Taught classes in many levels of education from middle school - college on topics of Forensic Science. He has spoken to many civic organizations.

He is married to Tracy Davis Croley of Corbin, Kentucky and they have two children, Alicyn Cari Croley and Jerrod Andrew Croley.

Jerry Elliott

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 Reed, and 2 Grandsons, Guy Reed III and Jerry Keith Reed.

Brenda McKiddy

Brenda is a secretary at Croley Funeral Home. She was born in Bell County, Kentucky to the late Reed and Julia Stewart Payne. Brenda has been employed at Croley Funeral Home for 10 years. She has one granddaughter and three great granddaughters.

Natalie Young

Natalie Young has been a secretary at Croley Funeral Home since October of 2005. She is formerly of Lexington, the daughter of Dr. Kenneth and Karen Tufts. She lives in Williamsburg with her husband, Rick Young. She has three sons, Shannon, Joshua, and Gregory. She is a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Yaden.

Willard Earl Douglas
Funeral Home Attendant

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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