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Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you

Staff members of Croley Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Croley Funeral Home - Gilmer

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Steve Murray Funeral Director/Owner
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Troy Murray Funeral Director
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Patti Waller Office Manager
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Lamar Slover Funeral Director
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Jeremiah Tharp Funeral Director
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Zachary Heaney Funeral Director

Croley Funeral Home - Gladewater

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Kyle J. Barton Funeral Director
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Faith Flowers Office Manager
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Virginia Strawn Funeral Staff

Croley Funeral Home - Hawkins

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Kevin M. Rushing Funeral Director

Steve Murray

Funeral Director/Owner
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Kyle J. Barton

Funeral Director
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Kyle was born in Dallas, Texas and is a 1990 graduate of South Garland High School. He married Stacey Barton in 1997 and they have two daughters, Bailee Nicole and Carter Grace. They currently reside in the Kilgore area. Kyle attented SFA and Richland Community College and finished his education at The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1997. In his free time Kyle enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing golf. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Kilgore.

Faith Flowers

Office Manager
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Troy Murray

Funeral Director
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Patti Waller

Office Manager
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Patti was born and raised in Longview, Texas and after graduating moved to Gilmer. In 1979 she married Mike Waller, who is employed with ETEX Telephone. They have two daughters, Heather Gee and Lindsey McFaul. Patti is a member of First Baptist Church in Gilmer and has been employed by Croley Funeral Home since 1994. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, camping and loves being “Nana” to her six grandchildren.

Lamar Slover

Funeral Director
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Lamar was born in Tyler, Texas. He was a 2010 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and also a 2011 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Lamar started working at Croley Funeral Home in April 2013. When he isn’t assisting families he enjoys hunting and helping his dad with the family ranch.

Jeremiah Tharp

Funeral Director
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Jeremiah was born in Great Lakes, Illinois but was raised in Liberty City. He was a 1997 graduate of Sabine High School and also a 2004 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Jeremiah currently resides in the Harmony community and has been an active member of the Gilmer Lions Club for the past 10 years. Jeremiah enjoys helping people as a funeral director and supporting the Harmony Eagles. He and his wife, Shannon, are members of Rosewood Baptist Church and their weekends are filled spending time with their children.

Zachary Heaney

Funeral Director
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Virginia Strawn

Funeral Staff
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Kevin M. Rushing

Funeral Director
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