Obituary – Bill Croley

Published 11:20 am Sunday, April 7, 2024

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Billy Croley, age 84, Greenville died at his home surrounded by family and love on Friday, April 5. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home. The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 11 a.m. at East Side Baptist Church Cemetery in Georgiana with Pastor Rick Taylor officiating and Johnson Funeral Home Directing.

Please be advised: if Greenville is experiencing weather on Wednesday, April 10, services for Mr. Crowley will be held in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home. 

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Billy Croley was born Sept. 12, 1939, to Hilary George Croley and Clemmie Lee Williams Croley.  He graduated from Greenville High School and Baptist Bible Institute (Graceville, Florida).  He proudly served in the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Billy served as a pastor of numerous churches in Butler County, as well as in Conecuh County and Randolph County, Georgia. Besides his pastoring, and holding a public job, Billy was always engaged in some form of agriculture.   Around 1989, Billy quit his public job, put his knowledge of agriculture to use and established B & B Nursery.  He soon became known for producing quality plants and especially outstanding ferns.  He closed the nursery in 2015 because of health issues.

Billy was preceded in death by his father, George Croley, his mother, Clemmie Croley, brother Haywood Croley and sister Bobbie Hazel Mosley. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary White Croley, his son Bruce Croley (Tammy), his daughter Sarah Still (David), his daughter Billie Wilhelm (Ken), eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends.    

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