Lexington, Kentucky, mourns the untimely loss of a young soul, Ethan Timothy Croley, who was born on September 21, 2009, and departed this life on Friday, March 24, 2023, at the tender age of 13 years, 6 months, and 3 days. Ethan’s journey on this Earth may have been brief, but his impact on those who knew him was profound.

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Born to loving parents, Timothy Mark Croley and Toni Wright Smith, Ethan entered the world in Lexington, Kentucky. His family was the center of his universe, and he shared a special bond with his siblings; Morgan, Lexi, and Levi Croley, Chester “A.J.” Smith, Justin Smith, and Kendra McVey. He adored his nephew Rocko McVey and was loved dearly by his extended family, including his sister Kendra and her husband Rocky McVey.

Throughout his young life, Ethan had experienced the pain of losing loved ones as well. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Francis Wright, his paternal grandparents Betty Elizabeth Harp Croley and George Kenneth Croley, and three beloved relatives: uncles Thomas Gleason Croley and Ronald J. Croley, and aunt Shirley Croley. Although they are no longer with him, their memory lived on in his heart.

Ethan Timothy Croley was a bright and promising 7th-grade student at North Laurel Middle School. His love for learning and his eagerness to explore new ideas left a lasting impression on his teachers and classmates. He approached each day with enthusiasm and a desire to make a positive impact on those around him.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Ethan was deeply devoted to his faith. He found solace and strength in his belief, and he was an active member of 1st Baptist Church in East Bernstadt. His spirituality played a significant role in shaping his character and guiding his interactions with others.

Ethan’s kindness and compassion knew no bounds. He was known for his warm smile and a heart that overflowed with empathy. Whether it was helping a friend in need or simply brightening someone’s day with a kind gesture, Ethan had an innate ability to touch lives in meaningful ways.

To honor and celebrate the life of Ethan Timothy Croley, funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday at 1st Baptist Church in East Bernstadt. The service will be officiated by Norm Brock and Cam Hyde, who will share memories and stories that encapsulate Ethan’s spirit. Following the ceremony, Ethan will be laid to rest at the Croley Cemetery in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Friends, family, and community members are invited to pay their respects and share their fond memories of Ethan during the visitation period, which will be held at 1st Baptist Church – East Bernstadt starting at 5 pm on Tuesday.

In this moment of grief and loss, let us come together as a community to support one another and celebrate the life of Ethan Timothy Croley. As we remember the joy he brought to our lives and the love he shared, may we find comfort in knowing that his spirit will forever remain in our hearts. Though his time with us was brief, the impact he made on our lives will endure for generations to come. Rest in peace, dear Ethan.

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