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Joseph Robert "Joe Bob" Croley

February 27, 1930 — June 1, 2023

JOSEPH ROBERT “JOE BOB” CROLEY

February 27, 1930 – June 1, 2023

“Volunteer Spirit”


Joseph Robert “Joe Bob” Croley, age 93, currently of Kingwood, Texas and formerly a long-time

resident of Cleveland, Texas, passed away on June 1, 2023 at his home after a long battle with heart

disease. His loving wife of 67 years, Annie Lee (Carnes) Croley, along with his other family members

and friends will greatly miss him.


Joe Bob was born in Houston, Texas on February 27, 1930, to Anna Lorine (Allen) and Joseph M.

Croley. Joe Bob was the oldest of three brothers. His family lived in Houston where he attended

school, including Reagan High School. His mother died when he was 14 years old. A year later, Joe

Bob went to live with his grandparents, Mae Robert (Mimmie) and Thomas A. (Dae) Allen in

Huntsville, Texas where he attended and graduated from Huntsville High School.


Joe Bob was very outgoing and friendly. He helped others and was always trying to learn as much as

he could from people by asking many questions. When he was a junior in high school, Joe Bob

caught a calf in the calf scramble at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. After raising this calf

for a year and winning Grand Champion steer in the Huntsville show, he sold it and was able to pay a

portion of his tuition to Texas A&M. After graduating from A&M with a degree in Animal Husbandry,

Joe Bob married Annie Lee (Carnes) Croley. Joe Bob and Annie Lee moved with their two children,

Julie and Alan, to Cleveland, Texas in 1962. They attended the First Methodist Church in Cleveland

and had a very happy life. In 1965, Joe Bob opened a Sears catalog store in Cleveland and retired

in 1993 when Sears stopped printing their famous catalog.


Throughout his life, Joe Bob Croley volunteered his time to help others. He lived a life of service.

Joe Bob was a church and community leader. He was the president and/or chairman of most of the

organizations/boards of which he was a member. Many people were positively affected by his

generous spirit. Joe Bob and Annie Lee loved playing games. They encouraged others to join in the

fun by teaching games – including bridge – to willing participants. Joe Bob was the patriarch of both

sides of the family. A great void has been left by his passing.


Joe Bob is preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents, his in-laws, Josephine and Alton

Carnes, both his brothers, Charles E. Croley and James M. “Jim” Croley. Joe Bob is survived by his

wife, Annie Lee; his son, Alan Croley; his daughter, Julie Payne and husband, Richard; his

grandchildren, Avery Croley, Aaron Croley, Stephen Payne and Robert Payne and wife, Stephanie;

his great-grandchildren, Adam Payne, Serenity Camacho, and Christopher Camacho and fiancée,

Karissa Mendoza, and many other family members and friends.


Visitation will be held in the Pace-Stancil Chapel in Cleveland, Texas on Wednesday, June 7th from 5-

6:30pm. The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th at 11am in the Pace-Stancil Chapel.

The graveside service will be on Thursday, June 8th at 3pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Methodist Church Cleveland.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Joseph Robert "Joe Bob" Croley, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home - Cleveland

303 E Crockett St, Cleveland, TX 77327

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Service

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am

Pace-Stancil Chapel - Cleveland

303 E Crockett, Cleveland, TX 77327

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Burial

Thursday, June 8, 2023

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