Murray, 47, president and general manager of Croley Funeral Homes in Gilmer, Gladewater and Hawkins; Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Homes in Gilmer and Diana; and Sunset Memorial Park in Gilmer, was named president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association at the first business session, held virtually September,29th, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Troy has served as an officer on the TFDA board the past two years.
With the Texas legislature gaveling the 87th session to order on January 12, 2021, Murray and President-elect Jimmy Lucas of Fort Worth and Secretary-Treasurer Blue Broussard will join members of the TFDA Legislative Committee in getting new legislation introduced on behalf of the more than 2500 funeral homes licensed in Texas.
A 1992 graduate of Gilmer High School, Troy earned a BBA before attending Dallas Institute of Funeral service, where he graduated with honors. He holds a dual license as an embalmer and a funeral director and began his career in funeral service in Beaumont at Broussard’s Mortuary.
Steve Murray, Troy’s father, joined the staff of Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer in 1974 as a partner and later became owner of one of the state’s oldest and continuously operating funeral homes, founded in 1883.
This year Croley Funeral Home is celebrating its 137th year of service to the community with a mission of community involvement and community service. The firm proudly displays a State of Texas Historical Marker.
After mortuary school, Troy returned to Gilmer to join his father in the family business in 2007, following in Steve Murray’s footsteps as a volunteer in the community as well as in the leadership of his chosen profession.
The new TFDA president is member and past president of the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, served as president of the East Texas Yamboree Association and the 2018 edition of the annual Yamboree, one of the longest running and largest small-town festivals in the state.
Troy also is a member of the Gilmer Rotary Club and Bethesda Masonic Lodge No. 142 A.F.& A.M.
"It is with a humble heart that I take the gavel of leadership for this historic funeral directors association," Murray said as he was installed. "I stand on the shoulders of great men and women who made funeral service their ministries to their communities as well as their careers. It is my prayer I will be able to continue their traditions as we strengthen this organization to serve the dedicated men and women who have given of themselves to so many families and their communities across the state."