SILVER LAKE - Paul Smith Croley, 95, passed away May 13, 2016. Paul was
born in Williamsburg, KY, second oldest of fourteen children of William and Ida Croley. One year after graduating from Cumberland
College, he taught eight grades in a one-room school house, including seven of his brothers and sisters. Moving to Cincinnati,
he worked at Curtis-Wright Aeronautical as a Supervisor before entering the service in WWII. He graduated from officer's candidate
school as a Lieutenant. He and Helen Jean were married in October 1945. After the war, they settled in the Youngstown area.
Paul then worked for Mahoning Valley Supply Company, starting as a truck driver and warehouse employee and later was sent
to a newly opened branch in Akron to be in sales. In 1958, he became Branch Manager, then Sales Manager of the entire company.
He attended an executive course at Wharton School of Finance and served on the Board of Globe International, Inc. Paul
retired as President and CEO of Mahoning Valley Supply. He literally lived the American Dream. His life reflected his love
for the Lord, & he was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, Papaw and friend. Paul was
an avid golf. He taught 6th grade boys in Sunday School for 25 years & coached Boys Basketball at Richardson
Elementary School & Boys and Girls teams at church. Paul was always a teacher and couldn't resist helping or encouraging
someone when he saw the need. He was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel.
In his retirement, Paul enjoyed his winter home in Venice, FL where
their families gathered for Spring Breaks. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen Jean, four children and many, many
other family members. Having had polio, it was in his very late years that he contacted the Akron Post-Polio Support Group
and inquired about being part of the organization, as post-polio syndrome had become quite difficult for him to manage.
Unable to attend meetings in person, we greatly valued Paul being a member of the Akron Post-Polio Support Group.
Paul will be remembered most fondly by us all.