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Funeral arrangements set for Estill County teen


ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Funeral arrangements have been set for a young man who lost his life Friday evening.

Visitation for 16-year-old Tony Conley will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5pm - 8pm at the Estill County High School Auditorium.

Another visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 11am - 1pm. The Family is asking that the Football team show up around 10am.

The Funeral will follow on Thursday out on the High School Football Field at 2pm.

Lewis Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the services.

The Estill County Booster is accepting donations for the Conley Family.

If you would like to donate you can contact Audi Miller at 859-893-4451.

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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's the type of loss that can't be seen on the scoreboard, it's the type of loss that can only be felt in the hearts of the teammates of Tony Conley.

"Football was his life, loved every aspect of it," said Conley's coach, Mike Jones, "Anytime you're around a football program, it's a family and one hurts, everyone hurts. We just talked about what the next few days will be like and how we need to heal and what Tony would want."

Few answers can be found for family and friends of the 16-year-old. At this time, the coroner said Conley's death is still being investigated, but it's being worked as an accident. He said it appeared to have happened while the teen was playing basketball and goofing off with friends, just after school ended for the summer.

"He was a jokester and had a great sense of humor and that's the way we want to remember him," described Coach Jones, who called his team together Saturday morning to break the news.

The coach said the team was taking it hard, but added they'll never forget their teammate.

"We all agreed that we'd keep his locker and fix it up and always remember Tony Conley, number 83."

The team also agreed to do all they could for Conley's family, they even showed up to his house just moments after learning of his death.

"We're just all trying to pull this together and make this as easy as possible," said Coach Jones, including that he's spoken to the booster club to see how they can help the family during this tough time.

Conley's family declined to comment about the teen, but they say he loved being on the football team and the sophomore-to-be was the happiest he's ever been.

"He was a good son, too, he loved his mother," the coach described, "and we're surely going to miss him."

But the team is determined to carry on and they're going to do it for number 83.


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