Edward Vernon Saylor, 76, of Bluff City, went to be with the Lord our Savior on June 9, 2012, after an extended illness.
He was a son of the late Ernest Leroy Saylor and Bertie Kate Thompson Saylor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elva Lee Campbell and Betty Gene Saylor Dugger; and three brothers, Bobby Leroy, Larkin Thomas and William Jack Saylor.
Edward graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1955. He was a former employee of Unisys in Bristol, TN, with more than 22 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Bluff City, and a former member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Watauga. He also worked in the highway construction and security business during his lifetime.
Edward is survived by his wife of 52 years, Clara Jane Saylor; one daughter, Veronica Cates and husband, Billy of Bluff City; one son, Edward Saylor and wife, Denise of League City, TX; granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Saylor; grandson, Christopher Cates and wife Beth; one sister, Emma Smith of Watauga; sister-in-law, Elfriede Saylor of Watauga; two brothers-in-law, Charles Watson and wife, Joyce of Goose Creek, SC; and Robert Dugger. He is also survived by special family members, Bobby and Tammy Cates; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses,who treated Mr. Saylor throughout the years.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in the Heritage Chapel of Memories at Glenwood Cemetery. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Dr. Kenneth Jordan officiating. The committal and interment will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to the American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Rd, Knoxville, TN 37909, or the American Diabetes Association, 211 Center Park Dr. Suite 3010, Knoxville, TN 37922. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mr. Saylor and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.