Paul Saylor, 78, a resident of Martinsville, passed from this life surrounded by his loving family at 6:04 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017. He was born  March 4, 1939, in Kettle Island, Kentucky where he lived his entire childhood as one of 10 children born to the late Otis and Della (Smith) Saylor.

In 1959, Paul moved to Indiana, where he lived the remainder of his life raising his family and becoming a successful businessman. In 1977, he became business partners with two other gentlemen and opened Matchless Machine and Tool Company in Martinsville.

Paul was a co-owner of the company for 33 years, retiring in 2010. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and the VFW, both in Martinsville. The year 1977 proved to be a good year for Paul in business and in his personal life, as that was the year he also met his soulmate and future wife, Donna (Sichting) Saylor. The two were married after nearly eight years of courtship Aug. 8, 1986.

Paul and Donna shared 31 years of marriage, friendship and all around fun, raising their seven children, hunting together, making wine, fishing, riding 4-wheelers in Kentucky, and much, much more.

Paul was also known to be an exquisite story teller and master supervisor of any task, who loved the outdoors and his grassroots in Kentucky.

He leaves behind an untouchable legacy and many friends and family who will miss him deeply including his wife, Donna Saylor of Martinsville; children, Debbie Parsons, Darrell (wife, Barb) Saylor, Darlene Saylor, David (wife, Gina) Saylor, Amy (husband, Brad) Crowe and Annette Rohlman all of Martinsville and Amanda (husband, Lance) Culver of Tomball, Texas; siblings, Anna Lou Jett of Indianapolis, Charles (wife, Marsetta Saylor) of Flat Lick, Kentucky, Ovie (wife, Elaine) Saylor of Franklin, Barbara Sue (husband, Bob) Hipps of Platte City, Missouri, Helen (husband, Richard) Terry of Martinsville, Hershel (wife, Debbie) Saylor of Greenwood, Roland (wife, Charlene) Saylor of Martinsville and Rebecca Saylor of Franklin; brother-in- law, Eagle Osgathorpe; 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Osgathorpe and a brother-in-law, Tom Jett.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Hoosier Harvest Church, 4085 Leonard Road, Martinsville and from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Millcreek Baptist Church in Pineville, Kentucky. He will be laid to rest following a graveside service in Bens Branch Cemetery in Stoney Fork, Kentucky at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Jim’s Journey, c/o Neal & Summers, 110 E. Poston Road, Martinsville, IN 46151 or the Red Bird Mission, 70 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913-9607

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Saylor family at

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in Martinsville and to Arnett & Steele Funeral Home in Pineville, Kentucky.