Curtis Saylor

Celebration of Life Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday October 8, 2014 at Chalk Bluff Baptist Church with Rev. Dewey Baldwin and Rev. Chris Johnson officiating.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday October 7, 2014 at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Curtis Leroy Saylor, Jr., 87, of Waco, passed away October 4, 2014 at his residence with his family by his side.

Curtis was born July 6, 1927 in Altus, Oklahoma to Curtis, Sr. and Katie Mae (Sloan) Saylor. During World War II, Curtis served in the U.S. Navy, Amphibious Forces, in the South Pacific, Japan, and China. He married Doris Strong, his wife of 67 years, on July 19, 1947. In 1960 he entered the Insurance business as an agent with American Amicable Life and became Manager of the Odessa District in 1974, having received his Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.) designation in 1972. Curtis also worked for forty years for American General Insurance as Manager. He was a member of Chalk Bluff Baptist Church, previously having been a member for many years at Crescent Park Baptist Church in Odessa. Curtis was a member of Odessa Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and received the Heritage Community Award in Odessa. He was past president of the Texas Association of Life Underwriters and the Local Insurance Association, as well as having membership in several other civic organizations.

Curtis is preceded in death by his parents, Curt and Kate Saylor; and his sister, Jan Folsom.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Saylor; sons, Rodney and wife, Jeanelle of Amarillo and Douglas and wife, Donna of Waco; grandchildren, Jeremy Saylor and wife, Jamie of Dallas, Julie Young and husband, Ragan of Prosper, Daniel Saylor of Waco, Dara Claborn and husband, Brian of Waco, Drew Saylor of Waco; great-grandchildren Landry Saylor of Dallas, Ashton Saylor of Dallas, Eli Young of Prosper and Caleb Claborn of Waco; and sister Elsie Beckcom of Port Arthur.

The family would like to thank Providence Hospice, Visiting Angels, Dr. Chris Grant, and Dr. J. Naidu.


Place of Service: Chalk Bluff Baptist Church , 5993 Gholson Rd.; Waco, TX 76705

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Condolence Messages

  1. Mr. Saylor rest in peace. I have many fond memories including some “paper route adventures” . May God’s grace be with the whole family to give you strength and comfort . John Keith

  2. Dr. Bobby Taylor

    Doris, I want you to know how much a privilege it has been to have known Curtis all these years. Curtis has been a
    role model for me, as he has for many others. I know and you know Curtis is with our GOD now. Our prayers are
    with you and all your family. Bobby

  3. Hebert Johnson Family

    We want to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and father. May he rest in peace. We hope that God gives you all much peace and comfort during this time. We remember many fond memories of him. Herbert and Betty Johnson and Donna Johnson Dendy.

  4. Ernest C. Lynch, Jr.

    Dear Doris and Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the home going of Curtis. I counted Curtis among my friends. May the Lord grant you His peace during this time.

    Ernest C. Lynch, Jr., CLU, ChFC

  5. Alicia Rodriguez

    It seems that we have lost another great leader in our organization and insurance industry, what a blessing to all those who knew him. My condolences to you and your family Mrs. Saylor.

  6. Judy and Harold Kirk

    Doris, please accept our condolences. We made a trip with you and Curtis and Crescent Park Church to Austin several years ago. It was such a fun trip and if you remember, Curtis held my purse while you, me and Harold went up to the top part of the Capital Building and looked down on him. May God grant you peace during this time.

  7. Doris,
    We will miss the smiling face of Curtis. He was fun to be around. Over the years spending time with Curtis riding
    the “TALU Sales Caravan bus. He was a great leader of our State association. It was a blessing to know and be
    around him. Please accept our heart felt condolences.
    Keith & Melva White

  8. John and Marie Worthen

    Dear Doris and family, we want to express our deepest sympathy in your loss. We love you and we loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Doris,
    So many memories!!! You have both been special. You were always UP, full of happiness and joyful!!! Even though my heart is heavy for you, I can’t help but remember the better times and the example you both set for others like kindness, how you loved each other. Everything you said to each other was sweet. Even when you told Curtis, you knew he was coming around the corner at church. He wanted to know how you knew he was coming around the corner and you told him you could smell him. He then said he guessed it was time to quit (the pipe).

    I love you and am praying for you and your family. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With much love and a hug,

  10. Andy and Sandy Rowe

    You and Curtis have always been a part of my life. So many memories from Crescent Park. Curtis could always give the best bear hugs. He was so genuine in his love for the Lord, family and friends.

    I have been blessed through your lives!!!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Sandy (Rogers) and Andy Rowe

  11. Laurent and Kay St. Louis

    Dear Doris and Family,
    We are so very saddened to hear of the loss of your sweet husband, Curtis! We loved him dearly, and we love you, too! Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time. Please know that we are praying for you and know that Curtis is at peace with our Heavenly Father! Love always,
    Laurent and Kay St. Louis, and Karli

  12. Doris, I am so saddened to learn of Curtis leaving us, but rejoice in his life. What a great couple you guys have been and there will be many stars in his crown as he spends time with our Lord. I know mother was waiting there for him as she loved you guys and you blessed her life. Curtis was an inspiration to me and truly a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. I loved Curtis Saylor. If there is anything I can do to be of assistance to you please let me know. “May the Lord Bless You and Keep You”. Mark Warren

  13. Doris, I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Saylor. I love you guys so much, you both where so good to my mom Kay Everett for so many years, my heart hurts for you. I know Mrs. Saylor is dancing and singing praises by now. I pray for you peace and healing.


    Rinda Ford

  14. Dear Doris,
    Ken sent word of Curtis’ s passing. I am sorry I could not attend the service. Curtis was such a fine man, and you are the perfect mate! All of our wonderful GOB times together are such memories! Your friendship always meant so much to Zeph and me. I’m sure Zeph met Curtis at the gate and is showing him all God’s wonder. I am happy you are near your family who are the greatest comfort. Thank you for being our friends! God bless you! Love, Ann

  15. I have never met or known a better man than Curtis. As I used to greet him “hey saylor”…Godspeed.

  16. Sandy Blankenship

    So many years & so many fun memories of Curtis. He was always like another Father to me. I will miss him so much but know I will see him again & know he is still watching over all of us. Prayers to you Doris & all the family during your time of loss.

  17. Greg & Judy Morris


    You are in our prayers. We are thankful that we got to know you and Curtis and serve with you at Crescent Park Baptist in Odessa. We loved you guys and rejoice that Curtis is in Heaven. God Bless.

  18. It is with a note of sadness that I read about my lovely friend and co-heart. I will remember him always as a friend and will think of him often. Doris I offer my sympathy and prayers to you and the family.

  19. Lauri (Eggleston) Henderson

    Doris and boys I was sorry to hear about Curtis passing. I pass by your home on Nabors Lane on my way to work every day and think of you. My prayers are with you at this time. I know that Curtis is in heaven with my Mom and Dad and they are having a good time. Come see me in Odessa if you ever get out this way.

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