Carolyn Clark Saylor


Carolyn Clark Saylor passed away on the evening of September 19, 2018, surrounded by her family.

The daughter of the late Oren and Mary Clark, she grew up in Limestone.

In 1969, she married Charles W. “Bill” Saylor and they had a wonderful life filled with love, laughter and family. Carolyn raised and is survived by two extraordinary daughters, Susan Saylor and Alice Saylor-Yarber, and one treasured son-in-law, Bobby Yarber. Her granddaughter, Virginia Arabella Berry, was definitely “Mimmie’s Buddy” and oh the adventures they had in the past 17 years. Carolyn was extremely proud of all of them.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law, Robert and Charlotte Saylor, Jonesborough.

While Carolyn didn’t have any brothers or sisters, she grew up among a close-knit group of cousins. Always one to keep her friends close, she made sure some of them married into the family, including her best friend since first grade, Sharon Rowe Lewis. In addition to her husband, children and granddaughter, she is survived by the following: two aunts, Iris Wyatt, Telford, and Mildred Clark, Johnson City; David Lewis (Sharon), Billy Lewis (Gail), Kenneth Clark (Linda), all of Limestone; Larry McElyea (Melanie), Morristown; Donna Cleveland (Perry), Greeneville; David Houston (Ramona) and Mark Wyatt (Michele), Gray; Thomas Houston, Telford; Cathy Etter (Matt), Terry Clark (Rosemary) and Michele Ward (Eric), Knoxville; Randy Lewis (Sherry), Afton; and Sandra Riggins, Jimmy Bishop and Johnny Bishop, Charlottesville, Va.; and her special friend, Patsy Morelock, Telford.

Carolyn was a 1965 graduate of Washington College Academy, a 1969 graduate of East Tennessee State University and a 1996 graduate of Tusculum College. She returned to WCA to teach in the 1980s. She finished out her years of teaching at Jonesborough Middle School, retiring in 2007. She enjoyed teaching almost as much as she enjoyed retirement and always enjoyed seeing former students. She loved to hear how she impacted their lives. Carolyn loved being outdoors, whether mowing her yard, working in her flowers or swimming in her pool. Her pets, Dolly and Miss Kitty, were always following her around and will miss her terribly. As of late, she tried her hand at oil painting and had her first art show. Carolyn also enjoyed singing with the Golden Heirs.

Visitation for the family of Carolyn Saylor will be Saturday, September 22, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life in the chapel following visitation. Allen Huff, the Saylor’s pastor at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Graveside services will be Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., Fairview Cemetery, Jonesborough. Pallbearers will be David Lewis, Billy Lewis, David Houston, Tommy Houston, Warren Lewis and David Babb.

For those wishing to make charitable contributions, please consider Mary’s Meals, c/o Eleanor Clark Hale, 755 Opie Arnold Road, Limestone, TN 37681. This is an community outreach program at Limestone United Methodist Church that Carolyn started in memory of her mother.

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09-26-2018 Beverly Campbell
I remember Carolyn with fondness. We worked together at Washington Academy shortly after my move from CT to JCity. She was so pleasant and inclusive. She will be missed not only by her family but by the larger community. I now live in Winchester, VA. With sympathy, Beverly Campbell
09-24-2018 Tiffany Henry
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Saylor. I had her as a teacher at JMS and loved her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
09-21-2018 Julia Vargo
Carolyn was one of the funniest and sweetest people I had the pleasure to know. Always happy, fun and willing to help anyone. She was always such a huge supporter of Ginnie and all of her friends. My boys loved swimming at her house, and felt special when she would come and watch the ball games. Even though she was there for Ginnie, she made them all feel like she was there for them too. Sending my love to Bill, Susan, Ginnie and Alice.
09-21-2018 Charlene Boone
Oh my ! My heart aches for you Ginnie & your Dad!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
09-21-2018 Glenn and Wanda Culver
So sorry to learn of the passing of our dear friend Carolyn. We have known her since childhood and have meany fond memories of her and her parents and of Charles from our school days. Our prayers are with the family in this time of loss. God bless you all.
09-20-2018 DeeDee Herbert
Carolyn became a friend after Ginnie and Abbie were in 2nd grade together. She always made me laugh and smile whenever I saw her. I so enjoyed discussing Y and R with her......she loved it as much as me. I am so grateful to her for how good she was to my children. She treated them like they were her own. This world is missing a jewel today, one that can't be replaced. I have no doubt she is in Heaven celebrating and talking to anyone she can find. I always LOVED her stories. And I loved Carolyn. May God take care of you all- Bill, Susan, Alice, and most of all sweet Ginnie.
09-20-2018 Pat and Becky Wolfe
We are saddened to have lost sweet Carolyn. We know she is in heaven with her parents and our Father. Good news for Carolyn, hopefully sweet memories will help those of us left here through this valley. Peace be with you all, Pat and Becky Wolfe


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