The Lexington man killed in his Elsmere Park home last week was a jack of all trades who did everything from working on farms as a youth to "extreme couponing" in his retirement, a relative said.
On Saturday, Doug Saylor, 66, was found dead in his home on Elsmere Park in Lexington. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn has called his death a murder but provided few other details.
Saylor was the brother of Manchester Mayor George Saylor, who shared details of his brother's life on Monday.
Most of George Saylor's memories centered on Saylor Brothers grocery store on U.S. 421 in Manchester. George and Doug Saylor co-owned the store for 25 or 30 years starting in the early 1970s, George Saylor said.
Doug Saylor was well known and well liked by Manchester residents who frequented the store.
"We're a small town. Everybody knew everybody," said George Saylor, 70. "Even though we had a 20,000 square-foot grocery, it was still like a country store."
George Saylor said customers seemed to like Doug Saylor better than him because Doug was always goofing off and went out of his way to help customers. He recalled a young girl with Down syndrome who frequently came into the store and told Doug Saylor it was her birthday. Doug Saylor would give her $5 each time, he said, laughing.
"He told her once, 'You must be about 100. You come in at least once a month for your birthday,'" the mayor said.
George Saylor said he had spoken to other family members about his younger brother's killing, and no one seems to know many details.
"We don't have an idea," he said.
He said the family thinks Doug Saylor was stabbed with a kitchen knife. The coroner had not released a cause of death Monday afternoon, though neighbors said Saylor was found in his kitchen in a pool of blood, and Ginn said Saturday that possible murder weapons were found in the house.
They couldn't think of any reason someone would want to hurt the Lexington man, who was as well liked in the stately neighborhood of Elsmere Park, a couple blocks north of Transylvania University, as he was at Saylor Brothers grocery.
One concern the family had was that Saylor occasionally hired homeless people to help around his house, and sometimes they would come back intoxicated after their employment ended and ask to borrow money.
"His sons told him that something bad could happen if he kept doing that," George Saylor said.
Police and coroner's officials have said it is too early to discuss motive in the case. Detectives had not named a suspect or made an arrest Monday, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Doug Saylor was one of nine children who grew up on a farm in Manchester, although he didn't care much for farm work. George Saylor said his little brother used to get out of laborious farm tasks by refusing to work and getting into scrapes with other kids.
He was more successful in the grocery business, and had worked in management positions at hotels in Lexington and Frankfort after moving from Manchester, the mayor said. He also owned a Lexington nightclub for a while.
Since retiring, Doug Saylor made some money by clipping coupons and selling discounted goods at flea markets in Louisville and Tennessee, George Saylor said.
"He was what you'd call a coupon-cutter," George Saylor said. "He worked like you would see on these TV programs, where he could get $100 worth of groceries for nothing."
George Saylor said he hadn't spoken with his brother much since he moved away. Neighbors said he had lived on Elsmere Park about 15 years, and the Manchester mayor said he moved away a few years before that.
The two had not fallen out; they simply had gone their separate ways, he said. Doug Saylor was still close with his two surviving sisters and had planned to go visit the oldest sister in the hospital last week before he was killed.
Funeral arrangements were pending Monday for Doug Saylor. George Saylor said he thought his brother's body would be released to the family Tuesday, after the autopsy.