Each Sunday, Saylor — who went by his middle name, Ethan — would sit in the same chair at the front of the church through two services. Foss said sometimes he would fall asleep and other times would sip a soda, but he’d remain in that spot from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., getting up only to greet his many friends.
When Foss learned of Saylor’s death, he said, he informed about 60 members of the church that night. The following Sunday, they brought bouquets to fill Saylor’s empty chair. The flowers overflowed onto the floor and an adjoining seat.
Cam Overs has a son Saylor’s age and has been friends with his family for 30 years. He remembered how Saylor would run curiously toward whatever caught his eye and was a pro at hide and seek because he had the endurance to stay in the same spot until he was found.