He was born on March 20, 1939 in Cranberry Township, Ohio, to the late George Russell and Dorothy Margaret (Pine) Paylor. Jim's mother passed away when he was 7 years old. His only sibling, Bertha "Mae" Paylor, took on motherly duties in caring for him.
He graduated from New Washington High School class of 1957. On March 2, 1963, Jim married the love of his life, Betty Lou Hicks. He was a lifelong farmer and had 40 years in at Mansfield Brass and Aluminum in New Washington as a permanent molder and tow mower driver, when he retired in 2008.
He enjoyed finding bargains at auctions, reading and square dancing. He repeatedly said raising his children were some of the best days of his life. A few highlights were family camping trips and the kids showing livestock they had raised in the Crawford County Fair though the 4-H program.
Jim enjoyed dogs, one in particular, a blue healer, named Gypsy.
One of his favorite restaurants was New Riegel Café near Tiffin, where he loved eating their BBQ ribs. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in New Washington and the Moose Lodge in Galion. His positive attitude, enthusiasm for life and tremendous work ethic was a role model for his children. Jim never met a stranger. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Hicks) Paylor, whom he married on March 2, 1963; 4 children, Keith (Tina) Paylor of Crestview, FL, Gary Paylor and (Kelly Whittington) of New Washington, OH, Cheryl (Harold) Slone of Willard, Steve (Julie) Paylor of Anacortes, Washington; 5 grandchildren, Brittaney Pack, Jenna Paylor, Alyssa (Wyatt) Taylor, Brianna Paylor, Collin Paylor; 4 great grandchildren, Phoenixx, Rosalina, and Kratos Taylor, and Pierson Pack; and numerous friends and family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bertha "Mae" Paylor.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Secor Funeral Home in New Washington, where the funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Danny Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in New Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Crawford County in Jim's name. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.secorfuneralhomes.com