WWII veteran found dead after Gatlinburg fire, according to family

Ed Taylor (Courtesy: WATE)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – A World War II veteran was found dead after the Gatlinburg fire.

Reverend Ed Taylor’s son learned from detectives that his father died from smoke inhalation. His body was found outside of his home.

Taylor was originally from Johnson City but moved to Gatlinburg in 1978.

He retired from Gatlinburg Chapel Ministries last year. His dog Bebe, a 10-year-old tea-cup poodle, was found wandering the property. The dog is now with the family.

“He would have never left that house without that dog,” said Eddie, Taylor’s son.

Taylor’s family said condolences can be sent to:

Gatlinburg Chapels, C/o Reverend Ed Taylor’s family

140 Woodland Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37602

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Ed Taylor (Courtesy: WATE)
Ed Taylor (Courtesy: WATE)