GATLINBURG (WATE) - Reverend Ed Taylor was found dead outside of his home due to smoke inhalation, according to son who spoke with detectives.
The World War II veteran was 85 and is originally from Johnson City. He has lived in Gatlinburg since 1978.
Taylor 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 his son Eddie Taylor.More: Victims identified in Sevier County wildfires
Family said condolences can be sent to: Gatlinburg Chapels, C/o Reverend Ed Taylor's family, 140 Woodland Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37602.
The service for Reverend Taylor is Saturday, December 10:00 at Appalachian Funeral Home in Johnson City. The service is at 1:00 p.m. and family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.