GATLINBURG, Tenn. (MEDIA GENERAL/WATE) — Tennessee officials confirmed Friday 13 people are now dead following this week’s wildfires in Sevier County.
Ten of the victims have been identified:
Constance, Lily and Chloe Reed
Constance Reed and her two daughters, 12-year-old Chloe and 9-year-old Lily, went missing as the fire approached their Wiley Oakley Drive home Monday night.
Constance Reed’s husband Michael and their 15-year-old son Nicholas weren’t home at the time and survived.
Parkway Church of God Pastor Philip Morris said at a news conference Saturday the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Constance Reed. Family members said two bodies, believed to be Chloe and Lilly, were found near their mother although the medical examiner’s office has not yet positively identified them as the girls.
“Our hearts are broken to receive this news. We ask for everyone to continue in prayer for this family,” Morris said.
Michael Reed and his son tried to drive to Gatlinburg as the fire spread but they got stuck in traffic and were not able to turn around.
The last time he spoke to Constance he told her to call 911 after she said she saw flames across the street from their home.
Reverend Ed Taylor
Reverend Ed Taylor was found dead outside his home, according to son Eddie Taylor, who spoke with detectives. He died of smoke inhalation, Taylor said.
The World War II veteran was 85 years old. Originally from Johnson City, he moved to Gatlinburg in 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,” Taylor said.
Alice Hagler had been working at a Christmas store in the area. She moved to Gatlinburg only five months ago.
Family members said they were notified of her death Wednesday night. Her body was discovered in her burned down cabin.
She was 70 years old.
Jon and Janet Summers
Jon and Janet Summers, of Memphis, were in the Great Smoky Mountains with their family for Thanksgiving.
The couple, both 61, were separated from their three sons while evacuating the cabin they were staying in. Their bodies were found in Chalet Village.
The three brothers escaped and were sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment.
John and Marilyn Tegler
John and Marilyn Tegler, of Canada, were vacationing at their home near Gatlinburg for the Thanksgiving weekend. Their bodies were found close to the home Skyline Drive in Chalet Village.
Dave Lapointe, their son-in-law, told The Canadian Press they tried to flee but didn’t make it.
Lapointe said the couple had dual American and Canadian citizenship and also had a residence in Georgia.
The Tegler’s children, Scott, Jessica and Marnie, released the following statement to WKRN:
Our mom and dad are heroes to the three of us. They were well-respected individuals. This tragic loss of their lives is incomprehensible at this time. We are all numb with the loss. We miss then and love them with all our hearts.
John was 71 years old and Marilyn was 70.
May Vance was exposed to smoke while trying to escape the wildfires and later died of a heart attack.
She was 75 years old.
According to her obituary, Vance lived in Gatlinburg. She previously lived in Nashville where she graduated from Hillsboro High School. She spent most of her adult life working in Nashville at her husband’s law firm.