Mr. Fred Taylor, age 88, of Dandridge, passed away, Monday, September 2, 2019.
Mr. Taylor will be remembered for his twenty-two years of service to his country, having served in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War for which he was awarded numerous medals, among them the Bronze Star.
He was the first veteran hired by Jefferson-Cocke Gas Utility District, where he worked his way up from ditchdigger to General Manager.
Over the course of his life, he was very active in the community. He was a two-time Past Master of Newport Lodge #234 and was also Secretary for several years. He was a member of the Kerbela Shriners, where he served as President and the Scottish Rite, also with a term as President. With his lifelong love for children, he was a joyful member and President of the Cocke County Clown Corps. He was a member of the Newport Lions Club having served a term as President and proudly in charge of “quality control” at the annual Christmas candy making event.
Mr. Taylor was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he was active at various times on the Church Council, the choir, the Property Committee, the Women of the Church (where men were welcome), and the Bible Study group.
Fred enjoyed gardening, golfing, and traveling. He had a soft place in his heart for children and animals. He will be remembered for his optimism, generosity, ready humor, devotion to family and friends, and most importantly, his faith in God.
He was preceded in death by his parents Calvin and Esta Lena Jenkins Taylor; sister Josephine and brother Luther.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-one years Irene Taylor; daughters Diana (Joey) McGaha and Charlotte (Linten) Atkins both of Newport and Sherrie (Steven) Krist of Yorktown, Virginia; honorary son Danny McGaha of Cosby; granddaughters Kathleen Krist of State College, Pennsylvania, Shana Atkins of Johnson City, Erin Krist of Yorktown, Virginia, Kimberly Atkins (Grant) of Newport and Brandi (Bradley) Troutman of Dandridge; great-grandsons Connor, Deker, Maddox and Boone; special brothers and sisters Emma, Brenda, Arvine, Zan, Danny and Nettie. Additional survivors include several other family members.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, September 15, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Steve Thompson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 140 Lincoln Avenue, Newport, Tennessee 37821 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Costner-Maloy