A former Forsyth County elected official was found dead Tuesday night, authorities said.
The body of Eddie Taylor, 62, was discovered about 10 p.m. inside his Chevrolet Tahoe at a restaurant parking lot off Turner Road.
Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins said Taylor appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He did not leave a note.
County and school officials Wednesday recalled how Taylor served on the Forsyth County Commission from 2001 to 2004 and on the Board of Education from 1996 to 2000.
He was also a charter member and former president of the Rotary Club of Lanier Forsyth.
"People who knew him knew the biggest part of Eddie was his heart," said Dwight Taylor, his brother. "He was a real giver. He liked to be the life of the party and the big dog in the pack."
Taylor said his brother had fallen on hard times recently and "couldn't take anymore," but had loved his community and the time he spent in politics.
"He was motivated by giving of himself," Dwight Taylor said. "He was well known and a big giver in the community and was well loved."
Taylor said his brother played football and basketball and ran track for Roswell High School, where he was an all-state athlete.
He had most recently worked for Lang and Smith Outdoors. Co-owner Buddy Lang said he had been good friends with Taylor for years.
"He had a big heart, everybody knew Eddie," said Lang, adding that his former colleague had recently experienced emotional difficulties.
"The depression just totally overcame him. He went through some hard financial times and was in a terribly depressed state but he was a great guy, as everyone knew."
James McCoy, president and chief executive officer of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said he met Eddie Taylor through Rotary about six years ago.
"I don't know of another human being that had as generous a spirit and big of a heart and just wanted everybody to enjoy life and enjoy themselves around him more than Eddie," McCoy said. "He really focused on making sure that other people were helped and looked after as best he could."
McCoy said before working for Lang and Smith, Taylor had been employed at his brother's insurance company and in real estate.
Paula Gault, former superintendent of Forsyth County Schools, said Taylor's death was unfortunate.
"Eddie was always a very caring individual and a board member who really was always interested in doing what was good for children," she said.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, though services for Taylor have not been scheduled.
Taylor's father, the Rev. Ed Taylor, died in 1995. In addition to his brother, other immediate survivors, all of Cumming, include his mother, Dot Taylor; daughter, Kendra, and son-in-law, Kevin Rich; and daughter, Seneca Taylor.