Edwin Madison Taylor III, 62, of Burlington died Thursday, Jan.6 at Duke University Hospital in Durham. Originally from Danbury, Madison was the son of Edwin Madison Taylor Jr. and Barbara Tuttle Taylor.
He is predeceased by his father, Edwin Madison Taylor Jr.
Madison is survived by his wife Roselee Papandrea Taylor of Burlington; mother Barbara Tuttle Taylor of Danbury; Brother Spotswood Taylor of Walnut Cove; sister-in-law Annmarie (Ross) Gould of Newport; brother-in-law Vinnie (Tanya) Papandrea of Pittsboro; New York’s brother-in-law Michael Papandrea; his beloved nephews and nieces, Jeff Schaeffer, Ross Gould, Megan Papandrea, Melanie (Mike) Czarnick, Michelle Papandrea, Ariel Gould, Joseph Papandrea, Joe Papandrea and Vinnie Papandrea; her aunt, Mary Moon (Tom) Guerrant of Charlotte; many loving cousins; a bunch of special friends; and a cat named Typo.
Former editor-in-chief of the Burlington Times-News, Madison has spent 34 years in the newspaper industry ensuring the free exchange of accurate and fair information. Above all, he was an honest journalist who believed in the public’s right to know the truth, but he always remained mindful of minimizing damage as much as possible – an ethic he instilled in the many journalists and editors who worked alongside him. He worked for several newspapers during his career, including the Danbury Reporter, the Reidsville Review, the Burlington Times-News (twice) and the Jacksonville Daily News, where among his many editorial roles he wrote reviews of sports, news, reports, films and books. and columns. The love of him and Roselee blossomed at the Jacksonville Daily News and has remained strong throughout the 24 years of their marriage. He has spent the past five years working (also with Roselee) at Elon University as an academic development writer, telling the story of the powerful impact of philanthropy on the university and its students, a role he took seriously and was proud to serve in.
Madison’s love for the St. Louis Cardinals began in childhood, and he was fortunate enough to see them play in various stages. Although it was a love-hate relationship, he reluctantly encouraged Wake Forest basketball and football and was a fan of the Green Bay Packers.
He was an avid reader, a lover of craft beer and the Burlington Beer Works, and a supporter of his community. He attended Guilford College for two years, then graduated with a communications degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in television and film production. He was witty and polite, rarely forgot a name and loved to write articles for his blog, Madison’s Avenue, https://mtaylor.blog/. One of his greatest joys was the opportunity to sell Christmas trees for many years in Swansboro with his late stepfather, Joseph Papandrea.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date, ensuring the safety of family and friends amid the current increase in COVID-19 cases.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Elon Student Scholarship Program or the Center for Access and Success, https://www.elon.edu/u/advancement/ways-to-give/make-a-gift/ initiatives that meant a lot to Madison.
Posted on January 09, 2022
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