Alvin Taylor, Newspaper Editor, Dies at Age 78

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Alvin B. Taylor, who started at the The Daily Reflector of Greenville as a paper boy and retired as the senior associate editor, has died following a brief illness. He was 78.

Taylor was an active and engaged citizen and journalist, Reflector publisher D. Jordan Whichard III said in a statement. He retired in 1996 but continued at the newspaper as a weekly contributor of columns and editorials. His final column appeared Aug. 19.

“His colleagues at the newspaper and his fellow citizens are indebted to him for his many contributions to our community,” Whichard said. “He will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Taylor died Monday night. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Greenville.

Taylor started his career at the newspaper in 1943 as a paperboy. He continued to work part-time at the paper, learning to be a printer and working other jobs.

After graduating in 1951 from East Carolina Teachers College, he was drafted into the Army and spent 16 months in Korea. He returned to the Daily Reflector when his military stint ended and his first byline appeared in October 1953.

He was named city editor, then managing editor. Taylor became senior associate editor in 1990, a position he held full-time and later part-time until his retirement.

“Alvin was the editor of the Reflector when I worked there as a college student, and I remember him as a kind and gentle boss with a ready chuckle,” said Sue Price Wilson, Associated Press bureau chief for North Carolina and South Carolina. “My next visit to the Reflector won’t be the same without his smiling presence.”

Survivors include his brothers, John Carlton Taylor and wife, Jean, and W.C. “Bill” Taylor and wife, Etta, all of Greenville; and several nephews and nieces.

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