On April 18, 2021, it pleased God to call home unto himself our beloved daddy, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, Edward Lynn Taft “Paul”. Edward was born in Ayden, North Carolina to the later Mary Elizabeth Cox and Edward Earl Taft. He was the youngest of four children; Oldest brother, Adolphus Cox (deceased) and two sisters; Vickie Taft and Ella Taft Mitchell.
In his youth, he enjoyed athletics and sports ultimately becoming the star kicker for the Ayden Grifton High School football team. After completing high school, he relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, where he began working at Norfolk State University for over thirty-eight years. Taft was a dedicated staff member to NSU. With his previous success in football, Taft became an avid “Dallas Cowboys” fan. He enjoyed watching old school westerns while eating a bowl of butter pecan ice cream. Taft was an extraordinary father to his three children; Loni Artybridge and Lamont Artybridge (twins), and youngest son, Anthony Artybridge, a proud grandfather “pop pop” to his grandchildren, De’veon and Malaysia Wiggins. With his radiating smile and carefree personality, Taft was an amazing and dependable friend to many.