Ernest Taylor is a native of Rocky Mount, NC and a graduate of Booker T. Washington Senior High School. He is married to Shirley P. Taylor and they have five children. He was the owner and operator of Taylor's Discount Shoes for many years. Mr. Taylor also retired from B. Klitzner and Sons after 30 years. He is currently the CEO of L.E.A.H., as well as a Representative of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Mr. Taylor also has membership with Unity Lodge NO. 64 (Past Master), Rofelt Pasha NO 175, JW Moore Consistory, and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Edgecombe County in Rocky Mount. Mr. Taylor is a Deacon at the Greater Mount Hermon Baptist Church and President of the Usher Ministry for over 35 years.