by William Holloman
Longtime Mount Olive resident Ernie Taylor has been named Grand Marshal for the upcoming Christmas Parade here. The parade will be held on Saturday morning, December 1, at 10 a.m.
Taylor was chosen as this year’s parade marshal by a Christmas committee of local residents and the chamber of commerce. Taylor, said chamber President Julie Beck, has a long history of becoming actively involved and making a difference in the community.
Ernie Taylor is the son of Nancy and the late Samuel Taylor. He and his wife, Marybeth, have one son, Thomas.
Taylor is a graduate of then Mount Olive College. He is a former Jaycee and has served as chairman of the North Carolina Pickle Festival. He is still actively involved in chamber activities and projects.
Currently, he serves as chair of the Waylin Area Foundation, on the board of directors at Mount Olive Family Medicine Center, vice chair of the Pickle Festival executive committee, and a member of the Mike Martin Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Ms. Beck said. “The committee unanimously chose Ernie Taylor because of his dedication to our community. His list of accomplishments and handiwork is evident everywhere you look around town. Because of his willingness to give a helping hand, he has impacted many lives in Mount Olive and naming him as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Mount Olive Christmas Parade is just one way that we can show our appreciation for all that he has done to make our community a great place to live, work, and play.”
The parade will begin on North Breazeale Avenue and move south to College Street, where it turns left, moves down to Center Street and turns right. The parade will move south and conclude at Main Street. This makes the second year it has returned to the downtown district.
The event is sponsored by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce.