On March 30, 2023, at 3:22 am, \nHeaven opened its gates and welcomed the soul of \nErnest Brown Taylor. Ernie was born on October 15, \n1939, to Thomas DeWitt Taylor and Eva Brown Taylor \nMaharg in Dorseyville. He was the fifth of their six \nchildren.\n\nWhile a toddler, his family moved to Cooperstown. \nHis father became ill when he was 6, and Ernie \nhelped doing odd jobs from working at a hatchery \n(which would greatly influence his future \nendeavors), lawn care, laundry and being a pin \nsetter at a Mars bowling alley. His father passed \naway when he was 12. He graduated from Mars High \nSchool, class of 1957. The military was not in his \nfuture as he had planned, instead he went to Robert \nMorris and achieved a degree in Accounting. After \nthat he worked for various companies: International \nStaples in accounting; sales and estimating for \nButler Lumber; Assistant Store Manager in charge of \nrenovations for Troutmans; sales for Butler Floor; \nand lead estimator for Cunningham-Shanor. He was \njack of all trades!\n\nBut to many around the area, he was known as Ernie \nthe Chicken King as he had the chicken bar-b-que \nstand for almost 40 years at various carnivals, \nfairs, and other festivals along with private \ncatering. He was constantly being told how much \npeople missed his chicken. During the down time from \nthe bar-b-que, he rebuilt player pianos, worked \nmaintenance, did construction, and drove tour bus. \nJust to name a few.\n\nHe loved the arts. This was bred into him - his \nfather had been a song and dance man in Vaudeville. \nErnie could play so many different instruments \nincluding harmonica, saw and organ. He could sing \nand act - the dance, not so much. He could paint - \nnot just a room, but on canvas. He was a writer. He \nsewed, he often made dresses for his daughters and a \nfew tents for the bar-b-que along the way. He had a \ngreat sense of humor. This part that was born into \nhim was passed along to his children, too, they all \ngot a little: Amy is the writer, Beth is the singer, \nHolly always the comedian and Jenny the \nventriloquist. He loved to entertain and for many \nyears, as his children were growing, he helped them \nput on shows for many different organizations.\n\nLocal theater found him in roles at Butler Little \nTheatre, Butler Musical Theatre Guild, and Easter \nSunrise Services. He was the long time set designer \nand lead builder for the productions at Karns City \nHigh School. His daughter, Beth, developed the \nprogram and it became a family affair. The students \nhonored him with a 25th year plaque. He even made a \nguest appearance as a statue in Music Man. The \naudience loved him!\n\nMore recently, his passion was gardening and raising \nfarm animals - chickens, ducks, geese, and goats. He \nloved his little dogs, Molly and Mini and his \nSiamese cat, Precious. But it was his special bond \nwith Gertrude, a crested duck, that brought him \ninternational fame at the age of 80. There are \nseveral viral videos that have been viewed millions \nof times in many different countries.\n\nA Christian, he most recently has been a member of \nGraceway Community Church. He was instrumental in \ngetting their new place of worship and played the \norgan for the pre-service every chance he could.\n\nHe was a warrior - as his health turned, he fought! \nHe loved his life and fought to the end. God called \nhim home.\n\nOn August 12, 1960, he married his sweetheart, \nRoberta (Bobbie) Taylor; she survives him. He also \nhas 4 daughters: Amy (Patrick) Parker; Beth \n(Michael) Ackelson; Holly (Darrin) Mead; and Jenny \n(Zachary) Martin. Grandchildren: Andre Parker; Lyric \n(Zac) Sessa, Brendan and Trevor Ackleson; Cozette \n(Shane) Conrad, Stetson, Mackenzie, and Rosie Mead; \n(to be announced) Martin. Great-Grandson: Blain \nConrad. Sister: Ann Parker. Number of nieces and \nnephews.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather \nCharles Maharg, his siblings Thomas (and wife Ruth), \nHarvey, David Taylor and Eva Jane Holfman (and \nhusband Sam). Numerous extended family.\n\nA visitation will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023, \n12:00 p.m. (noon) to 8:00 p.m. at Thompson-Miller \nFuneral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, \nPA 16001.\n\nA funeral service will be held on Monday, April 3, \n2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Graceway Community Church, \n241 Freeport Road, Butler, PA 16002, with Pastor \nDavid L. West, officiating.\n\nBurial will take place at Summit Cemetery.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made \nto Graceway Community Church, 241 Freeport Road, \nButler, PA 16002.