Lovett Ernest Gaither was born July 21, 1945 in Salisbury, North Carolina. He spent much of his early career with the United States Air Force, which allowed him and his family to travel extensively around the world. After twenty-two years, Gaither retired from active service. He subsequently became a letter carrier, then floor supervisor, for the Norfolk postal service until his retirement in 2002. Gaither has been married to Mrs. Norma Greenard Gaither for 45 years. They have a daughter (Kendra), a son (Lovett Ernest Gaither, Jr.), and a grandson (Lovett Ernest Gaither, III), who Gaither says “is his life now.” He is a man of deep faith and is highly active in his church and community. He was also an active campaigner for the 2008 and 2012 Democratic tickets. Additionally, he has worked with Habitat for Humanity building houses after Hurricane Katrina.

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