The fifth child, went to Panama in the early 1940s to work on the Panama Canal for several years. He returned to Jamaica in the late 1940s. Earnest soon became a driver at Shell Oil Company in Kingston. He worked there for many years. He later worked at National Baking Company as a sales representative.
He married Joyce Chin. They have six children, they are, Mazie, Veronica, Sharon, Carlton, Princess and Andrew.