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Azalee Ellerbe Monroe was born September 24, 1917, in Marion, South Carolina, to the late Hayward and Minnie Ellerbe. She was one of five children.

Azalee joined St. John AME Church in Marion at an early age. Her pastor, Reverend Jenkins, organized the Junior Ushers Board and made Azalee President at age ten. He would meet with the children and teach them how to serve. She served until she was sixteen years old, then went to the Senior Ushers Board. At seventeen, Azalee accepted Christ. In 1935, Azalee graduated from Marion County Training School. That August, Azalee moved to New Haven, Connecticut and joined Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, their Ushers Board and various church clubs.

In 1938, Azalee met a young man from Jersey City, New Jersey, Muldrow Monroe. On April 11, 1942, they married, moved to Jersey City and made it their home. There, Azalee joined Metropolitan AME Zion Church and again joined the ushers: she served as President of the Ushers Board for many years; as Chairman of Woman’s Day, two years and Woman of theYear, one year. In 1966, Azalee served as Vice-President of the Pastors Auxiliary Club. In 1961, Azalee organized the first Junior Ushers Board and continued working with the children in 1999. Metropolitan AME Zion is a member of the first eight churches in The Ushers Union of Hudson County established in 1936, [sixteen churches as of 1999], and Azalee served as Vice-President with two Presidents and as President over ten years or more. In 1998, she decided it was time to let some younger person take over, so they voted her Honorary President. Azalee received many plaques for excellence during her forty-four years of service at Metropolitan AME Zion, including one for over twenty years of service from The Ushers Union of Hudson County in July 1998.

Azalee worked over twenty-five years for Maidenform, Inc. In 1988, Muldrow, her beloved husband of forty-six years, passed away.

Azalee is predeceased by her sister, Lillian Ellerbe; brothers, Hayward and James Ellerbe; sister, Reverend Lila Mae Sykes; nephews, Roosevelt Jr., Rudy and Raymond Sykes (Sr.); and niece Constance (Sykes) Flagg.

Remaining to cherish her life and memory are nephews, Harold (CT), Maurice (NJ), Larry and Richard Sykes (CT); niece, Juanita Dean (CT); cousin, Fanny Jackson (CT); great-nephews, Valdez Flagg (CA) and Ray Sykes II (NY); great-nieces, Venela Flagg and Portia Moore (CA), and a host of relatives and friends.

Loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and friend, Azalee Ellerbe Monroe lived her life as a good servant to God, family, church and humanity. We will love and honor her forever.

Sunrise: September 24, 1917
Sunset: January 10, 2014

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Captain Cornell Avery Scott (affectionately known as 'Sonny' by his family and 'Scotty' by his friends) was born on August 16, 1935 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Samuel C. and Susan Pearson Scott. Scotty was the youngest of three sons born to this union.

Scotty graduated from Henry Snyder High School and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After standing in for a blind date arranged by his mother for his brother HB who failed to show, he met the woman who would become his wife, Cynthia. They married in 1957 and enjoyed a wonderful, loving life together.

In 1965, Scotty joined the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) and was a patrolman assigned to the 4th Precinct (later referred to as the West District). In 1967, Scotty was selected for the Officer Friendly Program, a model program to acquaint children with law enforcement officials as part of a community relations campaign, and began visiting the Jersey City District Schools speaking to students about 'safety and stranger danger'. In 1971, Scotty was promoted to Sergeant on Patrol and two years later, was assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit, a body of staff responsible for investigating the conduct of other officers.

In 1976, Scotty was promoted to Lieutenant and became the first Black Commander of the JCPD Internal Affairs Unit. Twelve years later, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and in 1990, he was asked to command the West District. He was the first Black Commander of the West District and under his command, the District received many commendations from the Mayor and the community. He served in the role until his retirement from the Department in 2000.

Following his retirement, he was called upon by the Jersey City Administration to assist in the 9/11 Recovery efforts. Scotty was a founding member of the Charlie Mays Scholarship Foundation and in 2015, he was inducted into the Trailblazers Pioneers of Jersey City. Scotty loved flying, boating, photography, music, his family and was an extensive world traveler, exploring dozens of countries with his wife by his side.

Scotty was pre-deceased by the love of his life, Cynthia Hill Scott and his two brothers, the Honorable Judge Samuel C. Scott II and Henry Benjamin (HB) Scott. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, David Scott (Patricia), daughter, Diane Scott, nephew, Samuel C. Scott III (Dona), niece,Sharen Mays, granddaughters, Danielle Grant-Keane (Devin) and Kimberly Scott, grandnephew Steven Christopher Scott (Dalila), and grandniece, Devon Thomas (Eric), cousin and close companion, Carolyn Scott Nelson, cousins Scott Nelson (Catherine) and Jennifer Nelson and a host of other relatives and friends.