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Deacon Roosevelt Huggins, 79, of Jersey City, returned to his heavenly home on January 20, 2016 after a valiant battle with an illness. His devotion to his family and his belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Roosevelt was born on January 29 in Dillon, S.C. to George and Francis. He graduated from Latimar High and then joined the United States Navy where he received an honorable discharge. He married Shirley, his high school sweetheart in the late 50’s. After moving to New Jersey, Roosevelt began working for Glamorene Products, Inc. in Secaucus as a Forklift Operator until they closed. This was followed by years of working at CRODA in Elizabeth. Over the next 12 years the couple welcomed 3 children into their lives. Roosevelt helped raise his children with patience, discipline and humility. His children remember him as a kind and giving father who had no problems pulling off the belt when necessary. He was a father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. From the very beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them to deepen their relationship with God, find their true purpose for being and to listen to the directive of God; this may have also lead his middle son, Greg, into becoming a pastor.

Roosevelt was blessed with the ability to sing and and to even play the guitar. He could have sang any type of music but he chose to use his voice to spread the gospel in song to as many people as possible.In fact, he joined the Rugged Cross SIngers in 1959 and became one of the lead singers; leading an singing until September of 2015.

This man was also a very generous person who was always willing to give or help and yet, he was even more. A few of his favorite things to do were to play baseball, bake, make barbeque sauce and get on the grill. Roosevelt loved to play baseball and if you ever saw him play, you might wonder why did he not go pro--yes, he was that good. As for being the grill master, the type of grill nor its location mattered, just give him charge and you were guaranteed the Best Barbeque ever; and there are only two people, Zach and the younger Greg, who MIGHT be able to receate his sauce the way he made it, but they have to do it together. As for baking, he made a special cake near Christmas and his daughter and wife are probably the only ones able to reproduce that delicious monster.

Deacon Huggins was kind and soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He was also an active and very dedicated member of the St. John Baptist Church. He was more than a member, he sang and directed the Male Chorus, was a former trustee and finally a Deacon, where he worked closely with his childhood friend and brother, Deacon Sparks.

He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator. The family gratefully declines flowers and would prefer if you would be a blessing by making a donation to a foundation set up in his honor. The Roosevelt Huggins foundation will help Navy Veterans with their needs https://www.youcaring.com/LetsHonorRooseveltHuggins.

He is preceded in death by his birth parents: George and Francis and the grandparents who raised him: Carrie and Odell Graham, all from Dillon, SC; brothers JP (Annie), Levon (Frances), Leonard all of J.C., Richard of P.A.; sister Louise Jones (Frank-J.C.) and granddaughter: Eve Huggins

Roosevelt is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Shirley (Campbell) of Jersey City. Three children Tony, Gregory of Jersey City and Gay Patrice of Lakewood, NJ. One son-in-law, Willie Dickey and one daughter-in-law, Angela (Gregory). Four grandchildren: Tony Romel of Jersey City, Olivia SImonne and Zachary Rovell of Lakewood and Gregory Roosevelt of Jersey City; one great-grandson: Jahsai whom he called Lil’ Jo of Jersey City. One Inherited grands and greatgrands: Aja and Sareen Broughton, Nazir and Summer; Three goddaughters: Tonya Taylor, Lakia Gaillard and Georgianna Tate. Siblings: From New Jersey Doris (Carnell), Douglas (Jessie), Emma, Walter, Brenda Gaskin (John), Vivian; From Pennsylvania: Silver Wilson (Everette), Clara Jones (Kenny) five sister-in-laws, two brother-in-laws, one great-uncle and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Sunrise: January 29, 1936
Sunset: January 20, 2016

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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.