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Joseph Edward Covington was born to Joseph Randolph Covington Sr. & Bethel Branch Covington on September 9, 1942 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Our Lord escorted Joseph home on May 22, 2014.

During his High School years Joseph was a vocalist, who sang in a local group and participated in Talent Shows. Cheryl remembered her brother as “multi-talented and funny...he kept us constantly laughing.”

Joseph served the United States Army honorably in the Vietnam War for 2 years. Joseph was a diligent employee of the United States Postal Service, in Kearny, New Jersey for 27 years and played softball on its team. Joseph was an avid sports enthusiast, who loved a host of sports, particularly football, baseball and even chess, checkers and bowling.

Joseph was predeceased by his beloved wife - Molessa P. Covington; loving mother - Bethel Branch Covington; daughter - Karen James and sister - Gwendolyn Covington.

Surviving to cherish his precious memories are; his father - Joseph Randolph Covington Sr.; honored sons - Duane and Karl Covington; adored sister - Cheryl Sikolia; brother-in-law - Edwin Sikolia; brother - William Covington; 5 grandchildren - Janaya, Karl Jr., Camillia, Justin & Chimela; nephew - Fred Rhett; great nephews - Jaleel & Jayden & great niece Jasmine.

Joseph is also survived by a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Sunrise: September 9, 1942
Sunset: May 22, 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.