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Marilyn Monroe McKnight - McQuilla was born Marilyn Monroe Landrum in Prestwick, Alabama on May 31, 1952 to the late Rev W. L. Landrum and Zeola Holley Landrum. She passed away on April 27, 2014 at the age of 61. She married the love of her life, John McQuilla on January 15, 2014.

Marilyn was the 6th child of 11 children. Affectionately known as “MaMa” by all, Marilyn thoroughly enjoyed life and the outdoors. She traveled frequently and was an Executive Assistant at Bell Atlantic in New York, now Verizon since 1972. She retired from Verizon in 2004.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, John McQuilla, her son Shawn Landrum Muhammad (Al-Nisa), daughter Aisha McKnight, 3 step sons, John Henry Jr., Donnele, and Jamaal; 8 sisters, Bettye Landrum, Nettye Jackson, Anola Love (Jimmy), Rachel Jackson, E. Louise Gamble (Maple), Carrie Freeman, Barbara Landrum, Lois Landrum, Creola Richardson (Eddie) and two brothers, Willie Landrum and Alvin Landrum (Rose). 6 grandchildren, Anthony McKnight, Jacob McKnight, Kalimah Muhammad, Khaire Muhammad, Mizan Muhammad and Malaq Muhammad; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. Funeral Service, Saturday at 11:00AM at Monumental Baptist Church, 121 Lafayette Street, JC; Visitation prior to service beginning at 10:00AM in the church.

Sunrise: May 31, 1952
Sunset: April 27, 2014

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My Dear Cousins,

We are so sorry about the loss of a dear friend and a great humanitarian.  We shall never forget her humor, her very proper speech, her love for family and zest for life.  We may not present physically but are sitting right beside you spiritually.  May god bless you and keep you strong.

Holley Smith Family

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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.