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Martha Batiste was born on August 6, 1927 to Elizabeth Campbell Johnson and Luke Johnson. She entered eternal rest on Sunday March 20, 2016 at 10:55pm in Manhattan View Nursing home.

Martha Batiste was born in Colepepper, Virginia. Eventually her parents migrated to Bayonne, New Jersey where she attended the Bayonne Public School system. After graduating Martha continued her journey in life by obtaining a job as a Garment Presser in which she eventually retired. After her retirement chose to live the rest of her life enjoying the company of her family. She was a people's person. She loved to cook, told jokes, danced, and she loved spending her time trying to keep everyone happy. Her spirit was very uplifting. Eventually Martha became to ill for her family to treat at home because of special treatment that was needed. So her family had no choice but to put her in a nursing home where she spent the remainder of her years. On March 20, 2016 Martha has left us in the physical, to join her mother Elizabeth Campbell Johnson, her father Luke Johnson, her sister Helen Elizabeth Bailey, Her brother Frank Campbell, and her son Robert Batiste. She also left behind her son Darnell Batiste, his fiance' Lisa Cole, four lovely grandchildren, Sabriya Batiste, Lia Batiste Robert Batiste, and Ibn Batiste, and four beautiful great grandchildren Zaquan Miller, Damian Ledbetter , Jayden Batiste, and Jaheer Johnson. Martha will be laid to rest at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey where her spirit will depart from her physical to begin her new journey directly under the care of the Father God himself.

Sunrise: August 6, 1927
Sunset: March 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.