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Martha Lee Bowers was born November 4, 1939 to the late Nealie and Sam Smith in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Martha was educated at Eastside High School in her hometown.

At a young age Martha moved to Brooklyn, New York where she met and married the love of her life Charles Bowers, Sr. in 1958. She was a dedicated employee of the Laidlaw Bus Company for many years.

Martha was predeceased by her loving parents; brother – John C. Smith; sister-in-law Virginia Elam and brother-in-law Roy Lee Bowers.

Surviving to cherish her precious memories are; a beloved husband Charles Bowers, Sr.; adored children – Cassandra Smith Canty (Julius), Janice Cheek (Randy); Charles Bowers, Jr. (Deidra), Renee Bowers Paylor (Ralph) and Jacqueline Bowers ; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 honored sisters – Shirley McNeil of Newark, New Jersey, Elizabeth Smith of Bennettsville, South Carolina; 4 honored brothers – Sam B. Smith of Brooklyn, New York, Bobby Smith, Prentiss Smith (Louise), both of Bennettsville, South Carolina, and Willie B. Smith (Vera) of Brooklyn, New York; dear sisters-in-law – Rosa Duncan of Boydton, Virginia, Hattie Simmons of Jersey City, New Jersey, Dorothy Grier (Andrew) of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Rosa Branch (Bruce) of Richmond, and Charlestine Barley (Robert) of Washington, D.C.; dear brother-in-law – Garland Bowers of Boydton, Virginia and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Four phenomenal woman graced Martha’s life: Goddaughter/daughter Veneedia Pierce, best friend and sister Gwen Street, sister Shirley McNeil, sister-in-law Hattie Simmons.

Sunrise: November 4, 1939
Sunset: August 20, 2014

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Auntie I love you for life, will miss and do miss you so so so much. Bless you my beloved, rest well. Veneedia aka Nam

Martha, There are not enough words in the English language that can express how sorry I am of your death. I will miss you more than words can ever express. Love you dearly.
Your beloved, sister-in-law, Vera.

I love you and you will be truly missed.I know that you're in a better place finally at peace. Until me meet again. Love you Auntie
Kyasia Covington

Aunt Mot, There is always going to be a void in my heart because of your journey to Heaven. You will always be remembered for your quick wit and your high fashion style. I know that you were tired and wanted to rest; so Rest in Peace.
Keisha Smith Covington

Grandma, you will always be with me and Ja'Rai forever!!! My heart will never say goodbye!!!! I love you forever
Artina Richardson

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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.