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McKinley Rice, Jr., was born on March 12, 1938 in Union, South Carolina to the late Marion Peake Rice and McKinley Rice. He transitioned to his new life on Sunday, May 1, 2016, after a lengthy illness.

“Ken” as he was fondly called, graduated from Sims High School in Union, South Carolina and while there, enjoyed an outstanding football career as a running back for the Sims High Tigers. During his senior year, he ran for 26 touchdowns. His accomplishments on the football field were numerous and his speedy running abilities led the Tigers to several statewide championships. He lettered in three sports, basketball, football and track. He excelled in running the 100 yard dash. Even with all of his athletic involvement and accomplishments, he was a good student.

At an early age, he dedicated his life to Christ at the Bethesda Baptist Church in Santuc, South Carolina. He later became a member of Monumental Baptist Church in Jersey City, New Jersey where he was a long time dedicated member.

Upon his arrival in New Jersey, Ken met the love of his life, Aileen Virginia Chandler, who preceded him in death, and they were united in marriage after a brief courtship. From this union, three children were born Shell, Brent and Kenny.

He served in the United States Army as a paratrooper.

Ken began his career at PSEG (Public Service Electricity and Gas) in New Jersey where he was one of the first African-Americans to hold the position of Senior Backhoe Operator. He received numerous awards and certificates for his outstanding work performance. He retired in 2006 after many years of dedicated service.

Ken was the founder and active member of the XGI Social Club of Jersey City, New Jersey since 2007. His favorite music was by the Famous Motown Artists. He loved fishing and was a sharp pool shooter. Ken was very generous and supportive to people in the neighborhood. He was a dedicated family man and excellent provider.

Ken leaves to cherish his memory: devoted daughter, Shell Rice (Christopher) Williams; and devoted sons Brent McKinley Rice (Amirah ), Kenneth Earl Rice and Don Mahoney; Eighteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one sister, Elwillie Tucker of Jersey City, New Jersey (siblings, Gustan Rice George and Rubin Rice preceded him in death); three aunts, Mrs. Anna Simmons and Mrs. Inez Sartor both of Union, South Carolina and Mrs. Clara Latham of Baltimore, Maryland; one uncle, Rufus Norman (Minnie) of Baltimore, Maryland; four sisters-in-law, Brenda Jackson, Carol Anderson, Altamease and Regina Chandler; three brothers-in-law, Cunis George, Jerry Chandler all of New Jersey and Robert Chandler of San Antonio, Texas; special daughter Amirah Davis and Uncle Jerry who provided unconditional support during Ken’s illness. His extended family includes numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Sunrise: March 12, 1938
Sunset: May 1, 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.