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Pamela Jean (Jones) Matthews was born on March 31, 1953 to Patricia Vernel (Jones) Epps of Jersey City, New Jersey. Pam was blessed to be raised by her loving grandparents, Vernal and Amelia Jones along with her devoted mother Patricia, Aunts Deanna, Esther, Charlyce and Evelyn (Mikki) and Uncles Vernal Jr., Ronald, and Gregory.

Pamela was a member of Metropolitan AME Zion Church for over forty years serving in the Young People’s Choir as a young child with her aunts and later as an adult on the Senior Usher Board. She was a devoted member of Metropolitan AME Zion church following in the footsteps of three generations of the Jones family. It was in this church that she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior

Pamela was a lifelong resident of Jersey City and received her formal education in the Jersey City Public School system, attending PS# 12 and Dickerson High School. As a child Pam loved roller skating, and being a member of the girl Scouts, with her aunts Charlyce and Mikki.

Upon completing high school, Pam worked various jobs; she lived for a short time in Colorado to pursue better opportunities. Pamela was the first of her siblings to move to another state on her own to seek a better life. John Victor Matthews won her heart, and on October 27, 1981 they were married. Pam was the eldest of seven children and the loving and devoted mother of five. Pamela’s love for her immediate family members and extended family knew no bounds, and she shared them with the many friends and acquaintances throughout her life.

Anyone who knew Pam knew she shared a love of karate action movies just like her mother Pat. It was common to find her sitting with her mother on weekends enjoying their Karate Flicks, or Pam going to put lotto numbers in for her stepfather Willie, or see Pam walking …walking….walking from one end of Jersey City to the next. Pam enjoyed sisters’ weekend, getting her hair styled by her daughter in her daughter’s salon, family vacations in Hawaii, and her Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich with hot sauce.

Pam moved during the latter part of her life to North Carolina to begin a new chapter of her life’s journey, to be closer to her oldest daughter and granddaughters. Whether it was laying on her belly for the ultimate position of comfort, or listening to her explain the plot of each episode of “Texas Walker Ranger”, and never forget her insisting that the cups of juice stay on the counter until dinner had been eaten, Grandma Pam the ultimate grandma was giving the best of herself.

Quiet, shy, steady, adventurous, great walker, loving, kind, loyal, and devoted... PAMELA.

Pamela is proceeded in death by her mother Patricia Jones Epps, Step Father, Willie Epps, her loving grandparents, Vernal and Amelia Jones , her Aunt Deanna (Dr. Edward ) Sims Jr., Uncles Vernal Jones Jr., Ronald Jones, and Robert (John) Bell.

Pamela leaves to cherish her wonderful memory her devoted children…Kyle Bryant (Irvington NJ) Kandise LaNore (Greenville, NC), Keisha Chanette (Irvington, NJ), Kurtis Lamont (Jersey City NJ), and Sheneva Nicole (Jersey City NJ). Loving granddaughters…Khristin and Deirdre Graves, Latazha, Yonashma (Nana), Imani Jones and Kyla Yvette Jones. Grandsons…Keith, Khalil, and Kalik Jones, Davon Jones and Shahard Harvey. Great Granddaughters…LaNiya Graves, and Makayla Brown. Devoted sisters… Vonnie (Danny) Delbridge (Bayonne NJ), Jeanne (John)Taylor (Bayonne NJ), Darlene Rivers (Hillsborough, NJ), Soncerae (Pennie) (Daryl) Muhammad (Greensboro, NC). Cherished brothers…Darren (Kyshawn) Rivers (Bayonne NJ), William Epps (Jersey City). Loving Aunts…Esther Bell, Charlyce (Richard) Owen, Evelyn (Mikki) (John) Miller, Nancy Jones, and Uncle Gregory (Phyliss) Jones. Pamela’s best friends from New Jersey and North Carolina…Diane Darby, Sheryl Blanding, Levone Clark, Doris Murphy, Linda Pope and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sunrise: March 31, 1953
Sunset: January 1, 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.