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Wilma Eliza McKeithan Brown was born on May 9, 1927 in Wade, North Carolina to Henry Fisher, Sr. and Sarah McKeithan. Mother Brown was an active member of Jersey City Deliverance Center where she initiated several activities. She began Everybody’s Birthday, Girl Scouts and the King and Queen Contest. She was a feisty and dedicated in whatever she endeavored to do. Mother also worked diligently as a worker during elections in Jersey City.

Mother Brown was a gentle woman; however, if you upset her she would put her hands on her hip, roll her eyes and get you straight. She never held grudges but spoke her mind without malice. She is preceded in death by her parents Henry Fisher, Sr. and Sarah McKeithan; husband, James Brown; siblings, Luther, Elmond, Roger and Henry Fisher, Jr. McKeithan; Lougenia Handon, Elizabeth Kelly and Helen Williams.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Minister Sibyl Ponder and Sis. Tracey Brown; one special daughter, Tonya Washington; three grandsons, Anthony Carlton Ponder, Jonathan Michael Ponder and Minister Christopher Brown (Tia), one great grandson, Shamar Morrison; two sisters, Phalia McDonald of Wade, NC an Martha Wiggs of Fayetteville, NC., one brother in law, Willie Brown (Nancy) of GA., two special granddaughters, PrissAnn and Pretty Girl, two special friends Mother Mary Addison and Mother Ehtel Evans and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

Sunrise: May 9, 1927
Sunset: July 4, 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.