Melvin Roger Scott, Jr., of Mays Landing, New Jersey, was born on March 4, 1926, in Washington, D.C., to Anna B. and Melvin R. Scott, Sr. He attended school there and graduated from Dunbar High School, where he served as a captain of the track team for three years. He joined the US Marine Corps and remained there until he was honorably discharged. Soon after he attended Wilberforce University, in Ohio, on a football scholarship to major in Elementary Education. Mr. Scott served as a member of the ROTC, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, the Wilberforce Players and the President's Advisory Committee.
After graduation, Mr. Scott joined the Army as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned as a training officer. He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge with clusters, the Bronze Star and a Commendation Medal. In 2012, Mr. Scott was among those honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., as one of the members of the heroic Montford Point Marines – the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps.
In 1957, he moved to Vineland, New Jersey, and took a job with the Vineland Public Schools as a sixth-grade teacher. That same year, Mr. Scott became the first African-American male hired by the Vineland Board of Education. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1964, and worked as the Director of Federal Programs until his retirement. During those years, Mr. Scott was a member of a long list of groups and community service organizations. He was married to the love of his life, Alease Dora Scott for a beautiful sixty-eight years. Mrs. Scott passed away on September 14, 2018. Including their college courtship, their love and life together shined bright for a total of seventy years.
Mr. Scott was a longtime member of Trinity AME Church in Bridgeton, New Jersey, where he served as a member of the Trustee Board, Men's Chorus and helped with the Men's Breakfast Events. His favorite Psalm is Psalm 100, and his favorite song "One Day At A Time, Sweet Jesus" which was also his testament for living a long life filled with joy.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by: parents, Anna B. and Melvin R. Scott, Sr.
Mr. Scott, a trailblazer with a tremendous impact on his local community and decades of service to his country, will be hugely missed by: nephews, Philip Smith (Cathy Morris), Perry Smith (Debbie); niece, Pamela Smith; great niece and nephew, Stephanie and Andrew; Mrs. Sadie Nocho; Mrs. Barbara Harris; other family and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:30AM Friday, June 14, 2019, at Trinity AME Church, 1107 Bridgeton Millville Pike, Bridgeton, where friends may call from 10 to 11AM. Interment Sewickley Cemetery, Sewickley, PA. In lieu of flowers, please send do¬nations to: Montford Point Marine Association Phl#1., 237 Red Tail Court, Limerick, PA 19468, Attn: Joe Geeter.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.