The Bayonne City Council has moved to rename West 19th Street for the late Edith Ferrell at its council caucus meeting on Feb. 10. The council will likely vote to adopt the resolution at its Feb. 17 meeting.
The resolution will rename the portion of the street between Broadway and Avenue C as Edith Ferrell Way. The Flournoy Gethers VFW Post #7470 is on that part of the street, where Ferrell was Auxiliary President. Her contributions to the city are being honored.
“An elegant, wise, and noble woman who devoted her life to community service,” the resolution states. Ferrell’s “profound impact on the community serves as an inspiration for all those she has left behind.”
A local icon
Ferrell died on Feb. 8, 2020, just days after her 70th birthday.
“Another Bayonne icon is lost to the ages, as we learn of the passing of my friend Edith Ferrell,” Mayor James Davis said in a statement. “Since becoming Mayor, I have had the fortune to spend many hours with Edith, and our time together was always enjoyable!”
According to Davis, Ferrell was a fixture in the community, dedicating her life to the betterment of the city.
“Edith lived to serve, and she did that very well,” Davis said. “The City of Bayonne is better because of Edith and her dedication, and I’m better because of her friendship! You will be missed Edith! Rest in Peace.”
Ferrell was born in Halifax County, Virginia, moving to Bayonne after her marriage to Jerry Ferrell.
For more than a decade, she served as the Auxiliary President of Flournoy Gethers VFW Post #7470. During her tenure, she arranged numerous activities for the disabled, lunches for seniors, and assisted citizens with various celebrations and memorials.
Ferrell’s leadership of the auxiliary and her support enabled VFW Post #7470 to maintain its status as an active member of the Bayonne Veterans Community.
In 2019, Ferrell was selected to be the Grand Marshall for the annual Bayonne Memorial Day Parade. She was the first African American woman and the third woman to be chosen as the Grand Marshall in the history of Bayonne.
“This honor was bestowed upon her for her many years of dedication to our veterans,” Davis said.
A lasting legacy
Ferrell served as a board member for the local chapter of the NAACP, Vice Chairperson of the Bayonne Housing Authority, Committee Member of the Bayonne City Democratic Organization, and member of the JC Black Caucus. She was a former member of the Bayonne Board of Education, and past President of the Bayonne Community Day Care Nursery.
The city council will likely approve the resolution at its regular meeting on Feb. 17. The council meets virtually via TetherView. To attend, go to bayonnenj.org and click on the link on the calendar page.
Last month, the council moved to rename a street for Rev. H. Gene Sykes who died from complications of COVID-19 in April.
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