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Harris Jones Jr., IBM executive

Harris Jones Jr., a retired IBM executive and an avid golfer, died Thursday of heart failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 81.

The son of Harris Jones Sr., a stockbroker, and Dorothy Heuisler Jones, a homemaker, Harris Jones Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Churchwardens Road in Homeland.

He was a 1954 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 from the University of Georgia.

While at Georgia, he met and fell in love with Elizabeth "Liz" Lehmann, whom he married in 1958.

Mr. Jones, who was in the Air Force at the time, was deployed to Aviano Air Force Base in Vicenza, Italy, accompanied by his new wife, where he was an accounting officer for three years. He was discharged in 1962.

He returned to Baltimore and went to work for IBM, where he had marketing and sales responsibilities for large regional banks, hospitals, universities and government.

Even though he retired in 1992, he continued to work with the company as a business partner until formally retiring in 2008, family members said.

Former residents of Charlcote Place in Guilford and later Meadow Road in the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County, for the last eight years he and his wife had resided at the Cloisters, also in Woodbrook.

Mr. Harris enjoyed playing golf, tennis, paddleball, bridge and gin rummy at the Elkridge Club, where he was a member, and where he recorded three holes-in-one.

He also was a woodworker and furniture restorer. He also appreciated fine wines, traveling and reading books devoted to American history.

Mr. Harris was a longtime communicant and had been a junior warden at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at Carrollton and Boyce avenues in Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. .

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons, Harris Jones III of Sewickley, Pa., and Walker Jones of Boston; two daughters, Weezie Lietzau and Selden Morgan, both of Baltimore; and a sister, Bannon McHenry of New York City.

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