Alvin Alexander Jones Sr., founder of a Baltimore financial services company who had also been an executive at H&R Block, died June 5 from complications of dementia at Keswick Multi-Care Center. He was 76.
He was born in Baltimore and raised near Druid Hill Park, the son of Pythias A. Jones, a businessman, and Virginia L. Jones, a seamstress.
After graduating in 1960 from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he went to work for Mercantile Bank, which at the time was recruiting black men to enter the banking industry.
He graduated from the Baltimore Institute of Banking and left Mercantile to work for Woolworth’s, where he rose to become the store’s first black...