Louis Leroy Jones, a retired landscaper and lifelong Monkton resident, died of heart failure Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 69.
Mr. Jones was born in Baltimore and raised in Monkton. He attended Towson High School and began working as a farm laborer in his youth.
He became a traveling groom for several years on the thoroughbred racing circuit before going to work as a landscaper for Maryland Properties Inc., a company that maintains the Hunt Valley facilities of McCormick & Co.
In 1979, Mr. Jones established Jones Landscaping and operated the business until retiring in 1999.
"It was the first black-owned landscaping business in Baltimore County," said his wife of 48 years, the former Naomi Wilkerson.
Mr. Jones enjoyed working in his garden and handling landscaping projects at his home.
He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 842 for many years.
Mr. Jones was a 40-year member of Mount Joy African Methodist Episcopal Church, 17223 Troyer Road, Monkton, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Also surviving are two sons, Louis D. Jones of Cockeysville and Dennis L. Jones of Los Angeles; a daughter, Cynthia J. LeCompte of Parkville; three brothers, Russ N. Jones and Clarence E. Jones, both of Baltimore, and Richard Jones of York, Pa.; five sisters, Shirley Brown of White Hall in Baltimore County, Mary Elizabeth Dasquez of Baltimore, Barbara Ann Jones-Smith of Darlington, and Hester Beasley and Emma Leach, both of Essex; and two grandchildren.