Lee Richardson Jones, a retired surveyor with the State Highway Administration, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital of complications from a hip injury. He was 85.
The longtime Owings Mills resident had lived at the Brightwood Retirement Community in Brooklandville. Born in Philadelphia and raised on Preston Street in downtown Baltimore, Mr. Jones was a 1944 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He served in an Army artillery unit during World War II. He stayed in the Army until being discharged in 1956 with the rank of sergeant.
He then began his career as a surveyor with the old State Roads Commission. He retired in 1976.
Until this year, Mr. Jones lived at Fair Warning, his 12-acre farm in Owings Mills, where he enjoyed gardening. He was known for the fresh vegetables and flowers that he gave to family and friends.
An accomplished dancer, he also attended many New Year's Day balls in Vienna, Austria. He was a member of the Assembly and the Bachelors Cotillon, both in Baltimore. He enjoyed entertaining at garden parties held on his farm.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Maud Dulany Barker; a son, Edwin B. Jones of Chicago; a daughter, Dulany Noble of Upperco; and a granddaughter.