Raymond Jones, 79

Business executive

November 14, 2006

Raymond E. Jones Jr., a retired beverage industry executive and a St. Michaels resident, died of lung disease Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was 79.

Mr. Jones was born in New Bern, N.C., the son of a career Coast Guard officer. He spent his youth in North Carolina and New London, Conn.

After lying about his age and altering his birth certificate, he joined the Navy in 1942 - at the age of 15. He served as a coxswain aboard landing craft and participated in landings in Africa, Italy and France.

After the war, he came to Baltimore and earned his General Educational Development diploma. He earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 1953 from the University of Maryland, College Park and his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1964.

Mr. Jones began his business career at the old National Brewing Co. in 1958 and later was senior vice president for legal and industrial relations, and a board member, of Carling National. In 1978, he joined Miller Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, where he was vice president, general counsel and secretary. He retired in 1989.

After retiring, the former resident of Dickeyville and Phoenix, Baltimore County, moved to St. Michaels. He was a former member of the Talbot County Country Club, a member of the Miles River Yacht Club, and a board member of the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival.

"He enjoyed powerboating and named his boat after me. With his thick Southern accent it came out Magnus," said his wife of 18 years, the former Mary Agnes McNulty.

Mr. Jones was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Also surviving are a son, Raymond E. Jones III, and a daughter, Leslie Anne Ruth, both of Timonium; five stepsons, Ned C. McNulty and Daniel J. McNulty, both of Milwaukee, Barry P. McNulty of Slinger, Wis., Kenneth J. McNulty of White Fish Bay, Wis., and Thomas M. McNulty of Sheboygan, Wis.; five stepdaughters, Maureen A. McNulty and Mary Kathryn Scott, both of Chicago, Peggy L. Finch of Asbury, N.J., Sheila A. Gimbel of Orinda, Calif., and Sharon S. McNulty of Milwaukee; two brothers, John N. Jones of San Diego and David K. Jones of Los Angeles; a half-brother, Louis T. Farmer III of Washington; two half-sisters, Linda Pearson of Baltimore and Carole Warren of Mount Olive, N.C.; and two granddaughters. His marriage to the former Sarra G. Obryan ended in divorce.

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