MOUNT CARROLL – If you were trying to keep up with the Joneses these days, you’d be pretty busy.
The family behind Law-Jones Funeral Homes and Crematory is getting ready to break ground on another location – the eighth in its fleet of funeral homes – and has welcomed two more family members to the fold.
Owner Matt Jones plans to break ground on the new location later this year across state Route 64 from Eastland High School, on Lanark’s east side, and open by the end of summer. The new facility will be about 3,500 square feet.
“We’re working on the final details, and dealing with the weather,” said Jones, adding that they hope to keep construction costs around $450,000. The land cost about $80,000.
Among the new site’s amenities: room for funeral services, a play area for children and a refreshments area. Space also can be rented for community events.
Law-Jones also has locations in Chadwick, Elizabeth, Hanover, Mount Carroll, Savanna, and Thomson, and Preston, Iowa. Cremation services are provided at the Savanna site.
The funeral home’s staff also is growing. Jones’ sons, Chris Anderson, 29, and Levi Jones, 25, joined the company last summer. They are deputy coroners finishing their professional certifications, which takes 14 months, he said.
Chris and Levi grew up in Mount Carroll and attended West Carroll High School.
Levi attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, studying music composition and playing keyboards and percussion in several bands. He is best known as a member of the southern Illinois folk and rock band, Porch Fire. Levi lives in Preston.
Chris attended Augustana College in Rock Island and worked in the insurance field before joining Law-Jones. He has three children and lives in Mount Carroll.
Family is a central element of Law-Jones. Matt’s father, the late Mel Jones, partnered with Si Law in 1965 to found the company in Savanna.
Matt’s mother, Jean Jones, continues to keep the financial records and accounts payable, while Matt’s daughter, Elle Jones, 22, works in the administration office in Savanna.
The company also has 14 part-time employees and assistants.