Louis Wayne Preston was born on January 9, 1946 in Martinez, California to proud parents Lucille (Macklin) and Willie Preston both of Benoit, Mississippi. Louis was the seventh child of eleven. His parents migrated from Mississippi to California to work in the Kaiser shipyards in WWII.
Louis grew up in the North Richmond community and attended Verde Elementary School. He attended Helms and Downer Jr. High Schools. Louis attended Richmond High School, where he played football and basketball. He was adventurous at a young age and joined the US Army in 1965. He served in the Panama Canal Zone and Peru as a Paratrooper.
Basketball and cards were his passion. He played basketball in the Army, at the YMCA, on the streets and at both East Shore Park and Shield Reid Park Twilight League. After a morning of basketball at East Shore Park the team would journey to South 47th St. and Hershey Court for an afternoon of poker, pinochle, or spades. The guys never played for “fun.” Money was always on the table. Until his illness, he frequented “The Gambling Shack” weekly. For a time, L.P. ran his own shack. Nieces and nephews could earn “coin” making drinks and plates of food for the card players. He also played and coached tennis at Nichol Park. Louis was an avid golfer, and influenced many others to join in the game.
Louis Preston worked at Mare Island Naval Ship Yard as a pipe fitter. He started his own company Preston Properties where he remolded homes with his two sons Damon and Dorjon Preston, in the Richmond area.
Louis Preston was a man that believed in family. His famous saying was, “take care of your family first.” He was also known throughout the Richmond Community for his generosity. He would give a helping hand to anyone. He was a mentor to many young males, teaching about life, women, finances and the government. His home was open to any kid that needed shelter. He has helped to raise many of his nephews and nieces. He is fondly known on the “block” as “Uncle Louis.” Adults call him “L.P.” or “Mr. Louie.”
He is preceded in death by his parents Lucille and Willie Preston, two sisters, Ophelia Manney and Marie Lampkin, and one brother James Preston.
He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife Jamersina E. Preston, two sons Damon Preston (Shanelle), of Pittsburg, CA, Dorjon Preston of Richmond, CA, three grandsons, Jordan Malik Preston, of Fairfield, CA, Jaden Irving Preston, and Ashton Louis Preston, both of Pittsburg, CA, six brothers, Willie Preston, (Dori), of American Canyon, CA, John Preston (Sherree) of Renton, WA, Larry Preston, of Vallejo, CA, Donald Preston, Robert Preston, Ronnie Preston all of Richmond, California, one sister Linda Adams of Richmond, CA. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, sister-in-laws, card partners and friends to mourn his passing. Louis Wayne Preston will be missed but not forgotten for his spirit lives on in each person he touched and loved.
- Viewing Monday, February 5, 2018: 4 pm-8 pm; Quiet hour 6:30-7:30
- Service Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11 am, Wilson and Kratzer, North Chapel.
Repast following at 749 So. 47th St Richmond, CA 94804.