Ellis Manes Jones, 75, an attorney in Bethesda who specialized in real estate and a founding director of the Metropolitan Savings & Loan Association, died Saturday at Suburban Hospital. He had undergone surgery for cancer.

Mr. Jones, who was born in Grand Island, Fla., graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He moved to Washington in 1933 and went for work for the Farm Credit Bureau and then the old Bureau of Internal Revenue. At the same time, he earned a law degree at National University.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy.

After the war, Mr. Jones established a private law practice in Bethesda. At the time of his death, he was a partner in what is now the firm of Jones, O'Brien, Green & Dwyer. In addition to being a founder of Metropolitan Savings & Loan, he was a senior vice presdident of the company.

Mr. Jones, who lived in Bethesda, was a member of the Bethesda United Methodist Church, where he had been general counsel and a trustee. He was a member of the American, D.C. and Maryland bar associations.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille, of Bethesda; two sons, Ellis M. Jr., of San Jose, Calif., and John, a member of his father's law firm, of Bethesda; two daughters, Marjorie Ho, of Moraga, Calif., and Sarah Jones, of Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Annie Laurie Fowler, of Athens, Ga., and Lois Goodman, of Clemson, S.C., and six grandchildren.