February 7, 1951 ~ February 9, 2020

Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Life Story

Elder Richard Lee Folds Jr. was born February 7, 1951 I Akron, Ohio to his parents Richard Lee Folds Sr. and Juanita Nichols Folds. He was the first boy born into this family. He was raised with his three sisters Barbara, Vertine, Doretha, and one brother Ronald, giving him the position of “big brother.”

Richard attended the public schools in Akron, Ohio – Crouse Elementary School, West Jr. High School, and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1969.

Being raised in a Christian home, Richard was influenced by his grandfather Bishop William Nichols who was the pastor and spiritual leader of the family and his grandmother Mother Novella Nichols and his mother Juanita Folds who were great examples of holiness and a love for the Lord. He learned to play the drums, mastered the tambourine.

As Richard began to grow and mature he united with the Bibleway Temple of Prayer in Cleveland, Ohio under the pastorate of District Elder James Edward Nichols who was his uncle. He acknowledged his call to the ministry during this time and served as one of the ministers.

Richard relocated to Denver and was a member of the Now Faith Christian Center Church pastored by Apostle Leon & Yvonne Emerson.

Adhering to the call on his life, Richard was ordained at First Apostolic Faith Church in Akron, Ohio by Bishop Francis Smith and later served under Pastor Samuel L. Hampton Sr. He prided himself in saying “I was Elder Hampton’s right hand man.”

In 1984 Elder Folds went back to Akron, Ohio to claim his bride Karen Norma Folds.

Akron, Ohio was the rubber capital of the United States, and Elder Folds worked for Hygenic Corporation in Talmage, Ohio a manufacturer of standard and custom synthetic and natural rubber products.

Elder Folds’ love was always Denver, Colorado and with a desire to provide a better life for his family, in 2005 he made his pilgrimage back to Denver. Upon his return to Denver he began working for United Airlines and at the same time he studied to begin his career with the Regional Transportation District and worked for them for the last 14 years until his health began to fail in December 2019.

Elder Folds worked hard and loved his job even though he would say driving the route on the “Fax” (Colfax was much.)” He loved traveling, golf, and driving in the mountains. His favorite movies were action, comedy, and Sci Fi thrillers. “Elder” as he was fondly called loved motorcycles, cars, his jeep, and his Ford-King Ranch F150 Truck. Basketball was one of his favorite sports and the Golden State Warriors was his favorite team. He had great admiration for “mean green”. To know Elder Folds was to know he loved shopping, he loved looking and smelling good, and everything must match.

Elder Richard and Sister Karen Folds united with the Redeeming Love Fellowship Church under the pastorate of his uncle Bishop Clyde R. Nichols. His sense of humor was always challenged by the members of Redeeming Love and his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents Richard Lee Folds Sr., Evangelist Juanita Ford, Grandson Marlon Brown.
He leaves to cherish his legacy his wife of 32 years Karen, children Richard Lee Folds III, Shantella Larimore both of Cleveland, Ohio. Tonya Sneed, Tiara (Eric) Johnson) Kenneth (Narkeetha) Sneed, Kevin Sneed of Akron, Ohio.
15 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren.
Sisters Barbara Scott, Aurora, Colorado, Vertine Powell, Cleveland, Ohio and Doretha (Elder Michael) Williams, Akron, Ohio, brother Ronald Folds, Cleveland, Ohio.


Visitation: February 16, 2020 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: February 17, 2020 2:00 pm

Redeeming Love Fellowship Church
1201 West 41st Avenue
Denver, CO 80211

Reception: February 17, 2020 4:00 pm

Redeeming Love Fellowship Church
1201 West 41st Avenue
Denver, CO 80211

Private Cremation:

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

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  1. I had the pleasure of knowing Richard through RTD. He was one of my students there. Great student, great person, beautiful soul. You will be missed. Praying for your entire family 🙏🏽

  2. Richard, Knowing you was a pleasure. You made me smile when I didn’t feel like it. Rest in peace. I’ll see you on the other side.

  3. To the Folds’s family with the love of ur Aunt and Uncle Bishop Nichols ur passing has left all of us with sorry and woes, but we r looking into God who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, we know that the lord will see us thru to better and brighter days, we stand on his promises

  4. Our hearts are so sad over the loss of our nephew, Ricky. Over the years he brought a lot of joy and laughter into our lives.

    To the Folds family: Karen – his wife, Ronald – his brother, Barbara Jean, Vertine and Doretha – his sisters.:
    We Love you dearly and may the Lord Comfort you in the days to come.

    Love you Forever!

    Uncle Bill, Auntie and Cousin Jenny

  5. Richard, I’ll miss you. I’m glad to have met and worked with you. May God be with the rest of your family and may you rest in peace.

  6. Hinton and Carolyn Roberson jesus,jesus, jesus our heart is heavy sending condolences to the Folds family Richard smiles was genuine we drove buses for R.T.D he was having some under standing about a train card I took him home with me to work on util he master it he always call me teach missed so right now


  7. To The Folds Family, A Family that was given to me from God, and my Spiritual Mother Juanita Folds.I am so sorry about your Loss but Ricky is now Heavens gain. He Is now Resting in the Matchless Everlasting arms of the Lord. Elder Richard Lee Folds Jr. lived his Life just for this Day, and now we can say Well Done Thy Good and Faithful Servant, and on that great getting up morning Ricky will met by God with those very Words. I Love you Barbara, Vertine, Doretha and Ronald, Your Sister in Christ Vanessa Freeman. I will continue to pray for my Families Strength.

  8. Richard was a kind man. I saw how he loved his wife and I wanted that for me. He was an inspiration to me and seen how he loved the Lord. He was a good man. Prayers and hugs to Karen and the family. Truly he will be missed.

  9. My heart and prayers goes out to Richard’s family! Worked at RTD with Richard. He was a golf buddy and the best man you could have as a friend! Love, William Powell

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today Sister Karen. We serve the True and Living God who is the God of all Comfort and we are trusting HIM to comfort you and your family in the many days ahead.

  11. We are family and have been practically all of our life.
    You mean so much to me. Your hurt and your loss is hurt and loss for me also. I am praying for you that God gives you the comfort and peace that only HE can give. I love you.
    Your Big Sis

  12. My Heart and Prayers are with you
    Today. We are family since 1967. May the Love of God comfort you all.
    “I must say yes he is good company”

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