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Rev. Mark J. Richards Jr.

The Richards family is deeply saddened to inform the passing of our Patriarch, Rev. Mark J. Richards, Jr., who is now in the arms of Our Lord. He entered his eternal rest on Monday, December 19, 2016. He passed away peacefully in his sleep after battling acute heart disease at the age of 82 years. He was affectionately known as Papa, Rev., Borbor, Bor Mark, Old Pa, John Schmidt, Fahdeh, Mr. Richards, Mr. Mark; and as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, counselor, teacher, confidant and elder.
Rev. Richards is survived by his wife of 56 years, Josephine M. Richards who together they raised eleven children (biological and non-biological): Winston Davis (Musu), G. Orlando Richards (Hawa), Henry Lynakgbe, Mordred J. Richards, Kutu Paye, Miamah “Mama” Moore, Martu J. Richards, Morie Richards, Miamah “Baby Jo” Richards, Frederick Silikpo and Emmanuel “EK” Trueh; grandchildren - Will Davis, Winnie Davis, Mornjay Dayunah (Tuatoe), Grandville “OJ” Richards, Jr., Anastasia “NaeNae” Richards, Meshak Massalee, JoJo Momo and Martu Momo; great-grandchildren – Rhyan & Maikuser; siblings - Nyema "Johnson" Richards & John “Coco” Richards; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and cherished family friends.
Mark spent more than half of his life in his beloved native home country, the Republic of Liberia, West Africa. For the last 30+ years, his primary residence in the United States was in the New York City area and finally retiring in Winston Salem. Rev. Richards was an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church for 56 years, ministering to churches in both Liberia and the United States. Additionally, while in Liberia he owned and operated the Bong County Construction Company, developing key projects including Sinoe United Methodist Church, several World Bank projects and schools in Bong, Nimba and Sinoe Counties. Mark enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, road trips, singing spiritual songs and if you got to know him well, he was quite the jokester who loved pranking and surprising people; a trait that has definitely been passed on to his family. Mark was preceded in death by his parents Mark Sr. and Mary Heidee Carter; his siblings, Malissa, Lawrence, Elizabeth, Ben, Hannah and Isiah.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
Services Information:
Viewing / Wake: Friday, December 30, 2016 (6:00PM - 9:00PM)
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1711 Claremont Ave NE
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Celebration of Life / Funeral Service: Saturday, December 31, 2016 (10:00AM – 12:00PM)
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
Interment (following worship):
Parklawn Memorial Park
2730 Peters Creek Pkwy
Winston Salem, NC 27127
Funeral Arrangements by:
Russell Funeral Home
822 Carl Russell Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336.722.3459
Officiating Clergy
Bishop Bennie D. Warner (Oklahoma City, OK)
Rev. Dr. William GBK Harris (Atlanta, GA)
Rev. Christian Quire (Winston Salem, NC)

Hotel Arrangements:

Best Western Plus
3330 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
 P: 1 (336) 893-7540
Rooms have been blocked at a discount of $72 a/night including tax. Reservations can be made under code: Richards’s funeral.

Family Contact:
Miamah Richards (daughter) - 1 (347) 635-2980 or
Larene "Julia" Gibson-Thompson (cousin) - 1 (336) 782-3780
Please reach out to the family contacts, if you would like to offer support regarding any of the arrangements. Thank you.