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Richard Olds, Sr.

d. March 17, 2022

Mr. Richard Andrew Olds, Sr., son of the late Elizabeth Marie Jackson Franklin and Henry James Olds was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 7, 1950. He departed this life on March 17, 2022 in Covington, Georgia. He was united in marriage to Margaret Smith Olds and to this union three children were born: Richard Jr., Valarie, and Marcus.

Richard attended the public schools of Darlington, South Carolina and graduated from Mayo High School in May 1968. He was a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA & T) where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi in Fall 1969. Richard relocated back home and gained employment with the City of Florence Recreation Department as Program Director at the age of 22. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1972, Richard attended the Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia and completed his military service in 1979.

After serving in the Marine Corps, Richard worked for General Motors in Flint, Michigan. He then moved to Covington, Georgia where he held positions at several different companies including CR Bard, Boise Cascade, Lithonia Lighting, and Primerica. Richard then made a career change and earned his master’s degree in Education from Troy University. Richard taught at Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia where he served as a Special Ed teacher until he retired in 2018. After several years of retirement, he continued his service in education as a retired substitute teacher at Newton County High School.

In his youth, he joined Macedonia Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina. He later became a member at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia where he was a member of the male chorus and served as a deacon. At the time of his departure, he was a member of Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Henry James Olds and Elizabeth (Augustus) Jackson-Franklin and a brother, George Franklin.

He leaves to cherish his fond and precious memories: three devoted children, Richard, Jr. (Kristy) Olds of Loganville, Georgia, Valarie Olds of Covington, Georgia, and Marcus Olds of Ellenwood, Georgia; four grandchildren, Christian, James Andrew “Drew” , Bryce, and Chase; three brothers, Harvey (Barbara) Franklin and Earl (Theresa) Franklin both of Florence, South Carolina and Marvin “Glenn” (Cynthia) Franklin of Darlington, South Carolina; a sister, Sheryl Olds-Phillips of Flushing, New York; two aunts, Gertrude Campbell and Verselle Boone both of Patterson, New Jersey; one uncle, Clarence (Montez) Jackson of Darlington, South Carolina; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Franklin of Darlington, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, a god daughter, Senior Airman Dallas Worthy of the United States Air Force in Las Vegas, Nevada, fraternity brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi, colleagues, students and lifelong friends.

 

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