Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA


Harold Ellsworth Richards Jr.

November 3, 1931July 9, 2019
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On Tuesday, July 9th, Harold Ellsworth Richards, Jr. heard “Well done thou good and faithful servant” as he received his healed body.

He was born in Pittsburg, PA, November 3, 1931 and was the only son of the late Harold Ellsworth Richards, Sr., and Margaret Coslett Richards. Having served in Christian ministry throughout his career, he founded Tidewater Christian School and served as superintendent for 16 years. He worked for the Bible Broadcasting Network in many capacities and retired as the Director of Biblical Counseling after 35 years of service. He also was a volunteer Police Chaplain for over 30 years, having served the Chesapeake Police Dept., the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. and most recently the Lynchburg Police Dept. He was active in the Republican Party and always took time to listen and pray with others. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ellen Taylor Richards; one daughter, Peggi E. Johnson and her husband David of Lynchburg; two sons, Harold E. Richards, III and his wife Robyn of Stanardsville and Roy A. Richards and his wife Lynn of Smithfield; six grandchildren, Kimmi Mayberry and husband Vincent, Maggie Wyant and husband Charles, Mollie Yoder and husband Leonard, Anna Crews and husband Joseph, Lee Richards and wife Hope, and Jill Richards, and seven great grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with the Rev. Gene Steele officiating. Interment will follow in Cumbie Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Bible Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 7300, Charlotte, NC 28241, www.bbn1.bbnradio.org.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, to send condolences online, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.


  • Ellen Taylor Richards, Wife of 63 years
  • Peggi E. Johnson, Daughter
  • David Johnson, Son-in-law
  • Harold Ellsworth Richards, III, Son
  • Robyn Richards, Daughter-in-law
  • Roy Anthony Richards, Son
  • Lynn Richards, Daughter-in-law
  • He is also survived by six grandchildren, Kimmi Mayberry and husband Vincent, Maggie Wyant and husband Charles, Mollie Yoder and husband Leonard, Anna Crews and husband Joseph, Lee Richards and wife Hope, and Jill Richards, and seven great grandchildren.

  • Lynchburg Police Department Honor Guard


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 13, 2019


Harold Ellsworth Richards Jr.

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Roy Richards

July 16, 2019

To Ellen & the family,

Jim & I are SO sorry to hear of Harold's passing. We remember you both coming to the monthly meetings of our referral group and enjoyed seeing you there.
Also your 50th wedding anniversary was extraordinary and you and he looked so good and happy, as ever. We are glad you had 13 more years together even though Harold wasn't in good health. He is now rejoicing in the presence of The Lord.
Bless you all for making his last days as comfortable as possible.

Jim & Susie Moore, Charlotte, NC

Carl Redemann

July 15, 2019

I will always remember Harold's sense of humor as he would make me laugh! His whit and smile were incredible. I will also always remember the stories he shared about helping the families in the Charlotte area go through difficult times. He had tears in his eyes as he would talk about those families who just lost a loved one and his compassion spoke volumes. And who would ever forget his love for the police officers! What an incredible servant of the Lord! I loved watching him on the air at BBN as he could communicate the ministries needs and encourage our listeners to give. He was a very gifted man and I hope he stays out of trouble in heaven :)


Victor and Sue Kramer

July 14, 2019

It must have been 1975 when we came to the "new" WYFI / old WNOR studio to help with the clean-up. Harold Richards and Garland Powell talked to us that day. We were wanting to find a church that matched the teaching we were hearing on BBN. Their suggestions led us to Community Baptist in Suffolk where we began to really grow in our faith. When Harold spoke at the church, we were pleased to have the two of you in our home for Sunday dinner.

Eventually we encountered the Richards family again at Faith Baptist Church and School. Years later we made the connection with Dwight and Lois Gluck at Grace Bible Church in Chesapeake. Our children were brought up on BBN, and we continue to support that ministry which God has used to bless us so much. It was good to hear Harold's voice again on the tribute video.

Ron & Naila Muffley

July 13, 2019

I had the privilege of working closely with Harold for over 30 years at the Bible Broadcasting Network. He was a man of prayer, faithfulness and wisdom, as well as a Godly example to those who had the privilege of knowing him.
He was also a man of humor. His joking was always refreshing and his smile was contagious.
We are grateful that he now has a new body and is rejoicing in heaven, reunited with Ken, Dot, Lowell and many more who have preceded him.
Ellen, Peggi, Harold III and Roy: You were blessed with a very unique and special husband and father. Thank you for sharing him with so many others.
Please know of our prayers for the comfort, peace and rest that only the Lord can provide.

Tara Stottlemyer

July 13, 2019

I am sad to read about this. He was one of the finest, caring, gentle soul Police Chaplain CMPD ever had. He truly cared about everyone, his guidance so true that you could see God in him. I had so much admiration and respect for him that I asked him to conduct my marriage ceremony back in 2000. True heartfelt condolences to your family.

Roy Richards

July 11, 2019

I would like to thank the staff at The Elms of Lynchburg for their loving care of our Dad in his last months. I would also like to thank his caregivers at the Elks Home in Bedford for their care. Dad would make friends wherever he was, and he appreciated you, even though he was not able to vocalize it. The subtle winks, smiles, and 'thumbs up' were his way to let you know he appreciated you.
Thank you.

Mike Dize

July 11, 2019

My condolences to the family of Dr. Richards. He was probably the first person I met when I first considered working at the Bible Broadcasting Network. One of my main memories of him is that he loved humor. He was a many of ministry, too. Whether on the radio, teaching Sunday School or serving as a chaplain he made a difference in the lives of many people.

Vicki Foster

July 11, 2019

We were so fortunate to have had Harold as a volunteer chaplain with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. He was always a gentle spirit and man of God. Our condolences are with you and your family. The one thing we know for sure is where Harold is resting. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Peggy Whitlow

July 11, 2019

Harold was a kind and caring man. His
smile was contagious. Peace and comfort
be with you. at this difficult time.
Peggy Whitlow


The love of his life always made his eyes twinkle.


He loved to watch his favorite race car driver and meet him in victory lane.


Dad’s laugh was infectious


Alaska Vacation


Family Portrait


Three Generations of Richards men, 1991


Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD Chaplains at ICPC Banquet


Christmas 2006