Gerald "Jerry" Cline Folden

December 4, 1941November 20, 2018

Jerry Folden, 76, of Raleigh died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. He was born in Akron, Ohio to Denver and Margaret Folden (nee Gover). A graduate of Akron University, Jerry had a long career at IBM, retiring in 1995. He was a lifelong lover of the arts and a patron of the NC Symphony, Opera and Ballet, as well as the NC Museums of Art and History.

Jerry was an accomplished amateur actor with the Raleigh Little Theatre and a founding member of The Cinema, Inc.,, one of the oldest continuing film societies in the nation. Jerry was a true renaissance man, adept in many skills ranging from rebuilding engines to intelligent discussions of the fine arts. He also had the heart of a teacher and always strove to pass along his knowledge and passions to his daughter, grandchildren, and others. Although he only had one child, he will always be known as "Daddy" to many. Jerry will be missed for his contagious laugh, generosity, and positive attitude about life.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Powell Folden; daughter, Heather Ann Folden of Raleigh; brothers, Gene Folden of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Folden of Largo, FL; grandchildren, Denver, Corbin, Miller, Helena, and Levi; and three step-children, Powell, Ward, and Kip Baggett.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 549 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27604 on December 19th at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, ,or the Raleigh Little Theatre, Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


  • He is survived by his wife, Gayle Powell Folden; daughter, Heather Ann Folden of Raleigh; brothers, Gene Folden of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Folden of Largo, FL; grandchildren, Denver, Corbin, Miller, Helena, and Levi; and three step-children, Powell, Ward, and Kip Baggett.

  • Raleigh Little Theatre
  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Gerald "Jerry" Cline Folden

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Jaime Kulberg

December 11, 2018

Dear Gayle,
I am so sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. He was such a kind and passionate man. I truly enjoyed all of our conversations about your upcoming travel plans. He loved talking about his "bucket list" of countries to visit. His love for you evident in our conversations as well. Your happiness and comfort was most important to him at all times. Jerry will surely be missed and I will think of him fondly.

Susi $ George Annes, Davis

December 6, 2018

Dear Gayle,
Although we have only known Jerry a short time, we felt an immediate
connection, to a very special person.
It is with a heavy heart twe extend our deepest sympathy at this most
difficult time. His warmth and friendship was extremely contagious, as well
as the devotion and love to you , it added great pleasure to the precious time
we shared on the Symphony of the Seas cruise.
We hope that the memories of the many years you shared, will in some
small measure ease your loss .
With affection ,

Carol Swimmer

December 5, 2018

Dear Gayle,
It is with sadness and sorrow of the passing of our friend Jerry. Although, we’ve only met you and Jerry for only a short time, we feel that we’ve known you both for a very long time.
Our fondest memory of Jerry was on our Alaska cruise. While on tour, experiencing the wild life, there was Jerry in his foul weather gear with his camera capturing the moment. Gayle, although you were unable to join us, he was so happy and couldn’t wait to get back to the ship to share his experiences with you.
When we first met you two we were on the Tahiti Cruise and we were passing by your table and Kim was gracious enough to introduce us to you. Jerry immediately stood up and wouldn’t sit down until we left. This was what a southern gentleman would do. Jerry was one of the best!!!
We will miss him on our future cruises.
Our prayers are with you and your family.
With deepest sympathy,
Carol Swimmer and Larry Salerno

Kim & Alan

December 5, 2018

In the 5 years we have known you, it has been a joy. Jerry has been the brother to both Alan and I that we never had. He lit up our life every time that we spoke to him. We never heard a negative word out of his mouth. Every cruise he went on was better than the last, which made our day. We will miss his vibrant "radio" voice and friendship with us as well as everyone he met. To know him was to love him. He is in our hearts forever. The love he had for Gayle was shown like a beacon in the night. We love you Gayle and we will always be here for you.
Kim & Alan

Tom and Beth Spencer

December 1, 2018

Dear Gayle and family;

Jerry was larger than life and lived it to the fullest. He left you and us with memories we will always treasure.

It was with shock and sorrow when we received the news of Jerry’s passing. Gayle, please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your loving husband. He loved you dearly as he told us every single day. He also had a genuine love and cared deeply for his daughter and grandchildren, as was evidenced through his stories.

It is an honor to pay tribute to Jerry for the wonderful way he made us feel in the short time we were privileged to know him. Tom and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have been exposed to his amusing entertaining stories and his wonderful caring ways. We do not think he ever met a stranger! He touched many lives and inspired all those he come in contact with.

We so enjoyed our time in Madrid and on the Symphony of the Seas as we shared many delightful dinners together.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

With love, Beth and Tom Spencer

david schwartz

November 30, 2018

Dear Gayle:

Our deepest condolences. The short time we spent with you and Jerry during the cruise was unforgettable. You and Jerry were kind, giving and most of all fun. Our last dinner together was memorable hearing Jerry's stories which entertained us immensely. We will miss him and we miss you. Sorry we did not have more time to share .
Ana and David Schwartz