Ok, so, How was I able to set up folders on the Mac with the mail system used there? I thought when I synced the iPad with the Mac it would just transfer over like everything else.
So what you are saying is I have to switch my email account to Google, etc and not use my Centurylink account that is with my internet service?
With an IMAP or Exchange account, you have the option to store all account mailboxes on the server. In addition to the account's Inbox mailbox - Drafts, Sent, Trash, and Junk. And you can create additional server stored mailboxes with the email client used on your computer for accessing the account or via webmail access for the account using a browser to sort received and sent messages by category. All server stored mailboxes with an IMAP or Exchange account will be available automatically when accessing the account with the iPad's Mail app. In addition, all server stored mailboxes with an IMAP or Exchange account are kept synchronized with the server with each email client used to access the account.
Although new messages received with a POP account can remain on the server, the account's Inbox mailbox is not stored on the server per se and is not kept synchronized with the server as with an IMAP or Exchange account.
Although it is possible to access a POP account with more than one email client, a POP account is designed to be accessed with one email client only for these reasons.