In Memory of
Director of East Texas Men in Harmony
September 15, 1966 - November 22, 2020
Such a life well lived!!
Richard was born and raised in Alice, Texas. While in high school he started leading the music in his home church on a regular basis. He attended Lubbock Christian University, where he met Connie, his wife of 26 years. Although he was not a music major, he was deeply involved with music throughout his college years, singing in a university chorus, several small ensembles, and performing in musical theater. After college, still hungry for music, he and Connie began singing in a small gospel ensemble, and performed at many weddings and funerals.
Richard began his love of barbershop with a Lubbock chorus called The Singing Plainsmen. He also held leadership positions in several choruses, including assistant director of both the Amarillo and Plano chapters, and director of both the Abilene Star Chorus, and the Note-Ably North Texas Chorus, a women's barbershop group in Allen Texas. Richard served on the board of the Lone Star Harmony Brigade, a group within our society dealing with what's known as "Extreme Quartetting". As much as he loved the responsibilities of being a coach and a director, most of all, Richard just loved performing!
He and his family moved to Tyler and he soon found his way to us. The East Texas Men in Harmony Barbershop Chorus loved and admired Richard Light. We are a better chorus and we are better as people because of Richard. Now, although he is not physically with us, all that we have to do is listen closely when we sing. We will hear that beautiful and familiar voice of Richard Light singing in harmony with us. He will continue to help us all "keep the whole world singing."