Richard was born and raised in Lebanon, TN and graduated from Samford University, in Birmingham, AL with a degree in pharmacy. He played in the college wind ensemble and jazz band as well as several jazz bands in the area. Later Richard served in the U. S. Air Force as a pharmacy officer in the hospital, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 35 years.
Richard also took a 50 year break from playing trumpet resuming in 2006. His wife Barbara and Richard have 2 daughters, Nancy and Carol and 2 grandchildren. They live in Big Canoe, Georgia.