Richard Myron Light, a beloved member of the Gulfport community, passed away on September 19, 2023, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of kindness. Richard was born on January 14, 1948, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to his loving parents Jacob T. Light and Elizabeth P. Light.
Described as one of the most kindhearted and selfless individuals you could ever meet, Richard's compassionate nature touched the lives of all who crossed his path. He possessed an incredible sense of empathy and willingly dropped everything to help those in need. His strong set of morals guided his actions and earned him the admiration and respect of many.
Richard had a delightful sense of humor that brought joy to those around him. He cherished his church community and treasured his friendships dearly. Spending time with loved ones gave him immense happiness, as he valued the bonds he built over the years.
With an appreciation for life's simple pleasures, Richard found fulfillment in everyday moments. Whether it was enjoying nature's beauty or savoring a home-cooked meal, he embraced each experience with gratitude and contentment.
Richard Light spent his childhood in Greenwood, MS with his loving family. He would always speak of his childhood as a magical time. Greenwood was one of those small, southern towns you only hear about in books or see on television.
Richard's journey through life was filled with notable accomplishments and an unwavering commitment to serving others. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
As his life progressed, he lived in Germany and explored several parts of Europe. When he left Europe, he came back to the United States and lived in Torrance, CA. Richard was a store manager near Los Angeles during the 1992 riots and the OJ Simpson chase and subsequent trial. During this time of uncertainty, Richard became convinced California was no longer the best place for him. It was while here in California, he met his late wife, Evelyn ‘Scottie’ Light. After he married Scottie, he was also able to become a father figure to his stepdaughter, Kimberly Brown. Though he met Kim when she was an adult, she brought much joy and fulfillment to his life.
Longing for his roots and wanting a simpler life, Richard and Scottie moved to Gulfport, Mississippi. Richard then started a job at Lowe’s Home Improvement selling appliances. Unfortunately, Scottie became sick and succumbed to her illness in 2000. Years later, Richard also lived through the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The destruction he witnessed left a lasting mark upon him.
With his family members living in other states, Richard had many wonderful friends that became like family to him. Gary Fong and Royal Dapper are two people that were able to celebrate many special events with Richard throughout his life. During the last five years of Richard’s life, he also met his girlfriend, Charlotte Tull, who was by his side and selflessly caring for him until he succumbed to his cancer.
Richard is preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn "Scottie" Light, his parents Jacob and Elizabeth Light, his sister, Janice H. Light, and brother, Donald T. Light.
Richard is survived by his beloved stepdaughter Kimberly Brown. Richard was a devoted uncle to Dr. Timothy L. Light, Gregory L. Light, Lauren L. Light, and Lois L. Meyrath - all of whom held a special place in his heart.
Richard Myron Light will forever be remembered as an extraordinary individual who exemplified kindness and selflessness. He touched countless lives through his acts of compassion and genuine care for others. As we bid farewell, let us celebrate Richard's life and carry forward the values he so beautifully embodied.
May Richard rest in eternal peace knowing that his legacy of love continues to inspire us all.
Visitation will be held at Riemann Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 1:00 PM until the time of services at 2:00 PM. Inurnment Gulf Pines, Long Beach, MS at 4:45 PM.
The Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, in Gulfport, is proudly serving the family. Share memories and condolences with her family at www.rieamnnfamily.com