A Turtle’s Tribute:
From Robert Jones:
I met Rick one Sunday morning in April 1993. I walked into White Rock Community Church and found a vacant spot near the front. I asked this tall skinny blond guy if anyone was sitting next to him. He looked up and down my Sunday suit, smiled and said, “You Are!” Our pew was packed so we were forced to share a hymnal. During the first verse, I noticed that he had an amazing voice so I naturally started harmonizing with him. People began to turn just to see who was making all that joyful noise. About 10 minutes later, we were asked to join hands with those next to us during the prayer. Once the amen was voiced, I turned to this singing man and whispered, “If we’re going to be hymn singing together and holding hands, we should know each other’s names.” Shortly after we met, I became the pianist of White Rock Church where Rick sang in the choir. About a year later he became the choir director.
Eventually Rick and I went on a date, then another one, and then another… We had a wonderful spring romance that carried us into the summer. By November we were looking for a house to move into. We continued to make music together for three years.
He taught me so much… He showed me that in order to have 7 full sized Christmas Trees, you needed to start putting them up the day after Halloween. He taught me that Christmas was not a day, but a season. He taught me how to do yard work every Saturday… Since then, I’ve forgotten that little chore! He taught me that it’s always best to sing from your heart.
His mom and dad, his brother Jerry, and his friend Carla were with me when Rick died at home on December 8, 1995. What a sweet time for him to enter into God’s presence! He loved Christmas and everything that went along with the season. Each year since his death, White Rock Community Church bestows the “Rick Alford Award of Excellence” to an outstanding choir member for their dedication and contribution to the WRCC Choir.
Rick wrote and composed many Christian and Christmas songs. He was able to record five songs in a studio on cassette tape. Recently, I was able to transfer the recordings onto a C.D. I’m hoping that “From the Heart” will be released before December 2004. Thank you Turtle Creek Chorale for providing this opportunity to tell people about all the voices that were silenced too soon yet live on in so many memories.
This Turtle Sponsored by: Reed Hoke & Robert Huneke