Richard Michael Haynes


Richard Michael Haynes, 51, a resident of Houston, TX, passed away April 25, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Richie was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on May 24, 1971. Developing a love of music at a young age, he was a proud member of the Cy-Fair High School Marching Band, the Southern Nazarene University Jazz Band and the Houston Symphonic Band. Receiving his bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University, Richie achieved his master’s degree at UHCL. A music educator and band director for 20 years in Pasadena ISD, his passion was sharing his love of music in the classroom. In 2020, Richie received the Shining Star Distinguished Educator award, showing the lasting impact he had on his students. He was an avid collector of guitars, an amateur scholar of the Bible and its translations and visited 49 of the 50 states.

Richie is survived by his parents, David and Sharon Haynes; sisters, Jennifer Haynes, Cynthia Stanaland, her husband Josh, their children Drew, Ella, and Jenna; his uncle and aunt, Dan and Dawn Haynes.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church- Hankamer Chapel 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057. Dr. Gary Moore to officiate.

Richie was an alumnus of Southern Nazarene University if you wish to donate in his memory please consider giving to the SNU Fund


  1. Lauren and I share the sadness of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies in your moment of sorrow. We have and will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Michael & Lauren Calderaro
  2. My condolences to the Haynes family. He was truly loved by everyone around him and I hope you soon find peace and strength to get through this devastating time.

    Denise Rodriguez-Perez
  3. Praying for the God of all peace and comfort be with Jennifer and all of her family, during this time. What a legacy this young man has left. In Christ’s love, Camille Calo-Widaski

    Camille Calo-Widaski
  4. Haynes and Stanaland Families:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed getting to visit with Richie and I especially appreciated his quick wit. Richie will be missed. I’m sending peaceful and comforting thoughts and prayers your way.

    With love,


    Brian E. Stanaland
  5. We are so very sorry for the deep loss of Richie. Hugs to all of you from the Binghams.

    Jamie Bingham
  6. I am sorry for your loss.

    Kevin Cross
  7. Our deepest condolences to the family. We will be lifting you all up in prayer. May the Lord bring you all peace that surpasses all understanding. PISD lost a director who had a passion for music and supported his student no matter how old they got. He will truly be missed. 🎶🥁😢 The Calvillo Family

    Belinda Calvillo
  8. David, Sharon

    We simply do not have appropriate words to express our extreme grief at the loss of Richard. Obviously, he was an accomplished and compassionate educator.
    You must be extremely proud to have had Richard as son. He obviously made a positive impact on many people and that impact will be felt by future generations.
    Carole and I know your strong Christian faith will provide the strength and assurance needed for this time. We pray the Holy Spirit comforts you, guides you,
    and brings you peace.

    Eugene Chambers
  9. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this time of sorrow!!

    Tess Escoto
  10. Great memories of Richie in high school growing up. I spent a lot of time at your family home. He was so kind and funny. Sorry for your loss.

    Amy Breaux (Cropper)
  11. Sending prayers tonhis family in this time of sorrow. He love for music touched so many students and teachers. The pain of losing him wil never stop, and it will creep up in the most unexpected times in your life. Continue to pray for God is here with you.

    Mary Warhop
  12. Richie and I went to CyFair High School together and were in the band. I moved out of state before I graduated, but Ritchie got back in touch with me several decades later when he heard I was down the road in the music department at San Jac. He was a true educator and reached out to me to get extra support for some of his band students. Our professional paths crossed a few more times and I was always happy to see how much he loved being an educator. He loved his students and they loved him. He will be missed.

    Lynne Brandt
  13. We will forever remember Richies’ bright smile and infectious laugh. We are better people for him being in our lives. We love you’re whole family and keeping all of you in our prayers

    Eric and Lisa Caddy
  14. So sorry to hear this. My condolences and prayers to the family.

    Travis Yates
  15. On behalf of the entire Rick Schneider Middle School staff and community, we send our deepest condolences and prayers to your entire family. Richie touched so many children’s lives through Band and music but most importantly through his love and belief in them. He will be deeply missed.

    Kristin Still
  16. Dear Haynes Family,
    I am saddened to learn of Richie’s passing. Know that your family will be lifted in prayer. What a beautiful life he lived and shared with so many. All he touched will cherish his memory.
    May God bless and comfort you as you rest assured that you will be reunited at the Lamb’s Supper.
    With heartfelt condolences,
    Elaine Bindo

    Elaine Bindo
  17. Dear Sharon, Dave and family…. My heart is broken for you all……Richie lead a life full of compassion for music and sharing it.. so many wonderful memories come back of the many years together in Houston and following his career after we moved back to WV…..I wish I was closer to hold you all in my arms. … please know that I am praying for you all..🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

    Sandra Stamets
  18. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you and your family Mrs. Stanaland and Ms. Haynes. We are here if you need anything.

    Kim Edwards

    Kim Edwards
  19. Dear David and Sharon,
    I am so sorry to hear about Richie’s death. You gave him the gift of life and he used it to the max. God bless you two and may he help you bear the grief of losing such a precious son.
    Rodney Lynch

  20. We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers, hugs, and love to all of you.

    The Evans Family
  21. My condolences I worked with Richie back when he was at Mae Smythe Elementary he was a great music teacher and my children were blessed to have him as their teacher as well! Such a good person I had no idea! My prayers to the family!

    Bertha Ochoa
  22. I have such fond memories of Richie’s laugh and musical talent. I know his legacy will live long in the kids he has mentored over the years. Praying for peace for the family.

    Niki Pokladnik Connor
  23. I’m so sorry for your loss Cynthia, I pray your family can find peace and share the comfort of all beautiful memories you all have of your brother. You have my sincere condolences.

    Shalise Sparks

    Shalise Sparks
  24. My heartfelt condolences to his friends and loved ones. Richie touched so many lives with his kindness and his music. Sending you all my love and prayers.

    Cathryn Lacy

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