Richard Charles Sharp was born on February 10, 1943 in Beaumont, Texas to Richard and Virginia Sharp. As a young boy he moved with his parents from Smithville, TX, to Wyoming, then back to Smithville and finally to Pasadena, Texas. Richard graduated from Pasadena High School in 1962. He then went to Texas A&M for a short time. In 1965, he joined the Army Reserve. Richard went to work for Ethyl/Albemarle Corporation in the fall of 1965, and retired on December 31, 2003, with over 38 years of service.
Richard has two children from his first marriage, Daniel and Rebecca. On July 10, 1999, Richard and Laura were married at her sister’s home with family and friends present.
Grand Master Sharp was raised a Master Mason in Pasadena Masonic Lodge No. 1155, on March 18, 1968 and served as Worshipful Master in 1990-1991. He is a member of the Texas Lodge of Research. Richard was a member of J. W. Chandler Daylight Lodge No. 1452, in Houston, where he served as Junior Deacon for the Masonic years 2004-2009. He served the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas in 2009, as District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District 30H.
Richard was Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Pasadena Chapter No. 455, R.A.M., on May 16, 1970. He served as High Priest in 1995-1996. He was duly consecrated a member of the Order of High Priesthood on September 30, 1995. Richard served the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas as District Deputy Grand High Priest for Capitular District No. 9, in 2005. He was appointed Grand Representative of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Arizona to Texas in 2005. He served as Chairman of the Credentials Committee for the Grand Chapter for the year 2006. Richard Received the Cornerstone Award from Pasadena Chapter No. 455, on June 1, 2007. He has been serving as Treasurer of Pasadena Chapter since 2007.
Grand Master Sharp was Greeted a Select Master in Pasadena Council No. 374, R.&S.M., on May 16, 1970. He served Pasadena Council No. 374, as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1996-1997, and again in 2009-2010. He was anointed a member of the Order of the Silver Trowel on December 5, 2000. Richard served as District Deputy Grand Master for Cryptic District 9 of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in 2009. He has received the Super Excellent Master degree. He is now serving as Treasurer for Pasadena Council for 2013-2014. Richard served the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas as Illustrious Grand Sentinel for 2011-2012. He was elected to the office of Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of the Work on October 9, 2012, as Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master on October 22, 2013, and as Most Illustrious Grand Master on October 21, 2014.
Richard was Knighted in Park Place Commandery No. 106, K.T., on May 16, 1970 and served as Commander in 1998. He joined Houston Commandery No. 95, Knights Templar, in 2002, and served as Commander five times. He received the Commander’s Award of Merit three times from the Grand Commandery of Texas. Richard served Houston Commandery No. 95, as Recorder from 2007 thru 2008, and is currently serving as Warder for the year 2013-2014. Houston Commandery No. 95, presented Richard with the Excalibur award on January 2, 2010, for outstanding service. He has served the Grand Commandery of Texas as Chairman of the Credentials Committee and was Awards banquet Chairman in 2006. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Educational Foundation Committee for the Grand Commandery of Texas.
He was commissioned a Knight Preceptor in Texas Chapter, Order of Knights Preceptor, on April 16, 2000. He was inducted into Ridout Priory No. 75, Knights of the York Cross of Honour on April 15, 1999. He was elected a member of Gulf Coast York Rite College No. 106, on September 30, 1995. Richard has been a member of the Park Place Commandery Drill Team for thirteen years and served as President.
Richard was created a Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders in San Jacinto Conclave on April 14, 2012.
He is member of Lone Star Chapel No. 45, of The Commemorative Order of Saint Thomas of Acon and is serving as Sentry in 2014.
Richard is a member of Nat Pace Council No. 46, Knight Masons and Anson Jones Council No. 47, Knight Masons. He served as Excellent Chief of Anson Jones Council for the year 2010. He is a member of Sam Houston Council No. 275, Allied Masonic Degrees. Richard received the Red Branch of Eri, with the rank of Knight Commander, and served as Sovereign Master in 2008. He was created a Knight of the Masonic Order of the Bath on July 19, 2003.
Grand Master Sharp is a member of the Houston Scottish Rite Bodies, the Royal Order of the Ducks, the Royal Order of Scotland, and is a Charter member and the Charter Chaplain of the Knights of Saint Andrews. He served on the 17th degree team for many years. He has served as Chairman of the Office Assistance Committee and the Registration Committee of the Houston Scottish Rite bodies. Richard served as Wise Master of Houston Chapter Knights Rose Croix for the year 2011. Richard was Invested with the 32nd Degree Knight Commander Court of Honour (KCCH) in 2005, and was Coroneted a Thirty-Third Degree (Inspector General Honorary) on October 22, 2011.
Richard has served twice as Patron of Pasadena Chapter No. 711, OES. He is a Past Patron of Andral Vann Chapter No. 741, OES, and is currently serving as Treasurer. He served as Chairman of the Titles, Deeds and Properties Committee of Grand Chapter of Texas OES, having served in 2007. He served as the District Four Chairman of the Masonic Relations Committee for the year 2010-2011. Richard is a Past Vice-President of the Past Matron and Past Patron Association of Houston. He served as a Guard for General Grand Chapter OES in 2009, at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Richard served as the Vendors Chairman for the Grand Chapter OES, for the year 2011-2012, and is currently serving as a member of the Vendor’s Committee for the year 2013-2014.
Richard is a Senior DeMolay from Pasadena Chapter and served as Chapter Dad for several years. He is a Representative DeMolay, was created a Chevalier, and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He is a Past Commander for Houston Chapter, Court of Chevaliers in 2008. He served as Dean of the Greater Houston Area Preceptory of the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 2007.
He is a Charter member and served as the Charter Chaplain of the Houston High Twelve Club International No. 736.