The city of Franklin is mourning the loss of one, Tyra Yarber.
Yarber, who tragically and unexpectedly he passed away on Sunday, is best known for the shows he put on at the Teche Theatre over the last two decades.
“The arts thrive here because of people like Tyra.” said Danika Foley who is on the Teche Theatre Board.
For those who know him, Yarber’s passion for theatre was unmatched.
“He had such a love for theatre that he would do it for free. He actually mentioned that, he said I just want to make plays. I want to make people happy.” said Foley.
“What the theatre is today is due in large part to Tyra’s efforts. Here at the Teche Theatre, he kept the summer musicals going.” said Suzanne Wiltz, a former member of the Teche Theatre Board.
It was that love which transformed many lives in Franklin
“I remember we did a play one time and he picked me and I was 13 years old to be in a play with 4 other grown women and I just didn’t understand, why would you pick me, I’m so young. I remember him telling me that he believed in me and believe that I could done even though it was out of my reach.” said Amber Lanclos
“We see the folks that have decided to take theatre as their career, whether they are working for Tyler Perry, on Tyler Perry shows or currently New York and Chicago theatre. It’s such a wide range in what Tyra has touched in our community.” said Ed ‘Tiger’ Verdin who was Tyra’s best friend.
Seeing his life cut short at the age of 45 came as shock to everyone.
“We were forward to greater performances, but god just had a different casting call for him.” said Foley.
“Even though he is gone now, I feel like in a way, he’s not because we have all of these videos of him acting. We all remember different roles from him or the different roles he gave them and allowed to portray on stage so it makes me very proud that people can always have these stories.” said Cameryn Yarber who is Tyra’s daughter.
“This community will feel his loss for a very long time to come. He’s touched a lot of people. We love him and we miss him and Saturday will be his final curtain call and we are going to do a production call unlike any other. Verdin said.
The memorial service for Tyra will be on September 23rd at 1pm.
Note: Video of Tyra acting came from KWBJ(Morgan City) and Soulful Productions