S: Through the Years!
BC: Created by: Donna Isaac email@example.com | Ruperta, We dedicate this book of memories to you with LOTS of love. We hope that you know that you really mean so much to us. Thank you for all you have done Through the years! Happy 50th Birthday - Wishing you another 50.
FC: Mother | wife | Sister | With Love, Walter | Friend | Happy 50th Birthday | Daughter | Grand
1: Ruperta Runella Charles August 27, 1962
3: Can't remember when you weren't there When I didn't care for anyone but you I swear we've been through everything there is Can't imagine anything we've missed Can't imagine anything the two of us can't do
5: Dear Ruperta, You are my wife, the mother to my children, my lover and my best friend. Marrying you is the greatest thing that I did in my life. You have been a wonderful wife, an excellent mother and the greatest friend and companion that anyone could ever ask for. I want you to know that I never really realized how happy and complete I am with you by my side. Your smile has always brought sunshine when the day seemed gloomy. I have been searching for the right words, but no words are coming to mind just what you mean to me. In any other lifetime, I'd still choose to fall in love with you. I thank God for bringing you to my life. Through the years you have made me a happier person.I cherish every single day that we spend together. I will always be your knight in shining armor. I will always love you. Happy 50th birthday. Love Always, Walter
7: Through the years, you've never let me down -You turned my life around, the sweetest days I've found I've found with you ...
8: Darron | Afia | Akil | Kaila
10: Walter Darron Charles | Dear Mom, Thank you for all the patience you have had for me through the years and your unconditional love. I know that at times it may seem like I don’t listen, but I do listen and I appreciate your wisdom and the advice you give to me. I also want to thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for being there to pick me up when I fall. Myra sends her love and says she is grateful for a mother-in-law like you. We could never ask for a better mother and your grandchildren could never ask for a more loving and caring grandma. We love you and appreciate all you have done for us, and we look forward to being able to pay you back for all times you were there for us. You have never left our side and we know we can always go to you when we need something, and you will be able to come to us also. We love you, and we pray we see many more birthdays together. Love, Darron, Myra, Ryan, Drew and LeLe
12: Afia Neliah-Keri Charles | Dear, Mom I don’t even know where to start. Mom, through the years you are my role model, my rock, my support system, my shopping buddy, my twin, and my gift from God. If it was not for you I will not be the beautiful, smart, loving, athletic, God-fearing, and independent young woman that I am today. You are my world, every morning when I wake up I thank God for you because I am nothing without the first woman to hold me, to kiss me, and to tell me that they love me. Even though we have our moments when we can’t stand each other, those are the times that I love the most because that’s when you tell me the truth whether I want to hear it or not and when you show me that you always have my best interest at heart. I thank you for always pushing me to take opportunities that God has blessed me with. There are many times that I have tried to block my blessings but you always open up my eyes to see that these are once in a lifetime opportunities for example the Olympics. If it wasn’t for you opening my eyes to track I would not be the successful and blessed woman I am today. I have had so many accomplishments in my life and it’s because of God, you, and my dad always being by my side. There have been many times that I have disappointed you or did something that you did not approve of, for example getting my ears pierced. But no matter how mad you are you always welcomed me back with loving open arms. Living out here in Florida I see more and more of you in me; from the comments I say, the looks I make, and even the way I act. Sometimes I think to myself “that’s something my mom would do”. Mom words can’t explain how much I love you. You are my world and the woman I aspire to be when I grow up. I know if I ever need someone to fight or defend me I can call on you whether I am wrong or right, you will never let anyone or anything harm me. That’s why I love you. As you turn the big 5-0, I hope you enjoy your day and see that we all love and appreciate you for all you do because without you, there would be no Charles Family, and especially no Afia Neliah-Keri Charles.
14: Dear Mom, MAN! I don't even know where to start! First, let me start by saying, I LOVE YOU with all my heart! Words can’t express how much you mean to me. Every morning when I wake up, I thank the Lord that you are still in my life. You are a one of the major reasons I am the man I am today. You always encouraged and inspired me to keep pushing towards my goal to make it to the NBA. I thank you for all times you spent taking me to and from practice, even when you were too tired and didn’t feel like it. Thank you for all the little things you’ve done for me through the years, now I feel way more confident going away to live on my own. I can write pages on top of pages about what you have done for me over the years and how much I love you but I’m not. Just know you mean the world to me and nothing will ever change that!!! I hope and pray the Lord blesses you with another 50 years. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Love Always, Akil Charles | A k i l
17: Dear Mom, Where do I begin? There are so many things I have to say about you. Like how you are the most beautiful, intelligent, caring and hilarious mom ever! Words honestly can’t describe how much you mean to me. Words can’t even describe how much I appreciate you. Through the years you’ve done so much for me and the rest of the family that I honestly believe there is nothing you won’t do for your family. Through the years you have done so much for me, for example you take me to and from practice most of the time. Even if you are dead tired, you stay there from the beginning to the end. You are the best mom, wife, daughter, friend, aunt, etc. anyone could ever ask for. You and my dad did a great job with raising 4 beautiful, hilarious, talented, intelligent, athletic, and God-fearing children. That is another thing I am thankful for—thank you and my dad for introducing me to God and for taking me to and from church every Saturday. And I also want to thank you guys for raising us to respect our bodies, be leaders, and to always do the right thing. I hope you know how much I appreciate you. Even though we argue, or I become mad at you. I always get over it within a couple of minutes, because I realize that what you’re saying is right. I’m really looking forward to the 4 years I have with you alone. But I also dread it because I know at the end of the 4 years I’m going to have to leave y’all. But that is a while from now, so let’s enjoy the years we have with each other day-by-day. Let us enjoy your day now! So Happy Birthday Mommy!! You are finally the big 5-0! Your life is now beginning so live everyday to the fullest, you pretty young thang! And don’t you ever forget---I will ALWAYS love you, forever and ever! Sincerely, Kaila Charles
21: Through the years-- I've never been afraid, I've loved the life we've made And I'm so glad I've stayed, right here with you Through the years
22: In | GRANDMA'S HUGS ARE MADE OF LOVE Everything my grandma does is something special made with love. She takes me to add the extra touch that says, "I love you very much." She fixes hurts with a kiss and smile and tells good stories grandma-style. It's warm and cozy on her lap for secret telling or a nap. And when I say my prayers at night I ask God to bless and hold her tight. Cause when it comes to giving hugs my grandma's arms are filled with love. | Grandma
23: Grandma and Me
24: Ryan, Drew & Nellie
25: I can't remember what I used to do - Who I trusted whom, I listened to before. I swear you've taught me everything I know Can't imagine needing someone so But through the years it seems to me I need you more and more
26: Daughter | Parents Rupert and Nellie Charles
27: A Father Loves a Daughter A father loves a daughter Like no other love on earth. From the day that he first meets her Nothing can compare her worth. Forever are they bonded With a love that never fails. For always he will hug her And kiss goodnight with fairy tales. He will love her and protect her With strong arms just in case But will also hug her tenderly With a fatherly embrace. Eskimo kisses touch her nose With a giggle and a squeeze And that sparkle in her little eyes Could bring him to his knees. What more could any father want Than a daughter so sweet and pure There's nothing in this world so rare Of that he can be sure. A fathers love is so unique It cannot be replaced He will always treasure times with her And the memories embraced.
28: A Mother's Love She sits there watching with beautiful Angel wings, through the stars from Heaven above, knowing the strength and power of a mother’s love. You really couldn't have known how much she loved you so for you still needed time to grow. The time passed and you were finally grown, with a daughter of your own this is when you finally learned the things she’s always known. I looked into her tiny face with eyes so bright and blue, I stroked her downy hair, so soft and blond, this is when I really knew the strength of a mother and daughter bond. I really didn't know how much you loved me until I had time to grow and have a daughter of my own. Time will pass and she to might have a daughter of her own, this is when she will understand the things we have always known. She will look into her tiny face with eyes so bright and blue and she will stroke her downy hair so soft and blond, only then will she truly understand the strength of a mother and daughter bond.
29: Brothers | Rupert Jr., Hillsworth, Cordroy, Lyndon, Ruperta
30: Rupera, Bernadette, Cherish-Joie, and Hillsworth are wishing you a happy 50th birthday. I hope that this day will always be remembered as the time your spent revolving around the sun, 50 times, and the legacy of the contribution you have made to the world will grow with you for the next 50 years. Continue to have many happy years of celebrations. The words of the poet William Wordsworth reflect our sentiments: “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.” THROUGH THE YEARS you have impacted the world immensely and in so doing given birth to yourself and still you reach forward to cement your full potential, not yet attained but you are on the horizon. One day you will look back and say I have lived a good life dotted with memorable moments, anniversaries, graduations, a track and field super star, the birth of children, grandchildren, and many more accomplishments. Continue to stay the course and “Sister” as your oldest sibling, happy birthday and may our God continue to bless you. Yes you have reached 50 years. Hillsworth | Sister
32: I want you to know how thankful I am to have you for a daughter-in-law and how much my grandchildren mean to me. In them, I see my own children as they were when they were young. As their mother, I see you go through so many of the same experiences and have so many of the same worries (as well as the joys!) that I have had. I want you to know that I think you are doing a wonderful job. It's not always an easy one, and I know you sometimes wonder if you are doing everything right. Well, I think you are. I'm so proud of all my grandchildren, and I'm so happy to have you for a daughter-in-law. -Poem by Taylor McKenzie | In Laws
33: Ruperta, Through the years you have been my continual source of nutrition. May the Lord continue to bless me -opps! I mean you with 50 more years! Happy Birthday. Joel
34: Best Friend Dwayna | Ruperta and I go way back to our days at the Antigua Girls High School which was over 35 years ago and we have been best friends ever since. Through the years Pert has always been a loving, kind, adorable, sincere, considerate person, one that any person would love to have as a friend. I recall our days of High School when we were both prefects and Pert would always reach to school late and it was my delight when it was my turn to man the gate and take names for late comers to take Pert’s name and make sure she got detention but Pert was quite smart and would sometimes arrive later than usual so she could miss us entirely at the gate and receive no detention. We were both very active in High School , we played netball, we were in Athletics and on our school choir and also the combined schools choir. I was too lazy to stick with the Athletics and Pert continued set her goals and stuck to them and finally received an Athletics scholarship to attend Howard University. Our school had a 100M relay team which included both of us, that was the envy of a lot of other high schools. We were both in Yellow House at School and would always win at our sports day. Ruperta was also a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force Cadet Core. She also won our schools debate competition. She was an asset to the Antigua Girls High School. Pert has been there for me through thick and thin and she was always there to support me during my life’s disappointments and special moments. She laughed and cried with me and I am eternally grateful to have a cherished friend like her. Although her tendency to be late has permiated her life I would not change one thing about her, however she is quite obsessed with her body weight and keeps on insisting that she is too fat after four (4) children and three(3) grandkids at 50 girl you look half your age and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Happy50th Birthday my Dearest Friend and may the good Lord bless you so that you may live to see another 50 years. Glad I am here with my two(2) girls, Ariel and Alyssa to share it with you. Would not miss it for the world. Love you always.
35: Althea | Happy 50th Birthday Ruperta, From the first day I met you over 28 years ago, you have made such a tremendous impact on my life. Over the years you have become the sister I wish I had growing up as a child. Through the years, you have always been there for me. Like any relationship we have had our ups and downs, but with you the ups exponentially outweigh the downs. You are one of the most positive people I know—you are self-assured and always choose to look for the good in any situation. Gayle King says it best when referring to her friendship with Oprah: “She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. It’s making me cry because I’m thinking about how much I probably have never told her that.” In addition, you are one of the kindest, caring and most thoughtful people I know. Thanks for being a true friend, a sister, a confidant, a supporter, a Godmother to Janeen, and for always being there for us. This is your day, enjoy it and I hope we will have many more years of friendship and birthdays to celebrate. Happy 50th and Love Always Althea, Janeen, Dennis and Mommy! | Best Friend
37: 1979 Autographs
38: Shirlyn | During the summer of 1997 at Seabrook Church, I met and was introduced to a phenomenal lady named Ruperta aka Sista, by her cousin Wayne. During that time I also met three of her four children, due to the fact she was pregnant with Kaila.We have had an instant connection; I became fond with the children in who immediately felt as though they were my very own niece and nephews. I was adopted into this family, extended family and friends. Ruperta's home became my second home. Through the years our friendship continued to grow as the as the days and months passed by. Then she gives birth to an adorable baby girl named Kaila who I renamed as my "Lovie." Our bond became even stronger to the point where I was asked to be "Love’s" godmother. To this day words are insufficient to express how grateful I am. What else! Can I say of how remarkable Ruperta is to me... Ruperta and Walter can go on a "World Tour" and entrusted me with whom and what meant the world to them; "their wonderful children." knowing how much they are loved and cared for and will even be scolded if needed. By the way, thank you for all the wonderful trips and memorable vacations. We have had a BLAST! At times, I will become upset with Ruperta if she fails to let me in advance of the children's performances, games, award ceremonies etc. So I can request the time off from work in advance, and in so doing that will prevent me from telling my "tiny white lies" to get off. Ruperta, (Sista) my best friend the Bible says "A man who want friends must be friendly; but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Prov 18:24 Last but not least, how can I forget to say 'Thank you' for I know that your ears, shoulders, arms and heart are ALWAYS there when needed. I hoped they were not abused.... R - Respectful U - Unselfish P - Phenomenal E - Elegance R - Remarkable T - Trustworthy A - Admirable Love always, Shirlyn
39: Pert, Through the years you have been a constant reminder of a genuine and wonderful friend. As I reflect on our friendship, I recall our first meeting–Gallatin Street, early 80’sWe both looked at each other, and didn’t care! Second meeting–my first day of work at Metropolitan Ambulatory Care (MACA), you were one of the workers there, and I though, OMG! I have to work with her? Third meeting–walking into the lunch room and seeing you having lunch the rest is history. It’s been a pleasure knowing and being a part of your life. Words I use to describe you are: peaceful, contented, trustworthy, loyal, happy, family-oriented, and most of all ‘Don’t keep up with the Jones’. Thank you for entrusting upon me the duties of being a Godmother to your second child, Afia. What an incredible person you are and the incredible things we have shared. I love you more! We have seen wonderful times together, cried, laughed, and most of all been true and honest with each other. As you celebrate your first fifty years, I can’t wait to see what the next brings because the kids except one are off to college, so we will definitely have time for more girly stuff. I always remember this quote from Heather Prayer – “A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.” You have in the true essence of the quote touched my heart. Tessa and family | Tessa
42: Through the years, through all the good and bad I knew how much we had, I've always been so glad To be with you ... Through the years It's better everyday, you've kissed my tears away As long as it's okay, I'll stay with you. Through the years
43: Hat Lady!
45: Through the years, you've never let me down You've turned my life around, the sweetest days I've found I've found with you ... Through the years. It's better everyday, you've kissed my tears away As long as it's okay, I'll stay with you Through the years!
47: Family - through the years!
48: Olympics 1984 & 2012
49: 2012 (Sophomore): Represented Antigua at the Summer Olympics in the 400 meters, becoming the first UCF track and field Olympian...One of a school-record 14 competitors to represent the Knights at the NCAA East Preliminaries (5/24)...Ran for a personal-best, school-record time of 54.17 in the 400 meters for a gold medal at the C-USA Indoor Championships (2/26)...Garnered All-Conference Second Team honors at the C-USA Indoor Championships (2/26) as the first leg of the 4x400 relay, who finished with a time of 3:43.32...Helped UCF's 4x400 relay to its best time of the season (3:41.68) at the Rod McCravy Memorial (1/28) for third place...Posted a personal-record 38.66 in the 300m at the Virginia Tech Invitational (1/13)...Opened the season with a first-place finish in the 400m with a season-best time of 53.73 at the Black and Gold Challenge (3/17)...Scored points at the C-USA Championships (5/13) with a fifth-place time of 54.03 in the 400m. | Akil Charles Game Winner leads Eleanor Roosevelt past North Point Akil Charles will go down in Eleanor Roosevelt history for hitting this acrobatic game winner to beat defending 4A state champion North Point. | OneHeat Two43:39.32 | Ruperta Charles Gender: Female Height: 5'7" (171 cm) Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg) Born: August 25, 1962 (Age 50) Affiliations: Howard Bisons, Washington (USA) Country: Antigua and Barbuda Sport: Athletics Personal Bests: 100 – 11.69 (1983); 400 – 55.00 (1982). | NEWS
50: Charles In Charge
52: Through the year, you've never let me down You turned my life around, the sweetest days I've found I've found with you ... Through the years I've never been afraid, I've loved the life we've made And I'm so glad I've stayed, right here with you Through the years,
53: Happy 50th Birthday. I will always love you. Walter