Ruby B. Charles passed into eternal rest on September 12, 2009. She was born to the union of Mary Alzara Wyatt and John Wyatt on April 1, 1908 in Longview, Texas. She moved to Galveston at an early age and has been a life long resident to the city she loved. She is preceded in death by her husband Mack Fontella Charles and 10 sisters and brothers.
Sister Charles is survived by loving nieces Georgia (Wyatt) Robbins (John), Dr. Thelma (Wyatt) White (George), LaRue Lilly, Lillian Ann Lilly, loving nephews Willie Wyatt, Anthony George White, and a host of nieces and nephews in the Robbins, White, Lilly, Shankle and Wyatt families.
Sister Charles completed Nurse’s Aide Training at St. Mary’s Hospital where she worked for many years and worked on the Nurse’s registry and did private duty until she retired. Sister Charles was a woman of faith and was a long time member of Avenue L Baptist Church joining under the late Reverend G.L. Prince. Her church family was very dear to her. She served in many capacities in the church where she sang in the choir, was a member of the Mission Auxiliary and served on the Repass Committee as well as other committees at the church.
Sister Charles has been honored on numerous occasions by the church family. She was honored at the church anniversary for being the oldest living member and was affectionally called the mother of the church, and most recently, her mission sisters honored her with a celebration on her 100th year birthday.
Sister Charles was active in the community and worked with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She had an incredible spirit and left a lasting impression on everyone who came in contact with her. She will live on forever in our hearts.
Visitation will began at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, followed by a service celebrating her life at 1:00 PM at the Avenue L Baptist Church with Pastor E. R. Johnson officiating. She will be laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston.
A special thanks to Dr. Loretta Grumbles and her nursing staff during her last days. A special thanks to Rev. E.R. Johnson and Rev. Kerry W. Tillmon for their support to the family.