Asia has a tattoo of your initials on her arm and also brought her baby girl, Evan, to the cemetery to visit your beautiful tribute. She loved you so much. I remember taking her to Mary Macs and you told her to write her numbers out when she was 5 years old and some of the numbers were backwards. We have the receipt she wrote those numbers in our "Chuck box."
Remembering one of the greatest friends I've ever known today - not a day goes by without a "17" popping up in my life to remind me of you and to remind us all that LIFE IS SHORT; "and if we get choice to sit it out or dance, you hope we dance!"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHUCK AKINS. We love you!
March 17, 1972 -December 15, 2003
Love You ALWAYS, Chuckles! And yes, I just called you ,"Dude!"
Happy Birthday Chuckles! I miss you! Thinking of you!
Happy Birthday, Chuck! We woke up this morning thinking of you. You are with us constantly – in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. You are loved dearly and missed terribly. You can be sure that Evan, Brooks, and Ava know their ‘Uncle Chuck'. They play with your old Transformers, Legos, toy soldiers and Match Box cars constantly. We tell a lot of ‘Chuck' stories and they ask a lot of questions about you. You would be the BEST Uncle EVER.
Happy Birthday, Chuck!
ALWAYS, CHUCK, ALWAYS,
Happy Birthday Chuck! You are so missed.
i never stop thinking of him.. when i found out jack died i thought of chuck.. only god can say what i feel..
Thinking of you today & always.
Happy Birthday Chuck, It was such a beautiful weekend I knew wherever you were it was probably on a Harley riding into the sunset with the wind at your back. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers and carry a piece of my heart with you until we meet again. I'll love you forever.
It's still so hard to believe its been nine years. I did not think I would live 9 years without you, I did not want to that's for sure. But I have come to believe you are still "right here" when we need you. And that love never dies you just can't always see it. And I know you would do anything to be around your family and friends until we meet again. Merry Christmas, I Love You More, Debbie
I've seen so many :17s almost every hour on the hour for two weeks straight. I know that we all have our way of knowing that feeling of Chuck being present in spirit and this is my way. This has been the fastest nine years and indecent again I will say the same thing from the first day...Chuck, you are missed by many of us and we all loved you so much. Thank you for teaching me so many things.... The meaning if a Dogwood tree, that mistletoe grows in the top of the winter trees, how easy it is to find a four leaf clover... You were an amazing person your short time with all of us but we were all touched in different ways. THANK YOU. Love always. Chris
I am at a loss for words today, I will just say that I miss Chuck so much, I wish everyone happy holidays during this time of year, it can be difficult... But he wants to see us all smiling ! He's smiling down on us
Thinking about you today and always!
Sending you all my love forever, miss you.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, but most of all, Happy Birthday, Chuck! I can't believe today would have been your 40th Birthday. Time has not eased the pain of losing you. We will love you forever. You live in our hearts and memories.
Always, Chuck, Always!
Sometimes I look around and I can't believe that time and the World did not stop 8 yrs. ago when you left. I know a part of my heart died that day. It felt wrong for the world to keep going like nothing happened when the best part of my world was now gone. But I know now time stops for no one or nothing. It just keeps ticking either painfully slow or much too fast whatever hurts most at the time. I love and miss you more every day and I get your "not so subtle" clues that your still with me, Thank you. Like on Thanksgiving on the way to meet the family it was a short ride and the only song played on the radio was "Simple Man" by Skynyrd(your Anthemn). Then on the way back the only song was "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie that made me cry and laugh, and sing b/c anyone who has ever spent a Thanksgiving with you has had to have heard that song - a Thanksgiving tradition. Good Job Bro. and keep it coming. Count all the stars and I'd love you more,
This is the beginning of a New Year - a time for change, but missing you and loving you will never change. Thoughts of you are constantly with us.
You are forever in our hearts . . . We'll see you in our dreams.
Always, Chuck, Always,
I cannot believe its been 8 years...I miss your face and the twinkle you always had in your eyes. I think of you often! You hold such a special place in my heart Chuck! Always...143
Eight fast, yet, long years. How does that happen? The strangest things happen this time every year... i suppose you want me to share the story... I was in Ellijay, Ga, two weeks ago. I was in a store thinking about bar drink and couldn't remember how to make it so it made me think of you for just a second... I thought, "Maybe the guy in front of me knows how to make it," because my back was turned away from him... well, when i turned around, I melted. it was Danny. I believe you had some part in that meeting. I haven't seen him in such a long time. Chuck, we haven't forgotten you and and we will never forget you... especially at this time of the year. We love you!!!
Hey you. I dreamt of you last night and you were wearing a white t-shirt, jeans, grinning and all I could hear in my mind was you telling me how much fun you were gonna have on your bike for 4th of July. It's amazing how vivid it was. Happy 4th of July, Chuck. We miss you. Love ALWAYS.
Happy Belated Birthday Chuck...I thought about you all day yesterday.
Thinking about you today on your birthday. Love you and miss you. Your cousin, Jennifer
Happy Birthday Chuck, It was such a beautiful day. I kept thinking it would have been the perfect day for you to ride me around town on your bike with your friends and the pubs. But I will always try to celebrate every minute of your beautiful life even though I still miss you and love you more than words can say. I know your still "right here". Love you forever. Debbie
Happy Birthday, Son! Chuck, time has not made things easier. We miss you, your loving ways, your sense of humor, your generosity - especially with your time. You are constantly in our thoughts and in our hearts. Evan, Ava and Brooks love to hear the 'Uncle Chuck' stories. Always, Chuck, Always. Love,
Happy Birthday, Chuckles. You are missed very much. Thinking of you on your birthday! Love, Christina
Happy Birthday, Chuckles. You are still missed very much. Love, Christina
Happy Birthday Chuck! Today, and every day you are truly missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing you!
Happy Birthday Chuck! You will always be in my heart and soul! I miss you1
I miss you so much. Today I will celebrate YOU. I love you always.
Wow..I still cannot believe it has been 7 years since I last spoke with you. I miss you! You still hold my heart Chuck! 143 always!!!
Whomever said it gets easier with time lied.
17s everywhere. I have not forgotten you. It still hurts my heart after 7 years. -Christina
Happy Thanksgiving, Chuck. Your spiritual presence is not going unnoticed. Thanks for being my friend, still. You never let a person down, did you?
I am Missing Chuck today. it just always hurts.
Hey Lil Bro, I've really been having a hard time lately missing you and your constant love and support. Sometimes I still can't understand why time and the World didn't stop when you left. It doesn't seem real that it's been so long because the pain hasn't faded one bit. But you would be happy that your niece and nephews all know their Uncle Chuck, I just feel sorry and feel like they were robbed for not "knowing" you in person. But they will know all the "Chuck stories" that I can tell them without incriminating either of us.jk. I love you more than words can say. Till we meet again. Debbie
This has been another 'Chuck' week. You are constantly in my thoughts. "Always, Chuck, Always." Love, Mom
Hey Chuck - Just thinking about you. Love - Chris
Missing you. Always and Forever!
Once again - you had the most colorful site I've ever seen. When I drive away, I turn back to see such vivid green just glaring in that place and I think about how you stood out from everyone else just like that in person. I promise you I will not ever let a big holiday or birthday go by, as long as I'm around without celebrating you colorful life. You colored all of our lives in some way. Someone called me yesterday to tell me how much she loved me because she sat on the bench in the rain hanging out. It's like a chain reaction and we all connect somehow. She is one of my best friends but not because of you but she happens to be one of your friends, too because of work. You know, you touched so many hearts and you still touch mine every single day and I will cherish you forever. I love you, Chuck Akins. Always.
Happy St. Patrick's Day Birthday, Chuck! We are so blessed to have had you with us for almost 32 years. Thoughts and memories of you are our constant companion. You are always in our hearts. See you in our dreams.....
We Will Love You FOREVER!
"Always, Chuck, Always",
Your Loving Family
Happy Birthday! Thinking of you today and always. Thank you for leaving me with a friendship and being a person I can never forget. I miss you!
Miss you. Time will not erase the memories. They're still so fresh. 6 years, 2 months today. Where does the time go?
Thinking about you today Chuck!
It has been 6 years, and time has not eased our pain. Memories of you are near and dear. Chuck, we love you.
We little knew that morning,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our sides.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
I cannot believe it has been 6 years. Chuck, I am so thankful for the time we spent together. Sometimes I wonder why life can be so cruel, why do we not have a say with certain situations? You know what is so amazing, Ashtin was only 1 1/2 when we met & 9 when you left, but you left such an amazing impression on her. She has your "go gettem" attitude. She will go far.
I wish you were still here Chuck. I wonder where life would have taken me if you were?
I do and always will love you. You were my one & true love. My very best friend. Thank you for being you & as always...143
The last time I saw you was early November, six years ago. Time has done a number on my life... I don't even know what to say about how fast it passes.
I know that you are that guardian angel watching over me and just like that dream I had the other day when I went to sleep sad and clueless, I woke up remembering you holding my hand in the dream. I remember that pleasant smile and those eyes looking right at me.
I love when you visit - it's so unexpected but it makes me happy to know that you are watching over me. Thank you for being you and still giving me and everyone who loved you all the joy just as you did when you were physically here.
I'm glad you are smiling. You always knew how beautiful it would be...
Thanks for caring.
Love you always, Chris
Hey Chuck. The time of year is approaching and it is hitting me hard. You were always there for me, you always put other peoples needs in front of your own. I do not recall a time you EVER said I just don't have time, I can't. I still believe Bob has that special same twinkle in his eyes as you! I know he was a gift from you!! You wanted to make sure I was taken care of. Well Chuck, you did a great job. Thank you for who you are & everything you have done. Oh yeah, thank you for that special birthday message you sent to me. I thought about you the entire time in the Keys. Funny how Bob brought me there. A little birdie must have told him. I will always love you Chuck & you will always be in my heart!!
Just Thinking about Chuck today. As I do everyday. Just wanted to write something.....
I sure could use your laugh right now Chuck. I miss you.
I have been missing you alot lately...I will always love you,and you will forever hold my heart:)
Well.. Yesterday was hard... Last night was harder. I celebrated you just as you would have wanted. It just never gets any easier. I miss you.
You know that I can't just leave a simple Happy Birthday on here...
I was thinking when I left the cemetery this morning, "No matter how much time passes, it is true, we learn to deal with things better, but we don't ever get over them."
Your friendship is as fresh to me as is was 10 years ago.
You asked me where I saw myself in 10 years... Well, I can definitely say back then my answer would never have been "driving away from a cemetery on a foggy, wet morning, leaving birthday balloons and cards for you." My heart BURNS when I think of that conversation as painful as it is for me to write this and for others to read it, it is the truth. We shared that moment in time - that conversation - and I always sit here and wonder WHY????
You are missed - when I trip over something, I swear it's your foot sometimes. Just because I need to lighten up a little. That's the point -you were the stamp that everyone needed in their life at some point... thank you for that! The imprint on our hearts.
Happy Birthday, Chuckles!
Thinking of you today and everyday! Happy Birthday Chuck!
I am heading to Daytona tomorrow to catch the last few days of Bike week. I will be thinking of you & still missing you!
Comin' up on that time of the year... I can feel your presence. Bring it on.
You are always welcome. I miss the hell out of you and you know, it has NEVER gotten any easier, so whoever said that it gets easier with time, told a big fat lie.
I just learned how to be a big person and deal with it the best way I know how. It SUCKS. Especially when I need to share a moment with you. You know one of those moments... oh well. I know you are here listening, so I guess it's okay. I just miss you, Chuckles.
It's that time of the year again... you come around a lot. Like today... when that number 72 (the year you were born) popped up at BINGO that's when I won $100. I LAUGHED to myself. I knew it you were there... I remember when we played Bingo together.
I knew you were there when I saw the B 3 and the I 17 next to each other and then I won $100 DOLLARS. Thank you very much! You are hilarious.
It's such a strange thing when you believe... oh thank you!
When positive things happen in my life, I always have you in my mind. You were such a positive addition to my life. I am forever grateful for the time I had to spend with you. You truly touched my life forever. I miss you!
Missing you today crazy bad. I wish I could talk to you. give me the couarage to deal with this.
I know that you will be there Monday. Missing you like crazy, as I always do.
Sittin at home being an old fart... I was thinking about you today and how I wish I could just cross over for a day to see what the hell you doing over there.
I'd probably want to stay.
Oh, well - life's been stressful at work lately and sometimes it moves too fast. I just want to escape and when I was thinking about that, it seemed like the perfect day getaway.
Instead, it's New Year's Eve, and I'm sitting here just watching TV like any other normal day... no big deal -appreciating a little downtime and peace and quiet for once.
I looked at the clock - it was 11:17 am, 12:17 p.m. 3:17 p.m. and finally said MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHUCK! out loud. I know that's what you were doing... My family saw the clock, too. We love you and miss you. My parents still talk about the River Birches you planted - you gave them life... just the way you gave us all something before you left.
You are missed on this day as you are every day. Not a day goes by - your family and friends who truly knew you - believe that you will always be "right here."
Thanks for blessing us with that...
Hey Baby, I've been missing you so much just as everyone does this time of year. On Dec. 14th the 5th Anniversary of our last night together I had a mini breakdown from missing you so much and begging you to never leave us and keep giving us little signs that you will always be "here" with us and a few hours later Grant came home with an identical Sadie look a like but a boy named "Jax". He's a gift from Heaven just like you were. This is the first Christmas I've really been able to celebrate since losing you and I pulled out the ornament Uncle Doug gave us called "Christmas from Heaven" and I was going to include the poem "Merry Christmas from Heaven" that came with it by John Mooney but it is copyrighted so I cannot write it on this site but if anyone wants to look it up it's beautiful. And I know Chuck's in Heaven this Christmas but also in each of our hearts as always. I love you and miss you with all my heart lil' bro'. Debbie
I am missing you today as I always do. This day especially hurts the most, because this day was the last time that I saw you 5 years ago.
It still hurts just the same.
In memory of you today... missing you more than ever, Chuck. We love you.
Today really stinks. I can't believe that after five years I still can't get over it. I miss you just as much as the first day and I remember the exact moment I got the phone call on 12/15/03 - I am having a rough moment - I miss you so much - You are in my heart and I know you have been all over the place these past few weeks - I love you, Chuck. Always. You will always be one of my best friends. Forever and always. 1720. Always.
Chuck, five years ago tonight was the last time we saw you. Time has not made it any easier. You came by on your way to a Christmas party. You could really light up a room. We told you how much we loved you and we exchanged hugs. You always gave the best, most sincere, hugs. You, the hugs, and memories of you are forever in our hearts. Chuck, we miss you. We love you.
143 today, tomorrow & ALWAYS
thinking of you - i hate this time of the year... it's cold.
Missing you today Chuck. ( As Always ) It is so wonderfull to have someone in my life that shares that same sense of humor that you and I shared. It brings back memories everyday and I like that. I Always want to remember. This time of year always seems hard. I pulled out some pictures this morning just to remember some of the good times we had. My god, did we have some fun! Thinking of you today and just thought I would leave a note.
Thinking of you and missing you. Love, Always! Mom
Chuck, thinking of you today, and every day. You are ALWAYS in my heart.
Hey Chuck...just watched "P.S. I love you." I thought about you the entire movie. What is the meaning? Moving on or time to realize the path I have taken is not the right path?? You have been in my dreams lately... I have not been able to figure out your message, they are really weird. I cannot make sense of them. You will be in my heart forever. AMAZING. That is all I can say.
143 always Chuck!
Destin & Ashtin said HELLO
You know life gets busy and I forget to come here to vent but then I get that message that there is a new entry in the book which makes me wanna sign, too.
In my everyday life, I think of yu daily. You know those times - the ones when I see a spider, or when I see a keychain with March 17 on it in the middle of June.
I know you are still here - watching over all of us - laughing at us for the silly things - and trying to help us feel better when we are sad.
i luv u
i miss u
u were the most
...not a day goes by...you know the rest
We miss you terribly. You were so caring, loving and giving; and, you gave the BEST hugs. We are so proud of who you were and all that you accomplished. You are always on our minds and in our hearts.
chuck I miss you I think about you all the time.. driving your ford fairlane in the sky I know you are.. I will make things right.. Love your friend
Wow - where the hell are you when I need a shoulder to cry on????
Still missing you!! Chuck...I am sad that you are not here. This site has kept me going for quite some time, but I understand that whether there are new postings or not, we are ALL thinking about you. You already know that. You were an amazing person, Chuck.
Happy Birthday Chuck. I miss you.
Always on my mind! I miss you!
Happy Birthday, Chuck! Thoughts of you are constantly with us. We Love You! Always, Chuck, Always.
Happy Birthday Chuck...thinking about you!
Happy Birthday Chuck!
I will be celebrating you today. I miss you.
Happy St. Charlie Day
I received an email today with a picture of me from the Clayton County MD fund raiser and there you were, sitting in the seat behind me. Gosh, I remember inviting you & your friends out to that function. When you pulled up on your bike, Scott happened to be parking his and turned to sharp & I wasn't paying attention, I just wanted to get my helmet off to look good for you and off I went. Right off the side of the bike. Not much I could do at that point but lay on the ground and laugh. (then get up and blame Scott) It was all about damage control!! I can certainly laugh about it now!! I miss you Chuck. You always knew the right thing to say and had the best shoulder to cry on. I am going to Savannah this year for YOUR birthday. I will be thinking about you....
You were in my dreams last night-I was at Publix shopping and as I walked down an aisle you put your hand out and we put our arms out and our hands gliding against each other touching palm to palm; we then spoke briefly about our past and then continued walking. Then I waited and waited at the front of the store for you to come back but your were gone. You looked beautiful.
This sure is a hard time of year. I never realize how hard it's gonna hit me and then... It does. I am missing Chuck like crazy! I love to see all the things that everyone leaves for him also... He really was the MOST wonderfull person and my best friend. ALWAYS my soulmate... ALWAYS.
I miss you Chuck . I am going to the Sugar Bowl to watch the Dawgs and their Sweet Victory! You and I went last time they played the sugarbowl and I am goin back. WE HAD TREMENDOUS FUN!! I know you will be there with me. I love you always.
Man We Love An Miss You....On This Day We Will Raise Our Glasses To You A Real Leader & Friend.
I am so glad i found this guest book. I have thought about you so many times and actually runing in to people who look like you and then all the great memories come back. I just smile. Remember i met you with Rubin oh i was 20 young and sneaking in studdabakers. We got realy close for a while and you are the most amazing guy ever.Iwill always remember you and you made a great impact on my life back then. Come around anytime i can use a great friend to talk to. I know we will see each other again.
Thinking of you. Loving you. Missing you. This time of year is extremely hard, so we've decided to do something positive. Today, in your memory and in your honor,we started a new tradition. This year we contributed toys to your favorite charity, Toys for Tots. And, on this date every year, we'll do something to make someone's life a little better.
Visited your grave today and as time goes by, I see that it is just there to remember you - its your resting place but I know wherever you are you're very much alive in spirit, as you always have been.
My heart hurts today - I will never forget you. I remember the last conversation we had, the last laugh we had... it's all still so vivid.
It's beautiul to see what people leave on your stone... things we probably all would have left if someone didn't already because your friends knew you. We all knew that loyalty you gave us as friends and we all trusted that you were always the one we could talk to if we needed a friend.
Not too many people in this world can say they have true friends. You were my true friend and I thank God every day that you were a part of my life... even if only for a moment in time.
Love - 1720
Chuck...you are missed. You gave something positive to everyone who knew you, including me. You are not forgotten, even by those who knew you only briefly.
- Gina (Riviera, Masters & Goldrush)
We miss you bunches! It's nice to think of you every now and then. It always brings a smile to my face!
havin' a "chuck moment." i hate this time of year.
steak. bronco. dance. someone said that on the radio today. three things that reminded me of u - i have not forgotten you and i have an open mind - i'm here for you - it's just that time of the year... so bring it.
Now sure would be a good time to talk to you.
Well, Chuck, you're 'Uncle Chuck' again - times two. Yes, twins. A girl, and a boy - born on November 30. They are so precious. You would be so proud. You can be sure they will know their Uncle Chuck. They'll hear ALL the Chuck stories.
We Love You, Son!
Always, Chuck, Always!
Mom & Dad
Think of you all the time. I just looked at a picture of you from 1991. I always have and always will love that face.
Chuck, I went out of town with some friends this past weekend and after going out and then going back to our hotel rooms, we noticed somebody's flip flops right outside of their hotel room door.....I thought of you and was cracking up thinking about the time you and I were going back to our hotel room and we saw that somebody had set their flip flops right outside of their hotel room door and you and I took the flip flops and put them like 4 doors down at somebody else's hotel room...
My friends and I were cracking up and of course we moved the flip flops 4 doors down---And wishing you could have been with us.
Vent session with Chuck:
Just as I suspected - one thing always leads to another and the closer I am to understanding what this life is all about. Thanks to you I can see the big picture and I was watching The Five People You Meet in Heaven and it's taken me over five months to watch the whole movie... but movies like that are consistent. How does anyone know what it's like if they've never been there?
The consistency of stories I've read seem to be the way I would interpret and imagine where you are to be... my idea of heaven isn't up in the sky - it's everywhere. You can't touch anyone or physically feel anything but you know love and you know what it was like to feel those emotions - the only difference is that you are not physically able to respond to your friends and family... Am I closer to you now?
You understand your life now. Every road led you home- all the broken roads, all the love and all the pain - they all felt different but they led you to the same place. You were just more advanced and learned your lessons in life much quicker than us... I wonder if you will be one of my five people I meet in heaven - I was crying and all of a sudden I looked at my middle toe and began to crack up. I knew it was you, lightening the moment as only Chuck could do.
You know damn well if you're not there to greet me, I'm gonna find you, so get ready to people watch and laugh like you've never laughed before!
I love you and I'll see you soon "Dude!"
This time of the year reminds me of those easier days...although they seemed harder then, today is just a bundle of stress every day and it seems neverending... Oh those damn leaves changing colors... you know that cool air and motorcycle thing up in North GA... oh my God - WHY????????? I miss you Chuckles.
And it's been almost four years - I will NEVER forget you. Your memory is still as strong as ever and I'm messed up over it to this day - time doesn't heal anything. It just makes the calendar move.
Chuck, I'm going to finally meet Kelli...We're going to get the flag and the matt...I can only hope that it really makes you smile...
You seem to be on my mind all the time lately. I am missing you so much. This is a time when I need our "Drama Free" Night out. Those were always the best. I miss our wednesday nights. I miss you!
Chuck, There is a new TV show coming on and it's called- "Chuck"- I know that you would think that was great. Each time I see the preview I picture you doing something funny...You were so funny. I miss you and your stories and wish you were here. I wish you could have gotten married and had a couple of little Chuckie Juniors. I'm so sad that someone as special as you didn't get the time to do that. I think about you everyday and say to myself...God, you know that the world is missing a GREAT person---I want to just walk up to a stranger and tell them that they just don't realize how much this world is missing because you're not here...Sometimes I just want to take one of the pictures I have of you and bring it with me and explain to everyone how much they should appreciate their life and then tell them about you...
Miss you so much it hurts!!!
As I drove my car on Sept 11th, I thought of you and knew you would have driven with your lights on with pride...
Every car I saw with the lights on made me smile and think of you...
Still Missing you. Love you chuck. your always in my heart.
there's not a single day that goes by without me thinking you're there sending those messages... i know you're there. thanks for listening, always.
Wishing you were here...
Oh Chuck, I miss you more every day still and always will. I don't think it will ever truly sink in that you are gone. But at the same time I know it is only in the physical sense although it doesn't lessen the pain much there are so many times that unexplainable things have happened that only you could/would do. I believe that you can still be with everyone that loved you when they need you most and that brings me some happiness that you are still "Right Here" like you said you always would be and it is probably the one thing keeping most of us going. I'll never understand why you were taken so young when you were so loved and did so much for anyyone who needed anything. This website makes me happy to see how much so so many people still love you and miss you, and always will. That is no small feat to make a lasting impression on so many lives. And it shows me that they saw the Chuck I knew and loved and will love for eternity. Because that is the one thing that does not die is love. I will miss you and love you until we meet again. Love forever, your sister, Debbie as I told you many times the luckiest sister in the world.
I miss you so very much!!! Sooo sooo very very much. It's so hard to live knowing that you're not here. I can't think about it...I try not to, but I still cannot- for the life of me...For the love of God...WHY YOU? WHY?
God, I wish you were here. I hate myself for not telling you. I will be sorry- so unbelievably sorry for the rest of my life!!!!!!!
I do love you!!!!!!! Always did!!!
So they are building up the area around the cemetery nicely! I should have known that they'd figure out you were across the street!! That neighborhood bar/restaurant has a homestyle Mary Macs type menu with veggies and southern food! The bar, though - it's all you - wow.
I took Asia to eat there - I've been watching them build it - it's called Academy Grill and it is directly across the street from your driveway...
great ending to a stressful day.
My mom (kelli) and I are missing you dearly. I may be only 11, and havent known you for as long as others, but you where so wonderful.
You where one of the most wonderful people. And with that, you will always Stay in our lives.
Thinking of you and remembering your kindness.
Happy 4th Chuck!! I came across pictures of you today and they brought back alot of memories.
Thinking of you always....
Eight years ago, to the day, it was with you, my friend, that i found my first four leaf clover - what an amazing moment!
There was a full moon coming and we were hangin out in the most peaceful time of our lives... it's like the world just stopped for us to breathe.
On that afternoon, we talked about my stepdad when he passed away and the closeness he and I shared... that I knew he was still with me in spirit. Remember we talked about how, if anything ever happened to either one of us, we should make a pact that we would figure out a way to visit each other?
I would have never believed we would ever be in this position - I miss you so much. But I know that you are here with me, just at the most precise moments in my hectic life when I just "need a break."
You know those moments when UP pops that 3:17 on the clock or on comes "The Dance" or that "I Hope You Dance" song and I know that you're listening and I feel better.
It's amazing how two of your favorite songs included the words, "dance" in them. I noticed that a while back and realized life is a "dance" and I will always remember that those moments that "take my breath away" are the moments when I was dancing...
I guess I just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration you've given me for so long - you continue to amaze me and I miss your jokes, your laughter, and that incredible charm.
Dirty, Filthy, Rotten Martinis...
You Were Hilarious...I miss you so much- I can't stand it! I was driving in the parking lot at Publix today...and was parking and I thought...Just for a fleeting second that...I thought that I saw YOU...and I thought...'OH MY GOD, DO I HAVE LIP GLOSS ON'....and then my world crumbled.....
It's Easter . . . and we're missing you. Love Always!
Happy 35th and yes, I know you're STILL younger than me. Didn't you love to antagonize me with that?
Carl and Alicia called because they couldn't find your grave. I called them back and told them it was the most colorful one in the cemetery. Carl said that he had already found it and they both looked at each other and said, "DUH!" It was awesome!
Miss you so much. Thanks for bringin me closer to K because now I see the reason you loved her and her friendship. She's such a sweetheart and it's been good to have her around.
Still the pain lingers in my heart... just can't believe you're gone. No time is going to heal it. Not ever.
Happy Birthday Chuck, you are never forgotten!
Happy Birthday! We miss you dearly, as always! Evan released a balloon a College Park with a birthday card attached and said ‘Happy Birthday, Uncle Chuck’; but, the wind was blowing sideways so hard that the balloon could not get in the air. Dad and Evan took off after it and chased it down. We're sure you thought that was hilarious. The first balloon got away from us at the church - and I know you were laughing at that one too. We miss your sense of humor . . . we miss you!!!
Love Always, Your Loving Family
(Chuck's friends are invited to visit his website 'chuckakins.com'. Chuck was an inspirational young man with many talents. He put his thoughts to poems and writings. These writings show he beautiful soul of Chuck.) (We're a little behind in updating the site. Debbie is our site expert, and she has been though some major surgery which will require a very long recovery. But, she's on the mend and doing much better.)
Thought about you all day yesterday. Happy Birthday!!
Happy Birthday! Missing you today as I always do!
I was in Atlanta this past weekend and my boyfriend wanted to smoke a cigar, so what better place to go...the Rush. I kept thinking about how you looked when you walked from the office to come out and see me. I felt sad for a moment, then I smiled. We shared alot of good times together Chuck. Thank you for being such a great friend.
I was speaking with some friends last week and who knew it-they are some of your old friends (Andy and Jean)--what a small world it is. What a joy it was speaking with them about how wonderful you were. You are in my thoughts today and always.
Thinking of you over a glass of wine with "Bruiser". We both miss you so much! I think of you all the time. It seems like you are always with me. I love u always.
Thoughts of you are constantly with us, but even more so during the Christmas season. Oh, how you loved Christmas and getting together with all the family. You are deeply missed by all. We love you.
I always think about Chuck, and I miss him ... he was a good man.
Daytona is NOT the same and will never be the same without you!!!
miss you still my man we could use your sense of humor right about now
Chuck, I miss you and think of you always. Go Bulldogs! I love you
Just wanted to say I miss you and wish you were still here.
I miss you dearly and think of you often and pray that you are at peace.
Chuck, we miss you - your sweet smile, your loving, generous heart, and your big, unforgettably sincere hugs. We tell 'Chuck Stories' every day. (You would love them - but somehow we think you hear them). Our love for you is eternal. You were such a joy and we will always be proud and honored to say, "Chuck is our son." Life will never be the same, but we know you are watching over us.
We love you, son.
Always, Chuck, Always,
I will never forget you!!
Today I've been distracting myself quite a bit...
last nite was prety tough but today is okay so far...
i can remember that phone call at 3:45 p.m. on 12/15/03. It was the worst phone call of my life.
You are in my heart and I miss you with every inch of my soul.
Life is not the same and it never will be without your laughter and your smile.
I have never known what it was like to lose someone so close. I hate the hurt, I do.
But everyone's doing well, we all have our "Chuck" moments.
Three years and it still hurts my heart like it did that day.
I miss you, Chuckles.
There are just some wounds that time can never heal.
Missing you today and always
Thinking of you always...
Just wanted to let you know that you are always in my thoughts.
I missed you today...
I know you would have loved it!!!
WOW! I needed that. I did not get an email notification of the new entry, but decided to pull up you website anyway. You always find a way to pick me up!!! Thank you
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on. I need you here badly; you're part of my plan. There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight. God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too... that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain." And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free, remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
I miss you so much...
I keep seeing these words...
Life is not measured by the moments of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away...
It makes me smile because it is something you would say...
I've had another person leave this place and they have a book just like this one. I'm sure you will meet her. I miss you both!!!!
whew. a yucky type of anniversary date today. i dont even care how long its been because it seems like yesterday when u were here making people laugh and sharing yourself with all of us.
33 months and it still does not seem real. i think of u every single day - theres just so much about every day of my life that u remain a part of... the beautiful parts of nature such as the trees, the sky, the moon, the stars, the clovers, yet on the contrary, im reminded of the spiders u hated, the drama u despised, & the sound of of u gagging when someone squeezed a ketchup bottle... those things are the things that make me laugh and remind me of what a funny and near perfect person you really were.
im rambling and this post is unlike any other post because theres no punctuation in it (me being a grammar fanatic) but i realized that once in a while, i need to take time out to just ask, "Who Cares?" because life is short and it doesnt have to be perfect all the time. its okay to break out of the norm every once in a while and i think everyone will agree that it's a virtue that we learned from u.
ur still the most amazing person i have ever known and as u continue to make me laugh, i will continue to communicate with u as i do. u will always be in my heart and i will always love u.
i miss ur physical presence but im glad u let me kno every so often that u are doing well and thats all i could ever wish for...
i luv u
Hey Chuck, I know you are watching over all of us. Thanks for sending Bob to me. You guys have the same sense of humor! Miss you always!
that smile did light up the world...
chuck, i miss u more than words can say and i am needing ur guidance more than ever so watch over me like u have been for so long.
i love u
That has got to be the best picture I've seen in a long time...I miss that smile too.
Love the picture!!!
I just love it!!!!!
Missing you today as always.
Thinking of you
Hey you, thanks for visiting me in my dreams last night. Still trying to figure out the message you were trying to tell me. Miss you....Keep watching over me!
It's been a while, but not a day goes by that I don't think of you.
I've really been wanting to go 2 Da Beach, but I just can't enjoy it like I used to. I wish I could take that sign down and put your picture up. That smile...that smile could light up the world. Miss You...
Thinking of you today and always. Just looked at a picture of us from 1991. Goodness...what a cute, young man!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR FATHER
We all miss you so much!!!
Wish you were here so we could see that smile (Sparkles). I guess I will be talking to you in my car while I'm driving today.
Yes, I remembered...Frank Sinatra..."Strangers In The Night" was required first, I know, I know.
God Chuck, wish you were here. My life has not been the same since you have been gone. You always picked up my broken pieces. Still want to pick up the phone and call that cell# you have had since we met. That was over 10 years ago.
EVERYBODY MISSES YOU!!!!
WATCH OVER US SWEET PRINCE.
Christina told me that...GOD TAKES ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE FIRST SO THAT WE CAN LEARN TO REALLY SEE AND APPRECIATE LIFE AND APPRECIATE THE GREAT PEOPLE THAT SHOW US HOW TO LIVE IT...REALLY LIVE IT. She is so unbelievably right and I have never once thought about it like that and her words mean so much to me and just those words have have turned so much pain into faith--faith that I WILL see you again..
I do feel that you are the most incredible example of what a GREAT PERSON is...
Thank God Chuck, for all the people that loved you because I don't know what I would do without them right now.
Chuckles, give my Sister a Great Big Hug for me.
Everyday...I hear, see, something that is all YOU. I love it...
It's Monday...I thought of you!
My heart aches for you...
You will always and forever be my Yummy...
Marshal Tucker Band...I think that's the name of it...You loved and always played the song "Can't You See" when you were closing the club. I have heard it everday for the last few days...I know you are with me
I miss you and I wish I could see you. It hurts my heart so much that I can't...Miss you always
There is no doubt in my mind that you were and are an angel for all of us. We all love you so very much and miss you beyond any words could ever express...
Watch over us Sweet Prince
I am sorry that it has taken this long to know that you left, but I have always and always will...miss u
THINKING OF YOU...
CHUCK WAS SUCH A CUTIE! WE ALL LOVED YOU:) YOUR GONE, BUT STILL THOUGHT ABOUT EVERYDAY! THANKS TO YOUR FAMILY WE HAVE A PLACE TO WRITE, AND SHERE OUR FEELING!
Every time I get in my car- Steely Dan is on and I remember when you and George used to listen to him and I used to think...There's an old soul living inside of you...
You told me once that..."It's when people are sitting on a curb somewhere and they don't know what they're going to do and don't know where they're going to go and they're completely lost...That's when they learn something and that's when they appreciate life...Not when everything is going great...But when they are sitting on that curb."
I THOUGHT OF YOU TODAY ...
I REMEMBER YOU-ALWAYS...
i can remember the full moon shining down on us as we talked about the future.
i would have never in a million years thought that in five years from that night you wouldn't be here.
now i think back and know you were just an angel lended to us by GOD to help us grow.
thank you, chuck.
all these entries for the past week have made me really start missing the crap out of you (not literally, chuck) i am sure you would have a nice little comment to go with that statement.
anyway, it's not like i don't think about you daily or that i am not reminded of you by something daily... it's just that some days are really very emotional and with all of these guest book entries, it seems like i am reliving 18th of december - it's so hard - the flashbacks of seeing people from danny nash, kim kyle, george and jack g. to girls who have worked with you and friends from your motorcycle world with tears pouring out of their eyes - all of the people that visited you that night are proof that you are truly loved.
i don't know why i am bringing all of this up and i am sorry for those of you who have to relive those last days with me but december 19th was the worst day of my life. that day was cold and you hated the cold - i didn't just say goodbye to you that day... i stood at that grave in shock and still cannot believe that you are not here.
you will always be one of the best friends i have ever had, charles marc (with a c) akins.
i love you and i miss you.
Yes, me too...it's the 17th and for some reason today all I kept thinking about was "Wild Turkey" I think I remember you telling me that on your 21st birthday-your friends had you almost drink a whole bottle of it. Wild Turkey...I am going to Minneapolis this week to visit my friends and I will make sure that somehow I will drink a shot of Wild Turkey-for you, we all will, for you Chuck. Miss you so much...Miss that you're not on this green grass right now, but I know that you're around, in fact, I thought of the Wild Turkey as I was driving and felt like you were right there next to me laughing and saying..."Remember the story I told you about the Wild Turkey?" And, I know you heard me...and I laughed, but not by myself--you were right there. Today is Monday...Remember all the Monday's we shared? It was your night off at Gold Rush. I miss you so very much.
Love you always,
what a dummy i am -
i was wondering why i felt you so much this past week, it started with missy and kelli's guest book entries and then i wonder why i keep seeing the 17s everywhere i look - on the clock, mailbox addresses add up to 17, on license plates, EVERYWHERE. i looked at my phone this morning...the date is 7/17 and the time was 7:17 a.m - i hope you dance by leanne came on the radio yesterday and i thought of how you really loved that song.
it wasn't until i started writing this entry that i realized it was the 31st month of your passing on saturday - you have come through loud and clear.
if anyone truly believes in spirituality and signs, it's clear that you are coming through to all of us in some way daily. to everyone reading this, EMBRACE those moments and welcome him, please.
thanks for looking out for me on saturday - i realize everything after the fact and i know that part about me won't ever change because i believe that is the beauty of you, chuckles, and what you have to offer all of us - you are a guardian angel to many of us.
i know you are looking out for me and for everyone you were ever close to in your life - thanks.
i miss you.
You're so very missed-EVERDAY!
Thinking of you
I'm not wasting time. You were right as usual-even in my dreams.
Please keep coming and letting me know that you're there. I talked to Kelli today and we are going to get that flag on the 17th hole for all three of us and don't think I forgot "THE 17TH HOLE". I'm so happy that you finally found someone so special as Kelli you deserved someone very special.
I missy you a weal wot,
In my Dreams...
I DO LOVE YOU CHUCK AND "EVERYTHING" REALLY MEANT YOU...IT MEANT YOU, YOU ARE EVERYTHING ANY PERSON COULD EVER WANT!!!
This picture always makes me smile!
We had "tremendous fun" that day.
Chuck ate 9 hotdogs !
I'm missing you Chuck....
I love you.
t;br>I wish I would have held your hand and ran...
I'm sitting on that curb right now.
I Miss You, "Please Remember Me"
Hi, son: Your annual BAD Saturday (Biker Appreciation Day) Ride was held on June 17, with the biggest turnout ever - 400 riders. It began at ESPN and ended at the Masters. Kelli continues to do a great job in your honor. And, of course, Doug, Ashley and Dirty were there - and Debbie was able to make it this year. We met several more of your friends who contribute greatly to pulling the ride together. It takes quite a few people and a great deal of work to pull this ride together. It was a big success - and, as ALWAYS, we knew you were there in spirit. Contributions went to battered women organizations.
We want to thank all of your friends who have contributed so much to the continuation of this ride in your name and in your honor.
We miss you, son!
ALWAYS, CHUCK, ALWAYS!
Love, Mom & Dad
P.S. We gave little Evan two Matchbox vehicles – a fire rescue truck and a police truck – Evan tells us that Uncle Chuck gave them to him.
Hey you! Always
I met Chuck in high school, many years ago. We hung out, played video games, and went camping and hiking on several occasions. Out of all of the friends in the group, Chuck had the sweetest disposition and the softest heart. He was full of mercy and grace for all people and made no judgements. He will be greatly missed by myself, his friends, and the world that needed him. Love you Chuck.
Had a drink for your b-day last night! I know somewhere you were doing the same-- wearing a kilt!:O)
Happy Birthday Chuck! I will be celebrating today just like you would want. I miss you and love you so much.
1 jager, 1 woowoo, 1 beer !
Love ya Chuck
Hi Chuck I just wanted to say Happy Birthday.You are missed dearly by so many people.Do you remember giving me that nickname?I'll always keep you with me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAL!!! YOU WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS WHILE I DRINK LOTS OF GREEN BEER!!!
LOVE YA LOTS!!!
TIFFANY AKA KAITLIN
Thinking of you Chuck. Happy Birthday. You are always in my thoughts. I miss you.
I will raise a glass in your honor today.Happy birthday. You are truely missed.
Well, I'm hearing LeeAnn Womack's "I Hope You Dance," on the radio as I write this and I suppose that it's my cue to start writing in this guest book. I know it was one of your favorite songs.
Happy Birthday, CHUCK!
It's a beautiful day in the city and I hope you know that the world will be celebrating your birthday as they do every single year!
Asia and I went on "The Tour of Chuck" yesterday... Passed by your apartment, said a prayer, passed by your workplace, and then to the cemetery.
The impact you have on my life is still present in everything I do. I thank you for being that forever friend to me. I will never let a day go by without thinking of you and wishing you were still here to talk to.
I miss you so much.
Happy Birthday, my friend.
I love you.
I just had one of those Chuck moments. Something made me think of you and I got chills all over. I had opened an email earlier this morning but I never read it - it just stayed on my screen in the background. When I thought of you, I got a little teary eyed because I still can't get over the fact that you are not here anymore.
Well, I eventually looked at the monitor and I received an email from a friend who plays in a band. In the email, he mentions the great turnout his band had at HOUCK'S two weeks ago. HOUCK'S was the first restaurant we ever ate at with your parents and Debbie, Glenn, and George. But the email then talked about a ST. PATRICK'S DAY (your birthday) celebration where they will be performing at O'SHAUGHNESSY'S - the place where we went after HOUCK'S that same night.
Three references to you in one email and I didn't read it until I got the chills thinking about you.
I haven't forgotten you, don't worry. I never will. I miss you so much.
I love you!
Hay there chuck it took me a long time to write to your mom and dad.I found out from my mom. Anne called her and told her about your web site but it took me along time to evan look at it. I am really sorry that we never kept in touch I kick my self for not trying to keep in touch with all of the Gang that we grew up with. Well I brought myself around to sending a letter to you. Well it is still hard for me because you were like a brother to me and always be. I will keep in touch. (what a long strange trip it's been) your Friend Mark
I find myself thinking about you more this time of year-like everyone! My life has changed so much in the past year and I often think about your words of wisdom and positive additude, and I think it has helped me to be a better person-and it makes me smile. Thank you:O)
This time of year seems to be the hardest. I am glad that everyone is still signing the guest book. After all it is a place for all of Chucks family and friends who loved him so much to share stories (we always called them "Chuck Tales" )And words of inspiration. I was looking at some pictures the other day and remembering all of the awesome trips that we took. We created a lifetime of memories in only a few years. We traveled so much ! From New York to Atlantic City to watching the Dogs play the Sugarbowl in New Orleans we did it all ! I am left with so many wonderfull memories! Man, I miss him!!! So many unforgetable, wonderfull, breathtaking moments!
I miss you Chuck
Few words are written, but there is never a day that goes by that I do not think of you. If I have had a bad day, I wish I could call you because you always turned it around. I miss sharing all the good with you too! You were a turning point in my life and for that, I thank you. I will never forget you Chuck. You will always have a place in my heart.
Love you, miss you, mean it!
My how time passes... today I mourn in the anniversary of your passing but also appreciate my life because you are the one person who taught me how to do that.
"Life is a journey," and this is so true. It's full of the "unknown" and the beauty is the experience of living every day to the fullest.
I wake up every day thankful that I am alive and grateful to God for blessing me with such wonderful family and friends to share my life with...
You are such a huge part of my life, still... you always will be. I miss you more than words could ever say and there have been so many times when I have felt your presence, guiding me and teaching me. I truly believe in angels and I know that you are with me.
I will continue to keep your name alive and strong and although you are not here physically, I will promise to honor your love and friendship until we meet again. I know that you will be waiting for me and I look forward to the day when we once again laugh at me walking through that damn spider web- your FAVORITE moment! Real funny, Chuckles.
I love you, always.
I’m having a “Chuck Moment”, as I do every waking moment of every day. There are so many memories – so many reminders. Chuck, I know you liked to hear “Chuck Stories” – and there are so many. We tell them everyday.
From all the plants you planted in the yard, new ones keep popping up ‘everywhere’ – all reminders of you. I noticed today, here, in December, an Impatience blooms - It is from some that you planted. And, although these are summer annual plants, some of these come back every year - another reminder that keeps your spirit alive!
Evan plays with some of your toys that I had saved for you – he is like you in so many ways; but he has his very own little personality. He is all boy in every way! He has Traci’s brown eyes, and those adorable Akins dimples that Traci, Debbie, you, and, now, Evan inherited from Dad.
I’ve been looking for that perfect Cabbage Patch boy doll – one that looks like you – I wanted to dress him in your baby clothes that I had saved for you (like I did for Traci and Debbie). Well, at Babyland General last week, I found him – I looked at every boy doll in the place – and over in the last corner – there he was – brown eyes, that one dimple you had as a small baby, brown hair, that oh, so loveable face; and, the outstretched arms – ready to give and receive that very special hug that you are so good at (everyone knows you for your genuine, loving hugs) - and his name was “Charles”, and, of course, he has been adopted as “Charles Marc Akins, with birth date of March 17.
I miss you, sweetheart!
Always, Chuck, always!
IT HAS TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO EVEN LOOK AT THIS SITE.WORDS CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW VERY MUCH I MISS YOU!I GUESS I STILL DONT WANT TO ADMIT THAT YOU ARE GONE,AND EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE, I KEEP YOU CLOSE EVERY DAY.YOU WERE SO BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT,AND I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE TIME THAT WE SPENT TOGETHER,AND I THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU TAUGHT ME.YOU KNOW YOU SAID THAT 406 WOULD ALWAYS BE WITH ME?YOU WOULDNT BELEIVE HOW MUCH TRUTH THERE REALLY IS IN THAT!SOMETIMES, JUST BELEIVING THAT KEEPS ME SANE. YOU WERE AND STILL ARE SO SPECIAL TO ME, AND NO MATTER WHERE LIFE TAKES ME THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU!
I LOVE YOU CHUCK!
-EVEN THAT STICK ON THE GROUND STILL REMINDS ME!
My Friend, I recall.. The times we had hanging on my wall. I wouldn't trade them for anything cause they make me laugh and make me cry.
They are woven in the stories that I have told and will tell again.
My friend this is for you cause a few simple words was the least I could do. To tell the world that you were here cause the love and laughter will live long after all of the sadness and the tears....
We'll meet again My Friend... My soulmate. I miss you
I know that you would have laughed at Cathy and I as we were going through her clothes a week back. We found a sweatshirt and a camping shirt of yours in her closet. She kept the sweatshirt and gave me the camping shirt, so that we each have something of yours. You were such a hugh part of our lives when we were younger, and Cathy was fortunate enough to see you and spend time with you in the year or so before your death. We had the younger years, others had the later years of your harley days. All I can say, is thank God we knew you the way we did. Forever young in our hearts. Thinking of you always Chuck. Now I have more than just memories. I have a part of you to wear with me, and I will always think about you. Even today, it's so hard to believe that you are gone. Love always Chuck!
Anne (Pendergrass) McKinnon
I think of you often and you are always in my prayers. I miss you but know that you are in a better place. Love, Nikki
I just wanted to say, "HELLO." It's been 19 months - time is crazy - it moves so quickly. Life is short, this I now know for sure.
Everything's going great and I am sure you know that already...
One of our friends told me that he had a dream about you not too long ago. A bunch of guys were playing poker and someone asked, "Where's Chuck?" and another guy answered, "He's on a cruise ship and he's watching over Christina." Our friend Kris said to me, "I just wanted to let you know your guardian angel is still watching over you."
I got chills.
Thanks for always being around. Hover all you want. We all miss you and are reminded every single day of you - whether it's a "Vroom" of a motorcycle on the highway or at 3:17 on the clock, you are always in our hearts.
Chuck, the annual Biker Appreciation Day Ride, better known as the B.A.D. Saturday Poker Run, that you organized for charity, continues. Kelli has organized the now, 'B.A.D. Saturday Poker Run in Memory of Chuck Akins', and has done a great job. Saturday, June 25th, was the second run held in your honor. It was a beautiful day and the turnout was tremendous! We know that you were there – in the heart of every rider. We love you, Chuck, and miss you terribly!
Thinking of you & wishing for a hug. I am still having a hard time beleiving you a gone.
Lots of good memories...
Last night I was going through the motions of being a bride-to-be; the nerves and the stress. Oh God, the stress!!
Anyway, I was in the middle of cooking, thinking about the wedding and the things that are stressing me out. I started crying and looked around for the phone. I picked it up, with barbeque sauce all over my hands and asked out loud, "Who can I call to calm me down? Who will calm me down right now?"
I cried out, "CHUCK!" And then I got even more upset because I couldn't call you but all of a sudden I calmed down.
I guess you heard me.
You're still here and I know it. I just wish I could hear your voice.
I just wanted to write because I am embarking upon a new life soon. I can remember when I made my preliminary guest list out, it included family members and a few friends. You were on that list and I put +3 next to it, assuming that you would bring George, Danny, and one more person.
I can’t believe my wedding day is approaching. The only thing that will be missing on that day is you. I told Jevon that I wish that I could get that “congratulatory speech,” and that “bear hug” of congratulations. I know that you would tell me how happy you are for me that I have found my soul mate. You will be in my thoughts that day. I miss you so much.
I have been taking the past week or so to reflect on my past to see what happened in my life to get me here today. You were a very huge part of that and I wanted to thank you in this guest book so that everyone would read about it and know what type of impact you had on my life.
Thank you for showing me that it’s okay to cry and that if I didn’t cry, would I truly know how good it felt to be happy?
Thank you for teaching me that the colors of the hydrangeas are based on the ph balance in the soil…
Thank you for teaching me about the dogwood trees…
Thank you for helping me find my first four-leaf clover…
Thank you for teaching me that I can achieve anything with faith, hope, and love…
Thank you for being one of my best friends…
And to God, thank you for letting me share a moment in time with Chuck.
CMA, you don’t know how much you are missed. There will be a seat for you at the wedding. Time is flying by and I still think every day, “Hey, this might be my last. I’m gonna live it like Chuck and I used to say, “as if it were my last.”
So many great memories, such a short time…
I came across a photograph of you in my desk at work today. It made me smile and made me cry. I miss your sweet face.
Chuck: Happy Birthday, Son!! I know today, your birthday, I should be celebrating your life (having you in our lives for 31 years), and I am and do every day - I just miss you so much my heart aches. I know you are with us - I feel your presence . . . . . Little Evan will be 2 next week and he knows his Uncle Chuck - he saw an old family picture last week (taken when you were 10 years old, and blonde)-- He pointed to your picture and said "Chuck" - he recognized you before he did his Grandma, Paw Paw, or his Mommie. I know that you and he have a special connection. Evan will grow up safe from harm with you, 'Uncle Chuck', as his Guardian Angel.
I found the perfect birthday card, seems to have been written especially for you!
"Makes perfect sense
that you were born
upon St. Paddy's Day,
You've got a way of warmin' hearts
with things you do and say --
And everyone who meets you says
you've got a charmin' style --
You're like a leprechaun yourself
the way you make folks smile!"
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I Love You, Sweetheart!
You are constantly in my heart and in my thoughts!
I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!
ALWAYS, CHUCK, ALWAYS!
Happy Birthday Chuck! Thinking of you today, as always.
Happy Birthday, Chuckles!
You will never be forgotten.
I just can't believe you aren't around to celebrate this day with us. You are so missed every day and I wish that you were still here.
Asia and I came by this morning to wish you a Happy Birthday. It's just not an easy thing to do - all of the memories rush in so quickly and it really hurts because we miss you so much.
You will always have a place in our hearts and we will never forget you for the friendship, the love, and your amazing ability to make us laugh - all the time.
You touched our hearts and we look forward to the day when we see you again.
Remember your Chicken -n-'dumplins' at Mary Mac's? It seems like yesterday.
Christina and Asia
Happy Birthday, Chuck. Like so many others, today I will toast you and celebrate your life.
"Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.
Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.
Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day."
I miss you, my friend.
Chuck, I had a very vivid dream the other night, and you were in it with my babies. You looked just like I knew you. You didn't look like your harley days, you came to me as I kneew you, young, thin, Chuck. We are all so sad that you are gone, and now I have my own family tradegy, but Chuck, you were to be here forever. I braided Cathy's hair the other night, and she said to me, you braided my hair the day of Pat's brother's wedding. We were all together then, Mark, Me, Cathy, Pat, etc. We don't recognize the people who were in your life in the end, but we had you in the life that was so important to us, and we will never forget it. Love always, Anne, Cathy, and Karen
The memories of you will never fade away.
I sometimes wish I could turn back the hands of time and change the course but then I realize that most everything in life is meant to be.
I wish I could figure out the reasons why right away but that is the beauty of life from your standpoint - to find out what life was all about - being sad so you could know what being happy felt like...
You are so missed. Your 33rd birthday is next week and I will be celebrating you and your day with friends and family and we will toast to your life, your memory, and we will never forget.
Always, Chuck, Always.
Friends Forever, 1720
This moment in time will stop being the present and turn into the past.... Another memory. It is both the blessing and the curse of life. It never stops or even breaks for us. We can only be present in each moment that we are given and truly live in it because it will surely not last. So today,kiss your loved ones, say hello to a stranger,say goodbye to a bad habit,hold the door open for someone...Do it today,for today is all we have. As it as been repeated a million times...NOTHING is worth more than this day. Remebering you ALWAYS Chuck ....All the wonderfull memories.
Love your SM,
Happy Valentines Day, Sweetheart! I'll Love You Forever!
Went to the cemetery and left a shamrock there... it'll be there for a little over a month to celebrate you, your life with us, and your spiritual journey now.
You are so missed - - - as it is said, "time will heal..." time will never heal the broken hearts of your friends and family but time does make it easier to carry on holding all of our memories close in thought and in our hearts.
You will NEVER be forgotten. Not ever...
We love you, Chuck.
It is still hard for me to except the fact that you are gone. Words could never describe how missed you really are. I miss you every day and there isn't one day that goes by that i'm not reminded of you by someone or something said. Even the trees. I miss walking around mid-town and you naming all of them. I think about moments like that, very little things that i miss so much. There are so many more memories that i have and each one is so special to me. My favorite will always be Joe's on Juniper! I've never seen a look like that on anyone's face. I can't wait untill one day we can laugh like that again.
My heart truely goes out to your family. I know how special they are to you. I know that you are somewhere else now, and the only comfort i have is knowing that i will see you again one day. But untill then, i'm going to embrace every day and every moment...just like you did. I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to spend the time i did with you. You have touched my life in such a very special way. And to you i am thankful. I love you!
No matter what happens, I will never forget our friendship...
You are missed so much.
Next week, your family will take over sponsorship of this guest book and it will be online permanently for all of your friends and family to share thoughts and memories...
You are in all of our hearts forever.
I just found out about Chuckakins.com, and found this site via Chuck's site. Karen told me about Chuck's site last week at Cathy's grandmother's wake. I knew Chuck since Pope High. We became such good friends, and he became a vital part of our circle of friends back then, with my brother David Pendergrass, Mark Wood-Hulse, Pat Beach, Cathy Bemont, Karen Killian, etc. I lost touch with Chuck a few years ago, but kept up with him through Cathy and Karen. I haven't seen him since the last time I went to Good O'days, which seems like forever ago, especially now that I'm married with two little boys. I have always had Chuck in my memories and thoughts, but time passes by so quickly, you don't realize how long it's been since you've seen a friend. Chuck was always the type of friend, that it didn't matter how long it had been, we just picked up where we left off. He was the sweetest man I have ever known and I will always have him in my heart and thoughts. I have so many pictures of all of us back in the old days. I would love to share them. I will scan them and email them to D.B. to put on his web site. I'm so sorry for the loss to the family. I can not even imagine the grief you must be feeling. I know how much Chuck loved his family and how important you were to him.
Forever in my thoughts,
Love, Anne Marie
Chuckie, it is me, KT (Pumpkin) you never told me that "Simple Man" was your favorite song, what are the odds that this would be a chinese guy's favorite song too, "Hey where's my KFC?".
Remember the promise we made you (Mgr John and myself), well, we did it bro (Mr. Akins) you have and always had my respect as a fellow manager, as a person and as my friend.
Remember when I asked you during a conversation about you not answering your cell phone after 11:00Pm and I mentioned if something happened at work, that I had no way of communicating with you, you looked at me with that (you must be joking stare) and replied - Kim, if you can't handle the situation then don't bother waking me up, cuz I sure won't have the answer. It is words like the above that have instilled faith, and courage in so many. I feel selfish, because I wish we had met earlier, and I miss my KFC, but that does not last long, for I remember, what my father had told me, it does not matter if the candle light goes out, as long as you carry the flame, he told me this when his father had passed. Your flame I carry with me, it is a flame that is fueled by love and carried by all who you touched, to some of us it helps us each day, to other's a reminder to appreciate life, and to rest of the world to love unconditionaly and to give till it hurt's, not what you can afford.
Trinity, Clay, John and the rest of the staff miss you, till today I remind them to live like you would have advised them to, that you would have been dissapointed if they did not.
Your words still stay in the office "A true leader." and if for some reason I am no longer there, it shall stay as a reminder to whomever sits behind that desk. The flame continues.
For you Chuck, I miss you so much.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, for I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on a rippened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
I am the flowers that bloom.
I am the quiet in the room.
I am the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there- I did not die.
There truley are no words to express the devestation that has been felt by so many this past year.
I still read the magnet that you gave me for my fridge everyday...Nothing is worth more than this day... ( That is one of the many positive quotes that you left with me.) Along with the humor in all of the poems that you wrote for me. (we still do your toast on my birthday)And always will. You left me with so many beautifull memories and that is something that can never be erased. I try everyday to live life the way that you taught me to and that is to celebrate and enjoy! I never miss an oportunity to tell the people around me that I love them and hug Tiana even more because every moment is precious and should be cherished. Thank you Chuck for all that you taught me and for leaving me with a lifetime of memories.I miss you. Forever in my heart.
Love, Kelli ( C.A.B )
No practical joke will ever be the same since you are no longer here to pull them.
I am so sad about this year flying by like it has - we all miss you so much.
As I try to reflect on the great memories of our friendship, I will continue to keep your family close as I know you would like for me to do.
You are in our hearts forever and I will never let your memory die.
1720 - Forever Friends - C
Chuck, it has been a year, and we still have difficulty with the reality that you have been called to be with Jesus. We know that you are safe, that you are happy, and that you are in a more beautiful place than we can imagine. “If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.” But, we know that you are in a better place. We just miss you terribly. We miss the sound of your voice, your smiling face, the twinkle in your eyes, your genuine bear hugs, your sense of humor, your loving, caring ways, the sound of your Harley pulling in the drive. . . . .
As we’ve told you many times, we are so proud of you . . . for the person you are! You were here with us for such a short time, but you gave so much of yourself, your time in helping others. You have no idea of the number of lives you impacted, and, amazingly, continue to do so!
We have your poems and writings, which are influenced by your love of God, family, friends, nature, beauty, and zest for living – they are full of emotion – a part of you – an insight into your soul – they are priceless. You were a beautiful person, a bright light in many lives . . . an Angle on loan for a while . . . ‘Thanks, to God for you and all the time.”
One of the things you said that last night was, “I can’t wait to hear Evan call me Uncle Chuck!” Well, ‘Chuck’ was one of the first words Evan could say . . . he knows his Uncle Chuck and he will hear all the ‘Chuck stories’.
Your friends have been very supportive and we enjoy, and will forever cherish, their notes to you in this guest book, those left at College Park, and the many notes and cards we receive – we collect them in a scrapbook for safekeeping.
You’re such a schmoozer and organizer – we’re sure you’re working your way around Heaven, making friends with everyone, making arrangements for all of your family and friends; and, you’ll be waiting at Heaven’s Gate to welcome each of us as we join you one by one.
We miss you sweetheart! You will forever live in our hearts and memories!
We Love You, Son!
“Always, Chuck, Always”,
Mom & Dad
P.S. Chuck’s friends are invited to visit: www.chuckakins.com
Kudos! Your words could not have been more perfect. Thank you for making me smile.
I miss Chuck dearly, the words never come out easy.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.
To My Brother, My Love
As you’ve always told me throughout the years,
“I may not always be “there”,
But I will always be "right here"."
But after you left I was so consumed with fear,
Because for the first time in my life
I couldn’t see or feel if you were near.
But through the devastating grief
And the millions of tears
You still made me feel that I can and always will find you “right here”.
Right by my side, for the rest of my years.
Although for so long I have prayed that it wouldn’t be long,
I know now, that I must stay to carry your memory on.
And though we’ll never understand why you had to go.
We feel like maybe you were never really “ours”,
But an Angel on loan.
You not only touched so many lives,
But you’re forever etched on their hearts and their souls.
You always had so much love to give,
And you taught so many people what it means to really live.
You were never once too busy to take the time to show
That so many people were worth more than they could ever know.
And when I feel like I’m back on that fast sinking boat,
With little desire to try to stay afloat
Even with an ocean of possibilities,
Without you, this life means little to me.
That is when I feel you, just like before, right when I need you the most.
Just feeling your love still gives me so much hope
Much more than I could ever find on my own
And then it reminds me no matter what, I’m not alone.
I know that you will never be far from my sight.
And I’m sure you’re still trying to make me see
That at the end of every tunnel there will be some light.
Your love is guiding me through my despair.
Because I know one day we can be together again,
When it’s time for me to come “there”.
And I feel like you’re still holding my hand and telling me
“I’m right here, and always will be, until the very end.”
And although I know now I have to wait
You’ll be the first one waiting for me at Heaven’s Gate.
And now, to you, my brother, I can say,
“I didn’t just love you for all of your life,
I’ll love you for all of mine!”
Love Your Sister, D.B.
I can't believe it has been so long since I last saw you. I miss you so much. Lately I've been writing a lot of poetry lately. My mom told me that my poetry is very deep. Your mom told me that it was deep as well. Most of them are about you. Too bad we can't have the diner you promised me. I miss you so much and I hope you have a Happy Holiday!!!
I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I've last seen you. It seems so fresh in my mind the last time I saw you at work. You gave me a cookie. You are on my mind every day. Not a single day goes by that I don't see something that reminds me of you or hear something that gives me an opportunity to pass on some of your words of wisdom. Christmas is going to be especially tough for everyone who you are special to. We all miss you and wish we could be enjoying your company. I finally brought myself to use the Crate and Barrel gift certificate you gave me almost two years ago. I think about you everytime I look at the things I got with it. I wish I didn't get sad when I thought of you, but you were such a positive person, and it's hard not having you around. I guess it's selfish really, but human. I pray for your your family everyday, and heard that there is a bench now at the cemetary. I just can't bring myself to go there. I like thinking of you alive. You were so alive. I think you lived a lifetime in your thirty-one years. I know I may never know someone like you ever again, but I will never stop trying. You were a light in the darkness. I am so grateful to have known you.
Thinking of you Chuck. I miss you and that sweet smile. Happy Thanksgiving. My thoughts and prayers are with your family always.
Guess what? I am the proud owner of your motorcycle-the Suzuki! I am having it customized for me but with your initials proudly emblazoned upon it. I promise I will NEVER sell it-and I'm even gonna teach my girls to ride it 'cause you always thought that girls should ride, too-and I promise to be as devoted to it as you were. Now, I have that piece of you to always remember-so watch over me and keep me safe on it.
Thoughts of you in my heart and soul. Not a day goes by without thinking of you and that sweet face. I miss you Chuck.
Since I haven't written in a while, thought you'd like to know. Today was John Lennon's birthday-64. "When I'm 64..." was played, and there you are....Chuck, in the line of the song, and of course, I thought of you.
I miss you.
Nine months, one week, one day.
The biggest question in my mind is still, "Why?"
I will never understand why this happened and although I do not dwell on that question, I know that I will never understand it until I see you again.
God works in mysterious ways and I want to say that out of all of the times we spent talking about life and laughing about our days, it almost seems as if you were truly in my life as a gift from God. But only for a moment in time...
I was blessed by knowing you and having you as my friend. You were the greatest friend I have ever known and sometimes when we live in "the moment," we take that for granted and don't say it enough, or don't see it until it's too late.
Well, Chuck, I always knew how special our relationship as friends would always be and I feel so alone somedays when I want to crack a joke or share a laugh with you. I miss you more than anything right now, as always.
It is true, as you would say, "Life goes on," but as I said, "True, it does but you never ever forget the ones who etched their name on your soul." I will NEVER forget who you were to me. My forever friend.
For all of you reading this right now, say a prayer for Chuck, his family and friends... And make sure you remember that life is short - tell someone you love them today...
I miss you, Charles Marc with a "c,"
1720 Forever Friends
I just wanted to let you know how much you are in my thoughts and how much I miss you. I mentioned last time I made an entry that I had met someone that looks like you. He even has some of the same mannerisms as you. In a strange way, it gives me comfort. Everytime I see him, I smile and think of you.
I look forward to the day I see your sweet face again. It will be worth the wait, I swear.
It's been quite some time since I have written, although it does not mean you have not been in my thoughts. I think of you all the time. As crazy as it may seem, I have actually met someone that resembles you exactly.
For some reason, it makes me smile..
Along with Heather... Just wanted to let you know you are always in my thoughts...
It has been a while since the last time I wrote, but that doesn't mean your not thought about. My daughters 1st birthday was August 15, and Chuck never got the chance to meet her. You would have loved her. She is the most beautiful, silliest little girl. As she grows, I wish that you could see her now... If you could be her guiding light, and watch over her as she grows into this crazy world. We Shall see you another day...
The days go by so quickly... there haven't been any entries lately, yet you must know that I miss you every single day. Life is just not the same knowing I can't hear your voice and see your face. I ask myself why it had to be this way and know that God must have his reasons.
You are so truly missed.
I can't believe you are gone. I can't believe it's been 8 months.
I just want everyone to know that it doesn't matter how long, it still hurts my heart every single day. You were one of the greatest friends I have ever known and I miss you so very much.
1720 - Christina
Almost 7 months and nothing's changed. I miss you so much. I think of you every day and I can't figure out how to get through the pain. I miss your jokes, your goofy laugh, and for the love of God, I miss talking to you.
Chuck, you have no idea how much you are missed. I hope you can see how much your friends and family love you.
You Are Not Alone
I never knew my life could feel so empty-
Since you’ve been gone life just doesn’t feel right,
There’s a hole in my heart and tears in my eyes-
I needed to tell you something but you’re nowhere in sight.
I wanted you to know that you touched my heart-
You were the friend I could never be without,
I don’t think I will ever get through this moment in life-
I just can’t understand what it’s all about.
You were the truest friend, the one I could turn to
When I was happy and when I was down,
I knew I could call you at any point in my life,
Your door was open and you were always around.
Friendship and love were so important to you-
The two most fulfilling things about life,
And I miss listening to you talk about your experiences,
It hurts so much, it cuts my heart like a knife.
I can’t understand why you had to go -
But I’m willing to accept God’s will,
I just didn’t think it would get harder each day
To make it over this hill.
You are always in my heart-
You were such a special friend,
And I know that when it’s my time to go,
You’ll be waiting around the bend.
It’s not an easy thing to know-
That you’re never coming home
But I know that you’re probably home already,
And I know you are not alone.
I miss you so much.
Written By: Christina Vincelli 6/14/04
Your Memorial poker run was just a few weeks ago and I was unable to ride because my family was in town. Kevin rode with Tristan and said that there was a great turn out. Kelli worked really hard to make it happen and I'm glad it went well. At the time of the run, I didn't have my motorcycle license and I would have had to be a passenger, but since then, I have gotten my license and ride my own Ducati Monster. Kevin and I are going to take a road trip with Kelli to Helen soon, and we'll be thinking of you. She has your bike and is riding it a lot! It's a wonderful piece of you that she gets to enjoy every day. I'm glad she was able to get it. She went from being scared to ride out of her driveway into her neighborhood, to riding the highways and being able to handle your bike! :O) She would have never been able to do it without you there showing her the ropes. We miss you Chuck, your devilish pranks and your angel sweet smile. No one pulled off suspender wearing like you!
We'll be thinking of you on our ride. Love, Cara
Nothing can erase the memories of you in my mind -
You are like a living picture that will not fade,
All of the times we laughed and talked for hours -
…are the memories I’m so glad we made.
From the day I met you, I saw something special in you -
It was like a bright light around your face,
You used to tell me, “I don’t see what the big deal is,”
I said, “You’ll see it at your own pace.”
As time passed by, we grew from change -
Ups and downs and ins and outs,
But through every single moment with you,
…I learned a lot of what life is about.
It wasn’t from any single lesson you taught -
It was from growth of learning new things,
It was a relationship that was colorful and so full of life
…and wonderful experiences that friendship brings.
We talked about where we’d be in ten years -
And what we’d like to be doing then,
I never thought for a moment, that you wouldn’t be here
…that I’d never be able to hear your voice again.
Without you here has been a very rough ride
My heart is just broken in two
I miss your friendship more than anything
…somedays I don’t know what to do.
Then I talk to you and I know you hear me -
I feel a little better after a while,
But it’s just not the same anymore,
…because you always answered me with a smile.
I miss you.
Written by Christina Vincelli 6/3/04
I was going through some old pictures last night and I came across one of you. We must have been 16/17 years old. I looked at the picture and just took a trip back to that time in our lives. I think about you all the time Chuck. You will always bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.
I have your Mom's number on my fridge, yet I am hesistant to use it for some reason. I will use it one day though when I feel I can do it. For now, I cannot. I hope you understand why. My heartfelt prayers to your family. I miss you Chuck, now and always.
It's been almost 5 months now and there is still not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. One morning on my way to work I was remembering one of our conversations we had and turned on the radio and your song "Wanted Dead or Alive" was on. I just listened and cried. There are so many times I want to pick up the phone and call you to tell you what's been going on and I come to realize I can't. I still have your number in my phone and it will always stay there. I know it sounds silly but oh well! I have met many of your friends and heard so many funny stories and it breaks my heart everytime to know you are not here. I feel like I have an empty place in my heart and I know that place belongs to you. Thank you for touching my life as you have touched so many others. You are always and forever in my heart!!
I love you CMA!!
I love that I can read this book and know that I am among these lucky people who knew and loved you. You touched so many people in so many different ways. Everytime I read this I feel proud to say that I knew you. You were the most genuine person I have ever known and you still continue to amaze me. I talk about you all the time. I think that's the way you would like it. I just hope that when it's my time I can have half as many people who think so highly of me. Chuck, sometimes I feel selfish and cry because I can't talk to you about what's bothering me. Then I just think about the way you would sit and patiently listen while chewing on your pen cap and then quietly give your advice. I remember those times the most. And your laugh. And that smirk when you played a joke on someone. I know you're all around everyone who misses you, but sometimes I still can't handle not being able to give you a hug. I feel blessed to have known you and my life is that much better now that I know what it really means to live-- to have people respect you and have so many good things to say about you. I love and miss you and I never got to say thanks for the cookie.
I just wanted to say hey. And I really miss you. And I talk about you at least once a day. And I miss you. And I still have my keychain. And I miss you.
Hi Chuckles -
I miss you a lot.
There are days when tears just come out of nowhere. I just still can't get over you being gone.
Somedays there are things I just want to call you about - to ask your opinion or hear you laugh at me and say, "Good for you," or "Cooool."
I will not let your memory die. If it takes talking about you every day or once a week to someone who knew you or a complete stranger, I know that's what I can promise to you and you know we never made promises we couldn't keep. We just never made them - - - but this time I am making that promise to you.
I miss u. The world moves a lot faster these days - it's hard to appreciate time when it flies by so quickly.
Just remember that you are in my heart forever.
I miss you.
It has been 4 long months since God took Chuck from us. I STILL can't beleave the fact that he is not here. Its just not real... I will keep the Akins family in my prayers. Take care of us CHUCK, and keep an eye out for my little one... MISS YA
No Love, No Friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
You are always in my thoughts.
I love you and miss you Chuck.
It's been almost four months since you went away... Things have settled in my mind, and I think I have figured out how long it actually has taken to truly "acccept" the fact that you are not coming back. Four months.
My heart hurts inside because there are days when I just wanna share my good news with you and reality slaps me and I realize that I can't call you.
Life seems so unfair. I think about how unfair it seems that you were taken away so young... Taken away from all your friends and family and your life here on earth which was so plentiful.
I wish someone could explain that to me. It's just not fair, Chuck.
I see your family hurting and there's nothing to do but try to be strong for them, even though it's killing me inside, too. The strength of a family is what keeps love alive, and your family is the eptiome of strength - and for you, they have held it together. You have many of us watching over them and praying that they will be all right. Everyone misses you.
Life just isn't the same without you around. For me, I feel as if something is missing inside. There is just a hole in my heart, Chuck. A big fat hole.
I miss you, "dude."
(Yes, I just called you "dude!")
You were a wonderful human being and we still miss you very much! The world was a better place when you were here!!!
You are an amazing person. I remember our last conversation on 12/14/03, you were so happy about the decission I made. Yes, I am happy, thanks to you! I wish you were here to share this with me. You are always there and even though I can no longer touch you or hear your voice, I know you are there. I miss you!
People tell me that my son Aidan is "talking with the angels" when he smiles and laughs into space. And if Chuck is my son's special angel, that makes him smile and laugh, then he's a very lucky little boy. We all missed you on your birthday chuck, with much love.
Happy Birthday Chuck!! There is not a moment that goes by that I am not thinking of you.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chuckie! your always gonna be missed but never ever forgotten.
Happy Birthday Precious...We miss you!
Wow I miss ya. I still have the motorcycle we bought from you and I think I'll give it a little rev on St. Patrick's Day. (I promise I won't honk the horn-you always said it was goofy sounding.) You believed in second chances in life, and bigger and better things. This is your bigger thing, Chuck. Keep us safe and remind us there is always a reason for things to happen. I'll be listening.
It's been almost 3 months since GOD called on you and I don't think I will ever get over this. I don't really know where to begin. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. You have taught me alot and you were still teaching me and I'm not done learning. I have sat back and watched how many lives you have touched even thru a simple conversation and it just amazed me. I will always love you and I will always cherish what we had. Sometimes I feel like I can still hear you in the back of my head saying "Guilty By Association" and all I do is smile. It's taken me this long to be able to write to you and I still get teary eyed. When my eyes fill up with tears all I can think of is you saying "are you gonna cry" while you still had that grin on your face. My skin has gotten thicker Chuck, thanks to you. I miss you so much and love you dearly. My heart and prayers go out to the Akins Family. Chuckles we shall cross paths again and until then I will live thru your wisdom and advice. I love you CMA! Your forever in my heart.
It's been about two and a half months now and I have come to the realization that I am not ever going to get over this...
Words cannot express your absence in this world.
You touched more people's lives than you ever knew. Some more than others but you always seemed to etch your spirit on their souls... I know you etched it in mine.
Something you always said was that if you could make a difference in someone's life, even in just a tiny way, you would feel like you had accomplished something great in your life.
You did that A LOT.
When I take the time to reflect on the ways you impacted your friends' lives, including mine, I see how MUCH you offered and asked for nothing in return other than friendship. Thank you for impacting my life that way...
I miss you.
For everyone who is reading this entry, I would like to share a memory of CHUCK with you and another one that was just made recently...
On May 31, 1999, Chuck and I were hangin' out in the Hiawassee area, North Georgia. There was a field of clovers on the ground (we know the relationship between a four-leaf clover and Chuck - he was born on MARCH 17th)... I said to him, "Man, I wish I could find a four-leaf clover, I've never found one - I don't think they're real."
He said, "Yes, they are real. If you don't look so hard, you can find one. Stop looking so hard for one... See? Here's one right here."
HE PICKED ONE OUT OF THE GROUND.
Not even 20 seconds later...
I turned around and screamed, "Oh my God! I found one! I found one!"
I FOUND A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER, TOO!
When I tell people that memory, I can remember how cool it was when Chuck and I would reminisce about that moment. It's one of those really cool memories you'll never forget in your whole lifetime...
On March 5, 2004, my daughter Asia and I were taking a walk. There was a little clover patch on the grass next to the sidewalk. I told her to go over to it so we could look for four-leaf clovers. Here's the dialogue that took place:
Christina: "Remember what Chuck always said... if you don't look so hard for one, you'll find one."
So, there we were, on the ground, searching like little fiends for four-leaf clovers when we turned up with NOTHING.
We moved over to another patch and I said, "Remember, don't look too hard."
Asia: "We're gonna be here forever. It might be an hour before we find one!"
Chris: "What's this right here?"
I leaned over and pulled up a four-leaf clover! Asia crawled over to the same area -
NOT EVEN 10 SECONDS LATER...
Asia: "Mom, I got one! I found one, too!"
Now, I will let you experience Chuck's spirit the way I do...
Do you think it was a coincedence that happened the same exact way?
The power of spirituality is incredible. If you believe, you will see.
A friend said, "WOW. Chuck has a really cool sense of humor."
And that was what I will always believe it was...
Chuck's way of saying HELLO.
Miss you, HHCL.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Daytona Beach for work. One of my coworkers took me and another into a small biker bar in the center of town. There were thousands of pictures on the wall, and I spent quite a while searching for one with you in it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one. Even if you didn't make it into one of the pics on those walls, it doesn't really matter. For those of us who knew you and got to be around you frequently, there will always be a picture of you etched in our brains forever.
Everyday I see something or do something that reminds me of you. I just wish that I could be able to tell you about it.
I met your family only once and found that they were as great as you were. I once told you that you were lucky to have such cool parents, and you said the same of mine. My heart goes out to them.
Chuck, I still will miss you more than most people will ever understand. No matter how depressed I was, I knew that I could come and talk to you and everything would be better, at least for the time that you were there. Right now though, by being in my heart you still help.
Talk to you later.
P.S. Everytime I hear a Harley go by, I still say to myself...Chuck's was louder.
I can't believe you are gone. I'm pretty upset. But I realize your in a better place now. I miss you so much. I remember when you wrote a poem for my sixth birthday. I still have every single present. I keep them on my dresser.
Hopefully you've been listening to the things I've been telling you. My mom and I really miss you. Can you take care of my great grandmother and my mom's friends.
I just wanted to let you know that you never leave my thoughts and that you'll never leave my mom's thoughts. Thanks for giving me the nick-name FANTASIA...
I'll never forget you.
March 17th is slowly approching. For those of us who truley knew Chuck know that this has always been a day for celebration. I hope that we all will forever continue this tradition. This is a day to celebrate life ! As we all know now ,time waits for no one. This is a day to celebrate Chuck and the wonderfull life lessons that he taught all of his. He taught me how to live (I mean truley live!)
Chuck was a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your soul can go naked with him. He seems to ask you to put on nothing,only to be what you really are. When you are with him,you do not have to be on your guard.You can say what you want so long as it is genuinely you.
He understands those cantradictions in your nature that cause others to misjudge you. With him you breathe freely. He understands! You can weep with him,laugh with him-Underneath it all he sees,knows and loves you. Chuck was someone with whom you dare to be yourself ! THANK YOU CHUCK! March 17th is your day I will forver celebrate life,and the amazing memories that we shared ! I miss you and love you!
Wish you were here. I miss you!
I just learned of the tragic news of a wonderful old friend. I met Chuck in high school and we developed a unique, special friendship. He had that ability with everybody. In high school he would make the whole car listen to Dixie Chicken and sing along with him. He was always so silly. The last time I saw Chuck I ran into him at Spice, so maybe 2 years ago. For some stange reason, I told him what a wonderful man he was and I cried to him while telling him. Some time later, I kept telling myself that I would call him and we could get together..I never did. I never imagined that night at Spice would be the last time I ever saw him. His smile would light up a room. Chuck was the most geniune, moving person you could ever meet. Whenever anyone spoke of Chuck Akins you would always hear the same thing "he is the best person you will ever meet". I hope in his next life he will be a fireman if he still desires. I miss him and cannot get his sweet face out of my mind. Chuck is one of those people that will always have a special place in my heart. He had such an impact on my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May God give his family strength and know that Chuck is looking over them. To the Akins family, I am so truly sorry for your loss. You had the sweetest angel ever.
It's been almost 2 months since God called Chuck home to him and I still can't believe that he is not here with us anymore.Everytime I'm about to come to Atlanta I still want to pick up the phone and call to let him know that he finally gets the chance to meet his Godson.It's so hard to face this fact so I just kinda pretend that he's out of town or busy for the time.He used to only be a phone call away since I moved,and I guess that its easier for me to deal with by pretending that hes doing something for the time that I come down there because I'm not down there anymore and I didn't see him everyday.So for all those who Chuck was in your life everyday I just pray for you and know that they say that time heals all wounds.I'm so sorry for the great loss that we went through but what about the great gain heaven now has? Chuck,not a day goes by that I don't think of you,you'll always be missed and NEVER forgot.
It takes only a moment to meet a special person,an hour to appreciate them,and a day to love them but it takes a lifetime to forget them. Chuck, I will never forget what we shared. We created a lifetme of memories together. My heart won't stop hurting and you are my every thought. I am so gratefull for the words that you left behind in your poetry to be a constant reminder on how much you truely appreciated the simple things in life. You had it figured out ! I miss you more than I could ever express in words. There truely are no words ! I love you and miss you-- Forever soulmates,
Kelli ( C.A.B )
I just read a few things in a book that reminded me of you, Chuck.
"If you treat everything as a "trust," God promises three rewards in eternity: AFFIRMATION, PROMOTION, and CELEBRATION..."
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
And here are a few more:
"We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18
It's still so very hard for me knowing that you are away and you aren't coming back. Time passes by and life goes on, but I wanted you to know that I will never let a day pass when I don't think of you. Your memory will never fade away.
You were the greatest friend and the most generous friend I've ever known, especially with your heart. A lot of people had the chance to know that heart and I know they would agree when I say that you touched their hearts like you touched mine - individually, with laughter and honesty. You were one of the good guys, Chuck.
You are in my heart forever.
My little boy, Aidan Maxim, was born on Jan. 2nd, 2004. He is absolutely the most precious and wonderful gift. I know how much love I feel for this beautiful little creature that only came into my life a few weeks ago... and I it makes me think about Chuck's family losing their precious wonderful little boy, and how many years of love, laughter and smiles they shared with him. My heart goes out to all of you.
Life is a gift to us all. Cherish your little ones, your friends, your family, your life. Smile every day.
Chuck taught us all how to smile, love, laugh, and cherish those around us. I miss you Chuck.
Please watch over this little man for me. :)
I was not an immediate friend of Chucks, I knew him through Kelli. The first time I met him we talked a while about bikes, not owning a bike I was instantly sold on the experience through his masterful craft of dialogue and honest tone. At that moment I knew I liked him. Its amazing to be around those souls who can draw you into their world through their painfully honest excitement. These people are the ones who will never die. Physically they may be absent, but their being, their spirit, the air that surrounds them will never be taken. That overwhelming emptiness that we feel is not a life without Chuck, but him asking us to let him in. Inhale the air that Chuck has left behind, Its his life!!!, and he will live forever through us.
With my most Sincere Love and Respect,
You will be missed.... My thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones.
Chuck was a huge part of my daughters life.She is 8 years old and this has been very difficult for her.She came home from school the other day with a notebook that she handed to me.She said mom I wrote something for Chuck to put on that website that your always reading.So these are her words----
Chuck was like a Dad to me.He always touched peoples lives.Total strangers could count on him.If I had one wish I would wish him to come back.What is hard is we are waiting for him to call us or tell a joke or say lets go out to eat.I cried the day that you know what happened.I thought that it was a dream.But it wasn't because it didn't seem to go away.He is my life.My soul protector.He was a loving man and I wish this never happened.I love you,Tiana---------
Those are her words.
We love you Chuck and miss you
Many people will walk in and out of your life,but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.
We love you,Kelli and Tiana
I had the pleasure of working with Chuck, especially on UGA saturdays. I had seen him, just the Tuesday before, and he told me how much he valued his friends and that one of his New Year's Resolutions was going to be to spend more time with them. I never realized that I was included in that category 'til I thought back. He rode with my husband Paul, he celebrated my birthdays with me, and he came to see me at my new job. He called just to say hey. He shared many conversations that were personal, from both him and me, and that made me realize that I was his friend. I miss him and I hope that everyone, on every St. Patrick's Day, will hold up a drink, a soda, or even rev up your bike, in salute to our friend. I still have my little green Beetle keychain you bought me Chuck. I always will.
It's been a few years since I worked with him, but Chuck was a good person to work with, and carried himself with a quiet dignity in a profession that often lacks this. I was truly sad to hear the news.
It has been a little over a month since you left us and I miss you more everyday! I am so proud and honored to have been your older sister (even though you thought I was your second mother sometimes). You lived an incredible life that impacted so many more people than you could have ever imagined. Even some of my friends that never met you, commented that their lives would forever be changed because of you. I wish we could all see world the way you saw it through "your glasses."
You are truly a free spirit now and I know you will be watching over us as our Guardian Angel.
We love you and miss you so much it hurts. Traci, Scott and your nephew, Evan.
Time slowly passes with each new day... It's really tough knowing I can't just pick up the phone and call to say, "Hi." I still can't believe this is real. There hasn't been a day that has gone by in which I haven't thought about you - you were an inspiration to me... a friend whom I could always depend on, and now you're gone.
I once thought you were invincible because you were the one who would live to be a 100 years old.
Your words, your thoughts, and your sensitive feelings were what made you --->YOU. You were an angel among all who knew you... you were kind, giving, and such a great listener. You were fair to everyone and always preached about how people have "choices," and as I look back on my life, I realize that a lot of influence in my life came from your words.
Such short sentences but such profound meaning...
You wanted to be remembered for your purpose in this life - to make people laugh, and to make people smile. You did it all in such a short period of time and you know, I think that you may have given your all too soon... but that's who you were - Mr. "Never Let a Person Down."
You were the greatest friend to me, in good times and in bad times and I will never be able to come to grips with this tragic moment in life. I will never forget who you were to everyone, and I will NEVER forget who you were to me. Together we shared joy, laughter, pain, and tears. I was happy, I was sad, I laughed, and I cried. I did it all with you, together and apart, and I cherished every day then as I cherish every day now.
I will never forget you Charles Marc Akins. You are in my heart forever.
I read something today that reminded me of Chuck..."Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
Chuck was by far the most incredible person that I have ever met.Everyones positve words have helped tremendously!He touched so many lives.Chuck had the most beautifull heart.He was just genuinely a beautifull person.I can recall time and time that we would be somewhere and even though he would be right next to me I would lose him for hours because he had gotten into a very in depth conversation with a stranger next to him.By the time they were done talking Chuck had given this total stranger inspiration and had made a new friend.It never bothered me.In fact it was actually an amazing thing.A month now has slowly gone by and my heart still aches yet the same heart that hurts so bad has been strong enough to keep going.This is something that I learned from Chuck.He gave me a magnet for my fridge a couple of years ago that said Nothing is worth more than this day.I have read that magnet every single day and now I truely realize how true it is.NOTHING is worth more than this day so live everyday as if it were your last.Chuck definately did that.I am so lucky to have gotten to experience the most wonderfull moments of my life with him.NEVER a dull moment!!If I mentioned all the wonderfull things that I would like to say about him I would write forever.So Chuck I love you !!!
Forever Soulmates (SM)
Love,Kelli ( CAB-SM )
To my Brother Chuck, Anyone who truly knew Chuck knew how lucky they were to have such a wonderful person in their life. And I am so glad now that I told him every chance I got that I was the luckiest sister in the world to have him for a brother and friend. We had an amazing relationship that went far beyond words or time. I never felt so loved, safe, happy and glad to be alive as I did when I was with Chuck. It was hard for me to live so far apart for so long but we always said no distance nor time can take away from what's in our hearts. And he always told me "I may not always be "there" but I will always be "right here." And I know he's still right here. And I have no doubt he has his wings already because he earned them long ago here on earth. He truly was an angel amoung us. This has been exemplified even more by all the lives he forever touched, improved and even saved. The outpouring from all the people who truly loved Chuck and even those who barely knew him but said he still was able to impact their lives in a positive way has brought alot of comfort to his family. I recently read, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." And I know he was an angel sent here to show so many people how to live and how to love, and that every person deserves the same respect and dignity, and most importantly that one person CAN make a difference - all you have to do is care. I know this world is a better place because Chuck was here, and I couldn't be more proud to call anyone my brother and friend than Chuck. Luckily we have alot of his words to comfort us- here are a few words of his wisdom: "I'm not telling any of you what to do, but I'm saying my life is better because of you, I've changed my life cause one day this journey ends, and when I reach that point I hope I can say we live all of us as friends." CMA I love you so much, your sister, Debbie
It has been 30 days since I last spoke with Chuck. He was working on his day off and asked if I had time to come up there and see him. Well, I ran out of time. We talked again later that evening and planned to meet for lunch in a few days. Everyday that goes by, I ask myself why? Why did I not go? I would have had a chance to see him one last time. His smile and the twinkle in his eyes always brought me a sense of warmth, happiness & security. Chuck use to say that he would rather love & been loved a thousand times, then to never know what it felt like to be loved. It is VERY apparent that he was well loved by many. I thank God everyday that I can cherish all of the wonderful, loving memories, Chuck & I shared. We always use to ask each other "will our paths cross again?" I believe they will. He was a soulmate for me. For right now I have my memories and I see him in my dreams. Until we see each other again, please watch over me....
I met Chuck the summer of 2003, thru Kelli's mom Therisa, on my first visit to Atlanta. Chucks was just "so full of life" he sparkled and made you want to jump rite on his glory ride. As we know GOD puts angels amoung us. Only met him the once, but heard for years about him. He touched many lives, sure glad mine was one.
Our family met Chuck when he came to
Alabama for the Christmas Holidays
with our daughter Kelli. Fifteen minutes after meeting and talking with Chuck we told him he
was now a member of our family because that is how we truly felt about him. He was such a positive and caring person and had a great outlook on life. He always told me on the phone "Don't worry about your daugher, I'll take care of her". He was such a positive part of
her life and for that I am so thankful.
Chuck was always laughing and joking
and just enjoying life. I'll always remember a group of us riding that "mechanical bull" when
we visited in Atlanta. Chuck made sure everyone in the group rode
Sue and James Akins, you had a wonderful son and our family is so
proud that we had gotten to know him.
We loved Chuck and miss him. Our
prayers are with your family and all of his friends.
chuck was a perfect manager as well as a friend.I felt very prvileged when he asked me if he could be my sons godfather.Unfortunatly in the 7 weeks since my son was born Chuck never got to see him.But through God he is looking down on him now.Im just sorry that my son never got to see what a wonderful person his godfather really was.Chuck,youll always be in my heart.To all his family and friends,youll be in my prayers.
I don't really know what to say or how to put it. I worked with Chuck for several years. I never once saw him without a smile on his face and kind words to speak. He will always be one of the few that everyone liked. I'm sure his journey and work will continue on and the memory of his prescence will always be with us.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I knew Chuck since Good Ol' Days and am sorry to hear that he is gone. He will be thoroughly missed. My wishes go out to family and friends
To my Real brother. It was an honor and privilege to know you and ride with you. My world won't be the same without you, but you'll always be in my heart. So rest in peace Brother, you'll always be riding with me.
Randy - One of the Five
what a great friend to lose. we were still friends no matter how far the distance. "see ya later"
what a great friend to lose. we were still friends no matter how far the distance! chuck, you will be missed! "see ya later" Jen
A week has slowly gone by since Chuck passed away, yet my heart constantly aches for the Akins family. I can't seem to come to grips with the fact that he is gone. An angel in disguise, it is aparrent to me, that after reading many of the entries in this book so far, and seeing all of the people attending his funeral services, that Chuck was loved by so many of you. He was a believer, he was loyal, he was faithful, he was honest, he was everything good in life - he was a true friend.
"Simple," is a word he used to describe himself, yes, "simple" but soooo full of life! Chuck had an energy that could attract anyone and I was so lucky to have him in my life. He once asked me, "How can you really be happy if you've never really been sad?" You can never know happiness until you know what it's like to be sad - and he was right. I have experienced happiness because NOW I truly know what it's like to sad.
Believe it or not, he taught me how to ride a motorcycle! It was a Marauder and it was HEAVY. I can remember almost dropping it and the look on his face was priceless! But I got my motorcycle permit, although I was scared as hell, Chuck gave me the "push" and the confidence to believe in myself enough to ride that motorcycle. I will never forget him, especially for those type of moments.
Last week was, without a doubt, the most difficult week of my life. He was right, people come into our lives for three things... I am proud to say that Chuck came into my life for all three of them. I can remember him telling me that on the telephone one night - - - his words pierced my heart. He taught me so many things and he was my stepping stone in life. I learned so much from my relationship with him, emotionally and spiritually. We used to sit under the stars and talk about our lives - where we were going and where we thought we'd be in 10 years... he used to say that "life is short - live every day as if it were your last." Well, Chuck lived every day like that --- to the fullest. He was an inspiration to me, he impacted my life like no one has before and whenever I think of him, I always smile. Until we meet again, Chuckles, my friend, "1720 - HHCL..." Chris
Chuck was a man with a good soul. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones as they grieve for such a special person. I look forward to riding together again on the other side.
Chuck was many things to many people. For some he was the best manager that anyone could have, to others he was a loved one that made everyone happy to be loved by him, but for me he was one of the greatest friend's that one would have the opportunity to have. I met him quite a while ago and wished that I had gotten to know him then, but in time I got my chance. For the short time that we were hanging out and spending time around town, he became one of the best friend's that I have ever had. I myself, in my 27 years have not had that many really good friend's, but Chuck was absolutely one of the best that I have ever had. No one was just a friend to him, they were all best friend's. I don't think that I will ever be as lucky to find another friend like him, because he was one of a kind. He was truly one of God's good people.
Chuck, I will miss you more than I think you will ever know.
P.S. And from here on out, Skynyrd's- Simple Man...will always be turned up in your memory.
Gone but never forgotten. A buddy and a dear sweet friend. I know one day we will meet again and ride the beautiful roads of heaven together. I will miss you friend. - Vivian Snyder, Southland's Full Throttle Magazine
Chuck, Me and the wind will miss you. Yankee
Precious, I am so glad I had you in my life for the time that I did. You will always have a place in my heart. NEVER FORGET! Love...DaKid
My heart goes out to the family,as I didn't get a chance to talk with Mr.Akins but I'm sure he was a real friend to all!
May you all grow in spirit and know he's in a better place!!!
I was so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. My love and prayers are with the family. Chuck, I know that your spirit will always be with us
because you were always there for others and you will not fail us in our times of needing you.
Rest in peace my Brother.
I didn't have the opportunity to know Chuck as well as most that sign this book, but knowing him at all was a priviledge. Chuck dated my wife, Andrea long before I met her. For some men, that would have created a problem, but Chuck possessed a character and integrity that most of us could learn from. The first time we were introduced (by Andrea) he looked me in the eye, smiled and shook my hand. Every future meeting starting that same way. I always smiled back and looked Chuck in the eye to insure I returned the respect that he so freely gave. He even once asked of Andrea if I would be offended if he invited us to a Bulldogs game with him. That, to me just demonstrated the utmost respect, and I always considered Chuck a friend. There was never an ounce of jealousy, and Chuck was welcome in our lives as the dear friend he was. Also..Chuck rode a Harley and that makes him a Brother. It's always hard to say goodbye to a Brother, but find all the best backroads up There and you can lead the next time we meet. MAY YOUR SPIRIT RIDE FREE FOREVER!
So many things I want to say, things I wish I had said when given the opportunity. But in your heart, you knew. WE KNEW. The kids and I were truly blessed when you came into our lives in 1995. You showed me a world I was unfamliar with. A world with emotion, love, caring, understanding and full of life. You helped me believe in myself, and for that, I want to thank you. I would not be where I am today! It was Oct. 95 when we met and began our lives together. Wow,what a feeling! We both went through so many changes, yet we always found the time to say hello. You never let me down. My heart hearts and I will never forget you! Until our paths cross again, and they will...I Love You!!!
We will always have the Keys!!
James & Sue,
Thank you for raising such a wonderful man! He loved you both very much. Everyone is a creature of God, but you gave birth to an Angel!! He will continue to do God's work. Just imagine, all of the poems he wrote on paper, he is experince them now.
Chuck, may your spirit ride free...
May God grant peace and comfort to the hearts of the parents,family and friends of Chuck. A thousand prayers for our mutual friend Amanda L. Bronson, she loved you dearly and will miss you for ever. God speed Charles Akins.
My prayers to Chucks family.I'll never forget the good times we had,Rest In Peace, Brother!
May a light guide you through your new journey in life. Your time here was well spent and noticed. Rest in Peace.
While I never met Chuck, a fallen brother will always be missed by those of us that remain. My heartfelt condolences to Chuck's family and friends.
Chuck, may your spirit ride the heavens as you did while with us.
Jean and I will miss you deeply, your great heart, smile, and laughter. You've touched our lifes and we will alway remember You. You made us better by knowing you.
Our condolescences to the Akins family and to the biker community. We have all suffered a great loss. Help keep us safe, brother. Hey, Chuck, "One of the five!"
You were an inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure of getting to know you. You're hard work, your honesty, your loyalty, and your smile were absolutely amazing. You were a shining light in an industry full of darkness. I love you, we ALL love you, you will never be forgotten, you will NEVER ever be forgotten.
You were a great acorn my friend...
I am proud to have known you.
Our condolescences to the "Akins" family you are in our thoughts and prayers.
A wise man once told me..."Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever... Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent...Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away." Chuck is always going to hold a special place in my heart. He taught me a lot.
wow, what an impression you made in my life. i won't forget you.
"Bacon tastes good...Pork chops taste good..."
We will miss you Chuck, see you on the other side.Our prayers to His family.
Souls Harbor,Soldiers of The Cross M/M Canton, Ga.
We will miss Chuck a lot. I am really sorry to see another great ABATE member go away.
Our condolences to the family. May Chuck rest in peace.
We some times take time for granted.
We feel that we have enough of it to do the things we need to do. Than you lose a dear friend like
Chuck, and you realize how wrong you were.
I love you Brother, and I will see you at the right hand of God.
Dear Friends and Family of Chuck,
He was a great person and is missed by many. You and he are in our thoughts and prayers
A loving, generous spirit called Home. Chuck, our lives are richer for you having been in them. May your family rest in the knowledge of your strength and kindness. Ride Free my dear friend.
Chuck was one of the most amazing, generous, inspirational people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He will be deeply missed.
You are a loyal friend. We will remember you through your giving spirit and generous character.
Gone too soon - another fellow biker.Our work, charities and the love of motorcycles caused our paths to cross about three years ago. Always a smiling face and a hug to share -another great energy lost. You are gone but not forgotten!
Our heart goes out to the family. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. I know Chuck is on his Harley up in heaven at "Full Throttle"!!! He would want us to ride on. We will always keep him and his family near and dear to our hearts. I can say I will never forget the pleasure of knowing such a great person. Donna & Greg
i HEAR THE STREETS ARE PAVED IN GOLD AND GOD AND THE ANGELS WONT RIDE NOTHING BUT HARLEYS....HOPE IT IS TRUE...RIDE IN PEACE !
"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
~George Bernard Shaw
Chuck's wonderful nature and compassion for those in need has left an impact on us all.
Chuck was a great friend, I worked with him briefly and we always kept in touch. He was so caring and full of suprises. He will always be in my memories...
Charles always supported my small business of teaching people to ride safe. He helped me keep my name out there. Thank you, You'll be missed Sunshine Johnston and Staff at
SunShine's Learn to Ride
This is the hardest day of my life. Once the greatest boyfriend, later on, the greatest friend, Chuck was my stepping stone in life. He touched my heart and he touched my soul. I could count on Chuck to be my friend til the end of time. He was always there for me and I am suffering a great loss in my life today. Charles Marc (with a "c") had a gentle soul with a warm and generous heart. He was a true friend that will hold a spot in my heart forever. He will be missed greatly. 1720 was our code forever... I love you, CMA! How u dooooooooooin'?
MY heart felt condolences to the family. He will be missed in the biker community.
My most sincere sympathies to the family.
I'm praying for you to have the peace that passes all understanding, and I hold the memory of Chuck close to my heart now and always.
Thinking of you and praying for your strength and joy to return and God's love to be with you now and always.
I met Chuck at an ABATE meeting two years ago and we became friends. With his big heart, he volunteered to help me organize a charity ride. He put hundreds of miles on his bike during his off hours going from bike shop to bike shop distributing flyers and posters. He was an inspiration to me and all of us on the committee. We will all miss him.
Chuck, you were a good friend and one that I really enjoyed riding with. We had some great times riding in the toy runs and just riding with the gang on weekends and the T&A run. You were a great friend to have. You will be truly, truly missed.
My sorrows and prayers are with you and your family.
I can't think of the appropriate words to express my sorrow at this huge loss in my life, his family's life and those closest to Chuck. He was a fantastic person and friend.Chuck will be missed by so many but never forgotten.
Chuck, Rest in Peace, Brother.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the "Adkins" family and his loved ones. tom & marylee
I'm with the Spirit Riders of Hebron Baptist Church. We express our sorrow at the family's loss, and please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Please accept the condolescences of Harley-Davidson of Clayton County. He will be missed.
We will all miss your friendliness, kindness and humor. God Bless your family in this time of sorrow.
Ride free and enjoy the view, your spirit rides with mine and one day we shall ride together again.
ACE WISHES YOUR AFTERLIFE IS AS FUN AS YOUR TIME WITH US. RIP- WE'LL MISS YOU.
I can never understand why God sometimes takes them home so young. Obviously he needed Chuck's help managing something becasue he was really good at it. A great friend, fellow biker, loving and kind man. I'll miss him, we'll all miss him.
Chuck was a great person, as well as a great boss. You will be miss, and thought about. We will keep Chuck, friends, and family in prayer.
I used to work with Chuck a few years ago and he always would have a smile on his face when speaking with him. I felt he was always fair and honest with everyone around him and helped those who needed his help. He is missed dearly by all those that knew him.
Dear family and friends of Chuck,
He touched the lives of everyone he was involved with because of the wonderful person he was. He will be greatly missed by many people.