Romans 3:23-24 teaches…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
For Charles Edward Page being a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend, uncle, patriarch, mentor, solider, counselor, confidante, and servant were all honorable callings. Moreover, he was a part of the generation that counted friendship as a virtue. So his golden accomplishment in life was to produce a tapestry of memories for which his family would forever cherish and relish.
Charles E. Page was born into time on October 12, 1946 to George E. Page and Hattie Mae Smith in Arkadelphia. His family later moved to the Shady Grove Community; where he grew up in a loving home filled with an abundance of laughter and love. He was taught the values and virtues of hard work.
Charles confessed his faith in Christ at a young age and united first with Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Mt. Olive Baptist Church during the pastorate of Rev. A. W. Terry. He was a member of the Voices of Faith. He later united with the New Hope COGIC family where he served as s trustee. He loved his church family and was always ready to serve when he was needed. Charles attended Peake High School and later enlisted into the United States Army.
He married Dessie Owens on October 31, 1999. This union also included three children. He took his role as father seriously. He worked hard and made many sacrifices to take care of his family. He taught them to follow the golden rule --" treat others as they would want to be treated”. His granddaughters were his pride and joy.
His hobbies included watching the Cooking Channel, Storage Wars and anything dealing with the military. He loved to study and meditate on God’s word. and just have a good time. Charles was the life of the party. One of his greatest joys was spending memorable moments with relatives and friends, both young and old. His legacy of family togetherness, hospitality and community will live on in the hearts of his loved ones and friends. He possessed a friendly spirit and never met a stranger. He meant what he said, and said what he meant. His natural wit and humor could chase the chill from any room. He preached kindness, respect of self and others.
Charles possessed a strong work ethic and modeled the scripture 2 Thessalonians 3:10 "If anyone doesn't want to work, he shouldn't eat." He was a faithful employee of Scroll Technologies for 15 years until his retirement and worked as a funeral attendant for Williams Funeral Home during the proprietorship of James L. Williams. Charles was a jack-of-all trades and saved himself a lot of money repairing and fixing everything. He had reputation for be meticulous about his attire and had expert “ironing skills’; he could make a pair of pants stand at attention. To know him was to love him. We will miss him, but we’re happy that he woke up Christmas morning in the presence of the Lord with no pain or suffering in his brand new body.
He was preceded in transition by his parents, George H. Page and Hattie Mae Stitt (2002); three brothers, Essie “Dock” Page (2006), Charlie Stitt (2006) and George E. Page; one sister, Argie Mae Ellis; and a nephew La’Kavis Crow (2008). On Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in his 67th season of life he began his eternal celebration in a land that shall never grow old.
He leaves to forever remember his legacy: his wife, Dessie Owens Page of Arkadelphia; three children whom he loved as his own, Mario Owens of Rockford, IL, Jasmine Owens (Louis West) of Arkadelphia and Lamar Turner of Arkadelphia; a God-son Veronta Hendrix; three grandchildren whom he cherished as his own, Ameriyah Mallett, Nevaeh West and Lamar Turner, Jr.; eight sisters, Gloria (Gill) Gilstrap of St. Louis, MO, Barbara (Leslie) Tatum of Benton, AR, Jennifer Hendrix of Benton, AR, LaTreka Stitt of Hot Springs, Alfreda (Rudolph) Garland of Arkadelphia, Kim Hendrix, Lizzie Page of St. Louis, MO, and Margaret Ross of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Leo (Vicki) Hendrix of Arkadelphia and LaTreze Stitt of Arkadelphia; one aunt, Lucille Smith of Mt. Pine, AR; his mother-in-law, Dessie Mae Owens of Hot Springs, AR; six sisters-in-law, Linda (Joseph) Vawters, Sr., of Rockford, IL, Vivian (Charles) Rouse of Hot Springs Village, AR, Annie Avington of Rockford, IL, Eva Owens of Rockford, IL, Pauline Street (Rickey Davis) of Arkadelphia, AR and Gesila Stitt of Germany; one aunt, Ailene Culp of Arkadelphia, AR; five brothers-in-law, Robert Huddleston of Rockford, IL, Roosevelt (Marilyn) Owens of Arkadelphia, Paul (Brenda) Owens of Ft. Smith, AR, Keith (Sharitta) Owens of Rockford, IL and John Owens of Florida. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, a special cousin Ramon Gray of Atlanta, GA; special friends, Meldine Ivory, Robert Wright, Tuddy Johnson, Billy Ray Helms, Charles Hill, Mike Oliver, Larry, Calvin and Eric “Bear” and countless other friends.
Public visitation will be Friday, January 3rd from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4th at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where Dr. Lewis A. Shepherd, Jr., is the pastor. Elder G. C. Nolan will deliver the message and Superintendent LeRoy Williams will officiate. Interment will be in Helms Cemetery with Military Honors.