Ozie Page was born into time on December 10, 1931 to Deacon Samuel “Sam” and Effie Snider Page in Willisville, Arkansas. His parents were widely respected in Willisville and taught all of their children the values of an honest living and self respect.
Ozie confessed his faith in Christ at a young age. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Willisville, Arkansas. He was a hard worker all of his life. His strong work ethic started as a kid picking cotton in Nevada County; to having worked for several years at the Elk Roofing Company until he retired in his golden years.
He met the beautiful Luella Reed and after a brief courtship they were married in April of 1958. After 30 years of sharing love and life with Luella, she passed into the Lord’s embrace on February 10, 1988. Although he never remarried he continued to be the foundation for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A “country boy” as some may call him loved to fish and hunt. Ozie never met a stranger and opened his doors to everyone. His home has always remained the place for family “get-togethers” where one could always find lots of love and laughter.
He was small in stature, but filled big shoes. He “meant what he said, and said what he meant”. His smile, his love and laughter will leave memories in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him.
On Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in his 82nd season of life he began his eternal celebration in a land that shall never grow old and death is no more. He was preceded in transition by his parents, his beloved Luella, one grandson, Josh Blakely (2012), and two great-grandchildren, Tony Hughey, Jr., and Crystal A. Roy; two sisters, Janie Lee Henry and Mary Page and one brother, John L. Page.
He leaves to forever remember his legacy: his children, Lucille Shepherd of Hope, AR, Harrison, Jr. (Charlene) Dixon of Rosston, AR, Roxie Ann Hughey of Rosston, AR, Jerdene Mixon of Waldo, AR, Ollie (Kathy) Dixon of Rosston, AR, Olen Ray (Sandra) Page of Rosston, AR, Thelma (Ronald) Pearson of Willisville, AR, Brenda (David) Parish of Rosston, AR, Gloria (Earnest) Hughey of Stephens, AR, Roger Page of Rosston, AR, and Billie (Gary) Blakely of Rosston, AR; two children he raised as his own, Patricia Rivers of Hope, AR and Shirley Young of Hope, AR; thirty-one grandchildren, sixty-six great-grandchildren and an abundance of great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Jessie Fuller of Dallas, TX and Altha Mae Johnson of Dallas, TX; three brothers, Girvis (Emma) Page of Willisville, AR, Charles (Worthen) Page of Willisville, AR, and Robert Page of Camden, AR. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, special friends, Mattie Steward, Travis Evans and George McKinney and countless other friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 4th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church in Rosston on Hwy 76.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5th at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church in Rosston, Arkansas where Rev. Victor Morgan is the pastor. Elder Donald Page the pastor of New Life COGIC will deliver the message. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Willisville, Arkansas.