Okolona — Joe Donald Page, 83, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Grambling, LA. Services will be on 4/20/2019, 2:00 p.m. at Red Bud Missionary Baptist Church in Okolona, MS. Visitation will be on 4/19/2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Fields Funeral Home in Okolona, MS.
On April 10, 2019, God saw the road was getting tough, and the hills were hard to climb. Joe gently closed his loving eyes and heard “Peace be Thine”. Joe, known to others as “Don”, was born in Okolona, MS to the late parents of Robert and Theny Gunn Page on February 21, 1936. Joe accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and united with Red Bud Missionary Church, Okolona, MS. He attended Okolona Public Schools and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Mississippi State University (MSU). Joe was also a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Mississippi Industrial College (MIC).
On August 24, 1962, Joe united in holy matrimony to the late Faith Elizabeth Robbins and to this union six children were born. One child, Kimberly Venice Page, preceded them in death. With this matrimony, the family settled in Egypt, MS and Joe continued heavy involvement with the various auxiliaries of the church: Deacon Board and Church Choir. Other significant community involvements included being the Financial Aid Director with Mary Holmes College in West Point, MS that funded the education of numerous students and later worked with Mississippi Industrial College (MIC) in West Point before moving to Grambling, Louisiana to work with Grambling State University.
After moving to Ruston, Louisiana, in 1981, the family united with New Hope Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. E. W. Smith. He was a dedicated and faithful member with involvements in the Deacon Board and the Church Choir. He leaves to cherish three sons, Ronald Leon (Brenda) of Jackson, MS, Marlon Wayne (Samone) of Atlanta, GA, and Joe Donald II (Schwanna) of Grambling, LA; and two daughters, Tampia Lorraine (George) of Birmingham, AL, and Modena Faye of Dubach, LA; two sisters, Merian Roseburgh (Charles) of Indianapolis, IN, Annie Louise Page of Chicago, IL, and Jestine Calvert of Okolona, MS.; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by two sisters the late Dorothy Clifton (James) of Lafayette, TN, and Joyce Page of Springfield, IL.
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Saturday, April 20, 2019
950 CR 173
Okolona, MS 38860