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Carlos Manuel Pagan

Carlos Manuel Pagan

Carlos Manuel Pagan, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at his home. He was born on Friday, December 17, 1948 to Rene Sr. and Nereida Zapata Pagan in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Charlie grew up in New York, spent time as a NYC taxi driver, loved playing pool, dancing, & among other occupations, worked for Eastern Airlines from which he retired. Although he struggled for years with rheumatoid arthritis, dealing with a lot of pain, he found joy in helping others, sharing his love of Bible truths, and as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, spending much of his time as a minister. Recently, Charlie was devoted to offering comfort & hope through phone calls and letter-writing to those in the community. He had come to be known for being very compassionate, caring and jovial, with a great sense of humor and teasing nature. Many remember him as sporting his fedora & a smile, ready to enjoy a sugary treat & time with family & friends! He was a very loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Nereida Zapata Pagan, one sister, Lilly Pagan, and an infant daughter, Leticia.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Leah Pagan of Mena; his father, Rene Pagan Sr. of Allentown, Pennsylvania; four daughters, Stacey Pagan of Jupiter, Florida, Amanda Pagan of St. Clair, Missouri, Jill Harrison & husband Lyn of Washington, Missouri, & Amber Holobaugh & husband, Zac of Andalusia, Alabama; one brother, Rene Pagan Jr. & wife Urma of Poughkeepsie, New York; one sister, Nereida Burmudez of Allentown, Pennsylvania; a grandson, Jake Leon of Jupiter, Florida & granddaughter Callie Roewe, several nieces and nephews, as well as, a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held through Zoom on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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