Carla has had the desire to become a Funeral Director since Career Day at the age of 12. Carla is one of many firsts. She is a first generation Funeral Director/ Embalmer and Insurance Agent. She is the first female from her hometown of Quitman, Georgia, to become a Funeral Director, and she is the first African American to open a crematory in Northeast Florida and South Georgia.
She is educated in the Brooks County public school system, Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Carla is a member of First Timothy Baptist Church, Greater El Bethel Divine Holiness Church Developmental Board, 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, National Funeral Directors Association, and Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity.
Having grown up in a family of giving and a community of sharing, Carla is no stranger to charity. She gives back to her community each year by sponsoring an event she created entitled "Spirit of Christmas on 21st Street." At this event over 1000 people attend where they have a choice of toys, books, bicycles, collard greens from Carla's hometown, horse drawn carriage rides, entertainment from Bouncy Houses, clothing from a huge clothes closet, and Santa gives out over 700 Holiday Popcorn Tins. She is also a contributor to the Miracle on Ashley Street, Families of Slain Children, Wings of Dove Manna Partner and many other charitable organizations. She spearheaded a drive for the relief in Haiti on the Northside of Jacksonville.
In keeping with another family tradition, Carla entered the military after high school. She is a proud military veteran. Carla began her career in the funeral industry after fulfilling her military obligation. Having partnered and worked with several funeral firms, Carla was determined and driven to step out on faith on her own. In June 2003 she opened C. L. Page Mortuary.