Mrs. Elsie Dee Bounds Wilks, 91, of Doddsville, formerly of Columbia, passed away on March 28, 2018, at Walter B. Crook Nursing Facility in Ruleville. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Colonial Funeral Home in Columbia, MS. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Colonial Funeral Home with Rev. John Bell officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Elsie Dee was born on December 18, 1926, to Dee and Myrta Bounds in Sumrall, MS. On June 11, 1948, she married William “Pinkey” Wilks in Columbia, MS. Elsie Dee worked as a telephone operator and clerk for South Central Bell for 30 years before retirement. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and visiting with family and neighbors. She loved her life with her grandchildren and great grandchildren especially when they took trips to “cousin’s camp” or the beach. Elsie Dee was a Godly servant to her family and others; she was a true prayer warrior.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William “Pinkey” Wilks; parents, Dee and Myrta Bounds; sister, Vernette Broome; and brother, Frank Bounds.
Elsie Dee is survived by her daughters, Marianne Eastland (James) of Doddsville and Nancy Ellard (Al) of Mt. Pleasant, MI; grandchildren, Kimberly Eastland, Elizabeth Joel (Jeff), Stephanie Chabert (Matthew “Spur”), Sara Lee (JR), and Andrew Ellard (Beth); great grandchildren, Justin Joel, Anna James Joel, Cole Chabert, Lainey Chabert, LynLeigh Chabert, Anna Grace Lee, Addie Lee, Jackson Ellard, and Katelyn Ellard; sisters, Faye Smith of Slidell, LA, Honawake Lee of Hattiesburg, and Shirley Bell of Hattiesburg; and numerous beloved family members from the Bounds and Wilks families.
Pallbearers will be James Eastland, Jeff Joel, Al Ellard, Andrew Ellard, Matthew “Spur” Chabert, JR Lee, Cole Chabert, Justin Joel, and Jackson Ellard.