Elsie Dee Wilks

December 18, 1926March 28, 2018

Elsie Dee Bounds Wilks, age 91 of Doddsville, MS and formerly of Columbia, MS, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Walter B. Crook Nursing Facility in Ruleville, MS. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Colonial Funeral Home in Columbia where friends may visit with family from 10:00am until service time. Reverend John Bell will officiate at the service and 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. 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. Ms. Wilks was preceded in death by her husband, William “Pinkey” Wilks; parents, Dee and Myrta Bounds; sister, Vernette Broome; and brother, Frank Bounds. She is survived by her daughters, Marianne Eastland (James) of Doddsville and Nancy Ellard (Al) of Mt. Pleasant, MI; five grandchildren, Kimberly Eastland, Elizabeth Joel (Jeff), Stephanie Chabert (Matthew “Spur”), Sara Lee (JR), and Andrew Ellard (Beth); nine great-grandchildren, Justin Joel, Anna James Joel, Cole Chabert, Lainey Chabert, LynLeigh Chabert, Anna Grace Lee, Addie Lee, Jackson Ellard, and Katelyn Ellard; three sisters, Faye Smith of Slidell, LA, Honawake Lee,and Shirley Bell, both of Hattiesburg, MS; 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.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2018

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Vicki Ryals

March 30, 2018

Mrs. Dee was such a blessing to me when I was Activity Director at The Grove. She was a faithful volunteer who always had the sweetest smile on her face and a heart of gold who loved helping others.

steve little

March 29, 2018

loved me some aunt dee dee home at last PTL

karen attwater

March 29, 2018

Nancy,Al So sorry for your loss. Peace to you and your family. KarenAttwater