Ashton Phillip Wilks
1928 - 2021
Ashton Phillip Wilks

April 13, 1928 - February 18, 2021

A graveside service for Ashton Phillip Wilks will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Cemetery in College Station, Texas. A visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Ashton, also known as Daddy Ashton was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior Thursday, February 18, 2021. He was the last surviving and youngest child of eleven born to Albert Monroe and Agnes Richard Wilks of Alexandria, LA on April 13, 1928 in the family home on Lee Street. He attended Holy Savior Menard High School where he was a member of the boxing team and loved to swing dance even continuing to do so after joining the Navy in 1945, while stationed in Hawaii.

After his Navy service, he was employed by Goodyear Tire in Alexandria, working his way up to District Field Representative. He married his wife of 69 years, Juanita, on July 3, 1948. When the family moved to Shreveport, Ashton became a businessman and successful entrepreneur. Partnering with Thoman 707 and afterwards opening Ashton's Furniture Warehouse and Ashton Wilks Boats on E 70th Street for many years. After raising three sons in Shreveport, opportunity led them to College Station, Texas where they were co-owners of Ashley Furniture Home Stores.

Ashton served as a deacon at Calvary Baptist in Shreveport and enjoyed fellowship at Life Tabernacle & Christian Center Church. A memory he cherished as a young man was when he accepted the altar call to receive Jesus into his heart and found to his surprise his proud father was there to witness his salvation.

Ashton was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Kelly Wilks; brothers-in-law, Ray Norman Kelly and Kenneth Roark; and sister-in-law, Georgia Roark. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Rusty and Patty Wilks of Tyler, TX, Brian and Becky Wilks of Shreveport, LA and Mark and Cheryll Wilks of College Station, TX; five grandchildren, Colby Wilks, Jessica Culbertson, Lance Wilks, Jade Tridico and Kage Wilks; eight great-grandchildren, Malachi, Zach, Abby Culbertson, Ashton, Anna Grace Wilks, Kolby Wilks, Mattie and Killey Tridico; sister-in-law, Ferol Kelly; and many nieces and nephews.

Ashton loved gospel and blues and had a beautiful singing voice. He worked hard many years past retirement age and provided for his family all his life. He would tell you he was most proud of "my pretty red-headed wife and my three sons". He loved the worship music of Jimmy Swaggert and made sure to tell his grandchildren and great-grandchildren he was praying for us every night.

The grandchildren will remember the many family Christmases and summers grilling and swimming at their house on Japonica Lane.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Christus Hospice of Shreveport staff, especially Denise, Tabi, Shannon and Valerie for their excellent care and compassion.
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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2021.
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home-Shreveport
1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Graveside service
Memorial Cemetery
, College Station, Texas
Funeral services provided by:
Rose-Neath Funeral Home-Shreveport
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Rusty, Brian and Mark,
I’m typing this through tears, so I hope I don’t make a mess of this tribute to your dad. I’ve had two true mentors in my life, one was my father and the other, was your father. He taught me so many hard, tough, but sweet lessons. I’m going to quote him as best I remember:
Once, when I finally confessed, I had not been balancing the company check book, he said to me, “your looks won’t last forever, you will need to learn a skill.” He was right.
Another time he said, “that guy is not smart enough to steal. It’s the smart ones without character that you have to watch, remember that.” He was right and I’ve never forgotten those words.
Maybe these aren’t the “appropriate” remarks for this format, but I sure loved him.
When I was looking for a job after he relocated, my perspective employer told me that Mr. Wilks said, “If you let her leave without hiring her, you’re making a mistake.” He was always selling.
Mrs. Wilks will forever be his “beautiful redhead” and you all the “three fine sons”.
He made a tremendous impact on my life and I will forever be grateful. I hope he knows. Rest in paradise champion, you’ve earned it.
Deanna Hensley
February 22, 2021
February 22, 2021
Sheila Hughes
February 22, 2021
Ashton was such a wonderful addition to our Watercrest family during his time here! He always had a smile on his face and would cheerfully say "hey lady" every time I saw him. He will be missed. Prayers of comfort for your family during this time.
Juliet Cockrell
February 22, 2021
Delivery Service Enterprises
February 21, 2021
Ashton was a legend in the furniture business..what a great guy. Condolences to his sons and there were truly blessed.
Julie Glasgow
February 21, 2021
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Ashton Phillip Wilks our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Ashton. To Ashton it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Navy. Ashton, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. GOD Bless you. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, the VFW Comrades of Post 4588 and the Disabled Veterans of DAV Chapter 30 in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Ashton’s family and loved ones.

Brent Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71111

Johnny Welch, Commander DAV, Chpt 30
7012 Suntan St. Shreveport, LA 71108
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
February 21, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss! Praying for y’all. We need to get everyone together soon❤
Jennifer Levinson
February 21, 2021
Mr. Wilks was a class act as managing partner of Thoman's Furniture and Tire Store on 70th Street in Cedar Grove in the mid-1960's. I worked for him and Mrs. Wilks and learned a lot from them as a high school junior. He was a tireless worker and a bold and courageous entrepreneur. Our sympathy and prayers go out to Russell and Patty and the whole family during this time of loss and grief. Mr. Wilks was a great man who lived a full life and has left a fine legacy of family, faith and fine memories to the many who will miss him much.
February 21, 2021
Ashton was such a joy, he came to my fitness classes at Aerofit several years ago. Like many other folks he also helped me after my divorce getting furniture for me and my sons.
Allison Herrington
February 21, 2021
Mr. Wilks got me in the furniture business in the 80s he treated me like family. I pray God will comfort the family. I was a blessed man to have know him .
February 20, 2021