Mr. MacArthur Wilks, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, transitioned to final rest on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Public Viewing will be on Friday, April 7, 2023 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm Ingram Brothers Chapel.. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2023, 11:00AM, Macedonia Baptist Church, Sparta, GA. Interment will follow at Tabernacle Cemetery.
Life and Legacy
MacArthur Wilks, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 10, 1964. He was the apple of his mother’s, the late Mary Wilks-Wiley, eye. Whatever he wanted, she would see that he obtained it. There is nothing like the love that this mother had for her only son. He attended Towers High School and soon after graduation he joined the United States Army. While serving in the army he met the love of his life, Merlita “Inday” Wilks (Bantilan) in the Philippines. Their union brought forth two children, Nina and MarcAnthony Wilks. He considered his family as his greatest accomplishment. He loved his family and friends immensely. He was a family man and spending time with his family brought him great joy. Every day was a perfect day to get together. He was a hard worker and exceeded with any undertaking. Mack worked at DeLowe Pawn Shop as a manager for 12 years. They were more like extended family than friends. He also enjoyed and took his responsibilities as an instructor of firearm safety very seriously. He loved to relax riding his motorcycles, and playing with their family’s animals. He took his journey home to be with the Lord. He leaves behind his wife, children, aunts and uncles, and a multitude of cousins and friends.
Mack, although we have always known that we too have to take that journey home one day, it still does not get any easier knowing that you have joined your mom and dad and other family and friends far too soon. We are struggling to deal with this reality. My dear husband and father, I was blessed to have you as my soul mate and have two beautiful children. Dad, we love and appreciate you for your unconditional love and devotion, always.
Jip, your aunts and uncles are still grappling with such a loss that we are locking every memory of you in our hearts. You were the first born of the 22 grandchildren of mother and daddy, your grandparents Rev. Theodore R. Scott and Alice V. Scott. As children, you and your many cousins that came, had the run of the house…and we meant that literally. Granddad didn’t allow us to fuss at you nor to give you a spanking…when some of us, as teenagers, thought you and your other cousin(s) needed it. As we have watched you grow in to adulthood, we knew that the moment you closed your eyes on this side of Heaven, you would open your eyes facing the Lord, your mom and a host of love ones who would be there to greet you on that side of Heaven. We will surely miss you nephew.
Mack, we are almost speechless. Although we are cousins, we were raised as brothers and sisters and the bond that we share runs deep. You will not be considered the missing piece to our chain. You are the first link to the only chain that really counts…and that link begins in Heaven. You will not be forgotten “Cuz.” We love you and we will forever miss you.
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