Ernest "Coony" Sonnier, Sr.

September 24, 1927, January 26, 2019


Ernest “Coony” Sonnier, Sr., 91, of Port Acres, died Saturday, January 26, 2019, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur, surrounded by his family. He was born September 24, 1927, in Nederland but raised in Jennings, Louisiana, by Rosa Vincent Sonnier and John Ferdinand Sonnier.

Coony was an outdoorsman that loved doing yard work and cutting grass. In his words, “it’s never too hot to cut grass.” He enjoyed spending time at his camp at Toledo Bend, traveling, and riding his John Deere lawn tractor. He was also very proud of his Cajun heritage and loved to listen to Cajun music. He never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting with anyone. He enjoyed his work as a painter for J & L Steele and Courtland Corporation for over thirty-five years. Most of all, he loved to be with his family.

Survivors include his son, Ernest “Cookie” Sonnier, Jr., and his wife, Jane, of Fannett; daughter, Dianna Wright and her husband, Richard, of Port Acres; grandchildren, David Sonnier and his wife, Kristi; Jerry Sonnier and his wife, Misty; Debbie Henry and her husband, Jeff; Karl Wright and his wife, Traci; Jeffrey Wright and his wife, Stormy; and Deidra Mayer and her husband, Brad; fifteen great-grandchildren; and brother, Clesma Sonnier, of Port Acres.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rosa and John Ferdinand Sonnier; his wife of sixty-five years., Leatrice Sonnier; four sisters; and one brother.

A gathering of Mr. Sonnier’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet Avenue, Port Arthur, with interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas 77640; or to any charity of one’s choice.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church
6412 Garnet Port Arthur, TX 77640
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Groves
3900 Twin City Hwy Groves, TX 77619

Comments (6)

  • Jerry Miller

    01 February 2019 at 03:19 | #

    To Cookie, Dianna, and all of the family: My prayers and thoughts go out for you. May you get some comfort in knowing how many lives your dad touched and how many people thought highly of him. God bless you.


  • Debbie Church Lalonde

    29 January 2019 at 14:56 | #

    So sorry for your loss. A wonderful man. He will be missed.


  • Larry Patterson

    29 January 2019 at 01:22 | #

    Cookie and Jerry,, cherish the memories. My prayers and love are with you guys.


  • Les and Bev Arnaud

    28 January 2019 at 17:27 | #

    So sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. God bless you. Hugs and Love. Love Bev and Les (TBoy)


  • Jim and Missy Granger

    28 January 2019 at 16:22 | #

    Mr. Sonnier was our sweet neighbor, we loved him dearly, he will be greatly missed. Mr. Sonnier had a great personality, he would sneak up behind me in his car, when I was cutting grass on the riding lawnmower and blow the horn! What a great, happy and jolly soul!, Eternal rest grant upon and let perpetual light shine upon him!, AMEN
    Love, Jim and Missy


  • Mike Calais

    28 January 2019 at 13:19 | #

    Mr. Sonnier was A very nice man, His family are very close and real Cajun's. God Bless this
    Family in there time of need.. RIP. Mr. Sonnier, Mike Calais, Port Acres Texas


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