Gerald Sonnier

December 15, 1949 - September 22, 2017


Gerald “Cooney” Sonnier, 67, of Winnie, died Friday, September 22, 2017. He was born on December 15, 1949, in Winshire, Texas, to Mabel and Matthew Sonnier.

Gerald, better known to his family and friends as Paw Paw or “Cooney”, loved working in his shop and making things for his friends and family. He was always the one to donate his talent to a good cause and loved giving his woodworking talent to his kids and grandkids.His other passions were playing the guitar and the love of airplanes.He played for many years with Jimmy and the Jokers. Some of the highlights of his musical endeavors were playing the Astro Arena in Houston and being asked by Johnny Paycheck to come up and play a few songs on stage with him. He was fortunate enough to play the HemisFair in San Antonio and then flew to Washington DC to play the American Folklife Festival. He flew airplanes as a hobby for a few years and, much like his dad, loved the old war planes.He was always up for a good airshow with his sons or grandson. 

Gerald is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Darlene Sonnier; children, Hank Sonnier and his wife, Amber; Bonnie Campisi; Shon Sonnier and his wife, Lacie; and Tony Thibodeaux, and his wife, Fawn; and grandchildren, Sierra Ickes and her husband, Joey, Montana Tubbs, Harley Sonnier, Alan Campisi, Kallie Sonnier, Harper Sonnier, Kirstie Parkhurst and husband, Kade; Kensie Doucette, Bailey Thibodeaux, Austin Thibodeaux, and adopted grandchildren, Victoria Cordon, Kristen Lezak, Mikie Manuel, Howie Manuel and Kylie Manuel; great-grandchildren, Sophie Ickes, Levi Ickes, Lyla Ickes, Michael Tubbs, Stetson Riley, Henleigh Parkhurst, and Westyn Price; sister, Linda Weekley and her husband, Wesley; brother, EJ Sonnier and his wife, Priscilla; father-in-law, Robert DeYoung; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.



He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Deborah Smith.

A gathering of Mr. Sonnier's family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 120 West Pear Avenue, Winnie. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at First Baptist Church, Winnie, with his interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie.



2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Gathering of Family and Friends
First Baptist Church - Winnie
120 East Pair Street Winnie, TX 77665
Monday, September 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First Baptist Church of Winnie
120 East Pear Winnie, TX 77665
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:00 p.m.
223 Cemetery Dr Winnie, TX 77665

Comments (10)

  • NL

    02 August 2018 at 13:34 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).


  • Melissa Ogden Hoyt

    27 September 2017 at 13:46 | #

    I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know many prayers for comfort and strength are being said on the family's behalf.


  • Richard Harrington

    25 September 2017 at 11:08 | #

    sorry for your loss but they need to hear jokes in heaven also


  • Randy dailey

    24 September 2017 at 13:49 | #

    Good by my friend until we meet again love and miss you coon dog.


  • Mike and Pam Smith

    24 September 2017 at 02:39 | #

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was a real comedian and loved parties.


  • Mike and Pam Smith

    24 September 2017 at 02:35 | #

    We are so very sorry for all Coonies family, friends, and loved ones. He loved a good party.


  • LuLu Mckenzie

    24 September 2017 at 02:21 | #

    So very sorry for your loss. We have missed having Cooney hang out at the lumber yard with us. He always kept us laughing with his stories and jokes. He will always be missed terribly.


  • Dolores Simon Marceaux

    24 September 2017 at 02:01 | #

    So sorry for y'all loss god bless


  • Jeanette & Roland Weekly

    23 September 2017 at 23:29 | #

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Cooney was loved by all who knew him. We will miss him terribly.Keeping you all in our Prayers.


  • Wanda King

    23 September 2017 at 22:53 | #

    I'm so sorry for your loss .Gerald will be fine in the loving arms of the Lord ...We will all see him soon.. Love you, cousin Wanda


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