Lawrence H. “Sonny” Estes

December 31, 2013

Lawrence EstesLawrence H. “Sonny” Estes, 78 of Fayette entered into rest with his heavenly father on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Boone Hospital Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 11, 2014 at 1 pm at Linn Memorial United Methodist in Fayette. The visitation will be from 12-1 pm at the church on Saturday.

Lawrence H. (Sonny) Estes departed this life Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO. He was 78 years of age.

Lawrence was born July 6, 1935 to the late Julius C. Estes and Florence I. Williams in Columbia, MO. He was united in marriage to the late Mary Louise (Tindall) Estes on October 24, 1958. He was a member of Log Providence Baptist Church in Columbia, MO.

Lawrence graduated from Douglass High School in Columbia, MO. After graduating he joined the Army and served for two years. After the Army he returned to Columbia and started working at Perry Chevrolet (now McCosh Chevrolet) in June 1961. He left for a brief period and returned to Perry Chevrolet in August 1974 and he retired in 1997. If you knew Lawrence he could sit at home doing nothing. So he continued to work part time at McCosh until he parted this life.

Lawrence enjoyed watching his kids, grandkids and great grandkids playing sports. He was always present on the sidelines or in the stands and was sure to brag about their accomplishments. Lawrence is also remembered as an influential Little League baseball coach.

Lawrence leaves to mourn his passing three sons: Rodney Ferguson of Columbia, MO, Lawrence Estes, Jr. (Sharon) of Chula Vista, CA and Charles Estes of Las Vegas, NV. Six daughters: Carol Ferguson of Columbia, MO, Doris Ferguson of Tulsa, OK, Laurie Estes of Columbia, MO; Marilyn Estes Nevels (Carlous) of Fayette, MO, Mabel Estes of Kansas City, KS and Mary Lou Estes of Lee’s Summit, MO. A special friend Ruth Ann Jones. Two brothers: Darrell Estes and Steve Estes of Columbia, MO. Three sisters: Julia Estes, Rosetta Davis (Willie) and Betty Estes all of Columbia, MO. Brother-in-law Estill James Tindall (Susie) and Sister-in-law Josephine Tindall. 29 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife, three brothers, one sister and one grandchild.


12 Responses to “Lawrence H. “Sonny” Estes”

  1. Primrose Johnson on January 3rd, 2014 11:13 pm

    There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous”. Acts 24:15

  2. Clarence Hayes on January 4th, 2014 7:40 pm

    Sorry to hear of cuz Sonny s passing My Heart goes out to the family Cuz Clarence Hayes

  3. Vanessa Hickem on January 7th, 2014 1:53 pm

    Mr Sonny as I called him was a awesome and wonderful person always had a smile and a kind word. While I will miss him down here heaven has recieved another angel. RIP my good friend until we meet again Becky as you called me :)

    Vanessa Hickem

  4. Lorraine Sanders on January 8th, 2014 5:57 pm

    To the Estes Family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy as the passing of your loved one. Mr. Sonny never met a stranger.
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May our God comfort you and give you peace. Let not your heart be trouble…just Believe.

    Bertha Jackman & Children, Eloise, Bobby, Lorraine, Erin & Shelia

  5. Tracy L. Jones on January 10th, 2014 1:08 am

    My family is deeply saddened by the loss of Sonny. We had the pleasure of knowing him and calling him a very close family friend for over 40 years. There is a void in our lives that will never be filled and he will be missed.

    Tracy Jones and Family

  6. Charles Wright and family on January 10th, 2014 3:58 am

    Condolences go out to the Estes family. Mr. Lawrence was a great person. He was always played with my kids when my husband worked with him at Perry Chevrolet. He was always on the go at work and always carried a smile. You will be missed!

    Charles/Chante’ Wright and kids

  7. Victoria Crane on January 10th, 2014 7:27 pm

    Many thoughts and prayers for the Estes family. Rest in peace Lawrence. You were always kind and had a great sense of humor. I will miss our conversations and seeing your smiling face.

  8. Skip Melloh on January 12th, 2014 11:59 pm

    What a great guy…there was no one better to argue football and basketball when Brandon was playing….thank God he crossed paths in my life…..

  9. James Graves on January 19th, 2014 1:53 am

    My name is Nathaniel Graves I’m from Tacoma Wa I knew sonny and Mary Lou 53 yrs ago.We played baseball together. I’m 73 yrs old.The obit and picture were as he was, elegant.

  10. James Graves on January 19th, 2014 1:55 am

    Great and elegant man.Nathaniel Graves Tacoma Wa.

  11. James Graves on January 19th, 2014 2:07 am

    Elegant man

  12. Lynette Scott on April 4th, 2014 5:16 pm

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family of “Sonny” Estes.
    God Bless you all!

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