Nov. 9, 1937 – Jan. 10, 2024
Sonny Ammons, born on November 9, 1937, in West Monroe, Louisiana, left a lasting legacy filled with love, service, and passion. He passed away peacefully on January 10, 2024, in Henderson, Nevada, leaving behind cherished memories for all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Sonny's memory lives on through his wife of more than six decades, Lenard Ammons, their children Mendelson Ammons, Deborah McMullen and Susan Temple, and grandchildren, Koren Temple Perry, Aaron Bellow, Daniell Bellow, Brandon McMullen, and Alexis Ammons. Sonny is survived by his two brothers and two sisters, Joyce McMillian, Lynn Hendricks, Terry Hendricks, and June Hendricks. Known affectionally as “Papa,” he was loved by many, including several great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by beloved siblings.
His warm spirit touched the hearts of many and he always put everybody before himself, demonstrating a selfless nature that defined his character throughout his life. In his youth, he took on odd jobs like being a golf caddy and shining shoes, showing his early determination to work hard and provide for himself.
He graduated from Carroll High School and soon after joined the military at the age of 17, serving in the reserves. He attended school while in the military, constantly striving to better himself. Sonny's journey in life was marked by 22 years of dedicated service in the military, where he bravely fought in the Vietnam War, achieving the title of Warrant Officer 2. The military took him around the world, where he was stationed in Thailand, Hawaii, and Germany. His zest for life and travel was not confined to his military service; he explored Paris, the Caribbean and beyond, eventually settling in California.
During a successful 17-year career at Lockheed Martin, where he advanced to Senior Security Captain, Sonny pursued a degree in business finance from San Jose State University, showcasing his lifelong commitment to personal growth and education. Sonny was not only a military veteran but also a black business owner, breaking barriers and contributing to his community.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Sonny found joy in his hobbies. Golf was a passion he held dear, participating in tournaments most of life, and sharing the sport with those around him. He was enthusiastic about skiing, often taking trips to Lake Tahoe.
He was also Faithful member of the Prince Hall Mason since 1985 and served Community Lodge #43 in Menlo Park as Worshipful Master in 1993, a subordinate lodge of the Most worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons State of California Inc. He also served as Worthy Joshua of Alpha Court #25, Heroines of Jericho.
Sonny was not only a man of action but also a man of compassion. He never judged people and accepted them for who they were, encouraging them to better themselves. Sonny's generosity extended beyond his family, as he helped many secure a solid foundation, always willing to aid those he loved in any way possible. He sponsored multiple events to support academic scholarships and hospitals throughout the community.
Sonny will be remembered for his unwavering love for family, his dedication to service, his kind and generous heart, and his profound impact on the lives of those around him. His legacy will live on through the memories shared by those who were privileged enough to know him. May he rest in peace.