Sonny Lindsey: 1943-2016

Willie “Sonny” Lindsey passed away Sunday, December 18th, 2016 after a lengthy battle with ALS.

Sonny was born February 1st, 1943 in Winona, Arkansas to Wille and Majorie Lindsey.

After graduating high school, he served in the Army from 1964 to 1966. After returning from Korea he moved to Bakersfield, CA where he met his future wife, Nita Ellis.

Sonny and Nita moved to Lone Pine, CA in 1967, where they had two children, Mark and Julie.

As his children grew up, Sonny was an active member in the community. He coached Mark’s Little League and eventually coached Lone Pine High’s girls JV and Varsity basketball team along with Lone Pine High’s Varsity football and softball teams.

During his 23 years as the girls Varsity basketball coach, he led them to nine league titles, 22 CIF appearances, three CIF finals, four CIF semifinals, four CIF quarterfinals, and three state tournament appearances. During his two years as Varsity football coach he led the team to two league titles and two CIF appearances.

Sonny loved and cherished his family dearly, along with his second love: hot rods and fast boats. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, either working on old cars or hunting and fishing with his friends.

Sonny is survived by his mother, Majorie; four brothers, Ronnie, James, Phillip and Wayne; two sisters, Mellonee and Shilla; his loving wife of 49 years, Nita; two sons, Kevin and Mark and his spouse Misty; daughter, Julie Lindsey-Hanson and her spouse Drew; seven granddaughters, Ashley, Kenna, Chloe, Caris, Erica and Tonya; and two great-grandsons.

Sonny was larger than life and will be missed by many.

At Sonny’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS foundation in his name.

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4 Responses to Sonny Lindsey: 1943-2016

  1. Ray Warner December 24, 2020 at 9:02 am #

    I visited Sonny at his auto shop, he seemed to be interested in UFOs sorry to learn that he had moved along as we all must..I had intended for him to read chapt 17 of My Story by Uri Geller when I discovered his passing…just today. I lived in Lone Pine on and off for several years…

  2. Ruth Watterson December 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    Sonny Lindsey was my basketball coach. For some unknown reason he saw potential in me. He was the greatest coach that taught you not only the game but life real lessons. He told you how it was and he never sugar coated and that’s what I love about him. I’ll miss him so dearly. He’ll always be the greatest coach to me.

  3. Low Inyo December 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Back in 2000,when I first relocated to Lone Pine,just getting started,I was working part-time at a mobilehome park 6 miles out of town….my old truck had serious problems,and needed it badly so I could get to and from town seeking more employment…Sonny got to know me a little bit while I was seeking work,and when my old truck quit running,went by his place to get an estimate to get it going again….came to $540.00…when I told him I didn’t have the money yet to fix it all,and asked what could be done the cheapest to get it temporarily going,Sonny told me he’d fix all the problems,and to pay him when I got my feet on the ground and working full-time…which I was able to do shortly after.We became good friends after that…not a month ago,we talked about that day,and shook his hand for doing for me what he did 16 + years ago…without that help-out back then,I would’ve been stuck out of town and walking a 12 miles round trip seeking more than a 20 hour a week job….I’m going to miss our visits….

    • Sasshlee December 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

      Sonny was an amazing man who would lend a hand to anyone. He helped my family many times and since I had a single mom with three brothers there were several times his helping hand saved our asses. He will be missed!


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