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Lester Loyd Hood III, ‘Sonny’

Lester Loyd Hood III, ‘Sonny’

Lester Loyd Hood III, ‘Sonny,’ 56, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away peacefully at home on May 27, 2020, in the arms of his loving husband by his side of 16 and a half years marriage, U.S. Navy veteran Chance Birdsall.

Sonny was born March 28, 1964, in Levelland, to the late Loyd and Johnie Hood. He was the oldest of two siblings.

On September 01, 2003, Sonny declared his love to Chance Birdsall, his husband.

Sonny graduated from Levelland High School in 1982.

In 1986, he received his bachelor of arts, political science, economics, concentration in secondary education from Trinity University in San Antonio.

In 1989, he received his J.D. Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. During law school, Sonny clerked for Dicky Grigg, Broadus Spivey and Associates.

Once he became an attorney, he began his career with the City of Austin as Assistant City Attorney until 2005. Then he opened his own law firm and worked for Beverly J Landers and Associates until his retirement in 2014.

Sonny’s dedication and commitment as a proud U.T. Longhorn ‘Go Horns’ and was known within the City of Austin and it’s citizens as a ‘real hero’ to so many, dedicating his life always ready to stand up for many just causes fighting for equality, HIV and for our nation’s LGBT and military families helping repel ‘Don’ t Ask Don’ t Tell.

Sonny is survived by his husband, Chance Birdsall; his sister and brother-in-law, Brandi (Hood) and Coy Collins; his nephew and fiancé, Cody Henegar and Beth Gann; great- nephew, Tyler Gann; aunt and uncle, Casey Jay and Butch Foster; aunt and uncle, Rebecca and Leamon Hood; father-in-law, Mickey Birdsall; and many cousins and dear close long-time friends that Sonny considered family.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Johnie; his grandparents: Hattie and Lester Hood and Mary Fay and Carl Sloan.

There will be no service at this time. A celebration of life for our beloved Sonny Hood will be announced and held at a later date and time.


  1. Richard D Higgins on December 24, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Sonny I only knew you as a friend on fb, but I felt as close to you as any friend I ever had. You were so incredibly warn and nice and it came through. I still hope to meet you some day. Sorry I’m just now finding out of your passing please know that I wish you peace. R.I.P. Sir!

    • Greg Janssen on March 15, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      I remember Sonny from Trinity University. He was a super nice guy and always seemed upbeat. I’m glad he had a successful career standing up for equality for all, especially LGBT rights. But I’m sad to hear he’s gone. We need more people like Sonny in the world, especially now.

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