Samuel “Sonny” Irving Jordan

07/28/1942 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 04/24/2020
Time: 7:00 pm
 – 9:00 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 04/25/2020
Time: 11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm


Samuel “Sonny” Irving Jordan, known on the fire department as “ZuZu” passed away on April 20, 2020. On Friday, April 24, 2020, from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Mr. Jordan’s viewing under the guidelines of the city of officials at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. The family will celebrate his life of 77 years at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. A live stream of the service is available and available for thirty days on this page. You are encouraged to sign a virtual guestbook by selecting the icon and below the obituary is a place to share memories and expressions of sympathy.

Samuel Irving was born on July 28, 1942, to Lloyd and Doris Jordan in Tyler, Texas. Samuel married Sandra Haggard on November 5, 1965, at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. Sonny was called home to the Lord early Monday morning, April 20, 2020. He was a Christian, husband, “Daddy” to three children and “PaPa” to five grandchildren that he adored. Sonny loved to be outside tending to his garden and just to enjoy nature. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping with his family, and teaching his grandchildren about nature. Sonny was a member of Green Lawn Church of Christ, a member of the International Association of Firefighters and the National Rifle Association. Sonny was a shining example to his family. He believed you should work hard, have fun, and put everyone else ahead of yourself.

Sonny served the citizens of Lubbock as a firefighter for 27 years. He joined the fire department in 1968 and retired as an equipment operator in 1995. He was quick-witted and earned the name “ZuZu” early on at the fire station. He looked forward to his shifts at the station and loved all the men he worked with. “Sonny” had a whole library of funny responses that the guys referred to as “Zu-isms” and referred to him as the professor of “Zu-ology 101”.  He was a very talented house painter on his days off. He taught his sons always to do the job right the first time and go the extra mile for someone. He took pride in his work and loved to see the look on his customer’s face when he was finished. He would usually respond, “That will have to do until you find a real painter.” He was well known for his pies and cobblers that he baked for anyone who needed cheering up. Sonny met his wife, Sandra, while driving around the Hi-D-Ho and Cloverlake.  Sandra was with her best friend Barbara, and Sonny was with Gary.  Little did they know that they had met their future spouses.  Sonny and Gary were inseparable and spoke 2 to 3 times daily.  We were sure they were solving the problems of the world.  The four of them became lifelong friends traveling to Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Canton making many wonderful memories. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Jordan; children, Sabrina Jordan Murphy, and husband, Ricky; Todd and Shannon Jordan; five grandchildren, Braxton, Savanah, and McKinley Murphy, Kailey, and Gage Jordan; three sisters, Sylvia Postlewait and husband Floyd; Ann Haggard and husband, Michael; and Linda Church; brother-in-law, Charles Hargrove, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Doris Jordan; and sister, Janice Hargrove.


The family of Samuel Irving “Zuzu” Jordon has designated the Lubbock Children’s Home P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Tx. 79408 or Green Lawn Benevolence Center 5701 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79047 for memorial contributions donated in his memory

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40 thoughts on “Samuel “Sonny” Irving Jordan”

  1. Tammi Satterfield

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tammi Satterfield

  2. Randall Crawford

    I am so sorry for your devastating loss. Sonny and I had a lot of fun together. We would meet after bible class with our group and really enjoy each other’s company. I will really miss him.

  3. Sonny was irrepressible, and that is a vast understatement. A one of a kind personality. And under all his clowning around was a wise man with a heart of gold. A man to be looked up to. I know I did. Goodbye, Zu.

  4. I love you guys. Thank you for sharing your daddy with me. He was such a special person. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Lugene Flippin Terry

    Sabrina, Ricky and all the family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Father and Grand Father. May you always remember his smile, laughter and love he showed all of you daily. I had the pleasure of meeting Sonny only once, that I can remember, but I still remember his smile and friendliness he showed me. My love to all o f you.

  6. Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. Sonny was always a sweet and funny guy. Hugs to you and the family. I always think about the stories of you guys building your house and you cleaning the used bricks. Sonny told the stories with much drama.

  7. I remember Jordan as a little boy…he and my brother, Dan Keesee, were best friends and stayed best friends throughout their adulthood, until Dan passed away.
    He was always courteous and fun and I think he and Dan were a little bit wilder than I knew about growing up. Dan told stories! I was eight years older and they
    were just “kids” to me then. We always have fond remembrances to keep because we will all be called at some time. God bless your family.
    Pat (Keesee) Moore

  8. Cullen Jennings

    Our condolences to Sandra, Todd, Sabrina and families. We, and our kids, have had a long relationship with Sonny and your family. We will certainly miss his joking nature and all his quips and funny come-backs. No one could anticipate his responses. He certainly will be missed.
    Cullen/Connie Jennings

  9. Sandra and family, we are so sorry for your great loss of Sonny. He was a one of a kind man. A hard working, honest man, who loved his family dearly, cherished doing a good job at whatever he did, and having fun doing it. Not sure he ever met a stranger.
    May your sweet memories sustain you in your time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. So sorry for your loss. Sonny was a very special guy. Always fun, Friendly and kind. Good memories. May God lift up your family and give comfort.

  11. My condolences to the whole family. ZuZu was one of the funniest, sharpest, and best firefighters I’ve known. The story about how he became known as ZuZu is probably my all time favorite of all firefighter stories!! He was One of a kind who will be missed by many! RIP Sonny! May Gods peace comfort you all.

  12. Karen Rasberry Morgan

    Sandra, Sabrina, Todd, and Shannon- you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss, and wish I could be there to pay my respects.

  13. I met Sonny in the mid-80’s at Horace Mitchell’s restaurant on 34th. Always enjoyed visiting with him and the rest of that crowd. Then, after I got on the FD in ’88, I came to know him as Zu. I wonder if Shannon remembers the day at Station 3, when his dad came by to see him, and on entering the dayroom, announced needlessly that there was not anyone at the station that would make a wart on a fireman’s butt. RIP, Zu

  14. Sonny was a wonderful man, always happy, always had a smile and a kind word. He was a wonderful leader of a great, caring family that we were lucky enough to grow up with. Praying with all of you, and remembering him today. God bless you all.

  15. SAMUEL IRVING , who the heck is that . Meet him 1971 as a rookie , loved every minute. Will be missed big time . Been seeing him at way to many funerals lately. Ronnie Greer

  16. Angie Batten Gauntt

    Heaven has certainly gained another gentle giant! My love for this family goes way back, and although my heart is broken for you, my spirit rejoices knowing that Sonny is enjoying the beauty of Heaven and the company of Jesus! Sandra, you chose well! Sabrina, I know what a Daddy’s girl feels like and I can’t imagine the void. Todd and Shannon, I see you both in the younger pictures of your Dad in the video…you have big shoes to fill and a great example to follow. My prayer for you all is one of peace. I do so wish I could be there to see you all, catch up a bit, and share some hugs…much love ❤️

  17. Christina Beall

    Heaven has gained a great angel. I feel so blessed to have known the love and joy of Sonny. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. We will really miss Sonny! Our thoughts and condolences are with the family. We prayed for his recovery every night as long as he was in the hospital but It just wasn’t meant to be. We enjoyed his humor and will miss his quick wit. Our prayers are with the family.

  19. My prayers for the family, may Lord give the family peace and comfort. Loss of a great man and family member.

  20. My heart breaks for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. He was the most amazing man and I don’t remember a single time seeing him that he didn’t have a joke or two to brighten our day!

  21. What can I say Jordans… I love you all so very much, I have my whole life… I am so sorry for your loss… I know how hard it is to lose your Daddy. Sonny was a great man, full of jokes and incredibly delicious pies!!! He will be missed!!! Prayers and bear hugs for you all!!!

  22. Sandra, Zuzu was a dear friend I have many fond memories of him. My thot’s and prayers are for you.
    RIP brother!!!

  23. Nathan Blackwood

    We will all miss Sonny and his caring spirit and loving humor. Such a gentle, respected, loving, and hard-working man. Our prayers are with you Jordan Family.

  24. Dear Jordon family
    The memorial of pictures and choice of music was such a fitting tribute to Sonny.
    Find comfort in the memories and love expressed by so many
    He lived well and worked honorably!

    Love to all

  25. Uncle Sonny taught me what a boy needed to know to grow into a man. I was lucky to have his guidance every summer as a child. Thanks to him and his family, I’m a better person than I would have been. Thanks to you Aunt Sandra, Sabrina, Todd and Shannon for taking me in every summer. I miss you all and it is very painfull coping with our loss. Love you all so very much

  26. Love and prayer very nice memorial May God bless u and your family keeping u in his loving compassionate arms.

  27. To The Jordan Family,
    I am speaking for The Haney Family and Ronald “Smitty” and Martha Smith.
    What fun and laughter ZuZu brought to all the families at the fire stations especially Station 1A. He was a joy to be around. Some of us couldn’t wait for every 3rd night to come around because we got to spend with our extended family at the fire station. Daddy would laugh at Zu until he cried. He really enjoyed him. Todd and Shannon, Ricky and Sabrina, you are great friends to us. We loved your daddy. Memories will always be dear and most will make you laugh. Keep the laughter, keep the love. Take care of your mom…her world has been shattered. We love y’all and we pray for y’all. Peace be with you.

  28. Very sorry for your loss. Thank you for the very special memories. Awaiting Sonnys’ apricot cobbler recipe. We love y’all.

    New Deal Haggards’ Melvin, Sheryl, and Malori.

  29. Sonny was an awesome man whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years. He was truly one of those good guys who was willing to help out anyone in need. My heart goes out to each of you because Sonny was truly one of a kind. His devotion and love for his family was heartfelt. I’m so thankful for all the cherished memories y’all have of him because he’ll always be with you. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel. My love and prayers to each of you.

  30. Sorry for your loss he was a great man. My parents loved him and the we had together we had a great time

  31. Zu was a great man in my mind! Always calm and in control on a fire scene, a true professional. He was great to work with and I enjoyed each time I did. The world will be a sadder without him.

  32. Dear Sandra, Sabrina, Todd, Shannon, Ricky, and Children, We grieve and suffer because of our enormous loss, and because of our inability to comprehend the joy of heaven. I pray you find comfort in your precious memories of Sonny, and in the knowledge that he is in the presence of Jesus, his savior, and God, his heavenly father. Sonny was well loved by many, especially the ten of you; and all of you were well loved by him. He will be sorely missed by everyone left to cherish his memory; and I’m confident in saying there are many besides me that are thinking of you, Sonny’s precious family, and praying for you during this time. Love, Brenda Haggard Gray

  33. Sandra, Sabrina, Ricky, Todd, Shannon and precious grandchildren, you are all in our prayers as you grieve for your sweet husband, dad and grandad. We will remember Sonny and will recall those stories of his for years to come. We are praying for you all as you learn to get through these days ahead without him. He is Home.
    Gary and Pat Estep

  34. We are sorry for your loss and support you with our prayers. Much love and peace to your sweet family.
    The Wiseners

  35. Marilyn Kay Bratcher James

    I graduated with Sonny at Frenship in 1960. He was always such a sweet soul. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  36. Danny Teresa Beck

    Sad to hear of Mr Zu passing. The Cecil Norris family sends our love to all. We all have memories of zu being around with dad. He was a great friend to Cecil. Our prayers are with the family as you grieve an awesome man husband father grandfather and fireman. All our love. Teresa Danny Beck from the Norrises

  37. Sandra and Family,
    I was so sad to hear about Sonny today… I remember Sonny when Sandra met him in High School. She was totally taken by him from the day they met, it seems like. Although we never saw each other often, when I came home to see Sandra he was always warm and welcoming each time I came to the door, or called. I am sorry for you guys and the loss of your Daddy and Granddaddy, but just think of him now without the pain of this world…. he is probably helping now to get our homes finished before we get there! Love Julie

  38. Jr & Renee Hargrove

    Sonny was not only a favorite uncle but one of my favorite men to be around. He always had a story to tell and always made you feel glad you got to see him. Uncle Sonny was so alive it is hard to picture him not with us. He will be greatly missed but always remembered. Lucky to have known him.

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