OBITUARY

Sotero Perez "Suke" Gebara

April 22, 1925July 6, 2018
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Sotero Perez Gebara “Suke”, 93, was called to heaven by our father on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Bryan, Texas.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Santa Teresa Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 – 9 p.m. Monday, July 9 with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; unborn twins; daughter, Celia G Cerda; four brothers and three sisters.

He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Simona Gomez Gebara; his son, Sotero Juan Gebara Jr. and his wife Tammy; daughters, Mary Renteria and husband Manuel, Antonia “Toni” Flores, Martha Benavidez and husband Jacoby, Bertha Alvarado and husband Ralph; son-in-law, Phillip Cerda Jr.; two brothers, one sister, 22 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Amelia Ramos; brothers and sister-in-law, Juan Guevara and Joe and Theresa Guevara.

Born and raised in Gonzalez, Texas, the son of Catarino and Susanna Guevara, was a lifelong devout catholic.

He was a simple man, who knew the value of hard work. In his youth, Suke traveled as a migrant farm worker. He always had an undeniable passion for his music. In his early years, Suke learned how to play the accordion at the age of 8. As a teenager he traveled alongside Valerio Longoria in the Rio Grande Valley and around the San Antonio area. Suke has been published in the book “Bryan Legends and Legacies” (1871-1996), which celebrates the history of Bryan, Texas, throughout 125 years. Suke drove delivery trucks for a lumber yard, worked at the International Shoe Factory all while being a D.J. part time. He then went to work for the City of Bryan where he finally retired. All during this time he never stopped playing his accordions until the age of 89. He will be missed and remembered most for his love and appreciation of conjunto music and entertaining a crowd large or small, rain or shine.

The Family would like to thank the staff and doctors at The Generations Center for Senior Living for their generous care and support. We also would like to give a huge “Muchas Gracias” to Hospice for sending daddy Mr. Sam Rocio, for your understanding and compassion shown to dad. Last but not least, a special thank you to daddy’s new friend in music, Mr. David Kane the guitarist. You brought back the sparkle in his eyes when you would practice together while daddy played his accordion. You are now officially a “Compadre” in music. God Bless the work that you do.

Services

  • VISITATION Monday, July 9, 2018
  • ROSARY SERVICE Monday, July 9, 2018
  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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Biography

Sotero Perez Gebara “Suke”, 93, was called to heaven by our father on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Bryan, Texas.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Santa Teresa Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 – 9 p.m. Monday, July 9 with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; unborn twins; daughter, Celia G Cerda; four brothers and three sisters.

He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Simona Gomez Gebara; his son, Sotero Juan Gebara Jr. and his wife Tammy; daughters, Mary Renteria and husband Manuel, Antonia “Toni” Flores, Martha Benavidez and husband Jacoby, Bertha Alvarado and husband Ralph; son-in-law, Phillip Cerda Jr.; two brothers, one sister, 22 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; Amelia Ramos; brothers and sister-in-law, Juan Guevara and Joe and Theresa Guevara.

Born and raised in Gonzalez, Texas, the son of Catarino and Susanna Guevara, was a lifelong devout catholic.

He was a simple man, who knew the value of hard work. In his youth, Suke traveled as a migrant farm worker. He always had an undeniable passion for his music. In his early years, Suke learned how to play the accordion at the age of 8. As a teenager he traveled alongside Valerio Longoria in the Rio Grande Valley and around the San Antonio area. Suke has been published in the book “Bryan Legends and Legacies” (1871-1996), which celebrates the history of Bryan, Texas, throughout 125 years. Suke drove delivery trucks for a lumber yard, worked at the International Shoe Factory all while being a D.J. part time. He then went to work for the City of Bryan where he finally retired. All during this time he never stopped playing his accordions until the age of 89. He will be missed and remembered most for his love and appreciation of conjunto music and entertaining a crowd large or small, rain or shine.

The Family would like to thank the staff and doctors at The Generations Center for Senior Living for their generous care and support. We also would like to give a huge “Muchas Gracias” to Hospice for sending daddy Mr. Sam Rocio, for your understanding and compassion shown to dad. Last but not least, a special thank you to daddy’s new friend in music, Mr. David Kane the guitarist. You brought back the sparkle in his eyes when you would practice together while daddy played his accordion. You are now officially a “Compadre” in music. God Bless the work that you do.