Funeral services for Jerry Sudduth, 70, of Sealy, Texas were scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Giddings with Father Matthew Kinney officiating. Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 from 2 until 9 p.m. and on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 from 7 until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.
The family was present for visitation Sunday afternoon from 4 until 6 p.m. and a rosary was recited Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Jerry Wayne Sudduth, 70, of Sealy, Texas, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, with his family at his side.
He was born Sept. 10, 1946, to Albert and Dora Watson Sudduth in Winters, and spent his younger years farming with his parents and four siblings. He was a UIL slide rule champion and graduated from Winters High School in 1965. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, with a bachelor of science degree as a mechanical engineer in 1970.
Jerry met Mary Ann Gonzales at his first job at Alcoa in Rockdale, and they married Oct. 23, 1971 in Giddings. The newlywed couple soon moved to Lufkin and settled in to raise their five children. After 20 years at his job with Lufkin Industries Trailer Division, a layoff led him to move his family to Sealy, where he retired from BAE Systems, formerly Stewart & Stevenson, in 2011. Jerry loved the simple life. His goal was to raise a large, productive family, and that’s just what he did – working as an engineer for 40 years without missing a day of work, then retiring so he could sit under a shade tree.
Jerry will best be remembered as a good provider and family man that vacationed with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all across Texas and surrounding states, camping and fishing at state parks. His children fondly remember the trips to Six Flags and Wet n’ Wild, weekends at Sam Rayburn Lake, taking his boys hunting for dove, deer and turkey in West Texas, cheering on WWF wrestling matches, cooking the best 12-hour brisket and sausage for snacks, and the daily work of the acre-sized garden that kept the family of seven well fed. Jerry loved to eat and ate just about anything put in front of him. One of his favorite snacks was green grapes. When he was younger and had earned a quarter from chores, he would spend it on the grapes and a comic book.
In his later years, he enjoyed visits from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, waking up early to enjoy the solitude so he could relax in his hot tub and pool, cold, cheap beer and following the entertainment of the Dujka Brothers polka music from East Bernard. His family is comforted knowing all the dogs he loved in his life will meet him at the Rainbow Bridge.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Cecil Sudduth and Randall Sudduth, sister-in-law Cecilia Gonzales Smith, father-in-law Antonio Gonzales and son-in-law Karl Owings.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Sudduth of nearly 46 years, of Sealy; son Michael Wayne Sudduth and wife, Crina, of San Antonio; daughter Teresa Ann Gross and Brian, of San Antonio; son Stephen Wayne Sudduth, of Rosharon; son Robert Wayne Sudduth and Greg Rikaart, of Los Angeles, California; daughter Deborah Ann Alexander and James, of Vancouver, Washington; grandchildren Holly Parsons, of Sealy; Haley Parsons, of Junction; Dillon Alexander, of San Antonio; Karly Parsons, of San Antonio; Isabella Alexander of Vancouver, Washington, Montgomery Rikaart-Sudduth, of Los Angeles, California; great grandchildren Jason Childress and Daniel Alvarado, of Junction; Arianna Garza, of Sealy; and Karrmah Ferrell, of San Antonio; sisters Geneva Frydendall and Gary, of Lebanon, Kansas; and Doris Klein and Greg, of Georgetown; sisters-in-law Velma Sudduth, of Winters; Debbie Sudduth, of Royse City; mother-in-law Ernestine Gonzales, of Giddings; sisters-in-law Esther Ferrales and Savino, of Giddings; Cindy Umlang and Dennis, of Conroe; Sylvia Sharp, of Giddings; and Veronica Hendrix and Travis, of Giddings; brother-in-law Victor Gonzales and Karen, of Giddings; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Texas Parks and Wildlife State Parks, where Jerry’s children have so many fond and cherished memories with their parents, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.