Reverend Edwin Wayne Modrick

Reverend Edwin Wayne Modrick
Reverend Edwin Wayne Modrick

Reverend Edwin Wayne Modrick, 83, a long-time resident of Amarillo, Texas went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Viewing will be available from Noon – 5:00 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2024, and Noon – 3:00 P.M., Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 5, 2024, at Washington Avenue Christian Church, 3800 S. Washington St., with Jim Shelburne officiating. Private burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Edwin Wayne Modrick was born on August 24, 1940, in Laverne, Oklahoma to John Joseph Modrick and Viola May Bondurant Modrick. Ed graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1958 where he excelled in football, choir, a cappella choir, key club, and his vocal quartet. He was voted Feb Don, and the Vice President both of his Senior class. Ed married his sweetheart Eula on December 20, 1958, and remained married for 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph Modrick and Viola Modrick Hutson; and his wife, Eula Lorene Modrick.

Ed is survived by his daughter, La Parsha Wise; son-in-law, Michael Wise; grandchildren, Jonathan Paul Wise and wife Shann, J’Rhea Elyse Carrillo and husband Josh, Josalynn Lea Maskill and husband Tim, Jacob Lyndon Modrick Wise and fiancée Tara; seven great-grandchildren, Jonathan Caleb Wise and Lyndon Belle Wise, Levi Michael Modrick Carrillo, Liam Anthony Carrillo and Lila Rhea Carrillo, Eleanor Len Maskill and Emmitt Wayne Maskill.

Today we celebrate the remarkable life of a man who truly embodied the essence of generosity, compassion, and love – Ed Modrick, or as many fondly knew him, Pastor Ed, Farmer Ed, Big Ed, Moose, Papa, Pop, or Pops. Whichever name you called him, you were touched by a soul who dedicated his life to giving more than he had, leaving an incredible mark on the hearts of everyone he encountered.

Ed and Eula embarked on their journey in Midway, OK, where Ed and Eula served as the Pastors from 1961 to 1964. The couple then continued their mission in Guymon, OK, to a small white church, the Guymon Chapel. Ed’s vision expanded, and with determination and some help, he built the Apostolic Student Center in 1967, in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Shortly after, the church grew and Ed, with help, built a new church completed in 1969, Apostolic Faith Church. The new church, in time, grew to overabundance, so a large gymnasium for youth activities was added. In 1977, the church was renamed, Panhandle Bible Center. Ed’s influence and his commitment inspired the community, echoing the impact of his unwavering dedication.

In 1978, Ed and Eula moved to Amarillo, TX, for their final venture, establishing Suburban Bible Church. For more than two decades, they devoted themselves to the ministry, tirelessly spreading the message of Jesus and his love. As the time came to an end at Suburban Bible Church, Ed’s calling did not end. He went to work as a pastor at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch for a year and a half, where the kids adored him. To continue his ministry, he found a place at Washington Avenue Christian Church, as the Director of the Family Service Center. Soon following, he was hired on staff at WACC, as the Pastor to Senior Adults. Ed served a decade at WACC, where he felt so loved and appreciated. Ed and Eula called Washington Avenue their final home.

Ed’s love language was undeniably acts of service. His legacy is woven into the countless lives he touched—feeding, clothing, housing, mentoring, and praying over friends and strangers alike. With Eula by his side, he seamlessly incorporated the love of Jesus into every sermon, meal, and conversation. Ed’s magnetic personality, bubbling with charm and humor, drew people to him, fostering an environment free of judgment and criticism. He had a profound love for entertaining through music and storytelling, and the sheer brilliance of his singing and exquisite piano playing wielded an almost mystical influence, captivating anyone fortunate enough to experience it. Every encounter ended with a hug, a cool handshake, and laughter. His passion was simple, love people, and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys had a superfan in Ed Modrick, a man committed through the highs and the many, many, disappointing lows. Ed stood by them, a true testament to love and football – mostly love, though.

While Ed’s impact was vast, his devotion to family was unparalleled. La Parsha was his world, and their father-daughter bond was a testament to a lifetime of love. His dedication extended to his grandkids, attending every concert, recital, and game, and never missing a birthday. Throughout Jonathan, J’Rhea, Josalynn and Jacob’s college years, he continued to attend many of their important events. Ed beamed with pride at each of their accomplishments, maintaining a unique and special connection with each one.

As we celebrate our Pop’s life, let us remember a man who lived a life of purpose, spreading love, laughter, kindness, and hope. His legacy will forever be etched in our hearts, an enduring testament to the power of a life well-lived. His spirit lives in La Parsha and Mike, his grandkids, and great-grandkids, and we pray he inspires us all to give more than we have and love without reservation. There is no doubt in our minds that upon entering the gates of heaven, God smiled at our Pop and said, “Well done my good and faithful servant, and welcome home.”

I will forever love you dearly Pop,

Josalynn (your left-handed blonde)

9 Replies to “Reverend Edwin Wayne Modrick”

  1. Ed and Eula were my next door neighbors growing up in the 90s in Amarillo. So many chats in our front yards together. They always made me feel so loved and greeted my family with a smile every time we saw them. He and my sister Keisha shared a birthday and we would always bring a cake to Ed for his birthday. Such sweet memories of a wonderful family. Hugs to all who loved Ed. He was a precious man!

  2. Ed, or Moose, as he was affectionately called, was a classmate of ours at Palo Duro High School. He was a friend to all and was all of the things you said about him. We were honored to have him sing at our wedding 64 years ago. He was the Christian leader of our class as we all looked to him for inspiration and encouragement. Like many others, we loved Ed. Our sincerest condolences to all of the family.

  3. I am holding all of the family in my heart and sending my love to you as I remember my first pastor, Edwin. When I was just a toddler, I would ask my daddy (Frank Bugner) “Where is God?”. He told me that God was at church and we go there to worship him. One Sunday morning my mom was holding me in the nursery at the back of the church by the window that looked out over the congregation. At the end of every service, Edwin would walk out so he could greet everyone as they left. I watched him pass by and said, “ Look mommy, there’s God.” My mom told Edwin what I had said and he got the biggest kick out of that. Each time I saw him as I was growing up, he would remind me how I thought he was God. He certainly was a man of God and his love and kindness will forever be engraved in my heart. I loved him so much and am honored to have grown up with him as my pastor and friend.

  4. Great tribute to Edwin!!!! We shared many memories from our childhood and teen years!! When I started beauty school in summer of 1957!! Lived with Viola and Carl!! Had to walk to meet the bus every morning and he would walk me to bus and then would be waiting at bus stop in the evening for me!! He would always say dont want some airmen to run off with you!! He was a true friend down through ths years!! Friend of our family especially my brother Bill Newman !! He would always tell me he is a good brother be nice to him!! God Bless you all know he will be missed but I can see him having a great reunion with friends and loved ones gone before!! Especially his loving wife Eula!! ❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  5. I will never forget how you and Eula reached out to me at a very critical time in my life. I was a very broken young lady. Encouraging me to sing while you played at youth camp and church. The song you had me sing at church was “The Savior Is Waiting”, I was timid but you kept encouraging me. The few times I saw you after I went to college was like there was never any distance. Thank you for showing me the tangible love of God thru your actions.

  6. Ed was one of the most loving, caring men I have ever known. And his life is reflected in his daughter, La Parsha, who is equally loving and caring.
    Ed took me, La Parsha, and Chuck Alexander, another of our classmates, from Guymon to Oklahoma City to perform in the Oklahoma All-State Choir when we were in high school. It was a wonderful time with a loving “second family”, and I will never forget his hospitality for us.
    I never saw him with anything but a smile and a hug for all he met. His hugs were the best, too.
    La Parsha, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your Daddy means to you. I know you will look forward to seeing him and your beautiful Mamma, Eula, again someday. I love you dearly, and will pray for you as you navigate this new and difficult time.

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