ForeverMissed

Eddie McMahan, 49, of Lubbock passed away from Pancreatic Cancer the same way he lived his life, with grace and dignity. Services will be at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 2nd, at Wolfforth United Methodist Church. He will be laid to rest in a private interment service at Peaceful Gardens.

Eddie leaves behind his wife of 24 years Susan, his sons Zachary (22) and Kade (19) both of Lubbock. Other survivors include his mother, Belle McMahan of Pennsylvania; mother-in-law, Linda Ginn of Lubbock; uncle, Ronald McMahan of Canada; father, Gary McMahan of Nevada; siblings, Stephanie and David Vitter of Virginia, Caryn Mulanax of Lubbock; Phil and Jo Ginn of Georgia; and, Joe and Teresa Evans of Mansfield. He will be missed terribly by his four nieces and six nephews, three great nieces and a great nephew, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wolfforth United Methodist (http://wolfforthumc.org/) Men's group or Hospice of Lubbock (http://www.hospiceoflubbock.org/)

Posted by Leia Williams on June 3, 2016
I am thankful for your example as a husband who truly loved his wife. Not everyone grows up with that kind of role model, and it was a blessing to see how you put your family first, not to the detriment of your own well being, but as an indication of their importance to you. It was a blessing to see the kind of marriage you took time to invest in was actually possible.

I am thankful for your kindness. Every time I saw you, you made a point to be welcoming and to ask how I was doing. The way you asked was different than most. It wasn't a passing gesture to fulfill social norms, you took the time to listen to my responses and you wanted to share how you were doing as well.

I am thankful for your witness. There are some people who bring God's light and peace into conversations and interactions naturally. You embodied that.
Posted by Angela Renfro Hall on June 2, 2016
Eddie, our families entered into each others lives about 16 years ago of course through soccer!! Who knew that a friendship would bloom...thank you for being a father figure to my boys for so many years. You, Susan, Zachary, Kade, and Linda became our family and like so many stories I've been reading you touched so many lives in so many ways and that is why God put you on our lives! Thank you for the hours of soccer practice, games, tournaments, halloweens, for just hanging out, for fixing my locks, for encouraging words, letting Susan be there for me and Christopher during his heart surgery, your friendship, and the list goes on.... too many memories to list. This is not good bye my friend I know you are in Heaven pain free and watching over Susan and the boys probably staying busy with some sort of project, but until we see each other again know you are missed and so loved!
Posted by Sharla Manale on June 1, 2016
Larry, Bullet and I had the pleasure of going to Haiti with Eddie, Kade and Zach! Eddie and his boys were such a blessing to us during this trip. Eddie was always concerned about how I was doing and if he needed to carry my back pack. I watched how he prayed over people we did not even know and how he shared his love for his boys with us. What a pleasure it has been to love on this family! You have all shown that through good times and bad you trust in the Lord to get you through it! Thank you for sharing your family with us. Love you!!!!
Posted by Sherry Bottomley-Phillips on June 1, 2016
My heart goes out to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Eddie & his family back in the 90's. He was such a nice guy. May you rest in Peace Eddie. God Bless
Posted by David Vitter on May 28, 2016
In memory of the best brother-in-law and all around great guy a person could ever hope to know.

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Posted by Leia Williams on June 3, 2016
I am thankful for your example as a husband who truly loved his wife. Not everyone grows up with that kind of role model, and it was a blessing to see how you put your family first, not to the detriment of your own well being, but as an indication of their importance to you. It was a blessing to see the kind of marriage you took time to invest in was actually possible.

I am thankful for your kindness. Every time I saw you, you made a point to be welcoming and to ask how I was doing. The way you asked was different than most. It wasn't a passing gesture to fulfill social norms, you took the time to listen to my responses and you wanted to share how you were doing as well.

I am thankful for your witness. There are some people who bring God's light and peace into conversations and interactions naturally. You embodied that.
Posted by Angela Renfro Hall on June 2, 2016
Eddie, our families entered into each others lives about 16 years ago of course through soccer!! Who knew that a friendship would bloom...thank you for being a father figure to my boys for so many years. You, Susan, Zachary, Kade, and Linda became our family and like so many stories I've been reading you touched so many lives in so many ways and that is why God put you on our lives! Thank you for the hours of soccer practice, games, tournaments, halloweens, for just hanging out, for fixing my locks, for encouraging words, letting Susan be there for me and Christopher during his heart surgery, your friendship, and the list goes on.... too many memories to list. This is not good bye my friend I know you are in Heaven pain free and watching over Susan and the boys probably staying busy with some sort of project, but until we see each other again know you are missed and so loved!
Posted by Sharla Manale on June 1, 2016
Larry, Bullet and I had the pleasure of going to Haiti with Eddie, Kade and Zach! Eddie and his boys were such a blessing to us during this trip. Eddie was always concerned about how I was doing and if he needed to carry my back pack. I watched how he prayed over people we did not even know and how he shared his love for his boys with us. What a pleasure it has been to love on this family! You have all shown that through good times and bad you trust in the Lord to get you through it! Thank you for sharing your family with us. Love you!!!!
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Oh where do I begin...

Shared by Judy Gooch on June 2, 2016

I believe I will start at the beginning.  When Eddie came into Susan's life I was instantly a fan.  He was always kind, respectful and loving.  I knew he was the 'one' and hoped Susan did too.  They were young and starting their life together and it was beautiful to watch.  As I sit here this morning I am thinking about what brought us so close to each other.  Was it delivering Bassett Hound puppies int he middle of the night?  Was it taking Zachary in the middle of the night because they did not know what else to do with a colicy baby.  I would walk and rock Zachary while Mom and Dad got some sleep.  As time went on Kade was welcomed into this precious family and I was so proud for them.  I always thought of Eddie as an 'old soul' and looked up to the man, husband and father he was.  I place Eddie on my perfect husband, father and man of God list.  I must say that list is very short.  When the boys were young they would sometimes stay with me while Mom and Dad had a night out or sometimes on their tight budget a night in.  Mostly Susan would call and ask if I could take the boys for the night but sometimes Eddie would make that call saying he wanted to surprise Susan.  I was always available no matter what.  Over these last 10 months I have watch God's hand in the lives of this precious family.  I don't know that anyone else could have faced this horrid disease with the faith and grace these four have shown.  I know this strength comes only from God and their walk with him.  I know not to ask 'why' but I can't resist the desire to do so.  I know this is His plan.  I know He will continue to hold Susan, Zachary, Kade and all the other loved ones in his warm embrace.  I know there will be days ahead that are dark and that is a part of the process.  Everyone greives in their own way and that is within God's plan.  Dear Susan, hold each other tight and know so many people are continuing to lift you up in prayer and that will never stop.  I will for the rest of my life carry Eddie in my heart.  I Love You ALL So Dearly.       

A Kindness Reflex

Shared by Ryan Vitter on May 28, 2016

I remember years ago Uncle Eddie, Aunt Susan, Zach, and Kade came and visted us in Virginia. While Eddie was here he replaced the locks on our house and I'm sure he pulled weeds and did anything else he saw that he could help fix, because these kinds of things that others might consider chores or work were just a reflex to him. Over these past couple of months I've read and heard countless stories of the nice things Eddie has done for people without even needing to be asked, like hanging a bike up in a family owned coffee shop or doing yard work for a family friend. He did all these wonderful things not only because he was a kind person, but because he was a doer. There was always something that needed to be done or someone that needed help, and it was usually Eddie doing it.
Several weeks ago I was talking to Eddie on the phone and I remember him seeming frustrated at not being able to do a lot of things. He said that he had been spending a lot of time just sitting and thinking about things and how this was an odd change for him. I bet he spent all that time thinking about his friends and family, and all the things he wish he could have been doing instead of sitting and thinking. He had this extremely rare trait of having kindness as a reflex. I'm not sure if this is something that is innate or can be learned, but it's a trait that everyone should strive towards and it's something that I'll aim for. 

A Long Overdue Family Vacation

Shared by Ryan Vitter on May 28, 2016

In 2014 the Vitter and the McMahan clans finally went on a long overdue family vacation to the Outer Banks. One of my favorite memories of the trip was when we all took out the kayaks and paddleboards and paddled our way a mile or 2 towards a nearby lighthouse. This is a picture of Uncle Eddie and Aunt Susan in their two-person kayak, I'm sure Eddie was doing all the rowing while Aunt Susan pretended to row and worked on her tan.