H.R. No. 2142
         WHEREAS, Countless lives were touched by the faith and
  leadership of Elder Cecil Ray Proctor of DeSoto, who passed away on
  April 10, 2015, at the age of 69; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Herman and Esther Alexander Proctor,
  Elder Proctor was born on August 11, 1945, in Marquez and was
  educated in the Frost school district; he married the love of his
  life, the former Mollie Sharper, on April 25, 1970, and they became
  the parents of five treasured children, Dawn, Yolanda, LaKitsha,
  Rachel, and Gilbert; and
         WHEREAS, In 1978, Cecil Proctor felt called to the ministry
  and began hosting a small Bible study group in his home; he became a
  licensed minister in the Church of God in Christ in 1987 and an
  ordained elder in 1989; shortly afterward, he organized the
  Neighborhood House of Prayer in Dallas, a church he guided with
  selfless devotion for close to four decades; and
         WHEREAS, Seeking additional ways to serve the community,
  Elder Proctor established the Neighborhood Christian Learning
  Center of Dallas, a licensed early childhood facility that partners
  with the Dallas Independent School District pre-K school readiness
  initiative; known to youngsters at NCLC of Dallas as "PaPa," Elder
  Proctor led the center as its administrator until his health
  declined, and he saw it recognized by the Texas Education Agency as
  a Pre-K Center of Excellence; to date, the center has provided
  services to more than 2,500 children in Dallas County; Elder
  Proctor was also responsible for founding the Neighborhood Outreach
  Center of Hope, a 24-hour, faith-based rehabilitation facility and
  shelter for former inmates and individuals recovering from
  substance abuse; and
         WHEREAS, This esteemed clergyman also rendered outstanding
  service to the Texas East Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church
  of God in Christ; in 1984, he became the first adjutant to Bishop
  James Edward Lee Sr., and he served additionally as assistant to
  Superintendent Robert L. Nichols Sr. in the Spiritual Life
  District; and
         WHEREAS, Elder Proctor endeared himself to those in and
  outside his congregation with his sunny demeanor and contagious
  smile; he reached a wide audience in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
  through his weekly "Prayer of Faith" radio broadcast, and he often
  gathered with other pastors, politicians, and local leaders to
  enjoy a meal and discuss how they could make their community
  stronger; in 2006, he was honored for his myriad good works with his
  induction into the Elite News Religious Hall of Fame; and
         WHEREAS, With his kind and caring ways, Elder Cecil Ray
  Proctor uplifted the hearts of numerous people, and he will long be
  remembered with deep affection by his loved ones and by the dear
  friends he made along life's journey; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Elder Cecil Ray
  Proctor and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to
  his wife, Mollie M. Proctor; to his daughters, Dawn Washington,
  Yolanda Coleman and her husband, Anthony, LaKitsha Lee and her
  husband, James, and Rachel Proctor; to his grandchildren, Keithan
  Proctor, Jacniqua Washington, Christopher Washington, Shaquira
  Walker, Jaya Lee, and James Lee III; to his great-grandchildren,
  Niriyah Gahagan and Khrist'jan Walker; to his siblings, Christine
  Cotton, Vernel Smith, Eloise Fields, and Johnny Proctor; to his
  special son, the Reverend Mark Proctor, and his wife, Michelle; and
  to his many other relatives and friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Elder Cecil
  Ray Proctor.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 2142 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on May 6, 2015.
  Chief Clerk of the House