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Johnny Earl Procell

February 13, 1945June 1, 2018
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Johnny Earl Procell, 73, of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away Friday afternoon, June 1, at his home. He was born on February 13, 1945 in Converse, Louisiana to John H. and Annie Mae Lord Procell. He was married to Judy Palmer on January 2, 1970.

Johnny started work for the Grand Prairie Fire Department April 1966. He was GPFD first scuba diver and also one of the first group of three Battalion Chiefs. He retired from the fire department December 1, 1997. Like many firemen he worked a second job on his off days. He was a fishing guide, and was known as The Cajun Guide, which he did up until his death. He primarily fished on Lake Ray Hubbard. He was a hard worker, lived every day to it’s fullest and never slowed down.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 48 years Judy and his 2 daughters Melissa Procell Croll and her husband Jake Croll of McKinney, TX, and Stephanie Procell Bouliane and granddaughter, Annemarie Bouliane. He is also survived by one brother Bill Procell and his wife Angela of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Also survived by sister-in-law Connie Love Procell and numerous nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents John and Annie Procell, and brothers Murray Procell and Bobby Procell.

Viewing will be Wednesday, June 6, at 6-8 PM and funeral will be Thursday, June 7, at 2:00 PM at Bean, Massey, Burge Funeral Home, 2951 S Beltline Road, Grand Prairie.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 7, 2018
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Ron Baughman

June 14, 2018

I had the privilege of fishing with Johnny a few times. He was outstanding at relating to his clients, especially those that shared his passion for fishing. To me, he was an excellent teacher and mentor. He also had a love for introducing youngsters to fishing. He was patient and kind with them. He had a wry sense of humor that clicked with me as well. I always looked forward to seeing him on the lake, where a quick friendly wave in passing meant a lot while he was hosting another group out on the waters he knew so well. While fishing, or writing about it, he also passed along a bit of common sense wisdom about living a worthwhile life. It is hard to say how many lives he touched that way, but I feel he'll be surprised by the folks that will greet him in heaven, to say "thanks" for how he enriched their lives.

Connie McAdams Dennis

June 9, 2018

Linda Paddie

June 8, 2018

I met Johnny thru his best friend since childhood, my husband, Merle. We had many a happy time. He was Godfather to my oldest daughter and every time he saw her, he threatened to take her away. He came to see us often, when we would be at our deer camp. Really going to miss catching up with him and his family. If you all want to come sit with us and dish up those many memories to share, we will be proud to see you. You were Johnnys, so you are ours. With lots of love and sympathy.

John Varner

June 7, 2018

I have launched at the same marina with Johnny for about 10 years. When I would arrive at the marina a little after 5:00 am during the peak season, he was either already there or pull up behind me. They have one courtesy dock at Harbor Bay, If Johnny was already in the water he would move his boat to the side so I could pull in and tie off to get my truck. He didn’t have to do that, but that was his nature. Over the years I would sit there and listen to his stories as we were waiting on customers to arrive so we could go out and show people what this “fishing” thing was all about. Our guest wouldn’t arrive till 6:00 am or a little later, so we would get rods ready and just talk. His stories made me laugh on a consistence basis as he really had a great sense of humor. A lot of times while we were waiting other boaters would arrive, launch their boats and park. They would always come over to where we were waiting and talk to Johnny, picking his brain for info about where and how to catch fish. Johnny would always share info, now, He wouldn’t give the honey hole spots :) but he would try to educate them in the art of the trade. They would listen to him like he was speaking the gospel. The last few time this week that I have launched the boat and waited, it has been quite lonely. There were days when I would be there and he wasn’t but it wasn’t the same, because the next day he would pull up, with that huge smile and say “Hey Mr. John”. Many of day even during the heat, he would drop off his customers and pull over to the shade and take a break. He was waiting on trip number 2. I would look at him and just think, how does he do this during the heat and do 2 trips. You know how he did it ? Because he is “The Legend” Johnny Procell. I apologize to the family for not being able to attend his services as he deserves that kind of respect as of scheduling conflicts. May god bless your family and I know you are hooking the big ones right now and laughing in heaven !

matt comstock

June 6, 2018

my life changed about 20 years ago when I first met Johnny and had the pleasure of going fishing with the legend himself. I always got to hear about some prior customer who fell off the boat, hooked himself/herself or missed a monster because he/she was being too slow. I am hopeful that I never made his top 10 list of mishap stories that he would tell others.

When my son turned five, i took him fishing with Johnny on his birthday. And that was our tradition every year since. I would not even have to ask Johnny to hold the date. He just blocked it out on his calendar and waited for my call. I think being part of our tradition made Johnny happy. It definitely made him part of our family. My boy is now 19. So this will be the first August in almost 15 years where we don't celebrate that special day on Hubbard with our special cajun friend. But he will be with us.

In addition to stories about reckless fisherman, Johnny would always talk about his family. He loved the ladies in his life with a passion and fierceness that was palpable. His grand daughter gave him endless joy that only increased over the years. A life well lived and one that deserves a celebration.

Danny Love

June 6, 2018

I have a special memory about Johnny a long time ago, as a young boy. My sister, Connie Procell, at the time was dating Johnny's brother Bobby. I was prob 10, maybe 12 years old at the time. Connie went over to see Bobby one day at Bobby's parents house, and took me with her. I am the youngest of six. I was shy and nervous because I didn't know any of Bobby's family. Johnny happened to be there that day also. I guess he seemed to sense that I was nervous thinking back on it now. Johnny started talking to me, asking ths and that, etc. Before long, we were outside playing pitch with a softball. He had an extra glove for me to use. When my sister Connie said it was time to go,,,Johnny said,,,Danny! Take that glove and softball with you. I didnt know what to say,,,as back then,,no one had much of anything,,,,,as a young boy,,,It meant a lot,,,something I have never forgotten. Johnny took the time to talk to me, and when I talked,,he listened,,and we talked like I was as big as him,,,I guess what i'm trying to say is,,he went out of his way to be so nice, carry on a conversation and listen , play pitch with a softball, then give me a glove and ball to take home with me,,,when he didn't have to do nothing but sit there, and do nothing, as most adults would. Johnny , within just a few mins,,,made me feels as if I was family.

When I think of Johnny, the first thing that comes to mind is that old softball glove and ball. I know he gave me that from the heart, and to make me feel comfortable when I was there that day, a special day that I,as a young boy will never forget. I look back on that time often. That moment in time will always be special to me, because when I think of that, it reminds me to be nice to young kids and people you don't know. When young children speak,,,really listen to them, they have a story, and like to know one is listening. Johnny taught me that, Johnny was a special man

Danny Love
Grand Cane (Stanley), LA.

Kendell Huske

June 6, 2018

All the years Missy and I were friends Johnny would have deer meat on hand. He always tried to get me to try it, and I would refuse (Bambi and all). One of the many days I was at the house, Johnny and Judy invited me to stay for spaghetti. Yumm!! I am pretty sure, by my second helping, I looked up. Johnny is laughing hysterically. I had just ate spaghetti with “deer” sauce. I’ll never, ever forget that day. I wasn’t even mad because it tasted delicious and he took great joy in tricking me. It’s been a while since I’ve been with this sweet family, but my heart has always kept them. RIP Johnny. Your absence will be palpable, but you will live in the small memories of the lives you touched, even just for a bit. Your family will keep your light flaming forever. I love you Missy, and the Procell and surrounding families.

Rose Piche

June 5, 2018

I'm not very good at putting my thoughts in to words. John Earl was my brother-in-law for 48 years. He was a wonderful story teller, he could entertain you for hours. When Jay was little ,around 4, he loved everything to do with fire truck s. John Earl took him down to the station and showed him the fire truck and station. He talked about that for a long time. Telling everyone he got to go on fire truck. He was a good man, and a great husband, father and grandfather.He is going to be greatly missed by many. My prayers, thoughts and love to family. Love y'all very much.

Melissa Croll

June 4, 2018

I have a lifetime of memories with my dad. He always had a story for every event in my life. My favorites were the Big Foot stories... maybe one day I too will see him! I will miss our talks... the advice he gave me, but mostly how encouraging he always was.

My dad was such a hard worker and his work ethic rubbed off on me, and for that I am grateful. He helped shape me into the woman I am today. He had so much love, and he always put everyone first. I will miss him so much.... until we meet again.

Frank Niezgoda

June 4, 2018

Hello,

Wanted to tell the family we will sorely miss Johnny. I live above Harbor Bay Marina. Johnny has been a fixture here for years. I've been a tenant at the Marina for close to 30-years. So I've known Johnny a long time. He would always make the time- and take the time to talk. I knew he was busy and had clients so would always try and keep it brief. But on some days clients were late so we talked. Man he had some hunting and fishing stories that could only happen to Johnny. And only be told like Johnny. I know he had some health issues these past few years but the man just kept going fishing. There was no quit in him. To me he was old school and a man's man. I trust he is with the great fisherman Jesus right now. My condolences to his family.

God Bless,

Frank Niezgoda.
Rockwall, Texas.

Biography

Johnny Earl Procell, 73, of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away Friday afternoon, June 1, at his home. He was born on February 13, 1945 in Converse, Louisiana to John H. and Annie Mae Lord Procell. He was married to Judy Palmer on January 2, 1970.
Johnny started work for the Grand Prairie Fire Department April 1966. He was GPFD first scuba diver and also one of the first group of three Battalion Chiefs. He retired from the fire department December 1, 1997. Like many firemen he worked a second job on his off days. He was a fishing guide, and was known as The Cajun Guide, which he did up until his death. He primarily fished on Lake Ray Hubbard. He was a hard worker, lived every day to it’s fullest and never slowed down.
Johnny is survived by his wife of 48 years Judy and his 2 daughters Melissa Procell Croll and her husband Jake Croll of McKinney, TX, and Stephanie Procell Bouliane and granddaughter, Annemarie Bouliane. He is also survived by one brother Bill Procell and his wife Angela of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Also survived by sister-in-law Connie Love Procell and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents John and Annie Procell, and brothers Murray Procell and Bobby Procell.
Viewing will be Wednesday, June 6, at 6-8 PM and funeral will be Thursday, June 7, at 2:00 PM at Bean, Massey, Burge Funeral Home, 2951 S Beltline Road, Grand Prairie.