Funeral services for 57-year old James White Face are Sat, Jan 14, 2023 at 1:00 at the Porcupine School Gymnasium in Porcupine, SD, with Mr Sam David White Face Sr and Pastor David Lays Bad officiating and Special Music provided by Mr Tim White Face
Burial is at the Lakota Mennonite Cemetery in Porcupine, SD
A one-night wake service starts Friday, Jan 13, at 4:30 at the Porcupine School Gym
James Aaron White Face “Hakata Zintkala Najin” (Baby Bird That Stands Alone) was born on October 8, 1965 in Porcupine, SD to Hobart White Face and Effie (Big Owl) White Face. James made his journey to the Spirit World on January 3, 2023 at his home in Evergreen near Porcupine, SD.
As a child growing up, James was the youngest of 11 and his mother, Effie, nicknamed him Baby Bird.
James attended high school at Little Wound High School in Kyle, SD, and then furthered his education by attending Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, and Oglala Lakota College, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Education.
James had numerous fun and awesome jobs throughout his career. His working career included Yellowstone National Park, Wells Fargo, the Indian Health Service in Pine Ridge, Oglala Lakota Housing, Wolf Creek Elementary School, Little Wound High School, Rockyford Elementary School, Big Bats, and Taco Johns in Pine Ridge, and East Wind Casino in Martin, SD.
James was not only educated, he was very talented; a very creative and amazing artist. His artwork included beautiful art for earrings, fancy dancers in regalia, horse paintings, and bear claw prints.
James was a very fun, awesome, and handsome brother, son, uncle, grandfather, and friend to many and all. He made many friends and business colleagues throughout his life; Uncle James will be greatly missed.
James is survived by his brothers Tim White Face and David Sam White Face; sisters Vina Steele, Mary Young Bear, and Lillian Good Shield; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
James was preceded in death by his mother Effie (Big Owl) White Face; father Hobart White Face; sisters Trevian Scout, Amy Kay Plenty Bull, Myrna Young Bear, and Clara Whipple; brother Howard White Face; brothers-in-law Gilbert Good Shield and Alphonso Good Shield; nephews David Scout, Brian White Face, Dennis Steele, Michael White Face, and Eldon Good Shield; nieces Janet Young Bear, Waynette White Face, Leslie Young Bear, and Donna Scout; granddaughter Susan Yellow Boy; grandson Vernon Lovejoy; and special friend Ray Long.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Brave Heart Sr, Eldon Steele Jr, Darwin Steele, Adrian Yellow Boy Jr, Adam Yellow Boy, Sam White Face Jr, Wallace Little, and Justin Red Eagle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lillian Good Shield, Gailene L Good Shield, Pamela Lovejoy, Ted Lovejoy, Tim White Face & Family, Colleen Ozuya & Family, Vina & Eldon Steele & Family, David Sam White Face & Family, Eldeen & Adrian Yellow Boy & Family, Mary White Face-Young Bear & Family, Manuel Scout, Lisa Young Bear & Family, Kristy Young Bear, Eli Brave Heart, Mercy Iron Crow-Red Owl & Family, Ohitika Elk Sr & Family, Marty Frogg & Family, Malcolm Horse, Mary Horse, Joanne Fool Head-Montileaux, Jackson Lane, Michelle Hagen, Ashley Cedar Face & Family, Cornell White Face, Carol Vaughn, Dar Walks Out, Priscilla Locke, Orville Poor Bear, Francine High Hawk & Family, Sherry High Hawk & Family, Geneva Lone Hill, Joy Valandra, Sherri Ricketts & Family, Misty Begay & Family, Reinique Beck & Family, Annette Moreno & Family, Rhonda Two Eagle & Family, Bill Quijas & Family, Annabelle Weston & Family, The Brave Heart Family, The White Face Family, The Jealous of Him Family, and All Friends & Relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD