Written by Herald-News
James “Jimmy” Smith Sr., 42, of Poplar, died July 19, 2014.
He was born March 20, 1972, in Poplar, the oldest child of Renee Melbourne and Duane Timothy Smith Sr. He was given the Indian name of “Lean Elk,” “Hehaka Tamaheca,” which he carried proudly.
He was a very active and free spirited man. He loved to be outdoors where he liked to fish, hunt, tinker with cars, cook and build things.
In his younger years, he loved to play football, play cards, draw, play pool and play guitar. He was the founder and ring leader of the “Wrecking Crew,” a name his aunt Arlene gave the boys.
He loved learning his Sioux way of life. He loved to sing Indian songs, attend ceremonies and was learning to speak his language. He always told everyone he was proud to be a direct descendant from the No Breast and the Bad Temper Bear families.
Everyone who knew him knew he was a proud family man. He would love to sit and visit and hang out. He loved to tease and give everyone nicknames.
Survivors include his daughters, Chantel Adrianna, and Miracle Mae; son, James Jr.; brothers, Thomas Smith of Billings; Duane Smith, Jr. of Billings, Tom Scott of Fort Kipp and JD Ferguson of Bismarck, N.D.; sisters; Vermae Brown of Poplar, Sandra Owns Pipe Ricker of Wolf Point, Stephanie Cloud of Poplar, Joel Rae Ferguson House of Hardin, Faye Johnson of Poplar and Colleen “Koshi Bear” Ferguson; and grandmothers, Donna Chase of Chelsea and Lydia Johnson of Wapato, Wash.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 28, at the Poplar Activity Center. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery.