James Franklin White

James Franklin White, 82 of Clay City, passed away September 27, 2019 at Terre Haute Regional Hospital following a brief illness. He was born October 16, 1936, the son of Clayton and Beatrice (Thatcher) White. Jim graduated from Coal City High School, Class of 1954.
Jim was united in marriage to Paunda (Riggs) White on June 3, 1955. They were young and in love and have had 64 happy years together. As a young man, Jim worked for Allison’s Transmission in Indianapolis. He returned to Clay City in 1966 and resumed farming and began his career with the UMWA as a coal miner. Over the years he has worked for Peabody and Beech Coal Co. at various area mines. He was a skilled grader-operator and earned the nickname “The Blade”
If you were to ask Jim, he would say he was a life-long farmer. Farming and raising livestock most of his life. He took pride in working hard and providing for his family. He enjoyed collecting and restoring International tractors.
He and Paunda are members of Good Hope Baptist Church. In his lifetime, he has taught Sunday School, served as an ordained deacon and has been a faithful servant.
For many years Jim and several of his friends met for morning coffee and breakfast at Sandy’s restaurant in Coal City to talk and “solve the worlds problems”. He has been a loyal Indiana University basketball fan throughout the years.
Survivors include his dear wife Paunda White, one son, Steve White, one daughter Shauna Ames and husband Chuck, all of Clay City; grandchildren, Canyon Poe, Chandler Ames, Chase Ames, Paul White (Ashley Kidwell); great grandchildren, Aria Ames, McKenzie Williams; one sister Ruth Evelyn (White) Wall and husband Jerry of Coal City; Special friend who is considered family, Ethan Reece and wife Whitney and children Khloe and Kambri and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, and one son, James Daniel (Danny) White.
Services will be held on Saturday October 5, 2019 at 11:00 am at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home with pastor Bob Dickey officiating. Burial will follow at Sink Cemetary. Visitation will be Friday October 4, 2019 from 4-8 pm and again Saturday prior to services. Post a note of condolence at www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com