James Taylor (Jim) Culp, 78, died Friday in his home at 217 Jefferson Street. Culp, a resident of California for the past 34 years, was born in Centerville, Iowa, Aug. 19, 1884. He had been employed by the Pioneer Chevrolet Company of Taft and formerly by the Taft Union High School and J.C. District. Culp is survived by his widow, Mildred Myrtle of Taft; five sons, Ben of Taft, Paul of Sunnyvale, James H. of San Jose, Robert of Saratoga and Donald of Bakersfield; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Mahan of Santa Cruz, Mrs. Dorothy Campbell and Mrs. Betty Hall of Taft, Mrs. Vera Hall of Los Angeles and Mrs. mable Robinson of Bakersfield; two brothers, Ollie of Hollydale and Harry McDonald of Ridgecrest; 20 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held this morning at 10 a.m. in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Lauren Hedeen of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in the West Side District Cemetery.