Earthman Baytown Funeral Home

3919 Garth Road, Baytown, TX


James "Jim" Douglas Culps

October 17, 1955September 25, 2019
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James “Jim” Douglas Culps at the age of 63 on September 25, 2019. He was born in Pasadena, TX to Brooksie and Wally Culps on October 17, 1955. He was a long time resident of Baytown Texas and a member of Pasadena High School’s graduating class of 1974.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Lisa Anderson, Grace Culps and Julie Larson and son-in-law Michael Larson; son, Joshua Culps; three grandchildren, Phoebe Culps, Jonathan Anderson and Olivia Anderson survive James. Other surviving family members include his brother, David Culps.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Brooksie Neil (Whitfield) Culps and his father, Wallace Douglas Culps.

Jim began a 30+ year career at Albemarle in 1987 as journeyman electrician. Throughout his career, he was promoted through the ranks as a Shift Foremen, Foreman, and to his most recent role as a Planner/Supervisor. He was a very well respected employee, responsible for many improvements to the plant site’s electrical safe work practices attributed to his thoughtful input and direction.

Jim enjoyed playing sports, singing and playing his guitar. He enjoyed playing football, baseball, and basketball as a teenager and even in his later years he could be seen shooting hoops with the kids. He was quite an accomplished guitar player and played in a neighborhood band as a teenager and later on he enjoyed playing his guitar in church and other gatherings.

He was always there to help a friend or neighbor troubleshoot an electrical problem, rebuild a fence, or repair a roof. He touched the lives of many people and was a kind generous man, good friend, and devoted family man. A deep void has been left in the hearts of his family and friends.

They say you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family. If I could have picked my family, I would have picked you as my brother. Love ya little brother.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, October 3, 2019


James "Jim" Douglas Culps

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Olivia Dyer

October 3, 2019

My love Jim,
It was a wonderful, beautiful 6 years being with you. The love,respect and memories that we shared. I couldn't have asked for a better man in my life.
Thank you Jim, and thanks to his children for sharing daddy with me.
I love you now and everyday till we meet again.

Your Olivia

Marie Koler

October 3, 2019

We were married 22 years and we had three daughters together.
Jim was a hard working man all of his life. I know everyone had their own special and unique relationship with him. I am sad about what happened to him. He left a lot of good memories for so many people. His passing is a reminder of how short life is and it is a reminder of what is most important in this life; giving to those in need, being forgiving to those who hurt us, and for those who believe; keeping Jesus close. To his whole family and friends, I am sorry this happened so suddenly and my daily prayers are for all of you.

Chanci Maldonado

October 2, 2019

There are some people that you meet in life who have a positive radiance about them, an infectious smile, a wonderful laugh and a warmth that is continually present. Jim was one of those people! Our whole family loved and adored Jim......His ability to bring joy to others was contagious and something I won’t forget.

Joshua-You were the apple of his eye! Aunt Chanci loves you very much!

Until we meet again,

Chanci Maldonado

Lisa Anderson

October 2, 2019


Thank you for all the years of hard work, sacrifice, patience, guidance, and strength when I had none. Thank you for the lessons you taught me in life and in death. Most of all thank you for loving me.

I will love and miss you forever...


Carol Jackson

October 2, 2019

Jim was an amazing man father and grandpa. His smile lit up a room. He was so nice and caring. He will truly be missed.

Daniel Culps

October 1, 2019

Some of the most cherished memories I have from childhood are of Uncle Jimmy and my dad getting our two families together. Whether it was the holidays at Nana’s house or setting off fireworks with Grandad, we had the best times together.

My favorite memory of Uncle Jimmy was at a family reunion. He found a ball somewhere and asked if I was interested in a game of two square. Being a cocky teen, I took him up on the offer and assumed I’d have to go easy on him. Then he proceeded to school me with trick shots and sleight of hand motions. He had me running in every direction except the direction of the ball. Neither of us could stop laughing. And that was the thing about Uncle Jimmy: you could have a blast playing a game with him even while he was beating you.

I know this is a devastating loss for my cousins, as it is for the whole Culps family. But we will keep him alive in the joy we feel from the memories of him that we treasure.

Phoebe Culps

October 1, 2019

When I think of my papa he made me feel safe with his scratching mustache hugs, his funny jokes and when he made me feel special calling me pheebs.

When anything major happened in my life he was the first one I called and he was the one you go to for advice because he was smart and I loved making him laugh because he had an infectious laugh

He had a way of helping anyone and everyone no matter what and he always had a way about him that made me feel safe and protected.

I will miss the sound of your voice, the ring of your laugh, and your presence in which you glowed and the memories of him swinging me on the swings, seeing movies and all the times I was excited to see my papa.

This has been the hardest time for me and my family and I know I will feel the impact of this loss for years to come but I love my papa and my love will live on for the rest of my life.

Love u papa

Charles Neel

September 30, 2019

I grew up with Jim’s daughter (Grace Culps) who lived six houses south east from my home. I remember walking to Grace’s house before dinner on most evenings to play four-square with Grace, Jim, and most of the neighborhood kids who lived on their street.

Jim was the best four-square player I’ve ever encountered and I’m privileged to have played the game with him. Jim taught me the strategy of the game and that if you want to be the best at anything you have to practice.

I’ll think of Jim every time I hear of the game four-square or see a driveway divided into four quadrants. Thank you Jim for providing a safe environment for the neighborhood kids to play.

Rest in Peace Jim Culps

John Kilough

September 29, 2019

Growing up, Jimmy was my best friend. He just lived a few houses down from me. We spent many hours talking, playing guitar, singing and playing sports. My heart dropped when I heard he was gone.

I loved him very much and the many years apart cannot change how much he meant to me.

Sylvia Harden

September 29, 2019

Our prayers are with you all. Jimmy was such an amazing person. I've known him from elementary school on. When we were 14, he would come visit daily and sometimes bring along his guitar and play and sing for me. He introduced my husband to me in high school. They also knew each other since elementary and had their days of playing football, watching "Giligan's Island" on TV after school, sleep overs, and jumping over the fence of the pool at the park for a night time swim. So many great memories!

We sat together, visiting at our 45th high school reunion. Even after the event ended, we spent over an hour more talking in the hallway. What stood out most during that visit was his devotion to his children.

Jimmy was such a bright light and always a joy to be around. He always had a smile on his face and had a great laugh. I've never known a person that no one had a negative word to say about them .... only and always praise for how great a guy he was! Everyone who knew him was blessed that their paths had crossed.

Our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with each of you. May God's peace that passes all understanding cover each of you.

Sylvia and Buddy Harden
(Over the years, I have created photo albums of our school days and high school reunions. Thinking family may like to have a copy, I compiled nearly 50 pictures I had of Jimmy from those albums and posted them on his Facebook timeline. God bless you all.)


David and Jim